Considering Deauville was only beaten by a neck by Wings Of Desire in the Dante last time, there is a fair argument that his odds are on the long side when considering the Derby.
Workforce showed in 2010 that a horse is capable of the required improvement to win a Derby after finishing as bridesmaid in the Dante, especially if the race is run differently.
Deauville ran handy throughout the Dante off a fast pace that suited those held up towards the rear and was making his seasonal reappearance against some opposition who already had the fitness on board from a previous run in the campaign.
Taking this into consideration, Deauville could be deemed overpriced at 12/1 compared to Wings Of Desire at a third of those odds at 4/1.
Furthermore, trainer Aidan O’Brien has been responsible for three of the last four Derby winners and he does have a track record for winning Classics with runners not considered his first string by the betting. Qualify’s Oaks success at 50/1 last year is a case in point.
There is every possibility that the step up to 1m4f will bring additional improvement for Deauville, while there is little doubt that simply having run in the Dante will have enhanced his fitness for Epsom.
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