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Irish Derby

Group 1 race
Irish Derby
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated 1866
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Dubai Duty Free
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse 1,500,000 (2009)
1st: €855,000

The Irish Derby is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July. It is the Irish version of the Derby Stakes, and it is currently held three weeks after the English event.

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History

The earliest version of the race was called the O'Darby Stakes. This was established in 1817, but it was discontinued after the 1824 running. It was succeeded in 1848 by the Curragh Derby, but this was again short-lived.

The modern Irish Derby was created by the 3rd Earl of Howth, the 3rd Marquess of Drogheda and the 3rd Earl of Charlemont, and it was first run in 1866. Its distance was initially set at 1 mile and 6 furlongs, and this was cut to its present length in 1872.

In 1907 the Irish Derby was won by that year's English Derby winner, Orby. But it was not until 1962 that the Irish version became the major international race that it is now. This was brought about by Joe McGrath, a founder of the Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake. McGrath combined the race with the sweepstake, and it became known as the Irish Sweeps Derby. The prize money was substantially increased, and the event began to regularly attract the winners of the English Derby. In 1964 Santa Claus became the first horse to win the double since Orby. Several more have followed, and the most recent to win both races was High Chaparral in 2002.

From 1986 to 2007 the Irish Derby was sponsored by Budweiser. The present sponsor, Dubai Duty Free, began supporting the event in 2008.

Records

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Morny Wing – Ballyheron (1921), Waygood (1923), Rock Star (1930), Rosewell (1938), Windsor Slipper (1942), Bright News (1946)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienDesert King (1997), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Dylan Thomas (2006), Soldier of Fortune (2007), Frozen Fire (2008), Fame and Glory (2009), Cape Blanco (2010)

Leading owner (9 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Michael TaborDesert King (1997), Montjeu (1999), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Hurricane Run (2005), Dylan Thomas (2006), Soldier of Fortune (2007), Frozen Fire (2008), Fame and Glory (2009)

Winners since 1962

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1962 Tambourine Roger Poincelet Etienne Pollet Mrs Howell Jackson 2:28.80
1963 Ragusa Garnet Bougoure Paddy Prendergast Jim Mullion 2:45.60
1964 Santa Claus Willie Burke Mick Rogers John Ismay 2:35.60
1965 Meadow Court Lester Piggott Paddy Prendergast Bell / McMahon / Crosby 2:46.80
1966 Sodium Frankie Durr George Todd Radha Sigtia 2:31.50
1967 Ribocco Lester Piggott F. Johnson Houghton Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. 2:32.40
1968 Ribero Lester Piggott F. Johnson Houghton Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. 2:33.90
1969 Prince Regent Geoff Lewis Etienne Pollet Countess de la Valdène 2:36.10
1970 Nijinsky Liam Ward Vincent O'Brien Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. 2:36.80
1971 Irish Ball Alfred Gibert Philippe Lallié Emile Littler 2:33.80
1972 Steel Pulse Bill Williamson Scobie Breasley Ravi Tikkoo 2:39.80
1973 Weaver's Hall George McGrath Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath 2:39.00
1974 English Prince Yves Saint-Martin Peter Walwyn Vera Hue-Williams 2:33.40
1975 Grundy Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Carlo Vittadini 2:31.10
1976 Malacate Philippe Paquet François Boutin María Félix Berger 2:31.20
1977 The Minstrel Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:32.00
1978 Shirley Heights Greville Starkey John Dunlop 2nd Earl of Halifax 2:32.30
1979 Troy Willie Carson Dick Hern Sobell / Weinstock 2:30.60
1980 Tyrnavos Tony Murray Bruce Hobbs George Cambanis 2:43.80
1981 Shergar Lester Piggott Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.70
1982 Assert Christy Roche David O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:33.20
1983 Shareef Dancer Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:29.40
1984 El Gran Senor Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:31.50
1985 Law Society Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 2:29.90
1986 Shahrastani Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.10
1987 Sir Harry Lewis John Reid Barry Hills Howard Kaskel 2:40.20
1988 Kahyasi Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.50
1989 Old Vic Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 2:29.90
1990 Salsabil Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:33.00
1991 Generous Alan Munro Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:33.30
1992 St Jovite Christy Roche Jim Bolger Virginia Kraft Payson 2:25.60
1993 Commander in Chief Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 2:31.20
1994 Balanchine Frankie Dettori Hilal Ibrahim Godolphin 2:32.70
1995 Winged Love Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:30.10
1996 Zagreb Pat Shanahan Dermot Weld Allen E. Paulson 2:30.60
1997 Desert King Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor 2:32.50
1998 Dream Well Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 2:44.30
1999 Montjeu Cash Asmussen John Hammond Michael Tabor 2:30.10
2000 Sinndar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 2:33.90
2001 Galileo Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:27.10
2002 High Chaparral Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 2:32.20
2003 Alamshar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 2:28.20
2004 Grey Swallow Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Rochelle Quinn 2:28.70
2005 Hurricane Run Kieren Fallon André Fabre Michael Tabor 2:29.40
2006 Dylan Thomas Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:29.70
2007 Soldier of Fortune Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 2:36.02
2008 Frozen Fire Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 2:31.96
2009 Fame and Glory Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:30.87
2010 Cape Blanco Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith 2:28.68

