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EPSOM DERBY FESTIVAL | Three Value Picks to consider for Day 1

A Group 2 winner, a well-handicapped filly and a course performer make up the selections on the first day of the Derby meeting at Epsom



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The Derby Festival gets underway at Epsom this afternoon, with the Oaks featuring on a seven-race card in Surrey.

The action kicks off at 2.00 and concludes at 5.40, with the 1m4f Classic scheduled in for 4.30.

Our team has picked apart the card in hope of hunting down some value on the Downs.

Here are our three selections that could be in the picture with a decent price.

Pyledriver – 3.10 Epsom (8/1 – Various)

One of the standout stories of last season, Pyledriver returns to Epsom after his Derby appearance last season.

The colt burst onto the scene when causing an upset in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, seeing off two smart sorts in Arthur’s Kingdom and Mogul.

Pyledriver will be hoping to bounce back to form at Epsom this afternoon

He didn’t get the best start in the Derby as he finished 11th but he bounced back at the first time of asking, landing the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

Pyledriver wasn’t at his best in the Jockey Club Stakes back in May, but he should come on plenty from that and could be interesting in the Coronation Cup with a price tag of 8/1.

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Kaleidoscopic – 3.45 Epsom (18/1 – Various)

A big-priced outsider in the Class 2 Cazoo Handicap, Mick Channon’s Kaleidoscopic could well outrun her price in this contest.

Last seen finishing fifth in the Rothesay Stakes at Ayr, the filly was never far away from her opponents and had every chance of landing success.

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Mick Channon will be hoping for a big effort from Kaleidoscopic this afternoon

She returns to handicaps here with a mark of 89, which is only 3lbs higher when claiming second behind Waldkonig at Pontefract in April.

Kaleidoscopic could well hint at some decent each-way value in this contest.

Count Otto – 5.40 Epsom (20/1 – bet365, Betfair + Paddy Power)

The Cazoo Derby Festival Handicap holds another big-priced runner that could push for the places here, in the form of Count Otto.

The six-year-old finished second in this race last season and he will benefit from the return of Jim Crowley in the saddle.

Amanda Perrett’s runner will need to defy a career-high mark here and he was majorly below par at Newmarket last month, when finishing sixth of seven runners.

Count Otto should bounce back and could well be trading blows in the closing stages here.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.