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The Cazoo Derby

The Cazoo Derby is home to unmissable moments. It’s a venue drenched in history. And The 2022 Cazoo Derby was no exception.


On a weekend celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, Epsom welcomed HRH The Princess Royal along with Mr & Mrs Mike Tindall.

Forty jockeys - past and present - who have ridden for the Queen paid tribute to Her Majesty’s commitment to horseracing with a special tribute. Dressed in the gold and purple of the royal silks, the jockeys made up a Guard of Honour.

Frankie Dettori said: “It is a shame The Queen is not here but she has had a lot on this week. I’m sure she will find a television to watch it on but we are really going to miss her today. It is a great honour to wear the Royal silks.”

Here are the highlights from Derby Day at The Cazoo Derby on Saturday 4 June 2022.


The Simpex Express ‘Dash’, The finest, fastest and fiercest battled it out over 5 short furlongs for top spot in the Epsom sprint race. It was a day to remember for Tees Spirit and trainer Adrian Nicholls who took gold exactly five years to the day after the passing of his father David Nicholls, who also trained race horses.


Successful trainer Adrian Nicholls said: “It was five years ago today that we lost my old man. We all know how much he loved this place and I was lucky enough to ride one of his winners in this race (Rudi’s Pet). We are a very small team and I’m delighted for Barry (McHugh), Claire (Nicholls' wife, who rides Tees Spirit at home) and everyone at home.”


“It means the world to us to come down here and win a race like this. Dad would be very chuffed today, and he’ll be up there watching. There was only ever one sprint king, but we do a lot of the same things. He was a genius and I’m just hanging onto his coat tails a little bit.”


There’s no day like Derby Day. It’s completely unmissable and seriously unforgettable. And the 2022 Cazoo Derby certainly delivered.
The race was run in memory of jockey Lester Piggott, who won the Premier Classic a record nine times and passed away peacefully aged 86 on May 29th.

Desert Crown is the 243rd winner of the world's finest flat race at Epsom Downs. Handing trainer Sir Michael Stoute a sixth success in the Cazoo Derby, winning by two and a half lengths from Hoo ya Mal.

When asked to sum up his feelings, Kingscote said: "You can’t really. Honestly, when I was a kid I was useless. I've had a lot of support. He's a fabulous horse."

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