As the central pillar of the Triple Crown all eyes will be on the winner of the 2000 Guineas, Saxon Warrior, to see if he can set himself up for a shot at the title in the St Leger, but the field isn’t short of talent and energy and there’s every chance that one of the others will pip him to the post whatever the Epsom Derby odds might claim at the moment. So if you’re going to bet on the big race at Bet365 just which of the runners should you be backing? We take a look.
There are fourteen runners this year which is by no means the most or least we’ve seen compete for the sizable purse (this year in excess of $2.1m) but the quality of the horses that will kick off down the one mile, four furlongs and six yard course as it curves left on that historic turf and the grandstands go mad in excitement, is not to be sniffed at and whilst most of the attention will be on the 8/11 favorite, Saxon Warrior there are plenty of other strong contenders at very attractive Epsom Derby odds at Bet365.
That said there are also a few very long shots that are perhaps only wagered upon if one is in the UK gambling laws of reality will somehow be suspended for the duration of the race this weekend. Zabriskie gets 66/1 which, frankly, will only come up a winner if the rest of the field turns into a pillar of salt, and whilst Rostropovich and Nelson get far better 40/1 Epsom Derby odds at sites like Bet365 they too are unlikely to see the winners circle, although optimistic each-way wagers might apply.
Will Saxon Warrior Or Roaring Lion Run Away With Victory?
- Zabriskie – 66/1
- Rostropovich – 40/1
- Nelson – 40/1
- Kew Gardens – 33/1
- Sevenna Star – 28/1
- Dee Ex Be – 28/1
- The Pentagon – 20/1
- Knight To Behold – 18/1
- Masar – 16/1
- Delano Roosevelt – 12/1
- Hazapour – 12/1
- Young Rascal – 11/1
- Roaring Lion – 11/2
- Saxon Warrior – 8/11
Of course if you’re going for the each-way wager there are slightly better hopes than those three back markers with the awfully botanical sounding Kew Gardens getting 33/1 just behind Sevenna Star getting 28/1 alongside Dee Ex Bee on the same Epsom Derby odds. Naturally these too could be thought to stretch the bounds of possibility just beyond breaking point and The Pentagon at 20/1 might well be a more attractive wager. The question is why hedge your bets on a day as special as Derby day?
Knight To Behold sits at 18/1 in the Epsom Derby odds available at Bet365 and perhaps marks where the realms of possibility meet the harsh facts of reality, and certainly Masar at 16/1 isn’t to be sniffed at having more than a whiff of a chance at grabbing UK gambling news headlines come Monday morning. Naturally Delano Roosevelt getting 12/1 is a tempting offer, as is Young Rascal at 11/1 but with Hazapour at 10/1 you have to wonder what the bookies know that you and I aren’t yet aware of.
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At the top of the field are a pair of horses either of which, on their day, could stroll off with this race, with Roaring Lion at 11/2 and Saxon Warrior at 8/11, their Epsom Derby odds putting them head and shoulders above the rest of the field, but the question is does Saxon Warrior really have the legs after its 2000 Guineas win, or is Roaring Lion going to ruin its Triple Crown chances this weekend? Well on paper you’d have to say that Saxon Warrior might have the best of it, having already beat its rival.
Roaring Lion came in second to Saxon Warrior in Doncaster last October and fared worse still when the pair saw each other again at Newmarket where it only managed fifth. Of course it did win at York earlier in the month but does that mean it’s hit form or shot its bolt? Certainly most sensible bet on sports in the UK this weekend will be on Saxon Warrior, winner of its last four races over numerous months and getting the best of the Epsom Derby odds because of it at Bet365. It’s the favorite for a reason.