1pt win Old Persian @100/30, 15:10 Epsom, Friday

Although Meydan form can be a little unreliable, OLD PERSIAN has looked a significantly improved horse out there this year with his form reaching a new level in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

His beating of two Japanese raiders doesn’t read like top-class form, but he did it so easily and in the style of a really good horse.

His British form is very solid too, as he’s a Royal Ascot winner, and beat subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter as well as his opponent in Friday’s Coronation Cup at Epsom, Kew Gardens, when winning the Great Voltigeur at York.

Kew Gardens was bizarrely on pacemaking duties last year in the Derby, so I’m not going to say he doesn’t have good form at Epsom, particularly as he went on to bigger and better things by winning a Group One in France before landing the St Leger.

He’s a rock solid opponent when granted good ground, so will take all the beating as that’s what he gets here, but I just think Old Persian is at least his equal, will also relish conditions and yet is a bigger price.

There are others in the race who could have a say, namely the filly Lah Ti Dar, but she’s not much of a price given she has to improve past Kew Gardens on their St Leger form, and I simply think Old Persian is good value as a 100/30 shot.

1pt win Old Persian @100/30, 15:10 Epsom, Friday

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