Tuesday, June 5, 2001
LATEST LADBROKES ANTE-POST PRICES
Vodafone Derby - Epsom 9th June 2001
9/4-Galileo, 9/4-Golan, 9/2-Dilshaan, 7-Perfect Sunday, 12(from)14-Putra Sandhurst, 20-Storming Home, 16-Chancellor, 16-Tobougg, 25-Mr Combustible, 33-Wareed, 66-Ice Dancer, 100-Sunny Glenn, 150-King Carew, 200-Cashel Bay
Each way ¼ the odds a place 1, 2, 3
Vodafone Oaks - Epsom June 8th 2001
3-Imagine, 3-Flight Of Fancy, 7-Tarfshi, 9-Relish The Thought, 10-Mot Juste, 12(from 14)-Zanzibar, 14-Gay Heroine, 14-Silver Grey Lady, 16-Najah, 20-Candice, 20-Foodbroker Fancy, 20-Santa Isobel, 50-Mameha, 66-Sunstone.
Each way ¼ odds Places 1, 2, 3
The Wokingham Stakes Royal Ascot June 22nd 2001
10-Capricho, 12-Ellens Academy, 16-Candleriggs, 16-Deep Space, 16-Misraah, 16-Nice One Clare, 16-Seven No Trumps, 20-Border Subject, 20-Harmonic Way, 20-Hunting Lion, 20-Mitcham, 20-Sartorial, 20-Bon Ami, 20-Night Flight, 25-Cotton House, 25-Cubism, 25-Duke Of Modena, 25-Final Exam, 25-Guinea Hunter, 25-Halmahera, 25-Jarn, 25-Juwwi, 25-Smart Predator, 25-Blackheath, 25-Boanerges, 25-Cadeaux Cher, 25-Doctor Spin.
Each way ¼ the odds a place 1, 2, 3, 4
FALLON TO MISS DERBY
Kieren Fallon will be unable to take the mount on Golan in Saturday's Vodafone Derby after losing his appeal at the Jockey Club today.
Fallon was banned for three days at Ayr last week for minor irresponsible riding on Distinctive Dream in the RS Design Handicap.
The Disciplinary Committe rejected Fallon's argument that when a slight gap appeared the gelding went left unexpectedly of his own accord.
Fallon had to forfeit his £400 deposit as the Committee felt that there were not reasonable grounds for the apppeal.
As expected, Pat Eddery will now partner Golan at Epsom with Johnny Murtagh aboard Sir Michael Stoute's other hope Dilshaan.
WHO CAN BEAT GOLAN?
The countdown to the world's most famous Flat race, the 2001 £1 million Vodafone Derby at Epsom Downs, is almost over with a fascinating 222nd running in prospect at 3.50pm on Saturday.
The outstanding Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner Golan bids to become the first horse since Nashwan in 1989 to land the first two colts' classics but he faces no easy task with rivals such as the unbeaten Galileo, bidding to give Ireland a second successive Vodafone Derby winner following Sinndar 12 months ago.
Dilshaan, trained like Golan by Sir Michael Stoute, has been well-backed in recent days while trainer Barry Hills, who has finished runner-up in Flat racing's Blue Riband on four occasions, has a team of four aiming to go one better this year - Chancellor, Mr Combustible, Perfect Sunday and Storming Home.
The meeting begins on Friday with an outstanding day's racing featuring the Vodafone Oaks, in which the Queen bids to have her first British classic success since 1977 with Flight Of Fancy. Friday's card also includes the Group 1 Vodafone Coronation Cup, one of the season's top races for older horses.
STAR NAMES ON SHOW
From midday to 7pm, the Heart 106.2FM roadshow will be entertaining the thousands of racegoers enjoying Vodafone Derby day on the Hill with a dazzling array of star names including Emma Bunton, Steps, Atomic Kitten, Dina Carroll, Deacon Blue, Nik Kershaw and Marti Pellow.
Full details can be found below along with news of a Derby landmark for Lester Piggott and traffic advice for those travelling to Epsom.
