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The Epsom Derby is the most prestigious race in the world and the famous Group One has an illustrious roll of honour, featuring the likes of Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Shergar, Nashwan, Galileo and Sea The Stars.

We have expert Epsom Derby tips and all of the latest news ahead of this year's meeting as the nation's leading trainers target victory in the Classic.
The Derby is one of five classics that are the cornerstones of Flat racing in England, and is the second leg of the English Triple Crown, preceded by the 2,000 Guineas and followed by the St Leger. It has had a long and remarkable history, having first been run in 1780 and is flat racing's equivalent to the Aintree Grand National.

The Group 1 race is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and is run at Epsom Downs over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 metres). Witnessed by around 120,000 spectators at the racecourse and on the overlooking Epsom Downs hill, plus a tv audience of millions worldwide, it is the flat race that every owner, trainer and jockey want to win.

In its 230 year Epsom Derby history The Derby has provided plenty of storylines, some of them tragic, some dramatic, but all of them equally compelling. This year was no different, as winner Pour Moi came from last at Tattenham Corner to clinch a dramatic victory on the line - a performance reminiscent of Dancing Brave, both in the Derby (when second) and the Arc (when winning).

The 4-1 second favourite, who became the first French-trained winner since Empery in 1976, was ridden by teenage jockey Mickael Barzalona. The 19-year-old produced an ice-cool ride on a sweltering day and jubilantly stood in his riding irons as he passed the winning line in his first Derby ride. 

epsom derby expert tips

The whole nation loves a bet on the Derby and everyone seems to have their own method for making their selection.

For many it will be their only bet of the year and so their choice may be based on nothing more scientific than their lucky number, their house number, or the name of a friend or relative.

Similarly, the rather politically incorrect “housewives choice” is unlikely to emerge after long nights of studying the formbook, but will instead be a grey, or be based on the jockey or trainer like Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori or Sir Michael Stoute.

Believe it or not, however, as our trends section shows, it is possible to apply an element of science to the selection process and whilst, as the saying goes, there are lies, damn lies and statistics, it is hard to ignore certain of the historical trends.

The other thing to bear in mind if you intend to have a bet before the day of the big race is that, of the horses entered (see the entries), you need to try to find one that is guaranteed to make the line up. As always, well fancied horses will drop out right up to the day of the race due to injury, illness, loss of form etc. Horses not originally entered can also be subsequently supplemented for the races, at additional cost to their owners, creating a further conundrum for punters solve.

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