Epsom Derby Betting 2018 & Predictions – The ULTIMATE Guide

The Epsom Derby Festival is among the most important meetings of the year, anywhere in the world. Read on for our ultimate Epsom Derby Betting guide along with expert tips and detailed race previews, which include an in-depth look at the 2018 renewal of the Coronation Cup.

Please take a look at the current Epsom Derby Betting Odds for 2018 below. They are updated daily.

Current Epsom Derby Betting Odds 2018

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Coronation Cup Predictions

1st Hawkbill

2nd Cracksman

3rd Idaho

Oaks Predictions

1st Magic Wand

2nd Forever Together

3rd Wild Illusion

Dash Predictions

1st Caspian Prince

2nd Boom The Groom

3rd Dark Shot

Derby Predictions

1st Saxon Warrior

2nd Young Rascal

3rd Roaring Lion

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Epsom Derby Betting 2018

Epsom Derby

The Derby is considered to be one of the 5 classic races that are held in the UK. The others are the 1000 Guineas, the 2000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger. The race is for 3-year-olds and always attracts some of the top horses in the world.

The 3 most recent Derby winners are Wings Of Eagles, Harzand and Golden Horn. Australia won the Derby in 2014, overtaking the classy Kingston Hill with just one furlong to go. This more than made up for the defeat he suffered in the 2000 Guineas, where he was beaten by Night Of Thunder.

The 2013 race was won by Ruler Of The World. Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by the brilliant Ryan Moore, Ruler Of The World won at odds of 7/1, delighting owners Sue Magnier, Michael Talbot and Derrick Smith.

Dawn Approach was the favourite for the 2013 event, but ran a poor race and finished last of the twelve runners. Ruler Of The World made his move early in the finishing straight. He proved too good for both Battle of Marengo and Libertarian, winning by a length and a half.

In 2012, Camelot won the Derby at the very short price of 8/13. It was another victory for the quartet of O’Brien, Magnier, Tabor and Smith, although this time Joseph O’Brien piloted the winner.

Her Majesty the Queen was there to watch Camelot put his rivals to the sword. In truth, it was not the most exciting Derby that has ever been run. Camelot just had way too much class for the rest of the field. Indeed, the horse was fancied for the elusive Triple Crown, but just fell short.

Pour Moi, the 2011 victor, was trained by Andre Fabre. On good to firm ground, the second-favourite won at odds of 4/1. Mickael Barzalona was the jockey  and his mount proved too good for the pre-race favourite Carlton House, who finished third behind Treasure Beach. This disappointed many in the crowd, as Carlton House was the Queen’s horse.

The course record was broken in 2010, by Workforce which was ridden by Ryan Moore. At First Sight set the early pace and, incredibly, held on to second place at odds of 100/1.  Workforce returned at 6/1, in a time of just 2.31.33.

Epsom Oaks

It’s the most important race for female horses held in the UK. You can bet on the 2014 Epsom Oaks, right now! Register with RaceBets, then head straight to our ante-post market.

The Oaks may not quite enjoy the same profile as the Derby, which is for stallions, but it is still amongst the biggest and most important fixtures on the British racing calendar.

A Group 1 race (and one of the 5 Classics of the British flat season), the Oaks brings together the very best 3 year-old fillies for a clash of the titans at Epsom Downs!

The Oaks was inaugurated in 1779, by the 12th Earl of Derby. It soon became one of the most important events for 3 year-old horses and it is now the second leg of the Fillies Triple Crown (the other 2 races are the 1000 Guineas and the St Leger Stakes).

The race distance is one mile and 4 furlongs, with the runners travelling left-handed on the famous Epsom turf. The 2015 renewal takes place on the 5th of June. This is one of the richest races in England, with a purse of over half a million pounds!

The Epsom Oaks has provided us with some terrific champions, in recent years. These include Qualify, Minding, Enable, Talent, Was, Dancing Rain, Snow Fairy and Sariska. Which runner will take the spoils in 2018?

Diomed Stakes

The Diomed Stakes was introduced in 1971 and is a Group 3 fixture for horses aged 3 years or more. The race distance is just over a mile and the horses run left-handed on the world-famous Epsom turf.

Diomed was foaled in 1777 and in his 3 year-old campaign became the winner of the first ever Epsom Derby. He was bred by the Honorable Richard Vernan of Newmarket and owned by Sir Charles Bunbury.

