The 143rd running of the Irish Derby was held on Sunday 29 June 2008 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were €23,500 with a first prize of €843,000. The winner was owned by Mrs Susan Magnier, Mr Derrick Smith and Mr Michael Tabor, bred by Jurgen and Wolfgang Hoyer in Germany, trained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle, and ridden by Seamie Heffernan. The winner won by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 31.96 seconds, with a short head between second and third.


FROZEN FIRE (Bay colt by Montjeu out of Flamingo Sea) SR 1894

The winning owner won €843,000 (The equivalent of £941,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 FROZEN FIRE 9.0 Seamie Heffernan Tabor, Smith, Magnier Aidan O'Brien
2 CASUAL CONQUEST 9.0 Pat Smullen Moyglare Stud Farm Dermot Weld
3 TARTAN BEARER 9.0 Ryan Moore Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
Disq ALESSANDRO VOLTA 9.0 Johnny Murtagh Tabor, Smith, Magnier Aidan O'Brien
5 CURTAIN CALL 9.0 Fran Berry Mrs P K Cooper & Partners Luca Cumani
6 BASHKIROV 9.0 Sean Levey Tabor, Smith, Magnier Aidan O'Brien
7 WINCHESTER 9.0 Pat Shanahan Mr Bertram Firestone Dermot Weld
8 CENTENNIAL 9.0 Seb Sanders Mr Michael O'Flynn John Gosden
9 UPTON GREY 9.0 Ted Durcan HRH Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
10 HINDU KUSH 9.0 David McCabe Mrs Susan Magnier Aidan O'Brien
11 WASHINGTON IRVINE 9.0 Colm O'Donoghue Smith, Tabor, Magnier Aidan O'Brien
Evens fav Tartan Bearer        
4/1 Casual Conquest        
7/1 Alessandro Volta        
8/1 Curtain Call        
12/1 Washington Irvine        
16/1 Frozen Fire        
25/1 Centennial        
40/1 Winchester        
66/1 Hindu Kush        
150/1 Bashkirov        
300/1 Upton Grey        
  Over round 115%        
FORMLINE:- Frozen Fire won by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 31.96 seconds, having previously been unplaced at 16/1 in the Epsom Derby behind New Approach (SR 2044) when Tartan Bearer (6/1) was second beaten half a length, and Casual Conquest (7/2 fav) was third beaten a length. In a career spanning 6 races, he was victorious just twice.

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