If you happen to be in (or near) the U.K. this Saturday, June 2, I’d highly advise you to  go, if you can buy a ticket, to the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs, probably the most presitigious flat race in the British racing season. [Maybe it’s better known as simply the Epsom Derby….]

And if you can’t get there, it might be worth laying down a Euro, pound or dollar or two….. it’s that great a racing spectacle.

It only dates back to 1780.

The race has been named after the 12th Earl of Derby.

Kind of makes America’s Kentucky Derby look like a new-born infant in the racing world.

This year’s Epsom Derby will feature a fairly well known guest: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

It’s a pretty good field. Camelot has been established as favorite (see the list that follows). He already has the 2,000 Guineas won.  His trainer is Adrian O’Brien, who had described Camelot as “one of those very special horses” who “is very relaxed, very straightforward and very calm but has a lot of nervous energy”.

O’Brien last won the epic race in 2002 with High Chaparral and the year before with Galileo.

The biggest challenge to the unbeaten Camelot may come from Bonfire.

Here are the odds, as set by British oddsmakers.

Bonfire 9/2

Astrology 10/1

Main Sequence 10/1

Imperial Monarch 12/1

Thought Worthy 25/1

Mickdaam 33/1

Father of Science 40/1

Rugged Cross 40/1

Tower Rock 50/1

Cavaleiro 50/1

Minimise Risk 66/1u’re

By the way…the Downs is a terrific place to watch a race, so by all means, if you can attend in person, do it.

If not, like me, you’ll be putting a wager down.

 

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