The 9th running of the Irish Oaks was held on Saturday 25th July 1903 over 1 mile of The Curragh, starting at the Madrid Post. A pot of 300 sovereigns was availble, 20 sovereigns to the second and 10 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Mr C J Blake, trained privately by Shem C Jeffery, and ridden by W Higgs. The winner won by 8 lengths, with 2 lengths between second and third.


MARY LESTER (Chestnut filly by Lesterlin out of Mary Hamilton) SR 1830

The winning owner won 270 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £31,200 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner
1 MARY LESTER 8.3 W Higgs Mr C J Blake
2 PURSUIT 9.8 Mr Lushington Mr R H Stubber
3 CROOKHAVEN 9.3 F Morgan Captain Murray
4 JUDY DUGGAN 8.6 J Thompson Mr P J Brophy
5 REFERAGH 9.3 H Buxton Mr S E Shirley


As the tapes were released the favourite Referagh got left behind, Crookhaven setting a mighty gallop up front. As the field reached the Anglesey course Judy Duggan assumed command, but her effort was short lived and by the chains Mary Lister had bounded into the lead and began to draw clear from Pursuit and Crookhaven. She won in a canter by 8 lengths, in receipt of 19 lbs, with 2 lengths between Pursuit and Crookhaven.

Evens fav Referagh
4/1 Crookhaven
4/1 Mary Lester
6/1 Pursuit
6/1 Judy Duggan
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