Australia odds-on for Derby

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: May 16 2014, 8:55 BST

Australia went odds-on for the Investec Derby at Epsom after True Story flopped in Thursday's Dante Stakes.

The Grey Gatsby (l) pulls clear of True Story (c) to win the Dante
The Grey Gatsby (l) pulls clear of True Story (c) to win the Dante

Aidan O'Brien's star, third in the 2000 Guineas earlier this month, was moved into odds-on by all the major firms as a result of the York action, with Goldophin's True Story pushed out to 16/1 (general) after finshing only third behind The Grey Gatsby.

Sky Bet and Stan James were both offered 10/11 following the Dante (in from 5/4), but by Friday morning the latter had gone 8/11 following further support.

Sky Bet's Michael Shinners said: "True Story disappointed today and clearly Australia is the one to beat at Epsom.

"We're 10/11 from 5/4 and I would expect him to be very well supported in the build up to the race now all the trials are out of the way.

"He's a worthy favourite with nothing to worry about having come out of the trials at Chester, Lingfield and York over the past 10 days or so.

"The Guineas form is the best we've seen this season and his pedigree simply screams a mile and a half."

The Grey Gatsby did cut across True Story in the closing stages but survived a stewards' inquiry and Stan James' Rory Jiwani felt True Story would not have won any way.

He said: "The winner hampered True Story slightly on the run-in but if the favourite had been good enough, he would surely have won."

Other layers admitted they wanted to keep Australia onside ahead of the June 7 Classic on the Epsom Downs.

Boylesports' Liam Glynn said: "We are keen to keep Australia on our side as it was evident from his third in the 2000 Guineas that he will relish better ground and the extra four furlongs at Epsom."

Andrew Griffiths, of Dante sponsors Betfred, added: "Legitimate Derby contenders are thin on the ground and the race appears to be Australia's for the taking."

The Great Gatsby is now set to head for the French Derby, according to trainer Kevin Ryan.

Peter Chapple-Hyam's Arod finished second and was cut into 20/1 for the Derby.

It's now 14/1 bar Australia for the Epsom race with Geoffrey Chaucer, Kingston Hill, Western Hymn and Fascinating Rock all available at that price if you shop around.

Betfair's Sportsbook arm quickly priced up a 'without Australia' market making that quartet co-favourites at 5/1.

Bunker, another horse to disappoint on the Knavesmire, was moved out to 50s for Epsom glory by Coral.

If the price does not drift, Australia will bid to become on the second horse since Shergar in 1981 to win the Derby as an odds-on shot.

Camelot, another colt from O'Brien's Ballydoyle yard, was the last to do so in 2012.

  • Updated at 0900 BST on 15/05/2014.