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Wednesday, April 25, 2007



COLLONGES CAPTURES GOLD AT PUNCHESTOWN




Trainer Paul Nicholls crowned a fantastic season when Neptune Collonges captured the feature Grade 1 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup by three and a half lengths from long-time leader Kingscliff.


It was a first British-trained success in the EUR200,000 event under the race's present conditions and the six-year-old gave owner John Hales a winner with his first runner in Ireland

Neptune Collonges had finished eighth to stablemate Kauto Star in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time but was previously travelling well when falling behind Exotic Dancer in the Letheby & Christopher Chase at Cheltenham.


"He's always threatened to be a decent horse, he would have been second to Exotic Dancer at Cheltenham, and is still only a six-year-old," said Nicholls.

"This was the ideal race for him as I'm not sure he actually likes Cheltenham, he much prefers a track like this. It was always the plan to come for this ever since he was entered as long as the ground was safe.


"He was really fresh and well to do and I said to Ruby to make the others go. It's nice to come over here, I've also won with Le Roi Miguel and Sporazene, and would like more runners here - it just doesn't always work out timing wise for our Aintree and Cheltenham horses."

Jockey Ruby Walsh added: "I got a good lead from Kingscliff, who set a good gallop, and he was always travelling easily. He pinged the ditch but jumped the last four really well. I was surprised nothing came to me.


Neptune Collonges is as big as 33/1 with Cashmans for next year's Cheltenham Gold Cup and Walsh added: "He's only a six-year-old and is going to improve but Kauto Star is an exceptional horse."

Owner John Hales added: "Ruby (Walsh) was brilliant, he's such a great tactician and was in the right place all the time. It's been my first runner in Ireland but it won't be the last, we'll be back here next year. The hospitality has been great and I've loved every minute of it."

Trainer Robert Alner was relieved that Kingscliff had put in another high-class effort, and said: "I just wanted him to run his race. He loves being up there, he stayed on and he doesn't look distressed - it's great to have him back.


"It's very difficult for horses competing in the top company all the time, and it wasn't such a bad effort in the Gold Cup because he was on his nose at one fence. All credit must go to Robert Walford who rode him so well today."

Michael O'Brien, trainer of third-placed In Compliance, said: "He just wanted the run. It's been well publicised that we've had a lot of trouble with him - our horses are just starting to run all right, but he was the worst affected.

"At least he proved he stayed three miles, but he was very tired from three out. If we had another two weeks it would have helped, but we're happy enough."

Henrietta Knight said she would continue to keep fourth-placed Racing Demon to right-handed tracks next season. Knight said: "We were pretty happy with him - he stayed on and jumped well, despite jumping to the right, but he ran a little bit flat and that's probably because it's the end of a long season. He got very wound up in the parade, but I'm not using that as an excuse. He's ready for a summer break now."

GRADE 3 GLORY FOR GRANGECLARE

Grangeclare Lark followed up a Grade 3 victory at Fairyhouse last month when winning the Grade 3 BEWLEYS HOTELS IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF MARES HURDLE under Roger Loughran.


Trainer Dessie Hughes reported: "I was a bit surprised she was done for speed turning for home as she's probably better over two and a half miles. She likes the good ground and will have a break now."

Hughes is looking forward to running Hardy Eustace in Friday's ACCBank Champion Hurdle.


"He was not well when he came back from Cheltenham, his blood was wrong and his muscles were tight," reported the Curragh trainer. "His blood's good now and he has freshened up and hopefully is back to his best. I suppose it's also a help that Sublimity's out of the race."

Hughes admitted he had been tempted to step the horse up in trip for tomorrow's Dunboyne Castle and Spa Stayers Hurdle.


"He's proven over two miles and we've got next season to try him over further. We'll definitely be trying that."

Trainer Jessica Harrington and Grand National-winning rider Robbie Power teamed up to take the opening AON HURDLE (2.15pm) with the front-running Phantom Lad.


"Robert said he should have made more use of the horse at Fairyhouse last time as all he does is stay," said Harrington. "I thought they were going to get to him but he jumped brilliantly and stayed on great.


"He's still only a four-year-old and I know his owner would love to win a Flat race with him."

Trainer Dermot Weld has high hopes for one-time classic prospect Bobs Pride following the five-year-old's facile three-length success in the OSBERSTOWN DEVELOPMENTS HANDICAP HURDLE.


"He's a good horse and improving rapidly. He'll probably have the summer off and I'll bring him back for a good Flat race later in the year.


"I had planned to run him in the English Cambridgeshire and may still do that but I think he'll go right to the top over hurdles and is Grade 1 class," said Weld.




TEOFILO HEADS 38 CONTENDERS IN THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS




Teofilo, unbeaten in five races as a two-year-old and talked of as a possible Triple Crown contender this season by his trainer, heads 38 cracking entries who remain in the £350,000 Group One Stan James 2000 Guineas, run over the NatWest Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Saturday, May 5, after the forfeit stage, details of which are announced today.


The hugely exciting son of Galileo, who races in the colours of handler Jim Bolger’s wife Jackie, showed plenty of courage on his most recent outing in the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 14, battling back once headed to edge out Holy Roman Emperor by a head.


Back in seventh that day was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Adagio, who kept on well from an uncompromising position to be beaten less than five lengths at the line.

He made an impressive return at Newmarket on April 19 when lifting the Group Three banshahousestables.com Craven Stakes, quickening up in grand style once presented with an opening up the rail to score readily by a length and a half from Sonny Red, with He’s A Decoy and Big Robert back in fourth and sixth.


Stan James make Teofilo the 5/2 favourite for the first British Classic of the year, with Adagio a 3/1 chance. The sponsors, who also back the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Classic weekend, then go 11/2 about Major Cadeaux and offer 7/1 about the unbeaten US Ranger, trained by in France by Jean-Claude Rouget for Michael Tabor and Joseph Allen, who is not yet among the entries but has the chance to become involved at the supplementary entry stage on Monday, April 30, at a cost of £25,000.


Sonny Red’s trainer, Richard Hannon, looks to have another fine prospect on his hands in the shape of Major Cadeaux, who defied a 10-month absence to brush aside the previously unbeaten Dutch Art by three and a half lengths in the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury on April 21, with Halicarnassus, Mastership and Tariq all in arrears.


Strategic Prince (8/1 with Stan James), trained by Paul Cole, showed high-class form as a juvenile, following a brace of Group Two victories in the TNT July Stakes at Newmarket and the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, when he got the better of Duke Of Marmalade, with a fine third behind Teofilo and Holy Roman Emperor in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes over the Rowley Mile course.


