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Wednesday, May 2, 2007



VODAFONE DERBY CLUES AT NEWMARKET





A host of Vodafone Derby contenders will be on show this week, with the Stan James Guineas Festival at Newmarket this weekend set to provide the stage for many of the leading candidates to strut their stuff.


Teofilo, the champion two-year-old of 2006, will make his eagerly awaited return to the track in the Stan James 2000 Guineas over a mile this Saturday, May 5, with connections hoping that he puts up a convincing performance to book his ticket to Epsom Downs for the Vodafone Derby on Saturday, June 2.


Jim Bolger’s superstar has yet to taste defeat in five outings and is the general 11/4 favourite to triumph in the premier Classic in a month’s time.


Adagio, trained by four-times Vodafone Derby-winning handler Sir Michael Stoute, was impressive when taking the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 19. Currently around an 8/1 chance for the Vodafone Derby, he will be looking to enhance his claims with another top effort over the Rowley Mile.

The Paul Cole-trained Strategic Prince was successful twice in Group Two company last term and ran an excellent third to Teofilo in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on his final outing. He will be out to prove he has the attributes to be competitive at Epsom Downs over 12 furlongs on the first Saturday in June, for which he is priced around 16/1.


Aidan O’Brien enjoyed Vodafone Derby success with Galileo in 2001 and High Chaparral the following year. Mount Nelson, as low as 11/2 to give his handler a third victory in the Classic, is a son of 2002 Stan James 2000 Guineas hero Rock Of Gibraltar. He followed an easy Curragh maiden success with a battling head defeat of Spirit One in the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud when last seen in October.


Stable companions Duke Of Marmalade, Eagle Mountain and Yellowstone will also be out to enhance their Vodafone Derby prospects at Newmarket this weekend.


A total of 12 horses engaged in the Stan James 2000 Guineas hold an entry in the Vodafone Derby: Adagio, Al Shemali, Big Robert, Cockney Rebel, Duke Of Marmalade, Eagle Mountain, Mofarij, Mount Nelson, Strategic Prince, Teofilo, Truly Royal and Yellowstone.


The last horse to win both contests was Nashwan in 1989. Sir Percy followed up his fine second to George Washington in last year’s 2000 Guineas with a thrilling victory in the Vodafone Derby, while Generous in 1991 ran fourth to Mystiko in the Newmarket Classic and subsequently went three places better in the Epsom showpiece.


Further clues could be on offer at Newmarket this Saturday in the 10-furlong Listed StansPoker.co.uk Newmarket Stakes, with nine of the 14 entries also engaged in the Vodafone Derby.


Godolphin’s Eastern Anthem ran only once last year but was very impressive when sauntering home in a soft ground extended mile maiden at Nottingham, defeating Sagredo by an eased-down five lengths, while stablemate Mythical Kid, who was added to the Vodafone Derby at the second entry stage, went down by a short-head to Dijeerr in the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury in October.


Acapulco, a very promising sort from the Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O’Brien, barely came out of second gear when taking a 10-furlong contest at Navan on his debut on April 1, strolling to a nine-length success over previous winner Harper Valley. Stable companion Mahler - like Acapulco a son of 2001 Vodafone Derby victor Galileo - got off the mark at the second time of asking at Leopardstown on April 22. Big Robert, Broghill, Champery, Hearthstead Maison and Salford Mill are also on trial for Epsom.

The Mark Johnston-trained Boscobel is entered in the Stan James Handicap, run over 10 furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday, May 5. The Halling colt is unbeaten in three starts and was last seen dead-heating in an extended mile handicap on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton on February 16. He will need to win again to further his Vodafone Derby claims.


This Vodafone Derby media pack contains jockey and trainer records, how favourites have fared and 50 Vodafone Derby facts & figures plus the entries with the latest form figures.

for immediate release, Wednesday, May 2, 2007

VODAFONE DERBY CLUES AT NEWMARKET

A host of Vodafone Derby contenders will be on show this week, with the Stan James Guineas Festival at Newmarket this weekend set to provide the stage for many of the leading candidates to strut their stuff.


Teofilo, the champion two-year-old of 2006, will make his eagerly awaited return to the track in the Stan James 2000 Guineas over a mile this Saturday, May 5, with connections hoping that he puts up a convincing performance to book his ticket to Epsom Downs for the Vodafone Derby on Saturday, June 2.


Jim Bolger’s superstar has yet to taste defeat in five outings and is the general 11/4 favourite to triumph in the premier Classic in a month’s time.


Adagio, trained by four-times Vodafone Derby-winning handler Sir Michael Stoute, was impressive when taking the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 19. Currently around an 8/1 chance for the Vodafone Derby, he will be looking to enhance his claims with another top effort over the Rowley Mile.

The Paul Cole-trained Strategic Prince was successful twice in Group Two company last term and ran an excellent third to Teofilo in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on his final outing. He will be out to prove he has the attributes to be competitive at Epsom Downs over 12 furlongs on the first Saturday in June, for which he is priced around 16/1.


Aidan O’Brien enjoyed Vodafone Derby success with Galileo in 2001 and High Chaparral the following year. Mount Nelson, as low as 11/2 to give his handler a third victory in the Classic, is a son of 2002 Stan James 2000 Guineas hero Rock Of Gibraltar. He followed an easy Curragh maiden success with a battling head defeat of Spirit One in the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud when last seen in October.


Stable companions Duke Of Marmalade, Eagle Mountain and Yellowstone will also be out to enhance their Vodafone Derby prospects at Newmarket this weekend.


A total of 12 horses engaged in the Stan James 2000 Guineas hold an entry in the Vodafone Derby: Adagio, Al Shemali, Big Robert, Cockney Rebel, Duke Of Marmalade, Eagle Mountain, Mofarij, Mount Nelson, Strategic Prince, Teofilo, Truly Royal and Yellowstone.


The last horse to win both contests was Nashwan in 1989. Sir Percy followed up his fine second to George Washington in last year’s 2000 Guineas with a thrilling victory in the Vodafone Derby, while Generous in 1991 ran fourth to Mystiko in the Newmarket Classic and subsequently went three places better in the Epsom showpiece.


Further clues could be on offer at Newmarket this Saturday in the 10-furlong Listed StansPoker.co.uk Newmarket Stakes, with nine of the 14 entries also engaged in the Vodafone Derby.


Godolphin’s Eastern Anthem ran only once last year but was very impressive when sauntering home in a soft ground extended mile maiden at Nottingham, defeating Sagredo by an eased-down five lengths, while stablemate Mythical Kid, who was added to the Vodafone Derby at the second entry stage, went down by a short-head to Dijeerr in the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury in October.


