Why Mac Swiney is the one to win the 2021 Epsom Derby

Planet Sport tipster Tom Reed sticks his neck out and picks his selection for the Epsom Derby (4.30) on Saturday June 5.

It's Derby Day, as racing fans crack open a beer, stick on "Long Shot Kick De Bucket" by the Specials and watch their wagers disappear into the ether as the most enthralling betting heat since "who shot Mr Burns?" kicks into gear.

That's what the Derby is all about isn't it? Well no, even though it will be an emotional affair with 4,000 racegoers in attendance for the first time since lockdown, it will be nice to head to the pub on Saturday night with some cash in the bank

Mac Swiney sits fairly high in the betting at 7/1, and ready to pounce on the 5/4 clear favourite Bolshoi Ballet from Ballydoyle.

Make no mistake, Bolshoi Ballet is well poised to take the race, being prepped by the eight time Derby winning trainer Aidan O'Brien, the man with such a comprehensive approach to races he probably has the same burger vans installed at Ballydoyle as they use at the Derby so his horses' nostrils aren't upset by the nasal delights of the Epsom Downs.

Yet, O'Brien is without his usual sextet of Derby entrants and down to just Bolshoi Ballet after High Definition was pulled at the last minute. That leaves Balloydoyle exposed and brings Mac Swiney right into the mix.

Despite being a behemoth of Irish racing, Jim Bolger will often fly under the radar over the Irish Sea even though he has more Group One trophies in his cabinet than the England football team have tournament exits before the semi-finals.

Bolger is himself an equine bloodstock expert and Mac Swiney comes with an impeccable pedigree out of the Irishman's own Derby winner New Approach. The 2008 Derby victor New Approach has already sired the 2018 Derby winner Masar and the bloodline is pumping Epsom class.

Mac Swiney warmed up for his Derby win with an energetic win in the Irish 2000 Guineas from stablemate Poetic Flair and while that was on soft ground, the gears should still kick in at Epsom.

The carefully spoken Bolger declared he was "mighty impressed" after the Curragh win and that "any horse that wishes to take him on and beat him in the future will have to be up for it because he isn't going to give in easily".

That speed, doggedness and solid breeding should mean that Mac Swiney is well worth an each-way bet, particularly if he touches 8/1 or more in the market.