Conditions at Epsom hit just about everyone, but the mud-loving CENTURY DREAM (Epsom, 3.10) should seize the opportunity to repeat last year’s win in the Cazoo Diomed Stakes.
Three and four times the expected rainfall hit the Downs, putting the emphasis on stamina and attitude rather than speed.
Well beaten in his comeback in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, Century Dream wasn’t the only one to disappoint behind Palace Pier that day and it’s probably worth remembering that he’s only won one of his five starts when he’s over five months rested. In contrast, the seven-year-old has a record of five wins from 12 starts when he returns to the track between 17 and 31 days and he has also had success tackling smaller fields (6-10 in fields to 10 runners).
While the presence of Marie’s Diamond rider may not allow James Doyle to be completely free at the helm, the prospect of a battle of attrition will not be welcomed by many of the roster’s rivals. I hope Doyle can keep wide from box eight and make his way to the side of the stands which could be a great position when the ground gets easier like yesterday.
SOTO SIZZLER (Epsom, nap, 5.15) has a track form of 112 and has already won ahead of today’s rider, Oisin Murphy, so should give the supporters a decent run for their money later on in the 12f handicap. He just found Group One Power too strong when they met over course and distance in April and then clearly failed to make it home to Newmarket when they raced too enthusiastically.
A good pace should help this nap in his favorite location.