Dave Nevison's top tips for Derby Day at Epsom

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Sat 5 Jun 2021

Betting expert Dave Nevison gives his verdict on the Cazoo Derby and has three other fancies in the handicaps. Join us at 10am on the channel Saturday for more clues and all the build-up.

 Dynamic duo: Bolshoi Ballet and O'Brien (Focusonracing)
Dynamic duo: Bolshoi Ballet and O'Brien (Focusonracing)

2.00 Epsom: Patient Dream

Has clearly been kept by for this after he proved himself well able to handle this tricky track on his seasonal reappearance. His jockey, Oisin Murphy, will be keen to make a big impression after losing his Derby ride and this looks a good one to start with.

Patient Dream was backed into favourite last time despite being against race-fit rivals and looked to have matured mentally as well as physically with no sign of the hanging that featured on his final run last season.

Two good winners have already come from that race so the form looks strong and the track experience is obviously invaluable. A 7lb rise is not insurmountable and Ralph Beckett remains in good form.

3.45 Epsom: Stone Of Destiny

Owes me nothing after his win in the Portland last year and I am happy to stick with him as the class act in this year’s Dash.

He used to have a headstrong streak and as a consequence has not always finished strongly but he is more tractable nowadays. Stone Of Destiny could be well drawn here as there is plenty of pace against the stands’ rail but he is fast enough to sit just off the lead and hopefully not lose position as the runners invariably crowd against the rail.

The downhill 5f will not give the horse chance to notice he is carrying a few more pounds than for his Doncaster win and i fancy him to secure another big win here under Murphy.

4.30 Epsom: Bolshoi Ballet

Watch a full replay of Bolshoi Ballet's latest success

The biggest talking point of this year’s Cazoo Derby is that Aidan O’Brien relies on Bolshoi ballet, especially as he looks to have an array of horses in his care who wouldn’t look out of place.

Bolshoi Ballet will go off a short-priced favourite after his impressive win in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on his reappearance and can vindicate his the seemingly bold decision of his connections.

His sire, Galileo, who started the Derby ball rolling for his trainer, only won that trial by 1½ lengths when long odds-on so Bolshoi Ballet’s six-length demolition job with a subsequent Listed winner and a Guineas winner (apparently below par) behind looks a monstrous effort and I believe we may witness something special from him on Saturday afternoon.

It would obviously be fantastic to see an English-trained winner and I am certain William Haggas will have Mohaafeth spot on. His hard held win in a four-runner Listed race last time was undoubtedly impressive but I just can’t make the jump to see him beating Bolshoi Ballet here.

5.15 Epsom: Group One Power

Making all at Ascot is a completely different game to doing the same around Epsom and Silvestre De Sousa went too hard on him there last time and his partner had nothing left close home.

Group One Power still ran really well to be second and back at this track, where he won in April, he can go in again.

He doesn’t have to lead but I am pretty sure he will be ridden prominently and he can continue to progress through the ranks.

He looked a decent sort last season, winning twice and then enduring a luckless run at Royal Ascot. He looks well capable of winning a race on a big day off a mark of 88.

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