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1997 Epsom Derby

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Location  Epsom Downs Racecourse
Winning horse  Benny the Dip
Jockey  Willie Ryan
Date  7 June 1997
SP  11/1
Trainer  John Gosden
1997 Epsom Derby

The 1997 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 7, 1997. It was the 218th running of the Derby, and it was won by Benny the Dip. The winner was ridden by Willie Ryan and trained by John Gosden. The pre-race favourite Entrepreneur finished fourth.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Vodafone
  • Winner's prize money: £595,250
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 13
  • Winner's time: 2m 35.77s
  • Full result

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

    Winner's details

    Further details of the winner, Benny the Dip:

  • Foaled: March 25, 1994, in Kentucky, USA
  • Sire: Silver Hawk; Dam: Rascal Rascal (Ack Ack)
  • Owner: Landon Knight and Claiborne Farm
  • Breeder: Landon Knight
  • Rating in 1997 International Classifications: 126
  • Two-year-old races

    Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1996.

  • Benny the Dip1st Royal Lodge Stakes, 3rd Racing Post Trophy
  • Silver Patriarch1st Zetland Stakes
  • Fahris2nd Silver Tankard Stakes
  • Symonds Inn2nd Acomb Stakes, 3rd Silver Tankard Stakes
  • Papua5th Racing Post Trophy
  • The road to Epsom

    Early-season appearances in 1997 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

  • Benny the Dip2nd Sandown Classic Trial, 1st Dante Stakes
  • Silver Patriarch3rd Sandown Classic Trial, 1st Lingfield Derby Trial
  • Romanov3rd Irish 2,000 Guineas
  • Entrepreneur1st 2,000 Guineas
  • Fahris1st Feilden Stakes
  • Symonds Inn1st Glasgow Stakes
  • Mulsalsal3rd Dante Stakes
  • Cloudings1st Prix de Courcelles, 1st Prix Lupin
  • Single Empire1st Derby Italiano
  • Crystal Hearted5th Easter Stakes, 1st Dee Stakes
  • Papua3rd Easter Stakes, 2nd Blue Riband Trial Stakes, 4th Lingfield Derby Trial
  • Subsequent Group 1 wins

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

  • Silver PatriarchSt. Leger (1997), Coronation Cup (1998), Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1998)
  • Single EmpireSan Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (1999)
  • References

    1997 Epsom Derby Wikipedia

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