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1909-05-26 Herbert Jones HM King Edward VII Epsom Derby paddock

MINORU’s victory was the first in the Derby for a reigning British monarch. This was run on Wednesday 26th May 1909 and the winner was bred by Mr William Hall Walker and trained by Richard Marsh at Newmarket. There were 15 runners from an initial entry of 299. The winner won by a short Head with 1/2 length between second and third. After a long delay, the judge announced Minoru as the winner by a short head from LOUVIERS, many of whose supporters were convinced that he had won. The winners time was 2 mins 42.4 secs. The winner won a first prize of £6,450, the equivalent of £2,150,000 today. Sold in 1913 to a breeding operation in Russia, MINORU disappeared during the turmoil of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

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