Paul Ferguson has three selections for us on Saturday including Camelot in the Derby at Epsom and Grey Hession in the Cartmel 6.15. Compare odds and bet
Aidan O’Brien’s colt was ridden with utmost confidence in both the Racing Post Trophy last October and also when winning the 2,000 Guineas on his reappearance at Newmarket last month.
The step up in trip ought to bring about plenty of improvement, though he may not need to improve much as this doesn’t look the strongest of renewals. The son of Montjeu stands out and is potentially a cut above his eight rivals this afternoon.
Available at 8/11 with Paddy Power this morning, Hills are offering 4/1 about him winning by 5 lengths or more and that might appeal to those not wanting to take odds-on in a race of this nature. I can see him winning handsomely.
Elsewhere, jump jockey John Cullen goes in search of his first winner as a trainer up at Cartmel, with him sending two over to the Cumbrian track from Ireland.
The first of his runners is Grey Hession (6:15) who is taken to land the opening Sticky Toffee Pudding Novices’ Hurdle over 2m6f, with the step up in trip looking sure to suit.
Third on debut in a Galway bumper last July, he ran in a hot Leopardstown bumper (in which Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever finished second) on Boxing Day and made his hurdles debut behind Clondaw Warrior four weeks ago.
The five-year-old finished a close up third that day, not having the pace to cope with the front two. The winner ran in better company during the week, while the runner-up probably should have won a maiden hurdle on the same card.
The selection opened up 7/4 with SkyBet this morning and he could be tough to beat.
Over in Ireland Sword Of Honour (2:30) is interesting in Tramore’s opening 1m6f maiden, as he looks to bounce back from a hugely disappointing run behind Don Cossack in a Fairyhouse bumper in April.
Earlier, the son of Montjeu looked a horse of some potential when winning on better ground on debut at Killarney last August and he could have too much speed for his main market rival, Definite Class, here.
That rival, who has opened up favourite with Bet365, looked to need every inch of the 2m4f trip when winning over fences for the second time during the month at Limerick a couple of weeks ago and Pat Flynn’s five-year-old is preferred, having looked potentially exciting on debut.
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