The 2022 Epsom Derby is fast approaching.
Despite the spread of Covid-19, the race went ahead in 2020 behind closed doors, and was held in front of a crowd of 4,000 - a far cry from the usual 125,000 in 2021.
From the 2021 race, it was sponsored by Cazoo, who will also be the sponsors of the 2022 Epsom Derby.
It had previously been sponsored by Investec, Ever Ready and Vodafone.
The Derby has also previously been the subject of TV and film, as it was used in the season two finale of Peaky Blinders and the 1952 drama film, Derby Day.
When is Derby Day?
Traditionally, the Epsom Derby is held on the first Saturday of June each year, and this year is no different, with the Derby taking place on Saturday, 4 June 2022.
The race is due off at 4.30pm, with the first race on the card scheduled for 2pm.
How can I watch the race?
The Derby will be live on ITV, with the first race due off at 2pm, and the race will also be live on Racing TV.
When is Ladies Day?
Ladies Day is always held on a day prior to the Derby, and is being held on Friday, 3 June 2022.
Ladies Day sees high fashion mixed with horse racing, with all dressing to impress. Hats, and other accessories are commonplace, but are not compulsory.
Can I still get tickets?
Tickets are still available for both Ladies Day and Derby Day, with a various number of tickets still on offer.
For Ladies Day, the cheapest tickets start at £20, and is the Jubilee Family Festival ticket which is ideal for families. Two children’s tickets can be purchased with adult tickets with those aged 0-17 going free.
An Upper Tattenham ticket starts at £25, and is located on the pivotal part of the track which is Tattenham Corner. Those aged 0-17 go free.
Other tickets include:
- Lonsdale Enclosure - from £40
- Grandstand Enclosure from £55
- Picnic Package - from £120
- Queen’s Stand - from £130
- Grandstand Reserved Seating - from £150
For more information, including the Picnic Package and what different packages are available, visit the Jockey Club website, where you can also purchase tickets.
The same tickets are available for Derby Day, but prices differ.
- Jubilee Family Festival - from £25
- Upper Tattenham - from £35
- Lonsdale Enclosure - from £50
- Grandstand Enclosure - from £75
- Queen’s Stand - sold out
- Grandstand Reserved Seating - sold out
What is the list of runners?
43 horses have entered the race so far, and here is the full list of runners.
- Desert Crown
- Duke de Sessa
- El Bodegon
- Eldar Eldarov
- Franz Strauss
- French Claim
- Glory Daze
- Grand Alliance
- Green Team
- Hoo Ya Mal
- Ivy League
- Mr McCann
- New London
- Piz Badile
- Point Lonsdale
- Royal Patronage
- Savvy Victory
- Sea Stone
- Sir Bob Parker
- Sonny Liston
- Star of India
- Stone Age
- Temple of Artemis
- United Nations
- Walk of Stars
- West Wind Blows
- White Wolf
What will the weather be like?
Those attending Ladies Day are likely to be disappointed by the weather, as it looks set to be cloudy all day with no indication of any sunny intervals.
Despite the poor weather, there is a low chance of rain and still a high of 18C, with a low of 10C
Derby Day sees an improvement in the weather, with long periods of sun but also clouds too. Again, a high of 18C and a low of 10C.
What are the odds?
Stone Age is currently the favourite on Sky Bet at 5/2, with Changingoftheguard at 5/1.
Desert Crown is 6/1, Piz Badile is 7/1 and Point Lonsdale rounds off the top five favourites at 10/1.
What are some records held at the Epsom Derby?
The leading Jockey is Lester Piggott who ranNever Say Die (1954), Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977), Teenoso (1983)
Other records include:
- Fastest winning time (at Epsom) – 2m 31.33s, Workforce (2010)
- Widest winning margin – 10 lengths, Shergar (1981)
- Longest odds winners – Jeddah (1898), Signorinetta (1908), Aboyeur (1913), 100/1
- Shortest odds winner – Ladas (1894), 2/9
- Most runners – 34 (1862)
- Fewest runners – 4 (1794)