The Investec Derby in numbers

There is only one Investec Derby.

Here, we take a look in detail at the numbers that have helped to make the contest the prestigious race that it is.


2/9 – The shortest-priced of 18 odds-on Derby winners was Ladas at 2/9 in 1894. In essence, that means if you put £9 on to win the race, you get £2 profit back plus your stake.


100/1 – The longest starting price returned for a Derby winner is 100/1; seen three times thanks to Jeddah in 1898, Signorinetta in 1908 and Aboyeur (on a disqualification) in 1913.


3 – Aidan O’Brien became the first trainer to win the Derby three times in succession in 2014 when Australia added to the victories of Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). 17 trainers, including O’Brien, have won the Derby in two consecutive years.


10 – French-trained challengers have been successful 10 times, with Pour Moi (2011) the first French raider to score since Empery in 1976.


1 – Joseph O’Brien became the first son of a trainer, who sent out the winner, to be the successful jockey in 2012. He partnered Camelot, trained by his father Aidan. He repeated the feat in 2014 on Australia, also trained by his dad.


16 – The youngest winning jockey was John Parsons, who was believed to be 16 when successful on Caractacus in 1862. Lester Piggott was 18 on Never Say Die in 1954, with Walter Swinburn a year older when he triumphed on Shergar in 1981. Mickael Barzalona (2011 – Pour Moi) and Joseph O’Brien (2012 – Camelot) were also both 19 at the time of their successes.


36 – Lester Piggott, who announced his retirement from the saddle in 1995, rode in the Derby 36 times and partnered an unequalled nine winners (1954, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1977 & 1983) of the premier Classic. He participated in the Classic in five different decades, having his first ride at 15 on Zucchero in 1951 and the final mount, Khamaseen, came when he was aged 58 in 1994.


60+ – The oldest winning jockey was John Forth, aged at least 60, on Frederick in 1829. He also had the distinction of having trained the winner, as well as the runner-up, The Exquisite.


2m 31.33s – Workforce recorded the fastest time in the 236 runnings of the Derby in 2010. His 2 minutes 31.33 seconds was just under a second faster than the previous Derby record of 2 minutes 32.31 seconds set by Lammtarra in 1995, who bettered Mahmoud’s longstanding (handtimed) record of 2 minutes 33.8 seconds clocked in 1936. The 2015 winner Golden Horn became the third fastest Derby winner, coming home in 2 minutes 32.32 seconds


1909 – The 1909 Derby is the only time the reigning monarch has triumphed in the Derby, thanks to Minoru, whose owner King Edward VII died the following year. He had also enjoyed success in the Derby with both Persimmon in 1896 and Diamond Jubilee in 1900 when the Prince of Wales. George IV won with Sir Thomas in 1788, when still Prince of Wales.


1894 – Lord Rosebery is the only person to have owned the Derby winner while Prime Minister, winning both in 1894 with Ladas and the following year with Sir Visto.


1949 – The photofinish camera decided the Derby result for the first time in 1949 when Nimbus, bred by bookmaker William Hill, landed the spoils by a head from French raider, Amour Drake.


20 – Ruler Of The World’s victory in 2013 was the most recent by a colt who had been unraced as a two-year-old. Commander In Chief 20 years before that was the previous one. A number of horses vying for the title also did not race as a two-year-old, including Dante Stakes winner Wings of Desire and Derby favourite, US Army Ranger.


23 – Tagalie was a rare grey Derby winner. Only four of that hue have prevailed, the others being Gustavus (1821), Mahmoud (1936) and Airborne (1946). The latest grey to come close to victory was Kingston Hill, runner-up to Australia in 2014.


1967 – Starting stalls were first used for the 1967 Derby, won by Royal Palace from 21 rivals.