Monday 24 October 2016

Jack Hobbs looks like the one to back at Epsom Derby

Gosden holds a strong hand with duo favoured in the betting for Epsom Derby

Jack Hobbs
Jack Hobbs

John Gosden will wake up in the morning looking forward to sending out an Aidan O'Brien-like team in the Epsom Derby with two of Gosden's horses perched up nicely at the head of the betting for the most sought after race in Flat racing.

O'Brien still runs three in a quest to win the race for a sixth time and fourth in a row but it looks set to be a Derby that revolves around Gosden who will be looking to add to Benny The Dip's 1997 triumph.

Gosden's pair of aces were the first two home in the Dante Stakes at York and Golden Horn is the current favourite, having won the Dante ahead of stable companion Jack Hobbs.

Jack Hobbs may be worth siding with to overturn Golden Horn on this occasion, though, as Ballydoyle look set to struggle to continue their domination of the race. It's a Derby that has attracted plenty of pre-race headlines and although the field is relatively small, with just a dozen going to post, it is certainly competitive.

Both the Gosden horses look to be open to plenty of progression but in Jack Hobbs there is a horse who stayed on nicely in the Dante, having not enjoyed the clearest of passages through the race, and that experience should certainly stand to him in the hustle and bustle of tomorrows race.

Giovanni Canaletto is the top of the O'Brien tree with Ryan Moore booked to ride but he was a doubtful runner just over a week ago and it's hard to fancy him. But Kilimanjaro is a horse that may run better than his odds suggest and could be a bit of an each-way outsider. It would be nice to see some rain falling at the Epsom track today and that would really open the door for Ken Condon's Success Days to run a big race and it would be a fairytale outcome if he could etch his name into the Epsom Derby roll of honour with a horse who has done absolutely nothing wrong all season.

With only six runners in tomorrow's other Group One at Epsom, the Coronation Cup has only attracted six runners so each-way betting is a lot harder now and it appears to be a toss of the coin between the French pair of Dolniya and Flintshire.

Dolyniya has come out on top in both of their most recent starts, winning the Prix Darshaan by a short-neck and the Dubai Sheema by two and a quarter lengths, and there's no reason why she won't frank that form again here.


Tracey Collins is a shrewd operator when sending her horses across the Irish Sea and having won both starts on the all-weather this season, Chiclet is prominent in the betting at 10/1 for the Epsom Dash with Chris Hayes going over to take the ride.

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