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1834 The St James's Palace Stakes, Ascot Derby and Manchester Cup were all run for the first time 175 years ago. In the inaugural St James's Palace Stakes, the great Derby winner Plenipotentiary had a walkover. On the same afternoon, in the first Ascot Derby (King Edward VII Stakes since 1926), Pussy beat Louisa in a repeat of the Oaks result 11 days earlier. And the initial Manchester Cup, a handicap, was won by Giovanni.
Most memorable interview Any with the legend that is Oliver Brady - me an armchair jockey? No way! Favourite horse Cyfor Malta.
Biggest event covered Makybe Diva's third Melbourne Cup.
Most admired commentator Gary O'Brien.
Best piece of advice received Recently? Count to ten before you say anything! Where next? Commentating.
Wit and wisdom 'To me, Royal Ascot, wherever it is, is a garden party for birds in tiny frocks and big hats' Bookie Barry Dennis Taken from 1,000 Racing Quotations by Graham Sharpe. To buy a copy, go to racingpost.com/shopping Matt Chapman Compiled by Andrew Pennington, John Randall and Jessica Lamb Presenting the presenter