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1856-05-25 PHOSPHORUS Epsom Derby Day oil painting

Epsom Derby Day Frith oil painting by William Powell. This Epsom Derby was his most significant win of PHOSPHORUS came when he overcame a leg injury. He was dropped by his designated jockey and only as a possible winner in a poem published in Bell’s Life magazine which ended: “Tis over, the trick for the thousands is done, George Edwards on PHOSPHORUS the Derby has won!” The 1837 race was the first to be started by flag and the last to be held on a Thursday (the Derby was almost always run on a Wednesday for the next 150 years). This was run on Thursday 25th May 1837 and there were 17 runners from 131 original subscribers. The winner won by a head to claim the first prize of £3,700, the equivalent of £2,570,000 today, and only 2 horses were placed. The winner was bred by the 4th Baron Berners and trained by J Doe.

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