Dates: June 4 – June 5, 2021


Racecourse: Epsom Downs

Races: 7 races every day
The Epsom Derby Festival is a prestigious two-day meeting of vital importance for thoroughbred Flat racehorses held annually in early June. It contains the most important British Classic race, The Derby, with winners assured of a post-racing stud career. This meeting also contains The Oaks, a race over the same course and distance on Epsom Downs for fillies of the same age. These races being restricted to three-year-olds has always been the concept of continuing bloodlines of the best thoroughbreds. Here, we look at the Epsom Derby betting offers, race information and even give tips on the big race.

Will Epsom Derby go ahead this year?

The Epsom Derby 2021, run under the sponsorship of the Cazoo Derby for the first time, goes ahead in its regular scheduled slot in the annual British horse racing calendar. A limited number of spectators will be allowed on Epsom Downs to watch the premier Classic take place this year.

Epsom Derby 2021 Betting Offers

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About Epsom Derby

The Cazoo Derby Festival 2021 is set for Friday, 4 June and Saturday, 5 June. Taking place on Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, this is its traditional slot. Due to the delayed start of the Flat season last year, it was run in July. However, the Epsom Derby 2021 dates are back to normal now. The concept of racing three-year-old colts and fillies against each other to further the thoroughbred dates back to the Eighteenth Century. Neither the Epsom Derby nor The Oaks are the oldest Classic with that honour instead falling to the St Leger run up at Doncaster in Yorkshire. However, that race has greater significance and importance for the breeding of National Hunt types, because it is contested over a longer distance, rather that horses for the Flat.

Both The Derby and The Oaks are run over a mile-and-a-half with their winning horses expected to produce progeny that can excel in middle-distance races, drop back down to a mile or even step up into staying events. It can also be worth looking at beaten horses in either Classic who may have made late headway but lacked the speed to win with one eye on the St Leger later in the season.

The Epsom Derby race times always put the big races centre stage. This year is no different. The Epsom Derby 2021 is off at 4:30pm UK time with The Oaks taking place 24 hours earlier. You can learn all about other races at the meeting below.

Epsom Derby Offers

It is always worth your while looking out for Epsom Derby offers when betting. There are sure to be plenty of deals and promotions on throughout the festival. These may cover all the Epsom Derby races over the two days and not just the Classics.

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Epsom Derby Free Bets

You can end up with an Epsom Derby free bet in a variety of different ways, depending on the specific promos online bookies run during the Festival. There may be a money back if your horse finishes second (or third or fourth) deal on certain races. Such Epsom Derby betting offers may only pay out if the winner was the SP favourite, however, so always check terms and conditions.

If you are part of a Free Bet Club and you gamble the week before The Derby, then you will be able to use the bonuses that reward your loyalty on the Epsom races. This is always worth considering. Epsom Derby free bets are something you should try and make the most of. The great thing about them is that you can place wagers without risking your cash balance. While the stake is not returning with any winning made, you could make money for nothing if you pick the right horses.

Non Runner No Bet

An Epsom Derby non runner no bet (NRNB) guarantee should come into effect through all leading British and Irish bookmakers who offer betting on the race from the final declarations stage. That is roughly 48 hours ahead of the race. In relation to The Derby itself, this is the Thursday – the day before The Oaks and when the Derby Festival begins at Epsom.

Sometimes called non runner money back (NRMB), whatever the precise name of the bookmaker promotion, it guarantees you a run or your stake refunded in full. If, for any reason, a horse declared to run in the Epsom Derby doesn’t turn up and come under starters orders on the day, then you receive the amount you bet back. Everyone likes to have a run for their money but be aware you won’t get a NRNB or NRMB guarantee covering any ante post bets you’ve had on The Derby or The Oaks.

Best Odds Guaranteed

Speaking of guarantees, another of the almost universal Epsom Derby offers available is getting the best odds on the day of the big race. This is also called the Best Price Guaranteed (BPG). The Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG) means you never missed on a bigger starting price (SP) and is one reason to wait for the day rather than placing bets in advance. This could mean greater winnings and more profits. If you back an Epsom Derby horse under BOG terms at 5/1 and it is returned at 6/1, then your wager pays out at the bigger price. Rule 4 deductions may still apply to your bets, and different bookmakers bring the guarantee into force at different precise times. The best bookies will do so immediately following final declarations but for most it’s between 8am and 10am on the day of the race. Always check your wagers are covered by BOG/BPG.

