Classy Idaho Can Run A Big Race In Top Class Coronation Cup
Friday 2nd June 2017, 3.10pm - Coronation Cup (Epsom)
The Epsom Derby Festival kicks off on Friday afternoon with a terrific card, ahead of the main event on Saturday afternoon. The first day is always a top class affair with the Group 1 Coronation Cup taking centre stage as the older horses get their chance over the Derby course and distance.
- Aidan O'Brien has trained the winner of the Coronation Cup seven times since 2005
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Ballydoyle Holding All The Aces
As is the norm in these big Group 1 races, it is Aidan O'Brien and his team from Ballydoyle that dominate the head of the betting.
O'Brien has trained the winner of this race seven times since 2005, and he has two particularly strong chances to go to war with on Friday afternoon. Highland Reel is perhaps the 1st string with Ryan Moore on-board, and he really has been a star for connections over the past couple of years.
A globe-trotting son of Galileo, Highland Reel won both the Breeders Cup Turf and King George at Ascot last season and on his best form he is clear of this field. He can be a tad inconsistent though which is a worry, including last time out at Meydan when flopping, and punters will need to be wary backing him at 13/8 with Betfred.
The Ballydoyle 2nd string is Idaho (6/1) and he too is in with a squeak at a fair price. He has form over course and distance with his 3rd place in the Derby last season on his record, and although he is coming here first time out, he is expected to have improved for a winter.
A Strong Field of Ten Engaged
There is plenty more to this field than the Aidan O'Brien runners though with the bottom one in particular a fascinating prospect for punters to mull over.
The John Gosden trained Journey will be getting weight all round due to her sex allowance, and she was a vastly improved horse last season as a 4YO. She won her last three starts, culminating in the Fillies & Mares Group 1 contest on Champions Day in very taking style.
This will be another step up for her of course, and it is a tough ask on seasonal debut, but she is highly rated and is 4/1 with Bet Victor as a result.
Hawkbill (10/1 )is a classy animal on his best day but all his top form has come with cut in the ground, whilst his Godolphin stablemate Frontiersman (10/1) has fitness on his side thanks to two decent runs this season, but he will need bundles more in this company.
A tough little decision for punters here with Highland Reel the one to beat if he arrives with his A game at Epsom. He can be a bit in-and-out which is a worry though, and given the way he ran last time oput in Meydan, there is value in taking him on. With that in mind, it is Idaho who comes into this race with Epsom form in the bank, and he is too big a price to ignore on this occasion.
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