National Geographic : 1966 Jun
Easy canter of a carrousel horse soothes a stoic matron on the merry-go-round, one of many amusements for those who gather at Epsom 'for the famed Derby. Race fans of ten camp out all night for a spot on the rails of the mile and-a -half course. Proper British reserve tempers emotions as a fashion plate crowd watches the 1965 Derby Stakes from the Members' Stand at Epsom. Sea Bird II, a French horse, won this 186th running of the classic. Parliament has been known to adjourn for the race, and the Queen and other members of the royal family often attend. The Derby (pronounced "darby") appeals equally to the thousands watching from the open Downs, who pay no admission. Germany's Otto von Bismarck once remarked to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "You will never have a revolution in England as long as you keep up your racing." Amateur jockeys take their horses over the brush in a cross-country race in northeast London. They wear the silks of hunt members who own the jumpers. Perennially green turf is a gift of England's wet climate.