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Epsom Derby trophy is modelled on 2005 winner Motivator

By Sarah Jones
BBC Wiltshire

Investec Derby Trophy
Charlie said the trophy is so heavy the Queen may have trouble lifting it

The winner of the Epsom Derby is to be honoured with a trophy designed by a Wiltshire-based sculptor.

Charlie Langton, who has his studio on the outskirts of Wroughton, was commissioned at the beginning of the year to create the equivalent of the FA Cup trophy for the racing world.

The result is a half-metre wide circular trophy, cast in silver, depicting three horses at the climax of the race as they charge into Tattenham Corner and on to the finish.

Charlie said the organisers "wanted something that was going to become an icon for the race" and "that was instantly recognisable".

"If you see the FA Cup silhouette, if you see the Ashes silhouette you automatically know what it is - that was the brief really," he added.

Billed as racing's equivalent of the FA Cup, Ashes or Wimbledon - the Epsom Derby has, until now, been a great British sporting institution without a perpetual trophy.

Charlie Langton
The Wiltshire-based sculptor wanted to make the trophy an 'icon'

Each year it attracts one of the biggest one-day sporting crowds in the country and some of the greatest flat racers in the world.

But the winners of one of the greatest flat races in the world have not had a recognisable Derby trophy to hold above their heads.

Although, as Charlie admits, lifting his trophy above the head might be a bit of problem.

"It's pretty heavy. I think Her Majesty might struggle with it!

"It was a bit of a consideration but I sort of went for something that was going to be visually impressive rather then worrying about how much it was going to weigh. That was sort of an afterthought."

Cast in silver, by the London-based jewellers Asprey, the trophy will not only be engraved with future winners but all 230 winners of Derby's past.

This could pose a problem if one of the first past the post is the 15-character-long favourite St Nicholas Abbey.

Motivator model

But it wasn't just the undulating contours of the famous Derby course that was the inspiration for the trophy it was also a former Derby winner.

"I'd just been doing a sculpture of Motivator who won the Derby in 2005.

"So I kind of had him in mind really and was using his measurements to base the three horses around.

"But in terms of looking like him… they don't. They're just impressions of horses galloping because I wanted to keep the speed and movement in it."

As the creator of the Epsom Derby trophy, the 25-year-old is hoping that it will become one of his most celebrated works of art especially as the trophy won't be allowed to leave Surrey.

"It's not going to go home with the winning owner every year -they'll get a replica.

"The actual original trophy will be kept on display permanently at Epsom so loads of people will be able to see it which is great for me."

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