Camelot odds on for Derby
01 May 2012 |
Camelot (Montjau) is as short as 4-7 with Ladbrokes to win Saturday's Investec Derby, in which he will face a maximum 11 rivals.
The market dominance of the 2,000 Guineas hero was further reflected by Paddy Power offering betting without Camelot - with Bonfire heading that list at 13-8. The same firm offer 4-5 Camelot starts at between 4-6 and 4-7 come the big day.
The last horse to win the Derby at odds-on was Shergar, who stormed home by a record ten lengths when successful at 10-11 in 1981, but the three odds-on favourites in the intervening period - El Gran Senor (8-11, 1984), Tenby (4-5, 1993) and Entrepreneur (4-6, 1997) - were all beaten.
There have not been fewer runners than 12 in the Derby since Nijinsky won in 1970 en route to completing the Triple Crown of the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger, but Coral for the time being are content to lay the favourite at an industry best 8-11, along with Paddy Power.
Coral spokesman David Stevens said: "Camelot has been favourite for the Derby since his Racing Post Trophy success last autumn, and a red-hot market leader since his 2,000 Guineas win, but with the winners of Derby trials at Sandown, Chester, Lingfield and York still among the potential Epsom opposition, we are happy to lay the favourite at odds-on."