The 18th running of the Irish 2000 Guineas was held on Wednesday 11th May 1938 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 Percy Loraine, trained by R More O'Ferrall and ridden by E Martin Quirke. The winner won by 2 lengths, with 3 lengths between second and third.


NEARCHUS (Bay colt by Lemnarchus out of Mizzenette) SR 1883

The winning owner won £1850 (The equivalent of £118,400 in 2018 based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 NEARCHUS 9.0 E Martin Quirke Sir Percy Loraine R More O'Ferrall
2 UMGALL 9.0 Billy Nevett Sir Thomas Dixon Matthew Peacock
3 NEWHALL 9.0 W Howard Mr H S Gill B Rogers
4 SEEDLING 9.0 W H Beasley Mrs W Barnett John T Rogers
5 SOLAN 9.0 Morny Wing Mr Isidore Blake Col Arthur Blake
6 ACLINT BRIDGE 9.0 Jack Moylan Major Evelyn Shirley B Rogers
7 LUGNADMEDON 9.0 A Barrett Mr H S Gray Canty
8 MASTER BLINK 9.0 F Hunter Sir A Maguire Wellesley
9 COERCED 9.0 E Gardner Mr Fred Myerscough Wellesley
10 DUNLOE 9.0 J Desmond Mr H I Ussher H Ussher
11 CHARMING BOY 9.0 Phil Canty Mr H S Gray Canty
12 SPINET 9.0 W Barrett Mr E R Purdon Ruttle
Francis More O'Ferrall was born in Kildangan, County Kildare in 1904, eldest son of landowner Dominic More O'Ferrall. Like his two brothers he was interested in horse racing and founded the Anglo-Irish Bloodstock Agency. He won the 1950 Irish Derby with Dark Warrior (SR 1959) trained by Paddy Prendergast and ridden by John Thompson. His two brothers, Roderic and Rory, were also involved in horse racing. Roddy was a horse breeder and successful trainer, while the middle of the three brothers, Rory, was a successful owner enjoying Classic success in the 1960 Irish 2000 Guineas with Kythnos and in 1974 in the Irish St Leger with Mistisri. Francis died in 1974 aged 72.
4/6 fav Umgall
5/1 Solan
8/1 Newhall
10/1 Nearchus
20/1 Seedling
20/1 Aclint Bridge
20/1 Lugnadmedon
20/1 Master Blink
20/1 Coerced
20/1 Dunloe
20/1 Charming Boy
20/1 Spinet
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