Updated on 09/17/2011 11:41AM

Kris Kin scores big at Epsom


Kris Kin rewarded an inspired public gamble, which saw his odds plunge from 12-1 to 6-1 in the hours before the race, when he won the 224th running of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

An American-bred son of Kris S who was making only his fourth career start, Kris Kin landed the $1.4 million first prize from the purse of $2.4 million by coming home a length clear of the longtime leader, The Great Gatsby. Alamshar was a head back in third while the previously unbeaten 3-1 favorite, Refuse to Bend, finished 13th in the 20-horse field.

It was a third Derby triumph for trainer Michael Stoute - his first since 1986 - and a second for five-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon, who won it in 1999 on Oath.

Despite his inexperience and the hurly-burly of a big field, Kris Kin adapted extremely well to the undulations and cambers of Epsom's switchback 1 1/2-mile turf course. After squeezing through on the inside to make up ground on the leaders early in

the home straight, he was switched out toward the center of the course and hit the front in the final 100 yards. He finished in 2:33.35 on turf rated good.

Bred in Kentucky by the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings Limited, Kris Kin was sold for $275,000 at Keeneland in September 2001. He is owned by Saeed Suhail.

Kris Kin was one of three members of the field supplemented for $135,000 five days before the race. The other two, Norse Dancer and Dutch Gold, finished fourth and sixth.

Stoute said: "It is always a great thrill to win the Epsom Derby - you can't win enough of them! There is something special about this race - it is the best of them all.

"Kieren gave him one of the great Derby rides. I had initially earmarked him for the French Derby, as I thought Chantilly would suit him better. But that looked a good race this year so we decided to supplement him for this."

Fallon said: "I was bit worried when he hit a bit of trouble early in the straight but I just let him find himself and everything turned out okay. He is quite a lazy horse at home and doesn't show everything, but when he comes out on the track we find out how good he is."