The 109th running of the Irish Derby was held on Saturday 29th June 1974 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £295 with a pot of £30,000 added. The winner was owned and bred by Mrs Vera Hue-Williams, trained by Peter Walwyn at Lambourn and ridden by Yves Saint Martin. The winner won by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 33.4 seconds, with a length between second and third.


ENGLISH PRINCE (Bay colt by Petingo out of English Miss) SR 2004

The winning owner won £74,945, (The equivalent of £742,500 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

GN1907.JPG (8122 bytes)

GN1908.JPG (8001 bytes)

GN1910.JPG (7999 bytes)

Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 ENGLISH PRINCE 9.0 Yves Saint Martin Mrs Vera Hue-Williams Peter Walwyn
2 IMPERIAL PRINCE 9.0 Geoff Lewis Colonel Roger Hue-Williams Noel Murless
3 SIR PENFRO 9.0 Thomas Murphy Hon James Philipps M Vincent O'Brien
4 (disq) MISSISSIPIAN 9.0 Freddie Head Mr Nelson Bunker Hunt Maurice Zilber
5 RED CANUTE 9.0 Bruce Raymond Mr David Robinson Michael Jarvis
6 GORFOU 9.0 J-Claude Desaint Mr Alan Clore Giles Delloye
7 FURRY GLEN 9.0 George McGrath Mr Patrick McGrath Seamus McGrath
8 CARACOLERO 9.0 Lester Piggott Mrs Maria Felix Berger Francois Boutin
9 APPLEBY FAIR 9.0 Joe Mercer Hon John J Astor Dick Hern
10 MISTIGRI 9.0 Christy Roche Mr Rory More O'Ferrall Paddy Prendergast
11 FLOWER ROBE 9.0 Ryan Parnell Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath
12 PYTHIA 9.0 T P Burns Mr Nelson Bunker Hunt Ted Curtin
13 LOVE TALE 9.0 John Roe Mr Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath

Peter Tyndall Walwyn was born on 1 July 1933 son of Charles Walwyn MC DSO and had racing in his blood. His uncle was the legendary National Hunt trainer Fulke Walwyn, and he was closely related to trainer Fulke Johnson Houghton. Peter was educated at Charterhouse school and then became assistant trainer to Geoffrey Brooke before branching out on his own in October 1960. In 1965 he took over the stables of Seven Barrows in Lambourn, winning the trainers championship in 1974 and 1975 and training 3 English Classic winners. In 1970 he won the 1000 Guineas with Humble Duty (SR 1966), followed in 1974 with the Epsom Oaks via Polygamy (SR 1847), and then in 1975 he reached the pinnacle of his career training Grundy (SR 2123) to win the Epsom Derby. He was equally successful when crossing the Irish Sea, winning the Irish Derby in consecutive years, firstly in 1974 with English Prince (SR 2004) and then with Grundy (SR 2123). He retired from the training ranks in 1999, but continued his involvement in racing by chairing the Lambourn Trainers Association. He died on 7 December 2017 aged 84.

11/5 fav Imperial Prince
7/2 Caracolero
5/1 Mississipian
8/1 English Prince
12/1 Sir Penfro
15/1 Furry Glen
16/1 Appleby Fair
16/1 Mistigri
33/1 Red Canute
50/1 Gorfou
100/1 Love Tale
300/1 Pythia
300/1 Flower Robe
  Over round 111%
FORMLINE:- English Prince beat Imperial Prince by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 33.4 seconds. Previously Imperial Prince finished second in the Epsom Derby, beaten 2 lengths by outsider Snow Knight (SR 1954).

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

Copies of the above books are only available by emailing stating your requirements, method of payment (cheque payable to W.Slusar) or Bank transfer, and the address where the book(s) should be sent.
Download an order form
  Quantity Cost
Volume 1 North of Hatfield £19.99 + £4 postage    
Volume 2 South of Hatfield £14.99 + £3 postage    
Volume 3 Wales & Scotland £9.99 + £3 postage    
Volume 4 Ireland £9.99 + £3 postage    
Volumes 1 - 4 £54.96 + £5 postage    
Postage & Packaging    
Email order form to