It’s almost time… — here’s the full run down of this year’s Epsom Derby runners and riders: who is your pick?

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  • Tomorrow (Saturday 5 June), some of the greatest three-year-old Flat racehorses will do battle in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom. Here’s the full list of Epsom Derby runners and riders who will be lining up. Who is your pick to win?

    Epsom Derby runners

    Horse: Bolshoi Ballet | Jockey: Ryan Moore | Place bet: 11/10
    Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
    Verdict: Heads the market following impressive wins in Group Three Ballysax Stakes and Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, both over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown. He is all the rage to provide trainer O’Brien with a record ninth victory in this premier Classic.

    Mohaafeth | Jockey: Jim Crowley | Place bet: 13/2
    William Haggas
    Verdict: Has impressed with three wins this season. He landed a Listed event at Newmarket easily last time out. Is best-suited to quick ground.

    John Leeper | Jockey: Frankie Dettori | Place bet: 7/1
    Ed Dunlop
    Verdict: Lots to like about his two wins this year, including a smooth success at Newmarket and he is respected.

    Mac Swiney | Jockey: K J Manning | Place bet: 7/1
    Jim Bolger
    Verdict: Winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Looks a serious each-way player.

    Hurricane Lane | Jockey: William Buick | Place bet: 9/1
    Charlie Appleby
    Verdict: Knuckled down gamely to win the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York.

    Third Realm | Jockey: Andrea Atzeni | Place bet: 14/1
    Roger Varian
    Verdict: Lingfield Derby Trial winner. He has continued to surprise all season, but might prefer slower ground here.

    Southern Lights | Jockey: D P McDonogh | Place bet: 20/1
    Joseph O’Brien
    Verdict: Sixth to Bolshoi Ballet in the Derrinstown at Leopardstown. He needs a career best to be in the reckoning here.

    One Ruler | Jockey: James Doyle | Place bet: 28/1
    Charlie Appleby
    Verdict: He finished second in Group One company. He remains unexposed over a trip like this and is interesting.

    Adayar | Jockey: Adam Kirby | Place bet: 40/1
    Charlie Appleby
    Verdict: Has finished second on both of his starts this season, which included a runner-up effort in the Lingfield Derby Trial, but he looks like he will be more of a pacemaker for his two stablemates.

    Gear Up | Jockey: Ben Curtis | Place bet: 40/1
    Mark Johnston
    Verdict: A Group One winner in France last year, but finished a disappointing fifth in the Dante at York. He comes into this race with questions to answer.

    Youth Spirit | Jockey: Tom Marquand | Place bet: 40/1
    Andrew Balding
    Verdict: This horse’s stamina is assured following victory at Goodwood over this trip last time. He could surprise here.

    Mojo Star | Jockey: David Egan | Place bet: 150/1
    Richard Hannon
    Verdict: Has finished second in two minor events — this looks like a big asked.

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    How can I watch the Epsom Derby?

    ITV Racing will be showing the Epsom Derby live on the main ITV channel when the race gets underway at 4.30pm on Saturday 5 June.

    What is the prize money for winning?

    The winner of the 2021 Epsom Derby will take home £637,988.

    Recent Derby winners

    The complete list of Derby winners dates all the way back to 1780, but here are the three-year-old colts who were first past the post during the past five years.

    2020: Serpentine, ridden by Emmet McNamara, trained by Aidan O’Brien and owned by Magnier/Tabor/Smith
    2019: Anthony Van Dyck, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, trained by Aidan O’Brien and owned by Magnier/Tabor/Smith
    2018: Masar, ridden by William Buick, trained by Charlie Appleby and owned by Godolphin
    2017: Wings Of Eagles, ridden by Padraig Beggy trained by Aidan O’Brien and owned by Magnier/Tabor/Smith
    2016: Harzanad, ridden by Pat Smullen, trained by Dermot Weld and owned by Aga Kahn IV

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