Epsom Derby is not just any other race in the world, it’s a celebration of horse racing. The Investec Epsom Derby is perhaps the most prestigious flat race in the world and also the richest race in Britain with a whopping £1.5 million prize to its name.
The 2017 Epsom Derby was the 238th annual running of the Derby horse race and took place at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 3rd June 2017. This year’s Derby gave racing field its rich and royal view.
Eventually, the race saw one of the biggest Derby upsets in 43 years as Wings of Eagles won at odds of 40/1. His win was the 7th in the race for his owners and the 6th for his trainer Aidan O’Brien. However, it was a first ride in the race for the winning jockey Padraig Beggy, a work-rider at O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable.
Here are some of the 2017 Epsom Derby festival highlights:
Greatest Summer Celebration
From the carnival atmosphere and picnics on the Hill to the top hat and tails in the Queen’s Stand and upbeat musical entertainment, the 2017 Investec Derby Day delivered a truly quintessentially British experience.
Epsom Derby Got Its New Winner – Wings of Eagles
Amongst the seven races, the Greatest Flat Race in the World was crowned with a new winner, the 40/1 outsider Wings of Eagles ridden to the victory by Padraig Beggy. Wings of Eagles came from second-to-last in an 18-horse field to win by three-quarters of a length under little-known jockey Peggy, who earned his first Derby win. It was another spectacular race to go in the Derby history books.
Presence of The Queen Took Royalty To A New Level
The Epsom Derby, which took place on June 3rd, is almost as much a royal event as the Ascot week. The Queen is an avid racehorse owner and attends the racing festival every year. Interestingly, it’s the only British Classic race that one of her horses has never won, that doesn’t seem to have put her off. Across the Queen’s Stand to The Hill, there was an air of excitement all round.
Great Show of Money and Royalty
The 2017 Derby at Epsom with a £1.5 million prize was the richest race ever staged in Britain. The winner does not only pick up a whopping winning purse and earn their place in history but is also guaranteed a lucrative career at stud as a stallion.
Sole Female Rider
The final field of eighteen horses saw seven Irish-trained challengers matched against eleven British-trained colts. Fourteen of the runners were supplied by three major stables: Aidan O’Brien (six runners), John Gosden (five) and Saeed bin Suroor (three). The only female jockey was Anastasia “Ana” O’Brien who became the third woman to ride in the race after Alex Greaves and Hayley Turner.
High on Glamour Quotient
From head-turning fascinators and glittery handbags to gorgeous dresses and killer heels, race-goers made a big effort to look their best.