The 25th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 25th June 1890 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 550 sovereigns, 50 sovereigns to the second and 25 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred by Mr Mathias A Maher, trained by Rice Meredith and ridden by Michael Dawson. The winner won by 4 lengths, with 2 lengths between second and third.


KENTISH FIRE (Chestnut colt by Torpedo out of Fair Maid of Kent) SR 1845

The winning owner won 460 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £56,200 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 KENTISH FIRE 8.2 Michael Dawson Mr Mathias A Maher Rice Meredith
2 GOLDMINER 9.1 Thomas Harris Mr Charles J Blake Patrick Doucie
3 DELAMONT 8.12 L Kelly Mr Thomas G Gordon Thomas Gordon
4 FAIREST FLOWER 7.9 Joseph Doyle Mr H L'Estrange Michael Dennehy
5 SUNRISE 7.13 J Nolan Mr J Brady Michael Dennehy

Although the field reached the post early, three false starts by Sunrise put paid to the race starting on time. Once it did get underway it was Sunrise who made the early running from Goldminer, Fairest Flower and Kentish Fire, an order which was maintained for the first 2 furlongs. At this point Fairest Flower dropped back to allow Sunrise the freedom to go on alone, although both Goldminer and Kentish Fire kept close tabs on him. At the top of the hill it was clear that Sunrise was in trouble, at which point Goldminer saw his chance and bounded clear. Turning for home, Kentish Fire drew alongside the leader and a good race ensued. At the distance Kentish Fire took command to win going away by an easy 4 lengths from Goldminer, with Delamont two lengths back in third, Fairest Flower was in fourth and Sunrise finished at the rear.

Evens fav Delamont
5/2 Goldminer
4/1 Kentish Fire
100/8 Fairest Flower
100/8 Sunrise
  Over round 114%
FORMLINE:- Kentish Fire was receiving 13 lbs from Goldminer but did win by an easy 4 lengths.

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