The 3rd running of the Irish Oaks was held on Tuesday 20th July 1897 over 1 mile of The Curragh, starting at the Madrid Post. A pot of 300 sovereigns was availble, 20 sovereigns to the second and 10 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Captain F Fetherstonehaugh, trained by Heath at Maryborough and ridden by Clyde Aylin. The winner won by 4 lengths, with a neck between second and third.


DABCHICK (Black filly by Gallinule out of Concussion) SR 1917

The winning owner won 270 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £33,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner
1 DABCHICK 8.3 Clyde Aylin Captain F Fetherstonehaugh
2 NILE QUEEN 8.7 Algernon Anthony Mr W J Goulding
3 LUA 8.6 W Horton Mr T G Gordon
4 IVY SPRAY 8.6 J Wynne Mr C Hannan
5 SLOE 8.3 Leahy Mr H Beasley
6 POVERINA 8.6 T Lane Mr R H Stubber
7 SWEET ECHO 8.6 Dawson Colonel Thomson


After a level break it was left to Nile Queen to make the early running, followed by Ivy Spray, Dabchick and Sloe. Reaching the bend in the rais Nile Queen still led but was being challenged at the distance by Dabchick who assumed command and won by an easy 4 lengths. There was a neck between Nile Queen and Lua, with Ivy Spray fourth and Sloe fifth.

Evens fav Dabchick
4/1 Nile Queen
9/2 Ivy Spray
5/1 Lua
10/1 Poverina
10/1 Sweet Echo
10/1 Sloe
  Over round 131%

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