Only one place behind Strategic Prince in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes was Haatef, trained by Kevin Prendergast, who ran exceptionally well considering it was only his second career start, having previously landed a six-furlong Curragh maiden on his debut.


One of the most fascinating Stan James 2000 Guineas hopes is Diamond Tycoon (8/1 with Stan James), trained by Brian Meehan and running in the colours of the 250-strong Racegoers Club Owners Group, who advertised his potential with a facile success in a mile Newbury maiden on April 21, cruising home six lengths to the good over Lucarno, while Geoff Huffer has a talented performer to go to war with this term in Cockney Rebel, last seen finishing a close third behind Eoghan O’Neill’s Vital Equine in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at York on September 9.


Godolphin is still represented by the trio of Dijeerr, narrow winner of the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes for Michael Jarvis at Newbury in September, Mofarij, who barely came out of second gear to take a mile maiden at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, on March 1, and Frankie Dettori’s likely mount Truly Royal, the promising runner-up in a conditions event at Nad Al Sheba on March 8.

Prime Defender, trained by Barry Hills, held of the late thrust of William Jarvis’ Tobosa to take the Listed Sporting Index European Free Handicap at Newmarket on April 18, while Al Shemali was fourth in the Listed Connaught Access Flooring Feilden Stakes the same afternoon for Sir Michael Stoute, who has also kept in the maiden Al Tharib alongside the strongly fancied Adagio.


Aidan O’Brien is responsible for four of the 10 Irish-trained entries, including Mount Nelson, winner of the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on October 29 when he had stable companion Yellowstone back in third, and Eagle Mountain, who galloped to a seven-length romp in the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last term and wound up with an excellent fourth to Authorized in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Newbury.


Further interest is provided by South African-based handler Mike de Kock, who has Drayton, formerly trained in Ireland by Tommy Stack when he scored twice at Listed level over five furlongs and also finished runner-up to Holy Roman Emperor in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh.


Full betting from Stan James is available on www.stanjames.com

The entries are listed below.


FINSCEAL BEO TOPS 32 FILLIES IN THE STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS

Finsceal Beo, the top-rated European juvenile filly of 2006, heads 32 high-class entries going forward for the £350,000 Group One Stan James 1000 Guineas, run over Newmarket’s NatWest Rowley Mile on Sunday, May 6, after the forfeit stage, details of which are announced today.


Jim Bolger’s charge was mightily impressive when landing her last two outings in October, slamming Darrfonah by an easy five lengths in the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, and following up in the Group Two "In The Pink" Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket, defeating Rahiyah by three lengths.


The Jeremy Noseda-trained Sander Camillo showed blistering speed at two, storming to a five-length victory in the Group Two Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes on the July Course at Newmarket.


She was reportedly below her best when runner-up to Scarlet Runner, trained by John Dunlop, in the Group Three Shadwell Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month, just ahead of the Tim Pitt-trained Blue Rocket and Sir Michael Stoute’s Kaseema, with Barshiba and Fantasy Parkes in behind.


Stan James sponsor the first fillies’ Classic of the British season for the second time and make Finsceal Beo the hot 13/8 favourite, followed by Yaqeen at 11/2, with Sander Camillo a 6/1 hope and then go 12/1 bar.

Newmarket trainer Michael Jarvis has a fascinating contender on his hands in the shape of Yaqeen, who showed she had made progress from her sole start last season with a taking two-length success in a seven-furlong fillies’ maiden on April 19 at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting.

Indian Ink capped a fine debut season with success in the Group One Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September. There was plenty to like about her first effort this term, with Richard Hannon’s filly chasing home Majestic Roi in the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury on April 21, going down by a fast-diminishing neck, with the likes of Cast In Gold, Sesmen, Wait Watcher, Cartimandua and Puggy all finishing further back.


One Stan James 1000 Guineas contender guaranteed to appreciate every yard of the NatWest Rowley Mile is the Jeremy Noseda-trained Simply Perfect, who proved her stamina and class when capturing the Group One Fillies’ Mile at Ascot in September by a length and a half from Treat, trained by Mick Channon.

There are seven Irish-trained contenders remaining in the Stan James 1000 Guineas, including the John Oxx-trained Arch Swing, who maintained her unbeaten record with a short-head defeat of stablemate Four Sins in the Group Three 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown on April 7, with Theann, trained by Aidan O’Brien, three-quarters of a length away in third.


Co Kildare handler Kevin Prendergast is responsible for 2006 Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Miss Beatrix and the twice-raced maiden Regalline, Dermot Weld keeps in Thiella, successful on her only start at Gowran Park last season, and David Wachman relies on Aleagueoftheirown, off the mark earlier this month in a 15-runner fillies’ maiden at Cork.

The French-trained hope is Magic America, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, sixth in last year’s Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes and victorious on her return this campaign in the Listed Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte on April 11. Her trainer has a tremendous record in the fillies’ Classic, proving three of the last four French victories with Ma Biche (1983), Ravinella (1988) and Hatoof (1992).


Shorthand, handled by Sir Michael Stoute, Barry Hills’ Princess Valerina, Vital Statistics, trained by David Elsworth, Mick Channon’s Sweet Lilly, Selinka, from the Richard Hannon stable, the Brian Meehan -trained Bicoastal and Satulagi, in the care of Stan Moore, complete the 32-strong entry.

Michael Prosser, Newmarket’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, said: "The Stan James Guineas Festival promises to be a fantastic weekend of top-class Flat racing with one big question to be answered - can trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Kevin Manning follow in the footsteps of Aidan O'Brien and Kieren Fallon two years ago and win both Classics in the same season?

"Teofilo and Finsceal Beo both looked exceptional last season and I cannot wait to see them scorching up the famous turf on the NatWest Rowley Mile on May 5 & 6. If they run to form, one suspects it’s going to take a performance of a great champion to lower either of their colours."

Full betting from Stan James is available on www.stanjames.com

The entries are listed below.


THE STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS

Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, 3.15pm Saturday, May 5, 2007. For three-year-old entire colts & fillies only. One mile. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed March 7, entries revealed March 21 (86 entries). Forfeit stage April 24 (38 remain), £25,000 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage April 30. Final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, April 23, 2007.

