British horses held off a large-scale French onslaught - seven out of twenty entrants - to fill the first two places in the 1959 Derby filmed by VISNEWS at Epsom June 3.
GV. Downs and grandstand.
TV. Crowd on course
CU Lady in summer hat
STV Toppers and Indian lady
SCU Women look at race cards
LV Queen arrives in car
CU Royal Standard
LV Queen and Duke greeted
LV Queen Mother and Princess Margaret
GV Crowds in foreground of stands.
SV Royals in stand.
GTV Pan to crowded Downs.
LV Crowds on Downs.
SV Aly Khan
LV Queen in paddock
SV People in paddock
LV Royal Family in paddock
SV Pan to Princess Margaret
GV Horses and Jockeys in paddock
SV Jockey and runners' board
LV Premier Macmillan and wife
TV Horses canter down course.
SV Royals in line
LV Horses canter past Royal Party
GV Horse along course to start
SV Pan to Queen's horse Above Suspicion
LV Horse towards starting gate
SV Pan to Thymus and Charlie Smirke
SV Pan to Parthia
LV Pan of Race and PAN to BV
GV Horses at Tattenham Corner
SV Spectators on coach roof
STV Leading in winner
SV Jockey pats horse and dismounts
SCU winning horse and group
Initials S-D/THD/AHS S-D/TDH/AS
SPORT: HORSE RACING
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Background: British horses held off a large-scale French onslaught - seven out of twenty entrants - to fill the first two places in the 1959 Derby filmed by VISNEWS at Epsom June 3. Sir Humphrey de Trafford's Parthia, ridden by W.H. Carr, beat F.dalgo, ridden by J. Mercer - Carr's son-in-law - by a short head. Third place went to Baron Guy de Rothchild's French horse Shantung.
This year's Derby - the 180th. - was the richest to date. Sir Humphrey de Trafford received GBP36,078 in prize money, plus inestimable stud fees.
The Queen, Prince Philip, Queen Mother and Princess Margaret drove down the course from Tattenham Corner to the Royal Box. All keen horse lovers, they must have been a little disappointed that the Queen's horse Above Suspicion was not placed.
Contrasting with the morning suits and 'toppers' of the Royal Enclosure were the shirt sleeves and singlets of the general public. This was Derby Day at it's best. Hot June sunshine blazed down and the race finished with a classical struggle, Shantung coming up from last place to third in the last few yards.
Baron de Rothchild lodged a complaint that Shantung had been bumped. This was supported by his jockey who could not identify the culprit. It was the only cloud on a perfect day. The punters and small backers had a perfect day - both Parthia and Fidalgo had starting prices of 10-1.