THE 2001 VODAFONE DERBY
Class A, Group 1, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 9, 2001, one mile four furlongs about ten yards, total prize fund £1 million, weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 9lb, closed December 1, 1999 (601 entries), first forfeit stage March 6, 2001 (149 entries remain), £8,000 second entry stage April 11, 2001 (8 entries added - making 157), second forfeit stage May 23, 2001 (27 remained), £75,000 supplementary entry stage June 2, 2001, five-day confirmation stage noon, June 4, 2001 (14 entries remained), final declaration stage 10am June 7, 2001. (Form figures from Weatherbys correct up to June 4, 2001).
Form Horse Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey
2105-5460 CASHEL BAY (USA) Luke Comer Luke Comer IRE/
01-1 CHANCELLOR (IRE) Bill Gredley Barry Hills/Richard Quinn
21-1 DILSHAAN Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute/Johnny Murtagh
1-11 GALILEO (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE/Mick Kinane
1-1 GOLAN (IRE) Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute/Pat Eddery
21 ICE DANCER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/Doubtful
25- KING CAREW (IRE) John Carey Mick Channon/
02-21 MR COMBUSTIBLE (IRE) Dick Bonnycastle Barry Hills/Richard Hills
323-11 PERFECT SUNDAY (USA) Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills/Richard Hughes
5-2 PUTRA SANDHURST (IRE) HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis/Philip Robinson
0120-13 STORMING HOME Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills/Michael Hills
051-26 SUNNY GLENN Mrs Helen F Mahr Nick Littmoden /Jason Weaver
111-0 TOBOUGG (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/Frankie Dettori
1-2 WAREED (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/
14 entries remain after the five-day confirmation stage on June 4.
3 Irish-trainedOWNER, TRAINER AND JOCKEY VODAFONE DERBY RECORDS OF THE 14 FIVE-DAY ENTRIES (1965-2000)
Owner/Trainer - Luke Comer IRE: No previous runners
Owner - Bill Gredley: 1980 Braughing (17th); 1981 Golden Brigadier (15th); 1991 Environment Friend (11th); 1992 Paradise Navy (14th); 1999 Through The Rye (16th); 2000 Zyz (9th).
Trainer - Barry Hills: 1971 Meaden (9th); 1972 Rheingold (2nd), Our Mirage (4th); 1973 Natsun (11th), Proverb (17th); 1974 Regular Guy (10th); 1975 Royal Manacle (7th); 1976 Danestic (9th); 1978 Sexton Blake (15th), Hawaiian Sound (2nd); 1979 Tap On Wood (12th), Two Of Diamonds (14th), Cracaval (8th); 1980 Saint Jonathon (13th); 1981 King Of Hush (16th); 1982 Father Rooney (13th); 1983 The Noble Player (11th); 1985 Royal Harmony (9th); 1987 Water Boatman (16th), Sir Harry Lewis (4th); 1988 Glacial Storm (2nd); 1990 Missionary Ridge (10th), Blue Stag (2nd); 1991 Arokat (12th); 1993 Blues Traveller (3rd); 1996 Busy Flight (18th), Prince Of My Heart (19th); 1997 The Fly (5th), Musalsal (8th); 1998 The Glow-Worm (6th); 1999 Through The Rye (16th); 2000 Zyz (9th).
Jockey - Richard Quinn: 1985 Reach (6th); 1986 Nomrood (11th); 1987 Ibn Bey (13th); 1990 Zoman (7th); 1992 Alflora (6th); 1993 Redenham (7th); 1994 Waiting (17th); 1995 Riyadian (7th); 1996 St Mawes (17th); 1998 Courteous (12th); 1999 Lucido (15th); 2000 Beat Hollow (3rd).
Owner - Saeed Suhail: 1999 Beat All (3rd).
Trainer - Sir Michael Stoute: 1978 Hill's Yankee (19th); 1979 Hardgreen (6th); 1980 Running Mill (21st); 1981 SHERGAR (WON); 1983 Shearwalk (3rd); 1984 My Volga Boatman (14th); 1985 Shadeed (13th); 1986 SHAHRASTANI (WON), Jareer (12th); 1987 Ajdal (9th), Ascot Knight (11th); 1988 Doyoun (3rd); 1989 Warrshan (11th); 1991 Mujaazif (13th); 1992 Alnasr Alwasheek (7th); 1993 Shareek (15th); 1994 Golden Ball (7th), Just Happy (8th), Jabaroot (16th), Foyer (UR); 1996 Double Leaf (10th); 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Greek Dance (5th); 1999 Beat All (3rd).
