Best bets for the horse racing at Epsom Friday - Cazoo Derby Festival

The big meeting at Epsom gets underway today, this weekend it is the Derby, but today the fillies take centre stage with the Oaks the main race on the card.  

Best bet for the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom 

The Cazoo Oaks is due off at 4.30 and I have dealt with that race on the Classics page which you can read here: If you simply want to know what horse I am on it’s Santa Barbara at 15-8 ante-post, she has drifted slightly but I am still confident that the member of Girdys Gee Gees Dirty Dozen for 2021 can still win.  

Best bet for the rest of the horse racing at Epsom 

The other big race on the card is the 1m4f Group One Coral Coronation Cup at 3.10. Al Aasy is the one on the up and will head the market. Impressive winning a couple of Group Threes at Newbury already this year, especially last time in the Al Rayyan Stakes winning as he liked. That said, Logician clearly isn’t the horse that won the St Leger anymore and the rest of the field, with respect, would be double figure prices in this line-up. He appeared to have plenty on hand but this is a proper step-up in class. Ballydoyle had a very strong hand entered here, Japan, Love, Mogul, Broome and Serpentine all still in on Wednesday morning. Only two remain and on ratings there aint much between them. Japan got into the habit of running well but getting beat at the top-level last year so aint one to trust; won the G.3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester nicely enough last month and it might be longer trips will be his thing this year. Mogul is one of the Dirty Dozen for this season as I was convinced he’d be better this season as a four-year-old than at three; so far, he has run twice and lost both times! He went off favourite for the Dubai Sheema Classic before finishing seventh and was then third in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp, was sent off jolly again. It does appear it takes a race or two to get the colt match fit so if that theory is correct he could be primed for a big run here and a strongly run 1m4f appears his perfect trip. At 11-2 this morning I am on.  

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