Acapulco, a very promising sort from the Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O’Brien, barely came out of second gear when taking a 10-furlong contest at Navan on his debut on April 1, strolling to a nine-length success over previous winner Harper Valley. Stable companion Mahler - like Acapulco a son of 2001 Vodafone Derby victor Galileo - got off the mark at the second time of asking at Leopardstown on April 22. Big Robert, Broghill, Champery, Hearthstead Maison and Salford Mill are also on trial for Epsom.

The Mark Johnston-trained Boscobel is entered in the Stan James Handicap, run over 10 furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday, May 5. The Halling colt is unbeaten in three starts and was last seen dead-heating in an extended mile handicap on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton on February 16. He will need to win again to further his Vodafone Derby claims.


This Vodafone Derby media pack contains jockey and trainer records, how favourites have fared and 50 Vodafone Derby facts & figures plus the entries with the latest form figures.



RECORD OF SELECTED CURRENT JOCKEYS IN THE VODAFONE DERBY

Eddie Ahern

2003-10 Shield

2004-8 Hazyview



Dominique Boeuf

1987-7 Groom Dancer



Kevin Darley

1994-7 Golden Ball

1995-10 Salmon Ladder

1996-6 Mystic Knight

2000-6 Hatha Anna

2002-5 Fight Your Corner

2003-9 Magistretti

2004-4 Percussionist



Frankie Dettori

1992-16 Pollen Count

1993-8 Wolf Prince

1994-10 Linney Head

1995-2 Tamure

1996-3 Shantou

1997-9 Bold Demand

1998-9 Cape Verdi

1999-9 Dubai Millennium

2001-3 Tobougg

2002-7 Naheef

2003-8 Graikos

2004-7 Snow Ridge

2005-3 Dubawi

2006-9 Linda’s Lad



Brett Doyle

2003-19 Lundy’s Lane



Steve Drowne

2003-20 Prince Nureyev



Ted Durcan

2003-14 Franklins Gardens

2006-11 Championship Point



Martin Dwyer

2004-13 Elshadi

2006-1 SIR PERCY



Paul Eddery

1987-2 Most Welcome

1988-11 Charmer

1991-12 Arokat1992-3 Silver Wisp



John Egan

2006-16 Snoqualmie Boy



Kieren Fallon

1994-15 Party Season

1997-7 Symonds Inn

1998-7 Sadian

1999-1 OATH

2002-9 Louisville

2003-1 KRIS KIN

2004-1 NORTH LIGHT

2005-5 Gypsy King

2006-PU Horatio Nelson



Joe Fanning

2006-15 Atlantic Waves



Michael Fenton

1995-15 Maralinga



Jimmy Fortune

1999-10 Brancaster

2000-9 Zyz

2002-6 Where Or When

2003-11 Summerland

2005-9 Grand Central



Seamus Heffernan

2006-8 Mountain



Michael Hills

1985-9 Royal Harmony

1988-2 Glacial Storm

1990-10 Missionary Ridge

1992-17 Ninja Dancer

1994-21 Broadway Flyer

1996-1 SHAAMIT

1997-8 Musalsal

1998-11 Gulland

1999-16 Through The Rye

2000-14 Cracow

2001-5 Storming Home

2003-15 Dunhill Star

2004-12 Coming Again

2006-14 Sienna Storm



Richard Hills

1984-4 At Talaq

1987-18 Alwasmi

1988-10 Al Mufti

1989-9 Flockton's Own

1992-15 Lobilio

1995-4 Fahal

1997-6 Fahris

1998-14 Haami

1999-12 Zaajer

2000-2 Sakhee

2001-4 Mr Combustible

2002-8 Bandari



Darryll Holland

1993-3 Blues Traveller

1994-22 Darkwood Bay

1998-6 The Glow-Worm

2003-7 Let Me Try Again

2004-9 Pukka

2006-2 Dragon Dancer



Richard Hughes

2000-7 St Expedit

2001-6 Perfect Sunday

2003-17 Strength ‘n Honour

2004-6 American Post

2005-13 Kong



Thierry Jarnet

1995-11 Pennekamp

1999-8 Compton Admiral



Shane Kelly

2006-7 Sixties Icon



Michael Kinane

1983-2 Carlingford Castle

1986-6 Flash Of Steel

1990-16 River God

1992-5 Twist And Turn

1993-1 COMMANDER IN CHIEF

1994-2 King's Theatre

1995-8 Humbel

1996-15 Storm Trooper

1997-4 Entrepreneur

1998-8 Second Empire

1999-7 Saffron Walden

2000-10 Aristotle

2001-1 GALILEO

2002-2 Hawk Wing

2003-16 Brian Boru

2004-3 Let The Lion Roar

2005-10 Oratorio

2006-12 Septimus



Eric Legrix

1985-12 Seurat



Fergal Lynch

2002-4 Jelani



Kevin Manning

1988-9 Project Manager



Kerrin McEvoy

2004-2 Rule Of Law



Robert Miles

2006-17 Noddies Way



Ian Mongan

2006-13 Before You Go



Ryan Moore

2005-7 Unfurled

2006-6 Best Alibi



Gerard Mosse

1990-9 Linamix

1999-2 Daliapour



Alan Munro

1990-12 Sober Mind

1991-1 GENEROUS

1992-8 Great Palm

1993-14 Canaska Star

1994-9 Star Selection

2005-2 Walk In The Park



Johnny Murtagh

1996-10 Double Leaf

1998-4 Sunshine Street

1999-5 All The Way

2000-1 SINNDAR

2001-7 Dilshaan

2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL

2003-3 Alamshar

2004-5 Salford City

2005-1 MOTIVATOR

2006-3 Dylan Thomas



Warren O'Connor

1996-8 Acharne



Daragh O’Donohoe

1999-13 Adair



Dane O'Neill

1996-16 Zaforum

2004-11 Massif Centrale

2005-11 Kings Quay



Olivier Peslier

1996-4 Glory Of Dancer

1997-10 Cloudings

1998-1 HIGH-RISE

1999-11 Val Royal

2000-15 Kingsclere



Richard Quinn

1985-6 Reach

1986-11 Nomrood

1987-13 Ibn Bey

1990-7 Zoman

1992-6 Alflora

1993-7 Redenham

1994-17 Waiting

1995-7 Riyadian

1996-17 St Mawes

1998-12 Courteous

1999-15 Lucido

2000-3 Beat Hollow

2001-10 Chancellor

2003-4 Norse Dancer

2004-10 Gatwick

2005-8 The Geezer



Philip Robinson

1983-5 Guns Of Navarone

1985-4 Supreme Leader

1986-7 Sirk

1993-6 Bob's Return

1994-20 The Flying Phantom

1996-13 Even Top

2000-8 Barathea Guest

2001-8 Putra Sandhurst

2002- Fell Coshocton

2003-6 Dutch Gold

