The 103rd running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 29th June 1968 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £270 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned by Mr Charles W Engelhard, bred in USA by Mrs Julian G Rogers, trained by Fulke Johnson-Houghton at Blewbury and ridden by Lester Piggott. The winner won by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 33.9 seconds, with 2 lengths between second and third.


RIBERO (Bay colt by Ribot out of Libra) SR 1997

The winning owner won £55,340, (The equivalent of £912,400 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 2 minute 33 second clip of the 1968 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 RIBERO 9.0 Lester Piggott Mr Charles Engelhard Fulke Johnson-Houghton
2 SIR IVOR 9.0 Liam Ward Mr Raymond Guest M Vincent O'Brien
3 VAL D'AOSTE 9.0 Jean Duforge Baron de Rothschild Miguel Clement
4 LAUDAMUS 9.0 George McGrath Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
5 LUCKY FINISH 9.0 Brian Taylor Mrs C B Nathorst Harvey Leader
6 NEW MEMBER 9.0 Bill Williamson Mr James Mullion Paddy Prendergast
7 ALARIC 9.0 John Roe Mrs M V Philippi John Oxx
8 STITCH 9.0 Peader Matthews Mr Joseph McGrath Seamus McGrath
9 GIOLLA MEAR 9.0 T P Burns President Eamon de Valera Michael Hurley
10 PANCO 9.0 Peter Boothman Mr William Simms Ryan Jarvis
11 SARAGAN 9.0 Michael Kennedy 11th Earl Harrington M Vincent O'Brien
12 MEADSVILLE 9.0 Colin Williams Mr R S Reynolds jnr Stuart Murless
13 SUNSET GLORY 9.0 Anthony McGarrity Mr J Smyth Kevin Bell
14 HOME FARM 9.0 Ryan Parnell Mr Herbert Kerr Kevin R Kerr

Richard Fulke Johnson Houghton was born in 1940 into a family steeped in racing history. His father was a racehorse trainer Gordon Johnson Houghton and his uncle was the legendary National Hunt trainer Fulke Walwyn. He began training in 1961, taking over his father's Woodway stable near Blewbury in Berkshire, and throughout his 45 years in the training ranks he saddled over 1,200 winners. His best years were in the late 1960s when he won the St Leger twice, in 1967 with Ribocco (SR 2015) and the next year with Ribero (SR 1997), he also won the Irish Derby twice for owner Charles Engelhard, the first time in 1967 with Ribocco (SR 2015)and then in 1968 with Ribero (SR 1997). He retired in 2006.

1/3 fav Sir Ivor
10/1 Giolla Mear
100/6 Ribero
100/6 Val D'Aoste
25/1 New Member
28/1 Lucky Finish
33/1 Meadsville
50/1 Laudamas
66/1 Alaric
100/1 Stitch
100/1 Saragan
100/1 Home Farm
200/1 Sunset Glory
200/1 Panco
  Over round 114%
FORMLINE:- Ribero raced 12 times, winning on 3 occasions. He won this Classic by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 33.9 seconds, gaining revenge on the strongly fancied odds-on favourite Sir Ivor.

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