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Desert Crown can give the Derby back to the punters

Wayne Bailey


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Trainer Michael Stoute, right, with Desert Crown and Richard Kingscote after the Derby favourite's victory in the Dante Stakes

Trainer Michael Stoute, right, with Desert Crown and Richard Kingscote after the Derby favourite's victory in the Dante Stakes

Trainer Michael Stoute, right, with Desert Crown and Richard Kingscote after the Derby favourite's victory in the Dante Stakes

The day of the week on which the Derby took place varied in some of the early runnings and during wartime – but for the best part of a century, it was held on the first Wednesday in June.

There are many who regret the 1995 move to the Saturday as it now competes with other sporting events but back in 1954, it was still in its old midweek slot.


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