Derby Festival course guide and key stats

Timeform’s detailed guide to Epsom, featuring all the key Derby Festival 2022 facts and figures.

Epsom Course Guide from Timeform

Left-handed course, hilly, in the shape of a “U”, with tight turns. Races up to eight-and-a-half furlongs are very sharp, meaning those in the right place have an advantage, especially on the five furlong course, the fastest in the world, which is virtually downhill. Conversely, the first four stages of the Derby course are uphill and a real test of endurance, with any overrun at the start of the race usually not enough in the closing stages. In testing conditions, riders tend to switch to the grandstand side rail for the best ground.


Main active jockeys at Epsom

Sorted by strike rate since early 2017 (minimum 20 rides)

  • Charles Bishop 29.03% (9-31)
  • William Buick 22.81% (13-57)
  • Silvestre de Sousa 21.78% (22-101)
  • Frankie Dettori 21.62% (8-37)
  • Cieren Fallon 20.69% (6-29)

Other points to consider

  • Apart from Silvestre de Sousa, who has done far more races at Epsom than any other jockey in the past five years, and William Buick, the only other jockey to achieve double figures at the track in this era is Andrea Atzeni with 10 winners. (from 60 rides), including the 2019 Coronation Cup on Defoe. He won the same race on Reported three years earlier.
  • Buick, who won the Masar Derby in 2018, was the highest-grossing jockey to follow at Epsom, with his races earning a profit at SP of 21.28. Despite his high number of rides, De Sousa is also among the jockeys whose Epsom rides have yielded a level profit (11.30).

Main trainers active in Epsom

Sorted by strike rate since early 2017 (minimum 20 runners)

  • Charlie Appleby 36.67% (11-30)
  • Hugh Morrison 27.27% (9-33)
  • Eve Johnson Houghton 23.81% (10-42)
  • Roger Varian 22.86% (8-35)
  • John (and Thady) Gosden 18.37% (9-49)

Other points to consider

  • It may come as a surprise that Mark Johnston is Epsom’s most successful manager numerically (17 winners) despite sending plenty of runners (110) from his base at Middleham in North Yorkshire. Jim Boyle, on the other hand, trains close to the course and sent 14 winners out of 98 runners, slightly more than Andrew Balding with 13 winners out of 89 runners.
  • Charlie Appleby and Aidan O’Brien, who have dispatched the last five Derby winners between them, were the most profitable coaches to follow at Epsom during this period with profits of 40.91 and 40.35 respectively. However, Appleby won last year’s Derby with the Adayar stable’s apparent third string (16/1), the same prize as their 2018 winner Masar, while O’Brien recently succeeded himself Derby clashes with Wings of Eagles (40/1 in 2017) and Serpentine (25/1 in 2020) both beating better imagined stable mates.

Best Performances at Epsom Derby Festival

Sorted by Timeform performance ratings since 2017

  • Adayar (130) – Derby 2021 WON
  • Activate (125) – 2017 Oaks WON
  • Masar (125) – Derby 2018 WON
  • Kew Gardens (124) – 2019 Coronation Cup 2nd
  • Anthony Van Dyck (123) – Derby 2019 WON
  • Defoe (123) – WON Coronation Cup 2019
  • Love (123) – 2020 Oaks WON
  • Eagle Wings (123) – Derby 2017 WON

Adayar’s top-notch performance when he won last year’s Derby by four-and-a-half lengths looms large here, putting him above fellow winner Godolphin Masar and pair Ballydoyle Anthony Van Dyck and Wings of Eagles in terms of recent Derby winners.

Both Enable and Love have been a step above the Oaks winner’s average in recent years, winning their races in impressive fashion by five and nine lengths respectively, although it’s not just about winning margins. , as last year’s runaway winner Snowfall was ranked 122 after scoring by 16 lengths.

The 2019 edition has proven to be the best recent edition of the Coronation Cup for older horses. Although five-year-old Defoe got the better of one-year-old Kew Gardens at equal weights, Timeform’s weight-for-age scale says four-year-olds should get 2 pounds of their elders for a mile and a half at that time. time of year that technically made Kew Gardens the top horse at weight.


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