The 14th running of the Irish 2000 Guineas was held on Wednesday 9th May 1934 over 1 mile of The Curragh. A pot of 2000 Guineas was available, 100 guineas to the second and 50 guineas to the third. The winner was owned by Sir Thomas Dixon, trained by Philip Behan and ridden by Joe Canty. The winner won by 2 lengths, with a head between second and third.


CARIFF (Brown colt by Achtoi out of Carnlough) SR 1927

The winning owner won £1850 (The equivalent of £125,900 in 2018 based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 CARIFF 9.4 Joe Canty Sir Thomas Dixon Philip Behan
2 PORTUGAL 9.0 Morny Wing Mr Delaforce Col A Blake
3 KYLOE 8.10 Thomas Burns Sir Percy Loraine J Murphy
4 MOLINO 9.0 Herbert Holmes Mr J J Sullivan J J Parkinson
5 FEARLESS PRINCE 9.0 E Gardner Mr W Barnett John T Rogers
6 WAGON HILL 9.0 M Barrett Mrs G Dunne Col A Blake
7 FIGURE HEAD 9.0 A Barrett Mr H S Gray Philip Behan
8 BUCKBASKET 9.0 W Barrett Mr J J Cooney C Brabazon
9 GOLDEN DRAGON 9.0 Jack Moylan Mrs Croft H Ussher
10 LOOK OUT 9.0 P Mahon Mr O V Watney J Murphy
Philip Behan, better known as Phillie, was one of 7 jockey brothers from County Kildare who was a more successful trainer than jockey. He trained the second (Leading Power) and third (Likely Bird) in the 1900 Irish Derby behind Gallinaria. He also trained the second, Royal Winkfield, in 1901 when beaten by Carrigavalla. However, he had to wait late in his training career to achieve success, being responsible for Sea Serpent (SR 1919) in its 1931 Irish Derby victory. Brother William Behan, although he did not enjoy success as a jockey in the Irish Derby, as a trainer at Jockey Hall, Curragh, he won the Irish Derby with Theologian in 1884. Nicholas Behan, the most successful of the jockey brothers, rode his first winner at the Curragh in 1880 when he was just 10 years old and weighted 5 stone. He won his only Irish Derby on Sortie, winning by 4 lengths from Theorist. The next year he was second on Captain Arthur behind Sylph, and second again in 1885 on Madcap behind St Kevin. He was the only one of the 7 brothers to win the race as a jockey, but his brother Brother John Henry, better known as Jack, trained at Waterford Lodge and won the Irish Derby in 1910 with Aviator (SR 1978). Another brother, Arthur, rode Instability to third place in the 1895 Irish Derby behind Portmarnock.
4/5 fav Cariff
2/1 Kyloe
100/8 Portugal
100/8 Fearless Prince
100/8 Golden Dragon
100/1 Molino
100/1 Wagon Hill
100/1 Figure Head
100/1 Buckbasket
100/1 Look Out
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