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An Investec Derby Festival Primer

Revelers at the Investec Derby FestivalThe next two Classics of the year take place at Epsom Downs this week, with the premier three-year-old colts' race, the Investec Derby, on Saturday and the Investec Oaks on Friday.

Here you will find all our coverage of both races, which this year will both get underway at 4.30pm, plus betting tips, previews and a guide to the 237th Investec Derby Festival.

All odds are ante-post and race entries are subject to change, with some jockeys still to be confirmed.

When does the Investec Derby Festival start?

The two-day event, featuring the third and fourth Classics of the year, gets underway with the first race at 2pm on Friday and Saturday, with both cards featuring seven races.

What time do the Oaks and the Derby start?

The Oaks is at 4.30pm on Friday and the Derby starts at the same time on Saturday.

How can I watch the races?

If you are not heading down to Epsom, Channel 4 (in England) will be broadcasting live from the course on both days. The broadcaster's coverage starts at 1.35pm on Friday and 1.30pm on Saturday, and will feature five races each day, including the two Classics.

Who are the Derby runners and riders (trainer/jockey)?

Across The Stars (Sir Michael Stoute/Kieran Fallon), Algometer (David Simcock/Jim Crowley), Beacon Rock (Aidan O´Brien), Biodynamic (Karl Burke), Bravery (Aidan O´Brien), Cloth Of Stars (Andre Fabre/Mickael Barzalona), Deauville (Aidan O´Brien), Harzand (Dermot Weld),Humphrey Bogart (Richard Hannon/Sean Levey), Idaho (Aidan O´Brien), Massaat (Owen Burrows/Paul Hanagan), Moonlight Magic (Jim Bolger), Port Douglas (Aidan O´Brien), Red Verdon (Ed Dunlop/Silvestre de Sousa), Shogun (Aidan O´Brien), Ulysses (Sir Michael Stoute/Andrea Atzeni), US Army Ranger (Aidan O´Brien), Wings of Desire (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori).

What are the odds for the Derby?

Wings Of Desire 5/1; US Army Ranger 11/2; Cloth Of Stars, Ulysses 7/1; Deauville 10/1; Moonlight Magic 12/1; Massaat 14/1; Harzand, Port Douglas 16/1; Idaho, Red Verdon 20/1; Across The Stars, Humphrey Bogart 25/1; Algometer 33/1; Shogun 40/1; Beacon Rock, Bravery 66/1; Biodynamic 200/1.

Who are the Oaks runners and riders (trainer/jockey)?

Architecture (Hugo Palmer/Frankie Dettori), Australian Queen (David Elsworth/James Doyle), Diamonds Pour Moi (Ralph Beckett/Oisin Murphy), Harlequeen (Mick Channon/Silvestre de Sousa), Minding (Aidan O´Brien/Ryan Moore), Seventh Heaven (Aidan O´Brien/Colm Donoghue), Skiffle (Charlie Appleby/William Buick), Somehow (Aidan O´Brien/Seamie Heffernan), Turret Rocks (Jim Bolger/Kevin Manning).

What are the odds for the Oaks?

Minding Evens; Skiffle 6/1; Turret Rocks 7/1; Somehow 10/1; Architecture 11/1; Seventh Heaven 16/1; Harlequeen 25/1; Diamonds Pour Moi 33/1; Australian Queen 66/1.

What other events are being held at Epsom?

The other major race of the two days is the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec), which has been renamed this year in honour of Her Majesty's 90th birthday and is at 3.10pm on the Saturday.

Friday is Ladies' Day and also features the Group Three Investec Diomed Stakes and two Listed races, the Woodcote Stakes (2pm) and the Surrey Stakes (5.15pm).

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