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Saturday, June 9, 2001

2001 Vodafone Derby quotes and result - Saturday, June 9



b c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Urban Sea (IRE) (Miswaki (USA))
Form: 1-111 Owner: Mrs John Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Breeder: David Tsui and Orpendale
Jockey: Mick Kinane

By a multiple champion sire out of a champion racemare, Galileo was bred to be top-class and has so far not disappointed. Foaled on March 30, the son of Sadler’s Wells is out of Urban Sea, the 1993 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner whose progeny to date include the Irish Oaks runner-up Melikah and Urban Ocean, the 1999 Gallinule Stakes winner.

Galileo made his debut in a 16-runner Leopardstown maiden on October 28 where, sent off the even money favourite, he ran away with the mile contest by 14 lengths. He returned to Leopardstown on April 16 for the Listed Ballysax Stakes over ten furlongs and duly obliged by three and a half lengths from stablemate Milan. His form improved again when he took the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, also at Leopardstown, over a mile and a quarter on May 13, with a length and a half to spare over Exaltation. His pedigree suggests that staying the Vodafone Derby trip of a mile and a half will not be a problem.
Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 4; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win and place prize money: £665,800.

Sue Magnier

Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Not only is she married to the most powerful man in the bloodstock world, she is a daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O’Brien, and sister of another Derby winning trainer, David O’Brien, while another brother, Charles, is also a successful handler.

In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and breeder, teamed up with Vincent O’Brien and owner Robert Sangster with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird amongst those and this provided the financial foundations for Coolmore Stud in Co Tipperary.
With Sangster now racing mainly home-breds, Magnier found a new partner in the 1990s with whom to resume the search for potential stallions, former bookmaker Michael Tabor. They have had great success with the likes of Desert King (1997 Irish Derby and Irish 2,000 Guineas), King Of Kings (1998 2,000 Guineas), Entrepreneur (1997 2,000 Guineas), Saffron Walden (1999 Irish 2,000 Guineas), Montjeu (1999 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes) and Giant’s Causeway, winner of five Group 1 races last year. Magnier is in overall charge at Coolmore, which has huge offshoots in America and Australia, and is proprietor of Ballydoyle, the magnificent training base of Aidan O’Brien.
Sue Magnier Vodafone Derby Record: 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), 2001 GALILEO WON

Aidan O’Brien IRE
Born on October 16, 1969, Aidan O’Brien has been phenomenally successful in his relatively short training career. After a spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of Coolmore, which offered the precocious O’Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the young trainer’s namesake and legendary Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien had enjoyed so much success. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. He had previously never won a classic. O’Brien’s prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with his jumpers, which saw him crowned champion National Hunt trainer in Ireland for the first five seasons since he took out his licence in the 1993/4 campaign. He now only trains a handful of jumpers but these include the great Istabraq, winner of three Smurfit Champion Hurdles. In 1998 King Of Kings provided O’Brien with a first British classic win from his first runner when taking the Sagitta 2000 Guineas. His second runner, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas the following day and went on to win the Vodafone Oaks. Last season he sent out Giant’s Causeway, who finished runner-up in both the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and its Irish equivalent, to win five consecutive Group 1 races and narrowly fail in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Vodafone Derby Record: 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th),2001 GALILEO WON

Michael Kinane

Born in Co Tipperary on June 22, 1959, Michael Kinane rode his first winner on March 19, 1975, at Leopardstown on Muscari and served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne. He was champion Irish apprentice in 1978 and has been Irish champion jockey 11 times, most recently in 1999 with 92 successes.

He was first jockey to Dermot Weld from 1984 until 1998 and is now retained by Aidan O’Brien. Kinane, who has regularly spends his winters riding in Hong Kong, partnered the O’Brien-trained King Of Kings to win the 1998 Sagitta 2000 Guineas, his second consecutive win in the race, following Entrepreneur in 1997. He also partnered Tirol for Richard Hannon to take the first colts’ classic in 1990. He has won many of the world’s top races, including the Vodafone Derby in 1993 on Commander In Chief, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1989 on Carroll House and in 1999 on Montjeu, the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop, the 1990 Belmont Stakes on Go And Go and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes three times (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu). Kinane was aboard Giant’s Causeway for four of his five Group 1 successes last season.
Vodafone Derby record: 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); 2001 GALILEO WON.


