The 3rd running of the Irish St Leger was held on Wednesday 26th September 1917 over 1 mile 6 furlongs of The Curragh. The winner was owned by Mr W A Murray, trained by James Dunne at Osborne Lodge, Curragh, and ridden by Tommy Burns. A purse of £1500 allowed for the second to receive 50 sovereigns and the third 25 sovereigns. The winner won by 4 lengths in 3 minutes 21.6 seconds, with 12 lengths between second and third.


DOUBLE SCOTCH (Black horse by Seaforth out of Forfaria) SR 1876

The winning owner won £1425 (The equivalent of £97,100 in 2018 terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Age/Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 DOUBLE SCOTCH 3 8st 11lbs Tommy Burns Mr W A Murray James Dunne
2 FIRST FLIER 3 9st 4lbs W Barrett Mr J J Parkinson James J Parkinson
3 GENERAL VILLA 3 9st 0lbs Joe Harty Mr G H Dennehy Dawson
4 PRINCE LIONEL 3 9st 0lbs J Ledson Mr Muirsfield McKenna
5 BACHELOR'S GIFT 3 9st 0lbs Morny Wing Mr A Lowry Dawson
  Betting As the field broke it was left to Prince Lionel to make the early running ahead of First Flier, General Villa, Bachelor's Gift and Double Scotch settling in the rear. After half a mile First Flier and Double Scotch took closer order and, within a furlong, Prince Lionel was beaten. The favourite and Double Scotch started to stride clear of General Villa, with First Flier leading into the straight. Approaching the final two furlongs Double Scotch strode passed First Flier and won as he pleased by 4 lengths, with fully 12 lengths back to General Villa.
4/7 fav First Flier
7/4 Double Scotch
33/1 Prince Lionel
50/1 General Villa
66/1 Bachelor's Gift
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