2.00 Epsom – CARDSHARP (nb)
The selection, trained by Mark Johnston, is a son of Lonhro who made a winning start to his career in a 5.3f novice event at Brighton last month, sharp from the stalls and soon leading, travelling strongly at the head of affairs and shaken up approaching the final furlong, opening up inside the final 150 yards to run out a ready winner by 3½ lengths from Milton Road. He ran well in defeat when attempting to give weight all round in a 5f novice contest at Ascot 10 days later, breaking alertly and soon leading until shaken up and headed inside the two furlong marker, still holding every chance entering the final furlong but ultimately fading into fourth behind Aqabah (beaten 1¼ lengths). To be beaten by little more than a length giving 6lbs all round was no mean feat, with the winner and third running with real credit at Group level subsequently. The step up 6f will suit well on pedigree, and this course ought to hold no fears for him given how well he handled Brighton; his professionalism will also stand him in good stead and, from a stable with a good record in this event, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Lonhro return to winning ways here.
5.50 Epsom – BLACK TRILBY (nap)
The selection, trained by Clive Cox, is a son of Helmet who showed promise in three well-contested 6/7f maidens at two, including when a staying-on third to Lockheed in a 7f maiden at Glorious Goodwood on his second outing last August. He made his return to action in a 1m handicap at Leicester 11 days ago (3/1 favourite), tracking the leaders and racing enthusiastically, making smooth progress three furlongs out and challenging going well with two furlongs left to run, taking over soon after but joined and headed inside the final furlong and having to settle for second behind On To Victory (pair well clear). This colt seemed to do too much too soon that day, rather keen and ultimately outstayed by one that had the benefit of recent outing, with the ground he put between himself and the remainder confirming the view that he’s well treated. He gets to run from the same mark here (due to race off 3lbs higher after this), and the step back to 7f allied with the addition of a hood ought to benefit him; receiving weight all round in what doesn’t look a very strong race for the grade, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this colt open his account here.
6.40 Goodwood – COLLATERAL
The selection is a son of Reckless Abandon who is a half brother to very useful 5-6f winner Mukhmal, fairly useful 5-6f AW winner Kingsley Klarion and 7f winner Abbotsfield, out of a Group 3-placed 6f 2yo winning half sister to Group 2-placed 5-6f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Accepted, Group 3-placed 6-7f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Asidious Alexander and fairly useful 6-7f winner Captain Bob. This colt is trained by James Tate and fetched 200,000gns as a yearling, making a good amount of appeal on pedigree as a half brother to a trio of winners including one successful on debut at two, whilst his 6f 2yo winning dam can count smart juveniles Accepted and Asidious Alexander (both debut winners over 6f) among her siblings. He is quite clearly bred to make an immediate impact over sprint distances in his first season, and he comes from a stable that has had a few two-year-old newcomers go close so far this term without quite hitting the target (two very narrowly beaten in the past week or so, including at this venue); no surprise to see this son of Reckless Abandon put that right and make a winning start to his career.