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Epsom Derby 2018 – Tips and Predictions

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With only a few weeks left to go until this year’s highly-anticipated Epsom Derby, we’re now at a point where we consider the chances of the bookie’s odds-on favourite, and which horses could be worthwhile outside shouts for the more ambitious punter.

As Epsom Derby Day is one of the biggest events in horse racing, choosing your own tips early makes a lot of sense to get the strongest possible odds. Lots of people do this and there’s plenty of reasons why it makes the most sense. The Winners Enclosure are worth checking out in the run up to all major horse racing festivals, as they provide their own horse racing betting tips, recommended bets, and previews written with genuine knowledge on the sport.

This year’s favourite

Saxon Warrior at 10/11 – Sitting head and shoulders above all others in contention, Saxon Warrior is distinct favourite on Epsom Derby Day at odds of 10/11. Out of the current eighty-two horses expected to race, Saxon Warrior is the only nag with a 100% record, making him a shoe-in to win this race and then some. The three-year-old has four wins from four runs and is expected to continue in a similar vein here.

Other favourable options

Young Rascal at 10/1 – The 10/1 odds might not hold out much hope of glory but that doesn’t mean second favourite Young Rascal is a pushover. Compared to the solid record of Saxon Warrior, any horse looks inferior, but Young Rascal’s two wins and three places from three runs boast a 100% place record and a win ratio of 66%. It’s expected that some punters will back this horse to knock Saxon Warrior off his perch but at very least, Young Rascal is surely worth backing to place.

Hazapour at 12/1 – Third favourite Hazapour takes us past the 10/1 odds, boasting a 50%-win ratio and a 75% place ratio. Something that is interesting about this horse is how drastically its chances have changed, with its previous price being 66/1 before firing up to standing as third most likely to win the Epsom Derby; Whether its chances will go back to being slim closer to the race getting underway is another thing.

Masar at 14/1 –  With a similar record for placing to Young Rascal, fourth favourite Masar has placed in five of five runs but won just three times. We could see why some more risky horse racing fans will add this horse to their betting tips over the festival, as the 14/1 odds are impressive when considering Masar’s clear knack for finishing in the top few places, even if not being able to win outright.

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Sean Jacobson

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