Timeform Shortlist: Epsom, Saturday June 3

The Derby is the feature race from Epsom on Saturday
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2.00 Investec Private Banking Handicap (2) 1¼m17y

Timeform Top Rated:
119+ 7. HAJAJ Charlie Fellowes Aaron Jones (3)
118p 6. BRISTOL MISSILE Richard Hannon Kieran O'Neill
117 5. EMENEM Simon Dow Franny Norton

Analyst's Verdict:
Hajaj showed improved form switched back to turf when winning a strong 3-y-o handicap at Ascot last month and he is the type to do better still now tackling 1¼m. Bristol Missile continued his steady progression when runner-up in a maiden last time and is open to further improvement now handicapping, whilst Tartini has run respectably in a couple of Derby trials so also needs a mention.


2.35 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Investec) (Group 3) (1) 1m113y

Timeform Top Rated:
124 7. LAUGH ALOUD John Gosden James Doyle
118 5. ELBERETH Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy
117 3. ABSOLUTE BLAST Archie Watson Pat Smullen

Analyst's Verdict:
Laugh Aloud did it in very good style at Goodwood last time and it's hard to see past her if she can reproduce anything like that level here. Last year's winner Epsom Icon is respected on the back of a better run at Ascot last time, while Absolute Blast won't be too far away if she can translate her AW form to turf.


3.10 Investec Diomed Stakes (Group 3) (1) 1m113y

Timeform Top Rated:
129 8. OH THIS IS US Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs
127 4. FOLKSWOOD Charlie Appleby William Buick
126 5. GABRIAL Richard Fahey Frankie Dettori

Analyst's Verdict:
Oh This Is Us hasn't yet had exposure to Group company, but he's ready and able for the challenge given his progress this year, and his tactical pace could be a potent weapon at this track. Here Comes When was very impressive at York and is feared, with Folkswood completing the shortlist.


3.45 Investec Corporate Banking 'Dash' Handicap (2) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
129 9. DESERT LAW Paul Midgley Oisin Murphy
126 7. EDWARD LEWIS David O'Meara Josh Doyle (3)
125 19. EXCESSABLE Tim Easterby Rob Hornby

Analyst's Verdict:
Desert Law won this race in 2015 and was arguably better than ever when winning at Musselburgh last time, so needs considering back in a handicap from a potentially lenient mark. Duke of Firenze and El Astronaute also look solid towards the head of the market.


4.30 Investec Derby (Group 1) (1) 1½m6y

Timeform Top Rated:
132p 5. CRACKSMAN John Gosden Frankie Dettori
131 13. PERMIAN Mark Johnston William Buick
130p 4. CLIFFS OF MOHER Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore

Analyst's Verdict:
The biggest Derby field since 2003 and it looks one of the most open in recent years as well. Cliffs of Moher gets the nod to provide his all-conquering trainer with yet another Classic winner this year. Cracksman and Dante winner Permian, who are closely matched on course form in the spring, are a couple of others with good claims, while Best Solution and Khalidi won their trials easily.


5.15 Investec Out of The Ordinary Handicap (2) 1½m6y

Timeform Top Rated:
119 4. SHRAAOH Sir Michael Stoute Frankie Dettori
118 6. GAWDAWPALIN Sylvester Kirk Tom Marquand
117 2. SOLDIER IN ACTION Mark Johnston James Doyle

Analyst's Verdict:
Shraaoh boasts all the hallmarks of a lightly-raced Sir Michael Stoute 4-y-o who has the potential to rate a lot higher this year (gelded in the interim) so his claims are fairly obvious. The likes of Whinging Willie, Barwick and Green Light have plenty of previous in similar races, with Eddystone Rock interesting at a price up in trip.


5.50 Investec Asset Management Handicap (2) 6f3y

Timeform Top Rated:
122 3. NAGGERS Paul Midgley Paul Mulrennan
118 13. GEORGE BOWEN Richard Fahey Tom Eaves
117 7. HOLIDAY MAGIC Michael Easterby Adam Kirby

Analyst's Verdict:
Naggers continued his theme of progression in no uncertain terms at Thirsk recently, noticeably travelling powerfully and ultimately coming away to score with plenty to spare. The handicapper has reacted but there is no reason why he won't be firmly in the mix again from his draw in stall 3. Richard Fahey's pair George Bowen and Paddy Power both merit respect also, as does Blaine.


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