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Persimmon (horse)

Sire St. Simon
Dam Perdita
Grandsire Galopin
Damsire Hampton
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1893
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Prince of Wales
Owner Prince of Wales
Trainer Richard Marsh
Record 9:7-1-1
Earnings ₤34,706
Persimmon is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Perdita by St. Simon. He was born around 1893 in Great Britain, and was bred by Prince of Wales.
Major wins
Coventry Stakes (1895)
Richmond Stakes (1895)
Epsom Derby (1896)
St. Leger (1896)
Jockey Club Stakes (1896)
Eclipse Stakes (1897)
Ascot Gold Cup (1897)
Leading sire in Britain & Ireland
(1902, 1906, 1908, 1912)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland
(1914, 1915, 1919)

Life-sized statue at Sandringham Stud
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 2 July 2009

Persimmon (1893-1908) was an outstanding British-bred and British-trained Thoroughbred race horse and sire who won the Epsom Derby in 1896. This was the first horse race ever filmed, by Robert W. Paul and Birt Acres.

As a four-year-old he won the Eclipse Stakes and Ascot Gold Cup, and is the most recent Epsom Derby winner to have won the Ascot Gold Cup. His full brother, Diamond Jubilee won the Triple Crown in 1900.

Persimmon became a successful sire, and amongst his offspring was Sceptre, winner of four classic races in 1902, Perola, Your Majesty and Prince Palatine, winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in 1912 and 1913.[1]

He headed the list of sires of winners four times and was head of the damsire list thrice during his relatively short stud career. When he was 15 he fractured his pelvis and died.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969

  • Wright, Howard (1986). The Encyclopedia of Flat Racing. Robert Hale. pp. p218. ISBN 0709026390. 

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