Racing tips: Cook’s recipe for Epsom success?

Epsom has half-a-dozen races on the card for Wednesday
Epsom has half-a-dozen races on the card for Wednesday

James Cook can stake his Investec Derby claim with victory in the Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom.

Aidan O’Brien has his usual embarrassment of riches in the Classic division and while this Galileo colt is not yet considered part of the A-team judged on the ante-post markets, a win here would certainly see his price shorten.

A full-brother to Arc winner Found, James Cook is bred to excel over middle distances but he shaped well enough over shorter when winning one of his two juvenile starts last term.

James Cook will face a stiff rival in Crossed Baton, who bids to give John Gosden a fourth successive win in the race.

While Gosden could be out of luck in the feature event, Royal Line should be up to the task in the Investec Corporate Banking Great Metropolitan Handicap.

Winner of his first two starts last year, his campaign was derailed a bit towards the end of the season and he again disappointed when tried at Doncaster last month.

Ajman King ended last year on a high and can pick up in the same vein in the Investec City And Suburban Handicap.

Talaaqy is the pick in the British Stallion Studs EBF “Confined’ Fillies” Novice Stakes at Catterick.

It is day two of the Punchestown Festival and Noel Meade can claim the day’s main prize – the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup – with Road To Respect.

Selections

Lingfield: 4.50 Line House, 5.20 Black Sails, 5.55 Canadian Royal, 6.25 Shailene, 6.55 First Selection, 7.25 Lord Vetinari, 7.55 Cooperess.

Perth: 1.30 Truckers Lodge, 2.00 Morning With Ivan, 2.35 Cresswell Legend, 3.10 Chidswell, 3.45 The Jam Man, 4.15 Doktor Glaz, 4.45 Think Ahead.

Punchestown: 3.40 Rooster Byron, 4.20 Epicuris, 4.55 Next Destination, 5.30 Road To Respect, 6.05 Relegate, 6.40 Kemboy, 7.15 Tintangle.

Taunton: 5.15 Malindi Bay, 5.45 Lungarno Palace, 6.15 Royal Act, 6.45 Kalarika, 7.10 Tir Dubh, 7.40 Very Live, 8.10 Skandiburg.

Catterick: 1.50 La Fortuna, 2.25 Christmas Night, 3.00 Talaaqy, 3.30 Card High, 4.05 Question Of Faith, 4.35 Carpet Time, 5.10 Right Action, 5.40 Presidential.

Epsom: 2.10 Just That Lord, 2.45 JAMES COOK (NAP), 3.20 Royal Line, 3.55 Ajman King, 4.25 Cross My Mind, 5.00 Jack Taylor.