With the Derby looming large on the horizon, punters are looking for every edge they can find. Although many believe that we already know the winner of the second colts Classic of the year given Saxon Warrior’s incredible display in the 2000 Guineas, there is still plenty to learn from the top quality Derby trials ahead of us.
Aston Villa find themselves with one foot in the playoff final. Steve Bruce’s men were the underdogs for their first leg match against Middlesbrough but a 1-0 victory at the Riverside leaves Villa in the driving seat.
Fulham fans were more than a little apprehensive going into the first leg of their playoff semi-final against Derby. The Cottagers would have finished second and thus won promotion to the Premier League automatically had they beaten Birmingham on the final day of the season but defeat left them facing the playoffs.
You would think that the whole point of a Derby trial is to test horses with the potential to ride in the Classic race over a track that’s as similar as possible to Epsom Downs.
The first two Classics of 2018 brought two very different winners. While nobody was surprised to see Saxon Warrior hold on for the 2000 Guineas, very few punters were on Billesdon Brook in the 1000 Guineas at 66/1.