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2003 Epsom Derby

The 2003 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 7, 2003. It was the 224th running of the Derby, and it was won by Kris Kin. The winner was ridden by Kieren Fallon and trained by Sir Michael Stoute. The pre-race favourite Refuse to Bend finished thirteenth.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Vodafone
  • Winner's prize money: £852,600
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 20
  • Winner's time: 2m 33.35s

Full result






1 Kris Kin Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 6/1
2 1 The Great Gatsby Pat Eddery Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 20/1
3 shd Alamshar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx (IRE) 4/1
4 Norse Dancer Richard Quinn David Elsworth 16/1
5 ¾ Balestrini Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 66/1
6 4 Dutch Gold Philip Robinson Clive Brittain 20/1
7 4 Let Me Try Again Darryll Holland Terry Mills 50/1
8 Graikos Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 25/1
9 hd Magistretti Kevin Darley Neville Callaghan 20/1
10 1 Shield Eddie Ahern Gerard Butler 20/1
11 ½ Summerland Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 100/1
12 Alberto Giacometti Christophe Soumillon Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 12/1
13 ½ Refuse to Bend Pat Smullen Dermot Weld (IRE) 11/4 fav
14 hd Franklins Gardens Ted Durcan Mark Tompkins 25/1
15 Dunhill Star Michael Hills Barry Hills 50/1
16 2 Brian Boru Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 9/2
17 nk Strength 'n Honour Richard Hughes Charles Cyzer 100/1
18 3 Unigold Seb Sanders Ed Dunlop 50/1
19 4 Lundy's Lane Brett Doyle Clive Brittain 100/1
20 7 Prince Nureyev Steve Drowne Rod Millman 150/1

* 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, Kris Kin:

  • Foaled: March 5, 2000 in Kentucky, USA
  • Owner: Saeed Suhail
  • Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Ltd

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 2002.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 2003 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.

  • Refuse to Bend1st Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes, 1st 2,000 Guineas

Subsequent Group 1 wins

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



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