Resurge to shine at Epsom
Chris Wilson previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland and is backing Resurge to claim victory at Epsom.
- Related Content
CLONMEL: 1.55 Everything Zain, 2.25 Tobar Na Gaoise, 2.55 Kostar, 3.25 Definite Ridge, 4.00 Dream Champion, 4.35 Catcherinscratcher, 5.05 Judge Roy Bean, 5.35 Seefood
CURRAGH: 2.10 Salhooda, 2.40 Viztoria, 3.10 Battleroftheboyne, 3.40 Magical Dream, 4.15 Battle Of Marengo, 4.50 Via Del Corso, 5.20 Is Feider Leis, 5.50 Singe The Turf
EPSOM: 2.15 Sanjuro, 2.40 Janoub Nibras, 3.20 Benzanno, 3.55 RESURGE (NAP), 4.30 Kings Troop, 5.00 Sunpass, 5.30 Myboyalfie
MUSSELBURGH: 1.30 Mason Hindmarsh, 2.00 Star Request, 2.30 Funding Deficit, 3.00 Chookie Avon, 3.35 No Poppy, 4.10 Dark Ruler, 4.45 Ukrainian, 5.15 Mission Impossible
DOUBLE: Resurge and Benzanno
Resurge looks to have been cherry-picked a fine winning opportunity in the totepool Mobile Text Tote To 89660 Handicap at Epsom.
Devon handler Stuart Kittow has a really impressive track record at the Surrey venue - a statistic which runs parallel with this seven-year-old gelding.
Resurge has won three times over this course and distance and is especially useful when the mud is flying.
His unlucky second on good ground during the St Leger Festival at Doncaster two and a half weeks ago was given added credence by the subsequent exploits of the winner, Black Spirit.
Clive Cox's horse showed up a week later at Newbury and produced a highly accomplished display to win the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial by a head.
With similarly sharp rivals thin on the ground this weekend, Resurge, who is 4lb lower in the weights than when victorious at Epsom last June, should rightly be considered a major player.
Benzanno could earlier be the solution to the Bet totequadpot Text Tote To 89660 Handicap.
The three-year-old gelding is perhaps not one of the brightest sparks in trainer Andrew Balding's yard, but he should be good enough to win this extended one-mile encounter.
Balding's inmate goes particularly well at the unique circuit, which is often a hugely important factor in assessing any race here.
Benzanno backed up a good second at Epsom in July with a two-and-a-quarter-length triumph two weeks later over this course and distance.
Although he is now 7lb higher, there was much to like about his recent third at Salisbury on ground which was probably too quick for his liking.
Benzanno got to within two and a quarter lengths of the winner, Razorbill, but would have been much closer had his path not been blocked two furlongs out.
Granted more fortune in running here, the likelihood of a more forgiving surface could feasibly shift the balance of power back in his favour.
No Poppy should be followed, too, in the Royal Scots EBF Fillies' Handicap at Musselburgh.
Tim Easterby's four-year-old had found life a little tough since winning with a degree of authority in June, but offered a clear hint her time is again near at Ayr last week.
The daughter of Chineur showed plenty of fight in a seven-furlong handicap at Ayr to take third place.
No Poppy was promoted to second after the runner-up's jockey failed to weigh in.
In any event, she is clearly coming to hand at the right time for this contest, for which any further rainfall will also be in her favour.
The reappointment of 5lb claimer Adam Carter, who has won twice aboard Easterby's contender, can also be considered a good thing.
It should also pay to keep an eye on Dark Ruler in the Rotech M&P Ltd Handicap.
Alan Swinbank's three-year-old is a likeable individual, and was spotted making late ground over seven furlongs at Catterick last week to suggest this step back up in trip would be perfect.