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Friday, June 3, 2005


VODAFONE DERBY FESTIVAL
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2005


HUGE 50% CROWD INCREASE

Today’s attendance on Vodafone Oaks Day was 22,300, a massive 50 per cent increase on the 2004 figure of 14,900.


Stephen Wallis, Managing Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, said: “We’ve had a great crowd who’ve all enjoyed themselves and seen great racing. We hope they come back for our evening meetings and for the Vodafone Derby Festival next year.”

TOTE TURNOVER UP

Today’s Tote turnover of £529,176 represents an increase of £94,664 (+22%) on last year’s figure of £434,512.


totesport spokesman Damian Walker said: “These were excellent figures, especially as we had fewer runners than in 2004 and began with a three-runner race.”

GOING

Andrew Cooper, clerk of the course and director of racing at Epsom Downs, is leaving the official going the same as today’s - good, good to firm in places - for tomorrow’s Vodafone Derby.


He said: “There will be no more watering because the showers that we were expecting have arrived. I will walk the course in the morning and issue a going update after that.”

INITIAL WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE
VODAFONE OAKS

SHEIKH HAMDAN IS “VERY IMPRESSED”

“I am absolutely delighted and was very impressed with her,” said owner-breeder Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum after his Eswarah had beaten Something Exciting in the Vodafone Oaks to give a first triumph in the race to trainer Michael Jarvis and jockey Richard Hills.

“I told Richard not to come on the inside with her and she quickened well when the others came to her.”

Richard Hills said: “it went pretty well to plan. As she had had only two runs I did not want her to be on the inside so I angled her to the outside from her draw of 2, so that she could get a clear run and not be frightened due to her lack of experience.


“They really slowed up the gallop about six furlongs out but my filly has plenty of gears and she was able to get a good position for the run in.


“She is very tough and she gets that from her mother. With each bit of work she has quietly impressed me and Michael with what she has done each time we have stepped her up a bit.


“There is not a feeling in the world like this (standing on the winner’s rostrum).”

Michael Jarvis said: “she has been improving all the time and Ben (Hanbury, who used to train her) has been a big help. I asked him how good she was, did he mean Listed and he said that he though she could be better than that.


“I think she handled it very well. At one time I thought that she might have got to the front too soon, but when Something Exciting came to us it was clear that Richard had done the right thing.


“I don’t know what the plans are for her. I’ll start thinking about that tomorrow - today is for celebration.


“I was pretty calm in the lead up to the race but the nerves started to get to me near post time. You think that looks well, or that’s got good form.


“It means an awful lot to me. I have been doing this job for a great many years but you never get used to the excitement.”


FIFTH RACE QUOTES FROM PRESS CONFERENCE
VODAFONE OAKS

ESWARAH EMULATES MOTHER 19 YEARS ON

Eswarah followed her mother Midway Lady, the 1986 Oaks heroine, when holding off a persistent challenge from Something Exciting to win the Classic by one and a half lengths.


It was a proud moment for trainer Michael Jarvis, who led up the 1966 Derby winner Charlottown and is one of Britain’s longest-serving trainers having held a licence since 1968.


“I’ve been doing this job for a very long time so to win a Classic at Epsom as a trainer means an awful lot to me,” said Jarvis. “Epsom has been very good to me, I led up a Derby winner and have had a lot of success here, including in the Vodafone Coronation Cup, but this is something else.


“Her mother was very good and this filly is exceptional and all credit to Ben Hanbury who had her last year and always said she was good.


“Since she came to me from Ben’s in the winter she has always worked exceptionally well. I thought I had a good bunch of unraced fillies and she just kept improving out of all recognition.


“I thought she had a first-rate chance in her maiden and after she won that nicely I stepped her up and worked her with better animals at home.


“Having watched a lot of gallops, nothing pleases you better than to work one that quickens up and goes three lengths clear. She did that every time and was worried not to test her too often.


“Originally I was thinking that we may have gone too soon but then I watched the race again and it was probably a winning move. We had planned to hold her up a bit longer and I was willing that winning post to come. I was also worried that this would be the first time she got in a tussle, you never know what will happen.


“I’ve also brought horses to Epsom that I was sure would handle the track and didn’t while others that I was worried about were fine, you simply never know until they try it.


“Today was the first time she had had a couple of smacks so we’ll have to see how she comes out of it. I’ll slightly sit on the fence about where she goes now, Sheikh Hamdan pointed out she has had three races in five weeks now and it could all come a bit quickly having not raced at two. The Irish Oaks is the obvious race but we could look at the Yorkshire Oaks.”

Jockey Richard Hills added: “They jumped off and went very very fast which I was happy about because I wanted to give her some daylight as she is an inexperienced filly who could then show her turn of foot.


“I hadn’t shaken off the other filly and so had to ask mine for more and she quickened again. She slightly bobbed in front but that’s just her style, it’s because she’s changing gears so quickly.


“Each time Michael asked me to come and ride work, she just got better. I always got off and we just smiled at each other.”

Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum added: “This is a great race and there is double happiness as her mother won the race. She was not among our top four two-year-olds last year when she was when Ben Hanbury but then we transferred her to Michael when I heard from the racing manager that the trainer was very happy with her. I saw her twice last year at Ben’s. He said she was lame and she needed time.


“After her first run, the jockey said she gave him a very good feel and he said in the last two furlongs she went on easily and that we had to go again to Newbury for a Listed race.


“I was in Dubai then and we thought after that that she should go for the Oaks. She wasn’t one of our top foals or yearlings to look at. Midway Lady is very crooked so we tried to breed her to something less crooked and we were trying for a mile and a half horse and hoping for a colt.”



ESWARAH (GB) FACTFILE
3 b f Unfuwain (USA) - Midway Lady (USA) (Alleged (USA))
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co
Form: 111 Trainer: Michael Jarvis Jockey: Richard Hills

Eswarah
Has emulated her dam Midway Lady, who won this classic for Ben Hanbury 19 years ago. In fact, Hanbury trained Eswarah as a two-year-old, though she did not race, and, following his retirement, the filly was transferred to Michael Jarvis, who has been quick to praise Ben for the help and advice that he has offered over the family traits. The dogs were barking over the talents of Eswarah before she made her belated debut at Newbury in April, and, starting favourite, she duly delivered with a smooth two and a half lengths success over Alumni, who went on to win the Cheshire Oaks. That encouraged her trainer to take in a Listed race at Newbury to determine whether she was Oaks material, and Eswarah passed the test with flying colours, scooting clear in the last quarter-mile to win with a ton in hand. Today she won the Vodafone Oaks most gamely.

Race Record: Runs 3: 1st 3: Win and place prize money: £245,602

Hamdan Al Maktoum
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the second-eldest brother of the ruling family of Dubai. He is Dubai’s minister of finance and industry and, like other family members, has invested vast sums in bloodstock. He was elected an honorary member of the British Jockey Club in 1989. Around 300 horses carry his distinctive silks of blue with white epaulettes, and are trained in Britain mainly by John Dunlop, Ed Dunlop, Michael Jarvis, Marcus Tregoning, John Gosden, Mark Johnston, Sir Michael Stoute and Barry Hills. Sheikh Hamdan also has horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai and France. He has owned two Vodafone Derby winners, Nashwan (1989) and Erhaab (1994), as well as numerous other big-race winners around the world, including At Talaq and Jeune, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1986 and 1994 respectively. In 2000 he gained his fourth success in the 1000 Guineas when Lahan followed the examples set by Salsabil, Shadayid and Harayir while Nashwan provided him with a first 2000 Guineas victory in 1989, which was emulated by the Barry Hills-trained Haafhd this term. He is also involved with Godolphin. A prolific and highly-successful breeder, Sheikh Hamdan owns Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, Beech House Stud in Newmarket, as well as studs in Ireland and Kentucky, which together house over 160 broodmares. Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1990 SALSABIL; 2005 ESWARAH

Michael Jarvis
Born August 14, 1938, Michael Jarvis is one of Newmarket’s longest-serving trainers, having held a licence since 1968. Jarvis rode three winners as a jump jockey, served as head lad to Towser Gosden for six years, had a further two years in the same role with Gordon Smyth, during which time he led up the 1966 Derby winner Charlottown, before becoming private trainer to owner David Robinson, a post he held for eight years. Based at Kremlin House Stables in Newmarket, where he has a three-figure team in training this year, he has enjoyed several notable big-race victories. These include the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Carroll House in 1989, the 2000 French Derby with Holding Court and in 2001 he had a first British classic triumph when Ameerat took the Sagitta 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Jarvis saw further big-race success with Rakti in the 2003 Group 1 Champion Stakes, 2004 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and this year’s Lockinge Stakes. His second British classic success came in today’s Vodafone Oaks.

Vodafone Oaks Win; 2005 ESWARAH

Richard Hills
Born in Newmarket on January 22, 1963, minutes after his twin brother, Michael. The Hills’ hugely-successful racing family also consists of father, Barry, and brother, John, who are both leading trainers. Charlie, another brother, is a successful amateur rider and assists his father. Hills served his apprenticeship under Tom Jones and rode his first winner on Border Dawn at Doncaster on October 26, 1979. He first met the man by whom his riding services are now retained, Hamdan Al Maktoum, through that apprenticeship when the Sheikh installed record-priced 625,000gns yearling Ghadeer in Jones’ hands. Hills took on Willie Carson’s role as first jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum. Lahan provided him with a second 1000 Guineas success in 2000, having also won the race on Harayir in 1995. Mutafaweq gave Hills another classic triumph in the 1999 St Leger and he also won last year’s 2000 Guineas on Haafhd, trained by his father. Other big race successes include the 1999 Dubai World Cup on Almutawakel, the 1990 Ascot Gold Cup on Ashal, the 1998 July Cup on Elnadim, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 1994 on 66/1 shot Maroof and on 33/1 chance Summoner in 2001, the 2001 Grade 1 Canadian International on Mutamam and the 2001 Dubai Champion Stakes, 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic and Juddmonte International as well as the 2003 Prince of Wales’s Stakes with Nayef.

Vodafone Oaks Win; 2005 ESWARAH

PLACED QUOTES
VODAFONE OAKS

GOOD LOSER

David Elsworth, trainer of the Vodafone Oaks runner-up Something Exciting who was beaten a length and half by Eswarah, said: “She has run a terrific race. She was outstayed by a better filly on the day.


“She went to join the winner and I thought we had her and Richard did. But Eswarah found a bit more and outstayed us - she was better on the day.

“Tactically, I think we exploited everything as well as we could. The Vodafone Oaks was the plan and we will have to see what to do now.”

Richard Quinn, rider of Something Exciting, said: “I stayed but was outstayed by a better filly.”


Jim Bolger, trainer of the third Pictavia, said: “She wasn’t travelling that well in the early stages and did not come the hill great but she came home very well when it levelled out.


“She is improving all the time - she was slow coming to herself in the springtime but she has done well since.

“The Irish Oaks is the plan now - we have it all to do to try and reverse the form with the front two but we will have a go. The track will suit her better.”


Kieren Fallon, aboard the fourth Virginia Waters, said: “They cantered and then sprinted, it was no good to anybody.”


Pat Smullen, who partnered the eighth Dream To Dress, said: “She ran a good race for an inexperienced filly but was all at sea on the track - she’s a big gangly filly.”


BOOKMAKER REACTION TO OAKS RESULT

Eswarah’s success in the Vodafone Oaks was a bad result for bookmakers.


totesport’s Damian Walker described it as “a losing race both ante-post and on the day.


“We laid Eswarah at as big as 40-1 and at most prices down, but strong money this week for Virginia Waters meant that she wasn’t as bad an ante-post loser as we had anticipated.


“Virginia Waters would have been a far worse result both ante-post and on the day, so we were relieved to see her finish out of the first three as she would have cost us in excess of six figures.”

And as far as Coral were concerned it was an even worse result. “It was an absolute shocker as far as we were concerned,” said their spokesman Simon Clare. “There could not have been a worse result.”



INITIAL WINNING QUOTES RACE FOUR
VODAFONE CORONATION CUP

O’BRIEN ‘LEARNED A LOT’

“As I was watching that my mind went back to last year when Yeats was favourite for the Derby for a long time but then never made it to the race,” said Aidan O’Brien after Yeats had led from start to finish to win the Vodafone Coronation Cup.


“I think that maybe I overtrained him last year but we learned a lot from that and we have adopted a different strategy with him this year.


“I think he will come on from that and he is in all the big races like the King George and the Arc, which are lovely races to think about aiming for.”

The winner’s jockey Kieren Fallon thinks that Epsom is “a really lucky course for me from the day when I won the Steve Donoghue Apprentice Handicap in the days when I was apprenticed to Jimmy FitzGerald.


“It was Aidan’s idea to make the running and he told me just to let the horse bowl along and nothing too much got to me.


“Coming to Tattenham Corner Richard (Hills on Bandari) tried to force the pace a bit and that made my mind up for me and I kicked for home. It was a long way out and he ran all the way to the line.”

Luca Cumani, trainer of runner-up and 2-1 favourite Alkaased, said: “I think my horse and jockey were a bit outfoxed. Kieren dictated the pace and slowed it up at the top of the hill before he kicked going down the hill and he soon got a good lead.


“We were a bit further back than we should have been and I think he has run a fantastic race to finish where he did from where he was - to come from last to second, but he had a lot to do. But he has to be held up because if he hits the front too soon he is inclined to stop and so there was no question of making the running with him.


“I think Royal Ascot (at York) will come too soon for him so we shall go home and talk about where to go with him.”


FOURTH RACE QUOTES
VODAFONE CORONATION CUP

YEATS LOOKS TO HAVE BRIGHT SEASON AHEAD

Kieren Fallon completed a double when leading from start to finish aboard Yeats to claim a Group 1 victory in the Vodafone Coronation Cup.


“I planned to make the running and the horse has improved a lot and hopefully he’ll continue from there,” said Fallon. “He gave me a fantastic feel and I think he’s really, really good.”

Yeats was quoted at prices ranging from 4/1 with Coral to 8/1 with Cashmans for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and is 3/1 with a run for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot at York.

