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1987 Epsom Derby

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Location  Epsom Downs Racecourse
Winning horse  Reference Point
Jockey  Steve Cauthen
Date  3 June 1987
SP  6/4f
Trainer  Henry Cecil
1987 Epsom Derby

The 1987 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Wednesday June 3, 1987. It was the 208th running of the Derby, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Reference Point. The winner was ridden by Steve Cauthen and trained by Henry Cecil.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Ever Ready
  • Winner's prize money: £282,025
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 19
  • Winner's time: 2m 33.90s
  • Full result

    * The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. shd = short-head; nk = neck.
    † Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.

    Winner's details

    Further details of the winner, Reference Point:

  • Foaled: February 26, 1984, in Great Britain
  • Sire: Mill Reef; Dam: Home on the Range (Habitat)
  • Owner: Louis Freedman
  • Breeder: Louis Freedman
  • Rating in 1987 International Classifications: 135
  • Two-year-old races

    Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1986.

  • Reference Point1st Futurity Stakes
  • Most Welcome5th Middle Park Stakes
  • Bellotto1st Acomb Stakes
  • Groom Dancer1st Prix Herod, 8th Prix de la Salamandre, 1st Prix de Condé, 3rd Critérium de Saint-Cloud
  • Ajdal1st Dewhurst Stakes
  • Love the Groom3rd Futurity Stakes
  • Gulf King8th Chesham Stakes, 6th Prix de la Salamandre, 1st Beresford Stakes
  • The road to Epsom

    Early-season appearances in 1987 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

  • Reference Point1st Dante Stakes
  • Most Welcome3rd Craven Stakes, 13th 2,000 Guineas (finished 3rd, placed last)
  • Bellotto3rd Greenham Stakes, 2nd 2,000 Guineas
  • Sir Harry Lewis1st Dee Stakes
  • Entitled2nd Irish 2,000 Guineas
  • Mountain Kingdom3rd Easter Stakes, 2nd Lingfield Derby Trial
  • Groom Dancer1st Prix Omnium II, 1st Prix de Guiche, 1st Prix Lupin
  • Sadjiyd1st Prix Noailles, 1st Prix Hocquart
  • Ajdal1st Craven Stakes, 4th 2,000 Guineas (finished 5th, placed 4th), Irish 2,000 Guineas (finished 3rd, disqualified)
  • Persifleur1st Prix Greffulhe, 3rd Dante Stakes
  • Ascot Knight2nd Dante Stakes
  • Love the Groom4th Craven Stakes
  • Ibn Bey5th Lingfield Derby Trial, 1st Predominate Stakes
  • Legal Bid1st Feilden Stakes, 1st Lingfield Derby Trial
  • Gulf King6th Craven Stakes, 1st Sandown Classic Trial, 5th Dante Stakes
  • Water Boatman3rd Feilden Stakes, 6th Lingfield Derby Trial, 2nd Gallinule Stakes
  • Alwasmi2nd Predominate Stakes
  • Romantic Prince4th Dante Stakes
  • Subsequent Group 1 wins

    Group 1 / Grade I victories after running in the Derby.

  • Reference PointKing George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1987), St. Leger (1987)
  • Sir Harry LewisIrish Derby (1987)
  • AjdalJuly Cup (1987), William Hill Sprint Championship (1987)
  • Ibn BeyGran Premio d'Italia (1987), Preis von Europa (1989), Deutschland-Preis (1990), Irish St. Leger (1990)
  • References

    1987 Epsom Derby Wikipedia

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