The 54th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 25th June 1919 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 50 sovereigns with a pot of 4000 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Miss E Mary Cowhy and bred in Ireland by James Cowhy, trained by James J Parkinson and ridden by E Martin Quirke. The winner won by an easy 6 lengths in 2 minutes 43 seconds, with half a length between second and third.


LOCH LOMOND (Brown colt by Lomond out of Mary Melton) SR 1917

The winning owner won 3550 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £174,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 52 second clip of the 1919 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 LOCH LOMOND 8.9 E Martin Quirke Miss E Mary Cowhy James J Parkinson
2 CHEAP POPULARITY 8.9 James Ledson Mr Albert Lowry Hugh Powney
3 SNOW MAIDEN 8.8 Michael Beary Mr James Maher Philip Nehan
4 GLANMERIN 8.12 Cornelius Foy Lord H Vane-Tempest Samuel Pickering
5 THE PANTHER 9.5 Steve Donoghue Sir Alec Black George Manser
6 BALLYEASTON 8.9 William Barrett Sir Thomas Dixon Joseph Hunter
7 KING EBER 8.9 Henry H Beasley Mr J Holmer Peard J Holmer Peard
8 SIR WILLIAM 8.12 Thomas Burns Mr Patrick Cullinan James Dunne

E Martin Quirke was a very accomplished Irish jockey who became Irish Champion jockey in 1923 and achieved 9 Classic wins in a fantastic career. His first ride in the Irish Derby was aboard Navarre in 1918 when he finished third to King John (SR 2007), but the next year he claimed his solitary Irish Derby success on Loch Lomond (SR 1917). He later went on to join the training ranks, setting up stables in Mountjoy Lodge, from where he trained Jack Ketch to win the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1957. He retired in 1963 and handed on the training establishment to his son Stephen.

5/4 fav The Panther
3/1 Loch Lomond
4/1 Snow Maiden
6/1 Ballyeaston
8/1 Glanmerin
25/1 Cheap Popularity
100/1 King Eber
100/1 Sir William
  Over round 120%
FORMLINE:- The winner was receiving 10 lbs from the highly thought of favourite, but won by 6 lengths in 2 minutes 43 seconds. The Panther (SR 1907) won the English 2000 Guineas by a neck from Buchan. The Panther was made 6/5 favourite for the Epsom Derby but was unplaced behind Grand Parade (SR 1968). Cheap Popularity was unplaced in the Doncaster St Leger behind Keysoe (SR 1920).

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