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Horses running in the Group 1 Epsom race

Preview – Gr 1 Epsom

The time-honoured Gr 1 Epsom is on Saturday and Ric Chapman previews every runner and picks his top 4. Find the best Epsom Tips and Preview with Palmerbet Blog. Bet on Epsom 2023 with Palmerbet.

1. My Oberon (18)

echo J: C Schofield T: A Neasham

Very good miler suited here on many levels, being 3rd up the biggest of them. Was runner up here in the $4million Gr 1 Doncaster this trip on a heavy track. What’s against him this time though is this horror draw. Probably needs to go right back to find cover. If it is wet, he will rattle home.

PB Rating 7.6
Last 5 26x64
Win $26.00 Place $7.50
  • Good on Soft

3. The Inevitable (8)

echo J: D Pires T: J Keys

Tasmanian superstar who is at his best this trip. Has won 16 races and ran his heart out when 3rd in the $5million All-Star Mile beaten less than a length at level weights by the sensational Mr Brightside and multiple Gr 1 winner Cascadian. Resumed from a spell with a cracking 2nd to Golden Mile over 1400m. Fitter now. Respect him a lot.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 113x2
Win $7.50 Place $2.70
  • Ready to Fire

4. Going Global (12)

echo J: J Mcdonald T: C Waller

Hmmm! On her best American form she can win this. Because she has run several mile races faster than all these horses. But she led and weakened behind Think It Over last start in WFA mile. Given she has lighter weight here and is fitter she is now in 1:34 shape and that is good enough to win this. Respect her.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 x0x96
Win $34.00 Place $9.00
  • Place Performer

5. Converge (9)

echo J: T Clark T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

He has not won for a while but there are a good few things in this favour here. On home track. Loves this journey, is 2nd up and runs well fresh and did run a very fast 1400m when close up 4th to Redeiner last start. Drawn to get a dream run. Should be in the fray.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 027x4
Win $15.00 Place $4.60
  • Ready to Fire

6. Golden Mile (21)

echo J: B Shinn T: J Cummings

Was perfectly ridden by Nash Rawiller last start sitting on the fence poised behind the leader, then charged through along the rails to establish a winning lead at the right time to win the Gr 3 Theo Marks over 1300m. On that run he’s a chance. However, he struggles with a mile and drawn 21 is going to make it very tough. Wore blinkers last start and gets them again here.

PB Rating 7.7
Last 5 0x901
Win $20.00 Place $6.00
  • In Form

7. Kirwan's Lane (11)

echo J: T Sherry T: J O'Shea

May be a dark horse. Well weighted and is 3rd up after a pair of handy runs in Group level shorter races. Loves this journey having won 9 times including the $2million Ingham here. No surprise to see him swoop late.

PB Rating 7.2
Last 5 04x76
Win $51.00 Place $12.00
  • Track Talent

8. Hope In Your Heart (10)

echo J: C Williams T: K Parker

Will be hard to beat. Is 2nd up here after terrific 3rd to Pericles in Gr 2 Tramway over 1400m in fast time. Has the addition of blinkers for this and has drawn well enough to find a great spot midfield. Was placed at Gr 1 level this trip last prep and did run 4th in the Gr 1 Doncaster here behind Mr Brightside. Big show.

PB Rating 8.2
Last 5 442x3
Win $9.50 Place $3.20
  • Ready to Fire

9. Diamil (5)

echo J: J Collett T: J O'Shea

Drawn well and is 3rd up but isn’t racing well. Last start carried 5kg more when beaten 5 lengths by Think It Over WFA this trip. Will struggle to finish closer than about 6th.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 86x09
Win $101.00 Place $26.00
  • Good on Soft

10. Kovalica (7)

echo J: J Moreira T: C Waller

Big chance. Has the Magic Man to ride and is second up – he tends to win 2nd up. On a track when resuming that didn’t suit closes last start he was last for home and beaten just over 3 lengths by Golden Mile in the Theo Marks. Fitter now, much, much better suited to this journey and meets Golden Mile 2kg better.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 131x9
Win $8.50 Place $2.90
  • Ready to Fire

11. Nugget (19)

echo J: D Oliver T: C Maher & D Eustace

Very talented and has placed at Gr 1 level twice, latest when 3rd to Mr Brightside in the $5million Doncaster here this trip. Rattled home when 4th to Golden Mile when resuming last start. Fitter now but drawn so poorly. Place show.

