The Derby Tips and Betting Offers, Course Name, Saturday 4th July 2020
The British Horseracing Authority and those in charge at Epsom Racecourse had to work very hard to ensure that the 2020 Derby would remain at its spiritual home. Epsom Downs are public land so there is nothing stopping large numbers of horse racing fans congregating around the racecourse to catch a glimpse of arguably the most prestigious Flat race of them all.
Special dispensation had to be sought and approved to put up barriers restricting public access to Epsom in order for the Derby to go ahead. Now those worries are behind everyone it’s time to get stuck into the race itself as Kameko looks to do the Classic double following his highly impressive 2,000 Guineas win.
The Derby Betting Tips 2020
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
The Derby Betting Offers and Free Bets
This has been a Flat racing season unlike any other. Trainers have had to cope with a unique set of circumstances as best they can as they try to prepare their finely tuned thoroughbreds to perform at the very top of their capabilities.
The early stages of the season right through to Royal Ascot have seen some head scratching performances from quality horses and some have gone as a far as to suggest that this is a poor renewal of the Derby. Those critics look to be a little wide of the mark.
Kameko was no fluke winner of the 2,000 Guineas. He kicked on from his excellent form when winning the Vertem Futurity Stakes and is clearly an excellent racehorse. English King was the quickest winner of the Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield in nearly 40 years and has got punters very excited. Then there’s the team of six runners from Ballydoyle who each have plenty to like even if nobody is quite sure which is the pick of the bunch.
In short, there is nothing to suggest that the 2020 renewal of the Derby will be anything other than an engrossing race which produces a worthy winner.
English King to win at odds of 7/2
Those in need of a reminder of just how much the Derby means to everybody involved in Flat racing only have to look at the harsh treatment of Tom Marquand by connections of English King. The 22-year-old is very highly thought of as an up and coming jockey but Ed Walker and Bjorn Nielsen, the trainer and owner of English King respectively, decided that his relative lack of experience may well be a hindrance to their horse’s chances of winning at Epsom.
Frankie Dettori has more Derby experience than any of the other jockeys he’ll face on Saturday and his booking is only a positive for English King’s backers. Indeed, Dettori has spoken glowingly about a piece of work that he did onboard English King which Nielsen was present to watch.
The team behind English King are all incredibly positive about his chances of landing Walker a first Derby win but you do have to question whether there is any value left in his price at a general 7/2. This is a horse who was a 66/1 ante post shot not too long ago. You can take nothing away from the manner that he dismantled the field in the Derby Trial at Lingfield – and that race did produce last year’s winner, Anthony Van Dyck – but the simple truth is that was not Derby quality form.
That is not to say there are no positives about English King. He has bags of stamina, travels very well and has an excellent turn of foot which should ensure he is a danger come final furlong at Epsom. He is certainly one of the leading contenders but in this strangest of seasons it may be worth looking for a bigger price.
Vatican City each way at odds of 10/1
As previously noted, picking the best Ballydoyle horse in the field for the Derby is no easy task. There’s every chance that Aidan O’Brien doesn’t know which of his runners has the best chance of winning but you’d have to say that Vatican City’s chances of winning are well represented by odds of 10/1.
That price reflects the fact that there isn’t a wealth of form to go on. Vatican City only ran in two maidens as a juvenile before getting his first start as a three-year-old in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. The market wasn’t expecting much that day as he went off a 14/1 shot and although he didn’t have the speed of Siskin he ran an almighty race for second place.
The way that Vatican City burst through the field in the final furlong suggested that he has what it takes to be an excellent middle distance horse and, like all sons of Galileo, he’s sure to give his backers a good run for his money. Does he have the class to get the market principles beaten? It’s impossible to know just yet but 10/1 is an excellent each way price.
Pyledriver each way at odds of 16/1
Mogul is many people’s idea of Aidan O’Brien’s best chance in the Derby including Ryan Moore who has chosen him to ride on Saturday. He will need a big improvement from his run in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot though which was being used as a Derby trial by many trainers.
William Muir was one such trainer and buoyed by the performance of Pyledriver he has sent his charge straight to Epsom for a shot at glory. Pyledriver went in at 18/1 at Royal Ascot and he’s almost as big for the Derby which makes him another excellent option for each way punters.
Martin Dwyer will have his hands full once again with Pyledriver who almost travelled too strongly at Ascot and made his move earlier than was ideal. Epsom’s undulations won’t allow him to win if he races that keenly again but he is bred for the middle distances and should have every chance in the closing straight.