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:
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!).
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!
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.