The 77th running of the Irish Oaks was held on Saturday 17th July 1971 over 1 1/2 miles of The Curragh, starting at the Howth Post. The value of the winner was £22,766. The winner was owned by Colonel Roger Hue-Williams, trained by Noel Murless and ridden by Geoff Lewis. The winner won by 1/2 a length in 2 minutes 33.6 seconds, with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third.


ALTESSE ROYALE (Chestnut filly by Santa Crespin III out of Bleu Azur) SR 1954

The winning owner won £22,766, (The equivalent of £306,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 ALTESSE ROYALE 9.0 Geoff Lewis Col Roger Hue-Williams Noel Murless
2 VINCENNES 9.0 Yves Saint Martin Mr Daniel Wildenstein Maurice Zilber
3 LAVENDULA ROSE 9.0 A Simpson Mrs W Powell S Quirke
4 MARIEL 9.0 Bill Williamson Mr J Mullion Paddy Prendergast
5 FLEET WAHINE 9.0 Liam Ward Mr R Ohrstrom H Thompson-Jones
6 ROMANY GIRL 9.0 S Spinks Mr J Brown Charles Weld
7 BALLY LYRE 9.0 H Cope Mr H Gallagher John Oxx
8 MOLLY BLOOM 9.0 G McGrath Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
9 LANDING SITE 9.0 M Kennedy Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
10 HUNTING CAP 9.0 L Johnson Mrs P McGrath Seamus McGrath
11 BALTARQ 9.0 G O'Donnell Mr J Prendergast Seamus McGrath
12 LEIT MOTIF 9.0 T Murphy Sir D Clague C Magnier
13 SPRING GARDEN 9.0 Johnny Roe Mrs J Hanes M Vincent O'Brien
Geoff Lewis was born in Talgarth, Breconshire on 21st December 1935, one of a family of 13 children. He began work as an apprentice in the Ron Smyth stable in Epsom and quickly established himself as a talented jockey. Although he will always be associated with the brilliant Mill Reef, in all he gained 5 English Classic wins. His first Classic was in the 1969 2000 Guineas with Right Tack (SR 2029), followed by his greatest triumph in the 1971 Epsom Derby with Mill Reef (SR 2185). There then followed an Epsom Oaks win in 1971 on Altesse Royale (SR 1954), and in 1973 he achieved double success in the 1000 Guineas and Oaks on Mysterious (SR 1970). He was also successful across the Irish Sea, winning the 1969 Irish Derby with Prince Regent (SR 1921). Once he had retired as a jockey he tried his hand at training, accumulating nearly 500 winners before retiring in 1999.
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50/1 Landing Site
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