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Royal Ascot Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

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It is Royal Ascot week and that means the most famous race meeting in the world will be attracting the rich and famous to Berkshire once again, and alluring seasoned and casual punters alike. This is the Queen’s favourite week of the year and she will be holding court during Ascot because of the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, during what has been difficult times for the country with the recent terror attack and the Grenfell Tower Fire as well. The Queen has also enjoyed a winner at Ascot too with Estimate taking the 2013 Gold Cup and will have runners out in her silks this year again. Here we feature some of the top races from the Festival...

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Wednesday, June 21st

Jersey Stakes This is a field of three-year-olds and therefore the Festival will kick off in exciting fashion. This will be the 98th renewal of the Jersey Stakes which goes over eight, gut-busting furlongs. This is a great race and Dream Castle goes for Godolphin as the stables look for their third win on the bounce following recent wins for Ribchester and Dutch Connection. Dream Castle landed fifth in the 2000 Guineas and has a good chance here. Filly Daban should be able to mix it up with the boys and landed a win in the Nell Gwyn Stakes and came third in the 1000 Guineas. Taamol has good credentials as well and is a very good price as well as Second Thought. Le Brivido 3/1, Dream Castle 7/2, Daban 11/2, Whitecliffsofdover 10/1, Second Thought 14/1, Winnings Ways 16/1, Taamol 16/1, Chessman 16/1, bar 20/1. Tip: Dream Castle Prince of Wales Stakes A big ten-furlong battle will go down in the Prince Of Wales and heading up the field is Highland Reel who won the Coronation Cup at Epsom. However, he was beaten heavily by Jack Hobbs in Dubai and that makes this one a tough tip to call. Ulysses landed a fantastic win over Deauville and My Dream Boat in the Gordon Richard’s Stakes back in April. Jack Hobbs was in fantastic form in Dubai during the off-season and he has to be in contention here. Highland Reel 5/2, Jack Hobbs 11/4, Ulysses 10/3, Decorated Knight 8/1, Mekhtaal 10/1, Queens trust 12/1, bar 25/1 Tip: Jack Hobbs

Thursday, June 22nd

Ascot Gold Cup One of the biggest races of the Festival and this will be a test for the best stayers in flat racing. This race has over two hundred years of history behind it and will be a great feature for Thursday’s horse racing betting. Order Of St George is back to defend his title after a comfortable three-length victory last year. He didn't really follow up on that over shorter trips, but will be value back for this one. Sheikh Zayed Road was a massive 40/1 shot in last year’s renewal but pulled out a huge effort to come through for third and with wins over Quest For More at the Doncaster Cup and a Champions Day victory over Order Of St George, he will have appeal despite being the oldest horse in the race. Simple Verse has impressed in a couple of outings this season and she looks decent value to have a shot at the title. Big Orange has had a great off-season around the world and landed an easy victory in the Henry II Stakes on his last visit to Britain and landed fourth in the Dubai Gold Cup. Sweet Selection’s rating is on the up thanks to her big wins at Newmarket and Ascot and isn’t unappealing at 14/1 which is just about there for each-way appeal. Order Of St George 4/5, Big Orange 7/1, Simple Verse 9/1, Sheikh Zayed Road 9/1, Sweet Selection 14/1, Torcedor 14/1, Quest For More 16/1, Kingfisher 19/1, Endless Time 20/1, Harbour Law 20/1, bar 25/1 Tip: Sweet Selection Each Way Ribblesdale Stakes This battle between the best three-year-old filly stayers out there and with The Oaks the major Group 1 race in this category, you will see a lot of the runners from Epsom going at it again in this one. At Epsom, Enable and Rhododendron were miles ahead of the competition, but you have to look behind them to see the price of 3/1 at William Hill on Alluringly who stayed very well for third. She was beaten again by Enable at the Cheshire Oaks but should be in contention here. Coronet can run her way into contention if she can settle early in the field, while Mori, who claimed a maiden Listed title at Goodwood recently stayed so well in that race and the daughter of Frankel has masses of appeal here. Alluringly 3/1, Mori 10/3, Coronet 6/1, Hertford Dancer 9/1, Naughty Or Nice 12/1, Astronomy's Choice 12/1, Vintage Folly 16/1, Gracious Diana 16/1, Rich Legacy 16/1, Serenada 20/1, The Sky Is Blazing 25/1, bar 33/1 Tip: Mori

