Auguste Rodin Epsom Derby

2024 Epsom Derby: Initial Runners Revealed

The Epsom Derby is the richest race on Britain’s racing calendar, and the initial field has been confirmed.

The Epsom Derby is one of horse racing’s most anticipated events, and the 2024 renewal of this highly prestigious race is set to take place at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The action is set to take place over the course of two days, from Friday 31st May to Saturday 1st June 2024.

This is a race meeting that brings with it a plethora of history in its wake. The inaugural Derby took place back on Thursday 4th May 1780 – and it saw Diomed, ridden by Jockey Sam Arnull, who won the first Epsom Derby. Arnull would go on to win this race a further three times, in 1782 (with Assassin), 1787 (with Sir Peter Teazle), and finally in 1798 with Sir Harry.

He is not though the holder of the record of being the jockey with the most wins in this race. This honour is held by the legendary Lester Piggott, who emerged victorious in this very race no less than 9 times throughout his highly illustrious career.

Piggott’s Epsom Derby victories came with Never Say Die (1954), Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977) and finally with Teenoso in 1983.

As for trainers, Aidan O’Brien leads the way with 9 wins so far. He was the trainer of Auguste Rodin, who won it most recently in 2023. His other wins have come with Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014), Wings of Eagles (2017), Anthony Van Dyck (2019) and Serpentine (2020).

Last year, Auguste Rodin won the race with a margin of just half a length separating him from Kings Of Steel in second place. It was Colin Keane’s White Birch who rounded off the top three in third that day.

Now we fast forward to 2024, and horse racing fans across the globe will be looking forward to this year’s highly anticipated renewal of the Epsom Derby.

Whilst the field is yet to be confirmed, an initial list of runners for this year’s Derby at Epsom has been released and you can see all of the horses that are currently set to take part in this year’s race below – there are 39 in all.

  • Al Musmack
  • Ambiente Friendly
  • Ancient Wisdom
  • Arabic Legend
  • Bellum Justum
  • Capulet
  • Caviar Heights
  • City Of Troy
  • Dallas Star
  • Dancing Gemini
  • Defiance
  • Diera Mile
  • Diego Velazquez
  • Euphoric
  • Gasper De Lemos
  • God’s Window
  • Golden West
  • Grosvenor Square
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • Henry Longfellow
  • Illinois
  • Kamboo
  • London City
  • Los Angeles
  • Macduff
  • Matsuri
  • Meydaan
  • Mr Hampstead
  • Ortelius
  • Padesha
  • Pappano
  • Portland
  • Salamanca
  • Sardianian Warrior
  • Sayedaty Sadaty
  • Spoken Truth
  • The Euphrates
  • Voyage
  • War Rooms

This list will be shortened over the coming days ahead of the 2024 Epsom Derby itself on Saturday 1st June 2024.

The current favourite to emerge victorious from the race this year is City Of Troy, who is trained by the aforementioned Aidan O’Brien. The horse has not run too much recently a 9th place finish in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May 2024 followed by a 1st place finish in the Native Trail’s Dewhurst Stakes at the same venue on 14th October 2023. City Of Troy finished ahead of the likes of runner-up Alyanaabi and Eben Shaddad in third.

Excitement and anticipation are growing rapidly ahead of the start of the 2024 Epsom Derby on Friday 31st May 2024.

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