Horse Racing

Derby Weekend Bets

Horse racing analyst Will Smith is back again with a series of selections for this weekend’s racing. Will has provided a number of tips for races taking place at Haydock and Naas with odds ranging from 9/2 to 14/1.

Head to our horse racing tips page to view more of Will’s selections.

Saturday Racing Tips
Haydock 12.00 TipsDelph Crescent – 8/1 EWBet365
Deinonychus – 14/1 EWBet365
Haydock 2.05 TipsRisk Taker – 7/1 EWBet365
Haydock 4.25 TipsLuigi Vampa – 6/1 EWBet365
Naas 3.05 TipsStamp Of Authority – 9/1 EWPaddy Power
Naas 4.05 TipsIvan The Great – 9/2 EWPaddy Power
Odds were correct at time of publishing (21:50 03/07/2020) but are subject to change
Sunday Racing Tips
Haydock 3.15 TipsDeja – 10/1 EWBet365
Odds were correct at time of publishing (21:50 03/07/2020) but are subject to change

Having sided with Russian Emperor for the Derby a few weeks ago, I was delighted to see him allotted a lovely stall and also have the assistance of Seamie Heffernan, who knows the horse arguably better than Ryan Moore does, so the fact that Moore is on Mogul, I don’t see as any negative to the chances of Russian Emperor. Fingers crossed for a clear passage through and a strong-staying last few furlongs for Heffernan’s mount.

Elsewhere over the course of the weekend, there a quite a few nice opportunities at first glance. Mostly they come at Haydock Park, on account of the prevailing very testing ground and all my selections have good form on such a surface.

Beginning with the very first race of the day at Haydock at 12.00, and I’m really sweet on the chances of Delph Crescent at 8/1 with Bet365, on account of his eye-catching run at Beverley behind the tenacious Colony Queen. He has good form on soft or heavy ground at the likes of Redcar and Doncaster, which are not dissimilar to Haydock.

Back Delph Cresent in the 12:00 Haydock with Bet365!

Deinonychus at 14/1 generally is the other choice in the race, and takes a little bit more of a leap of faith on his two runs so far this season. But he hasn’t encountered his ground yet and despite not being placed to best effect, he has shown enough to suggest that he can run well back on his favoured ground.

Continuing at the Merseyside venue at 2.05, it is Clive Cox’s Risk Taker that I think can outrun his odds of 7/1 with Bet365. He made a very noteworthy debut when fourth behind some good horses at Newbury on debut in heavy ground, and he made a decent three-year-old reappearance at Doncaster three weeks ago, when doing best of those drawn high.

The final race on the card at 4.25 features a number of unexposed three-year-olds, but come this stage of proceedings, it will be survival of the fittest and one horse who has excelled in those conditions already is Luigi Vampa, and at 6/1 with Bet365, he is worth siding with.

Third on his last start as a two-year-old in a valuable listed race in France on very testing ground, he reappeared at Newmarket a month ago, and ran a race full of promise, staying on from the rear behind some quality horses, who have franked the form in bigger races at Royal Ascot and the likes.

The next two bets on Saturday are across the Irish Sea at Naas, where there is a cracking card, featuring the next stop on the Art Power journey – he looked very special at Royal Ascot.

But it is with a horse running over the same 6f course and distance as Art Power, but at the slightly lower grade of a 45-65 handicap, that I like. The straight track at Naas is showing a distinct advantage to be berthed in a high numbered stall, and housed in stall 14 in the 3.05 is a massive boost to the claims of Stamp Of Authority, and at 9/1 with Paddy Power, he rates a very solid each-way bet, after he just gave way over 7f last time at Fairyhouse.

Back Stamp Of Authority in the 3.05 Aydock with Paddy Power!

There are some high-profile stables represented in the 4.05 1m maiden, but no stable stars in evidence I’d suggest. Which leaves the way clear for Michael O’Callaghan’s Ivan The Great to break his maiden at the third time of asking, and at 9/2 with Paddy Power he is a great bet as his recent third over the same course and trip was run in a cracking time.

The final bet of the weekend is in the Old Newton Cup at 3.15 at Haydock on Sunday. The race has a rich history and has attracted a really competitive field, but I do feel it is worth having an each-way interest in Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Deja at 10/1 with Bet365.

Deja was worth marking up quit significantly when just going down in the closing stages to the re-opposing Scarlet Dragon in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot. He had a terrible draw on the inside over the 1m4f trip that day and had to be rushed up in the earlier stages to get a position. That he was so game down the straight against horses that closed from off the pace suggests he can take a race like this at a track that will suit him perfectly.

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