Friday, June 23rd

King Edward VII Stakes What a day of racing Friday will bring. The top three year old colts will scrap it out in this one and you will see familiar faces from the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby turning up in this Royal battle. This should be a great scrap and Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean is heading up the market after skipping the Derby because the stables thought that he wasn't mature enough and despite a hefty price finished third at the Dante. Sir John Lavery was a Derby market leader and despite tanking in a Derby Trial at Lingfield, Aidan O’Brien’s charge can’t be written off here. Permian, the winner of the Dante is going to be in contention here but punters will worry about his lack of staying power shown in the Derby after a late entry at Epsom. Best of Days has had a long layoff and can’t be trusted at the distance while Best Solution, another Epsom struggler like Permian won that Lingfield Derby Trial in emphatic fashion and could impress in this field. Crystal Ocean 3/1, Sir John Lavery 6/1, Permian 8/1, Best of Days 10/1, Saloeun 10/1, Halkidiki 12/1, Best Solution 12/1, Exemplar 12/1, bar 20/1 Tip: Best Solution Each Way Commonwealth Cup This will be just the third running of the Commonwealth Cup, a short sprint over six furlongs and punters at William Hill have been leaning heavily on Aidan O’Brien’s Caravaggio, arguably the best three year old in his yard. Goes off unbeaten over five career starts and while he hasn’t been tested really so far, he can step up here and perform. Harry’s Angel was beaten in the Pavilion Stakes by Godolphin stablemate Blue Point over this distance but does have the talent and speed if he can put it together on the day. Bound For Nowhere is a good double figure price here and if the ground is right, he can get his nose in the picture after winning both starts this season highly impressively. Caravaggio even money, Harry's Angel 7/2, Blue Point 4/1, Bound For Nowhere 10/1, Fas 16/1, Queen Kindly 20/1, Tis Marvellous 25/, bar 33/1 Tip: Caravaggio Coronation Stakes This one miler is a popular feature of the penultimate day of the Royal Ascot Festival and there is a clear favourite here. That is Winter who upset the heavy favourite Rhododendron in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket for the Ballydoyle stables. It was an excellent run from her and she won the 1000 Irish Guineas as well comfortably, proving with the Curragh result, her win at Newmarket was no fluke. It’s hard to see the storm the field catching up to her, and Daban who was third at Newmarket is a great each price at William Hill for this one. Winter 4/7, Dabah 7/1, Precieuse 7/1, Sea of Grace 16/1, Tomyris 16/1, la Coronel 16/1, Daban 16/1, Hydrangea 16/1, Intricately 20/1, bar 25/1 Tip: Winter Queen’s Vase This is one of those races that top trainer Aidan O’Brien has enjoyed in the last decade. He has five of the last ten winners here but rival Mark Johnston as the favourite for this one, namely Time To Study. He has an advantage of having won over this trip before when he carried top weight to a win at Musselburgh. Venice Beach claimed the Chester Vase but really disappointed at Epsom, while Finn McCool skipped the meeting so would at least be coming in fresh for this one. Iron Mountain has won this season, out in Curragh for Aiden O’Brien and has been pretty well backed given the trainer’s history in this one. Count Octave was fifth behind Venice Beach at the Chester Vase. Defoe was impressive in a Newbury handicap win, but will be stepping up a level in this one. Time To Study 6/1, Venice Beach 8/1, Iron Moutain 10/1, Belgravia 12/1, Count Octave 12/1, Defoe 14/1, Desert Skyline 14/1, Wisconsin 14/1, Finn McCool 16/1, Mister Manduro 20/1, Fierce Impact 20/1, bar 25/1 Tip: Time To Study

