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1856-05-28 Tom Aldcroft ELLINGTON Admiral Octavius Harcourt Epsom Derby racegoers

ELLINGTON was considered a good horse who had beaten a strong Derby field, but also a rather temperamental and unreliable performer, but was one of the few horses to cope with the extremely soft ground. With winning time the slowest ever recorded, 1856-05-28 Epsom Derby was run on Wednesday, and the winner was bred by Admiral Octavius Harcourt and trained by Tom Dawson at Middleham. There were 23 runners from an initial entry of 211. The winner won by a length in 3 mins 4 secs, with 1/2 a length between second and third. The winner won a first prize of £5,875, the equivalent of £3,690,000 today.

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