The most prestigious of the British classics and the richest horse race run in this country, the Epsom Derby is a race steeped in history. It’s a race that all trainers and jockeys want to win and is the ultimate test of a horse, with both speed and stamina needed to conquer this contest. A race dominated by Aidan O’Brien in recent years, the race can throw up plenty of shocks, including bigger priced winners. Wings Of Eagles swooped late to land the race at odds of 40/1 twelve months ago and with no horse in the line-up devoid of talent, they all have something to recommend them on. With softer ground another spanner in the works, we have taken a look at two horses we feel can massively out-run their odds come race day and they’re listed below! Our Epsom Derby tips are on site and ready to read now!
Sevenna Star (John Gosden, Robert Havlin) 25/1
John Gosden has won the Derby on two occasions with Benny The Dip and Golden Horn, with two representatives in this year’s renewal. The market sides with Roaring Lion as his best chance, but the progressive and unexposed Sevenna Star seems to have slipped under the radar. He arrives here on a hat-trick, winning two of his four career starts to date. A heavy ground winner two starts ago at Windsor, he showed a brilliant constitution to get up late and win a Group 3 at Sandown in April. The further he goes the seemingly better he gets and the two horses behind him at Sandown didn’t discredit the form at Chester behind Young Rascal and Dee Ex Bee. He should relish this step up in distance and looking like a straightforward sort, the quirks of Epsom will be no concern. He handles softer ground and is sure to out-run his massive odds.
Kew Gardens (Aidan O’Brien) 33/1
Four of the last six renewals of flat racing’s centrepiece has gone the way of Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien and he holds five of the twelve entrants to this year’s Derby. Saxon Warrior is a very warm-order at the front of the market, but as such his stable-mates have seemingly been forgotten about. Kew Gardens was a Listed winner at Newmarket as a two-year-old, beating Dee Ex Bee into second over the 1m 2f distance. He was upped to the 1m 3f distance on his latest start in the Lingfield Derby Trial, finishing a clear second behind Knight To Behold, who snatched seven lengths around the bend and that ultimately won him the contest. Kew Gardens was clawing him back all the way up the straight though and he’s sure to relish this extra stamina test. A return to softer ground is likely to be another positive and he has surely been overlooked.