Bets Of The Day: Baton can make a winning return for Gosden and Dettori

John Gosden
Trainer John Gosden has a decent chance in the City And Surburban Handicap

A great day's racing is in store on Wednesday at Epsom, and Alan Dudman looks at the two big handicaps for his picks...

"He might not be good enough to beat Mildenberger, but he potentially could expose any flaw in his fitness as he'll stay this 1m2f ever so strongly."

Back Crossed Baton @ 6.4011/2 in the 15:55 at Epsom

Morrison's Sleepy to wake up with return to Epsom

15:20 Epsom - Back Not So Sleepy @ 7.06/1

Epsom's historic Spring Meeting is the highlight on Wednesday, and the Great Metropolitan Handicap used to be one of the big races on the calendar. You can watch several old renewals on You Tube, including Sir Gordon Richards (in the words of the commentator) "forcing the pace from Tattenham Corner". Richards won that race on Luxury Hotel, when the contest was often referred to as the "Publicans' Derby".

The racecaller on that Pathe clip also described the track as "a sort of loop the loop course". And you can't get more accurate than that.

I'm looking forward to the coverage and also looking forward to backing Hughie Morrison's Not So Sleepy in this. Providing the ground isn't too quick, he rates a pretty decent bet at odds of around 8.07/1.

He had a very solid 2018 season in some very good handicaps. His second to Communique in a 0-110 at Newbury was a cracking run. He also finished runner-up in the November Handicap to the classy Royal Line. He didn't have the cleanest of runs in that either.

I think his handicap mark is still one he can strike from and he does have course form. His draw isn't ideal in 10, but he has the best in the business booked in Ryan Moore, and the top weight is the first bet of the day.

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If you are playing on the Sportsbook, this is also a PROMO race.

Frankie to repeat the trick at this meeting with Baton?

15:55 Epsom - Back Crossed Baton @ 6.411/2

We are treated to another quality handicap on Wednesday's Epsom card with the City And Suburban. The presence of last year's Dante runner-up Mildenberger adds some stardust, and it's no surprise he topped the betting last night on the Sportsbook at 11/4, but he has been off since then. It's the nagging doubt. It will be interesting to see how he fares in a handicap from 107.

I am going to stick with John Gosden's Crossed Baton - and he was the horse who won the Derby Trial on the card 12 months ago. He made the running on that occasion despite it not being the plan. Whether his jockey Frankie Dettori will attempt to repeat the tactics from a wide draw I don't know, but he does gallop well and probably wouldn't mind aiming at a decent pace.

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Quick ground is key to him, as Gosden mentioned last year he was a big boy that flows over fast ground.

He might not be good enough to beat Mildenberger, but he potentially could expose any flaw in his fitness as he'll stay this 1m2f ever so strongly. He also ran a cracker from a poor draw in the Hampton Court last term. This will also be his first run since a wind op.

Alan Dudman's P&L

This week so far: +4.77
Previous week: +2.16

*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise

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