2006-4 Hala Bek



Seb Sanders

2003-18 Unigold

2005-6 Hattan



Pat Shanahan

1990-18 Mr Brooks



Pat Smullen

2003-13 Refuse To Bend

2005-12 Almighty



Christophe Soumillon

2000-12 Broche

2003-12 Alberto Giacometti

2006-5 Visindar



Jamie Spencer

2002-3 Moon Ballad

2003-5 Balestrini

2004-14 Meath

2005-4 Fracas



Gary Stevens

1999-3 Beat All



Willie Supple

1996-12 Tasdid

2002-10 Tholjanah



Craig Williams

2001-11 King Carew



Robert Winston

2006-10 Papal Bull



HOW THE VODAFONE DERBY FAVOURITES HAVE FARED 1965-2006

Year Favourite SP Position

2006 Visindar 2/1 5th

2005 MOTIVATOR 3/1 WON

2004 NORTH LIGHT 7/2 jt WON

Snow Ridge 7/2 jt 7th

2003 Refuse To Bend 11/4 13th

2002 Hawk Wing 9/4 2nd

2001 GALILEO 11/4 jt WON

Golan 11/4 jt 2nd

2000 Beat Hollow 7/2 3rd

1999 Dubai Millennium 5/1 9th

1998 Cape Verdi 11/4 9th

1997 Entrepreneur 4/6 4th

1996 Dushyantor 9/2 2nd

1995 Pennekamp 11/8 11th

1994 ERHAAB 7/2 WON

1993 Tenby 4/5 10th

1992 Rodrigo de Triano 13/2 9th

1991 Corrupt 4/1 jt 6th

Toulon 4/1 jt 9th

1990 Razeen 9/2 14th

1989 NASHWAN 5/4 WON

1988 Red Glow 5/2 4th

1987 REFERENCE POINT 6/4 WON

1986 Dancing Brave 2/1 2nd

1985 SLIP ANCHOR 9/4 WON

1984 El Gran Senor 8/11 2nd

1983 TEENOSO 9/2 WON

1982 GOLDEN FLEECE 3/1 WON

1981 SHERGAR 10/11 WON

1980 Nikoli 4/1 8th

1979 Ela-Mana-Mou 9/2 4th

1978 Inkerman 4/1 21st

1977 Blushing Groom 9/4 3rd

1976 Wollow 11/10 5th

1975 Green Dancer 6/4 6th

1974 Nonoalco 9/4 7th

1973 Ksar 5/1 4th

1972 ROBERTO 3/1 WON

1971 MILL REEF 100/30 WON

1970 NIJINSKY 11/8 WON

1969 Ribofilio 7/2 5th

1968 SIR IVOR 4/5 WON

1967 ROYAL PALACE 7/4 WON

1966 Pretendre 9/2 jt 2nd

Right Noble 9/2 jt 9th

1965 SEA BIRD II 7/4 WON



RECORD OF SELECTED CURRENT TRAINERS IN THE VODAFONE DERBY

Michael Bell

1995-15 Maralinga

1999-4 Housemaster

2005-1 MOTIVATOR



Patrick Biancone USA

1985-12 Seurat

1987-10 Persifleur

1989-5 Mill Pond



Jim Bolger IRE

1988-9 Project Manager

1991-3 Star Of Gdansk

1992-2 St Jovite

1993-11 Desert Team

1993-2 Blue Judge



Clive Brittain

1974-15 Grey Thunder

1976-16 Coin of Gold

1976-11 Tierra Fuego

1976-10 Radetzky

1977-21 Noble Venture

1978-6 Julio Mariner

1980-23 Marcello

1980-17 Braughing

1981-15 Golden Brigadier

1981-7 Silver Season

1981-6 Sheer Grit

1982-15 Lobkowiez

1983-15 Tivian

1983-13 Neorion

1983-5 Guns Of Navarone

1985-4 Supreme Leader

1986-14 Bold Arrangement

1986-7 Sirk

1987-6 Mountain Kingdom

1989-2 Terimon

1991-10 Mystiko

1991-8 Hailsham

1992-15 Lobilio

1992-14 Paradise Navy

1992-6 Alflora

1994-11 Ionio

1995-12 Korambi

1996-14 Spartan Heartbeat

1996-8 Acharne

2003-6 Dutch Gold

2003-19 Lundy’s Lane

2005-6 Hattan



Gerard Butler

1999-8 Compton Admiral

2003-10 Shield



Neville Callaghan

1991-6 Corrupt

2003-9 Magistretti

2004-8 Hazyview



Henry Candy

1980-2 Master Willie

1997-12 Crystal Hearted



Henry Cecil

1970-7 Approval

1973-6 Relay Race

1974-12 Arthurian

1976-5 Wollow

1977-20 Royal Plume

1979-5 Lyphards Wish

1980-6 Hello Gorgeous

1984-13 Claude Monet

1985-1 SLIP ANCHOR

1985-5 Lanfranco

1986-3 Mashkour

1986-4 Faraway Dancer

1987-1 REFERENCE POINT

1987-14 Legal Bid

1991-7 Hokusai

1992-5 Twist And Turn

1993-1 COMMANDER IN CHIEF

1993-10 Tenby

1994-2 King's Theatre

1996-2 Dushyantor

1996-15 Storm Trooper

1998-7 Sadian

1999-1 OATH

2000-3 Beat Hollow

2000-5 Wellbeing



Mick Channon

2001-11 King Carew

2004-10 Gatwick

2006-11 Championship Point



Peter Chapple-Hyam

1992-1 DR DEVIOUS

1992-9 Rodrigo de Triano

1993-4 Cairo Prince

1993-12 Planetary Aspect

1993-16 Zind

1994-3 Colonel Collins

1994-6 Pencader

1995-5 Court Of Honour

1995-13 Spectrum

1996-9 Chief Contender

1997-3 Romanov

1997-11 Single Empire

1999-10 Brancaster



Roger Charlton

1990-1 QUEST FOR FAME

1996-6 Mystic Knight



Tony Clout FR

1987-7 Groom Dancer

Paul Cole1974-9 Court Dancer

1984-9 Sheer Heights

1985-14 Main Reason

1986-5 Nisnas

1986-11 Nomrood

1987-13 Ibn Bey

1990-7 Zoman

1991-1 GENEROUS

1992-8 Great Palm

1994-9 Star Selection

1994-17 Waiting

1995-7 Riyadian

1995-10 Salmon Ladder

1998-12 Courteous



Robert Collet FR

1979-15 Son Of Love



Luke Comer IRE

2001-12 Cashel Bay



Luca Cumani

1983-9 Tolomeo

1986-13 Then Again

1988-1 KAHYASI

1988-5 Kefaah

1989-8 Torjoun

1993-5 Barathea

1998-1 HIGH-RISE

1999-2 Daliapour

2004-9 Pukka



Charles Cyzer

1994-15 Party Season

2003-17 Strength ‘n Honour



Alain de Royer-Dupre FR

1988-8 Sadjiyd



Robin Dickin

1994-23 Colonel Colt



Michael Dickinson USA

1993-8 Wolf Prince




Ed Dunlop

1999-12 Zaajer

2003-18 Unigold



John Dunlop

1968-3 Mount Athos1972-6 Scottish Rifle

1976-12 Norfolk Air

1978-1 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS

1980-15 Prince Spruce

1982-14 Jalmood

1983-14 Wassl

1987-12 Love The Groom

1991-2 Marju

1994-1 ERHAAB

1994-5 Khamaseen

1996-17 St Mawes

1997-2 Silver Patriarch

1998-14 Haami

1999-15 Lucido

2000-2 Sakhee

2004-3 Let The Lion Roar

2005-7 Unfurled

2005-13 Kong



David Elsworth

1982-11 Tidworth Tattoo

1984-3 Mighty Flutter

1990-13 Bookcase

1992-12 Well Saddled

1994-22 Darkwood Bay

1999-14 Salford Express

2003-4 Norse Dancer

2004-5 Salford City

