The 50th running of the Irish Oaks was held on Saturday 29th July 1944 over 1 1/2 miles of The Curragh, starting at the Howth Post. A pot of 1000 sovereigns was availble, 100 sovereigns to the second and 50 sovereigns to the third. The winner was owned by Major Dermot McCalmont, trained by Robert Fetherstonhaugh, and ridden by Jack Moylan. The winner won by a neck, with 1 1/2 lengths between second and third.


AVOCA (Grey filly by Mr Jinks out of Avondale) SR 1822

The winning owner won 850 sovereigns, (The equivalent of £35,800 in today's terms based on Bank of England inflation calculator).

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Pos. Horse Weight Jockey Owner Trainer
1 AVOCA 9.0 Jack Moylan Major Dermot McCalmont Robert Fetherstonhaugh
2 JOYCE 9.0 B Duffy Mr P Burrell H Hartigan
3 HIGH SPIRITS 9.0 E Martin Quirke Mr T Gray  
4 ANNETTE 9.4 Joe Canty Mr P Burrell H Hartigan
5 FAIRDUE 9.7 T P Burns    
6 NO TRACE 9.0 Morny Wing    
7 MIEUXSERENE 9.0 W Barrett    
8 BRUSHWOOD GIRL 9.0 A Barrett    
9 LOADED DICE 9.0 H Holmes    
Dermot McCalmont was born in 1887 into a family who enjoyed their racing. His father, Colonel Harry McCalmont, had won the English Triple Crown with Isinglass (SR 2047) in 1893 and Dermot became an accomplished amateur jockey, winning the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown Park which was restricted to Military Amateur riders. After his military career, where he reached the post of Major, he devoted more time to horse racing, developing the Ballylinch Stud in Kilkenny in 1914 built around the unbeaten stallion The Tetrarch, but he was also a successful, Classic winning owner. He won the English 2000 Guineas in 1920 with Tetratema (SR 2077) and for a second time in 1929 with Mr Jinks (SR 1951), but was equally successful in Ireland. He won the 1944 Irish Derby with Slide On (SR 1928) and again the next year with Piccadilly (SR 1853). Also winning the Irish Oaks in 1944 with Avoca. He died in 1968 aged 81.
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