Form Horse Owner Trainer

10-1 ADAGIO Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Sir Michael Stoute

014- AL SHEMALI Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute

33- AL THARIB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute

2125-6 BIG ROBERT Martin Graham William Muir

123- COCKNEY REBEL (IRE) Phil Cunningham Geoff Huffer

001016-05 DANUM DANCER Abbott Gostling McGrane Senior Hart Neville Bycroft

2-1 DIAMOND TYCOON (USA) Racegoers Club Owners Group Brian Meehan

2121- DIJEERR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

11255-4 DRAYTON (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock
RSA

301310- DUBAI BUILDER Fitri Hay Stan Moore

113310-(1) DUBAI'S TOUCH Salem Suhail Mark Johnston

212- DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE

1111-2 DUTCH ART Susan Roy & Cheveley Park Stud Peter Chapple-Hyam

512214- EAGLE MOUNTAIN Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan
O’Brien IRE

6104-(3) EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) Catherine O'Flynn Kevin Ryan

15- FINICIUS (USA) Ray Stokes Eoin Griffin IRE

21050-(0)3 FISHFORCOMPLIMENTS Mel Roberts and Nicola Meese Richard Fahey

5-1 FOLLOWMYFOOTSTEPS (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE

14- HAATEF (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE

110-3 HALICARNASSUS (IRE) Box 41 Mick Channon

112040-4 HE'S A DECOY (IRE) Joseph Joyce David Wachman IRE

(1)(1)(1)(1)-(3)(2) HURRICANE SPIRIT (IRE) The Little House Partnership John
Best

2510(3)- JO'BURG (USA) Alan Spence Amanda Perrett

12-1 MAJOR CADEAUX N A Woodcock, A C Pickford & David Mort Richard Hannon

2(2)(1)-(2)(1)(4)4 MASTERSHIP (IRE) Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum Clive Brittain

2-1 MOFARIJ Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

211- MOUNT NELSON Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien
IRE

214- OPERA MUSIC Jeff Smith Sylvester Kirk

2130(1)-(2)1 PRIME DEFENDER S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion Barry Hills

r50436-0 SLANEY TIME (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE

114-2 SONNY RED (IRE) Michael Pescod & Mr J A Leek Richard Hannon

15113- STRATEGIC PRINCE HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Paul Cole

13-5 TARIQ Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam

11111- TEOFILO (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE

011126-2 TOBOSA Collins, Randall, Rich & Turnbull William Jarvis

1-2 TRULY ROYAL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

111350- VITAL EQUINE (IRE) Premspace Ltd Eoghan O'Neill

103-5 YELLOWSTONE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan
O’Brien IRE

38 entries after April 24 forfeit stage

10 Irish-trained

1 South African-trained

THE STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS

Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, 3.10pm Sunday, May 6, 2007. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 7, entries revealed March 21 (70 entries). Forfeit stage April 24 (32 remain), £25,000 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage April 30. Final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 4. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, April 23, 2007.

Form Horse Owner Trainer

4-1 ALEAGUEOFTHEIROWN (IRE) Jay Syndicate David Wachman IRE

11- 1 ARCH SWING (USA) Pat Garvey John Oxx IRE

(2)-(1)5 BARSHIBA (IRE) Jeff Smith David Elsworth

21025-(4) BICOASTAL (USA) Andrew Rosen Brian Meehan

120-3 BLUE ROCKET (IRE) Joey Barton, Trevor Sinclair & Willie McKay Tim Pitt

2-0 CARTIMANDUA Fiona Williams Ed McMahon

222(1)-4 CAST IN GOLD (USA) Sangster Family & Ben Sangster Brian Meehan

52312-(0) DARRFONAH (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain

1-0 FANTASY PARKES Joseph Heler Kevin Ryan

12611- FINSCEAL BEO (IRE) Michael Ryan Jim Bolger IRE

014211-2 INDIAN INK (IRE) Raymond Tooth Richard Hannon

10-4 KASEEMA (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute

163261-1 MAGIC AMERICA (USA) Tony Ryan Criquette Head-Maarek FR

102311- MISS BEATRIX (IRE) Bill Durkan Kevin Prendergast IRE

21-(5)0 PRINCESS VALERINA G J Hicks Barry Hills

123-0 PUGGY (IRE) Investment AB Rustningen Roy Kvisla

212- RAHIYAH (USA) H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Jeremy Noseda

22 REGALLINE (IRE) Lady O'Reilly Kevin Prendergast IRE

411-2 SANDER CAMILLO (USA) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda

134(0)-(2)(0) SATULAGI (USA) Fitri Hay Stan Moore

013150-1 SCARLET RUNNER Nicholas Jones John Dunlop

6311- SELINKA Robert Barnett Richard Hannon

(1)116-6 SESMEN Scuderia Rencati Srl Marco Botti

14- SHORTHAND John Greetham Sir Michael Stoute

213011- SIMPLY PERFECT Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Jeremy
Noseda

311141- SWEET LILLY Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon

225521-3 THEANN Evie Stockwell Aidan O'Brien IRE

1- THIELLA (USA) Lady O'Reilly Dermot Weld IRE

012- TREAT Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXXVI Mick Channon

641210-6 VITAL STATISTICS Setsquare Recruitment David Elsworth

2312-0 WAIT WATCHER (IRE) Michael Wiley Paul Blockley

3-1 YAQEEN Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

32 entries after April 24 forfeit stage

7 Irish-trained

1 French-trained



TICKETS NEARLY SOLD OUT IN THE GRANDSTAND ON VODAFONE DERBY DAY




Tickets for general admission to the Grandstand on Vodafone Derby Day, Saturday, June 2, have now sold out. However, there are still around 200 tickets available which will allow admission to the Grandstand and also a reserved seat. These are available at a cost of £67. The initial health and safety assessment of capacity for the Grandstand has been raised, but even at this higher level tickets for general admission have now sold out.


There is still full availability in the Grandstand on Vodafone Ladies Day, Friday, June 1.


This year, the new Upper Tattenham Straight area will be in use. The enclosure is just beyond the Grandstand, which has a reduced capacity in 2007 ahead of the redevelopment at Epsom Downs. The cost of admission to the Upper Tattenham Straight on Vodafone Derby Day is £15.




