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Derby Betting Odds 2017
Saturday June 3, 2017 at Epsom Downs; click best odds in bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3.
Epsom Derby Preview 2017 with Betting Odds Guide
Cracksman heads the Epsom Derby odds for the 2017 renewal, writes Ross. The horse has not been on a racecourse more than twice in his life, his sole run this season coming when winning the Epsom Derby Trial on April 26. His odds have shortened ever since, notably because the Dante was won by the horse he defeated at Epsom, Permian.
Cracksman comes from the Golden Horn (2015 winner) connections of Frankie Dettori, John Gosden and owner Anthony Oppenheimer. Their judgment has to be respected and they are optimistic for this son of Frankel in what appears to be an open year.
Permian was only a short head behind Cracksman at Epsom and he may have improved to win the Dante at York. There is a possibility that he is being overly ignored in the Derby betting. Certainly the current 16/1 odds seem to err on the generous side, especially considering Cracksman heads the market.
Dee Stakes winner Cliffs of Moher flies the flag for Aidan O’Brien. He won nicely over the 1m2.5f trip, running on. It does not need to be said that any number one string from the phenomenal O’Brien yard must be feared by all.
Their Chester Vase winner Venice Beach can not be dismissed either despite the fact he lurks around the 16/1 mark as we write this Derby preview. The yard’s less fancied runners have a history of upsetting the apple cart as all the stables’ well bred horses are lightly raced and progress at different rates. We have seen time and again the lesser lights improve past the bigger fancies. You can not blame Ryan Moore if he rides the wrong one now and then.
Third favourite is the 2000 Guineas sixth Eminent. The Craven Stakes winner disappointed to a degree in the Guineas despite only being beaten three and a half lengths by the winner Churchill, but he was ridden differently in the big one, being much closer to the pace and seeing too much daylight. In his trial he sat back and finished off his race impressively and was hard to pull up. The Craven was a great Derby pointer and he does warrant huge respect. Another son of Frankel, everything points to the Derby distance being just what he wants.
Lingfield Derby trial winner Best Solution has proved he stays the trip, scooting away from his rivals at the Surrey track over a trip just a half furlong shy of the Derby distance. He is a veteran compared to most of the field, with nine races under his belt. It would be hard to dispute that he has improved for a step up in trip. But will he have the necessary class? Lingfield Derby trial winners have been underestimated before.
Looking through the ranks of the outsiders, one name sticks out and that is Thunder Snow. This Godolphin inmate disgraced himself in the Kentucky Derby when he refused to stride out after leaving the gates. He was bucking and kicking and looking at the dirt surface as if it was totally alien to him. Who knows what was going through the horse’s brain cell at the time, certainly the shiny surface may have acted like a mirror and given him a fright. He was prancing about like a deranged cat on that proverbial hot tin roof. He was unrideable and jockey Christophe Soumillon was lucky not to hit the deck. The horse was pulled up having not gone a yard. However going into that first leg of the American Triple Crown he had been quietly fancied, having won his three previous starts. It would be an interesting story if he came home in front at Epsom, and certainly he is worth another chance to redeem himself. While it is not the perfect comparison, it is worth noting that Dr Devious disappointed in the 1992 Kentucky Derby before winning easily on Epsom Downs. So there is a slight historical precedent. Let’s hope Thunder Snow turns up on the day, because the current 40/1 in the Derby odds looks mighty tempting each-way.
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