Bet on The Epsom Derby

The UK flat racing season gets firmly underway in April, and one of the key races, as we approach the middle of the season, is The Epsom Derby. Held annually, this Group 1 race attracts some of the most experienced horses on the racing scene as they attempt to win what is classed as the richest horse race in the UK.

Epsom Derby Betting Odds

Before the Epsom Derby gets underway, we'll have all of the top betting odds available. Whether you're looking at our Epsom derby betting odds to see who is the current race favourite or you're looking to place your [ante post bets](/betting-guides/ante-post to get the best odds for your chosen runner, we'll have all of the key details you'll need to place a bet on the big race.

If you prefer the ante-post markets, we'd advise waiting until races such as the Chester Vase have occurred at the start of the flat season, as you'll see the top performers from that race heading to Epsom. However, if you're ready to place a bet, simply add the horse to your betslip, set your stake and click place bet.

Epsom Derby Betting Tips

As the race approaches, we'll be offering horse racing betting tips for not only the Epsom Derby, but also the wider meeting at Epsom, where we'll see runners from the UK and Ireland battle it out in a myriad of races to take the crown. Keep your eyes peeled for our betting tips, and if you prefer the other horses listed for the races surrounding The Derby, we'll also have the latest odds for those races.

About The Epsom Derby

Listed as one of the five classics in UK horse racing, the Epsom Derby is a Group 1 race which is open to three-year-old colts and fillies. Although many fillies tend to head to the Epsom Oaks instead of this race. Classed as the richest horse race in Britain, it holds the most prestige out of all the classics. Often called the Blue Riband of racing, it also serves as the second leg of the Triple Crown of racing, partnered with the 2000 Guineas and St Leger.

Held annually on the first Saturday in June at Epsom Downs racecourse, derby day is one of the key days in the calendar of the last season as many trainers target this race as a career stepping stone for their thoroughbred three-year-olds. Also categorised as one of the oldest horse races in the UK, the first Epsom Derby was contested in 1780 and won by Diomed. It's also been the inspiration for other races across the globe, including The French Derby and the Kentucky Derby.

Epsom Derby Winners

Many horses have taken the Epsom track on the first Saturday in June and won this world-famous race. Some of the most well-known winners of this race include Australia, Anthony Van Dyck, High Chaparral and Commander in Chief.

However, if you're looking for the most recent winners, we've listed them below:

  • 2022 - Desert Crown
  • 2021 - Adayar
  • 2020 - Serpentine
  • 2019 - Anthony Van Dyck
  • 2018 - Masar
  • 2017 - Wings of Eagles
  • 2016 - Harzand

Partnering with these top-class horses are jockeys who also managed to land a victory in this race, and the most famous with nine wins is Lester Piggott. However, Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore and Michael Kinane have also landed a winner in the contest.

If you prefer to take a look at the winning trainers of this race, the one who wholes the record for the most winning runs is Aidan O'Brien, with eight wins since 2001.

2023 Epsom Derby Runners And Odds

With the flat season already underway, there are many horses who are noted in the betting odds for the Epsom Derby. Many of the market movers will get a chance to shine before derby day in contests such as the Ballysax Stakes and the Guineas. Keep your eyes peeled for those results.

However, currently in the betting markets, horses such as Auguste Rodin, Silver Knott, Flying Honours, Ancient Rules, A Dublin Lad, and Imperial Emperor can all be added to your bet slip in the ante post market.

Epsom Derby Betting Trends

Before placing your bets on Derby Day, we always advise looking at the betting trends, and if there is a horse who is the short-price favourite, they could tick all the boxes in this list. Many horses who head to The Epsom Derby have already had 1-2 starts in the season.

Most winners of The Derby come from the UK or Ireland, which means French horses or American horses don't always perform well.

When adding a horse to your bet slip, be aware of those who have competed in Group 3 races or higher. For more tips and trends for this race, check out our Epsom Derby betting tips page.

Epsom Derby FAQs

What is the richest horses in the UK?

This accolade falls to the Epsom Derby, which has a prize pool of approximately £1.62 million.

Who is the fastest winner of the Derby at Epsom?

The fastest winning time recorded for the race was by Workforce in the 2010 renewal of the race with two minutes and thirty-three seconds.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Epsom Derby?

The trainer with the most Epsom Derby wins is Aidan O'Brien with nine.

Where is the Epsom Derby held?

The race will take place at Epsom Racecourse, which is located in Epsom Downs in Surrey.

Can a filly run The Derby?

Yes, fillies are able to compete in the race. However, punters will normally see them take to the track in the Epsom Oaks. The last filly to run in the race was Cape Verdi in 1998.

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