Steps – 3.45 Epsom
However, at the other extreme the five furlong Investec Corporate Banking “Dash” at 3.45 could go to any of the 20 horses taking part in the fastest minimum trip – bar none.Last year’s contest went to the Tony Carroll-trained Caspian Princem who will have to defy an 11lb higher mark in an attempt to win the race for a second time.
Although, it is a number of those who were unsuccessful 12 months ago who make more appeal – particularly top weight Steps, a talented sprinter when things go right for the son of Verglas and due a change of luck following several far from clear passages since winning a Listed race at Haydock last May.Following that victory over Eton Rifles, Steps finished fourth in the “Dash” off a welter burdon of 9st 12lb, beaten less than a length after suffering plenty of trouble in running and granted more luck from stall 5 and off a 1lb lower mark can give weight all around under jockey Jim Crowley. Seeking Magic, runner-up last year, is another who should go well as Oisin Murphy’s mount meets the head winner on a massive 17lb better terms, but Clive Cox’s seven-year-old has failed to run up to that form since and will need plenty of luck from his middle draw. A bigger danger may turn out to be the David Nicholls-trained Barnet Fair, who ran well when sixth last year and looked to be running into form when finishing four lengths behind Red Baron at Thirsk last time.