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 £156,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator). The winner was bred by the 5th Duke of Bedford and trained by Matt Stephenson. the winner was a bay horse by Highflyer out of Everlasting.



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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 Frank Buckle** Lord Grosvenor
4 SOUJAH UL DOULAH ----- HRH Prince of Wales


----- 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    
**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.
Picture courtesy of Michael Church, Official Epsom Derby Historian.

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