Part-owner John Magnier added: “It’s up to Aidan where he goes and he’ll be in all those sort of race. I suppose the Breeders’ Cup Turf would be the race everyone would have in mind if you have a mile and a half horse - that’s what we all try for.


“We didn’t give Kieren instructions, he knows his way around here well enough.


“Remember Yeats was favourite for the Derby last year until he had a muscle problem two or three weeks before the race - that was as bad as it gets and this is as good as good as it gets.

“He was beaten first time out on bottomless ground when giving 7lb but it had been very hard to get the horses right at home because it had been so wet.”


PLACED QUOTES
VODAFONE CORONATION CUP

CHRISTOPHE SOUMILLON HAPPY WITH REEFSCAPE

Christophe Soumillon, rider of third Reefscape, who had been trying to give trainer Andre Fabre his sixth Vodafone Coronation Cup victory, was pleased with the four-year-old’s performance.


He said: “I gave him a breather from the turn to the straight and a horse came by me very fast at the 400-metre mark (two furlongs out).

“I could not follow him so I gave my horse a chance from 300 metres out. He kept going all the time and was very generous.


“He ran very well but the pace was a little bit slow for us and the winner and second were well ahead.”




INITIAL WINNING QUOTES RACE ONE
PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES

SOMETHING BETTER BECKONS

“She is very well and has been working very well,” said Sheikh Mohammed of Sundrop after last year’s 1,000 Guineas runner-up had made a happy return to Epsom, where she was badly injured in the Oaks last year, with a fluent two lengths defeat of the opening Princess Elizabeth Stakes.



“She will improve from that and Frankie (Dettori) said afterwards that the filly is flying, so I think we shall look to move her up in Grade now,” he went on.


Dettori endorsed Sheikh Mohammed’s enthusiasm about the filly. “She has won really well, with a bit of class,” he said. “I expect she will run at Royal Ascot (at York) now and then step up to Group 1 company.


The Sheikh also sounded a slightly cautionary note about Dubawi’s participation in tomorrow’s Vodafone Derby. “We shall see the second and third races and then talk toFrankie after the Oaks,” he said, while Dettori commented that though the ground is good to firm it is perfectly safe and I would run Dubawi in the Derby if it was run today.



FIRST RACE QUOTES
PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES (GROUP 3) (SPONSORED BY VODAFONE)

SUNDROP STARTS MEETING ON BRIGHT NOTE FOR GODOLPHIN

Sundrop justified even money favouritism in the opening Princess Elizsbeth Stakes to begin the 2005 Vodafone Derby Festival on a high for the Godolphin stable and jockey Frankie Dettori.


The rider kicked on inside the final two furlongs to come home two lengths clear of Peeress to the delight of Simon Crisford, Godolphin’s racing manager.


“It’s been a case of getting her back on an even keel after the Oaks last year because she had a really bad experience then,” said Crisford.


“But she had been working well at home and pleasing Saeed. She’ll now go for the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes over a mile on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot at York.”

Also heading to the Royal Meeting is last year’s Gold Cup winner Papineau who misses today’s Vodafone Coronation Cup.

“He just has an infection in his foot that flared up, it’s just a short-term thing and he should be fine for Royal Ascot. It would be nice for him to try and defend his crown,” added Crisford.



INITIAL WINNING QUOTES RACE TWO
VODAFONE MILE
FALLON ‘NEVER CONCERNED’

In spite of what spectators may have felt, Kieren Fallon said after the race that he was “never concerned” that the well-backed Momtic was not going well enough to win the Vodafone Mile Handicap.


Though he was pushing along some way from home, Fallon said that ‘they went pretty quick, but I always knew that he would find a winning gear when I asked him to.”

Talking about the ground, he described it as ‘well watered, which will not suit Virginia Waters (his ride in the Vodafone Oaks). She wants top of the ground.


“I am confident that she will stay a mile and a half, it is in her pedigree and she doesn’t give any indication that she won’t stay.”


SECOND RACE QUOTES
VODAFONE MILE (HANDICAP)

MOMTIC PUTS FALLON ON SCORESHEET

The 3/1 favourite Momtic never looked in danger of not coming home in front in the Vodafone Mile under Kieren Fallon.


A relieved winning trainer William Jarvis said: “I’ve been having too many seconds and thirds although they’ve all been running well.


“I wasn’t going to run him today but he ran very well on Monday and my head girl Karen Parris said he was so well at home that we should have a go. Kieren is a great man to have on your side around here.


“I’m sure he’ll be put up in the weights now but the long-term plan is probably the Cambridgeshire. He is not in the Royal Hunt Cup because I thought that York might not suit him.”


INITIAL WINNING QUOTES RACE THREE
VODAFONE ROSE BOWL

PLANNING PAYS OFF

“I have been planning this race for him since March,” said trainer-breeder Andrew Reid after Eccentric, one of two runners in the race for Gary Tanaka, had got the better of Realism and Chancellor in the Vodafone Rose Bowl.


“He is not the first winner at the meeting who has been trained at Mill Hill, where I am based, as we had a winner here on Derby Day with Fire Dome in 2000.


“He is just getting better and better but we have had to be very patient with him because he stands 17hh and I don’t know if he has stopped growing yet.


“I don’t know where he might go. He was getting a lot of weight from some of his rivals today, which was only fair, so we shall have to wait and see.”


THIRD RACE QUOTES
VODAFONE ROSE BOWL (HERITAGE HANDICAP)

ECCENTRIC ON TOP

Eccentric, trained and bred in north London by Andrew Reid, got home in front by three-quarters of a length in the Vodafone Rose Bowl despite jockey John Egan putting up 4lb overweight.


“Experience is worth the 4lb,” said Reid. “I planned this from March after he won the Winter Derby and I’m glad we got here. We thought we’d have a go at something on the turf and his full-brother won the Great St Wilfrid Handicap so there was no reason why he wouldn’t go on grass.


“He’ll go out in a field now and there’s an amount of choice for him, the horse has done his job.”

Owner Gary Tanaka was recently arrested in America and Reid added: “Originally Mr Tanaka wanted to take him to America but I said that because of the way I train horses, just letting them do it themselves, then it wouldn’t suit him.”

Reid is keen to relinquish his licence at his stables at Mill Hill and added: “Remember I’ve had heart surgery and I’ve even brought Dr Myers my doctor here today!

“I’ve only got 15 horses and six staff and am waiting for someone to approach me about taking over. I want a young person to come in with ideas, starting off with moderate horses and then working their way up.”


SEVENTH RACE QUOTES
VODAFONE GROUP SERVICES HANDICAP STAKES

LOCAL VICTORY IN FINALE

Epsom handler Roger Ingram saddled a popular locally-trained winner in the concluding Vodafone Group Services Handicap when Sky Crusader, stepping back in trip to seven furlongs, came home a length and a half clear of Guildenstern.


“John (Egan) said that we should try and keep him at seven furlongs now, it was really the trip that did it,” said Ingram.


“I knew he was very well beforehand but was worried about dropping back from a mile and all credit to Stevie Drowne, who usually rides him, as he told us the horse would have no problems going around here.”



GOING NEWS AT 10 AM
The going for Ladies’ Day, the first day of the Vodafone Derby Festival, remains as it was overnight -

GOOD, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES.


“The ground is predominantly good, but there are a few patches on the climb to the top of the hill which are a bit firmer, which is why I have put the ‘good to firm’ in the description,” says director of racing and clerk of the course Andrew Cooper.


“We put on very little water last night and I would think it highly unlikely that we shall do any watering after racing this evening.


“I know that there are showers and maybe thunderstorms forecast for the area today, but I have given up listening to weather forecasts. All week they have been saying that the chances of us getting any rain here are pretty slim.”

BETTING NEWS

Virginia Waters, heroine of the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last month, is all the rage to complete a classic double in the Vodafone Oaks (4.10pm) this afternoon as punters are clearly prepared to forgive her for her defeat in the Irish Guineas last time.


She is now at 3-1 from 100-30 with Coral, who report her so popular that she may well end up as favourite in their book, totesport have her at even shorter odds after bringing her in from 7-2 to 11-4. Hills have also cut her from 100-30 to 3-1.


Vcbet report interest in another Irish-trained filly, Pictavia, and have brought her in from 10-1 to 8-1, but Cassydora is slightly on the drift with Paddy Power, who have pushed her out half a point to 9-2. Powers have laid some thick bets over Eswarah of 37,500 euros to 15,000 and 25,000 euros to 10,000.


In the £75,000 Vodafone Rose Bowl (2.50pm) there is strong support for Kew Green as he bids for his fourth win in a row. Hills and totesport have brought him in from 9-2 to 100-30, while Stan James and Skybet have trimmed him from 4-1 to 7-2. Eccentric is at 9-1 from 12-1 with totesport and Skybet, and outsider Nightspot has come in from 16-1 to 11-1 with Stan James, from 14-1 to 10-1 with Skybet and from 14-1 to 12-1 with Coral.


Momtic is proving popular in the Vodafone Mile (2.15pm) and is in from 4-1 to 3-1 with Paddy Power, while in the same race Uhoomagoo, bidding to follow up his success of 12 months ago, is at 11-4 from 100-30 with Stan James.


Two of the overseas challengers for the Vodafone Coronation Cup, Pride and Yeats, have also caught the punters’ fancy. Yeats is into 5-1 from 11-2 with Cashmans after a bet of £4,000, while Paddy Power have cut Pride by a point to 8-1.




FIRST RACE 1.45pm PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES
(SPONSORED BY VODAFONE)

Group 3, Class 1, £50,000 guaranteed, 1m 114y, For 3yo+, Weights: 3yo 8st 8lb; 4yo+ 9st 6lb, Penalties: after September 1, 2004, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 7lb; wfa: 3 from 4yo+ 12lb. Penalty values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500

1 SUNDROP (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4- 9-06 Frankie Dettori [4] evs fav
2 PEERESS (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4- 9-06 Mick Kinane [3] 11-8
3 SECRET HISTORY (J Shack) Mark Johnston 3- 8-11 Joe Fanning [1] 7-1

3 ran Non-runner: No 1 Aldora (vet’s certificate) Time: 1m 50.27s Distances: 2, 1 Breeder: Y Hosakawa Breeding: b f Sunday Silence - Oenothera (Night Shift) Totes: Win: £1.70 Exacta: £2.30

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. British Classic wins: (10) UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell; 2002 Kazzia); Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins include: Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2004 Dubawi), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), French 2000 Guineas (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre, 2004 Shamardal); Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard); Breeders Cup Turf (2001 Fantastic Light), Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling, 2002 Best Of The Bests), Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend); Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 & 1996 Halling, 2001 Sakhee), Ascot Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche; 1998 Kayf Tara, 2000 Kayf Tara), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), 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, 2000 Aljabr), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1998 Sea Wave), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre) Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Summoner), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light), Man O'War Stakes (2000 Fantastic Light), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1999 Kayf Tara), Gran Premio Del Jockey Club (2001 Kutub), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2001 Slickly), Grosser Dallmayr Preis (2001 Kutub), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2001 Fantastic Light), Premio Vittorio Di Capua (2001 and 2002 Slickly), Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (2002 Kazzia), Gazelle Handicap (2002 Imperial Gesture), Beldame Stakes (2002 Imperial Gesture), Deutschlandpreis (2000 Mutafaweq, 2002 Marienbard), American Oaks (2002 Jilbab), Stephen Foster Handicap (2002 Street Cry), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2002 Grandera), Grosser Bugatti Preis (2002 Marienbard, 2003 Mamool), Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium), 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad), Dubai Sheema Classic (2003 Sulamani), Queen Anne Stakes (2003 Dubai Destination), Gran Premio di Milano (2003 Leadership), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano), Turf Classic Invitational (2003 Sulamani), Preis Von Europa (2001 Kutub, 2003 Mamool) Wins in a season (1995-2004) 14:48:41:38:41:17:24:21:23:115 Wins this year: 8

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, ItalyFirst winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) First Success: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986) Classic wins; (9) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), 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, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend),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 (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad),); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2004 Dubawi), 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, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano)
Wins 1987-2004: 8,22,75^,141,94,101,149,233*,217*,123,176,132,132,47,94,69,101, 195* ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins This Season (since March 26): 27

SECOND RACE 2.15pm VODAFONE MILE (HANDICAP)

Class 2, £35,000 guaranteed, 1m 114y, For 3yo+ Rated 86-105, Weights: highest weight 10st; Penalties: after May 21, a winner 5lb. Penalty values: 1st: £20,300; 2nd: £7,700; 3rd: £3,850; 4th: £1,750; 5th: £875; 6th: £525

1 MOMTIC (Heath, Keenan & Verrier) William Jarvis 4- 9-02 Kieren Fallon [4] 3-1fav
2 RIDGE BOY (Exors of the Late Mrs Chris Harrington) Richard Hannon 4- 8-09 Ryan Moore [1] 9-2
3 NERO'S RETURN (Christine Budden) Mark Johnston 4- 9-04 Joe Fanning [6] 9-1
4 UHOOMAGOO (J Duddy & T Fawcett) Kevin Ryan 7- 9-02 Neil Callan [2]
5 ROYAL DIGNITARY (Middleham Park Racing XXXVI) David Nicholls 5- 8-09 David McCabe [10]
6 SAWWAAH (Fayzad Thoroughbred Ltd) David Nicholls 8- 8-11 Jamie Spencer [11]
7 LITTLE JIMBOB (Dale Scaffolding Co Ltd) Richard Fahey 4- 8-09 Paul Hanagan [9]
8 JAZZ SCENE (P Trant) Mick Channon 4- 8-09 Ted Durcan [5]
9 LAGO D'ORTA (Chalfont Foodhalls Ltd) David Nicholls 5- 9-04 Adrian Nicholls [12]
10 PRINCE TUM TUM (The International Carnival Partnership) Gerard Butler 5- 9-09 Seb Sanders [8]
11 FINE SILVER (Alfiya Shaykhutdinova) Paul Cole 4-10-00 Frankie Dettori [3]

11 ran Non-runners: No 3 Forever Free (vet’s certificate) and No 7 Psychiatrist (vet’s certificate) Time: 1m 44.44s Distances: 5, 3, hd, sh, 2 1/2, nk, 1, 1, 1 1/4, 1 Breeder: Janic Thoroughbreds Breeding: ch c Shinko Forest - Ufizi (Royal Academy) Totes: Win: £4.20; Places: £1.80; £1.70; £3.00; Exacta: £19.70

