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Thursday, May 24, 2007



ALL THE LATEST NEWS AHEAD OF THE VODAFONE DERBY FESTIVAL




VODAFONE DERBY WINNERS IN THE VODAFONE CORONATION CUP
A select club of nine colts have won the Vodafone Derby and then returned to add the Group One Vodafone Coronation Cup, which is run over the same course and distance at Epsom Downs, each having done so in consecutive years.

The Alec Taylor-trained Lemberg in 1911 was the first Derby winner to return victorious 12 months later as he avenged the previous year’s St Leger defeat at the hands of Swynford by defeating his old foe in a vintage running of the Coronation Cup. The duo locked horns again in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown when Swynford, who George Lambton later said was the best horse he trained, again demonstrated his superiority with a four-length victory.

Steve Donoghue took the Derby aboard Pommern in 1915 and the colt added the Coronation Cup the following year when it was run at Newmarket, while the next to do the double was the Fred Darling-trained Coronach, owned by Lord Woolavington, who had added the St James’ Palace Stakes, Eclipse and St Leger to his 1926 Derby triumph before returning to Epsom Downs in 1927.

Windsor Lad completed the Derby/Coronation Cup double in 1934/35 before a 29-year hiatus ensued.

The Epsom Downs double became fashionable again through the 1960s and early 1970s, with five Derby winners returning to take the Coronation Cup, beginning with the star French colt Relko in 1963 and 1964.

Lady Zia Wernher’s Charlottown in 1966 and 1967 continued the trend while the brilliant Jim Joel-owned Royal Palace emulated the feat in 1967 and 1968 for trainer Noel Murless.

The great Mill Reef followed his 1971 Derby victory with wins in the Eclipse Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The Ian Balding-trained champion returned to Epsom as a four-year-old, having taken that season’s Prix Ganay, and duly won the Coronation Cup, although he had to work hard to beat Homeric by a neck.

Roberto was the most recent Derby winner to add the Coronation Cup to his tally of successes. The somewhat enigmatic but hugely-talented colt had caused the shock of the decade when defeating the great Brigadier Gerard at York after his 1972 Derby win and returned to Epsom Downs in 1973 for a five-length victory over Attica Meli in the Coronation Cup. It was certainly an easier success than his short-head triumph from Rheingold 12 months earlier in the Derby.

The only Derby winner since Roberto to attempt the double was the Roger Charlton-trained Quest For Fame who took the premier Classic in 1990. Khalid Abdulla’s colt was making his seasonal bow in the 1991 Coronation Cup but could finish only fourth to the crack filly In The Groove. He added to his Derby success with victory in the Grade One Hollywood Turf Handicap in 1992.

EPSOM-TRAINED RUNNERS IN THE
VODAFONE DERBY
There could well be three Epsom-trained runners in this year’s Vodafone Derby with the Terry Mills-trained duo of Petara Bay and Kid Mambo, plus Leander from the Ashtead yard of Brett Johnson.

The last Epsom-trained winner of the Derby was Straight Deal in 1943, trained by Walter Nightingall. However, that race was one of the wartime substitutes run at Newmarket.
At Epsom Downs itself, the last winner to be trained in Epsom was April The Fifth in 1932, owned and trained by Tom Walls. The last time three Epsom-trained horses lined up for the Vodafone Derby was in 1971.



AUTHORIZED (IRE) FACTFILE
b c Montjeu (IRE) - Funsie (FR) (Saumarez)
Form: 31-1 Owner: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar
Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam Breeder: Marengo Investments, Knighton House Ltd & Mick Kinane
Jockey: Frankie Dettori

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. Montjeu, Authorized’s sire - brilliant winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth 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, 2006. 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 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. This season, he made his return to action in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes at York on May 17, when he took up the running approaching the final furlong and quickened right away to score by four lengths from Raincoat. This ensured that he became a short-priced favourite for the Vodafone Derby.

Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1: Win & Place Prize Money: £180,536

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 2000 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)

Frankie Dettori
Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He was champion British apprentice in 1989 and passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes. He has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994, 1995 and 2004, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the first-day card at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond racing’s own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and was a team captain on ‘A Question Of Sport’. While victory in the Vodafone Derby still eludes Dettori, Cape Verdi’s win in the 1998 1000 Guineas means that he has tasted success in all four other domestic Classics at least once (with 11 in total), as well as a host of high-profile international successes, including the 1995 and 2002 Arcs on Lammtarra and Marienbard respectively, the Japan Cup on Singspiel in 1996, Falbrav in 2002 and Alkaased in 2005, the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) and Electrocutionist (2006) and the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Daylami in 1999, Fantastic Light in 2001 and Red Rocks in 2006. Dettori, who is retained by the Godolphin team, survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. He is married to Catherine with five children, and his autobiography came out in 2004.
Vodafone Derby Record: 1992 Pollen Count (16th); 1993 Wolf Prince (8th); 1994 Linney Head (10th); 1995 Tamure (2nd); 1996 Shantou (3rd); 1997 Bold Demand (9th); 1998 Cape Verdi (9th); 1999 Dubai Millennium (9th); 2001 Tobougg (3rd); 2002 Naheef (7th); 2003 Graikos (8th); 2004 Snow Ridge (7th); 2005 Dubawi (3rd), 2006 Linda’s Lad (9th)


