The 81st running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 26th June 1946 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. For the first time all colts were allocated 9 stone, with fillies carrying 8st 10 lbs. The winner was owned by Mr James McVey junior, bred in Ireland by Major Evelyn Shirley, trained by Corporal Darby Rogers and ridden by Mornington Wing. The winner won by half a length in 2 minutes 37.2 seconds, with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third.


BRIGHT NEWS (Bay colt by Stardust out of Inkling) SR 1949

The winning owner won 1099.5 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £43,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 BRIGHT NEWS 9.0 Morny Wing Mr James McVey jnr Corporal Darby Rogers
2 CLARO 9.0 Joe Canty HH Aga Khan III Hubert M Hartigan
3 ROYAL TARA 9.0 Michael Beary Mr D Morris John Beary
4 CAMBYSES 9.0 E Martin Quirke Sir Percy Loraine Rod More O'Ferrall
5 CASSOCK 9.0 John Moylan Major Dermot McCalmont Robert Fetherstonehaugh
6 LIBERTY LIGHT 9.0 Charlie Elliott Lord Fitzwilliam William J Byrne
7 CAMPAIGNER 9.0 Brendan Duffy Frederick Myerscough Fred Myerscough
8 SKYLIGHTER 9.0 Herbert Holmes Major Dermot McCalmont Robert Fetherstonehaugh
9 INVERTOWN 9.0 James Tyrrell Sir Thomas Dixon Colonel Arthur Blake
10 MOMENTUM 9.0 Thomas Burns Mr Richard McIlhagga Bernard Nugent
11 EN GARDE 9.0 Michael Barrett James J Parkinson James J Parkinson
12 PYTHON 9.0 Patrick Powell jnr Mr Terence Gray Rod More O'Ferrall
13 AQUARIUS 9.0 Martin Moloney Mrs Hugh M Ryan Hugh M Ryan
14 KHYBER PASS 9.0 Anthony Barrett Sir Percy Loraine Rod More O'Ferrall
Mornington (Morny) Albert Wing was born in Doncaster on 2nd August 1896, the son of jockey Walter Wing. He began his riding career as an apprentice at the stables of William Walters in Newmarket and quickly established himself as a leading jockey, winning the Jockeys Apprentice Championship in 1915. His greatest successes were in Ireland where he won the Irish Derby on six occasions. He won on his first ride in the race in 1921 aboard Ballyheron (SR 1908), and followed this with wins in 1923 Waygood (SR 1906), 1930 Rock Star (SR 1854), 1938 Rosewell (SR 1904), 1942 Windsor Slipper (SR 2035) and finally in 1946 aboard Bright News (SR 1949). He died aged 68 in Naas on 4th May 1965.
4/1 jf Claro
4/1 jf Cambyses
8/1 Royal Tara
8/1 Skylighter
100/8 Momentum
100/8 Bright News
100/8 Cassock
100/8 Liberty Light
100/8 Invertown
33/1 En Garde
33/1 Campaigner
100/1 Python
100/1 Aquarius
100/1 Khyber Pass
  Over round 111%
FORMLINE:- For the first time all of the colts raced off 9 stone, although there were no fillies in the field, had there been any they would have been given a 4 lbs allowance. The fifth favourite Bright News beat joint favourite Claro by half a length in 2 minutes 37.2 seconds, with 1 1/2 lengths back to the third.

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