Great Britain has a rich history with horse racing and in early June, the whole world will be watching the Investec Epsom Derby as a field of elite colts and fillies do battle for one of sport’s most prestigious prizes.
The Epsom Derby is a long-standing tradition in Britain that takes place on the first Saturday of June, with the annual event starting way back in 1780. In 2014, it was Joseph O’Brien who successfully guided Australia to victory to make it four wins on the spin for owners Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier, who had previously seen Pour Moi, Camelot and Ruler of the World claim the spoils.
Once again, the 2015 Epsom Derby race is set to be a phenomenal highlight in the horse racing calendar. Better still, it could be a great opportunity to win big on the betting markets.
Roll on June 6.
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Epsom Derby – Britain’s Richest Flat Race
Not only is the Epsom Derby Britain’s oldest and biggest flat race, it is also the richest with a total over £1.25 million up for grabs – placing it above the likes of other high profiled events such as the King George VI and St Leger Stakes.
Naturally with such high stakes to play for, the event at Surrey is also a hotbed of activity with both bookies and exchange markets alike.
One Of The Classics
The Epsom Derby’s standing within the racing calendar is underlined by the fact it is one of the five classics, additionally forming the second leg of the Triple Crown.
A crowd of up to 120,000 will be packed into the Epsom Downs racecourse for the esteemed Group 1 flat race, which carries a distance of just over one mile and four furlongs. Meanwhile, the worldwide appeal of this race will see millions tuned into television and radio coverage.
In fact, the entire meeting is an incredible feast of top class flat racing. The supporting cast of races is led by the Epsom Oaks, an equally fascinating event reserved exclusively for fillies, so expect to see plenty of excitement during the build up.
Quite simply, this is an event not to be missed by any fan of the GGs.
Epsom Derby Betting Promotions
Betting on horses is big business and the Epsom Derby is easily one of the stand out events of the year. Subsequently, we can expect to see plenty of betting promotions and offers from various bookmakers in the days leading up to it.
Punters are advised to keep their eyes peeled for special concessions such as ‘money back specials’ or ‘insurance bets’ that will increase chances of netting tidy profit from the prestigious event.
The arena of online betting will be awash with tempting offers as competing firms battle for trade. You’d be a fool not to take advantage.
2015 Epsom Derby Betting
The initial entry of this year’s race consisted of 409 potential runners but was whittled down to 102 by March’s first scratching date. That number will decrease further before the June 6 meeting.
Having trained the three past winning horses, it seems almost inevitable that Aidan O’Brien will be celebrating another triumph as the favourites list is dominated by O’Brien trained thoroughbreds. One that stands out as potential value for an early punt is John F Kennedy.
Tip: John F Kennedy to win. 8/1 with Coral
The Tabor-Magnier owned horse certainly comes from good stock, having been sired by a former winner of this race in Gallileo.
John F Kennedy suffered a shock defeat at the Ballysax Stakes by losing out to Success Days. His odds have consequently stretched from 6/1 to 8/1, but those connected with the horse still have high hopes for the three-year-old who is bidding to follow in the steps of fellow Galileo offspring Australia and Ruler of the World by becoming the 2015 Derby champion.
If you’re thinking about backing John F Kennedy, now is the perfect timing.