This Saturday, for the first in forever, history will be made as the Derby and the Oaks are run on the same day at Epsom Downs. That’s two legendary classics on the same day.
But, if that wasn’t enough, Sunday sees Sandown host the Eclipse with Enable, Japan and Ghaiyyath all declared – just wow!
What a weekend!
First up, The Oaks
The Oaks – Saturday 04.06.20: 15.40, Epsom
Frankie D will be riding Frankly Darling who put on a real show when taking down the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.
Ennistymon ran well behind the daughter of Frankel that day, staying on strongly from a far tougher position.
Some might argue that, such is the class of Frankly Darling, there is nothing to suggest that any of the others can catch her but Ennistymon’s stamina for a trip like this is now proven making her look a very appealing each-way alternative to the front two in the market.
1,000 Guineas winner, Love, is the favourite though, topping the list due to her emphatic winning at Newmarket.
Like Kameko, stamina is the big question but there is nothing to say that the extra four furlongs wont suit her.
The Derby – Saturday 04.06.20: 16.55, Epsom
For the first time since 1917, the Derby will be run in July and on the same day as the Oaks. The 241st staging of the classic certainly has a familiar feel to it.
The favourite, English King is ridden by Frankie Dettori, while Aidan O’Brien is as well represented as ever with no less than six runners.
Weather wise, we have enjoyed a poor start to July with plenty of rain in the build up to the weekend but it has been mainly dry for the past few days and, barring a few light showers Saturday morning, the going is predicted to be good for the afternoon’s action.
So far, so good.
Beware that English King has been drawn in one and the Derby run, although hardly owned by draw bias, tends to do no favours for the low numbers where horses can quickly be shuffled to the rear. This, though, is Frankie so don’t rule him out.
Second favourite, Andrew Balding’s Kameko, one of our ones to watch, has already claimed the 2,000 Guineas since racing’s restart. If you are keen, just remember that Kameko has never raced beyond a mile prior to the Derby so this is an entirely new test.
That said, Kameko does possess plenty of speed and, form wise, can rightly be considered the best horse in the race. Providing he can handle the step up in distance, he will take some stopping.
The Eclipse – Sunday 05.07.20: 15.35, Sandown
In a weekend that includes the Derby and the Oaks at Epsom, Sunday at Sandown might just have the best race of the three, the Eclipse.
Runners include two time Arc winner and returning champion Enable plus Ghaiyyath and Japan.
Along with her pair of Arcs, the Eclipse, two King George VI & Queen Elizabeth IIs, John Gosden’s superstar also has a Breeders’ Cup to her name.
Challenge wise, should Godolphin prodigy Ghaiyyath bring his A game, then the Coronation Cup winner could well make things difficult.
Aidan O’Brien’s Japan is another sure to be in there given that he likes this distance and was hardly put to shame by Enable when they met in the Arc.