The Western Australian city of Bunbury has a direct link to 1780’s inaugural running of what is now the world’s most famous thoroughbred racing event, the English Derby, the 242nd edition of which is set to take place at Epsom.
James Stirling ordered the establishment of Bunbury in 1836, and Western Australia’s first governor named the settlement in honour of its founder, Henry Bunbury, whose great-uncle, Charles Bunbury, owned the 1780 English Derby winner, Diomed.
Charles Bunbury was a major figure in the early days of the Jockey Club in the United Kingdom and British thoroughbred racing. Bunbury was a Jockey Club steward, who sat in the House of Commons for more than 40 years, and owned three English Derby champions, Diomed (1780), Eleanor (1801) and Smolensko (1813). Bunbury bred Eleanor, which pulled off the rare English Oaks-English Derby double, and Smolensko.
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