Epsom Derby & Oaks Betting Offers 2018
The Epsom Derby festival is one of the most prestigious flat race meetings in the world and over two days you can watch two of the five ‘classics’. Ladies day on the 1st June hosts the Oaks Stakes, with the Derby Stakes following the next day, 2nd June, on the aptly named Derby Day. First run in the late 1700’s races don’t come with more history than these two. The Derby commands over three times the prize money of the Oaks with the Derby winner earning around £920,000 this year (total purse £1.625M).
Needless to say as prevalent races in the calendar the bookies go all out to attract punters. Using this page you can make sure you get the maximum possible value from your oaks and derby bets whether you are after a free bet, money back second, beaten by a length insurance and more. Further down you can find details of the festival schedule with information about he races and history.
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Epsom Derby Festival Schedule 2018
Ladies Day –1st June 2018
|2:00||Woodcote Stakes||Class 2 Listed||6f 3y|
|2:35||Mile Handicap||Class 2 Handicap||1m 113y|
|3:10||Coronation Cup||Group 1||1m 4f 6y|
|3:45||Wealth & Investment Handicap||Class 2 Handicap||1m 2f 17y|
|4:30||Investec Oaks Stakes||Group 1||1m 4f 6y
|5:15||Surrey Stakes||Class 1 Listed||7f 3y|
|5:50||Foreign Exchange Handicap||Handicap||7f 3y|
KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards
Derby Day – 2nd June 2018
|2:00||Private Banking Handicap||Class 2 Handicap||1m 2f 17y|
|2:35||Princess Elizabeth Stakes||Group 3||1m 113y|
|3:10||Diomed Stakes||Group 3||1m 113y|
|3:45||Corporate Banking ‘Dash’||Class 2 Handicap||5f|
|4:30||Investec Derby Stakes||Group 1||1m 4f 6y
|5:15||Out Of The Ordinary Handicap||Class 2 Handicap||1m 4f 6y|
|5:50||Asset Management Handicap||Class 2 Handicap||6f 3y|
KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards
About the Oaks Stakes
The Oaks Stakes, or the Epsom Oaks as it is sometimes known, is a group one flat race and the third of the five classic races. The race takes place on Ladies day of the Epsom Derby Festival in early June, the day before the Derby Stakes. The race is open to three-year-old fillies and makes up the second race of the fillies triple crown with the 1000 Guineas and the St Leger.
Despite this race not carrying the same level of prestige and prize money as the Derby it does in fact predate it. The race is named after the Oaks, a public park in Carshalton around 4 miles east of Epsom. The park was leased to the Earl of Derby in the late 1700s and during a party on the estate 1778 the race was devised. The following year, 1779, the Oaks Stakes was run for the first time. Horses ran from the hedges at the north of the park, through the park and then west ending up at the approximate site of the current Epsom Downs course. This race was similar in distance than the modern race but the modern course only contains a small portion of the original route. The inaugural race was won by Bridget who was owned by the Earl of Derby himself.
By the middle of the 1800s the contest was known as one of Britain’s leading flat races and one of the five classics. The modern race is a left handed run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards and currently sponsored by Investec. The prize pot is over £450,000 with over £283,000 for the winner. Several races including the 1000 Guineas serve as trail races for the Oaks. The Oaks has always been run at Epsom Downs apart from during the first and second world war then the race was run at Newmarket with the title ‘New Oaks Stakes’.
Sir Henry Cecil is regarded as the greatest modern trainer for the Oaks, he trained 8 winners between 1985 and 2007 as well training 4 derby winners, 6 winners of the 1000 Guineas, 3 of 2000 Guineas and four winners of the St Ledger.