Extra Places

Some Epsom Derby races have bigger fields than others. The more horses that turn up, then the more likely that event is to be down as an Extra Place race. Bookmakers want to attract each-way betting on contests like the Epsom Dash that have many runners and plenty in with chances. To give you every incentive to place a wager, paying out additional places for such bets is their tactic. Provided you pick out the right horses when extra places are on offer, then you can make small profits on your each-way punts. If fourth, fifth or even sixth place pays out, then that is something to get excited about. Bookies may even do this on the Classics themselves and not just the handicaps at the meeting if The Oaks and Derby attract fields of 12 or more runners. Keep your eyes peeled for these and other Epsom Derby betting offers available.

2021 Epsom Derby Festival day-by-day

There are more than just the Classics going on at the Epsom Derby races and its two-day festival. While everything builds up to the main events, the supporting cards always attract quality racehorses too. The Oaks and Epsom Derby start time are the same at 4:30pm BST on their respective days. See a day-by-day breakdown of all the action below.

Epsom Derby Oaks Day

Also known as Epsom Derby Ladies Day, the opening day of the Festival has seven races on the card. The events here range in distance from six furlongs up to a mile-and-a-half. Some of the races are also age-restricted such as the opener, the Woodcote Stakes, or only accept horses of a certain gender like The Oaks. There are three handicaps on the card, some with ratings ceilings on them, as well as conditions contests. Epsom Derby Oaks day contains two Group 1 events and three black type races. As well as the feature event, there is also the Coronation Cup for older horses and the Surrey Stakes, a Listed contest over seven furlongs for three-year-olds only. You can see the full order of running below:

  • 2:00 Woodcote Stakes (Class 2) for two-year-olds over six furlongs.
  • 2:35 Ebbisham Handicap (Class 2) for four-year-olds and up rated 0-105 over an extended mile.
  • 3:10 Coronation Cup (Group 1) for four-year-olds and up over a mile-and-a-half.
  • 3:45 Cazoo Handicap (Class 2) for four-year-olds and up over a mile-and-a-quarter.
  • 4:30 The Oaks (Group 1) for three-year-old fillies over a mile-and-a-half.
  • 5:10 Surrey Stakes (Listed) for three-year-olds over seven furlongs.
  • 5:40 Cazoo Derby Festival Handicap (Class 2) for three-year-olds and up rated 0-100 over seven furlongs.

Epsom Derby Day

There are again seven races on Epsom Derby day and all the action builds to the premier Classic. The Epsom Derby 2021 takes centre stage after two Group 3 races, the Princess Elizabeth Stakes for fillies and mares and the Diomed Stakes both over an extended mile, are run. Around these black type events are four handicaps including the Epsom Dash. That is one of the most popular Epsom Derby betting heats at the entire meeting. A sprint over the flying five furlongs with Heritage Handicap status, other contests on the card are run over a mile-and-a-quarter, a mile-and-a-half and six furlongs. You can view the full race schedule for Epsom Derby day itself here:

  • 2:00 World Pool At The tote Handicap (Class 2) for three-year-olds rated 0-105 over a mile-and-a-quarter.
  • 2:35 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Group 3) for three-year-old fillies and mares and up over an extended mile.
  • 3:10 Diomed Stakes (Group 3) for three-year-olds and up over an extended mile.
  • 3:45 Epsom Dash (Heritage Handicap) for three-year-olds and up over five furlongs.
  • 4:30 The Derby (Group 1) for three-year-old colts and fillies over a mile-and-a-half.
  • 5:15 Northern Dancer Handicap (Class 2) for four-year-olds and up rated 0-105 over a mile-and-a-half.
  • 5:50 Tokyo Trophy Handicap (Class 2) for four-year-olds and up rated 0-105 over six furlongs.

