Jack Milner sits down with Ed Quigley for Episode 13 of The Antepost Armchair with all the latest movers in the markets for both Epsom classics on the back of trials from Chester, Lingfield and Leopardstown.
The pair review the recent winners of The Lingfield Derby Trial, The Chester Vase and The Derrinstown Stakes with Aidan O’Brien’s vice-like grip on the mile and a half colts’ classic seemingly tighter than ever after another excellent week for the Ballydoyle handler.
Ed gives his take on Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s recent scorers Third Realm and El Drama and whether either colt is good enough to claim top honours as a 3yo this season. The Ormonde Stakes saw Japan return to his brilliant best under Ryan Moore and we plot the likely path for the former Juddmonte winner, and assess the 5yo’s optimal trip.
Can either The Lingfield Oaks Trial or The Cheshire Oaks winner follow-up in the fillies’ mile and a half classic at Epsom? Ed isn’t convinced and much prefers to tackle both trials on The Knavesmire this week, with some stoutly-bred fillies entered for The Musidora Stakes over a mile and a quarter, and The Listed Oaks Farms Stakes over a mile.
The Dante Festival also features the Yorkshire Cup for stayers over a mile and three quarters, with Mark Johnston well-represented with Ascot Gold Cup hopeful Nayef Road and recent Jockey Club Stakes winner Sir Ron Priestley expected to relish the step up in trip.
Those dour stayers would struggle to plod along to the pace shown by the speedsters in The Duke of York Stakes, with a dozen talented sprinters using the G3 contest as the perfect stepping-stone for either The King’s Stand or The Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
All eyes will be on last year’s July Cup hero Oxted, who was turned over at odds-on on his seasonal debut last month at Newmarket but should strip fitter for the run and has Ryan Moore booked to ride once more.
Please note that all odds are correct at the time of article publication and are subject to change.