REGIME (IRE) FACTFILE
b c Golan (IRE) - Juno Madonna (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Form: 4120-1 Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XL
Trainer: Michael Bell Breeder: Philip Brady
Jockey: Martin Dwyer
Regime
A son of 2000 Guineas winner and Vodafone Derby runner-up Golan, Regime was purchased for 120,000 euros by John Warren as a yearling at Goffs Ireland Sale in September, 2005, having been originally bought for 17,000 guineas as a foal the previous year. Strongly fancied for his debut in a mile maiden on Newmarket’s July course on August 18, 2006, Regime could only finish fourth of five behind Yazamaan, however he showed his true colours nine days later at Beverley over an extended mile, recording a comfortable three-length victory. Sent to Ireland the following month for the ultra-competitive Goffs Million at the Curragh over seven furlongs, Regime produced a cracking effort to finish second to Miss Beatrix, ‘winning’ his race on the stands’ side but failing by a length and a quarter to catch the filly drawn on the opposite side. Stepping up into Group One company on his final juvenile run in the Racing Post Trophy at Newbury in October, Regime could not get competitive at the business end, coming home seventh behind Authorized on heavy ground. He made an impressive reappearance in the 10-furlong Group Three Betfredpoker Classic Trial at Sandown on April 28, showing a useful change of gear to score in decisive fashion by two lengths from Striving Storm.
Race Record: Runs: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £230,460

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XL
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing was set up by Harry Herbert in 1992 as a racehorse syndication business. Bloodstock agent John Warren (Herbert’s brother-in-law and a director of HTR). Each syndicate normally has two or more horses in its ranks, and consists of between 10 and 20 shares, which usually cost from £15,000-£30,000 each which includes all expenses for the first year. HTR has been responsible for top-class horses such as Lake Coniston, Tamarisk, Distinction, Delilah and Petrushka. Regime, trained by Michael Bell, is owned by The Teenoso Syndicate - named after the 1983 Vodafone Derby hero who later stood as a stallion at Highclere Stud. Members of the syndicate include Wasps and former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio, top brain surgeon Peter Bullock and his wife, Helen, Rupert Hambro, a member of the Hambros banking dynasty, City headhunter Julia Lukas, who works for The Zygos Partnership, director of Newmarket Racecourses Peter Jensen and his wife Sue, chocolate guru David Lyell, and Paul Darling QC. The Teenoso Syndicate also races recent Yarmouth maiden winner Provost, trained by Mark Johnston. The 20 shares each cost £13,500, with £5,500 extra charged for this year’s expenses. HTR managed 2005 Vodafone Derby victor Motivator for the Royal Ascot Racing Club. Vodafone Derby Record: 1999 Housemaster (4th)

Michael Bell
Born in Bristol on October 10, 1960, Michael Bell caught the racing bug when at Stowe school, spending part of one holiday working for trainer Henry Candy, with whom his parents had horses. After school he prepared yearlings at the Haras d’Etreham in Normandy and then spent three years in the Life Guards, during which time he began riding as an amateur - winning five races, including aboard Ten Cherries at Sandown’s Grand Military meeting. After the army, he spent two-and-a-half years as assistant trainer to Mercy Rimell and three years in the same role with Paul Cole. In 1988, his final season with Cole, Pass The Peace, carrying the colours of Brian Bell, Michael’s father, won the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. The Alzao filly, who had cost just 9,500 guineas as a yearling, provided Bell with his first winner as a trainer in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury on April 14, 1989. Since then his major successes include the 1994 Prix Morny at Deauville with Hoh Magic, the 1993 Italian 1,000 Guineas with Ancestral Dancer, the 1994 Mill Reef Stakes with Princely Hush, the 2001 Italian Oaks with Zanzibar, the 2002 Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and Richmond Stakes at Goodwood with Revenue and the 2003 TNT July Stakes at Newmarket with Nevisian Lad. However, his biggest success of all came with Motivator, successful in the 2004 Racing Post Trophy, who captured the following year’s Vodafone Derby at Epsom Downs. Last year, Red Evie recorded a magnificent seven-timer for the Bell stable, graduating from a Yarmouth maiden to the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown. She reappeared at Newbury on May 19 with another top level success in the Lockinge Stakes. Bell also saddled Housemaster for a Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate to finish fourth in the 1999 Vodafone Derby, going down by three lengths to Oath. He currently has around 100 horses in training at his Fitzroy House Stables just off Newmarket High Street. Vodafone Derby Record: 1995 Maralinga (15th); 1999 Housemaster (4th); 2005 MOTIVATOR (WON)

