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When Is The Derby? 4.30pm Saturday June 5, 2021 at Epsom Downs; TV: Live on ITV; best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/5 odds 1,2,3.
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The horse that won the Lingfield Trial also won the Derby in 2019. English King has the profile to complete the same double when the most prestigious Flat race in Europe takes place at Epsom this Saturday. There was a betting move for the current ante-post favourite in the Derby odds when Frankie Dettori was asked to ride the Ed Walker trained horse.
English King has only had three career starts. The horse was beaten as a juvenile last season and has won both his races in 2020. Tom Marquand rode in the colt’s two winning races this season and was in line for his first ride in the Derby. However, Walker took the view that he had to give connections the best chance to win the Classic so Dettori gets the ride.
The most famous jockey in the world has won the last three Gold Cups at Royal Ascot aboard Stradivarius. The staying champion is owned by Bjorn Nielsen, who is also the owner of English King. Dettori rides for John Gosden but the trainer does not have a Derby horse this season. The Italian-born rider became a free agent and in a position to pick up a Derby ride from another stable.
Horse racing is a competitive sport and the Epsom Derby is the greatest prize on the Flat. Winning the race is life-changing because of stud values and the history and prestige. Nielsen may never own a horse good enough to run in the race again. He clearly trusts Dettori and the jockey is one of the most experienced in the world and can handle the big occasions.
Marquand has no experience of riding around the unique Epsom track in a Classic. Dettori has won the Oaks five times and ridden in the Derby 24 times. He won the race with Authorized in 2007 and Golden Horn in 2015 and made the places in another six Derbies. That record equates to a one in three strike rate for making the frame in the most famous Flat race in the sport.
English King’s form and the recruitment of Dettori created a perfect storm in the Epsom Derby odds market. Professionals identified the value of the impressive win in the prep-race at Lingfield. Frankie’s fans back his Derby horses blindly and love to see his flying dismounts. Anthony Van Dyke won the trial and Flat race that matters most a year ago and English King has the ratings to do the same.
The horse produced a career high rating of 113 (based on ratings from one respected trade organisation) at Lingfield earlier this month. English King is proven over the Derby distance of one mile and four furlongs. He was not stopping at the end of the race and has the balance to handle the undulations of the course at Epsom. Punters who bet with their heart and head should be in a happy frame of mind after Saturday’s Derby.
Historically, one of the best trials for the Derby is the 2,000 Guineas over the straight Rowley Mile at Newmarket. Kameko won the race this season and became a leading contender for the Derby. There are doubts about whether the horse stays the extra four furlongs of the Epsom Classic. Even so, Kameko ran to a rating of 121 at Newmarket which means he is the best horse in the Derby.
Winning over a straight eight furlongs is hardly the best endorsement for being competitive over another half a mile of Epsom’s twists and turns. Classic winning form means Kameko has excelled at the highest level. The horse’s class means there is the ability to make the frame but in terms of winning the Derby, English King is preferred because he has won over almost the trip.
There could be some each-way value and irony in backing Khalifa Sat. Marquand picked up the ride after losing out to Dettori on English King. Regardless of the back story of the riding arrangements, Khalifa Sat is a genuine contender to make the places in the Derby. The horse ran to a rating of 100 at Goodwood in June, so needs a manageable amount of improvement to reach the frame.
Any analysis of the Derby must give a mention to Aidan O’Brien. The Irish champion trainer has won the race seven times in total including three times in the last six years. O’Brien accounts for seven of the 17 declared runners and his jockeys often approach the riding of the race as a team. Ryan Moore takes the ride on Mogul but his choice has not always been the best guide.
It’s the form of the Lingfield Trial that suggests Dettori and English King can win the Derby of 2020 and that is our advised betting tip. Check the latest Epsom Derby odds in the betting table above.