The 125th running of the Irish Derby was held on Sunday 1 July 1990 over 1 mile 4 furlongs of The Curragh. Subscriptions were £8250 with a first prize of £366,500. The winner was owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, bred in Ireland by Kilcarn Stud, trained by John Dunlop at Arundel, and ridden by Willie Carson. The winner won by 3/4 length in 2 minutes 33 seconds, with 4 lengths between second and third.


SALSABIL (Bay filly by Sadler's Wells out of Flame of Tara) SR 2017

The winning owner won £366,500 (The equivalent of £792,000 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

The Youtube link below is a 4 minute 22 second clip of the 1990 Irish Derby

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 SALSABIL 8.11 Willie Carson Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
2 DEPLOY 9.0 Walter Swinburn Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
3 BELMEZ 9.0 Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed Henry Cecil
4 BLUE STAG 9.0 Mick Kinane Mr Robert Sangster Barry Hills
5 QUEST FOR FAME 9.0 Pat Eddery Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
6 SUPER FLAME 9.0 Christy Roche Mr N Stassen Joseph Canty
7 EMPEROR CHANG 9.0 Steve Craine Mrs Barbara Facchino Liam Browne
8 KAHEEL 9.0 Michael Roberts Mr F M Kalla Alec Stewart
9 ALTEREZZA 9.0 Wayne Harris Mr M G Hynes Michael Grassick
John Leeper Dunlop OBE was born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire on 10th July 1939 and after finishing his education he served a training apprenticeship with Neville Dent and then Gordon Smyth. In 1966 he decided to branch out on his own at the Castle Stables in Arundel, principally training for the Duke of Norfolk. He won 10 English Classics, including the Epsom Derby and Oaks twice, the Derby in 1978 with Shirley Heights (SR 2016), in 1994 with Erhaab (SR 1971), and the Oaks in 1984 with Circus Plume (SR 1921) and in 1990 with Salsabil (SR 2017). He also enjoyed Classic success across the Irish Sea, winning the 1978 Irish Derby with Shirley Heights (SR 2016) and in 1990 with Salsabil (SR 2017). He retired from the training ranks in 2012 and died on 7th July 2018 just 3 days short of his 79th birthday.
5/4 fav Quest for Fame
11/4 Salsabil
4/1 Belmez
5/1 Blue Stag
16/1 Deploy
20/1 Kaheel
150/1 Super Flame
300/1 Alterezza
300/1 Emperor Chang
  Over round 118%
FORMLINE:- The filly Salsabil won by 3/4 length in 2 minutes 33 seconds to win her third Classic having already landed the English 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks. In a magnificent career spanning 9 races she was successful in 7 of them.

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400 former courses

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140 former courses

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235 former courses

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