Epsom Derby 2017 Runner-by-Runner Guide
Last updated: June 2, 2017 by Leon Marshal
Benbatl – Odds 25-1 Rating 7
Beaten three lengths by Eminent in the Craven Stakes and a close second to Permian in the Dante next time.
Best Solution – Odds 12-1 Rating 7
An impressive winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial and proven over the distance. One of three runners set to carry the famous blue colours of Godolphin.
Capri – Odds 12-1 Rating 7
A high class juvenile but slightly disappointing so far this season. Not far behind Douglas Macarthur last time and backed earlier in the week from 25-1 to 12-1.
Cliffs Of Moher – Odds 9-2 Rating 8
The shortest price of the O’Brien runners after winning the Dee Stakes at Chester. Needs to improve on that run but very likely to do so.
Cracksman – Odds 4-1 Rating 7
Highly regarded son of Frankel who represents the John Gosden/Frankie Dettori combination, successful with Golden Horn in the same colours in 2015.
Crowned Eagle – Odds 40-1 Rating 5
Made the running to win a Windsor handicap off a mark of 85 but this is a massive step up in class.
Douglas Macarthur – Odds 25-1 Rating 8
A consistent performer in the trial races this season and a game winner of the Derrinstown Stud Trial last time out.
Dubai Thunder – Odds 16-1 Rating 7
Ran away with a Newbury maiden by ten lengths on his racecourse debut for Godolphin. The going was very testing that day and his inexperience could count against him.
Eminent – Odds 7-1 Rating 9
Another son of Frankel who was slightly disappointing in the 2000 Guineas when finishing sixth. Had previously won the Craven Stakes and an interesting proposition over a mile and a half.
Finn McCool – Odds 100-1 Rating 5
Only one victory from eight races and the least fancied of the Ballydoyle entries.
Glencadam Glory – Odds 50-1 Rating 6
Held up off the pace in the Lingfield Trial before finishing strongly behind Best Solution. May finish closer to that colt at Epsom.
Khalidi – Odds 25-1 Rating 7
Supplemented for £85,000 after setting a new course record at Goodwood last week. One of five possible runners for Trainer John Gosden.
Pealer – Odds 200-1 Rating 6
A keen running sort who won by 19 lengths in modest company last time. Kept Cracksman company on their recent exercise gallop at Epsom.
Permian – Odds 11-1 Rating 7
Owned by Sheik Mohammed’s family who have paid £85,000 to supplement the York Dante winner to run in the race. Trainer Mark Johnston believes he has a realistic chance of gaining his first Derby victory.
Rekindling – Odds 33-1 Rating 6
Joseph O’Brien trains Rekindling for Lloyd Williams but he looks held on Dante form when only fourth behind Permian.
Salouen – Odds 66-1 Rating 5
Beaten only a neck by Khalidi at Newmarket in April but yet to race beyond nine furlongs.
The Anvil – Odds 50-1 Rating 6
Finished just over a length behind stable companions Venice Beach and Wings Of Eagles at Chester. Has less scope than either of those colts and looks up against it.
Venice Beach – Odds 14-1 Rating 9
Has plenty of tactical speed and tends to idle in front. Did all that was asked of him in the Chester Vase and could prove good value at around 14-1.
Wings Of Eagles – Odds 33-1 Rating 8
Stayed on in promising fashion at Chester behind Venice Beach and there are plenty of worse outsiders in the field. Was held up at Chester and must not get too far behind in this big field.
Diore Lia – Odds 1000-1 Rating 0
Completely outclassed here and will finish a remote last unless something unfortunate happens to one of her rivals.
Derby 2017 Betting Tips
1. Venice Beach @14-1 Bet365
2. Eminent @7-1 Bet365
3. Wings Of Eagles @33-1 Bet365
Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3
The 2017 Derby is due off at 4.30pm on Saturday 3rd June and will be televised live on ITV.