IRISH NOW 4-11 TO WIN TOWCESTER BLUE RIBAND

Ian Fortune

The headline says it all. The layers, including the sponsors, Star Sports, believe Ireland will go onto capture yet another English Derby title. In many ways, the 4-11 looks value as no fewer than 16 of the top 22 in the betting represent these shores.

Following another impressive second round display, Liam Dowling’s De Lahdedah is now the shortest priced Irish trained runner with the brilliant son of Lenson Bocko now disputing favouritism alongside the long-time favourite King Memphis. The pair are both available at 8-1.

Then comes a whole host of Irish trained runners. Boylesports Bob, Clonbrien Treaty, Superfast Gorden, Swords Rex and The Other Kobe are all on the 12-1 mark. Antigua Hawk is next at 18-1 with the Crafty Shivoo second shortest of the UK trained runners in the betting on the same mark.

Defending champion Gaytime Nemo was back to his best in the second round and is now just 20-1 to complete an historic double, while Ballinabola Ed and Jaytee Etienne are joined by another UK trained runner King Combs at 25-1. The top half of the market can be seen below.

Star Sports/ TRC English Derby

Star Sports bet:

8 De Lahdedah

8 King Memphis

12 Boylesports Bob

12 Clonbrien Treaty

12 Superfast Gorden

12 Swords Rex

12 The Other Kobe

18 Antigua Hawk

18 Crafty Shivoo

20 Gaytime Nemo

25 Ballinabola Ed

25 Jaytee Etienne

25 King Combs

33 Ballymac Finn

33 Ballymac Gizmo

33 Churchfield Syd

33 Glengar Martha

40 Ballymac Slick

40 Cooliogold

40 Hawkfield Blue

40 Newinn Syd

40 Singalong Dolly

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