Saturday, June 24th

Diamond Jubilee This is the eighth and final Group 1 race at the Royal Ascot Festival and this has been running since back in 1868. This is a flat out sprint over six furlongs and with recent winners such as Black Caviar, Society Rock and Slade Power, the winner is going to join some illustrious company on Saturday. Limato has been leading the way at William Hill for Henry Candy’s stable although he suffered back to back disappointments at the end of last season. Took a pass on Ascot last season, and was disappointing in the Breeders’ Cup and the Dubai World Cup Festivals. Worth a pass maybe. The Tin Man took fifth in the Duke Of York, despite a heavy weight and was bang in form at the back end of last season, which included a win over Growl on Champions Day. Tasleet won the Duke Of York Stages last year and has five wins from ten career races and has only been outside of the top two in one of his last nine. Librisa Breeze has the winning form at Ascot and won the Heritage Handicap last year, but hasn’t been great against Group 1 company. Brando was a favourite for the Duke Of York Stakes twelve months ago but came in last, so punters will be wary. The Right Man won the Al Quoz sprint at the Dubai World Cup Festival during the off-season and will be making his British debut with potential in this one, particularly if the ground is soft. With three wins in four high profile starts, he is big each way value. Limato 7/2, The Tin Man 5/1, Magical Memory 7/1, Tasleet 8/1, Librisa Breeze 14/1, Brando 14/1, The Right Man 16/1, Dancing Star 20/1, Jungle Cat 2/1, Suedois 20/1, Growl 20/1, bar 25/1 Tip: Tasleet
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Royal Ascot Betting Money Back Special at Paddy Power

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Punters will be turning their betting attention to Royal Ascot this week as the Festival gets its annual renewal. The Festival boasts 30 races across the five days of action and with football on a summer break, then horse racing betting gets even more attention. In total there are eight Group 1 races going off across the five days and on Tuesday, two for the feature races are the 2.30 and 4.20pm The 2.30 pm Festival Opener is the Queen Anne Stakes, what should be a thrilling Group 1 race which is being headed up by the powerful Ribchester who no-one has been able to touch in the betting market. Later in the afternoon, we get to see one of the star attractions of the entire festive, Churchill going out in action in the St James’s Palace Stakes where he will look to get the better of Barney Roy once more. If your horse finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th to the SP Favourite in the 14:30 Royal Ascot and 15:40 Royal Ascot on Tuesday, Paddy Power will refund your losing single stake as a free bet. This offer is open to both new and existing customers and applies to win singles and the win part of each way singles only. There is a Max free bet refund £25 per customer per race and the free bet will be available to use on any horse racing market for 7 days from when it is credited. Paddy Power will be running this offer on two races every day through to June 30th, 2017.
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Paddy Power offer Extra Place Special for Royal Ascot Tuesday

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After the thrills of the Classics season, next up on the calendar from British racing is the famous Royal Ascot Festival. This starts on Tuesday, June 20th and brings some of the top runners like Ribchester and Churchill to the Berkshire show. Punters can revel in 40 races across the five days of action and online betting site Paddy Power are offering their customers extra places on four of the day’s races. At 3.10 there is the Coventry Stakes with Brother Bear having stayed strong at the head of the betting market at a price of 4/1 with Paddy Power, but Monday saw some heavy support coming in for De Bruyne Horse at 6/1. In the King’s Stand Stakes, there has been no splitting Marsha and Lady Aurelia at the of the market, with the two of them at 3/1 joint-favourites. Later in the afternoon, there is the Ascot Stakes with Ryan Moore shooting for the win in the saddle of Thomas Hobson who is 4/1 favourite and they day’s action rounds off with the Windsor Castle Stakes With Declartionofpeace, Nootka Sound and Elizabeth Darcy all trading well at the head of the market. Paddy Power are paying 4 PLACES for Each Way bets at 1/5 odds in the 15:05 Coventry Stakes and the 15:40 King's Stand Stakes and 5 PLACES for Each Way bets at 1/5 odds in the 17:00 Ascot Stakes and the 17:35 Windsor Castle Stakes at Ascot on Tuesday. This offer from Paddy Power is open to both new and existing customer and it applies to 'Win or Each Way' market only. Go and register an account with online betting site Paddy Power and claim £30 worth of free bets as a welcome bonus from them as well.
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Boylesports Epsom Derby Money Back Special 2017

