The 30th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 26th June 1895 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 700 sovereigns, 100 sovereigns to the second and 25 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr T L Plunkett (Captain James Machell), bred by William Brophy, trained by Shem C Jeffery and ridden by William Clayton. The winner won by a hugely impressive 12 lengths, with 3 lengths between second and third.


PORTMARNOCK (Brown colt by Gallinule out of The Sleeping Beauty) SR 2022

The winning owner won 562 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £70,200 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PORTMARNOCK 9.5 William Clayton Mr T L Plunkett Shem C Jeffery
2 BURNETT 9.1 William Hoysted Mr J Reid H E Linde
3 INSTABILITY 8.12 Arthur Behan Mr Henry Beasley Henry Beasley
4 SNAP 8.2 Michael Dawson Dr George Moorhead Michael Dawson
5 DAN MACK 7.13 George Barrett Mr Henry E Linde Henry E Linde
6 FAVOLOO 9.2 John Doyle Mr St John Cambridge William Cullen

Captain James Octavius Machell was born in 1837 at Etton Rectory near Beverley, his father being the Reverend Robert Machell. He began his working life in the Army, but resigned his commission and took on racing stables at Kennet near the home of racing in Newmarket. He was a very successful owner and gambler throughout his 40 years in racing, winning 11 English Classics and three Grand Nationals. Prior to the start of the 1895 Irish Derby Machell purchased a half share in the smart colt Portmarnock (SR 2022) from Charles J Blake and Thomas L Plunkett. It proved to be an inspired purchase because the colt won at 2/5 favourite by an amazing 12 lengths.

2/5 fav Portmarnock
6/1 Snap
8/1 Favoloo
10/1 Burnett
10/1 Instability
10/1 Dan Mack
  Over round 122%
FORMLINE:- Regarded as one of the best Irish horses of the decade, Portmarnock conceded weight and a 12 length beating to the field.

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