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1988 Epsom Derby

The 1988 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Wednesday June 1, 1988. It was the 209th running of the Derby, and it was won by Kahyasi. The winner was ridden by Ray Cochrane and trained by Luca Cumani. The pre-race favourite Red Glow finished fourth.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Ever Ready
  • Winner's prize money: £296,500
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 14
  • Winner's time: 2m 33.84s

Full result






1 Kahyasi Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 11/1
2 Glacial Storm Michael Hills Barry Hills 14/1
3 Doyoun Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 9/1
4 ½ Red Glow Pat Eddery Geoff Wragg 5/2 fav
5 nk Kefaah John Reid Luca Cumani 25/1
6 3 Sheriff's Star Tony Ives Lady Herries 18/1
7 hd Unfuwain Steve Cauthen Dick Hern 9/2
8 6 Minster Son Willie Carson Dick Hern 6/1
9 ½ Project Manager Kevin Manning Jim Bolger (IRE) 66/1
10 Al Mufti Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones 14/1
11 1 Charmer Paul Eddery Dick Hern 11/1
12 Clifton Chapel Billy Newnes Steve Norton 100/1
13 Maksud Michael Roberts Robert Armstrong 200/1
14 Al Muhalhal Paul D'Arcy Harry Thomson Jones 500/1

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Kahyasi:

  • Foaled: April 2, 1985 in Ireland
  • Breeder: HH Aga Khan IV

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1987.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 1988 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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