The 38th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 24th June 1903 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 1000 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr Alan Cunliffe, bred in Ireland by James Grew, trained by John Fallon and ridden by Joseph Dillon. The winner won by a short head, with a further 3 lengths between second and third.


LORD ROSSMORE (Chestnut colt by Cherry Ripe out of Miss Georgie) SR 2005

The winning owner won 783 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £90,500 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 LORD ROSSMORE 9.2 Joseph Dillon Mr Alan Percy Cunliffe John Fallon
2 WINKFIELD'S FORTUNE 8.2 William Higgs Mr John C Sullivan Philip Behan
3 EASTERLING 7.13 Henry Buxton Captain E B Ashmore James Dunne
4 ROSANULE 8.2 Thomas L Miller Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
5 ESTRAPADE 7.13 Joseph Doyle Mr William Hall-Walker John Smith
6 LAUREL VALE 7.13 Charles Whelan Mr James Lonsdale Joseph Hoysted
7 CROOKHAVEN 8.8 John Thompson Captain John Murray Michael Dawson
8 FERNS 8.2 Francis Morgan Captain George M Maher Private

In a tricky build up to the start Estrapade had to be led to the post while Crookhaven refused to join the pack. There was a 10 minute delay before flag fall and Ferns was left trailing the field by a good dozen lengths. It was Winkfield's Fortune who made the early running, followed by Crookhaven, Laurel Vale and Easterling. After 4 furlongs Crookhaven took over at the front, with Laurel Vale and Winkfield's Fortune still close up, although it was noticeable that Lord Rossmore was making steady headway. Over the hill, the field began making the descent with Winkfield's Fortune holding a slender lead over Easterling, Lord Rossmore being close on the heels of the leading pair. Once the leaders rounded the bend on the rails Lord Rossmore took control and managed to shake off the determined challenge of Winkfield's Fortune by a short head, with three lengths back to Easterling.

6/4 fav Lord Rossmore
7/4 Winkfield's Fortune
5/1 Rosanule
10/1 Easterling
20/1 Ferns
20/1 Laurel Vale
20/1 Estrapade
20/1 Crookhaven
  Over round 121%
FORMLINE:- The winner conceded 10 lbs to the second and got home by a short head.

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