01 Jun Dee Ex Bee flies Epsom Derby flag for the north
THE rain has been falling at Epsom. And that is good news for the sole northern challenger Dee Ex Bee. As pundits and experts have waxed lyrical about the potential greatness of Saxon Warrior and the credentials of his main rivals Roaring Lion and Young Rascal, Mark Johnston’s colt has slipped under the radar.
A northern horse has not won the Epsom Derby since Dante in 1945. Libertarian went close in 2013 for Karl Burke but Dee Ex Bee will look to improve on his former stablemate Permian’s 10th last year.
He is as big as 33/1 and that is excellent each-way value. Here’s why.
- Dee Ex Bee has already won around Epsom and course form is crucial. He was also second in the Derby trial at the track in May. The contours and camber of Epsom will not bother him as it will do some others.
- Dee Ex Bee ran a blinding second to Young Rascal in the Chester Vase. Watch that race back. Not much went in his favour. He was drawn wide and missed the break. He was ridden vigorously to gain a decent position in midfield. He then came wide in the straight and was slightly hampered by the winner. He stayed on really well and was only beaten narrowly. Young Rascal is 11/1 third favourite while Dee Ex Bee is treble the price.
- The ground is currently soft at Epsom after 21mm of rain on Tuesday. More showers are forecast on Thursday. Dee Ex Bee has won on soft ground and not many in the race have proven form on the ground.
- He will definitely stay.
- He has Silvestre De Sousa on board. The best.
It is always great when a new champion emerges and Saxon Warrior could be the real deal. But at the prices I would not be touching him at odds-on. So much can go wrong in the Epsom Derby and Saxon Warrior is a huge horse. Aidan O’Brien has described him as a”monster”.
Roaring Lion won the Dante at York in fine style and almost beat Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy. It is just hard to see him turning the tables over 1m 4f. John Gosden seemed to hint after York that 1m 2f will be his optimum trip.
The aforementioned Young Rascal is an outstanding each-way bet at 11/1. Check out the various betting offers for the best prices available. Soft ground would be a slight concern but at Chester he promised there was so much more to come.
Hazapour is interesting with Frankie Dettori riding for the Aga Khan while Knight To Behold could give Richard Kingscote a thrilling first ride in the race. He is another worth an each-way poke at 16/1.
But Dee Ex Bee at 33/1 remains the best value.