Horse racing enthusiasts haven’t been short of interest in the opening few weeks of the flat season with plenty of drama thrown in for good measure. We’ve had close finishes, controversy and more than a couple of big priced winners. Great news for punters and, what’s more, there’s plenty more to come in the recent weeks. Here are our top June 29 horse racing betting tips.
Saturday’s UK and Irish schedule is highlighted by the Irish Derby and that is supported by the Northumberland Plate and Criterian Stakes. Plenty to get through and bookmakers have offered up their views on each of the major races by giving antepost markets. This allows backers the chance to get in early and secure a better price about their predictions.
Back your horses as a single and aim to edge a profit over the course of the day or aim higher and throw a few together in one of the popular multiples, such as a Lucky 15 or accumulator. If you’d prefer to avoid the unpredictability of the race winner market there are enough specials to hold your interest. Play each-way with enhanced place terms, without the favourite, match bets, against the field and even Tote bets.
Derby Will Attract a Worldwide Audience
Focussing on the top of the bill race, the Irish Derby, we look back through the trends in an attempt to pick-up a clue as to how this year’s renewal may go. Firstly, let’s remind ourselves of the basics. The Irish Derby was first run in 1866 and the modern version of the race is a Group 1 contest decided over one mile and four furlongs on the flats of Curragh.
Ireland’s equivalent of the Epsom Derby, it attracts a sell out audience with millions more watching the race around the world thanks to the live TV coverage. You can view the race on ITV this Saturday or take advantage of the extended coverage provided by Racing UK. Modern backers can also follow a live HD quality stream on their mobile betting app when downloading with the likes of Bet365. If you place a bet on the outcome you can then watch the coverage when out and about at no extra cost, providing you have a reliable wifi connection.
Picking through the history books and we see Morny Wing is the most successful horse ever to have run in this race, winning the title no less than six times between 1921 and 1946. Impressive, but not nearly as eye-catching as Aidan O’Brien’s dozen titles that makes him the Irish Derby’s leading trainer. He bagged his first in 1997 with Desert King and the most recent came in 2017 thanks to Capri. Michael Tabor is the benchmark for owners to aim for and he has put forward a staggering 13 champs in the past. Who will come out on top this year? That remains to be seen, but it’ll be great fun finding out, that’s for sure.
O’Brien Has Dominated in Recent Years
In more recent times, Latrobe won the prize money last year for Donnacha O’Brien and Joseph O’Brien, taking the crown worn by Capri for Seamie Heffernan and Aidan O’Brien the year before. Interestingly, Aidan O’Brien has given us nine of the last 13 champions and casual backers will be sure to steam into anything he has in the final line-up again this weekend. That certainly wouldn’t be the worst approach.
So, what are the options at present? Well, there’s a monster field at the time of writing but many of those will be withdrawn at the various declarations stages, leaving us with the final field. Many good horses will miss the cut, but this year’s renewal promises to be one of the most competitive in living memory. The field will be tighter, but you can be sure every horse that makes the grade will be in with a real shot at winning the Irish Derby. There will be no passengers on Saturday.
The line up at the time of writing has Anthony Van Dyck as antepost favourite after serious interest over the last few weeks. Punters continue to nibble at the market leader before the real cash comes late in the day by punters waiting for Saturday to get their stake down. The earlier you get on the better price you should get, but the later you leave it the clearer picture you’ll have of the dangers, weather and any last-minute notes.
Don’t Short-Change Yourself
Punters happy to follow the money and get their money down on the favourite can get their hands on the 11/8 available at William Hill. If you do fancy a punt on Anthony Van Dyck you should get your cash down at William Hill, either in one of their many betting offices or online, as they offer market best odds. Don’t short-change yourself.
Many firms are giving just 11/10 on the same runner and we can’t afford to be giving away as much as that. Back enough 11/10 shots at 11/8 and you’ll make a profit over the course of a season. Back too many 11/8 shots at odds of 11/10 and you’ll find yourself on a shortcut to the poorhouse. If that price is too tight for your liking in what should be a close contest you may want to shoot for a bigger prize, taking a chance on a rival who has every chance of wrecking the party.
Madhmoon is second fav at present and can be backed at 3/1 with a number of firms, including Ladbrokes. Those who would prefer to drift further down the pecking order and shoot for an each-way selection will get place terms of 1/5 the odds 1-2-3, although it’s worth looking out for any bookies boosting their each-way places in an attempt to stand out from the crowd.