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About Epsom Derby

The Derby Stakes, known colloquially as The Derby and internationally as the Epsom Derby, is considered one of the most prestigious flat thoroughbred horse races in the world. The race takes place each year on the first weekend in June at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey, England.

The Derby, pronounced "dar-bee" in British, South African and Australian English and "der-bee" in American English, is one of the five British Classic Races and is the second leg of the English Triple Crown, preceded by the 2,000 Guineas and followed by the St. Leger.

It is a Group 1 race for three-year-old colts and fillies, although the latter have rarely participated in recent years. The equivalent race for fillies only is the Oaks, and for older horses the Coronation Cup, both run over the same course and distance.

Many Derby contenders are prepared for the race by running in one or more of the recognised Derby Trials. Derby winners will often go on to compete for the big international races later in the season, such as the Prix de l`Arc de Triomphe in France and the Breeders` Cup in the United States.

The Race

The Derby is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs, each three year old colt carrying 9 stone. The fillies and the older horses also run the same course and distance for the Vodafone Oaks and Coronation cup respectively.

Tens of thousands of spectators make their way to the Epsom Derby annually to watch and experience the thrill of the finest thoroughbred racing classic. The crowds come from a complete cross-section of society including racing followers, corporate groups, day trippers, gypsies (who also provide the fun fair) and of course Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.


Most successful jockey - Lester Piggott, 9 wins
Most successful trainers - Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling, 7 wins
Most successful owners - 3rd Earl of Egremont and Aga Khan III, 5 wins
Fastest winning time (at Epsom) - 2m 32.31s, Lammtarra (1995)
Widest winning margin - 10 lengths, Shergar (1981)
Longest odds winners - Jeddah (1898), Signorinetta (1908), Aboyeur (1913), 100/1
Shortest odds winner - Ladas (1894), 2/9
Most runners - 34 (1862)
Fewest runners - 4 (1794)

Epsom Derby Betting

The Epsom Derby will be one of the yearís most exciting betting opportunities as punters have the opportunity to put money on some of the best thoroughbred racehorses in the world. The attention given to the Epsom Derby by the media sees betting markets swell to enormous proportions, providing rich pickings for smart punters.

Before picking an Epsom Derby winner, punters watch the qualifying events for the Derby closely and pay attention to the horses that show at the 2,000 Guineas. Donít miss out on the Epsom Derby betting pages and hints available on this site before visiting any bookmaker to take advantage of top Epsom Derby betting options and odds.

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