Badges through the decades

Brief History


Evidence of early racing on the Epsom Downs on 7th March, a meeting attended by King Charles II, and this is confirmed by Pepys in 1663.


Racing takes place in the vicinity of Epsom at Banstead, with races being run over a 4 mile distance and the horses then being rubbed down at the Rubbing House. There is now a pub which commmorates this event.


From this date there is firm evidence of regular meetings on the Downs, although races are generally run in heats.


The first Oaks takes place on 14th May and is won by Bridget, owned by Lord Derby.


The first Derby Stakes is won by Sir Charles Bunbury's Diomed, ridden by S. Arnull on 4th May 1780.


A famous day in the history of Epsom, and racing in general, when William Dorling produced the first racecard complete with runners, riders, betting forecast and colours.


Lord Lowther's Spaniel wins the Derby in the presence of the future Queen Victoria.


The Derby is awarded to Orlando after the first past the post, Running Rein is discovered to be a 4 year old and is disqualified.


The City and Suburban, a mile and a quarter race, is run for the first time.


The Derby is run on the present day course for the first time and results in a triumph for Mr Savile's Cremorne, ridden by Maidment and trained by Gilbert.


Persimmon provides a Royal victory in the Derby, winning for the Prince of Wales.



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The Prince of Wales wins the Derby a second time with Diamond Jubilee.


A third victory for the Prince of Wales, now King Edward VII, when H.Jones rides Minoru to win the Derby.


Tagalie, ridden by J. Reiff, becomes the first grey to win the Derby. Only 2 horses, Mahmoud and airborne, have matched the feat.


One of the most famous and controversial events in Epsoms history when Emily Davison is killed as she runs out in front of the Kings horse.


Epsom is used during the War and the Derby is run at Newmarket for 4 years.


Epsom is, once again, used for the war effort and the Derby takes place at Newmarket for a 6 year period.


The Willie Carson ridden Troy wins the 200th Derby trained by Major Dick Hern.


The future of Epsom is secured after it is purchased with the help of Lord Wigg.

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