A COUPLE have dominated the world's oldest horse race for the second year in a row.

Jockey Tracey Corrigan rode Prince to victory in the Kiplingcotes Derby and was followed home by her partner, Richard Mumford, on Bob.

The race has reputedly been run every year since 1519 over a four mile course from Etton, near Market Weighton, to Londesborough Wold Farm.

King Henry VIII reigned supreme during its first year, but while monarchs have come and gone over the last 496 years, the basics of the event remain the same.

In fact, it is more popular than ever according to Clare Waring, whose father, Guy Stephenson, is a trustee of the centuries-old race.

She said: "There was around 1,000 people there.

"It's been in the news and on The One Show and more and more people come out every year."

It is believed the race has never missed a year, with race-goers turning up during wartime, heavy snow and 2001's foot and mouth epidemic when only one horse and rider took part.

Mrs Waring's family have trained race-winning horses during their long affinity with the event and helped to keep it going by running the race alone when conditions threatened to put an end to its historic timeline.