FACTFILES FOR LEADING EPSOM CONTENDERS




TEOFILO (IRE) FACTFILE
b c Galileo (IRE) - Speirbhean (IRE) (Danehill USA))
Form: 11111- Owner: Jackie Bolger
Trainer: Jim Bolger IRE Breeder: Jim Bolger
Teofilo
Home-bred by Jim Bolger and named after the legendary Cuban three-time Olympic Champion Heavyweight boxer, Teofilo Stevenson, Teofilo is from the first crop of Galileo, hero of the 2001 Vodafone Derby, and out of Speirbhean, who Bolger trained to win the Listed 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in 2001. Speirbhean’s one previous foal was the filly Senora Galilei, a 10-furlong handicap winner in 2006. Described by Bolger as the best horse he has trained, even surpassing his 1992 Irish Derby victor St Jovite, Teofilo made his debut in a seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh on July 16, 2006, when sent off at 8/1, and after making much of the running he showed determination to rally and account for 4/5 favourite Red Rock Canyon. Stepped up to Listed class for his second outing, Teofilo was the ready winner of the seven-furlong Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on July 29, coming home a length and three quarters in front of British challenger Middleham. For his third run, Teofilo returned to the Curragh to contest the Group Two Futurity Stakes on August 26, when once again he stayed on in determined fashion, this time holding off the challenge of Eagle Mountain to score by a head. Teofilo’s juvenile season would progress even further with two Group One victories. At the Curragh on September 17, he put up a superb display, taking the lead over a furlong out to prove a length and a quarter too strong for 4/9 favourite Holy Roman Emperor in the National Stakes over seven furlongs. Teofilo was made 11/8 favourite when he reopposed Holy Roman Emperor in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 14, when he took up the running over a furlong from home before being headed by his Aidan O’Brien-trained rival. However, Teofilo showed great resolution to rally and regain the lead, eventually scoring by a head. It has been mooted by Bolger that Teofilo could attempt the Triple Crown this year (Stan James 2000 Guineas, Vodafone Derby and Ladbrokes St Leger). If he were to achieve this treble, he would be the first horse to do so since Nijinsky in 1970. Teofilo suffered a slight training setback in mid-April and was restricted to swimming and walking for a week, although Bolger remains confident that the colt will make it to Newmarket for the Stan James 2000 Guineas. Teofilo was rated the best juvenile colt in Europe in 2006, with a rating of 123.

Race Record: Starts: 5; 1st: 5; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0: Win & Place Prize Money: £349,516

Jim & Jackie Bolger
Born in County Wexford on Christmas Day, 1941, James Stephen (Jim) Bolger was educated at Enniscorthy CBS and the College of Commerce, Rathmines. The farmer’s son rode a handful of winners as an amateur. He initially trained and worked as an accountant before taking out a licence to train in July, 1976. He was based at Clonsilla, Co Dublin, close to the now-defunct Phoenix Park racecourse, before moving to his present base at Coolcullen, Co Kilkenny. His first winner was Peaceful Pleasure at Roscommon on September 20, 1976. He soon made an impact on the Irish scene, enjoying his first Classic victory with Give Thanks in the 1983 Irish Oaks. Over the years, Bolger has proved particularly adept at training fillies, such as the 1981 Yorkshire Oaks heroine Condessa, Flame Of Tara, winner of the Coronation Stakes in 1983 and later a high-class broodmare, Park Appeal, Park Express and Polonia. He has also enjoyed success over jumps and landed the Irish Champion Hurdle with Nordic Surprise in 1991 and with Chirkpar a year later. In 1991, Jet Ski Lady was a highly-impressive 10-length winner of the Vodafone Oaks, belying her 50/1 odds, while St Jovite only found Dr Devious too good in the Vodafone Derby the following year. St Jovite subsequently romped home in the Irish Derby by 12 lengths and then took the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. Blue Judge was second in the 1993 Vodafone Derby, despite starting at 150/1. In recent years, his best horses have included the 2002 Irish Oaks victor Margarula, who sported the colours of his wife Jackie, and the globetrotting Alexander Goldrun who won five Group One races. A wonderful season in 2006 saw Bolger train both the top-rated juvenile colt and juvenile filly in Europe with Teofilo and Finsceal Beo. Jackie Bolger met her husband while he was working as an accountant and has always played a pivotal role in the stable. Jim Bolger once remarked: “Jackie and I have always been very much a partnership - I think this business lends itself to that.” The couple married on April 24, 1965, and have two daughters - Una (who is married to stable jockey Kevin Manning) and Fiona. The Bolgers have successfully developed a breeding operation and currently own around 30 mares. A number of famous names have worked for Bolger over the years including Tony McCoy, Aidan O'Brien, Peter Scudamore and Willie Mullins.

Jim Bolger’s Vodafone Derby record: 1988 Project Manager (9th), 1991 Star of Gdansk (3rd), 1992 St Jovite (2nd), 1993 Desert Team (11th), 1993 Blue Judge (2nd)
Jackie Bolger’s Vodafone Derby record: No previous runners

AUTHORIZED (IRE) FACTFILE
b c Montjeu (IRE) - Funsie (FR) Saumarez
Form: 31- Owner: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar
Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam Breeder: Marengo Investments, Knighton House Ltd & Mick Kinane

Authorized
Sold to Tony Nerses for 95,000 guineas as a foal at Tattersalls in November, 2004, Authorized again passed through the Park Paddocks sale ring 11 months later, by which time his value had appreciated considerably. Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam was required to go to 400,000 guineas to secure the son of Montjeu on behalf of Kuwaiti businessmen Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar. Authorized’s sire - brilliant winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes - proved a revelation with his first three-year-olds in 2005, with Motivator and Walk In The Park filling the first two berths in the Vodafone Derby, while Arc and Irish Derby winner Hurricane Run and St Leger hero Scorpion added to his Group One tally. Authorized is the first foal of his dam Funsie, who is herself a half-sister to the high-class mare Brooklyn’s Dance, from the family of Okawango and Green Dancer. Authorized began his career in the Haynes, Hanson & Clarke Conditions Stakes over a mile at Newbury on September 15. After breaking slowly from the stalls, the bay colt was soon on terms and was sent to the front with two furlongs remaining before relinquishing the lead to finish third behind Teslin. Faced with the daunting task of breaking his maiden in the Group One Racing Post Trophy, Authorized returned to the course and distance and duly belied his 25/1 starting price to emphatically reverse placings with his previous conqueror. The colt relished his first start on heavy going, and, after being held up in the early stages under Frankie Dettori, he quickened to lead at the furlong pole before drawing clear of his 13 rivals to register a length and a quarter verdict over Charlie Farnsbarns, with Teslin only ninth.

