This was run on Wednesday 5th June 1901 and the winner was bred by Lady Meux and trained by John Huggins at Newmarket. There were 25 runners from an initial enrty of 279. The winner won by 3/4 length, with 4 lengths between second and third. The winning time was 2 mins 40.2 secs. It had a number of features which were unusual; the largest field of 25 since the 1867 Derby, the winner was owned (Mr W C Whitney), trained (John Huggins) and ridden (Lester Reiff) by Americans.



The winner won a first prize of £5,670, (The equivalent of £662,600 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

Given the large field, it was just as well that it was the very first occasion that the Derby was started by Starting Machine, lining up in draw number. For the record, the winner Volodyovski was drawn 12.

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 VOLODYOVSKI Lester Reiff Mr William Collins Whitney
2 WILLIAM THE THIRD Mornington Cannon The Duke of Portland
3 VERONESE F.Rickaby Mr Douglas Baird
4 FLORIFORM E.Watkins Mr T Simpson


Clemson Sir J Duke
Also HANDICAPPER J.H.Martin Sir E Cassel
Also VELES J.Reiff Sir R Waldie Griffith
Also IAN O.Madden Sir R Waldie Griffith
Also LORD BOBS S.Loates Sir J Blundell Maple
Also OLYMPIAN Henry Mr Foxhall Keene
Also ORCHID F.Pratt Mr H J King
Also OSBOCH H.Jones Lord Wolverton
Also REVENUE Halsey Mr J Gubbins
Also TANTALUS Maher Mr P Lorillard
Also ST MACLOU A.Nightingall Colonel H.McCalmont
Also PIETERMARITZBURG Finlay Mr George Faber
Also ROYAL ROUGE Fagan Mr C Morbey
Also RUSKIN W.Pratt Mr W Raphael
Also COTTAGER Weldon Sir W Ingram
Also DORICLES K.Cannon Mr Leopold de Rothschild
Also H.R.H. Mr H Randall Mr Field
Also ROYAL GEORGE J.Thompson Mr L W Humby
Also SANG BLEU Anthony Sir E Cassel
Also PRINCE CHARLES II Turner Mr W C Whitney
Also CLAQUEUR C.Jenkins Mr W M G Singer
5/2 Volodyovski
7/1 Floriform
10/1 Handicapper
10/1 Revenue
100/7 Ian
100/7 William The Third
20/1 Doricles
25/1 Pietermaritzberg
33/1 Royal Rouge
33/1 Olympian
33/1 Tantalus
33/1 Orchid
33/1 St Maclou
40/1 Lord Bobs
40/1 Cottager
40/1 Veles
40/1 Veronese
40/1 Wargrave
50/1 Osboch
66/1 H.R.H.
100/1 Ruskin
100/1 Royal George
100/1 Prince Charles II
100/1 Sang Bleu
200/1 Claqueur
  Over-Round 116%

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