Remarkable was majorly unsuited to the run of the race at Epsom but, even accounting for that, he was rubbish. The fact that he actually weakened to finish last when other lesser talented horses, who had similarly poor racing positions, were keeping on suggests it wasn't just a tactical issue. John Gosden later reported that the horse was unsuited to the track. My Name Is Rio at least performed creditably, finishing second at Doncaster despite not travelling early on. He was never in with a chance of catching the winner but tried his best and showed that he's in the form to pop up at some stage in the not too distant future.
-2.50pts on the day.
Three bets for today's action. Will elaborate further around 1pm.
3:45 - Line Of Reason - 1.50pts @ 14/1 (General) - 9th @ 12/1; went well for some time, couldn't quicken.
The Epsom Dash is a race I've had some hilariously bad luck in down the years but hopefully Line Of Reason could put all of that right (wishful, but you never know). From a simplistic point of view, he's well-handicapped having come all the way down to a mark of 97 - his lowest in 3 years - and he did shape nicely at York last time, being unlucky not to finish closer on ground that wouldn't have been ideal. Whether that was indicative of his top form returning, I'm not so sure, but it was encouraging nonetheless and he is the sort who could be finishing strongly granted this unique test. He's well-drawn and if he takes to the track, there are no excuses.
5:50 - George Bowen - 1.50pts @ 7/1 (General) - 3rd @ 15/2; ran a nice race, front two are well-treated.
5:50 - Clear Spring - 1pt @ 14/1 (General) - 15th @ 20/1; lost all chance at the start. Walked out of stall.
George Bowen is my main fancy in the closing race at Epsom and he's an annoyance of a horse as he has so much more ability than is shown on the track. Indeed, Richard Fahey often speaks in glowing terms about how his charge works at home and said if he replicated that homework today, he'd win. It's the truth, as well, as the horse is thrown-in off 86 and will eventually prove it again! His last run at York was encouraging as he actually moved sweetly mid-race - something that does not happen often - and I think he might have moved too well, in fact. With the hood worn there now taken off, I'm hopeful we'll see another step forward.
The other runner I'm going to back is my old friend Clear Spring, who retains a lot of ability despite being a 9-year-old and shaped really well for some time at Goodwood last week off a 3lb higher mark. There were no huge excuses but it was only his third outing of the season and I still think that he can do better. The fact that he has won over C&D before is an obvious positive and racing downhill poses no issue whatsoever. With a fast break and a decent tracking position no worse than a few lengths off the pace, he'll run well as long as said pace is not ridiculously fast (possible). Anyway, 14/1 is a price I'm happy to take a chance on.
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