The Epsom Derby and Oaks entries are released, with hot favourites English King and Love both set to go to post
The entries are in for the Derby and Oaks on Saturday on a sensational card at Epsom.
Both are on Saturday this year and it may be a month late, but we are still set for a brilliant day of action on the Epsom Downs.
17 horses have been entered for the Derby and 11 for the Oaks.
English King, the favourite for the Derby, is all set for Saturday, with Frankie Dettori taking the ride. Ed Walker’s colt is the warm 5/2 favourite for the Classic, after winning the Derby trial at Lingfield very impressively earlier this month.
He has taken 30% of all bets for the race through oddschecker, with punters confident in the favourite.
Second in the betting is 2000 Guineas hero, Kameko, at a best price of 9/2. Andrew Balding’s three-year-old is going for the famous double, even if there are some doubts over whether he will get the trip or not.
Despite finding trouble in running at Newmarket, he flew past his rivals late on to clinch the first Classic of the season. 10% of bets for the race in the last week have been on the second-favourite.
Mogul, Russian Emperor and Vatican City are all vying for third place in the market for Aidan O’Brien. The first two are available at a best price of 8/1, and one bookmaker is a standout 9/1 on Vatican City.
Mogul disappointed at Royal Ascot, and consequently drifted out to double-figures for the Derby, but he has been well supported in recent days.
Pyledriver, Mogul’s conqueror in the King Edward Stakes, is a 16/1 chance. He has been brilliant this season for William Muir and it would be a great story if he could run a big race on Saturday. With 4.5% of bets for the race in the last week, a fair few are hoping for a bold showing.
The big move in recent days is for Highland Chief. He won at Royal Ascot off top weight in the Golden Gates handicap, and was installed a 50/1 chance for the Derby. However, he has been the third most popular horse in the market in the last week, taking 8% of bets in total. This had led to him being cut to as short as 12/1, but the three-year-old is still available at 16/1
In the Oaks, 1000 Guineas winner, Love, is the strong favourite at 6/4. It may have not been a vintage renewal at Newmarket, but she won with ease and the step up in trip on Saturday should suit her.
Just behind her in the market is the Ribblesdale winner, Frankly Darling (5/2). John Gosden’s filly was outstanding in her Royal Ascot romp and it could be a mouth-watering clash between the front two in the market.
However, oddschecker users are siding with Frankly Darling for the clash. She has taken 30% of bets for the race in the last week, compared to 23% for Love.
Peaceful (5/1) is third-favourite for the race. She won the Irish 1000 Guineas and will be another of Aidan O’Brien’s squad making the trip over. She has only taken 6% of bets for the race through oddschecker, despite her claims.
The betting makes it between these three, with Ennistymon the only other horse at single-figure price. The rest of the field have had very little attention on oddschecker.
The rest of the field are all at long-odds, and will have to improve plenty to take on the big names at the front of the betting.
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