Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

No Ranger Stirs Up Irish Derby Betting

US Army Ranger will miss the Irish Derby after scoping badly, so the betting has a new feel to it. Harzand is now 11-8 favourite with William Hill (from 7-4 before US Army Ranger’s withdrawal), with Idaho well-backed and now 6-4 (from 4-1).

US Army Ranger had been odds-on favourite at 4-5.

Red Verdon is one of the big movers of the week – now 7-1 from 25-1 at the start of the week.

“All the talk had been whether Harzand would make it to the Irish Derby, but with US Army Ranger out of the race, there is surely a greater temptation to run him,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby: 11-8 Harzand, 6-4 Idaho, 7-1 Red Verdon, 10-1 Moonlight Magic, 16-1 Port Douglas, Sword Fighter, 20-1 Stellar Mass, 33-1 Claudio Monteverdi, Ebediyin, Shogun, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)