The Epsom Derby is a race with a long and illustrious history, and it has been won by some fabulous horses. First run in 1780 over 1 mile, it was changed to today’s distance of 1m4f in 1784. This race is limited to 3yo fillies and colts, and a lucrative career at stud usually beckons for the winner.
Shergar won by a record margin of 10L back in 1981, giving Michael Stoute the first of five wins in the race. His story is a famous one, and his subsequent disappearance adds to the aura of this wonderful event.
Aidan O’Brien is another trainer with a wonderful strike rate in the race, and he set a record by winning it three times in a row between 2012-2014. He has won it five times in total, which is no surprise given the ammunition he usually has at his disposal. Harzand won it last season for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, scoring at odds of 13/2.
The legendary Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey in the race with 9 wins. That is a record that is unlikely to ever be broken. Three trainers have won it 7 times, but the likes of Stoute and Aidan O’Brien have that in their sights, only 2 behind with 5 wins.
Epsom Derby – Where to bet
We recommend doing lots of homework before deciding where to bet on the Epsom Derby. The first thing you should do is check out our in depth bookie reviews. Odds can vary massively between different bookies so make sure to shop around. Each way terms also differ, and Bet365, Boylesports, Betfred, Stanjames, Betway and Marathonbet are all already offering 1/4 odds e/w on the Epsom Derby 2017.
Some bookies might even offer to pay out on an extra place each-way, so keep an eye on our promotions page for the latest offers. Ladbrokes have an inside track at Ballydoyle, so watch out for any market moves on Aidan O’Brien horses with them. Some bookies go non runner no bet earlier than others, so keep an eye on this page for the latest betting news for the 2017 Epsom Derby.
Epsom Derby – Previous Winners
|Dermot Weld||Pat Smullen||13/2|
|John Gosden||Frankie Dettori||13/8 (fav)|
|Aidan O'Brien||Joseph O'Brien||11/8 (fav)|
Ruler of the World
|Aidan O'Brien||Ryan Moore||7/1|
|Aidan O'Brien||Joseph O'Brien||8/13 (fav)|
How to bet on Epsom Derby
- Favourite backers have done well in recent seasons, with 3 of the last 5 jollies obliging.
- Aidan O’Brien usually has a strong hand, and he has the current market leader in Churchill.
- The son of Galileo is already a dual Group 1 winner, but there are stamina doubts in his pedigree for the trip of 1m4f.
- Coolmore sires have a wonderful record in the race, and Galileo and Montjeu are the ones to watch.
- 6 of the last 10 winners have been produced by those two stallions.
- Frankel is an exciting young sire, and his son Mirage Dancer could be worth backing.
- He won a 7f maiden at Doncaster on his only start last season in impressive fashion.
- His Green Desert dam is a half sister to the likes of Cacique, Banks Hill, Champs Elysees and Dansili.
- Champs Elysees was a Group 1 winner over 12f, so there is every chance he will get the trip.
- His trainer Sir Michael Stoute has a fine record in this race, winning it for the fifth time in 2010 with Workforce.
- We think the odds of 33/1 on Mirage Dancer with Ladbrokes are worth taking.
- Mirage Dancer is our ante-post each way selection for The Epsom Derby 2017.
EPSOM DERBY 2017 ANTE POST TIP: MIRAGE DANCER E/W @ 33/1 LADBROKES