The 110th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 28th June 1975 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £295 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned by Dr Carlo Vittadini, bred by the Overbury Stud in England, trained by Peter Walwyn at Lambourn and ridden by Pat Eddery. The winner won by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 31.1 seconds, with 6 lengths between second and third.


GRUNDY (Bay colt by Great Nephew out of Word From Lundy) SR 2123

The winning owner won £64,063, (The equivalent of £510,900 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 GRUNDY 9.0 Pat Eddery Dr Carlo Vittadini Peter Walwyn
2 KING PELLINORE 9.0 Lester Piggott Mr John Mulcahy M Vincent O'Brien
3 ANNE'S PRETENDER 9.0 Tony Murray Sir Charles Clore H Ryan Price
4 SEA ANCHOR 9.0 Joe Mercer Mr Richard Hollingsworth Dick Hern
5 IRISH STAR 9.0 Wally Swinburn Mr W Zeitelhack John Oxx
6 MAITLAND 9.0 Yves Saint Martin Mr Daniel Wildenstein Angel Penna FR
7 HOBNOB 9.0 Eric Eldin Mr R B Moller Harry Wragg
8 DERBY COURT 9.0 George McGrath Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
9 DOWDALL 9.0 Kevin Coogan Mrs M E Farrell Dermot Weld
10 MASQUED DANCER 9.0 Ryan Parnell Mr C Crowley Dermot Weld
11 PHOENIX HALLL 9.0 Frankie Durr Mr Ravi N Tikkoo Dermot Weld
12 GIGGERY 9.0 Thomas Murphy Mrs J J Prendergast Seamus McGrath
13 NEVER SO GAY 9.0 Michael Kennedy Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath

Patrick James John Eddery, universally known as Pat, was born in Newbridge, County Kildare on 18th March 1952 son of jockey Jimmy Eddery and of Josephine Eddery (nee Moylan) who was the daughter of the Irish Classic winning jockey Jack Moylan. After leaving school he became an apprentice at the stables of Irish Classic winning trainer Seamus McGrath in 1967 and later moved to England to Frenchie Nicholson. He won his first race at Epsom on 24th April 1969 aboard Alvaro and, in a career spanning 33 years, he rode 4632 winners and became Champion Jockey eleven times. In total he won 14 English Classics including 3 Epsom Derby victories, firstly in 1975 on Grundy (SR 2123), then in 1982 on Golden Fleece (SR 2065) and finally in 1990 on Quest for Fame (SR 1966). He was also successful 3 times in the Epsom Oaks, 1974 Polygamy (SR 1847), 1979 Scintillate (SR 1797) and 1996 Lady Carla (SR 1894). He was almost as successful in his native Ireland, winning 11 Classics, including Irish Derby wins in 1975 Grundy (SR 2123), 1984 El Gran Senor (SR 2110), 1985 Law Society (SR 2002) and 1993 on Commander In Chief (SR 1987). Although he later trained when he retired from the saddle, he did not reach the dizzy heights he had done as a jockey and died on 10th November 2015 aged 63.

9/10 fav Grundy
7/2 King Pellinore
6/1 Maitland
10/1 Sea Anchor
20/1 Anne's Pretender
66/1 Irish Star
66/1 Hobnob
66/1 Derby Court
80/1 Never So Gay
100/1 Masqued Dancer
100/1 Phoenix Hall
200/1 Dowdall
200/1 Giggery
  Over round 113%
FORMLINE:- Odds on favourite Grundy won comfortably by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 31.1 seconds. In a career spanning 11 races, he won 8 including the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Epsom and Irish Derby.

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