The 37th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 25th June 1902 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were 15 sovereigns with a pot of 1000 sovereigns, 150 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned and bred in Ireland by Mr James Daly, trained by Michael Dawson and ridden by David Condon. The winner won by 2 1/2 lengths, with a further 2 1/2 lengths between second and third.


ST BRENDAN (Brown colt by Hackler out of Court Card) SR 1969

The winning owner won 811 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £94,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 ST BRENDAN 9.5 David Condon Mr James Daly Michael Dawson
2 PORT BLAIR 9.8 Kempton Cannon Mr John R Gubbins Sam Darling
3 FERMOYLE 8.2 George Goswell Mr William Hall-Walker Sam Darling
4 WAR WOLF 8.3 William Higgs Mr John C Sullivan Philip Behan
5 LESLIE 7.13 Herbert Lane Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery
6 HAPPY MEDIUM 8.12 Henry Buxton Mr Jackson Clark William P Cullen
7 TRUEHAVEN 8.3 Peter Hughes Captain John Murray Michael Dawson
8 KILLAIDAN 9.2 John Clayton Mr Sewallis E Shirley James Dunne
9 COLT BY GALLINULE 8.2 Lawrence Byrne Mr Sebastian M Nolan Frederick F Cullen
10 BUSHMASTER 7.13 John Thompson Colonel James Rynd Michael Dawson
11 DRUMBRACKEN 8.2 Thomas Bell Mr Sewallis E Shirley James Dunne

The start was made at the first attempt and saw the field get away on level terms with Truehaven the first to show in front, closely attended by St Brendan, Bushmaster, Happy Medium and Port Blair. After 2 furlongs St Brendan drew alongside the early leader and within 2 furlongs Truehaven and Bushmaster dropped out of contention. As the leaders came down the hill Port Blair took closer order in second place, but failed to get on level terms with St Brendan. At the distance St Brendan was still in charge and strode to an easy two and a half length victory from Port Blair, with a further two and a half lengths back to third place.

11/10 fav Port Blair
8/1 St Brendan
9/1 Fermoyle
10/1 Happy Medium
100/8 War Wolf
100/8 Bushmaster
100/7 Truehaven
100/7 Leslie
33/1 Killaidan
33/1 Drumbracken
33/1 Colt by Gallinule
  Over round 117%
FORMLINE:- The winner received 3 lbs from the favourite, but beat him by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths.

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