O’Brien double act in Oaks and Derby Trials at Lingfield
Cian Carroll | 12 May 2018
Racing preview with tips ahead of eight live races…
There’s a bit of everything when it comes to the horse racing live on ITV this Saturday.
There’s flat action from Lingfield and Ascot, as well as some jumps from Haydock, so everyone’s taste is catered for.
The Coral News Team takes a look at the key storylines and presents their best bets of the day…
Oh Capitaine, my Capitaine
This column kicks off at Haydock and a running of the Swinton Handicap Hurdle. This Grade 3 renewal looks reasonably competitive.
But Paul Nicholls’ Capitaine catches the eye. The six-year-old was poor at Cheltenham last time out, finishing 5th having gone off as 10/3f.
But that was his first spin around Prestbury Park and connections felt the track didn’t suit. And a step back in trip here at a much more conventional course should definitely help.
The French raider will go off a mark of 2lbs lower here and that’s another tick in its favour. He looks well worth a go at an each-way price.
O’Brien and Gosden clash
Attention turns to the flat action at Lingfield and a two-way battle at the head of the betting between a pair of big names.
Aidan O’Brien’s Kew Gardens is the short-priced favourite to win the Derby Trial Stakes ahead of John Gosden’s Corelli.
O’Brien will be looking to win this race for the fifth time with his three-year-old star. He was third last time out in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket. But a step back up in trip here should help the son of Galileo.
He’ll go up against Gosden’s own highly-talented three-year-old with Frankie Dettori on board. It’ll be a tight race but Kew Gardens has a little more experience in this company and should take the spoils.
O’Brien won’t Flatter to deceive
It could be a superb day for O’Brien at the Surrey track as he bids for a Trial double.
Alongside Kew Gardens, Flattering is the hot favourite in the Oaks Trial. And after her performance at Cork last time out, it’s difficult to argue otherwise.
She was a winner by 10L in the Rebel County and looked like she had plenty more to give, too. The Gosden-Dettori combination will again be the main competition with Stream Song.
But O’Brien will be keen to set a marker here for the rest of the season.
1:55 Lingfield – Flattering
2:15 Ascot – Manjaam
2:30 Lingfield – Kew Gardens
2:50 Ascot – Barsanti
3:25 Ascot – Queen Of Time
3:10 Haydock – Capitaine
3:40 Lingfield – Hunaina
4:00 Ascot – Escobar e/w
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing