1990 Epsom Derby
The 1990 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Wednesday June 6, 1990. It was the 211th running of the Derby, and it was won by Quest for Fame. The winner was ridden by Pat Eddery and trained by Roger Charlton. The pre-race favourite Razeen finished fourteenth.
- Sponsor: Ever Ready
- Winner's prize money: £355,000
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 18
- Winner's time: 2m 37.26s
|1||Quest for Fame||Pat Eddery||Roger Charlton||7/1|
|2||3||Blue Stag||Cash Asmussen||Barry Hills||8/1|
|3||1½||Elmaamul||Willie Carson||Dick Hern||10/1|
|4||2½||Kaheel||Michael Roberts||Alec Stewart||33/1|
|5||2||Karinga Bay||Brian Rouse||Denys Smith||14/1|
|6||hd||Duke of Paducah||Ray Cochrane||Guy Harwood||14/1|
|7||hd||Zoman||Richard Quinn||Paul Cole||6/1|
|8||nk||Treble Eight||Bruce Raymond||Michael Jarvis||66/1|
|9||1½||Linamix||Gérald Mossé||François Boutin (FR)||11/2|
|10||10||Missionary Ridge||Michael Hills||Barry Hills||50/1|
|11||¾||Digression||Walter Swinburn||Guy Harwood||14/1|
|12||1½||Sober Mind||Alan Munro||Paul Kelleway||150/1|
|13||1½||Bookcase||John Williams||David Elsworth||150/1|
|14||1½||Razeen||Steve Cauthen||Henry Cecil||9/2 fav|
|15||hd||Bastille Day||Stephen Craine||Tommy Stack (IRE)||100/1|
|16||3||River God||Michael Kinane||Henry Cecil||28/1|
|17||12||Aromatic||Tony Clark||Guy Harwood||100/1|
|18||3||Mr Brooks||Pat Shanahan||Kevin Connolly (IRE)||66/1|
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. hd = head; nk = neck.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
Further details of the winner, Quest for Fame:
- Foaled: February 15, 1987 in Great Britain
- Owner: Khalid Abdullah
- Breeder: Juddmonte Farms
- Rating in 1990 International Classifications: 123
Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1989.
- Digression – 1st Royal Lodge Stakes
- Bastille Day – 12th Cartier Million
The road to Epsom
Early-season appearances in 1990 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.
- Quest for Fame – 2nd Chester Vase
- Blue Stag – 1st Dee Stakes
- Kaheel – 3rd Heron Stakes
- Duke of Parducah – 2nd Feilden Stakes
- Zoman – 2nd Poule d'Essai des Poulains
- Digression – 5th Predominate Stakes
- Razeen – 1st Predominate Stakes
- Bastille Day – 6th Irish 2,000 Guineas
Subsequent Group 1 wins
Group 1 / Grade I victories after running in the Derby.
- Quest for Fame – Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap (1992)