Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot heads to Epsom for his tip of the day and despite temptation earlier on the card he saves the bet for last.
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KILLING TIME - 4.35 Epsom
The Flat head is now well and truly in place (with just a backward glance at the derriere of the jumps season to come, in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown) and today we have a very good card at Epsom to get stuck into.
Betting opportunities are everywhere and though I'll be waiting until the final race for the day's best bet, there are several horses on the radar before we get to the finale.
In the opener I will have to be strong-willed to ignore the claims of Elusivity. He has, by accident, become a bit of a cliff horse for me but it's too late to stop backing him now. The more he slides down the ratings the more money I lose on him, but surely we will collect soon.
Now rated 88, 19lb below his best mark, today could be the day with Jamie Spencer booked. I will undoubtedly crumble and back him.
In the next Van Percy has proved he handles the track and softer ground and won well on his reappearance on the all-weather. A career-best is required but he has solid form to his name in the context of this race and there may be more to come from him yet.
The Derby Trial that isn't really a Derby Trial is nonetheless an intriguing little contest with a couple of Sea The Stars' first offspring among the contenders. It will be interesting to see how both Moontime and Stars Over The Sea get on now they tackle 10 furlongs for the first time.
In the City And Suburban Tres Coronas is on my radar now back up in trip at a course he's run well at following a respectable run in the Lincoln. The problem is Charles Camoin, Rock Choir, Soviet Rock, Pasaka Boy and course specialist Resurge are also on the radar and it looks very difficult to settle on two or even three. I may roll the dice with a combination forecast.
John Gosden will win the maiden with D'Avignon (won't he?) considering his flying start to the season, though Ralph Beckett's Ravenous has to be considered on his Newbury third last backend.
It could be a good day for Beckett, who runs the selection KILLING TIME (we got there in the end) in the closing Investec Specialist Bank Handicap at 4.35.
He ran an eyecatching race on his reappearance at Doncaster (watch the video here) when making his move a quarter of a mile from home only to seemingly not see out the trip.
The drop back to the extended mile looks a good move here, as does the reapplication of blinkers. Left off for his return on Town Moor, the headgear returns and it worked the oracle last season when he finished second and won twice in the three runs he had with the assistance of blinkers.
Soft ground isn't an issue given he won on such conditions at Windsor last campaign, while in Jim Crowley he has the assistance of one of the best jockeys around Epsom.
By their very nature three-year-old handicaps are competitive affairs but Killing Time looks to have a very solid chance on all known form and on the book he deserves to be outright favourite.