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Ante-Post Horse Racing Tips for the Derby and Oaks

It’s just over a month until the Oaks and Derby at Epsom and this is the time to snap up some ante-post value in the third and fourth Classics of the season.

The latest horse racing betting tips for the Oaks and Derby at Epsom from Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway.

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Oaks and Derby at Epsom Horse Racing Betting Tips and Odds

Epsom Oaks – Forest Fairy @ 14/1
Epsom Derby – Grosvenor Square @

Epsom Oaks – Forest Fairy @ 14/1

Ralph Beckett has long been one of the most talented trainers in Britain, but it feels like this could be the year that he really stamps his authority on British Flat racing. That’s because he had more juvenile winners last season than in any other and has lots of talent coming through.

Beckett’s 133 juvenile winners in 2023 was 29 more than his previous highest tally with two-year-olds and those victories were achieved at an impressive 20 percent strike-rate.

If there is a trainer who can take on the Ballydoyle battalions this season it is probably him and he has several entries in the Oaks, a race that he has won twice with Look Here in 2008 and Talent in 2013.

It’s difficult to know which might end up his number one hope, but one worth taking a chance on is Forest Fairy. The daughter of stamina influence Waldgeist is bred to stay well and looks a dark horse.

Beckett admitted in his recent Racing Post stable tour that she has “crept up on us” and she looked like a really smart prospect when quickening clear to win by six lengths on her debut at Wolverhampton in February. The runner-up has franked the form by winning subsequently.

She was the only filly in that race and was well on top at the finish, so looks right up to making her mark in better company, and Beckett has already earmarked her for an Oaks trial this spring.

A significant amount of improvement will be needed if she is to develop into an Oaks contender, but she is definitely open to that sort of progress and it’s worth backing her at 25/1.

Epsom Derby – Grosvenor Square @ 33/1

City Of Troy is probably the most exciting horse to start a Flat season since Frankel and Aidan O’Brien will be keen to get the 2,000 Guineas under his belt before a possible tilt at the Derby.

There is no doubt that City Of Troy will be a warm order for the race provided all goes to plan at Newmarket in a week and a half. However, O’Brien won’t be short of other Derby contenders and usually has plenty of winners of the trials at Chester, Lingfield and York, so it’s not a one-horse race.

The value might lie with finding one from the O’Brien team who skips the 2,000 Guineas, but goes on to win a trial and shortens in the market as a result. Grosvenor Square has the potential to do that.

The son of Galileo has won two of his three outings and bolted up by four-and-a-quarter lengths in the Group 3 Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown on his final start.

O’Brien has already pointed out that Grosvenor Square will start his season in a Derby trial and said “we're very happy with him and he's done very well” in his recent Racing Post stable tour.

That positive update is enough to convince me that Grosvenor Square could prove a more-than-able deputy should City Of Troy head to the big one as favourite and, who knows, if something goes wrong with him at Newmarket there is a chance that Grosvenor Square could be the stable’s number one.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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