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When is the 2021 Epsom Derby?

  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2021 Epsom Derby?
  • The historic Classic takes place at Epsom Downs on Saturday 5th June
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Serpentine winning the 2020 Epsom Derby. (Getty)

When is the 2021 Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby is historically staged on the first Saturday in June. In 2021, the Epsom Derby will be run on Saturday 5th June.

Last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Epsom Derby took place in July. The Derby will be moved back to it's original slot on the calendar in 2021.

Who won the last Epsom Derby?

There was a massive shock in the 2020 renewal of the Epsom Derby. Despite going to post as a 25/1 outsider, Aidan O'Brien's Serpentine made all to win the Derby by five lengths. 50/1 shot Khalifa Sat finished second, with another roughie, 66/1 shot Amhran Na Bhfiann completing the places in a shock Epsom Derby result.

What is the Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby is one of the most famous sporting events in the world. The Derby has been staged at Epsom Downs since the late 1700s. This Classic is open only to three-year-olds, and is run over a trip of one-and-a-half-miles.

Where is the Epsom Derby run?

The Epsom Derby is run at Epsom Downs racecourse. This unique, left-handed track is situated in Epsom, Surrey.

Which horses will run in the Epsom Derby?

Although the Epsom Derby is open to both colts and fillies, fillies have their own version of the Derby, the Epsom Oaks to run in, so very few take on their male counterparts in the Derby.

Only the very best three-year-olds will enter the Epsom Derby. The 2000 Guineas is a key trial for the Derby, as are races like the Dee Stakes at Chester, the Derby Trial at Lingfield and the Dante Stakes at York. Horses who run well in these races will often go on to run in the Derby. Various trials for the Epsom Derby takes place in Ireland too.

Where can I watch the 2021 Epsom Derby?

The 2021 Epsom Derby will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you'd rather watch the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Epsom Derby Live Streaming 

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  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Epsom Derby History

Named in honour of the party host, 12th Earl of Derby, the race was first run in 1780. The first Epsom Derby was won by Diomed, of which the Diomed Stakes takes its name from.

The Derby idea inspired the likes of the Kentucky Derby, the Irish Derby and the French Derby, known as the Prix du Jockey Club.

The Derby is the middle leg of the fabled Triple Crown. Any colt who can with the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the St Leger will be called a Triple Crown winner. 

West Australia was the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 1853. 14 horses have gone on to repeat that incredible feat since, with the most recent Triple Crown winner being Nijinsky in 1970.

In the latter half of the 20th century, Derby Day became more and more popular with the working class. The Derby was then moved to a Saturday, to help the Epsom Derby Festival appeal further to it's new demographic.

During World War Two, the Derby was run at Newmarket for six years. Dante won the final running of the Derby at Newmarket in 1945.

Champion jockey, Lester Piggott scored nine wins in the Epsom Derby. His most memorable win came aboard the great Nijinsky.

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

The quickest time ever recorded in the Derby at Epsom was recorded by Workforce, who stopped the clock in 2:31 under Ryan Moore for Sir Michael Stoute in 2010.

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