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Epsom - Horse Racing: Derby Preview

Desert Crown remained firmly at the head of betting after the 17-runner line-up was confirmed for the Derby at Thursday's final declaration stage for the Epsom Classic.

(This article was originally published on 03.06.2022)

There is little market movement at this stage, with Sir Michael Stoute's Dante winner a solid 7/4 for the Epsom Classic, with all the action available to follow on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

However, come Derby day, it is easy to foresee Stone Age being shorter than the 7/2 on show now Aidan O'Brien's jockey bookings have been revealed, with Ryan Moore sticking with the stylish Leopardstown Trial winner.

What: Epsom Derby

Where: Epsom Racecourse, Surrey

When: 16:30pm, Saturday 4th June

How to watch: ITV or bet365 Live Stream

Odds: Desert Crown 7/4, Stone Age 7/2, Nations Pride 6/1.

O'Brien the top Derby trainer

Aidan O'Brien is the leading trainer in Derby history and that will undoubtedly play on punters' minds on Saturday.

That could result in significant each-way support for the Ballydoyle trainer's other contenders such as Changingoftheguard (8/1) and Star Of India (16/1), who both scored at Chester's trials meeting.

William Buick and Charlie Appleby have some live chances which precede the Derby, including Blue Trail in the opening handicap and Modern News in the Diomed Stakes.

Should punters see those two come home in front, support could grow for another Godolphin horse in the big one, with the supplemented Nations Pride currently fairly static in the Derby market.

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Doyle on a high after Guineas double

James Doyle has taken both of the British Classics on offer so far this season, including on a Godolphin horse, therefore late money for his mount Walk Of Stars - who is currently a 14/1 chance - wouldn't be a surprise.

The Frankie (Dettori) factor is always worth bearing in mind, especially given that the coverage will be on the main ITV channel, thereby more accessible to the casual punter tuning in on a long Bank Holiday weekend, with the unusually named Piz Badile (10/1) a potential market mover for Donnacha O'Brien.

It is important to remember that Desert Crown drifted to 7/2 joint favouritism before the off in the Dante, along with the second that day Royal Patronage, who himself could offer some each-way value at 25/1.

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