The 49th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 24th June 1914 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh and saw a significant increase in prize money. Subscriptions were 50 sovereigns with a pot of 2240 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr Edward Temple Patterson, bred in Ireland by Major F H Wise, trained by Henry S Persse at Stockbridge and ridden by Steve Donoghue. The winner won by a head in 2 minutes 36.6 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


LAND OF SONG (Chestnut colt by Llangibby out of Aliena) SR 1959

The winning owner won 2040 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £223,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 LAND OF SONG 9.5 Steve Donoghue Mr Edward T Patterson Atty Persse
2 KING'S COMMON 8.12 Colin Barrett Mr C T Garland James J Parkinson
3 RIGHT MOR 9.5 Fred Hunter Mr James Daly Michael Dawson
4 BACHELOR'S JAP 8.9 Joseph Canty Mr Albert Lowry Michael Dawson
5 ROCKBELLEW 8.9 Walter Earl Mr J R Markey Michael Dawson
6 SCHULTZ 8.12 James Canty Mr Nicholas J Kelly Philip Behan

Steve Donoghue was born in Warrington, Lancs on 8th November 1884 to a steel working father who had little interest in horse racing, but Steve was to become one of the most celebrated jockeys in turf history. He left home in 1896 aged just 12 to become apprentice to the eminent trainer John Porter, before moving on to Atty Persse's training establishment at Stockbridge. He was crowned Champion jockey on 10 occasions between 1914 and 1923 and also landed the Epsom Derby on 6 occasions; 1915 Pommern (SR 2064), 1917 Gay Crusader (SR 2090), 1921 Humorist (SR 2045), 1922 Captain Cuttle (SR 2078), 1923 Papyrus (SR 1985) and for the final time in 1925 with Manna (SR 2028). He is the only jockey to have landed the English Triple Crown twice, in 1915 and 1917. He also won the 1000 Guineas once, the 2000 Guineas three times, the St Leger twice and the Epsom Oaks in 1918 with My Dear (SR 1992) and again in 1937 with Exhibitionist (SR 1898). He was equally successful riding in Ireland, winning the Irish Derby five times, initially in 1913 with Bachelor's Wedding (SR 1892), then in 1914 with Land of Song (SR 1959), 1926 with Embargo (SR 1953), 1935 with Museum (SR 1921) and finally in 1937 with Phideas (SR 1928). He died of a heart attack in London on 23rd March 1945 aged 60.

4/6 fav King's Common
3/1 Land of Song
6/1 Right Mor
20/1 Schultz
20/1 Bachelor's Jap
20/1 Rockbellew
  Over round 114%
FORMLINE:- The winner gave the second 7 lbs and won by a head in a fast time of 2 minutes 36.6 seconds. The winner was unplaced in the English 2000 Guineas behind Kennymore (SR 1971).

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