Ulster Derby

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Ulster Derby
Handicap race
Location Down Royal, Co. Down
Northern Ireland
Inaugurated 1936
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Magners
Website Down Royal
Race information
Distance 1m 3f (2,213 m)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old
Weight Handicap
Purse €62,500 (2012)
1st: €37,500
Ulster Derby
2013
Pink, dark blue and pink striped cap Dark blue and emerald green hoops, quartered cap Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond
Sir Ector Maggie Dalton Scatter Dice

The Ulster Derby is a flat handicap horse race in Northern Ireland open to three-year-old horses. It is run at Down Royal over a distance of 1 mile and 3 furlongs (2,213 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

The event was established in 1936, and it was originally restricted to three-year-olds.[1] For a period it was contested over 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 68 yards. It was opened to older horses in 1994, and increased in distance to 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 190 yards (2,588 metres). In 2014 it was restricted to three-year-olds again and reduced to its current distancE.

The Ulster Derby is Northern Ireland's most valuable flat race.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse:

  • no horse has won this race more than once

Leading jockey since 1962 (4 wins):

  • Tommy Murphy – Dumbwaiter (1974), Caucasus (1975), Transworld (1977), Encyclopedia (1978)

Leading trainer since 1962 (7 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienOnandaga (1969), Tantoul (1971), Dumbwaiter (1974), Caucasus (1975), Transworld (1977), Encyclopedia (1978), Baba Karam (1987)


Winners since 1988[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer Time
1988 Highland Bud 3 8–11 Ron Quinton John Oxx
1989 Lone Runner 3 8–11 Raymond Carroll Dermot Weld
1990 Nordic Region 3 8–11 Willie Supple Jim Bolger
1991 Dowland 3 8–11 Steve Cauthen Michael Kauntze
1992 Tijara 3 8-09 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx
1993 Kirov Premiere 3 9-04 Christy Roche Jim Bolger
1994 Karikata 3 8-01 D. G. O'Shea John Oxx
1995 Munif 3 8–10 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:33.50
1996 I'm Supposin 4 9-09 M. Duffy Kevin Prendergast
1997 Docklands Limo 4 8-05 David Harrison Brian McMath 2:33.80
1998 Dragon Triumph 3 8-02 Robbie Fitzpatrick Jim Gorman 2:35.10
1999 General Cloney 3 8-00 Niall McCullagh Willie Mullins 2:34.90
2000 Media Puzzle 3 8-09 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:32.10
2001
(dh)
Citizen Edward
Masilia
4
4
8-03
8-07
Seamie Heffernan
Johnny Murtagh
Jim Bolger
John Oxx
2:32.30
2002 Balapour 4 8-01 Tom Queally Oliver Brady 2:53.30
2003 Blue Corrig 3 7-05 Davy Moran Joe Crowley 2:35.70
2004 Green Lassy 4 7-05 Padraig Beggy Ger Lyons 2:45.70
2005 Newlands North 4 7–10 Rory Cleary Michael O'Brien 2:49.50
2006 Kempes 3 8-08 Pat Smullen Frances Crowley 2:43.20
2007 Temlett 3 8-01 Chris Hayes Willie Mullins 2:46.50
2008 Fantoche 6 8-05 Willie Supple Jessica Harrington 2:50.00
2009 Changingoftheguard 3 8-07 Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien 2:45.38
2010 Celtic Dane 6 9-05 Chris Hayes Kevin Prendergast 2:42.12
2011 Banksters Bonus 3 8-09 Shane Foley Jessica Harrington 2:48.89
2012 Alhellal 6 8-08 Declan McDonogh Maurice Phelan 2:52.39
2013 Sir Ector 6 9-03 Chris Hayes Jimmy Lambe 2:47.41
2014 Wexford Town 3 8-13 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:19.95

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1936: Black Domino
  • 1937: Owenstown
  • 1948: Soodani
  • 1954: Red Winter
  • 1962: Atlantis
  • 1963: Christmas Island
  • 1964: Netherby
  • 1965: Newsrullah
  • 1966: My Kuda
  • 1967: Dan Kano
  • 1968: Stitch
  • 1969: Onandaga
  • 1970: Dubrava
  • 1971: Tantoul
  • 1972: Falaise
  • 1973: French Fable
  • 1974: Dumbwaiter
  • 1975: Caucasus
  • 1976: Captain Memory
  • 1977: Transworld
  • 1978: Encyclopedia
  • 1979: The Bart
  • 1980: Sheringham
  • 1981: Dance Bid
  • 1982: Affiance
  • 1983: Sir Simon
  • 1984: Sondrio
  • 1985: Rising
  • 1986: Don Diege
  • 1987: Baba Karam

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The first Ulster Derby". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. 31 March 1936. Retrieved 31 July 2011.