Winning trainer:Name:-Jarvis, William Date of Birth:14/10/60 Date of first licence:1/2/85 Previous occupation: Successful amateur rider, assistant to T J Smith (Aus); Wins in a season: (1990-2004): 31:29:22:21:23:27:14:18:17:14:20:21:18:21:21 Horses in training: (1990-2005) 88:73:51:53:59:54:42:51:58:54:29:47:55:46:50:48 Major wins include: St James’s Palace Stakes (1994 Grand Lodge), Norfolk Stakes (1987 Colmore Row), Richmond Stakes (1989 Contract Law), Doncaster Cup (1989 Weld) Wins This Year: 5

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2004): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200* *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King) Wins This Season In Britain (since March 26): 15


THIRD RACE 2.50pm VODAFONE ROSE BOWL (HERITAGE HANDICAP)

Class 2, £75,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f 18y, For 4yo+ Rated 86-105, Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; Penalties: after May 7, a winner 4lb; a winner of two races or more 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1 ECCENTRIC (Gary Tanaka) Andrew Reid 4- 8-02 (inc4lbow) John Egan [10] 8-1
2 REALISM (George Leatham) Richard Fahey 5- 7-12 Paul Hanagan [8] 12-1
3 CHANCELLOR (M Al-Qatami) Gerard Butler 7- 9-02 Seb Sanders [15] 50-1
4 NIGHTSPOT (David Deer) Roger Charlton 4- 7-13 Jimmy Quinn [14] 12-1
5 COLISAY (Robert Brown & Partners) Amanda Perrett 6- 9-07 Johnny Murtagh [5]
6 RED LANCER (Fox and Cub Partnership) Richard Price 4- 9-00 Kieren Fallon [6]
7 IMPELLER (D Clarke & C Edginton) William Muir 6- 8-08 Steve Drowne [9]
8 RESONATE (S Langridge) Tony Newcombe 7- 7-12 Fran Ferris [13]
9 BOULE D'OR (Friends & Family) John Akehurst 4- 9-06 Nigel Day [2]
10 SPANISH DON (Richard Cohen) David Elsworth 7- 9-04 Liam Keniry [7]
11 SPRING GODDESS (Grant & Bowman Ltd) Alan Jarvis 4-7-12 Frankie McDonald (3) [11]
12 BLYTHE KNIGHT (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 5- 9-05 Richard Hughes [4]
13 FRUHLINGSSTURM (Gary Tanaka) Michael Jarvis 5- 9-10 Philip Robinson [17]
14 DANELOR (Mark Leatham) Richard Fahey 7- 8-01 Martin Dwyer [1]
15 KEW GREEN (Peter Jensen) Paul Webber 7- 9-05 Dane O'Neill [3] 7-2fav
16 TUNING FORK (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 5- 7-12 Jamie Mackay [16]
17 ALWAYS ESTEEMED (Sunpak Potatoes) Kevin Ryan 5- 8-03 Adrian Nicholls [12]

17 ran Time: 2m 7.86s Distances: 3/4, sh, 3/4, nk, 1/2, sh, 3/4, sh, 1, 3 1/2, 2 1/2, 1, sh, 10, 25, 2 1/2 Breeder: Andrew Reid Breeding: ch g Most Welcome - Sure Care (Caerleon) Totes: Win: £9.60; Places: £2.90; £3.20; £12.90; £4.40 Exacta: £232.20

Winning trainer:-Name: Reid, Andrew Born: March 2, 1954 Based: Highwood Lodge, Highwood Hill, Mill Hill, London Business Interests: Solicitor and Deputy High Court Costs Judge Number of horses in training (2002-05): 22; 22; 28; 23 Wins This Year: 13

Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), Irish 2000 Guineas (2003 Indian Haven) Wins (1995-2004): 9,36,63,46,70,43,27,31,61,63 Wins This Year: 30


FOURTH RACE 3.30pm VODAFONE CORONATION CUP

Group 1, Class 1, £250,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f 10y, For 4yo+, Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty values: 1st: £145,000; 2nd: £55,000; 3rd: £27,500; 4th: £12,500; 5th: £6,250; 6th: £3,750

1 YEATS (Sue Magnier & Mrs David Nagle) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4- 9-00 Kieren Fallon [9] 5-1
2 ALKAASED (M Charlton) Luca Cumani 5- 9-00 Jimmy Fortune [6] [2] 2-1fav
3 REEFSCAPE (Khalid Abdulla) Andre Fabre FR 4- 9-00 Christophe Soumillon [3] 11-2
4 WARRSAN (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 7- 9-00 Darryll Holland [5]
5 BANDARI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 6- 9-00 Richard Hills [7]
6 PRIDE (N P Bloodstock) Alain De Royer Dupre FR 5- 8-11 Olivier Peslier [4]
7 ALKAADHEM (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 5- 9-00 Willie Supple 7 ran Non-runners: No 4 Papineau (vet’s certificate) and No 6 Shirocco (ground) Time: 2m 36.98s Distances: 2 1/2, 3, 3/4, 1/2, 1 3/4, dist Breeding: b c Sadler’s Wells - Lyndonville (Top Ville) Totes: Win: £4.40; Places: £2.30; £12.10 Exacta: £12.10

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: (10) Vodafone Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand), 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters),Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru) Other major wins include: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats), Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle, 2001 High Chaparral, 2002 Brian Boru)), National Stakes (1996 Desert King; 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett, 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Dante Stakes (1998 Saratoga Springs), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2001 Johanesburg), Phoenix Stakes (1998 Lavery, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2000 Minardi, 2001 Johanesburg), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), Nunthorpe Stakes (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasiliyev, 2002 Spartacus, 2003 One Cool Cat), St James Palace Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral), Acomb Stakes (2000 Hemingway), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah, 2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesberg), Grand Criterium (2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibraltar), Futurity Stakes (2002 Van Nistelrooy), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2003 Black Sam Bellamy), Dee Stakes (2005 Gypsy King) Wins in Britain 2000-2004: 10; 20 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 10 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 6; 4 Wins This Year (In Britain): 8

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2004): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200* *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King) Wins This Season In Britain (since March 26): 16

FIFTH RACE 4.10pm VODAFONE OAKS

Group 1, Class 1, £383,600, 1m 4f 10y, For 3yo fillies. Penalty values: 1st: £222,488; 2nd: £84,392; 3rd: £42,196; 4th: £19,180; 5th: £9,590; 6th: £5,754

1 ESWARAH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3- 9-00 Richard Hills [2] 11-4jt-fav
2 SOMETHING EXCITING (Setsquare Recruitment) David Elsworth 3- 9-00 Richard Quinn [4] 7-1
3 PICTAVIA (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Jim Bolger IRE 3- 9-00 Kevin Manning [9] 8-1
4 VIRGINIA WATERS (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3- 9-00 Kieren Fallon [7] 11-4jt-fav
5 SILK AND SCARLET (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3- 9-00 Mick Kinane [12]
6 MAGICAL ROMANCE (Con Wilson) Brian Meehan 3- 9-00 Michael Hills [11]
7 CASSYDORA (Hesmonds Stud) John Dunlop 3- 9-00 Seb Sanders [10]
8 DREAM TO DRESS (Moyglare Stud Farm) Dermot Weld IRE 3- 9-00 Pat Smullen [6]
9 MONA LISA (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3- 9-00 Johnny Murtagh [3]
10 JOINT ASPIRATION (Ridgeway Downs Racing) Mick Channon 3- 9-00 Ted Durcan [5]
11 HIGHER LOVE (DGH Partnership) Michael Bell 3- 9-00 Darryll Holland [1]
12 FEN SHUI (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3- 9-00 Frankie Dettori [8]

12 ran Time: 2m 39s Distances: 1 1/2, 3, 1, nk, 5, 8, 2 1/2, 6, 1 3/4, 1, 13 Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd Breeding: b f Unfuwain - Midway Lady (Alleged) Totes: Win: £3.90; Places: £1.60; £2.10; £2.90 Exacta: £21.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Jarvis, Michael Andrew Born: Lewes, 14/8/1938 Date of first licence: 1968 First winner: Knotty Pine, Doncaster, March 26, 1968 Previous Occupation: Son of jump jockey Andrew Jarvis, worked for Bob Turnell and Ryan Price, rode 3 winners as National Hunt jockey, head lad to Towser Gosden for 6 years, head lad to Gordon Smyth for 2 years, private trainer to David Robinson for 8 years.Wins in a season (1991-2004): 24:28:21:15:18:20:17:19:35:38:56:55:57:65 Number of horses in training (1991-2005): 59: 46: 39: 39: 43: 36: 45: 66: 61:73:95:106:103: 94:100 British Classic Wins: 1000 Guineas (2001 Ameerat), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Major wins include: French Derby (2000 Holding Court), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House), Italian Derby (1989 Prorutori, 2001 Morshdi), Premio Parioli (1984 Southern Arrow), Italian St Leger (1989 Sierra Star), July Cup (1968 So Blessed, 1969 Tudor Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1968 Flying Legs, 1973 Bitty Girl), Haydock Sprint Cup (1969 Tudor Music, 1971 Green God, 1984 Petong), Racing Post Trophy (1980 Beldale Flutter), Juddmonte International (1981 Beldale Flutter), Coronation Cup (1982 Easter Sun), Premio Presidente Della Repubblica (1985 Bob Back, 2003 Rakti); Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2004 Rakti); Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2005 Rakti); totesport Chester Cup (2004, 2005 Anak Pekan) Trains at: Kremlin House, Newmarket, Suffolk Wins this Year: 22

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (5) 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Other major wins: German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium); Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Flutter.com Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1994 Wagon Master; 2001 Mutamam; 2004 Bandari) Wins (1990-2004):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79,81,75,66 Wins This Season (from March 26): 18


SIXTH RACE 4.50pm VODAFONE SURREY STAKES

Listed, Class 1, £30,000 guaranteed, 7f, For 3yo, Weights: colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 6lb, Penalties: a winner of a Listed race 4lb; of a Group 3 race 6lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 9lb. Penalty values: 1st: £17,400; 2nd: £6,600; 3rd: £3,300; 4th: £1,500; 5th: £750; 6th: £450

1 GALEOTA (J Lazzari) Richard Hannon 3- 9-06 Ryan Moore [7] 10/3fav
2 GOODRICKE (Jumeirah Racing) David Loder 3- 8-11 Jamie Spencer [2] 9/2
3 EXCUSEZ MOI (Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 3- 8-11 Frankie Dettori [9] 10/1
4 JOSEPH HENRY (John Brown & Megan Dennis) Mark Johnston 3- 8-11 Joe Fanning [6]
5 GIFTED GAMBLE (Margaret’s Partnership) Kevin Ryan 3- 8-11 Neil Callan [5]
6 DARK CHEETAH (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3- 8-11 Kieren Fallon [4]
7 DESERT IMP (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3- 8-06 Michael Hills [3]
8 GOLDEN ANTHEM (S Birdseye) Jeff Pearce 3- 8-06 Jimmy Quinn [8]
9 SUBYAN DREAMS (Five Horses Ltd) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3- 8-06 Alan Munro [1]

9 ran Time: 1m 23.50s Distances: 1, hd, 1 1/4, 1, 2 1/2, 5, 6, 8 Breeder: W Maxwell Ervine Breeding: b c Mujadil - Refined (Statoblest) Totes: Win: £4.20; Places: £1.60; £1.90; £1.90 Exacta: £17.10

Winning Trainer: Name- Hannon, Richard Michael Date of birth: 30/5/45 Date of first licence:1970 First Winner: Ampney Prince, Newbury, April 17, 1970 First Group Winner: Crespinall (Nassau Stakes, 1972, Goodwood) Classic wins: (3) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don't Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy), Falmouth Stakes (1994 Lemon Souffle), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Yorkshire Cup (1993 Assessor), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low), Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1995 Alriffa), Diomed Stakes (1994 Bluegrass Prince), Queen Mary Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy & 1993 Risky), Cork and Orrery Stakes (1992 Shalford), Lowther Stakes (1992 Niche), Wokingham Stakes (1994 Venture Capitalist), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Rockfel Stakes (2001 Distant Valley), Betfair.com Molecomb Stakes (1993 Risky), Hungerford Stakes (2002 Reel Buddy), Cherry Hinton Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle, 2004 Jewel In The Sand) Number of horses in training; (1985-2005):67:75:74:80:85 :107:131:139:155:178:167:155:149:145:155:162:147:169:169:149 Number of wins in a season (1982-2004):38:49:28:37:56:33:43:55:73:126:154:182:112:115: 109:94:108:123:135:110:121:122:113 Wins this year: 40

Winning Jockey :- Name: Moore, Ryan Lee Born: 18th September 1983 Other Details: Apprenticed to Richard Hannon having previously been with his father Gary at Woodingdean in Brighton First winner: Mersey Beat (Land Rover Defender Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle, Towcester, May 15, 2000) Major Wins: Tote Cesarewitch (2002 Miss Fara) Wins in 2002-04: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 134 Wins This Year: 31


SEVENTH RACE 5.25pm VODAFONE GROUP SERVICES HANDICAP

Class 2, £35,000 guaranteed, 7f, For 3yo Rated 81-100, Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; Penalties: after May 21, a winner 5lb. Penalty values: 1st: £20,300; 2nd: £7,700; 3rd: £3,850; 4th: £1,750; 5th: £875; 6th: £525

