Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

So Mi Dar Backed For Oaks

Claudio Monteverdi is a short-price favourite to win the Investec Derby Trial (currently 11-8 with William Hill), but could be challenged by the beautifully bred So Mi Dar (7-2 second-favourite).

The Aidan O’Brien trained market leader, Claudio Monteverdi, was an odds-on winner at Leopardstown last time and is 20-1 to win the Derby.

However, John Gosden trains So Mi Dar, who won her only start at Windsor in October. She is a daughter of Dubawi out of the multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi.

So Mi Dar has been popular in the Investec Oaks market and has shortened with William Hill to 20-1 from 25-1.

“We’ve seen lots of cash for So Mi Dar in the Oaks and she could blow the betting market open if she manages to beat Claudio Monteverdi in the trial,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Investec Derby Trial: 11-8 Claudio Monteverdi, 7-2 So Mi Dar, 13-2 Top Beak, 8-1 Percy Street, 10-1 Beaverbrook, Humphrey Bogart, 16-1 Viren’s Army, 33-1 Kingston Kurrajong, Prince Of Arran, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Investec Oaks: 7-2 Minding, 7-1 Ballydoyle, 16-1 Even Song, Turret Rocks, 20-1 Coolmore, Pretty Perfect, So Mi Dar, 25-1 Alice Springs, Fadillah, Harlequeen, 33-1 Beautiful Morning, Best In The World, Glamorous Approach, How High The Moon, 40-1 Kind Of Magic, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Investec Derby: 4-1 US Army Ranger, 9-1 Midterm, 14-1 Foundation, 16-1 Harzand, Idaho, Massaat, The Gurkha, Ultra, Wajeez, 20-1 Claudio Monteverdi, Emotionless, Johannes Vermeer, UAE Prince, Zarak, 25-1 Marcel, 33-1 Beacon Rock, Black Sea, Cook Islands, Embiran, Moonlight Magic, Sanus Per Aquam, Tathqeef, Tirmizi, Winning Story, 40-1 Ebediyin, Mustajeer, Mutawaaly, Sky Kingdom, 50-1 Aasheq, Big Ben, Brave Hero, Mengli Khan, Shogun, 66-1 Satish, 100-1 Top Beak, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)