The Epsom Derby Cancelled – Facts About the World Famous Derby
Epsom racecourse in Surrey, England is the richest horse race in Britain. The course has a capacity of 130 thousand spectators. The first race was the first broadcast in 1927 by The British Broadcasting Corporation.
How old is the Derby?
The Epsom Derby which is a flat horse race was inaugurated in 1780. The first race took place on May fourth 1780 on Epsom Downs in Surrey. Sir Charles Bunbury’s horse won the first race. Sam Arnull was on the winning horse. The Epsom Derby is one of the oldest sporting activities in the United Kingdom. It started earlier than the FA Cup, Olympic games revival and Test Match Cricket.
The Epsom Derby is the UK’s most prominent horse race with a pot of 1.5 million euros in 2019, which is higher than the 2018 figure of 1.2 million euros. In 2018 the winner of the competition in 2019 took around 850 thousand euros. The Queen attended the Derby on June first 2019. This is not the first time a queen is attending. Her Majesty was expected to attend in 2020 had it not been for Covid-19 pandemic. It must take a serious reason or occurrence, such as Covid-19, for such an event to be cancelled when planned.
Does the Queen attend the Epsom Derby?
The Queen has not only been attending the Epsom Derby but also participates in the competition. The Queen’s horses have won over 1600 races. Apart from the Epsom Derby, the Queen has also won the British Classics and the French classics among others. The current Queen has only missed two races since her reign began. 2019 was her ninth decade of attending the Derby. Queen Elizabeth II stared riding from her childhood days. It is, therefore, a fact that the Derby is indeed an event that is held in high regards.
How much it costs to have a horse participate in the Epsom Derby.
If you are wondering just how much it would cost you to have your horse run the in The Downs, look at this; for each horse, you will have to part with 560 euros. Every year, 20 horses get a historic chance to make a debut into the race, where 400 horses enter the stage to participate.
The First Lady To Ride In The Derby
Alex Greaves is the first lady to ride in the race. She started her career in 1996 and finished. Aidan O’Brien and his son, who was only 19 years old, became the first father and son to compete in the race.
How many jockeys have won more than once?
There have been a number of outstanding jockeys in the Epsom Derby. It is quite an achievement to win the race more than once in the hotly contested races. Some of the jockeys to ever win the Derby twice include; Kieren Fallon who won 1999, 2003 and 2004. Joseph O’Brien in 2012 and 2014, Ryan Moore who also gave an outstanding performance to win both the 2010 and 2013 races and finally Frankie Dettori who won the 2007 race and went off the victory radar only to resurface back in 2015 to take back the championship. These are the only racers who are currently active and have won the race twice.
How much does it cost to watch?
If you want to go and watch the race when in 2020, it will cost 30 euros for a child between five and seventeen years old. Adults pay 55 euros. If you prefer a little more luxury as you enjoy the thrilling race, at the Grandstand enclosure with reserved seats with your family or friends, you would have to pay 80 euros for each child and 110 euros for an adult.
What is going to happen post-COVID-19?
This year, the spectators will have to miss the race due to the Corona virus pandemic that has brought the sporting world to a standstill. This news has not been received well by those who love the sport. The Epsom Derby is the highlight of the many events in the UK’s calendar. For this reason, everyone is now waiting patiently for an end of the pandemic for Derby to resume. In the meantime, this is an opportunity to train and perfect, which could promise even more intense competitions in the near future. The future of horse racing remains bright, and we should expect to see more quality races being organized.