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Friday, June 8, 2001


3.05 Vodafone Diomed Stakes, 7f

Nicobar - 7/4 L
Blue Mountain - 16 T, WH
Duck Row - 7 C, L, T
Lermontov - 25 C, L, T
Pulau Tioman - 6 L
Soviet Flash - 5/2 L, T
Cayman Sunset - 10 WH
Cauvery - 20 WH

3.50 Vodafone Derby Stakes, 1m 4f

Cashel Bay - 300 L, WH
Chancellor - 25 L, T
Dilshaan -7/2 L, WH
Galileo - 5/2 T
Golan - 9/4 L, T, WH
King Carew - 200 L, T, WH
Mr Combustible - 25 T, WH
Perfect Sunday - 6 L, T, WH
Putra Sandhurst - 14 L
Stoming Home - 16 L
Sunny Glenn - 150 L, WH
Tobougg - 20 L

4.35 Vodafone 'Dash' Rated Stakes, 5f

Repertory - 5 T, WH
Bishops Court - 5 L, WH
Lord Kintyre - 20 L, T, WH
Proud Native - 5 T
Ho Leng - 20 L, T, WH
Dancing Mystery - 16 L, T, WH
Ivory's Joy - 11 WH
Deep Space - 12 L, T, WH
Vita Spericolata - 14 T
Charlie Parkes - 20 L
Magic of Love - 22 L
Red Millennium - 33 WH
Henry Hall - 12 L, WH
Coastal Bluff - 20 T
Mujado - 20 L
Chispa - 33 L, WH
Prince of Blues - 33 L, T, WH

L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill


Trainer Barry Hills - who has four runners in tomorrow’s Vodafone Derby - declared himself happy this morning after two of his challengers, Chancellor and Mr Combustible worked at Epsom this morning.

The duo cantered around the full 1m 4f, with Hills keen for the duo to experience the unique course before tomorrow’s big race. Richard Hills was on Mr Combustible with Richard Quinn aboard Chancellor.

After the exercise, Barry Hills reported: “It wasn’t a gallop they just came to stretch their legs and have a look at the track and I was happy with them. According to Richard Hills the going is good to firm.

“It’s something I’ve done quite a lot in the past but not with every horse. Perfect Sunday and Storming Home will come up tomorrow.”

Richard Hills said of Mr Combustible: “We had a good look at the track and gave him a feel of Tattenham Corner and I was very pleased with the way he did it.

“Now it’s fingers crossed for tomorrow and we beat the other 11!”

Richard Quinn was also pleased with how Chancellor had worked: “He seems on very good terms with himself mentally and he went very well. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“He coped with the track very well.”

Commenting on the state of the ground and the prospect of having to water, Clerk of the Course Andrew Cooper said: “The prospect of showers is lessening all the time particularly for today.

"Technically it's good to firm with good places but we are going to have a walk on it at and assess the situation and it's not inconceivable we would call it good to firm for today's racing."

"It would be nice not to do it (water). We'll wait and see what the jockeys think. We'll review it during the day.

"If anything the only bit that is feasible to do is the home straight itself."


Eight horses will go to post in tomorrow’s £75,000 Group Three Diomed Stakes at Epsom Downs.

They are:

1) (3) 010-311 Nicobar Ian Balding 3-9-09 Kevin Darley
2) (8) 135 536 Blue Mountain Fulke Johnson Houghton 4-9-04 John Reid
3) (5) 32034-4 Duck row James Toller 6-9-04 Simon Whitworth
4) (2) 12/4000- Lermontov David Nicholls 4-9-04 Adrian Nicholls
5) (6) 333-521 Pulau Tioman Michael Jarvis 5-9-04 Philip Robinson
6) (7) 41/246-1 Soviet Flash Ed Dunlop 4-9-04 Frankie Dettori
7) (4) 424-146 Cayman Sunset Ed Dunlop 4-9-04 Richard Hughes
8) (1) 300-245 Cauvery Sean Woods 3-8-06 Richard Quinn


Group One, Class A, Showcase Race, 1m 4f, total prize fund £325,000, for three-year-old fillies only. Weights: 9st each. Penalty values: 1st: £211,700; 2nd: £80,300; 3rd: £40,150; 4th: £18,250; 5th: £9,125; 6th: £5,475

