This was run on Wednesday 6th June 1956 and the winner was bred by Mr Pierre Wertheimer and trained by Alec Head in France. There were 27 runners from an initial entry of 382. The winner won by a neck with 2 lengths between second and third. The winners time was 2 mins 36.4 secs. The winner won a first prize of £17,282 10s, (The equivalent of £410,100 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).


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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 3 minute 26 second clip of the Derby.


Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 LAVANDIN W. (Rae) Johnstone Mr Piere Wertheimer
2 MONTAVAL Freddie Palmer Mr R.B.Strassburger
3 ROISTAR Jimmy Eddery Mr J.McGrath
4 HORNBEAM Joe Mercer Lord Astor


W. (Harry) Carr Queen Elizabeth II
Also MONTEREY Willie Snaith Mr C.Leigh
Also TENAREZE L.Flavien Monsieur P.Duboscq
Also CASH AND COURAGE W.Rickaby Mr T.West
Also PEARL ORAMA A.Breasley Mr S.Jacobson
Also INDUNA C.Smirke Major R.Macdonald-Buchanan
Also ARTICULATE D.Smith Mr J.McGrath
Also SACRE BLEU R.Fawdon Mrs J.S.Barrington
Also BIRSO BOY H.Sprague Mr E.Y.Birkett
Also AL-MOJANNAH T.M.Burns Mr H.T.Clifton
Also NIMROD IV J.Doyasbere Mrs T.Hanbury
Also PIRATE KING G.Littlewood Major L.B.Holliday
Also FULL MEASURE E.Smith Mr H.J.Joel
Also BUISSON ARDENT R.Poincelet HH Aga Khan
Also ROYAL SPLENDOUR E.Cracknell Mrs G.Kohn
Also STEPHANOTIS K.Gethin Mr A.Plesch
Also IDLE ROCKS S.Clayton Mr D.Robinson
Also GILLES DE RETZ F.Barlow Mr A.G.Samuel
Also CHILHAM G.Lewis Mr J.Skeffington
Also AFFILIATION ORDER L.Piggott Mrs A.Thelwall
Also KING DAVID II J.Massard M.C.Victor-Thomas
Also STONEY LEY E.Mercer Lady Durham
Tote (10p unit) Win £1.13p Places 47p £2.92p 76p
7/1 Lavandin
9/1 Pirate King
9/1 Induna
10/1 Articulate
100/7 Buisson Ardent
100/7 Full Measure
18/1 Cash and Courage
20/1 Tenareze
20/1 King David II
22/1 Roistar
28/1 Gilles de Retz
33/1 Affiliation Order
33/1 Sacre Bleu
33/1 Stephanotis
33/1 Hornbeam
40/1 Montavel
50/1 Idle Rocks
50/1 Atlas
50/1 Monterey
50/1 Pearl Orama
100/1 Stoney Ley
100/1 Chilham
100/1 Thunderbolt
100/1 Royal Splendour
100/1 Nimrod IV
100/1 Al-Majannah
100/1 Birso Boy
  Over-Round 107%