I've Gotta Horse

1st June 2017

I’ve Gotta Horse - Racing pundit John McCririck takes on the mantle of the late Prince Monolulu to highlight a new exhibit going into the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket

In the week of the Investec Epsom Derby (Saturday 3rd June), the National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket will be unveiling the flamboyant clothing of a colourful 20th century tipster, Prince Monolulu, with help from racing pundit John McCririck.

Prince Monolulu, who claimed to be an Abyssinian prince but whose real name prince-monolulu-entertaining-racegoerswas Peter Mckay, was famous for his multi coloured jackets. He would make regular appearances at the Derby and his catchphrase 'I've gotta a horse!’. Now Mcririck, who's not unknown for his eccentric and brightly coloured attire, has come up with his own tip for the Derby in the hope of drawing attention to the new exhibit at the National Heritage Centre.

John commented, "Prince Monolulu was the most famous tipster of his time, who would be dressed in colourful robes and a feather headdress at all the major race meetings, shouting out that he knew the likely winner of the big race. It's great that one of his outfits survives and will now be on show at the museum. Horseracing needs characters and he was one of the best but he could have learnt a lot from my fashion sense and style!"

The jacket which will be going back on display after conversation work was monoluluoriginally bought by the National Horseracing Museum in 1994, and is an important artefact in their collection, highlighting the story of early tipsters and the social history of the diverse communities involvemed in racing.

For what it is worth, John McCririck reckons Eminent will be the successful horse in the Investec Derby on Saturday. Maybe he can match the successes of Monolulu who rose to prominence after tipping long shot Spion Cop to win the 1920 Derby.

The jacket will be on permanent display in the Trainer’s House at the National Heritage Centre, which was recently shortlisted for 2017 Art Fund Museum of the Year.