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.
|2018||Masar||William Buick||Charlie Appleby||16/1|
|2017||Wings Of Eagles||Paddy Beggy||Aidan O’Brien||40/1|
|2016||Harzand||Pat Smullen||John Oxx||13/2|
|2015||Golden Horn||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||13/8 Fav|
|2014||Australia||Joseph O’Brien||Aidan O’Brien||11/8 Fav|
|2013||Ruler Of The World||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||7/1|
|2012||Camelot||Joseph O’Brien||Aidan O’Brien||8/13 Fav|
|2011||Pour Moi||Mickael Barzalona||Andre Fabre||4/1|
|2010||Workforce||Ryan Moore||M Stoute||6/1|
|2009||Sea The Stars||Mick Kinane||John Oxx||11/4|
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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