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.
- Sponsor: Vodafone
- Winner's prize money: £595,250
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 13
- Winner's time: 2m 35.77s
|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||3½||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||3½||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||1¼||Single Empire||David Harrison||Peter Chapple-Hyam||33/1|
|12||3½||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.
Further details of the winner, Benny the Dip:
- Foaled: March 25, 1994 in Kentucky, USA
- Sire: Silver Hawk; Dam: Rascal Rascal (Ack Ack)
- Owner: Landon Knight and Claiborne Farm
- Breeder: Landon Knight
- Rating in 1997 International Classifications: 126
Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1996.
- Silver Patriarch – 1st Zetland Stakes
- Fahris – 2nd Silver Tankard Stakes
- Papua – 5th Racing Post Trophy
The road to Epsom
Early-season appearances in 1997 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.
- Romanov – 3rd Irish 2,000 Guineas
- Entrepreneur – 1st 2,000 Guineas
- Fahris – 1st Feilden Stakes
- Symonds Inn – 1st Glasgow Stakes
- Mulsalsal – 3rd Dante Stakes
- Cloudings – 1st Prix de Courcelles, 1st Prix Lupin
- Single Empire – 1st Derby Italiano
Subsequent Group 1 wins
Group 1 / Grade I victories after running in the Derby.
- Single Empire – San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (1999)