Epsom Derby Festival

Photo: The Jockey Club

Horse Racing

Epsom Derby Festival 2025 ~ Friday 6 & Saturday 7 June

🏇 A jewel in the horse racing crown the Epsom Derby Festival is back for a two-day equine extravaganza headlined by the world’s greatest Flat race

🎟️ 2025 tickets when released will be on sale here.

🎫 2025 Hospitality options are available now.  Email premium@sportonspec.co.uk with ‘Epsom Derby Festival’ in the subject box for price/package info OR complete the short form here. 

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 the grandstand enclosures and on ‘The Hill’ in the centre of the course.  

FRIDAY – THE OAKS

The two-day Epsom Derby Festival extravaganza starts with Ladies’ Day on Friday 6 June.  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.  Also on the card is the Group One Coronation Cup which is always hotly contested.   

Last year’s Oaks winner was Ezeliya who showed a superb turn of speed to sweep aside her rivals in the feature race on the opening day of the Epsom Derby Festival.  Ridden by Chris Hayes, the Dermot Weld-trained filly won at odds of 13-2.  43 years after Weld trained Blue Wind, ridden by the legendary Lester Piggot, to win the same race in 1981.  Chasing Ezeliya home was Dance Sequence who came second at odds of 7-1.  50-1 outsider War Chimes ran a great race to finish in third.  

In 2023 Soul Sister gave jockey Frankie Dettori a magnificent seventh victory in the Classic in his final appearance at the Epsom Derby Festival.  In 2022 Tuesday took the spoils with jockey Ryan Moore – winning the race for the fourth time – on board.  For trainer Aidan O’Brien it was a record 41st victory in a British Classic.

Epsom Derby Festival
Photo: The Jockey Club

SATURDAY – THE DERBY

Saturday 7 June is Derby Day.  Expect equine drama and history in the making at the 245th 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.  

In 2024 City of Troy – ridden by Ryan Moore – gave trainer Aidan O’Brien a tenth Derby win.  The Irish trainer pronounced City of Troy the best Derby winner he’s ever trained after the 3-1 favourite came out of the pack to win in compelling style.  For jockey Moore it was a fourth victory in the race.  Ambiente Friendly finished in second place with Los Angelas in third.

Auguste Rodin won the 2023 Derby with Ryan Moore on board.  Trained by Aidan O’Brien the colt overhauled 66/1 outsider King of Steel to win by half a length.  In 2022 Desert Crown who took the honours under the expert guidance of jockey Richard Kingscote.  A result which gave esteemed trainer Sir Michael Stoute his sixth Derby winner, some 41 years after saddling his first in 1981, the legendary Shergar.

TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL – EPSOM DERBY FESTIVAL

🎟️ Tickets for Day 1 & 2 at the 2025 Epsom Derby Festival, when released, will be on sale via the ‘Get Tickets’ link .  

🎟️ The Hill is the famous free area at the centre of the racecourse.  This is where punters can picnic and enjoy the market and fun fair.  It will be accessible on both days of the festival.  More information here.

🎫 Hospitality options for 2025 are available now.  Email premium@sportonspec.co.uk with ‘Epsom Derby Festival’ in the subject box for price/package info OR complete the short form here. 

Day One timings ~ Friday 6 June ~ Ladies’ Day 

🗝️ Gates open: 11am.

🏇 First race: 2pm tbc ~ The Oaks: 4.30pm ~ Last race: 5.40pm. 

Timings are subject to confirmation.

Day Two timings ~ Saturday 7 June ~ Derby Day

🗝️ Gates open: 10.30am.

🏇 First race: 12.50pm tbc ~ The Derby: 4.30pm ~ Last race: 5.05pm. 

Timings are subject to confirmation.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Public Transport is recommended.  Epsom railway station is closest to Epsom Racecourse.  South West Trains and Southern Trains, with connections from London Waterloo & London Victoria, stop at Epsom.  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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