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The Epsom Downs host the renewal of the famous Epsom Derby on Saturday, which is the richest race in the country. The Classic Blue Riband event once again will draw huge crowds and already the betting action has been hot. Cliffs of Moher has just about held ground at the head of the market, joined at 4/1 by Cracksman. Cliff of Moher goes for trainer Aidan O’Brien who has been dominating the Classics. But other well-backed selections in the market come from Eminent at 7/1 and Permian, who won a key Derby trial, at 10/1. Get your Money back as a free bet at Boylesports if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd to the SP Fav in The Epsom Derby. Only first bet on the race qualifies for promotion and you have to go and opt-in to this promotion. There is a maximum refund of £20 per customer as a free bet through the offer and it applies to the outright betting on the race only. Applies to win singles & win part of e/w singles only. If there are Joint/Co SP Favourites in the Race, both shall be deemed as an SP Favourite. Cashed out bets will not qualify for this promotion. Customers depositing via Neteller or Moneybookers will not qualify for this offer. Register an account with Boylesports and place a bet of £10 or more at odds of EVENS (2.0) or greater, and receive £30 in FREE BETS.
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Betbright offer 50% Cashback On Losses Up To £200 at Epsom

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It is a big day at Epsom on Saturday, which includes the 4.30 pm which is one of the most famous races in all of racing. That is the Epsom Derby, the famous Classic which holds the biggest purse in UK racing. At the head of the market, there is Aidan O’Brien’s Cliffs of Moher who has been challenged in the betting by Cracksman and they are joint 4/1 favourites. But the dangerous Permian, who won a key trial, along with Eminent are going to lay down some serious challenges in the famous race. Register an account with Betbright and get 50% Cashback On Losses Up To £200 at Epsom on Saturday! Just sign up with Betbright and place your first bet on any race at Epsom (03/06/2017). In return for doing that, Betbright will give you 50% Cash Back on your net losses - up to £200! The minimum cumulative stakes for the offer is £25 and is only available to new customers. The first bet must be placed on any race at Epsom and each Way bets qualify. The offer is limited to one per customer, IP address and household or other common identifier. Customers who qualify for this offer will be awarded 50% cashback on net losses at Epsom (03/06/2017) Horse Racing up to £200 and there is a minimum refund of £25.00. Net losses are when total losses exceed total wins. Cash Back will be awarded the day after the bet settles at 11:30. Customer's depositing via Skrill will not be eligible for this offer.
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Epsom Derby Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

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The iconic Derby is back in action this weekend at the famous Epsom Downs in Surrey. This Group 1 flat race, which is open to three-year-old colts and fillies, goes over a distance of one mile, four furlong and 10 yards. This is traditionally held on the first Saturday of June every year and it has the prestige of being the richest horse race in Britain as well. The track is a left-handed affair and the prize purse on the race is a massive £1,325,000 which was set back in 2012. The Derby is part of the Triple Crown, sitting in the middle of the 2000 Guineas and the St Leger. It’s not often in the modern era that you will see a horse pushing on trying to land the Triple Crown. Who will get their hands on the prestigious crown this year? There has been a tight battle at the head of The Derby 2017 betting market with bookmakers unable to separate Cliffs of Moher and Cracksman who are both trading at a price of 4/1 with bookmaker William Hill.

Epsom Derby 2017 Winner Odds

Cliffs of Moher 4/1, Cracksman 4/1, Eminent 13/2, Permian 9/1, Best Solution 11/1, Capri 11/1, Venice Beach 14/1, Dubai Thunder 14/1, Benbat 25/1, Douglas Macarthur 25/1, Khalidi 25/1, Rekindling 25/1, bar 33/1

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Epsom Derby Betting 2017 Preview