Jockey - Johnny Murtagh: 1996 Double Leaf (10th); 1998 Sunshine Street (4th); 1999 All The Way (5th); 2000 SINNDAR (WON)
Owners - Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor: Sue Magnier - 1996 Chief Contender (9th); 1997 Entrepreneur (Owned with Michael Tabor) (4th); 1998 Second Empire (Owned with Michael Tabor) (8th), Saratoga Springs (Owned with Michael Tabor) (10th), King Of Kings (Owned with Michael Tabor) (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (Owned with Michael Tabor) (7th); 2000 Aristotle (Owned with Michael Tabor)(10th).
Michael Tabor (all owned with Sue Magnier) - 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th).
Trainer - Aidan O'Brien IRE: 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th).
Jockey - Michael Kinane: 1983 Carlingford Castle (2nd); 1986 Flash Of Steel (6th); 1990 River God (16th); 1992 Twist And Turn (5th); 1993 COMMANDER IN CHIEF (WON); 1994 King's Theatre (2nd); 1995 Humbel (8th); 1996 Storm Trooper (15th); 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Second Empire (8th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th).
Owner - Lord Weinstock: 1967 Dart Board (3rd); 1971 Homeric (7th); 1973 Club House (19th); 1979 TROY (WON); 1989 Prince Of Dance (10th) (all jointly with Sir Michael Sobell);1994 Golden Ball (7th), 1995 Spectrum (13th) (both jointly with Simon Weinstock); 1998 Greek Dance (5th).
Trainer - Sir Michael Stoute: See Dilshaan
Jockey - Pat Eddery: 1972 Pentland Firth (3rd); 1973 Freefoot (3rd); 1974 Charlie Bubbles (13th); 1975 GRUNDY (WON); 1976 Oats (3rd); 1977 Night Before (PU); 1978 Formidable (9th); 1979 New Berry (17th); 1980 Pelerin (4th); 1981 Riberetto (8th); 1982 GOLDEN FLEECE (WON); 1983 Salmon Leap (4th); 1984 El Gran Senor (2nd); 1985 Law Society (2nd); 1986 Wise Councillor (17th); 1987 Bellotto (3rd); 1988 Red Glow (4th); 1989 Mill Pond (5th); 1990 QUEST FOR FAME (WON); 1991 Toulon (9th); 1992 Rainbow Corner (11th); 1993 Tenby (10th); 1994 Sunshack (19th); 1996 Dushyantor (2nd); 1997 Silver Patriarch (2nd); 1998 King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Salford Express (14th); 2000 Inchlonaig (11th).
Jockey - Kieren Fallon (if successful in appeal on Tuesday): 1994 Party Season (15th); 1997 Symonds Inn (7th); 1998 Sadian (7th); 1999 OATH (WON).
Owner - Sue Magnier: See Galileo
Trainer - Aidan O'Brien IRE: See Galileo
Owner - John Carey: No previous runners
Trainer - Mick Channon: No previous runners
Owners - Dick Bonnycastle, Sir Ernest Harrison, Jack Hanson and Bob Wharton:
Dick Bonnycastle - no previous runners;
Sir Ernest Harrison - no previous runners;
Jack Hanson - 1969 Sylvalgo (23rd), 1976 Frankie (14th), 1977 Sultan's Ruby (19th), 1978 Majestic Maharaj (owned with Robert Ogden) (14th)
Bob Wharton - no previous runners
Trainer - Barry Hills: See Chancellor
Jockey - Richard Hills: 1984 At Talaq (4th); 1987 Alwasmi (18th); 1988 Al Mufti (10th); 1989 Flockton's Own (9th); 1992 Lobilio (15th); 1995 Fahal (4th), 1997 Fahris (6th); 1998 Haami (14th); 1999 Zaajer (12th); 2000 Sakhee (2nd).
Owner - Khalid Abdulla: 1984 Alphabatim (5th), Cataldi (16th); 1985 Damister (3rd); 1986 Dancing Brave (2nd); 1987 Bellotto (3rd); 1990 QUEST FOR FAME (WON), Digression (11th), Aromatic (17th); 1991 Toulon (9th), Arokat (12th); 1992 Rainbow Corner (11th); 1993 COMMANDER IN CHIEF (WON), Tenby (10th); 1994 Sunshack (19th); 1996 Dushyantor (2nd); 2000 Beat Hollow (3rd)
Trainer - Barry Hills: See Chancellor
Jockey - Richard Hughes: 2000 St Expedit (7th).
