The 22nd running of the Irish Oaks was held on Wednesday 19th July 1916 over 1 1/2 miles of The Curragh, starting at the Howth Post. A pot of 1500 sovereigns was availble, 50 sovereigns to the second and 25 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr W A Wallis, trained by James Dunne, and ridden by Thomas Burns. The winner won by a short head in 2 minute 44.4 seconds, with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third.


CAPTIVE PRINCESS (Bay filly by Captivation out of Princess Eager) SR 1755

The winning owner won 1425 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £117,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 CAPTIVE PRINCESS 9.0 Thomas Burns Mr W A Wallis James Dunne
2 CATCH CROP 8.3 M Barrett Lord Dunraven De Mestre
3 MELMOND 9.5 Jos Canty Mr James Daly Philip Behan
4 I SEE 8.10 Joe Harty Mr Parkinson J J Parkinson
5 AYN HALI 9.6 F Hunter Mr James Daly Philip Behan
6 BACHELOR'S FIANCEE 9.0 J Ledson Mr A Lowry M Dawson


James Daly entered two in the race, but declared to win on Ayn Hali, as was the custom in those days, and it was therefore installed as the odds on favourite. Lying up with the early pace, all seemed well with the favourite, but 2 furlongs from home she was in dire trouble and dropped tamely away. This enabled her stable companion Melmond to take the lead momentarily, but approaching the distance she was challenged by Catch Crop and Captive Princess. A tense battle ensued before Captive Princess gut up on the line by a short head, with a length and a half back to Melmond. Given Captive Princess was unplaced in the Irish Derby suggests that the form is moderate.

1/2 fav Ayn Hali
5/1 Captive Princess
100/14 Melmond
100/8 Catch Crop
20/1 Bachelor's Fiancee
50/1 I See
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