This was run on Thursday 19th May 1825 and the winner was bred by the 5th Earl of Jersey and trained by James Edwards. There were 18 runners from an initial entry of 58, the winner winning by 2 lengths to claim a first prize of £1,995, the equivalent of £1,460,000 today.

THE DERBY 1825

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The Ante-Post market shown below does not even mention Middleton as a potential runner, but this is not surprising since the horse had never run in public before and won the Derby in his one and only race. Despite this he started 7/4 favourite for the race and, in truth, probably had only one serious opponent. Furthermore, it was thought that he had been 'got at' when the boy attending to him allowed the horse to drink copious amounts of water. In the race itself the two principals raced cleared and it was only in the final 50 yards that Jem Robinson urged Middleton on to claim a 2 length victory.

MIDDLETON SR 2031

Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 MIDDLETON Jem Robinson 5th Earl of Jersey
2 RUFUS William Arnull 4th Duke of Grafton
3 HOGARTH Sam Chifney Jnr. Mr Batson
Also COLT BY MULEY ----- Mr Udney
Also MULETEER ----- Mr Roger
Also TAMAR ----- Mr Smith
Also DAUNTLESS ----- Mr Benson
Also WHIPCORD ----- Mr Scaith
Also HOUGOUMONT ----- Mr Shard
Also COLT BY GRANICUS ----- Mr Wyndham
Also OBERON ----- Mr Heathcote
Also FLOUNDER ----- Mr Roger
Also FROGMORE ----- HRH Duke of York
Also ACTAEON ----- Mr Milnes
Also COMRADE ----- Mr Benson
Also CAIN ----- Mr Yates
Also FLEANCE ----- Lord Orford
Also

BITTON

----- Captain Bevan
7/4 Middleton
11/5 Rufus
10/1 Hogarth
10/1 Hougoumont
10/1 Muleteer
18/1 Dauntless
ANTE-POST MARKET JANUARY 1825 - MAY 1825
  20th January 1825 21st February 1825 21st March 1825 25th April 1825
RUFUS 9/1 9/1 8/1 6/4
MULETEER 8/1 9/1 7/1 4/1
HOUGOUMONT 25/1 20/1 16/1 7/1
WEB 18/1 16/1 12/1 14/1
CAIN   40/1 45/1 17/1
DAUNTLESS     13/1 18/1
BOLERO 16/1 11/1 15/1 25/1
HOGARTH       25/1
COLT BY MULEY     40/1 25/1
GOHANNA (Forth's) 30/1 30/1 35/1 30/1
VESTA 30/1     35/1
MERRYMAID     40/1 35/1
PARISOT 17/1 14/1 14/1  
MACDUFF DAM 35/1 28/1 23/1  
SPERMACETI 25/1 30/1 28/1  
OBERON   25/1 35/1  
ADVANCE 20/1 25/1 35/1  
ACTAEON 30/1 35/1 40/1  
NIGEL 30/1   40/1  
MITTIMUS   35/1 45/1  
HARRIET'S DAM 40/1   45/1  
SPINNING JENNY 35/1 40/1 45/1  
DEFIANCE 25/1 17/1    
COLT BY DITTO   35/1    
CANVAS 23/1      
SISTER TO NECTAR 35/1      
ALADDIN'S DAM 35/1      
TRICTRAC 40/1      
WILDWOOD 45/1      
SPINAWAY 50/1      
I am extremely grateful to David Rice for the scan of the very rare Oaks Racecard from 1825. This forms part of his impressive collection of Horse racing memorabilia. He notes that the card contains a few inaccuracies and doesn't list the The Brownie as a participant. It also says that the winner Wings is out of Gleander instead of Oleander. It mentions THE WOODCOT PARK STAKES instead of what should be the WOOD PARK STAKES according to the Racing Calendar. There are other minor discrepancies too on the racecard when compared to the Racing Calendar. What is particularly interesting is the date of the racecard, for it was previously believed that the first Dorling's card was not issued until 1827.