Race Record: Starts: 2; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1: Win & Place Prize Money: £95,366

Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar
Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar are Kuwaiti businessmen whose dark green colours have become increasingly conspicuous in recent times. Their biggest successes to date came when the Jeremy Noseda-trained Araafa raced to victory in the 2006 Irish 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Their annus mirabilis was capped with Authorized’s victory in the Group One Racing Post Trophy, while further big-race success in 2006 came courtesy of Hamoody in the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood. Al Homaizi, chairman of the multi-faceted Al Homaizi Group, which employs 4,000 people, was introduced to European racing by Prince Yazid Saud, with whom he owned 1984 Cambridgeshire winner Leysh as well as Ile de Nisky, fourth to Nashwan in the 1989 Vodafone Derby. He also part-owned 1993 Irish 1,000 Guineas third Goodnight Kiss and the multiple Group Three winner Tropical. He owns Al Fanaar Stables in Kuwait. Al Sagar is chairman of the Kuwaiti shipbuilding and engineering company HEISCO and also has interests in the publishing and electronics industries. Al Homaizi and Al Sagar employ the services of Tony Nerses as their bloodstock advisor and he purchased eight yearlings for the pair at Keeneland in 2006. They have most of their 17 horses in training with Jeremy Noseda, Peter Chapple-Hyam and Brian Meehan in Britain, and Patrick Biancone in the US.

Vodafone Derby Record: No previous runners

Peter Chapple-Hyam
Born April 2, 1963, in Leamington Spa, Peter Chapple-Hyam gained valuable experience working for Barry Hills, Fred Rimell and Lynda Ramsden before taking over the trainer’s licence from Hills at the late Robert Sangster’s Manton complex in 1991. With Sangster as his main patron, Chapple-Hyam hit the ground running, securing major two-year-old Group One victories in his first season, with Dr Devious winning the Dewhurst Stakes and the brilliant Rodrigo de Triano the Middle Park Stakes. The following year brought Vodafone Derby glory as he prepared Dr Devious to run seventh in the Kentucky Derby before taking the Epsom Classic by two lengths. Rodrigo de Triano meanwhile gave Lester Piggott his 30th and final Classic win in the 2,000 Guineas and added a further three Group One successes that term - Irish 2,000 Guineas, Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes. Group One glory continued with the likes of top-class 1993 Italian Derby winner White Muzzle, Turtle Island and Spectrum, winners of the 1994 & 1995 Irish 2,000 Guineas respectively, Revoque, successful in the Prix de la Salamandre and Grand Criterium in 1996, the filly Carmine Lake, victorious in the 1997 Prix de l’Abbaye and 1998 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Victory Note. Seeking a new challenge, he moved to Hong Kong in 1999 but found success hard to come by in the former British colony and returned to Britain ahead of the 2004 Flat season with a point to prove. With his string based at St Gatien Stables in Newmarket, Chapple-Hyam immediately silenced any doubters as he improved the three-year-old African Dream from lowly all-weather claiming class to four straight wins that included a brace of Group Three classic trials. Further big-race success followed that year as Captain Hurricane took the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket and Montgomery’s Arch the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Goodwood. Memories of the glory days of the 1990s were rekindled in 2006 as he saddled the top-class juvenile Dutch Art to four straight wins that included a brace of Group Ones (Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes), while Authorized collected the Group One Racing Post Trophy, a race the trainer won in 1998 with Commander Collins. In 2005, he separated from his wife Jane (now a fellow Newmarket trainer), daughter of Robert Sangster’s second wife, Susan. Vodafone Derby record: 1992 DR DEVIOUS (WON), Rodrigo de Triano (9th); 1993 Cairo Prince (4th), Planetary Aspect (12th), Zind (16th); 1994 Colonel Collins (3rd), Pencander (6th); 1995 Court Of Honour (5th), Spectrum (13th); 1996 Chief Contender (9th); 1997 Romanov (3rd), Single Empire (11th); 1999 Brancaster (10th) PASSAGE OF TIME (GB) FACTFILE
b f Dansili - Clepsydra (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Form: 5111- Owner: Khalid Abdulla
Trainer: Henry Cecil Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd

Passage Of Time
Bred by her owner’s Juddmonte Farms, Passage Of Time progressed with each run as a juvenile to put herself firmly in the picture for this year’s Vodafone Oaks. Despite only running fifth on her debut over seven furlongs at Yarmouth in July, a slightly disappointing effort considering she was a well-backed favourite, Passage Of Time proved that she was far better than that first effort would have suggested when getting off the mark in a seven-furlong Newmarket fillies’ maiden on soft ground the following month, showing a pleasing attitude to hold off Fretwork by a head. Returning to Newmarket in October for the Listed Montrose Fillies’ Stakes over the Rowley Mile, Passage Of Time easily handled the rise in class and confirmed her liking for a soft surface when storming to a five-length success over Sue’s Surprise. Pitted against the colts in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud over 10 furlongs on her final outing of 2006 on November 12, Passage Of Time displayed a fine turn of foot to secure a three-quarter length victory over the highly-regarded Soldier Of Fortune, who was successful in Group Two company at Longchamp on April 8.

Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0: Win & Place Prize Money: £116,394

Khalid Abdulla
Prince Khalid Abdulla, who prefers to be known as Mr Abdulla on the racecard, is a first cousin to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He owns extensive racing and breeding interests in America, Britain and Ireland under the Juddmonte Farms banner. A businessman presiding over a huge international combine known as “Mawared”, he developed a love for British racing during the 1960s when renting a house in London and, with the help of former trainer Humphrey Cottrill, had his first winner on May 14, 1979, when Charming Native scored at Windsor. Born in Taif, Saudi Arabia, in 1937, Abdulla has been one of the most successful owner-breeders in Europe in the past 25 years and is the only current owner to have owned and bred the winners of all five British classics - his winners being Vodafone Derby (1990 Quest For Fame, 1993 Commander In Chief), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse), Stan James 2000 Guineas (1980 Known Fact, 1986 Dancing Brave, 1993 Zafonic), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1999 Wince) and St Leger (1991 Toulon). He has won most of the other major European races such as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Rainbow Quest (1985), Dancing Brave (1986) and Rail Link (2006), and also races with great success in the United States, where under the Juddmonte Farms banner he won a first classic in 2003 with Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes. Star sprinter Oasis Dream flew the Abdulla flag in Europe in 2003, winning the July Cup at Newmarket and the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, while American Post was triumphant in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) at Longchamp and collected the French 2000 Guineas the following year. The champion owner in both Britain and France in 2003, Abdulla also managed third in the USA owners’ championship. Abdulla is an honorary Jockey Club member and his daughter was married to the late Prince Fahd Salman, who won the 1991 Derby with Generous. Last season Abdulla had his first ever runners in Ireland with Dermot Weld. He landed his third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Rail Link, and also took the Criterium de Saint Cloud with Passage Of Time and the Man O’War Stakes in the US with Cacique. He has retained jockey Richard Hughes since 2001. Up to the end of 2006, Juddmonte bred 68 individual Group/Grade One winners of 121 races.

Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1997 REAMS OF VERSE

Henry Cecil
Born in Aberdeen on January 11, 1943, Henry Cecil has achieved just about everything he could have dreamed of in a training career spanning more than 30 years. If classic success is a measure of achievement on the Flat, the 10-time champion trainer is second to none among current trainers having won every domestic classic at least twice and amassed a total of 23 in all. The Lord Howard de Walden-owned Slip Anchor, partnered by Steve Cauthen, brought Cecil the first of his four Vodafone Derby triumphs in 1985 with an emphatic victory. Reference Point, also ridden by Cauthen, won the 1987 Derby holding off the challenge of Most Welcome while Commander In Chief, Cecil’s supposedly second string behind Tenby in the 1993 Vodafone Derby, and Oath in 1999 - partnered by Cecil’s then stable jockey Kieren Fallon - provided his third and fourth successes. Cecil has also landed the Vodafone Oaks seven times, the 2000 Guineas twice, the 1000 Guineas six times and the St Leger on four occasions. Having sent out 100 winners during the 1998 season, Cecil’s yearly tally dropped every year until 2006, when his 25 victories included Passage Of Times’ Group One success in the Criterium de Saint Cloud - the stable’s first Group One success since Beat Hollow in the 2000 Grand Prix de Paris. His passion for the turf was nurtured by his stepfather, Sir Cecil Boyd-Rochfort, with whom a young Cecil served as assistant trainer between 1964 and 1968, before taking out his own licence to train in 1969. It was not long before he staked his claim among the ranks of the leading trainers with a victory by Wolver Hollow in the Eclipse Stakes of that year. On the retirement of Sir Noel Murless, father of his first wife Julie, in 1976, Cecil took over Warren Place Stables in Newmarket where he has remained. He has a string of 78 horses in training for 2007.

Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1985 OH SO SHARP, 1988 DIMINUENDO, 1989 SNOW BRIDE, 1996 LADY CARLA, 1997 REAMS OF VERSE, 1999 RAMRUMA, 2000 LOVE DIVINE MEASURED TEMPO (GB) FACTFILE
b f Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Allez Les Trois (USA) (Riverman (USA))
Form: 1- Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Darley

Measured Tempo
Bred by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation, Measured Tempo boasts a superb pedigree, being a half-sister to Prix du Jockey Club winner Anabaa Blue. The filly is by the great Sadler’s Wells - sire of five Vodafone Oaks winners including Godolphin’s Moonshell in 1995 - out of French Group Three winner Allez Les Trois, who is herself a half-sister to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea and 2000 Guineas hero King’s Best. Measured Tempo made the short journey to Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course from Godolphin Stables for her only start to date in a soft ground seven-furlong maiden on October 28. The filly, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, swept to the lead approaching the final furlong and drew clear of her 19 rivals to record a three length verdict over the smart Siamese Cat. On April 14, Measured Tempo came through a trial at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, in satisfactory fashion and is now on target for a Vodafone Oaks trial.

Race Record: Starts: 1; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0: Win & Place Prize Money: £3,239

Godolphin
Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, other members of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai and friends, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter. This approach highlights the benefits of Dubai’s mild winter climate and gives Godolphin’s horses the edge when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the advantages of the Arabian sunshine before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year, Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the main base, in late April, the horses are stabled at Godolphin Stables and Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket. In 1999 and 2000, Godolphin’s two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who in 2001 relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, although 2003 was his last year as Godolphin’s juvenile handler and he has subsequently retired from training. All the Godolphin horses now come under Saeed bin Suroor’s control. Godolphin’s famous blue colours have been carried to victory in every British classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995 and Godolphin claims this success. The British Godolphin classic successes so far have been the Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq and 2004 Rule Of Law). Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral-Eclipse, the first time that the same owner and trainer had the first three in a British Group One, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup and the Melbourne Cup. Godolphin’s tally of 132 Group/Grade One wins includes the Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ (2001 Tempera), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani - the 100th G1 winner) and three Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee and 2002 Marienbard). Godolphin was leading British owner in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006.

VODAFONE OAKS WINS: 1994 BALANCHINE, 1995 MOONSHELL; 2002 KAZZIA

Saeed bin Suroor
Godolphin’s trainer, former police officer Saeed bin Suroor, was born in Dubai on October 10, 1967. He has been champion British trainer four times - in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the unbeaten Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed’s nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Prix de l ‘Arc de Triomphe. That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated. Bin Suroor is aided by racing manager Simon Crisford and an excellent team of staff. Cape Verdi’s 1000 Guineas win completed the full set of British classics for bin Suroor in 1998. His domestic classic winners are Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq and 2004 Rule Of Law). Godolphin has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide and 2003 saw Godolphin achieve 100 Grade/Group One races with Sulamani’s victory in the Arlington Million. That figure has subsequently risen to 132 Group/Grade One victories. A very quiet 2006 yielded no Group One victories in Britain and a total of five in Europe, although Discreet Cat and Ashkal Way scored at the highest level in the US to complement Electrocutionist’s Dubai World Cup win.

