The 76th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 25th June 1941 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 Percy Reynolds, bred in England by Mrs M E MaherI, trained by Colonel Arthur Blake and ridden by George Wells. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 37.2 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


SOL ORIENS (Chestnut colt by Hyperion out of Silver Mist) SR 1932

The winning owner won 2500 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £120,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 SOL ORIENS 8.12 George Wells Mr A Percy Reynolds Colonel Arthur Blake
2 KHOSRO 9.5 E Martin Quirke Sir Percy Loraine Rod More O'Ferrall
3 ETOILE DE LYONS 8.12 Joe Canty Mr Hubert Hartigan Hubert Hartigan
4 TIVERTON 8.12 John Moylan Mr H S Gill Corporal Darby Rogers
5 LYNCH TOR 8.12 Thomas Burns Mr Grant A Singer Joseph Lawson
6 EASY CHAIR 8.12 Billy Nevett Lt-Col H Boyd-Rochfort Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
7 RAO RAJA 8.12 Reg Cartwright HH Maharaja of Kashmir Rod More O'Ferrall
8 CARDINAL WOLSEY 8.12 T P Burns Mr Claude Odlum Colonel Arthur Blake
9 APOCALYPSE 8.12 Morny Wing Mr Joseph McGrath Michael Collins
10 ARABIAN CHIEF 8.12 Joseph Taylor Mr Frederick Myerscough Fred Myerscough

Colonel Arthur J Blake first trained the Irish Derby winner in 1938 with Rosewell (SR 1904) for owner Mr David Sullivan, but 3 years later he was successful again when Sol Oriens (SR 1932) won for ‘Mr Dillon’ aka Mr A Percy Reynolds. By trade Reynolds was an accountant who had an interest in horse racing. However, despite owning a Classic winner, and winning 2500 sovereigns which was the equivalent today of £160,000, he did not pursue the hobby any further.

9/4 fav Sol Oriens
3/1 Khosro
3/1 Apocalypse
5/1 Easy Chair
8/1 Etoile De Lyons
100/6 Tiverton
100/6 Lynch Tor
50/1 Arabian Chief
50/1 Rao Raja
50/1 Cardinal Wolsey
  Over round 125%
FORMLINE:- The winner received 7 lbs from the runner-up and won by a length in a fast time of 2 minutes 37.2 seconds.

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