The 32nd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 30th June 1897 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 550 sovereigns, 50 sovereigns to the second and 15 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and trained by Mr William P Cullen, bred in Ireland by P Ryan and ridden by Thomas Fiely. The winner won by 3/4 length, with a length between second and third, and a head back to the fourth.


WALES (Chestnut colt by Belgrave out of Victoria) SR 1805

The winning owner won 470 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £58,100 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 WALES 7.13 Thomas Fiely Mr William P Cullen William P Cullen
2 WHITE HACKLE 8.3 Alfred Aylin Mr Richard Walsh James Dunne
3 FIELD DAY 8.12 Mr G W Lushington Mr W M Clarke Jack Robinson
4 ELECTRIC RAY 8.2 William Horton Mr W Liddell William P Cullen
5 FRENCH HAVEN 8.2 Thomas Almack Captain John Murray Michael Dawson
6 HEAD THE TRICK 8.8 Terrence Kavanagh Mr William J Goulding J Henry Clarkson
7 CASHMERE 8.12 Algernon Anthony Mr Robert H Stubber Charles Perkins
8 THE BEREFT 9.5 Michael Dawson Mr T Boylan Michael Dawson

Although the field made it to the starting post in plenty of time, it was fully 20 minutes before the race started due to Frenchhaven causing 3 false starts. Once the flag did fall it was left to Frenchhaven to cut out the early running some distance clear of Wales, White Hackle and Cashmere. There was no material change in the order until they rounded the bend towards the rail, at which point Wales took up the running when Frenchhaven dropped quickly away. At the distance Wales was ahead but was being challenged by White Hackle, prevailing by an ever diminishing 3/4 of a length, with a further length back to Field Day. Electric Ray was fourth, the gallant Frenchhaven stayed on for fifth, with Head the Trick sixth.

4/1 fav Wales
5/1 Field Day
5/1 Electric Ray
5/1 Cashmere
7/1 Head the Trick
7/1 French Haven
10/1 White Hackle
10/1 The Bereft
  Over round 110%
FORMLINE:- Wales was receiving 4 lbs from White Hackle, but up to 20 lbs from others in the field, and only got home by 3/4 length.

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