WE’RE gearing up for a big two days of racing at Epsom and all you punters are busy getting your bets sorted.
But who are the bookies running scared of? Find out all the inside info straight from Unibet’s trading office right here.
First up it’s the Investec Oaks on Friday where Unibet report that Mehdaayih took the majority of ante-post money – but following the news that Frankie Dettori rides Anapurna, she has been eased out slightly in the market.
Unibet’s Ed Nicholson said: “Mehdaayih is a massive loser in our ante post book; but in the last 24 hours her price has drifted upon news that Frankie rides Anapurna. Frankie is always popular in these races and Mehdaayih is now 3-1 from 9-4 now he’s not on that.
“We already had Anapurna on side before the Dettori news and will continue to keep her on side now he’s been confirmed on her. She is now 11-2 from 6-1.
“The traders want to keep Maqsad on side too, they think she’s the unknown quantity and looks to have plenty of class. They’ll be taking on just about everything else in the race.”
Meanwhile the traders are keen to keep a trio of Aidan O’Brien runners on their side in the Derby on Saturday, while Unibet expect Sir Dragonet to go off the clear favourite now that Ryan Moore has been confirmed to ride.
Nicholson said: “Sir Dragonet is the biggest loser in the book and now that Ryan Moore has been booked we expect that to remain the case and that he will go off favourite despite possible concerns over the ground.
“In the Derby we’ll be keeping Japan, Anthony Van Dyck and Circus Maximus on side and we’re going to take on the first three in the betting – Sir Dragonet, Telecaster and Broome.”
Telecaster was drawn in stall two on Thursday morning and was pushed out in the market with NO winners ever having jumped from that gate.
Nicholson added: “Although many regard the Investec Derby draw as unimportant, and it may well be so, winners of the Investec Derby typically tend to be drawn middle to high.
“There have been no winners from stall two and only three from stall one since starting stalls were first introduced in 1967.
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“So with Telecaster being drawn in stall two we pushed his price out from 6-1 from 9-2.
“Stall 10 and stall nine have been responsible for 30% of Derby winners since 1967; last year’s winner Masar was drawn in stall 10.
“This year Norway is housed there (there have been 10 victories from this stall number in total) and is 33-1 with Unibet, while Humanitarian is in stall nine and is 66-1 with Unibet, the official betting partners of the Investec Derby .”