The 55th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 23rd June 1920 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 50 sovereigns with a pot of 4990 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Captain Henry Whitworth, trained by Joseph Butters and ridden by Fred Templeman. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 40 seconds, with half a length between second and third.


HE GOES (Brown colt by Prince Palatine out of Feronia) SR 1879

The winning owner won 4790 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £203,600 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 HE GOES 9.5 Fred Templeman Captain Henry Whitworth Joseph Butters
2 WILY ATTORNEY 8.12 Joe Canty Mr Albert Lowry Michael Dawson
3 PRINCE HEROD 9.5 Steve Donoghue Mr James White Martin Hartigan
4 KIRK-ALLOWAY 8.12 William Barrett Mr Thomas K Laidlaw Joseph Hunter
5 MICHAELIS LIBER 8.9 James Dines Mr W C Carr Maurice Reidy
6 AEROPLANE 8.9 Michael Beary Mr Denis J Cogan Michael Rice
7 RED RHETORIC 8.9 Henry H Beasley Captain Evelyn Shirley John T Rogers
8 LOMBARD 8.9 E Martin Quirke Mr W F Power James J Parkinson

Frederick George Templeman was born into a racing family in Hertford on 10th February 1892. His father William was a jockey, but his most famous ancestor was Sim Templeman who had ridden 3 Derby and 3 Oaks winners. Fred followed in the family tradition and became a jockey by the age of 13. He first rode in the Epsom Derby in 1916 when Kwang-Su finished second behind Fifinella (SR 2055), but then won his only Derby in 1919 on Grand Parade (SR 1968). His final Epsom Derby ride was on the unplaced He Goes in 1920 behind Spion Kop (SR 1909)., but a few weeks later he landed the Irish Derby with He Goes (SR 1879) on his only ride in the race. After his successful riding career he became a trainer in Lambourn, although his achievements never reached the dizzy heights of his riding career, and he died on 17th May 1973 aged 81.

5/2 fav Wily Attorney
3/1 He Goes
4/1 Kirk-Alloway
6/1 Aeroplane
7/1 Michaelis Liber
10/1 Prince Herod
10/1 Red Rhetoric
100/1 Lombard
  Over round 118%
FORMLINE:- The winner was conceding 7 lbs to the second but won by a length in 2 minutes 40 seconds. He had previously been unplaced at 100/7 in the Epsom Derby behind Spion Kop (SR 1909).

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