Martin Dwyer
Liverpool-born Dwyer, who was born on June 28, 1975, enjoyed the biggest day of his racing life when he produced Sir Percy with a breathtaking run to win the 2006 Vodafone Derby. He has ridden the colt in each of his eight racecourse starts, winning five. At the beginning of the 2006 season he took over as second jockey to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose first jockey is Richard Hills. He still rides regularly for Andrew Balding, to whose father Ian he was apprenticed, and enjoyed another of his greatest days in the saddle when winning the 2003 Vodafone Oaks aboard the Balding-trained Casual Look. His fine Epsom record also includes the 2004 Group Three Diomed Stakes aboard Passing Glance. His other major successes include the Grade One Canadian International, Dubai Sheema Classic and Hong Kong Vase on Phoenix Reach, and he was the great Persian Punch’s final regular partner, winning the Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003) and the Goodwood Cup (2003). He partnered Tregoning’s High Accolade to success in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2003 and the same colt to back-to-back wins in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2003 and 2004). Other big-race wins include the 2006 John Porter Stakes at Newbury aboard the Tregoning-trained Mubtaker and the 2003 Royal Lodge Stakes on the same trainer’s Snow Ridge. His best year numerically was 2002 when he rode 106 winners and he ended 2006 with a tally of 90. He takes the ride on Regime after first choice rider Jamie Spencer was ruled out by suspension. Vodafone Derby Record: 2004 Elshadi (13th); 2006 SIR PERCY (WON) STRATEGIC PRINCE (GB) FACTFILE
b c Dansili - Ausherra (USA) (Diesis)
Form: 15113-0 Owner: HH Sultan Ahmad Shah
Trainer: Paul Cole Breeder: The Ausherra Partnership
Jockey: Eddie Ahern
Strategic Prince
A 150,000 guineas Tattersalls October yearling purchase by Angie Sykes, the bloodstock agent who helped buy last year’s Vodafone Derby winner Sir Percy, Strategic Prince is out of Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Ausherra, who was seventh in the 1991 Vodafone Oaks and is herself a sister to 1999 Vodafone Oaks heroine Ramruma. This makes Strategic Prince a half-brother to the useful stayers Yorkshire and Riyadh. The Dansili colt made a winning debut for trainer Paul Cole, who trained both Riyadh and Yorkshire, in a five-furlong Salisbury maiden on May 18, 2006. An administrative error saw Strategic Prince line up for the five-furlong Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot rather than the furlong further Coventry Stakes and he ran respectably from his unfavourable wide draw to take fifth behind the impressive Dutch Art. Stepped up to six furlongs for the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket on July 13, he showed a good turn of foot as he picked up in the last 100 yards to take the prize by a length and three quarters from Armigerent. That win was followed by further success in the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Goodwood in August when he relished the seven-furlong trip and held Duke Of Marmalade by a neck. Following a two-month break, Strategic Prince returned for a showdown with the crack Irish juveniles Teofilo and Holy Roman Emperor in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and came out best of the home challenge as he finished third, two and a half lengths behind that duo. The colt made his three-year-old debut in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5, when he finished a respectable eighth of 24. In crossing the line around five lengths behind Cockney Rebel, Strategic Prince finished third of the group that raced on the farside of the track.
Race Record: Starts: 6; 1st: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £113,158

HH Sultan Ahmad Shah
Born October 24, 1930, HH Sultan Ahmad Shah is the fifth sultan of modern Pahang and was the seventh King of Malaysia from March 1979 - April 1984. He attended Worcester College, Oxford and Exeter University, and succeeded his father as sultan in 1974. A keen sportsman, he serves on Malaysia’s Olympic Committee and is President of the Malaysian Football Association. He was also President of the Asian Football Federation until 2002 and is a keen follower of polo, motor racing, football and horse racing, in which sphere he has enjoyed considerable success as an owner in Britain. Sri Pekan, subsequently a successful stallion, won five races as a two-year-old in 1994, including the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. His colours were also carried to success in the 1997 Lincoln Handicap by Kuala Lipis and in the 1999 Cornwallis Stakes by Kier Park. Anak Pekan won the Chester Cup for him in 2004 and 2005. The Sultan, often seen at the races wearing a tartan cap, has had horses with Paul Cole, Ed Dunlop, Gay Kelleway and Michael Jarvis. Bloodstock agents Charlie Gordon-Watson and Angie Sykes are responsible for buying most of his horses, including Putra Sandhurst who was eighth as a maiden in the 2001 Vodafone Derby.

Vodafone Derby Record: 2001 Putra Sandhurst (8th)

Paul Cole
Born at Westerham in Kent on September 11, 1941, Paul Cole first took out a licence at Hill House Stables in Lambourn in 1968 after learning his trade assisting Richmond Sturdy, George Todd and Les Kennard, having previously worked at Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket. With the backing of Fahd Salman, his major stable patron, Cole moved to the historic Whatcombe yard near Wantage in December, 1985, from where four Derby winners had already been sent out - Trigo (1929) and Blenheim (1930) trained by Dick Dawson and Morston (1973) and Blakeney (1969), who were both saddled by Arthur Budgett. Cole had won many of the major prizes around the world, including classics in Italy, Ireland and France before Generous brought the world’s most famous Flat race back to Whatcombe once again in 1991. Generous won the Vodafone Derby by five lengths and went on to join a select band of three-year-olds who landed the Irish Derby and Ascot’s King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes after their Epsom successes. Generous helped Cole win the trainers’ championship in 1991. The best horses Cole has trained also include 1990 St Leger winner Snurge, the same year’s Irish Oaks heroine Knight’s Baroness, Crimson Beau, Zoman, Ibn Bey, Ruby Tiger, Magic Ring, Dilum, Great Palm, Strategic Choice, Riyadian and 2003 Ascot Gold Cup winner Mr Dinos. He has 61 horses listed in training at Whatcombe this year.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1974 Court Dancer (9th); 1984 Sheer Heights (9th); 1985 Reach (6th); Main Reason (14th); 1986 Nisnas (5th), Nomrood (11th); 1987 Ibn Bey (13th); 1990 Zoman (7th); 1991 GENEROUS (WON); 1992 Great Palm (8th); 1994 Star Selection (9th), Waiting (17th); 1995 Riyadian (7th), Salmon Ladder (10th); 1998 Courteous (12th)

