Through The Card: Epsom, Wednesday April 25

There is a good-quality card at Epsom on Wednesday
There is a good-quality card at Epsom on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card at Epsom on Wednesday.

"An imposing colt, he is very much the type to go on improving..."

Timeform on Crossed Baton

14:10 - The five-furlong course at Epsom is one of the fastest in the country, and that will suit the front-running JUST THAT LORD (8) down to the ground. He has taken his form to another level since joining this yard, producing a clear career best when winning a handicap at Lingfield earlier this month, and a subsequent 4 lb rise could well underestimate him. Admittedly, he has only won once on turf, but he hasn't had that many tries, and he could prove hard to peg back here.

14:45 - John Gosden won this race with So Mi Dar in 2016 and eventual Derby third Cracksman - who has since gone on to prove himself a top-class performer - last season, so his runner CROSSED BATON (1) needs serious consideration here. He made a most encouraging return when winning a minor event at Kempton last month, decisively in control well inside the final furlong. An imposing colt, he is very much the type to go on improving, and is expected to take this step up in class in his stride. The Aidan O'Brien-trained James Cook is expected to leave his bare form behind, and could prove the main danger, ahead of Dee Ex Bee, who is attracting support this morning.

15:20 - ROYAL LINE (3) failed to meet expectations on his return at Doncaster last month, but he looked a horse to follow this season, and is worth forgiving that below-par reappearance. He may have needed the run more than the market expected, and he wasn't knocked about, so is worth another chance from what could prove a lenient mark back in a handicap. NATIVE FIGHTER (12) will race from 3 lb out of the handicap, but David Egan's claims offsets that, and he is also worth keeping on side. He has shown improved form since joining this yard, winning his last two starts on the all-weather at Kempton and, given he is a two-time winner on turf in Germany, there are no worries about the switch in surface.

15:55 - CONTANGO (9) progressed with each run last year, winning his first three starts before producing a career-best effort when finishing runner-up in a useful mile and a half handicap at Ascot on his final start. He only gave way to an equally progressive type who was on a roll that day, and the feeling is this lightly-raced four-year-old should have even more to offer this season. Andrew Balding has made a good start to the season, and is expected to make it three wins in the last four renewals of this race. Ajman King is potentially well treated on his return and is feared most.

16:25 - Those with experience do not set an insurmountable standard and newcomer MOKHLES (5) could be equal to the task. He makes plenty of appeal on paper and confidence behind him in the betting would look significant. King of The Sand signed off his two-year-old campaign on a winning note and is an obvious danger, while Master of Wine will also be a threat if building on his debut promise.

17:00 - CHRISTOPHER WOOD (9) ran the well-handicapped Breath Caught close on his stable debut at Newmarket last week and connections have wisely turned him out quickly before the handicapper can react (due to be 4 lb higher in future races). The way he travelled that day suggests he has more to offer and he holds strong claims providing this doesn't come too soon.

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