Epsom Derby 2014: TV Schedule, Post Positions, Odds, Runners and More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

The world's most famous horse race takes place on Saturday as the Derby is chased at its traditional home of Epsom.

The Group 1 flat gathering is the richest race in Britain and the most prestigious meeting of all the British racing classics.

Three-year-old Australia is the current favourite with Oddschecker.com pricing in and around the 13-8 mark.

Here is how you can watch the greatest race on the planet, with race times, post positions, the runners, odds and more:

 

Where: Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey

When: Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Post Time: 4 p.m BST/11 a.m. ET

Watch: Channel 4 

Distance: 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 m)

Purse:  £1,250,000

 

Epsom Derby Post Positions, Runners and Odds
Post PositionHorseTrainerOdds
1ArodP Chapple-Hyam18-1
2AustraliaA O'Brien13-8 FAV
3EbanoranJ Oxx16-1
4Fascinating RockD Weld18-1
5Geoffrey ChaucerA O'Brien19-2
6Impulsive MomentA Balding104-1
7KingfisherA O'Brien132-1
8Kingston HillR Varian15-2
9OrchestraA O'Brien16-1
10Our ChannelW Haggas170-1
11PinzoloC Appleby50-1
12Red GalileoE Dunlop150-1
13RomsdalJohn Gosden29-1
14Sudden WonderC Appleby89-1
15True StoryS Bin Suroor12-1
16Western HymnJ Gosden16-1
Oddschecker.com

Australia, The Punters Favourite

Aiden O'Brien attempts to become the first trainer in history to win the Epsom Derby for three straight years with his magnificent beast, Australia.

The horse will be ridden by O'Brien's son, Joseph O'Brien, and has been backed heavily to deliver the famous prize, and huge winner's cheque, to the family.

Trainer O'Brien also has three other animals in the race.

The fancied Geoffrey Chaucer is currently 19-2 and shortening, Orchestra is a good price at 16-1 and the little-fancied Kingfisher completes the set, riding at a huge 132-1.

But it is Australia who holds the cards for O'Brien, with the horse being bred especially for the one-and-a-half mile course.

He came in third recently in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, per BBC Sport, and is the son of 2001 Derby winner Galileo and 2004 Oaks champion Ouija Board.

Galileo was also the father of the legendary horse Frankel. Coolmore Stud director David O'Loughlin, whose company now looks after Galileo, paid the 2014 Derby bookies favourite the ultimate complement.

He said, per BBC Sport: "Frankel was a great son of Galileo's. Hopefully Australia might go some way to being as good or nearly as good as Frankel."

O'Brien has claimed that Australia is the best he has ever trained, and a victory would be the trainer's fourth triumph at the classic overall. 

O'Brien said of Australia, per BBC Sport: "He's a Derby horse like we've never had before, that's the reality."

 

Kieren Fallon Aims to Roll Back the Clock:

He is a three-time winner of the Derby and now 49 years old, but Kieren Fallon has a real shot at glory on the much-fancied True Story on Saturday.

The horse is being backed in from 12-1, and those odds could be much shorter in the hours before the race.

Fallon is now riding for new employer Sheikh Mohammed's global Godolphin racing operation and has experienced a renaissance in his career.

Fallon said, per BBC Sport: "Towards the back end, I found it hard to get rides, and basically by going to Dubai and getting the opportunity to ride for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor, things picked up from there."

If the jockey completes his comeback with a victory on True Story, it will be one of racing's great stories. 

If the ground remains favourable for True Story and does not become too soft, the horse can push Australia all of the way to the finish line. It will be a fascinating race with a strong field, and Fallon can prove that there is life in the old dog yet. 

But Australia is rightfully the horse that race fans are putting their money on at the moment. He has been created to run in races of this magnitude, and it will be more of a shock if he loses in the Epsom Derby rather than if he steams home for the victory. 

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