Cliffs of Moher Let’s look at the Classics this year. The 2000 Guineas was won by Churchill, trained by Aidan O’Brien. The 1000 Guineas was won by Winter, also trained by Aidan O’Brien. The Oaks, yes, that has also won by Aiden O’Brien in the last two seasons and then you have The Derby, which O’Brien has won in three of the past five seasons. So he is the form trainer without a shadow of a doubt in the Classics and therefore it is obviously going to be worth looking at what he has going for the race. He has Cliffs of Moher up as the joint favourite going of the race and with back to back wins for the mare in the most recent outings, it is expected that O’Brien may continue to dominate the Classics for 2017. Son of Galileo, Cliffs of Moher's most recent win was by a length and a half at the Dee Stakes in early May, taking down Bay Of Poets, justifying his status as favourite for the race. Cracksman Here is a course winner at Epsom and that has him going off as the main threat to O’Brien in the race. Trained by John Gosden, he actually missed his trail in the Dante Stakes because of the ground being way too soft. So how will punters feel about that, because he will be going into the Classic short of a run? Gosden won the race a couple of years ago with Golden Horn with Frankie Dettori in the saddle so has form at Epsom. This is the son of the great Frankel and Dettori got him very well settled at Epsom in his last run, where he tracked the leaders well before leading inside the final furlong to edge out Permian. His missed trial casts a bit of a doubt and he was the market leader before that. Eminent Trainer Martyn Meade is looking for his first Derby success with Eminent and this is one of Frankel’s prodigies. Eminent is a former winner of the 200 Guineas so has the Classic winning experience and has been pretty prominent in Group One races over the last year. What set him up well for a shot at The Derby was his victory in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket. He didn't get up until late in the race, but when he did he had stacks of running left in him. He went back to the 2000 Guineas but couldn’t handle the strong pace in the race, which was won by Churchill but look for him to settle in at The Derby to just get pulled along before making a move down the final stretch. Permian After losing out by a short head to Cracksman at Epsom in the Derby Trail back in the response of Permian couldn’t have been better really. There was a win at Newmarket by four and a half lengths over Speedo Boy, before importantly boosting form with a win in mid-may in the Betfred Dante Stakes, the final primer for The Derby. Permian beat out Benbat by three-quarters of a length to take the win in that one and that was on soft ground as well. That is important because Cracksman’s win over Permian was on good ground, so if the going is a little on the softer side for The Derby then Permian is going to come into play very well. It is projected that the going will be good at Epsom on the weekend.

Epsom Derby Prediction

The winner is likely to come from one of the four featured horses that we have picked out. Out of the bunch, we are going for Eminent at 13/2 with William Hill to be the one to break the Classics dominance of Aiden O’Brien. Eminent form at the Craven Stakes was immense and that could be the tipping balance. The lightly raced Cliffs Of Moher wasn’t brilliant in his Dee Stakes win, so Cracksman should have the edge over him as well and while he and Permian are likely to have improved since their last outings, Eminent can be the one to come through and take the victory and he looks to be carrying the best value of all.

Epsom Derby history

So you have Aidan O’Brien with form in the race and he has won it five times before so you can’t exactly dismiss him. He is the only person to have trained three consecutive winners of the race as well (completed in 2014). If he wins this season’s edition, that will edge him closer to the record of the leading trainer which is jointly held by Robertson Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling (7). The leading jockey in the history of The Derby is Lester Piggott with nine victories. Since 2000 the biggest margin of victory at The Derby was Workforce’s seven-length victory in 2010 and just three of the other seventeen winners in that span carded a win by more than three and a half lengths. So margins are pretty tight and it’s worth looking at a one and half-length victory for this one because it is going to be pretty evenly contested. The largest ever margin of victory in the race was produced by legendary Shergar who won by 10 lengths in 1981. It is said that the name of the race was decided on a coin toss between the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury at a celebration of the first running of the Oaks Stakes in 1779. It is said that, in planning a new race, they tossed a coin to decide what it would be called and the Earl of Derby won in. Some historians believe that Bunbury, who was the Steward of the Jockey Club, simply deferred to the Earl, who was hosting the celebration.
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Sportingbet offer Racing Money back Special – Saturday, May 27th

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If you are eyeing up Saturday’s racing then you will have some good coverage available to you at online betting site Sportingbet. They are running a money back special for selected races on Saturday, May 27th which offers you some insurance of up to £25 per race! It’s good day of racing and just place a bet on any of the qualifying races on Sat 27th May, and if your selection finishes 2nd, then Sportingbet will refund your stake as a free bet up to £25. The qualifying races for this Sportingbet racing money back special are Haydock 2.20, Haydock 2.55, Goodwood 3.10, York 3.50. The Haydock 2.20 is the Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap with Parliamentarian heading up the market at a quote of 9/2. Then the 2.55 from the course is the Amix Silver Bowl Handicap where Maths Prize is a 13/2 favourite, tracked by Areen Heart, Graphite Storm, Indian Dandy and Mustarrid all at around 8/1. The Goodwood 3.10 is the Winners Are Welcome at Matchbook Handicap a Class 2 run over 7f and Horroob is 7/2 outright favourite with Bless Him back at 13/2 as second favourite. The 3.50 at York is the Unibet Sprint Handicap with Out Do and East Street Revenue the main favourites there in that Class 2 run. This offer applies to bets which are placed from 8am on Saturday, 27th May and this applies to win singles and the win part of each-way singles only. This will not apply to any wagers on un-named selections such as “the favourite” or to selections in multiple bets. Minimum bet size to qualify is £5 and is for the first bet only per race (maximum of one refund per customer per race). Register an account with online betting site Sportingbet and enjoy their great welcome bonus offer. Sign up with them and then place a bet of £10 or more at odds of 1.5 or greater and in return you can get up to £50 in free bets!
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Betbright offer Newbury racing 50% cashback for new customers