While the Diomed Stakes was officially a new fixture when introduced, it was widely-held to be a continuation of the St James Stakes which was no longer going to take place. The Diomed Stakes is held during the Epsom Derby Festival and on the same day as the Epsom Oaks.

3 year-old horses carry 8 stones and 7 pounds, while horses aged 4 or more years will carry 9 stones and 5 pounds. A 7 pounds penalty goes to any Group 1 winners, 5 pounds to Group 2 winners and 3 pounds to Group 3 winners. The standard 3 pounds allowance is given to fillies and mares.

The Diomed Stakes carries a 7ty thousand pounds purse, around forty thousand of which goes to the owner of the winning horse. There have been some terrific winners, over the years.

The 2014 champion was a horse called French Navy, which was ridden by Adam Kirby and trained by Charlie Appleby. The winning time was 1:41.71. It was Kirby’s second Diomed Stakes success, following his victory on Fanunalter 3 years earlier.

Frankie Dettori steered Intikhab to the spoils in 1998 He was bred by J I Racing Inc and Marvin Little Jr and owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum. David Morley trained this American bay stallion who was out of a dam called Crafty Example and sired by Red Ransom.

Red Ransom did very little on the track but proved to be a very handy sire and his offspring include Casual Look, Electrocutionist, Perfect Sting, Typhoon Tracy and Red Cubs (sire of Sky Lantern).

Intikhab was certainly one of the better Diomed Stakes winners and went on to win the Queen Anne Stakes in the same season. There are 2 other winners that stand-out and they were both ridden by Joe Mercer.

Gunner B won in the Silver Jubilee year of 1977 and was owned by Pauline Barratt. His major wins include the Cecil Frail Handicap (1976), the Andy Capp Handicap (1976), the Doonside Cup (1976), Earl of Sefton Stakes (1978), the Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1978), the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1978), the Eclipse Stakes (1978) and the Select Stakes (1978).

The other horse is the 1972 champion, Sallurst. Owned by Michael Sobell and trained by Dick Hern, this British chestnut stallion won the Richmond Stakes (1971), the Prix de la Porte Maillot (1972), the Sussex Stakes (1972), the Goodwood. He was named Timeform top-rated 3-year-old in the year of his Diomed Stakes win.

Epsom Derby Trial

The Derby Trial is run over one mile and 2 furlongs and takes place in April. It is for 3 year-old horses, beginning their Classic campaigns and always features a competitive field of runners. The last 4 winners have all been trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori. They are Christophermarlowe, So Mi Dar, Cracksman and most-recently Crossed Baton.

The event was first held in 1937 and was originally known as the Blue Riband Trial Stakes. This new fixture replaced the discontinued Nonsuch Plate. The race was given Group 3 status in the early-1970s and was twice relegated – firstly to a Listed fixture (1986) and later to just an ungraded conditions race.

However, this is still one of the most eagerly-awaited races of the early flat season and there is a fifty thousand pounds purse to be shared.

Our Channel was the 2014 champion and was ridden by Ryan Moore. However, the William Haggas-trained thoroughbred did not go on to achieve great things over the remainder of the season.

The 2009 winner was a horse named Debussy, which was ridden by Jimmy Fortune and trained by John Gosden. The Darley-bred bay stallion was from a dam called Opera Comique and sired by a horse named Diesis.

Diesis shone as a 2 year-old, winning the Middle Park Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes. His 3 year-old campaign was disappointing and he finished 8h in the 2,000 Guineas after coming back from a bad leg injury.

His stud record was impressive though and his progeny include Diminuendo, Elmaamul, Ramruma and Love Divine. Dieses was put to sleep in 2006 after badly damaging his hip.

Debussy won over 8 hundred thousand pounds in prize-money, despite winning relatively few big races. In 2010, he won the Huxley Stakes and the Arlington Million.

Michael Hills rode Storming Home to the spoils in 2001. The Barry Hills-trained brown stallion was owned by Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum and bred by the Gainsborough stud. His dam was Try To Catch Me and he was sired by Machiavellian, winner of the Prix Morny (1989), the Prix de la Salamandre (1989) and the Prix Djebel (1990). Machiavellian stood at the Dalham Hall Stud and produced the likes of Chic, Medicean and Street Cry.

Storming Home broke the million pound barrier in career-winnings, after being first past the post in the King Edward VII Stakes (2001), the Champion Stakes (2002), the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (2003), the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (2003) and the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (2003).

