Wednesday 27th May 1846

“Grand Derby day at Epsom. Saw plenty of company returning therefrom down Grosvenor Place, which was each side thronged with spectators shouting out and hurrahing, which immediately fronting St George’s Hospital I thought improper. Mr George Lea absent all day, no doubt at the races, though much more quietly done than last year. Winning horse ‘Pyrrhus the First’ the property of Mr Gully, formerly a celebrated pugilist in the prize ring.”


[Editor’s note: The trainer of the ‘Pyrrhus the First’ was John Day, who was later accused of malpractice in the 1868 Derby by Admiral Rous.  The winning jockey was Sam Day, the great-great uncle of Lester Piggott.
No diary entry on 28 May]

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