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Irish, Benjamin (1863 - 1927)

Benjamin Irish (on extreme left) with Papyrus
Benjamin Irish (on extreme left) with Papyrus
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Also Known As:  Ben Irish

Associated Places:  Peterborough; Sawtry Cambridgeshire


Ben Irish began work in a draper's shop, was then an innkeeper and later a prosperous farmer in the area of Sawtry near Huntingdon. He became an owner in a small way, the trainer Basil Jarvis being in charge of his horses. At the Newmarket sales Mr Irish bought a cheap colt from Sir John Robinson's Worksop Manor Stud for 260 gns. The animal, Periosteum, turned out a good one and won the Ascot Gold Cup of 1921. The bargain had earned over £7000 and beaten a Derby, Cesarewitch and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner to boot.

Ben Irish invested in some of the spoils in purchasing from the same vendor again and his trainer acquired some of the best looking yearlings to be sold that year, but by no means the most expensive. The rest is history, as the colt, Papyrus, was a top two-year-old and a Derby winner. The King was unable to attend Epsom that year but two days later he received Ben Irish at Buckingham Palace to congratulate him. Mr Irish sold Papyrus to John Hornung, another patron of the yard, for £25,000.

Important successes:

Papyrus   1923   (O)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Ascot Gold Cup  Periosteum   1921   (O)
Chester Vase  Papyrus   1923   (O)

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