Racing: Derby preview and Doncaster tips for Saturday, June 4
It is hard to believe that Andre Fabre only has one Investec Derby success to his credit but Cloth Of Stars can double the master French handler's tally and justify his supplementary fee with victory in the Epsom Classic.
Fabre and jockey Mickael Barzalona teamed up to take home the spoils with Pour Moi five years ago and Cloth Of Stars certainly boasts a similar profile to that horse.
The Sea The Stars colt showed some classy form as a juvenile, when he actually achieved far more than Pour Moi did in winning a Group Three event as placing in Group One company.
His preparation this term is also familiar territory for Fabre and Barzalona, having contested the Prix la Force and Prix Greffulhe in anticipation of this Classic engagement.
Cloth Of Stars won both of those events with the minimum of fuss, creating a particularly favourable impression when reversing previous form with Robin Of Navan in the Greffulhe.
Fabre then brought him over for a spin round Epsom as the Breakfast With The Stars event - another tool from Pour Moi’s build-up - and Barzalona was pleased enough in his handling of the track.
While he is stepping into the unknown over 12 furlongs, Cloth Of Stars looks likely to excel over this kind of trip and he has shown he can handle good ground or softer, another factor which could prove key given the recent wet weather.
The fact connections felt compelled to stump up £75,000 to add him to the race speaks volumes about his perceived ability and it would be little surprise to see Fabre strike gold again.
Epsom: 2.00 Poet’s Word, 2.35 Sayana, 3.10 Postponed, 3.45 Seeking Magic, 4.30 CLOTH OF STARS (NAP), 5.15 Green Light, 5.50 Ghalib.
Doncaster: 1.55 Dubai Elegance, 2.30 Evenlode, 3.05 Hurricane Volta, 3.40 Clovelly Bay, 4.15 Shabeeb, 5.10 Lyfka, 5.40 Flyboy.
Hexham: 1.30 Deny, 2.05 Castlemorris King, 2.40 Linger, 3.15 Solway Legend, 3.50 Hartside, 4.45 Fly Home Harry, 5.20 Mr Monochrome.
Lingfield: 5.45 Engai, 6.20 Shufoog, 6.50 Insight, 7.20 Simmie, 7.50 Elusive Ellen, 8.20 Aflame, 8.50 Kiringa.
Musselburgh: 1.40 Ordinal, 2.15 Quick N Quirky, 2.50 Tahoo, 3.25 Blakeney Point, 4.00 Bahama Moon, 4.55 Medina Sidonia, 5.30 Aldreth.
Newcastle: 6.10 Another Angel, 6.40 Gibbs Hill, 7.10 Cool Music, 7.40 Nonagon, 8.10 Push Me, 8.40 Mr Cool Cash, 9.10 Anieres Boy.
Worcester: 1.45 Allez Vic, 2.20 Salto Chisco, 2.55 Festive Affair, 3.30 Good Idea, 4.05 Zarzal, 5.00 Deauville Dancer, 5.35 Robert’s Star.
Double: Cloth Of Stars and Postponed.