The Betway Winter Derby Stakes will emerge from the shoots on Saturday, the 23rd of February. The Group 3 flat track horse race will take place at Lingfield Park racecourse over a distance of one mile and two furlongs. The horse racing season is getting into stride and fans can follow the latest odds courtesy of american-bets.com and never miss a top race. The Winter Derby will celebrate its 21st anniversary in 2019 with a long list of potential winners. Can last year’s winner Master the World master the race once more or will the derby favourite Wissahickon run to glory? Wissahickon has won plenty of plaudits from horse race insiders and it may well be a Wissahickon Winter Derby wonderland.
Wissahickon – 10/11
Trained by John Gosden, Wissahickon takes a great record at Lingfield into the Winter Derby. Wissahickon won at Lingfield in December for the second time in his career and he goes into Lingfield as the “in-form” horse. Jockey Robert Havlin will be in the saddle as Wissahickon goes for a third career win at the racecourse.
Hunting Horn – 7/2
Hunting Horn has won just two races in 13 career starts. The A.P. O’Brien trained horse last ran at Gulfstream in January finishing third. Hunting Horn hasn’t run at Lingfield previously, but hopes are high among O’Brien and company, that he will perform well. The biggest knock on Hunting Horn is his inconsistency in races.
Boynton – 6/1
Boynton goes into the Betway Winter Derby Stakes having been rested since March 2018. He last ran at Meydan where he finished 10th. The finish came following a win at Meydan just one month earlier. Boynton has the ability to win having been victorious in three races from eight career starts.
Big Country – 7/1
Michael Appleby’s Big Country has a number of races under his belt. The veteran horse is familiar with Lingfield and could be a dark horse to win – much less place – at the Winter Derby. The horse ran at Lingfield in November and December 2018, finishing second in both outings. Consistent wins have been a problem with Big Country since his first race back in 2016. Big Country has won six races in 23 career starts.
Dash of Spice – 8/1
Dash of Spice has been rested since last running in July 2018. His last race, occurring at York, saw Dash of Spice finish 14th. It came after back to back wins for the horse. In Dash of Spice’s last race at Lingfield, held in December 2017, he finished first.
Master The World – 10/1
Master The World ran to victory at the Betway Winter Derby in 2018. The David Elsworth trained horse was ridden by jockey Sean Levey a year ago and he may return in the saddle this season. Master The World last ran at Lingfield in November 2018 picking up another win at the racecourse. He edged out Winter Derby rival Big Country for the win. In six career starts at Lingfield, Master The World has finished outside the top three places on just one occasion. He is at great odds ahead of the race and having won it already, it is a surprise he isn’t at shorter odds.