Roaring Lion on the Derby prowl as he wins the Dante Stakes

Roaring Lion has been cut from 25/1, into just 7/1 for the Derby, following Thursday's impressive win in the Dante Stakes at York reports Oddschecker.

The odds were against Roaring Lion before the race as only one winner of the race in the last 25 years had come via the 2,000 Guineas.

But then the race came and the three-year-old justified his favouritism, putting himself well clear of the pack to win by over four lengths and send a message to punters looking for an English or French Derby horse.

John Gosden said that it wasn’t clear which race the horse will run in, but it hasn’t stopped bookies cutting his price for the Epsom classic dramatically, with some thinking that he could be one of the main challengers to long-time ante post favourite Saxon Warrior.

Before Friday afternoon you could have got 25/1 on Roaring Lion but now, a best price of 7/1 is all you will get, with some bookies going as short as 6s.

This puts him above Young Rascal (12/1) and Hazapour (16/1) in the market and the current hypothetical main challenger to odds-on shot Saxon Warrior, who is a best price of 4/5.

Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “John Gosden could have a real Derby contender in Roaring Lion, who impressed everyone in the Dante stakes. 

“Whether he goes for the classic at Epsom or chooses to run in France remains to be seen, but bookies have slashed him to second favourite for the English classic and punters seem to be liking the 7/1 price.”