Tip of the Day: Fallow fancied
Ben Linfoot consults the history books (Google) before backing an in-form filly at Epsom for the tip of the day.
Epsom: Home to a good card today and Mrs Beeton's family back in the 1840s
There's a good spread of fixtures up and down the country on this Bank Holiday Monday, from the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Novices' Hurdle that kicks off the action in Cumbria, to the Isabella Beeton Handicap that closes the card down at Epsom.
There's a food theme from start to finish there, as Mrs Beeton published her 'Book Of Household Management' in 1861, the authority on home cooking from the Victorian era and a cookbook as famous today as it was 150 years ago.
Her mother married the Epsom Clerk of the Course, Henry Dorling, in 1843 and the large family (Isabella had 13 half-brothers and sisters) lived in the grandstand at the racetrack in the 1840s! The Conditions Stakes on today's card is named after Mrs Beeton's stepfather.
The Henry Dorling Conditions Stakes is a good little contest too, with Fire Fighting an obvious chance at the weights if he's got over his exertions from Windsor on Saturday evening, where he was a five-length fifth behind Berkshire.
This is going to be fast and furious with King Crimson, Hay Chewed and Field Of Vision in the field and that should set things up perfectly for Paul Midgley's in-form filly.
The four-year-old daughter of Vale Of York has been running consistently all season without winning reward, finishing second on three occasions, all at Musselburgh, including last time when she was denied a head by Economic Crisis.
That proves she's in rude health and she should enjoy this lightning quick five furlongs, with cheekpieces applied for the first time. That headgear should help Martin Lane get Olivia Fallow travelling into the race before swooping late to land the prize.
Google wasn't as helpful at assisting who Olivia Fallow is/was, but hopefully the equine version of whoever she may be can write her name into the Epsom history books by winning the five-furlong handicap on today's card.