The 37th running of the Irish Oaks was held on Wednesday 22nd July 1931 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 H Kennedy, trained by P Thrale at West Horsley, and ridden by Clifford Richards. The winner won by 3 lengths in 2 minute 43.8 seconds, with 3 lengths between second and third.


NITSICHIN (Bay filly by Achtoi out of Latinum) SR 1918

The winning owner won 2275 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £147,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 NITSICHIN 9.0 Clifford Richards Mr H Kennedy P Thrale
2 SALOME 9.0 Thomas Burns Count McCormack R More O'Ferrall
3 BACCHANTE 9.4 Joe Childs Sir H De Trafford Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
4 SPIRAL 9.7 Morny Wing Mr J J Maher Colonel Blake
5 LINKS TOR 9.4 Freddie Fox Mr Washington Singer Lawson
6 BALLYSPELLIN 9.0 Joe Canty Major Dixon Philip Behan
7 SPIORA 9.0 E Gardner Mr Gill Geraghty
8 SPEEDING PRINCESS 9.0 M Barrett Mr Parkinson J J Parkinson
9 CHELSEA 9.0 Jack Moylan Mr R S Croker C Brabazon


After skirmishing at the start the field were off at 3.45pm, just 5 minutes late. Links Tor was left at the start and failed to make any impact. However, Spiora was prominent early, alongside Bacchante, Spiral, Salome and Nitsichin. As the field rounded the final bend and entered the straight it was Bacchante at the head of affairs, stalked by both Salome and Nitsichin, but as they approached the distance Nitsichin and Salome went on together. In the final 100 yards Nitsichin drifted across but held on by 3 lengths, with 3 further lengths back to Bacchante. After the race the jockey of the second, Thomas Burns, objected for crossing, but the Stewards dismissed his objection and fined him £25.

5/2 jf Salome
5/2 jf Links Tor
5/1 Nitsichin
6/1 Spiral
7/1 Bacchante
40/1 Ballyspellin
66/1 Spiora
100/1 Chelsea
100/1 Speeding Princess
  Over round 106%

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