This was run on Thursday 5th May 1785 and 10 ran, although initially there were 29 subscribers.

THE DERBY 1785

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The Derby Stakes of 50 Guineas each for 3 year olds with colts carrying 8 st 3 lb and fillies 8 st. Over the last mile and a half, the winner to receive £1,023 15s, the equivalent of £1,370,000 today, and the second to receive 100 Guineas out of the stakes. The winner was trained by John Pratt.

Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 AIMWELL Charles Hindley 1st Earl of Clermont
2 GRANTHAM ----- Lord Grosvenor
3 VERJUICE ----- Mr Wastell
4 CHAUNTER ----- Colonel O'Kelly
Also

COLT BY ECLIPSE

----- Colonel O'Kelly
Also BALLOON ----- Mr Bullock
Also VULCAN ----- Lord Grosvenor
Also LEPICQ ----- Sir F.Standish
Also BACKBITE ----- Lord Foley
Also ROLLO ----- Lord Sherborne
2/1 Grantham/Vulcan (coupled)
2/1 Balloon
7/1 Aimwell
8/1 Bar