Clues aplenty this week for both Epsom Downs Classics – the Investec Derby & Investec Oaks

The first Classics of the season are staged this weekend with the QIPCO 2000 Guineas (Saturday, May 6) and QIPCO 1000 Guineas (Sunday, May 7) taking place at Newmarket.   The mile contests could provide significant clues for both the £1.5 million Investec Derby (Saturday, June 3), Britain’s richest race, and the £500,000 Investec Oaks (Friday, June 2) which are run over four furlongs further at Epsom Downs.   Of the 12 five-day acceptors for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, three currently hold Investec Derby entries….

New route to the Investec Derby introduced at Epsom Downs

 A fifth way for a horse to gain an entry into Britain’s premier Classic and richest race, the Investec Derby, is announced today by Epsom Downs Racecourse. The winner of the two-year-old conditions race at Epsom Downs’ final fixture of 2017 will for the first time receive an entry for the following year’s Group One Investec Derby, which is worth £1.5 million. Staged over a mile and 113 yards on Sunday, October 1, 2017, the £20,000 totepool Conditions Race is now linked with the 12-furlong…

Cracksman the new Investec Derby hope for Dettori, Gosden and Oppenheimer

Jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden and owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer teamed up for Investec Derby glory with Golden Horn in 2015 and they are dreaming of success again in the premier British Classic with the unbeaten Cracksman. The three-year-old Frankel colt, having just his second start, got up in the last stride to win the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial over 10 furlongs and 18 yards at Epsom Downs today. In beating the much more experienced Permian by a short-head, Cracksman became the third consecutive winner for…

New season at Epsom Downs gets underway as eight runners declared for Investec Derby Trial

Exciting unbeaten colts Cracksman and Tartini head eight runners for the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial (2.45pm), the highlight of the Investec Spring Meeting, which opens the new season at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 26. The 10-furlong contest promises to be the best running of the trial that Epsom Downs has seen in recent years, with Cracksman a 14/1 chance and Tartini a 20/1 shot for Britain’s premier Classic, the £1.5-million Investec Derby (Epsom Downs, June 3), with Unibet, the official betting partner for the 2017 Investec Derby Festival….

Rhododendron & Hydrangea could bloom among Investec Oaks entries

  Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Entries are unveiled today for the Investec Oaks, the premier fillies’ Classic and highlight of Ladies’ Day at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 2, day one of the Investec Derby Festival. First run in 1779, a year before the Investec Derby, the Group One contest, worth £500,000, is staged over a mile and a half and has 54 three-year-old fillies engaged. Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has won the latest two renewals of the Investec Oaks, with Minding (2016) and…

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