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1884-05-28 Charlie Wood ST GATIEN Jack Hammond and Sam Loates HARVESTER Sir John Willoughby Epsom Derby dead-heat

So, “two better animals never trod the turf. The “vexed question” of which of the two was the better, was never resolved on the racecourse. This was run on Wednesday 28th May 1884 and the winners were bred by Major E Brace and the 6th Viscount Falmouth respectively, and trained by Robert Sherwood and James Jewitt, both at Newmarket. There were 15 runners from an initial entry of 189. The winning time was 2 mins 46.2 secs and there was 2 lengths back to the third horse. The winners won a first prize of £4,900, equivalent to £2,080,000 today. The judge was unable to separate ST GATIEN and HARVESTER and after a brief delay a dead heat was called. The common practice at the time was for dead heats to be settled by the two horses immediately running again over the same course, although the prize could be shared if both owners agreed. Hammond, who stood to take £30,000 in winning bets offered to divide the stakes and HARVESTER’s owners accepted,predictably in view of HARVESTER’s leg problems.
In that same year, the last Annual Race Meeting was held by the Hong Kong Racing Committee on 1884-02-20. The founding of Hong Kong Jockey Club was filed on 1884-08-20. HKJC was officially founded at the first generation of City Hall on 1884-11-04.

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