Storming Home was then sent to stand at the Nunnery Stud and also spent time at the Karaka Stallion Station in New Zealand. The best of his offspring include Lion Tamer, Jakkalberry and Flying Cloud.

Lester Piggott’s last win came with Be My Guest in 1977. The Vincent O’Brien-trained thoroughbred was sired by Northern Dancer and out of What A Treat.  Be My Guest also won the Waterford Crystal Mile and the Desmond Stakes in the Jubilee year.

Lingfield Derby Trial

This fixture  was first established in 1932. The first winner of the race was a horse called April The Fifth. The British brown thoroughbred was sired by Craig An Eran and was out of a dam known as Sold Again. Trained by Tom Walls, he went on to win the 1932 Epsom Derby and this gave immediate prestige to this May race.

However, the next winner of this fixture may not have you running for the ante-post markets as no horse has won both the Lingfield Derby Trial and the Epsom Derby since High Rise in 1998. High Rise was trained by Luca Cumani and ridden by Frankie Dettori. Later and under the stewardship of Saeed bin Suroor, this Irish bay thoroughbred would also take the spoils in the 2000 Dubai City of Gold. He raced well-into his five year-old season, before picking up a bone injury – following which he was retired to stud.

Recent Lingfield Derby Trial winners include Humphrey Bogart, Best Solution and the 2018 victor Knight To Behold. Pat Eddery’s last Lingfield Derby Trial winner came in the saddle of the John Dunlop-trained Silver Patriarch. Owned and bred by Peter Winfield, this grey was sired by Saddler’s Hall (Saddler’s Wells) and from a dam named Early Rising. A regular visitor to the winners enclosure at important meetings, his major wins also included the Zetland Stakes (1996), the St. Leger Stakes (1997), the Coronation Cup (1998), the Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1998), the Jockey Club Stakes (1999 and the Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1999).

But it is surely the 1985 champion who will be the first name on punters’ lips, if they were asked to name the classiest winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial. Slip Anchor was sired by Shirley Heights, a winner of the Royal Lodge Stakes (1977), the Heathorn Stakes (1978), the Dante Stakes (1978), the Epsom Derby (1978) and the Irish Derby (1978).

Slip Anchor proved to be worthy offspring and followed up his win at Lingfield with an unforgettable seven-length demolition of his peers in the 1985 Epsom Derby.

Coronation Cup

First held in 1902, this is a mile and a half race for runners aged 4 years and up. This race has thrown-up some fabulous winners, in recent years. These include Highland Reel, Pether’s Moon, Postponed, Cirrus Des Aigles, St Nicholas Abbey, Fame And Glory, Ask, Soldier Of Fortune and Scorpion. Champions of yesteryear include Bustino, Roberto, Mill Reef and Solario.

2018 Coronation Cup Preview

The Coronation Cup always features a star-studded field. Here are 10 horses that are currently receiving considerable support, in the ante-post markets.

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Cracksman

This strong looking Frankel colt easily won his maiden as a 2-year-old. Trainer John Gosden gave him a189 day break after that and aimed him at the Derby Trial at Epsom instead of the 2000 Guineas. Although he ran rather green at Epsom he got home by a short head from a race fit Permian. He responded well to pressure that day for such an inexperienced horse so Gosden decided to skip the rest of the Derby trials and go straight for the big race itself. He went off favourite that day and raced prominently but found himself hampered after a furlong.

Jockey Frankie Dettori kept him in 5th or 6th until 3 furlongs out  when he gave him his head to lead into the final furlong where he was headed. He ended up third to the ill-fated Wings Of Eagles in that race probably due to his inexperience. Next time out he ran in the Irish Derby he had the beating of the English Derby winner but went down by a neck to Capri after coming wide.

After a short break he ran in the Great Voltigeur and trounced the field coming home by 6 lengths. Next was a trip to Chantilly in for the Prix Niel and another easy victory beating the top class Avilius by 3and a half lengths. Then he ran in the Champion Stakes at Ascot controversially not going for the Arc and running in a race 2 furlongs shorter than his optimum trip he set the place alight coming home by 7 lengths from a top class field. This year in his first race as a 4-year-old he went to Longchamp for the course’s reopening and ran enthusiastically to win easily. Gosden said after the race “Frankie was pleased with him, I was thrilled when he passed me as he was low and stretched”. Could the Arc be on the cards this year and a showdown with stablemate Enable?

