McCririck‘s white smoke for Rewilding

JOHN McCRIRICK has plumped for Rewilding at Epsom today – but not with tremendous confidence in what he describes as an “enigmatic” Investec Derby.

The Channel 4 racing pundit believes this is one renewal of the premier Classic that no-one can be bullish about in predicting the winner.

“I’ve gone for Rewilding. The clues you’ve got there are that Frankie Dettori has turned to him in preference to two other potential possible Derby winners in Al Zir and Buzzword,” he said.

“He won very well at Goodwood and the others have question marks about them. It is very difficult and this year’s Derby is one you can’t really say you have definitely found the winner.

“Normally you pick one out and think this one’s got a lot going for it.”

McCririck, however, has a disturbing statistic for supporters of Workforce and Coordinated Cut.

“One stat that worries me about Workforce and Coordinated Cut is that 95 horses beaten in the Dante that have run in the Derby have all got beaten,” he explained.

“That is an extraordinary stat. Some have been placed at Epsom, but none have won. That’s a bad stat for those two and money has come for them both.

“I’m going for Rewilding and Frankie, but with the minimum of confidence.”

Hot favourite is Jan Vermeer from the Aidan O’Brien stable, but he only holds that position because his stablemate St Nicholas Abbey, the long-time ante-post market leader, was ruled out after suffering a setback.

“It was horrendous for those people with ante-post vouchers, and of course they had already had a setback when it went wrong in the Guineas,” remarked McCririck.

“A lot of money was lost. He was the only horse backed in the last six months. It was a real blow for ante-post punters.

“After he won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, they were banking on getting their summer holidays on him and things went wrong.

“They (Coolmore) still have the favourite in Jan Vermeer and he could be very good. That one might even have been in the line-up had St Nicholas Abbey run.

“It could be that Aidan O’Brien had three potential Derby winners at Ballydoyle in St Nicholas Abbey, Jan Vermeer and Cape Blanco.

“People who have backed Jan Vermeer are saying he may not be the best at the stable but could still be good enough to win the Derby. He could be.

“There are lots of stats that say O’Brien wins the Derby when he has few runners.

“He did have lots in here. He did pull them out in the end, but it does worry you.

“I don’t think anybody can say with confidence that there’s is the one and that it stands out.”

McCririck felt that of the all the performances in the Classic trials, the most eyecatching was that by Azmeel to win the Dee Stakes at Chester.

“Look at Azmeel, it was a terrific win in the Dee Stakes,” he went on.

“Of all the trials we’ve had it was probably the best when you consider all the trouble he got into. Yet he was still able to be produced at the right time.

“I think Rewilding has got the potential, but it is an enigmatic Derby.”

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