The 2020 Epsom Derby takes place on July 4 and is the second ‘Classic’ of the British Flat racing season. Some of the very best three-year-old colts will compete over the 1m 4f distance in the hope of landing one of the most prestigious Group 1 races in the world.
This contest often sees runners who competed in the 2,000 Guineas, which was held earlier in June, step up in trip to try to win the Derby, which is considered more demanding on the contestants’ stamina. The Epsom Downs racecourse is renowned for offering a stern endurance test and its famous undulations mean the runners must have a combination of speed, stamina and balance to be successful.
Many horses who are used to running on flat tracks can find the undulated surface tough to perform on – so it is a real test for horse and jockey.
When is the Epsom Derby?
Originally scheduled for June, this year’s Derby has been moved back to July and will be contested behind closed doors. It will also be the only time the race will be run on the same day as the Epsom Oaks, which is traditionally run 24 hours before the Derby. This year’s classic is on Saturday, July 4, and is set to go off at 4pm.
Who will win the Epsom Derby?
The form coming out of Royal Ascot has not changed the odds for the Epsom Derby too much, but a couple of runners from the Aidan O’Brien yard have seen their price shorten in the market.
Russian Emperor’s price shortened after landing the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes at the Royal meeting and is now a 7/1 chance with 888sport, while Santiago has entered into calculations for a potential Epsom Derby success after beating Berkshire Rocco in the Queen’s Vase.
Epsom Derby market leaders
Kameko, winner of the 2,000 Guineas, and English King, who was an impressive Lingfield Derby Trial winner, continue to lead the market, with Military March the only other entrant with odds shorter than 10/1. English King is also now set to be ridden by Frankie Dettori at Epsom.
Previous Epsom Derby winners
Aiden O’Brien boasts an impressive record in the Epsom Derby, having trained five of the last ten winners, including last year’s victor, Anthony Van Dyck. He also trained Wings Of Eagles to success in 2017 and won the race three years in a row between 2012 – 2014 thanks to Camelot, Ruler Of The World, and Australia.
- 2019 – Anthony Van Dyck (Ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by Aidan O’Brien)
- 2018 – Masar (Ridden by William Buick, trained by Charlie Appleby)
- 2017 – Wings of Eagles (Ridden by Padraig Beggy, trained by Aidan O’Brien)
- 2016 – Harzand (Ridden by Pat Smullen, trained by Dermot Weld)
- 2015 – Golden Horn (Ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden)