2021 Epsom Derby Tips & Predictions

The Epsom Derby is one of the most historic sporting events in the world, having first been run at the famous Epsom Downs back in 1780.

The Derby headlines day two of the Epsom Derby Festival. The race remains as popular as ever, with millions of punters clamouring to place their bets when the Derby rolls around every year.

Epsom Derby Key Facts


DateSaturday June 5, 2021
TrackEpsom Downs
Distance1m4f
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prizemoney£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.

2021 Epsom Derby Odds

We'll bring you the betting for this year's Derby very soon.

2021 Epsom Derby Tips

Our guide to the 2021 Epsom Derby will be published when the field has been finalised.

Epsom Derby Day Card

There are seven premier races on Derby Day at Epsom, including the Group 1 Diomed Stakes and Listed Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

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

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, in order to appeal 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Legendary horses like Camelot, New Approach, Motivator and Sea The Stars all won the Epsom Derby after the turn of the millennium.

Wings Of Eagles pulled off an upset in 2017, beating Cliffs Of Moher and Cracksman, despite carrying lengthy odds of 40/1 to post.

In a thrilling finish to the 2019 race, Anthony Van Dyck prevailed ahead of Madhmoon and three of his Ballydoyle stablemates.

There was a huge shock in the 2020 Epsom Derby, as 25/1 outsider Serpentine made all to win for Aidan O'Brien, with 50/1 and 66/1 chances filling the other two places.

Epsom Derby Trials

Many people often see the 2000 Guineas, despite being run over a mile, as the best trial for the Derby.

Sandown and Lingfield hold their own Classic Trials races. Chester have two Derby Trials, the Dee Stakes and the Chester Vase.

The Craven Stakes at Newmarket is often used as a Derby Trial. As is the Dante Stakes, run at York between the Guineas and the Derby.

Only two horses - Lammtarra and Shaamit - have won the Derby without some sort of warm-up race that season.

Recent Epsom Derby winners


Year
Race Winner
2020Serpentine
2019Anthony Van Dyck
2018Masar
2017Wings of Eagles
2016Harzand
2015Golden Horn
2014Australia
2013Ruler of the World
2012Camelot
2011Pour Moi
2010Workforce
2009Sea The Stars
2008New Approach
2007Authorized
2006Sir Percy
2005Motivator
2004North Light
2003Kris Kin
2002High Chaparral
2001Galileo
2000Sinndar
1999Oath
1998High-Rise
1997Benny the Dip
1996Shaamit
1995Lammtarra
1994Erhaab
1993Commander in Chief
1992Dr Devious
1991Generous
1990Quest for Fame
1989Nashwan
1988Kahyasi