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The Epsom Derby is just a day or so away and not only is it officially D Day on Saturday it is also Derby Day at Epsom Downs racecourse meaning top quality thoroughbred racing something that has been associated with the race since way back in 1780.

The Group One race is run over 1½ mile’s and is for restricted to three year old colts and fillies, although it is rare to find a filly prepared to take on the colts in the race. It carries a prize fund of over £500, 000 and is still regarded by many as the greatest flat race in the world. It certainly has the longest history.

This year there will be thirteen Epsom Derby Runners who are dominated by the eight Irish Derby Day invaders, six of which are trained by the great Aidan O’Brien at his Ballydoyle stables. O’Brien has trained two winners of the race before, Sinndar in 2000 and Galileo in 2001 and it is a surprise too many that he was not won it since, particularly as he has such a stranglehold in the Irish equivalent.

His lead horse would seem to be Fame And Glory accoring to the Epsom Derby Betting who is the second favourite at around 7/2, but there is so much speculation surrounding his horse’s it is difficult to evaluate who really is the best of the bunch, as even his main jockey has kept faith with 2000 Guineas fourth Rip Van Winkle who is right up there in the market at about 4/1.

Sea The Stars, also trained in Ireland by John Oxx was the recent winner of the 2000 Guineas and he will be trying to become the first horse since Nashwan in 1989 to win the 2000 Guineas/Derby double. Currently he is the Derby favourite but there are stable fears that the ground may be a bit too firm for him and he might not take his chance

The best home hope according to the betting is one time favourite, Crowded House trained by Brian Meehan. If he is to win then he will need to recapture his outstanding two year old form but that looks unlikely due to Meehan’s stable having a lean time of it lately.

No doubt though that the race will be seriously well attended, the top hat and tail brigade will be out in force reminding us what a grand colourful sport horse racing really is. The Derby is the most avidly followed race in British Flat racing and the Top Online Bookmakers will be offering some very enticing Horse Racing Free Bets for all newcomers using their betting service.

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