Epsom Derby Betting Odds
Epsom Derby Ante-Post Betting
Cliffs of Moher and Cracksman are the ante-post betting favorites at +350 on the line. Cliffs of Moher enters the Derby off a workman-like victory in the Dee Stakes for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Winning that effort by a length and a half, Cliffs of Moher was urged aggressively in the stretch by jockey Ryan Moore and could prove to be a vulnerable choice while stepping up in class.
While that was Cliffs of Moher’s first race since October, he’ll need to be much sharper to take home the top prize in the Derby. Cracksman and Eminent are both sons of the outstanding sire Frankel and both have reportedly worked well in the weeks leading up to the big race.
Cracksmen has just two career races under his belt, but has hinted at major ability while winning the Derby Trial, and attracts top international pilot Frankie Dettori.
Eminent won the Craven Stakes in fast time in his 2017 debut, but followed that effort with a disappointing sixth in the 2000 Guineas behind the impressive Churchill. If able to bounce back, +700 could represent plenty of betting value.
With a plethora of unknowns in the 2017 Epsom Derby, the race appears to be a wide-open event with plenty of square prices on the board. Best Solution might be the forgotten horse after running poorly in Dubai. He’s run well in England, winning the Lingfield Derby Trial in impressive fashion.
Douglas Macarthur might represent a live longshot at +2500 and figures to enjoy the longer trip. He’ll have to improve to class up against this field, but the same could be said of most of these runners. He is a stablemate of Cliffs of Moher and could also generate excellent wagering value underneath in the exotic bets.
Salouen is classy and well bred enough to make some noise against this bunch, so +5000 could look pretty enticing for those looking to dial up a longshot. A son of turf great Canford Cliffs, this runner has plenty under the hood and is a beautiful mover.
Epsom Derby Picks
- Douglas MacArthur
- Cliffs of Moher
In a race steeped in tradition with winners among the immortals of European turf racing, the Derby is a difficult one to nail down for any runner. The race can present equal difficulties for handicappers and this year’s relatively lightly-raced bunch further muddies the waters.
With a dry forecast, it certainly makes sense for casual handicappers to remember that the going, or condition of the grass may be one of the essential factors. Many European grass runners prefer a little “give” of softness in the ground and that is a luxury they simply won’t be afforded.
Selecting a horse with solid connections, good recent form, the ability to stay the entire 12 furlongs and one who doesn’t mind a firm surface are all solid recommendations as bettors begin to study up for the big race. The winner, of course, will also need a good share of racing luck to navigate through the bulky field.
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