The 94th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 24th June 1959 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 Gerald A Oldham, bred in Ireland by Mrs D Stewart, trained by Harry Wragg and ridden by Joe Mercer. The winner won by 4 lengths in 2 minutes 33.5 seconds, with 1/2 length between second and third.


FIDALGO (Bay colt by Arctic Star out of Miss France) SR 2006

The winning owner won 7212.5 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £159,500 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 FIDALGO 9.0 Joe Mercer Mr Gerald A Oldham Harry Wragg
2 BOIS BELLEAU 9.0 Liam Ward Mrs Anne Biddle Thomas Shaw
3 ANTHONY 9.0 T P Burns 2nd Earl Fingall Michael Rogers
4 LIGHT HORSEMAN 9.0 Wally Swinburn 1st Baron Ennisdale Paddy Prendergast
5 BEAU ROSSA 9.0 Philip Canty Mr Herbert Kerr Kevin R Kerr
6 BABU 9.0 Gerald Cooney Mr John Ismay Corporal Darby Rogers
7 SOLAR DUKE 9.0 Owen O'Neill Mr Patrick McGrath Seamus McGrath
8 BUMPER HARVEST 9.0 G W Robinson Mr Garrett Verling Garrett Verling
9 RANDWICK 9.0 James Mullane Mr Herbert Kerr Kevin R Kerr
10 EL TORO 9.0 Garnet Bougoure Mr Clarence M Kline M Vincent O'Brien
11 CARRIGEEN DUFF 9.0 James Eddery Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath

Joseph Mercer was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on 25th October 1934 and was brother to Classic winning jockey Manny Mercer. Joe began riding as an apprentice to trainer Fred Sneyd in 1947 and was to enjoy a riding career which lasted 38 years and yield 2,810 winners. Without doubt the best horse he was associated with was Brigadier Gerard (SR 2233) who won 17 of his 18 races from 1970 to 1972, only losing to Roberto. He won 8 English Classics and captured 3 Irish Classics, including the 1959 Irish Derby on Fidalgo (SR 2006). His 8 English Classic successes included the 1953 Oaks on Ambiguity (SR 1905), the 1965 St Leger on Provoke (SR 1979), 1974 St Leger Bustino (SR 2107), 1980 St Leger Light Cavalry (SR 1932), 1981 St Leger Cut Above (SR 1993). He also won the 2000 Guineas three times, initially in 1971 on Brigadier Gerard (SR 2233), again in 1974 on Nonoalco (SR 1997), and lastly in 1979 on Tap on Wood (SR 2015). Joe retired in November 1985 and became racing manager to Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

1/2 fav Fidalgo
4/1 El Toro
10/1 Anthony
20/1 Randwick
20/1 Bumper Harvest
20/1 Bois Belleau
33/1 Carrigeen Duff
33/1 Solar Duke
33/1 Babu
33/1 Light Horseman
33/1 Beau Rossa
  Over round 127%
FORMLINE:- The highly regarded winner won in easy style by 4 lengths in 2 minutes 33.5 seconds. Fidalgo (10/1) had previously been runner-up in the Epsom Derby beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Parthia (SR 2047) and later he was also runner-up in the Doncaster St Leger beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Cantelo (SR 1996).

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