2021 Irish Derby Festival Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Irish Derby Festival is one of Ireland's premier meetings during the flat-racing season. The meeting usually consists of three fantastic days, and two Classic prizes will be up for grabs.

The Irish Derby headlines the action on Saturday at the Irish Derby Festival. The Irish Oaks then acts as the main event on the final Sunday.

In 2020, the Irish Oaks was been moved back to mid-July, leaving the Pretty Polly Stakes as the sole Group One on day three.

Irish Derby Festival Dates and Schedule


The 2021 Irish Derby Festival starts on Saturday the 26th of June, finishing on the following afternoon. We've got full details of the Irish Derby schedule here.

Irish Derby Festival Day One Card (Saturday 26th June)


Race Time
Race Title
4:15pmDubai Duty Free The Irish Village maiden
4:45pmAlleged Stakes (Group 3) (4yo+) 1m2f
5:15pmDubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Handicap
5:45pm Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Celebration Stakes (Listed)
6:15pmDubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Handicap
6:45pmGAIN First Flier Stakes (Listed)
7:15pmDubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1)
7:45pmComer Group International Vintage Crop Stakes (Group 3) (4yo+) 1m6f

Irish Derby Festival Day Two Card (Sunday 27th June)


Race Time
Race Title
2:00pmBarronstown Stud IEBF Maiden
2:35pmIEBF maiden
3:10pmFinlay Volvo Race
3:40pmPaddy Power Rockingham Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 5f
4:10pmWeatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2) (4yo+) 6f
4:40pmJuddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) (3yo+) 1m2f
5:10pmEquine Medirecord Handicap
5:40pmIEBF Handicap

Irish Derby Festival Betting Tips


We will publish our tips for the main races during the Irish Derby Festival in the days leading up to the event.

We may include runners at the Irish Derby Festival in our Daily Tips too, so keep your eyes peeled.

Irish Derby Festival Live Stream


You can watch a live stream of the Derby Festival at bet365 or Unibet. All three bookmakers have live broadcasts of UK and Irish racing. Click on the links to be taken straight to the bookmaker.

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Irish Derby Festival FAQs

When will the Irish Derby Festival take place?

The 2021 Irish Derby Festival starts on Saturday 26th June, and ends on Sunday 27th June.

When is the Irish Derby?

The Irish Derby will take place at 7:15pm on Saturday 26th June, 2021.

What Group One races take place during the Irish Derby Festival?

The Irish Derby, Irish Oaks and the Pretty Polly Stakes are the Group One races that take place during the Irish Derby Festival.

Where can I watch the Irish Derby Festival?

All three days will be shown live on RacingTV. Visit our Live Streaming page to find out how you can watch the races via your mobile or tablet.