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What did Dante have in common with Cicero, Galileo, Gainsborough and Santa Claus?
They're all Derby winners : Cicero (1905), Gainsborough (1918), Dante (1945), Santa Claus (1964) and Galileo (2001)
The Derby is the most famous horse race in the world. It has been run on Epsom Downs since 1780 and was very nearly called the Bunbury.
In 1779, the sport of horseracing was governed by a man named Sir Charles Bunbury. At that time no races were run over a distance of less than two miles and all were for horses aged four or older. In that year, a decision was taken to permit three-year-old racing and at distances shorter than two miles.
The first of these races to be approved was the Oaks, named after the home of Lord Derby, which was first run over a distance of one mile and contested by three-year-old fillies only.
The following year, the Derby, competed for by three-year-old colts and fillies, came into being and was also, initially, run over one mile. The race's name was decided when Derby and Bunbury span a coin to determine which of their names the race would carry.
Sir Charles Bunbury got his own back when the very first Derby was won by his own horse, Diomed.
Particularly famous Derby winners include Shergar (1981), Mill Reef (1971), and Nijinsky (1970).
Less well known winners include Sir Thomas (1788), Sir Harry (1798), Sir Bevys (1879), Sir Hugo (1892) and Sir Ivor (1968).
QUETSION: Four way split: Cicero, Galileo, Gainsborough, Santa Claus.
ANSWER: Derby Day(1852) by William Frith Powell (if affordable)
Originally a one mile race, since 1784 the Derby has been run over a distance of one and a half miles.
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