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1996 Epsom Derby

The 1996 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 8, 1996. It was the 217th running of the Derby, and it was won by Shaamit. The winner was ridden by Michael Hills and trained by William Haggas. The pre-race favourite Dushyantor finished second.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Vodafone
  • Winner's prize money: £523,100
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Number of runners: 20
  • Winner's time: 2m 35.05s

Full result






1 Shaamit Michael Hills William Haggas 12/1
2 Dushyantor Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 9/2 fav
3 Shantou Frankie Dettori John Gosden 25/1
4 1 Glory of Dancer Olivier Peslier Paul Kelleway 6/1
5 hd Alhaarth Willie Carson Dick Hern 15/2
6 Mystic Knight Kevin Darley Roger Charlton 14/1
7 1 Jack Jennings John Reid Bryan McMahon 25/1
8 Acharne Warren O'Connor Clive Brittain 200/1
9 Chief Contender David Harrison Peter Chapple-Hyam 15/1
10 ½ Double Leaf Johnny Murtagh Michael Stoute 16/1
11 nk Classic Eagle Allan Mackay Roger Harris 200/1
12 shd Tasdid Willie Supple Kevin Prendergast (IRE) 200/1
13 hd Even Top Philip Robinson Mark Tompkins 11/2
14 6 Spartan Heartbeat Mark Birch Clive Brittain 200/1
15 Storm Trooper Michael Kinane Henry Cecil 15/2
16 Zaforum Dane O'Neill Les Montague Hall 150/1
17 1 St Mawes Richard Quinn John Dunlop 20/1
18 5 Busy Flight Cash Asmussen Barry Hills 25/1
19 7 Prince of My Heart Brent Thomson Barry Hills 100/1
20 3 Portuguese Lil (filly) Alex Greaves David Nicholls 500/1

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Shaamit:

  • Foaled: February 11, 1993 in Ireland
  • Sire: Mtoto; Dam: Shomoose (Habitat)
  • Owner: Khalifa Dasmal
  • Breeder: Khalifa Dasmal

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1995.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 1996 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

  • Classic Eagle7th Thirsk Classic Trial, 6th Chester Vase
  • Tasdid3rd Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes, 4th Amethyst Stakes

Subsequent Group 1 wins

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



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