Eddie Ahern
Born on December 6, 1977, Edward Delacy Ahern hails from Templemore in Co Tipperary where his parents own a clothes shop. He was bought a pony at the age of 12 that he had to walk through the shop to its home in the garden. He had 93 rides in his first season before scoring on the Oliver Finnegan-trained Ardlea House at Dundalk on November 7, 1994. It may not have been the most auspicious of starts but Ahern soon made his mark and became Ireland’s champion apprentice in 1997. The following year, he partnered Ireland’s only winner at Royal Ascot when landing the Ascot Stakes aboard the Michael Grassick-trained San Sebastian. He won a first Group 1 on the Grassick-trained Preseli in the 1999 National Stakes and in 2002 came to Britain to ride as stable jockey for Gerard Butler’s rapidly-improving Oxfordshire stable, winning that year’s Group 3 Vodafone Diomed Stakes at Epsom with Nayyir and Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket plus the Cambridgeshire aboard Beauchamp Pilot. He ceased to be Butler’s stable jockey in 2004 and now rides as a freelance. Among the best horses he has ridden are Strategic Prince, Jack Sullivan, Pride, Nayyir, Compton Bolter, Wilko, Balmont and Kandidate.

Vodafone Derby Record: 2003 Shield (10th); 2004 Hazyview (8th) SALFORD MILL (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Peintre Celebre (USA) - Razana (IRE) (Kahyasi)
Form: (2)-(1)21 Owner: Tony Thompson
Trainer: David Elsworth Breeder: Mrs H McCalmont
Jockey: Ted Durcan

Salford Mill
David Elsworth purchased Salford Mill for 45,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October, 2005. The strapping colt made his belated racecourse debut in the colours of Tony Thompson at Lingfield on December 19, 2006, when he caught the eyes of race watchers with a late flourish under Marc Halford that saw him finish two and a half lengths second to Grande Caiman. That debut in a mile maiden was all the more notable given that he had been struck into behind during the race. Salford Mill made a rapid recovery from his exertions and made a winning return to Lingfield’s Polytrack on January 6 when, sent off the 2/7 favourite, he clearly relished the step up to 10-furlongs as he scored a comfortable two-length victory over Jocheski. His next start came on turf in the nine-furlong Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on April 18. Held up off the pace by Ted Durcan, Salford Mill ran a race of huge promise in finishing a head runner-up to Petara Bay. Kerrin McEvoy took the ride for the colt’s latest effort in the Listed Newmarket Stakes back at Newmarket, when a return to 10 furlongs saw him defeat a field of well-regarded rivals. Salford Mill made progress two furlongs out before taking the lead at the distance and striding clear for a length and a quarter success over the Aidan O’Brien-trained Acapulco, with Godolphin’s Eastern Anthem a further length away in third. The son of the 1997 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Peintre Celebre, is out of the Listed-placed Razana and is a half-brother to Ovambo, a winner over 12 furlongs and Group Three placed.
Race Record: Starts: 4; Wins: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £26,938

Tony Thompson
Tony Thompson, who works in the paper recycling business with his headquarters located in Newmarket, has his horses with David Elsworth at present although in the past he has also had horses in training with Henrietta Knight, Jeff Pearce and Geoff Wragg. His Salford Express was the impressive winner of the 1999 Dante Stakes at York and started 12/1 for the Vodafone Derby but ran a disappointing race at Epsom Downs, coming home a well-beaten 14th behind Oath. He was also the original owner of Salford City, fifth behind North Light in the 2004 Vodafone Derby, although by the time the colt ran at Epsom Downs he had been sold to Michael Tabor. The Salford part of the horse’s name originates from Thompson’s interest as a collector of the works of L S Lowry, the North West-based artist specialising in Lancashire industrial scenes with the famous “Matchstick Men”.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1999 Salford Express (14th)

David Elsworth
David Elsworth was born on December 12, 1939, and first became involved in racing as a jump jockey, riding for a number of stables including those of Toby Balding and Alec Kilpatrick. Success in the saddle was limited, but it was a different exercise when he turned to training after going through some lean years which included at one stage selling from a stall in Devizes market. When he was acting as assistant to Ricky Vallance, he played a big part in the successes of Red Candle in the Hennessy and Mackeson Gold Cups. He set up on his own in 1978/9 and had his first winner with Fortune Cookie that season, but it was not too long before he started to train his best-known horse. This was the grey steeplechaser Desert Orchid, winner of a record four King George VI Chases at Kempton as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup and many other races in his exhilarating, front-running style. Desert Orchid died at the grand old age of 27 in 2006. Elsworth has also enjoyed top level jumping wins with Barnbrook Again, Combs Ditch, Floyd and Oh So Risky, and among his many good results on the Flat have been the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Juddmonte International and the Champion Stakes with In The Groove, the Jersey Stakes with Indian Ridge and the Racing Post Trophy with Seattle Rhyme. His most popular Flat performer was the giant chestnut Persian Punch, a great favourite of racegoers with his courageous performances including three wins in the Jockey Club Cup at Newmarket. Many of Elsworth’s winners came when he was based at Whitsbury Manor in Hampshire, and he made no secret about how much he missed that place when circumstances forced him to move to Whitcombe Manor in Dorset in the early 90s. He returned to Whitsbury in 1996 but moved to Egerton House Stables in Newmarket before the start of the 2006 season. He has yet to win a British Classic and once quipped: “I have got a bit of an ego and I'd be lying if I said it wouldn't be nice to get a Classic on the scoresheet.”
Vodafone Derby Record: 1982 Tidworth Tattoo (11th), 1984 Mighty Flutter (3rd), 1990 Bookcase (13th), 1992 Well Saddled (12th), 1994 Darkwood Bay (22nd), 1999 Salford Express (14th), 2003 Norse Dancer (4th), 2004 Salford City (5th), Massif Centrale (11th); 2005 The Geezer (8th); 2006 Snoqualmie Boy (16th)

