Progressive Horn can upset Derby entrants

Golden Horn wins the Fielden Stakes at Newmarket

Golden Horn

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Betting Tip: @ 4/1 with bet365

The Epsom Derby picture is as clear as mud after several inconclusive trials and it could look even murkier after the running of this established trial as the selection is not even entered for the Classic. The current Derby favourite Jack Hobbs heads a field of eight and he’s been put in as 11/4 favourite, which is probably more based on his potential than what he’s shown on the racecourse. Granted, he absolutely hosed up at Sandown last time, but he was entitled to win that handicap off what looked a generous mark of 85 beforehand and far more is needed now he’s stepping up into Group 2 company.

He may well turn out to be the real deal and in a way I hope he turns it on here as the Derby is in desperate need of a top class horse or two to come to the fore. However, I’m not convinced he’s even the best John Gosden-trained runner in the race, with stablemate GOLDEN HORN preferred over what is likely his optimum trip. He too is unbeaten after two starts and impressed massively when winning the second of those at Newmarket on his reappearance, despite running green and finding the ground faster than ideal. His work on the home gallops since has been exceptional by all accounts and this French Derby entry is attractively priced at 4/1 to upset not only his stablemate but two other Derby entrants in Ballydoyle’s John F Kennedy (well beaten on his reappearance) and Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park (will surely need his first run back).

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Betting Tip: @ 4/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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