Ian Fortune

It’s just 41 days until the start of the Star Sports & TRC English Derby at Towcester and details have been announced regarding trial times, trial stakes, Derby entries etc.

The Derby venue has a wonderful website which includes the way to book tickets for each of the rounds. Click the link:

With so many Irish runners expected to journey across for the classic, the following information will come in very handy.

Trial days and times

MONDAY             - kennel 4pm + trial 5pm
TUESDAY             - kennel 4pm + trial 5pm
WEDNESDAY      - kennel 9am + trial 10am
THURSDAY          - kennel 1pm + trial 2pm
FRIDAY                 - kennel 4pm + trial 5pm
SUNDAY               - kennel 12pm + trial 1pm
[Please note that the Friday option is available up until and including 6th May ... there will be no trials on Friday 13th May. However, there will be trials available on Saturday 14th May with times TBC nearer the day].

Derby entries and draw

Derby Entries close at 7.00pm on Tuesday 10th May with the draw made in the afternoon of Thursday 12th May - this will be streamed live on the Star Sports website.

Derby Trial Stakes

Trial Stakes will be run on both Friday nights and Sunday afternoons (both on RPGTV)

Trial Stake dates
FRIDAYS              - 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th April and 6th May
SUNDAYS            - 17th, 24th April and 1st, 8th May

Dates of the rounds
1st round            - Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May
2nd round           - Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May
3rd round            - Saturday 4th June
Quarter finals      - Saturday 11th June
Semi finals          - Saturday 18th June
Final                    - Saturday 25th June

Open competitions
There will be supporting competitions starting on the quarter final weekend (across the Friday, Saturday and Sunday) over 270m, 500m bitches, 500m Derby Plate, 500m puppy and 712m plus then a 942m competition starting on semi-finals night.