The 52nd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 27th June 1917 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 50 sovereigns with a pot of 2925 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and trained by Mr James J Parkinson, bred in England by John Musker, and ridden by William Barrett. The winner won by an easy 5 lengths in 2 minutes 29 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


FIRST FLIER (Bay colt by Henry The First out of Grey Flier) SR 1855

The winning owner won 2725 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £179,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 FIRST FLIER 8.9 William Barrett Mr James J Parkinson James J Parkinson
2 ARGOSY 8.12 Steve Donoghue Mr William J Tatem Etienne de Mestre
3 DRESDEN 8.9 Charles Trigg Mr Adam Mortimer Singer Gwynn Scourfield
4 PRINCE LIONEL 8.12 Thomas Burns Mr John Reid Walker John T Rogers
5 CROM ABOO 8.12 Fred Hunter Mr James Daly Philip Behan
6 ROCHETTO 8.12 Ralph Watson Mr Walter Raphael Henry S Persse
7 GERALDINA 8.5 Joseph Thwaites Mr W T de Pledge Robert Fetherstonehaugh
8 PENDRAGON 8.9 James Clarke Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
9 THEODOSIUS 8.12 Richard Cooper Earl Carnarvon Richard C Dawson
10 KINGSTON BLACK 8.12 Otto Madden Mr William Hall-Walker Charles Waugh

James J Parkinson, from Waterford, initially trained as a veterinary scientist in London before returning to his native Ireland where he bought Maddenstown Lodge in County Kildare and began a training career which was to last 50 years and produce 2577 winners. In the 1906 Irish Derby he trained Steinhager to finish second, Gaultier (7th) and Bells of Shandon (9th), but it was to be a further 11 years before he claimed his first Irish Derby in 1917 with First Flier, closely followed just 2 years later with a win by Loch Lomond.

2/1 Argosy
11/4 fav Kingston Black
6/1 First Flier
7/1 Pendragon
100/8 Geraldina
100/8 Rochetto
100/8 Dresden
100/6 Crom Aboo
20/1 Prince Lionel
50/1 Theodosius
  Over round 122%
FORMLINE:- First Flier won one of his 3 races as a 2 year old and then won his first 2 races at 3 before being well beaten in the Baldoyle Derby when receiving weight. Kingston Black was unplaced in the Epsom Derby behind Gay Crusader (SR 2090). Rochetto was unplaced in the English 2000 Guineas behind Gay Crusader (SR 2090). After this race Kingston Black was second in the Doncaster St Leger beaten an easy 6 lengths by Gay Crusader (SR 2090).

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