Owner - HRH Prince Ahmad Shah: No previous runnersTrainer - Michael Jarvis: 1970 Meadowville (5th), 1979 Man of Vision (7th), 1990 Treble Eight (8th).Jockey - Philip Robinson: 1983 Guns Of Navarone (5th); 1985 Supreme Leader (4th); 1986 Sirk (7th); 1993 Bob's Return (6th); 1994 The Flying Phantom (20th); 1996 Even Top (13th); 2000 Barathea Guest (8th).
Owner - Maktoum Al Maktoum: 1982 Touching Wood (2nd); 1985 Shadeed (13th); 1986 Jareer (12th); 1987 Ascot Knight (11th); 1991 Mujaazif (13th); 1992 Twist And Turn (5th); 1993 Blue Judge (2nd), Desert Team (11th), Shareek (15th); 1994 Just Happy (8th), Jabaroot (16th); 1995 (In partnership with Godolphin) Vettori (6th); 1997 Musalsal (8th).
Trainer - Barry Hills: See Chancellor
Jockey - Michael Hills: 1985 Royal Harmony (9th); 1988 Glacial Storm (2nd); 1990 Missionary Ridge (10th); 1992 Ninja Dancer (17th); 1994 Broadway Flyer (21st); 1996 SHAAMIT (WON); 1997 Musalsal (8th); 1998 Gulland (11th); 1999 Through The Rye (16th); 2000 Cracow (14th).
Owner - Mrs Helen F Mahr: No previous runners
Trainer - Nick Littmoden: No previous runners
Jockey - Jason Weaver: 1994 Mister Baileys (4th)
Owner - Godolphin: 1995 Vettori (6th - owned jointly with Maktoum Al Maktoum); 1997 Bold Demand (9th); 1998 City Honours (2nd), Cape Verdi (9th); 1999 Dubai Millennium (9th), Adair (13th); 2000 Best Of The Bests (4th), Hatha Anna (6th), Inchlonaig (11th), Broche (12th).
Trainer - Saeed bin Suroor: 1995 LAMMTARRA (WON), Vettori (6th); 1997 Bold Demand (9th); 1998 City Honours (2nd), Cape Verdi (9th); 1999 Dubai Millennium (9th), Adair (13th); 2000 Best Of The Bests (4th), Hatha Anna (6th), Inchlonaig (11th), Broche (12th).
Jockey - Frankie Dettori: 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)
Owner - Godolphin: See Tobougg
Trainer - Saeed bin Suroor: See Tobougg
THE 2001 VODAFONE OAKS
Group One, Class A, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 8, 2001, one mile four furlongs about ten yards, total prize fund £365,000, for three-year-old fillies only. Weights: 9st. Entries closed Wednesday, March 7, 2001 (101 entries), forfeit stage Thursday, May 24, 2001 (23 remained), £20,000 supplementary entry stage Friday, June 1, 2001 (2 supplemented), five-day confirmation stage Saturday, June 2, 2001 (15 remained), 48-hour declaration stage 10am Wednesday, June 6, 2001. (Form figures from Weatherbys correct up to Monday, June 4, 2001 and may not include some overseas form).
Form Horse Owner Trainer/Jockey
3313-3 CANDICE (IRE) Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop/
21-4 FLIGHT OF FANCY The Queen Sir Michael Stoute/Kieren Fallon
24172-261 FOODBROKER FANCY Food Brokers Ltd David Elsworth/Dane O'Neill
2-2 GAY HEROINE Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute/Johnny Murtagh
361412-231 IMAGINE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/Mick Kinane
035-05 MAMEHA Brian Voak Clive Brittain/Basil Marcus
1-1 MOT JUSTE Mohammed Al Nabouda Ed Dunlop/Richard Hughes
2 NAJAH (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/Frankie Dettori
1-2 RELISH THE THOUGHT (IRE) Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills/Michael Hills
33-21 SANTA ISOBEL Exors of late Robert Hitchins Ian Balding/Kevin Darley
38-12 SILVER GREY LADY (IRE) Philippa Cooper John Dunlop/Pat Eddery
0-273 SUNSTONE Mrs M J Vincent Mick Channon/
131-02 TARFSHI Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis/Philip Robinson
21-531 TIME AWAY (IRE) Robert Barnett John Dunlop/Doubtful
523-11 ZANZIBAR Gilly Rowland Clark/Usk Valley Stud Michael Bell/Michael Fenton
15 Entries remained after five-day confirmation stage
THE VODAFONE CORONATION CUP
Class A, Group 1, Friday, June 8, 2001, total prize fund £250,000, one mile four furlongs, for four-year-olds and upwards. Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed Wednesday, April 11 (31 entries), entries released, Thursday, April 12, forfeit stage May 22 (21 remained), five-day confirmation stage Saturday, June 2 (9 remained), declarations to run must be made by 10am on Wednesday, June 6 and declaration of riders must be made by 1pm on Thursday, June 7. (Form correct up to May 22, 2001).
