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Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Vodafone Derby
1m 4f, Epsom, 5th June 2004

5/2 (from 9/4) Yeats, 9/2 (from 5) Snow Ridge, 6 American Post, 8 (from 20) North Light, 14 Bull Run (needs to be sup), 16 (from 20) Let The Lion Roar, 16 (from 50) Rule of Law, 20 Andean, 20 Ecomium, 25 Magritte, 25 Mikado, 25 Millemix, 25 Percussionist, 25 Wolfe Tone, 33 Book Of Kings, 33 Cobra, 33 Imperial Stride, 40 Ace, 40 Acropolis, 40 Akarem, 40 Almuraad, 40 Always First, 40 Anchor, 40 Antonius Pius, 40 Blue Monday, 40 Buena Vista, 40 Duke Of Venice, 40 Elshadi, 40 Go For Gold, 40 Lucky Story, 40 Matloob, 40 Moscow Ballet, 40 Mullins Bay, 40 Napoleon, 40 Pearl Of Love, 40 Sussex, 50 Bar (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)


The £250,000 Darley July Cup (Group 1) at Newmarket on Thursday 8th July has attracted an outstandingly high-class entry of 72 horses, including the strongest international entry that any race at Newmarket has ever received. As well as all the leading home-trained contenders, Europe's premier sprint has attracted entries from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada, as well as France and Ireland.

Following in the footsteps of Choisir, who was second in last year's Darley July Cup after his two Royal Ascot victories, comes the big Australian hope, Exceed And Excel, still in the care of Aussie trainer Tim Martin, but now owned by Sheikh Mohammed. Australia's champion sprinter has won five of his last six starts, including the Newmarket Handicap (Group 1) at Flemington on his latest outing in March. Could he be the horse to give Sheikh Mohammed a first victory for 16 years in a race that his Darley Stud sponsors?

From Japan, two Hideyuki Mori-trained three-year-old colts, Seeking The Dia and Dorubako, have been entered. The former, who is out of Mori's 1998 Prix Maurice de Gheest winner, Seeking The Pearl, has won four out of his six starts in Japan including a Group 2 and a Group 3 over a mile. Dorubako has never been out of the first two in six starts, but has yet to tackle Pattern Race company. Mori knows what it takes to win the Darley July Cup having landed the 2000 running with Agnes World. That year Mori used Royal Ascot as a stepping stone to Newmarket, but significantly neither of his two potential challengers has been entered at Ascot this time.

From Hong Kong, trainer David Oughton has entered Cape Of Good Hope. Originally trained in England by David Elsworth, the tough six-year-old was a fine second in the Chairman's Sprint Prize (Hong Kong Group 1) at Sha Tin last month.

Soaring Free is a fascinating North American entry. A multiple winner at Woodbine in his native Canada, he was a fine fifth to Six Perfections in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile for his trainer Mark Frostad.

Sheikh Mohammed's USA trainer, Eoin Harty, has entered Lydgate, a Grade 3 winner in the States, while the Sheikh also has an ex-USA-trained colt entered in Maple Syrple, second in a Grade 2 at Saratoga last year, as well as State City, who has only ever raced in Dubai and the USA. Both are now with Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor.

There are five very interesting French entries, headed by the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas fifth, Whipper (Robert Collet), and one of last year's leading juveniles, the Pascal Bary-trained Much Faster. John Hammond has two entries - the 2002 Diadem Stakes (Group 2) winner, Crystal Castle, and a lightly raced three-year-old, Estihdaaf - while last year's Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group 1) winner, Porlezza (Yves De Nicolay), has also been entered.

From Ireland, Aidan O'Brien has entered eight horses, headed by his much vaunted UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas disappointment, One Cool Cat, while Dermot Weld has entered his previously unbeaten Guineas fourth Grey Swallow. John Oxx's tough sprinter Hanabad has also been entered.

