Capri Could Give O’Brien His Sixth Derby With Bet 365

Capri Could Give O’Brien His Sixth Derby With Bet 365

Capri Could Give O’Brien His Sixth Derby

Rain at Epsom in the days before the race has come at the right time for Capri and the horse has been backed to win the Derby on Saturday. He could be one of seven representatives for Aidan O’Brien who has won the first four Classics of the season in Britain and Ireland.

The Irish trainer has the favourite for the Oaks on Friday in Rhododendron and by Derby Day on Saturday could be five out of five for Classics in the UK and across the Irish sea this season. Cliffs Of Moher is his shortest priced contender for the Derby but the horse for money has been Capri.

O’Brien has won the Derby five times and in three of the last five years. He knows how to prepare three-year-old thoroughbreds for the most prestigious Flat race in the world. The Derby is run over 12 furlongs and is the ultimate test of a colt in the Classic year. Fillies are eligible but very few take part and none this year.

One horse that won’t be winning the Derby is Diore Lia. The twice raced maiden is running as part of a charity promotion and will be ridden by a jockey who has only ridden one winner. Odds of 1000/1 may still be too short and the hope is that the horse does not get in the way. The colt is 1/8 to finish last.

The Godolphin racing organisation have not won the Derby and Best Solution could be the best of their three entries. The horse has some decent form as a juvenile but was disappointing on dirt in Dubai at the start of the year. Best Solution’s win in the Lingfield Derby Trial brings him right into the mix as there were some useful horses behind on a track with similar features to Epsom.

Permian won one of the most reliable Derby trials, the Dante Stakes at York. He is closely matched with Cracksman but that horse is a third the price. The trainer of Permian believes his horse will stay and get the trip. However, the O’Brien runners en masse will be a tough nut to crack.

The master trainer often uses Chester trials as prep races for his Derby horses. Cliffs Of Moher was more workmanlike than spectacular there but if Ryan Moore rides he should be backed into clear favouritism for the Derby. Moore has won the race twice, most recently on Ruler Of the World for O’Brien in 2013. The winner was rare in not having run as a juvenile. Capri ran five times once aged two.

Capri does not have the best form in the field coming into the Derby. His racecourse efforts have been solid but any ‘soft’ in the going description would help his cause. Capri ran well in two recognised trials in Ireland and is under the care of the best trainer of the modern era. O’Brien could win the race again, though not with his most fancied runner but with Capri.

Tip: Capri to win the Derby

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