Epsom 2-10
Bencoolen 7/2 9/2
Philario 4 7/2
Tartan Gigha 5 6
Plum Pudding 7 4
Royal Power 7 16 BET 16 early
Capable Guest 9 14

Epsom 3-25
Lake Poet 3 5/2
Seeking The Buck 4 7/2

I have backed Royal Power in the 2-10, mainly on value grounds though it’s fairly non-obvious. High topspeed figure and some form in this class, I noted the RP comment that the trainer, D Nicholls, targets these handicaps. In that context, the 69 day break looks significant, to a conspiracy theorist at least. My Most Likely Winner is Bencoolen.

In the 3-25, only two qualify after the defection of Sweet Lightening and I would prefer to wait for a bigger-priced opportunity. There is no obvious pace maker and the form overall is uninspiring. William Blake is an interesting Pricewise Extra choice but at 15/1 in my book, the 12s on offer is not too exciting.

Talking of conspiracies, yesterday at Sandown Ellemujie won after being backed down considerably, my bet Mujood having to take 2nd yet again. I took 5/1 and sp was 8/1. A good choice but you can’t afford to miss those extra points. That said, Ellemujie was not going to be a bet at any stage and certainly not as the price shortened.

1st Ellemujie 7-2 F
2nd Mujood 8-1
3rd Ballinteni 10-1

1st Dead Heat
Shavansky 13-2
Cosmea 3-1
3rd Kidlat 15-2


Results Fri 5 June 09
Tartan Gigha 9/2
Plum Pudding 7
Philario 3f
Royal Power 10

Royal ran well enough throughout and might even have been gaining at the close but was never close enough to the winner. Bencoolen was next to last throughout.

Seeking the Buck 9/2
Lake Poet dht 2nd 11/4
Mystery Star dht 2nd 12
William Blake 9