The 106th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 26th June 1971 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £270 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned by Emile Littler, bred in France by Mr Eric Coupey and Mrs E Cruz-Valer, trained by Phillipe H Lallie in Chantilly and ridden by Alfred Gilbert. The winner won by 3 lengths in 2 minutes 36.6 seconds, with a short head between second and third.


IRISH BALL (Bay colt by Baldric II out of Irish Lass) SR 2055

The winning owner won £62,120, (The equivalent of £834,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 IRISH BALL 9.0 Alfred Gilbert Mr Emile Littler Phillipe Lallie FR
2 LOMBARDO 9.0 Lester Piggott Mrs Meg Mullion Paddy Prendergast
3 GUILLEMOT 9.0 Liam Ward Mr Patrick Prendergast Paddy Prendergast
4 LUCKY DRAKE 9.0 Thomas Murphy Mr Robert Hall-Dare Patrick Mullins
5 MUSIC MAN 9.0 Wally Swinburn Mrs Howell Jackson H Nicolas FR
6 ST IVES 9.0 Ryan Parnell Mr E A Holt Stephen Quirke
7 TANTOUL 9.0 T P Burns Mrs Hope Hanes M Vincent O'Brien
8 GRENFALL 9.0 John Roe Mr John W Galbreath M Vincent O'Brien
9 PARNELL 9.0 Alan Simpson Mr Rod More O'Ferrall Stephen Quirke
10 TURBULENT EDDY 9.0 Gary Spinks Mr J R Brown Charles Weld
11 MERRY SLIPPER 9.0 Thomas Carberry Mr Thomas Nicholson Patrick Mullins
12 BAYONS MANOR 9.0 Paul Cook Sir Gervais T D'Eyncourt Arthur Budgett
13 WACOSO 9.0 Laurence Johnson Mr D Brennan Kevin Prendergast
14 ALL TAN 9.0 George McGrath Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
15 LINDEN TREE 9.0 Duncan Keith Mrs D McCalmont Peter Walwyn

Emile Richeux was born in Ramsgate, Kent on 9th September 1903 youngest son of Jules Richeux a cigar importer. His father died in 1911 and his mother, Agnes, remarried in 1914, marrying theatre manager Frank Rolison Littler, and Emile chose to take the name Littler. Emile became manager of the Birmingham Rep in September 1931, but two years later set up his own theatre company, producing shows like Annie Get Your Gun and The Desert Song. His main leisure interest was horse racing and he was fortunate enough to win the 1971 Irish Derby with Irish Ball (SR 2055) trained by Phillipe Lallie and ridden by Alfred Gilbert. He died at his home in Sussex on 23 January 1985 aged 81.

7/4 fav Linden Tree
7/2 Irish Ball
13/2 Lombardo
7/1 Grenfall
7/1 Parnell
16/1 Guillemot
16/1 Music Man
22/1 Tantoul
100/1 Wacoso
100/1 All Tan
100/1 Bayons Manor
100/1 Merry Slipper
100/1 Lucky Drake
100/1 St Ives
100/1 Turbulent Eddy
  Over round 120%
FORMLINE:- Irish Ball gained revenge on favourite Linden Tree who had finished in front of him in the Epsom Derby when they were beaten by 2 lengths and 2 1/2 lengths by Mill Reef (SR 2185).

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