The 80th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 23rd June 1945 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 26 sovereigns with a pot of 1500 sovereigns, 300 sovereigns to the second and 100 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Major Dermot McCalmont, trained by Robert Fetherstonehaugh and ridden by John Moylan. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 44.2 seconds, with 1 length between second and third.


PICCADILLY (Bay colt by Fairway out of Ojala) SR 1853

The winning owner won 1099.5 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £45,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PICCADILLY 8.12 John Moylan Major Dermot McCalmont Robert Fetherstonehaugh
2 COUP DE MYTH 8.12 Joe Canty Mr Patrick Milmartin Mr M A Byrne
3 REDBAY 8.12 Anthony Barrett Mr R L Banker Rod More O'Ferrall
4 COVENT GARDEN 8.12 James Tyrrell Lord Talbot de Malahide Colonel Arthur Blake
5 ROUSSEL WATER 8.12 Morny Wing Mr Joseph McGrath Michael Collins
6 STALINO 9.2 James Eddery Mr John J Blake Colonel Arthur Blake
7 BRAMFORD 8.12 Thomas Burns Mr S A Poonawalla Rod More O'Ferrall
8 HYRCANIA 8.8 E Martin Quirke Sir Percy Loraine Rod More O'Ferrall

Robert Fetherstonehaugh, known to his friends as Bob, was born in 1873 and became a successful racehorse trainer in Ireland. He became assistant trainer to the wonderfully talented trainer Henry 'Atty' Persse at Stockbridge in Wiltshire. He then hit lucky when the Ballylinch Stud, Kilkenny, breeder and owner Dermot McCalmont sent him horses to train in his own right. He trained consecutive Irish Derby winners in 1944 with Slide On (SR 1928) and 1945 with Piccadilly (SR 1853), both ridden by John Moylan and owned by Major Dermot McCalmont. Sadly he died in 1950 aged 77.

6/4 fav Stalino
9/4 Roussel Water
3/1 Coup De Myth
25/1 Piccadilly
50/1 Redbay
50/1 Covent Garden
50/1 Bramford
50/1 Hyrcania
  Over round 107%
FORMLINE:- In an extremely unusual race, particularly in such a small field, the major places were occupied by the outsiders in the field. The winner, racing off level weights with the second and third, but receiving 4 lbs from the favourite, won by a length in 2 minutes 44.2 seconds, with a neck back to the third.

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