The 42nd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 26th June 1907 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 and bred by Mr Richard Croker, trained by James Allen and ridden by William Bullock. The winner won by a easy 4 lengths in 2 minutes 51.5 seconds, with 3 lengths between second and third.


ORBY (Chestnut colt by Orme out of Rhoda B) SR 2056

The winning owner won 783 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £89,500 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 ORBY 9.8 William Bullock Mr Richard Croker James Allen
2 GEORGETOWN 8.6 Herbert Simpson Mr Richard Croker James Allen
3 GLEG 9.5 Algernon Anthony Mr Thomas K Laidlaw Michael Dawson
4 ARDNAGLUE 8.6 Roy Mortimer Mr Grattan W Lushinton Joseph Hunter
5 ELECTOR 8.2 Clyde Aylin Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
6 DESMOND O'NEILL 8.2 Michael Colbert Mr J P Moore Michael Dawson
7 STRAWBERRY PLANT 8.2 Patrick Quinn Lord Rossmore Denis Shanahan

Richard Welstead Croker, son of Eyre Coote Croker and Frances Croker (nee Welstead) was born on 24th November 1843 in Ballyva and within 2 years was taken to the USA aboard Henry Clay primarily to avoid a potential potato famine in Ireland. He became a prominent politician in America and leader of the famous New York Tammany Hall. In the USA he was able to enjoy his chosen sport of horse racing and then returned to the UK to continue to pursue the sport. His most famous horse was English Derby winner Orby (SR 2056) who then went on to become the first horse to complete the English/Irish Derby double when landing the Irish Derby by an easy 4 lengths at the prohibitive odds of 10/1 on favourite. Croker continued to enjoy racing success, but died on 29th April 1922 in Ireland.

1/10 fav Orby
20/1 Georgetown
20/1 Gleg
20/1 Ardnaglue
20/1 Elector
20/1 Desmond O'Neill
20/1 Strawberry Plant
  Over round 129%
FORMLINE:- The winner won by an easy 4 lengths having previously won the Epsom Derby by 2 lengths. Thus he became the first horse to complete the English and Irish Derby double.

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