Rain fails to dampen Derby spirits as 4,000 punters make way to Epsom for racing in pouring rain

THE rain has failed to dampen spirits as 4,000 punters made their way to Epsom for Ladies' Day.

The opening day of the Cazoo Derby Festival kicks off this afternoon but the grey skies haven't budged all morning.






The Cazoo Oaks is the big race on Day 1, before the Derby itself takes centre stage tomorrow at 4.30.

And with crowds steadily on their way back, tickets sold out like hot cakes for both days at Epsom.

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But punters will be on the search for umbrellas as well as winners as the rain continued.

Bolshoi Ballet is the big Derby favourite, while stablemate Santa Barbara heads the betting for today's Oaks.

However, our top tipster Templegate fancies Zeyaadah who has been popular with punters already today.

You can get all his tips for the day here.

The Frankie Dettori factor is already in full swing, too.

He will ride Snowfall for Aidan O'Brien in the Oaks, before he gets the leg-up on leading British hope John Leeper tomorrow in the Derby.



The Derby is worth over £1.25 million this year, with the Oaks just under £650,000.

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