The 108th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 30th June 1973 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £295 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned by Mr Seamus McGrath, bred in Ireland by the McGrath Trust Company, trained by Seamus McGrath at Sandyford in Ireland and ridden by George McGrath. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 32 seconds, with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third.


WEAVERS' HALL (Bay colt by Busted out of Marians) SR 1876

The winning owner won £62,495, (The equivalent of £718,500 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 WEAVERS' HALL 9.0 George McGrath Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
2 RAGAPAN 9.0 Bill Williamson Mr F O'Sullivan Kevin Prendergast
3 BUOY 9.0 Joe Mercer Mr Richard Hollingsworth Dick Hern
4 HAIL THE PIRATES 9.0 Lester Piggott Mr Daniel Galbreath M Vincent O'Brien
5 KSAR 9.0 Willie Carson Lady Rothwick Bernard Van Custem
6 NATSUN 9.0 Freddie Head Mr N Cohen Barry Hills
7 STAR APPEAL 9.0 Hilton Cope Mrs Maria Mehl-Muelhens John Oxx
8 NORTH WALL 9.0 Patrick Sullivan Mr Raymond Eastwood Michael O'Toole
9 LAURENTIAN HILLS 9.0 Greville Starkey Mrs J F C Boyce Robert Armstrong
10 DECIMO 9.0 Christy Roche Lady Iveagh Paddy Prendergast
11 FREEFOOT 9.0 Jimmy Lindley Mr R B Moller Harry Wragg
12 TALL NOBLE 9.0 Thomas Murphy Mr Nelson Bunker Hunt Ted Curtin
13 ALCHOPAL 9.0 John Roe Mr Matthew Gallagher Chris Grassick
14 TEKOAH 9.0 Gabrial Curran Mr Bernard Moss Kevin Prendergast
15 PARK LAWN 9.0 Ryan Parnell Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath

Seamus McGrath was born into a family steeped in racing history being the son of Joseph McGrath, considered to be one of Ireland's greatest men of the Turf. Seamus won many accolades as a trainer and was crowned champion Irish trainer on 4 occasions. He won the Irish Derby twice, firstly in 1955 with Panaslipper (SR 2011) and again in 1973 with Weavers Hall (SR 1876). He also won the other 4 Irish Classic races, the 1957 Oaks with Silken Glider, the 1964 1000 Guineas with Royal Danseuse, the 1970 St Leger with Allangrange, and the 1974 2000 Guineas with Furry Glen. Seamus eventually retired from the training ranks in 1983 and died at the age of 83.

11/4 fav Hail The Pirates
7/2 Ragapan
4/1 Buoy
5/1 Ksar
13/2 Freefoot
16/1 Natsun
16/1 Laurentian Hills
33/1 Weavers' Hall
40/1 Decimo
80/1 North Wall
200/1 Tall Noble
200/1 Alchopal
200/1 Star Appeal
200/1 Tekoah
200/1 Park Lawn
  Over round 118%
FORMLINE:- Weavers' Hall was an unexpected winner getting home by an impressive 2 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 32 seconds. In a career spanning 10 races, he managed just two wins.

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