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Epsom Derby: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds & more

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.

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The race brings together the leading colts from the UK, Ireland, France and sometimes further afield to test their credentials on what is a far from flat and straightforward race track. 

The race is also open to three-year-old fillies, although it’s a rare occurrence when they feature, with Cape Verdi the last filly to run in the race way back in 1998.

When is the Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby takes place on Saturday, 1st June. It will be the 245th renewal of the annual contest. It is scheduled to take place at 16:30 UK time.

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, twists and turns and camber make it such a tough test for not just a horse’s ability but their constitution and temperament. 

This race often attracts the leading 1m4f horses from the UK, Ireland, France and it’s a dream of everyone involved to win this historic race.

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, 2023).

The Ballydoyle maestro has been successful with Galileo, High Chaparral, Camelot, Ruler of the World, Australia, Wings Of Eagles, Anthony Van Dyck, Serpentine and Auguste Rodin, and it’s not uncommon for O’Brien to have two, three, or four or even more runners in a single running of Flat racing’s showpiece event. 

Sir Michael Stoute struck with Desert Crown in 2022 to take his tally to six Derby victories, and the ten-time British champion trainer is also synonymous with the great race.

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?

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 BeggyAidan O'Brien
2018MasarWilliam BuickCharlie Appleby
2019Anthony Van DyckSeamie HeffernanAidan O'Brien
2020SerpentineEmmet McNamaraAidan O'Brien
2021AdayarAdam KirbyCharlie Appleby
2022Desert CrownRichard KingscoteSir Michael Stoute
2023Auguste RodinRyan MooreAidan O'Brien

Who are the fancied horses in the 2024 Epsom Derby?

Due to his success in the race, any of Aidan O'Brien's runners will usually sit at the front of the market, including unraced two-year-old Diego Velazquez. 

The son of Frankel could be the next big name out of O'Brien's stable, but he will need to prove himself over the next few months. Charlie Appleby's Ancient Wisdom has already done that, winning at Haydock in June. 

He beat Under The Sun by five lengths and could become a big player in the Epsom Derby if he stays fit. 

Stablemate By The Book also won at Haydock in June, and the son of Frankel is another Godolphin-owned horse that could be in the frame in the upcoming Epsom Derby.

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