Epsom Downs

Today’s Investec Derby is the most famous flat race in the world and, after much soul-searching and deliberation, I have jumped ship at the 11th hour from Ballydoyle’s Broome (9/2 at BetVictor) to the Dante winner Telecaster (4.30). The concern is that the selection – 5/1 – only ran just over a fortnight ago when he had a hard race to beat the subsequent Irish 2000 Guineas runner up Too Darn Hot but he is reported to have worked very well on Monday – well enough for them to have coughed up the not inconsiderable fee of £85,000.

Hughie Morrison’s colt is by a Derby winner out of a dam who finished runner up in the Oaks so there should be few – if any – stamina reservations. Stalls were first used in the Derby in 1967. Since that date no colt has won from stall two, but yesterday’s draw gave Morrison’s stable star that berth. I see no reason why that should be used as a negative although history and the statistics are against the selection.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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