The most backed horses left in the running for next month’s Epsom Derby and Epsom Oaks combine for an ante-post double still better than 6/1 through oddschecker.
The recent withdrawal of ante-post favourite and most backed for the Cazoo Derby at Epsom, Luxembourg, has opened the door for DESERT CROWN to take favouritism for the Classic – both in terms of market price and the percentage of bets through oddschecker.
Luxembourg, who landed a Group One as a two-year-old at Doncaster and finished third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket late last month, was pulled out after trainer Aidan O’Brien found him to be slightly lame following a routine canter.
When the news broke of Luxembourg’s absence on Sunday 8th May, Desert Crown came in from a general 7/1 to 11/2, a price which shortened significantly again when Desert Crown landed the Dante Stakes at York last Thursday from Royal Patronage by 3 ¼ lengths. He is now 15/8 in places for the Epsom Derby on Saturday 4th June but remains a best price 9/4 through oddschecker.
Over the year so far, only Luxembourg (12.87%) has attracted more bets for the Derby than Desert Crown (12.32%), whose surge in popularity has found him in 21.37% of the betslips this week.
Like Desert Crown, she too reinforced her market position with a win at York last week, beating Life of Dreams in the Musidora Stakes by 5 ½ lengths.
Over the year to date, Emily Upjohn has taken 25.11% of the bets on the race through oddschecker with Tuesday second with 15.62%. Interestingly, Moon De Vega has pulled in more bets than Emily Upjohn this week, and moved from 50/1 into 25/1 in places (best 40/1 through oddschecker).
That’s nearly 75% of the bets on Moon De Vega for the year this week alone, against 10.20% of bets on Emily Upjohn for 2022 coming in this week so worth keeping an eye on.