Quite simply the race that trainers, owners, breeders, and jockeys want to win, The Derby is the best of the five Classic races run every year in Britain for the three-year-old generation and takes place on Epsom Downs on the first Saturday in June.
Despite carrying Group 1 status and a prize fund of well over £1.5million, the main point of winning The Derby is that it immediately elevates the status of those involved and makes the winning colt worth a very large fortune at stud upon retirement.
Given that horses need speed to get into position, balance to turn Tattenham Corner and head downhill when the pace increases, then stamina to see out what is a mile-and-a-half trip; this is the ultimate test of a young flat horse.
The history of the race goes back to 1780, and it has been copied numerous times, most notably by the Irish Derby and the Kentucky Derby, among many others.
Past winners labelled rightly as bona fide superstars include Diomed, Ormonde, Dante, Sir Ivor, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Roberto, Grundy, The Minstrel, Shergar, Nashwan, Galileo, New Approach, Sea The Stars and Golden Horn.