1886 Epsom Derby

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Engraving of the closing stages of the 1886 Derby, with Ormonde leading The Bard

The 1886 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on 26 May 1886. It was the 106th running of the Derby, and it was won by Ormonde. The winner was ridden by Fred Archer and trained by John Porter. At the initial nomination stage 205 entries were received. At the beginning of 1886 Ormonde, Minting and Saraband were all a similar price for the Derby, around 11/2, with The Bard at 6/1.[1] Neither Minting or Saraband lined up at Epsom though, both having been easily beaten by Ormonde in the 2000 Guineas.

Race details[edit]

  • Prize money: £4,700
  • Number of runners: 9
  • Winner's time: 2m 45.6s

Full result[edit]

* Horse Jockey Trainer SP
1 Ormonde Fred Archer John Porter 40/85 fav
2 The Bard Charles Wood Robert Peck 7/2
3 10 St. Mirin Tom Cannon 40/1
4 hd Button Park George Barrett 1000/15
5 hd Chelsea Goater 50/1
6 Ariel Wilton 1000/5
7 Scherso J Osborne 1000/15
8 Greyfriars John Watts 25/1
9 Coracle F Webb 1000/5

Odds of 1000/5 are for Coracle and Ariel coupled

* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. shd = short-head; hd = head; PU = pulled up.

Winner's details[edit]

Further details of the winner, Ormonde:

Form analysis[edit]

Two-year-old races[edit]

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1885:

Road to Epsom[edit]

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as three-year-olds:

Subsequent wins[edit]

Notable wins by the Derby participants:


  1. ^ "TURF GOSSIP". Auckland Star. 16 January 1886. Retrieved 2012-08-10.