Earlier winners

  • 1866 - Selim
  • 1867 - Golden Plover
  • 1868 - Madeira
  • 1869 - The Scout
  • 1870 - Billy Pitt
  • 1871 - Maid of Athens
  • 1872 - Trickstress
  • 1873 - Kyrle Daly
  • 1874 - Ben Battle
  • 1875 - Innishowen
  • 1876 - Umpire
  • 1877 - Redskin
  • 1878 - Madame du Barry
  • 1879 - Soulouque
  • 1880 - King of the Bees
  • 1881 - Master Ned
  • 1882 - Sortie
  • 1883 - Sylph
  • 1884 - Theologian
  • 1885 - St. Kevin
  • 1886 - Theodemir
  • 1887 - Pet Fox
  • 1888 - Theodolite
  • 1889 - Tragedy
  • 1890 - Kentish Fire
  • 1891 - Narraghmore
  • 1892 - Roy Neil
  • 1893 - Bowline
  • 1894 - Blairfinde
  • 1895 - Portmarnock
  • 1896 - Gulsalberk
  • 1897 - Wales
  • 1898 - Noble Howard
  • 1899 - Oppressor
  • 1900 - Gallinaria
  • 1901 - Carrigavalla
  • 1902 - St. Brendan
  • 1903 - Lord Rossmore
  • 1904 - Royal Arch
  • 1905 - Flax Park
  • 1906 - Killeagh
  • 1907 - Orby
  • 1908 - Wild Bouquet
  • 1909 - Bachelor's Double
  • 1910 - Aviator
  • 1911 - Shanballymore
  • 1912 - Civility
  • 1913 - Bachelor's Wedding
  • 1914 - Land of Song
  • 1915 - Ballaghtobin
  • 1916 - Furore
  • 1917 - First Flier
  • 1918 - King John
  • 1919 - Loch Lomond
  • 1920 - He Goes
  • 1921 - Ballyheron
  • 1922 - Spike Island
  • 1924 - Haine / Zodiac *
  • 1925 - Zionist
  • 1926 - Embargo
  • 1927 - Knight of the Grail
  • 1928 - Baytown
  • 1929 - Kopi
  • 1930 - Rock Star
  • 1931 - Sea Serpent
  • 1932 - Dastur
  • 1933 - Harinero
  • 1934 - Patriot King / Primero *
  • 1935 - Museum
  • 1936 - Raeburn
  • 1937 - Phideas
  • 1938 - Rosewell
  • 1939 - Mondragon
  • 1940 - Turkhan
  • 1941 - Sol Oriens
  • 1942 - Windsor Slipper
  • 1943 - The Phoenix
  • 1944 - Slide On
  • 1945 - Piccadilly
  • 1946 - Bright News
  • 1948 - Nathoo
  • 1949 - Hindostan
  • 1950 - Dark Warrior
  • 1951 - Fraise du Bois II
  • 1952 - Thirteen of Diamonds
  • 1953 - Chamier
  • 1955 - Panaslipper
  • 1956 - Talgo
  • 1959 - Fidalgo
  • 1960 - Chamour
  • 1961 - Your Highness

* The 1924 and 1934 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

References


  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 103. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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