The 17th running of the Irish 2000 Guineas was held on Saturday 15th May 1937 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 Victor Sassoon, trained by John T Rogers and ridden by Steve Donoghue. The winner won by a neck, with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third.


PHIDEAS (Bay colt by Pharos out of Imagery) SR 1928

The winning owner won £1850 (The equivalent of £119,800 in 2018 based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PHIDEAS 9.0 Steve Donoghue Sir Victor Sassoon John T Rogers
2 SPOT BARRED 9.0 E Martin Quirke Sir Percy Loraine R More O'Ferrall
3 FLAXMAN 9.0 Henry Beasley Mr John T Rogers John T Rogers
4 SOLVER 9.0 Morny Wing Mr I J Blake Col A Blake
5 RUSSBOROUGH 9.0 A Barrett Captain Daly R More O'Ferrall
6 TETRALAY 9.0 W Barrett Mr E A Robinson Col A Blake
7 STRONG CURRENT 9.0 Thomas Burns Mr W Barnett John T Rogers
8 RORY OF THE HILLS 9.0 J Desmond Mr J McGrath H Ussher
9 INISHBOFIN 9.0 Jack Moylan Mr J McGrath H Ussher
Sir Ellice Victor Sassoon was born on 20th December 1881 in Naples into the wealthy Baghdadi Jewish Sassoon family who gained their wealth primarily from banking. He was educated at Harrow and went on to Trinity College, Cambridge before serving in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. His father died in 1924 and he inherited the title of Third Baronet of Bombay. His great passion was horse racing and in 1925 he bought Bungalow Stud in Newmarket and immediately renamed it Eve Stud (later to become the Woodditton Stud after his death). He enjoyed many English Classic successes, including four Epsom Derby wins, including Pinza (SR 2131) in 1953, Crepello (SR 2109) in 1957, Hard Ridden (SR 2028) in 1958, and St Paddy (SR 2047) in 1960. He was also successful in the Irish Derby, winning in 1935 with Museum (SR 1921) and in 1937 with Phideas (SR 1928). He died on 13th August 1961 aged 79.
4/6 fav Phideas
7/2 Spot Barred
6/1 Solver
10/1 Flaxman
10/1 Strong Current
20/1 Russborough
20/1 Inishbofin
20/1 Rory of the Hills
20/1 Tetralay
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