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Derby favourites…worth backing?

May 30th, 2019 Home, Horse Racing, Media & Journalism, News & Events, Press Release

The Derby – the most expensive horse race in Britain – takes place at Epsom Downs this weekend.

One of the biggest sporting events in the country, it is often referred to as the Blue Riband event of all horse racing.

Coming into this weekend’s 240th running of the event and there is a clear favourite in Sir Dragonet, who has been supplemented for the race at a cost of £85,000 – which means he was not originally entered and to get in, the owners had to pay the extra fee.

But is he a worthy favourite – OddsMonkey has looked back on previous winners from the last decade to see just how they fare.

Derby Winners    
YearHorseJockeyTrainerOdds
2018MasarWilliam BuickCharlie Appleby16/1
2017Wings Of EaglesPaddy BeggyAidan O’Brien40/1
2016HarzandPat SmullenJohn Oxx13/2
2015Golden HornFrankie DettoriJohn Gosden13/8 Fav
2014AustraliaJoseph O’BrienAidan O’Brien11/8 Fav
2013Ruler Of The WorldRyan MooreAidan O’Brien7/1
2012CamelotJoseph O’BrienAidan O’Brien8/13 Fav
2011Pour MoiMickael BarzalonaAndre Fabre4/1
2010WorkforceRyan MooreM Stoute6/1
2009Sea The StarsMick KinaneJohn Oxx11/4

And the answer, is not really – in the past decade, we have seen just three favourites taking the victory – Golden Horn in 2015, Australia in 2014 and odds-on winner Camelot in 2012.

In 2018, Masar won at odds of 16/1 – and back in 2017 there was one of the biggest shocks ever when Wings of Eagles came home at 40/1.

OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “This is a Aidan O’Brien dominated field, but having two supplemented horses in the favourite Sir Dragonet and third favourite Telecaster surely tells us something.

“£85,000 is a lot to pay for a day trip to Epsom, but as we have seen the favourites have been far from certainties in recent years.”

*Odds correct at time of writing

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