Epsom Derby Tips & Predictions


DateSaturday June 3, 2018
TrackEpsom Downs
Distance2420m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money£1.625 million
Age3YO

Worth £1.625 million, the Epsom Derby is one of the biggest races in Europe.

Held at Epsom Downs every June as a part of the Oaks/Derby two-day festival, the Derby attracts huge crowds and it currently holds the title of Britain's richest race.

Epsom Derby race program 2018


There are seven races on Derby Day at Epsom, including the Group 1 Diomed Stakes.

Race No.
Race Name
1Private Banking Handicap
2Princess Elizabeth Stakes
3Diomed Stakes
4Investec Dash
5Epsom Derby
6Zebra Handicap
7Investec Handicap

Epsom Derby betting selections & tips


We will have expert tips for the Epsom Derby available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

Epsom Derby history


The Epsom Derby was an idea presented at the celebration of the Epsom Oaks in 1779.

Named in honour of the party host, 12th Earl of Derby, the race was first run in 1780 and it was taken out by Diomed, of which the Diomed Stakes takes its name from.

The Derby idea inspired the likes of the Australian Derby, New Zealand Derby and Kentucky Derby.

In the latter half of the 20th century Derby Day became less popular and the move was made to run the race on a Saturday, which appeals to the working customers.

Champion jockey Lester Piggott scored nine wins in the Epsom Derby and his most memorable wins came with Nijinsky, Sir Ivor and The Minstrel.

Three trainers have won the Derby on seven occasions. Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling are all three-time winners respectively.

The ownership pairing of Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor, which run Coolmore Stud, have owned seven winners and it's a great list of champion winners and future stallions.

Galileo, High Chaparral and Pour Moi all became champion stallions and winning the Derby is a significant black type achievement.

Shergar holds the record for length of winning margin. He scored by 10 lengths in 1981 and never gave his opposition a chance.

Epsom Derby betting guide


Upset winners have been frequent in recent times.

There was an upset result in 2017 when Wings of Eagles scored at odds of 30/1 for Aidan O'Brien.

The son of Pour Moi upset the likes of Cliffs of Moher and Cracksman and that form has stacked up on the world stage since.

Harzand was another upset winner in 2016 when winning at odds of 10/1.

The favourites dominated the race in 2015 with globetrotting Golden Horn winning at 9/5 over second favourite Jack Hobbs (9/2).

Favourties do run well in the Epsom Derby, despite some recent upsets.

Aidan O'Brien has won six Epsom Derbies and he has the ability to place his runners perfectly.

Punters love Derby Day at Epsom Downs because the fields are always high-quality and the odds on offer from bookmakers are good value.

Epsom Derby track report


Many runners find it tough to handle the conditions at Epsom Downs.

The Epsom track is a horse shoe shape and it's very undulating. One of the reasons why international thoroughbreds don't come over to compete is because the tracks are so vastly different.

Seeing out the Derby distance is never easy for the three-year-olds so having track and distance experience can be key.