GOOD MORNING RACING FANS
It’s Epsom time!
The Derby Festival kicks off this afternoon with some top grade action and we have all the build-up ahead of coverage.
Our first race is 2pm ahead of seven competitive contests on day one.
The Coral Coronation Cup is at 3.10, with the Cazoo Oaks the other highlight of this Friday, going off at 4.30.
Aidan O’Brien’s Santa Barbara looks set to go off favourite for the Oaks but has seen a bit of a drift this morning.
O’Brien will hope she settles a bit better than she did when a warm favourite for the 1000 Guineas before finishing fourth.
Meanwhile, Frankie Dettori has picked up the ride on leading Derby contender John Leeper – and says he feels ‘very sorry’ for fellow jock Adam Kirby.
Top jockey Kirby looked to have secured the sought-after ride earlier this week.
But with Dettori’s intended mount High Definition scratched from the race in favour of a crack at the Irish Derby, Dunlop swooped in to secure the services of the legendary Italian.
And John Leeper’s odds have been slashed as a result, with Paddy Power cutting him into 13-2 from 8-1, as Dettori chases a third Derby win.
Stick with us as we build up to today’s action with some expert tips, free bets and action from the racecourse.
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