The 97th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 30th June 1962 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 170 sovereigns with a pot of £30,000 added which represented a massive increase on previous years due mainly to the fact that this was the launch of the Irish Sweeps Derby. The winner was owned by Mrs Howell E Jackson, bred in USA at the Bull Run Stud, trained by Etienne Pollet in Chantilly and ridden by Roger Poincelet.


TAMBOURINE II (Bay colt by Princequillo out of Le Mirambule) SR 1952

The winning owner won £50,027.50, (The equivalent of £1,014,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The winner won by a short head in 2 minutes 28.8 seconds, with 5 lengths between second and third.

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 TAMBOURINE II 9.0 Roger Poincelet Mrs Howell E Jackson Etienne Pollet
2 ARCTIC STORM 9.0 Bill Williamson Mrs E M Carroll John Oxx
3 SEBRING 9.0 Pat Glennon Mr Townsend Martin M Vincent O'Brien
4 LARKSPUR 9.0 Scobie Breasley Mr Raymond Guest M Vincent O'Brien
5 ATLANTIS 9.0 Liam Ward Mrs Anne Biddle Thomas Shaw
6 SAINT DENYS 9.0 Philip Canty Mrs T Gray & Princess N d'Imeretie Michael Hurley
7 CYRUS 9.0 Bill Rickaby Jocelyn Hambro Geoffrey Brooke
8 OUR GUILE 9.0 Eph Smith Mrs Gladys Joel Humphrey Cottrill
9 SOLPETRE 9.0 George McGrath Mr Fred Turner jnr Kevin R Kerr
10 TRADE WIND 9.0 John Greenaway Mr Clifford Nicholson Bill Elsey
11 SNOWHOUND 9.0 Michael Kennedy Mr Thomas Power Charles Weld
12 ARCOR 9.0 Neville Sellwood Marcel Boussac Henri Nicholas
13 RUNNING ROCK 9.0 John Power Mr Michael Kennedy Patrick Norris
14 LE PIRATE 9.0 Peter Boothman Major Victor McCalmont Robert Fetherstonehaugh
15 LONDON GAZETTE 9.0 Greville Starkey Mrs Victor McCalmont H Thompson-Jones
16 MUMZOWA 9.0 T P Burns Mr Rex Beaumont Kevin Bell
17 MARCH WIND 9.0 Willie Robinson Mrs Anne Biddle Thomas Shaw
18 T.V. 9.0 Patrick Powell jnr Commander A R Bradshaw Stuart Murless
19 GAIL STAR 9.0 Douglas Page Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
20 TICONDEROGA 9.0 Patrick Sullivan Colonel James Reid John Oxx
21 TALGO ABBESS 9.0 Robert Moylan Mr Thomas Scahill Private
22 SIR PAT 9.0 Wilfred Berg Mr Peter McCarthy Clement Magnier
23 BORGHESE 9.0 Garnet Bougoure Mrs Meg Mullion Paddy Prendergast
24 TRIMATIC 9.0 Edward Cracknell Mrs H Taylor Patrick Norris

Poger Poincelet was born on 3rd March 1921 and became a multiple Classic winning French jockey who often made forays to England and Ireland to plunder Classic victories. He won 5 English Classics, starting with the 2000 Guineas in 1952 aboard Thunderhead (SR 1965), followed by a Classic double in 1960 in the 1000 Guineas and Oaks aboard Never Too Late (SR 2016). He then won the biggest prize of all, the Epsom Derby in 1961 on Psidium (SR 1966), finishing with a 1000 Guineas winner in 1963 on Hula Dancer (SR 2001). He also won the 1962 Irish Derby on Tambourine II (SR 1952). He retired from riding in 1971 and died after a long illness on 1st November 1977 aged 57.

9/4 fav Larkspur
6/1 Sebring
15/2 Tambourine II
15/2 Arctic Storm
10/1 Arcor
100/7 Saint Denys
25/1 Cyrus
33/1 Running Rock
33/1 Our Guile
33/1 Le Pirate
33/1 London Gazette
66/1 Atlantis
66/1 March Wind
66/1 T.V.
66/1 Gail Star
75/1 Trade Wind
100/1 Solpetre
100/1 Snowhound
100/1 Mumzowa
100/1 Ticonderoga
100/1 Talgo Abbess
100/1 Sir Pat
100/1 Borghese
100/1 Trimatic
  Over round 114%
FORMLINE:- The French trained winner won by a short head in the fast time of 2 minutes 28.8 seconds, in the process defeating the Epsom Derby winner Larkspur (SR 1921).

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