The Derby 2018 Preview

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SAXON WARRIOR remains 3/1 favourite with Unibet for the Epsom Derby to become the sixth horse to complete the G1 Racing Post Trophy / Epsom Derby double and it will be interesting to see how Aidan O’Brien’s charge fares on his first run as a three-year-old. The 2000 Guineas, on 5th May, would be a very likely objective, a race he was once favourite for but now out to 8/1 after stablemate Gustav Klimt’s success at Leopardstown usurped him at the top of the market. By Japanese superstar Deep Impact, there’s plenty of guaranteed stamina in his pedigree and the fact he stayed well as a two-year-old bodes well for his Derby credentials.

The Dante, at York, is the most significant Derby trial in recent years and the Ballydoyle inmate has an entry in the 1m2f showpiece next month so could well skip Newmarket and take his chance in this rather than the Guineas. GUSTAV KLIMT, 12/1 for the Epsom Derby, but 3/1 jolly for the Guineas, is another who is on the upgrade and his odds will contract for the Epsom Classic if justifying favouritism at Newmarket.

MASAR bolted up in the Craven and stays very well so can already be rated a Derby candidate and if running well, or winning the 2000 Guineas, his odds will definitely shorten for the Epsom showpiece on June 2nd. He was drastically cut to 5/1 from 33/1 for the Guineas after his recent win and is still very generously priced at 14/1 for the Derby.

The market will certainly change over the next few weeks with major trials at Chester and York set to take place and shake up the betting so keep your eyes peeled to for the latest odds changes as we build up to the most prestigious flat race on the planet!

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