Epsom Derby Top Races and Tips

The top races as listed above are the Epsom Oaks 2021 and The Derby. These attract top three-year-old thoroughbred fillies and colts, so it’s worth looking at the Classics in more detail and knowing the top runners.

Cazoo Oaks 2021

Either Newmarket handler John Gosden or Irish master trainer Aidan O’Brien has won each running of The Oaks from 2014 onwards. As the former doesn’t appear to have a superstar filly the calibre of Taghrooda (2014), Enable (2017) or Anapurna (2019), Ballydoyle maestro O’Brien has strong claims of a ninth winner of this Classic, according to the betting.

The ante post favourite for the Epsom Oaks 2021 is Santa Barbara, who finished fourth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on just her second career start. A filly by Camelot, she won a Curragh mile maiden on racecourse debut last autumn. O’Brien had such faith in Santa Barbara that he pitched her straight into Classic company on her reappearance despite such inexperience. She ran green in the 1000 Guineas and was outpaced in the closing stages, but if coming on for the run is bred to get a lot further.

O’Brien has won four of the last six renewals of this race with Qualify (2015), Minding (2016), Forever Together (2018) and course recordholder Love (2020). Another of his hopes for the Cazoo Oaks 2021 is Snowfall. Despite only winning one of seven starts as a juvenile, this regally bred daughter of Japanese sire Deep Impact left all her two-year-old form behind her when making all and winning the Group 3 Musidora Stakes over an extended mile-and-a-quarter at York under a fine ride from Ryan Moore. The way in which Snowfall ran on strongly suggests she will get even further, so should be taken seriously.

Cazoo Derby 2021

O’Brien again has horses prominent in the betting on the Epsom Derby 2021 in Bolshoi Ballet and High Definition. The former is a progressive type who has won two of Ireland’s recognised Classic trials in the spring. Bolshoi Ballet is unbeaten in three starts at Leopardstown first winning his maiden there as a juvenile. He has since stepped up on that form with victories in the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. The only concern about the ante-post favourite is successful Epsom Derby horses have often proven already themselves overseas, and Bolshoi Ballet is yet to win outside of the Emerald Isle.

As O’Brien is also an eight-time winner this, including three of the last four runnings with Wings of Eagles (2017), Anthony Van Dyck (2019) and Serpentine (2020), it could also pay to look beyond the stable’s first choice. Many of those Ballydoyle trained Epsom Derby winners weren’t favourites, so it would be foolish to discount High Definition. Winner of the Group 2 Beresford Stakes as a juvenile, he was an eye-catching third in the Dante Stakes at York on reappearance when making late headway. If coming on for that run, then High Definition could have plenty to offer over further.

The only recent Derby winner not trained by O’Brien was Masar in 2018. There looks as though there could be a Classic hero in this year’s Epsom line-up courtesy of Mac Swiney. Trained by Jim Bolger in Ireland, this New Approach colt won the Group 1 Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on his final start at two. After not firing behind Bolshoi Ballet on his return, Mac Swiney dropped back in distance for the Irish 2000 Guineas and relished the testing ground. If the going comes up soft, then he has a chance.

2021 Epsom Derby FAQ

Has Epsom Derby 2021 been cancelled?

Absolutely not. The Epsom Derby 2021 and entire Derby Festival goes ahead this year with a limited crowd of racegoers at the track.

What date is Epsom Derby 2021?

The Epsom Derby 2021 dates have the race taking place at 4:30pm UK time on Saturday, 5 June.

Will Epsom Derby 2021 have spectators?

Yes, there will be some spectators at the Epsom Derby 2021. This is likely to be owners and trainers of the racehorses running there, and a ballot of annual members of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

What are the biggest races at the Derby Festival?

The biggest races of the Derby Festival are the Coronation Cup for four-year-olds and up and Epsom Oaks for three-year-old fillies on the first day. On the second day of the meeting, meanwhile, the feature contests are the Princess Elizabeth Stakes and the Diomed Stakes both over an extended mile, and the Epsom Derby for three-year-old colts and fillies.

What day is the Epsom Oaks?

The Epsom Oaks 2021 takes place at 4:30pm UK time on Friday, 4 June. The race is usually held on the first Friday in June but can be on the last one in May.