Today's racecards

Epsom Downs

  • 17:25 Investec Opportunity Handicap7f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 20.90s
  • Off time: 17:25:59
17:25 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cansili Star 7/1
2nd Treadwell (IRE) 7/1
3rd Kajima 10/3

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 2113-3 Royal Blue, Yellow spots, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow seams, Royal Blue cap Citrus Star (USA) 34
Nag me
3 9-9 C F Wall A Munro 99 12/113.00
2 (5) 2515-32 Red, black sleeves and cap Treadwell (IRE) 23
Nag me
3 9-4 J A Osborne D Sweeney 94 7/18.00
3 (6) 21032 DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Al Farahidi (USA) 13
Nag me
3 9-4 b M Johnston L Dettori 94 3/14.00
4 (8) 553-505 White, Red stripe, armlets and cap Nosedive 27
Nag me
3 9-2 W J Haggas J P Murtagh 92 14/115.00
5 (2) 451-37 Pink, Black chevron, quartered cap Gramercy (IRE) 33
Nag me
3 8-9 M L W Bell J P Spencer 85 7/18.00
6 (9) 24524-1 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Cansili Star 28
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-9 M A Jarvis P Robinson 85 7/18.00
7 (1) 523154 dark green, yellow cap Duellist 24
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-8 M Johnston J Fanning 84 10/111.00
8 (3) 231-0 White, Navy Blue cap, White spots Whistleinthewind (IRE) 20
Nag me
3 8-7 G L Moore P Hanagan 83 20/121.00
9 (7) 557-311 Light Blue, Light Blue and Pink Diabolo on Sleeves Kajima 27
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
3 8-5 R Hannon R Hughes (ex1) 81 10/34.33
10 (10) 7692-11 Yellow, red sleeves, yellow stars, red cap Kingston Acacia 24
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-4 v A M Balding David Probert 76 16/117.00

Verdict

Kajima arrives in search of the hat-trick and has shown a liking for Epsom but we prefer AL FARAHIDI on this occasion, with Treadwell and Cansili Star others to consider. Mark Johnston's unexposed sort ran well in a particularly warm handicap at Haydock last time, so whilst it's a concern that he's been bumped up 9lbs in the ratings there should be more to come. It's surely significant that Frankie Dettori prefers him to Duellist and we'll take the hint, despite there being slight concerns surrounding the drop in trip. Kajima won nicely enough at Warwick last time but this is tougher and she'll do well to go in again under a penalty. She has shown a liking for Epsom by winning over nine furlongs here prior to that but this is a much more competitive race and she may be found out. Treadwell was behind Kaptain Kirkup last time so that horse's run in the 16:50 must be watched with interest before confident assessment of his claims can be made. He's got speed in abundance and should take a high ranking here, but the 4lb rise he's incurred for taking second at York may be enough to keep him out of the winners' enclosure. Cansili Star readily landed a Lingfield maiden last time but he's now 5lbs higher than when held in a Goodwood handicap back in September and it remains to be seen whether he's improved over the winter, so he's taken on along with Citrus Star, who is bred to stay this far but looks every inch a sprinter on the evidence we've seen to date. The closing contest of Friday's Epsom card can go the way of Mark Johnston's Al Farahidi.