Dawn Approach cut again

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: May 16 2013, 16:06 BST

Dawn Approach was cut again for the Investec Derby after the Dante Stakes was won by a 33/1 outsider.

Libertarian: Surprise winner at York
Libertarian: Surprise winner at York

York's big Derby trial has often produced an Epsom winner in recent years but this year's first home, Libertarian, is not expected to challenge and neither are those who came home in his wake.

At least that is the bookies' verdict with Paddy Power, Coral and Boylesports offering the winner at 25/1.

Stan James were more wary and went into 12/1 for the Epsom Classic.

Second-placed Trading Leather was also trimmed in places, although Sky Bet and Ladbrokes stayed put at 33s.

Aidan O'Brien's Indian Chief disappointed as favourite and he, Greatwood and Secret Number were all duly lengthened to big Derby prices.

Sky Bet's Richard Horner said: "Libertarian caused a big shock to win today's Dante Stakes and would be equally as big a shock if he lowered Dawn Approach's colours at Epsom.

"He has, however, earned his place in the line-up and has been trimmed into 20/1 from 50/1 and has a small place chance."

Stan James, like most layers, were delighted with the Dante result.

Their Rory Jiwani said: "Aidan O'Brien's Indian Chief was well-backed and we would have pleased to see anything beat him, let alone a 33/1. Elaine Burke has always spoken highly of Libertarian but this win came right out of the blue.

"As the winner of one of the premier Derby trials, Libertarian has to be taken seriously and we've cut him from 100/1 to 12/1 for Epsom. The way he stayed on indicates he'll only improve for the step up to a mile and a half as he looks to take the big prize up north for the first time since Dante in 1945.

"Indian Chief was well backed in recent days and his reverse suggests O'Brien doesn't have the ammunition to match Dawn Approach. We've cut Jim Bolger's 2000 Guineas winner from 5/4 to 11/10 with second favourite Battle Of Marengo out to 9/2."

Meanwhile, Libertarian is prominent in the St Leger markets as the layers look ahead to the autumn's longer Classic.

Sponsors Ladbrokes have the horse as their 16/1 third favourite. Stan James offer the same price.