The 46th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 28th June 1911 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 in Ireland by Mr John Kelly, trained by John Dwyer at The Commons, Cashel and ridden by John Doyle. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 2 minutes 43.2 seconds, with 3/4 length between second and third.


SHANBALLYMORE (Bay colt by Popoff out of Calyce) SR 1915

The winning owner won 783 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £87,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 SHANBALLYMORE 8.6 John Doyle Mr John Kelly John Dwyer
2 DRINMORE 8.6 John Thompson Mr J H Taylor Michael Dawson
3 BETTER STILL 8.12 Clyde Aylin Mr Patrick Cullinan Henry S Persse
4 SHORT GRASS 8.3 Peter Hughes Mr G A Prentice Joseph Hunter
5 ST MELRUAN 8.2 Michael Colbert Mr James Daly Michael Dawson
6 CLONBERN 9.5 Fred Hunter Mr Richard Crocker James Allen
7 KILLAMAN 8.2 Reginald Botta Mr John A B Trench John Arthur Tench
8 TULLYNACREE 7.12 George Maynard Mr J Hutton Michael Dawson
9 KILSHANE 7.12 Samuel Hill Mr Daniel O'Mahoney Leahy J Byrne
10 FLYING COMET 8.5 Arthur Douglas Mr William A Wallis Richard Harrison

Whilst many of the Irish Classics were now being plundered English raiders, this year was a tale which rekindled the dreams of every small Irish stable, especially one from the rural depths of County Tipperary. The race was won by Shanballymore, by Popoff, brother to a steeplechaser called Romanoff, out of Calyce who had finished unplaced in the 1896 Irish Derby won by the lowly rated Gulsalberk. Such was the unstylish mating combination that Bryan O'Donnell, a prominent Irish bookmaker of the day, offered 100/1 against Shanballymore. Come the day cometh the horse, and Shanballymore won by 2 1/2 lengths from Drinmore.

7/4 fav Short Grass
4/1 Drinmore
6/1 Shanballymore
6/1 Clonbern
10/1 Flying Comet
10/1 Better Still
20/1 St Melruan
20/1 Tullynacree
20/1 Kilshane
20/1 Killaman
  Over round 122%
FORMLINE:- The winner received 6 lbs from the second and 13 lbs from Clonbern, winning by 2 1/2 lengths in a time about 2 seconds quicker than the avaerage.

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