Kentucky Derby 2023 tips, runners and UK time: 10/1 and 12/1 picks for Churchill Downs showpiece

The 149th renewal of the Kentucky Derby sets off on Saturday night, May 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Derby is a race steeped in history in the US and is competed on the dirt track over 1m2f, with £1.5m ($1.9m) in prize money for the winner.


The field rounds the fourth turn in the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill DownsCredit: GETTY

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The Derby is comprised of three-year-old horses who have quickly shown their ability in big races around the world, with many already hauling in hundreds of thousands in prize money.

Only the best seem to manage to emerge victorious in this prestigious race too.

Secretariat being among the most well-known as the 1973 winner.

While Justify, who won in 2018 is a notable winner having won the Triple Crown.

The race itself is such a marquee event that festivities begin two weeks prior to the Derby, with air shows, balloon races, fireworks and much more.

Rich Strike, ridden by jockey Sonny Leon, crosses the finish line to win the 148th running of The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Saturday, May 7, 2022


Rich Strike, ridden by jockey Sonny Leon, crosses the finish line to win the 148th running of The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Saturday, May 7, 2022Credit: GETTY

Rich Strike won last year at a huge price of 80/1, underestimated by all having only been entered last-minute, as Ethereal Road had to withdraw.

It was a gamble that paid off to be among the biggest prices in the Derby’s history.

For UK viewers the race is set for the off on Saturday, May 6 at 11.57pm.

Kentucky Derby 2023 runners and odds

  1. Hit Show 30/1
  2. Verifying 15/1
  3. Two Phil’s 12/1
  4. Confidence Game 20/1
  5. Tapit Trice 5/1
  6. Kingsbarns 12/1
  7. Reincarnate 50/1
  8. Mage 15/1
  9. Skinner 20/1
  10. Practical Move 10/1
  11. Disarm 30/1
  12. Jace’s Road 15/1
  13. Sun Thunder 50/1
  14. Angel Of Empire 8/1
  15. Forte 3/1
  16. Raise Cain 50/1
  17. Derma Sotogake 10/1
  18. Rocket Can 15/1
  19. Lord Miles 30/1
  20. Continuar 50/1
  21. Cyclone Mischief 30/1
  22. Mandarin Hero 20/1
  23. King Russell 50/1

Kentucky Derby 2023 tips

Two Phil’s 12/1

Took a big step forward last time out at Turfway Park to beat Major Dude by over five lengths.

He will need to overturn an 11 length deficit from October at Keeneland to the favourite Forte, who won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity.

But Forte’s last run doesn’t suggest there’s the dependability in huge races like this and it can all come down to tactics on the day and stall draw for instance.

Importantly, this horse has never finished out of the top three and although this step up to a Grade 1 demands more his latest form is a great indication that it’s very possible.

Derma Sotogake 10/1

Japan’s horses have been featuring more and more in the Kentucky Derby and their ability cannot be dismissed in big races, especially when looking at their international prowess from Ascot to Sha Tin.

Derma Sotogake represents the country’s best chances of a win at Churchill Downs and isn’t too much of a longshot at around 10’s in the market.

The three-year-old trained by Hidetaka Otanashi has already proven himself on the big stage, with a win in the UAE Derby by over five lengths.

Also beating Continuar who reappears alongside Derma Sotogake here as a 50/1 outsider.

To win by such a distance indicates that this horse can keep progressing and is well within range to reel in these horses from the US on their own turf (or dirt).

The chestnut colt will be an eyecatcher in the parade ring before the off and will likely see plenty of money in the lead up to the race.

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