The 112th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 25th June 1977 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £1585 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned by Mr Robert Sangster, bred in Canada by Mr E P Taylor, trained by M Vincent O'Brien at Ballydoyle and ridden by Lester Piggott. The winner won by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 31.9 seconds, with a neck between second and third.


THE MINSTREL (Bay colt by Northern Dancer out of Fleur) SR 2094

The winning owner won £72,797.50 (The equivalent of £430,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 24 second clip of the 1977 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 THE MINSTREL 9.0 Lester Piggott Mr Robert Sangster M Vincent O'Brien
2 LUCKY SOVEREIGN 9.0 Frankie Durr Mr R B Moller Harry Wragg
3 CLASSIC EXAMPLE 9.0 Pat Eddery Col Roger Hue-Williams Peter Walwyn
4 ORCHESTRA 9.0 Ray Carroll 7th Earl Donoughmore John Oxx
5 MONSEIGNEUR 9.0 Phillipe Paquet Mr Arthur Seeligson Francois Boutin
6 ERCOLANO 9.0 Freddie Head Mr Jacques Wertheimer Alec Head
7 MILVERTON 9.0 Christy Roche Mr Tjo Eng Tan Con Collins
8 ARISTOCRACY 9.0 John Roe Mr Charles Haughey Richard McCormick
9 LIMONE 9.0 Greville Starkey Mr D A N Allen Guy Harwood
10 REMEZZO 9.0 Gianfranco Dettori Captain Marcos Lemos Clive Brittain
11 STAR'S SALUTE 9.0 Gabriel Curran Mrs Maria Mehl-Muelhens Kevin Prendergast
12 AD LIB RA 9.0 Tony Murray Mrs Julian Rogers Fulke Johnson-Houghton
13 PADROUG 9.0 Thomas Murphy Mrs Sarah Haefner M Vincent O'Brien
14 LATH 9.0 Dermot Hogan Mr Patrick Gallagher Chris Grassick
15 KING ASHOKA 9.0 Thomas Carmody Mr W Zeitelhack John Oxx

Robert Edmund Sangster was born in Liverpool on 23rd May 1936 son of the founder of Vernons Pools Company Vernon Sangster. After his education at Repton School he completed his National Service in the Cheshire Regiment before joining the family company as Managing Director. However, his passion was horse racing and in the mid-1970s he joined forces with John Magnier and Vincent O'Brien to establish Coolmore Stud. He won the British Flat racing Owners Championship on 5 occasions and enjoyed numerous Classic successes in England, across the Irish Sea and across the Channel. Amongst his Classic victories he won the Epsom Derby twice, with The Minstrel (SR 2094) in 1977 and in 1982 with Golden Fleece (SR 2065), and the Irish Derby on 3 occasions, firstly in 1977 with The Minstrel (SR 2094), then in 1982 with Assert (SR 2077) and lastly in 1984 with El Gran Senor (SR 2110). He died in London on 7th April 2004 aged 67.

11/10 fav The Minstrel
4/1 Monseigneur
10/1 Ercolano
12/1 Orchestra
14/1 Classic Example
20/1 Ad Lib Ra
22/1 Lucky Sovereign
40/1 Milverton
50/1 Padroug
66/1 Star's Salute
100/1 Aristocracy
200/1 Lath
200/1 King Ashoka
  Over round 108%
FORMLINE:- The Minstrel won by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 31.9 seconds to complete an English/Irish Derby Double. He won the Epsom Derby (SR 2094) during a career spanning 9 races, of which he won 7 of them and was second once.

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