Cliffs Of Moher

One of Aidan O’Brien’s string who found success as a 2 year-old and building on that first time out as a 3 year-old he had a further victory at Chester. The Dee Stakes is known as a Derby trial and the colt raced wide that day but was able to exert his authority over the last 150 yards. So from that victory it was off to Epsom for Derby. Ryan Moore must have thought he had got Cliffs Of Moher home when passing Cracksman inside the final furlong only for Wings Of Eagles to come on his outside and win by three quarters of a length.

Connections then dropped him back to ten furlongs for the Eclipse at Sandown. He was hampered that day and though he made headway one furlong out was never on terms finishing 4th. Next was the Juddmonte International at York. Here front running tactics were deployed but he was unable to hold on finishing 4th again behind Ulysses. He was kept at 10 furlongs for his next challenge The Irish Champion Stakes. He was a bit squeezed out that day and could finish only 6th in a race won by Decorated Knight.

After running down the field in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in a race won by Cracksman O’Brien decided to move him back to 12 furlongs.  So it was in the Breeders Cup Turf at Del Mar that Cliffs Of Moher ran next. But he flopped that day finishing 8th after a long hard season. He came out for his seasonal reappearance at Naas in May this year looking a fresh horse. Back over 10 furlongs he cruised past Success Days to win by one and three quarter lengths. “He relaxed lovely and came home well”  O’Brien observed after the race. He will hope for better ground than the colt faced last year in this seasons contests.

Cloth Of Stars

Andre Fabre sends one the stars of his stable across the Channel to take on this Group 1 race. His bay horse by See The Stars is a Group 1 winner in France and now seeks to extend his career CV by taking this big prize. A dual winner as a 2 year-old he trained on at 3 for another pair of victories. He ran in.the English Derby at this course finishing 8th in 2016. Last year saw him start his season with a trio of wins including his first and only Group 1 victory. He started that run at Saint-Cloud in March beating Star Victory when a very warm favourite.

He came out in April at Chantilly and repeated the act this time this time getting home by a neck from Mekhtaal. The following month came his Group 1 win prevailing by a short neck from the Aga Khan’s very smart  Zarak. From here he went for the Prix Foy at Chantilly in preparation for the Arc but didn’t get a clear run that day and went down by a length and a half to the German challenger Dschingis Secret. Then it was on to the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe itself and Cloth Of Stars ran an excellent race. Held in midfield by jockey Mickael Barzalona he made his move a furlong and a half out  and stayed on well to take 2nd over the last 100 yards. He had no chance with the winner Enable that day.

This season he came out in early March at Chantilly over a distance shorter than ideal and ran second after racing keenly to Talismanic. At the end of the month it was off to Dubai for the Sheema Classic finishing 3rd to Hawkbill after taking a keen hold. Back to 1m 2f at Longchamp at the end of April  he was unable to make any impression when running 3rd to Cracksman. Over the longer distance and with ground he prefers Cloth Of Stars can regain his Group 1 winning performance.

Hawkbill

This big strong looking horse is trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin and has been very successful for them. A triple winner as a 2 year-old he went on to record another treble in his next season over 10 furlongs including the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes. He finished the season running in 3 more Group 1’s but was unable to emulate that performance. His first outing in the 2017 season was at Saint-Cloud finishing 5th to Cloth Of Stars over a shorter distance than ideal. But over 1m 4f next time out at Newbury he asserted his influence to come home by 2 lengths from My Dream Boat.

He then came to this race last year but after leading 2 furlongs out the big chestnut had to give way to Highland Reel eventually finishing 4th. Then it was back across the Channel to Saint-Cloud ending up down the field in a race won by Zarak. So it was back to Newmarket for the July meeting and the Princess of Wales Stakes with Hawkbill making all that day getting home by three quarters of a length from Frontiersman. After finishing 2nd to Dschingis Secret in Germany he completed the season at Woodbine in Canada finishing a very creditable 2nd to Johnny Bear in the Northern Dancer Stakes.

This March he has run twice in Dubai and has completed two victories. Firstly getting the better of Frontiersman again beating him by a head in a Group 2 contest then in the Group 1 Sheema Classic hammering a top class field and coming home by 3 lengths from Poet’s Word. So after a wonderful start to the season it remains to be seen if the chestnut can continue his winning ways back here in the U.K.