Ted Durcan
Born in Co Mayo, Ireland, on February 25, 1973, Ted Durcan hailed from a family of lawyers and went to a boarding school in Naas before becoming apprenticed to Jim Bolger for six years, spending two years as a work rider and sharing a house with Tony McCoy and leading Irish trainer David Wachman. He served the final year of his apprenticeship in Britain with Jack Berry at Cockerham in Lancashire and he has gone on to enjoy considerable success in Dubai where he has been champion jockey six times. He rode for the first time in Dubai in the 1997-98 season, as number two rider behind Paul Eddery at Paddy Rudkin’s stable, and impressed Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, who offered him a retainer for the 1999/2000 season when he became champion rider for the first time with 58 successes, with wins including the Godolphin Mile on Conflict and Dubai Duty Free on Rhythm Band. Durcan, whose wife Sue works for Godolphin, enjoyed his best season in Britain in 2006 with 71 wins. He still rides for Mick Channon, although he was somewhat controversially jocked off the Jaber Abdullah owned Flashy Wings last season, and indeed it was Channon who provided Durcan with his first two Royal Ascot wins in 2005 with Flashy Wings and Championship Point, as well as the Group One Prix Morny victor Silca’s Sister. This year he has ridden a significant number of horses trained by Henry Cecil. He also rides for Godolphin. Durcan has also won the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock twice for trainer Tim Easterby - on Pipalong in 2000 and Somnus in 2003. Durcan is set to partner Vodafone Oaks contender Light Shift, trained by Henry Cecil and commented in The Independent earlier this week: “Epsom is something everyone wants to be part of, and to have a pair of rides like these makes the hard work through the rest of the year seem worthwhile. There are 100 other lads that could ride them equally well and I feel very privileged.”
Vodafone Derby Record: 2003 Franklins Gardens (14th); 2006 Championship Point (11th) PETARA BAY (IRE) FACTFILE
b c Peintre Celebre (USA) - Magnificient Style (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA))
Form: 010-10 Owner: Slavica Ecclestone
Trainer: Terry Mills Breeder: Swettenham Stud

Petara Bay
A son of the 1997 brilliant Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre, Petara Bay was purchased for 340,000 guineas as a yearling at the 2005 Tattersalls October Sale, Newmarket. The well-bred colt is out of Musidora Stakes heroine Magnificient Style and a half-brother to Group One Fillies’ Mile heroine Playful Act as well as Group Two winners Echoes In Eternity and Percussionist (who also finished fourth to North Light in the 2004 Vodafone Derby). Making his debut over, a mile at Chepstow on September 7 last year, Petara Bay trailed home a disappointing 10th behind Hearthstead Maison, but that run was soon forgotten at Haydock 16 days later, when he recorded a decisive two and a half length victory from 13 rivals. Pitched into Group One company in the Racing Post Trophy at Newbury the following month, Petara Bay was unable to cope with the heavy conditions, finishing in arrears behind Authorized. He made a successful start to his three-year-old career with a battling head defeat of Salford Mill in the nine-furlong Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on April 18, although he ran below par in the Group Three Betfredpoker Classic Trial at Sandown 10 days later over an extra furlong, beating only one home behind Regime.

Race Record: Runs: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £20,432

Slavica Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone, a Croatian former fashion model, is the wife of Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone. The pair met in 1984 when Slavica was working at a Formula One promotional event. The couple have two daughters, Tamara and Petra. Slavica was born in 1958 in the former Yugoslavia and started modelling in the 1970s for Zagreb magazine Start. The 6 foot 2 inch model, who has worked for a number of leading designers including Armani, also owns her own promotion company. The Sunday Times Rich List 2007 placed the Ecclestones as the 20th richest persons in Britain, worth an estimated £2.25 billion.

