Delano Roosevelt the value bet against Saxon Warrior in Investec Derby at Epsom
A star-studded field will line up for the 2018 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday afternoon, and it's no surprise to see Aidan O'Brien unleash a strong team in the fourth Classic of the Flat season with all eyes on his impressive 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, who will head into this contest as a red-hot favourite to land his second Triple Crown race.
|Saturday - 4.30pm||Odds||Bets|
|Delano Roosevelt (each way) Best Bet||14/1|
Saxon Warrior A Warm Order In Derby Betting
With six wins in the Derby since the turn of the century, Aidan O'Brien will aim to make it seven winners since the year 2000 and in Saxon Warrior he will saddle arguably the premier three-year-old in the world, and stands out when looking at the Investec Derby Form Guide for Saturday's contest.
Unbeaten in his juvenile campaign, which included a Racing Post Trophy win, the son of Deep Impact produced a sparkling display when storming to 2000 Guineas glory at Newmarket earlier in the season, and now stepping up in trip he will be aiming to show his class again and land this prize.
He will have to do the business from stall one, and some have questioned his stamina over the Derby trip, but his class could prevail here, and while there are a host of colts looking to topple him, including a host of his stablemates, he is the proven class act in the race, and has to be the one they all have to beat.
William Haggas will send Young Rascal to Epsom, and that challenger was impressive when beating Dee Ex Bee in the Chester Vase last month, and is open to significant improvement, and is certainly one that will relish the Derby trip, while Dermot Weld's Hazapour has proven popular with punters over the last few days, and was a notable winner of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial last time out, and could play a notable role here.
Roaring Lion failed to land a blow in the 2000 Guineas, but showed his class when romping to victory in the Dante Stakes at York, and if he can replicate that sort of performance then has to be considered. However, he has form to find with Saxon Warrior from their Racing Post Trophy clash and he may just find it tough to deal with the camber at Epsom, so should be ignored.
Delano Roosevelt The Value Play In The Latest Odds
Wings Of Eagles was a shock 40/1 winner for O'Brien's Ballydoyle operation last season, so you can't ignore the lesser heralded names from the Irish yard, and in Delano Roosevelt, who is 14/1 with Paddy Power, they have a colt that is sure to improve for his run in the Derrinstown, where he was beaten by Hazapour, and he marks cracking each-way value.
He was runner-up in the Ballysax Stakes, but has still shown signs of inexperience, and looks like he could have a lot more to offer in the latter stages of the season, so if he can kick on from his Derrinstown second then he could even run stablemate Saxon Warrior close in a fascinating 2018 renewal.
A best-priced Evens with Betfred, Saxon Warrior's skinny odds will mean many will venture into the each-way market, and as well as Delano Roosevelt, Knight To Behold (20/1 with Betfair) marks decent value as he trounced Kew Gardens (33/1 with Coral) in the Lingfield Derby Trial, and is still very lightly raced, so can continue his progression here.
Of the others, Masar (25/1) was a sparkling winner of the Craven, but was only third in the Guineas and may find the step up in trip tough, while Sevenna Star (25/1) and The Pentagon (28/1) both add more depth to the race, but will ultimately come up short against some classier adversaries.