Epsom Derby Festival: JOHN LEEPER | 4:30pm Cazoo Derby (Group 1) | Dom’s Pick [+£3.87 profit on £1 stakes for Flat NAP’s]
The annual penultimate Classic of the season, the Epsom Derby, is on the horizon and our team have highlighted their best bet of the afternoon in the feature contest.
Despite a series of musical saddles, the highly likeable John Leeper is Ed Dunlop’s first Classic runner for five years and that looks to be a clue in itself.
He is bred like a top-class horse, out of Oaks winning heroine Snow Fairy, so a step up to one-and-a-half miles around this track looks sure to suit.
After putting a decent field to the sword at Newmarket last month, it appeared that Adam Kirby would take the ride but Frankie Dettori now has the place in the hotseat after Ballydoyle only confirmed one runner for the race, Bolshoi Ballet.
Aidan O’Brien usually flocks many into this event so the fact he is only represented by a sole runner is intriguing, but at the prices, the highly progressive son of Frankel could still have plenty more to give and stall 12 was a lucky charm last year for Serpentine.