Friday evening tips

  • By: Ashley Iveson
  • Last Updated: June 6 2014, 21:10 BST

Dermot Weld can bag a Classic winner in Friday's Investec Oaks with Tarfasha, says Ashley Iveson. He has a pick for every UK and Irish race.

Lady Cecil: Trains Sunrise Star
Lady Cecil: Trains Sunrise Star

BATH: 5.50 Thundering Home, 6.20 Where The Boys Are, 6.50 Zeb Un Nisa, 7.25 Android, 8.00 Sunrise Star, 8.30 Urban Space, 9.00 Gift Of Rain.

CATTERICK: 1.45 Grey Zeb, 2.20 Ethics Girl, 2.55 Take The Lead, 3.30 Ruwasi, 4.10 Tango Sky, 4.40 True Pleasure, 5.10 Betty Boo.

DOWNPATRICK: 5.40 Bank Man, 6.10 Paddy's Faith, 6.40 Dream Nolan, 7.15 Ultra Light, 7.50 Right Strategy, 8.20 Rohan's Pride, 8.50 Crofton Trail.

EPSOM: 1.35 Just The Judge, 2.10 Soviet Rock, 2.45 Gregorian, 3.20 Fury, 4.00 TARFASHA (NAP), 4.45 That Is The Spirit, 5.20 Mime Dance.

GOODWOOD: 6.00 City Ground, 6.35 Jungle Cat, 7.10 Links Drive Lady, 7.45 Granell, 8.15 Joys Of Spring, 8.45 Alisios.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.55 Gleneagles, 6.30 Snow Scene, 7.00 Ponfeigh, 7.35 Carried, 8.05 Venus De Milo, 8.35 Sinkal, 9.05 Artful Artist.

MARKET RASEN: 1.55 Rolling Maul, 2.30 My Nosy Rosy, 3.05 Frizzo, 3.40 Revani, 4.20 Kayfton Pete, 4.55 Me And Ben, 5.30 Whatdoesthefoxsay.

DOUBLE: Tarfasha and That Is The Spirit

Dermot Weld has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season in Ireland and is fancied to clinch his first British Classic triumph in over a decade at Epsom with leading Investec Oaks candidate Tarfasha.

Considering his staggering success on the world stage over the years, it may come as a surprise to many that the master of Rosewell House has saddled just two previous Classic winners on British turf, with Blue Wind claiming the Oaks in 1991 and Refuse To Bend striking gold in the 2000 Guineas 11 years ago.

While his great friend and rival Aidan O'Brien's campaign has not yet found top gear, Weld has already wracked up nearly 40 winners in his homeland, achieved with a tremendous 30 per cent strike-rate.

Tarfasha has done her bit with a hugely impressive comeback victory at Naas in the Blue Wind Stakes, named in honour of Weld's previous Epsom heroine.

The daughter of Teofilo showed quality form as a juvenile, but that seasonal debut was easily her best effort to date, showing she has done well during the winter and that a mile and a quarter on testing ground holds no fears for her.

As a half-sister to stout stayers Saddler's Rock and Galileo Rock, the step up to a mile and a half could bring about even more improvement in Tarfasha, with Weld insistent she will be a more potent force on a sounder surface.

Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Marvellous rates the obvious danger, but there must be a chance this will come a touch too soon after a slog in the mud at the Curragh less than a fortnight ago and Tarfasha is the value call to claim Classic glory.

Just The Judge is given another chance to get her career back on track in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

Narrowly beaten by Sky Lantern in last year's 1000 Guineas before a brilliant display in the Irish equivalent, Charlie Hills' filly was disappointing on her return to action in Newmarket's Earl Of Sefton Stakes.

However, with that run under her belt and going back against her own sex, she undoubtedly has the class to get back on the winning trail.

Last year's winner Gregorian is capable of defending his crown in the Investec Diomed Stakes, while the exciting That Is The Spirit can continue David O'Meara's purple patch by completing a hat-trick in the Investec Surrey Stakes.

The other afternoon Flat fixture comes from Catterick, where James Tate's Ruwasi rates banker material in the racinguk.com Maiden Stakes.

The three-year-old showed a decent level of ability in two starts as a juvenile and made a highly encouraging return to action when going down by just a nose to Ralph Beckett-trained hotpot Air Pilot at Thirsk.

There does not appear to be anything of that calibre in this field and Tate has saddled four winners from just nine runners at the North Yorkshire circuit so far, adding further weight to Ruwasi's chances.

The best bet at Bath's evening meeting is Lady Cecil's Sunrise Star, who has the assistance of champion jockey Richard Hughes in the Bath Ales Special Pale Ale Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Dean Ivory's course winner Links Drive Lady can complete a hat-trick in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap at Goodwood, while Whatdoesthefoxsay can take the mares' bumper at Market Rasen for the formidable combination of Donald McCain and Tony McCoy.

  • Posted at 1225 BST on 05/06/2014.


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