The 132nd running of the Irish Derby was held on Sunday 29 June 1997 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £10,600 with a first prize of £398,200. The winner was owned by Michael Tabor and Mrs Susan Magnier, bred in Ireland by the Irish National Stud, trained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle, and ridden by Christy Roche. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 32.5 seconds, with a short head between second and third.


DESERT KING (Bay colt by Danehill out of Sabaah) SR 1944

The winning owner won £398,200 (The equivalent of £689,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 3 minute 14 second clip of the 1997 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 DESERT KING 9.0 Christy Roche Michael Tabor & Mrs Susan Magnier Aidan O'Brien
2 DR JOHNSON 9.0 John Murtagh M Vincent O'Brien, Susan Magnier Charles O'Brien
3 LOUP SAUVAGE 9.0 Olivier Peslier Mr Daniel Wildenstein Andre Fabre FR
4 JOHAN CRUYFF 9.0 Seamus Heffernan Mrs Susan Magnier Aidan O'Brien
5 SILVER PATRIARCH 9.0 Pat Eddery Mr Peter Winfield John Dunlop
6 VERGLAS 9.0 Willie Supple Mrs Chryss O'Reilly Kevin Prendergast
7 CASEY TIBBS 9.0 Pat Shanahan Michael Watt, Sue Magnier Dermot Weld
8 STRAWBERRY ROAN 8.11 Frankie Dettori Michael Tabor, Mrs Susan Magnier Aidan O'Brien
9 THE FLY 9.0 Michael Hills Mrs J M Corbett Barry Hills
10 TOKEN GESTURE 8.11 Mick Kinane Moyglare Stud Farm Dermot Weld
5/4 fav Silver Patriarch        
5/1 Strawberry Roan        
11/2 Desert King        
8/1 Loup Sauvage        
11/1 The Fly        
12/1 Dr Johnson        
12/1 Johan Cruyff        
16/1 Token Gesture        
33/1 Verglas        
33/1 Casey Tibbs        
  Over round 120%        
FORMLINE:- Desert King won by a length in 2 minutes 32.5 seconds. Silver Patriarch, who was made favourite for this race but finished down the field, was second in the Epsom Derby beaten a short head by Benny The Dip (SR 1969). Desert King had a career which consisted of 12 races, winning 5 of them.

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