The 2017 renewal of the Investec Derby will go off at Epsom Downs on June 3 and huge interest will be generated among the betting community and among sports lovers as a whole. It’s a historic event, dating right back to 1780 but will we see any of the following records broken this time around?
We all want to seek out some value when we’re picking a Derby winner but we may have to wait some time for a horse to match the current record. 100/1 is the longest price on any winning horse at this prestigious event and you have to go back over 100 years to find the last time that this happened.
Three horses in total have won at that figure and they are Jeddah in 1898, Signorinetta in 1908 and Aboyeur in 1913. As for the longest placed horse, 1989’s Terimor holds that particular record, having come second to Nashwan at a staggering 500/1.
Seven outright favourites or joint favourites have won the Investec Derby since 2000 but it’s still relatively rare for any price to go below Even Money. There was, therefore, no real value in 1894’s Ladas, who crossed the line at the shortest ever winning price of 2/9.
Biggest Winning Margin
The word ‘great’ is so widely used in sport that it can often cease to have any meaning. However, it’s certainly apt in the case of the brilliant and much missed Shergar.
In 1981, Walter Swinburn guided this incredible horse to the biggest winning margin in Derby history as he romped home by a comfortable 10 lengths.
Fastest Winning Time
As quick as Shergar was, even he would not have been able to keep pace with 2010’s winner Workforce, who went round in a record 2 minutes, 31.33 seconds.
Biggest and Shortest fields
Modern day racing has evolved in many ways and in particular, organization and management of the fields are more on point than they were in the early days of the Epsom Derby. It’s no surprise therefore that the records for the biggest and shortest fields were set well over 100 years ago.
In the 1862 renewal, 34 runners took to the starting line, a significant improvement on 1794 when just four horses showed up.
Of all the records set at the Derby over the years, perhaps those are the two that are least likely to be broken in the future. The longest priced horse may also seem safe but as we saw with that 500/1 second place in 1989, there may be room in the modern era for a real long shot to come through and take the top prize.
Perhaps the fastest time may go in 2017: That is the most recent of these records and a number of horses, particularly Cliffs of Moher who is Unibet’s favourite at 7/2, are known for both their pace and stamina.
We will see at the conclusion of this year’s renewal on June 3 but this is certainly an impressive set of stats for this historic race.