2021 Irish Derby Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

80 years after the first running of the Derby was run at Epsom, Ireland created their own version of this historic Classic.

The Irish Derby has become one of Ireland's most-watched races during the last 150-years, and any horse lucky enough to land this fabled Classic is guaranteed a spot in the history books.

Irish Derby Key Facts

DateSaturday 27th June, 2021
Distance1m 4f
StatusGroup One
First Prize€427,500
Age3-Y-O Only

2021 Irish Derby Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 Irish Derby.

2021 Irish Derby Tips

Once it becomes clear which colts will run in the 2021 Irish Derby, our tips will be available on the website.

2020 Irish Derby Result

2ndTiger Moth11/1
3rdDawn Patrol10/1

Irish Derby Live Stream

You can watch a live stream of the Irish Derby at bet365William Hill or Paddy Power. 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 Day Card

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 History

Having tried and failed to create an Irish Derby on a couple of occasions in the early 1800's, the Irish Jockey Club finally got the race to stick in 1866.

The Irish Derby was initially run over the same trip as the St Leger, 1m 6f. The length of the race was shortened to match the Epsom Derby in 1872.

As the Irish Derby usually takes place three weeks after the Epsom Derby, many horses often try to claim a famous Classic double. The first horse to achieve that incredible feat was Fred McCabe's Orby, who won both races in June 1907.

Legendary jockey, Morny Wing has ridden more winners than any other jockey. Wing celebrated victory in this Irish Derby on six occasions between 1921 and 1946.

Aidan O'Brien has quickly become the winning-most trainer in the history of the Irish Derby. O'Brien won the race for the 13th time when outsider Sovereign made all to win in 2019. O'Brien also saddled seven winners in a row between 2006 and 2012.

The most famous winner of the Irish Derby is arguably Shergar, who won the race during his incredible season in 1981.

Modern great Galileo sealed the Epsom and Irish Derby double in 2001. His achievement was matched by High Chaparral the following season, and by stablemates Camelot and Australia in 2012 and '14 respectively.

Although the race is staged in Ireland, English horses have enjoyed plenty of success in the Irish Derby. Sir Michael Stoute, Henry Cecil and John Gosden have all celebrated wins, with the last English horse to win being Jack Hobbs in 2015.

In the 2020 Irish Derby, Aidan O'Brien trained the first four past the post, with Santiago defeating Tiger Moth and Dawn Patrol.

Irish Derby Betting Guide

Although some great horses have won the Irish Derby, favourites haven't got a dominant recent record in the race. Only ten favourites have won since the turn of the millennium, and three of those - Galileo, Camelot and Australia - went off at odds of 1/4 or shorter.

Latrobe was a 14/1 shot when he won in 2018. Sovereign went off as the outsider of the entire field, but still manage to carry odds of 33/1 into the winners' enclosure. 

The Curragh Track Report

The track at the Curragh a right-handed, horseshoe shaped track and spans two miles in distance. Although the home straight is only a couple of furlongs long, there is a chute for races between five furlongs and a mile.

Stamina is at a premium at the Curragh. The track is galloping in nature and features a stiff uphill finish.

2021 Irish Derby FAQs

When is the Irish Derby?

The 2021 Irish Derby will be held at 7:15pm on Saturday 27th June.

Where is the Irish Derby held?

The Irish Derby is held at the Curragh racecourse in County Kildare.

How can I watch the Irish Derby?

The 2021 Irish Derby will be shown live on RacingTV. If you want to watch the race via your mobile or tablet, then visit our Live Streaming page.