The 117th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 26th June 1982 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £1750 with a pot of £50,000 added. The winner was owned by Mr Robert Sangster, bred in Ireland by Morglare Stud Farms Ltd, trained by David O'Brien at Ballydoyle, and ridden by Christy Roche. The winner won by 8 lengths in 2 minutes 33.2 seconds, with 2 1/2 lengths between second and third.


ASSERT (Bay colt by Be My Guest out of Irish Bird) SR 2077

The winning owner won £129,600 (The equivalent of £434,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 2 minutes 59 second clip of the 1982 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 ASSERT 9.0 Christy Roche Mr Robert Sangster David O'Brien
2 SILVER HAWK 9.0 Tony Murray Mahmoud Fustok Michael Albina
3 PATCHER 9.0 Gabriel Curran Mr Rory More O'Ferrall Kevin Prendergast
4 FAVOLOSO 9.0 Pat Eddery Mr D O McIntyre Ron Boss
5 CONDELL 9.0 Declan Gillespie Mr P J Barrett Jim Bolger
6 RACONTEUR 9.0 Wally Swinburn Mr Robert Sangster David O'Brien
7 BRUCKNER 9.0 George McGrath Mr Charles St George Con Collins
8 REMANDED 9.0 Ray Carroll Mr Frank Conroy Michael O'Toole
9 ROYAL RENDEVOUZ 9.0 Stephen Craine Mr Franklin Groves Ted Curtin
10 GRATEFUL HEIR 9.0 Michael O'Brien Mrs J O'Brien Liam Browne
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.
4/7 fav Assert
3/1 Silver Hawk
11/1 Condell
20/1 Royal Rendevouz
25/1 Ranconteur
28/1 Patcher
50/1 Favoloso
50/1 Bruckner
66/1 Grateful Heir
100/1 Remanded
  Over round 114%
FORMLINE:- Assert won impressively by 8 lengths in 2 minutes 33.2 seconds. In a career spanning 11 races, Assert was successful on 6 occasions.

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