FASTEN your seatbelts and get ready for the Investec Dash, one of the fastest races you will ever see.
Epsom’s downhill five furlong track is like no other in the world and back in 2012 Stone Of Folca set a new world record when winning this race in 53.69 seconds, the quickest since electronic timing began.
The 10-year-old, Caspian Prince, already has his place in Epsom folklore having won this contest three times, but if he was to take it for a fourth time off a mark of 114 they might as well rename it the Caspian Prince Dash.
He is a remarkable horse who comes alive at this course and even though he disappointed in last weekend’s Temple Stakes at Haydock, that will have blown the cobwebs away.
You simply cannot rule him out, despite the fact he is coming out of the supposed coffin box of stall one. He actually won this race from that stall two years ago so a low draw isn’t unsurmountable.
That said, generally a high draw nearer the stands rail is favoured and the combination of his draw, age and handicap mark is enough to leave him alone.
The Irish don’t tend to send many over for this, but they have the likely favourite this year in the shape of Hathiq who bolted up at the Curragh on Sunday.
He barely came off the bridle that day and comes into this incredibly well-in, but he will never have experienced anything like this.
My two against the field are EEH BAH GUM and MUTHMIR who are both available at around 12/1.
The former ran a cracker at York two starts back and has always looked like a horse who would appreciate a speed test like this.
Talented 3lb apprentice Jamie Gormley has won the only time he has got on his back and the draw in 14 is pretty much ideal.
Muthmir has some solid Listed and Group form and is making his first start back in a handicap since winning the Portland at Doncaster in 2014.
William Haggas’ son of Invincible Spirit will love the ground and if the gaps open he certainly has more than enough ability to be winning this.
His draw in stall 10 is fine, he actually won this from gate one two years ago so a low draw isn’t too much of a worry, although generally a high draw near the stands rail is preferred.
He can never be discounted over this course and distance but he would have to put up a career best effort to win this off 114.