“They went a very slow pace and I was always just hacking, always just where I wanted to be and in complete control of the whole thing,

“I knew once I hit the front that none of the others would get anywhere near me, he is a brilliant horse and he can show this form over any distance.

“From last August every single step that he has taken has been meticulously planned.

“He did this really well and he just hasn’t stoppped getting better and better.

“It is a brilliant feeling to have won the Derby for a second time. This winner’s circle is very much the place to be.”


“He is extraordinary, a super star, a very special horse. When we stepped him up in his home work he started beating the horses whom he had been working with before by 15, 18 lengths more than he had been before.

“At the time we thought that the other horses must have been wrong, but now we know clearly know that they were not!

“He has always done everything right ever since we first started with him, and the plan before the race was that we would drop him back to a mile and a quarter next time, then back to a mile for the Queen Elizabeth and then go for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“We did not dare to say that in public before the race, but now that he has won like that it is safe to say so, and I would think that he would go to Sandown next for the Eclipse.

“All the time we have just tried to go gently with him, as we do with all our horses and just let them find their way without making things too tough for them.

“It has all been a brilliant team effort and I am thrilled for everyone involved with what we have done. He really is a quite extraordinary horse, utterly amazing.”


“That was fantastic. I want to see the race again, and again, and again. It is great for Aidan to have won his first Derby.

“We knew when we saw Golan win the 2000 Guineas and realised how good he was and heard all the talk about him that we would have to have a very good horse to beat him, and that is clearly what we have.

“Mick (Kinane) rode a perfect race on him. The pace was very slow and he was always just where he wanted to be and he won as he liked. You can hardly believe it.

“Was I surprised to see him win so easily? What do you think that I should say to that? We have always hoped that he would be a superstar and that is clearly what he is.”



Matt Chapman, PR director for the Tote who reported general ante-post turnover on the Derby slightly down on 12 months ago, said: “At the time Galileo landed his trial in Ireland the horse was a loser in the Tote book for in the region of £120,000.

“Fortunately, the Tote’s odds compilers took a stance after that victory and were impressed enough to make Galileo a 5-2 chance for Epsom, while he was available at 5-1 or more with all the other firms.

“That has meant that in the end Galileo has turned out to be a winner for between £20,000 and £30,000. A fantastic result for us, considering the state of the book before the race. Golan would have been a bad loser.”

Victor Chandler

“The result costs us a lot of money on course but success for Golan would have been a disaster.

“We laid both horses at 33/1 last Autumn and a bet of £50,000 to £20,000 in Gibraltar this afternoon, the ‘Frankie’ factor also came into play with Tabougg who was backed each way from 16/1 into 9/1.”


This year’s Derby will be a winner all round with punters who backed the first three finishers strongly throughout the Saturday.

However, Hills have managed to turn around ante-post losses on Galileo and Golan into a much better result thanks to the support on the day for Perfect Sunday and Tobougg.

“Tobougg was probably the best-backed horse in the race," said David Hood, spokesman for William Hill. "The fact he was third, backed considerably each/way, has inflicted deeper wounds than either of the front pair could have done.

“The fact that the BBC covered the race this year has given a considerable boost to the Derby. Thats not to detract from CH4's coverage, it has always been superb, but the BBC has a naturally bigger audience and there was no competition from European Championships or other major sporting events this year.

“I would estimate industry turnover should be bouncing around the £20-million on the Derby itself.”

The winner is unlikely to go for the King George VI and Queen Eliazbeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot, but the runner-up is a distinct possibility and Hills make the Guineas winner an 8-1 shot against older horses.

KING GEORGE: 7-2 Fantastic Light, 4-1 Kalanisi, 8-1 Golan, 10-1 Mutafaweq, Wellbeing, 12-1 Endless Hall, Millenary, (Others Upon Application)

Ladbrokes toast best Vodafone Derby in recent years

Ladbrokes, the world's biggest bookmaker, is toasting the best turnover on the Derby in recent years.

