2002 Epsom Derby
The 2002 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 8, 2002. It was the 223rd running of the Derby, and it was won by High Chaparral. The winner was ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Aidan O'Brien. The pre-race favourite Hawk Wing finished second.
- Sponsor: Vodafone
- Winner's prize money: £800,400
- Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- Number of runners: 12
- Winner's time: 2m 39.45s
|1||High Chaparral||Johnny Murtagh||Aidan O'Brien (IRE)||7/2|
|2||2||Hawk Wing||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien (IRE)||9/4 fav|
|3||12||Moon Ballad||Jamie Spencer||Saeed bin Suroor||20/1|
|4||1||Jelani||Fergal Lynch||Andrew Turnell||100/1|
|5||5||Fight Your Corner||Kevin Darley||Mark Johnston||8/1|
|6||17||Where or When||Jimmy Fortune||Terry Mills||66/1|
|7||2||Naheef||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||5/1|
|8||12||Bandari||Richard Hills||Mark Johnston||9/2|
|9||7||Louisville||Kieren Fallon||Aidan O'Brien (IRE)||25/1|
|10||6||Tholjanah||Willie Supple||Marcus Tregoning||14/1|
|11||6||Frankies Dream||Pat Eddery||Terry Mills||100/1|
|Fell||Coshocton||Philip Robinson||Michael Jarvis||28/1|
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
Further details of the winner, High Chaparral:
- Foaled: March 1, 1999 in Ireland
- Breeder: Sean and Anne Coughlan
- Rating in 2002 International Classifications: 126
Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 2001.
- High Chaparral – 1st Racing Post Trophy
- Where or When – 8th Vintage Stakes, 4th Solario Stakes, 1st Somerville Tattersall Stakes, 4th Dewhurst Stakes
- Coshocton – 2nd Autumn Stakes
The road to Epsom
Early-season appearances in 2002 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.
- Hawk Wing – 2nd 2,000 Guineas
- Jelani – 4th Dante Stakes
- Naheef – 14th 2,000 Guineas
- Bandari – 1st Lingfield Derby Trial
- Frankies Dream – 3rd Predominate Stakes
Subsequent Group 1 wins
Group 1 / Grade I victories after running in the Derby.
- High Chaparral – Irish Derby (2002), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002, 2003 dead-heat), Irish Champion Stakes (2003)
- Moon Ballad – Dubai World Cup (2003)
- Where or When – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2002)