The 104th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 28th June 1969 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £270 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned and bred by Countess de la Valdene, trained by Etienne Pollet at Chantilly and ridden by Geoff Lewis. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 36.1 seconds, with 5 lengths between second and third.


PRINCE REGENT (Bay colt by Right Royal V out of Noduleuse) SR 1921

The winning owner won £53,390, (The equivalent of £835,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PRINCE REGENT 9.0 Geoff Lewis Countess de la Valdene Etienne Pollet
2 RIBOFILIO 9.0 Lester Piggott Mr Charles Engelhard Fulke Johnson-Houghton
3 REINDEER 9.0 T P Burns Mr Raymond Guest M Vincent O'Brien
4 BLAKENEY 9.0 Ernie Johnson Mr Arthur Budgett Arthur M Budget
5 ONANDAGA 9.0 Liam Ward Mr John W Galbreath M Vincent O'Brien
6 SELKO 9.0 John Roe Mr James Cox Brady M Vincent O'Brien
7 NORTHERN MIST 9.0 John Coleman Mr T A Geekie John Oxx
8 AGUSTUS 9.0 Bill Williamson Mr James R Mullion Paddy Prendergast
9 BEAUGENCY 9.0 Freddie Head Mrs P Wertheimer Alec Head FR
10 MOON MOUNTAIN 9.0 Sandy Barclay Countess de la Valdene M Vincent O'Brien
11 BALLANTINE 9.0 Vince Rossiter Countess de la Valdene M Vincent O'Brien
12 SANTAMOSS 9.0 George McGrath Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
13 VIVADARI 9.0 Michael Kennedy Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
14 BUNKERED 9.0 Ryan Parnell Mr Herbert Kerr Kevin R Kerr
15 TANZARA 9.0 Frank Berry Comte Antoine de Laubespin Michael Hurley

Geoff Lewis was born in Talgarth, Breconshire on 21st December 1935, one of a family of 13 children. He began work as an apprentice in the Ron Smyth stable in Epsom and quickly established himself as a talented jockey. Although he will always be associated with the brilliant Mill Reef, in all he gained 5 English Classic wins. His first Classic was in the 1969 2000 Guineas with Right Tack (SR 2029), followed by his greatest triumph in the 1971 Epsom Derby with Mill Reef (SR 2185). There then followed an Epsom Oaks win in 1971 on Altesse Royale (SR 1954), and in 1973 he achieved double success in the 1000 Guineas and Oaks on Mysterious (SR 1970). He was also successful across the Irish Sea, winning the 1969 Irish Derby with Prince Regent (SR 1921). Once he had retired as a jockey he tried his hand at training, accumulating nearly 500 winners before retiring in 1999.

2/1 Ribofilio
7/2 Blakeney
7/2 Prince Regent
9/1 Beaugency
100/8 Onandaga
100/7 Moon Mountain
100/7 Reindeer
33/1 Augustus
33/1 Northern Mist
40/1 Santamoss
66/1 Selko
150/1 Vivadari
200/1 Bunkered
200/1 Tanzara
200/1 Ballantine
  Over round 120%
FORMLINE:- Prince Regent won by a length in 2 minutes 36.1 seconds, having previously been third in the Epsom Derby beaten 2 lengths by Blakeney (SR 1906).

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