The second race that takes place at The Epsom Season Finale at Epsom Downs Racecourse every year is The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes.
The Epsom Season Finale is a spectacular day of racing that features The Nursery, The Apprentices’ Derby Stakes, and The Season Finale Handicap Flat Race among its seven breathtaking races.
Epsom Downs Racecourse, which is located on the Epsom Downs chalk uplands of Surrey, was established in 1661 and can handle up to 130,000 spectators at a time thanks to free public access areas. This massive crowd of horse racing fans creates one of the most thrilling experiences in the sport.
The Epsom Season Finale is held on the last Sunday in September, just a few weeks after The Glass Times Race Day concludes. Don’t miss the next edition, which will be held on Sunday the 26th of September 2021.
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About The Race
The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes is a Class 2 conditions flat race that serves as the second race of The Epsom Season Finale at Epsom Downs Racecourse every September.
Exclusively open to horses just two years old, The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes runs 1 mile and 113 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse and has recently features as few as just three runners.
A generous £20,000 prize pot was to contend last time out, which was shared between the race finishers as follows:
1st place – 5/4 Grand Rock (IRE) – £12,450
2nd place – 9/4 Night Colours (IRE) – £3,728
3rd place – 13/8 King’s Caper (GB) – £1,864
4th place – N/A – £932
The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes Flat Race will begin at around 14:30 on Sunday the 26th of September 2021.
The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes usually features a very small field of runners who are looking to challenge for The Epsom Derby itself the following June. last time out, there was just a neck separating the front two runners.
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):
- King’s Caper (GB) – third-place finish – 13/8 starting price – weighing in at 9-7 – ridden by jockey Joe Fanning and trained by Mark Johnston
- Grand Rock (IRE) – first-place finish – 5/4 starting price – weighing in at 9-2 – ridden by jockey James Doyle and trained by William Haggas
- Night Colours (IRE) – second-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 8-11 – ridden by jockey Dane O’Neill and trained by Simon and Ed Crisford
The year before, this race was also contested by just three runners, and it was amongst the most thrilling editions of this race Epsom has ever witnessed. Here’s how they got on:
- Persian Moon (IRE) – first-place finish – 10/11 starting price – weighing in at 9-5 – ridden by jockey Silvestre De Sousa and trained by Mark Johnston
- Pogo (IRE) – third-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 9-5 – ridden by jockey Callum Shepherd and trained by Charlie Hills
- Three Comets (GER) – second-place finish – 6/4 starting price – weighing in at 9-2 – ridden by jockey Andrea Atzeni and trained by Roger Varian
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Odds for The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes at its most recent edition in September 2019 ranged from 5/4 for the race favourite Grand Rock up to 9/4 for the least likely runner Night Colours who managed a second-place finish.
It was Grand Rock, the race favourite, that finished first in this edition of The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes, converting £100 outright backing stakes into £225 in returns, £125 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes at The Epsom Season Finale, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 edition abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)
5/4 race favourite Grand Rock, ridden by jockey James Doyle and trained by William Haggas, won The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes at Epsom’s Season Finale meeting last time out.
9/4 third-favourite Night Colours finished just a neck behind Grand Rock in second place, followed by 13/8 priced second-favourite King’s Caper in third. These were the only three participants in this edition of the race.
At Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2018, The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes was won by 10/11 priced race favourite Persian Moon, ridden by jockey Silvestre De Sousa and trained by Mark Johnston.
6/4 priced German second-favourite Three Comets finished a length and three-quarters behind Persian Moon in second place, followed by 11/2 priced Pogo in third. These were the only three runners that took part in the 2018 edition of this race.
Dee Ex Bee, the 7/2 priced third-favourite, finished first in The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2017, ridden by jockey Franny Norton and trained by Mark Johnston.
20/1 priced outsider Move Over finished just three-quarters of a length behind Dee Ex Bee in second place, followed by 6/4 priced race favourite The Revenant in third place and 3/1 priced second-favourite Lisheen Castle in fourth.
Back in September 2016 at Epsom’s Season Finale, The Derby ‘Wild Card’ Conditions Stakes was won by 11/4 priced second-favourite Medieval, ridden by jockey Jim Crowley and trained by Paul Cole.
9/1 priced Defoe finished a length and three quarters behind Medieval in second place, followed by 7/2 priced third-favourite Max Zorin in third place and 9/2 priced Jackhammer in fourth.