2004-11 Massif Centrale

2005-8 The Geezer

2006-16 Snoqualmie Boy



Andre Fabre FR

1981-17 Al Nasr

1991-9 Toulon

1992-11 Rainbow Corner

1994-19 Sunshack

1995-11 Pennekamp

1997-10 Cloudings

1999-11 Val Royal

2006-5 Visindar

2006-9 Linda’s Lad



James Fanshawe

1991-11 Environment Friend



John Gosden

1992-4 Muhtarram

1994-10 Linney Head

1995-2 Tamure

1995-3 Presenting

1996-3 Shantou

1997-1 BENNY THE DIP

1999-6 Glamis

2003-11 Summerland

2004-4 Percussionist



William Haggas

1996-1 SHAAMIT



John Hammond FR

2005-2 Walk In The Park



Richard Hannon

1973-18 Mon Fils

1974-17 Hope of Holland

1978-20 Son Fils

1989-6 Gran Alba

1992-13 Assessor

1993-7 Redenham

1993-13 Geisway

1994-14 Wishing

2005-11 Kings Quay




Patrick Haslam

1982-16 Reef Glade



Criquette Head-Maarek FR

2004-6 American Post



Lady Herries

1988-6 Sherriff's Star



Barry Hills

1971-9 Meaden

1972-2 Rheingold

1972-4 Our Mirage

1973-11 Natsun

1973-17 Proverb

1974-10 Regular Guy

1975-7 Royal Manacle

1976-9 Danestic

1978-15 Sexton Blake

1978-2 Hawaiian Sound

1979-12 Tap On Wood

1979-14 Two Of Diamonds

1979-8 Cracaval

1980-13 Saint Jonathon

1981-16 King Of Hush

1982-13 Father Rooney

1983-11 The Noble Player

1985-9 Royal Harmony

1987-16 Water Boatman

1987-4 Sir Harry Lewis

1988-2 Glacial Storm

1990-10 Missionary Ridge

1990-2 Blue Stag

1991-12 Arokat

1993-3 Blues Traveller

1996-18 Busy Flight

1996-19 Prince Of My Heart

1997-5 The Fly

1997-8 Musalsal

1998-6 The Glow-Worm

1999-16 Through The Rye

2000-9 Zyz

2001-4 Mr Combustible

2001-5 Storming Home

2001-6 Perfect Sunday

2001-10 Chancellor

2003-15 Dunhill Star

2004-12 Coming Again



John Hills

1994-21 Broadway Flyer

2000-14 Cracow



Reg Hollinshead

1978-3 Remainder Man



Michael Jarvis

1970-5 Meadowville

1979-7 Man of Vision

1990-8 Treble Eight

2001-8 Putra Sandhurst

2002-F Coshocton

2006-4 Hala Bek



John Jenkins

1994-24 Plato's Republic



Mark Johnston

1994-4 Mister Baileys

2002-5 Fight Your Corner

2002-8 Bandari

2006-15 Atlantic Waves



Nick Littmoden

2001-9 Sunny Glenn



George Margarson

2000-8 Barathea Guest



Noel Meade IRE

1998-4 Sunshine Street

Terry Mills1999-5 All The Way

2002-6 Where Or When

2002-11 Frankies Dream

2003-7 Let Me Try Again

2006-13 Before You Go



Rod Millman

1994-18 Chickawicka

2003-20 Prince Nuryeyev



Philip Mitchell

1979-18 Chetinkaya



Les Montague Hall

1996-16 Zaforum



David Nicholls

1996-20 Portuguese Lil



Jeremy Noseda

2006-7 Sixties Icon



Aidan O’Brien IRE

1998-8 Second Empire

1998-10 Saratoga Springs

1998-15 King Of Kings

1999-7 Saffron Walden

2000-10 Aristotle

2001-1 GALILEO

2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL

2002-2 Hawk Wing

2002-9 Louisville

2003-2 The Great Gatsby

2003-5 Balestrini

2003-12 Alberto Giacometti

2003-16 Brian Boru

2004-14 Meath

2005-5 Gypsy King

2005-9 Grand Central

2005-10 Oratorio

2005-12 Almighty

2006-3 Dylan Thomas

2006-8 Mountain

2006-12 Septimus

2006-PU Horatio Nelson



Bill O’Gorman

1982-6 Palace Gold



John Oxx IRE

2000-1 SINNDAR

2003-3 Alamshar



John Panvert

2006-17 Noddies Way



Kevin Prendergast IRE

1973-5 Ragapan

1976-15 Whistling Deer

1977-6 Nebbiolo

1977-5 Lordedaw

1985-10 Snow Plant

1996-12 Tasdid



Rod Simpson

1981-18 Waverley Hall



Sir Michael Stoute

1978-19 Hill’s Yankee

1979-6 Hardgreen

1980-21 Running Mill

1981-1 SHERGAR

1983-3 Shearwalk

1984-14 My Volga Boatman

1985-13 Shadeed

1986-1 SHAHRASTANI

1986-12 Jareer

1987-9 Ajdal

1987-11 Ascot Knight

1988-3 Doyoun

1989-11 Warrshan

1991-13 Mujaazif

1992-7 Alnasr Alwasheek

1993-15 Shareek

1994-7 Golden Ball

1994-8 Just Happy

1994-16 Jabaroot

1994- UR Foyer

1996-10 Double Leaf

1997-4 Entrepreneur

1998-5 Greek Dance

1999-3 Beat All

2001-2 Golan

2001-7 Dilshaan

2003-1 KRIS KIN

2004-1 NORTH LIGHT

2006-6 Best Alibi

2006-10 Papal Bull



Saeed bin Suroor

1995-1 LAMMTARRA

1995-6 Vettori

1997-9 Bold Demand

1998-2 City Honours

1998-9 Cape Verdi

1999-9 Dubai Millennium

1999-13 Adair

2000-4 Best Of The Bests

2000-6 Hatha Anna

2000-11 Inchlonaig

2000-12 Broche

2001-3 Tobougg

2002-3 Moon Ballad

2002-7 Naheef

2003-8 Graikos

2004-2 Rule Of Law

2004-7 Snow Ridge

2005-3 Dubawi



Chris Thornton

1981-4 Shotgun



Mark Tompkins

1993-6 Bob’s Return

1994-20 The Flying Phantom

1996-13 Even Top

2003-14 Franklins Gardens

2006-14 Sienna Storm



Marcus Tregoning

2002-10 Tholjannah

2004-13 Elshadi

2006-1 SIR PERCY



Andy Turnell

2002-4 Jelani



Chris Wall

1987-19 Romantic Prince



David Wachman IRE

2005-4 Fracas



Dermot Weld IRE

1985-7 Theatrical

1986-6 Flash Of Steel

1995-8 Humbel

2003-13 Refuse To Bend



Sean Woods HK

2000-13 Going Global



Geoff Wragg

1983-1 TEENOSO

1987-2 Most Welcome

1988-4 Red Glow

1998-11 Gulland

2000-7 St Expedit

2006-2 Dragon Dancer

50 VODAFONE DERBY FACTS AND FIGURES

1. In the past 37 years only one trainer has a 100 per cent record in the Vodafone Derby - William Haggas, whose Shaamit won the 1996 renewal. Irish handler John Oxx sent out his first runner, Sinndar, to win in 2000 while in 2003 he trained the third horse home, Alamshar. French-based John Hammond had the second, Walk In The Park, in 2005 with his first runner.


