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1980 Epsom Derby
Location Epsom Downs Racecourse
Date 4 June 1980
Winning horse Henbit
Jockey Willie Carson
Trainer Dick Hern
Owner Etti Plesch
Conditions Firm

The 1980 Epsom Derby was the 201st annual running of the Derby horse race. It took place at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 4 June 1980.

The race was won by Etti Plesch's Kentucky-bred colt Henbit, at odds of 7/1 ridden by Willie Carson and trained at West Ilsley by Dick Hern. Carson and Hern had combined to win the race in 1979 with Troy whilst Plesch had previously won with Psidium in 1961. The winning time of 2:34.77 was the fastest since 1970.

Race details[edit]

  • Sponsor: none
  • Winner's prize money: £166,820
  • Going: Firm
  • Number of runners: 24
  • Winner's time: 2 minutes, 34.77 seconds

Full result[edit]

Dist * Horse Jockey Trainer SP
1 Henbit Willie Carson Dick Hern 7/1
2 ¾ Master Willie Philip Waldron Henry Candy 22/1
3 Rankin Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 14/1
4 ¾ Pelerin Pat Eddery Harry Wragg 18/1
5 shd Garrido Philippe Paquet Francois Boutin (FRA)
6 Hello Gorgeous Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
7 Julius Caesar Paul Cook S Boullenger (FRA)
8 Nikoli Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast (IRE) 4/1 fav
10 Water Mill Tony Murray Dick Hern
12 Tyrnavos Eddie Hide Bruce Hobbs
13 Saint Jonathon Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
14 Monteverdi Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien (IRE)
21 Running Mill Tony Kimberley Michael Stoute
22 Pimpont Georges Doleuze Charles Milbank (FRA)
24 Majestic Star John Reid Gavin Pritchard-Gordon

Winner details[edit]

Further details of the winner, Shergar:

  • Foaled: 28 March 1977, in Kentucky
  • Sire: Hawaii; Dam: Chateaucreek (Chateaugay)
  • Owner: Etti Plesch
  • Breeder: Helen Drake Jones

Also ran[edit]

  • Blast Off, Maurice Philipperon, John Fellows (FRA)
  • Bozovici, Brian Taylor, Ryan Price
  • Braughing, Kipper Lynch, Clive Brittain
  • Marcello, Brian Rouse, Clive Brittain
  • Moomba Masquerade, Geoff Baxter, Jeremy Hindley
  • Noble Shamus, G McGrath, M Fogarty (IRE)
  • Prince Spruce, John Matthias, John Dunlop
  • Ribo Charter, T Carberry, Paul Kelleway
  • Star Way, Yves Saint-Martin, Paul Kelleway[1]

Form analysis[edit]

Two-year-old races[edit]

Notable runs by the future Derby participants as two-year-olds in 1979:[2]

The road to Epsom[edit]

Early-season appearances in 1980 and trial races prior to running in the Derby:[3]

Subsequent Group 1 wins[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Martin Gale" (3 June 1980). "Nikoli looks the best of a moderate Derby crop". Glasgow Herald. 
  2. ^ Timeform staff (1980). Racehorses of 1979. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-29-4. 
  3. ^ Timeform staff (1981). Racehorses of 1980. Timeform. ISBN 0-900-59931-6. 

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