The 65th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 25th June 1930 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 Mathew Wilson, bred in Ireland by Denis Flynn, trained by Walter Nightingall and ridden by Mornington Wing. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 41.6 seconds, with 3 lengths between second and third.


ROCK STAR (Bay colt by Sherwood Starr out of Rockmills) SR 1854

The winning owner won 4350 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £270,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 ROCK STAR 8.12 Mornington Wing Sir Mathew Wilson Walter Nightingall
2 WRIT 9.2 Robert Dick 2nd Viscount Aster Joseph Lawson
3 CHRISTOPHER ROBIN 9.8 Patrick Beasley Lt-Colonel Giles Loder Victor Gilpin
4 SEER 8.12 Henri Jelliss Mr Gregory Peck J H S Cannon
5 GREY BACHELOR 8.12 E Martin Quirke Mr Albert Lowry Hugh Powney
6 FREIGHTER 8.12 Joe Canty Mrs Beatrice Webster Charles A Rogers
7 WILD CORN 8.12 Edward Gardner Mr John T Rogers John T Rogers
8 ADLON 8.12 Michael Beary Mrs Violet Wallace John Beary
9 BENNACHIE 9.2 Henry H Beasley 1st Baron Wavertree Atty Persse
10 INNISKEEN 8.12 Patrick Fitzgerald Major Evelyn Shirley John T Rogers
11 BLACK ADMIRAL 8.12 John Moylan Mr Henry Ussher Henry I Ussher
12 PITCHED BATTLE 8.12 Thomas Burns Mr S Vlasto Rod More O'Ferrall

Walter Nightingall was born in Epsom in 1895, son of the racehorse trainer William Nightingall, and took over South Hatch Stables in the town on the death of his father in December 1926. Within 4 years he had trained his first Classic winner when Rock Star (SR 1854) won the 1930 Irish Derby by two and a half lengths in the year the Tote was introduced in Ireland. Although he trained for 40 years, his greatest achievements came later on in his career. In 1937 he took on the challenge of training for the extremely wealthy, but eccentric, Dorothy Paget. He was Champion trainer in 1943, the same year he won his only War Time New Derby Stakes with Straight Deal (SR 2051). He died in 1968 at the age of 73.

3/1 fav Seer
7/2 Christopher Robin
4/1 Writ
5/1 Rock Star
10/1 Freighter
100/8 Grey Bachelor
25/1 Bennachie
25/1 Wild Corn
25/1 Adlon
40/1 Pitched Battle
66/1 Inniskeen
200/1 Black Admiral
  Over round 115%
FORMLINE:- The winner received 10 lbs from Christopher Robin and won by 2 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 41.6 seconds. Christopher Robin (100/8) and Seer (100/6) were unplaced in the English 2000 Guineas behind Diolite (SR 1937). Seer (40/1) was unplaced in the Epsom Derby behind Blenheim (SR 1964). Christopher Robin (22/1) and Seer (100/9) were unplaced behind Singapore (SR1924) in the Doncaster St Leger.

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