The 69th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 27th June 1934 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 70 sovereigns with a pot of 5250 sovereigns, 700 sovereigns to the second and 200 sovereigns to the third. Dead-heaters Patriot King and Primero were owned and bred by Mr James de Rothschild and Mr William Barnett respectively, trained by C Pratt and Richard C Dawson and ridden by George Bezant and Cecil Ray. The winners dead-heated in 2 minutes 39.2 seconds, with 2 lengths between second and third.


PATRIOT KING (Bay colt by Bollingbroke out of Grandissima) SR 1928

PRIMERO (Bay colt by Blandford out of Athasi) SR 1936

The winning owners won 2167.5 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £147,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1= PATRIOT KING 8.12 George Bezant Mr James de Rothschild C Pratt
1= PRIMERO 8.12 Cecil Ray Mr William Barnett Richard C Dawson
3 AUTUMN 8.12 Joseph Childs Mr Josepf E Widener Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
4 RATHMORE 8.12 Michael Beary Major V H Parr Peter R A Thrale
5 GIPSY GEORGE 8.12 Michael Barrett Mr James J Parkinson James J Parkinson
6 MOLINO 8.12 William Howard Mr J J Sullivan James J Parkinson

James Armand de Rothschild was born on 1st December 1878 into the wealthy De Rothschild banking family. He was the son of Edmond James de Rothschild and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge before serving as an officer in the Royal Canadian Dragoons in the First World War. He owned Waddeston Manor in Buckinghamshire and his leisure passion was horse racing. Amongst his many turf successes he owned Patriot King (SR 1928) who dead-heated with Primero (SR 1936) in the 1934 Irish Derby when ridden by George Bezant. He died on 7th May 1957 aged 78 and donated Waddeston Manor to the National Trust.

2/1 jf Patriot King
2/1 jf Autumn
5/2 Primero
4/1 Rathmore
33/1 Molino
33/1 Gipsy George
  Over round 120%
FORMLINE:- There was a dead-heat at level weights in a time of 2 minutes 39.2 seconds. Previously Primero (33/1), Rathmore (66/1) and Patriot King (100/1) had finished unplaced in the Epsom Derby behind Windsor Lad (SR 2100). Later Primero (100/6), Patriot King (22/1) and Autum (25/1) finished unplaced in the Doncaster St Leger behind Windsor Lad (SR 2100).

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