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Epsom Derby Betting Tips And Odds

Robert Mann


Epsom Derby Betting Tips And Odds

The world's greatest flat race is finally here and the sharpest three-year-olds in training will do battle over one mile and four furlongs in the famous Epsom Derby.

Friday saw the Cazoo Oaks on the Epsom Downs take centre stage with Snowfall absolutely romping home in emphatic style under Frankie Dettori to land the fillies' Classic.

But today, it's all about the big one - the coveted Cazoo Derby, where 12 excellent colts go to post at 4.30pm for what looks like an incredibly hot race on paper.

Bolshoi Ballet heads the betting as the red hot favourite in the Epsom Derby
Bolshoi Ballet heads the betting as the red hot favourite in the Epsom Derby

There has been much movement of horses as far as declarations go, which has mainly been headlined by Aidan O'Brien sending just one colt to participate in this year's running of the Derby.

Of course, the headline act on Saturday afternoon will be Bolshoi Ballet - the only representative of Ballydoyle.

To put it simply, he has been simply electric in his two starts this season, especially in the Derrinstown Derby Trail where he had some talented horses well in behind, including Mac Swiney.

Of the other market leaders, it has been a controversial last 24 hours, to say the very least, for the John Leeper team as Frankie Dettori takes over from Adam Kirby.

Another horse that caught the eye last time out was Mohaafeth - but he could be anything under the sun.

He absolutely cantered home under Jim Crowley in what looked like an exercise gallop at Newmarket and it will be very interesting to see what he finds off the bridle coming round Tattenham Corner.

Last year's Derby was won by Serpentine after he made all under a tactical ride by Emmet McNamara, which you can watch below.

Speaking of those with chances, Jordan Cox, trader at Star Sports, shared his thoughts ahead of the race on Friday.

"It's all eyes on the Epsom Derby this afternoon and we are anticipating a lot of support for the red hot favourite Bolshoi Ballet," he said.

"The last time Aidan O'Brien ran one horse in the Derby it won and it was the mighty Galileo- can this exciting colt follow in his father's footsteps by winning it also?

"Only time will tell, but he is a very short price to do so and we anticipate that he could go off even shorter - we are currently even money."

This year's renewal is worth a cool £850,000 to owners and trainers, so expect the top horses to bring their A-games.

With all that said, let's take a look at how the colts line up ahead of the big race on Friday.

Epsom 4.30 Cazoo Derby betting odds

  • Bolshoi Ballet 1/1
  • John Leeper 13/2
  • Mohaafeth 13/2
  • Mac Swiney 7/1
  • Hurricane Lane 9/1
  • Third Realm 14/1
  • Southern Lights 20/1
  • One Ruler 25/1

33-1 bar. Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.

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Topics: Horse Racing

Robert Mann
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