Poet’s Word

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute this rangey type ran only once as a 2 year-old and was unplaced. The following season he had 2 victories one of which was in handicap company at Goodwood. Last year as a 4 year-old he continued in handicaps scoring easily at Chelmsford leading Stoute to try him back in Group company. So it was off to Chester’s round course over 10 furlongs in the Huxley Stakes where he was held up but only going down by a neck to Deauville. After a short break Poet’s Word came out in August at Goodwood over 12 furlongs. This time he was kept closer to the pace and took up the lead in the final furlong then romped away to win by a length and a half beating Second Step.

Stoute now decided to give him a big step in class and sent his classy improver to Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes. He ran a fine race and got on terms with Decorated Knight 100 yards out but was unable to match him and went down by half a length. The Champion Stakes at Ascot was next on the agenda and although Poet’s Word was well beaten by Cracksman he ran on well to take second. Now a fully fledged Group 1 performer it was decided to send him to Sha-Tin for the Hong Kong Cup. He could only finish 6th in a world class field behind Time Warp.

Stoute said after the race “ He had a bad draw and came six wide on the turn, so we scrubbed a line through that”. He went to Dubai this March to run in the Sheema Classic at Meydan this time with Frankie Dettori aboard.He tracked the leader and had every chance running on well but was beaten 3 lengths by Hawkbill. Stoute will be looking to take a big pot with him and improve on his 3 Group 1 seconds this season.

Idaho

The well travelled Idaho is one of the stars of Aidan O’Brien’s stable among all the top class horses he has there. The Galileo colt won as a 2-year-old over a mile at The Curragh which boded well for the rest of his career. But his 3-year-old campaign was somewhat disappointing bringing him just one victory during the season but that was in the Great Voltiger at York. He was very highly tried and was placed in both the English and Irish Derbys.

In the St Leger he faltered and unseated his rider, Jamie Hefferman, when odds-on favourite to win the race. He completed his campaign in the Canadian International Stakes running fifth. He opened 2017 with a run in the Coronation Cup at Epsom but was never a threat and finished sixth. So it was off to Royal Ascot for the Hardwicke Stakes over 12 furlongs and he completed a smooth victory beating Barsanti by half a length and finishing strongly.  At Ascot for the King George in July he could manage only third to Enable a horse he was to run into in France. A trip to the USA was next and he ran at Saratoga but finished down the field.Then came the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Chantilly and in race full of incident could manage only 10th after setting the pace.

He then went back to Canada for the Canadian International Stakes again improving his finishing order by one place from the previous year starting favourite once again. Finally he continued racking up the air miles and went to Tokyo for the Japan Cup but could finish only fifth. His 2018 campaign started in March in Dubai for the Sheema Classic but that proved a disappointment as he could only finish in 8th place. Back in the U.K. for the season his first run was at Chester in the Ormonde Stakes where he completed an easy victory over Danehill Kodiac. O’Brien said after the win “He’s maturing well and starting to do things right”. So it all bodes well for him in the coming year.

Hydrangea

This classy filly had a busy season as a 2-year-old running 7 times. She was only successful on one occasion due to the fact she ran into stablemate Rhododendron. That filly beat her into 2nd on 2 occasions once in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket in October 2016. She came out last year for her first outing at Leopardstown in a 1000 Guineas Trial. She stayed on well that day to get home by ahead from Winter. In the 1000 Guineas itself the filly was sent into the lead and was there to be shot at eventually running down the field in 10th.

In the Irish equivalent she was ridden more conservatively but was no match fo the winner Winter finishing 3rd. In the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot the result was exactly the same with Hydrangea finishing 3rd behind Winter and Roll Poly. In the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood Winter was again victorious and after hanging right she plugged on to claim 4th. At Leopardstown in September she was to get her revenge. The Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes was to prove the first of her 2 Group 1 victories of the year beating Winter by a head. Rhododendron proved to be her nemesis next time taking the Prix De L’Opera by a head.

But she was to finish her season in fine style by stepping up in trip. With her main protagonists missing from the Champions Fillies and Mares race at Ascot in October she was able to assert herself. She was pushed along that day and although pressed stayed on to beat Bateel by 2 lengths. Jockey Ryan Moore said after the victory. “This filly has been on the go all year and just gets better and better. She has stepped up in trip and she has a lovely attitude “. It remains to be seen where she will be placed as a 4-year-old and will she meet her old adversaries?

Frontiersman

A lot has been expected of this beautifully bred animal being the son of 7 time Group 1 winner Ouija Board. However he did not run as a 2-year-old and was not seen on a racecourse until June 2016. In his first season he claimed 2 victories but was well beaten in a Group race in the autumn. The colt had come on well for his winter break and after a run behind Chemical Charge at Doncaster to blow away the cobwebs he was ready for the contests to come. Next time out he won at Newmarket from Top Tug in a 12 runner handicap where he ran on to win by 2 and half lengths.