2. Arthur Budgett trained four Derby runners, two of whom he owned - Blakeney, successful in 1969, and Morston the winner in 1973. For good measure, Budgett also bred the two half-brothers, making him only the second man to have owned, bred and trained two Derby winners - the first being William I'Anson who won the Classic with Blink Bonny in 1857 and Blair Athol in 1864.


3. Lammtarra, the 1995 Vodafone Derby victor, was the first horse to win the premier Classic on his seasonal debut since Grand Parade in 1919. Amazingly, Shaamit achieved the same feat a year later.


4. Lammtarra recorded the fastest time in the 227-year history of the Derby. His time of 2 minutes 32.31 seconds was over a second faster than the previous Derby record of 2 minutes 33.8 seconds, clocked by Mahmoud in 1936. The 2001 winner Galileo recorded the second fastest Derby time, coming home in 2 minutes 33.27 seconds, while another fast time of 2 minutes 33.35s was recorded by Kris Kin in 2003. Last year’s winner Sir Percy recorded 2 minutes 35.23 seconds.


5. The three longest-priced Derby winners, all at 100/1, were Jeddah in 1898, Signorinetta in 1908 and Aboyeur in 1913. In more recent years, the two biggest outsiders to have won the Classic were Psidium at 66/1 in 1961 and Snow Knight at 50/1 in 1974.


6. The longest-priced placed horse in the Vodafone Derby was the Clive Brittain-trained Terimon, who finished second to Nashwan in 1989 at odds of 500/1.


7. Steve Cauthen became the first victorious American-born jockey for 65 years when winning the 1985 Derby on Slip Anchor. Cauthen, who won the Derby again in 1987 on Reference Point, was also the first jockey to ride the winner of both the Kentucky Derby and the Vodafone Derby. Cauthen had won the American Triple Crown, of which the first leg is the Kentucky Derby, on Affirmed in 1978, when just 18. In 1986 the stallion Nijinsky, one of the greatest Derby winners, achieved a similar feat to Cauthen by siring Ferdinand, the Kentucky Derby winner, and Shahrastani, the winner at Epsom.


8. The largest Derby field was 34 in 1862, and the smallest was just four in 1794. There is now a safety limit of 20 for the Vodafone Derby.


9. Vincent O'Brien, now 90 years old, is the only living person to have trained winners of the Derby, Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup. Larkspur in 1962 was the first of six Derby winners for O'Brien, who won the Grand National three times and the Cheltenham Gold Cup four times. See 14 for more O’Brien information.


10. Aidan O’Brien achieved the amazing feat of saddling the first two home in the 2002 Vodafone Derby, High Chaparral and Hawk Wing. The previous trainer to send out the 1-2 in the Derby was Richard Carver, with My Love and Royal Drake in 1948 - it was the 64-year-old Carver's first visit to Epsom.


11. Several Derby runners have later excelled over jumps. Sea Pigeon, who finished seventh to Morston in 1973, went on to win two Champion Hurdles. Lester Piggott came 15th on Prince Charlemagne in the 1953 Derby and then rode the same horse to victory in the Triumph Hurdle nine months later. Wellbeing, who finished fifth to Sinndar in the 2000 Vodafone Derby, was the impressive winner of a valuable handicap hurdle at Aintree in 2006. Mountain, eight in the 2006 Vodafone Derby, won a Sandown novice hurdle in February on his jumping debut.



12. Four grey horses have won the Derby: Gustavus in 1821, Tagalie in 1912, Mahmoud in 1936 and Airborne in 1946. Terimon, second in 1989, and Silver Patriarch, runner-up in 1997, were the last greys to be placed.


13. There is usually a strong overseas challenge in the Vodafone Derby, particularly from Ireland and France. The Irish have won the Classic for three of the past seven years with Sinndar, Galileo and High Chaparral, following something of a drought as before them the last Irish winner was the David O'Brien-trained Secreto in 1984. The last French-trained winner was Empery in 1976. In the 1977 Derby, won by The Minstrel, six of the first seven home were either trained in Ireland or France.


14. In total there have been eight Derby winners trained at the famous Ballydoyle yard in Co Tipperary, Ireland. High Chaparral in 2002 and Galileo in 2001, both trained by the present master of Ballydoyle Aidan O’Brien, joined the six winners trained at the yard by the great Vincent O’Brien - Larkspur (1962), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), The Minstrel (1977) and Golden Fleece (1982).


15. In 1992 Dr Devious became the first Vodafone Derby winner to have earlier run in the Kentucky Derby. The Clive Brittain-trained Bold Arrangement, who finished second in the American Classic at Churchill Downs in 1986, was the first horse to run in both races although he fared less well at Epsom, coming home 14th of the 17 runners.


16. Craganour in 1913 remains the only Derby winner to have been disqualified for an incident in the race, when the Classic was awarded to Aboyeur. That Derby was one of the most dramatic of all time as the suffragette Emily Davison was killed after running in front of King George V's horse Anmer at Tattenham Corner.


