Epsom Derby

The Epsom Derby 2023 — called simply The Derby in racing circles — is taking place during at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 3 June, while millions will be tuning in from around the world to watch the Epsom Derby on TV and online.

When is the 2023 Derby at Epsom?

The 2023 Epsom Derby gets underway at 1.30pm on Saturday 3 June, 2023. It is running at an earlier time than usual to avoid clashing with the FA Cup Final later in the afternoon.

How much does it cost to go to the Epsom Derby?

While The Derby is one of the most prestigious events on the racing calendars, tickets to attend the racecourse to watch the famous race on Saturday 3 June can cost as little as £30 per person for the ticketed enclosure on The Hill, up to from £160 per person in the Queen Elizabeth II enclosure, which has a strict dress code. There are also hospitality packages available, ranging from Picnic packages starting at £300 per person up to £939 per person for tickets into the Down View suite with luxury entertaining.

Is Epsom Derby free entry?

Yes, you can be part of this historic event without paying for an admission ticket. Pedestrian access to The Hill is available on Derby day free of charge. Alternatively you can chose to pay £30 for access to the Family Festival ticketed enclosure on The Hill, which includes a stage, activity zone, food village and more.

Which horses can race in the Derby at Epsom?

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. Only entire male horses are eligible – geldings may not take part.

Has a filly ever won the Derby?

Six fillies have won the Derby, but none since Fifinella in 1916, who also won the Oaks. The most recent filly to run in the race was 1,000 Guineas winner Cape Verdi in 1998. She started as 11/4 favourite, but could only finish ninth.

How long is the Derby race at Epsom?

The Derby at Epsom covers a distance of one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 metres).

Who won the 2022 Derby?

Desert Crown provided 33-year-old British jockey Richard Kingscote with his first Epsom Derby victory in 2022. Trained by Newmarket-based Sir Michael Stoute, the 5/2 favourite Desert Crown never looked like he was going to lose and ultimately won comfortably by two-and-a-half lengths. This performance saw Saeed Suhail’s colt join the illustrious list of Derby winners since the race began in 1780.

History of the Derby

The 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 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, run at Newmarket in late April or early May, the Oaks at Epsom the day before the Derby, and the St Leger, which is held at Doncaster in September. Winning three of these races is described as the Triple Crown.

How can I watch the Derby?

All the action from Epsom is typically broadcast can be on the main ITV channel on terrestrial TV in the UK, as well as on livestreams. Find out how to watch the Epsom Derby with our comprehensive guide.

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