The Scottish Derby may have lost some of its prestige after dropping to an 18-dog two round competition but with £10,000 to the winner it has still attracted a high quality field, including the Derby favourite Ballymac Eske who starts this competition as a best priced 5/4 favourite.

With Eske as short as he is and with the short format of the competition there is an opportunity to back a few of the runners at big prices each way. We’ve picked out a couple of interesting runners with our best bet at 16/1 with bet365.

All of the bookmakers are offering favourable terms of a quarter odds to finish in the first 3 of the competition and when coupled with a super short priced favourite it allows us to back dogs at bigger prices to take advantage of the place terms. The first round takes place this Saturday, the 27th of April, with the final the following Saturday.

One dog that we are looking to side with is Paradise Martini, available at 16/1 with bet365, based on its trial form around Newcastle recently. Looks to be an early paced sort with some of the trial times around Newcastle looking very nice indeed.

With only two going through from each semi-final it is a tough competition but Martini might pop out to qualify and then we’d have a nice bet of 4/1 to finish in the top 3 of the final.

Our other selection is much more speculative Greenwell Lark who can be backed at 100/1 with Ladbrokes. The only wide runner in the 2nd semi-final, the same heat as Martini, who might just get a nice run if there is any trouble on the rails and has some reasonable trial times at Shawfield.

If Lark can pinch a place in the final we’d have 25/1 for him to finish in the top 3.

Keep stakes small for these bets as it is an extremely tough competition with only two qualifying from the semi-finals but with the place terms available and Ballymac Eske’s short price it means that you will likely have decent value backing most of the field each-way.

Scottish Derby – Betting Tips

 Paradise Martini – 16/1 with bet365

Greenwell Lark – 100/1 with Ladbrokes