Vodafone Derby Record: No previous runners

Terry Mills
Terry Mills, who was born on November 9, 1938, has held a licence to train only since 1993, but he had been involved in racing as an owner for many years before that with useful winners like Our Freddie and My Louie. He took over the licence at Loretta Lodges Stables at Headley, just a few miles down the road from Epsom Downs, from Wally Carter. Before that Mills had been involved on a full-time basis with the family firm of A & J Bull, one of the biggest waste management/demolition companies in the country. He bought his first lorry when demobbing from the army aged 22 and had a fleet of 150 by the time he sold A & J Bull to a Belgian rival. The family still has the demolition company Goodman Price and Taurus Waste Recycling. The best winner Mills has enjoyed as a trainer came when Where Or When won the 2002 Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, with his previous top success having come when Bobzao won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in 1994. Mills enjoyed another big-race success at Royal Ascot in 2002 when Norton belied his odds of 25/1 to score by half a length from Invader in the Royal Hunt Cup and Close To You dead-heated in the 2005 Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. Mills is aiming to become the first Epsom trainer to send out a winner of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom Downs since April The Fifth won for Tom Walls in 1932. Mills is a great Frank Sinatra fan and many horses he has owned take their name from the songs of old blue eyes. Mills is assisted by his son Robert and also Richard Ryan. He also has Kid Mambo as an intended starter in the 2007 Vodafone Derby.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1999 All The Way (5th); 2002 Where Or When (6th); Frankies Dream (11th); 2003 Let Me Try Again (7th); 2006 Before You Go (13th)
PASSAGE OF TIME (GB) FACTFILE
b f Dansili - Clepsydra (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Form: 5111-1 Owner: Khalid Abdulla
Trainer: Henry Cecil Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd Jockey: Richard Hughes

Passage Of Time
Bred by her owner’s Juddmonte Farms, Passage Of Time has looked a filly of the highest order, having won four of her five starts to date. Despite only running fifth on her debut over seven furlongs at Yarmouth in July, 2006, 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 Sues 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 subsequently successful in Group Two company at Longchamp and the Chester Vase this season. Passage Of Time made her seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on May 16, when she came home a neck in front of Sweet Lilly. Connections revealed beforehand that she does have an abscess in her throat although this does not appear to affect her performance and any treatment she receives is set to be delayed until after the Vodafone Oaks.
Race Record: Starts: 5; 1st: 4; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0: Win & Place Prize Money: £150,462

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 trained 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 almost 40 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

Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes was born in Ireland on January 11, 1973, and served his apprenticeship with his father Dessie, a former top-class National Hunt rider who now trains in Co Kildare and has won the 2004 & 2005 Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham with Hardy Eustace. He had his first ride at Naas on March 19, 1988, when finishing 10th of 15 and enjoyed his first success on Viking Melody at Roscommon that August. He came over to Britain in 1994. He was appointed Prince Khalid Abdulla’s retained jockey in 2001 and also rides for Richard Hannon, to whose daughter Lizzie he is married. The 5ft 9in Hughes has, like his father, also ridden winners over jumps but now concentrates on the Flat. His biggest successes include the 2004 French 2,000 Guineas on American Post, the 2003 French Oaks on Nebraska Tornado, the 1996 Italian Derby on Bahamian Knight, the 1996 Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua on Mistle Cat, the 2001 Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan on Observatory, the 2002 Group 1 French 1,000 Guineas on Zenda and the 2006 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on Passage Of Time. Hughes had a long-awaited first British Group 1 success when Oasis Dream landed the 2003 Darley July Cup and he went on to land the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes on the same horse. His agent is journalist Geoff Lester.

No previous Vodafone Oaks wins

MEASURED TEMPO (GB) FACTFILE
b f Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Allez Les Trois (USA) (Riverman (USA))
Form: 1-1 Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Darley
Jockey: Frankie Dettori

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 racecourse debut in a soft ground seven-furlong maiden on October 28, 2006. 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. On her return to Britain, she warmed up for the Vodafone Oaks with a comfortable success in the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial at Newbury on May 18.

Race Record: Starts: 2; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0: Win & Place Prize Money: £18,001

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 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 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 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 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

Frankie Dettori
Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He was champion British apprentice in 1989 and passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes. He has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994, 1995 and 2004, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the first-day card at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond racing’s own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards and was a team captain on ‘A Question Of Sport’. While victory in the Vodafone Derby still eludes Dettori, Cape Verdi’s win in the 1998 1000 Guineas means that he has tasted success in all four other domestic Classics at least once (with 11 in total), as well as a host of high-profile international successes, including the 1995 and 2002 Arcs on Lammtarra and Marienbard respectively, the Japan Cup on Singspiel in 1996, Falbrav in 2002 and Alkaased in 2005, the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) and Electrocutionist (2006) and the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Daylami in 1999, Fantastic Light in 2001 and Red Rocks in 2006. Dettori, who is retained by the Godolphin team, survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. He is married to Catherine with five children, and his autobiography came out in 2004.
VODAFONE OAKS WINS: 1994 BALANCHINE; 1995 MOONSHELL; 2002 KAZZIA

