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Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes

The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes is the fifth race that takes place during The Season Finale at Epsom Downs Racecourse every autumn.

As its name suggests, The Epsom Season Finale is the final race day of the flat racing season that takes place at Epsom Downs racecourse every year on the last Sunday of September.

Seven exceptional races take place at this wonderful meeting, including The Nursery, The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes, and The Apprentices’ Derby Stakes, which can be witnessed by as many as 130,000 spectators thanks to the local public grounds of The Epsom Downs.

The next edition of The Season Finale at Epsom Downs Racecourse will take place on Sunday the 26th of September 2021. For all of The Epsom Season Finale news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes is a Class 4 handicap flat race that serves as the fifth race of The Season Finale at Epsom Downs Racecourse every year.

Open to horses aged three years and up, The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes runs 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse – the same distance as The Derby Stakes in June.

The prize pot for this race contained £11,600 last time out, which was split proportionately between the first four race finishers. Here is how much was allotted to each placement position:

1st place – 14/1 King Of The Sand (IRE) – £6,469

2nd place – 3/1 Hydroplane (IRE) – £1,925

3rd place – 9/4 Ocala (GB) – £962

4th place – 10/1 Rotherwick (IRE) – £481

The Apprentices’ Derby Stakes Flat Race will begin at around 16:10 on Sunday the 26th of September 2021.

Runners

It’s The Season Finale’s turn to replicate the thrill of The Epsom Derby and the runners that are taking part will be keen to show they’re good enough to be participating in the real deal next June as well.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Epsom’s Season Finale at Epsom Downs Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Ocala (GB) – third-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey William Carver and trained by Andrew Balding
  2. Maquisard (FR) – eighth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Scott McCullagh and trained by Michael Madgwick
  3. Gas Monkey (GB) – seventh-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 9-13 – ridden by jockey Sean Kirrane and trained by Julia Feilden
  4. Mandalayan (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-12 – ridden by jockey Tyler Saunders and trained by Jonathon Portman
  5. Rotherwick (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-11 – ridden by jockey Harrison Shaw and trained by Paul Cole
  6. Culture (FR) – sixth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-6 – ridden by jockey Cieren Fallon and trained by George Baker
  7. King Of The Sand (IRE) – first-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-4 – ridden by jockey Rhys Clutterbuck and trained by Gary Moore
  8. Hydroplane (IRE) – second-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-2 – ridden by jockey Gavin Ashton and trained by Sir Mark Prescott

Tips

Each race that takes place during The Season Finale at Epsom Downs Racecourse makes for a genuine opportunity for decent profits if you know who to wager on. Our team of professional Epsom horse racing tipsters can give you all the information you could possibly need to make the right decisions this September.

Obviously we can’t guarantee winners – that’s not how betting works. But what we can do, is give you the best tips online for making the most likely decisions for each and every race. These excellent tips are always served with a side of promo codes for sign-up offers including free bets, paid extra places promotions, boosted odds and more.

Odds

At the most recent edition of The Season Finale, The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes featured a range of odds from 9/4 on the race favourite Ocala up to 33/1 for the longest outsider Maquisard.

This edition of the race was won by 14/1 priced outsider King Of The Sand, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £150 in returns, £140 in profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes at The Epsom Season Finale, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 edition abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The most recent champion in The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2019 was 14/1 priced outsider King Of The Sand, ridden by jockey Rhys Clutterbuck and trained by Gary Moore.

3/1 priced second-favourite Hydroplane finished five lengths behind King Of The Sand in second place, followed by 9/4 priced race favourite Ocala in third place and 10/1 priced Rotherwick in fourth.

2018

The Class 4 Handicap took place instead of The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes at The Epsom Season Finale in 2018, which was won by 16/1 priced outsider Lord Clenaghcastle, ridden by jockey Hector Crouch and trained by Gary Moore.

14/1 priced Poetic Force finished just a neck behind Lord Clenaghcastle in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Mamillius in third place and 10/3 priced second-favourite Dourado in fourth.

2017

At Epsom’s Season Finale in 2017, the winner of The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes was 14/1 priced outsider Whinging Willie, ridden by jockey Hector Crouch and trained by Gary Moore.

3/1 priced race favourite Golden Wolf finished just half a length behind Whinging Willie in second place, followed by 12/1 priced Bazooka in third place and 8/1 priced Compton Mill in fourth.

2016

Back at The Season Finale in 2016 at Epsom Downs Racecourse, the winner of The Apprentices’ Handicap Derby Stakes was 5/1 priced Guns Of Leros, ridden by jockey Hector Crouch and trained by Gary Moore.

14/1 priced outsider Thames Knight finished three and a quarter lengths behind Guns Of Leros in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Jupiter Custos in third place and 8/1 priced Byron Flyer in fourth.

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