1 IMAGINE (Mrs David Nagle/Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien (IRE) 3-9-00 Michael Kinane [10] 3-1 fav
2 FLIGHT OF FANCY (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [13] 100/30
3 RELISH THE THOUGHT (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills [6] 10-1
4 MOT JUSTE (Mohammed Al Nabouda) Ed Dunlop 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [1]
5 SUNSTONE (Mrs M Vincent) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Craig Williams [9]
6 GAY HEROINE (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [12]
7 TARFSHI (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3-9-00 Philip Robinson [11]
8 SILVER GREY LADY (Philippa Cooper) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Pat Eddery [14]
9 MAMEHA (Brian Voak) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Basil Marcus [5]
10 FOODBROKER FANCY (Food Brokers Ltd) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Dane O’Neill [7]
11 SANTA ISOBEL (Exors of the Late Robert Hitchins) Ian Balding 3-9-00 Kevin Darley [4]
12 CANDICE (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 3-9-00 Richard Quinn [2]
13 NAJAH (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [8]
14 ZANZIBAR (Mrs G Rowland Clark & Usk Valley Stud) Michael Bell 3-9-00 Michael Fenton [3]

14 ran Distances: 1.25, Hd, 3, Sh, 1.75, 4, 4, Hd, Nk, 14, 2, 3.5, 1.5 Time: 2m 36.70s
Breeder: Barronstown Stud and Orpendale Breeding: Sadler’s Wells - Doff The Derby (Master Derby)
Totes: Win: £4.70 Places: £2.20; £2.10, £3.50 Exacta: £15.60

Winning trainer:-Name: Aidan O’Brien Date of birth: 16/10/69 Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Jim Bolger and Anne-Marie Crowley O’Brien Date of first licence: 1993 British Classic wins: (3) Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings), Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine) Other major wins include: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle), National Stakes (1996 Desert King; 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett), Dante Stakes (1998 Saratoga Springs), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (1998 Lavery, 2000 Minardi), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky), Nunthorpe Stakes (1999 Stravinsky), Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasiliyev), St James Palace Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Coral Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Acomb Stakes (2000 Hemingway), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi) First winner in Britain this season

Winning jockey:-Name: Kinane, Michael Joseph.Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, 22/6/59.Apprenticeship: With Liam Browne. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75) Classic wins: (5) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief); Vodafone Oaks (2001 Imagine), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings) Other major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Prix de l'Abbaye (1985 Committed), St James's Palace (1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House, 1999 Montjeu), Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu), Ascot Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Fillies’ Mile (1996 Reams Of Verse); Cheveley Park Stakes (1995 Blue Duster); Dewhurst Stakes (1994 Grand Lodge); Coronation Stakes (1994 Kissing Cousin); July Cup (1999 Stravinsky); Nunthorpe (1999 Stravinsky); Derby Italiano (1992 In A Tiff, 1995 Luso); Hong Kong Invitational Bowl (1991 Additional Risk), Juddmonte International (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Dubai Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs), Japan Cup (1997 Pilsudski), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasliyev); Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasliyev), Prix de la Salamandre (1999 Giant’s Causeway), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Irish Champion Stakes (1989 Carroll House,1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (2000 Minardi), Acomb Stakes (2000 Hemingway), Prix Vermeille (2000 Volvoreta), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi)


Michael Kinane, riding his second Vodafone Oaks on Imagine, said: “There was a good pace but she didn’t come down the hill as well as you would like. Once in the straight she picked up and I was always going to win then. It was a question of biding one’s time and not getting there too soon.

“I always thought she was an Oaks filly. I didn’t ride her in the Irish 1,000 Guineas as I thought the ground was going to be good to firm and it came up soft. She didn’t sparkle in the spring but has come to hand at the right time.”

Aidan O’Brien, training his second Vodafone Oaks winner, declared: “She is a marvellous filly. For a filly who didn’t act on the course, she must be very, very good.

“Her first target was the Irish 1,000 Guineas and then the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom and she has done everything exactly as we thought all the way.

“The lads have done a wonderful job at home. There are so many things in racing that can go wrong that you really do not get excited until they have past the line.

“Michael (Kinane) kept being patient with her. He was leaving it as late as possible, nursing and nursing her and then he asked her to win. I thought he gave her a marvellous ride.

“Galileo is well and his preparation has gone well. He’s done anything we have asked.”


Adrian O’Brien, jockey Mick Kinane and owner-breeders Diane Nagle and Sue Magnier won their second Vodafone Oaks in four years after Imagine held on by a length and a quarter from the fast finishing Flight Of Fancy to take the fillies’ classic. Shahtoush won the race in 1998 for the same connections.

