UAE Derby Betting Preview PT 2- By A.J. Ryder on March 22, 2017 19:11 GMT
He was able to get the victory but only by three-quarters of a length but he has been spoken about in relatively hushed tones since then as everyone is wondering whether he will make the trip to Kentucky or not.
Right now, you'll find Epicharis hovering around a best price of about 11/2 at the time of this writing.
An American colt named Master Plan is one of the leading fancies in this race and he is owned by a global consortium involving the Qatari Royal Family, Winstar Farm and China Horse Club with popular American trainer Todd Pletcher training. He was last seen taking the OBS Championship Stakes as his first race of 2017.
Prior to that he broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park West – formerly known as Calder racecourse – and then finished second in the Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream. He comes into the race training extremely sharply and getting a lot of attention from the American racing observers who are active on the circuit in Florida.
Punters will find Master Plan available at a price that hovers around 6/1 currently.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum boasts the entry of Fawree in this race and the talented three-year-old colt is trained by Mike De Kock and could very well wind up being an interesting play in this race. He is especially notable for the wrong reasons, having unseated his rider last time out when contesting the Al Bastikaya at Meydan. It would have been an especially sharp sting to the punters who backed him at a 13/8 price – a listing that sent him off as the genuine favourite on the day.
This is a colt that has plenty of potential and certainly didn't come cheap, but he is being backed to produce form against some extremely talented contenders and you have to wonder whether his price of around 10/1 is plausible at the moment.