5 Interesting Facts about the Epsom Derby

The Epsom Derby’s relationship with Horse Racing has a rich history. It has pioneered the sport itself and has essentially moulded the meeting into a celebration of English culture and traditions. With Derby Day falling on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, as well as the launch of our newest Pegasus Lounge, it is safe to say that it’ll be a weekend that goes down in the history books at Epsom Downs, and one that we’ll be shouting about for years to come…

We thought now would be a good time to take a look at 5 interesting facts you might not have known about the Epsom Derby:

It is the richest race of the five English classics

Being the most prestigious race out of the five English classics (the five oldest and most important English horse races – Epsom Derby, the Oaks, the One Thousand Guineas, the Saint Leger, and the 2000 Guineas), it doesn’t come as a surprise that the winner of the Epsom Derby receives a hefty financial reward.

The winner of the Epsom Derby will receive a whopping £1.125M, making it the richest horse race out of the five classics… In comparison, the winners of the other four collect:

St. Leger: £421,355
The Oaks: £283,500
2000 Guineas Stakes: £227,019
1000 Guineas Stakes: £212,662

Fun fact: The jockey with the most derby wins is Lester Piggott; Winning the derby a total of 9 times. It is no wonder he is widely regarded as the best flat rider of all-time (and the richest one too!).


It was named by the toss of a coin

The year is 1779 and the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury are celebrating after the inaugural race of the Oaks Stakes at Epsom. The pair start to converse, and propose that a new race should take place at the Epsom Downs. The two decided that the name would be decided by a good old-fashioned coin toss…

As you have probably guessed, the coin toss went the way of the 12th Earl of Derby and was fittingly named ‘The Epsom Derby’. To think it could have been so different, imagine if it were the Epsom Bunbury!

Fun fact: Edward Stanley (the 12th Earl of Derby) won the first ever running of the Oaks on Epsom Downs with his horse Bridget – ironically, Sir Charles Bunbury’s horse Diamond won the first ever Epsom Derby!


The name of the Derby has pioneered Sporting events around the world

Who would have thought that a coin toss would make it this far? Since the Epsom Derby’s inception in 1779, the race has gone onto make its mark on sporting events around the world. Most notably, the Kentucky Derby.


The race has always been run at Epsom Downs apart from during both World Wars

The Epsom Derby, in Newmarket?!

During both World Wars (1915 – 1918 and 1940 – 1945), the Epsom Derby was unable to continue being ran at Epsom, so it was instead held in Newmarket during those years.

The races during those years are, nowadays, referred to as the ‘New Derby.’


The Queen has been attending the Epsom Derby for almost 70 years!

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one race that separates the best from the rest! With the sequence of corners through Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel leading on to the Hangar Straight, the performance of any Formula 1 driver and car is put to the test. With cars having to travel at well over 150mph through this tricky sequence, the race is breath-taking, to say the least.

Our Pegasus Lounge is located inside the Circuit between Copse and Maggotts Corner – clients were in prime position to witness the 2021 crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Hosting 600 guests over the racing weekend, the Pegasus Lounge with Corinthian Sports is going to be spectacular! If you are looking to experience one of the most important races on the F1 calendar to date, get in touch – spaces are already limited!

It is very well known that the Queen is an avid horse racing fan, and just four days after her coronation, Her Majesty attended the Epsom Derby and has continued to bless the racecourse with her presence for almost 70 years.

For 2022 the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated over the same weekend, which makes an already iconic event more meaningful. The nation will celebrate the occasion with an extended bank holiday falling over the Derby weekend – the opportune time to get yourself down to what will truly be a momentous meeting.

To add to an already jam-packed weekend, Corinthian Sports will launch our newest Pegasus Lounge, our exclusive facility guaranteed to make the celebrations bigger and better than ever before.


What is The Pegasus Lounge?

When booking your hospitality in The Pegasus Lounge, our luxurious facility available only to our Corinthian members, you will receive added extras such as sporting guest speakers, host gifts and quality branded merchandise.

Along with the already premium package, on the day, our qualified team will be in attendance to ensure you have an unforgettable experience allowing you to sit back with your guests and enjoy a unique, high quality and memorable day.

Your facility

The Pegasus Lounge at Epsom Derby will give you unparalleled access to the action. Positioned to the left of the main Grandstand on the famous Tattenham Straight – you can cheer on your horse at a pivotal point as the horses approach the final furlong on the race… all whilst enjoying the inclusive bar!

What you’ll receive:

  • Pimm’s reception
  • Three course “best of British” lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Inclusive bar of beer, house wine, house spirits and soft drinks
  • Private viewing terrace and garden
  • Package inclusive of a Tattenham Enclosure ticket
  • Private tables of ten and twelve
  • Access to the Grandstand enclosure after-party
  • Betting facilities and tipster
  • Private betting facilities
  • One parking pass per four guests
  • Corinthian staff in attendance throughout the day

Want to make this extended bank holiday weekend even more memorable with regal-level hospitality in the brand new Pegasus Lounge? Get in touch today!

Thank you for reading!