Templegate’s Horse Racing Tips: Epsom Derby live on ITV – betting preview for TODAY’s racing



TWAASOL made an impressive start to his career when winning what looked a good race at Windsor 18 days ago. He wasn’t helped by being carried across the track as he challenged but was still well on top at the line. There should be more to come.

Wilfried Haubenberger – The Sun


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Charlie Appleby won this last year with Pinatubo and will have high hopes for Modern News. He won nicely on debut at Newmarket before going up in trip may not have suited in the Chesham at Royal Ascot. He should find these waters a fair bit calmer but that was a slightly disappointing effort at the Queen’s track.

Mutazawwed stepped up to this distance when getting off the mark at Lingfield latest. He didn’t have a lot to beat on the all-weather that day and needs to improve to follow up.

Inhaler relished the minimum distance when winning on debut at Pontefract before going down fighting at Newcastle latest. This looks tougher again so Ben Curtis’s mount needs to find more.

Newcomer Calcutta Cup can’t be ruled out for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy. There are plenty of winning sprinters in his family and a market move would be interesting.


SAFE VOYAGE was in cracking form last season and signed off with a fantastic third in the Group 1 QEII Stakes at Ascot. He came back from eight months off to be beaten in a photo for a Haydock Listed contest last time. He goes on any ground and should be spot on fitness-wise.

Daarik ran no sort of race when well backed for the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. But he won well before that at Newcastle and is more than capable of bouncing back for John Gosden and Jim Crowley.

Shine So Bright was a Group 2 winner over this trip last summer but has flopped twice since. He was entitled to need his return in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes where the six-furlong trip looked on the sharp side. He goes back over his favourite distance today which should help.

Vale Of Kent clocked a fast time when going close in the Royal Hunt Cup but was poor at Newmarket last weekend so has questions to answer.

Oh This Is Us keeps running well without getting his head in front. He seemed to enjoy the mile when finishing off strongly at Newmarket on comeback and needs to raise his game.

Jack’s Point ran twice at Royal Ascot with his best effort coming when second over this trip in the Buckingham Palace Stakes. This is a step up in class from that.


DESERT ICON couldn’t have won any easier at Newmarket last time as he blasted right away from his rivals to score by more than eight lengths. That takes some doing in what looked a competitive handicap. Today’s 6lb penalty for that success won’t stop him following up.

You’re Hired ended a mammoth losing run by no fewer than 14 lengths at HQ last month. He can’t be relied on to follow up but is clearly in fantastic form.

Tinandali caught the eye on his first run for David O’Meara after leaving Dermot Weld. He was beaten less than a length at Ayr and could be ahead of the handicapper.

Caradoc landed a couple of wins over this trip last season and should like this track given he’s won at Windsor.

Ironclad won on handicap debut before having his stamina stretched at Kempton last time. He’s been of for almost a year but trainer Hugo Palmer is in good form.

Johnny Drama was snookered by the draw at Royal Ascot having finished last term with a close second at York. He’s had a little help from the handicapper.

Plantadream was a fair mid-division in the Silver Hunt Cup latest and could have more to offer upped in distance.

Certain Lad won over this distance in Dubai earlier this year and is another with place claims.


IT’S Frankly Dettori in the Oaks. FRANKLY DARLING was very impressive when winning the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot when barely breaking sweat. She showed good ability to quicken and she saw out every yard of this distance nicely. That was just her third run and John Gosden can land his third Oaks in four years.

Aidan O’Brien is another with a fantastic record in the race and Love is easily his best chance. She destroyed her rivals in the 1,000 Guineas last month. She’s bred to get this longer distance but it’s a slight worry that her two full sisters both flopped on their Oaks attempts.

On form, Ennistymon is the only danger to the leading par but she was put firmly in her place by Frankly Darling in the Ribblesdale. She didn’t get the best of passages through the race but there were no excuses at the line so plenty of improvement is needed.

Queen Daenerys looked green when third in a Newmarket Listed race on comeback. She should appreciate this longer distance and can be expected to improve a bundle for that experience. Her form is a long way behind the other three but there’s more to come.

Bharani Star was well beaten in the Ribblesdale and needs the champion jockey to work his magic.

Passion was a place ahead of her at Royal Ascot and they’ll be close again.

Gold Wand was an impressive maiden winner over 1m2f at Newbury and trainer Roger Varian knows what he’s doing. This is much tougher but she’s one to keep an eye on.


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FOORAAT has been in cracking form on the all-weather and deserves this hike in grade. She had an impressive seven lengths when lagging in at Chelmsford on comeback last month. That victory came despite her losing a shoe during the race and this mile distance looks right up her street.

Cloak Of Spirits ran a cracker when second in the 1,000 Guineas but she went slightly backwards from that when fifth in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Her trainer Richard Hannon won this last year so knows what it takes and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she bounces back.

Love And Thunder hasn’t done much so far but John Gosden is capable of extracting big improvement from his three-year-olds. She won well on her UK debut at Newbury without breaking sweat and could well figure.

Summer Romance got the worst of a barging match when midfield in the Guineas and is clearly better than that. She did well over six furlongs last season and is bred to get this longer distance.

Rose Of Kildare was just a length off the pace when third in the German 1,000 Guineas 13 days ago. A repeat of that would put her on the podium.

Onassis dug deep to win the Sandringham handicap at Royal Ascot but this looks much tougher.


RUSSIAN EMPEROR can reign supreme in the Derby. He looks the pick of the six Aidan O’Brien runners after his smooth win in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. He needed every yard of the 1m2f trip there and today’s extra quarter-mile will be right up his street. That was just his fourth run so there’s much more to come. Last year’s winner Seamie Heffernan looks to have picked the right one again.

Kameko was impressive when winning the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last time. He came from a fair way back and showed a good turn of foot. There’s always a big question about stepping up to the Derby trip from that mile and his pedigree suggests it may be a stretch. But he travels supremely and that could get him home.

Frankie fans will be screaming on English King who couldn’t have been any more impressive in the Lingfield Derby Trial last time. He cruised into the lead before the turbo kicked in for an easy win. If you handle Leafy, you’re usually fine at Epsom and he has more to come. Stall one has a shocking record in the big race, which is the biggest worry.

Vatican City had the door shut on him a couple of times in the Irish 2,000 Guineas but was still an excellent second. He’s got plenty of quality and can improve.

Ryan Moore has chosen Mogul despite his flat effort at Ascot behind Mohican Heights and winner Pyledriver. That suggests he’s improved at home but he needs to.

Looking at the bigger prices, Highland Chief was impressive when winning a handicap at the Royal meeting. This is a hike in class but he did it well and could hit the places.



1.50     Twaasol

2.25     Safe Voyage

3.00     Desert Icon (treble)

3.40     Frankly Darling (nb)

4.15     Fooraat


5.35     Muntadab


12.00   Deinonychus

12.30   Royal Context

1.00     Redrosezorro

1.30     Golden Melody

2.05     Cruising

2.40     Club Wexford

3.15     First Kingdom

3.50     Declaring Love

4.25     Arch Moon


4.35     Sunset Breeze

5.10     Recovery Run

5.40     Kilig

6.10     Cressida

6.40     Billesdon Brook

7.10     Full Intention

7.40     Arafi

8.10     Astro King

8.40     Paradise On Earth


5.20     Voi

5.55     Almareekh

6.25     Songkran

6.55     Apres Dark

7.25     Oslo

7.55     Gregorian Girl

8.25     Inner Circle

8.55     Ice Ice Lady


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