Keiran Fallon may not want to be on Native Khan in Saturday’s Derby but plenty of punters do.
Following the news that Derby favourite Carlton House (7/4) has suffered a setback, Native Khan has come in for plenty of support at what many believe is a huge each-way price of 10/1 (from 12/1).
Derby favourite Carlton House has drifted out to 7/4 from 5/4 and even touched 3/1 on Tuesday evening, and a decision on the favourite’s participation on Friday is expected to be made on Friday.
Fallon has chosen to ride 11/2 chance Recital for the Ballydoyle stable leaving Johnny Murtagh free to ride Native Khan for Ed Dunlop.
Murtagh is yet to ride Native Khan but there have been four different mounts on Native Khan in his five career starts with Fallon the only man to have ridden him twice.
Despite his love/hate relationship with the racing public, there’s no doubt the loss of Fallon was a blow to Native Khan’s chances but in Johnny Murtagh, punters have an able deputy.
Murtagh has won the Derby on three occasions and his first Derby win was on 7/1 shot Sinndar in 2000 before following it up with victories aboard High Chapparal (7/2) in 2002 and Motivator (3/1F) in 2005.
Since winning on Workforce in 2005, Murtagh has finished third, second, no ride, fourth and fourth and punters are sure to get a run for their money with Murtagh aboard Native Khan on Saturday.
Native Khan was third behind Frankle in the 2000 Guineas and has won three of his five career starts.
Frankle was so diminant in the 2000 Guineas tat the six-and-a-half length defeat should be taken with a pinch of salt and Dunlop’s horse has a great chance in the Derby.
At 10/1 punters are getting 5/2 for Native Khan finishing in the top three with an each-way Derby bet and considering the favourite is 7/4, there is plenty of value to be had backing Native Khan.