2005 Epsom Derby
The 2005 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday June 4, 2005. It was the 226th running of the Derby, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Motivator. The winner was ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Michael Bell.
- Sponsor: Vodafone
- Winner's prize money: £725,000
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 13
- Winner's time: 2m 35.69s
|1||Motivator||Johnny Murtagh||Michael Bell||3/1 fav|
|2||5||Walk in the Park||Alan Munro||John Hammond (FR)||11/1|
|3||3||Dubawi||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||5/1|
|4||1||Fracas||Jamie Spencer||David Wachman (IRE)||8/1|
|5||1½||Gypsy King||Kieren Fallon||Aidan O'Brien (IRE)||7/2|
|6||3||Hattan||Seb Sanders||Clive Brittain||25/1|
|7||hd||Unfurled||Ryan Moore||John Dunlop||40/1|
|8||1¾||The Geezer||Richard Quinn||David Elsworth||10/1|
|9||2||Grand Central||Jimmy Fortune||Aidan O'Brien (IRE)||25/1|
|10||8||Oratorio||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien (IRE)||8/1|
|11||2||Kings Quay||Dane O'Neill||Richard Hannon||150/1|
|12||¾||Almighty||Pat Smullen||Aidan O'Brien (IRE)||66/1|
|13||14||Kong||Richard Hughes||John Dunlop||20/1|
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. hd = head.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
Further details of the winner, Motivator:
- Foaled: February 22, 2002 in Great Britain
- Owner: The Royal Ascot Racing Club
- Breeder: Deerfield Farm
- Rating in 2005 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings: 125
Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 2004.
- Motivator – 1st Racing Post Trophy
- Walk in the Park – 3rd Critérium International
- Oratorio – 7th Coventry Stakes, 1st Anglesey Stakes, 2nd Phoenix Stakes, 1st Futurity Stakes, 1st Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, 2nd Dewhurst Stakes
The road to Epsom
Early-season appearances in 2005 and trial races prior to running in the Derby.
- Motivator – 1st Dante Stakes
- Walk in the Park – 2nd Lingfield Derby Trial
- Gypsy King – 1st Dee Stakes
- Unfurled – 1st Predominate Stakes
- The Geezer – 2nd Dante Stakes
- Grand Central – 2nd Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes, 3rd Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial
- Kings Quay – 5th Easter Stakes, 2nd Feilden Stakes, 6th Sandown Classic Trial, 6th Lingfield Derby Trial
- Kong – 1st Lingfield Derby Trial
Subsequent Group 1 wins
Group 1 / Grade I victories after running in the Derby.
- Dubawi – Prix Jacques Le Marois (2005)