Trained by Marcus Marsh and ridden by Charlie Smirke, Tulyar was the winner of the Epsom Derby in 1952 in a time of 2 minutes 36.4 seconds. In the same year he also won the St. Leger Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Ormonde Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes setting a record for a single season's earnings in England. In all he won nine of his thirteen outings.
Following the LNER tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses, the English Electric 'Deltic' diesel locomotive, no. 55 015 was named for Tulyar on 13 October 1961 and remained in service until 2 January 1982.