Epsom Derby 2011

This entry was posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2011

4 to Watch

7/4 with Ladbrokes, the favourite Carlton House arrives at Epsom having won the Dante Stakes at York three weeks ago, and having been at the Royal Wedding three weeks before that. Keep an eye out for a late drop out though – he has been suffering from a bad swelling in the leg. If he does run, it represents Ma’am’s best chance since 1979, although only one favourite from the last five has won the Derby.

The second favourite, Pour Moi is 7/2 with Blue Square. Andre Fabre, the highly regarded French trainer believes this is his best chance of landing the coveted prize, having failed in his past nine attempts. The horse will be ridden by 19 year old Mickael Barzalona who has impressively won in five of his nine races in the UK, and also won well at the Epson Downs last week.

Further competition might arrive from Recital, (7/1 at bet365). However, according to trainer Aidan O’Brien the horse ,“gets lazy once he hits the front” – not an ideal trait for a racehorse.  Recital was a clear winner of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown at the start of May, and a large field of 13 should prove beneficial in staving off idleness, if he can get in front.

Native Khan (10/1 at Ladbrokes) must have an outside chance having run well in the 2000 Guineas. Johnny Murtagh takes the saddle, and as such, one should expect a return on an each-way bet.

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