The 73rd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 22nd June 1938 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 65 sovereigns with a pot of 3675 sovereigns, 800 sovereigns to the second and 300 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr Daniel Sullivan, bred by Oswald Bell in England, trained by Colonel Arthur J Blake and ridden by Mornington Wing. The winner won by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 43.2 seconds, with 3/4 length between second and third.


ROSEWELL (Brown colt by Orwell out of Bower of Roses) SR 1904

The winning owner won 2500 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £160,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 ROSEWELL 8.12 Morny Wing Mr Daniel Sullivan Colonel Arthur Blake
2 GOLDEN SOVEREIGN 9.5 Thomas Weston Sir Abe Bailey Henry L Cottrill
3 MANORITE 9.5 Fred Hunter jnr Mr D Shaw Kennedy Peter R A Thrale
4 SOLAN 8.12 John Moylan Mr Isidore Blake Colonel Arthur Blake
5 VALEDICTORY 8.12 Patrick Beasley Mr John Hay Whitney Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
6 ACLINT BRIDGE 8.12 Henry H Beasley Major Evelyn Shirley Bryan Rogers
7 DUNLOE 8.12 Edward Gardner Mr Henry Ussher Henry I Ussher
8 LUGNADMEDON 8.12 E Martin Quirke Mr Harold S Gray James Canty
9 HONOR'S CHOICE 8.12 Michael Barrett Mr Michael McDonough James J Parkinson

Arthur Blake was born in 1884 and after a spell in the Armed Forces, when he rose to the position on Colonel, he became a racehorse trainer. His training career was based at Heath House Stables in Maryborough, Portlaoise from where he became Champion Irish Trainer on 3 occasions, 1929, 1930 and again in 1938. In all he trained 17 Irish Classic winners which included two Irish Derby winners, firstly in 1938 with Rosewell (SR 1904) and again in 1941 with Sol Oriens (SR 1932). He died in 1974.

2/1 jf Rosewell
2/1 jf Golden Sovereign
4/1 Valedictory
6/1 Manorite
20/1 Lugnadmedon
20/1 Dunloe
20/1 Aclint Bridge
20/1 Solan
20/1 Honor's Choice
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FORMLINE:- The winner received 7 lbs from his fellow joint favourite and won by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 43.2 seconds. Manorite (100/6) was unplaced in the Epsom Derby behind Bois Roussel (SR 2058).

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