The 15th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 23rd June 1880 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with 550 sovereigns added. The winner, described as 'the Winged Bee colt' was owned and bred by Mr William Brophy, trained by Daniel Broderick and ridden by Frank Wynne. The winner won by 1 length in 2 minutes 45 seconds, with a half a length back to the third.


KING OF THE BEES (Bay colt by Uncas out of Winged Bee) SR 1902

The winning owner won 475 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £54,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 KING OF THE BEES 8.7 Frank Wynne Mr William Brophy Daniel Broderick
2 BARON FARNEY 7.13 J Callaghan Mr Charles J Blake James Dunne
3 HELEN MAR 7.9 A F Lemaire Mr John C Murphy James Hopper
4 EYREFIELD 8.9 Mr Henry Beasley Mr Henry E Linde Henry E Linde
5 KILMACHREE 8.2 John Connolly Mr Edward Bourke Thomas Connolly
6 ACCEPTED 9.1 William Lynch Mr Charles Ryan Joseph French
7 ST MAUR 7.13 A Hall Lord Drogheda Michael Moneypenny
8 PIONEER 9.1 M Ryan Mr James Power Private
9 MISS KATE 7.12 Thomas Broderick Mr James Doucie Patrick Doucie
10 THE FLIRT 8.3 William Miller Mr George Knox Thomas Connolly
11 GLANDINE 7.9 M Miley Mr George D Stokes Thomas Reidy

William Brophy, of Herbertstown, was a wealthy coal merchant who supplied coal to the Curragh Camp. He won the Irish Derby with the moderate, unfancied colt King of the Bees (SR 1902) having earlier in the year landed the Irish Grand National with King of the Bees half-brother Controller. As well as being wealthy in his own right, he married Catherine Keary, whose father was the Irish bookmaker who had also tasted Irish Derby success in 1870 with Billy Pitt (SR 1910).

7/4 fav Helen Mar
100/30 Accepted
100/15 Eyrefield
10/1 Baron Farney
100/8 King of the Bees
100/8 St Maur
20/1 Kilmachree
20/1 Pioneer
25/1 Glandine
25/1 Miss Kate
25/1 The Flirt
  Over round 122%
The winner was giving 8 lbs to the second and won by a length in 2 minutes 45 seconds, the average time for the race in those days. However, although he had won a 6 furlong race the previous day, he did not win another race after his Irish Derby success, hence his low rating.

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