The 13th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 26th June 1878 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 20 sovereigns with 150 sovereigns added. The winner was owned by Mr J W Denison, bred by John Wardell and ridden by F Wynne. The winner won by 3 lengths, with a distance back to the third. The winning time was 2 minutes 46.75 seconds.


MADAME DU BARRY (Bay filly by Favonius out of Strategy) SR 1971

The winning owner won 330 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £37,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 MADAME DU BARRY 7.7 Francis Wynne Mr John Wardell Denison Frederick Martin
2 VENICE 8.8 Thomas Broderick Mr J A Cassidy Patrick Doucie
3 KING OF TRUMPS 8.0 William Miller Mr Charles Ryan Joseph French
4 TERROR 8.0 M Miller Mr Joseph G Blake James Dunne
5 SISYPHUS 9.3 John McDonald Lord Drogheda Michael Moneypenny
6 IMMORATA 8.13 John Connolly Mr George Knox Thomas Connolly

Madame Du Barry became the third filly to land this Classic after Maid of Athens and Trickstress. She made most of the running and won by an easy 3 lengths. She confirmed her undoubted ability by landing the Irish Cesarewitch, the Manchester November Handicap and, later in her career, the Goodwood Cup.

Evens fav Venice
4/1 Immorata
5/1 Madame Du Barry
5/1 Sisyphus
100/15 Queen of the Bath
10/1 Terror
  Over round 126%
The winner was receiving 15 lbs from the second and as much as 26 lbs from Sisyphus. Despite winning by 3 lengths, the rating would be lower but for the impressive victories achieved later in her career.

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