The 74th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 21st June 1939 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 Patrick Ruttledge, bred by Harold S Gray in England, trained by James Canty and ridden by Joe Canty. The winner won by 1/2 length in 2 minutes 38 seconds, with a length between second and third.


MONDRAGON (Chestnut colt by Sea Serpent out of Far Day) SR 1936

The winning owner won 2500 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £155,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 MONDRAGON 8.12 Joe Canty Mr Patrick Ruttledge James Canty
2 CRUSHED CORN 8.12 John Moylan Mr William Barnett Bryan Rogers
3 CORNFIELD 9.5 Thomas Burns Mr William Barnett Sam Armstrong
4 WONERSH 8.12 Henry H Beasley Miss Dorothy Paget William Hilliard
5 RED SHAFT 8.12 E Martin Quirke Captain Denis W Daly Rod More O'Ferrall
6 SOLO FLIGHT 8.12 Morny Wing Mrs Isobel Mackean Colonel Arthur Blake
7 KENILWORTH 8.12 Gordon Richards 2nd Viscount Aster Joseph Lawson
8 SUMMER SOLSTICE 8.12 William Barrett Major H C Robinson Colonel Arthur Blake
9 FAIRWARGOR 8.12 Herbert Holmes Mr Joseph McGrath James J Parkinson

Wednesday 21st June 1939 was a very special day in Irish racing when the celebrated Champion jockey Gordon Richards rode Kenilworth in the Irish Derby. He was made second favourite behind the even money favourite Cornfield, but it was not to have a fairy tale finish for Gordon as he finished down the field. Crushed Corn, stablemate of the favourite, set the early pace in the hope that it would guarantee that the favourite stayed, but in the end neither could cope with the late surge of the outsider Mondragon trained by Jim Canty and ridden by the crack Irish jockey Joe Canty. The favourite looked as though he might prevail but clipped the heels of Crushed Corn and Mondragon and was outstayed by both. Crushed Corn finished second, beaten just half a length.

Evens fav Cornfield
6/1 Kenilworth
6/1 Crushed Corn
8/1 Solo Flight
10/1 Wonersh
100/8 Mondragon
25/1 Fairwargor
25/1 Summer Solstice
25/1 Red Shaft
  Over round 118%
FORMLINE:- The winner received 7 lbs from the favourite but got home by half a length in the fast time of 2 minutes 38 seconds.

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