The 107th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 1st July 1972 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £270 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned by Mr Ravi N Tikkoo, bred at the Southdown Stud in England, trained by Scobie Breasley at Epsom and ridden by Bill Williamson. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 39.8 seconds, with 6 lengths between second and third.


STEEL PULSE (Brown colt by Diatome out of Rachel) SR 1908

The winning owner won £58,905, (The equivalent of £738,900 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 STEEL PULSE 9.0 Bill Williamson Mr Ravi N Tikkoo Scobie Breasley
2 SCOTTISH RIFLE 9.0 Ron Hutchinson Mr A J Struthers John Dunlop
3 BALLYMORE 9.0 Lester Piggott Mrs Meg Mullion Paddy Prendergast
4 STAR LARK 9.0 Thomas Murphy Comte Antoine de Laubespin Michael Hurley
5 LYPHARD 9.0 Freddie Head Mrs P Wertheimer Alec Head FR
6 MANITOULIN 9.0 Michael Kennedy Mrs J W Galbreath M Vincent O'Brien
7 BOLD BID 9.0 Thomas Carberry Mr Michael McStay Michael Connolly
8 PARDNER 9.0 Ryan Parnell Mrs P W McGrath Seamus McGrath
9 KING CHARLES 9.0 John V Smith Mr J R Brown Dermot Weld
10 FALAISE 9.0 Bruce Marsh Mr Nelson Bunker Hunt Ted Curtin
11 BUCKSTOPPER 9.0 Hilton Cope Mr E P Taylor M Vincent O'Brien
12 ROBERTO 9.0 John Roe Mr John W Galbreath M Vincent O'Brien
13 EXTENSION 9.0 Christy Roche Mrs Meg Mullion Paddy Prendergast
14 BOG ROAD 9.0 George McGrath Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath

Ravi Tikkoo was a wealthy ship owner who was born in the landlocked state of Kashmir in India, in the Himalayas, as far from the world of racing as one can imagine. After his education he joined the Indian Navy and then became a ship owner, developing his business until he became a wealthy shipping magnate. His leisure interest was horse racing and he enjoyed a number of high profile winners. He won the Irish Derby in 1972 with Steel Pulse trained by Scobie Breasley and ridden by Bill Williamson. In 1975 Ravi hoped for great things from his colt Hittite Glory who won the Flying Childers Stakes at 100/1 and followed up to win the Middle Park Stakes. The next year he took his string to be trained at Chantilly in France by Scobie Breasley.

15/8 fav Roberto
3/1 Ballymore
7/2 Lyphard
10/1 Bog Road
10/1 Steel Pulse
16/1 Scottish Rifle
33/1 Buckstopper
33/1 Manitoulin
66/1 Pardner
100/1 Star Lark
100/1 Bold Bid
100/1 King Charles
100/1 Falaise
100/1 Extension
  Over round 117%
FORMLINE:- Steel Pulse won by a length in 2 minutes 39.8 seconds, having previously been unplaced, along with Scottish Rifle, in the Epson Derby behind Roberto (SR 2107).

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