By Peter Scargill 10:00PM 3 JUN 2016
A new name will be added to the illustrious Derby roll of honour on Saturday. We look back at some of the famous names already there.
THE MINSTREL (above) – 1977
Talent, athleticism and tenacity are what is required of a horse to win the Derby and this little battler had it all. He was Lester Piggott’s eighth Derby winner, he would ride one more on Teenoso in 1983.
SHERGAR – 1981
The benchmark by which all Derby winners are, and should always be, measured by. The bay with the big white face was cantering when taking the lead in the home straight and powered further and further clear to win by a record ten length. Equine perfection.
BENNY THE DIP – 1997
Oh it was so close. Benny The Dip and Willie Ryan kicked clear with three furlongs to go while Pat Eddery hunted him down from the rear on Silver Patriarch, agonisingly falling short in a photo finish.
SEA THE STARS – 2009
Aidan O’Brien fielded a battalion of horses in an attempt to prey on any weaknesses Sea The Stars may have. As it turned out, the John Oxx-trained star had none as he surged to success under Mick Kinane.
POUR MOI – 2011
‘Off with his head’ the Racing Post declared as Mickael Barzalona stood bolt upright in his saddle, whip raised in triumph before he had even crossed the line. Back in third was the Queen’s Carlton House, and one was not impressed with the reversal.