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.
- Sponsor: Ever Ready
- Winner's prize money: £239,260
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 17
- Winner's time: 2m 37.13s
|1||Shahrastani||Walter Swinburn||Michael Stoute||11/2|
|2||½||Dancing Brave||Greville Starkey||Guy Harwood||2/1 fav|
|3||2½||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||2½||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.
Further details of the winner, Shahrastani:
- Foaled: March 27, 1983 in Kentucky, USA
- Sire: Nijinsky; Dam: Shademah (Thatch)
- Owner: HH Aga Khan IV
- Breeder: HH Aga Khan IV
- Rating in 1986 International Classifications: 134
Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1985.
- Shahrastani – 2nd Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes
- Mashkour – 1st Chromacopy Stakes
- Nisnas – 4th Somerville Tattersall Stakes
- Flash of Steel – 1st Beresford Stakes
- Sirk – 2nd Chromacopy Stakes
- Nomrood – 2nd Futurity Stakes (finished 3rd, placed 2nd)
- Jareer – 8th Dewhurst Stakes
- Bold Arrangement – 4th Richmond Stakes, 2nd Seaton Delaval Stakes, 1st Solario Stakes, 3rd Prix de la Salamandre, 2nd Grand Critérium, 4th Futurity Stakes (finished 2nd, placed 4th)
- Arokar – 1st Prix Saint-Roman
The road to Epsom
Early-season appearances in 1986 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.
- Nisnas – 3rd White Rose Stakes
- Allez Milord – 1st Predominate Stakes
- Fioravanti – 5th Irish 2,000 Guineas
- Wise Counsellor – 2nd Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial
Subsequent Group 1 wins
Group 1 / Grade I victories after running in the Derby.
- Shahrastani – Irish Derby (1986)
- Dancing Brave – Eclipse Stakes (1986), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1986), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1986)
- Mashkour – San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (1991)
- youtube.com – Shahrastani – Derby Stakes.