Horse racing tips for Tuesday: Race-by-race guide to the action at Epsom

By Tom Thurgood@tdthurgood
Tue 20 Apr 2021

The Racing TV cameras are at Epsom on Tuesday and, ahead of an intriguing card with potential Classic clues, Tom Thurgood gives you a steer on all six races. Enjoy all the action live on Racing TV.

1:45: Epsom Downs Welcomes Back Owners Handicap

Militia has to concede race-fitness to most of his rivals here and that’s something of a concern given Paul Midgley’s runners need their initial outing, but 11/2 still makes some appeal for a six-time winner over the minimum distance who makes his first start after wind surgery and is well-drawn right on the rail in stall 6. Recon Mission could challenge him at the head of affairs, but that one is further out in stall 3. Midgley has a 16% strike-rate over course and distance since 2010, his runners performing 91% above market expectation.

2.15: Blue Riband Trial

Uncle Bryn is hard to oppose given the visual impression of his two victories in both starts so far and that this step-up in trip should be very much to his liking. By Sea The Stars, his dam had strong form at ten furlongs and given the likely early pace here this could pan out nicely for him given his unhurried racing style further back in the field.

His price is shortening all the time in a race which has a bit more depth than we’re usually accustomed to. Too Friendly makes the most each-way appeal at 8/1 given his novice form reads well and the manner of his victory last time, even if the leaders fell back to him rather quickly at Doncaster. Either way, that should prove a nice prep for this foray at a higher level.

2:50: City And Suburban Handicap

Sky Defender is worth chancing at a slightly bigger price than the market principals here after a decent effort on his recent return in the big race on All-Weather Finals Day. He won a valuable handicap on Derby Day last year on his only start at the course and this prominent racer can make a bold bid with the advantage of race fitness.

Blue Cap and Harrovian are two smart and very lightly-raced five-year-olds who seem likely to progress further this season, but both may be seen to better effect in the coming months.

3.20: Spring Meeting Novice Stakes

Silent Film has to give 7lb to his main market rivals, but his second on debut behind stablemate Highland Avenue reads well and he opened his account last time despite racing wide and from a disadvantageous draw. By New Approach and out of a Group Three winner in France who got better with age, Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old should continue to progress.

Noble Patron is feared most, shaping well on his return after a gelding operation and another likely to step forward as is typical with the Crisford novices.

3:55: Great Metropolitan Handicap

Valyrian Steel is the interesting one here as the expensive Frankel colt makes his handicap debut, but the race-fit Soto Sizzler looks the more proven option at a slightly bigger price after an encouraging return after 18 months off in the Rosebery at Kempton. That race is working out well and he is likely to improve for that stable debut for David Menuisier. The lightly-raced six-year-old is unbeaten in two starts over course and distance.

4:30: Jockey Club Thanks All Owners Handicap

This three-year-old handicap has an open feel, but Il Bandito is one of the few last-time out winners in this field and his novice form has a solid look to it despite a couple of short-price reverses earlier in his career. William Buick takes the ride for the first time.

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