The G1 Investec Derby for 2017 is shaping as a very strong renewal with a total of 19 runners set to take part and no less than 8 of them look to have solid winning chances but it is 2 of them in particular for us that standout as the major winning chances that can be backed with a decent degree of confidence for a winning result across the race.
Epsom 4.30 G1 Investec Derby
#8 Dubai Thunder 3.60
#4 Cliffs Of Moher 4.60
#17 Venice Beach 8.50
#9 Eminent 9.50
#5 Cracksman 13.00
#11 Khalidi 14.00
#14 Rekindling 15.00
#3 Capri 20.00
We have the race down to Dubai Thunder which is 19.00 whilst Cliffs Of Moher the other seen major winning chance can be backed on the 5.80 line. Also worth nibbling at 3rd elect Venice Beach in support of the top 2 elects.
Dubai Thunder comes into this race having only its 2nd career start on the back of winning his debut maiden at Newbury over 10f by a widening 10l margin with further big spaces back through the field in a totally dominant display, some decent form refs can be made through those close up in the beaten brigade to suggest this one may well be a high class G1 horse on the make and being so visually impressive on debut it does give off that same impression. He is superbly bred by Dubawi out of the high class producing German bred Lando mare Gonbarda who has already got the 3 high class types all by Pivotal including Farhh, Racing History and Basem, the dam obviously continues to get high class runners on a consistent basis and there is no reason to think this one is any different, we have it rated on top as a 3.60 chance so to get 19.00 in the win market is dream odds. He also becomes the obvious major Place bet for Place punters no matter if you are betting into 3 dividends place pools or 4 dividend place pools
Cliffs Of Moher is the other one we like here as a major winning chance and just like Dubai Thunder it looks as though the Coolmore camp have had the Derby in mind for this superbly bred Galileo colt who is out of the lightly tried 1 from 4 winning Dansili mare who herself is a daughter of dual G1 placed Queen Cleopatra (Kingmambo), Cliffs Of Moher is having its 2nd start for 2017 here and overall 4th career start and that is on the back of annexing the Listed Dee Stakes but it is its maiden win at the tail end of his 2yo season over Orderofthegarter and a few other decent types by big margins that suggests this one is a Derby horse on the make and his 1st up Dee Stakes win just serves to re-inforce he is well on track for this race which he has been set for from a long time ago. Clear cut 2nd top elect and offers up decent overs as a 5.80 chance in betting markets.
Venice Beach is the 3rd elect but he must be included in the win betting action at the good overs on offer of 13.00 considering we have him rated 3rd best as an 8.50 chance. He is another of the Galileo / Coolmore / O’Brien war yard who comes in here on the back of winning its last 2 on end, 3rd best and warrants backing in support of the top 2 elects.
#8 Dubai Thunder 2 units @ 19.00
#4 Cliffs Of Moher 2 units @ 5.80
#17 Venice Beach 1 unit @ 13.00
More to follow.