With both the Epsom Oaks and Derby just days away, the hopes and dreams of so many connections are resting in the balance. Races that captures the nation, both the Oaks and Derby will crown a superstar. For this article, we’ll be delving into the statistics surrounding Epsom as a whole, to help you have the most profitable Derby Festival possible! Here are our Epsom pointers, and if you are wanting our horse racing tips, they’re on site now!
It can be no surprise that the most profitable jockey to follow at Epsom in the past five seasons is the work machine Silvestre De Sousa. He boasts a 28% strike-rate from one-hundred and twenty-three rides, a level stakes profit of £48.61. The Epsom Derby has eluded him thus far, but he wasn’t far away last year with Dee Ex Bee and Bangkok looks to have a real chance of helping him break his big-race hoodoo.
Although a strike-rate of 15% shouldn’t be scoffed at, where Andrew Balding excels is his big-priced Epsom winners, boasting a £20.54 profit to level stakes from eighty runners. He has plenty of big fancies at this year’s Derby Festival, including Morando in the Coronation, Bye Bye Hong Kong in the Diomed and Bangkok in the Derby. Both will be ridden by Silvestre De Sousa, and you already know that’s a positive!
With a strike-rate of 26% in the past five seasons and a level stakes profit of £19.93, it’s fair to say that Franny Norton enjoys his visits to Epsom. He already has a tempting book of rides lining up on Friday, including two of the big fancies in the Woodcote for Mark Johnston. He also gets the leg up on game Communique in the Coronation Cup and given his judge of pace, don’t discount him at a price.
Since 2000, Aidan O’Brien has won six renewals of the Derby and six renewals of the Oaks. That’s a frightening strike-rate in too of the best races anywhere in the world for flat horses. He will once again have a stacked battalion to go to war with and it would extremely surprising if he didn’t have at least one horse in the frame.
Just remember, O’Brien doesn’t form the market and Ryan Moore can pick the wrong horse, so don’t assume that their partnership signals the “first-string”. O’Brien’s team is so magnificent that he routinely dines at the top table with his lesser fancied runners, so don’t be put off by prices.
As previously mentioned, Andrew Balding and Silvestre De Sousa both have fantastic strike-rates at Epsom and team up for three of the big fancies in the top races at this year’s Derby Festival. Morando gives them both a big shout in the Coronation Cup on Friday, while Bye Bye Hong Kong is a leading contender in the Group 3 Diomed on Saturday.
We can’t, of course, forget the big one either, with Bangkok looking to provide both parties with their first win in the Epsom Derby. The treble can be backed at a mammoth 584/1 with Betfred!