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Pour Moi looks the business for Fabre.

Byline: Tanya Stevenson

INVESTEC Derby Day has finally dawned at the end of a long week of intense speculation over favourite Carlton House.

The frenzy started on Monday after the Queen's colt knocked a near-fore joint in a gallop. Ever since then his odds have been fluctuating to the extent he even lost favouritism to Andre Fabre's Pour Moi on Tuesday evening.

However, Carlton House's price started to contract once more and favouritism had been regained by Thursday and it was all systems go for Epsom.

The fact that Kieren Fallon is sticking with Recital rather than jumping mounts to Native Khan speaks volumes about the grey's chances as Fallon doesn't often get it wrong!

However, it is often a big-priced Aidan O'Brien runner which poaches a place and Memphis Tennesse could well do just that.

Frankie may get a good run out of Ocean War but I believe this horse needs a softer surface and will struggle on the undulations.

Although my heart is telling me to support Her Majesty's Carlton House, my head and eyes both say POUR MOI (4.00). His superb racecourse gallop at Epsom on 26 May has really stuck with me.

His young jockey Mickael Barzalona can do no wrong currently and he is riding with supreme confidence.

William Hill were offering 5-2 Pour Moi without Carlton House which is a massive price if you're going to cheer on the Royal horse. However, the simple fact is that I think Pour Moi will win today.

PREMIO LOCO (2.40) ran well behind Canford Cliffs in the Lockinge and he can land the Diomed Stakes this afternoon.

SOHRAAB (3.15) was unlucky at Newbury last time out but he can make amends today. Later, THE GALLOPING SHOE (4.50) can triumph for Ian Semple.

Musselburgh should be proud of their card and the first four races are live on Channel 4. However, if you are located near the venue you must go along as this is a card that is not to be missed and you'll still be able to watch all the action from Epsom.

Tim Easterby and Duran Fentiman can go close in the first two races with MAPPIN TIME (2.05) and PONTY ACCLAIM (2.35). Importantly, these are only small tentative selections which I will combine in doubles.

Mark Johnston has a strong hand in the feature Edinburgh Handicap with four runners while Kevin Ryan has entered the bang in-form Lexi's Boy.

However, I strongly fancy Sir Mark Prescott's lightly-raced CAPTAIN BROWN (3.10) who is my nap of the day.

This gelding won by a fair margin at Newcastle and his trainer was enjoying a 50% strike rate with his last 8 runners on Thursday. Furthermore, Rosie Jessop takes a useful five pounds off his already low weight here.

RACY (3.40) caught everyone's attention at York when he missed the break then steamed home late to snatch third in a competitive handicap.

Page Both he and Cheveton hold massive claims in the Scottish Sprint but it's Racy that I will side with on this occasion.

My long time Investec Derby selection MIDSUMMER FAIR (3.25) does run today but not at Epsom. Instead he is in action 200 miles away at Doncaster.

Tanya He ran deplorably in France last time out but he is still in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown! My advice is to put a line through that French run and fill your boots today.

Stevenson Doncaster starts with a real puzzle as unexposed top weight Chef takes on Michael Dods' course winner SHAMDARLEY (2.20) who is the bottom-weight.

The 18lb differential sets a real poser as Andrew Balding's Chef could be a class apart.

The colt was entered in the Racing Post Trophy and Derby yet he has been dropped in trip by two furlongs when it seemed he was running on over further at Newmarket in April.

However, that line of form only reads well due to the proximity of, the dual 1000 Guineas runner-up Together and all the other runners have really let the form down.

Looking deeper into the race I have written myself into going for Shamdarley together with a forecast with Chef hoping that is a recipe for success.

BARNEY MCGREW (2.50) jumps up from five to seven furlongs in the second race on the card. He faces 19 rivals which could well cause the same kind of traffic problems which blighted his chances on his penultimate start at York.

Tom Queally is a very intriguing booking on what will definitely be this horse's last chance from me!

Tanya's Torpedo

In Epsom's 5.25 five of the last six winners were aged four. Avoid horses who won last time out and favourites also have a woeful record.

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