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1989 Epsom Derby

The 1989 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Wednesday June 7, 1989. It was the 210th running of the Derby, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Nashwan. The winner was ridden by Willie Carson and trained by Dick Hern.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Ever Ready
  • Winner's prize money: £296,000
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 12
  • Winner's time: 2m 34.90s

Full result






1 Nashwan Willie Carson Dick Hern 5/4 fav
2 5 Terimon Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 500/1
3 2 Cacoethes Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 3/1
4 ½ Ile de Nisky George Duffield Geoff Huffer 20/1
5 2 Mill Pond Pat Eddery Patrick Biancone (FR) 16/1
6 2 Gran Alba Brian Rouse Richard Hannon 80/1
7 6 Classic Fame John Reid Vincent O'Brien (IRE) 33/1
8 ¾ Torjoun Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 11/1
9 3 Flockton's Own Richard Hills J. R. Shaw 500/1
10 hd Prince of Dance Steve Cauthen Dick Hern 11/2
11 15 Warrshan Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 13/1
12 25 Polar Run Tony Clark Guy Harwood 250/1

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Nashwan:

  • Foaled: March 1, 1986 in Kentucky, USA
  • Breeder: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1988.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 1989 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

  • Terimon2nd Thirsk Classic Trial
  • Polar Run2nd Warren Stakes

Subsequent Group 1 wins

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



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