Oaks Stakes Records:
- Top Jockey: Frank Buckle 9 wins (1797-99, 1802-03, 1805, 1817-18, 1823)
- Top Trainer: Robert Robson 13 wins (1802, 1804-05, 1807-09, 1813, 1815-16, 1818, 1822-23, 1825)
- Top Owner: Duke of Grafton (4th) 6 Wins – (1813, 1815, 1822-23, 1828. 1831)
- Fastest Time: Intrepidity in 1993 (2m 34s)
- Biggest Margin: Sun Princess in 1983 (12 lengths)
- Odds: Longest – Jet Ski Lady (50/1 in 1991), Shortest – Pretty Polly (8/100 in 1904)
- Biggest Field: 26 runners in 1848
About the Derby Stakes
The Derby is by far the most prestigious of all the five flat races with prize money this year predicted to be over £1.625 million (the biggest ever) with over £920,000 to the winner. It is often referred to as the ‘Blue Riband’ of flat racing and commands global TV audiences second only to the Grand National and Cheltenham. The race is run over the same left handed course and distance as the Oaks (1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards – 2400 meters), the main difference is this race is open to both colts and fillies. The race also serves as the middle race of the triple crown with the 2000 Guineas and the St Leger. The 2000 Guineas acts as the major trail race for the Derby.
Following the success of the Oaks Stakes in 1779 it was decided to issue another race the following year named after the host of the race, the 12th Earl of Derby. The first race was held on the 4th May 1780 over one mile and was won by Diomed owned by the then stewed of the Jockey Club, Sir Charles Bunbury. In 1784 the race was lengthened to 1 ½ miles and in 1787 the Earl of Derby himself saw success with his horse, Sir Peter Teazle.
For most of its history the race was generally run midweek to coincide with the Epsom Fair, a day in which huge crowds would travel by rail from London to enjoy the Derby and other entertainment. This changed to the first Saturday in June in 1995 where it has remained since. As with the Oaks the race has always been run at Epsom downs except for during the two world wars where it was moved to Newmarket under the name ‘New Derby’.
The race has always been synonymous with high society and celebrity. Parliament even had an adjournment in order that politicians could attend the race and famous names such as Charles Dickens were known to visit regularly. Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey winning the race 7 times between 1954 and 1983 and in 2014 Aiden O’Brien became the first to train three consecutive winners.
Derby Stakes Records:
- Top Jockey: Lester Piggott 9 win (1954, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976-77, 1983)
- Top Trainer: Robert Robson 7 wins (1793, 1802, 1809, 1810, 1815, 1817, 1823)
- Top Owner: Sue Maginer & Michael Tabor 6 wins (2001-02, 2011-14)
- Fastest Time: Workforce in 2010 (2m 31s)
- Biggest Margin: Shergar in 1981 (10 lengths)
- Odds: Longest – Jeddah (1898 at 100/1), Shortest – Ladas (1894 at 2/9)
- Biggest Field: 34 Runners in 1862
About Epsom Downs Racecourse
The Epsom Downs racecourse is one of the oldest courses that is still used today. Epsom is a town in Surrey south of London part of an area known as ‘the downs’, the name of the course comes from its location in the North Downs. The course holds an astonishing 120,000 spectators at capacity and is best known for hosting the Derby Stakes and Oaks Stakes. Colloquially the races are often termed the Epsom Derby and Epsom Oaks although this is not official.
The first officially recorded horse race to take place on the downs actually predates the Derby by a further 120 years, taking place in 1661. It is believed races were held here before this date as death records show a couple of riders that broke their neck during horse races in the early 1600s. The great diarist, Samuel Pepys, references racing at Epsom in 1663. In 1684 the course was issued with its own clerk and by 1730 there were at least two official race meetings each year.
In 1784 the course was extended from one mile to the current distance of just under a mile and a half. By the mid-1800s, aided by the popularity of the Derby race, the course rose to become one of the most famous in the world. The Epsom downs racecourse became the central attraction of the Epsom fair. By the 1850s this ten-day annual event that drew crowds from London and across the country aided by the new railways of the time.
Perhaps the most infamous event to occur at Epsom was the death of Emily Davison who threw herself in front of Anmer, the horse of King George V. The death of one of the leaders of the suffragette movement set in motion a chain of events that eventually lead to women getting the vote.
By the late 20th century the Epsom fair was no longer drawing the crowds of days gone by. In 1995 the decision was made to move the main race, the Derby, from midweek to the first Saturday in June to aid attendances. This worked and since Epsom has enjoyed further success culminating in a new stand and facilities in 2009.