• Fri 3 Feb, 2023
  • 23:59 GMT
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Monster 30-1 double at Epsom

Paul Ferguson two selections from Epsom for us on Saturday; Poet’s World in the 14:00 and Duretto in the 17:15. Compare odds and bet.

As ever, Derby Day at Epsom gets underway with the competitive three-year-old handicap over 1m2f, in which an opening mark of 87 could well underestimate the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Poet’s Word (2:00).

Third in a decent Chelmsford maiden on his reappearance in April (front pair both won since), he got off the mark in taking fashion at Nottingham last month. Again, that form has been well advertised, with the runner-up Muntahaa bolting up at Kempton on Thursday night, while the third and fourth have also since won their maidens.

Easy ground is a relative unknown (did finish fourth on good-to-soft on his sole start at two), but the Poet’s Voice colt is bred to handle it and he looks potentially well handicapped.

One horse that we know handles cut in the ground is Duretto (5:15) and he looks worthy of support in the penultimate contest, the competitive 1m4f Investec Asset Finance Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s four-year-old appears to still be on the up, judged on his reappearance second at Ascot, a track where he did so well last term. Twice a winner at that course (one was a dead-heat), he shaped really well when chasing home King Bolete last month and, off a 2lb higher mark, he looks capable of making his presence felt here, granted a bit of luck in running, should he come from the back as usual.

Saturday’s selections:
2:00 Epsom: Poet’s Word; 11/4 Skybet
5:15 Epsom: Duretto; 13/2 Skybet

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