This is the array of international talent that the UK entries might have to face in July. All our top sprinters have been entered, together with two top class three-year-old fillies who could be stepping back down in trip to the six furlongs of the Darley July Cup. Amongst the established sprinters, Patavellian, Roger Charlton's Vodafone Stewards' Cup and Prix de l'Abbaye (Group 1) winner, and Airwave, a close third in last year's Darley July Cup, stand out. Monsieur Bond, Steenberg and Arakan, the first three home in yesterday's Duke of York Hearthstead Homes Stakes (Group 2), and the fast improving Victor Chandler Palace House Stakes (Group 3) winner, Frizzante, are others to take the eye.

The three-year-old entry is fascinating, with the unbeaten UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (Group 1) winner, Attraction, standing out. She is already a course and distance winner after her Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes (Group 2) victory last season. Carry On Katie, one of nine entries for Saeed bin Suroor, would be very interesting coming back in trip after her good sixth in the 1000. Meanwhile, several of last year's top juvenile colts have been entered including Milk It Mick, Three Valleys, Balmont, Pastoral Pursuits and Howick Falls.

"This must be the strongest international entry that a race at Newmarket has ever received and, with a cracking home entry as well, it promises to be a race that befits the Darley July Cup's status as the top sprint race in Europe," commented Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser.

"We have clearly benefited from Ascot's drive to attract international sprinters to the Royal Meeting, but the two Japanese have only been entered for Newmarket which I believe highlights the huge international reputation of our race.

"It wouldn't be a surprise if the likes of Attraction and One Cool Cat were in the final line up against seasoned sprinters like Exceed And Excel, Patavellian and Airwave. Last year's showdown between Oasis Dream, Choisir and Airwave was a cracker and this entry gives us every hope that we'll have something to match it come July."

