The Scottish Derby was a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It was run at Ayr over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it was scheduled to take place each year in July.

Scottish Derby
Group 2 race (discontinued)
LocationAyr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Inaugurated1979
Last run18 July 2005
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
WebsiteAyr
Race information
Distance1m 2f (2,012 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight8 st 6 lb (3yo);
9 st 2 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
6 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since 1 September last year
(2yo wins not penalised)
Purse£100,000 (2005)
1st: £58,000

HistoryEdit

The event was established in 1979, and it was initially restricted to three-year-olds.[1] The first edition was contested over 1 mile and 5 furlongs. It was shortened by two furlongs in 1980. It was cut by another furlong and opened to older horses in 1987.

The race was originally known as the Scottish Derby, but it was renamed the Scottish Classic in 1988. For a period it held Group 3 status. It reverted to its former title and was promoted to Group 2 level in 2003.

The Scottish Derby was last run in 2005. It was replaced the following year by a similar race, the York Stakes at York.

Over the course of twenty-seven runnings the event had several different sponsors. These included Mecca Bookmakers, Tennent's and the Daily Record.

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse:

  • no horse won this race more than once

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Kieren FallonWinter Romance (1998), Carnival Dancer (2001), Princely Venture (2003), Kalaman (2004)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteDazari (1983), Ascot Knight (1987), Carnival Dancer (2001), Princely Venture (2003), Kalaman (2004), Imperial Stride (2005)

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1979 Serge Lifar 3 Brian Taylor Ryan Price
1980 Prince Roland 3 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1981 Little Wolf 3 Graham Sexton Dick Hern
1982 Jalmood 3 Steve Cauthen John Dunlop
1983 Dazari 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1984 Raami 3 Tony Ives Bill O'Gorman
1985 Eagling 3 Paul Eddery Henry Cecil
1986 Moon Madness 3 Tony Ives John Dunlop
1987 Ascot Knight 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:08.62
1988 Kefaah 3 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 2:06.71
1989 Scenic 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:07.88
1990 Husyan 4 Willie Carson Peter Walwyn 2:08.01
1991 Zoman 4 Alan Munro Paul Cole 2:07.18
1992 Sharpitor 3 John Reid William Jarvis 2:06.03
1993 River North 3 Kevin Darley Lady Herries 2:08.12
1994 Beneficial 4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:05.66
1995 Baron Ferdinand 5 Kevin Darley Roger Charlton 2:08.28
1996 Montjoy 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:10.07
1997 Crystal Hearted 3 Tony McGlone Henry Candy 2:09.26
1998 Winter Romance 5 Kieren Fallon Ed Dunlop 2:12.79
1999 Prolix 4 Richard Hughes Barry Hills 2:13.01
2000 Endless Hall 4 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 2:04.02
2001 Carnival Dancer 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:10.61
2002 Imperial Dancer 4 Chris Catlin Mick Channon 2:09.91
2003 Princely Venture 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:07.46
2004 Kalaman [a] 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:04.90
2005 Imperial Stride 4 Richard Hills Sir Michael Stoute 2:06.08

a The 2004 winner Kalaman was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Oriental Magic.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1979 Scottish Derby". Glasgow Herald. 14 July 1979. Retrieved 14 October 2012.