17. The great but ill-fated Shergar recorded the widest winning margin in the history of the Derby, taking the Classic by 10 lengths in 1981.


18. Several horses have won by the smallest margin, a short-head, the last being Sir Percy in 2006. There have also been two dead-heats in the history of the Derby. In 1884 St Gatien and Harvester shared the prize. The Colonel and Cadland originally dead-heated in 1828 but a re-match later in the afternoon went to the latter horse.


19. The oldest winning jockey was John Forth on Frederick in 1829, who was at least 60 at the time. Scobie Breasley, who died at the age of 92 in 2006, was 52 when successful on Charlottown in 1966. The youngest is believed to be John Parsons, reported to have been just 16 when riding Caractacus to victory in 1862.


20. The youngest winning jockey in the 20th century was Lester Piggott, aged 18 when successful on the 33/1 chance Never Say Die in 1954.


21. Lester Piggott, who announced his retirement from the saddle in 1995, rode in the Derby 36 times and partnered an unequalled nine winners of the premier Classic, the last of whom was Teenoso in 1983. He rode in the race in five different decades, having his final ride when 58 in 1994. Piggott’s association with the Derby lives on as Shaamit, the 1996 winner, was trained by William Haggas, his son-in-law. The previous record number of Derby winners for a jockey was six, achieved by both Jem Robinson and Steve Donoghue.


22. The 1909 Derby created history being the first, and so far only time, that the reigning monarch has owned the Derby winner. Minoru was owned by King Edward VII, who died the following year. He had also won the Derby with Persimmon in 1896 and Diamond Jubilee in 1900 when Prince of Wales. George IV won with Sir Thomas in 1788, when still Prince of Wales. The present Queen has owned a winner of every other British Classic but is still waiting for her first success in Britain's premier race. She came closest with Aureole, who was second to Pinza in the Coronation year of 1953. Church Parade, who finished fifth behind Shergar in 1981, was her latest Derby runner.


23. Six fillies have won the Derby, the last of whom was Fifinella in 1916 who also won the Oaks at the same meeting when the race was run at Newmarket due to the First World War. Very few fillies now run in the Derby and the last to be placed was Nobiliary, second to Grundy in 1975. Cape Verdi attempted to follow up her 1,000 Guineas success in the 1998 Vodafone Derby and started 11/4 favourite, but could only finish ninth.

24. The last maiden to win the Derby was Merry Hampton in 1887, who had never previously run before. Despite having no form, the bookmakers were obviously aware of the horse's ability as his starting price was only 100/9, about 11/1 today. Amato, the 30/1 winner in 1838, never raced before or after his Epsom triumph. The 2006 runner-up, Dragon Dancer, was also a maiden.


25. Quest For Fame's victory in 1990 meant that there are now only three letters of the alphabet with which a Derby winner's name has not begun. Quest For Fame was the first Q but there have so far been no Derby winners with the initials U, X and Z.



26. Lady James Douglas became the first woman to own a Derby winner when Gainsborough won the Classic in 1918 at Newmarket. There have still been no Derby winners either trained or ridden by women. Alex Greaves, who rode 500/1 shot Portuguese Lil in 1996, became the first and to date only woman to ride in the Derby - she finished last. Criquette Head-Maarek is the latest woman to train a runner - American Post who came sixth in 2004.



27. Three trainers each trained a record seven Derby winners - Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling. Following Vincent O'Brien's retirement in 1994, the record among current trainers is four, achieved by both Henry Cecil (Slip Anchor in 1985, Reference Point in 1987, Commander In Chief in 1993, Oath in 1999) and Sir Michael Stoute (Shergar in 1981, Shahrastani in 1986, Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light in 2004).



28. Geoff Wragg is another trainer with an excellent strike-rate in the Vodafone Derby. Four of his six runners have finished in the first four and Wragg won the race with his first runner, Teenoso, in 1983. Most Welcome was runner-up to Reference Point in 1987 and Red Glow finished fourth a year later. Gulland let the side down when only 11th in 1998, St Expedit was seventh in 2000 and in 2006 Dragon Dancer only found Sir Percy a short-head too good.


29. Geoff Wragg's father Harry, nicknamed the ‘Head Waiter’ because of his famed waiting tactics when riding, was the last person to have both trained and ridden a Derby winner. Harry Wragg rode Felstead to victory in 1928 but waited until 1961 to train Psidium to win at Epsom.


30. In 1995, the Derby was run on a Saturday for the first time since 1953.


31. Lord Rosebery is the only person to have owned the Derby winner while Prime Minister. He won the Classic both in 1894 with Ladas and the following year with Sir Visto.


32. Lord Rosebery's 1894 winner Ladas started at 2/9, still the shortest-priced Derby winner. The most recent odds-on winner was Shergar at 10/11 in 1981 and the most recent odds-on loser was Entrepreneur, who could finish only fourth behind Benny The Dip when starting at 4/6 in 1997.



33. The Derby is usually won by a fancied horse and in the past 41 runnings the race has gone to the first or second favourite 27 times.


34. Sir Gordon Richards, the most successful British jockey of all time, did not win the Derby until 1953, the last of his 28 rides in the premier Classic. Richards rode Pinza to victory shortly after being knighted in the Coronation honours, beating the Queen's colt Aureole into second place at Epsom.


35. The Derby, first run in 1780, took place over a mile until 1784 when the race was extended to the current distance of one and a half miles. The present Derby course was first used in 1872. The Classic was run at Newmarket from 1915-18 and from 1940-45 during the two World Wars.


36. Two of the last 22 Derby winners now stand at stud in Japan - Commander In Chief (1993) and Lammtarra (1995). One is in Australia - Quest For Fame (1990), four are in Ireland - High-Rise (1998, who had been in Japan), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002) and Kris Kin (2003). Kahyasi (1988) and Sinndar (2000) are in France, while Dr Devious (1992, who stood in Japan), is now based in Italy and Oath (1999) is in India. Generous (1991, who had been in Japan), Erhaab (1994, who had been in Japan), Slip Anchor (1985), Shahrastani (1986) and Motivator (2005) stand in Britain. The 2004 hero North Light stands in Kentucky, USA. The 2006 hero, Sir Percy, is still in training.


37. Despite of all his outstanding success at stud, it was only in 2001 that 14-time champion sire Sadler’s Wells had his first Derby winner with Galileo. He doubled up when High Chaparral scored 12 months later.


38. The Derby gained its name after the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury tossed a coin to decide after whom the Classic would be titled.


39. In 1844, "Running Rein" finished first past the post but the horse was soon disqualified when it was discovered that he was really a four-year-old called Maccabeus. The prize was awarded to Orlando.


