Epsom Derby Festival

Horse Racing

Epsom Derby Festival ~ Friday 3 & Saturday 4 June

🏇 A jewel in the horse racing crown the Epsom Derby Festival is extra special in 2022 with Saturday’s Derby forming part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  See below for the latest ticket information.    

NEWSFLASH: CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 Epsom Derby Festival winners!  The Oaks winner Tuesday ridden by Ryan Moore (winning the race for the fourth time) gave trainer Aidan O’Brien a record 41st victory in a British Classic when holding off Frankie Dettori on Emily Upjohn in a photo finish.  Meanwhile Derby winner Desert Crown was imperious under the expert guidance of jockey Richard Kingscote when landing Sir Michael Stoute his sixth Derby winner, some 41 years after training his first. 

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They’re under starter’s order at at Epsom Downs Racecourse for two days of style, entertainment and quality racing at the famous Epsom Derby Festival including the The Greatest Flat Race in the World.

One of sports’ most historic events and a significant date in the UK calendar the Derby is popular with royalty, racing fans and the many thousands who gather each year to watch from grandstand enclosures and on ‘The Hill’ in the centre of the course.  And the 2022 running has added significance after the special announcement from Buckingham Palace that this year’s Cazoo Derby on Saturday 4 June will form part of the four-day Jubilee weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The two-day Epsom Derby Festival extravaganza starts on Friday 3 June which is known as Ladies’ Day.  An opportunity to dress in your most stylish attire and enjoy some spectacular racing.  The feature race is The Oaks, one of Britain’s five Classic races and contested by the best fillies of their generation.  The Group One Coronation Cup is always hotly contested and adds further excitement to the day which this year takes place on Platinum Jubilee bank holiday Friday. 

Hot favourite for the Oaks is Emily Upjohn, trained by John and Thady Gosden and ridden by the mercurial Frankie Dettori.  But watch out for stablemate and second favourite Nashwa, who has Hollie Doyle on board looking to make history by becoming the first female jockey to ride a Classic winner.

Photo: The Jockey Club

Saturday 4 June is Derby Day.  Expect equine drama and history in the making at the 243rd running of the world’s greatest Flat race.  Run over a mile and a half in a unique setting the race dates all the way back to 1780, when Diomed won the first ever edition.  This year’s race is extra special, staging an official commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  The monarch – who owns many thoroughbred racehorses – will mark the occasion by attending The Derby with members of her family in what is sure to be a fitting celebration of The Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Desert Crown, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Richard Kingscote, is set to start the Derby as favourite.  And what a story it will be if Desert Crown wins the race for Stoute some 41 years after he saddled the legendary Shergar to victory in 1981.  Desert Crown’s chief rival for the £850,000 first prize looks to be Aiden O’Brien’s Stone Age, but don’t rule out Nations Pride from the Goldophin stable who is one of three horses entered by in-form trainer Charlie Appleby. 

🎟️ Tickets for Day 1 – Ladies Day – at the Epsom Derby Festival are available via the Get Tickets’ link.

🎟️ Tickets for Day 2 – Derby Day – at the Epsom Derby Festival are sold out.  Access to The Hill – the famous free area at the centre of the racecourse where punters can picnic and enjoy the market and fun fair – will be available on the day.  More information here.

Day One timings ~ Friday 3 June ~ Ladies’ Day 

🗝️ Gates open: 11am.

🏇 First race: 2pm.

🏇 The Oaks: 4.30pm.

🏇 Last race: 5.40pm. 

Day Two timings ~ 4 June ~ Derby Day

🗝️ Gates open: 11am.

🏇 First race: 2pm.

🏇 The Derby: 4.30pm

🏇 Last race: 5.50pm. 

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Public Transport is recommended.  Epsom station is served by both South West Trains and Southern Trains, with connections from London Waterloo & London Victoria.  Take a 10 minute taxi or bus ride from the station.  During Epsom Derby Festival a shuttle bus service runs from Epsom station.  Tattenham Corner station is approximately 1/2 mile walk to the racecourse.  Epsom Downs station is approximately 1 mile walk to the racecourse.

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