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1998 Epsom Derby

The 1998 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 6, 1998. It was the 219th running of the Derby, and it was won by High-Rise. The winner was ridden by Olivier Peslier and trained by Luca Cumani. The pre-race favourite Cape Verdi finished ninth.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Vodafone
  • Winner's prize money: £598,690
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 15
  • Winner's time: 2m 33.88s

Full result






1 High-Rise Olivier Peslier Luca Cumani 20/1
2 hd City Honours John Reid Saeed bin Suroor 12/1
3 Border Arrow Ray Cochrane Ian Balding 25/1
4 hd Sunshine Street Johnny Murtagh Noel Meade (IRE) 150/1
5 3 Greek Dance Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 5/1
6 1 The Glow-Worm Darryll Holland Barry Hills 20/1
7 Sadian Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 25/1
8 shd Second Empire Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 9/2
9 Cape Verdi (filly) Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 11/4 fav
10 2 Saratoga Springs Willie Ryan Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 20/1
11 7 Gulland Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 12/1
12 ½ Courteous Richard Quinn Paul Cole 14/1
13 Mutamam Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 50/1
14 6 Haami Richard Hills John Dunlop 20/1
15 7 King of Kings Pat Eddery Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 11/2

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, High-Rise:

  • Foaled: May 3, 1995 in Ireland
  • Sire: High Estate; Dam: High Tern (High Line)
  • Owner: Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
  • Breeder: Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1997.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 1998 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

Subsequent Group 1 wins

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



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