The 53rd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 26th June 1918 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 50 sovereigns with a pot of 3300 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Captain Giles Loder, trained by Peter P Gilpin and ridden by Henry H Beasley. The winner won by an easy 8 lengths in 2 minutes 41.4 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


KING JOHN (Chestnut colt by Roi Herode out of Miranda) SR 2007

The winning owner won 3100 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £167,500 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 KING JOHN 8.12 Henry H Beasley Captain Giles Loder Peter P Gilpin
2 SARI BAHR 8.5 Freddie Fox Captain Evelyn Shirley James Dunne
3 NAVARRE 8.12 E Martin Quirke Mr James J Parkinson James J Parkinson
4 SHENLEY BOY 8.12 William Barrett Mr Walter Raphael Captain Robert Dewhurst
5 ZZ 8.9 Joseph Childs Mr John C Sullivan Philip Behan
6 EMPIRE MAKER 8.12 Michael Beary Mr William A Wallis James Dunne
7 CHICAGO 8.9 Steve Donoghue Sir Ernest Cassel William Halsey

The field got away to a clean, brisk start with Navarre setting the early pace from Sari Bahr, King John and Shenley Bay. There was little material change in the order for the first three quarters of a mile, whereupon ZZ took closer order in second, although Sari Bahr and King John were still in contention. As they turned into the straight the early leader Navarre was a spent force and gave way to King John and Sari Bahr. It was clear from the stands that King John was going ominously well and cantered to an easy 8 length victory from Sari Bahr, with a further 4 lengths back to Navarre, with Shenley Boy in fourth.

1/3 fav King John
6/1 ZZ
100/12 Sari Bahr
100/8 Shenley Boy
100/8 Chicago
20/1 Navarre
50/1 Empire Maker
  Over round 124%
FORMLINE:- The very well fancied King John won as he pleased by an impressive 8 lengths in 2 minutes 41.4 seconds. He had previously occupied 4th place in the Epsom Derby about 4 lengths behind Gainsborough (SR 2112). Shenley Boy was unplaced in the English 2000 Guineas behind Gainsborough (SR 2112).

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