The Derby Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.30 at Epsom, 2 June 2018
Each year in June, Epsom plays host to the most anticipated flat race of the British season. The name of that race is of course The Derby, and here we take a look at the best odds and offers as well as providing our betting tips for this historic contest.
The Epsom Derby first took place in 1779 and is run over 1m4f of the tracks famously undulating and turning terrain. A Group 1 contest for three year olds, there is now a whopping £750,000+ on offer to the winner in addition to Classic winning prestige.
The Derby Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
The Derby 2018 Betting Offers
The following offers, free bets and enhanced odds are for new customers only unless stated, 18+ and Ts and Cs apply.
- Coral 33/1 Saxon Warrior Offer – UK+IRE New Customers Only. Winning bets paid in cash based on the normal price on our website. Enhanced odds paid in free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days. Losing £5 free bet excludes Coral Connect. £1 maximum bet.
- SPORTNATION 33/1 ON SAXON WARRIOR TO WIN – Register with SportNation adding your deposit code SNODDS where prompted to do so on first deposit. 2. Your first deposit must be £10 or more. On settlement of your first £10 bet you will receive a £5 free bet. 3. Your first bet for Saxon Warrior to win the derby at normal odds. If Saxon Warrior wins, get paid out at normal odds and you will be credited the enhanced odds pay out on Monday at 12pm. Bonus funds must be turned over 3x on minimum odds of 1.6 and above. £1 maximum qualifying stake on the enhanced odds.
- WILLIAM HILL BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS – New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
- CORAL BET £5, GET £20 IN FREE BETS – 18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.
- LADBROKES £50 FREE BET OFFER – 18+. New customers only. Promo code ‘F50’ required. Certain deposit methods excluded. Min £/€5 on win or each-way bet excluding Tote or pools = match max £/€50 free bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Bet must be made within 14 days. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. Single bets only. Free bet cannot be used on certain markets. T&Cs apply.
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Epsom Derby 2018 Preview and Betting Tips
There are some lucrative horse races in Britain but none compare to the riches of the Epsom Derby. The winning horse will bag around £1 million for connections and a considerable amount more will be bet from punters both at Epsom Racecourse and around the world.
This is the second colts’ Classic of the season and having bagged the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Saxon Warrior is the clear favourite to complete the double at Epsom.
Saxon Warrior to Put Ground Concerns to One Side
Saxon Warrior’s breeding suggests that he is much better suited to middle distances than to running over a mile. It was for that reason that Aidan O’Brien’s horse was not sent off as the favourite for the 2000 Guineas but he put concerns about the trip to one side with a turn of pace that kept the challengers at bay.
His Newmarket win saw Saxon Warrior cut into odds on for the Derby but his price has started to drift a little the closer we get to the weekend as stormy weather softens up the ground at Epsom. It’s understandable that punters are getting a little twitchy, especially those who got on weeks ago, but those fears should prove to be unfounded.
Saxon Warrior’s four performances all came on different ground and they each brought a victory. He’s a big, powerful horse who looks to fulfil everything you’d want from a Derby winner. If you’ve not already backed Saxon Warrior, the recent rain is actually a bonus as you can now get on at 11/10 with Betfred which is a great price.
Stamina Absolutely Vital When in the Derby
The Derby is sometimes referred to as the ultimate test of racing on the flat. The one mile, four furlong distance does require a certain amount of pace and strength to kick for home but the number one attribute that a Derby winner needs is stamina.
We’ve seen several well fancied horses unable to get the job because their lack of stamina has undone them and for that reason it could be to avoid many of those closely challenging Saxon Warrior in the betting and plump for an each way bet on The Pentagon at 25/1 with Ladbrokes. Aidan O’Brien has a few declared options for the Derby and while they won’t all make it to the start The Pentagon’s impressive displays over one mile, two furlongs and on softer ground should ensure he gets in.
His stablemate, Delano Roosevelt, is shorter in the betting but he looks more like an out and out stayer than a horse with the combination of pace and stamina to win the Derby. The Pentagon’s breeding, however, suggests that he should have the right stuff to at least challenge the places while his two warm up performances were impressive enough without getting the win. It’s unlikely he’ll be able to get the better of Saxon Warrior but The Pentagon certainly has enough about him to finish ahead of many of the horses who are above him in the Derby betting.
- 2017 – Wings Of Eagles – jockey Padraig Beggy, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – Harzand – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Dermot Weld
- 2015 – Golden Horn – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2014 – Australia – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2013 – Ruler Of The World – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2012 – Camelot – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2011 – Pour Moi – jockey Mickael Barzalona, trainer Andre Fabre
- 2010 – Workforce – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2009 – Sea The Stars – jockey Michael Kinane, trainer John Oxx
- 2008 – New Approach – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2007 – Authorized – jockey Frankie Dettori trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam
- 2006 – Sir Percy – jockey, Martin Dwyer trainer Marcus Tregoning
From Diomed in 1779 to Golden Horn in 2015 , from the depths of the kidnapped Shergar and the ill-fated Humorist, who died just two weeks after his finest hour, to the heights of the breed shaping career at stud of Galileo, or the all conquering performances at the track of Sea The Stars, both triumph and disaster feature in the tales of previous Derby winners. Australia, Benny The Dip, Camelot, Dante, Erhaab, Fifinella, Galileo…..there is a star name for just about every letter in the alphabet in the history books here. To win this race is to earn your place in racing folklore.
It takes a pretty special horse to display the class and balance to win a Derby, whilst also possessing the speed for the 2000 Guineas and the stamina to win a St Leger. As of 2015, 15 horses have achieved the triple crown over the years, with the most famous being Nijinsky who swept all before him in 1970 in the hands of Lester Piggott.
The most famous British flat race of them all has not been without its fair share of controversy over the years. As early as 1805 a runner was brought down by a spectator, but worse was to follow over 100 years later. In 1913 suffragette Emily Davison decided to use the Derby as the stage for a high profile protest. Whether or not Emily intended to be struck by the King’s horse when stepping in front of the runners is a matter of some debate, but struck she was and sadly died four days later.
The 1844 edition meanwhile must go down as the most corrupt in the races history. All appeared in order as Running Rein cruised home in front in the premier three year old race of the season. Until that is, it was discovered that Running Rein wasn’t really called Running Rein at all, he was called Maccabeus, and he was four. Inevitable disqualification followed, with second placed finisher Orlando being awarded the race.
Ever popular with punters, there have been many grey’s tackle the downs over the years but as of 2015, only four have prevailed, and none since 1932.
Irish trainer extraordinaire Aidan O’Brien holds a couple of records here, being the first trainer to win the race three years in succession and also in partnership with Joseph O’Brien, being part of the only father and son combination to train and ride the winner. He is not however the most successful trainer in the races history. With seven wins apiece, that honour is shared between Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling. “The Long Fellow” himself, Lester Piggott is top of the tree amongst the jockeys with nine wins.