“I thought that Mick gave her a great ride,” said O’Brien. “He did all that he needed to while keeping her safe at the same time. Turning into the straight I thought Michael was happy and felt that he would keep nursing her there.”

Kinane added: “She’s done it really well although we had to make it up as we went along in some respects. I was a shade worried when we were at the back but let her come down in her own speed.

“She’s a lovely filly and nothing phases her. She’s an all-round top-class filly. There’s no need to step her up in distance, she has a lot of options over a mile to a mile and a half. I’d imagine it wouldn’t be a problem to take on the colts.

“I have to take all the credit for picking Toroca (over Imagine) in the Irish Guineas, Aidan was very sweet on Imagine’s chances. The ground changed and on the day I knew I was on the wrong horse. Imagine has just taken a little time to blossom.”

Coolmore supremo John Magnier, in whose wife’s name the filly runs, said: “Aidan imagines a lot of these things will happen! My wife and Diane Nagle named the horse because imagine is a word that David Nagle says a lot.” Imagine is the last foal of Doff The Derby, who is also dam of the 1991 Derby winner Generous.

Asked to pick another filly to follow, Magnier said: “Pedigree-wise it would have to be a sister to Galileo, there are a lot of top-class horses in that family. But we have to get tomorrow over with first.”

Magnier confirmed that Coolmore had secured a share in Vodafone Derby favourite Golan from Lord Weinstock. “We’ve nothing to do with the racing, we just have the stud rights. Arnold (Weinstock) stays involved, he owns him as he did with Spectrum.”


“She really was very unlucky and I think she could have won. It is very hard trying to win races like this here when you have to come from so far back,” said the Queen’s racing manager Lord Carnarvon after the Royal filly Flight Of Fancy had finished well to snatch second place from Relish The Thought, a length and a quarter behind the victorious Imagine

“Kieren (Fallon) just could never get a position on her, but she has run a great race,” Lord Carnarvon added.


“I don’t know if she was unlucky, but she didn’t win the race,” said Sir Michael Stoute about Flight of Fancy’s strong finishing second behind Imagine.

“Everything was going fine until she went for a gap about two and a half furlongs out and just got stopped. The one thing she did not want was to get stopped at that stage of the race, for she is just a strong, relentless galloping filly.

“She ran on well, but she just did not win.”

Barry Hills, who trains Relish The Thought, was delighted with the way in which his filly ran. “That was only her third race in her life and she has run a super race,” he said of the third. “She looked as if she was going to win, but she did not quite get home. Michael (Hills, the trainer’s son), said that she handled the course very well though she was not so happy in the straight with the camber.”

Those sentiments were endorsed by Joe Mercer and Bruce Raymond, racing managers to Relish The Thought’s owner Sheikh Maktoum al-Maktoum. “She has run an absolute blinder and I thought she had it won; she got the trip very well,” said Raymond.

“She must have gone two and a half, three lengths clear with two furlongs out, but the winner was just too good. She and Flight of Fancy have run very much to the Musidora form, and I think this was a good Oaks.”

Joe Mercer indicated that the Irish Oaks is likely to be next for Relish The Thought.

“She has run a really good race and it makes the Musi dora form look top class. This means that Time Away (who won the York race) must be a certainty for (the Prix de Diane on) Sunday.

“Michael (Hills) said that she handled the track very well, though she did not do so well on the undulations in the straight. But she got the trip well and I think it was a very, very good Oaks. She has done really well.”


Class A, Group One, total prize fund £250,000, one mile four furlongs, for four-year-olds and upwards. Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty values: 1st: £150,000; 2nd: £57,500; 3rd: £28,750; 4th: £13,750

