Epsom Derby Festival Guide

Irish jockey Kevin Manning (C) rides the horse New Approach across the finish line to win the 2008 Derby Festival at Epsom Downs race course, 20kms south of London on June 7, 2008. Left in the race by mistake, New Approach won the Derby to give trainer Jim Bolger and jockey their first victory in the race. AFP PHOTO / SHAUN CURRY
The Epsom Derby is the richest and most prestigious of the group one races run in England annually.

The Epsom Derby is regarded as the unofficial championship for 3 year old colts and fillies in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The race is run over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs, approximately 2400 meters, on Epsom Downs racecourse. The race purse of £1,250,000 is the largest awarded in English flat racing.

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The second leg of the English Triple Crown merges pageantry, style and heritage. Betting is also central to the Epsom Derby experience with millions of pounds wagered in the Epsom Derby betting markets annually. The race receives extensive media coverage, making it one of the most popular thoroughbred racing betting events in the world.

A number of prestigious English flat races are regarded as important trial events for the Epsom Derby. While the winner of the 2,000 Guineas is often a popular choice for the race, the various Derby trial races run in the United Kingdom and Ireland, such as the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial tend to provide the most accurate guide to racehorse form.

2010 Epsom Derby Tickets

2010 Epsom Derby Tickets went on sale in December 2009. Visit our tickets section to find out more about the Epsom Derby ticket options that are available. To buy Epsom Derby tickets online, visit the official vendor. Alternatively, 2009 Epsom Downs Grandstand tickets can be ordered by calling 0844 579 3004.

Epsom Derby History

The inaugural Epsom Derby race was in 1780, a year after the first running of the Oaks at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The race was named after the Early of Derby who had secured this honour by virtue of a coin flip bet with the owner of the first winner of the Oaks, Sir Charles Bunbury.

The original Epsom Derby was run over just a mile. During World War I, the Epsom Derby race was moved to Newmarket Racecourse where it was run as the Derby Stakes until the hostilities had ended. To find out more about the races' heritage and legends, visit our Epsom Derby legends page.

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