The 29th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 27th June 1894 over 1 1/2 miles at The Curragh and the winner was owned and bred by Mr John R Gubbins, trained in England by Sam Darling and ridden by William T Garrett. The winner won 10 lengths in 2 minutes 42 seconds, with 2 1/2 lengths between second and third, and half a length back to the fourth.


BLAIRFINDE (Brown colt by Kendal out of Morganette) SR 2005

The value to the winner was 560 Guineas, (The equivalent of £69,200 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 BLAIRFINDE 8.2 William T Garrett Mr John R Gubbins Sam Darling
2 HARTSTOWN 9.2 William Taylor Mr James Daly William Hilliard
3 HEBRON 7.13 William Clayton Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
4 GAZETTEER 9.2 William Horton Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
5 GAUNTLET 7.13 John Doyle Mr Henry Beasley Henry Beasley
6 STARLIGHT III 8.12 Charles Whelan Mr Henry E Linde Henry E Linde


9.2 William Hoysted Duke of Westminster Henry E Linde
8 ASH STICK 9.1 Michael Dawson Mr William Ashe Michael Dawson
9 ARLINE 9.1 Augustine Magee Colonel Robert Thomson Frederick Cullen
10 MISS SHARP 7.12 Joseph Westlake Mr R M Delamere Michael Dawson

Sam Darling was born in 1852 and built up a fantastic, highly regarded training establishment at Beckhampton in Wiltshire from where he sent out 7 English Classic winners. These included 1897 Triple Crown winner Galtee More (SR 2031), 1898 St Leger winner Wildfowler (SR 1922), 1901 Epsom Oaks winner Cap and Bells (SR 1950), 1902 Epsom Derby winner Ard Patrick (SR 2154) and 1907 2000 Guineas winner Slieve Gallion (SR 1938). He retired in 1913 and was succeeded by Fred Darling; his older son Sam Darling junior had already started training in his own right in Newmarket. He died in 1921.

2/1 fav Blairfinde
2/1 fav Ball Coote
6/1 Hartstown
25/1 Hebron
25/1 Gazetteer
25/1 Ash Stick
25/1 Arline
25/1 Starlight III
25/1 Gauntlet
25/1 Miss Sharp
  Over-Round 108%
FORMLINE:- Blairfinde was a very impressive winner despite receiving a stone from the second. He won as he pleased by 10 lengths in a time about 3 seconds quicker than average.

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