The 96th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 21st June 1961 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 Mrs Galdys Joel, bred in England at the Snailwell Stud, trained by Humphrey Cottrill and ridden by Herbert Holmes. The winner won by half a length in 2 minutes 33.5 seconds, with 2 1/4 lengths between second and third.


YOUR HIGHNESS (Chestnut colt by Chamossaire out of Lady Grand) SR 1892

The winning owner won 7921.25 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £167,600 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 YOUR HIGHNESS 9.0 Herbert Holmes Mrs Gladys Joel Humphrey Cottrill
2 SOYSAMBU 9.0 Thomas Gosling Mr Max Bell Paddy Prendergast
3 HAVEN 9.0 Lester Piggott Mr W F Pinnington Michael Rogers
4 NEANDERTHAL 9.0 Willie Robinson Mr Mahlon Kline M Vincent O'Brien
5 BAYNARD 9.0 John Winter 1st Baron Ennisdale Paddy Prendergast
6 CIPRIANI 9.0 Ron Hutchinson Lady Honor Svejdar Paddy Prendergast
7 DUAL 9.0 Jimmy Lindley Sir Harold Wernher John Gosden
8 ANNER BANKS 9.0 John Rafferty Mrs Thomas O'Brien Thomas O'Brien
9 LIGHT YEAR 9.0 Garnet Bougoure Mr T E Hallinan M Vincent O'Brien
10 TIME GREINE 9.0 Bill Williamson Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
11 WISE BOY 9.0 Michael Kennedy Mrs Anna Maria King Sir Hugh Nugent
12 RULLAHGEELAGH 9.0 John Wright Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
13 ARCHIPELAGO 9.0 T P Burns 11th Earl Harrington Chaloner Chute
14 GARLAND KNIGHT 9.0 John Power Mr J B Turner A D Turner
15 LE PRINCE 9.0 Liam Ward Mrs Anne Biddle Thomas Shaw
16 SUPREME VERDICT 9.0 Patrick Powell jnr Mr J Audain Michael Rogers
17 COUNTERATTACK 9.0 Liam Browne Mrs Anne Biddle Thomas Shaw
18 INDIAN JUDGE 9.0 George McGrath Mr Herbert Kerr Kevin Kerr

Humphrey Lawson Cottrill was born on 10th September 1906 at Ashton upon Mersey in Cheshire, son of Harry Cottrill a racehorse trainer who had been responsible for two Classic winners. Harry first trained the 1927 2000 Guineas winner Adams Apple (SR 1983), followed by the 1936 Epsom Oaks winner Lovely Rosa (SR 1731). Humphrey Cottrill was forced to take on his father's training establishment at Seven Barrows near Lambourn in 1933 when his father became unwell. Humphrey failed to train any English Classic winners during his long career, but was successful in the 1961 Irish Derby with Your Highness (SR 1892).In 1974 Humphrey retired from training at the age of 68, but rather than being the end of his career, it was the start of a new opportunity, for he became the Racing Manager for Khalid Abdullah, a post which he held for 5 years until 1982. He died on 26th August 1999 at Newmarket aged 92.

2/1 fav Light Year
11/2 Soysambu
11/2 Haven
8/1 Time Greine
9/1 Dual
100/8 Cipriani
100/8 Anner Banks
20/1 Neanderthal
25/1 Supreme Verdict
25/1 Rullahgeelagh
33/1 Your Highness
50/1 Wise Boy
66/1 Le Prince
100/1 Garland Knight
100/1 Baynard
100/1 Archipelago
100/1 Counterattack
100/1 Indian Judge
  Over round 124%
FORMLINE:- The outsider and unfancied Your Highness sprung a surprise to win by half a length in 2 minutes 33.5 seconds. Time Greine (25/1) was third in the English 2000 Guineas beaten by 2 lengths and a short head by Rockavon (SR 1767). Cipriani was fifth, while Neanderthal and Time Greine were unplaced in the Epsom Derby behind Psidium (SR 1966).

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