Derby Horse Racing Betting
The Derby betting is amongst the liveliest of the whole international racing season as bets flood in on one of the world’s greatest horse races and major sporting occasions.
The Derby betting and subsequent result has, through the last decade, consistently reflected the quality of the horses on display.
The Derby odds of the last ten winners have all been single figures and upsets are very rare in the finest Classic of the season as class proves the best form guide.
Trials reflect Derby odds
Ante-post Derby betting is strongly influenced by the result of the two most reliable Derby trials – York’s Dante Stakes, and Leopardstown’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.
The Derby odds are often revised following these races, which provide the strongest clues as to which horses might start favourite in the Derby odds list on the big day itself.
Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo and High Chaparral both won the Irish trial before landing the Derby and massive Derby bets for their supporters at the start of the decade.
The Dante Stakes at York have produced a number of Derby winners and the result of that race has the biggest effect on the Derby odds.
However no Dante winner has won the Derby since Authorized completed the double in 2007 and in recent years punters have been able to take advantage of the shift in the Derby odds thanks to the Dante result.
The public love a Derby bet
On the day of the race, Derby betting is fast and furious as serious punters and twice-a-year ‘flutterers’ have a Derby bet and share in the thrill of the occasion.
There have been some winners at very rewarding prices over the years; High Rise at Derby odds of 20/1 in 1998, and Lammtarra at 14/1 landing plenty of Derby bets for Walter Swinburn supporters in 1995.
Not since High Rise has a Derby winner started at double figure odds and punters should be studing the horses at the head of the Derby betting.