The Betfred Derby has been moved to early in the day on Saturday as it’s FA Cup final as well, but there is plenty of top horses looking to land the Group 1 classic.
Auguste Rodin has moved to favouritsm at 11/4 with Bet365 but the form doesn’t fully back this up. 12th out of 14th in the 2000 Guineas, the horse didn’t perform on the Newmarket track and although connections always had this race in store, it’s surprising that the horse has been backed into favourtism.
As a two year old Auguste Rodin won at Newmarket and Leopardstown, but having not run since the poor performance at Newmarket, a lot will have to improve to perform against other rivals who have won trials in impressive form.
Military Order is one of those horses who won a trial race and looked like there was more to give, which is key for a Derby horse. At 9/2 with William Hill, Military Order, trained by Charlie Appelby, who knows how to win a Derby, is a horse to follow in the Betfred Derby.
The Lingfield Derby Trial has been a key race to provide the winner of the Derby, so for Military Order to win and look as if there is more to come, is a definite positive for backers of the horse in this race.
Third favourite for Betfred Derby is Passenger, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and will be ridden by Richard Kingskote. Passenger was 3rd in the Dante Stakes at York earlier this month and is breed to cover the distance of The Derby, thus is priced shorter than the winner of that race. At 5/1 with Bet365, Passenger is a horse who may well stay with the leaders, however, not one of our key horses to follow in the race.
Should Frankie Dettori win on Soul Sister in the Oaks then Arrest will be a lot shorter in price come Derby Day. Arrest is priced 7/1 with Betfred to land the Derby for John and Lady Gosden having won the Chester Vase trial race earlier this month. If anyone can deliver a perfect ride in the closing stages of the race it will be Frankie Dettori
|Auguste Rodin||11/4 Bet365|
|Military Order||9/2 William Hill|
|The Foxes||12/1 William Hilll|
For Punters.pub we like the look of Military Order at 9/2 with William Hill. Trained by Charlie Appelby, he knows exactly how to follow up a Trial win at Lingfield and get the horse ready for the Derby. Military Order looked like he had more to give as he crossed the line, so this will be key come Saturday and the tough nature of the Epsom course.
Looking at an each-way selection, The Foxes at 12/1 with William Hill would be our selection at a bigger price. Winner of the Dante Stakes at York earlier in May, this horse can put in another good run to be in the mix come the finishing line on Saturday.