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer/Jockey
623062-121 BORDER ARROW 6 Bob Michaelson & Wafic Said Ian Balding/
362000- CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (USA) 4 Luke Comer Luke Comer IRE/
4111-(4)(7)3 EKRAAR (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/
0/45110-12 GOLDEN SNAKE (USA) 5 The National Stud John Dunlop/
161345-4 LITTLE ROCK 5 John Greetham Sir Michael Stoute/
5/11011-1 MILLENARY 4 Neil Jones John Dunlop/Pat Eddery
01031-8 MUTAFAWEQ (USA) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/
341115- PETRUSHKA (IRE) 4 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Sir Michael Stoute/KierenFallon
3/11511- WELLBEING 4 Plantation Stud Henry Cecil /Richard Quinn
9 Five-day Confirmations
HEART 106.2FM'S BIGGEST STARS EVER AT THE VODAFONE DERBY
Heart 106.2FM are keeping the excitement building right up to Vodafone Derby Day itself on Saturday 9th June, by announcing several more top stars to join their Derby day picnic, and the promise of the appearance of a huge act, whose identity won't be revealed until a few days before the event.
Joining Emma Bunton, Atomic Kitten, Steps, Dina Carroll, Go West, Marti Pellow and Tony Hadley are more unmissable acts such as Bellefire, Nik Kershaw, Damage and Deacon Blue and they'll be providing a six-hour extravaganza from 12.00 midday until 6.00pm.
New for this year will be to keep the music playing into early evening, with Dr. Glitz entertaining those who want to party on and miss the traffic, right up until 7.00pm.
Stephen Wallis. General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse, commented, Heart is exceeding all expectations this year with a gathering of stars that must be hard to beat, especially when it's free to watch for those who walk on to the Hill. We're looking forward to a huge party with something for everyone throughout the day .
RACEGOERS ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY
In an effort to try to keep traffic congestion to a minimum at the 2001 Vodafone Derby, Epsom Downs Racecourse are urging race-goers to leave home early. As well as missing the worst of the traffic, there'll also be the chance for early birds to soak up the unique early morning Derby Day atmosphere, and enjoy the entertainment already underway.
Epsom Downs Radio on 1602 AM frequency will be bringing all the latest traffic news from the AA Vodafone Roadwatch. In addition to traffic reports, they will keep listeners up to date with the current news, latest weather at Epsom and interviews with trainers and jockeys. The station will start broadcasting from 8.00am and can be heard within a 10 mile radius of the course.
Heart 106.2FM will be returning to the Vodafone Derby this year on the Hill with their biggest line up of stars ever, and performances will start from midday. There'll also be a parachute drop performed by the Red Devils just before the Derby itself, which will keep the tempo building right up to the off.
Stephen Wallis, General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse commented, "I always advise everybody to get on the road in plenty of time on Derby Day to make their journey as easy as possible. Then there's plenty of time to relax on arrival and enjoy all the great entertainment laid on. With over 10,000 cars and 400 coaches arriving at the racecourse, each year we work closely with the traffic police and AA Vodafone Roadwatch to ensure everyone is directed via the best possible routes and to help ease the traffic congestion".
Racing on Vodafone Derby Day starts at 2.00pm. The main gates open at 10.00am and access to the Hill is available from 7.30am. The traditional Royal Procession down the course is scheduled for 12.50pm.
