The Derby Festival 2022 - Epsom Betting Odds

The Epsom Derby is the most famous Flat horse race in the United Kingdom, with the leading three-year-olds in the UK and Ireland competing over the distance of one mile and four furlongs. This is one of the five Classics during the UK Flat racing calendar, with the race traditionally taking place in early June.

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2021 Cazoo Derby Festival betting odds and tips

The 2021 Cazoo Derby Festival is fast approaching, with Oaks Day taking place on Friday 4 June, while Derby Day is a day later on Saturday 5 June and it’s fair to say that the Derby remains the biggest and most popular Flat horse race in the UK, with many punters enjoying the chance to back a winner or two at Epsom over these two days.

Oaks Day has also previously been known as Ladies Day at Epsom Racecourse and this is a card packed with spectacular races, although the Oaks takes pride of place and this is a race for fillies run over one mile and four furlongs, with Aidan O’Brien always having plenty of lively runners for this contest.

Similarly, Derby Day features the Epsom Derby run over the same distance of one mile and four furlongs, with the prize money for the winner exceeding £600,000 and this is the classic that all horse racing owners and trainers want to win.

What Are the Big Races on 2021 Oaks Day?

On Friday 4 June, you not only have the Epsom Oaks taking place but there is also the Coronation Cup, another Group 1 encounter which forms part of the British Champions Series. This is a huge race in its own right and it appears that Japan is going to head the Coronation Cup betting market, with the horse trained by the legendary Aidan O’Brien.

Japan recently won a Group 3 encounter at Chester Racecourse and that made up for a disappointing 2020 where the horse didn’t make it to the winners’ enclosure in five attempts. That came after a more successful 2019 season where the O’Brien charge won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and then went on to claim victory in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris.

O’Brien also has leading contenders in the form of Love, Broome, Mogul and Armory, with William Haggas potentially the trainer to topple his adversary in the form of Al Aasy, with the Godolphin horse recently looking the part when winning over one mile and four furlongs at Newbury.

Santa Barbara Favourite to Win Oaks

There are two more Aidan O’Brien runners heading the betting market for the Epsom Oaks and Santa Barbara is the betting favourite for this race, with the three-year-old having recently finished fourth in the 1000 Guineas after previously triumphing in a maiden race.

Perhaps Snowfall could be a better proposition from a betting perspective, with the horse winning the Musidora Stakes at York, while Noon Star and Teona are the other charges who might stand a chance of winning.

Bolshoi Ballet Heads the 2021 Derby Betting Market

O’Brien has the first two in the 2021 Cazoo Derby betting market and that includes Bolshoi Ballet who is set to go off as Derby betting favourite, with the three-year-old landing a double at Leopardstown and his victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes was by a margin of six lengths, making him stand out from the crowd.

There is a firm chance that his stablemate High Definition might also be able to run a big race and the horse was a slightly disappointing third in the Dante Stakes at York Racecourse which has seen his betting odds drift slightly for this race.


2020 Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Epsom Derby Festival amounts to just one racecard which is action-packed and includes the tantalising prospect of the Oaks and the Derby taking place. As you can see from our latest Derby race card, you will have seven races taking place and, by the end of the Saturday racing, we will know the latest Oaks and Derby winners:

Epsom Derby Betting Tips

ENGLISH KING seems a very apt name for an Epsom Derby winner considering the royal connections that come with this historic race and we’ve seen several monarchs celebrate their horse crossing the line in first place. Looking at the latest race card, this three-year-old is trading as the 9/4 favourite, with the Ed Walker-trained charge having looked in pristine condition on his last outing.

Jockey Tom Marquand was on board the horse when winning a Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on 5 June, with English King obliging as the 9/4 joint-favourite and it was a comfortable victory for a horse that could take all the beating over this distance.

However, we’ve been through some of the other horse racecards and feel as though KAMEKO could run a big race, with the horse having won his past two races including an impressive win in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The Andrew Balding-trained horse fended off the challenge of Wichita to oblige in the race and since then, there has been a steady flow of money for the runner who also finished ahead of Pinatubo in that race.

Aidan O’Brien is going to be mob-handed for this race and the Epsom Derby race card highlights that the legendary trainer is going to have plenty of lively chances for the Derby, with RUSSIAN EMPEROR, MOGUL and VATICAN CITY all trading at a similar price. It will be interesting to see which jockeys are selected to ride.

Epsom Oaks Betting Tips

The Epsom Oaks racecards have now been published and we’re really excited about this prestigious race which takes place on the Epsom Derby race card this year. The Oaks has traditionally taken place the day before the Derby, although we’ve got a one-day Epsom Derby Festival this year and that means the fillies will compete as part of a Derby racecard.

