ALL you need to know about the Investec Derby, one of Flat racing’s biggest races of the year
THE Derby is one of three Classics that form Flat racing’s Triple Crown.
Winners of the race include Sea The Stars, Galileo, Shergar, Nijinksy and Grundy.
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Last year, Dermot Weld’s Harzand was victorious and then went on to win the Irish equivalent.
Aidan O’Brien has a fantastic record in the race and has saddled five horses to win.
In 2012 O’Brien and his son Joseph became the first father-son/trainer-jockey combination to win the race with Camelot.
What is the Derby?
The Derby is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs. It is a Group 1 contest open to three-year-old colts and fillies, although fillies usually run in the Oaks which is run the day before.
The race takes place at Epsom racecourse in Surrey.
The first Derby was run in 1780.
The Derby is a tough test for both horse and jockey with the uniqueness of the track. Its tricky downhill bend catches horses out.
When is the 2017 Derby?
This year’s Derby takes place on June 3.
The race is due off at 4.30pm.
This year’s race is sponsored by Investec who have sponsored the race since 2009.
This year also saw the Epsom Hill rebranded to the Poundland Hill after Investec agreed a deal with Steinhoff International.
Who are Investec?
Investec is an international specialist banking and asset management group.
They provide a range of financial products and services to a client base in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia.
What TV channel is the Derby on?
You can watch the Derby on ITV for the first time this year after the channel snapped up broadcasting rights for racing – with Ed Chamberlin to host.
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Which horses are running?
At the moment, QIPCO 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill is the favourite for the race. However, he may not run.
The final field is yet to be declared but the home team looks likely to be headed by John Gosden’s Cracksman.
Aidan O’Brien will likely have a strong hand in the race and can choose from the likes of Churchill, Cliffs Of Moher, Venice Beach, Douglas Macarthur, Yucatan and Wings Of Eagles.
What are the latest Derby odds?
Latest Derby betting with Sun Bets
11-2 Cliffs Of Moher
9-1 Barney Roy
12-1 Crystal Ocean
14-1 Best Solution
14-1 Venice Beach
16-1 Mirage Dancer
20-1 Sir John Lavery