1 MUTAFAWEQ (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [1] 11-2
2 WELLBEING (Plantation Stud) Henry Cecil 4-9-00 Richard Quinn [2] 7-2
3 MILLENARY (L Neil Jones) John Dunlop 4-9-00 Pat Eddery [5] 6-4 fav
4 EKRAAR (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor t4-9-00 Richard Hills [6]
5 PETRUSHKA (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-11 Kieren Fallon [4]
6 CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Luke Comer) Luke Comer (IRE) b4-9-00 John Carroll [3]
6 ran
Distances: Sh, 4, Sh, 6, 3 Time: 2m 36.05s
Breeder: Murifield Ventures & Jayeff B Stables Breeding: b h Silver Hawk - The Caretaker (Caerleon)
Totes: Win: £6.10 Places: £2.30; £2.00 Exacta: £38.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Bin Suroor, Saeed Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. Classic wins: (8) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell); Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra); Pertemps St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins include: Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain), Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), French 2000 Guineas (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre); Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra); Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling), Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami); Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 Halling), Ascot Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche; 1998 Kayf Tara), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Nunthorpe Stakes (1995 So Factual), Derby Italiano (1998 Central Park), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross; 2000 Aljabr), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr), Man O’ War Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2000 Fantastic Light), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross, 1999 Fly To The Stars), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1998 Sea Wave), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr) Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1999 Dubai Millennium), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Predominate Stakes (2000 Roscius), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium), Duke of York Stakes (2000 Lend A Hand), Yorkshire Cup (2000 Kayf Tara), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Wins in a season (1995-2000) 14:48:41:38:41:17 Wins this season: 4

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy Apprenticeship: With Luca Cumani. First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) Classic wins; (7) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami),Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr); Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel); Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Predominate Stakes (2000 Roscius), Duke of York Stakes (2000 Lend A Hand), Yorkshire Cup (2000 Kayf Tara), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Royal Lodge Stakes (2000 Atlantis Prince), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Wins in a season (1987-2000): 8,22,75, 141,94,101,149,233*,217*,123,176,132,132,47 *Champion jockey Wins this season: 27



“What a brave horse, he has always been like that. They all came at him and he just would not give in,” enthused Godolphin’s John Ferguson after Mutafaweq had made just about all the running and held on by a short head against the persistent challenge of Wellbeing.

“You remember how brave he was when he won the St Leger, and how he would not give up then,” Ferguson added as he complimented Frankie Dettori on his enterprising riding on the five-year-old, the oldest horse in the race.

Those compliments were endorsed by Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford. “There was no plan in advance for him to make the running, but when it looked as if there was going to be no pace at all, Frankie decided to go on in front,” he said.

“It is always an advantage in races like this if you can be in charge of the pace, it means that you can quicken up when you want to, as long as you have a horse who is adaptable enough to do that.

“This is a really tough horse. He has proved himself at top level all over the world, for as well as the St Leger he also won the King Edward VII Stakes as a three-year-old, and last year he won the Canadian International. Every time he has a hard race but he keeps coming back.

“There are no precise plans for him at the moment, though (stablemate) Fantastic Light will run in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot.

“This horse has entries all over the world, including the King George, and I expect he will be spending some time abroad. He stays further than this, as you saw when he won the St Leger.” Coral make Mutafaweq a 10/1 shot (from 20) for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.

“He had an oxygen problem after he won the Leger and nearly collapsed after the race, but there has never been a repeat of that. It just shows how hard he tries.”

Crisford also enthused about the display by Ekraar, who failed by only a short head to snatch third from favourite Millenary. “He has run a very good race and showed that he stays a mile and a half,” said Crisford. His comments about Ekraar’s stamina were echoed by the colt’s rider Richard Hills, who said that Ekraar was not suited by the slow gallop of the race


Henry Cecil was philosophical after Wellbeing narrowly failed to catch Mutafaweq when beaten a short-head in the Vodafone Coronation Cup.

“They didn’t go very fast early on and the winner got the first run on us,” said Cecil. “He just slipped the field and in one more stride we would have won.

“He’ll go for the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot now and then Group One races will be very important after that.”

John Dunlop felt that third-placed Millenary wasn’t suited by the course. “He was hanging and leaning and Pat couldn’t ride him, it was annoying. He almost put the fourth (Ekraar) through the rails at one point.”


Today’s attendance for Vodafone Oaks day is up 5% on last year’s figure. There were approximately 14,000 paying customers in the enclosures and a similar number of racegoers on the Hill.

Sue Ellen, Managing Director of United Racecourses, said: “We are absolutely delighted with today’s crowd figure, which demonstrates the increasing appeal of Vodafone Oaks day, a wonderful scene setter for the Vodafone Derby.”

Tote on-course cash pool betting turnover at Epsom today came to £386,581, up £37,856 (+11%) on the 2000 total.

Jeremy Scott, a Tote spokesman, said: “We are very pleased with the increase and if there is a similar rise in turnover tomorrow that will be excellent news.”

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