Curragh Derby Winners

The 2007 Irish Derby saw horses trained by Aidan O’Brien scoop first, second and third places in the race. This cemented O’Brien’s dominance of the Irish Derby, coming atop four previous wins – in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2006.

Irish Derby Winners in the 2000s

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

2000 Sinndar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 2:33.9
2001 Galileo Michael Kinane Aidan O’Brien Sue Magnier 2:27.1
2002 High Chaparral Michael Kinane Aidan O’Brien Michael Tabor 2:32.2
2003 Alamshar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 2:28.2
2004 Grey Swallow Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Rochelle Quinn 2:28.7
2005 Hurricane Run Kieren Fallon André Fabre Michael Tabor 2:29.4
2006 Dylan Thomas Kieren Fallon Aidan O’Brien Sue Magnier 2:29.7
2007 Soldier of Fortune Seamus Heffernan Aidan O’Brien Sue Magnier 2:36.0

With O’Brien’s impressive total of five wins and two wins apiece by trainers Dermot Weld and John Oxx since 1995, it’s clear that Irish trainers have taken the lead in the Irish Derby. In recent years there has been some competition from the French, but little from the English – the last English-trained Irish Derby winner was Commander In Chief, in 1993.

Curragh Derby Winners from 1970 to 1999

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner.

Time

1970 Nijinsky Liam Ward Vincent O’Brien Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. 2:36.8
1971 Irish Ball Alfred Gibert Philippe Lallié not recorded 2:33.8
1972 Steel Pulse Bill Williamson Scobie Breasley Ravi Tikkoo 2:39.8
1973 Weaver’s Hall George McGrath Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath 2:39.0
1974 English Prince Yves Saint-Martin Peter Walwyn Vera Hue-Williams 2:33.4
1975 Grundy Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Dr Carlo Vittadini 2:31.1
1976 Malacate Philippe Paquet Francois Boutin Maria Félix Berger 2:31.2
1977 The Minstrel Lester Piggott Vincent O’Brien Robert Sangster 2:32.0
1978 Shirley Heights Greville Starkey John Dunlop 2nd Earl of Halifax 2:32.3
1979 Troy Willie Carson Dick Hern M. Sobell & A. Weinstock 2:30.6
1980 Tyrnavos Tony Murray Bruce Hobbs George Cambanis 2:43.8
1981 Shergar Lester Piggott Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.7
1982 Assert Christy Roche David O’Brien Robert Sangster 2:33.2
1983 Shareef Dancer Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:29.4
1984 El Gran Senor Pat Eddery Vincent O’Brien Robert Sangster 2:31.5
1985 Law Society Pat Eddery Vincent O’Brien Stavros Niarchos 2:29.9
1986 Shahrastani Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.1
1987 Sir Harry Lewis John Reid Barry Hills Howard Kaskel 2:40.2
1988 Kahyasi Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.5
1989 Old Vic Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 2:29.9
1990 Salsabil Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:33.0
1991 Generous Alan Munro Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:33.3
1992 St Jovite Christy Roche Jim Bolger Virginia Kraft Payson 2:25.6
1993 Commander in Chief Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 2:31.2
1994 Balanchine Frankie Dettori Hilal Ibrahim Godolphin 2:32.7
1995 Winged Love Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:30.1
1996 Zagreb Pat Shanahan Dermot Weld Allen E. Paulson 2:30.6
1997 Desert King Christy Roche Aidan O’Brien Michael Tabor 2:32.5
1998 Dream Well Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 2:44.3
1999 Montjeu Cash Asmussen John Hammond Michael Tabor 2:30.1

In 1970, the legendary Nijinsky won the English Triple Crown – the first horse to do so since Bahram in 1935.

Early Curragh Derby Winners

1866 – Selim

1867 – Golden Plover

1868 – Madeira

1869 – The Scout

1870 – Billy Pitt

1871 – Maid of Athens

1872 – Trickstress

1873 – Kyrle Daly

1874 – Ben Battle

1875 – Innishowen

1876 – Umpire

1877 – Redskin

1878 – Madame duBarry

1879 – Soulouque

1880 – King of the Bees

1881 – Master Ned

1882 – Sortie

1883 – Sylph

1884 – Theologian

1885 – St. Kevin

1886 – Theodemir

1887 – Pet Fox

1888 – Theodolite

1889 – Tragedy

1890 – Kentish Fire

1891 – Narraghmore

1892 – Roy Neil

1893 – Bowline

1894 – Blairfinde

1895 – Portmarnock

1896 – Gulsalberk

1897 – Wales

1898 – Noble Howard

1899 – Oppressor

1900 – Gallinaria

1901 – Carrigavalla

1902 – St. Brendan

1903 – Lord Rossmore

1904 – Royal Arch

1905 – Flax Park

1906 – Killeagh

1907 – Orby

1908 – Wild Bouquet

1909 – Bachelor’s Double

1910 – Aviator

1911 – Shanballymore

1912 – Civility

1913 – Bachelor’s Wedding

1914 – Land of Song

1915 – Ballaghtobin

1916 – Furore

1917 – First Flier

1918 – King John

1919 – Loch Lomond

1920 – He Goes

1921 – Ballyheron

1922 – Spike Island

1923 – Waygood

*1924 – Haine and Zodiac

1925 – Zionist

1926 – Embargo

1927 – Knight of the Grail

1928 – Baytown

1929 – Kopi

1930 – Rock Star

1931 – Sea Serpent

1932 – Dastur

1933 – Harinero

*1934 – Patriot King and Primero

1935 – Museum

1936 – Raeburn

1937 – Phideas

1938 – Rosewell

1939 – Mondragon

1940 – Turkhan

1941 – Sol Oriens

1942 – Windsor Slipper

1943 – The Phoenix

1944 – Slide On

1945 – Piccadilly

1946 – Bright News

1947 – Sayajirao

1948 – Nathoo

1949 – Hindostan

1950 – Dark Warrior

1951 – Fraise du Bois

1952 – Thirteen of Diamonds

1953 – Chamier

1954 – Zarathustra

1955 – Panaslipper

1956 – Talgo

1957 – Ballymoss

1958 – Sindon

1959 – Fidalgo

1960 – Chamour

1961 – Your Highness

1962 – Tambourine

1963 – Ragusa

1964 – Santa Claus

1965 – Meadow Court

1966 – Sodium

1967 – Ribocco

1968 – Ribero

1969 – Prince Regent

*Both the 1924 and 1934 Curragh Irish Derby races were dead heats and have joint winners.

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