The 18th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 27th June 1883 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 by Mr Charles J Blake, trained by James Dunne and ridden by John Connolly. The winner won by 3 lengths, with a poor third.


SYLPH (Chestnut filly by Solon out of Dryad) SR 1936

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 SYLPH 7.12 John Connolly Mr Charles J Blake James Dunne
2 CAPTAIN ARTHUR 7.13 Nicholas Behan Mr James Daly Patrick Doucie
3 MAY BOY 9.2 Mr Thomas Beasley Mr John R Gubbins Henry E Linde
4 ITHURIEL 7.13 W Faire Lord Ellesmere Charles Archer
5 ROSA 8.8 J Doucie Mr James A Cassidy Patrick Doucie
6 ROLLA 7.12 Joseph Doyle Mr W W Lewison Garrett Moore
7 MESPILUS 8.2 Alfred Giles Mr A H Smith-Barry Captain George Joy

Charles J Blake was one of the most prominent, influential Irish Turf Club Stewards of his generation. He had his first runner in the 1877 Irish Derby when Rebel Chief finished last of 6 behind Redskin (SR 1968). Two years later Lakeview was unplaced behind Soulouque (SR 1946), but in 1880 he was second with Baron Farney when beaten a length by King of the Bees (SR 1902), He finally enjoyed Classic success in 1883 with Sylph (SR 1936) who defeated Captain Arthur by a comfortable 3 lengths. Further Irish Derby successes came in 1885 with St Kevin (SR 1789) and in 1896 with Gulsalberk (SR 1838).

2/1 fav May Boy
3/1 Captain Arthur
5/1 Ithuriel
5/1 Mespilus
5/1 Rolla
10/1 Sylph
20/1 Rosa
  Over round 120%
The winner received 1 lbs from the second, but as much as 18 lbs from the favourite May-Boy. However, she did win by a comfortable 3 lengths.

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