Epsom Tips – Best Bets for every meeting at Epsom

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Epsom Oaks Tips

Aidan O’Brien is the leading trainer in the Oaks in recent years, Love providing him with an eighth victory in 2020. He has several exciting prospects for 2021 as he seeks a fifth victory in seven seasons.

Santa Barbara is prominent in Oaks ante-post betting lists after winning her maiden at the Curragh in September. She is by O’Brien’s dual Classic winner Camelot out of an unraced Danehill mare. Queen’s Speech, a daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has a similar profile after winning by five lengths at the same track in November.

One of the highlights of the Irish racing season in 2020 was the rivalry between O’Brien’s Shale and son Joseph’s Pretty Gorgeous. The latter levelled the score at two apiece with victory in the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October. They could renew rivalry in the 1000 Guineas, although neither is bred to stay the Oaks trip.

John Gosden is the only trainer to interrupt O’Brien’s dominance with three victories in the last seven years. His best hope would appear to be May Hill Stakes winner Indigo Girl, runner-up in the Fillies’ Mile on her final start of the season.

Epsom Racecourse Guide

Epsom’s unique twists and turns make it the ultimate test of the thoroughbred. It is a switchback track of just over a mile and a half with an uphill climb followed by a turning descent back towards the home straight. The natural camber of the course tends to take horses towards the far rail up the straight before meeting a steep rise in the final furlong.

The five furlong track is the fastest in the world with Stone Of Folca clocking a record 53.69 seconds in the Epsom Dash in 2012. Epsom tips should note that high numbers have a slight advantage in big fields and the stands’ side rail is favoured when the going rides soft.

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Epsom Oaks

The 12th Earl of Derby created the Oaks in 1780, one year before The Derby was run for the first time. The Oaks is the second fillies’ Classic race the season following the one-mile 1000 Guineas. It is over the Derby distance of a mile and a half. The Fillies’ Triple Crown is completed by the St Leger with Oh So Sharp being the last filly to win all three Classics in 1985. Other notable Oaks winners include Sun Princess (1983), Salsabil (1990), Ouija Board (2004) and Enable (2017).

One of the most famous Oaks winners was Dunfermline in 1977, owned by Her Majesty The Queen. She went on to defeat subsequent dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Alleged in the St Leger. Aidan O’Brien has dominated the Oaks in recent years, Love taking his tally to eight in 2020 and setting a record time for the race in the process.

Epsom Coronation Cup

The Group 1 Coronation Cup takes place on Oaks Day and is for four-year-olds and upwards over a mile and a half. Aidan O’Brien is the leading trainer in the history of the race with eight winners, three of them provided by St Nicholas Abbey (2011, 2012 and 2013).

Petite Etoile (1960 and 1961), Triptych (1987 and 1988) and Warrsan (2003 and 2004) all won two Coronation Cups. Other famous winners include Park Top (1969), Mill Reef (1972), Time Charter (1984), Cirrus des Aigles (2014) and Highland Reel (2017).

Epsom Derby

Epsom is synonymous with The Derby, the premier English Classic and the race after which all other “Derby” races are named. The Derby is held over a mile and a half in early June and is the second leg of the English Triple Crown. The 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket and the St Leger over a mile and three-quarters at Doncaster make up the Classic treble, last achieved by Nijinsky in 1970. The Triple Crown is rarely attempted these days, although Aidan O’Brien’s Camelot won the first two legs before finishing second in the 2012 St Leger.

Diomed won the inaugural running in 1780 and many of the great names of the turf have been made at Epsom. Pinza was a popular winner in 1953, providing the great Sir Gordon Richards with his long awaited Derby winner on his 27th and final attempt. Many believe that the brilliant French colt Sea Bird (1965) was the greatest ever Derby winner while Shergar (1981) set a record winning margin of 10 lengths. Other famous names to grace the Epsom turf include Mill Reef (1971), Troy (1979), Nashwan (1989) and Sea The Stars (2009). 

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Pedigree clues for Classic winners

Pedigree is regarded as something of a specialist subject but it can be a valuable tool for punters, never more so than when assessing the Derby and Oaks contenders. Many of the favourites in the Epsom Classic betting are unproven over the distance, some stepping up as much as half a mile from the Guineas meeting. You do not need to become an expert overnight but it is certainly worth reading the well-informed opinion of pedigree specialists, often freely available online. Many Guineas winners have started favourite at Epsom but failed to stay the trip.

Study Trials for Classic races

While the Guineas is still regarded as the most obvious race for classic clues, there are numerous trials in the early part of the season. There are particularly informative trials at Chester, Lingfield and York from a mile and a quarter up to a mile and a half. Aidan O’Brien has been dominant in these trials in recent years as he shuffles his pack for Epsom. Make a note of horses finishing strongly without having too hard a race.

Take advantage of Derby Free Bet Offers

Most leading bookmakers provide excellent Epsom Free Bets for new customers and this is a great time to open a new account. Make sure that you check the terms and conditions for your Epsom free bets as some bookmakers’ state that they must be placed within a relatively short time period. Epsom Derby offers include price boosts for the big race favourite and enhanced each-way betting terms.

Bet “Non-Runner – No Bet” on Epsom Derby

Some Bookmakers offer “non-runner – no bet” terms in advance of the Derby. This means that your stake will be refunded if your selection does not run. Ante-post bets on non-runners are not refunded so do check with your bookmaker when placing your Derby bet.


When do you release Epsom Derby tips?

Our Epsom Derby tips are released the day before the big race. Our experts will also be posting ante-post Derby tips and previews well in advance of the Derby meeting.

When do we release today’s Epsom Tips?

We publish our Epsom Tips Today as soon as possible to give you time to access the best early prices, typically the evening before racing.

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What date is the Epsom Derby 2021?

The Epsom Derby 2021 will take place on Saturday 5th June. It is the highlight of the 2-day festival which opens with Ladies’ Day on Friday 4th June, featuring the Oaks and the Coronation Cup.

Will Epsom have a crowd in 2021?

Crowds at all sporting events are subject to the current government advice regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic. You can register your interest for the Epsom Derby Festival 2021 on the official Jockey Club website and will be notified as soon as tickets become available.