The greatest horse race of the year, the 71st OPAP Greek Derby, to be held on July 5th, constitutes the most demanding challenge for three-year old thoroughbreds.
This is the case not only in Greece, but in all countries with a developed horseracing industry; the most popular derbies in the world are, without a doubt, Kentucky Derby, namely the “The Run for the Roses” in the U.S., and the English Derby at the famous Epsom racecourse.
The first Greek Derby was held in 1931, only 5 years after the launch of horse races in Greece. Even though, during the first years, horses coming from foreign countries could participate in the race, such participation was modest, due to the low potential of Greek breeding at that time.
Winning the Derby is a life-long dream for owners, trainers and jockeys, even today. Even more so, winning it more than once. In last year’s Derby, the first one held by company Horse Races S.A., a record-high was tied. The six Derby wins record held by the legendary champion jockey Vaggelis Keratsas, also known as the “general”, was tied by Michalis Xynos who won with his horse Mentor.
Aiming in a well-organized racing activity in Markopoulo, development of Greek horse races and further dissemination of the sport in Greece, Hellas Horse Races S.A. offers an exciting gaming experience always based on the principles of responsible gaming.
Hellas Horse Races S.A., an 100% subsidiary of OPAP S.A.