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1997 Epsom Derby

The 1997 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 7, 1997. It was the 218th running of the Derby, and it was won by Benny the Dip. The winner was ridden by Willie Ryan and trained by John Gosden. The pre-race favourite Entrepreneur finished fourth.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Vodafone
  • Winner's prize money: £595,250
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 13
  • Winner's time: 2m 35.77s

Full result






1 Benny the Dip Willie Ryan John Gosden 11/1
2 shd Silver Patriarch Pat Eddery John Dunlop 6/1
3 5 Romanov John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 25/1
4 Entrepreneur Michael Kinane Michael Stoute 4/6 fav
5 3 The Fly Ray Cochrane Barry Hills 12/1
6 1 Fahris Richard Hills Ben Hanbury 12/1
7 4 Symonds Inn Kieren Fallon Jimmy FitzGerald 33/1
8 Musalsal Michael Hills Barry Hills 40/1
9 5 Bold Demand Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 20/1
10 12 Cloudings Olivier Peslier André Fabre (FR) 12/1
11 Single Empire David Harrison Peter Chapple-Hyam 33/1
12 Crystal Hearted Tony McGlone Henry Candy 66/1
13 5 Papua Gary Carter Ian Balding 150/1

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Benny the Dip:

  • Foaled: March 25, 1994 in Kentucky, USA
  • Sire: Silver Hawk; Dam: Rascal Rascal (Ack Ack)
  • Breeder: Landon Knight

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1996.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 1997 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

  • Cloudings1st Prix de Courcelles, 1st Prix Lupin

Subsequent Group 1 wins

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



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