Kentucky Derby 2016 Betting Preview

SHARE

Kentucky Derby 2016 Betting Preview

International horse racing fans are in for a treat this weekend, with the 2016 Kentucky Derby getting underway on Saturday 7th May. Hopeful punters will be willing their lucky pick to triumph at the famous Churchill Downs racecourse in Kentucky, USA.

The Derby Explained

The Kentucky Derby is ranked as a Grade I race, open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. The horses compete over a distance of one-and-a-quarter miles. To make the 20-strong field, thoroughbreds have to earn their entry by generating points from qualifying races hosted in the US and abroad.

The qualifying system is comprised of 35 races to ensure the strongest competitors make it into this multimillion-dollar race. Come Saturday, the winner will secure a $2m [£1.37m] purse for their owner, while punters can profit by picking from a strong field of contenders. The qualifying points can offer guidance as to the top prospects.

The Favourites

Betfred Sports has priced Nyquist as the pre-race favourite at 7/2, with the Doug O’Neill-trained horse having qualified second on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 130 points. Although finishing second, Nyquist is highly favoured after winning a perfect seven from seven in its race history.

After earning 126 points, Exaggerator ended up third on the qualifying leaderboard and is priced just behind Nyquist at 7/1. Trainer Keith Desormeaux has overseen a race history comprised of four wins, two seconds and a third from nine outings.

Brody’s Cause appears as the next prospect on 8/1, following a fifth-placed qualifying finish on 114 points. Trainer Dale Romans and jockey Luis Saez will need to inspire a horse that has won three of its six career races.

Mohaymen was the ninth-placed qualifier on 80 points, but Betfred has elevated the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained competitor to 8/1 as a prospective winner alongside Brody’s Cause. From six career races, Mohaymen has secured five victories on dirt surfaces.

The Field

Destin qualified 11th on the leaderboard with 51 points, yet is viewed as 12/1 prospect by Betfred. Despite finishing on the lower half of the board, this Todd Pletcher-trained horse appears to have potential, based on three wins and a second in five career races.

Gun Runner excelled beyond all other qualifiers by finishing first with 151 points, which was 21 higher than Nyquist in second. Nevertheless, Betfred Sports has priced Gun Runner as the joint-seventh prospect on 14/1.

Thus far, Steven Asmussen has trained the three-year-old to four wins in five races. Creator is another 14/1 runner, but was placed behind Gun Runner as the number six qualifier on 110 points. Also trained by Steven Asmussen, Creator is a frequent runner-up, having finished second in six races, with just one win.

Mor Spirit is the first of two 16/1 horses, having earned its eighth-place in qualifying by securing 84 points. In seven career races, trainer Bob Baffert has overseen Mor Spirit win three and earn four seconds. For this reason, Mor Spirit could have value as an each-way finisher.

Suddenbreakingnews has a proven pedigree for placing in races, having won three times and finishing second on four occasions. Donnie Von Hemel has trained a 16/1 horse that is experienced at placing when it competes.

Underdogs Worth a Look

Outwork is a slightly longer prospect at 20/1, but is worth considering after an excellent qualifying haul of 120 points to earn fourth. However, the Todd Pletcher-trained horse has only entered four races, winning three.

Lani ended up slightly further behind as the seventh-placed qualifier after taking 100 points. Despite only ever entering and winning a single race, Lani could be an intriguing outsider at 33/1.

Danzing Candy’s 60 points were not as high as Lani’s, but the Clifford Sise Jnr-trained horse is the more experienced after winning three from five races. At 25/1, Danzing Candy would be a rewarding possibility.

For all the current Kentucky Derby odds ahead of Saturday’s race, visit Betfred Sports today!

Recommended Betting Sites

Terms and Conditions apply for all bonuses. Must be 18+ to participate.
Advertiser Disclosure
Every online gambler deserves a safe and fair place to play. Our mission at Gambling.com is to create a safe online environment for players through free, impartial and independent reviews of the UK's best online gambling companies so that you can play with confidence and security. All ratings and reviews are made independently of the operator by our team of gaming experts and with every company being fully UK licensed they can be trusted to offer fair play. We accept compensation from the companies advertised on this page and this may affect the brand positioning. We endeavour to continuously update this list so we can bring you the most current sites and the best available offers but we cannot review every site in the market.
Advertiser Disclosure
Every online gambler deserves a safe and fair place to play. Our mission at Gambling.com is to create a safe online environment for players through free, impartial and independent reviews of the UK's best online gambling companies so that you can play with confidence and security. All ratings and reviews are made independently of the operator by our team of gaming experts and with every company being fully UK licensed they can be trusted to offer fair play. We accept compensation from the companies advertised on this page and this may affect the brand positioning. We endeavour to continuously update this list so we can bring you the most current sites and the best available offers but we cannot review every site in the market.

Betting Strategy Articles


Snooker Masters 2018 Set to Offer Plenty of Betting Value
Snooker Masters 2018 Set to Offer Plenty of Betting Value

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is bidding to win his eighth title at the Dafabet Masters 2018. However, with many strong contenders, snooker is rarely a sure thing. With the tournament just arou ... Read More

Experts Pick the Best Bets for the Australian Open 2018
Experts Pick the Best Bets for the Australian Open 2018

The Championship portion of the Australian Open begins January 15th after qualifying rounds. It's a new year and new season and there are some big names missing from the roster, but that won't take aw ... Read More

Target the Goals Markets for Liverpool vs Manchester City
Target the Goals Markets for Liverpool vs Manchester City

This weekend’s big match in the Premier League sees Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield. These are two of the most in-form and entertaining sides in the division, so there are plenty of markets ... Read More

Markets to Target for European Men's Handball Championship
Markets to Target for European Men's Handball Championship

The 2018 European Men's Handball Championship takes place in Croatia starting January 12th. France won the championship in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and are favourites to win again, but with stern competiti ... Read More

Experts Pick the Best EurAsia Cup Bets and Odds for 2018
Experts Pick the Best EurAsia Cup Bets and Odds for 2018

This weekend is the EurAsia Cup, where some of golf's greatest talent will be battling it out in Kuala Lumpur. On the back of a poor 2016 tournament it's likely that Team Asia will go all in, but will ... Read More

Back Chelsea Home Form v Arsenal in Caraboa Cup Semi-Final
Back Chelsea Home Form v Arsenal in Caraboa Cup Semi-Final

Chelsea and Arsenal face off in the first leg of the Carabao cup at Stamford Bridge on January 10th. With a recent upset for Arsenal, losing 4-2 to Nottingham Forest, the side's confidence will surely ... Read More

Betting Navigation

Newsletter

Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting Strategy

BettingGuides

Country Guide

DISCLAIMER: Online Wagering is illegal in some Jurisdictions. It is your responsibility to check your local regulations before playing online. GDC Trading Ltd takes no responsibility for your actions.
© 2011-2018 GDC Trading Limited. All Rights Reserved. Gambling.com is a registered trademark of GDC Trading Limited.
Terms and Conditions   |   Privacy Policy

Asset 4AndroidGET IT ONfacebookDownload_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_RGB_blk_4SVG_092917twitter