The 16th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 29th June 1881 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with 550 sovereigns to the winner, 50 sovereigns to the second and 25 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Mr James A Cassidy, trained by Patrick Doucie and ridden by Thomas Broderick. The winner won by a neck, with a length and a half back to the third.


MASTER NED (Bay colt by Roman Bee out of Gazelle) SR 1950

The winning owner won 460 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £53,200 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 MASTER NED 9.5 Thomas Broderick Mr James A Cassidy Patrick Doucie
2 GREENFIELD 8.12 Frank Wynne Mr Christopher Taaffe Joseph French
3 FAUSTIN 8.2 John Connolly Mr William Dunne Thomas Connolly
4 HANDCUFF 7.13 M Ryan Mr James Sullivan James Gannon
5 GOLDEN ROSE 7.9 J Callaghan Mr Charles J Blake James Dunne
6 SPERANZA II 8.5 F Connolly Mr R M Delemere Thomas Connolly
James Archibald Cassidy was the owner of a Whiskey distillery in Monasterevin (formerly known as Monasterevan) a small town south of Dublin in County Kildare which first opened in 1784. The distillery had extensive stables built within its grounds to house Cassidy's many racehorses. The distillery famously paid its workers in tokens which were known as Turf Tokens. James had his first runner in the 1876 Irish Derby when The Deer finished third. He followed this with a second place with Venice in 1878, was unplaced in 1879 with Miser and then won his first Irish Derby in 1881 with Master Ned (SR 1950). It was not long before he gained his second success the next year with Sortie (SR 1906). The distillery eventually closed in 1921.
4/6 fav Greenfield
5/1 Faustin
5/1 Handcuff
100/15 Master Ned
100/6 Golden Rose
100/6 Speranza II
  Over round 119%
The winner gave the second 7 lbs and just got home by a neck.

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