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Going soft is not Marvellous issue




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EPSOM staged its Breakfast With The Stars’ yesterday and having been at Epsom on Wednesday to walk the track, it was no surprise to hear some trainers having reservations about the ground.

I felt it was walking soft and good to soft in places and I was surprised at how soft it was over there but one thing you must remember about Epsom is that it only takes 48 hours to dry out. However, the weather forecast for the next while is mixed and you could end up having soft ground yet.

Kingston Hill was probably the most eye-catching horse there yesterday morning and Roger Varian is a very meticulous trainer in his approach to everything. He thinks it will do the horse the world of good to have brought him to Epsom to get a feel of the track.

He is looking to become the latest trainer to use the morning to his benefit by letting the horse get accustomed to the surroundings. Looking back at the Guineas again and he caught the eye in the last 100 yards, the way he was finishing, and he could well be a player next week in the Derby.

Motivator and Pour Moi went for a spin around as there’s a lot of horses over the years who have used this opportunity to their advantage.

Should the ground remain on the slow side, I would definitely say it would have an impact on Australia’s performance.

He looks like a horse that wants quick ground and that would also bring the Derrinstown Trial horses into the equation as the first, three in that are all able to handle an ease in the surface which would be a big help for them.

A filly I thought could really make a big impact at Epsom in the Oaks is Aidan’s filly Marvellous who was very impressive when winning the 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh last weekend.

That was only her third career start and she has the profile of Imagine and Shahtoush, who I won the Epsom Oaks on. Imagine also won the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh before going on to win at Epsom.

She is a fresh filly with a Guineas run under her belt and she is going to be tough to beat. She struggled a bit early on in the Guineas but when she got going she really came home and finished out well. If the ease continues at Epsom you could definitely see her as a major player.

She’ll definitely give the favourite all she wants of it.