The 101st running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 2nd July 1966 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £270 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned by Mr Radha J Sigtia, bred in Ireland by Major E O'Kelly at the Kilcarn Stud, trained by George E Todd at Manton and ridden by Frankie Durr. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 31.5 seconds, with 2 1/2 lengths between second and third.


SODIUM (Bay colt by Psidium out of Gambade) SR 1949

The winning owner won £52,157.50, (The equivalent of £923,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 20 second clip of the 1966 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 SODIUM 9.0 Frankie Durr Mr Radha J Sigtia George E Todd
2 CHARLOTTOWN 9.0 Scobie Breasley Lady Zia Wernher Gordon Smyth
3 PAVEH 9.0 Patrick Powell jnr Mr R A B Widener David Ainsworth
4 BAYLANX 9.0 Bobbie Elliott Mr W G Reynolds Stuart Murless
5 AGOGO 9.0 Nicholas Brennan Mrs Florence Graham Stuart Murless
6 KHALEKAN 9.0 Desmond Lake Mr Rory Mor O'Ferrall Paddy Prendergast
7 ALCIGLIDE 9.0 George McGrath Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
8 REUBENS 9.0 Patrick Sullivan Mrs Beryl Murless Stuart Murless
9 AL-ALAWI 9.0 Ron Sheather Mrs T Gray & Princesse N d'Imeretie Michael Connolly
10 POLEMIC 9.0 John Roe Mr P McManus John Oxx
11 CROZIER 9.0 Joe Mercer Mr A D G Oldrey Peter Walwyn
12 BUSTED 9.0 Peter Boothman Mr Stanhope Joel Robert Fetherstonehaugh
13 NOT SO COLD 9.0 Wally Swinburn Comte Antoine de Laubespin Michael Hurley
14 PETIT JEAN 9.0 Willie Robinson Mr Richard Greene Michael Hurley
15 RADBROOK 9.0 T P Burns Lady Maud Evelyn Sassoon Michael Rogers
16 BEAU CHAPEAU 9.0 John Murtagh Mr Miles Valentine M Vincent O'Brien
17 AMBERICOS 9.0 Liam Ward Mrs Anne Ford M Vincent O'Brien
18 DEMOCRAT 9.0 Michael Kennedy Mr A S Hewitt Michael Rogers
19 ASCOT 9.0 L W Johnson Mr Hugo Dolan Charles Weld
20 WHITE GLOVES 9.0 John Power Mrs M A Moore M Vincent O'Brien
21 RIPPING TIME 9.0 Joseph Larkin Mrs H P Gallagher Christopher Grassick
22 DRUMLANE 9.0 Patrick Vaughan Mr Hugo Dolan Charles Weld

Francis Durr, universally known as Frankie, was born in Liverpool on 10th November 1925 and began riding as an apprentice at Bedford Lodge in 1944, riding his first winner Merle at Pontefract in that year. The next season he shared the apprentice jockeys championship with Tommy Gosling. His most prestigious winner as a jockey was the 1966 Irish Derby winner Sodium (SR 1949).When he retired from riding in 1979 he launched a training career, from his Fitzroy Stables in Newmarket, which proved challenging initially. His most important winner as a trainer was the 1983 Cambridgeshire victor Sagamore. He died on 18th January 2000 in Cambridge aged 74.

8/11 fav Charlottown
13/2 Sodium
100/8 Democrat
100/8 Paveh
100/7 Crozier
20/1 Khalekan
22/1 Busted
22/1 Ambericos
50/1 Radbrook
50/1 Beau Chapeau
100/1 Ripping Time
100/1 White Gloves
100/1 Ascot
100/1 Petit Jean
100/1 Not So Cold
100/1 Al-Alawi
100/1 Alciglide
100/1 Baylanx
100/1 Agogo
100/1 Reubens
100/1 Polemic
100/1 Drumlane
  Over round 125%
FORMLINE:- Prior to winning this Classic by a length, Sodium had finished fourth in the Epsom Derby beaten a neck and 5 lengths by Charlottown (SR 1965).

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