Through The Card: Epsom, Thursday 5 July

There is Flat racing from Epsom on Thursday evening
There is Flat racing from Epsom on Thursday evening
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Timeform take you through the card at Epsom on Thursday evening...

"...this is his easiest assignment in a handicap for some time, so he could be the answer."

Timeform on Whinging Willie

18:00 - WHINGING WILLIE (1) handles tricky tracks like Epsom particularly well, with plenty of form on them over the years, and this is his easiest assignment in a handicap for some time, so he could be the answer. Regal Mirage is hard to knock and he represents a yard with an excellent record in this type of race. Long John Silver is a likely improver and one to consider also.

18:30 - ARDEN WARRIOR (2) stepped up on his debut run when pulling clear with a next-time-out winner at Beverley 16 days ago and he looks open to more improvement yet. As such, this looks a good opening for him to get off the mark at the third attempt. Greenback Boogie is the obvious second choice unless Al Mortajaz steps up markedly on his opening run.

19:00 - A tricky puzzle to solve, but perhaps POLYBIUS (1) will bounce back from a poor spell in Dubai given he's well handicapped nowadays and represents a David Simcock yard which is in very good form at the moment. Baron Bolt shaped as though amiss at Newmarket but isn't the type to stay down for long.

19:35 - DOURADO'S (3) effort to finish as runner-up at Goodwood on his reappearance is strong form, and though he didn't quite match that level at Newbury when fourth on his most recent start last month, he's well worth another chance from this mark. Luis Vaz de Torres and Hateya have already enjoyed a productive 2018 and have to be feared.

20:10 - MONAADHIL (2) only started racing last summer and boasts significant potential as a handicapper following a very encouraging reappearance, in which he went like the best horse in the race for a long way, so he should take some stopping in this. Hollywood Road got the job done on second start for Gary Moore recently and is put up for forecast purposes.

20:40 - ROCK ICON (1) is thriving under apprentice Harry Burns, winning on him on twice in his last three starts, and the pair could well notch up a fourth win of the year, though Lord Clenaghcastle is a C&D winner back on his last successful mark and could have a big say.

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