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.
Young Rascal each way at 10/1 with Bet365
The Derby 2018 Betting Offers
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Epsom Derby 2018 Preview and Betting Tips
Not long now until the race which always provides one of the truly defining moments of the British flat racing season. The world-famous Epsom Derby is now less than three weeks away, and with a number of the key trials already in the books, here we take a look at the lie of the land and pick out our best bet for the contest.
Warrior The One They All Have To Worry About
The rumour mill prior to this year’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket seemed to suggest that the one mile trip may well be on the sharp side for Saxon Warrior, with even those close to the yard suggesting he was likely to come on for the run, and that a contest such as this race may well suit in the longer term. In spite of all that, this imposing son of Deep Impact still managed to win the first classic of the season in pretty emphatic style.
Travelling like a good thing for much of the way, with the manner in which he made up ground in the middle of the race – in what seemed like the blink of an eye – marking him out as seriously top-class prospect. Should he progress from this as expected then talk of a triple crown may not be at all unrealistic.
The compilers have taken evasive action with this one which is perfectly understandable given his form and connections. The Aidan O’Brien runner is now clear favourite for the race, with the 10/11 available with Betfair being the best price on offer.
Ghaiyyath To Grab Gold For Godolphin?
Godolphin a little surprisingly are yet to win the Derby. The boys in blue have come close, with Jack Hobbs in 2015 and Rule of Law in 2004 each filling the runners up spot, but its winning that counts in a race such as this, particularly when it comes to the all-important future breeding value.
Masar is the shortest priced of the Godolphin runners at present, following his solid third in the 2000 Guineas. Potentially more interesting though are two sons of Dubawi available at bigger prices. Brundtland has bags of class on both sides of his pedigree being out of a Hurricane Run mare, and made a striking impression when scoring on debut last season. All seems to have gone a little quiet with him at the minute though, which is not generally an encouraging sign.
Ghaiyyath does hold a Dante entry though, which would suggest that this contest is the ultimate aim. By Dubawi and out of the Galileo mare, Nightime, who won the Irish 1000 Guineas in 2006 and has already given us the Grade 1 winner Zhukova, there’s a lot to like about this one on paper. A winner of a Group 3 contest over a mile at Newmarket last term, he skipped the Guineas in order to wait for this and is fully expected to improve for the step up in trip. A good performance in the Dante will likely see him shorten considerably from the 20/1 currently available with Betfair.
Of the trials to take place so far, both Harry Dunlop’s, Knight To Behold and Dermot Weld’s Hazapour – who landed the Lingfield Derby Trial and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial respectively – look well worth their place in the line-up.
The one to have impressed us most though is William Haggas’s, Young Rascal. This son of Intello landed the Chester Vase last time out in the style of a seriously smart horse. Not looking particularly in love with the track, he nevertheless handled the bends well enough and was value for a good deal more than the winning margin having had to switch right across the track and not enjoying the clearest of passages.
The Chester Vase gave us the Derby winner last year in the form of Wings Of Eagles and the compilers seem to think there’s a fair chance it may do so again this year. Young Rascal is now 10/1 second favourite for the race with Bet365.
It’s difficult to argue that Saxon Warrior doesn’t look the most likely winner this year, with the vibes, racecourse performance and stature of the horse all hinting at something a little bit special. We wouldn’t put you off backing him, but he seems unlikely to start much shorter on the day, so little will be lost by waiting and making sure he makes it to post.
The bet for us at this stage is an each way punt on Young Rascal. This one had plenty left in the tank at the end of that Chester Vase race to our eyes, and crucially looked better the further he went, which bodes well for the more galloping challenge of Epsom. Take the 10/1 with Bet365 each way.
- 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.