VODAFONE OAKS WINS: 1995 MOONSHELL; 2002 KAZZIA THE 2007 VODAFONE DERBY
Class 1, Group 1, £1,250,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.30pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 2, 2007. For three-year-olds only, entire colts & fillies, one mile & four furlongs. Entries closed December 7, 2005, (581 entries). First forfeit stage March 6 (165 remain), 2007, £8,000 second entry stage April 4, 2007 (five second entries), second forfeit stage May 18, 2007, £75,000 supplementary entry stage May 28, 2007. Five-day confirmation stage May 28, 2007, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 31, 2007. Form figures correct up to Monday, April 23, 2007. May not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Owner Trainer
(1)(6) AAJEL (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
ABYDOS Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 ACAPULCO (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
10-1 ADAGIO Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute
0131-0 ADMIRALOFTHEFLEET (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
51- AJAAN Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
AL NAAHADTH (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
01-4 AL SHEMALI Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
33- AL THARIB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
ALADDINS CAVE The Queen Sir Michael Stoute
16 ALARAZI (IRE) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
522-44 ALBERT EINSTEIN (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
33- ALEXANDER OF HALES (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
21- ANGELONMYSHOULDER Neil Jones John Oxx IRE
31-5 ANTON CHEKHOV Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
32- AQALEEM Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
0-1 ARABIAN GULF Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
021- ARCHIPENKO (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
6-2 ASHKAZAR (FR) HH Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
21- ASPERITY (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
31- AUTHORIZED (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
03-0 BASALT (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
551- BAYONYX (IRE) Transcend Bloodstock LLP Howard Johnson
2125-6 BIG ROBERT Martin Graham William Muir
BLACK CAT CROSSING (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
4(2)-3 BLACK ROCK (IRE) Alan Spence Michael Jarvis
033- BOLD APACHE (IRE) Noel Furlong Noel Furlong IRE
(1)-(1)(1) BOSCOBEL Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
BRANDENBURG (USA) Earle Mack SCRATCHED
2215- BRAVE TIN SOLDIER (USA) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
13-0 BROGHILL Duke of Devonshire John Gosden
2-4 BROOMIELAW Lady Ferguson Ed Dunlop
00(1)-5 BROSNA CRY (IRE) Tony Kilduff James Burns IRE
BUCINTORO (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
CANDRAGUPTA Razza del Terminillo Emilio Borromeo ITY
5-1 CELESTIAL HALO (IRE) Jack Hanson Barry Hills
113-(2) CHAMPERY (USA) Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
1 CHARIOTS OF FIRE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
4123-2 CHINESE WHISPER (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
432231- CHIVALROUS (IRE) Noel Furlong Noel Furlong IRE
123- COCKNEY REBEL (IRE) Phil Cunningham Geoff Huffer
064-3 CRIMSON MONARCH (USA) John Connolly Amanda Perrett
60 CRYSTAL CROWN (IRE) Michael Poland David Wachman IRE
DAR ES SALAAM Andy Macdonald Ed Dunlop
DARK STRANDS (IRE) Pat Garvey John Oxx IRE
5225-0 DAVIDII (IRE) Denis O'Flynn Ken Condon IRE
2- DAWN SKY Saif Ali Michael Jarvis
DELLA CRUSCAN (FR) Wentworth Racing (Pty) Ltd William Haggas
5- DENBERA DANCER (USA) Syndicate 2005 Mark Johnston
DIEGO VELASQUEZ (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
4 DIG GOLD (USA) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
2121- DIJEER (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
DON PEDRO MENDOZA (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
42-(1) DUBAI TWILIGHT Gainsborough Barry Hills
212- DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
DUSTOORI Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
6-1 EA (USA) Niarchos Family Sir Michael Stoute

512214- EAGLE MOUNTAIN Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
1- EASTERN ANTHEM (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2- ECO CENTRISM Bill Gredley William Haggas
ECO SYMPATHY Bill Gredley Michael Bell
6- EL DIEGO (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
EMPEROR AUGUSTUS (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
1313- EMPIRE DAY (UAE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(1)- ESCAPE ROUTE (USA) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
0 ETU (USA) Niarchos Family Aidan O’Brien IRE
EXPECTATIONS (USA) Earle Mack SCRATCHED
15- FINICIUS (USA) R Stokes Eoin Griffin IRE
FIRST COMING N Mustoe, T Lewis, V Dunn Brian McMath
12- FIVE A SIDE Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston
FLAVIUS (IRE) Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute
5-1 FOLLOWMYFOOTSTEPS (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
0-5 FRIENDLY GIANT (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
6- GIANT SEQUOIA (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
5 GLENSTAL ABBEY (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
1-0 GO ON BE A TIGER (USA) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
45 GOLD PROSPECT Brian Warren Michael Bell
GONE GOLD (USA) Jayeff "B" Stables Jeremy Noseda
00(1)-0 GUISEPPE VERDI (USA) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
5-1 HARLAND Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
15-5 HEARTHSTEAD MAISON (IRE) Hearthstead Homes Ltd Mark Johnston
6- HERNANDO CORTES Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
(6) HESIVORTHEDRIVER (GER) Mike Dawson Amanda Perrett
(0)(2) HIGH PROFIT (IRE) Jeff Smith David Elsworth
04-0 HIGHLAND LEGACY Brian Warren Michael Bell
51220-3 HOLOCENE (USA) Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
011212- HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
HONOLULU (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
3 HUBBLE BUBBLE (USA) Gainsborough Mark Johnston
INTOLERANT Earle Mack SCRATCHED
6- JALIL (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
JAPURA (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
(4)512-2 KID MAMBO (USA) J Daniels Terry Mills
KWAZULU (USA) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
011- LADIES BEST Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
3- LANG SHINING (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
LEANDER Kevin Tork Out of training
25- LIFE (IRE) Zayat Stables Ltd Jeremy Noseda
2 LUCARNO (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
1-3 MACARTHUR Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
01 MAHLER Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
MANBAR (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
36- MANY VOLUMES (USA) Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
21- MARIOTTO (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
012220-6 MASSIVE (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
4504(1)- MESSIAH GARVEY Noel Martin Mick Channon
1-1 METAPHORIC (IRE) The Royal Ascot Racing Club Michael Bell
MIDNIGHT FOLK (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
MILNE GRADEN Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
MISSISSIPPIAN (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
2-1 MOFARIJ Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2-11 MORES WELLS Iona Equine Kevin Prendergast IRE
MOSO (IRE) Ms S Raftery Caroline Hutchinson IRE
211- MOUNT NELSON Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
3-3 MOURILYAN (IRE) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
01-5 MUTADARREJ (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
12- MYTHICAL KID (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
OBJECTIVITY (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1- OMMRAAN (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
0- OPTICAL ILLUSION (USA) Hesmonds Stud Ed Dunlop
PATRIOT BOND (USA) Earle Mack SCRATCHED
010-1 PETARA BAY (IRE) Slavica Ecclestone Terry Mills
0110- PHILANTHROPY Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston0(2) PHREEZE Bill Gredley Alan Swinbank
(1) PIPPA GREENE R A H Evans Paul Cole
(1)(1)4 PLAYERS PLEASE (USA) Nick Browne Mark Johnston
(0)(6)(4)0 PRESIDENT DAN Noel Martin Mick Channon
10- PRINCE FOREVER (IRE) HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
(5)136- PRINCE OF ELEGANCE Gloria Cloran and Sue Whitehead Amanda Perrett
11- PROPONENT (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen Roger Charlton
PUSS IN BOOTS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
4(1)65-(3)(3)(4) RALLYING CRY (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
23205- RED ROCK CANYON (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
4120- REGIME (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XL Michael Bell
4-6 RHAAM Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
04-4 ROCK 'N' ROLLER (FR) Dennis Clarke & Clive Edginton William Muir
2- SAGARA (USA) Niarchos Family Jonathan Pease FR
(2)-(1)2 SALFORD MILL (IRE) Tony Thompson David Elsworth
2-1 SHAMDINAN (FR) HH Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
SILCA ELEGANCE Aldridge Racing Partnership Mick Channon
222- 3 SIMBAD (FR) Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
SKYLANCER Sheikh Mohammed Andre Fabre FR
212-1 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
0- SONG OF HIAWATHA Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
41- SPANISH HARLEM (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
1- SPANISH MOON (USA) Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
0 SPICE ROUTE Gilly Rowland-Clark and Kevin Mercer Michael Bell
SPRING CITY (GER) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
15113- STRATEGIC PRINCE H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Paul Cole
21(1)2- STROBILUS Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
005- STYLE SUNDAY (IRE) Charles Simon Out of training
0- SUGAR RAY (IRE) Philip Newton Sir Michael Stoute
216- SUNSHINE KID (USA) Stonerside Stable LLC John Gosden
431- SWISS ACT Markus Graff Mark Johnston
11111- TEOFILO (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
66- THE CARLTON CANNES John Pearce Geoff Wragg
04-0 THE ETHIOPIAN (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
1 TOP CLASS (USA) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
04-2 TRANSCEND H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
43- TRINIDAD (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
140-6 TRINITY COLLEGE (USA) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
1-2 TRULY ROYAL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2(1)-(2) TYBALT (USA) Stonerside Stable LLC John Gosden
5-(1)3 WANDLE Jeff Daniels Terry Mills
3-3 WESTLAKE Khalid Abdulla Dermot Weld IRE
WIGHTGAR Mrs J S Ignarski Roy Kvisla
6- WYETH Lael Stable James Fanshawe
11- YAZAMAAN Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
103-5 YELLOWSTONE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
234- YOSSI (IRE) Russell Trew Mark Tompkins

