The 34th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 28th June 1899 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 1000 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 60 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr Thomas L Plunkett, bred in Ireland by Denis O'Callaghan, trained by Shem C Jeffery and ridden by Algernon Anthony. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths, with 6 lengths between second and third.


OPPRESSOR (Brown colt by Gallinule out of Moira) SR 2018

The winning owner won 783 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £95,700 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 OPPRESSOR 9.5 Algernon Anthony Mr Thomas L Plunkett Shem C Jeffery
2 MONMOUTH 8.12 John Doyle Lord Fermoy Philip Behan
3 ELENA 7.9 Charles Gray Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
4 STROKESTOWN 7.13 Thomas Archer Mr D Owens Private
5 ROSSGLAS 7.13 G Kennedy Mr Robert E Cassidy Michael Dawson
6 QUEEN OF MY EYE 9.5 Thomas Lane Mr Peter P Gilpin Peter P Gilpin
7 MILLMAN 7.13 Thomas Fiely Mr Frederick E McCabe Frederick McCabe
8 TOO GOOD 8.6 John Walsh Mr Henry Beasley Henry Beasley
9 SCOTCH ROBBER 8.2 Thomas Moran Mr Frederick F Cullen Frederick Cullen
10 THE MISTRESS 7.12 Joseph Westlake Mr Mathias A Maher Michael Dawson

Algernon Anthony first rode in the Irish Derby in 1897 when unplaced on Cashmere behind Wales. He was unplaced again in 1898 on The Ruler when beaten by Noble Howard. However, he finally won the Irish Derby on Oppressor (SR 2018) in 1899 and, two years later, won again on Carrigavalla. He also rode Ambush II to victory in the 1900 Aintree Grand National when riding for Edward, Prince of Wales. Once he hung up his riding boots he became a trainer at Westenra and is buried in the grounds of Kildare Cathedral.

4/7 fav Oppressor
8/1 Monmouth
8/1 Queen of my Eye
10/1 Millman
100/7 Elena
20/1 Rossglas
20/1 Too Good
20/1 Scotch Robber
20/1 Strokestown
20/1 The Mistress
  Over round 126%
FORMLINE:- The impressive Oppressor was giving 7 lbs to Monmouth and up to 24 lbs to others in the field. Despite this excellent form, Oppressor was unplaced in the Epsom Derby behind Flying Fox (SR 2061).

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