40. Humorist died from a tubercular lung infection two weeks after winning the 1921 Derby.


41. The Derby became the first horse race to be filmed in 1895 and the first horse race to be televised in 1932. The initial radio coverage of the Derby was in 1927.


42. The 1949 Derby was the first to be decided by a photo-finish camera.



43. Starting stalls were used for the Derby for the first time in 1967.


44. In 1801 Eleanor, owned by Sir Charles Bunbury, became the first filly to win both the Derby and the Oaks.


45. The first French bred winner of the Derby was Gladiateur in 1865, partnered by Harry Grimshaw, while Iroquois became the first American-owned and bred Derby winner in 1881, ridden to victory by Fred Archer.


46. The earliest-foaled Derby winner on record this century was Captain Cuttle, the 1922 victor who was born January 11, while the latest was the May 25-foaled Pont L’Eveque, successful in 1940.


47. Jockey Harry Barker recorded the amazing feat of finishing second in both the Derby and the Grand National in 1893. He rode Ravensbury at Epsom Downs and Aesop at Aintree.



48. In 2001, the winners of the Oaks and the Derby, Imagine and Galileo, were both trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Michael Kinane. Both horses were owned partly by Sue Magnier - Galileo was also partly owned by Michael Tabor while Diane Nagle had a share in Imagine. Prior to this, the last time the same jockey, trainer and owner won the Oaks and Derby in the same year was in 1950. Rae Johnstone, Charles-Henri Semblat and Marcel Boussac, respectively rode, trained and owned that year’s Derby winner Galcador and Oaks victor Asmena.


49. Sir Michael Stoute in 2004 became only the 16th trainer to win the Derby in two consecutive years, a feat previously achieved by Frank Neale (1782/1783), Richard Prince (1795/1796), Robert Robson (1809/1810), James Edwards (1824/1825), John Scott (1842/1843 and 1852/1853), George Manning (1858 /1859), John Porter (1882/1883 and 1890/1891), George Dawson (1888/1889), Matthew Dawson (1894/1895), Alec Taylor (1917/1918), Fred Darling (1925/1926 and 1940/1941), Richard Dawson (1929/1930), Frank Butters (1935/1936), Dick Hern (1979/1980) and Aidan O’Brien (2001/2002). But no trainer has ever won the Classic for three consecutive years, although Aidan O’Brien went close when The Great Gatsby was runner-up in 2003.


50. A select band of five trainers have managed to win Britain’s two most famous races - the Grand National and the Vodafone Derby. They are George Blackwell (Grand National: 1923 Sergeant Murphy; Derby: 1903 Rock Sand), Richard Dawson (Grand National: 1898 Droghead; Derby: 1916 Fifinella, 1929 Trigo, 1930 Blenheim), James Jewitt (Grand National: 1876 Regal; Derby: 1884 Harvester, 1892 Sir Hugo), Vincent O’Brien (Grand National: 1953 Early Mist, 1954 Royal Tan, 1955 Quare Times; Derby: 1962 Larkspur, 1968 Sir Ivor, 1970 Nijinsky, 1972 Roberto, 1977 The Minstrel, 1982 Golden Fleece) and Willie Stephenson (Grand National: 1959 Oxo; Derby: 1951 Arctic Prince). Among current trainers, David Elsworth, who saddled the 1988 Grand National winner Rhyme ‘N’ Reason, sent out Mighty Flutter to finish third in the 1984 Vodafone Derby, while his Norse Dancer was fourth at Epsom Downs in 2003, Salford City was fifth a year later, The Geezer was eighth in 2005 and Snoqualmie Boy was 16th last year.


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 29, 2007. May not include some overseas form. All-weather form in brackets, horses entered at the second entry stage in italics.


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

33-5 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

21-3 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

5-16 CELESTIAL HALO (IRE) Jack Hanson Barry Hills

113-(2) CHAMPERY (USA) Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston

14 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 SCRATCHED

123- COCKNEY REBEL (IRE) Phil Cunningham Geoff Huffer

064-34 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

46 DIG GOLD (USA) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

2121- DIJEERR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

DON PEDRO MENDOZA (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

42-(1)2 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)-3 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

5 GONE GOLD (USA) Jayeff "B" Stables Jeremy Noseda

00(1)-0(1) 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

04-01 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

35 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

(4) LEANDER Kevin Tork Brett Johnson

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

3 MANBAR (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute

36-1 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

0-6 OPTICAL ILLUSION (USA) Hesmonds Stud Ed Dunlop

PATRIOT BOND (USA) Earle Mack SCRATCHED

010-10 PETARA BAY (IRE) Slavica Ecclestone Terry Mills

0110- PHILANTHROPY Sheikh Mohammed Mark Johnston

0(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

4120-1 REGIME (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XL Michael Bell

4-63 RHAAM Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills

04-4 ROCK 'N' ROLLER (FR) Dennis Clarke & Clive Edginton William Muir

2-1 SAGARA (USA) Niarchos Family Jonathan Pease FR

(2)-(1)2 SALFORD MILL (IRE) Tony Thompson David Elsworth

2-12 SHAMDINAN (FR) HH Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR

6 SILCA ELEGANCE Aldridge Racing Partnership Mick Channon

222- 3 SIMBAD (FR) Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR

1 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

01 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 SCRATCHED

0- SUGAR RAY (IRE) Philip Newton Sir Michael Stoute

216-2 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)6 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

234-2 YOSSI (IRE) Russell Trew Mark Tompkins



170 entries

56 Irish-trained

6 French-trained

1 Italian-trained

6 Scratched




FOLKESTONE RACECOURSE TWINS WITH POMPADOUR IN FRANCE




Folkestone, Britain’s closest racecourse to France and just a stone’s throw from the entrance of the Channel Tunnel, announces today an exciting twinning arrangement with a French counterpart.

Folkestone Racecourse in Kent and Pompadour Racecourse in South West France have signed an official twinning agreement and aim to develop strong links in the future.

Kate Hills, head of public relations at Arena Leisure, owners of Folkestone, said: "We have been discussing ideas for a twinning arrangement with Pompadour for some time and our friends in South West France were very keen to link with Folkestone.

"As well as being the closest racecourse Britain has to France, Folkestone is situated near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel and already has good intercontinental links plus visitors, both human and equine, from across the Channel.

"Pompadour is known as the ‘Cite du Cheval’, staging dressage and three-day event competitions as well as a full season of racing.

"We hope to develop a strong association between the courses and this year there will be Anglo-French racedays at both courses."

Emma Santer, commercial manager at Folkestone, commented: "We plan to arrange joint promotional and marketing activity as well as encourage more visitors to each course from both countries."

Pompadour, which is in the Limousin region of France, celebrates the 170th anniversary of racing this year and is marking the occasion with a celebration meeting on Sunday, July 15, when there will be a special welcome for visitors from Folkestone.

