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The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race

The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race is the second race that is run for The Epsom Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse every April.

The Epsom Spring Meeting is a single-day flat racing event that offers six exquisite horse races including The Blue Riband Trial, which offers a ticket to run in The Epsom Derby in June.

Taking place at the end of April every year, The Epsom Spring Meeting begins with The Westminster Handicap at 14:10 and concludes with The Walton Downs Handicap at around 17:00.

The Epsom Spring Meeting 2021 is scheduled to take place on Tuesday the 20th of April 2021. For all of The Epsom Spring Meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race is a Class 1 flat race that serves as the second race of The Epsom Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse and as a trial for The Epsom Derby in June.

Exclusively open to horses aged three years old, The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race runs 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 17 yards and featured seven runners last time out.

The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race in 2019, the last time it was run, offered a prize pool worth £50,000 and we can expect to see something similar in 2021. Here’s how the purse was shared between the placing competitors:

1st place – 4/1 Cape Of Good Hope (IRE) – £28,355

2nd place – 5/1 Cap Francais (GB) – £10,750

3rd place – 11/4 Turgenev (GB) – £5,380

4th place – 11/1 Mackaar (IRE) – £2,680

The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race will begin at 14:45 on Tuesday the 20th of April 2021.

Runners

It’s not just the mighty £50k prize pool the competitors of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race are fighting for. The winner of this wonderfully intense race is also granted an automatic position to compete in the richest race in British horse racing: The Epsom Derby.

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

  1. Arthur Kitt (GB) – fifth-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Richard Kingscote and trained by Tom Dascombe
  2. Cape Of Good Hope (IRE) – first-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Ryan Moore and trained by Aidan O’Brien
  3. Cap Francais (GB) – second-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Gerald Mosse and trained by Ed Walker
  4. Mackaar (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Andrea Atzeni and trained by Roger Varian
  5. Massam (GB) – sixth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Franny Norton and trained by Mark Johnston
  6. Sameem (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Oisin Murphy and trained by James Tate
  7. Turgenev (GB) – third-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 9-1 – ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden

Tips

The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race is a fantastic race to bet on, and thanks to the accurate tips of our professional Epsom horse racing tipsters, you’ve got the best chance ever of profiting from this exciting occasion.

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Odds

Odds for The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race are always generous, with odds ranging from 9/4 for the race favourite Arthur Kitt to 25/1 for the longest outsider Massam last time out.

This edition of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race was won by 4/1 priced Cape Of Good Hope, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £50 in returns, £40 in profits for those that had the faith to back him.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race at The Epsom Spring Meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The winner of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race at the last edition of The Epsom Spring Meeting was 4/1 third-favourite Cape Of Good Hope, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore and trained by Aidan O’Brien.

5/1 priced Cap Francais finished just half a length behind Cape Of Good Hope in second place, followed by 11/4 second-favourite Turgenev in third place and 11/1 priced Mackaar in fourth.

The winning time in this edition of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race that was contested by seven runners was 2m 6.28s.

2018

In 2018, the winner of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race at Epsom Downs Racecourse was 11/4 second-favourite Crossed Baton, ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden.

5/1 priced My Lord And Master finished just a head behind Crossed Baton in second place, followed by 15/8 race favourite Dee Ex Bee in third place and 7/2 priced James Cook in fourth.

The winning time in this edition of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race that was contested by eight runners was 2m 11.35s.

2017

4/6 race favourite Cracksman won The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race at The Epsom Spring Meeting in 2017, ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden.

11/2 priced third-favourite Permian finished just a short head behind Cracksman in second place, followed by 14/1 outsider Bay Of Poets in third place and 4/1 second-favourite Tartini in fourth.

The winning time in this edition of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race that was contested by eight runners was 2m 10.97s.

2016

Back in 2016, the winner of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race at Epsom Downs Racecourse for The Epsom Spring Meeting was 3/1 second-favourite So Mi Dar, ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden.

12/1 outsider Humphrey Bogart finished just a neck behind So Mi Dar in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Viren’s Army in third place and 5/6 race favourite Claudio Monteverdi in fourth.

The winning time in this edition of The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race that was contested by seven runners was 2m 18.97s.

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