Thursday 2 July 2009

6:50 Epsom (2nd July)

A median auction race over 7f and an open race.

Many of these have shown an element of ability but still unproven to some extent.

Suffolk Punch should appreciate this 7f and may be a much better horse today, but needs to be. I wasn't impressed by his last effort and I would have liked to have seen a better finish indicating this extra furlong is the answer. It will certainly be a big help but Balding's two-year-old still has something to prove.

David Elsworth's juveniles are usually progressive and Dashing Doc ran with encouragement last time at Newmarket. This is a big, strong chestnut and an attractive two-year-old. They were trying pretty hard to win that day and he could run a big race. It is difficult to appreciate the form and for that reason I would be watching more than betting here.

Mick Channon has a good win and place rate on his second start with his juveniles and Interakt, the only filly in the field, ran on very well at Newbury. The first two look decent juveniles in that race and although someway behind, Interakt is worth noting, especially if backed.

Richard Hannon doesn't have the greatest win rate on debut but Cadley Road cost a 110,000eur and a number of his more expensive types have run big races this season.

Not the easiest of races to assess in many ways with plenty showing a glimmer of ability but needing to prove a little more. Dashing Doc and Interakt are the most interesting for me.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Suffolk Punch showed that this 7f was the key today and made all to win in decent style.'