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
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.
Mac Swiney | Jockey: K J Manning | Place bet: 7/1
Verdict: Winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Looks a serious each-way player.
Hurricane Lane | Jockey: William Buick | Place bet: 9/1
Verdict: Knuckled down gamely to win the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York.
Third Realm | Jockey: Andrea Atzeni | Place bet: 14/1
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
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
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
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
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.
Mojo Star | Jockey: David Egan | Place bet: 150/1
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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