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1986 Epsom Derby

The 1986 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Wednesday June 4, 1986. It was the 207th running of the Derby, and it was won by Shahrastani. The winner was ridden by Walter Swinburn and trained by Michael Stoute. The pre-race favourite Dancing Brave finished second.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Ever Ready
  • Winner's prize money: £239,260
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 17
  • Winner's time: 2m 37.13s

Full result






1 Shahrastani Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 11/2
2 ½ Dancing Brave Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 2/1 fav
3 Mashkour Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 12/1
4 hd Faraway Dancer Willie Ryan Henry Cecil 33/1
5 shd Nisnas Philip Waldron Paul Cole 40/1
6 ¾ Flash of Steel Michael Kinane Dermot Weld (IRE) 25/1
7 ¾ Sirk Philip Robinson Clive Brittain 50/1
8 1 Sharrood Willie Carson Dick Hern 25/1
9 hd Mr John Tony Ives Liam Browne (IRE) 50/1
10 ½ Allez Milord Cash Asmussen Guy Harwood 8/1
11 hd Nomrood Richard Quinn Paul Cole 20/1
12 1 Jareer Brian Rouse Michael Stoute 16/1
13 3 Then Again Rae Guest Luca Cumani 33/1
14 Bold Arrangement Chris McCarron Clive Brittain 12/1
15 shd Arokar Yves Saint-Martin Jacques de Chevigny (FR) 18/1
16 10 Fioravanti Christy Roche David O'Brien (IRE) 33/1
PU Wise Counsellor Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien (IRE) 16/1

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Shahrastani:

  • Foaled: March 27, 1983 in Kentucky, USA
  • Breeder: HH Aga Khan IV

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1985.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 1986 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

Subsequent Group 1 wins

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



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