The 90th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 22nd June 1955 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 and bred in Ireland at the Brownstown Stud of Mr Joseph McGrath, trained by Seamus McGrath and ridden by James Eddery. The winner won by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 37.84 seconds, with 2 lengths between second and third.


PANASLIPPER (Chestnut colt by Solar Slipper out of Panastrid) SR 2011

The winning owner won 6387.5 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £159,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PANASLIPPER 9.0 James Eddery Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
2 HUGH LUPUS 9.0 Rae Johnstone Lady Ursula Vernon James Lenehan
3 ANN'S KUDA 9.0 Aubrey Brabazon Dr John Dennehy Cecil Brabazon
4 TARA 9.0 John Power Mr E V Kelly John Oxx
5 DIAMOND SLIPPER 9.0 Douglas Page Mrs Anna Maria King Sir Hugh Nugent
6 ARCTIC TIME 9.0 Patrick Powell jnr Mrs Eileen McGrath Seamus McGrath
7 DAEMON 9.0 Liam Ward Mr B M Mavroleon Paddy Prendergast
8 LISNASKEA 9.0 T P Burns Mr J J Thompson Kevin Bell
9 BEAU SOLEIL 9.0 Patrick Sullivan Mr R Sullivan John Oxx
10 BRIGHT MOMENT 9.0 Richard Fawdon Mrs L McVey T E Farmer
11 GOLDEN CREST 9.0 Philip Canty Mr John H Thursby Michael Rogers
12 LOUGH INE 9.0 John O'Sullivan Mr David Coughlin Michael Hurley
13 PAUL'S CROSS 9.0 Michael Kennedy Mr S Myler Michael Hurley

James Eddery, from Blackrock, County Dublin, was a successful jockey in his own right, becoming Irish Champion Flat jockey on two occasions. He finished second in the 1955 Epsom Derby beaten a length and a half by Phil Drake (SR 2043), but got compensation in the 1955 Irish Derby on Panaslipper (SR 2011), and two years later won the 1957 Irish Oaks on Silken Glider. However, he was much more famous as the father of 11 children, many of his sons becoming top jockeys, including the multiple Classic winner Pat and his brother Paul Eddery.

Evens fav Hugh Lupus
4/1 Panaslipper
11/2 Arctic Time
100/8 Deamon
100/7 Tara
22/1 Diamond Slipper
50/1 Ann's Kuda
66/1 Lisnaskea
66/1 Beau Soleil
66/1 Bright Moment
66/1 Golden Crest
66/1 Lough Ine
66/1 Paul's Cross
  Over round 114%
FORMLINE:- The winner beat the strongly fancied favourite by a comfortable 2 lengths in 2 minutes 37.84 seconds having previously finished second at 100/1 in the Epsom Derby beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Phil Drake (SR 2043), with Daemon (15/2) unplaced. Daemon was also unplaced in the Doncaster St Leger behind Meld (SR 2026).

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