The 78th running of the Irish Derby was held on Thursday 24th June 1943 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 42 sovereigns with a pot of 2000 sovereigns, 450 sovereigns to the second and 100 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr Frederick Myerscough, bred in Ireland by Mr H G Wellesley, trained by Frederick Myerscough and ridden by Joseph Canty. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 37.8 seconds, with 3/4 length between second and third.


THE PHOENIX (Bay colt by Chateau Bouscaut out of Fille de Poete) SR 2019

The winning owner won 1438 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £62,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 THE PHOENIX 9.5 Joe Canty Mr Frederick Myerscough Fred Myerscough
2 SOLAR PRINCE 8.12 Morny Wing Mr Joseph McGrath Michael Collins
3 SOLFERINO 8.12 John Power Mr James McVey John Oxx
4 CRACKERJACK 8.12 E Martin Quirke Sir Cecil King-Harman Colonel Arthur Blake
5 VICTOR HUGO 8.12 George Wells Mr D Malone D Malone
6 SKYLINE 8.12 John Ussher Mr Frederick Myerscough Fred Myerscough
7 ST VALENTINE 8.12 T P Burns Mr E A Robinson Colonel Arthur Blake
8 CAVEHILL 8.12 Aubrey Brabazon Sir Thomas Dixon Cecil Brabazon Peach
9 BEGORRA 8.12 William Barrett Mr Waring Willis Emmanual Parkinson

The crowd expected great things in the Irish Derby and were so confident that The Phoenix would prevail that they made him 2/5 favourite. He was unbeaten in his two year old career, winning at the Curragh, sandwiched between two wins at Phoenix Park. He won on his reappearance in the Irish 2000 Guineas, albeit by just half a length, and then arrived at The Curragh full of hope and expectation. However, he was to meet the two horses he had beaten in the 2000 Guineas, Solferino and Solar Prince, conceding 7 lbs to each of them. After Crackerjack and St Valentine set the early pace, the main trio came to the fore as they rounded the final bend. In a close finish, and despite the best efforts of Solar Prince and Solferino, they had to give best to The Phoenix by a length and three quarters of a length. Strongly fancied to remain unbeaten in the Irish St Leger, he was outstayed by his old rival Solferino by 5 lengths.

2/5 fav The Phoenix
5/1 Solferino
6/1 Solar Prince
100/8 Crackerjack
50/1 Skyline
50/1 Cavehill
50/1 Begorra
50/1 St Valentine
50/1 Victor Hugo
  Over round 118%
FORMLINE:- The strongly fancied The Phoenix conceded 7 lbs to the field and won cleverly by a length in 2 minutes 37.8 seconds.

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