With the official start of the Horse Racing Flat season last week many punters will already be looking forward to the Classics with the Epsom Derby foremost in their thoughts.
The Derby takes place at Epsom each June and is open to three-year-old colts and fillies and is the UK’s richest race.
Although traditionally held on a Thursday the race was recently moved to a Saturday in order to allow more people to see the superb event and popularity of this already well-liked race has grown ever since.
The race is a contest between the most prestigious yards with extremely valuable horses generally taking the prize and this year much the same is expected.
Of all the ante-post favourites for the race it seems like there is a large amount of support for Frankel, trained by Henry Cecil. Cecil is extremely popular with the general public and is known to be very honest in his dealings with the press, so his assertion that Frankel may yet prove to be one of the best horses that he has trained ensures that the horse is very well supported.
When considering that Cecil has trained winners of all the Classics, together with many more top quality races, the opinion certainly carries some weight.
However, another horse that seems to be generating some interest is Recital. The horse is trained by the Aiden O’Brien, who experienced success in the Derby most recently with High Chaparral in 2002, and is known to be working well at home.
Those used to studying Free Scratch Cards note how the animal is unbeaten in ten outings as goes again in the Ballysax stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday. Any sort of decent performances will encourage Derby punters to seriously consider the horse at the present 12/1 best price odds and a victory is expected.