LOVE is what a lot of punters are going to be feeling for this horse if she manages to oblige in the 2020 Oaks considering that the Aidan O’Brien-trained charge is trading at odds of 11/8 at the time of writing. The fillie was hit and miss during 2019, although her recent outing when winning the 1,000 Guineas laid down a marker.

The horse won the Guineas by over four lengths and will now look to emulate that performance on a different track, although the Oaks racecard indicates that FRANKLY DARLING has to have a good chance of going close considering that we have the famed John Gosden and Frankie Dettori partnership.Gosden saddles the superstar that is Enable and perhaps his three-year-old in this race can be every inch as good, with the filly firstly striking on the all-weather at Newcastle before landing victory in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.


Derby Festival 2019 Preview

Ladies’ Day Betting Highlights

Woodcote Stakes (Class 2), 6f
This might not be the highest class contest in the flat racing season, but the six furlong dash for two year olds does attract a good deal of betting interest. Like other races at the meeting this has a long history, dating back to 1794. It can prove a useful race when assessing which youngsters might go on to bigger and better things the following season.

Coronation Cup (Group 1), 1m4f
This Group One race run over the Derby and Oaks distance gives runners aged four and older a fine race to contest. Inaugurated in 1902 to commemorate the crowning of King Edward VII, the race is somewhat younger than the Classics at Epsom, but it still has plenty of history.

Aidan O’Brien has been highly successful in training winners for this one, with eight to his name at the time of writing, between 2005 and 2017. You could therefore do worse than simply betting on whatever O’Brien happens to enter, whatever the odds!

Jockey Lester Piggott, meanwhile, rode nine winners of the race over a 30 year period between 1953 and 1983. St Nicholas Abbey is the only horse to have won this one three times, claiming glory in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Surrey Stakes (Listed), 7f
This seven furlong race is open to three year olds only and though it does not have quite the powers of attraction of some of the other races on the card, it has built a solid following amongst racing punters. One of the trickier races to call, it certainly pays to check out our odds comparison for this one and see where the market is pointing.

Derby Day Betting Highlights

Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Group 3), 1m½f
This Group 3 race run over a distance of a mile and half a furlong is open to fillies and mares aged three years and older. Frankie Dettori has had a lot of success in this one, winning the race six times in total (at the time of writing) between 1999 and 2018.

Epsom Dash Handicap (Class 2), 5f
One of the fastest sprints in flat racing, the Epsom Dash is not one for the fainthearted. At the time of writing the world record for a five furlong race is 53.69 seconds, which was set in this race in 2012 by Stone Of Folca. The race used to be known as the Night Rider Handicap, though we are not sure if this relates to the 1980s TV show!

With a big field, this fast-paced dash is open to horses aged three years or older. Only one three year old has triumphed in the race since 1988, however: Double Quick, who lived up to his name in 1995. At the other end of the age spectrum, an evergreen nine year old, Indian Trail, won for David Nicholls in 2009.

Diomed Stakes (Group 3), 1m ½f
Named after the horse who won the very first Derby back in 1780, the Diomed Stakes is open to runners aged three years or older and is run over a distance of a mile and half a furlong. There have been three double winners of the race in its history: All Friends (1975, 1976), Nayyire (2002, 2006) and Blythe Knight (2007, 2008). As with many races at the Derby Festival, Lester Piggott has ridden the most winners in this one, with four to his name.

The Derby Festival FAQ

The 2021 Epsom Derby will take place on Saturday 5 June, with a maximum of twenty runners competing over a distance of one mile and four furlongs. This is a Group One race for leading three-year-olds, with the race scheduled to go off at 4.30pm UK time.
This largely depends on where you are based. However, the majority of punters are able to log into their bookmaker accounts, access the Epsom race card and watch the next race including the Derby. It requires you to place a small bet on the action and you can then watch the race from start to finish, with the live streaming being high quality.
The Epsom Oaks takes place on Friday 4 June, a day before the Epsom Derby and it forms part of the Derby Festival as a result. This race will take place at 4.30pm UK time and will be a race exclusively for three-year-old fillies, with the Coronation Cup also taking place as part of the Oaks racecard.
The Epsom Derby is one of the oldest horse races in the world and the inaugural running took place on Thursday 4 May 1780. It was decided that a new race would take place and be named after the 12th Earl of Derby, with a horse called Diomed becoming the first winner. The winner was owned by Sir Charles Bunbury.
For the 2020 renewal of the Derby & Oaks, there were no spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there will be thousands of spectators when it comes to the 2021 Derby Festival. Racegoers like to dress up in their finery and place bets on the outcome of various races that form part of the Epsom race card.