The 39th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 29th June 1904 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 Jas Daly, bred by Miss Augusta G Knox-Gore in Ireland, trained by Michael Dawson and ridden by Francis Morgan. The winner won by 3 lengths, with a further 3 lengths between second and third and a head back to the fourth.


ROYAL ARCH (Brown colt by Florizel out of Miss Augusta) SR 1815

The winning owner won £783 (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 ROYAL ARCH 8.2 Francis Morgan Mr James Daly Michael Dawson
2 THE ARROWED 9.1 Henry Buxton Mr Sebastian M Nolan Richard C Dawson
3 GLENAMOY 8.12 George McCall Mr Lionel Robinson Sam Darling
4 CHERRY PIP 9.5 Joseph Dillon Mr J Holmer Peard John Fallon
5 LEOPARDSTOWN 9.2 Algernon Anthony Mr James Lonsdale Joseph Hoysted
6 RED HEART'S PRIDE 8.5 J McQuillan Mr F Roche James Allen
7 CHRISTIAN DE WET 8.2 John Thompson Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
8 LEO XIII 8.2 William Higgs Mr Gerald Hurley Gerald Hurley
9 GRAY GREEN 7.13 John Doyle Mr Robert Canning James Dunne

The start proved to be difficult primarily because of the stubborn behaviour of Leopardstown and Christian De Wet. As a consequence the start was delayed by 30 minutes, and when the starter finally got them away it was Grey Green who jumped off in front, followed by The Arrowed and Red Heart's Pride. Within a furlong Leopardstown had raced to the front and proved to be a difficult ride. Four furlongs into the race and The Arrowed had tamed the bullish Leopardstown and led from Glenamoy and Grey Green. Three quarters of a mile from the finish Royal Arch took his turn at the head of affairs and was alloed to get away from the field. He maintained a good gallop to the line and won unchallenged by 3 lengths from The Arrowed, with Glenamoy a further 3 lengths back in third.

5/2 jt fav Royal Arch
5/2 jt fav Glenamoy
6/1 Cherry Pip
6/1 Gray Green
10/1 The Arrowed
10/1 Leopardstown
10/1 Red Heart's Pride
10/1 Leo XIII
10/1 Christian De Wet
  Over round 129%
FORMLINE:- The winner received 13 lbs from the second, but did get home by a comfortable 3 lengths.

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