Friday 4 June 2021 4:56 pm

Sunday can make it a great Saturday

Bill Esdaile is City A.M. racing editor and managing director of Square in the Air.

IT WILL be a case of blink and you’ll miss it when it comes to the World Pool Dash (3.45pm) on Saturday.

The 20-strong field will take less than a minute to surge down the five-furlong straight at Epsom and as usual, this year’s renewal is a fiercely competitive affair.

Stone Of Destiny should go well, but it’s often hard for hold-up horses in this race and I prefer the chances of another King Power Racing-owned contender in SUNDAY SOVEREIGN.

The son of Equiano was a very well-regarded two-year-old when trained by Paddy Twomey in Ireland and was sent off just 13/8 for the 2019 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He blew out that day and three below-par efforts followed, but there was plenty to suggest on his most recent run at York that his now third trainer, Tim Easterby, is close to getting him back to his best.

Arguably nothing was travelling better than him two furlongs out and he did little wrong after that to finish a close second to the highly-progressive Pendleton.

Silvestre de Sousa has chosen to ride him over Stone Of Destiny and he looks the play at 8/1.

The World Pool, created by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, is back for Derby Day and hosts the biggest betting pools in the world, creating more value for racing fans.

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If you are looking for a couple of runners to add to your exotic bets like the Swinger (picking two to finish in the first three), I’d recommend Cooper Knight and the Irish raider Only Spoofing.

Despite going up five pounds for his win at York on his penultimate start, Copper Knight is still very well-handicapped on his old form, while Only Spoofing was a very taking winner of a Navan handicap last time and could still be improving.


Sunday Sovereign e/w                             3.45pm Epsom