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Epsom Derby: Key statistics for the famous race
The Epsom Derby is the richest Flat race in the UK by a considerable margin and is the most famous and prestigious of the five Classics. The race itself is held on the first Saturday in June and the 2023 renewal will take place on June 3rd at 4:30pm. This is a unique test for the thoroughbred and requires a rare blend of stamina, good balance and above all, speed in an undulating left-handed camber. This is generally seen as a contest for three-year-old Colts but it is actually open to Fillies, however the latter usually contest the Oaks which is held 24 hours earlier.
Length of the Derby -A little over one-and-a-half miles
Where to watch – Live coverage on ITV
When does it take place? – Saturday, 3rd June 2023
What is the prize fund? – £1.5 million with over £900,000 for winner
Where is it run? – Epsom Downs racecourse
What type of race is it? – Group 1 Contest for three-year-old colts/fillies
What are the weights? – 9st for Colts and 8st 11lb for Fillies
What are the ages? – three-year-olds only
Who is the sponsor? – Cazoo are the current sponsors of the race
Key trials for the 2023 Epsom Derby
In the UK, the Feilden and Craven Stakes in April generally give a clue as who might be in the frame for the Epsom Classic, these Newmarket contests seeing winners Golden Horn and Masar go on to triumph in the Derby in 2015 and 2018 respectively. At Epsom, the Listed Derby Trail in 2017 saw Cracksman finish first past the post and he went on to finish in third position in the actual Derby. The last chance for contenders for the Derby to show their talents is the Dante at York Racecourse, Golden Horn triumphing there in 2015 before winning the Derby.