The 22nd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 29th June 1887 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a £1000 pot, £150 to the second and £70 to the third. The winner was owned and trained by Mr Henry E Linde, bred by W Murphy in Ireland,and ridden by Terence Kavanagh. The winner won by 3 lengths, with 4 lengths back to the third.


PET FOX (Bay colt by Philammon out of Wild Vixen) SR 1865

The winning owner won 763 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £95,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PET FOX 8.2 Terence Kavanagh Mr Henry E Linde Henry E Linde
2 KING MILAN 9.1 Thomas Harris Mr Sebastian M Nolan James Dunne
3 HENRY GEORGE 8.9 Patrick Lynch Mr William Brophy Daniel Broderick
4 KILDARE 9.8 John Connolly Mrs George M Knox Patrick Connolly
5 FETHARD 7.13 Thomas Broderick Mr James A Cassidy Thomas Broderick
6 THE PHILISTINE 9.1 William Hoysted Mr William Pallin James Gannon
7 THE EARLY BIRD 8.9 J Woodburn Mr Thomas G Gordon Thomas G Gordon
8 PERICLES 8.2 Henry Saunders Mr James Lyons James Dunne
9 HOLLY 9.5 Michael Dawson Mr R M Delemere Patrick Connolly
10 CELESTE 7.12 L Kelly Mr Charles J Blake James Dunne
11 LITTLE WIDOW 7.12 James Westlake Mr Andrew Tiernan Frederick F Cullen

In 1872 Henry Eyre Linde saddled his first winner to launch a career which was to make him the greatest Irish trainer of the 19th century. He began by training steeplechasers, even building his own private chase course to school his horses on, but then moved on to even greater success on the flat. He entered his own horse Eyrefield in the 1880 Irish Derby, and in 1882 he saddled Valerie to finish fourth behind Sortie. A year later May Boy finished third, while in 1884 Grecian Bend was second to Theologian. He had to wait until 1887 before he won the Irish Derby with the previously unraced Pet Fox (SR 1865).

3/1 fav Henry George
4/1 King Milan
6/1 Pet Fox
7/1 Kildare
7/1 The Philistine
7/1 Pericles
100/8 Fethard
100/8 The Early Bird
100/8 Holly
100/8 Celeste
100/8 Little Widow
  Over round 135%
The winner was receiving 13 lbs from the second and up to 20 lbs from the top weight, but did win by a comfortable 3 lengths.

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