The 5th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 29th June 1870 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 12 yards of The Curragh. There were 21 subscribers at 15 sovereigns each, with 100 sovereigns added. The winner was owned by Mr Patrick Keary, trained by Thomas Connolly and ridden by William Canavan. The winner, bred in Ireland by the Palmerstown Association, won by a length, with 2 lengths back to the third.


BILLY PITT (Black colt by Plum Pudding out of Fraility) SR 1910

The winning owner won 220 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £24,900 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 BILLY PITT 8.7 William Canavan Mr Patrick Keary Thomas Connolly
2 UNNAMED BAY COLT BY RAPID RHONE 8.10 Walker Mr Holland (William Bourke) William Osborne
3 DUBOIS 8.7 Denis Wynne Lord Charlemont Thomas Moran

Paddy Keary was one of the earliest bookmakers in Ireland. He lived at Herbertstown House in Naas and was the owner of an extensive stable of racehorses which were trained for him at Curragh View by Thomas Connolly.

5/4 fav Unnamed Rapid Rhone colt
7/4 Dubois
2/1 Billy Pitt
  Over round 111%
On the day of the race the favourite was known as an 'unnamed bay colt by Rapid Rhone' bit was later named Lord Glasgow. The winner was receiving 3 lbs from the favourite and won by a length.

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