The 98th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 29th June 1963 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £270 with a pot of £30,000 added. This was the second year as the Irish Sweeps Derby and the winner was owned by Mr James Mullion, bred in USA by H F Guggenheim, trained by Paddy Prendergast at Rossmore Lodge and ridden by Garnet Bougoure. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 45.6 seconds, with 2 lengths between second and third.


RAGUSA (Bay colt by Ribot out of Fantan II) SR 2111

The winning owner won £48,732.50, (The equivalent of £970,200 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 1 minute 33 second clip of the 1963 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 RAGUSA 9.0 Garnet Bougoure Mr James Mullion Paddy Prendergast
2 VIC MO CHROI 9.0 Peter Boothman Comte Antoine de Laubespin Michael Hurley
3 TIGER 9.0 Scobie Breasley Mr Michael Sobell Sir Gordon Richards
4 TARQOGAN 9.0 Bill Williamson Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
5 CHRISTMAS ISLAND 9.0 Pendar Matthews 1st Baron Ennisdale Paddy Prendergast
6 PARTHOLON 9.0 Patrick Powell jnr Mrs Anne Biddle et al Thomas Shaw
7 LOCK HARD 9.0 George McGrath Mr W J Kavanagh Michael Hurley
8 L'HOMME ARME 9.0 Liam Ward Mrs Anne Biddle et al Thomas Shaw
9 CERVINIA 8.11 Nicholas Brennan HH Aga Khan IV Alec Head
10 FINAL MOVE 9.0 Willie Carr Mrs John Thursby Michael Rogers
11 PRADO 9.0 T P Burns Mrs John Olin Paddy Prendergast
12 PHILEMON 9.0 John Roe Mr F Walter Burmann M Vincent O'Brien
13 DIRITTO 9.0 Wally Swinburn Lt-Commander G Lennoc-Cotton Stuart Murless
14 GALA CHIEF 9.0 Douglas Page Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
15 CHAMERO 9.0 T Pat Glennon Mr F Walter Burmann M Vincent O'Brien
W RELKO 9.0 Yves Saint-Martin Mr Francois Dupre Francois Mathet


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.
8/11 fav Relko
100/8 Cervinia
100/7 Ragusa
100/6 Chamero
18/1 Tiger
20/1 Tarqogan
22/1 Christmas Island
25/1 L'Homme Arme
25/1 Final Move
28/1 Vic Mo Chroi
50/1 Prado
50/1 Lock Hard
66/1 Partholon
66/1 Philemon
100/1 Diritto
250/1 Gala Chief
  Over round 111%
FORMLINE:- The winner won by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths in the slow time of 2 minutes 45.6 seconds on yielding going. Ragusa had preiously finished third in the Epsom Derby. beaten 6 lengths by Relko (SR 2109).

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