Betting for Saturday’s Investec Derby remains intriguing waiting for riding plans from Aiden O’Brien’s Ballydoyle training Headquarters. Long time favourite St Nicholas Abbey was pushed out again yesterday by Ladbrokes and Sporting Bet who now offer 4/1.
Ladbrokes are known to have good connections to Ballydoyle and shortened the odds of Jan Vermeer to 9/4 while Irish Bookmaking firm Paddy Power went even further cutting his odds to 2/1.
With little rain falling at Epsom over the weekend, Clerk of the course, Andrew Cooper confirmed plans to water the course today. He reported the ground good, good to firm in places yesterday and with little rain forecast for the remainder of the week he expected to water a complete circuit today.
In Ireland yesterday, Profound Beauty, fifth in the 2008 Melbourne Cup, set out on her road to the 2010 Melbourne Cup at Leopardstown.
Last year’s Irish St Leger fourth won at the first time of asking this season when beating Age Of Aquarius in the Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes.
Following the race, trainer, Dermot Weld told reporters "Profound Beauty is a very good racemare and she may finish her career in the Melbourne Cup in November," .
Jockey, Pat Smullen confirmed that the Melbourne Cup was in her long term plans and bookmakers 888 Sport and Blue Square offer odds of 20/1 for the six year old mare to prevail in the race that is said to stop the Australia nation.