The Epsom Derby — called simply The Derby in racing circles — is taking place during the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 1-2 June 2018.
The Epsom Derby was first held in 1780 at the Oaks Estate, and derived its name from the host, the 12th Earl of Derby. It is one of five Group One Classics held in Britain each year. The other Classics are the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, run at Newmarket in late April or early May, the Oaks at Epsom and the St Leger, which is held at Doncaster in September. Winning three of these races is described as the Triple Crown.
The Derby is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, although few fillies contest the race. This is because they have their own Classic, the Oaks, which is restricted to just fillies. The Derby covers a distance of one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 metres).