Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Derby Favourite Drifts, While Pharoah Goes Odds-on

William Hill can report that they have pushed out Derby favourite Golden Horn to a top-price 15-8 from 7-4 as money for Giovanni Canaletto continues to come in. William Hill have shortened Giovanni Canaletto to 8-1 from 16-1 just 24 hours ago.

“This year’s Derby market is opening up and as money comes for other horses, the favourite is easing at the front end. Giovanni Canaletto is strongly supported, while at longer odds Success Days and Storm The Stars have both been attracting the each-way punters,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

With concerns over Zawraq after he was found to be slightly lame, William Hill have reacted cautiously, only pushing him out to 5-1 from 9-2.

While the Derby market is really heating up, the Oaks is relatively quiet in comparison.

“It looks like punters are unsure who to back in a wide-open renewal of the Oaks and we’re likely to see the vast majority of bets place on the day itself,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Meanwhile in the international markets, US Triple Crown seeker American Pharoah has edged to odds-on at a price of 4-5 (from Even-Money) following the defection of Carpe Diem and The Truth Or Else.

“Every US punter will want to be on American Pharoah and he is likely to be a very warm order in the Belmont Stakes. He’s now a shorter price than California Chrome was at this time last year.”


William Hill Odds


Investec Derby Betting – 15-8 Golden Horn, 5-1 Zawraq, 11-2 Jack Hobbs, 7-1 Elm Park, 8-1 Giovanni Canaletto, 12-1 Hans Holbein, 16-1 Success Days, 20-1 Kilimanjaro, 25-1 Epicuris, Storm The Stars, 40-1 Moheet, 50-1 Best Of Times, 66-1 Rogue Runner, 100-1 Rocky Rider, 250-1 Carbon Dating, (Non-Runner, Money Back E/W ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Investec Oaks: 11-4 Legatissimo, 3-1 Crystal Zvezda, 7-1 Diamondsandrubies, Jack Naylor, 10-1 Together Forever, 12-1 Star Of Seville, 14-1 Jazzi Top, Lady Of Dubai, 16-1 Al Naamah, 40-1 Bellajeu, Wedding Vow, 50-1 Local Time, 66-1 Qualify, (Non-Runner, Money Back E/W ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Coronation Cup: 11-10 Dolniya, 2-1 Flintshire, 9-2 Tapestry, 16-1 Pether’s Moon, 25-1 Romsdal, Sheikhzayedroad, 33-1 Ayrad (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

The Investec Corporate Banking ‘Dash’: 8-1 Caspian Prince, Chiclet, 10-1 Monsieur Joe, Seeking Magic, Steps, 11-1 Monumental Man, 14-1 Desert Law, Iffranesia, 16-1 Confessional, Duke Of Firenze, Humidor, Normal Equilibrium, Perfect Muse, 20-1 Come On Dave, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Belmont Stakes: 4-5 American Pharoah, 4-1 Frosted, 5-1 Materiality, 12-1 Mubtaahij, 20-1 Madefromlucky, Tale Of Verve, 25-1 Keen Ice, 40-1 Frammento, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)