13:35 Epsom - Mango Diva
Considering she had a fair bit to find with the form horses in a Group 2 over an extended 1m2f at York on her reappearance, I thought that she ran a pretty promising race in fourth. She carries a 3lb penalty for the Group 3 she won at Gowran Park last season, which makes life very difficult if the likes of Thistle Bird and Just The Judge return to form, but you will see a sharper horse than at York - she doesn't do a lot at home, so that would have brought her on a fair bit - and she is well drawn in one.
She has shown decent form over a mile, but I think that they could just go a bit too quick for her here. And if it did get soft, that would be an unknown, but hopefully it won't get too testing. In all probability, she would need a career-best to win, but she is a lightly-raced 4yo, so don't rule out improvement. But the trip worries me.
14:10 Epsom - Hi There
Doesn't look to have run up to his best at York last time, but had earlier shaped well when fourth over course and distance in April and has decent claims on that form. If any rain did get into the ground, that wouldn't be any concern as he has winning form on soft and heavy. Soviet Rock is the one to beat in here, though, as I thought that he won well at Lingfield - I rode the runner-up - and could still be well-treated off a 5lb higher mark.
14:45 Epsom - Graphic
Is a tough, honest horse for whom 1m with cut in the ground is ideal. And he could still be improving judged on his second at Ascot last time, where subsequent Goodwood winner French Navy was ¾ lengths away in third and is now 3lb worse off. He has an obvious chance in a competitive little race, and William's horses remain in great form. Gregorian is best in on official marks, has Group 1 form to his name and ran well first time up last season. If he is straight enough, then he is probably the one to beat.
15:20 Epsom - Fury
Although he only beat one home at York, I was actually quite pleased with him there, as he would have needed the run quite badly. So, off a 3lb lower mark, I think he has chances in here. But that was before I saw that he was drawn 15 of 16, and that Abseil was in the race. I think Abseil is the one to beat, and time may well tell that a mark of 92 underestimates his ability somewhat. The form of his Chester second wasn't greatly advertised by the winner at the weekend but he ran a good race there from a wide draw on ground softer than ideal, and he has been working well since. He wouldn't want any more rain, though, and in fact was pulled out at Sandown last week because of the softening ground.
16:00, The Oaks - Palace
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16:45 Epsom - Parbold
Definitely has the form and ability to win this - his two-year old form, and even his Free Handicap fifth of six on his reappearance, tells you that - but I have to admit that he did look awkward when third at Haydock last time. And if he was hanging badly there, then I may have my work cut out keeping him straight and balanced around here. But hopefully a first-time hood will help on that score. I think That Is The Spirit is the one to beat, though. He was very impressive when winning off a mark of 90 at York and he looked well worth stepping up in class after that, especially as he wouldn't get into a lot of decent handicaps as he has only had two starts. In fact, I may have gone straight to the Jersey with him were he mine.
17:20 Epsom - Legend Rising
I rode him to win over an extended at Chester last time, and think that he is still fairly treated off a 6lb higher mark today. Any cut in the ground will suit him, and he has each-way chances in an open handicap.