The 23rd running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 27th June 1888 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a £724 pot, £100 to the second and £25 to the third. The winner was owned by Captain Llewellyn H Jones, bred and trained by Garrett Moore and ridden by William Warne. The winner won by 3/4 length, with a poor third. The winning time was 2 minutes 50 seconds.


THEODOLITE (Bay colt by Arbitrator out of Miss Theo) SR 1949

The winning owner won 560 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £69,200 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 THEODOLITE 8.2 William Warne Captain Llewellyn H Jones Garrett Moore
2 HOSPODAR 8.2 Michael Dawson Mr Sebastian M Nolan James Dunne
3 ROSEBUD 7.9 W Waterson Mr Andrew Tiernan Frederick Cullen
4 MISS PITT 8.11 John Connolly Mr William Brophy Daniel Broderick
5 JUSTITIA 7.12 Henry Saunders Mr Charles J Blake James Dunne
6 JUSTICE TO IRELAND 8.2 Joseph Hoysted Mrs George M Knox Private

At flag fall Rosebud cut out the early pace from Justice to Ireland and Miss Pitt, with Theodolite and Hospodar just in front of Justitia. This order was maintained until they reached the mile post when Theodolite began taking closer order in second, while Justitia and Hospodar each improved their position. Rounding the bend and on towards the chains, Justice to Ireland and Miss Pitt were both spent forces, while Hospodar and Theodolite began forging clear of Rosebud. It became obvious to observers in the stand that Theodolite was going the better of the pair and won readily by 3 parts of a length with Rosebud a bad third, Miss Pitt fourth and Justitia fifth.

5/4 fav Miss Pitt
5/2 Theodolite
5/1 Justitia
9/1 Hospodar
20/1 Rosebud
20/1 Justice To Ireland
  Over round 108%
The winner won by a cheeky 3/4 length, the pair being well clear of the others, inclduing the favourite Miss Pitt who was giving them both 9 lbs.

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