English Classics Betting Options

The English Classics provide five of the betting highlights of the British flat racing season. Antepost betting markets for the Classics are available throughout the year, allowing punters to cash in on early odds and early-season changes in form.

Here are a few betting tips you can apply when enjoying English Classics Betting:

2,000 Guineas

The 2,000 Guineas is the first Classic of the British flat racing season. As such many of the horses in the field will be coming out of the winter break and will not have been tested in the new year. This makes the 2,000 Guineas a very unpredictable race, and most punters back the leading 2-year-olds from the previous season.

However, 2,000 Guineas history tells us that top 2-year-olds rarely carry their form into the 3-year-old season. Instead one tends to find that seemingly ordinary horses improve significantly as they mature, and quite often go on to upset in the 2,000 Guineas. Antepost favourites have a success rate of around 10% in this race, which means the 2,000 Guineas is one of the best lay betting opportunities of the year.

1,000 Guineas

The 1,000 Guineas is just as unpredictable as the 2,000 Guineas. As is the case with the 1,000 Guineas, sudden changes in form are the norm rather than the exception in the second classic of the British flat racing season. Top 2-year-old fillies will often attract strong backing ahead of the race, but go on to win at Newmarket less than 30% of the time.

There are two ways to go with English Classics betting on the 1,000 Guineas. One option is to back a spread of longer odds outsiders in a race that tends to produce upsets. The more reliable long-term betting strategy is to lay horses when their odds drop below 3/1 at the betting exchanges.

Epsom Derby

The Epsom Derby is the highlight of the Classics. However, this race is a tough event to bet on. While the winner of the 2,000 Guineas will often attract strong support in the Epsom Derby betting markets, this horse rarely goes on to achieve the Derby/Guineas double.

Punters looking for a Derby winner should keep an eye on the Dante Stakes. This race produces about 1 in 3 Derby winners. Winners also tend to be priced under 10/1, and the antepost favourite wins 1 in 3 races. A back bet can pay dividends in this race if you keep a close eye on early-season Group 1 races and back a form horse.

Epsom Oaks

The Epsom Oaks is the biggest fillies’ race of the season. The winner of the 1,000 Guineas will often start this race as the betting favourite, however, the odds are stacked against fillies going for the Guineas/Oaks double, as only 10% of Guineas winners go on to take an Oaks title.

Punters looking for a worthy trial race for the Epsom Oaks need look no further than the Lingfield Oaks Trial. This race preps horses over the appropriate distance against a class field, and it is therefore no surprise that the Lingfield Oaks winners have a 30% success rate in the Oaks.

St Leger

The St. Leger is a tough race to call, as the top 3-year-olds will often be occupied elsewhere in Europe, or in the United States, leaving an unfamiliar looking field to contest the last of the season’s Classics.

Winners of the St Leger tend to come to Doncaster having won their previous race. The St Leger Stakes winner will often be priced well beneath 10/1 in the English Classics betting markets, and punters need to be on the lookout for a form stayer priced high enough to justify a meaty each-way punt.