This was run on Wednesday 7th June 1978 and the winner was bred by the 2nd Earl of Halifax and Baron Irwin and trained by John Dunlop. There were 25 runners and the winning time was 2 mins 35.3 secs. The winner won by a head with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third. The winner won a first prize of £98,410, (The equivalent of £536,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).


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The Youtube website and bank of film clips provide excellent coverage of the Epsom Derby. The link below is a 2 minute 53 second clip of the Derby.


Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS Greville Starkey John Dunlop Lord Halifax
2 HAWAIIAN SOUND Wille Shoemaker Barry Hills Robert Sangster
3 REMAINDER MAN Tony Ives Reg Hollinshead Mrs D Jardine
4 PYJAMA HUNT A Gilbert P Laillie J Byng
5 OBRAZTSOVY Brian Rouse H Ryan Price A Demetriou
6 JULIO MARINER Edward Hide Clive Brittain Captain Marcos Lemos
7 WHITSTEAD Brian Taylor H Ryan Price H Demetriou
8 ROLAND GARDENS Frankie Durr Duncan Sasse J Hayter
9 FORMIDABLE Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn P Goulandris
10 GOBLIN M L Thomas W Wightman W Douglas-Home
11 ORANGE MARMALADE Philip Paquet Francois Boutin Alan Clore
Also ADMIRALS LAUNCH Willie Carson W R Hern R Hollingsworth
Also EXDIRECTORY Christie Roche P J Prendergast Mrs J Mullion
Also MAJESTIC MAHARAJ Jimmy Bleasdale Jack Hanson Mr Jack Hanson
Also SEXTON BLAKE Ernie Johnson Barry Hills T Motley
Also GRACIAS J-C Desaint J Cunnington Mrs P Ribes
Also COMACHO Tony Murray Ron Boss S Saud
Also ENGLISH HARBOUR Joe Mercer Ian Balding HM The Queen
Also HILL'S YANKEE Paul Cook Michael Stoute William Hill Racing Ltd
Also SON FILS Geoff Lewis Richard Hannon Mrs B Davis
Also INKERMAN Lester Piggott M V O'Brien Mr S Fraser
Also BILAL Yves Saint-Martin Maurice Zilber (Fr) M Fustok
Also TOM STRAUSS Richard Fox Mrs N Birch C de Lukats
Also WAREATH Philip Waldron Ron Sheather Prince Yaxid Bin Saoud


A Lequeux Olivier Douleb (Fr) S Fradkoff
4/1 Inkerman      
8/1 Shirley Heights      
8/1 Whitstead      
9/1 Sexton Blake      
10/1 Admiral's Launch      
10/1 Julio Mariner      
12/1 English Harbour      
15/1 Exdirectory      
18/1 Formidable      
22/1 Pyjama Hunt      
25/1 Hawaiian Sound      
25/1 Roland Gardens      
33/1 Hills Yankee      
40/1 Majestic Maharaj      
40/1 Remainder Man      
50/1 Bilal      
50/1 Son Fils      
66/1 Gracias      
66/1 Orange Marmalade      
100/1 Cainan      
100/1 Camacho      
100/1 Obraztsovy      
200/1 Goblin      
500/1 Tom Strauss      
500/1 Wareath      
Over Round 122%