The Investec Derby is not just a highlight of the racing year, but also the sporting year and we have the latest odds right here!
And to clarify, the Investec Derby is also widely known as the Epsom Derby as it is held at Epsom Racecourse. The two-day event attracts more than 125,000 racegoers and is the largest one day crowd to attend a sporting event anywhere in the country.
The meeting hosts two classic races, the Oaks on Friday and on Saturday the world-famous Investec Derby. The British Oaks is one of three races, including the 1000 guineas and St Leger, which make up the fillies Triple Crown.
Some of the world’s best three-year-old fillies will compete for a prize worth £425,000. The last filly to win the Triple Crown was the Henry Cecil trained Oh So Sharp back in 1985.
The race has inspired lots of similar events worldwide, including the Irish Oaks and the Oaks d’Italia, however, the British Oaks is still regarded as the most prestigious.
Friday is also Ladies’ day when you can expect an eye-catching mix of the latest fashion trends. Saturday is the big one, it’s Derby day and while worldwide there are a number of races incorporating the name Derby, the British version is considered to be the ‘Blue Riband’ event and the most coveted prize in horse racing.
It is the UK’s most valuable horse race and is worth £1.5 million in prize money. However, as a caveat to that, the prize fund was dramatically cut by nearly 50% for 2020.
Due to the lockdown, racing was held behind closed doors. So with no racegoers, the earnings were far less. Rather than have no race, everybody agreed to just cut the prize money and still run the race.
Investec Derby Past Winners
In the past, the Derby has been won by such horse racing legends as Shergar, Nijinsky and Mill Reef. The 2020 winner was Serpentine, who surprised everyone winning at 25/1! Trained by Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien, Serpentine ran a blinder of a race and at one point was 15 lengths ahead of his competition.
Ridden by jockey Emmet McNamara, it was one of the most comprehensive Derby wins in recent history. It was also O’Brien’s eighth win the race. The legendary trainer also won with Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014), Wings of Eagles (2017) and Anthony Van Dyck (2019).
So can he make it nine in 2021?
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are already ante-post odds for the Investec Derby 2021. While it may be some time off, it does give us an insight into who could run a very good race. Betting on it may seem like a good idea with such long odds, but remember, none of these horses have even been entered.
The entries won’t be announced until next year and who knows what could happen between now and then.
|Paddy Power OUTRIGHT WINNER Odds applicable as of 06/08/2020|
|Battleground||20/1||Master Of The Seas||20/1||Etonian||33/1|
|Maximal||40/1||Mohawk King||50/1||Seventh Kingdom||50/1|
|Hudson River||50/1||Harvard||50/1||High Definition||50/1|
|Blue For You||50/1||Cadillac||50/1||Knight Salute||50/1|