His trainer Charlie Appleby then decided he was ready to step up in class and run in last years Coronation Cup. He hung left that day but kept on to finish 2nd to Highland Reel and well clear of the 3rd Hawkbill. It was then off to Newmarket for the Princess Of Wales Stakes where this time Hawkbill had the beating of him after he again hung left in the final furlong. After running down the field in his next race at Deauville he bounced back to win the Godolphin Stakes at Newmarket in September. He led in his final race of the year at Newbury but was headed a furlong out and was eased when swallowed up by the field  in a race won by Best Solution.

This year he had a run at Wolverhampton in January gong down by 2 lengths on a surface that was totally alien to him. “He was fresh and he probably just needed the run” said jockey Adam Kirby. In March Frontiersman went off to Dubai to compete at Meydan. His first race there was a Group 2 and in a titanic struggle he just went down by a head to Hawkbill. He then ran again there at the end of the month beaten just over 2 lengths by Vazirabad in a 2 mile contest. Appleby thinks the world of this horse and as he has been moving him up in distance is he looking at him being a Cup horse this year?

Order Of St George

Another of Aidan O’Brien’s superstars this one really has had a stellar career. Just one victory from 5 starts as a 2-year-old didn’t give anyone any idea what was to come in 2015/16. He had 3 wins from 4 runs as a 3-year-old including the Irish Leger then a further 3 wins as a 4-year-old. One of those was the Group 1 Gold Cup over 2m 4f at Ascot to honour the Queen’s 90th birthday. In April 2017 his first race of the season was at Navan over 1m 6f where he ran second to Torcedor. He went to Leopardstown in May to win a Listed race easily beating Twilight Payment.

Next was the race everybody wanted to see. Order Of St George versus Big Orange and what a fabulous race it was with James Doyle refusing to be headed and O’Brien’s charge having to settle for second. From that short head defeat he bounced back with victories at The Curragh in a St Leger Trial and then the St Leger itself giving him his 2nd win in the race. Then it was a trip to Paris for the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe where he ran a great race into 4th but having no chance with the winner Enable. His final race of the season was the British Champions Long Distance Cup  where in another thrilling finish he got the better of Torcedor by half a length.

He came out in April this year at Navan and unsurprisingly was not at his best but was still able win easily. In the 3 runner contest  he was able to stride up the hill to beat Lord Yeats by 3 and a half lengths. O’Brien said after the victory. “He finishes out very well when he gets into his tempo and he gallops up the hill. Ryan (Moore) said he was very relaxed and moved very well.” So the big horse will be going to regain his Gold Cup title later in the year and pick up other prizes along the way.

Rare Rhythm

This lightly raced Godolphin 6-year-old is to be aimed at the longer distances this season after wintering in Dubai. His early career was mainly based around Newmarket, Ascot and Sandown so perhaps connections think it’s time to spread his wings. As a 2-year-old he had two races at Headquarters over a mile winning one, from there he had a quiet season in 2015 with again only two runs. The first of these was at Sandown where he was soundly beaten running 7th to Dartmouth but following that he went back to Newmarket winning easily from Not Never.

His trainer, Charlie Appleby, knew by now his optimum trip was over the longer distances and sent him to Royal Ascot for his only run of the year in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes where unsurprisingly he ran down the field after being hampered 2 furlongs out. He then had a 12 month break during which he was gelded before returning to Ascot in 2017 and running in the same fixture and romping home by 2 and a quarter lengths from Appeared at a big price.

The following month he moved on from that victory into Listed company in the John Smiths Silver Cup Stakes at York and after being joined for the lead 2 furlongs out was driven out to draw clear over the last 100 yards. He has been to Dubai for the winter and raced twice, firstly beating Vazirabad at Meydan over 1m 6f then running third to the same animal over 2m in the Dubai Gold Cup in March. Godolphin will now aim Rare Rhythm at the major cup races this season after his exploits in Dubai during the spring.

Ante-Post Betting

Making an ante-post bet always carries an element of risk. None of the horses will have been officially declared to run in any of the races. This is why the prices tend to be a great deal more generous than those that you will find on the day of the races. Successful ante-post bettors do a great deal of research before making their bets. They will look at decisions made by specific trainers in recent years and will keep track of all comments made by trainers and owners to the media.

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