Hi, it’s ‘Derby Day’ folks!
Yes, one of the calendar highlights this Saturday as we look forward to another Epsom Derby and with a cool £850k going to the winner then it’s going to be a monster pay-out for one luck owner.
Dating back to 1780, it’s ones of the oldest races too, while in recent years it’s been one that trainer Aidan O’Brien has made his own – winning it six times in total with Galileo his first in 2001. He’s actually won 4 of the last 6 renewals too and with a big hand again this year then O’Brien will be hoping to be in ‘Seventh Heaven’ come Saturday night.
His recent 2,000 Guineas winner, Saxon Warrior, is their main hope this year but after landing the prize with one of his lesser strings last year (Wings Of Eagles, 40/1) then you can’t really rule any of his five runners out!
Saxon Warrior has been handed stall 1 though and did you know we’ve not seen a Derby winner from that starting berth in the last 16 years?!
Triple Crown Still On Though – O’Brien’s Camelot came close to winning the Triple Crown back in 2012 after winning the Guineas and Derby but could only manage a ½ length second in the Leger. Saxon Warrior is, of course, is still on for TC glory – but he’ll need to land this race and then take the St Leger in September if he’s to become the first horse since Nijinsky (1970) to land all three races. Can he do it?
Those against Saxon Warrior will look to the likes of Roaring Lion, who was fifth behind him in the 2,000 Guineas, but has since bolted up in the Dante Stakes when upped in trip.
Hazapour has also been well-supported with Frankie Dettori booked to ride this Dermot Weld 3-year-old, who looks to have a similar profile to the yard’s 2016 winner – Harzand. While trainer William Haggas, who won the race for the only time back in 1996 (Shaamit), also has a leading chance away from the favourite with his recent Chester Vase winner – Young Rascal. Last year’s winner – Wings Of Eagles – was runner-up in that Chester race before going onto Derby glory!
Plus – here at TQ we’ve also got a Derby runner with a LIVE chance. Yes, Harry Dunlop’s Knight To Behold was an easy winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial last month so we know the trip is fine for this 3 year-old. He’ll be looking to become the first horse since High Rise to land both races since 1998 so good luck to the Dunlop yard from all of us here at TQ! He’s certainly got a live outsiders chance.
So, a bumper day to look forward to with FIVE LIVE races to take in at Epsom – as always, we’ll be hoping to find plenty more winners for you and as always, we’ve got it all covered with free tips and all key trends for the LIVE races. Enjoy!
Have a Great Weekend – enjoy the SUN!!