2000 – Diamond Jubilee

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The Millennium’s Derby trophy celebrated one of the turf’s all-time greats – the handsome but wayward Triple Crown winner of 1900, ‘Diamond Jubilee’, owned by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).

To build up the necessary knowledge for me to create this bronze, I studied paintings, correspondence and various writings about this notoriously mean and moody horse, which included a memorable visit to Buckingham Palace.

In brief, the Prince’s retained jockey, ‘Morny’ Cannon, could not get on with Diamond Jubilee.  The royal trainer, Richard Marsh, persuaded the Prince to allow the horse’s stable lad, Bertie Jones, to take his chance in the 2,000 Guineas.  The pair duly won and four weeks later they took the Derby by half a length before winning the St Leger later that year.  HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in her 100th year, presented the trophy.

Trophy Gallery