The 87th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 25th June 1952 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 60 sovereigns with a pot of 4000 sovereigns added, 750 sovereigns to the second and 250 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr A L Hawkins, bred in Ireland by Mr Fred Best, trained by Paddy Prendergast and ridden by James Mullane. The winner won by an impressive 8 lengths in 2 minutes 31.7 seconds, with 6 lengths between second and third.


THIRTEEN OF DIAMONDS (Chestnut colt by Mustang out of Florrie) SR 1967

The winning owner won 7418.75 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £203,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 THIRTEEN OF DIAMONDS 9.0 James Mullane Mr A L Hawkins Paddy Prendergast
2 PRINCE OF FAIRFIELD 9.0 Nicholas Brennan Mr D P Tyndall Morny Wing
3 DCM 9.0 Liam Ward Mrs John Thursby Michael Rogers
4 BEECHPARK 9.0 James Eddery Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
5 ROYAL BLUE 9.0 Philip Canty Prince Aly Khan Hubert M Hartigan
6 BLUE CHARIOT 9.0 Charlie Smirke Mr P Kieran Paddy Prendergast
7 WINDY TORRENT 9.0 Ronald Lawson Lt-Colonel W Denison Richard J McCormick
8 ROYAL COACH 9.0 Patrick Powell jnr Mr A L Hawkins Paddy Prendergast
9 ILLYRIC 9.0 Herbert Holmes M Vincent O'Brien M Vincent O'Brien
10 MIGHTY HIGH 9.0 Maurice Hartnett Mr S J Parr Michael Hurley


Patrick Joseph Prendergast, universally known as Paddy, was born on 6th August 1910 and rose to become one of Ireland's best known and most successful trainers. He began his training career in 1940 aged 30 and went on to claim 4 English Classic wins, although The Derby eluded him. He won the 1960 2000 Guineas with Martial (SR 2035), the 1963 Epsom Oaks with Noblesse (SR 2045), the 1963 St Leger with Ragusa (SR 2111) and the 1940 1000 Guineas with Pourparler (SR 1863). He had more success in the Derby in his native Ireland, firstly in 1950 with Dark Warrior (SR 1959), then in 1952 with Thirteen of Diamonds (SR 1967), followed in 1963 with Ragusa (SR 2111), and finally in 1965 with Meadow Court (SR 2031). He died on 20th June 1980 aged 69.
5/2 jf DCM
5/2 jf Blue Chariot
4/1 Windy Torrent
6/1 Prince of Fairfield
10/1 Thirteen of Diamonds
100/8 Royal Blue
100/6 Illyric
20/1 Beechpark
33/1 Royal Coach
50/1 Mighty High
  Over round 123%
FORMLINE:- The winner, racing off level weights, won by an impressive 8 lengths in 2 minutes 31.7 seconds. None of the runners contested any of the 5 English Classics.

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