Andrew Cooper, the clerk of the course at Epsom, reported a “misty, dewy” start at the track earlier on Friday morning after a dry night, so the going report that is expected shortly could well be edging towards good-to-soft ground for the Oaks at 4.30 this afternoon.

Nine fillies are due to go to post for the fillies’ Classic, where the unbeaten Perfect Clarity (4.30) looks like the value bet at around 7-1, while Cracksman, last year’s Champion Stakes winner, will be one of the shortest-priced favourites of the season as he attempts to see off five opponents in the Coronation Cup at 3.10.

Elsewhere on the card, Donncha (2.35) is finally starting to slip down the weights and may repay his long-suffering supporters with an overdue victory, though his habit of finding all the trouble going is unlikely to make it an easy race for his backers to watch. Ajman King (3.45) and Kings Shield (5.15) should also go close, while True Belief (2.00) may have the edge in a competitive Woodcote Stakes at the top of the card.

Market Rasen 1.40 Settie Hill 2.15 Windspiel 2.50 Atalanta’s Gold 
3.25 Pixiepot 4.00 Notnow Seamus 4.45 As You Like 5.20 Pretty Reckless 

Catterick Bridge 1.50 Li Kui 2.25 St Malo 3.00 Eeh Bah Gum 
3.35 Elgin 4.10 Brockholes 4.55 Foxtrot Knight 5.30 Mitchum 
6.05 Glyder 

Epsom 2.00 True Belief 2.35 Donncha 3.10 Cracksman 3.45 Ajman King (nb) 4.30 Perfect Clarity (nap) 5.15 Kings Shield 5.50 Taurean Star 

Bath 5.45 Toolatetodelegate 6.20 High Horse 6.50 Purple Jazz 
7.25 Accomplice 7.55 Waseem Faris 8.30 Hit The Beat 9.00 King Crimson 

Doncaster 6.00 God Willing 6.30 Cheer The Title 7.00 Chess Move 7.35 Spanish City 8.05 Come On Come On 8.40 Maid Up 9.10 Silver Character 

Goodwood 6.10 Fintech 6.40 Main Edition 7.10 Impulsion 7.45 Magical Dreamer 8.15 Albizzia 8.50 Ganayem 


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