This was run on Thursday 28th May 1789 and 11 ran, although there were initially 30 subscribers. It was over a mile and a half and the winners prize was £1,076 5s, the equivalent of £1,430,000 today. The winner was bred by the 5th Duke of Bedford and trained by Matt Stephenson.

THE DERBY 1789

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 SKYSCRAPER Sam Chifney Snr 5th Duke of Bedford
2 SIR GEORGE ----- 5th Duke of Bedford
3 BROTHER TO SKYLARK ----- Lord Grosvenor
4 SOUJAH UL DOULAH ----- HRH Prince of Wales
Also

SERPENT

----- HRH Prince of Wales
Also COMPETITOR ----- Lord G.H.Cavendish
Also COLT BY POT-8-OS ----- Lord Grosvenor
Also BASHFUL ----- Duke of St Albans
Also PANTALOON ----- Mr Lade
Also SIR CHRISTOPHER ----- Lord Barrymore
Also SUBLIMATE ----- Lord Egremont
4/7 Skyscraper
7/2 Soujah ul Doulah
100/8 Colt by Pot-8-os
100/7 Sublimate