A top and competitive handicap opens Epsom's card on Derby day and we hope to get off to a good start with MARCHING TIME, who is taken to win this ahead of Union Island and Dubai Crest. The pick looked a progressive type last season before being a little outclassed in the Group One Racing Post Trophy on his last appearance of that campaign. He shaped well and proved his stamina for this trip on his seasonal reappearance in a similar race at York last time out and with more expected again he should run a big race off the same mark. Union Island has done very little wrong in six starts so far including winning on his penultimate effort in a decent maiden. Kevin Ryan's charge was then only just beaten in a similar race to this next time up and although up three pounds for that display he should be close at the business end of the race. Dubai Crest stepped up to this class last time out to narrowly miss out in small field. The form of that race has been franked by the well held third since so this one also looks good to challenge off a competitive mark. John Gosden's yard are flying at the moment so we have to respect the chances of the progressive London Bridge but his rating is difficult to assess on his handicap bow so in a really tricky start for punters the safest option appears to be Marching Time.
Aurorian (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, steady headway from over 2f out, stayed on, not reached leaders, 5th of 12, 6l behind Aqwaal (8-8) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (2) sft in May.
Goliaths Boy (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, losing place when squeezed out inside final furlong, soon eased, last of 8, 7l behind Fareer (8-9) at Chester 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Dubai Crest 2-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, strong challenge from over 1f out until inside final furlong, unable to quicken and beaten well inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Takaatuf (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Tarzan (IRE) 5-4fav (8-13) Prominent, led over 2f out, headed just inside final furlong, rallied and just held, 2nd of 8, ns behind Silver Games (9-3) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (4) gf in May.
History Lesson 10-11fav (8-10) Made all, broke well, led, steadied pace 6f out, pressed from over 4f out, ran on strongly from 2f out, drew clear final furlong, won at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Apr beating Light Dubai (8-5) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
River Captain (IRE) 11-1 (8-6) Never better than mid-division, 6th of 12, 6l behind Aqwaal (8-8) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (2) sft in May.
Dialogue 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Aqwaal (8-8) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (2) sft in May.
Sam Sharp (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 3f out, stayed on strongly, clear over 1f out, pushed out, comfortably, won at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft in May beating Cotillion (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Marching Time 9-2fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and not much room over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Barwell Bridge (9-5) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
London Bridge 11-10fav (9-3) Made all, hung right 5f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, kept up to work final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May beating Senses (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Union Island (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on well towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Barwell Bridge (9-5) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Dreamwalk (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Held up, headway on outer from over 3f out, join leader over 1f out, soon ridden, led final 100 yards, stayed on towards finish, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in May beating Andhaar (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Elliptical (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Soon tracking leader, led narrowly over 6f out, driven along over 1f out, in command final furlong and stayed on well, won at Goodwood 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gd in May beating Sabotage (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Lasso The Moon 14-1 (8-3) Held up behind, plenty to do 2f out, hanging left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Aqwaal (8-8) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (2) sft in May.
Saa'ida (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, pushed along 4f out, ridden and looked in trouble entering straight, hard driven over 2f out, stayed on steadily under pressure from over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, won at Goodwood 1m 2f Maiden Fillies Stakes (3yo) (5) gf in May beating Honours Stride (8-9) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Tepmokea (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Soon led, ridden along over 3f out, hung right over 1f out, driven when headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Antigua Sunrise (8-10) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Equipe de Nuit 33-1 (9-2) Held up and keen, headway on inner when hampered over 2f out, never dangerous after, 13th of 16, 8l behind Barwell Bridge (9-5) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.