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ITV Racing Tips on June 2nd - Five races covered on Epsom Oaks day

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Jon Vine 01 Jun 2023
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  • Tips for the five ITV races on Friday 2nd June
  • The 2023 Epsom Oaks headlines Friday's ITV action
  • Haatem, Dutch Decoy and Westover feature in our ITV tips
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Westover winning the The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at Curragh Racecourse. (Getty)
    ITV Tips on June 2nd
  • Friday's ITV Racing Schedule
  • Race 1 - Woodcote Stakes Tips
  • Race 2 - Racehorse Lotto Handicap Tips
  • Race 3 - Coronation Cup Tips
  • Race 4 - Betfred Handicap Tips
  • Race 5 - Epsom Oaks Tips

The Epsom Derby Festival begins at Epsom on Friday, where the Epsom Oaks headlines an excellent card. ITV viewers will enjoy five live races from Epsom, including a second Group One in the form of the Coronation Cup.

Here are our ITV Racing tips on Epsom Oaks day.

Friday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Title
2:00pmBritish EBF 40th Anniversary Woodcote Stakes (Conditions Race) 6f
2:35pmRacehorse Lotto Handicap (Class 2) 1m½f
3:10pmDahlbury Coronation Cup (Group 1) 1m4f
3:45pmBetfred Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f
4:30pmBetfred Epsom Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f

ITV Racing Tips - Friday 2nd June


Race 1 - Woodcote Stakes Tips


Having shaped with promise when third on debut at Goodwood, HAATEM ran out a convincing winner on his second outing at Bath. Richard Hannon's star was entitled to win as easily as he did, but I was impressed with how Haatem handled that tricky track, putting six lengths between himself and the chasing pack in the blink of an eye.

Seven of the last ten winners of the Woodcote went off as either the favourite or joint-favourite, and only one winner in that time has returned a double-figure SP. It's a race that punters usually get right and I wouldn't be surprised to see Haatem backed into clear favouritism before the off.

Race 2 - Racehorse Lotto Handicap Tips


Plenty in here boast chances, but the one I like most is DUTCH DECOY. Charlie Johnston's six-year-old has been in good form this season, running very well in two valuable handicaps at Newmarket during both the Craven and Guineas meetings.

Last time out at Hamilton, Oliver Stammers was forced to circumnavigate the entire field to make a challenge from the rear and Dutch Decoy was only beaten two lengths. The in-form Neil Callan comes in for the ride today and Johnston's six-year-old is carrying a lovely racing weight of 8-12.

Race 3 - Coronation Cup Tips


Four top-class operators will clash in Friday's first Group One. Negatives can, however, be assigned to all four. Despite the good form of the Gosden yard, I'd fear that Emily Upjohn would be in need of her first run of the season. In contrast, Charlie Appleby's poor recent form would be a negative for Hurricane Lane and I'm not convinced that Point Lonsdale really wants to be going a mile-and-a-half.

WESTOVER isn't the most reliable horse, but he did show during his three-year-old season that he possesses bundles of talent. Ralph Beckett's star ran a blinder to finish third in the Epsom Derby, having been caught in traffic, before going on to produce a dominant front-running display to win the Irish Derby.

Rob Hornby's mount chucked in a stinker in the King George and couldn't land a blow in the Arc. Westover bounced back to form when last seen out in Meydan, staying on to place second behind the hugely impressive Equinox in the Sheema Classic. 

If the Westover we saw at Ascot last turns up on Friday, then the favourite has no chance. However, the Westover we saw in the Irish Derby and the Sheema Classic would take plenty of beating - especially if he's improved for that trip to Meydan.

Race 4 - Betfred Handicap Tips


This time last year, MASEKELA finished fourth in the Epsom Derby, staying on from the rear to carry odds of 66/1 into the places.

Andrew Balding's charge ran well a couple more times as a three-year-old, finishing three lengths behind Alflaila and Adayar on his final two starts. After a poor reappearance run, Masekela made his handicap debut at York last month, where Balding's four-year-old was a big drifter on the day and couldn't sustain his challenge.

The handicapper has dropped Masekela's mark by a further three pounds down to 99 - the lowest rating of his career. Oisin Murphy's mount handled the track well in last year's Derby. He should be able to land a blow off this much-reduced rating.

Race 5 - Epsom Oaks Tips


Read our full guide to the 2023 Epsom Oaks to find out who we're backing in Friday's Classic highlight.

If you want to watch any of Friday's races via a mobile or tablet, then check out our Epsom Oaks Live Stream page.

Verdict

Haatem is our top tip on Epsom Oaks day. Westover would be our next best, with Dutch Decoy rounding off the treble.

Woodcote Stakes Tips: Haatem NAP @4/1 at bet365 - 15 Units
Coronation Cup Tips: Westover Next Best @9/4 at QuinnBet - 10 Units
Racehorse Lotto Handicap Tips: Dutch Decoy Treble @6/1 at Hollywood bets - 5 Units
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