A forerunner of the Irish Derby was the Curragh Derby which was first held on Tuesday 27th June 1848 over 1 1/2 miles of The Curragh in which colts carried 8 st 7 lbs and fillies 8 st 2 lbs. There were 10 subscribers at 25 sovereigns each, and the winner was owned by the Duke of Bedford, bred in Ireland by William Disney and ridden by D Wynne. The winner won by 3 lengths.


JUSTICE TO IRELAND (Bay colt by Birdcatcher out of Shepherdess) SR 1947

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 JUSTICE TO IRELAND D Wynne Duke of Bedford
3 MARESCHINO ---- Mr Whaley
1/3 fav Justice to Ireland    
On Tuesday 25th April 1848 The King of Kildare was second in the Madrid Stakes behind Postilion, and two days later occupied the same position in the Second Madrid Stakes behind Blunder. On Wedmesday 28th June 1848 The King of Kildare won the Curraghmore Sweepstake giving 5 lbs to Darter. On Thursday 29th June 1848 Justice To Ireland walked over in the Western Stakes. On Friday 30th June 1848 The King of Kildare won 1 15 sovereigns a side Sweepstake giving Wee Mickey 7 lbs. After winning the Curragh Derby Justice To Ireland was later placed 4th in the Doncaster St Leger a neck and 3 further lengths behind Surplice who is rated at 2027.

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