The 26th running of the Irish Oaks was held on Wednesday 21st July 1920 over 1 1/2 miles of The Curragh, starting at the Howth Post. A pot of 2000 sovereigns was availble, 100 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Captain C Moore, trained by Shem Jeffrey, and ridden by Michael Beary. The winner won by 4 lengths in 2 minute 42.4 seconds, with 5 lengths between second and third.


PLACE ROYALE (Bay filly by Royal Realm out of All Square) SR 1864

The winning owner won 1850 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £78,600 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 PLACE ROYALE 9.0 Michael Beary Captain C Moore Shem Jeffrey
2 SUN BLINK 8.4 Vic Smyth Duke of Portland W Waugh
3 MISS BRIAN BORU 8.10 W Beasley Captain James Daly Grundy
4 PRINCESS WAVELET 9.0 H Beasley Mr W Parrish Rogers
5 DATINE 9.0 F Lane Mr F D Osborne Arnott
6 PERCEPTIVE 9.0 W Barrett Mr Laidlaw Hunter


A much depleted crowd was in attendance when a train drivers strike stranded people in Dublin. 30 armed police had tried to board the train, which stopped at Kildare, but the driver refused to drive the train with rifle carrying police. The race itself was much less exciting as Place Royale made all to win comfortably by 4 lengths, with a further 5 lengths between Sun Blink and Miss Brian Boru.

6/4 fav Sun Blink
9/4 Place Royale
7/1 Datine
8/1 Perceptive
10/1 Miss Brian Boru
10/1 Princess Wavelet
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