50 YEARS SINCE LESTER PIGGOTT'S FIRST DERBY RIDE
It is 50 years ago since Lester Piggott, the most-successful jockey in the history of the Derby, had his first ride in the premier classic.
Piggott was just 15 when lining up at Epsom on May 31, 1951, aboard 28/1 chance Zucchero, trained by Ken Cundell, and the partnership finished 13th behind Arctic Prince.
A year later Piggott came close to victory when second on the Noel Cannon-trained Gay Time after the winner Tulyar came across him.
And it was in 1954 that he landed the first of his record nine Derby victories when Never Say Die, trained by Joe Lawson for American owner Robert Sterling Clark, belied his 33/1 odds to land an impressive success. Piggott was just 18 at the time.
Piggott's period with Newmarket trainer Sir Noel Murless brought him two more Epsom triumphs aboard Crepello in 1957 and St Paddy in 1960, but it was his association with Irish-based Vincent O=Brien, many people=s idea of the greatest 20th century racehorse trainer, that brought the jockey most success.
Sir Ivor, owned by the United States ambassador to Ireland, Raymond Guest, brought the first Epsom triumph for the Piggott/O'Brien team in 1968, and it was for another American owner, Charles Engelhard, that Piggott recorded his most-famous Derby triumph on Nijinsky in 1970. The great Northern Dancer colt, who had won the 2,000 Guineas in May, went on to complete the colts= Triple Crown by winning the St Leger at Doncaster. No horse has since landed the three races.
Roberto in 1972 and The Minstrel five years later brought two more wins for the seemingly-unstoppable O'Brien and Piggott combination while Empery, trained in France by Maurice Zilber, had brought a further success in 1976.
Piggott's final visit to the unique Epsom winner's enclosure came in 1983 when Teenoso, trained in Newmarket by Geoff Wragg, was successful.
In 1985 Piggott retired but he missed riding and, 40 years on from his first Derby ride, he lined up again in the 1991 race on Hokusai, owned by his great friend Charles St George and trained by Henry Cecil. The colt finished seventh.
Piggott's final Derby ride was aboard fifth-placed Khamaseen in 1994 for trainer John Dunlop.
Although once again retired, Piggott played his part in the success of 1996 Derby winner Shaamit. The horse was trained by his son-in-law William Haggas and Piggott had partnered Shaamit in several gallops at home.
LESTER PIGGOTT'S COMPLETE DERBY RECORD
1952-2 Gay Time
1953-15 Prince Charlemagne
1954-1 Never Say Die
1955-13 Windsor Sun
1956-0 Affiliation Order
1960-1 St Paddy
1964-10 Sweet Moss
1965-2 Meadow Court
1966-9 Right Noble
1968-1 Sir Ivor
1971-6 The Parson
1973-2 Cavo Doro
1977-1 The Minstrel
1992-9 Rodrigo de Triano
DILSHAAN ON TARGET FOR £1 MILLION BONUS
Dilshaan takes the second step towards a colossal £1 million bonus in Saturday's Vodafone Derby at Epsom.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, who is vying for favouritism in the classic, put himself in line for this tremendous pay out after winning the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October.
The £1 million bonus is payable to any horse successful in the Racing Post Trophy, the Vodafone Derby and the world's oldest classic, the Rothmans Royals St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, September 15. The bonus is likely to be higher than the total first prize money for the three races.
The Henry Cecil-trained Reference Point was the last horse to complete this magnificent treble. After winning 1986's top two-year-old race at Doncaster, he went on to double classic glory the following season. Doncaster Racecourse organises the bonus through insurance underwriters.
Dilshaan is owned by Saeed Suhail, whose racing manager Joe Mercer reports that the bonus is being given serious consideration.
Mercer said: "The £1 million bonus would definitely be very much on the minds of Sir Michael Stoute, the owner and myself were Dilshaan to win the Derby, and we would obviously look at running him in the Rothmans Royals St Leger.
"Johnny Murtagh will take the ride on Dilshaan in the Derby and he is very, very well and in great form."
Tim Betteridge, General Manager at Doncaster Racecourse, said: "Everyone at Doncaster will be cheering Dilshaan on Saturday and we look forward to his return to Doncaster for the Rothmans Royals St Leger on September 15, when we hope to greet his connections with a £1 million cheque as the first winner of this tremendous bonus."
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