Epsom Derby 2022: Pattern Race Trials Guide

We take a look at some of the prominent trials for the Derby at Epsom.
We take a look at some of the prominent trials for the Derby at Epsom.

As the Flat season begins to click into gear, we turn our attentions to the 2022 Cazoo Derby, which takes place at Epsom Downs on Saturday 4th June, 2022. Over the coming weeks in the lead-up to the showpiece Group 1 there will be a plethora of leading Classic trials for the three-year-old Championship contest, and we pick out those trials worth watching in relation to finding vital Derby clues...

bet365 Classic Trial - Sandown Park - 22nd April, 2022

Often a competitive 1m 2f race, the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown Park can often be the first stepping stone for possible Derby contenders, and last year's emphatic Derby winner Adayar incidentally finished second in the race before going on to claim Epsom glory a few weeks later. The 1997 Derby winner Benny The Dip was another that used the Classic Trial at Sandown as a stepping stone to Classic success, and like Adayar that raider finished second before going one better at Epsom.

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2022 Cazoo Derby Odds

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Tower Of London
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QIPCO 2000 Guineas - Newmarket - 30th April, 2022

A prestigious event in its own right, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas will attract the premier milers from the UK, Ireland and Europe, and the Newmarket Group 1 contest is the first Classic of the season. An early season showpiece, the 2000 Guineas has also been used as a springboard to the Derby, as horses step up from the 1m of the Guineas to the 1m 4f of the Derby, and Aidan O'Brien, in particular, can use the Guineas as a trial for the Derby.

The first part of the Triple Crown (Guineas/Derby/St Leger), horses like Sea The Stars and Camelot have tasted victory in the 2000 Guineas before going on to claim Derby success, while the most recent Derby winner that ran in the Guineas was Masar, who finished third at Newmarket before going on to win at Epsom.

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Chester Vase - Chester - 4th May, 2022

Chester's May meeting is one of the early season highlights as huge crowds flock to the Roodee for some competitive action around the tight turns of Chester racecourse. On day one of the meeting the Group 3 Chester Vase is run over 1m 4f and can attract some strong Classic candidates. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ruler Of The World was a fine winner of the 2013 Chester Vase before going to Epsom a few weeks later and winning, while Wings Of Eagles was second in the 2017 Chester Vase before going one better at Epsom.

Dee Stakes - Chester - 5th May, 2022

The Listed Dee Stakes on the second day of the festival can often throw up a potential leading Derby contender as well as the aforementioned Chester Vase. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s both the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Oath and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kris Kin won the Dee Stakes en route to the Derby, where they were victorious.

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Lingfield Derby Trial - Lingfield Park - 7th May, 2022

Last season's Derby hero Adayar not only featured in the Classic Trial at Sandown Park, but the Godolphin raider also ran in the Lingfield Derby Trial, and the Charlie Appleby-trained star could only finish second in that contest before winning the Derby. The last winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial who went on to Epsom glory was the Aidan O'Brien-trained Anthony Van Dyck, who did the double in 2019, while prior to that Luca Cumani's High-Rise did the double in 1998. Run over one-mile three-and-a-half furlongs, it can provide a decent test for runners, who are looking for a final prep run for the Derby.

'Derrinstown Stud' Derby Trial - Leopardstown - 8th May, 2022

One of the premier trials on the Irish Flat calendar, the Derby Trial at Leopardstown has been a race dominated by the legendary Aidan O'Brien in recent times with him training a mind boggling 14 winners of the race, but it's been a fair while since the winner of the race has gone on to Epsom glory.

Both Galileo and High Chaparall were high profile winners at the start of the century, while John Oxx's Sinndar won the event too, but since then no horse has been victorious in both contests, but it's still worth taking a note of who the Ballydoyle team declare for the race.

Dante Stakes - York - 12th May, 2022

With only a few weeks to go to the Derby when the Dante Stakes is run, trainers are finally putting the finishing touches to their star's campaign, but the York 1m 4f contest has proven extremely insightful when it comes to Derby clues. A fiercely contested event on the Knavesmire, the last horse to win the Derby having won the Dante was the John Gosden-trained Golden Horn, who managed the feat back in 2015.

Prior to that the likes of Motivator and Authorized were winners of the event at York, while Workforce finished second in the contest before going on to claim Epsom glory.

Epsom Derby 2022
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