Standing as the penultimate race of Curragh’s Irish Derby Festival is the highly anticipated showpiece of the three-day event, the Irish Derby itself. Few look forward to the €1.5m contest more than Aidan O’Brien who has saddled an incredible 12 winners since 1997. The Ballydoyle maestro appears determined to build on this total after declaring five runners for the one mile contest. Among them is Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck who will become the 19th horse to complete the English-Irish double if first past the post on Saturday.

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Irish Derby Tips and Betting Offers, Curragh, Saturday 29th June 2019

Irish Derby Betting Tips and Offers

An impressive Derby win at Epsom is enough to make Anthony Van Dyck the favourite for a Derby double. Given plenty experience as a two-year-old, the approach has paid off this season with the three-year-old winning back to back races following his reappearance. He wasn’t handed the clearest of paths in the Derby but remained focussed as he pushed his way through to the front of the pack. Seamie Heffernan deserves much credit for the run but this time the even more capable Ryan Moore returns to the saddle.

Nevertheless, 5/2 (bet365) remains an unattractive price for the colt, influenced in part by his trainer’s record in this race. But if you can grab the 888sport offer to make it 11/1, it really is a no-brainer!

Posing a large danger to O’Brien this year is County Kildare based Kevin Prendergast, responsible for second favourite Madhmoon (5/2, BetVictor). The colt is a familiar name having ran Anthony Van Dyck so close in the Epsom Derby earlier in the month. Only half a length separated them in the English Classic but perhaps decisively, Madhmoon had his heels clipped during the encounter, forcing him to lose his stride four furlongs out. Without that it’s fair to think the 10/1 shot would’ve claimed victory that day but that doesn’t mean the table are set to turn. Kevin Prendergast’s entry has shown his best stuff on firmer ground and is unlikely to reach top gear on Curragh’s good to yielding turf.

Betting Verdict for Irish Derby

A fine effort in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere to end last season meant that plenty of people kept their eye on Broome’s reappearance in April. Showing he had lost none of his ability over the long winter break, the O’Brien runner smashed the field on soft going at Leopardstown. Another 10 furlong victory soon followed, helping to make him the second favourite for the Epsom Derby. A sluggish exit from the stalls that day gave him too much work to do but no horse looked stronger as they crossed the line. A combination of a better start and less traffic this time could well see the Australia colt return to winning ways.

Finishing comfortably behind Broome during his second triumph of the season was Rakan (20/1, Betfred) who would need massive improvements to launch a challenge here. He did secure victory last time out but there’s little to be said about beating the 93 rated Barbados in a three horse race. The unfancied colt is highly unlikely to pose a genuine danger here and the same can be said for the likes of Norway (33/1, Ladbrokes) and Il Paradiso (50/1) further down the betting.