1 SKY CRUSADER (Pillar To Post Racing (IV)) Roger Ingram 3- 8-07 John Egan [8] 14-1
2 GUILDENSTERN (Scott-Barrett, Tufnell, Kerr-Dineen, Bur) Hughie Morrison
3- 8-10 Steve Drowne [13] 8-1
3 MAFAHEEM (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3- 8-12 Richard Hills [14] 8-1
4 TAGULA SUNRISE (David Knaggs & Mel Roberts) Richard Fahey 3- 8-08 Paul Hana
gan [1]
5 DAHTEER (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Mick Channon 3- 9-01 Ted Durcan [12]
6 GHURRA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 3- 8-12 Kieren Fallon [4] 9-2fav
7 HADRIAN (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXIII) Mark Johnston 3- 8-06 Joe Fanning [3]
8 DHAULAR DHAR (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3- 8-12 Michael Hills [9]
9 BEAVER PATROL (G Stevens) Fulke Johnson Houghton 3- 9-07 Steve Carson [2]
10 RAJWA (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3- 9-04 Frankie Dettori [6]
11 OLIGARCH (Team Havana) Neville Callaghan 3- 8-08 Chris Catlin [7]
12 RAIN STOPS PLAY (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 3- 8-07 Sam Hitchcott [5]
13 CHIEF EXEC (Annie Cyzer) Charles Cyzer 3- 8-07 Fran Ferris [11]
14 AMAZIN (K Panos) Richard Hannon 3- 9-00 Ryan Moore [10]

14 ran Time: 1m 24.46s Distances: 1 1/2, 3/4, 1 1/2, nk, 1, sh, 1 1/2, 3/4, 1/2, 2 1/2, 5, 6, 2 1/2 Breeder: M.V.S. & Mrs Aram Breeding: b c Mujahid - Red Cloud (Taufan) Totes: Win: £16.50; Places: £5.50; £3.10; £2.60 Exacta: £244.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Ingram, Roger Born: July 17, 1950 Based: Wendover Stables, Epsom, Surrey First Trainer’s Licence: 1992 Winners Last Seven Seasons: 15; 8; 17; 12; 4; 9; 5 Horses in Training 2001-05: 20; 20; 15; 19; 20

Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), Irish 2000 Guineas (2003 Indian Haven) Wins (1995-2004): 9,36,63,46,70,43,27,31,61,63 Wins This Year: 31

LEADING TRAINERS AFTER FIRST DAY

Trainer 1sts 2nds 3rds
Richard Hannon 1 1 -
Saeed bin Suroor 1 - -
Roger Ingram 1 - -
Michael Jarvis 1 - -
William Jarvis 1 - -
Aidan O’Brien IRE 1 - -
Andrew Reid 1 - -
Luca Cumani - 1 -
David Elsworth - 1 -
Richard Fahey - 1 -
David Loder - 1 -
Hughie Morrison - 1 -
Sir Michael Stoute - 1 -
Mark Johnston - - 3
Jim Bolger IRE - - 1
Clive Brittain - - 1
Gerard Butler - - 1
Andre Fabre FR - - 1


LEADING JOCKEYS AFTER FIRST DAY

Jockey 1sts 2nds 3rds
John Egan 2 - -
Kieren Fallon 2 - -
Ryan Moore 1 1 -
Frankie Dettori 1 - 1
Richard Hills 1 - 1
Steve Drowne - 1 -
Jimmy Fortune - 1 -
Paul Hanagan - 1 -
Mick Kinane - 1 -
Richard Quinn - 1 -
Jamie Spencer - 1 -
Joe Fanning - - 2
Kevin Manning - - 1
Seb Sanders - - 1
Christophe Soumillon - - 1



VODAFONE STABLE STAFF COMPETITION

Standings After First Day of the Vodafone Derby Festival:

1= Mark Johnston 175 points
1= Richard Hannon 175 points
3 Aidan O’Brien IRE 125 points
4= Saeed bin Suroor 100 points
4= William Jarvis 100 points
4= Andrew Reid 100 points
4= Richard Fahey 100 points
4= Michael Jarvis 100 points
4= Roger Ingram 100 points

Points scored are 100 for a winner; 75 for a second; 50 for a third and 25 for a fourth


DECLARED RUNNERS FOR THE 2005 VODAFONE DERBY


Class 1, Group One, Epsom Downs, Total Prize Fund £1,250,000, 4.20pm, Saturday, June 4, 2005, one mile, four furlongs and about 10 yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb, closed December 3, 2003 (647 entries), first forfeit stage March 1, 2005 (162 entries remained), £8,000 second entry stage April 6, 2005 (six added), second forfeit stage May 19, 2005 (27 remain), £75,000 supplementary entry stage May 30 (none), 2005, five-day confirmation stage noon, May 30, 2005 (15 remain), final declaration stage 10am June 2, 2005 (14 declared).
(Form figures correct up to Thursday, June 2, 2005, and may not include some overseas form).

Form Horse Owner Trainer Jockey
1) 61-42 ALMIGHTY (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE Pat Smullen
2) 111-51 DUBAWI (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori
3) 5-(2)13 FIRST ROW (IRE) Joe Allbritton Brian Meehan Kevin Darley
4) 111 FRACAS (IRE) Joseph Joyce David Wachman IRE Jamie Spencer
5) 1-23 GRAND CENTRAL (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE Jimmy Fortune
6) 1-1 GYPSY KING (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE Kieren Fallon
7) 6031 HATTAN (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain Seb Sanders
8) 10216-5266 KINGS QUAY John May Richard Hannon Dane O’Neill
9) 43-21 KONG (IRE) Neil Jones John Dunlop Richard Hughes
10) 11-1 MOTIVATOR The Royal Ascot Racing Club Michael Bell Johnny Murtagh
11) 012112-42 ORATORIO (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE Mick Kinane
12) (4)(2)-112 THE GEEZER Jeff Smith David Elsworth Richard Quinn
13) 62-11 UNFURLED (IRE) Heather Slade John Dunlop Ryan Moore
14) 33213-2 WALK IN THE PARK Michael Tabor John Hammond FR Alan Munro

14 declared runners
5 Irish-trained,
1 French-trained

GYPSY KING (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Love For Ever (IRE) (Darshaan)
Owner: Sue Magnier Breeder: Premier Bloodstock
Form: 1-1 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Kieren Fallon

Gypsy King
Bred by Premier Bloodstock, the breeding operation of Richard Henry, whose Primus Advertising company is in charge of Coolmore’s marketing, Gypsy King is by Sadler’s Wells, who sired both Galileo and High Chaparral, the 2001 and 2002 winners of the Vodafone Derby. Last season he was only seen on a racecourse once, but could not have been more impressive in easily justifying odds-on favouritism to master Bogside Dancer by a length and a half in a seven-furlong maiden at Leopardstown on October 31. Wet weather in Ireland interrupted trainer Aidan O’Brien’s training plans for the colt this spring and some pundits expressed surprise when he was not entered for the usually informative Leopardstown card on April 10. Instead, he headed to Chester’s May Festival on May 6 for the Group 3 Dee Stakes, where he overcame inexperience to come with a late run and defeat Im Spartacus by a short-head. Race Record: Runs: 2; 1st: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -. Win and Place Prize Money: £46,869

Sue Magnier
Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of Coolmore Stud and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O’Brien, who saddled six Derby winners. Her brother David O’Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O’Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and recently the duo recently sold their 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property company that owns Unilever House in London, leisure clubs, including the Chelsea Harbour Club, and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Monaco-based former bookmaker Michael Tabor, who like Magnier spends much of the winter in Barbados, became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s while last year Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British classic success for the Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season’s Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The duo won the Vodafone Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral, while Magnier has owned two winners of the Vodafone Oaks in partnership with school friend David Nagle’s wife Diane, Shahtoush (1998) and Imagine (2001). In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group 1 victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1998 2000 Guineas with King Of Kings, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes in 2000 from Giant’s Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001) and Brian Boru (2003). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. Last season was quiet by comparison, although there were Group 1 successes for two-year-olds Ad Valorem, Oratorio and Damson, trained by David Wachman, who is married to Magnier’s daughter Katie.This season has seen Magnier win both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas with Footstpesinthesand and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters. Vodafone Derby Record: 1996 Chief Contender (9th - owned by Sue Magnier in joint partnership with Robert Sangster and Richard Santulli); 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), Kingsclere (15th); 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th); 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th)

Aidan O’Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick 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 John Magnier and 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. The following year, his first British classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day’s 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Vodafone Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed in through the likes of Giant’s Causeway (five successive Group 1s in 2000), Second Empire, Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group 1 successes headed by the Vodafone Derby and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, with Galileo. Other classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division and Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. This season has seen both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters) go to O’Brien, who was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in both 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group 1 races in a row) and also the dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner High Chaparral. His 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 time five seasons after he took out his licence in the 1993/4 campaign. He will forever be associated with the great Istabraq, winner of three Smurfit Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O’Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him the first and second in the 2002 Vodafone Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the St Leger. O’Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf. It was an indifferent season for the Ballydoyle team last year, but O’Brien was still successful in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes with Ad Valorem, the Tattersalls Gold Cup with Powerscourt and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere with Oratorio. This season has got off to a much brighter start, with Footstepsinthesand landing the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas and Virginia Waters taking the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas. Vodafone Derby Record: 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th), 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th)

Kieren Fallon
Born on February 22, 1965, in County Clare, Ireland, Kieren Fallon joined Kevin Prendergast’s yard as an apprentice in 1983. Piccadilly Lord at Navan on June 18, 1984, was his first winner. Moved from Ireland to ride for Jimmy FitzGerald’s Malton stable from 1989 until 1991 and then spent three years with Lynda Ramsden’s yard from 1993 until the end of 1996. At the start of the 1997 Flat season, Fallon was a surprise appointment as stable jockey to the Henry Cecil yard and promptly won the 1000 Guineas on Sleepytime and Vodafone Oaks on Reams Of Verse. He ceased riding for Cecil in August, 1999, and was first jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 and 2001 after which he freelanced, still riding many of the Stoute team, before becoming retained rider to owners Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith this season. The Stoute/Fallon combination won the 2000 Guineas with the Saeed Suhail-owned King’s Best in 2000 and Golan in 2001. Fallon was champion jockey in 1997 (202 wins), 1998 (204), 1999 (202), 2001 (166), 2002 (149) and in 2003 (221 wins), when his successes included classics on Russian Rhythm in the 1000 Guineas and Kris Kin in the Vodafone Derby. He won three of the five classics in 1999 - the 1000 Guineas on Wince, the Vodafone Oaks on Ramruma and the Vodafone Derby on Oath, his first success in the premier classic. Although second to Frankie Dettori in the 2004 championship, Fallon enjoyed another excellent season, including landing the Vodafone Derby-Vodafone Oaks double with North Light and Ouija Board. Out of the saddle, he has frequently made the headlines, in 2003 he was treated in a clinic in Ireland after admitting to a drink problem and in September he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud but was released on bail and no charges have been brought. Now based in Ireland, he has made a great start with his new employers, winning both the 2000 and 1000 Guineas respectively with Footstepsinthesand and Virgina Waters. Vodafone Derby Record: 1994 Party Season (15th); 1997 Symonds Inn (7th); 1998 Sadian (7th); 1999 OATH (WON); 2002 Louisville (9th); 2003 KRIS KIN (WON); 2004 NORTH LIGHT (WON).



MOTIVATOR (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Montjeu (IRE) - Out West (USA) (Gone West (USA))
Owner: The Royal Ascot Racing Club Breeder: Deerfield Farm
Form: 11-1 Trainer: Michael Bell Jockey: Johnny Murtagh

Motivator
Bred at Deerfield Farm near Newmarket and a 75,000 guineas yearling purchase from Tattersalls, Motivator is by 1999 French and Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Montjeu and remains unbeaten after three starts. He was soon clear when winning a Newmarket maiden by six lengths from Sunday Symphony on his debut in August of last year before stepping up to the highest level in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster two months later, staying on strongly to justify favouritism by two and a half lengths from Albert Hall. Motivator was a leading fancy for the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30 but, after working on April 12 over a mile on the summer gallop at Newmarket, where he pulled around six lengths clear of Cool Panic, connections decided to bypass the first British classic. This was because they felt that he was a mile and a quarter/mile and a half horse in the making. It proved a wise decision as Motivator won on his seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 totesport Dante Stakes at York over an extended 10 furlongs on May 12, coming home a length and a half clear of The Geezer despite hanging to the right in the final furlong. Johnny Murtagh has committed himself to an association with the three-year-old throughout the season and it was only on Wednesday after the Jockey Club reduced a ban he had received that Murtagh was able to take the Vodafone Derby ride. Race Record: Runs: 3; 1st: 3; 2nd: -; 3rd: -. Win and Place Prize Money: £208,904

The Royal Ascot Racing Club
The Royal Ascot Racing Club came into being towards the end of 1997 and was the brainchild of Harry Herbert who manages its horses. The idea of having luxurious facilities open to a limited number of members plus horses was taken up by Ascot Racecourse. Herbert is also managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, the most successful racehorse multiple ownership operation in Europe. The Royal Ascot Racing Club has a current membership of 230, with a joining fee of £6,000 and an annual subscription of £4,700 (plus VAT in both cases) paid last year. The club had exclusive facilities at Ascot and continues despite the Berkshire racecourse being closed for complete redevelopment - there is no subscription this year and members pay if they want to use special facilities at Royal Ascot at York and at Epsom for the Vodafone Derby. The Club had its first runners in 1998 with half a dozen two-year-olds selected by Harry Herbert’s brother-in-law John Warren and trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Sir Michael Stoute and Richard Hannon. The Royal Ascot Racing Club includes some well-known figures like Lord Lloyd-Webber, Simon Cowell, Sir Clement Freud, Ken Bates, Chris Gent, Mel Smith, Lord Vestey, Chris Wright and prominent owners such as Peter Deal and Terry Neill. Brancaster was the Club’s first successful horse and he won the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and the following year ran in two classics, finishing fourth in the 2000 Guineas before coming 10th in the Vodafone Derby. Siege was also in the first crop of horses, coming second in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot and was also runner-up in the Magnet Cup at York. He was then sold for a significant amount of money to Sheikh Mohammed and went on to win a Group Three in Dubai. Bannister won the 2000 Gimcrack Stakes (Group Two) at York, while Revenue took the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2002. Tacitus was beaten half a length in the Group Three July Stakes at Newmarket and came fourth in an Italian Group One in 2002, while Supremacy won a Listed race at Ascot in 2003. The Michael Bell-trained Motivator won the 2004 Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last year and made a winning seasonal debut in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes. He now has the members dreaming of glory in the Vodafone Derby.The Royal Ascot Racing Club has had six black-type performers carry its colours from 25 horses. The three horses racing this year for the Club are Motivator, Geometric with Richard Hannon and Vanish with David Loder. Previous Vodafone Derby runners: Brancaster (1999 10th)

