Epsom Derby Day

Epsom Derby Day Quick Facts

2021 Date5 June 2021
Epsom Derby Day

Epsom Derby Day History

Derby Day is host to Britain’s most prestigious horse races. Seven races take place on this day, the most anticipated being the Derby. The Derby is a race run over 1 mile, 4 furlongs, and 10 yards. Competitors compete in this prestigious race for a chance to win the pot of £1.125 million. It is the 3rd special event in the three-day Grand National Aintree Festival.

Derby Day was established in 1779 at a celebration following the Oaks Stakes horse race. It was named after the 12th Earl of Derby. It is observed annually on the first Saturday in June.

Epsom Derby Day Facts

  • In 2020, Emmet McNamara won the Epsom Derby riding Serpentine, the Irish-thoroughbred . Together they finished five-and-a-half lengths clear of their nearest rival.
  • In 2016 the Coronation Cup was re-named The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.
  • The first running of the Derby Stakes was in 1780. It was open to three-year-old colts and fillies at 50 guineas each. The race itself was run over a mile.

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