Epsom Derby Festival 2021 Saturday 5th June runners and favourites
The prestigious Cazoo Derby Festival 2021 flat race on the Epsom Downs, Surrey takes place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th June 2021. Friday is Ladies’ day, including The Oaks, a Group 1 race. Saturday features the Derby itself, with a £1.125 million prize fund for the winner.
Attracting world class horses, trainers and jockeys over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards, contestants are limited to three-year-old colts, carrying 9st (57.15kg) and fillies carrying 8st 11lb (55.79kg) competing in a slight uphill climb of circa 60m, around the height of Nelson’s Column.
A total of 29 horses remain entered for June’s Epsom Derby with a maximum field of 20 permitted to run on the big day on Saturday June 5th at 4.30pm.
The Oaks Ladies Day is for fillies, while the big one, the Epsom Derby is mainly reserved for colts. There are five races in this classic British event, the others are the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, staged before the Derby and the Oaks, with St Leger in September. O’Brien’s horses have won the Epsom Oaks eight times.
BOLSHOI BALLET 14/8
Trained by Aiden O’ Brien this colt has a lot of potential, with Jockey, Ryan Moore in the saddle with odds shortened to 14/8 representing a 36% chance of winning across the board comparing odds from the leading books. Winner of the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes in April, Bolshoi Ballet scored in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown earlier this month.
HIGH DEFINITION 7/2
Another of O’ Brien’s impressive colts, High Definition started this season at York in the Dante Stakes finishing third and with a victory, winning the Group Two Beresford Stakes on his second start at the Curragh in September last year.
Trainer, William Haggas’s 10 furlong Newmarket Stakes winner is in fine form, an all round 8-1 chance for the Derby.
JOHN LEEPER 7/1
Named after trainer, Ed Dunlop’s late father, John Leeper Dunlop, this hopeful colt will be ridden by Adam Kirby, again in great form after his 15th May 2021 win at Newmarket.
MAC SWINEY 11/2
Ridden by Rory Cleary, trainer, Jim Bolger’s colt, won on heavy ground at Doncaster last year and the general 11/2 shot for Epsom is a hopeful.
For those fancying a higher yielding flutter these are our five outsiders
THIRD REALM 14/1
VAN GOUGH 16/1
YOUTH SPIRIT 20/1
SIR LAMORAK 20/1
EL DRAMA 33/1