London’s Rich and Famous On Show at The Derby

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On a scorching day in Greater London, the 2010 Derby unfolded in front of a packed crowd at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Those clad in top hats and tails would have been feeling the heat, but clearly Workforce, The Derby winner wasn’t, as he made a late burst on the home straight to win the UK’s most famous flat race in record time.

It had looked as though there may be a major shock on the cards when the 100-1 outsider At First Site, took its pacesetter tag a little too far surging well clear of the pack, but Workforce had enough in the tank to win by seven lengths at odds of 6-1.

The Queen, dressed in a summery yellow, had left her Buckingham Palace residence to see her two runners, while novelist Jilly Cooper and TV personality Jeremy Kyle were also spotted on Derby day.

The main race was at 4pm, but there was much to do throughout the day with a number of other races, fairground rides and a chance to sample culinary delights such as seafood at a mobile Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar on offer.

Those looking to have a flutter could check out the runners and riders in the parade ring before heading to the grandstand to see whether their bet was worthwhile.

Unfortunately for me, my lack of expert knowledge told, as choosing a quirky name or picking the colours of my favourite football team failed to work – I came back £50 worse off.

It would have been nice to have come back a winner, but the thrill of the race and the pulsating atmosphere as the crowd cheered on their favourite jockeys more than made up for it.


  1. Lilac says:

    Such fun. I’ve not been to the Epsom races but hope to someday!