2017 Epsom Dash Ante-Post Betting Preview

The Epsom Dash takes place on Saturday June 3rd (Derby Day) and our ante-post market has just opened! Let’s take a look at 3 horses that are already being backed…

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Vibrant Chords

Age: 4 (Foaled April 11th, 2013)

Sex: Bay Gelding

Breeding: Poet’s Voice – Lovely Thought (Dubai Destination (USA))

Trainer: H Candy

Owner: Mr Paul G Jacobs

The 4-year-old finally ended a 9-race winless streak, which amounts to almost 2 years, when he found just enough to take care of A Momentofmadness at Goodwood on Saturday. It looks like connections are being rewarded for their patience though, as signs of improvement were there for all to see at the Craven Meeting, where the Poet’s Voice-sired horse was very unfortunate. Looks to be back in tune.

El Astronaute (IRE)

Age: 4 (Foaled April 30th, 2013)

Sex: Chestnut Gelding

Breeding: Approve (IRE) – Drumcliffe Dancer (IRE) (Footstepsinthesand)

Trainer: J J Quinn

Owner: Mr Ross Harmon

Today’s victory in the classy Boodles Diamond Handicap, at Chester, puts him right in the frame and making all was an impressive feat among that sort of company. El Astronaute will want good ground, although he won a rich nursery encounter on good to soft back in 2015 (also at Chester). Yet to race at Epsom, but his 26% strike-rate cannot be ignored.


Age: 7 (Foaled April 15th, 2010)

Sex: Bay Gelding

Breeding: Kyllachy – Gleam of Light (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Trainer: R A Fahey

Owner: Mr C Titcomb

With 65 races now behind him, Richard Fahey’s inmate is well on his way to becoming a veteran but the 7-year-old can still do the business. His last victory came at Lingfield, in April, where a well-timed run proved too good for Gracious John and a huge All-Weather Sprint Championships payout was secured. The wily old fox is likely to have his eyes trained on the coop again, at Epsom.

Others in contention, in what is always a wide-open contest, are Silver Line, Rich And Famous, Double Up, Caspian Prince, Steady Pace and Clive Cox’s Seeking Magic.

Racing At Epsom

There are few racecourses that capture the spirit of English thoroughbred racing, quite like Epsom Downs. This quintessentially English venue hosts some of the biggest races in the world. The Epsom Oaks, the Epsom Derby and the Coronation Cup have been won by some of the greatest racehorses of all-time.

Races have been taking place on Epsom Downs since the 1660s and, possibly, even earlier. Records in a local burial office refer to a man named William Stanley falling from his mount and breaking his neck back in 1625.

The First Yearly Meetings

The famous diarist, Samuel Pepys, made references to horse racing in 1663. King Charles II is also widely believed to have attended Epsom races. Before the turn of the Eighteenth-Century, Epsom already had a full-time clerk of the course. By 1730, there were at least two annual meetings at Epsom.

The Derby

Towards the end of the Eighteenth -Century, the then Earl of Derby decided to organise a race so that he could compete against close friends. 3-year-old fillies were their choice of mounts. Derby chose the name of the race himself – the Oaks. The name came from the title of the estate owned by him.

The race was an instant hit, so much so that in the following year he created a second race. This was to be for colts and fillies of the same age. The Epsom Derby was born. The distance of the racecourse was lengthened and the famous Tattenham Corner was now a part of it. For the most part, the race is still run as it would have been all those years ago.

Epsom Downs is within a triangle comprised of Epsom, Tadworth, and Langley Vale. Many people are unaware that the Derby can be watched for free, as it is in a public area. For a long time, no other British sporting event was as well-attended as the Epsom Derby. The race represents the ultimate test for horses over a mile and a half. The winner needs huge reserves of stamina and a lightning turn of foot. The pace is relentless and all of the horses will be among the very best 3-year-olds in the World.

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