Beyond Conceit to continue Balding’s recent run of form

EARLIER on the card, I’m really sweet on the chances of BEYOND CONCEIT for Andrew Balding in the Investec Great Metropolitan Handicap at 2.50pm. This one might have only won a maiden but ran some credible races in several hot handicaps last term.

He should come on a huge amount for his reappearance second at Doncaster and the vibes from the yard strongly suggest he will go close this afternoon. The son of Galileo cost £250,000 as a foal and might well prove a great deal better than his mark of 87.

It is another tricky looking contest, though, and you can give a chance to nearly all of the 11 runners. With that in mind, I’d like to be backing another one each-way and PERENNIAL has to be the call.

Charles Hills has made a quick start to the new season, as has Perennial’s jockey Ryan Moore. The pair are operating at a strike-rate of over 40 per cent when they’ve teamed up so far and Perennial is another horse who could boost their tally further.

The Hills yard clearly thought plenty of this son of former Derby winner Motivator last term, as after winning a maiden he was pitched straight into a Group Three. This will only be his second start in handicap company and I’d be disappointed if he didn’t go close.

Brian Ellison has a habit of getting a tune out of horses he has acquired from other yards and SPANISH DUKE looks primed for a big run in the Investec City and Suburban Handicap (3.55pm); a race he won off a 3lb higher mark two years ago.

The six-year-old hasn’t won since then but the John Dunlop stable was hardly firing for a long time before he retired at the end of last season. He definitely showed some promise on his debut for Ellison at Pontefract last time in the race won by one of today’s rivals, Lady Loch.

Spanish Duke faced an impossible task that day having missed the break and it was a strange race as very few got into it. He stayed on well enough from the rear to suggest he retains his ability and that pipe-opener will stand him in good stead today.

Finally, in the opening Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap at 2.20pm, RACY might be able to outrun his odds for sprint master Ed McMahon. First time blinkers on this six-year-old might eke out some more improvement and, for a horse that generally goes well fresh, could be enough to see him go close with the useful Sean Levey on board.

■ Pointers…
RACY e/w 2.20pm Epsom
PERENNIAL e/w 2.50pm Epsom
SPANISH DUKE e/w 3.55pm Epsom