Author: Will Smith
Published: 19:37 30/05/2013
The Epsom Dash on Saturday – the race that leads us into the Derby – is a race that I love watching each year.
Ever since the season began I have had a mental shortlist for this race, which has seemed to grow with each week! It is always prudent to wait for the declarations and the all-important draw.
Well, in exercising some caution, I have missed out on some fancier prices about two horses that have been earmarked for some time. But at least now they have been given favourable berths, we can get stuck in.
The two horses that I like, (and seem to have everything in their favour,) are the last two winners of the race, Captain Dunne and Stone Of Folca.
Captain Dunne, the 2011 winner, nearly carried my money on his reappearance at Chester. But mindful of the fact that Tim Easterby’s stalwart may have needed the run, I held off. He ran a blinder and looked as if the spark that was absent in 2012 had returned, and in the re-applied cheekpieces, he is ideally housed in stall 18 to attack from the front.
He is 10lbs lower than when winning in 2011, and while he might not be quite the force he was, that Chester run was very promising and the horse in third, Kingsgate Choice, won a good York handicap last weekend. 9/1 with William Hill will be long gone come the day.
Stone Of Folca won last year at 50/1 from an unfavourable draw in stall 2. He is in stall 15 this time around and is another that will try to make all, much like Captain Dunne. They both show blistering early speed, which is a pre-requisite in winning the Dash.
John Best’s speedball has won on his past two seasonal debuts, so the fact he is reappearing here without a prep run is a positive, and at 12/1 he appeals as being much shorter come the off.
Captain Dunne – 2pt win 9/1 (William Hill)
Stone Of Folca – 1pt win 12/1 (generally)