The 31st running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 24th June 1896 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 700 sovereigns, 100 sovereigns to the second and 25 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred by Mr Charles J Blake, trained by Shem C Jeffery and ridden by Alfred Aylin. The winner won by 2 lengths, with 6 lengths between second and third.


GULSALBERK (Bay colt by Gallinule out of Rosamene) SR 1838

The winning owner won 560 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £70,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 GULSALBERK 8.2 Alfred Aylin Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
2 THE MUTE 8.6 John Waterson Mr Frederick F Cullen Frederick Cullen
3 CONQUERING HERO 8.12 Mr G W Lushington Mr Noble B Johnson Charles Perkins
4 FAIRY ISLE 8.9 William Horton Mr John Reese Robert Orton
5 GLENGARIFF 8.3 Michael Dawson Mr John Widger Michael Dawson
6 CALYCE 7.12 Thomas Almack Mr R Richards William P Cullen
7 JOSEPHUS 8.2 Thomas Lane Mr Sewallis E Shirley Thomas G Gordon
8 GLENBOWER 8.12 Terrence Kavanagh Mr Edmund Smithwick Shem C Jeffery
9 BIRD OF FLIGHT 7.13 John Wynne Captain Edmund Peel William Behan
10 ZEINE 7.9 Francis Widdowfield Mr Mathias A Maher Michael Dawson

The field got away on time and it was left to Calyce to cut out the early running closely attended by Josephus and Bird of Flight. With a mile to run Bird of Flight took up the running from Calyce and Josephus, an order which remained in place until they entered the straight, whereupon Conquering Hero took up the mantle and forged ahead. Half way up the straight Gulsalberk made strides to join The Mute and a good battle took place between the two, although they came close together at the distance. Gulsalberk stayed the better of the two to claim a clever victory by 2 lengths from The Mute, with 6 lengths back to Conquering Hero in third, Fairy Isle was fourth and Buda was fifth. After the race an objection by the rider of the second was dismissed by the Stewards.

4/1 fav The Mute
5/1 Fairy Isle
5/1 Glengarrif
6/1 Gulsalberk
100/12 Josephus
100/8 Conquering Hero
20/1 Bird of Flight
20/1 Calyce
20/1 Glenbower
20/1 Zeine
  Over round 106%
FORMLINE:- Going into the race Gulsalberk remained a maiden. As a consequence, he was receiving up to 10 lbs from some in the field.

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