The 63rd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 27th June 1928 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 65 sovereigns with a pot of 5250 sovereigns, 700 sovereigns to the second and 200 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Sir Charles Hyde, bred in Ireland by Charles T Wallis, trained by Norman Scobie and ridden by Freddie Fox. The winner won by a neck in 2 minutes 46 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


BAYTOWN (Grey colt by Achtoi out of Princess Herodias) SR 1980

The winning owner won 4350 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £259,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 BAYTOWN 9.5 Freddie Fox Sir Charles Hyde Norman Scobie
2 WAVETOP 8.12 Henry H Beasley Mr Alfred B Coyle Frederick Grundy
3 BRACKNELL HOME 8.13 Fred Winter Mr Siegmond Cohen C Victor Tabor
4 CARDINAL'S RING 9.2 E Martin Quirke Mrs Isobel Mackean Colonel Arthur Blake
5 ATHFORD 9.5 Mornington Wing Mr William Barnett John T Rogers
6 O'CURRY 9.5 Patrick Beasley Mr Daniel Sullivan Atty Persse
7 APPLEDORE 9.2 Gordon Richards 1st Baron Glanely Thomas Hogg
8 SILVER WORK 8.12 John Moylan Mr Fred Myerscough Frederick Grundy
9 PHYSICIAN 8.12 Joe Childs Sir Abe Bailey Reginald Day
10 WONDROUS 8.12 James Canty Mr Robert Brassey Hubert Hartigan

Frederick Sidney Fox, universally known as Freddie, was born at Berrington in Shropshire in 1888. Freddie became a multiple Classic winning jockey, although his career took a while to get going. He became an apprentice in 1906 aged 18, but it was not until 1930 that he won the Flat Jockey Championship, mainly because of the dominance of Gordon Richards. In 1928 he won the Irish Derby on Baytown (SR 1980). He also rode 6 English Classic winners, most famous of them being the 1935 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner Bahram (SR 2110). Amongst his other successes were th 1911 1000 Guineas winner Atmah (SR 1877), the 1930 2000 Guineas winner Diolite (SR 1937), the 1931 Epsom Derby winner Cameronian (SR 2032) and the 1932 St Leger winner Firdaussi (SR 1889). He lived at Wantage and was so famous that he was referred to as ‘The Mayor of Wantage’ He died in a road accident on 12th December 1945 at Frilford near Abingdon aged 57.

6/4 fav O'Curry
4/1 Baytown
6/1 Athford
6/1 Wavetop
6/1 Appledore
8/1 Bracknell Home
100/7 Cardinal's Ring
50/1 Physician
100/1 Wondrous
100/1 Silver Work
  Over round 124%
FORMLINE:- The winner was joint top weight with the stringly fancied O'Curry and got home by a neck in 2 minutes 46 seconds. O'Curry had previously finished third in the English 2000 Guineas when 33/1 behind Falmingo (SR 1969).

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