Epsom Derby Trivia

  • Lester Piggott is the most successful jockey in the history of the Epsom Derby having ridden the Epsom Derby winner on 9 occasions.ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Former champion jockey Lester Piggott arrives for the fourth day of The Royal Meeting at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2007 in Ascot, Berkshire, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
  • During its two hundred year history the Epsom Derby has only witnessed one dead heat finish, the 1884 race that saw Harvester and St. Gatien pass the finishing post at the same moment.
  • Only 4 greys have ever won the Epsom Derby, the most recent being Airborne in 1946.
  • The two most successful owners in the history of the Epsom Derby have both been members of a royal family. The 3rd Earl of Egremont racked up 5 race victories in the 1800s, whilst the Aga Khan has equalled this record in recent years and should surpass it in years to come.
  • The Epsom Derby has beggared the bookies on three occasions when horses won at 100/1 odds. Jeddah, Signorinetta and Aboyeur all achieved this feat. Aboyeur did not win the race outright, but was given the race after the disqualification of race winner Craganour in 1913.
  • The most dominant display of running in the history of the Epsom Derby was put on in 1981 when Shergar won the race by 10 lengths.
  • Only one female jockey has ever raced in the Epsom Derby. In 1996 Alex Greaves participated in the Epsom Derby and was unfortunate to finish last on Portuguese Lil.
  • Jockey Sir Gordon Richards made 27 attempts on the Epsom Derby winners title before finally winning the 1953 race on Pinza.
  • Three trainers share the Epsom Derby trivia record for the most Epsom Derby wins, including Fred Darling, Robert Robson and John Porter.
  • In 1998 Cape Verdi entered the Epsom Derby with high hopes of becoming the first filly since 1916 to win the race. Despite winning the 1,000 Guineas several days earlier, Cape Verdi was unable to reverse the dominance of colts in the race, finishing 9th after starting the race as the outright favourite.
  • The Epsom Derby has been used to make a number of political statements. In 1913 Emily Davison was killed by stepping in front of the King’s racehorse Anmer to protest the absence of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.
  • According to Epsom Derby trivia, the largest field to contest the Epsom Derby was 34 racehorses in 1834. The smallest was 4, forty years earlier.