The Suffragette Derby

The Suffragette Derby

Michael Tanner


On Wednesday four June 1913, fledgling newsreel cameras captured simply over two-and-a-half mins of never-to-be-forgotten British social and wearing history.The 250,000 humans thronging Epsom Downs carried with them a quartet of flamable components: a fanatical,publicity-hungry suffragette; a scapegoat for the enormous catastrophe and the pillar of the institution who bore him a private grudge; a couple of feuding jockeys at odds over funds and glory; and, eventually, on the center of the motion, thoroughbred horses - one a vicious savage and one the consummate equine athlete. Taken jointly, this was once a recipe for the main infamous horse race in British heritage. 100 years on, this actual Derby Day is remembered for 2 purposes: the deadly intervention of Emily Davison, a militant suffragette who introduced down the King's runner, and the arguable disqualification of Bower Ismay's horse Craganour at the grounds of tough driving - the 1st and basically time a Derby-winner has forfeited its name as a result. the feeling of Davison's questionable interference within the identify of suffrage has overshadowed the outrage of Craganour's disqualification and the difficult purposes in the back of it. Now, to be able to permitting this scandal the eye it merits, Michael Tanner replays the main dramatic day in Turf historical past - and eventually uncovers the reality of the Suffragette Derby.

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