Author: Allison Graham

Subscriber ONLY Lucky Dip – June 2017

We wanted to do something to thank you for your subscription, so from now on there will be monthly Subscriber-Only competitions, and the only way anyone will be able to access them is via a link on the subscriber newsletter. Each month we will pick a subscriber who has signed up for these exclusive competitions and send them a Lucky Dip prize, so keep an eye out for your Newsletter and follow the links if you’d like to Win! Enter your details below for the JUNE Lucky Dip: E-mail * Enter your Postcode to confirm that you are a UK resident and NOT...

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Her Majesty The Queen at Epsom Downs Racecourse

The Queen at Epsom: Nobody can match Her Majesty The Queen’s longevity as a racehorse owner, and her horses continue to compete at the top level year on year. Her Majesty’s involvement in racehorse ownership began when Clement Attlee was Prime Minister in 1949 and the history of The Queen at Epsom has spanned eight decades, featuring many highlights at Epsom Downs Racecourse, including a pair of victories in the Group One fillies’ Classic, the Oaks. However, it is Flat racing’s most celebrated prize of all that has famously proved elusive. Her Majesty may have had 10 runners in the Derby, among them a runner-up...

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Derby Festival: History of The Oaks at Epsom

The Oaks at Epsom: Older than the Derby by a year, the Oaks was the brainchild of Johnny Burgoyne, a soldier, playwright and politician who married into Lord Derby’s family. Burgoyne had leased his mansion to his nephew, the 12th Earl of Derby, and persuaded the nobleman to create a race over a mile and a half for three-year-old fillies, in response to the St Leger, which had been founded at Doncaster as a two-mile race for colts of the same age in 1776. The first Oaks, named after Burgoyne’s Surrey residence, came in 1779 and was won by Lord Derby’s Bridget, whose sire Herod was also responsible for Faith,...

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Derby Festival: History of the Coronation Cup

Run over the same distance as the Derby and the Oaks, the Coronation Cup first took place in 1902 to celebrate the accession to the throne of King Edward VI, who himself won the Derby three times with Persimmon, Diamond Jubilee and Minoru, as well as the Grand National with Ambush. The inaugural running of the 12-furlong race for older horses was won by Osboch, whose trainer Richard Marsh provided Edward VI with his Derby winners Persimmon and Minoru. Pretty Polly became the initial of five dual winners of the Coronation Cup when successful in 1906, 12 months after her initial success in the race. One of the greatest fillies in...

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Ten top tips for your Derby Festival hat – from the Royal Milliner

Horseracing is the ultimate spectacle to showcase some serious millinery and what better opportunity to make a statement with your Derby Festival hat than at the two-day Investec Derby Festival held at Epsom Downs Racecourse? Rachel Trevor Morgan has been designing hats for Her Majesty The Queen since 2006 and is widely respected for her attention to detail, creating glamorous and feminine hats and headpieces. Rachel learnt her trade with two of the top milliners in London, Graham Smith and Phillip Somerville, and her thriving business has been operating from her 17th century atelier in London St James since 1990. Rachel’s...

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