The Epsom Downs racecourse
The Epsom Downs is in Epsom, in Surrey, England. It is a Grade 1 course and has the shape of a horseshoe. The length of the course is in excess of one mile and a half (one mile, 4 furlongs, and 6 yards). With its undulating surface it is a tough racecourse for young horses competing on it as they have relatively little experience. The final bend which is called Tattenham Corner is especially challenging. There is the third largest horse training facility in the country.
The racecourse at Epsom is the venue where three enormously popular races take place: the Epsom Derby, the Oaks Stakes, and the Coronation Cup.
The Epsom Derby and the Oaks Stakes: the second leg of the Classic races
There are five classic races which begin with the 1000 Guineas and the 2000 Guineas: these are races taking place at Newmarket, the former features fillies and the latter is for fillies and colts. These two races comprise the first leg of the Classic races, at which 3 year old horses prove their speed and stamina.
In the second leg, the Epsom Derby and the Oaks Stakes are held, at Epsom. The former is a classic race for colts and fillies, and the latter is for fillies.
The third leg is the St Leger race taking place at Doncaster: that is a race for fillies and for colts.
The Newmarket races cover a distance of one mile, the races at Epsom one mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards, and the St Leger race length amounts to the largest distance: one mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards.
The Epsom Derby Stakes
That is a race of Group 1, a flat racing derby, for thoroughbred colts and fillies which are 3 years old. The Epsom Derby is the most prominent of the 5 Classic races taking place in the flat racing season and featuring 3 years old horses, so fans can watch a truly challenging competition for inexperienced horses. Because the best of the best of horses run in these races, when a horse wins in two of the Classics, or in three of them (and there is a special name for this achievement: the English Triple Crown), that horse is of exceptionally high capabilities.
This annual race takes place on the first Saturday of June. In 2018, it is to be held on 1 June. As one of the prime racing events it is widely covered on TV. The course venue has a capacity for 130,000 people. The Royal Family are among its dedicated visitors; Tattenham Corner station is where Queen Elizabeth II descends en route for the race. Furthermore, because the course is in a public area, so large crowds of racing fans can watch it as well.
The race preceding the Epsom Derby and the race following it
The race preceding the Epsom Derby is 2000 Guineas taking place on the Rowley Mile, Newmarket, in late April, on early in May. The race following it is the St Leger taking place at Doncaster in September.
The Oaks Stakes
The Oaks Stakes, also popular as Epsom Oaks, is a race for fillies which are 3 years old. It is also held at the Epsom Downs racecourse. Its official name is Investec Oaks, but very often it is called the Epsom Oaks. It comes after the 1000 Guineas and before the St Leger, and is the middle leg forming the Fillies'Triple Crown together with these two races. The Oaks Stakes is also one of the five Classic races for the season. It is a real achievement for a filly to win the three of these races.
The Oaks Stakes race takes place early in June. The Oaks Stakes 2018 is scheduled for 2 June.
Betting on the Epsom Derby and the Oaks Stakes
Free bets and special offers for betting on the Epsom Derby abound with online bookies. As a new customer, you can find generous offers of deposit bonuses when you open your account on an online bookmaker site. Combine your betting on Epsom Derby on 1 June 2018 with betting on the next race to be held on the same course, Epsom Oaks, on 2 June 2018.
Millions of bettors are eager to place their bets on these two races. The Epsom Derby is the highlight, and the win market enjoys the most attention. On it, each punter will place a wager on the horse that he or she deems will win the race. You can check the offers of free bets, and you can bet with money, to win small amounts or really big sums.
The betting odds
Looking for odds comparison tables will help you to get the best price possible on your selection for the Epsom Derby and the Oaks Stakes. The odds offered by different bookies are different, so comparing them will help you pick the best ones.
The ante post betting for the Epsom and for the Oaks Stakes
Ante post bets are bets which are made prior to the race, on the day preceding it at the latest. Another term for these bet is future races. The bets must be made before the stage of overnight declaration. That is typically 10 am on the day preceding the race day. Often with ante post betting you will get better odds, compared to the betting on the day of the race itself. But if the selection you bet on is a non runner, then your bet will lose.
After the race preceding the Epsom Derby, the 2000 Guineas, the time comes for ante post betting.
The each way bets on the races
Each way betting is also vastly popular. In it, punters will place a bet on a win and on a place for the horse of their choice, as they deem it will finish among the top three places. If their selection wins, they will get payouts on the win bet and on the place bet, and if it comes second or third, they will get payouts at parts of the odds.