June 4 Racing Tips: Blue Cup to taste victory at Epsom

It's the first day of The Derby Festival at Epsom and our tipster Luke Elder has a strong fancy at the Surrey course, as well as selections for Doncaster's evening meeting on Friday June 4.

Planet Sport's tipster is back to get your weekend off to the perfect start.

3.45 Epsom - Blue Cup

Elder says: "The 3.45 at Epsom is a very competitive 10 furlong handicap, with plenty of chances, and hopefully plenty of pace in the contest.

"Because the selection, Blue Cup needs exactly that. You'll cast your mind back to the Dante meeting, I tipped up Blue Cup and said he was the best handicapped horse running of the week - I still stand by that statement of him being very well handicapped, but things didn't really go right for him on the Knavesmire.

"He was stuck towards the inside, he looked a bit laboured in truth. That was coming off the back, though, of a good effort here at Epsom.

"He stayed on from the back of the field in a race that was dominated from the front - hopefully this one is a touch different and of course go back to last season, he won at Sandown before being beaten in France in a pretty slowly run contest.

"This though has plenty of pace in there; the likes of Victory Chime, Sky Defender, also throw Lawn Ranger in there as well, they should be stopping in front and Blue Cup can pick them up,

"I think Dream With Me is likely going to be the main danger. The Mark Johnston yard are back amongst the winners, but Blue Cup hopefully will take a step forward to even bigger handicaps further down the line. I think he can take this at Epsom."

5.53 Doncaster - Tahitian Prince

Elder says: "The 5.53 at Doncaster is an interesting mile contest on the straight course.

"I think there will be a fair bit of emphasis on stamina - it will be a long way home for quite a few of these.

"Tahitian Prince hopefully isn't one of them. I do think he's got a bit of stamina to burn over this mile trip. That proved to be the case last time around at Kempton.

"He was being closed upon by Bonneval, but that was the only closer to get into the race whatsoever. He raced just forward of midfield, and gave us a winner last time out.

"Only up three pounds in the handicap for that run. I do think he's a fair bit better than that contest, and than that form last time over.

"Dollar Bid [is] likely to be the main danger for the Sir Michael Stoute team. Richard Kingscote on board - he's been in winning form as of late.

"But, I do think there's more to come from Tahitian Prince, as mentioned, he was a bit of an eye-catcher at Lingfield a couple of starts ago, and proving things go well for him here - with a good pace to aim at - I think Tahitian Prince can win once again."

6.53 Doncaster - Kingmania

Elder says: "Looking forward to the 6.53 at Doncaster, a race that seems to be fairly open, with a few horses that could have a bit of improvement in them, but one of them - first and foremost - is Kingmania.

"A horse who was one of my horses to follow of the season. Duly obliged on first start this term, in pretty lowly company off a mark of 72, but did manage to get the job done over at Leicester.

"Lost his place in midfield in that contest, but did stay on pretty nicely late on in the day, and I do think Kingmania there is a fair bit more to come.

"Likely, that even more when up in trip up to a mile or maybe even further than that, but Kingmania is on a hatrick bid after landing his first race this season, and last race last term.

"There are a few sort of horses to worry about in this race. The likes of Pockley and Diamondonthehill - who was a winner last time around. That was up at Redcar when turning over an odds on favourite.

"But, I'm not sure any of them are good enough to get the better of Kingmania - as I say eight pounds higher in the handicap, that's not enough I do think he's better than an 80 rated individual.

"A drop of rain wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but he did prove the last twice that he does handle this sort of ground.

"Kingmania, the one for me."