1932: An easy victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket ensured that Orwell was firm favourite to win the Derby in June. Punters bet heavily on the colt, but he lacked the staying power needed for the longer Epsom race, and finished a long way down the field. At Doncaster, three months later, he had the chance to redeem himself in the St. Leger, but again ran poorly. Win or lose, though, the name Orwell appeared prominently and repeatedly in the sports pages.
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1900: The Prince of Wales’s horses were a safe bet throughout 1900. Ambush II was an easy winner in the Grand National, and in flat racing, there were victories for Diamond Jubilee in the 2000 Guineas, Derby and St. Leger.
Source: Philip Magnus, King Edward the Seventh (1964), p. 266
1922: In the first commercial use of skywriting, Captain Cyril Turner flew his aircraft over the crowds gathered on Epsom Downs for the Derby and wrote “Daily Mail” across the sky.
Source: Daily Mail, 1 June 1922