April the Fifth
|April the Fifth|
|Sire||Craig an Eran|
|Damsire||Call o'the Wild|
|Breeder||Sydney McGregor and Mr G.S.L. Whitelaw|
|Owner||Tom Walls and Sydney McGregor|
|April the Fifth is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sold Again by Craig an Eran. He was born around 1929 in Great Britain, and was bred by Sydney McGregor and Mr G.S.L. Whitelaw.|
Lingfield Derby Trial (1932) |
Epsom Derby (1932)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on 2 July 2009|
April the Fifth was sired by Craig an Eran, winner of the 1921 2,000 Guineas and Eclipse Stakes and runner-up by a neck in the Epsom Derby. April the Fifth was bred by Sydney McGregor and Mr G.S.L. Whitelaw from Sold Again, at a stud in Leamington Spa. He was foaled on 5th April, which was also his breeder's birthday.
April the Fifth was sold as a yearling for 200 guineas to his part owner, Sydney McGregor. He raced in the name of the actor Tom Walls who trained him at his stables at Epsom. April the Fifth won the inaugural running of the Lingfield Derby Trial in 1932 and went on to win the Epsom Derby itself at odds of 100 to 6. He was ridden in the Derby by Fred Lane. April the Fifth was injured and failed in the St. Leger Stakes and never ran again. He remains the last Epsom Derby winner trained at Epsom.
April the Fifth spent 20 years at stud, but he was a poor sire of flat racers. He was however a useful sire of National Hunt horses and Sydney McGregor bred the 1958 Ascot Gold Cup winner Gladness from a mare by April the Fifth.
He died in 1954.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
- ↑ Birch, Franklin E., Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1912-1959, The Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., London, 1960
- ↑ Sydney McGregor at the National Horseracing Museum
- ↑ Playing the game By Derek Birley Retrieved on 2009-7-2