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1994-06-01 Willie Carson ERHAAB John Dunlop Epsom Derby win

ERHAAB, an Arabic word which can be translated as TERRIFYING or INTIMIDATING and was reportedly given to the colt because of his unusually dark colour. This was run on Wednesday 1st June 1994 and the winner was bred by the Shadwell Farm Incorporated & Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd and trained by John Dunlop. There were 25 runners and the winner won by 1-1/4 lengths, with 1-1/2 lengths between second and third. The winner, “like a dart from a blowpipe”, was owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and claimed a first prize of £473,000, the equivalent of £862,000 today. The number of runners led to considerable congestion and bumping, with Willie Ryan being unseated from FOYER in the worst of many incidents – Carson described it as “carnage..there were murders going on”. At 51 years old, Willie Carson was the third oldest jockey to win the Derby. Even with a 5 -years break in between 1975 to 1986, Caron won races in Hong Kong including 2 trophy races and 1 dead-heat.

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