The 9th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 24th June 1874 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 20 sovereigns with 100 sovereigns added. The winner, bred by John Wardell, was owned by Mr J W Denison (nom de course of John Wardell) and ridden by Edwin Martin. The winner won by 5 lengths in a time of 2 minutes 49 seconds, with a distance back to the third.


BEN BATTLE ( Bay colt by Rataplan out of Young Alice) SR 1985

The winning owner won 378 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £40,600 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 BEN BATTLE 8.4 Edwin Martin Mr J W Denison Thomas Connolly
2 HOLLYWOOD 7.8 J Holland Mr John C Murphy Joseph French
3 CHANCELLOR 7.11 E Salter Mr George Knox Thomas Connolly
4 KILDARE 7.11 Thomas Broderick Mr Johnson Lee Patrick Doucie
5 CONCORD 6.11 Ashworth Mr James Cockin Thomas Cliff

Hollywood made the early running, closely attended by Concord, Chancellor and Kildare. After 2 furlongs Ben Battle joined the leaders, after which Kildare dropped away and was soon beaten. Nearing the chains Chancellor Cried ‘enough’ and a match ensued between Hollywood and Ben Battle. It was Ben Battle who gradually got the upper hand and drew away to win in easy style by 5 lengths, with Chancellor a bad third. This was a good performance by Ben Battle and his rating of SR 1985 was the highest rating to date.

6/4 fav Hollywood
5/2 Ben Battle
5/2 Concord
8/1 Chancellor
10/1 Kildare
  Over round 116%
This was an impressive performance, giving weight away all round and winning by 5 lengths.

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