The 29th running of the Irish Oaks was held on Wednesday 25th July 1923 over 1 1/2 miles of The Curragh, starting at the Howth Post. A pot of 2500 sovereigns was availble, 150 sovereigns to the second and 75 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr Washington M G Singer, trained by Alec Taylor at Manton, Wiltshire, and ridden by Frank Bullock. The winner won by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 minute 42.2 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


BECKA (Chestnut filly by Sir Eager out of Blackaton) SR 1869

The winning owner won 2275 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £130,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 1 minute 27 second clip of the 1923 Irish Oaks

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 BECKA 9.7 Frank Bullock Mr Washington Singer Alec Taylor
2 SHRI 9.7 George Archibald Mr F Straker Bewicke
3 GLENSHESK 9.4 Morny Wing Captain D Dixon F Grundy
4 EAGLE SNIPE 9.0 G Hulme HH Aga Khan R Dawson
5 ZARA 9.0 Jas Doyle Mr P Cullinan Doyle
6 BACHELOR'S WARD 9.0 J Patman Mr A Lowry M Dawson
7 EASTERN PRINCESS 9.0 J Dines Captain Shirley Rogers
8 FAR DAY 9.0 Jos Canty Mr H S Gray Philip Behan
9 AG 9.0 E Martin Quirke Sir W Goulding Philip Behan
10 MARTEN WING 9.0 A Barrett Mr C Hamshaw Rogers


Eastern Princess whipped round as the tapes went up, losing valuable ground at the start. In the early stages AG led from Glenshesk and Shri, and remained in command beyond half way. Four furlongs from home the favourite Glenshesk took command, closely attended by Shri and Becka, and this trio continued at the helm inside the distance, at which point Becka surged ahead to win by a length and a half from Shri, with 4 lengths back to Glenshesk.

9/4 fav Glenshesk
4/1 Shri
4/1 Becka
5/1 Eagle Snipe
8/1 Zara
25/1 Bachelor's Ward
25/1 Eastern Princess
25/1 Far Day
25/1 AG
25/1 Marten Wing
  Over round 117%

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