Epsom Racecourse hosts the Derby Festival on 31st May & 1st June this year, with the 234th running of the Investec Derby, the most famous Classic of all, to feature 12 runners. 

The winner of Britain's richest race of the year (£1,379,500) will emerge shortly after 4pm on 1 June, before a huge crowd at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Chopin, the Andreas Wohler-trained three-year-old colt, will become the first German runner if lining up on Saturday. 

Unbeaten Dawn Approach, trained by Jim Bolger (successful in the Investec Derby with the colt's sire New Approach in 2008) in Ireland and running in the Godolphin colours, is the strong favourite but there are plenty of likely challengers.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has five colts in the Investec Derby, which he has won three times – with Camelot (2012), High Chaparral (2002) and Galileo (2001).

They are Battle Of Marengo, winner of his last five races, Festive Cheer, Flying The Flag, QIPCO 2000 Guineas sixth Mars and the unbeaten Ruler Of The World.

Andre Fabre sent out Pour Moi to win the Investec Derby two years ago and France's 24-time champion trainer is hoping Ocovango, successful on all three of his starts, can emulate that victory.

Betfred Dante winner Libertarian, who would be the first Derby winner trained in the North of England since Dante in 1945 if successful, is the main British-trained hope. He is trained by Elaine Burke at Middleham in Yorkshire.

The other potential Irish challenger is the David Wachman-trained Galileo Rock.

Mirsaale is the only course winner among the Investec Derby hopefuls, with the James Tate-trained colt winning the Investec Derby Trial over 10 furlongs on 24 April.

Ocean Applause is the outsider of the likely Investec Derby field after three unplaced efforts this year for trainer John Ryan.

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