The inaugural running of the Irish Oaks was held on Thursday 27th June 1895 over 1 mile of The Curragh. A pot of 300 sovereigns was availble, 20 sovereigns to the second and 10 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr C Hannan, trained by J Dunner at Curragh View and ridden by J Wynne. The winner won by 1 1/2 lengths, with 1/2 length between second and third.


SAPLING (Bay filly by Marmiton out of Deodar) SR 1828

The winning owner won 270 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £33,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner
1 SAPLING 8.3 J Wynne Mr C Hannan
2 SUMMER LIGHTNING 8.12 W Hoysted Mr H E Linde


8.3 Clayton Mr E Fitzgerald
4 VIC 9.0 John Doyle Mr A Cohen
5 SWEETHAVEN 8.5 J Waterson Captain Murray
6 INSTABILITY 9.0 A Behan Mr H Beasley
7 LAND MAID 9.3 Horton Mr P Scully
8 SITA 8.13 Dawson Mr W Dunne
9 GUILLEMOT 8.9 Mr Lushington Captain R H Fowler
10 WEDDING CAKE 8.3 Joseph Doyle Mr W Ashe


After a considerable delay it was left to Guillemot to make the early running a length in front of Vic and Land Maid. After settling down Land Maid reached the front, closely attended by Vic, and this order remained until the leaders reached the chains, at which point Summer Lightning drew to the fron, closely attended by Hexameter, Vic and the fast finishing Sapling. Passing the bend, there was a rush to the line which saw Sapling gain supremacy to finish 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Summer Lightning, a half length to Hexameter, with Vic close up fourth.

7/2 Summer Lightning
5/1 Vic
5/1 Hexameter
8/1 Sapling
100/8 Instability
100/8 Land Maid
100/8 Sita
100/8 Guillemot
100/8 Sweethaven
100/8 Wedding Cake
  Over round 116%

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