Diamond can enhance her superb Sedgefield record
Back Costly Diamond @ 11/4 in the 13:40 at Sedgefield
A perfect day with Epsom back and Sedgefield enjoying some better ground and I cannot resist Costly Diamond in the second in the north east to hopefully get us off to a good start.
Trained by Gary Hamner, she does have a couple of question marks to answer following an unseat last time and a lamentable effort when last of four at Leicester - although that came in Listed in company over fences.
A return to Sedgefield should get her back on track, as she has a 3-4 record here, in fact it reads 1121, and she likes to dominate from the front. Brian Hughes holds a deeply impressive 33% strike-rate for the venue this season, and Hamner's horses have been in a good nick in a productive month or so, and he's had four winners from 14 runners in the last two weeks.
Costly Diamond can jump to her right, but she usually overcomes it here and has won in a better grade at 0-120 level.
Gosden can win battle of the big two
Back Mighty Ulysses @ 2/1 in the 14:20 at Epsom
Racing is back at the home of the best Derby in the world, and Charlie Appleby and John Gosden hold all the aces at the top of the betting for the Blue Riband Trial. While it may be foolish to oppose Godolphin's number one at the moment with a staggering 55% strike-rate.
His Nahanni will look to enhance his reputation following a near-10L win at Leicester as a 2yo, and as a son of Frankel, he looks a real galloping, stamina type, but the trip of 1m2f could arguably suit Mighty Ulysses better - and he's twice the price.
Gosden's 3yo won his sole start at Yarmouth in visually impressive fashion. The early pace was very slow and they lobbed along for much of the way, and they didn't seem to be going quick enough for Mighty Ulysses who was taking a hold when anchored in the rear.
But his pick up when switched wide was good, as was the way he finished off his race and to the eye - he looked as though he might just suit Epsom as a more light-footed model than Nahanni. He does hold Dante and Derby entries and he looks as though he'll stay 1m2f no problem.
I'm latching on to the sire, as Ulysess could be the type to get better 3yos, and as a stallion, he has already won the Ballysax this term.
Gosden has won four of the last six editions of this, including Cracksman in 2017. The great man has been quoted as saying you need a horse of agility, balance and acceleration for the Derby - hopefully Mighty Ulysses possesses all three.
April single bet winners
They Don't Know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Tranquil Night 7/2 Won
Destiny Is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 placed
Entropy 11/1 placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze placed 9/2
March single bet winners:
Life Of Dream 13/8 Won
Merry Mistress 13/8 Won
Ruby Island 5/2 Won
Bandinelli 11/8 Won
Skontonovski 10/1 Won
Very Excellent 9/1 Won
Banbridge 12/1 Won
Love Envoi 10/1 Won
Lady Alavesa placed 16/1
Merry Secret placed 5/1
Tyche placed 8/1
Gin Coco 9/4 Won
Epsom Faithfull 10/3 Won
Weveallbeencaught 7/2 Won
Red Showgirl placed 9/1