The 21st running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 30th June 1886 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, bred and trained by Mr Garrett Moore and ridden by John Connolly. The winner won by 1/2 length, with 4 lengths back to the third.


THEODEMIR (Brown colt by Ben Battle out of Miss Theo) SR 1971

The winning owner won 460 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £56,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 THEODEMIR 9.1 John Connolly Mr Garrett Moore Garrett Moore
2 NIGHTMARE 7.9 Michael Dawson Mr A Tiernan Patrick Connolly
3 DRACO 9.1 Thomas Harris Mr James Lyons James Dunne
4 DICTATOR 7.13 Henry Saunders Captain George M Maher James Dunne
5 CHARMING NANCY 8.12 Thomas Bailey Mr Christopher Taaffe Patrick Gavin
6 SWEETNESS 7.12 Joseph Hoysted Mr John R Gubbins Henry E Linde
7 BLACK ROSE 8.11 L Kelly Mr Charles J Blake James Dunne
8 LOCHABER 7.9 P Ball Mr James A Cassidy Thomas Broderick

There was a delay to the start which was caused by the appropriately named Nightmare, but once the flag was dropped Sweetness and Charming Nancy got away first to set the early pace, followed in close contention by Theodemir and Draco. By this stage Lochabar had already bolted and took no part in the race. After 4 furlongs Charming Nancy took command, attended by Sweetness and Nightmare. As they approached the bend towards the chains, both Sweetness and Charming Nancy cried enough to leave Nightmare at the head of affairs. Theodemir joined Nightmare at the distance and stayed on the stronger to win by half a length, with a further 4 lengths back to Draco, Dictator being fourth and Chraming Nancy fifth.

5/2 fav Draco
5/1 Nightmare
100/15 Lochaber
100/15 Theodemir
7/1 Charming Nancy
8/1 Dictator
10/1 Sweetness
10/1 Black Rose
  Over round 102%
The winner conceded 20 lbs to the second, and was level weights with the favourite, winning by a cheeky half length, the first two being 4 lengths clear of the third.

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