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Epsom Derby: Preview

Updated on August 17, 2023
Written by Chris
Epsom Derby: Preview

The Epsom Derby

With a purse of over £1.4 million, The Epsom Derby is the most lucrative horse race in the UK. Held on the first Saturday of June at Epsom, it is one of the biggest events on the British sporting calendar, and brings in viewers from all over the world.

Open to three-year-old colts and fillies, the Derby takes place at Epsom Downs. It is rich with history, and is the second leg of the Triple Crown. Millions of people watch the race from all over the world. In the UK, it ranks as one of the best-attended sporting events, with tens of thousands catching the action live. 

Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey in Derby history with nine wins between 1954 and 1983. Aidan O’Brien (eight wins) and Sue Magnier (nine wins) are the most successful trainers and owners respectively. 

The Derby 2023

The Derby takes place on Saturday, June 3, on the second day of the Festival. Ladies Day, June 2, will see two further Group 1 races, the Oaks and the Coronation Cup.

Security Step Up After National Protest

Following the disturbances at the Grand National, which resulted in a delayed start, when 118 protesters were arrested having tried to glue themselves to some of the fences, the Jockey Club has stated that they would have “robust” security measures in place for this year’s race after animal rights protesters said they would target the event.

Derby Scheduled to start at 1:30pm

This year the Derby will get underway earlier than usual to avoid clashing with the FA Cup final, which also takes place on June 3.

How many are in the field?

No more than 20 thoroughbreds will run in the race on June 3 from an original entry of up to 400. If there are more than 20 horses still aiming to race in the week of the Derby the lower ranked ones drop out, with the final field being declared on the Thursday before the race.

Epsom Derby 2023 Latest Odds

Five pairs of brothers have won the Derby, but not within living memory with Persimmon (1896) and Diamond Jubilee (1900), the last.

The 123-year wait may come to an end at Epsom this year. Military Order, brother of Adayar, the winner two years ago,  is the current favourite. Trainer Charlie Appleby of Godolphin will be looking for a third Derby win since 2018, however, Aiden O’Brien, the most successful Derby trainer of all time with eight winners will, as usual, provide a stiff challenge. Auguste Rodin could provide serious opposition.

Auguste Rodin4/1Betfred/Coral/Ladbrokes/10bet/
Unibet/bet365/William Hill/Betfair/Paddy Power/
William Hill/Unibet/SpreadEx
Military Order9/2Coral/Ladbrokes/10bet/Betfred
William Hill/Unibet/BoyleSports/BetVictor
William Hill
The Foxes12/1Coral/Ladbrokes/10bet/BetUK/
William Hill/Betfair/Paddy Power/
William Hill/Betfair/Paddy Power/
White Birch14/1bet365/William Hill/
Odds correct as of 03.06.23, 08:40. Odds subject to change.

Tip: Military Order each way, 9/2 William Hill. E/W 1-4 places, odds 1/5

Odds correct as of 03.06.23, 08:59. Odds subject to change.

For more odds and for more on the other races in the festival visit one of’s picks for the best Epsom Derby betting sites in the UK:

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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