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Epsom Derby Tips

Jon's Ante-Post SelectionsMADHMOONGET 14/1 HERE
Brian's Derby SelectionBANGKOKGET 9/1 HERE

2019 Epsom Derby Previews

Jon's Derby Tips

Legendary trainer, Kevin Prendergast stated before the Guineas that MADHMOON'S performance in that Classic would dictate whether he would head to Epsom or not. Following a fourth-place finish, Prendergast stated that it would be all systems go for the Derby and this multiple Classic winning trainer wouldn’t send Madhmoon to Epsom if he wasn’t sure he was a stayer.

The track at Epsom should suit Madhmoon much better than the Rowley Mile. Leopardstown, like Epsom, is a turning left-handed track Prendergast’s charge showed a great liking to last season, comfortably seeing off Broome to win the Group Two Champion Juvenile Stakes back in September. Yes, Madhmoon has been defeated twice since then, but he was nabbed by a race-fit rival over seven furlongs on soft ground on his reappearance and that run in the Guineas was extremely encouraging.

READ: Jon's full Derby preview and a second 16/1 tip...

Brian's Derby Tip

Improving Telecaster represents the Dante form, having ended Too Darn Hot’s winning record, and Hughie Morrison’s charge can post a big run; but BANGKOK had his measure when the pair met at Doncaster earlier in the season, and Andrew Balding’s charge stepped up on that performance to win the Bet 365 Classic Trial in impressive fashion next time at Sandown.

The Australia colt only needed to be pushed out by Sylvestre De Sousa on that occasion, and there is surely plenty of further improvement to come especially over this longer trip which ought to suit. He travelled powerfully at Sandown before showing a good turn of speed to readily assert, and he can make his presence felt for his in-form yard.

Strictly on the book, he does have something to find with a few of these, but he looked very progressive last time out and every chance he can find further improvement to feature prominently here.

READ: Brian's full Derby preview...

2019 Epsom Derby Final Field

*Number. NAME (draw) rating, trainer, jockey, best current odds*

1. ANTHONY VAN DYCK (7) 118, Aidan O'Brien, Seamie Heffernan (7/1 BetVictor)
2. BANGKOK (12) 104, Andrew Balding, Silvestre De Sousa (9/1 Ladbrokes)
3. BROOME (8) 114, Aidan O'Brien, Donnacha O'Brien (9/2 Unibet)
4. CIRCUS MAXIMUS (5) 110, Aidan O'Brien, Frankie Dettori (20/1 BetVictor)
5. HIROSHIMA (3) 87, John Ryan, Brett Doyle (250/1 William Hill)
6. HUMANITARIAN (9) 95, John Gosden, Robert Havlin (100/1 Ladbrokes)
7. JAPAN (11) 111, Aidan O'Brien, Wayne Lordan (10/1 Unibet)
8. LINE OF DUTY (1) 114, Charlie Appleby, James Doyle (33/1 BetVictor)
9. MADHMOON (6) 113, Kevin Prendergast, Chris Hayes (11/1 Ladbrokes)
10. NORWAY (10) 104, Aidan O'Brien, Jamie Spencer (40/1 William Hill)
11. SIR DRAGONET (13) 115, Aidan O'Brien, Ryan Moore (3/1 Ladbrokes)
12. SOVEREIGN (4) 105, Aidan O'Brien, Padraig Beggy (100/1 Unibet)
13. TELECASTER (2) 115, Hughie Morrison, Oisin Murphy (11/2 Unibet)

Odds correct as of 31/5/19

2019 Derby Trials Results

Blue Ribband Trial (Epsom)CAPE OF GOOD HOPEGET 33/1 HERE
Ballysax Stakes (Leopardstown)BROOMEGET 7/1 HERE
Classic Trial (Sandown)BANGKOKGET 16/1 HERE
Feilden Stakes (Newmarket)KICK ONNo Derby entry...
Craven Stakes (NewmarketSKARDUNo Derby entry...
2000 Guineas (Newmarket)MAGNA GRECIANo Derby entry...
Chester Vase (Chester)SIR DRAGONETGET 7/2 HERE
Dee Stakes (Chester)CIRCUS MAXIMUSGET 20/1 HERE
Lingfield Derby Trial (Lingfield)ANTHONY VAN DYCKGET 8/1 HERE
Derrinstown Stud Trial (Leopardstown)BROOMEGET 7/1 HERE
Dante Stakes (York)TELECASTERGET 7/1 HERE
Cocked Hat Stakes (Goodwood)PRIVATE SECRETARYNo Derby entry...

The Epsom Derby

The Epsom Derby is the blue riband race for the thoroughbred flat racing horse. Held at Epsom Downs each June, the Derby is a Group One over 1m4f for three-year-old colts and fillies. It is the fourth classic contest of the season, preceded by the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks, and is the second leg of the Triple Crown. 

The Derby is Britain’s richest race and the most prestigious of the five classic’s. A prize fund of over £1.3 million ensures the contest is the grandest of the season and one in which is viewed by millions around the world. It is widely-regarded as Britain’s biggest race-day and has become one of the nation’s greatest yearly occasions.

The Epsom Derby has welcomed some of the world’s very best thoroughbred racehorses throughout its rich history. The contest is not only a momentous occasion for horse and connections, but the Derby also stands as a pivotal contest for the breeding industry. Victors of the Epsom classic routinely move on to enjoy lucrative careers at stud as leading stallions. The great Galileo, winner of the 2001 Derby, has progressed to become Britain and Ireland’s top stallion. Fellow Derby victors Sea The Stars and New Approach have also cemented their position in the breeding ranks with many more expected to do so in the future.

Many of the world’s leading operations including Coolmore and Darley specifically target the Epsom Derby as the centre-point of a thoroughbreds breeding careers. Winning the lucrative 1m4f classic catapults a horse’s worth at stud and in turn increases the revenue each breeding establishment generates.

Winning the Epsom Derby is not a straightforward task, however. The Surrey setting is renowned for being one of Europe’s most unique tracks and requires a certain mixture of attributes to succeed.

"The World's Most Prestigious Race"

Epsom Derby day is also a fantastic celebration of British tradition and fashion. A number of Royal family members, including Her Majesty The Queen, routinely make the trip to the Surrey track each year for the flat season’s premier race. Celebrities from all industries follow thousands of enthusiastic racegoers in experiencing a part of the day’s unparalleled atmosphere.

Every year the Epsom Downs are made open to the general public who can enjoy the leading horse racing action for free whilst indulging in the day’s traditional family fair entertainment. Record suggests over 100,000 in total descend upon Epsom for their showcase afternoon and each play a major role in cementing the Derby’s position as one of the country’s leading yearly events.

The incredible combination of Europe’s best thoroughbred flat racing, rich British tradition and leading fashion
 and entertainment makes the Epsom a sporting event like no other. Its prominent position in the sports calendar showcases its importance as the three-year-old colts and fillies seek to cement further memories in the race’s long-standing history.

Famous Derby Winners

Epsom Derby winners tend to become well-known beyond the sphere of UK horse racing. The Epsom Derby was the most famous race that Shergar won (by a record ten lengths in 1981) before the horse's 'mysterious' disappearance in 1983. Other well-known Derby winners include Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Grundy, The Minstrel and Commander in Chief.

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