The 56th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 22nd June 1921 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 50 sovereigns with a pot of 5135 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Colonel Richard Charteris, trained by Joseph Hunter and ridden by Mornington Wing. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths, with half a length between second and third.


BALLYHERON (Bay colt by Santoi out of Anxious) SR 1908

The winning owner won 4935 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £229,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 BALLYHERON 8.12 Mornington Wing Colonel Richard Charteris Joseph Hunter
2 TREMOLA 8.12 John Brennan Mr Albert Lowry Hugh Powney
3 KIRCUBBIN 8.12 Michael Beary Major Daniel Dixon Philip Behan
4 SOLDENNIS 9.5 Clyde Aylin Mr Charles Mackean Shem C Jeffery
5 CROWDENNIS 8.9 Joe Canty Mr Patrick Cullinan John Doyle
6 SHAW'S BRIDGE 8.9 James Dines Mr David Barnett William Rankin
7 BELSIZE 9.5 E Martin Quirke Mr Patrick W Shaw James J Parkinson
8 KNOCK BRACK 8.9 John Moylan Mr N J Grene Ronald Moss
9 KEREDERN 8.12 Henry Jameson Mr James Conway Michael Dawson
10 WESTVIEW 8.9 Henry H Beasley Mrs S V Henry Shem C Jeffery

Mornington (Morny) Albert Wing was born in Doncaster on 2nd August 1896, the son of jockey Walter Wing. He began his riding career as an apprentice at the stables of William Walters in Newmarket and quickly established himself as a leading jockey, winning the Jockeys Apprentice Championship in 1915. His greatest successes were in Ireland where he won the Irish Derby on six occasions. He won on his first ride in the race in 1921 aboard Ballyheron (SR 1908), and followed this with wins in 1923 Waygood (SR 1906), 1930 Rock Star (SR 1854), 1938 Rosewell (SR 1904), 1942 Windsor Slipper (SR 2035) and finally in 1946 aboard Bright News (SR 1949). He died aged 68 in Naas on 4th May 1965.

3/1 fav Belsize
4/1 Soldennis
5/1 Crowdennis
6/1 Tremola
7/1 Ballyheron
8/1 Kircubbin
8/1 Shaw's Bridge
10/1 Westview
20/1 Keredern
100/1 Knock Brack
  Over round 124%
FORMLINE:- The winner raced off level weights with the second and won by 2 1/2 lengths. However, he was receiving 7 lbs from Soldennis.

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