Derby day at Epsom, followed by a Champions League final that pits the guile and experience of Pirlo and Buffon against the twinkle-toed magic of Messi.
Golden Horn and Pirlo have both got stamina doubts to answer as it happens, but both could decide the outcome of their respective sporting showpiece.
Live with us on Channel 4 at 4.30pm the £1.325m Investec Derby has drawn a field of 12 to the Epsom Downs, and couch potatoes have never had it so good, as as 7.45pm the eyes of the sporting world will be drawn to Berlin, as Barcelona and Juventus lock horns to decide who’ll get their hands on old big ears, the Champions League trophy coveted by Europe’s elite.
Supplemented Dante winner Golden Horn tops the market at Epsom, but his well documented stamina doubts are a concern for anyone entertaining backing him at a general 6/4.
If you were watching Channel 4 Racing last Saturday you’ll know I was looking forward to backing Zawraq, but Curragh trainer Dermot Weld will be as sick as a pig that his horse is lame and unable to run.
In his absence I’m taking a chance with a 20/1 shot, in the hope that Newmarket handler William Haggas can secure a first Derby with Storm The Stars.
At huge odds you get guaranteed stamina, some excellent form in the book, plus versatility regarding ground.
It’s six years since the mighty Sea The Stars powered to victory in this race, and he could be about to supply the 2015 winner with one his offspring.
Go back through his form and you’ll find just a neck separating him from Golden Horn at Nottingham last October.
He ran well in defeat when not entirely comfortable on the track when second to the re-opposing Hans Holbein in the Chester Vase, but enjoyed an inch perfect preparation for this when making all in Goodwood’s listed Cocked Hat Stakes 15 days ago.
He’s improving all the time, and has clearly benefitted from stepping up in distance.
Combine that with the form of the Haggas team, a meaty 11 winners from just 29 runners in the fortnight to Friday, for a stunning 38% strike-rate, and there looks to be enough ammunition to recommend an each way wager.
Elsewhere, Abergavenny trainer Dave Evans can strike with one of his two runners at Doncaster, with Wordiness primed to continue his good recent form in the 0-70 staying handicap at 2.30pm.
Evans is another man in form, winning with two of his seven runners on Thursday, and employs the services of ace apprentice Gary Mahon, who claims seven off top weight and is full of confidence having won on two of his three recent rides.
Wordiness ran well here last time, and prior to that was much improved when bounding clear at Newbury.
Mahon’s claim effectively takes him back to his winning mark, and he looks the one to beat in this Class 5 event.
Saturday’s best bets:
2.30 Doncaster – Ladbrokes App Handicap – 1 Wordiness (win)