Aidan O’Brien’s Capri, fourth in the market for Saturday’s mile and a half classic at the Curragh, reversed the form with Epsom 1-3 Wings of Eagles and Cracksman, to give jockey Seamie Heffernan a third Irish Derby. The son of Galileo got a dream trip up the inside to virtually make all under the excellent Heffernan and earns a quote of 16/1 first show for the Arc however, his more immediate target looks set to be the fifth and final classic of the season at Doncaster and BetVictor make him the 4/1 favourite to strike on Town Moor in September.
John Gosden’s Frankel colt Cracksman has now placed in both Derbies but was unlucky at both Epsom and is 14/1 with BetVictor for the King George at Ascot and likewise for the Arc at Chantilly. Gosden has just one runner on today’s four cards however familiar foe William Buick heads north for a good book of rides at Pontefract and should score aboard Zaman (2.30) in the £20,000 Conditions Stakes for 2yos.
The selection made a winning debut last month at York and was fast-tracked to the Gp 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, beaten less than seven lengths. He remains open to further improvement for the boys in blue and will take all the beating in receipt of 4lb from Richard Fahey’s likely market leader Zap.
Buick can double-up aboard Partitia (3.00) for Sri Michael Stoute in a competitive renewal of the 6f Fillies’ Handicap. The daughter of Bated Breath wouldn’t want any more rain, and disappointed on soft ground when a beaten favourite last time out Carlisle. Both wins last season came on good ground over six furlongs and, from the plumb draw in stall one, I remain convinced she’s better than an 84-rated filly.
Stoute’s gelding Sable Island (3.25) went into plenty of people’s notebooks after finishing second on his seasonal debut at Beverley, when tenderly ridden by Ted Durcan, and he is a confident selection to make a winning handicap debut under Jim Crowley at Wolverhampton. The selection should strip fitter for last month’s reappearance and, after bumping into a well-backed winner for the Ed Dunlop team, should go one better stepping up in trip to a mile and a half.
You seldom see runners from the Sir Mark Prescott yard make a winning debut so Tunes of Glory (4.45) raised plenty of eyebrows after making all to land a 6f Maiden last month at Lingfield, and should follow up under a penalty. The son of Lope de Vega was backed into 12/1 from 20s prior to scoring impressively under Luke Morris two weeks ago, and should maintain his unbeaten record stepping up in trip to 7f.
There is a good card this evening from Windsor where Intrepidly (7.30) must go close with Jamie Spencer in the plate for the 10f Handicap. The selection shed the maiden tag at the second time of asking last term, and was well-backed backed to make a winning reappearance under Ryan Moore last month at Sandown. From an unrevised mark he boasts leading claims for the in-form yard of Jeremy Noseda.
The Noseda yard can complete quick-fire double with Jus Pires (8.00) in the maiden over an extended mile. The superbly-bred son of Scat Daddy was strong in the market for a Newmarket maiden on debut but failed to settle in the race early and was ultimately well-beaten under Gerald Mosse. James Doyle replaces the Frenchman in the plate and he can shed the maiden tag at the second time of asking with the aid of a first-time tongue-tie.