170 entries
56 Irish-trained
6 French-trained
1 Italian-trained
4 Scratched
2 Out of Training THE 2007 VODAFONE OAKS
Class 1, Group 1, £375,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.05pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 1, 2007. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile, four furlongs. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 7, entries revealed March 21 (73 entries). Forfeit stage May 18, £20,000 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage May 26, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing up to and including Monday, April 23.


Form Horse Owner Trainer
(2)(1)- ALGARADE Kirsten Rausing Sir Mark Prescott
1 ALL MY LOVING (IRE) Roisin Henry & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
(2)-(1)5 BARSHIBA (IRE) Jeff Smith David Elsworth
3(1)- BASAATA (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
2-0 BEAUTIFUL REWARD (FR) Clipper Group Holdings James Fanshawe
35-2 BRISK BREEZE (GER) Ennismore Racing I Henry Cecil
CHELSEA BALLAD (USA) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
CHERRY HINTON Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
CHRISTINAS LETTER (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
CLASSIRA (IRE) Nicholas Springer Michael Jarvis
433- CLICHE (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXXIX Sir Michael Stoute
262130- CUMIN (USA) Lady Bamford Barry Hills
2- CUT THE CAKE (USA) Tom Ludt Jeremy Noseda
(1)- DALVINA St Albans Bloodstock LLP Ed Dunlop
5- DANCE OF LIGHT (USA) Gary & Lesley Middlebrook Sir Michael Stoute
52312-(0)0 DARRFONAH (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
60-6 DIAMOND NECKLACE (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
0- DOWNTOWN (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
0-0 ELOUNDA (IRE) Ballygallon Stud Ltd Henry Cecil
(4)-(2)2 ELYAADI Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
3-3 ETERNAL PATH (USA) Niarchos Family Sir Michael Stoute
(5)(3)-5 FASCINATIN RHYTHM William Harrison-Allan Vince Smith
3- FASHION MODEL Bjorn Nielsen Michael Jarvis
(3)-1 FOLK OPERA (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
310-2 FOUR SINS (GER) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
(1)- FRAGRANCY (IRE) Mohammed Al Nabouda Michael Jarvis
(3)3- GUARANTIA Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
62(1)- GULL WING (IRE) Lady Bamford Michael Bell
1-0 HASANKA (IRE) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
(0)(2)-4 HIGH 'N DRY (IRE) Annie Cyzer Charles Cyzer
12- HOLLOW RIDGE Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
IMPERIAL QUEST Gary & Lesley Middlebrook James Fanshawe
KHAZARIA (FR) HH Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
4(1)-(6) LAKSHMI (IRE) Box 41 Mick Channon
231-1 LIGHT SHIFT (USA) Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
(0)0- LINDY LOU Annie Cyzer Charles Cyzer
(2)- LOULWA (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Jeremy Noseda
033-0 LUMINOUS ONE (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
01-1 MAJESTIC ROI (USA) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
6 MARZELLINE (IRE) Karyl Harris Walter Swinburn
1- MEASURED TEMPO Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MIDSUMMER FUN (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0 MONTRACHET Gary & Lesley Middlebrook Michael Bell
0100-0 NELL GWYN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
OPAL HAZE (USA) Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
64(1)- PAIRUMANI PRINCESS (IRE) Anamoine Ltd Ed Dunlop
5111- PASSAGE OF TIME Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
33 PEEPING FAWN (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
(0) PENANG (IRE) Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum Clive Brittain
1200- PRINCESS TAISE (USA) Gainsborough Mark Johnston
123-0 PUGGY (IRE) Investment AB Rustningen Roy Kvisla
20- QUEEN OF FRANCE (USA) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith David Wachman IRE
14-(0) RANSOM CAPTIVE (USA) Eastwind Racing Ltd and Martha Trussell Mikael Magnusson
(0)-(5) RESTLESS SOUL Annie Cyzer Charles Cyzer
ROSETTA STONE Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
SALSA VERDI (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
134(0)-(2)(0) SATULAGI (USA) Fitri Hay Stan Moore

(5)- SET THE SCENE (IRE) Carwell Equities Ltd John Gosden
01- SHIMONI The Welldiggers Partnership William Knight
14- SHORTHAND John Greetham Sir Michael Stoute
(1)(2) SILKWOOD Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
213011- SIMPLY PERFECT Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Jeremy Noseda
42- SUES SURPRISE (IRE) John Grant & A L R Morton Barry Hills
2(1)- SUNLIGHT (IRE) Lord Harrington Michael Jarvis
311141- SWEET LILLY Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
(5)-0 TEBEE George Strawbridge John Gosden
4- THINKING POSITIVE George Strawbridge John Gosden
2- TIMARWA (IRE) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
012- TREAT Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXXVI Mick Channon041- UIMHIR A HAON (IRE) Michael Ryan Aidan O’Brien IRE
WATCHFUL (IRE) De La Warr Racing Luca Cumani
201- YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
2 ZIFAAF (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills

73 entries
15 Irish-trained
1 French-trained


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