SIR PERCY (GB) FACTFILE
4 b c Mark Of Esteem (IRE) - Percy’s Lass (Blakeney)
Form: 1111/210-4 Owner: Anthony Pakenham
Trainer: Marcus Tregoning Breeder: The Old Suffolk Stud
Jockey: Martin Dwyer
Sir Percy
Sir Percy scored a breathtaking last-gasp victory in the 2006 Vodafone Derby as he swept late up the inside rail under Martin Dwyer to deny the maiden Dragon Dancer by a short-head. The colt had previously finished runner-up to the brilliant George Washington in the 2,000 Guineas, a length and a half clear of the third-placed runner Olympian Odyssey. That Newmarket reversal ended his unbeaten record which had seen him win four races as a juvenile, including the Group One Dewhurst Stakes, to be crowned the top-rated juvenile in Britain in 2005. Sir Percy overcame training troubles to win the Vodafone Derby and he encountered more frustrating setbacks following his Epsom success. Trainer Marcus Tregoning’s charge was not seen again on the track until Newmarket on October 14 when he failed to fire in finishing seventh to Pride in the Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs. He was rested ahead of a trip to Dubai and a tilt at the Sheema Classic over 12 furlongs at Nad Al Sheba on March 31. Sir Percy showed that he retained his ability and enthusiasm with a courageous fourth-place finish behind Vengeance Of Rain. The Derby winner was squeezed for room shortly after the start and was struck into but ran on gamely despite his adversity. Sir Percy is by 2,000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Mark Of Esteem, out of the classy but temperamental Percy’s Lass. He is attempting to become the first Derby winner since Roberto to win the Vodafone Coronation Cup.

Race Record: Starts: 8; Wins: 5; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,140,894

Anthony Pakenham
A retired solicitor, Anthony Pakenham was born on August 23, 1952. He and his wife Victoria live near Newmarket and spend their winters in France. Both were brought up with very strong racing influences from their parents. Trainer Dick Hern’s wife Sheilah was a cousin of Mrs Pakenham’s mother. Victoria Pakenham credits the Herns for providing many of her earliest racing memories. Mrs Pakenham, who works part-time in alternative investment management, has been involved in racehorse ownership since the late 1980s. The best horse she was previously associated with was the useful handicapper, Pelorus - her first involvement. She became great friends with the late racing journalist George Ennor, who was also in the Pelorus syndicate and helped to further Mrs Pakenham’s knowledge of racing. Pelorus was indirectly responsible for the Pakenhams identifying Sir Percy as a potential purchase, via a formline with Braiswick, a half sister to his dam Percy's Lass. After failing to secure Sir Percy as a foal (he was sold to Will Edmeades for 20,000 guineas), Marcus Tregoning, helped by agent Angie Sykes, purchased him for 16,000 guineas as a yearling. Mr Pakenham’s first horse in his own name was The Dark Lord, trained by Lucy Wadham and a useful hurdler/chaser. Sir Percy is only his second horse. The couple decided to start registering horses in Anthony rather than Victoria’s name as they hoped it might bring a change of luck! Anthony Pakenham had only previously been involved with the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group. Sir Percy was considered a long-term jump prospect before making a mockery of his sales price with a sequence of four wins from four juvenile starts, culminating with Group One success in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Pakenham, who named the colt after Sir Percy Blakeney, otherwise known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, considers Sir Percy to be the horse of a lifetime and turned down several lucrative offers after the Group One victory at Newmarket. The colt rewarded his sporting owners with the victory of a lifetime in the 2006 Vodafone Derby. Sir Percy is the second horse they have bought who was bred by the Old Suffolk Stud, the first being a Wolfhound colt called Pagan Wolf who failed to win in 2002 and 2003 when in training with William Jarvis. Pagan Wolf is now Anthony Pakenham’s hack. The handicapper Oscar Snowman has won for the Pakenhams in 2007.

No previous Vodafone Coronation Cup wins

Marcus Tregoning
Born in Cornwall on July 31, 1959, Marcus Tregoning has been involved in the racing industry for most of his life. He had a grounding in the bloodstock world that included spells at Jocelyn Hambro’s Waverton Stud, the National Stud, Danny Van Clief’s Virginia Stud and the farm of vet and trainer Jim Wallace in New Zealand. He spent 14 years as assistant to the late Dick Hern, initially at the historic West Ilsley stables, and then at Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s purpose-built Kingwood House Stables near Lambourn. Tregoning was a useful amateur rider, winning several point-to-points, often on Bespoke, who became one of the yard hacks. Hern’s retirement from training saw Tregoning take over the licence at Kingwood House in 1997. His biggest victory came when Sir Percy won the 2006 Vodafone Derby. The colt had previously been crowned the top-rated British juvenile in 2005 after a four-race unbeaten campaign that culminated in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes. Other major flagbearers to date include Nayef, who won the 2001 Group 1 Dubai Champion Stakes, the 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic, and the 2002 Juddmonte International at York, and stable stalwart Mubtaker, runner-up in the 2003 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and a three-time winner of the Group Two Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Other notable horses he has trained include triple Group Three winner Ekraar, the 2000 Group Two Rockfel Stakes heroine Sayedah, the Group Two King’s Stand Stakes heroine Dominica, and 2003 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Snow Ridge. Tregoning, who had his best-ever year in 2003 with 56 successes and had 29 last year, has 100 horses listed in training in 2007, principally for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, although other owners include Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Gainsborough Stud and Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd as well as the Pakenhams.

