The Epsom Derby is the biggest and most prestigious flat course horse race in England and—arguably--the entire world. Known around the world as the 'Epsom Derby' it's official name is 'The Derby Stakes' and is referred to by many British fans as simply 'The Derby'. It's currently sponsored by financial giant Investec making its current 'official name' 'The Investec Derby' but we'll keep things simple and refer to it as 'The Epsom Derby'.


The Epsom Derby is held every June at Epsom Downs race track in Surrey and is open to 3 year old colts and fillies. It is run on a turf track that is just over a mile and four furlongs in length (2,423 meters). It is the middle race in the British Triple Crown preceded by the 2,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse and followed by the St. Leger Stakes at Town Moor in Doncaster, Yorkshire. The English version of the Triple Crown has produced fewer winners in the past 100 than its US counterpart and, in fact, is seldom attempted any more. 15 horses have won the Triple Crown but only two have done so since 1918 with the last winner Nijinsky coming in 1970. Only two Epsom Derby winners since 1987 have even entered the St. Leger Stakes including two horses that had won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. In modern times it's more common for the winner of the Epsom Derby to head out of the country to compete in events like the Breeders' Cup in the United States and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France.


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The Epsom Derby is arguably the most historically significant horse race in the world. It was first run in 1780 and has been contested annually at Epsom with the exception of the First and Second World Wars. The race was held at Newcastle from 1915 to 1918 and from 1940 to 1945. For many years the race was part of a larger festival called the Epsom Fair but that tradition began to die out after WW II. The fairground was eventually closed in 2009 after many years of declining attendance. The Derby, meanwhile, continued to grow in popularity throughout its history. It would inspire similar racing events all over the world, most notably the Kentucky Derby in the United States. In fact, since the creation of Churchill Downs was inspired by founder Merriweather Clark Lewis' visit to Epson Downs it's not a stretch to say that the Epsom Derby was a catalyst of the entire United States horse racing industry.


Like any horse race, there are a number of important factors to consider before placing your Epsom Derby bets. In marked contrast to the US Kentucky Derby the race has been dominated in recent years by the betting favorites. There have been three winners at odds of 100/1 but none since 1913. 15 of the last 16 winners of the Epsom Derby were in the top four betting propositions. Additionally, 15 of the last 16 winners went off at post time odds of 7/1 or shorter including 2013 winner Ruler of the World at 7/1. As is the case with the Kentucky Derby in the US the quality of a horse's prep races is also a crucial component in successful Epsom Derby betting. 10 of the last 16 Epsom Derby winners ran in a Group 1 or Group 2 race in their previous start (roughly analogous to the US Graded Stakes system). 36 Epson Derby winners also won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the season with Sea the Stars in 2009 being the most recent.


US horse racing enthusiasts are mindful of a horse's connections and background when handicapping a race and that's no different when you bet on the Epsom Derby. Of particular note in recent years is the strong performance of Irish bred race horses in the Epsom Derby—11 of the last 16 winners have been Irish bred including 2013 winner Ruler of the World. Pedigree is also a significant component of the handicap as 42 Epsom Derby winners have been sired by previous winners.