The 2017 Epsom Derby will see some of the the leading three-year-old colts take their place in the Classic and as always it is shaping up to be a brilliant race as the best in the business descend on the downs.
Any number of horses are being backed for the big race at the moment with the race looking wide open. The John Gosden trained Cracksman is towards the head of the Derby Odds, whilst the same can be said of Eminent who impressed at the Breakfast with the Stars morning at Epsom and will run for Martyn Meade.
Other Epsom Derby Runners this year include a number of Aidan O'Brien entries with the likes of Cliffs Of Moher and Yucatan holding high reputations going into the contest.
The Epsom Derby is one of the oldest and most famous horse races in the World and is the most popular flat race in the English Racing calendar and Epsom Derby betting is one of the busiest days of the year for bookmakers across the country. Dating back to 1661 it takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse on the first Saturday in June each year and is the third classic of the English Flat Racing season. Run over a distance of 1mile 4 furlongs, the race tests the athleticism and pedigree of the best three year old thoroughbred colts from across Europe and it is no surprise with a prize fund of over £1.25 million up for grabs.
Down the years, many famous Derby Runners have entered the Epsom winners enclosure with names such as 2009 winner, Sea The Stars, Nijinsky, Nashwan, Galileo and the the brilliant Shergar all coming home first in this Group One Classic.
Betting is synonymous with the Epsom Derby as millions of people look to increase their interest in this fantastic sporting spectacle with a bet and hopefully making some money in the process by backing the winner and such is the competitive nature of the race, Derby odds tend to be competitive, giving the punters plenty of opportunities to find some value bets.
Trying to find the winner of the Epsom Derby is a tricky assignment for even the best form students with so many factors and unknowns to take in to consideration. Assessing the best form of these three year olds' is getting more difficult every year and its not making betting on the Epsom Derby any easier. In the past there was the many trials leading up to the race which gave a big guide as to which horse was at the top of its' game and had trained don well from its two year old season the previous year.
However, what is happening more often is that the main trainers are doing most of their preparation at home and not running in the Derby trials, with many opting for just the one prep race or in many cases sending their horses straight to Epsom. In our Epsom Derby Form review we will be giving as much latest news to assist in selecting the winner as possible from the pick of the two year old form through to the leading fancies based on known form from the early season trials right through to the pedigree of the winners as many are the progeny of previous Derby winners.
When suggesting an Epsom Derby Bet, make sure you consider the leading fancies from the top stables as they have a great record in the race and know that once again will been sending their best runners to take their chance in the race. This will help draw up your shortlist and you could do worse than concentrate on the Michael Stoute and Aidan O'Brien runners, both of whom having won the race between them a number of times in the last few years. For a more detailed overview of picking the Derby winner just view our Epsom Derby Tips.
Epsom Downs Racecourse is the home of the Derby and the race has been run there since 1661. A fantastic racing venue and one steeped in history it is the one venue that leading jockeys, trainers and owners will all aspire to win at.
The course itself is a very challenging left handed undulating track with many bends and a run in of four furlongs which makes it one of the toughest tests in the world of flat racing.