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Epsom Derby - Horse Racing: All You Need To Know

The Epsom Derby is the most prestigious Flat race in the UK and is a British Classic for three-year-olds, taking place over one mile and four furlongs.

The race predominantly features the leading colts who have the stamina for the distance, although fillies are able to enter.

(This article was originally published on 10.05.2022)

When is the Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby takes place on 4th June. It will be the 243rd renewal of the annual contest. It is scheduled to take place at 16:30 UK.

Where is the Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby is run at Epsom Downs in Surrey. It is one of the most unique racecourses in the world, as the undulations there make it such a strong test for the best thoroughbreds of their generation.

This race often attracts the leading 1m4f horses from, not just the UK, but also Ireland and France.

Where can I watch the Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby will be shown live on ITV in the UK, while punters can also catch the action from Epsom via our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Who is the most successful Epsom Derby trainer?

Like many of the British Classics, that honour is held by Aidan O'Brien (2001, 2002, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020).

Ballydoyle trainer O'Brien has been successful with Galileo, High Chaparral, Camelot, Ruler of the World, Australia, Wings Of Eagles, Anthony Van Dyck and Serpentine - this is a race which ranks very highly on his hit list each year.

Who is the most successful Epsom Derby jockey?

With an incredible nine victories, it is Lester Piggott. The Hall of Fame jockey first won the race in 1954 with Never Say Die.

He then prevailed on board Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1983).

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Which horse ran the fastest ever Epsom Derby?

The record for the fastest time in the Epsom Derby is held by Workforce. Sir Michael Stoute's runner blew his rivals away by seven lengths with a time of 2:31:33 in 2010.

The widest margin came in 1981 when Shergar prevailed by 10 lengths on the Downs at Epsom.

Who has won the Epsom Derby most recently?

YearHorseJockeyTrainer
2010WorkforceRyan MooreSir Michael Stoute
2011Pour MoiMickael BarzalonaAndre Fabre
2012CamelotJoseph O'BrienAidan O'Brien
2013Ruler Of The WorldRyan MooreAidan O'Brien
2014AustraliaJoseph O'BrienAidan O'Brien
2015Golden HornFrankie DettoriJohn Gosden
2016HarzandPat SmullenDermot Weld
2017Wing Of EaglesPadraig Beggy

Aidan O'Brien

2018MasarWilliam BuickCharlie Appleby
2019Anthony Van DyckSeamie HeffernanAidan O'Brien
2020SerpentineEmmet McNamaraAidan O'Brien
2021AdayarAdam KirbyCharlie Appleby

Who are the fancied horses in the 2022 Epsom Derby?

Aidan O'Brien is bidding for a ninth Epsom Derby success this year and he has Stone Age at 9/4.

The son of Galileo won the Derby Trial at Leopardstown in impressive style on his most recent appearance and he is expected to appreciate the step up in distance at Epsom.

Changingoftheguard is another O'Brien runner who has won his trial for the Derby. The Ballydoyle colt was successful in the Chester Vase and is now 9/2 in the betting - Ruler of the World won that race at Chester before prevailing at Epsom in 2013 for the same connections.

Sir Michael Stoute's colt Desert Crown will get his chance to lay a marker down for the Epsom Derby when he features in the Dante Stakes at York.

The British-based colt won on his debut at Nottingham and is fancied to be a big player in the British Classic. He can be backed at 6/1 for Epsom glory.

The O'Brien family have a great history with the Derby, as Aidan and Joseph have both had success in the race and Donnacha could be the latest to add his name to the roll of honour, as he will saddle Piz Badile. The Ballysax Stakes winner is in the betting at 8/1.

Walk Of Stars (14/1) and New London (14/1) will both carry the silks of Godolphin in the race this year. The two horses are trained by Charlie Appleby, who has made an excellent start to the season.

Appleby was successful in 2021 with Adayar.

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