Oil on canvas, 20” x 24”
$3,000. – 4,000.
Bred by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, Persimmon was a bay son of St. Simon (lot 27) foaled in 1893. Over the course of his career, Persimmon ran nine times and won seven. St. Frusquin, another son of St. Simon, inflicted his only two defeats. He won the Epsom Derby in 1895, which was the first horse race ever filmed.
As a stallion, Persimmon sired horses such as Sceptre, a filly who won four English classic races in 1902; Comedy King (lot 31), who was a successful racehorse and stallion in Australia; and Prince Palatine, who won the Ascot Gold Cup in 1912 and 1913 and went on to be the great grandsire of Princequillo (lot 35). Persimmon was leading sire four times and leading broodmare sire three times. His career was cut short at the age of 15 when he broke his pelvis. His stuffed and mounted head is on display at the National Horseracing Museum at Newmarket.
A London and North Eastern Railway class A1 locomotive was named for Persimmon in 1925 and operated until 1963. A life- sized statue of the champion resides at the Royal Stud in the Sandringham estate.