The 33rd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 29th June 1898 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 bred In Ireland by Mr Sebastian M Nolan, trained by Frederick Cullen and ridden by Thomas Moran. The winner won by 3 lengths, with 6 lengths between second and third.


NOBLE HOWARD (Chestnut colt by Gallinule out of Little May) SR 1935

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 NOBLE HOWARD 8.2 Thomas Moran Mr Sebastian M Nolan Frederick Cullen
2 FULMINATOR 7.13 William Horton Mr Mathias A Maher Private
3 IDOLATOR 8.2 Thomas Fiely Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
4 LADY FLUSH 8.11 Thomas Almack Mr R J Love William P Cullen
5 THE RULER 9.2 Algernon Anthony Mr John Reese Robert Orton
6 KILFINTAN 7.13 Alfred Sharples Mr Edward More O'Ferrall Private

The field got away at the first time of asking, and on settling down it was Noble Howard who made the play from Lady Flush and Isolator. Throughout the first half of the race this order was maintained, with Noble Howard forging ever further ahead. Rounding the final bend it was clear that nothing was going to trouble the leader who won in a canter by 3 lengths, with Fulminator some six lengths ahead of Idolator in third.

7/4 fav Kilfintan
7/2 Noble Howard
6/1 Idolator
6/1 The Ruler
8/1 Lady Flush
8/1 Fulminator
  Over round 105%
FORMLINE:- The main newspaper of the day commented that Noble Howard led after 200 yards, was never headed and won in easy fashion. However, it went on to acknowledge that it was hardly in the same league as Split The Wind who avoided the race in favour of the Doncaster St Leger. In the end he did not take up that appointment. Noble Howard gave Fulminator 3lbs, but was receiving 14 lbs from Lady Flush.

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