Cracksman new favourite for Derby despite missing Dante

Bookies respond to Permian's Dante win by cutting his conqueror for Derby success.

Cracksman new favourite for Derby despite missing Dante

Cracksman’s reputation was enhanced without even stepping foot on a racecourse as the Mark Johnston-trained Permian landed the Dante. Sent off at 10/1, Franny Norton had his mount settled in behind the leaders in a perfect rhythm before attacking up the long York straight. Staying on strongest, the 3yo saw off the late challenges of Benbatle and Crystal Ocean to provide Johnston with his first success in the race.

The winner was last seen finishing second behind Cracksman in a Derby Trial at Epsom and bookmakers have reacted to today’s result by making the unbeaten colt 5/1 joint-favourite in the ante post market for the Classic in June. Permian, who will need to be supplemented at a cost of £80,000, has been installed as a general 16/1 shot with most bookies following his gallant victory.

Sir Michael Stoute’s third, Crystal Dancer, at least justified some of the recent hype with a promising performance which lead to some bookmakers cutting the 3yo into as short as 10/1. Elsewhere, Irish challenger Rekindling, who could only finish fourth, saw his odds drift from as short as 14/1 out to 33’s with one firm following his disappointing performance.

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