Epsom Racecourse is a tight, undulating left-handed track. It is widely considered as the ideal test of the thoroughbred. The premier blue riband event in the UK for three-year-olds is the Epsom Derby and is the pinnacle race of our sport.
There are various attributes required to win this race, such as the agility and flexibility to handle the unique and steep undulations, especially the camber on the downhill section along the final straight part of the course and the will to show the right determination to pick up off a decent pace up the incline from the last furlong to the winning line does require a special type of horse to deliver.
It isn’t just the distance of the Derby that provides a thorough test of one’s ability, the five furlong course is the fastest track on turf in the world. In 2012 Stone Of Folca became the first horse to dip under 54 seconds for five furlongs on turf, that record still stands today.
Of course, the test is of a different variety; tactical speed, the ability to travel well, make quick maneuvers and remain balance throughout on a course that is virtually downhill all the way from the start, are just some of the characteristics needed to perform well over course and distance.
Andrew Balding is one trainer that has a knack of getting two-year-old winners at the course, he is the son of Ian Balding who trained the legendary Mill Reef to win the Derby here in 1971.
Here is record below if backing his two-year-old runners at the venue to level stakes at one Euro per bet.
Bets: 48 Win: 14 Strike Rate: 29.17% P/L+58.96
Usually a two-year-old without a previous run coming to this course would be considered a disadvantage given how tricky this course can ride, but 50% of his runners who have yet to race at all have managed to win on their racecourse debut at this venue, something to bear in mind.
Former footballer turn trainer Mick Channon is not often associated with a consistent amount of winners at most racetracks and you could argue this also applies here but backing all his three-year-olds contesting handicaps for three-year-olds only see him reach a profit of 15.71 at a strike rate of just over 16% indicating his winners tend to go off at reasonable odds.