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Saturday 7 June 2014

The Dash at Epsom

History :
Draw Record last 6 years :
2013 - 19, 1, 5, 13 (17 ran) Good - 55.22s
2012 - 2, 16, 15, 3 (20 ran) Good to Firm - 53.69s
2011 - 9, 13, 10, 1 (16) Good to Firm - 54.30s
2010 - 15, 14, 16, 9 (19) Good to Firm - 54.22s
2009 - 18, 12, 11, 1 (18) Good to Firm - 54.67s
2008 - 8, 19, 12, 17 (19) Good - 55.33s
Age of Winner - 4, 4, 6, 6, 9, 6
Result :
2013 : 1st Duke Of Firenze, 2nd Smoothtalkinrascal, 3rd Dinkum Diamond, 4th Fair Value
2012 : 1st Stone of Folca, 2nd Desert Law, 3rd Catfish, 4th Taajub
2011 : 1st Captain Dunne, 2nd Confessional, 3rd La Fortunata, 4th Sohraab
2010 : 1st Bertoliver, 2nd Hawkeyethenoo, 3rd Rocket Bob, 4th Judge N'Jury
2013 Review :
A typically competitive renewal of this hot sprint handicap, and a fantastic finish, with the first two home cutting through the field in the closing stages from seemingly impossible positions.DUKE OF FIRENZE, who showed he could handle a downhill track when scoring at Goodwood earlier in the season, was well backed but his chance looked negligible when he had just three behind him 2f from home. However, once switched and meeting the rising ground, he powered up the hill and got a clear run through to strike the front near the line.
Race FactsDandy Nicholls has a good record in this race having had the winner in 02, 03, 05 and 09. His 42 runners have brought 4 wins and 5 places. Steve Williams has had 7 runners from which he has had 2 winners and 2 places.

This year is an equally competitive race as in previous seasons and it looks set to be the usual frantic pace with the question of whether the front runners can hold on from the fast finishers.

Front runners Caspian Prince, who has run probably the fastest times of the field in recent races, Even Stevens, Tangerine Trees and Judge'N Jury look likely to be forcing the pace but I think Addictive Dream wont be too far behind.  The latter fits into a lot of the trends for the race and being trained by a sprint maestro David Nicholls, who has an excellent record in this race, he looks sure to go well at a big ew price.