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Trial races for the Epsom Derby

Trial races for the Epsom Derby are horse races during April and May which are contested by three-year-olds likely to run in the Epsom Derby in early June.

Most Derby runners appear in at least one race in the weeks before the event, although some, such as the winners Lammtarra and Shaamit, may arrive at Epsom with no previous run as a three-year-old.

The leading trial of recent years has been the Dante Stakes, which has been contested by six subsequent winners of the Derby in the last twenty-one years. The table below shows all such races, presently classed at Listed level or above, which have included the Derby winner during the period 1990 to 2009.


Derby winners from race 1990-2009 (won unless stated)

Feilden Stakes Erhaab (2nd)
Craven Stakes Dr Devious (2nd)
Ballysax Stakes Sinndar (2nd), Galileo, High Chaparral
Sandown Classic Trial Benny the Dip (2nd)
2,000 Guineas Generous (4th), Sir Percy (2nd), New Approach (2nd), Sea the Stars
Kentucky Derby Dr Devious (7th)
Chester Vase Quest for Fame (2nd)
Dee Stakes Oath, Kris Kin
Lingfield Derby Trial High-Rise
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Sinndar, Galileo, High Chaparral
Dante Stakes Erhaab, Benny the Dip, North Light, Motivator, Authorized, Workforce (2nd)
Glasgow Stakes Commander in Chief
Irish 2,000 Guineas New Approach (2nd)
Unraced as 3-y-o Lammtarra, Shaamit

2010 Derby contenders

Notable early-season appearances by contenders for the 2010 Epsom Derby.

  • Al Zir
  • Ameer2nd Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy
  • Await the Dawn
  • Behtarini
  • Burj Nahar
  • Captain James Cook
  • Coordinated Cut1st Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy, 3rd Dante Stakes
  • Don Carlos11th Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy
  • Fareej
  • Fencing Master
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Fighting Brave4th Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes
  • Flying Cross
  • High Twelve4th Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy
  • Hot Prospect3rd Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy
  • Joshua Tree
  • Midas Touch
  • Next Move12th Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy
  • Passion for Gold
  • St Nicholas Abbey
  • Steinbeck
  • Viscount Nelson2nd Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes



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