A spokesman said: “Before the race the firm predicted industry wide turnover of £50 million on the day and early indications from the company’s systems are that target will be reached. The decision to move the race to a Saturday was the subject of some criticism in previous years but punters seem to have warmed to the idea with this year seeing the highest turnover since the race was moved.

“Ladbrokes lottery-type Easyslip once again proved extremely popular with upwards of 70 percent of customers using it to bet on the race and meant that more people than ever before placed their first bet on the Derby.

“We've been delighted with both the popularity of our new Easyslip technology and also the fantastic level of interest in the race itself.”


“That was a race I could really enjoy, I was always in control,” said jockey Mick Kinane after his Vodafone Derby success on Galileo.

“I wasn’t worried by the lack of pace early on because I knew we had the pace, I just always wanted to be handy. I knew as soon as I quickened that nothing would catch me unless it sprouted wings. He just took off.

“He has serious pace and the drop back in distance won’t bother him. Wherever he goes I’ll turn up - at least I won’t have to pick which one to ride!

“When I got drawn in ten on both days (also on Vodafone Oaks winner Imagine yesterday) I knew it was going to be very very good or very very bad. I had the perfect rehearsal yesterday.

Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien added: “He had been working unbelievably - his work since his last run had improved 15 to 18 lengths easily. It was just unbelievable that he could do that. I’ve never had a horse show me that speed before.

“The plan was to go back to a mile and a quarter after this for the Eclipse, then back to a mile for the Queen Elizabeth and then the Breeders’ Cup Classic. But you couldn’t go saying things like that before the race. That plan is just my dream and it is possible he might go for the Irish Derby. The dirt won’t bother him, he’d gallop on water.

“Speed is his forte, he has so much class. It’s just fair to let the horse show his full potential, speed has always been his thing and he finds it easy to go fast. I think the horse will enjoy it (stepping back in trip).

“I hope he’s well and in one piece tomorrow. It’s unbelievable for everybody at home, this is what they work for. After training Istabraq, pressure is never going to be a problem.

“On the very first day that he worked, he was good enough to win any six-furlong race, that’s how natural he is.

“The horses I have are so well-bred, I’m getting unbelievable individuals with unbelievable pedigrees to train.

Galileo’s co-breeder and owner John Magnier said: “I’ve never seen Aidan so confident about a horse. We were very open about it but you don’t like tipping your own shares or horses.

“He has an incredible pedigree which is exciting from our point of view. It has been a fallacy about Sadler’s Wells not being able to get a Derby winner. He’s had endless Oaks winners and Coronation Cup winners and when they start to act round Epsom, I don’t know what they are going to do!”

Asked if the horse would stay in training next year, Magnier added: “Michael (Tabor) loves the racing but it’s a long way off. We’ll see what sort of health he’s in by the end of the year.”

Asked why he employed O’Brien at Ballydoyle, Magnier replied: “He was training winners, it’s as simple as that.”

Part-owner Michael Tabor added: “I could see very clearly that he was going easily and backed the horse at many stages from 7/1 downwards.”



Sir Michael Stoute, the trainer of the second Golan, said: “He took a long time to get going but was beaten by a very good horse today.

“It was only his third run and his future is ahead of him. I was pleased with him under the circumstances. Dilshaan was disappointing.”

Pat Eddery (Golan, 2nd): “He had a perfect run and there were no excuses.”

Frankie Dettori, rider of the third Tobougg, said: “I am delighted - he has showed that he is coming back to form. “

Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of the third Tobougg, declared: “He ran a really great race and I am very happy with him. Tobougg came back to his form and he is very well now.

“There is no decision yet about his next race but it may be the Eclipse over a mile and a quarter.”

Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, declared: “He stayed on very well in the closing stages. He was a top horse last year, he is a top horse now and will be a top horse in the future.

“This still does not explain his poor run in the 2000 Guineas but that is history.”

Barry Hills, trainer of the fourth, fifth and sixth and tenth, commented: “I’ve been in racing too long to be disappointed - I’ve been through all that before.

