It’s a day that, on average, sees around £50m turned over on the Derby betting markets but this year bookies are preparing for the biggest Derby yet.
The Grand National turnover is around £100m and the Derby could come close to that thanks to the Royal interest surrounding ante-post Derby favourite Carlton House.
Never has there been so much attention on a Royal horse, but the Queen is in with a real chance of owning her first ever Derby winner with Carlton House and there are many punters hoping the Derby favourite will justify his price.
Carlton House is currently trading at 7/4 to win the Derby and you can guarantee the roars will be heard all over the Downs should he be in contention with two furlongs to go.
However a mild setback on Monday has left punters a little anxious and this is reflected in Carlton House’s Derby odds with the three-year-old drifting from 5/4 after winning the Dante Stakes to his current price of 7/4.
The Queen’s last Classic winner was back in 1977 when Dunfermline won both the Oaks and the St Leger, and tomorrow’s Derby pundit on the BBC, Willie Carlson, was aboard that day.
Ryan Moore will take the reins on Carlton House tomorrow and the favourite couldn’t be in safer hands.
A double on the opening day of the Derby Festival at Epsom for Moore puts the jockey in great form ahead of Derby Day.
But punters shouldn’t forget the other 12 runners competing in the Derby and the likes of Pour Moi (7/2), Recital (5/1), Seville (7/1) and Native Khan (10/1) all have solid chances on the basis of their form as juveniles and this season.
It takes a horse of real quality to win the Derby and we’ll find out on Saturdat just which of the 13 Derby runners can show that class.