Epsom Derby Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Saxon Warrior to hold off challengers once more

Horse Racing Betting

The Epsom Derby is one of the most recognisable and most famous in British history and it gets its renewal on Saturday. The Epsom Derby is traditionally held on the first weekend of June and is one of the big summer attractions on the flat calendar. It also is the richest of all the flat races in Britain. To start things off with it is worth a look back at the recent 2000 Guineas.

Aidan O’Brien got the win with Saxon Warrior in the race, his charge having gone off as the 3/1 favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 07:23 a.m. on May 31st, 2018). Saxon Warrior is going to be out for a challenge at the Epsom Derby and because of that, it may well knock the challenges of Roaring Line and Masar to the curb in the race. The pair are back to re-oppose Saxon Warrior who is the 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:23 a.m. on May 31st, 2018) favourite at William Hill for the 2018 Epsom Derby.

Masar took third at Newmarket in the Guineas and while he has experience and showed good character on a return to Britain after his dreadful show in Dubai by taking a win in the Craven Stakes, that trial win should have set him up for success back at Newmarket in the Guineas. It didn’t happen and now over the longer trip at Epsom Downs, he may be falling a little bit short once again, but still not a bad shot for 16/1 each way odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:23 a.m. on May 31st, 2018).

Roaring Lion is in at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:23 a.m. on May 31st, 2018) with William Hill despite a fifth place finish at Newmarket in the Guineas. That is twice now though during his short career that he has been beaten by Saxon Warrior but after a great showing last time out to ease to victory in the Dante over the longer trip, he may be better suited over the distance in the Derby to mix it up with Saxon warrior this time around.

So with Saxon Warrior having already got the best of Masar and Roaring Lion, maybe it is worth looking elsewhere to find somebody who hasn’t gone up against him before. Young Rascal may be in there with a challenge at least of getting a place in the race. His chances of doing that will be enhanced if the ground doesn’t get too quick and away from him. Young Rascal has won his two outings this year’s last one coming at the Centennial Celebration in May. He certainly seems to be on an upward trend of form.

Hazapour looks a good challenger for the Epsom Derby 2018 and had a really good run out with a victory at the Derrinstown in mid-May. That victory was secured over Delano Roosevelt who also goes in this one and the outing in the Derrinstown for Hazapour was his debut for the season after having been given the winter off. That seemed to do him the power of good and will have Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

Delano Roosevelt having lost to Hazapouor in the Derrinstown at Leopardstown was probably surprised to have not gotten the win under his belt, and now that raises questions about getting ahead of the main challengers on the weekend. In the same boat as Delano Roosevelt will be The Pentagon who finished behind the pair at Leopardstown.

The Derby 2018 Odds*

Saxon Warrior 8/11
Roaring Lion 6/1
Hazapour 10/1
Young Rasdal 10/1
Delano Roosevelt 12/1
Knight To Behold 16/1
Masar 20/1
Dee Ex bee 25/1
The Pentagon 25/1
Sevenna Star 25/1
Nelson 40/1
Kew Gardens 40/1
Rostropovich 50/1
Zabriskie 66/1
* (Betting Odds taken at 07:23 a.m. on May 31st, 2018)

Predictions

Saxon warrior really showed how far he has come in handling the 1 mile distance at Newmarket and now going at the one and a half mile for the Derby, he should be even more comfortable. He has gotten the better of main challengers in this race already and is an absolute monster.

There is good value behind him though in each way option is notably Young Rascal who has a great spring in his step and is certainly on the right track to bigger things, while the longshot of Masar isn’t actually unappealing at such a big price to get in the top three, while Hazapour could end up being the one that challenges Saxon Warrior the hardest. He will at least provide a new challenge for the favourite.


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