Through The Card: Epsom, Wednesday April 20

Racing returns to Epsom on Wednesday
Racing returns to Epsom on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card on Derby trial day at Epsom.

14:00 - Bouclier is thriving for Tony Carroll all of a sudden and is very interesting here if able to transfer his all-weather ability to this different surface. At the prices, it is worth chancing him. Roudee arrives here in good order and despite his patchy overall profile, he is also worth including for Placepot purposes, with this drop back to five furlongs looking set to suit.

14:30 - Hard to cramp the claims of Claudio Monteverdi, whose maiden win at Leopardstown earlier this month has been franked by the third horse The Gurkha, who bolted up at Navan last weekend. Beaverbrook could be a danger to the selection but his weakness in the market is a concern and the well-bred So Mi Dar could be the one to be with at the prices. So Mi Dar is open to plenty of improvement up in trip here after her impressive maiden win at Windsor last October and it may prove significant that her excellent yard send her out to take on the boys at such an early stage in her career.

15:05 - Agent Gibbs was very progressive at three and with the prospect of an easy lead here and with Silvestre De Sousa back in the saddle (won both starts under the champion jockey last season) he could easily make the places at a big price. Though Oasis Fantasy ended last season with a bit of a whimper, he was consistent early on, and probably should have won a race over this C&D in June (not clear run). He is a hostage to fortune with his run style, and has a poor strike-rate as a result, but is a prime contender for the places here with Ryan Moore back in the saddle.

15:40 - Worth banking on Clayton for the places here given he finished second in this race in 2013 and 2014 when trained by Kevin Ryan and has shown himself to be in good form over hurdles recently for Gary Moore, producing his best effort yet in that sphere when finishing second at Warwick earlier this month. He looks to be a solid place contender.

16:15 - Silca Star's second at Newbury last season took a boost when the winner Monteverdi went close in a three-year-old handicap at the Craven meeting last week, and he looks the one to be with in this leg, with Najd - who makes plenty of appeal on paper - weak in the market ahead of his debut.

16:50 - Though maiden winners Gold Faith and Marshal Dan Troop remain open to improvement on their first starts of their three-year-old campaigns, Byres Road could be the one to be with for Placepot purposes given he has proven fairly consistent in his five starts to date, apart from when seemingly amiss on his return from a break at Doncaster at the beginning of this month. He may well get the lead under Silvestre and could be hard to pass.

Recommendations:

Back Bouclier in the 14:00
Back So Mi Dar in the 14:30

Placepot permutation:
14:00 - 1, 6
14:30 - 2, 9
15:05 - 3, 5
15:40 - 3
16:15 - 4
16:50 - 3
= 8 lines

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