The 14th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 25th June 1879 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with 400 sovereigns added. The winner was owned and bred by Mr William Dunne, trained by Thomas Connollyand ridden by John Connolly. The winner won by 1 length in 3 minutes 10 seconds, with a distance back to the third.


SOULOUQUE (Bay colt by Roman Bee out of Tawney) SR 1946

The winning owner won 325 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £38,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 SOULOUQUE 9.5 John Connolly Mr William Dunne Thomas Connolly
2 SHINGLASS 9.2 M Ryan Mr Christopher Taaffe Joseph French
3 REFUGE 7.9 W Lynch Mr John C Murphy Joseph French
4 ARRAS 8.0 J Macdonald Lord Drogheda Michael Moneypenny
5 THE SQUAW 8.5 Francis Wynne Mr John Colgan James Monahan
6 LORD RANDOLPH 7.13 M Lynch Mr P M V Saurin Patrick Doucie
7 LAKEVIEW 7.12 J Callaghan Mr Charles J Blake James Dunne
9 MISER 8.11 Thomas Broderick Mr James A Cassidy Patrick Doucie

The going was so soft, after a Spring and Summer of almost continuous rain, that the winning time was 3 minutes 10 seconds, the slowest in the history of the race. However, it still proved to be a spectacle worth waiting for, with the two unbeaten colts of the previous season going head to head. In the event Soulouque prevailed by just a length from Shinglass, the pair finishing a distance clear of the rest.

100/30 fav Soulouque
100/30 fav Shinglass
4/1 The Squaw
4/1 Arras
10/1 Lakeview
10/1 Miser
25/1 Refuge
25/1 Lord Randolph
  Over round 114%
The winner was giving 3 lbs to the second and considerably more to the remainder of the field. However, the winning time was about 25 seconds below the average.

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