The 1987 Epsom Derby took place at Epsom Downs racecourse, Surrey, on Wednesday June 3, 1987. It was the 208th running of the Derby, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Reference Point seen below. The winner was ridden by Steve Cauthen in yellow and black silks and trained by Henry Cecil.
The Royal Family traditionally attend the race and they watch from the Royal Box; on this day with the Queen Mother and the Queen in attendance. Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York were in high spirits, giggling most of the day and were dressed in bold, colorful outfits. Diana wore a shocking pink Catherine Walker suit with a fitted jacket and white silk floral blouse that cinched at the waist with long trailing ties. Her matching pink and white hat was by Philip Sommerville.
The Derby Stakes, popularly known as The Derby, is a Group 1 flat horse race in England open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Epsom Downs in Surrey over a distance of one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 metres), and is scheduled for early June each year.
It is Britain’s richest horse race, and the most prestigious of the country’s five Classics. It is sometimes referred to as the “Blue Riband” of the turf.
The race serves as the middle leg of the Triple Crown, preceded by the 2,000 Guineas and followed by the St Leger, although the feat of winning all three is now rarely attempted.
The name “Derby” has become synonymous with great races all over the world, and as such has been borrowed many times, notably by the Kentucky Derby. However, the Epsom Derby is the original. It is one of Britain’s great national events transcending its own field of interest, and has a huge world-wide TV audience.