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1925-05-27 Steve Donoghue MANNA Henry E Morriss Epsom Derby rope starting

Horse racing starting barriers were simple ropes. After the race he explained that Manna had “shot to the front without any bidding from me” and that he had “never shown him the whip”. Donoghue won the Epsom Derby for the third time, on Wednesday 27th May 1925 and the winner was bred by Mr James Maher and trained by Fred Darling at Beckhampton. There were 27 runners from an initial entry of 325. The winner won by 8 lengths with 2 lengths between second and third. The winners time was 2 mins 40.6 secs. The winner won a first prize of £11,095, the equivalent of £1,650,000 today. Morriss later explained the colt’s name by saying “I always felt that he was a Heaven-sent gift… and WAFFLES, his dam is the name of a food.” Manna (Hebrew: מָן ) or al-Mann sometimes or archaically spelled mana, is an edible substance which, according to the Bible and the Quran, provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert during the forty-year period following the Exodus and prior to the conquest of Canaan.

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