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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.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Vodafone
  • Winner's prize money: £725,000
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 13
  • Winner's time: 2m 35.69s

Full result






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 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 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.

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Motivator:

  • Foaled: February 22, 2002 in Great Britain
  • Owner: The Royal Ascot Racing Club
  • Breeder: Deerfield Farm

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 2004.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 2005 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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