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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






1 Reference Point Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 6/4 fav
2 Most Welcome Paul Eddery Geoff Wragg 33/1
3 shd Bellotto Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 11/1
4 2 Sir Harry Lewis John Reid Barry Hills 66/1
5 ½ Entitled Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien (IRE) 11/1
6 nk Mountain Kingdom Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 33/1
7 1 Groom Dancer Dominique Boeuf Tony Clout (FR) 16/1
8 nk Sadjiyd Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré (FR) 11/2
9 1 Ajdal Ray Cochrane Michael Stoute 25/1
10 Persifleur Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone (FR) 33/1
11 ¾ Ascot Knight Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 25/1
12 3 Love the Groom Willie Carson John Dunlop 33/1
13 1 Ibn Bey Richard Quinn Paul Cole 40/1
14 1 Legal Bid Tony Ives Henry Cecil 8/1
15 4 Gulf King Paul Cook Paul Kelleway 100/1
16 6 Water Boatman Brian Rouse Barry Hills 150/1
17 Angara Abyss Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 100/1
18 5 Alwasmi Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones 150/1
19 8 Romantic Prince Willie Ryan Chris Wall 150/1

* 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

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

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

The road to Epsom

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

Subsequent Group 1 wins

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


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1988. Aesculus Press. 1988. p. 59. ISBN 0-9509338-8-0. 


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