This was run on Thursday 5th May 1785 and 10 ran, although initially there were 29 subscribers. The winner was a brown horse by Mark Anthony out of a sister to Postmaster.


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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 £152,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator), 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 Frank Buckle** Lord Grosvenor
3 VERJUICE ----- Mr Wastell
4 CHAUNTER ----- Colonel O'Kelly


----- 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    

**NOTE that only the winning jockey was recorded in the Racing Calendar. However, Frank Buckle had his first public ride on 17th May 1783 and rode regularly for the 1st Earl of Grosvenor, Richard Grosvenor, until the death of the Earl on 6th August 1802, so on the balance of probability it is likely he partnered the Earl's Derby mounts. After his death Frank teamed up with trainer Robert Robson, who trained for the Dukes of Grafton, Sir Charles Bunbury and Colonel Mellish, but also took some mounts for the eldest son of the 1st Lord Grosvenor, also called Richard. Furthermore, reports after Frank's death in 1832 reported he also rode for Mr Udny, Mr Durand, Mr Cookson and Mr Wilson.

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