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New customers to Betbright can enjoy a great welcome bonus offer from the bookmaker for Saturday’s racing from Newbury. You can get 50% cashback on your losses from them for the meeting which opens with the Aston Park Stakes at 1:50pm and also features the London Gold Cup Handicap and the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes! To get this great offer from Betbright, sign up and then place your first bet on any race at Newbury (20/05/2017). Then, Betbright will give you 50% Cash Back on your net losses - up to £200! To qualify for this offer you have to place a minimum of 3 bets on the Newbury card on Saturday with a minimum cumulative stake of £50. This offer applies to the first bet placed at Newbury and each Way bets qualify. Bets must be settled on that day and customers who qualify for this offer will be awarded 50% cashback on net losses at Newbury (20/05/2017) Horse Racing up to £200. There is a minimum refund of £25. Cash Back will be awarded the day after the bet settles at 11:30.    
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Sportingbet offer Racing Special – Money back if 2nd – Sat 13th May

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There is a great bonus to be collected over at Sportingbet on the weekend. You have the chance to cover some of your selections on Saturday thanks to a great Money Back Special that the bookmaker is running for this one. Place a bet on any of the below races on Saturday 13th May, and if your selection finishes 2nd, the Sportingbet will refund your stake as a free bet up to £25. The races that the promotion is valid for is the 3.10 Haydock, 4.00 Ascot. In the 3:10 at Haydock there is a competitive line up going in the Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) which is being headed up by Peace And Co. But you have strong challengers coming in with the likes of John Constable, Optimus Prime and Multiculture who are all around the 8/1 mark for the Class 1 race. The 4.00 Ascot is the running of the Totescoop6 Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap), a Class 2 race over seven furlongs. Fastnet Tempest has been heavily backed to the head of the market in hat one at a price of 5/1 with Sportingbet. Nearest challengers to that are Remarkable and Taurean Star around the 10/1 mark. The Sportingbet Money Back Special applies to bets placed from 8 am on the day of the race until the race off and it applies to Win singles and the Win part of Each- Way singles only. The offer will not apply to bets on un-named selections e.g. “the favourite”, or to selections in multiple bets. Minimum bet size to qualify is £5. First, bet only per race (max of one refund per customer per race). Free bets must be used in their entirety as a Win Single on any sport and cannot be split into multiple stakes. Register an account with Sportingbet and claim a £50 welcome bonus offer too.
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Kentucky Derby 2017 Winner Odds, Preview & Predictions – May 6th, 2017

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The 20 horses for the running of the Kentucky Derby 2017 are set and the draw has been made, so now punters have a real picture of things ahead of Saturday’s showdown in the opening Triple Crown race. Classic Empire is the 4/1 favourite now at Bet36 and goes off from stall 14 and here we take a look at some of the stats that may help you nail down a Kentucky Derby Winner. The race is set for 2.46 am on Sunday morning BST, which is 6.46 pm EST in America. There are 143 years of history running on this renewal and it should be a fantastic battle.

Setting out your stall

Because of the stall positions at the famous race, it has allowed the number crunchers to determine the best positions to go off from. It is stall number five which has produced the most winners in the history of the Kentucky Derby (13) and that is good news for Always Dreaming, who has been well backed near the head of the market anyway at 5/1. That positions Always Dreaming well away from the other favourites and back just three years ago California Chrome won from stall five. Of course, that is a really narrow margin though, picking one stall. You will want to generally avoid runners close to the rail because that is a pretty sorry place to go off from, so avoid 1-3. You really want to be looking at the other end because anywhere beyond stall 12 seems to have produced a sweet spot recently. So who does that bring into play? Classic Empire who is the 4/1 favourite anyway, is running from stall 15 and Irish War Cry at 6/1 and McCracken at 5/1 at Bet365 are in that sweet spot too at 17 and 15 respectively.

