The 26th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 24th June 1891 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 by Mr John D Wardell, bred in Ireland by William Ashe, trained by Charles Archer and ridden by Mr Thomas Beasley. The winner won by 3/4 length, with 3 lengths between second and third.


NARRAGHMORE (Bay filly by Umpire out of Cecropia) SR 2016

The winning owner won 460 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £55,600 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 NARRAGHMORE 9.1 Mr Thomas Beasley Mr John D Wardell Charles Archer
2 KABOONGA 7.9 John Doyle Mr William Dunne Rice Meredith
3 ROSSMORE 8.9 Terrence Kavanagh Mr T Donovan Frederick Cullen
4 MEDIATOR 7.13 T Doyle Mr Charles J Blake Thomas Harris
5 DUCHESS OF FIFE 8.0 Joseph Foster Mr O'Callaghan James Phelan
6 BATTLE BELL 8.5 William Taylor Captain I O Richardson Thomas G Gordon

Charles Archer was the brother of Fred Archer, one of the most famous jockeys in Turf history. Charles trained Narraghmore (SR 2016) to win the 1891 Irish Derby which was his most prestigious training achievement. However, arguably his most lucrative was in 1883 when Wallenstein won the Manchester Cup, where he is reported to have won £30,000, the equivalent in today's terms of £3.5 million. He died in September 1922.

4/5 fav Narraghmore
5/1 Rossmore
5/1 Duchess of Fife
6/1 Battle Bell
10/1 Kaboonga
10/1 Mediator
  Over round 119%
FORMLINE:- An impressive performance by Narraghmore, especially as she was giving Kaboonga 20 lbs.

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