Today’s Horse Racing Preview & Tips, Friday 3rd June 2016

It’s Ladies’ Day, At Epsom!

While there are 6 UK meetings today, we make no apologies for focusing on just one of them! It’s Oaks Day at Epsom (also Ladies’ Day, so check out our hot-off-the-press and already-viral feature-article – 20 Women Set To Dominate Horse Racing, Over The Next Decade) and the Listed Woodcote Stakes is the curtain-raiser (2.00).

All 6 of the raced runners are previous winners. Between them they have run 11 times and picked up 8 victories. Tibr is the blog pick, with Ed Dunlop in cracking form and Ryan Moore booked for the ride. A 1-length victory at Lingfield flattered his rivals and the American colt can emulate last year’s winner, Buratino.

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Arod To Rule

The G3 Diomed Stakes (3.10) hasn’t produced a 3-year-old winner since 1994 and even a partnership with Silvestre de Sousa seems unlikely to help Sea Of Flames enough. Custom Cut, Sovereign Debt and Tullius should all be competitive, but the preference is Arod, who should have benefited greatly from his Australia trip and can land the spoils for Peter ChappleHyam. This could be a very big weekend for Teofilo, with regard to his reputation as a sire.

Minding Defeat Seems Unthinkable

Pundits have been queueing up to confidently announce that Aidan O’Brien has outsmarted himself, by picking the wrong races for his top 3-year-olds so far this season. Failures by Air Force Blue (2,000 Guineas) and today’s hot-favourite Minding (only 2nd in the Irish 1,000 Guineas) have led to hastily-written obituaries for O’Brien’s 2016 Classic campaign.

Normal service can be resumed, this afternoon, as Minding still looks head and shoulders above today’s rivals and can win the race she has always been aimed towards with something in hand. The most-likely challenge will come from another of Aidan’s inmates. Somehow proved too good for Moorside, in the Cheshire Oaks and the best is yet to be seen of her.

Skiffle is a threat, on form at least, but Charlie Appleby has never won this race and (more importantly) neither has any Dubawi filly. Diamonds Pour Moi finished just a length behind Somehow at Chester and Ralph Beckett won the Oaks with Talent in 2013. If the Aidan O’Brien express train really has come off the tracks, Beckett’s gem could be the one to shine.

Take A Look At Scrutineer

The Listed Surrey Stakes completes Friday’s black-type action, at Epsom. Haalick is likely to go-off as favourite, but looks vulnerable on ground this soft. Raucous’ last performance did little to inspire confidence and Scrutineer appeals far more. Mick Channon’s charge has placed twice in Listed company (his only 2016 appearances) and will relish the conditions.

George Is Just Too Good

There’s Listed action at Leopardstown (7.35), but a procession looks likely to precede The Order Of St George’s latest coronation. An 11-length victory in the G1 Irish St Leger, against better horses than the Galileo colt will face today, indicates that Silwana, Mandatario, Fact Or Folklore, Botany Bay and Modem should all get a good long look at his hind-quarters this evening.

The King George V Cup (8.35) is also Listed and Claudio Monteverdi is the pick of 4 Aidan O’Brien runners. Dermot Weld’s Zalfana will attempt to fend off the deep-blue cavalry and might just do so. 7 races are on a pretty ordinary-looking card, at Tramore.

There’s racing at Nantes and Saint-Cloud, plus a Listed encounter at Fairview where Clear Sailing can navigate a path to victory in the Milkwood Stakes.

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Today’s Picks


2.00 Tibr

2.35 Dark Red

3.10 Arod

3.45 Fieldsman

4.30 Minding

5.15 Scrutineer

5.50 Happy Call


6.00 Spray Tan

6.30 Quite A Story

7.00 Kodiline

7.30 Blue Silk

8.00 Maverick

8.30 Urban Space

9.00 Maer Rocks


1.50 Queen Kindly

2.25 The Kid

3.00 Black Grass

3.35 Owaseyf

4.10 Bondi Beach Babe

4.55 Best Trip

5.30 Ifandbutwhynot


6.10 Hammer Gun

6.40 Wavelet

7.10 Raven’s Corner

7.40 Hakam

8.10 Jaarih

8.40 Dark Command


6.20 Space War

6.50 Montataire

7.20 Apple Scruffs

7.50 Dancing Star

8.20 Concord

8.50 Delve


1.40 Rejaah

2.15 Kid Valentine

2.50 Hindon Road

3.25 Royal Macnab

4.00 Forever Field

4.45 Listen And Learn

5.20 Robben


6.05 Sir Edwin Landseer

6.35 Ocotillo

7.05 Chicago Fall

7.35 Order Of St George

8.05 Udogo

8.35 Zalfana

9.05 In Her Stride


5.45 Mighty Fine

6.15 Genesta

6.45 Rock Lobstar

7.15 Racing Again

7.45 Stay With It

8.15 Cadawil

8.45 Tajseer


R1 Lady Linn

R2 Lytea

R3 Miley

R4 Hectomare

R5 Baltic Spirit

R6 Cashkille

R7 Newlight

R8 Fou Et Sage

R9 Salam Bombay


R1 Tamelly

R2 Ashiqana

R3 Pelvoux

R4 Golden Wood

R5 Super Ridge

R6 Alleaza

R7 War Again

R8 Carmen Lady


R1 Great Waves

R2 Lady Willow

R3 Consonance

R4 Prairie Rose

R5 Just Too Early

R6 Clear Sailing

R7 Storyfields

R8 Nordic Jet


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