TODAY feels a bit like after the Lord Mayor’s show. Yesterday was one of the finest day’s racing for many a year. We saw a fabulous Epsom Derby winner steered to victory by a 44-year-old Italian who, apart from being the most charismatic figure in the sport, remains one of the finest exponents of race riding. Golden Horn’s trainer John Gosden, in producing the one-two in Flat’s blue riband, proved that he is a genius at handling thoroughbreds and heir apparent to Sir Henry Cecil with the huge respect that he is in held by the sport. And last night, with a thrilling pillar-to-post performance, American Pharoah galloped into racing folklore with a scintillating triumph in the Belmont Stakes, thus becoming the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown. This really is a great game. So how do you top that? Well, another racing behemoth Hurricane Fly goes to Auteuil for the Grande Course de Haies Hurdle over 3m1½f. Or there is racing at Perth and Goodwood, of course…
Actually, they are decent cards for a Sunday and for the Daily Double we’ll have one tip at each meeting. The only downside of yesterday was my spectacularly underwhelming tipping. Hope to do better this week. SOLAR FLAIR is an each-way fancy at Goodwood (5.10). He was unlucky at Nottingham first time out this season before running just okay in his next two races when fancied. He drops to 7f today and that could make a difference. He has already been nibbled at in the market. Dettori and Gosden should take the opener with Keble, although nobody will get rich, while Richard Hughes is an interesting booking for Lady Gibraltar.
The other leg of the double is OWEN NA VIEW (3.50) up at Perth. Now, on the face of it, he has a huge task against the classy Sea Lord, who is making his chasing debut. But Owen Na View is a terrific jumper and the drop back to 2m could be the making of him. I also have a soft spot for Habbie Simpson (2.55) who will enjoy the quick ground.