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2008 Epsom Derby

The 2008 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on Saturday 7 June 2008. It was the 229th running of the Derby, and it was won by New Approach. The winner was ridden by Kevin Manning and trained by Jim Bolger. The pre-race favourite Casual Conquest finished third.[1]


Race details

  • Sponsor: Vodafone
  • Winner's prize money: £802,444
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 16
  • Winner's time: 2m 36.50s

Full result






1 New Approach Kevin Manning Jim Bolger (IRE) 5/1
2 ½ Tartan Bearer Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 6/1
3 Casual Conquest Pat Smullen Dermot Weld (IRE) 7/2 fav
4 Doctor Fremantle Kerrin McEvoy Sir Michael Stoute 11/2
5 ¾ Washington Irving Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 33/1
6 shd Alessandro Volta Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 33/1
7 1 Rio de la Plata Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 20/1
8 ½ Tajaaweed Richard Hills Sir Michael Stoute 10/1
9 ½ Bouguereau Alan Munro Peter Chapple-Hyam 100/1
10 Curtain Call Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 7/1
11 Frozen Fire Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 16/1
12 9 King of Rome Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 16/1
13 Alan Devonshire Paul Mulrennan Mark Tompkins 100/1
14 14 Kandahar Run Ted Durcan Henry Cecil 11/1
15 11 Bashkirov David McCabe Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 125/1
16 39 Maidstone Mixture Michael O'Connell Paul Murphy 250/1

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, New Approach:

  • Foaled: 18 February 2005 in Ireland
  • Sire: Galileo; Dam: Park Express (Ahonoora)
  • Owner: Princess Haya of Jordan
  • Breeder: Lodge Park Stud

Form analysis

Two-year-old races

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 2007.

The road to Epsom

Early-season appearances in 2008 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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