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Monday, May 31, 2004


TWO MORE JOIN IN THE VODAFONE DERBY


Two supplementary entries were made today (Monday, May 31) for the premier British Classic, The Vodafone Derby, increasing the value of Europe’s richest race to £1,359,000 from £1,250,000.


Gatwick, a syndicate-owned horse involving among others Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Neville Callaghan-trained Hazyview join 14 others, whose entries were confirmed today, as likely runners in Saturday’s enthralling contest at Epsom Downs.


These entries cost £75,000 each and help increase the value of the race.


All the main contenders for the 2004 Vodafone Derby go forward, with the French-trained hope American Post, who is aiming to be the first successful raider from across the channel since Empery in 1976, among them.


Stephen Wallis, Managing Director of Epsom Downs Racecourse, said today: “It is fantastic that a syndicate-owned horse has been supplemented for The Vodafone Derby and we wish connections of both Gatwick and Hazyview the best of luck in their sporting challenges.

“It looks like an open Vodafone Derby and therefore their decision to join the contenders for the Classic appears well justified.”

The going at Epsom Downs is currently good, good to firm in places and some rain is expected overnight. Decisions about whether to water parts of the course will be taken tomorrow.



THE 2004 VODAFONE DERBY

Class A, Group One, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs, Total Prize Fund £1,359,000 4.20pm, Saturday, June 5, 2004, one mile, four furlongs and about ten yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 9lb, closed December 4, 2002 (588 entries), first forfeit stage March 2, 2004 (140 entries remained), £8,000 second entry stage April 7, 2004, second forfeit stage May 19, 2004 (25 remain), £75,000 supplementary entry stage May 31, 2004 (two added) , five-day confirmation stage noon, May 31, 2004 (14 confirmed plus two supplementary entries), final declaration stage 10am June 3, 2004.


Form Horse Owner Trainer

2111-111 AMERICAN POST Khalid Abdulla Criquette Head-Maarek FR
2-52 COMING AGAIN (IRE) Abdulla BuHaleeba Barry Hills
114- ELSHADI (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
3-1311 GATWICK (IRE) Henry Ponsonby Mick Channon SUPPLEMENTED
00031-211121 HAZYVIEW Tim Mohan Neville Callaghan SUPPLEMENTED
12-13 LET THE LION ROAR Neil Jones John Dunlop
02 MASSIF CENTRALE Raymond Tooth David Elsworth
31-221 MEATH (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
125-6 MOSCOW BALLET (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
21-1 NORTH LIGHT (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd Sir Michael Stoute
32-11 PERCUSSIONIST (IRE) Exors of the late Robert Sangster John Gosden
04(3)(1)-1 PUKKA (IRE) Fittocks Stud Luca Cumani
3113-2 RULE OF LAW (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-16 SALFORD CITY (IRE) Michael Tabor David Elsworth
110-2 SNOW RIDGE (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-11 YEATS (IRE) Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle Aidan O’Brien IRE

16 entries go forward after five-day confirmation stage and supplementary entry stage
3 Irish-trained
1 French-trained


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