Jubilee b c 1897 (St.
Simon - Perdita,
by Hampton). Sire Line
Bred and raced
by HRH the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII),
Diamond Jubilee was named in honour of the sixtieth
year of the reign of Queen Victoria. He was a full brother to the Derby and St. Leger
winner Persimmon (b c 1893) and the Goodwood Cup
winner Florizel (br c 1891). A handsome horse of
medium size his highly-strung and difficult
temperment caused considerable concern throughout
most of his racing career.
His two year
old season was at least partially compromised by his
unruly behaviour. He won only one of his races,
finishing fourth in the Coventry Stakes, last in the
July Stakes, and with a new jockey, Mornington
Cannon, managed a second placing in the Prince of
Wales's Stakes and a win in the Boscawen Stakes.
Cannon was unavailable for his next race and with
Jack Watts back in the saddle he finished second in
the Middle Park Stakes. He lost his final race of
the year, the Dewhurst Plate, to Democrat who had
also beaten him in the previous race.
Richard Marsh, is given all credit for his patience
and tact in bringing the colt along. In the spring
of 1900 Marsh requested permission to employ Herbert
Jones as jockey for Diamond Jubilee. Jones, his
exercise rider, had demonstrated an affinity with
the colt and with him won the Two Thousand Guineas
Stakes, the Newmarket Stakes, and the Derby Stakes.
In his next engagement, the Princess of Wales's
Stakes, Diamond Jubilee finished second to Merry Gal
(b f 1897 Galopin), Oaks runner-up and later the
dam of White Eagle (ch c 1905 Gallinule), whilst
conceding her nineteen pounds. He went on to win the
Eclipse Stakes and, despite the resurgence of his
unreliable temperment, the St. Leger Stakes. In his
last race as a three year old he was defeated by the
American-bred Disguise (b c 1897 Domino) in the
Jockey Club Stakes.
disappointing four year old campaign, in the colours
of the Duke of Devonshire due to the court mourning
the death of the queen, was blamed on his
increasingly intractable behaviour. He managed a
respectable second to Epsom Lad (br c 1897 Ladas) in
the Princess of Wales's Stakes, fourth to the same
horse in the Eclipse Stakes, and third to
Pietermaritzburg (b c 1898
St. Simon) and Epsom Lad
in the Jockey Club Stakes, which was his final race.
over £29,000 and the distinction of a triple crown
he retired to the stud at Sandringham. He covered
for a fee of 300 guineas until his sale in 1906, for
above £30,000, to Argentina. There Diamond Jubilee
was champion sire four times, getting the Gran
Premio Nacional winners As De Espadas (b c 1908) and
Smasher (b c 1911) and the Gran Premio Carlos
Pellegrini winner Moloch (ch c 1914), before his death in
July of 1923.
Courtesy of the Jockey Club, Newmarket