2013 MARKS THE CENTENARY OF THE MOST SENSATIONAL RENEWAL OF THE DERBY: THE SUFFRAGETTE DERBY
On Wednesday 4 June 1913 fledgling newsreel cameras capture just over two-and-a-half minutes of British social and sporting history as Epsom witnesses the product of THREE BITTER CONFLICTS:
- the crusade for women’s rights
- feuding English and American jockeys
- bad blood between the winning owner and the official with the power to alter the result
And at its heart two contrasting thoroughbreds: a savage no-hoper and the aristocratic favourite
THE OUTRAGE: the world's most famous horse race becomes the first sporting occasion sullied in the name of political activism when a militant suffragette brings down the King's horse.
THE OBJECTION: a rough race leads to a controversial enquiry and the unique instance of a Derby winner being disqualified for foul riding amid accusations of bias.
Drawing on the unpublished diaries of the principals and interviews with their descendants, acclaimed racing writer MICHAEL TANNER has compiled the DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT of what led to the events of that day.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE TRUTH OF THE SUFFRAGETTE DERBY?