Trainer Guillaime Macaire, whose Jair Du Cochet won a novice chase at Folkestone in 2002, has dominated the main races at Pompadour. He has won the July 15 feature Prix de la Corrèze et du Conseil Général hurdle for the last four years.


Folkestone Racecourse is holding a reciprocal Anglo-French race meeting on Monday, December 3, when French-trained horses are planning a raid on the Kent course.


Francis Delord, president of Pompadour Racecourse, expressed his delight at the twinning arrangement.


"Pompadour is very happy to be associated with Folkestone and Arena Leisure; an innovative arrangement between French and English racecourses.

"We look forward to entertaining visitors from Folkestone on July 14 & 15 when we celebrate our 170th anniversary.

"Our committee hopes to develop the friendship between our two racecourses. We eagerly anticipate our trip to Folkestone for the December 3 fixture later this year."

Christopher Lee, consultant and project director at Pompadour, added: "Pompadour is an interesting course in a charming setting and can be thoroughly recommended to English visitors.

"The jump races are of a high standard, and the cross country course in particular presents a fine spectacle. It is a good place for all the family to enjoy an afternoon in a friendly and informal atmosphere, not unlike an English point-to-point."



PUNCHESTOWN FESTIVAL REACHES NEW HEIGHTS ALL ROUND




Records for attendance, bookmaker and Tote turnovers were just some of the highs of the Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown last week. During a meeting that was blessed with fair weather, 90,868 racegoers attended the four day meeting at which a staggering 32,883 attended on Friday alone.


Overall bookmaker and Tote turnover figures increased by 11% and 28% respectively whilst attendances increased by 7% overall. Tuesday saw the second largest rise in attendances of the festival, growing by 2,415, and those attendees witnessed an opening ceremony which provided a fitting atmosphere from the word go.

There were four winners trained by UK trainers, each of which won a Grade 1 race and for the first time ever, the Guinness Punchestown Gold Cup went to a UK-trained winner in the form of Neptune Collonges from the Paul Nicholls yard. Ferdy Murphy, Jonjo O’Neill and Nicky Henderson, all staunch supporters of Punchestown, picked up the other three winning spots on what was a most definitely a UK Thursday. Paul Nicholls emerged as Leading Overseas Trainer of the festival and won five tonnes of any Gain Horse Feed, a prize worth €2,500 (Euros).

The leading trainer of the week was Willie Mullins who secured the €5,000 (Euros) prize kindly sponsored by Conway Keane Auctioneers by training a double on the final day of the week while Ruby Walsh emerged as leading jockey yet again and also takes away a cheque for €5,000 (Euros). It was a week of winners all round, with 27 individual trainers training winners.

Perhaps the best reception of the week was saved for Enda Bolger, Spot Thedifference and J T McNamara, when they returned to the winners’ enclosure, having secured Enda’s 10th La Touche Cup win in a row, surpassing the legendary P P Hogan’s record in the race.

Commenting on a hugely successful festival, Punchestown General Manager, Dick O'Sullivan, stated: “It was a super week and fantastic to see so many records broken.

“Whilst the whole team worked equally hard to make it such, special mention should go to Sean Ryan, our track manager and his team. It was a monumental task to keep the ground right with the weather we experienced in April and they rose to the occasion.

“There was a super atmosphere in Punchestown and indeed Naas throughout the meeting and it was a thrill to see so many people having so much fun.

“On a personal note, I was equally thrilled to read David Ashforth’s racecourse review which placed Punchestown joint second on the overall table. Now though, we have the task of making the 2008 festival bigger and better again!”



BRISTOW AND DELLER STAR IN STAN JAMES PRO-AM DARTS TOURNAMENT AT NEWMARKET




Five times darts world champion Eric Bristow and the man who in 1983 became the youngest darts world champion, Keith Deller, are two of the stars taking part in a pro-am darts tournament on Stan James 1000 Guineas Day at Newmarket this Sunday, May 6. The winning amateur will win an all-expenses-paid weekend for four in Blackpool for the Stan James World Matchplay darts semi-final and final in July.

On Stan James 2000 Guineas Day on Saturday, May 5, the two former champions will play a demonstration match during the afternoon, while at 12 noon the Channel 4 Racing team will join them to throw darts for charity. John McCririck, John Francome, Jim McGrath, Tanya Stevenson and the other Channel 4 presenters will have the opportunity to throw six darts each, as will the pros. Stan James will double the total number of points scored and convert that to pounds to present to the charity of Channel 4 Racing's choice.


In Sunday's pro-am competition, in which another former world champion, Bob Anderson, and dual British open winner, Cliff Lazarenko, will also compete, the four racegoers who can register the highest score with six darts will go through to a best of five leg semi-final where they will each team up with one of the darts’ stars. The amateur in the team which wins the final will scoop the big prize, which also includes £400 spending money and a £500 free bet on the Stan James World Matchplay tournament. Championship referee, Russ Bray, will be at Newmarket to take charge of the competition, so racegoers can look forward to hearing his inimitable roar of "one hundred and eighty" during the afternoon!

The darts will take place in the Stan James Guineas Festival Marquee on the Hyperion Lawn in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure (also accessible to Premier Enclosure racegoers), outside which a big screen will show coverage of the weekend's crucial Premiership football games, Manchester City vs Manchester United (12.45pm, Saturday) and Arsenal vs Chelsea (4.00pm, Sunday).


Stan James Marketing Director, Steve Walsh, said: "With a weekend of world class horseracing to enjoy, four greats from the world of darts in action plus two vital football matches on the big screen, it will be sporting action all the way in the Stan James Guineas Festival Marquee."

To book tickets for the Stan James Guineas Festival at Newmarket's NatWest Rowley Mile, visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or ring 01638 675 500.




STALLS WILL GO IN CENTRE FOR BOTH GUINEAS




Newmarket's Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, has announced this afternoon that the stalls’ position for both the Stan James 2000 Guineas on Saturday, May 5, and the Stan James 1000 Guineas on Sunday, May 6, will be in the centre of the track. For the 1m 4f race on each day, the stalls will be on the far side and for all other races on both days they will be on the stands’ side. These positions are exactly as they have been for the last three years.


Following the completition of the latest round of watering this afternoon, the going stick reading on the NatWest Rowley Mile is now 9.5 (yesterday it was 10.2). A decision will be made tomorrow with regard to further watering of the course.

Michael Prosser said: "With a bigger than usual field in prospect for the Stan James Guineas 2000 Guineas on Saturday, we did consider positioning the stalls on the stands’ side rail. However, it has worked so well for the last three years that we see no reason to change it. Of course there is the possibility of the field splitting, but realistically that might have well have happened even if we had positioned them on the stands’ rail. Our aim is to try to ensure that the best horse wins the race and by positioning the stalls in the centre of the track, the potential for scrimmaging is minimised."


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