Super Saturday is upon us with the Classic double-header of the Investec Derby and Oaks.
Usually held a day apart, the major races have been merged onto one card in a revised programme.
Coronavirus led to the traditional start of the Flat season being pushed back and some of the traditional Epsom trials were lost, making today’s fixture quite like no other.
The Derby (4.55pm) and Oaks (3.40pm) are on a seven-race card which takes place behind closed doors on the Downs.
Aidan O’Brien saddles six horses in his quest for a record eighth Derby win- and although the betting suggests Mogul is his main hope, Russian Emperor looks to have plenty going for him.
Frankie Dettori’s mount English King will have plenty of supporters, but he might not be able to pick up an ideal position from stall one.
The 2,000 Guineas hero Kameko looks ideally berthed in 11 however and Oisin Murphy will be looking to slot him in for a late challenge.
He has stamina to prove but is the proven class act among the 16 runners.
Melissa Jones from Mirror Racing gives us her tips for Epsom.
1.50 Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes
2.25 Investec Surrey Stakes
Horse: Vale Of Kent
Trainer: Mark Johnston
Tip: “A competitive little race and Mark Johnston’s contender has the form to run really well here.”
3.00 Investec Handicap
Horse: Desert Icon
Trainer: William Haggas
Verdict: “Turns out quickly with a penalty, he is fine form now and could be hard to beat.”
3.40 Investec Oaks
Horse: Frankly Darling
Trainer: John Gosden
Summary: “Impressed on two starts this season and proved her stamina at Royal Ascot, despite racing freely early. Can win again for Frankie Dettori.”
4.15 Princess Elizabeth Stakes
Horse: Love And Thunder
Trainer: John Gosden
Tip: “Gosden and Dettori can make it a quick-fire double with this promising filly.”
4.55 Investec Derby
Trainer: Andrew Balding
Tip: “Won a good renewal of the 2,000 Guineas and can land his second Classic in the hands of Oisin Murphy.”
5.35 Investec Zebra Handicap
Horse: Dirty Rascal
Trainer: Tom Ward
Tip: “In-form Tom Marquand is back on board and the four-year-old has more to give in handicaps.”