The Irish Derby is the highlight of Saturday’s flat action and Ruler Of The World can complete the Anglo-Irish Derby Double. He was very impressive at Epsom and despite being very well ridden that day there looks little cause for optimism for Libertarian or Galileo Rock to overturn Epsom form. Expect a comfortable victory for the Ballydoyle contender.
The Northumberland Plate is an intriguing handicap run over two miles at Newcastle. Ile De Re and Tominator are two former winners who are sure to mount a very strong challenge. However, preference is for Amanda Perrett’s rapidly improving four year old, Arch Villain, who looks as though two miles will be right up his street this year. Softer ground is a huge positive and he probably had a fair bit in hand when winning narrowly at Goodwood last time out.
Chester Selections: Salford Red Devil 2-10, Sir Maximilian 2-45, Heavy Metal 3-20, English Summer 3-55, Bushel 4-25, Street Artist 4-55 and Gabrial’s King 5-25
Newcastle Selections: Jack Dexter 2-05, Fast Shot 2-40, Arch Villain 3-15, Mehdi 3-50, Instant Attraction 4-20, Tiger Reins 4-50 and Hunting Rights 5-20
Newmarket Selections: Sunny Harbour 2-20, Harris Tweed 2-55, Hawkeyethenoo 3-30, Strictly Silver 4-05, Squire 4-35, Pompeia 5-05 and Ghanaian 5-35
Windsor Selections: Fear or Favour 2-30, Golden Secret 3-05, Clowance Estate 3-35, French Navy 4-10, Rex Imperator 4-40, Jubilant Queen 5-10 and Dance Express 5-40