The 65th running of the Irish Oaks was held on Saturday 25th July 1959 over 1 1/2 miles of The Curragh, starting at the Howth Post. A pot of 5880 sovereigns was availble, 900 sovereigns to the second and 580 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mrs A Plesch, trained by Harry Wragg and ridden by the ill-fated Manny Mercer. The winner won by 3 lengths in 2 minutes 30.5 seconds, with 1 1/4 lengths between second and third.


DISCOREA (Bay filly by Dante out of Stella Polaris) SR 1917

The winning owner won 4400 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £97,300 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 DISCOREA 9.0 Manny Mercer Mrs A Plesch Harry Wragg
2 LA COQUENNE 9.0 George Moore    
3 MINNEHAHA 9.0 Charlie Smirke    
4 FLEUR-DE-LYS 9.0 Liam Ward    
5 TOWN ALARM 9.0 Garnie Bougoure    
6 SWEET NANCY 9.0 Thomas Burns    
7 NO BRUNETTE 9.0 G W Robinson    
8 GRANDDAUGHTER 9.0 Liam Browne    
9 RECIPROCATE 9.0 Paddy Powell    
Emmanuel Lionel Mercer, universally known as Manny, was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on 15th November 1928 and had racing in his blood. His brother, Joe Mercer, was a Classic winning jockey, while his father-in-law was the famous jockey and trainer Harry Wragg. Keeping racing in the family, Manny had two daughters, including Carolyn who married Champion Jockey and multiple Classic winner Pat Eddery. Manny won the 1953 1000 Guineas on Happy Laughter (SR 1907) and the next year captured the 2000 Guineas aboard Darius (SR 1998). In 1956 he captured the Irish Derby on Talgo (SR 1961). Manny died from a fall on Priddy Fair at Ascot races on 26th September 1959 aged just 30 and was buried in Newmarket Cemetery.
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6/1 Town Alarm
8/1 Fleur-de-Lys
10/1 Reciprocate
100/7 Discorea
25/1 Sweet Nancy
25/1 Granddaughter
25/1 No Brunette
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