This was run on Wednesday 28th May 1879 and the winner was bred by Lord Norreys and trained by Joseph Hayhoe at Newmarket. There were 23 runners from an initial entry of 278. The winner won by 3/4 of a length in 3 mins 2 secs, with a length between second and third. The winner won a first prize of £7,025, the equivalent of £2,800,000 today.

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 SIR BEVYS George Fordham Mr Acton (Baron Lionel de Rothschild)
2 PALMBEARER J.Osborne Mr J.Trotter
3 VISCONTI H.Constable Lord Rosebery
4 VICTOR CHIEF T.Chaloner Duke of Westminster
Also ABBOT OF ST MARY'S H.Jeffery Sir G.Chetwynd
Also ALPHA Huxtable Lord Ellesmere
Also BLUE BLOOD F.Webb Captain Machell
Also CADOGAN H.Custance Lord Douglas Gordon
Also CAXTONIAN Morbey Lord Anglesey
Also CHARIBERT Fred Archer Lord Falmouth
Also EXETER Rossiter Mr C.Blanton
Also FALMOUTH Tom Cannon Mr F.Gretton
Also GEORGE ALBERT C.Wood Mr W.S.Cartwright
Also MARSHALL SCOTT Luke Lord Dupplin
Also MULEY EDRIS Morgan Lord Falmouth
Also NUTBUSH W.Platt Mr R.Shier
Also PROLOGUE Dodge Count F.de Lagrange
Also PROTECTIONIST R.Wyatt Lord Bateman
Also RAYON D'OR J.Morris Count F.de Lagrange
Also RUPERRA J.Snowden Mr J.H.Houldsworth
Also SQUIRREL J.McDonald 'Mr Acton'
Also WHACKUM Glover Mr F.Davis
Also

ZUT

J.Goater Count F.de Lagrange
9/2 Cadogan
5/1 Victor Chief
6/1 Charibert
8/1 Ruperra
10/1 Zut
100/7 Falmouth
100/6 Caxtonian
100/6 Rayon d'Or
20/1 Sir Bevys
33/1 Abbot of St Mary's
40/1 George Albert
50/1 Muley Edris
66/1 Visconti
66/1 Marshall Scott
100/1 Blue Blood
100/1 Exeter
100/1 Palmbearer
100/1 Protectionist
100/1 Squirrel
100/1 Whackum
200/1 Alpha
500/1 Nutbush
500/1 Prologue
  Over-Round 108%