This was run on Wednesday 3rd June 1885 and the winner was trained by M.Dawson at Newmarket. There were 12 runners from an initial entry of 189. The winner won by a head in 2 mins 44.2 secs, with a good distance between second and third. The winner won a first prize of £4,525, the equivalent of £1,910,000 today.

THE DERBY 1885

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 MELTON Fred Archer Lord Hastings
2 PARADOX F.Webb Mr Brodrick Cloete
3 ROYAL HAMPTON A.Giles Mr Childwick
4 XAINTRAILLES G.Barrett Mr A.Lapin
Also RED RUIN J.Snowden General Pearson
Also SHERATON Tomlinson Lord Bradford
Also CHOUBRA Morgan Mr W.H.Manser
Also ESTERLING J.Osborne Mr R.C.Vyner
Also CRAFTON J.Watts Mr Gerard
Also LUMINARY Platt Lord Alington
Also LYNETTE COLT Tom Cannon Lord Rosebery
Also KINGWOOD C.Wood Sir G.Chetwynd
75/40 Melton
4/1 Xaintrailles
6/1 Paradox
100/15 Crafton
10/1 Royal Hampton
100/6 Kingwood
1000/35 Red Ruin
1000/30 Luminary
66/1 Sheraton
100/1 Esterling
100/1 Lynette colt
100/1 Choubra
  Over-Round 109%