“I finished fourth, fifth and sixth. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more pace but having said that I don’t think it made that much difference to the result. The winner is probably a very good horse and he was always travelling like a winner.

“Richard Hughes thought that the course didn’t suit Perfect Sunday but there is a limit to how good they are. It was a bit of a sprint in the end.

“I was not surprised that Mr Combustible was the first of my horses. I always thought he would run a very big race. I thought he would be in the first four. There are no excuses for them. There is always next year.”

Richard Hills, the jockey on the fourth Mr Combustible, commented: “He ran well. He did everything right. He gallops and is a real proper St Leger horse.”

Michael Hills, the rider of fifth Storming Home, said: “I could of have done with a stronger pace. I was drawn one and locked away and could not do anything about the pace of the race. I would have loved to have got out and made more of a gallop.

“I had a lot of horse at the end but basically it was just a three-furlong sprint. Mick (Kinane) kept us all in close and had the run of the race but obviously has a very good horse. I feel my horse is going to be good.”

Richard Hughes (Perfect Sunday, 6th): “He ran well enough, but did not handle the camber in the straight too well.”


Sue Ellen, the Managing Director of United Racecourses, said:

“I am delighted with the day and the crowd - there has simply been the most marvellous atmosphere and the enormous cheer that greeted the start of the 222nd running of the Vodafone Derby demonstrated that we have had a huge attendance at Epsom Downs today.

“We do not have a crowd figure but today has shown the terrific appeal of the Vodafone Derby which was another magnificent race and a true classic.”


Galileo recorded the second fasted time for the Derby ever with 2m 33.27s.

Lammtarra (1995) holds the record with 2m 32.31s.

The last time the same jockey, trainer and owner won the Oaks and Derby in the same year was in 1950. Rae Johnstone, Charles-Henri Semblat and Marcel Boussac, respectively rode, trained and owned that year’s Derby winner Galcador and Oaks victor Asmena.

The last time that the favourites won both the Oaks and Derby was in 1985 when Slip Anchor took the colts’ classic and Oh So Sharp landed the Oaks.

3.50pm THE VODAFONE DERBY- 222nd running

Group One, Class A, Showcase Race, 1m 4f, £1,000,000, for three-year-old entire colts & fillies only. Weights:colts 9st; fillies 8st 9lb. Penalty values: 1st: £580,000; 2nd: £220,000; 3rd: £110,000; 4th: £50,000; 5th: £25,000; 6th: £15,000

1) GALILEO (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien(IRE) 3-9-00 Mick Kinane [10] 11/4JF
2) GOLAN (Lord Weinstock) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Pat Eddery [6] 11/4JF
3) TOBOUGG (Godolphin) Saeed Bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [11] 9/1
4) MR COMBUSTIBLE (Dick Bonnycastle) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Richard Hills [8]
5) STORMING HOME (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills [1]
6) PERFECT SUNDAY (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [9]
7) DILSHAAN (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [4]
8) PUTRA SANDHURST (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Michael Jarvis 3-9-00 Philip Robinson [3]
9) SUNNY GLENN (Helen Mahr) Nick Littmoden 3-9-00 Jason Weaver [12]
10) CHANCELLOR (Bill Gredley) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Richard Quinn [5]
11) KING CAREW (John Carey) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Craig Williams [2]
12) CASHEL BAY (Luke Comer) Luke Comer(IRE) 3-9-00 b1 John Carroll [7]

12 ran

Time: 2m 33.27s (2nd fastest Derby ever - Lammtarra in 1995 has the record with 2m 32.31s.)

Distances: 3.5, nk, 1.75, 0.5, nk, 1.75, 1, nk, 6, 1.75, 1.5

Breeding: b c Sadler’s Wells - Urban Sea (Miswaki) Breeder: David Tsui & Orpendale

Totes: Win: £4.90 Places: £2.10; £2.30, £2.10 Exacta: £14.30

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: (4) Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings), Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), Vodafone Derby (2001 Galileo) 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 Royal Ascot win: Harbour Master (June 17, 1997 - Coventry Stakes) Wins This Season: 2 (in UK)

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, 2001 Galileo); 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)Wins This Season: 5 (in UK)

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