Top Trainer Trend

Since 2000 only two trainers have managed to win the Kentucky Derby on more than one occasion. That is Doug O’Neill (who has actually won two of the five past Derby races in the last five editions with Nyquist last year and I’ll Have Another. His main runner in the field is Irap at 20/1 with Bet365. The only other trainer to land more than one win in the last 17 runs is the legendary trainer Bob Baffert. So if you want to flip that around, that is a lot of trainers winning the Kentucky derby for the first time in their careers in recent years. So at the head of the market, both Mark Casse with Classic Empire and Ian Wilkes who is behind McCraken are seeking their first wins. Trainers in the field among the main contenders who are looking for their second Kentucky Derby win is Todd Pletcher behind Always Dreaming and Graham Motion behind Irish War Cry.

Jockey Trend

So you have a picture of the positions and the best trainers to run with. What about the Jockey? Well, Mario Gutierrez has been the top man at the race with two wins in the last four editions. He was in the saddle last year riding Nyquist to victory and he goes on 20/1 shot Irap which will make the charge even more appealing. Victor Espinoza, who has won the other two races in the last four years goes on Gormley, trained by John Shirreffs who won the race with Giacomo in 2005 so is another of the trainers looking for a second win in the race. In the saddle of Always Dreaming is John Velazquez who won on Animal Kingdom in 2011. Brian Hernandez Jr is on McCraken, and while he is trying to get his first Kentucky Derby win, he did win the Preakness back in 2009.

Post positions and odds for 2017 Kentucky Derby

1 Lookin at Lee 20-1 2 Thunder Snow 20-1 3 Fast and Accurate 50-1 4 Untrapped 30-1 5 Always Dreaming 5-1 6 State of Honor 30-1 7 Girvin 15-1 8 Hence 15-1 9 Irap 20-1 10 Gunnevera 15-1 11 Battle of Midway 30-1 12 Sonneteer 50-1 13 J Boys Echo 20-1 14 Classic Empire 4-1 (favourite) 15 McCracken 5-1 16 Tapwrit 20-1 17 Irish War Cry 6-1 18 Gormley 15-1 19 Practical Joke 20-1 20 Patch 30-1 AE Royal Mo 20-1 AE Master Plan 50-1

Kentucky Derby 2017 Runners

Always Dreaming - has been a favourite for many punters in the build up and gets that lucky number small five (which has produced 13 winners at Churchill Downs). He took a win at the Florida Derby by an easy five lengths which is a great trial and indicator for the Kentucky Derby. The Florida Derby has produced four Kentucky Derby winners in the last 15 years. Gormley - Although a little inconsistent in running and this being a bit longer of a distance that which he excels at, there could be a great challenging coming in from Gormley if he gets it right on the day. Each of the last winners of the Derby have won their final prep race and Gormley did that in winning the Santa Anita Derby, which is the top Kentucky Derby qualifier. He has the speed. McCracken - Picked up an ankle injury in February, which was reported as being minor, but he missed the Tampa Bay Derby in mid-March and only placed at the Blue Grass Stakes in early April. So he may not be at his best because he was on fire, winning four races on the bounce before the injury. Unless he is just being held back in prep for the Churchill Downs. Classic Empire - Won the Arkansas Derby last month by half a length. The 2-year-old Champion colt won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and is expected to build on his 5-0-1 record in his seven starts. Jockey Julien Leparoux is 0-9 in the Kentucky Derby itself. Irish War Cry - Flying under the radar a big but could be in with a decent shot at placing at worst in this one. He was trading much stronger in the Kentucky Derby field before he misfired in the Fountain of Youth where he finished seventh. Still, he crushed the battalion Runner Field and landed the Holy Bull. Will he be on his game?

Kentucky Derby 2017 Predictions:

The running is expected to be wet. Wet and muddy and so that will change the game. Classic Empire isn’t convincing enough of a favourite to warrant backing for us so we would shift our attention over to Always Dreaming who should be a lock for a place finish. Coming at good value is McCraken at 5/1 with bet365 and if he is fully fit and not holding back, he will love the conditions. The best outsider chance will come in from Irap. Online betting site Bet365 have superb horse racing coverage on their site. They offer a Price Promise for every horse foal all races shown live on ITV Race. They also run best Odds Guaranteed on every race listed as well so there’s not need to take the SP! With payouts on disqualified horses and ability to watch live horse racing, you have tremendous racing value at Bet365. Register an account with online betting site Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus as a welcome bonus!
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