Victor Chandler made it quite clear in his weekly article in the Daily Star's StarBets column "On the Rails" that he believed French raider Visindar was value to lay in the 227th running of the Epsom Derby.
VC Bet's chairman wrote “Few horses run in the Derby with any previous track experience and that's reason enough for me to oppose the hot-shot Visindar, who is unbeaten in three races and still has yet to come off the bit.”
He continued: “He has won with great authority but the question is, has he beaten any worthy opponents? I am not convinced about the value of his two wins this season and there could be real doubt about him. At the price I am against the favourite.”
Victor sided with the ill-fated Horatio Nelson but also suggested that Dylan Thomas showed the right attitude at Leoparstown in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial and could be overpriced.
He certainly was, failing by a short head and a head to last home and reward Victor's followers with a 25-1 winner!
Victor commented after standing the French favourite for £500,000: “We were top industry price Visindar in the morning at 3-1 and held that price for eighty minutes before cutting Visindar to 11-4. We then went 3-1 again for fifteen minutes between 10.52 and 11.07 finally.”
He added: “Visindar's place at the head of the Derby market was based purely on hype and home reputation more than anything he had achieved on the racecourse. We had stamina reservations about the horse and huge concerns on his ability to act on the track. For once in the Derby in recent years it was nice to be proved right as he hung left all the way up the straight when asked to deliver his challenge and was making no impression on the leaders
in the last furlong.”