The 40th running of the Irish Derby was held on Wednesday 28th June 1905 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 by Mr Patrick J Dunne, trained by James Dunne at Osborn Lodge, Curragh and ridden by Peter Hughes. The winner won by a length in 2 minutes 37.8 seconds, with a further 2 1/2 lengths between second and third.


FLAX PARK (Bay colt by Bushey Park out of Flax) SR 1723

The winning owner won 783 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £90,500 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 FLAX PARK 7.13 Peter Hughes Mr Patrick J Dunne James Dunne
2 VELOCITY 9.2 James Smyth Mr Henry V Jackson Thomas Balfe
3 GALGREINA 9.5 William Halsey Mr Jas Daly Michael Dawson
4 SILVER WEDDING 9.5 Henry Buxton Lord Rossmore Denis Shanahan
5 YOUNG ABERCORN 8.6 Francis Morgan Captain William Scott T Maguire
6 WADDLER 9.2 John Doyle Lord Rossmore Denis Shanahan
7 THE PRIORY 9.2 John Doyle jnr Mr John Clune James Dunne
8 HARE WARREN 8.9 George Butchers Mr Thomas E Laidlaw Michael Dawson
9 JENATZY 8.6 John Thompson Mr Richard Croker James Parkinson
10 AIDANCE 8.2 Michael Widger Mr John Widger William Nehan
11 LANDGRAVE 7.13 Fred Hunter Mr Charles J Blake Shem C Jeffery

Although the field reached the start in plenty of time, the starter found it difficult to launch the runners into action, with Flax Park and Velocity both proving fractious. Once the barrier went up it was left to Velocity to make the early running from Silver Wedding and Aidance. After two furlongs Silver Wedding raced to the front, attended by Aidance and Young Abercorn. This order was maintained until the leaders passed the mile post, at which point Jenatzy and Young Abercorn both passed Silver Wedding. Reaching the bend of the rails Velocity made the best of his way home, only to be caught close home by Flax Park who won cleverly by a length, with two and a half lengths back to Galgreina.

5/2 fav Jenatzy
7/2 Galgreina
5/1 Flax Park
5/1 Silver Wedding
5/1 Young Abercorn
33/1 Velocity
33/1 Waddler
33/1 The Priory
33/1 Hare Warren
33/1 Aidance
33/1 Landgrave
  Over round 116%
FORMLINE:- Flax Park received 17 lbs from the second and 20 lbs from the third, scrambling home by a length. However, the time was some 7 seconds better than the average.

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