PB Rating 7.9
Last 5 553x4
Win $8.50 Place $2.90
  • Ready to Fire

12. Pounding (13)

echo J: J Kah T: P Moody & K Coleman

Firstly, he loves this trip and is now absolutely ready to put his best foot forward following two solid runs from a break. Was 3rd in the Gr 1 Australian Cup last prep. Ran 4th, beaten just on a length when making ground late, to Pinstripe in the Gr 2 Feehan this trip last start. Looks a player here.

PB Rating 7.4
Last 5 63x64
Win $10.00 Place $3.40
  • Place Performer

13. Communist (6)

echo J: D Gibbons T: M Freedman

Won the Gr 1 Randwick Guineas here this trip in March but in 4 runs since has been well and truly trounced. Finished 11th of 14 here behind Pericles in the 1400m Tramway last start. Not keen.

PB Rating 6
Last 5 60x00
Win $26.00 Place $7.00
  • Track Talent

14. Duke De Sessa (15)

echo J: R Bayliss T: C Maher & D Eustace

Stayer on the Caulfield Cup path. Is 2nd up here after 10th to Mr Brightside last start over unsuitable 1400m at Gr 1 level. Fitter now and could run a very cheeky race late.

PB Rating 7.4
Last 5 1x8x0
Win $34.00 Place $9.50
  • Good on Soft

15. Madame Pommery (16)

echo J: K Mcevoy T: C Waller

Good solid mare but isn’t quite up to Gr 1 level. This is 3rd run from a spell. Last start was 8th to Golden Mile over 1300m. Drops 4kg here.

PB Rating 6.5
Last 5 07x28
Win $31.00 Place $9.00
  • Good on Soft

16. Democracy Manifest (1)

echo J: T Schiller T: C Waller

Got home like a steam train after given a sensational ride by Tyler Schiller in the 1500m Cameron at Gr 3 level. Ran a record that day and won easily. This is lengths harder but he runs well at a mile and drops 3.5kg. Schiller on again.

PB Rating 7.1
Last 5 61x01
Win $16.00 Place $4.80
  • Likes Dry Track

17. Rediener (2)

echo J: K O'Hara T: C Waller

Big, big rise in class here following a stunning and highly polished win in the Gr 3 Bill Ritchie over 1400m in super fast time. Drops 3kg here, has a superb barrier and probably sits up 4th or 5th before unleashing. Serious threat in this as he is improving all the time.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 211x1
Win $14.00 Place $4.40
  • Proven Winner

18. Barbie's Fox (4)

echo J: D Yendall T: B, W & J Hayes

Good, solid handicap mare who ran on boldly to win 1500m ester race then up to stakes grade when beaten just over 3 lengths by Redeiner. Not keen.

PB Rating 6.1
Last 5 23417
Win $34.00 Place $9.50
  • Proven Winner

19. Waterford (20)

echo J: Z Lloyd T: C Waller

Lightweight hope because he is consistent but really isn’t quite as good as a few of these better ones. Has placed at past two Gr 2 runs, best when 3rd to Golden Mile.

PB Rating 6.4
Last 5 20x33
Win $14.00 Place $4.40
  • Good on Soft

20. Olentia (17)

echo J: J Ford T: C Waller

Good mare who looked like being anything winning 5 straight but then struggled in Gr 2 Tramway when plodding 5th then beaten easily by stablemate Redeiner last start. Looks tested here.

PB Rating 6.4
Last 5 1x158
Win $26.00 Place $7.50
  • Good on Soft

21. Williamsburg (Em1) (3)

echo J: A Adkins T: G Ryan & S Alexiou

Strong type who always seems to be thereabouts. This is very hard but is his pet trip and carries no weight. On speed when strong 2nd to Cepheus in Gr 2 Shannon last start over 1500m. Place show.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 03x42
Win $61.00 Place $26.00
  • Place Performer

22. Political Debate (Em2) (22)

echo J: R King T: C Waller

Has talent but just doesn’t seem up to Gr 1 level. Beaten easily when fading 9th to Redeiner last run.

PB Rating 6
Last 5 0x529
Win $101.00 Place $26.00
  • Good on Soft

First 4

1. Redeiner, 2. The Inevitable, 3. Hope In Your Heart, 4. Kovalica

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