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 Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville with Hoh Magic, the 1993 Italian 1,000 Guineas with Ancestral Dancer, the 1994 Mill Reef Stakes with Princely Hush and the 2001 Italian Oaks with Zanzibar. His biggest recent triumphs have come courtesy of Motivator in last year’s Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and this year’s Dante Stakes at York, Nevisian Lad in the TNT July Stakes at Newmarket in 2003 and Revenue in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot the previous year. He 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)

Johnny Murtagh
Born in Co Meath, Ireland, on May 14, 1970, Johnny Murtagh, who is married to Orla with two children, was apprenticed to John Oxx and became Irish champion apprentice in 1989. Weight problems forced him to relinquish his position as stable jockey to Oxx but Murtagh overcame those difficulties and in 1993 finished runner-up in the Irish jockeys’ championship. In 1995, he became Irish champion jockey and has since gained international prominence, riding in Dubai during the winter (where he has been champion rider), winning the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Mile on Ridgewood Pearl and the following year’s Beverly D Stakes on Timarida. He enjoyed a phenomenal international season in 2000, winning 12 Group Ones in six different countries, partnering Sinndar to victory in both the Vodafone Derby and Irish Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, winning the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l’Opera on Petrushka and the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf on Kalanisi among others. He was the most successful rider at Royal Ascot in 2001 with five wins, including the Gold Cup on Royal Rebel and St James’s Palace Stakes on Black Minnaloushe, aboard whom he also won the 2002 Irish 2,000 Guineas. He won the 2002 2000 Guineas for Aidan O’Brien on Sir Alex Ferguson’s Rock Of Gibraltar and landed a second Vodafone Derby aboard what again seemed the O’Brien second string, High Chaparral. In 2003 he won the Budweiser Irish Derby on Alamshar and took a break in the summer to sort out problems with his back and weight. He relinquished his position as stable jockey to John Oxx in 2004 and had a short-lived spell as stable jockey to David Loder. But, now principally riding for James Fanshawe, he is enjoying an excellent run as a freelance, landing a Group 1 treble aboard Soviet Song last year. Vodafone Derby Record: 1996 Double Leaf (10th); 1998 Sunshine Street (4th); 1999 All The Way (5th); 2000 SINNDAR; 2001 Dilshaan (7th); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON); 2003 Alamshar (3rd); 2004 Salford City (5th)


KONG (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Hill Of Snow (Reference Point)
Owner: Neil Jones Breeder: Abergwaun Farms
Form: 43-21 Trainer: John Dunlop Jockey: Richard Hughes

Kong
Home-bred by owner Neil Jones’ Abergwuan Farms, Kong is by the 14-times champion sire Sadler’s Wells out of Hill Of Snow, making him a half-brother to the 1999 Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Preseli and also to Snowfire, runner-up in the 2002 1000 Guineas. He had two outings as a two-year-old, finishing fourth on his debut at Haydock on September 24 in a mile maiden, despite running very green. His second outing saw an improved effort, as he came third of 14 in a Leicester maiden over the same distance on October 12. This season he made his debut in an 11-furlong maiden at Newbury on April 15 and went down by a short-head to Gold Gun after travelling well, the pair clear. However, he more than made amends next time out when staying on well to defeat Walk In The Park by the same distance in the Lingfield Derby Trial on May 7 after going for home over two out.

Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1. Win and Place Prize Money: £37,960

Neil Jones
Neil Jones is a native of Abergwaun, Wales, although he emigrated to Washington State over 40 years ago. He has maintained his link with his home village by naming his breeding operation Abergwaun Farms. Jones, who made his fortune in agriculture, has been involved with racing for around 30 years, with most of his horses racing on the west coast of America although he also has a few with Michael Dickinson in Maryland. In 1994 he made the decision to race horses in Europe. He boarded his mares at Loughbrown Stud on the Curragh and employed Brian Grassick as his bloodstock advisor. Indeed it was Grassick who purchased Ballerina, dam of Millenary and Let The Lion Roar, on behalf of Jones for 130,000 guineas at the 1994 Tattersalls December Sales. Millenary won the final British classic of the year, the St Leger, in 2000 and is still in training with 10 successes to his name, nine in Group races. Let The Lion Roar ran well to finish third to North Light in last year’s Vodafone Derby. Jones soon made a mark on the European scene when his home-bred filly Preseli, trained by Brian’s brother Michael, won the 1999 Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh while Millenary won the 2000 St Leger and has landed five Group 2 races. In addition to John Dunlop and Michael Grassick, Jones also has horses with John Oxx. The combination of business commitments and a back problem that makes flying uncomfortable means that Jones rarely comes to Europe to see his horses run.
Previous Vodafone Derby runners: 2004 Let The Lion Roar (3rd)

John Dunlop
The son of a doctor, born at Tetbury, Gloucestershire on July 10, 1939, John Dunlop is one of Britain’s longest-serving and most respected trainers, having first taken out a licence in 1966. He had a two-year apprenticeship with Neville Dent and Gordon Smyth before he was asked to take over the reins at the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk’s Castle Stables in Arundel, West Sussex, from where he now trains a string of 155. Black Satin’s 1970 Irish 1,000 Guineas success established Dunlop as a trainer of rare quality. He has since landed 10 English classics, including Vodafone Derby victories with Shirley Heights in 1978 and Erhaab in 1994, and narrowly failed to add a third to his portfolio in 1997 when Silver Patriarch was beaten a short head by Benny The Dip, although the same horse provided him with some consolation later in the season when lifting the final classic, the St Leger. He again saddled the runner-up in 2000 with Sakhee and had the third, Let The Lion Roar, in 2004. Champion trainer for the first time in 1995, he enjoys the fruitful support of owner Hamdan Al Maktoum. Together they have recorded multiple Group 1 glories with Bahri (1995 St James’s Palace Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Salsabil (1990 Oaks, 1,000 Guineas and Irish Derby), Marju (1991 St James’s Palace Stakes) and Lahib (1992 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes). Dunlop was rushed to hospital after the normally fatal rupture of his aorta in November, 2001, but is now fully recovered and had his 3,000th career win when Rahwaan scored at Sandown in June, 2002. Vodafone Derby Record: 1968 Mount Athos (3rd), 1972 Scottish Rifle (6th), 1976 Norfolk Air (12th), 1978 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS (WON), 1980 Prince Spruce (15th), 1982 Jalmood (14th), 1983 Wassl (14th), 1987 Love The Groom (12th), 1991 Marju (2nd), 1994 ERHAAB (WON), 1994 Khamaseen (5th), 1996 St Mawes (17th), 1997 Silver Patriarch (2nd), 1998 Haami (14th), 1999 Lucido (15th); 2000 Sakhee (2nd); 2004 Let The Lion Roar (3rd)

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 last two Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham with Hardy Eustace. He had his first ride at Naas on March 19, 1988, when finishing tenth 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 and the 2002 Group 1 French 1,000 Guineas on Zenda. 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. Under the guidance of his new agent Geoff Lester, Hughes is enjoying an excellent 2005 campaign, currently lying in second place in the jockeys’ championship.

Vodafone Derby Record: 2000 St Expedit (7th); 2001 Perfect Sunday (6th); 2003 Strength ’N Honour (17th); 2004 American Post (6th).



WALK IN THE PARK (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Montjeu (IRE) - Classic Park (Robellino (USA))
Owner: Michael Tabor Breeder: Lodge Park Stud
Form: 33213-2 Trainer: John Hammond FR Jockey: Alan Munro

Walk In The Park
Bred by Seamus Burns’ Lodge Park Stud, Walk In The Park is from the first crop of the great Montjeu and out of the 1997 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Classic Park. He was initially sold for 130,000 to bloodstock agent Mags O’Toole as a yearling and then re-offered from Willie Browne’s Mocklershill Stables when selling for 270,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sales in April, 2004, with BBA Ireland agent Patrick Cooper completing the purchase on behalf of Michael Tabor. He ran five times in France in 2004, putting up his two best performances when taking the Prix Adaris over a mile at Saint-Cloud and finishing third behind Helios Quercus in the Group 1 Criterium International at the same course over the same distance in October. He made his 2005 debut in the Lingfield Derby Trial on May 7. He appeared unsuited by the slow early pace, pulling hard, but kept on well at the finish, going down by a short-head to Kong.
Race Record: Runs: 6; 1st: 1; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 3. Win and Place Prize Money: £51,808

Michael Tabor
Tabor was born in the East End of London on October 28, 1941, but is now a resident of Monte Carlo with a reputed £25-million house in Barbados, and a $27-million yacht. The Sunday Times Rich List 2005 estimates Tabor’s wealth at £400 million. In partnership with Coolmore Stud supremo John Magnier, he has enjoyed enormous success on the racecourse in recent years in both Europe and North America, investing millions at the major bloodstock sales. The financial foundation for this came from the sale of his Arthur Prince betting shop chain and an on-course bookmaking division for a reputed £28 million to Coral in September, 1995. Tabor, who was once linked with the purchase of his beloved West Ham football club, now speculates in the currency markets and owns a major stake in the Victor Chandler bookmaking firm. Entrepreneur, trained by Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas and provided the Tabor/Magnier team with a first British classic success, and they also won that season’s Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. Tabor first tasted classic glory with Thunder Gulch in the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Other major wins include the 1998 2000 Guineas with King Of Kings, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe plus the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes in 2000 from Giant’s Causeway. But none of this quite compared with 2001 which saw Galileo win the Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Milan land the St Leger, Mozart become champion sprinter, and the owners totally dominated the two-year-old division, led by the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero Johannesburg. In 2002 Tabor’s silks were carried with glory by the Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby and Breeders’ Cup Turf hero High Chaparral while the same horse achieved further glory in 2003 with wins in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita (in a dead-heat with Johar). In the USA, Tabor enjoyed significant success in 2003 with horses owned in partnership with fellow currency trader and former bookmaker Derrick Smith, including the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes winner Lion Heart - runner-up in the 2005 Kentucky Derby. This season could not have got off to a better start for Tabor and Magnier, with wins for Footstepsinthesand and Virginia Waters in the first two British classics, the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas respectively at Newmarket
Vodafone Derby Record: 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), Kingsclere (15th); 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), 2003 Balestrini (5th), Magistretti (9th), 2004 Salford City (5th)

John Hammond FR
Born at Bromley in Kent on June 27, 1960, Hammond attended Rugby School then went to university at Trinity College in Dublin, but dropped out after completing half of his four-year economics course due to the lure of the turf. The trainer was eight when his father moved to Ireland, which enabled him to spend his school holidays riding out for Jim Dreaper from a young age. He gained further experience by working for seven months at Susan Piggott’s bloodstock agency, spending three years as assistant to the then Newmarket-based trainer Patrick Haslam, seven months as a vet’s assistant in California, and finally spent a year and a half assisting Andre Fabre in Chantilly. In 1987 he took out a licence himself in Chantilly and made an instant impact with two fillies, Bonshamile and Swept Away, each winning Group races. Partly on the advice of Fabre, the late Daniel Wildenstein sent him 50 horses the following year but the notoriously fickle owner removed the lot 12 months later. But Hammond bounced back and won the French Derby, Irish Champion Stakes and Arc with Suave Dancer in 1991, the same year that he had a first British Group 1 win with Polar Falcon in the Haydock Sprint Cup. He has had international successes with Dear Doctor in the 1992 Arlington Million and Red Bishop in the 1994 Hong Kong International Vase, but all of these must play second fiddle to the performances of Montjeu. As a three-year-old in 1999, Montjeu won both the French and Irish Derbys, as well as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. His four-year-old season saw him effortlessly take the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the King VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. The trainer is married with three children and lists his recreations as skiing, hunting and reading.

Vodafone Derby Record: No previous runners

Alan Munro
Alan Munro, who landed the 1991 Derby on Generous, has his first ride in Flat racing’s Blue Riband for 11 years aboard Walk In The Palk. Born on January 14, 1967, Munro grew up in Hertfordshire and - after seeing a piece about Steve Cauthen on John Craven’s Newsround - decided he wanted to be a jockey and left school aged 16. He rode his first winner for trainer Barry Hills on Sentimental Roses at Yarmouth in August, 1985, and joined Mel Brittain’s North Yorkshire stable the following year while spending winters riding in America. He moved on to ride for Bill O’Gorman, winning the 1990 Coventry Stakes on Macs Imp and the following spring was appointed retained rider to owner Prince Fahd Salman, for whom he won the Derby on Generous, going on to further victories in the Irish Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. In the mid 1990s he headed to the Far East, riding in Japan and Hong Kong before in 2000 deciding he wanted to take a break from horses. He took up karate and is now a black belt in the sport but decided it was time for a return to racing, explaining “No-one calls and you lose your identity - you have to readjust to being just a small person in the world and it's really hard.'' He returned to Britain this season and, riding mainly for Rod Millman, he has ridden 20 winners in 2005 (up to Thursday). Vodafone Derby Record: 1990 Sober Mind (12th); 1991 GENEROUS (WON); 1992 Great Palm (8th); 1993 Canaska Star (14th); 1994 Star Selection (9th).



HATTAN (IRE) FACTFILE
3 ch c Halling (USA) - Luana (Shaadi (USA))
Owner: Saeed Manana Breeder: Darley
Form: -6031 Trainer: Clive Brittain Jockey: Seb Sanders

Hattan
The home-bred Hattan is out of Luana, a half-sister to Saeed Manana’s leading performers Needle Gun, Luso and Warrsan. He was bought back by agent John Osborne on behalf of Saeed Manana for just 35,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October 2003. Unraced as a two-year-old, he made his racecourse debut at Doncaster’s Lincoln Meeting on March 31, staying on well to finish sixth in a maiden over a mile, after missing the break. It was a similar story on his second outing a Newmarket on May 12, when he stayed on from off the pace to be eighth to Top Gear over 10 furlongs. In true Clive Brittain fashion, Hattan took a massive step up in class for his next outing in the Group 3 betfred Classic Trial at Sandown. However, he more than proved himself in that company, staying on well to finish third to Fracas. He remained on Group 3 company for his latest outing and broke his maiden tag in fine style with an excellent half-length victory in the MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase on May 5.

Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1. Win and Place Prize Money: £43,200

Saeed Manana
An associate of the Maktoum family, rulers of Dubai, he has had horses with Clive Brittain for many years. They have included Lunda, the dam of Lundy’s Lane who ran in the 2003 Vodafone Derby, who never won a race but is a half-sister to horses who have captured good races for their owner-breeder. These include Luso, winner of the Derby Italiano, Needle Gun, Cloud Castle and dual Vodafone Coronation Cup winner Warrsan, one of around 40 horses he has at Clive Brittain’s Carlburg Stables in Newmarket. Warrsan has also won the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and the John Porter Stakes at Newbury as well as being a close second in the Yorkshire Cup and Coral-Eclipse. Manana, who enjoyed a Cheltenham Festival winner when Thetford Forest landed the 1992 Sun Alliance Novices’ Hurdle, also raced Katday, who has gone on to celebrity at stud as the dam of triple totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate. Vodafone Derby Record: 2003 Lundy’s Lane (19th)

Clive Brittain
Born at Calne in Wiltshire on December 15, 1933, Clive Edward Brittain joined Sir Noel Murless as an apprentice in 1949. From this start, Brittain has risen to become one of the most respected trainers in the game, having hit no high spots as a jockey and worked as a stable lad for Murless after serving his time. He has won six British classics, including the 1992 Vodafone Oaks with User Friendly. The only home classic to still elude him is the Vodafone Derby, but he sent out Terimon to finish second to Nashwan in the 1989 renewal at massive odds of 500/1. The master of Carlburg Stables in Newmarket has never been afraid of tackling some of the world’s most prestigious races. In 1985 he became the first British trainer to win a Breeders’ Cup race when Pebbles landed the Turf. The following season Bold Arrangement finished second in the Kentucky Derby and in the same year Brittain became the first British handler to win the Japan Cup, this time with Jupiter Island. Other top-class horses he has trained include Mystiko, Julio Mariner, Air Express, Sayyedati, Teggiano and Best Of The Bests. A Group 1 standard-bearer was Crimplene in 2000. She won three Group 1 contests, including the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. In 2003 and 2004, Warrsan gave him back-to-back victories in the Vodafone Coronation Cup. Vodafone Derby Record: 1974 Grey Thunder (15th), 1976 Coin of Gold (16th), 1976 Tierra Fuego (11th), 1976 Radetzky (10th), 1977 Noble Venture (21st), 1978 Julio Mariner (6th), 1980 Marcello (23rd), 1980 Braughing (17th), 1981 Golden Brigadier (15th), 1981 Silver Season (7th), 1981 Sheer Grit (6th), 1982 Lobkowiez (15th), 1983 Tivian (15th), 1983 Neorion (13th), 1983 Guns Of Navarone (5th), 1985 Supreme Leader (4th), 1986 Bold Arrangement (14th), 1986 Sirk (7th), 1987 Mountain Kingdom (6th), 1989 Terimon (2nd), 1991 Mystiko (10th), 1991 Hailsham (8th), 1992 Lobilio (15th), 1992 Paradise Navy (14th), 1992 Alflora (6th), 1994 Ionio (11th), 1995 Korambi (12th), 1996 Spartan Heartbeat (14th), 1996 Acharne (8th), 2003 Dutch Gold (6th), 2003 Lundy’s Lane (19th)

Seb Sanders
The 33-year-old began his racing life as an apprentice at Bryan McMahon’s yard near Tamworth. That was one of his local stables as he is a Midlander by origin and remains a keen supporter of Birmingham City. His first success came when Band On The Run won at Pontefract in July, 1990, and has never really looked back, becoming champion apprentice in 1995. He moved on from McMahon’s to a successful link-up with Reg Akehurst when that trainer was winning many big handicaps from his Epsom base, and has since developed very successful associations with Peter Makin and Sir Mark Prescott. His biggest wins have come via Compton Place, who won the Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket in 1997 at 50/1, and Bachelor Duke, winner of last season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas. He has become a regular in the top half dozen in the jockeys’ championship in recent seasons and is retained by Sir Mark Prescott. Sanders and his wife Leona, whom he first met racing at York and persisted in asking out until she finally submitted, live near Bury St Edmunds. Mrs Sanders is fluent in seven languages and worked as a stewardess for Japan Airlines until she retired in 2001. She competed in the showing ring in her younger days and they have recently enjoyed success in the point-to-point field with The Graduate.
Vodafone Derby Record: 2003 Unigold (18th)


THE GEEZER (GB) FACTFILE
3 ch c Halling (USA) - Polygueza (FR) (Be My Guest (USA))
Owner: Jeff Smith Breeder: Wickfield Farm Partnership
Form: 42-112 Trainer: David Elsworth Jockey: Richard Quinn

The Geezer
Sold to David Elsworth for just 21,000 guineas at Tattersalls in November, 2003, The Geezer has proved a shrewd purchase. His two outings of 2004 both came on the Polytrack surface at Lingfield. After finishing fourth on his debut over a mile on October 31, he failed by a just a short-head on his second outing on November 27 when he was stepped up to 10 furlongs. This year started with a comfortable win at Kempton’s Easter meeting on March 28 before he followed up with a facile success in a 10-furlong conditions race at Newbury on April 15. Last time out, he faced his toughest task to date, going down by a length and a half to Motivator in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York on May 12 after staying on well in the closing stages.

Race Record: Runs: 5; 1st: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -. Win and Place Prize Money: £44,994

Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith purchased the 170-acre Littleton Stud in November, 1984. The stud, home to some 25 mares and Robellino, the oldest active sire in Britain, is located three miles north of Winchester and Smith lives close by at Merdon Manor in Hursley. He is chairman and chief executive officer of AIM Aviation, a public company based in Southampton which employs 1,300 people in Britain and America manufacturing aircraft interiors. He currently has about 30 horses in training with Andrew Balding, David Elsworth, James Eustace and Sylvester Kirk in Britain and Myriam Bollack-Badel in France. Smith’s purple and light blue colours first sprang to prominence with top sprinter Chief Singer, the winner of three Group 1 contests in 1984. Other leading horses to have carried his colours include the home-bred Lochsong, who progressed from handicap company to win three Group 1 races among 15 successes and the talented if enigmatic Norse Dancer, whose many excellent runs in Group 1 company included a fourth place in the 2003 Vodafone Derby. By far and away the best known horse to have carried Smith colour’s is the late Persian Punch, whose 20 wins included two Goodwood Cups, a Doncaster Cup and three renewals of Newmarket’s Jockey Club Cup, all landed with the giant gelding’s trademark gutsy determination. Chief Singer’s facile success on his racecourse debut in the 1983 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot threw Smith and trainer Ron Sheather into the limelight at a time when both were virtual unknowns. Sheather is now Smith’s racing manager. Other good horses to have race for Smith include Blue Siren, Lochangel, Grey Shot, Dashiba and Rapscallion. Smith’s ambition is to win the Vodafone Derby.

Vodafone Derby Record: 2003 Norse Dancer (4th)

David Elsworth
David Elsworth was born just before Christmas in 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. 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 and has a team of 84 in training this year. He has yet to win a British classic and recently 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), 2004 Massif Centrale (11th).


Richard Quinn
Born in Stirling, Scotland on December 2, 1961, Richard Quinn served his apprenticeship with Herbert Jones in Malton from 1979 until 1981, when he joined Paul Cole, who provided the aspiring rider with his first success, Bolivar Baby at Kempton on October 21, 1981. Quinn was champion European apprentice in 1983 and champion British apprentice in 1984. His three British classic wins are the St Leger on Snurge in 1990 and Millenary in 2000 and Love Divine in the 2000 Vodafone Oaks. Controversially lost the ride on Generous in the 1991 Derby to Alan Munro when owner Prince Fahd Salman decided to retain the latter jockey despite Quinn’s status as stable jockey to trainer Cole. The partnership of Salman, Cole and Quinn was later resumed although the jockey rode as a freelance in 1999, when he had a best-ever tally of 151 victories, and only Kieren Fallon partnered more winners. Following Fallon’s departure from Warren Place, Quinn began as first jockey to Henry Cecil in 2000, but became a freelance again in 2004. Vodafone Derby Record: 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); 2001 Chancellor (10th); 2003 Norse Dancer (4th); 2004 Gatwick (10th).



DUBAWI (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Dubai Millennium - Zomaradah (Deploy)
Owner: Godolphin Breeder: Darley Form: 111-51 Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Dubawi
Out of the 1998 Italian Oaks winner Zomaradah and from the only foal crop of Dubai Millennium, who was considered by Sheikh Mohammed to be the best racehorse to have raced for Godolphin, Dubawi was unbeaten in three starts as a juvenile. A six-furlong maiden win at Goodwood the night (June 4) before last year’s Vodafone Derby, when he beat Fox by a length and a quarter, was followed by a step up in class in the Group 3 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket in July, when he was half a length too powerful for Henrik. He was then impressive on his last start of the campaign, defeating Berenson by three lengths in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh over seven furlongs in September. Dubawi put in a brilliant performance in a private Godolphin trial over a mile on turf at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai on April 11, showing a scintillating burst of acceleration when asked for his effort by Frankie Dettori just before the two-furlong pole and eventually beating Tasdeed by four lengths with the other four stable companions further adrift. On that basis, he was sent off 11/8 favourite for the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30 when, despite running well, he was never able to mount a serious challenge and finished fifth to Footstepsinthesand, with connections reporting that the firm going had proved unsuitable. However, he was the impressive victor at the Curragh on May 21 when running out the two-length winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, comfortably reversing Newmarket form with Oratorio and Rebel Rebel.Race Record: Runs: 5; 1st: 4; 2nd: -; 3rd: -. Win and Place Prize Money: £323,516

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 to gain the advantage when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the benefits of the warm climate 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, Moulton Paddocks and Highfield Stables 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. All the Godolphin horses came under Saeed bin Suroor’s control last year. 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 UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), UltimatePoker.com 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 1, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup and capturing the World Series Racing Championship which was achieved in 1999, the inaugural year, by Daylami, Fantastic Light (2000 and 2001) and Grandera (2002). Godolphin’s tally of 117 Group/Grade 1 wins includes the Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad), 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 Diamond 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 has been leading British owner in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and last year. This year Godolphin has an expanded team of over 300 horses. Vodafone Derby Record: 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); 2001 Tobougg (3rd); 2002 Moon Ballad (3rd), Naheef (7th); 2003 Graikos (8th); 2004 Rule Of Law (2nd); Snow Ridge (7th).


Saeed bin Suroor
Godolphin’s trainer, former policeman 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 - but a low-key season for Godolphin in 2000 saw him finish only seventh in the table, recovering to third in 2001, fifth in 2002 though slipping to 16th the following season but bouncing back last year. 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 Diamond 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 1 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 UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), UltimatePoker.com 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 1 races, with Sulamani’s victory in the Arlington Million. Last season Bin Suroor enjoyed six winners at Royal Ascot with other highlights being Rule Of Law’s win in the St Leger and second in the Vodafone Derby plus Refuse To Bend’s victory in the Coral-Eclipse and that of Doyen in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. Shamardal won the French 2,000 Guineas this year followed by Dubawi’s win in the Irish equivalent.

Vodafone Derby Record: 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); 2001 Tobougg (3rd); 2002 Moon Ballad (3rd), Naheef (7th); 2003 Graikos (8th); 2004 Rule Of Law (2nd); Snow Ridge (7th).


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. 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 and 1995, 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, 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 and Falbrav in 2002, the Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium (2000), and Moon Ballad (2003) and the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Daylami in 1999 and in 2001 on Fantastic Light. 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 last year. 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).


FRACAS (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c In The Wings - Klarifi (Habitat)
Owner: Joseph Joyce Breeder: Mrs Eileen Purcell
Form: 111 Trainer: David Wachman IRE Jockey: Jamie Spencer

Fracas
It is 33 years since the Blue Riband fell to a horse who did not race as a juvenile, but there are plenty of folk in Carrick on Suir in Tipperary who feel that David Wachman’s unbeaten colt has what it takes to emulate Morston. He did not make his debut until April 10 at Leopardstown, where, though easy to back, he won a mile and a quarter maiden without being extended, prompting connections to step him up in class just 12 days later and pitch him into Group 3 company for the Betfred Classic Trial at Sandown. Yet again Fracas was a drifter in the market, but he travelled much better in the race itself and, though still green when striking the front, he stayed on strongly up the hill to hold off Merger by a length and a half. Fracas’s most recent appearance came in the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown, a race which had previously been won by Sinndar, Galileo, High Chaparral, Alamshar and Yeats, and he duly made it three out of three, getting up in the last strides to deny Alayan, with the unlucky-in-running Grand Central back in third.
Race Record Runs: 3; 1st: 3; Win and place prize money: Ù93,975

Joseph Joyce
Co Galway-based Joe Joyce, who is involved in the building industry, has - with the help of agent Martin Cullinane - invested shrewdly in a select but highly-succesful string of racehorses since returning to Ireland after a spell working in America. He has owned horses for only two years and has had five representatives this season, of which four have won, including the Frances Crowley-trained Saoire, a EUR65,000 yearling purchase who captured last month’s Irish 1,000 Guineas, and the unbeaten Fracas, who cost EUR100,000 as a yearling and is now looking very good value. His horses are split between Frances Crowley, David Wachman and Michael Halford.
No previous Vodafone Derby runners

David Wachman
David Wachman is not the first member of his family to make a splash in the racing world. His grandfather Norman was a famous punter who owned The Bug, a sprinter who cantered home in the 1946 Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot as a three-year-old to land a gamble that would be worth more than Ù1 million in today’s money. The Bug went on to win the July Cup, Nunthorpe Stakes and Diadem Stakes. David Wachman, who was born on July 5, 1971, has made an increasingly impact himself in recent seasons as a trainer, now based at the Coolmore-owned Longfield Stud near Cashel in Co Tipperary. He married John and Sue Magnier’s daughter Katie in August, 2002, in a lavish wedding ceremony at Fethard in Co Tipperary that included performances from Rod Stewart and Ronan Keating. The couple have a son, Max.