No previous Vodafone Coronation Cup wins

Martin Dwyer
Liverpool-born Dwyer, who was born on June 28, 1975, enjoyed the biggest day of his racing life when he produced Sir Percy with a breathtaking run to win the 2006 Vodafone Derby. He has ridden the colt in each of his eight racecourse starts, winning five. At the beginning of the 2006 season he took over as second jockey to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose first jockey is Richard Hills. He still rides regularly for Andrew Balding, to whose father Ian he was apprenticed, and enjoyed another of his greatest days in the saddle when winning the 2003 Vodafone Oaks aboard the Balding-trained Casual Look. His fine Epsom record also includes the 2004 Group Three Diomed Stakes aboard Passing Glance. His other major successes include the Grade One Canadian International, Dubai Sheema Classic and Hong Kong Vase on Phoenix Reach, and he was the great Persian Punch’s final regular partner, winning the Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003) and the Goodwood Cup (2003). He partnered Tregoning’s High Accolade to success in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2003 and the same colt to back-to-back wins in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2003 and 2004). Other big-race wins include the 2006 John Porter Stakes at Newbury aboard the Tregoning-trained Mubtaker and the 2003 Royal Lodge Stakes on the same trainer’s Snow Ridge. His best year numerically was 2002 when he rode 106 winners and he ended 2006 with a tally of 90.

No previous Vodafone Coronation Cup wins
THE 2007 VODAFONE DERBY
Class 1, Group 1, £1,250,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.20pm, 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 (5 second entries), second forfeit stage May 18, 2007 (22 remain), £75,000 supplementary entry and confirmation stage May 28, 2007, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 31, 2007. Form figures correct up to Tuesday, May 22, 2007. May not include some overseas form. All-weather/dirt form in brackets.


Form Horse Owner Trainer
12 ACAPULCO (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
0131-01 ADMIRALOFTHEFLEET (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
31-51 ANTON CHEKHOV Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
32-1 AQALEEM Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
0-12 ARABIAN GULF Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
021-1 ARCHIPENKO (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
31- 1 AUTHORIZED (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
4123-23 CHINESE WHISPER (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
512214-5 EAGLE MOUNTAIN Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
1-3 EASTERN ANTHEM (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
6-2 JALIL (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
(4)512-23 KID MAMBO (USA) Jeff Daniels Terry Mills
(4)2 LEANDER Kevin Tork Brett Johnson
2(1) LUCARNO (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
011 MAHLER Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
12-5 MYTHICAL KID (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
010-10 PETARA BAY (IRE) Slavica Ecclestone Terry Mills
4120-1 REGIME (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XL Michael Bell
(2)-(1)21 SALFORD MILL (IRE) Tony Thompson David Elsworth
212-11 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
15113-0 STRATEGIC PRINCE H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Paul Cole
103-502 YELLOWSTONE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

22 entries remain after May 18 second forfeit stage
9 Irish-trained 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 (18 remain), £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 Tuesday, May 22.

Form Horse Owner Trainer
12 ALL MY LOVING (IRE) Roisin Henry & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
32 CHERRY HINTON Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
(1)-1 DALVINA St Albans Bloodstock LLP Ed Dunlop
5-1 DANCE OF LIGHT (USA) Gary & Lesley Middlebrook Sir Michael Stoute
52312-(0)00 DARRFONAH (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
(3)-13 FOLK OPERA (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
310-21 FOUR SINS (GER) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
231-11 LIGHT SHIFT (USA) Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
1-1 MEASURED TEMPO Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0100-02 NELL GWYN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
5111-1 PASSAGE OF TIME Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
3321 PEEPING FAWN (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
14-(0)3 RANSOM CAPTIVE (USA) Eastwind Racing Ltd and Martha Trussell Mikael Magnusson
4(0)-(2)(0)05 SATULAGI (USA) Fitri Hay Stan Moore
(1)(2)1 SILKWOOD Sheikh Mohammed Michael Jarvis
213011-3 SIMPLY PERFECT Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Jeremy Noseda
42-3 SUES SURPRISE (IRE) John Grant & A L R Morton Barry Hills
311141-02 SWEET LILLY Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon

18 entries remain after May 18 forfeit stage
5 Irish-trained

THE VODAFONE CORONATION CUP
Class 1, Group 1, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.25pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 1, 2007. For four-year-olds and upwards, 1m 4f 10yds. Weights: colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed April 4, entries announced April 17 (33 entries), forfeit stage May 15 (20 remain), £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 are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, May 22, 2007. May not include some overseas form. All-weather form in brackets.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
61212-12 ANNA PAVLOVA 4 Galaxy Racing Richard Fahey
210203-3 BALKAN KNIGHT 7 Raymond Tooth David Elsworth
661631-4 CHERRY MIX (FR) 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
261552- CONFIDENTIAL LADY 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott
13141(4)-11 DYLAN THOMAS (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
140322-3 GOWER SONG 4 Usk Valley Stud David Elsworth
(0)433(0)14 HATTAN (IRE) 5 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
36115-32 IRISH WELLS (FR) 4 B Van Dalfsen Francois Rohaut FR
1/21113- LINAS SELECTION 4 Renata Jacobs Mark Johnston
115265-11 MARAAHEL (IRE) 6 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
110105-4 PAPAL BULL 4 Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute
030155-0 RISING CROSS 4 Gary Tanaka John Best
110/250-2 SCORPION (IRE) 5 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
113/010-1 SEPTIMUS (IRE) 4 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
241113-41 SERGEANT CECIL 8 Terry Cooper Rod Millman
11/210-4 SIR PERCY 4 Anthony Pakenham Marcus Tregoning
103116-1 SIXTIES ICON 4 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
115112- TAM LIN 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
46/1120-1 YEATS (IRE) 6 Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
01121-3 YOUMZAIN (IRE) 4 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon

20 entries remain after May 15 forfeit stage
4 Irish-trained
1 French-trained


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