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The Derby: Three ante-post selections to consider for this season’s contest

A trio of three-year-old Derby contenders that could thunder home in the Epsom Classic



Andrea Atzeni riding Royal Champion win The Rossdales EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes during day one of The Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket Racecourse.

With the flat season making its return last weekend, punters are beginning to dip into the ante-post markets, especially in the British Classics: starting with the Derby.

At this stage of the season, there is plenty of value to be found in a certain few selections.

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Here are three runners to consider for this season’s renewal of The Derby.

Uncle Bryn (25/1 – bet365)

Aiden O’Brien holds four of the first five runners in the betting, with John Gosden possessing the other in the form of exciting prospect Uncle Bryn.

watch: uncle bryn wins his first career start at kempton park in september [credit: racing tv]

Sired by the 2009 Derby winner Sea The Stars and a half-brother to Group 3 winner Boomer, the colt’s pedigree should suggest that he will be competing with the best.

His dam (Wall Of Sound) was also a triple winner on the flat over the middle distances, which creates further expectation on Gosden’s talent.

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Uncle Bryn had won both of his starts so far, kicking up the sand on the all-weather courses over the winter.

He won comfortably on his debut at Kempton in September before storming home at Wolverhampton two months later, defying a 7lb penalty.

Gosden’s colt will likely make his debut on the turf in the Sandown Classic Trial or the Dante Stakes at York and is one to watch out for this season.

Royal Champion (33/1 – Various)

A highly-rated talent under the guidance of Roger Varian, Royal Champion could develop into a top-class performance this season.

The colt produced an impressive performance on his debut at Newmarket, seeing off odds-on favourite Toromona by a length.

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The form from that contest has strengthened as Varian’s runner finished five lengths clear of third-place Noman, who went to win on his next start.

His pedigree is eye-catching to say the least, with the three-year-old being sired by four-time Group 1 winner Sharmardal and out of Dubawi’s half-sister Emirates Queen.

There is a lot of expectation on Royal Champion land a black-type victory this season, which could well be claimed on the famous Downs.

Wordsworth (50/1 – Betfair + Paddy Power)

Another Galileo colt from the Aidan O’Brien yard, Wordsworth has several connections that could gather some interest.

As well as being from the 12-time leading sire in Britain and Ireland, he is a full brother to Kew Gardens, who won the St. Leger and Grand Prix de Paris as a three-year-old.

High Definition ridden by Wayne Lordan (left) wins the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Curragh Racecourse.
Wordsworth (purple cap) found only current Derby favourite High Definition too good on his only run at the Curragh to date

That would suggest that the colt is bred for trips of 1m4f and further, meaning he could well be a serious contender for the Derby.

He was usurped by stablemate High Definition in the final strides (currently the 4/1 for the contest) on his sole start, but the three-year-old showed plenty of ability and can continue to develop this season.

At a current price of 50/1, he could well be huge value at this current stage.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.