The 57th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 21st June 1922 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 50 sovereigns with a pot of 4915 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Major Giles Loder, trained by Peter P Gilpin and ridden by George Archibald. The winner won by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 39.2 seconds, with a neck between second and third.


SPIKE ISLAND (Bay colt by Spearmint out of Molly Desmond) SR 2002

The winning owner won 4715 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £254,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 SPIKE ISLAND 9.8 George Archibald Major Giles Loder Peter P Gilpin
2 O'DORNEY 8.12 Clyde Aylin Mr Daniel Sullivan Shem C Jeffery
3 MONTSERRAT 8.12 Herbert Jones Viscount Lascelles Richard Marsh
4 SOLIMAN'S ORB 9.8 Thomas Burns 5th Earl Kenmare Michael Dawson
5 HIGHLANDMORE 8.12 Michael Beary Miss E Mary Cowhy William Rankin
6 GALWAY PRINCE 8.12 John Evans Mr George Barclay G R Barclay jnr
7 KING DAVID 8.12 Mornington Wing Mr Thomas K Laidlaw Joseph Hunter
8 BACHELOR'S HEIR 8.12 Joe Canty Mr T J O'Neill Thomas Coombs
9 DOUBLE FIRST 8.12 John Patman Mr T J O'Neill Thomas Coombs
10 VALIANT 8.12 Henry H Beasley Major John Scarvell Cape Shem C Jeffery
11 BROTHER CHARLES 8.12 Denis Ward Mr F F McDonogh F F McDonogh
12 RACHEL 8.8 E Martin Quirke Captain Charles Moore Philip Behan

George William Archibald was born on 24th April 1890 in San Francisco, California. After riding success in America, including the 1911 Kentucky Derby aboard Meridan, he moved to ride in Europe at the Hoppegarten circuit in Germany. After a brief return to America he arrived in England in 1922 to ride for the famous, highly successful Newmarket trainer Peter P Gilpin. He achieved immediate Classic success, winning the 1922 2000 Guineas with St Louis (SR 1925) and travelling to Ireland to ride the Gilpin trained Spike Island (SR 2002) to success in the Irish Derby. Further success in the race continued, he was third in 1923 on Greek Bachelor behind Waygood (SR 1906), and then was involved in a dead-heat in 1924 aboard Zodiac (SR 1849) dead-heating with Haine. The next year he was runner-up on Warminster behind Zionist (SR 1968). His riding career continued to be successful, but at the Craven meeting on 5th April 1927 he was taken ill and died at the age of just 37. A few days later he was buried in Newmarket's Memorial Cemetery.

Evens fav Spike Island
7/2 King David
6/1 Highlandmore
7/1 Galway Prince
10/1 Montserrat
25/1 Valiant
25/1 Double First
25/1 Soliman's Orb
33/1 Rachel
50/1 O'Dorney
50/1 Bachelor's Heir
100/1 Brother Charles
  Over round 127%
FORMLINE:- The impressive and highly thought of winner conceded 10 lbs to the second and won by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 39.2 seconds. Galway Prince was unplaced in the Epsom Derby when 100/1 behind Captain Cuttle (SR 2078), and was also unplaced in the Doncaster St Leger when 100/1 behind Royal Lancer (SR 1857).

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