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Scottish Derby

Group 2 race (discontinued)
Scottish Derby
Location Ayr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Inaugurated 1979
Last run July 18, 2005
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ayr
Race information
Distance 1m 2f (2,012 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 6 lb (3yo);
9 st 2 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
6 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since September 1 last year
(2yo wins not penalised)
Purse £100,000 (2005)
1st: £58,000

The Scottish Derby was a Group 2 flat horse race in Scotland which was open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It was run at Ayr, South Ayrshire, over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it was scheduled to take place each year in July.

The event was established in 1979, and it was initially contested over 1 mile and 5 furlongs. This was shortened by 2 furlongs in 1980, and then by another furlong in 1987. Until then the race had been known as the Scottish Derby, but it was given a new title, the Scottish Classic, in 1988. For a period the event was classed at Group 3 level, and it was promoted to Group 2 status in 2003. At the same time it reverted to its original title.

The Scottish Derby was last run in 2005, and it was replaced by a new event, the York Stakes, the following year. During its brief history the race had several sponsors, and these included Mecca Bookmakers, Tennent's and the Daily Record.



Most successful horse:

  • no horse won this race more than once

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Kieren FallonWinter Romance (1998), Carnival Dancer (2001), Princely Venture (2003), Kalaman (2004)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteDazari (1983), Ascot Knight (1987), Carnival Dancer (2001), Princely Venture (2003), Kalaman (2004), Imperial Stride (2005)







1979 Serge Lifar 3 Brian Taylor Ryan Price
1980 Prince Roland 3 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1981 Little Wolf 3 Graham Sexton Dick Hern
1982 Jalmood 3 Steve Cauthen John Dunlop
1983 Dazari 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1984 Raami 3 Tony Ives Bill O'Gorman
1985 Eagling 3 Paul Eddery Henry Cecil
1986 Moon Madness 3 Tony Ives John Dunlop
1987 Ascot Knight 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:08.62
1988 Kefaah 3 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 2:06.71
1989 Scenic 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:07.88
1990 Husyan 4 Willie Carson Peter Walwyn 2:08.01
1991 Zoman 4 Alan Munro Paul Cole 2:07.18
1992 Sharpitor 3 John Reid William Jarvis 2:06.03
1993 River North 3 Kevin Darley Lady Herries 2:08.12
1994 Beneficial 4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:05.66
1995 Baron Ferdinand 5 Kevin Darley Roger Charlton 2:08.28
1996 Montjoy 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:10.07
1997 Crystal Hearted 3 Tony McGlone Henry Candy 2:09.26
1998 Winter Romance 5 Kieren Fallon Ed Dunlop 2:12.79
1999 Prolix 4 Richard Hughes Barry Hills 2:13.01
2000 Endless Hall 4 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 2:04.02
2001 Carnival Dancer 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:10.61
2002 Imperial Dancer 4 Chris Catlin Mick Channon 2:09.91
2003 Princely Venture 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:07.46
2004 Kalaman [1] 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:04.90
2005 Imperial Stride 4 Richard Hills Sir Michael Stoute 2:06.08

1 The 2004 winner Kalaman was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Oriental Magic.


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Scottish Derby (2005).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 122. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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