Welcome to a beautiful bank holiday Monday of racing and as always, our man Daryl Carter is on hand to guide you through it all...
"Ripon has a family fun day, and it's FREE admission for those under 18, and Wolverhampton is FREE for those under 17."
Bank Holiday - Whats on?
Chepstow is holding a big bank holiday bash with plenty of entertainment for kids, including a funfair on course. Go-karts, face painters, huge bouncy slides, bouncy castles, falconry display, magician, party games, colouring packs, equalizer + live music from a DJ throughout the day!
Face painters, Bungee trampoline, Mobile climbing wall, Snappy Dragon, Wild West Adventure, Football Darts, Balloon Modeller, Pony Rides, Carousel, and a Mascot Race are just some of the FREE entertainment for kids on offer at Epsom today.
Money Talk - Well backed horses
Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section will now highlight market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.
14:15 Chepstow - Ardita 14/1 into 11/1
17:30 Epsom - Flame Of Freedom 7/2 into 9/4
16:50 Ripon - Whitwell 6/1 into 10/3
The market says LAY!
Which horse does the market suggest to lay?
15:05 Ripon - Hellomydarlin 3/1 OUT 7/2
The market is seeing plenty of horses backed against the favourite and she continues to drift this morning.
Mark your card
The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!
The opening 14:00 British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes two-year-old contest at Epsom sees trainer Mark Johnston saddle Enkindle 2.26/5.
The trainer's form figures with two-year-olds at this venue since 2016 read 1323312531311661141136211. He has had 15 winners from his last 50 runners here.
The Amateur Derby will be run at Epsom today at 15:45. Jockey's claiming 6lbs are those that have NOT to have won a race.
Maori Knight 5.59/2 in this contest has only won going left-handed and returns to a left-handed track today just 1lbs higher than his last winning mark.
Trainer Hughie Morrison has won the 16:55 Deborah Cooper 40th Handicap the last two years and bids for a third successive win with Curtiz 2.255/4, and trainer Eve Johnson Houghton will look for a third win in the finale at 17:30 with Flame of Freedom 4.57/2.
Former three-time Derby-winning jockey Billy Nevett will be remembered at Ripon today with the 14:30 run in honour of the late jockey.
Colts or geldings have won seven of the last ten runnings of the 15:05 British Stallion Studs EBF Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy Stakes and today's favourite is a standard-setting filly.
Fahey looking to finish August with a flurry
Trainer Richard Fahey is looking for a third successive win in the 16:15 Examworks UK Supporting Wooden Spoon Maiden Stakes with newcomer Torbruk 12.011/1. His last two winners did both have two previous runs, although it may speak volumes on the regard he holds him?
Horses for courses
This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks and could be in with a chance today.
14:30 Ripon - Benadalid - Has won four times (33%)
14:50 Chepstow - Tawaafoq - Has won four times (44%)
15:10 Epsom - Corazon Espinado - Has won four times (44%)
16:55 Epsom - Mythical Madness - Has won twice (29%)
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or riders for the day.
Trainer M Weatherer is today's furthest traveller with Glan Y Gors 7.06/1 in the 15:45 at Epsom. He has travelled 259 Miles for today's race.
Race of the day
The 15:10 Stanley Wootton Handicap at Epsom looks a tight heat on paper, and the sheer amount of pace in the race for a small field makes it interesting from a punting perspective.
Titan Rock has been a model of consistency throughout his career to date and has run in some strong races, but as a result of that consistency, he has slowly climbed the handicap despite getting his head in front just once.
He was unlucky on Saturday at Chester, but those sharp tracks such as Goodwood and Musselburgh seem to suit him well, and this will be a different test altogether today.
It does feel like you are nitpicking to get him beat, however, and he looks the most likely winner, but this will test his stamina, and he has been well found already by the market.
Corazon Espinado loves it here at Epsom, and it would be no surprise should he bounce back to form returned to this track for the first time since scoring in impressive style in a much stronger handicap than this one.
He has never won off a mark this high, though, and there will be plenty of competition for the lead from Bravado and Firepower, and his prominent (forcing the pace) style of running may not be suited by the make-up of this race.
Lexington Dash doesn't look particularly well-handicapped, but his jockey's seven pounds claim does make things interesting.
He was drawn wide at Chelmsford last time and couldn't get into the race, and he was on the wrong side of the track at Newcastle before that. However, his run here over six furlongs on good to soft was encouraging despite the late rain going against him, and a return to the turf today could see him spring a surprise.
The handicapper has dropped him three pounds for his last two runs, and he will have a strong pace to aim at today.
He has already proven himself at this track, and he has a likeable attitude, so back on a faster surface for the first time since scoring impressively at Doncaster off effectively (jockey claim) a five-pound higher mark, he must be taken seriously.
Timeform look to rule the roost at Ripon
Timeform offer up their three best bets at Ripon today!
Fast Steps will prove too quick for rivals at Epsom
Patient Dream looks the obvious choice in this 16:20 Don Churston Handicap, but the market has underestimated the good work Fast Steps did at Goodwood last time.
The selection did far too much too soon when behind today's favourite at Goodwood, but he was travelling like a well-handicapped horse at the two-pole (better than anything else) before the early excursions from a wide draw in stall ten took their tole.
The only other pace-setter to finish ahead of him was Forest Falcon, who bolted up for this column next time while everything else came from well off the pace at Goodwood.
He will get the opportunity for a soft lead here, and it was encouraging to see him settle better at Goodwood. Unexposed and off the same handicap mark, he looks a good bit of value in this small field contest.
With all the talk about promoting the sport, not enough praise is given to Oisin Murphy, who is single-handedly carrying horse racing on his back when it comes to easy to access social media content.
His video this week on the reflection of Benbatl - who was beaten at Goodwood - was excellent insight and something everyone involved with the sport should be retweeting to reach as many people as possible.
It would be great to see other jockeys follow suit. After all, social media is a free promotional platform.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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