Epsom Downs plays host to a fine card on Thursday for a competitive evening’s racing.
LANG SHINING is a horse who has been thriving in claimers recently, and Jamie Osbourne seems to have found a niche for the seven year old, who has won six of these claiming stakes races in the last year or so.
The gelding runs in the 8:30 at Epsom Downs and won the same race last year. Although he has pounds to find on the leading players in the field, he has course and distance form, and the fact he is dropping down in trip will also suit.
Another horse who is looking to win a race for the second successive year is SPACE STATION who runs in a seven furlong handicap at 7.55 on the same card at Epsom. The Simon Dow trained five year old has a sketchy record, however that is mainly due to his dreadful record on all weather tracks where he has just two second place finishes from eight runs.
On turf however he has three wins and three further places from 13 runs, a stark contrast. He is dropped down in trip after running over nine furlongs and this should suit. His course and distance form gives him an edge over his rivals.
One of the hottest stables in town at the minute is that of Andrew Balding, who is in great form with eight winners this month already. He has a runner in the showpiece race, the 7.25 which is a Class 3 handicap over six furlongs.
FIREBACK looks different gravy to the rest of the field given his recent piece of form where he finished third in a Class 2 handicap over same course and distance. He has gone up three pounds from the handicapper, however he could still have a bit more in hand and I think he’ll take all the beating.
7.25 Epsom Downs - Fireback
7.55 Epsom Downs - Space Station (EW)
8.30 Epsom Downs - Lang Shining