This was run on Wednesday 2nd June 1937 and the winner was bred by Mr William Sears and trained by Fred S.Butters at Kingsclere. There were 21 runners from an initial entry of 315. The winner won by 1 1/2 lengths with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third. The winners time was 2 mins 37.6 secs. The winner won a first prize of £8,441 5s, (The equivalent of £546,600 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).


In the Official 3-Y-O Free Handicap Derby winner Mid-Day Sun was rated 2lbs higher than 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Exhibitionist, 4lbs higher than 2000 Guineas winner Le Ksar, and 5lbs higher than St Leger winner Chulmleigh. Based on their entire career performances this site rates Mid-Day Sun 2lbs higher than Le Ksar and Chulmleigh, and 3lbs higher than Exhibitionist.

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The British Pathe website and bank of film clips provide excellent coverage of the Epsom Derby. The link below is a 4 minute 13 second clip of the Derby.


Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 MID-DAY SUN Michael Beary Mrs G B (Lettice) Miller
2 SANDSPRITE J.Crouch Mrs F.Nagle
3 LE GRAND DUC Charlie Smirke HH Aga Khan III
4 PERIFOX P.Beasley Mr William Woodward
Also SNOWFALL R.Perryman Lord Derby
Also CASH BOOK R.A.Jones Lord Astor
Also GOYA II E.C.Elliott Monsieur M.Boussac
Also SOLFO T.Lowrey Major J.S.Courtauld
Also HONQUAN B.Carslake Mr B.D.Davis
Also WINNEBAR A.Richardson Sir F.Eley
Also INGLEFIELD P.Maher Lord Glanely
Also GAINSBOROUGH LASS H.Wragg Sir John Jarvis
Also SCARLET PLUME J.Sirett Mr R.McAlpine
Also PASCAl G.Richards Mr H.E.Morriss
Also FAIRFORD T.Weston Mr W.Murray
Also THE HOUR E.Smith Sir L.Philipps
Also FULL SAIL W.Nevett Lord Rosebery
Also BATTLE ROYAL H.Packham Mr A.Sainsbury
Also LE KSAR C.Semblat Monsieur St Alary
Also RENARDO S.Donoghue Sir Victor Sassoon
Also LE BAMBINO T.Burns Mr R.B.Strassburger

Tote (10p unit) Win £1.55p Places 43p £2.18p 33p

7/1 Perifox
7/1 Cash Book
9/1 Le Ksar
9/1 Goya II
10/1 The Hour
10/1 Solfo
100/9 Le Grand Duc
100/7 Gainsborough Lass
100/7 Mid-Day Sun
20/1 Renardo
22/1 Fairford
22/1 Full Sail
22/1 Pascal
50/1 Inglefield
50/1 La Bambino
100/1 Battle Royal
100/1 Scarlet Plume
100/1 Honquan
100/1 Winnebar
100/1 Snowfall
100/1 Sandsprite
  Over-Round 112%
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