5 things you didn’t know about the Investec Derby

With the Investec Derby now days away, we’ve taken the time to look through its rich racing history to unearth some facts you probably haven’t heard of before.

Prepare to be amazed.


King of Epsom

The 1909 Derby is the only time that a reigning monarch has triumphed in the Derby.

Minoru, owned by King Edward VII – Queen Elizabeth II’s great grandfather – registered a brilliant victory on the Downs a year before the Royal owner’s death.

He also tasted success, as the Prince of Wales, in the 1896 Derby with Persimmon and Diamond Jubilee in 1900.


It’s all in the name

There are only three letters of the alphabet that are attached to a Derby winner’s name.

If you’re backing a horse starting with U, X, Z – it’s probably best to have a serious think before pledging your allegiance.

Interestingly, the most successful letter is S with 43 victories, the most recent being Sea The Stars in 2009.


Prime Minister at the double

Lord Rosebery is the only person to have owned the Derby winner while Prime Minister, winning both the 1894 Derby with Ladas, as well as the following year’s contest with Sir Visto.

Imagine David Cameron doing a thing a like that…


Three is the magic number

Astonishingly, Ruler of The World’s victory in 2013 was the most recent by a horse who hadn’t run as a two-year-old.

Commander In Chief 20 years before that was the previous to win.


Gallant greys are a rarity

There has only been four grey winners of the Derby.

It’s hard to think that in a history spanning four centuries that only Gustavus (1821), Tagalie (1912), Mahmoud (1936) and Airborne (1946) have been victorious.

The closest a grey has come to winning recently was Kingston Hill in the 2014 Investec Derby.