This, so called 'New Derby Stakes', was run on Wednesday 12th June 1940 at Newmarket because of World War II, and the winner was bred by Henry Morriss and trained by Fred Darling at Beckhampton. There were 16 runners from an initial entry of 78. The winner won by 3 lengths, with a short head between second and third. The winners time was 2 mins 30.8 secs. The winner won a first prize of £5,892 10s, the equivalent of £748,000 today.

THE DERBY 1940

GN1907.JPG (8122 bytes)

GN1908.JPG (8001 bytes)

GN1910.JPG (7999 bytes)

GN1911.JPG (7976 bytes)

GN1914.JPG (11652 bytes)

The British Pathe website and bank of film clips provide excellent coverage of the Epsom Derby. The link below is a 53 second clip of the Derby. http://www.britishpathe.com/video/the-derby-field-for-1940-newmarket/query/derby+1940

Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 PONT L'EVEQUE Sam Wragg Fred Darling
2 TURKHAN Charlie Smirke HH Aga Khan III
3 LIGHTHOUSE II Richard (Dick) Perryman Lord Derby
4 TANT MIEUX G.Richards HH Maharaja of Kolhapur
Also SOLWAY FIRTH M.Beary Sir Abe Bailey
Also BLACK TONI T.Lowrey Lady Beatty
Also PHARATIS E.C.Elliott Monsieur M.Boussac
Also MORADABAD D.Smith HH Aga Khan
Also STARDUST H.Wragg HH Aga Khan
Also PAQUES T.Weston Mr H.E.Morriss
Also ROMULUS A.Wragg Miss Dorothy Paget
Also OLIDON F.Lane Miss Dorothy Paget
Also HIPPIUS E.Smith Lord Rosebery
Also GOLDEN TIGER P.Beasley Sir H.de Trafford
Also KING OF TRUMPS II W.Nevett Monsieur L.Volterra
Also RIDLEY J.Taylor Captain G.H.Wilbraham

Tote (10p unit) Win £2.38p Places 61p 35p 23p

85/40 Lighthouse II
7/2 Stardust
11/2 Tant Mieux
10/1 Pont L'Evenque
100/7 Hippius
100/7 Turkhan
20/1 Black Toni
20/1 Pharatis
25/1 Golden Tiger
28/1 Paques
33/1 Moradabad
40/1 King of Trumps II
50/1 Ridley
50/1 Solway Firth
66/1 Olidon
66/1 Romulus
  Over-Round 120%
For all of your Epsom Derby books and memorabilia visit:-
http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21?_encoding=UTF8&node=338