Today's racecards

Epsom Downs

  • 16:45 Northern Dancer Handicap1m 4f 10y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm on the Sprint Course)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 37.85s
  • Off time: 16:51:10
16:45 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Bureaucrat 11/1
2nd Bandama (IRE) 9/2
3rd Aureate 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (8) 18/3-045 Yellow, black sash, white sleeves, black and white quartered cap Prince Forever (IRE) 30
Nag me
4 9-9 M A Jarvis N Callan 98 20/121.00
2 (14) 96103-0 Light Blue, Yellow sash, Brown sleeves Players Please (USA) 70
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-9 M Johnston Greg Fairley 98 14/115.00
3 (11) 227301 White, Royal Blue hoop, diabolo on sleeves, Royal Blue cap Capable Guest (IRE) 12
Nag me
6 9-6 v M R Channon R Hughes 95 8/19.00
4 (12) 9100/49 Beige, Orange star, sleeves and cap Come On Jonny (IRE) 34
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-5 R M Beckett N De Souza 94 20/121.00
5 (1) 50-1437 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap John Terry (IRE) 63
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 9-4 Mrs A J Perrett Jim Crowley 93 12/113.00
6 (5) 249-671 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Mull of Dubai 30
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-3 T P Tate J F Egan 92 7/18.00
7 (16) 3434/4-0 Black, Orange epaulets, armlets and cap King's Head (IRE) 133
Nag me
5 9-2 G L Moore T E Durcan 91 33/134.00
8 (7) 421430- Black, Pink cross belts, Black sleeves, Pink stars Misty Dancer 273
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 9-1 Miss V Williams William Buick 90 16/117.00
9 (15) 949320- White, Red cross belts and armlets, Yellow cap Bandama (IRE) 210
Nag me
5 8-13 Mrs A J Perrett R L Moore 88 9/25.50
10 (3) 641198/ Light blue, black sash, armlets and hoop on cap Bureaucrat 988
Nag me
6 8-13 P J Hobbs J P Spencer 88 11/112.00
12 (13) 74040-0 Royal Blue and Orange diamonds, Royal Blue sleeves Fort Churchill (IRE) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
7 8-12 p B Ellison J M O'Dwyer (3) 87 66/167.00
13 (9) 50-4285 Dark Green and Orange check, White sleeves and cap Aureate 29
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-8 B Ellison E Ahern 83 14/115.00
14 (10) 1-14103 Dark Green, large Yellow spots, Dark Green sleeves, Yellow spots, Yellow cap Birkside 7
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 8-7 D Carroll A Munro 82 10/111.00
15 (2) 2510-57 Pink, Grey striped sleeves Dzesmin (POL) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
6 8-4 p R C Guest K McEvoy (ex2) 79 9/110.00
16 (6) 554706/ White, large Royal Blue spots, Royal Blue and White hooped sleeves, Royal Blue cap Wingman (IRE) 616
Nag me
6 8-4 G L Moore T P O'Shea 76 11/26.50
Non runners
11 (4)60/5057-Gavroche (IRE)78-13J R BoyleA Quinn88

Verdict

A chance is taken on Prince Forever ahead of Mull Of Dubai and Bandama. A host of potentially well handicapped horses line up here having shown improved form over hurdles since making their last forays on the level and it would be no great surprise to see the likes of Bureaucrat, Wingman and King's Head mount challenges whilst Misty Dancer proved that it could be done by finishing second last year. Amanda Perrett provided the winner that year, just as she did in 2006 and she has two strong candidates this year. We prefer Bandama who is well handicapped, has run well fresh and is partnered by Ryan Moore who is the only jockey to have won on him. Mull Of Dubai is back on his career high mark following his win at Chester but he proved competitive from this rating last year and Tom Tate has him in good form. He should handle the conditions, is consistent and holds solid claims. The same can't be said of the selection but that should be factored into his price. He was the subject of a gamble in the Lincoln but raced too keenly and never threatened to deliver. His subsequent runs may appear disappointing on the face of it but look very much as though his connections have been teaching him to settle and his latest race at Chester suggested that they've achieved their aim. If that is the case then he suddenly looks very interesting as his pedigree provides promise that he'll stay this far, he's 8lbs lower than when contesting the Lincoln and his stable is in red hot form so we're more than happy to take a chance with PRINCE FOREVER.