12th May 2004

Michael Prosser, 07802 844 578
Alistair Haggis, 07884 026 487


Class A, Group One, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. Newmarket, Thursday, July 8, 2004. Six furlongs. For 3yo+. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 10lb, 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 5lb; fillies 9st 2lb. Entries closed May 5, entries revealed May 12 (72 entries), forfeit stage June 15, £15,000 supplementary entry stage July 3, five-day confirmation stage July 3, final declarations 10.00am, July 6. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, May 11.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
23360-6 AIRWAVE 4 Henry Candy & Partners Henry Candy
110-4 ANTONIUS PIUS (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2263-13 ARAKAN (USA) 4 Niarchos Family Sir Michael Stoute
5410-30 ASHDOWN EXPRESS (IRE) 5 W J P Jackson Chris Wall
11111-1 ATTRACTION 3 Duke of Roxburghe Mark Johnston
21343-2 AVONBRIDGE 4 John Deer Roger Charlton
144210 BAHAMIAN PIRATE (USA) 9 Lucayan Stud David Nicholls
211110- BALMONT (USA) 3 Sanford Robertson Jeremy Noseda
2515-60 BONUS (IRE) 4 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing VII Richard Hannon
51341-3 BOOGIE STREET 3 Hippodrome Racing Richard Hannon
1341- BYRON 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
443-632 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 6 Exors of the Late R Carstairs David Oughton HK
111-6 CARRY ON KATIE (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1310- CARTOGRAPHY (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
201601- COLOSSUS (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
0/00600- CONTINENT 7 Lucayan Stud David Nicholls
14/205-0 COUNTRY REEL (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(4)(0)300-3 CRYSTAL CASTLE (USA) 6 J Raw John Hammond FR
DORUBAKO (IRE) 3 Yoichi Aoyama Hideyuki Mori JPN
61- DVINSKY (USA) 3 Michael Tabor Gerard Butler
ESTIHDAAF (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Hammond FR
1116-11 EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) 4 Sheikh Mohammed Tim Martin AUS
1510U-0 FAYR JAG (IRE) 5 Jonathan Gill Tim Easterby
23-(0)034 FIRE UP THE BAND 5 P Crane, A Barker & S Short David Nicholls
4611-21 FRIZZANTE 5 Jan Hopper & Elizabeth Grundy James Fanshawe
1325-2 GRAND REWARD (USA) 3 Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Beverley Lewis Aidan O'Brien IRE
11-14 GREY SWALLOW (IRE) 3 Rochelle Quinn Dermot Weld IRE
451221- HANABAD (IRE) 4 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
13011- HOWICK FALLS (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
16205-1 IF PARADISE 3 Mrs J Wood Richard Hannon
10100-5 INDIAN HAVEN 4 Peter Gleeson, Julian Smith, Loz Conway Paul D'Arcy
25201-0 JUST JAMES 5 Lucayan Stud Jeremy Noseda
1210- KHELEYF (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
213- KING HESPERUS (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11-2 LA CUCARACHA 3 Guy Reed Barry Hills
161130- LOCHRIDGE 5 Jeff Smith Andrew Balding
10-2442 LYDGATE (USA) 4 Sheikh Mohammed Eoin Harty USA
(1)(1)(2)- MAPLE SYRPLE (CAN) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0100-63 MAZEPA (IRE) 4 Paul & Jenny Green Neville Callaghan
511-(2)50 MILK IT MICK 3 Paul Dixon Jamie Osborne
31313-1 MILLBAG (IRE) 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
13020-2 MILLYBAA (USA) 4 C J Mills Rae Guest
220/30-3 MISTER LINKS (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
125-511 MONSIEUR BOND (IRE) 4 Reg Bond Bryan Smart
5163-41 MOSS VALE (IRE) 3 John Grant Barry Hills
111120- MUCH FASTER (IRE) 3 Ecurie Jean-Louis Bouchard Pascal Bary FR
1/6102-3 NAYYIR 6 Abdulla Al Khalifa Gerard Butler
0542-14 NEWTON (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
03212-4 NIGHTS CROSS (IRE) 3 Ridgeway Downs Racing Mick Channon
12110-2 NYRAMBA 3 Ammerland Verwaltung GmbH & Co KG John Gosden
41111-0 ONE COOL CAT (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
06-2450 ORIENTOR 6 S Bruce Jim Goldie
2111- PASTORAL PURSUITS 3 The Pursuits Partnership Hughie Morrison
1/15111- PATAVELLIAN (IRE) 6 Joihn Deer Roger Charlton
31111-3 PEAK TO CREEK 3 C Holt, C Fox & J Wright Jeremy Noseda
01D15-1 PORLEZZA (FR) 5 Mme E Hilger Yves de Nicolay FR
0243-61 RINGMOOR DOWN 5 Prof C D Green David Arbuthnot
11 SEEKING THE DIA (USA) 3 Yoichi Aoyama Hideyuki Mori JPN
41-3 SO WILL I 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
11245-1 SOARING FREE (CAN) 5 Sam-Son Farm Mark Frostad CAN
2 SOLDIER'S TALE (USA) 3 Syd Belzberg Jeremy Noseda
14210-0 SOMNUS 4 Legard Sidebottom & Sykes Tim Easterby
(1)(5)(3)(5)(5)-(0) STATE CITY (USA) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
401-212 STEENBERG (IRE) 5 Kenneth MacPherson Mark Tompkins
13D2-20 THREE VALLEYS (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
30605-1 TOUT SEUL (IRE) 4 Eden Racing Fulke Johnson Houghton
11615-0 TRADE FAIR 4 Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
135- TROUBADOUR (IRE) 3 The late Robert Sangster & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
6212(6)-0 TUMBLEBRUTUS (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
410000- TWILIGHT BLUES (IRE) 5 Susan Roy Brian Meehan
(1)-6 TWO STEP KID (USA) 3 Hesmonds Stud Jeremy Noseda
1141-15 WHIPPER (USA) 3 Richard Strauss Robert Collet FR

72 entries
10 Irish-trained
5 French-trained
2 Japanese-trained
1 Australian-trained
1 Canadian-trained
1 Hong Kong-trained
1 USA-trained

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