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Thursday, June 7, 2001



BEST PRICES FOR EPSOM TOMORROW




3.10 Epsom - Vodafone Coronation Cup, 1m 4f

Chime at Midnight - 50 T, WH
Ekraar - 16 WH
Millernary - 5/2 T
Mutafaweq - 5 T, WH
Wellbeing - 4 L
Petrushka - 15/8 L, WH

3.55 Epsom - Vodafone Oaks, 1m 4f

Candice - 20 T
Flight of Fancy - 3 L, WH
Foobrooker Fancy - 20 L, T, WH
Gay Heroine - 16 T
Imagine - 100/30 T
Mamaeha - 66 L, WH
Mot Juste - 11 WH
Najah - 20 L
Relish The Thouight - 8 L, WH
Santa Isobel - 8 L, WH
Silver Grey Lady - 14 WH
Sunstone - 100 L, T, WH
Tarfshi - 8 T
Zanzibar - 10 L, T

L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill



12 DECLARED FOR VODAFONE DERBY





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 (12 declarations).



Form Horse Owner Trainer Jockey
1) (7) 2105-5460 CASHEL BAY (USA) Luke Comer Luke Comer IRE John Carroll

2) (5) 01-1 CHANCELLOR (IRE) Bill Gredley Barry Hills Richard Quinn

3) (4) 21-1 DILSHAAN Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh

4) (10) 1-11 GALILEO (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE Mick Kinane

5) (6) 1-1 GOLAN (IRE) Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute Pat Eddery

6) (2) 25- KING CAREW (IRE) John Carey Mick Channon Craig Williams

7) (8) 02-21 MR COMBUSTIBLE (IRE) Dick Bonnycastle Barry Hills Richard Hills

8) (9) 323-11 PERFECT SUNDAY (USA) Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills Richard Hughes

9) (3) 5-2 PUTRA SANDHURST (IRE) HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson

10) (1) 0120-13 STORMING HOME Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills Michael Hills

11) (12) 051-26 SUNNY GLENN Mrs Helen F Mahr Nick Littmoden Jason Weaver

12) (11) 111-0 TOBOUGG (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori

12 declarations
2 Irish-trained




LATEST AMERICAN STEEPLECHASE NEWS




BELMONT CHOICE FLASHER TRAVELS BY NIGHT

After blaming his horse¹s only truly dreadful outing on a failure to eat properly, trainer Jimmy Day is taking no chances with Flasher in Thursday's Meadow Brook Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.


That's why Flasher will leave Day's Virginia base late Wednesday night and arrive in New York early Thursday morning.


"He'll leave around midnight so he gets there early in the morning and it shouldn't matter about eating or not,² said the trainer. "He will already have his dinner in his belly and everything should be fine. My horse is looking forward to Belmont."

The final leg of the Steeplechase Triple Crown shapes up as a rubber match between first step winner Praise The Prince and second round victor Flasher.


The former won the $100,000 Hard Scuffle (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 3, as Flasher faded to seventh after "not eating a thing," according to Day. At Pimlico May 17, Flasher shipped enjoyed the short shipping distance, ate like a horse and ran down Praise The Prince in the $100,000 Joe Aitcheson (gr. I).

A field of 12 was entered for the 2 1/2-mile, 12-jump Meadow Brook. Thursday's ninth race will decide the series -- though Flasher has won three of the horses' four head-to-head meetings. Combined, they are the stars of the National Steeplechase Association's second-season division with eight wins, four seconds and almost $350,000 in 16 hurdle starts.

"Praise The Prince is a very, very good horse, and I was very impressed with him at Pimlico, but my horse can beat him and likes to beat him," said Day, a transplanted Irishman. "He doesn't beat him by very far (official margins were a nose, a neck and a neck), but he runs very good races against him."

When he eats. At Churchill, the Kentucky-bred Flasher finished 28 lengths behind his rival, a New Zealand import.

In addition to the change in shipping plans, Flasher gets a new jockey in visiting Irishman Paul Carberry. Chip Miller was aboard for the Pimlico win, but can't ride for Day at Belmont because of a New York rule that prohibits someone licensed as a trainer and a jockey from riding for other trainers.


Miller, who trains a stable of flat and steeplechase horses, ran a flat horse at Belmont several weeks ago and will have to miss the mount.


Carberry, who had 39 wins in Ireland during the 2000-01 season through May 21, steps in as a more than capable replacement for the 1996 U.S. champion Miller. The 27-year-old son of jockey turned trainer Paul Carberry won the 1999 English Grand National and was a champion apprentice on the flat before switching to jumps. Flasher has won for four different jockeys, so the switch should bother the horse much.


"It's too bad that Chip can't ride, because he suits the horse," said Day.


"I thought they might let him ride anyway, but we'll have to live with it. My horse is easy to ride, for a good rider, and I've got a good rider. The key is getting (Flasher) to turn off and sit out the back."

The rest of the field includes Triple Crown veterans War Talk, Tres Touche, P.C. Plod and Bien Allure while Pimlico starters Dynability and Park Debut return for Belmont. Newcomers Pelagos, Maxi Tune and Internal Affair complete the field.


The field (with jockey):
1. Loyal Spirit (Roger Horgan) 30-1.
2. Praise The Prince (Gus Brown) 2-1.

3. Park Debut (Richard Boucher) 30-1.

4. War Talk (J.W. Delozier) 6-1.

5. Internal Affair (Michael Cooney) 30-1.

6. Pelagos (Blythe Miller) 12-1.

7. Tres Touche (David Bentley) 5-1.

8. Flasher (Paul Carberry) 5-1.

9. P.C. Plod (Matt McCarron) 20-1.

10. Bien Allure (Arch Kingsley) 15-1.

11. Dynability (Craig Hedditch) 15-1.

12. Maxi Tune (Cyil Murphy) 9-2.


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