After leaving Glenstal Abey school in Ireland he went to Australia to work with trainer Bill Mitchell before heading to Lambourn for a spell as assistant to Jenny Pitman. He returned to Ireland to work for Michael Hourigan and Jim Bolger, where he shared a house with subsequent champion jump jockey Tony McCoy, and - after taking out a licence in 1996 - his early training career was centred around jumpers and selling on point-to-pointers. He is now more heavily involved with the Flat and is enjoying a great run. Damson, owned by his mother-in-law Sue Magnier, gave Wachman a first Royal Ascot success last season in the Queen Mary Stakes and she went on to Group 1 success in the National Stakes at the Curragh. This season, he has won the Betfred Classic Trial at Sandown and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown with Fracas and the Greenham Stakes at Newbury with Indesatchel, who was beaten just a head in the French 2,000 Guineas. He also came close to classic success in the Irish 1,000 Guineas with Luas Line, who was beaten just half a length when third to Saoire.

No previous Vodafone Derby runners

Jamie Spencer
Jamie Spencer, who was born on June 8, 1980, in Co Tipperary, sprang to prominence by winning the 1998 Irish 1,000 Guineas on the Tommy Stack-trained Tarascon at the age of 17 when apprenticed to Liam Browne, through whose hands the likes of Mick Kinane, Mark Dwyer, Tommy Carmody and Stephen Craine had also passed. He rode his first winner on Huncheon Chance for Ian Ferguson at Downpatrick on May 11, 1996. Spencer’s father George, who died when his son was only 12, sent out the one-eyed Winning Fair to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1963 and the family home was a farm next to Edward O’Grady’s Ballynonty stable so there was a special poignancy when Spencer survived a stewards’ enquiry to take the 2002 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on the O’Grady-trained Pizarro. Spencer was always more keen on riding than his studies when boarding at Kilkenny College and was best friends with James ‘Fozzie’ Stack, whose father Tommy trained Tarascon, and was brought over to Britain by the Stack family friend, Barney Curley, to ride Magic Combination to win over hurdles at Kempton in January, 1999. He began a two-year contract with Luca Cumani in 2002, winning that season’s Singapore Cup on Endless Hall in May and the Irish 1,000 Guineas on Gossamer. Having been used as a second-string rider by both Godolphin and Aidan O’Brien, winning the 2003 St Leger on Brian Boru, he was signed up by the O’Brien team to ride as first-choice rider to replace Mick Kinane in 2004, a disappointing season by Ballydoyle’s high standards. Spencer, who married television presenter Emma Ramsden in February, handed in his notice at Ballydoyle earlier that month and is now enjoying a good season as a freelance in England, leading the jockeys’ championship with the help of agent Chris McGrath.

Vodafone Derby Record: 2002 Moon Ballad (3rd); 2003 Ballestrini (5th); 2004 Meath (14th).


UNFURLED (IRE) FACTFILE
3 ch c Unfuwain (USA) - Peony (Lion Cavern)
Owner: Mrs Heather Slade Breeder: Biddestone Stud
Form: 62-11 Trainer: John Dunlop Jockey: Ryan Moore

Unfurled
For a son of a French 1,000 Guineas runner-up, he was well bought at 85,000 guineas, and he showed plenty of promise in his second run as a two-year-old, finishing runner-up to Proclamation at Newmarket in October, the form having been subsequently franked by the winner’s recent success in the Heron Stakes at Goodwood. Unfurled could hardly have been more impressive on his reappearance as a three-year-old, blitzing his opponents up the straight at Goodwood to win a mile and a quarter maiden by 10 lengths. That prompted connections to test the temperature of Listed waters in the Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes at Goodwood, and he showed admirable spirit to outgun Indigo Cat by a head.
Race Record Runs: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1. Win and place prize money: Ù29,394.


Heather Slade
Together with her husband Mike, she has two and a half horses in training, and she describes her first Derby runner as “like winning the lottery.” It has been a close call all week as to whether Mike would actually make it to Epsom, as the 58-year-old property developer, a keen yachtsman, has been aboard his Leopard of London, a 98-foot yacht that has been competing in the Rolex Transatlantic Race. Mike left New York a day late, on May 22, and his crew have been battling through choppy waters in an attempt to get back to Cowes for this week-end. Mike is no stranger to breaking records, having been the fastest to sail around Britain and also the fastest around the Isle of Wight. He was also third in the famed Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The Slades have had some useful horses in the past, notably Statajack, who was in training with David Elsworth, but Unfurled has provided them with a potential fairytale. No previous Vodafone Derby runners

John Dunlop
The son of a doctor, born at Tetbury, Gloucestershire on July 10, 1939, John Dunlop is one of Britain’s longest-serving and most respected trainers, having first taken out a licence in 1966. He had a two-year apprenticeship with Neville Dent and Gordon Smyth before he was asked to take over the reins at the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk’s Castle Stables in Arundel, West Sussex, from where he now trains a string of 155. Black Satin’s 1970 Irish 1,000 Guineas success established Dunlop as a trainer of rare quality. He has since landed 10 English classics, including Vodafone Derby victories with Shirley Heights in 1978 and Erhaab in 1994, and narrowly failed to add a third to his portfolio in 1997 when Silver Patriarch was beaten a short head by Benny The Dip, although the same horse provided him with some consolation later in the season when lifting the final classic, the St Leger. He again saddled the runner-up in 2000 with Sakhee and had the third, Let The Lion Roar, in 2004. Champion trainer for the first time in 1995, he enjoys the fruitful support of owner Hamdan Al Maktoum. Together they have recorded multiple Group 1 glories with Bahri (1995 St James’s Palace Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Salsabil (1990 Oaks, 1,000 Guineas and Irish Derby), Marju (1991 St James’s Palace Stakes) and Lahib (1992 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes). Dunlop was rushed to hospital after the normally fatal rupture of his aorta in November, 2001, but is now fully recovered and had his 3,000th career win when Rahwaan scored at Sandown in June, 2002. Vodafone Derby Record: 1968 Mount Athos (3rd), 1972 Scottish Rifle (6th), 1976 Norfolk Air (12th), 1978 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS (WON), 1980 Prince Spruce (15th), 1982 Jalmood (14th), 1983 Wassl (14th), 1987 Love The Groom (12th), 1991 Marju (2nd), 1994 ERHAAB (WON), 1994 Khamaseen (5th), 1996 St Mawes (17th), 1997 Silver Patriarch (2nd), 1998 Haami (14th), 1999 Lucido (15th); 2000 Sakhee (2nd); 2004 Let The Lion Roar (3rd)

Ryan Moore
First Derby ride for last season’s champion apprentice, who finished fifth in the overall jockeys list with a magnificent 132 winners. The 21-year-old, who comes from a racing family steeped in history, is already being tipped by many professionals as a future champion, and the fact that he is starting to get plenty of rides for Sir Michael Stoute and was on the short-list to succeed Kieren Fallon as stable jockey at Freemason Lodge is a credit to the enormous talent of this self-effacing youngster. He rides out regularly for Richard Hannon and admits that he owes so much to the Herridge trainer for supplying him with a steady stream of winners, none bigger than Galeota, on whom he landed the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury last September, a success that coincided with his 21st birthday. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is still a successful trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider. And, more recently, his sister Candy showed that she was more than capable of holding her own against the boys, while older brother Jamie has quickly made his mark over jumps and has ridden plenty of winners for champion trainer Martin Pipe.

No previous Vodafone Derby rides
ORATORIO(IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Danehill - Mahrah (Vaguely Noble)
Owners: Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Breeder: Barronstown Stud and Orpendale
Form: 1712112-42 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Mick Kinane

Oratorio
Bred, like the 1991 Derby hero Generous by David and Diane Nagle’s Barronstown Stud in Co Wicklow, Oratorio was one of the best two-year-olds trained in Ireland last season when he won four of his seven starts and was second in two of the others. He began by winning a maiden at the Curragh in May but then put the only blot on his copybook when well beaten in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He soon put that dismal effort behind him, though, landing two good races at the Curragh – the Dubai Duty Free Anglesey Stakes, in which he beat his stablemate Cougar Cat, and then the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes in which he made most of the running and won by two lengths from Democratic Deficit. He then made two trips outside Ireland when he went to France for the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) and got the best of a driving finish to beat Early March and Layman. On his final appearance last season he beat all but Shamardal in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Though he has not won so far this year, Oratorio has run well in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas. In the Ultimatepoker.Com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, in which Kieren Fallon chose to ride the successful Footstepsinthesand rather than him, Oratorio stayed on well to finish fourth, though without getting close enough to mount a challenge, and in Ireland he did well to get to within two lengths of the winner Dubawi, staying on strongly in a manner which suggested that a mile and a half will be well within his compass. Race Record: Runs: 9; 1st:4; 2nd:3; 3rd:-Win and place prize money: £410,414.


Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of Coolmore Stud and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O’Brien, who saddled six Derby winners. Her brother David O’Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O’Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and recently the duo recently sold their 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property company that owns Unilever House in London, leisure clubs, including the Chelsea Harbour Club, and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Monaco-based former bookmaker Michael Tabor, who like Magnier spends much of the winter in Barbados, became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s while last year Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British classic success for the Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season’s Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The duo won the Vodafone Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral, while Magnier has owned two winners of the Vodafone Oaks in partnership with school friend David Nagle’s wife Diane, Shahtoush (1998) and Imagine (2001). In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group 1 victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1998 2000 Guineas with King Of Kings, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes in 2000 from Giant’s Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001) and Brian Boru (2003). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. Last season was quiet by comparison, although there were Group 1 successes for two-year-olds Ad Valorem, Oratorio and Damson, trained by David Wachman, who is married to Magnier’s daughter Katie.This season has seen Magnier win both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas with Footstpesinthesand and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters.Sue Magnier’s Vodafone Derby Record: 1996 Chief Contender (9th - owned by Sue Magnier in joint partnership with Robert Sangster and Richard Santulli); 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), Kingsclere (15th); 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th); 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th) (Most owned in partnership with Michael Tabor, who has additionally had 2003 Magistretti (9th), 2004 Salford City (5th)

Aidan O’Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick 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 John Magnier and 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. The following year, his first British classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day’s 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Vodafone Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed in through the likes of Giant’s Causeway (five successive Group 1s in 2000), Second Empire, Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group 1 successes headed by the Vodafone Derby and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, with Galileo. Other classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division and Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. This season has seen both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters) go to O’Brien, who was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in both 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group 1 races in a row) and also the dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner High Chaparral. His 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 time five seasons after he took out his licence in the 1993/4 campaign. He will forever be associated with the great Istabraq, winner of three Smurfit Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O’Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him the first and second in the 2002 Vodafone Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the St Leger. O’Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf. It was an indifferent season for the Ballydoyle team last year, but O’Brien was still successful in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes with Ad Valorem, the Tattersalls Gold Cup with Powerscourt and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere with Oratorio. This season has got off to a much brighter start, with Footstepsinthesand landing the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas and Virginia Waters taking the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas. Vodafone Derby Record: 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th), 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th)
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 13 times, most recently in 2003 with 104 successes. He was first jockey to Dermot Weld from 1984 until 1998 and was retained by Aidan O’Brien from 1999 until 2003, when he joined John Oxx’s stable. Kinane, who has regularly spent his winters riding in Hong Kong, boasts success in many of top races around the world in a glittering career. He has won the Vodafone Derby twice, on Commander In Chief in 1993 and the O’Brien-trained Galileo in 2001, and the Vodafone Oaks in 1998 on Shahtoush and in 2001 on Imagine. He won 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 four times (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo). Kinane enjoyed a brilliant season in 2001 that, along with Galileo, included wins in the Oaks on Imagine, St Leger on Milan and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Johannesburg. He landed the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2002 and 2003 (dead-heating) on High Chaparral. The 1000 Guineas is the only British classic still to elude Kinane. 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); 2002 Hawk Wing (2nd); 2003 Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Let The Lion Roar (3rd).


ALMIGHTY (USA) FACTFILE
3 b c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Saganeca (USA) (Sagace (FR))
Owners: Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor Breeder: Skara Glen Stables
Form: 61-42 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Pat Smullen

Almighty (USA)
Bred in America by Stanley and Ira Gumberg’s Skara Glen Stables, Almighty is a half-brother to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix. Seemingly one of the lesser lights from the powerful Coolmore operation, he is not without his share of ability and is one of the Derby runners with proven form over a mile and a half. He showed this in the MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase last month when he was beaten only half a length by Hattan, staying on well in the closing stages. Before that he had disappointed in another Group 3 race, at Leopardstown in April, when he started even money favourite but was only fourth behind Bob’s Pride. Last year he ran twice, failing when well backed first time out in a Curragh maiden, but then making amends for that with a three-length defeat of Maria Luis at a similar level at Navan.

Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st:1; 2nd:1; 3rd:- Win and place prize money: £22,165

Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of Coolmore Stud and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O’Brien, who saddled six Derby winners. Her brother David O’Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O’Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and recently the duo recently sold their 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property company that owns Unilever House in London, leisure clubs, including the Chelsea Harbour Club, and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Monaco-based former bookmaker Michael Tabor, who like Magnier spends much of the winter in Barbados, became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s while last year Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British classic success for the Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season’s Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The duo won the Vodafone Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral, while Magnier has owned two winners of the Vodafone Oaks in partnership with school friend David Nagle’s wife Diane, Shahtoush (1998) and Imagine (2001). In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group 1 victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1998 2000 Guineas with King Of Kings, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes in 2000 from Giant’s Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001) and Brian Boru (2003). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. Last season was quiet by comparison, although there were Group 1 successes for two-year-olds Ad Valorem, Oratorio and Damson, trained by David Wachman, who is married to Magnier’s daughter Katie.This season has seen Magnier win both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas with Footstpesinthesand and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters.Sue Magnier’s Vodafone Derby Record: 1996 Chief Contender (9th - owned by Sue Magnier in joint partnership with Robert Sangster and Richard Santulli); 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), Kingsclere (15th); 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th); 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th) (Most owned in partnership with Michael Tabor, who has additionally had 2003 Magistretti (9th), 2004 Salford City (5th)

Aidan O’Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick 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 John Magnier and 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. The following year, his first British classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day’s 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Vodafone Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed in through the likes of Giant’s Causeway (five successive Group 1s in 2000), Second Empire, Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group 1 successes headed by the Vodafone Derby and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, with Galileo. Other classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division and Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. This season has seen both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters) go to O’Brien, who was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in both 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group 1 races in a row) and also the dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner High Chaparral. His 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 time five seasons after he took out his licence in the 1993/4 campaign. He will forever be associated with the great Istabraq, winner of three Smurfit Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O’Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him the first and second in the 2002 Vodafone Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the St Leger. O’Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf. It was an indifferent season for the Ballydoyle team last year, but O’Brien was still successful in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes with Ad Valorem, the Tattersalls Gold Cup with Powerscourt and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere with Oratorio. This season has got off to a much brighter start, with Footstepsinthesand landing the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas and Virginia Waters taking the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas. Vodafone Derby Record: 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th), 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th)

Pat Smullen
Born at Rhodes in County Offaly on May 22, 1977, Pat Smullen - whose father worked on a farm - became involved in horses at the age of 11 when accompanying his brother Sean to Joanna Morgan’s stud and sales yard and went on to show jump and event. He then spent a four-year apprenticeship with local trainer Tommy Lacy, enjoying a first success aboard Vicosa in an apprentices’ handicap at the Dundalk evening meeting on June 11, 1993. It was Lacy who suggested to Smullen that he ride for trainer Ewan Charpy in Dubai over the winter in 1997 and he has become one of the leading riders in the Middle East. Smullen spent two years with Tommy Stack and had a first Group 1 win when the Stack-trained Tarascon won the 1997 Moyglare Stud Stakes. He became stable jockey to Dermot Weld in 1999 following Mick Kinane’s departure to Aidan O’Brien’s stable. Smullen, who is married to the leading Irish trainer (and Aidan O’Brien’s sister-in- law) Frances Crowley, was Ireland’s champion jockey in 2000 with 80 wins and in 2001 with 81 wins His major wins include the 2004 Irish Derby and 2005 Tattersalls Gold Cup on Grey Swallow, 2003 2000 Guineas on Refuse To Bend, the Irish St Leger from 2001-2003 on Vinnie Roe and the 2002 Matron Stakes on Dress To Thrill. Vodafone Derby Record: 2003 Refuse To Bend (13th).


GRAND CENTRAL (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Rebecca Sharp (Machiavellian (USA))
Owners: Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor Breeder: Hascombe and Valiant Studs
Form: 1-23 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Jimmy Fortune

Grand Central
Grand Central will be having only the fourth run of his career in the Vodafone Derby and he did not make his racecourse debut until towards the end of October last year when, starting at 2/5, he easily won a seven-furlong maiden at Leopardstown, beating Conscript by four lengths. He began this season in the Group 3 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown but, in spite of starting at 8/15, was no match for Alayan, who beat him by three and a half lengths. He met Alayan again in the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, also at Leopardstown, but both of them had to give best to Fracas who beat Alayan by a short-head with Grand Central a length adrift after having had a very troubled run in the home straight. Plenty of people who saw that race are prepared to see him reverse that form with Fracas.
Race Record: Runs: 3; 1st:1; 2nd:1; 3rd:1. Win and place prize money: £26,630

Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
Few in the racing world can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of Coolmore Stud and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O’Brien, who saddled six Derby winners. Her brother David O’Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. In the 1970s John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and trainer Vincent O’Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore - which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America - and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner J P McManus and recently the duo recently sold their 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair have also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property company that owns Unilever House in London, leisure clubs, including the Chelsea Harbour Club, and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Monaco-based former bookmaker Michael Tabor, who like Magnier spends much of the winter in Barbados, became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s while last year Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British classic success for the Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season’s Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. The duo won the Vodafone Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral, while Magnier has owned two winners of the Vodafone Oaks in partnership with school friend David Nagle’s wife Diane, Shahtoush (1998) and Imagine (2001). In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group 1 victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1998 2000 Guineas with King Of Kings, the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group 1 successes in 2000 from Giant’s Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001) and Brian Boru (2003). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. Last season was quiet by comparison, although there were Group 1 successes for two-year-olds Ad Valorem, Oratorio and Damson, trained by David Wachman, who is married to Magnier’s daughter Katie.This season has seen Magnier win both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas with Footstpesinthesand and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters.Sue Magnier’s Vodafone Derby Record: 1996 Chief Contender (9th - owned by Sue Magnier in joint partnership with Robert Sangster and Richard Santulli); 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), Kingsclere (15th); 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th); 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th) (Most owned in partnership with Michael Tabor, who has additionally had 2003 Magistretti (9th), 2004 Salford City (5th)

Aidan O’Brien IRE
Born in Wexford on October 16, 1969, Aidan Patrick 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 John Magnier and 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. The following year, his first British classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day’s 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Vodafone Oaks a month later. The successes have since flowed in through the likes of Giant’s Causeway (five successive Group 1s in 2000), Second Empire, Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group 1 successes headed by the Vodafone Derby and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, with Galileo. Other classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division and Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. This season has seen both the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters) go to O’Brien, who was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in both 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group 1 races in a row) and also the dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner High Chaparral. His 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 time five seasons after he took out his licence in the 1993/4 campaign. He will forever be associated with the great Istabraq, winner of three Smurfit Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O’Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him the first and second in the 2002 Vodafone Derby. The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the St Leger. O’Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf. It was an indifferent season for the Ballydoyle team last year, but O’Brien was still successful in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes with Ad Valorem, the Tattersalls Gold Cup with Powerscourt and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere with Oratorio. This season has got off to a much brighter start, with Footstepsinthesand landing the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas and Virginia Waters taking the UltimatePoker.com 1000 Guineas. Vodafone Derby Record: 1998 Second Empire (8th), Saratoga Springs (10th), King Of Kings (15th); 1999 Saffron Walden (7th); 2000 Aristotle (10th), 2001 GALILEO (WON); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON), Hawk Wing (2nd), Louisville (9th), 2003 The Great Gatsby (2nd), Balestrini (5th), Alberto Giacometti (12th), Brian Boru (16th); 2004 Meath (14th)

Jimmy Fortune
Born in Ireland on June 14, 1972, Jimmy Fortune gained his initial grounding in racing with Jim Bolger in Co Carlow. He then came over to Britain and rode his first winner at Thirsk aboard the Eric Alston-trained Hitchenstown on July 29, 1988. The following year, he won the Ayr Gold Cup on Joveworth, trained by Mike O’Neill, to whom he was apprenticed. In 1990, his 46 victories won him the apprentices’ championship. Having had a spell with Luca Cumani, he then became first rider to David Barron’s stable near Thirsk, for whom he won the 1994 Stewards’ Cup on For The Present and the same race two years later on Coastal Bluff, who later that season gave Fortune his second Ayr Gold Cup success. The departure of Kieren Fallon to become first rider to Henry Cecil saw Fortune take over as stable jockey to Lynda Ramsden in 1997. In the autumn of 1998, he was approached to become retained rider to owner Robert Sangster, and that association yielded its first major success with Commander Collins in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster that October. His successes last season included the July Stakes at Newmarket aboard Captain Hurricane.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1999 Brancaster (10th); 2000 Zyz (9th); 2002 Where Or When (6th); 2003 Summerland (11th).


FIRST ROW (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Daylami (Ire) - Ballet Society (Fr) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Owner: Joe Albritton Breeder: Killeen Castle Stud
Form: 5-(2)13 Trainer: Brian Meehan Jockey: Kevin Darley

First Row
Having cost 220,000 guineas as a yearling, First Row made a somewhat inauspicious start to his racing life when he unseated his rider and bolted on the way to the start of his debut at Sandown in July. In the circumstances he ran respectably to finish fifth behind Embossed, but he was then off the course until March when he finished second in a mile and a quarter race on the Polytrack at Lingfield, beaten two lengths by Group Captain. He opened his account at the third attempt, at Leicester in April, when he won a mile and a half maiden by nine lengths from Hiddensee in very testing conditions. On his most recent appearance, First Row moved up into Group company in the MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase and put up his best show so far when beaten half a length and a neck by Hattan and Almighty.
Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st:1; 2nd:1: 3rd:1. Win and place prize money: £14,705

Joe Allbritton
Born in the small Mississippi town of D’Lo during the US depression of the 1930s, Allbritton worked his way up from that unpromising start to make a major name for himself in the worlds of banking, real estate and communications. He was the sixth of seven children and his first job, when he was barely even a teenager, was to wash the dishes in a café in Houston, where his family had moved. After three years in the US navy he took a law degree at Baylor University, and in due course became a leading light in the banking world in Houston. An old friend of the Bush family, he still lives in that Texas town, but has a home in Washington DC and owns the Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville. At various times he and his family have owned or been heavily involved in the Washington Star newspaper and the Riggs National Bank, and he now owns the University Bank in Houston. He is also a very generous donor to charitable causes. The best horse he has owned is Hansel, who was trained by Frank Brothers to win the Preakness and the Belmont in 1991 and his other horses in training with Brian Meehan at the moment include Fong’s Thong, who won a Listed race at Goodwood for him last season.

No previous Vodafone Derby runners

Brian Meehan
Brian Joseph Meehan was born in Liverpool - where his orthopaedic surgeon father, Conor, was based at the time - on June 16, 1967, but soon headed back to his native Ireland. He took out his first trainer’s licence in December, 1992, having previously worked as an assistant to Richard Hannon for five years and spent 20 months with the Irish National Stud. He is married to Kim Allison, a former top amateur rider. His best season came in 2001 when he accrued 71 successes. He trains at Tumbleweed Cottage in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire. His first winner was owned by Hannon’s wife Jo - Connect in a maiden at Brighton on May 27, 1993. Meehan’s first Royal Ascot winner came courtesy of Tomba in the 1998 Cork and Orrery Stakes (now the Golden Jubilee Stakes) and the same horse provided him with his first Group One success in the Prix de la Foret in the same year. He enjoyed further Group One glory last year when Magical Romance was a shock winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes.

No previous Vodafone Derby Runners

Kevin Darley
Kevin Darley is unlikely to forget the 2000 season as his 152 wins enabled him to become the first English-born champion jockey since Lester Piggott in 1982. Born August 5, 1960, in Tettenhall, Staffordshire, Darley lives in Sheriff Hutton, near York, and was married to Debbie on November 22, 1982. They have two daughters - Lianne and Gemma. He served his apprenticeship with Reg Hollinshead, and his first winner came on Dust Up at Haydock on August 5, 1977, and he was champion apprentice the following year. He won the 1995 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) on the Lady Herries-trained Celtic Swing, on whom he had also won the previous year’s Racing Post Trophy, carrying the colours of Peter Savill, to whom he is once again retained this season. He has enjoyed domestic classic success on Bollin Eric in the 2002 St Leger and in last year’s 1000 Guineas on Attraction, on whom he went on to complete a historic double in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and later captured the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. Darley also dead-heated in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 1997 on Coastal Bluff for David Barron and in 2000 enjoyed further Group 1 glory in the Haydock Sprint Cup on Pipalong and on Observatory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. In 2001, he rode the Italian-trained Super Tassa to win the Yorkshire Oaks, took the Racing Post Trophy on High Chaparral and in 2002 his big-race wins included Where Or When in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Brian Boru in the Racing Post Trophy. Vodafone Derby Record: 1994 Golden Ball (7th), 1995 Salmon Ladder (10th), 1996 Mystic Knight (6th), 2000 Hatha Anna (6th), 2002 Fight Your Corner (5th), 2003 Magistretti (9th); 2004 Percussionist (4th).


KINGS QUAY (GB) FACTFILE
3 b c Montjeu (Ire) - Glen Rossie (Mujtahid (USA))
Owner: John May Breeder: Newsells Park Stud
Form:10216-5266 Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Dane O’Neill

Kings Quay
One of the most experienced members of the field – he and Oratorio have both run nine times – Kings Quay was also an inexpensive purchase, costing no more than 32,000 guineas as a yearling. Like Motivator, he is from the first crop of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Montjeu and, also like Motivator, he won first time out as a two-year-old when he took a maiden race at Sandown in June of last year. Three runs later he beat Wilko, the subsequent winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, in a Listed race at Newbury. Though he has not managed a win so far this season, he has raced consistently, beginning with a somewhat unlucky fifth behind the subsequent 2,000 Guineas runner-up Rebel Rebel in the Easter Stakes at Kempton. In his next race he was beaten less than a length by Rocamadour in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket and he did not get the best of runs behind Fracas at Sandown after that. Most recently he was sixth of six behind Kong in the Lingfield Derby Trial but only beaten around three lengths.

Race Record: Runs: 9; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd:-; Win and place prize money: £29,806

John May
First became involved in ownership about ten years ago when he and a friend were partners in Castle Heights who won for them when trained by Reg Akehurst. He then had a spell away from racing until about four years ago when he retired from his building and construction business, leaving his sons to deal with that, and came back into the game as a hobby. Since then he has won with Kings Point, who took the Group 3 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, Tizzy May, who ran in the Guineas of his year, and Bettalatethannever, who was trained by Simon Dow and last year earned the award for best locally-trained handicapper from the Epsom Trainers’ Association and was sold fro 110,000 guineas to race in the UAE. At the moment he has four horses in training, two with Richard Hannon and one apiece with Neville Callaghan and Simon Dow.

No previous Vodafone Derby runners

Richard Hannon
Richard Hannon, who celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this week, has been training since 1970 when he took over on the retirement of his father Harry, and has built up his team in Wiltshire to such effect that he has two yards, one in the village of East Everleigh and one a few miles away at Herridge. His current tally of about 150 horses in the two yards is very much par for the course. It did not take him long to get off the mark as a trainer as he won a hurdle race with Sir Nulli at Chepstow and a Flat race at Newbury with Ampney Prince soon after getting his licence and in the years since then he has made a particular reputation for his expertise with sprinters and two-year-olds though his successes are by no means confined to those spheres. He has won the 2.000 Guineas with Mon Fils, Tirol and Don’t Forget Me, while Tirol and Don’t Forget Me also won the Irish Guineas. His other Group 1 wins include the Nunthorpe with Lyric Fantasy, the Moyglare Stud Stakes with Lyric Fantasy, the Sussex Stakes with Reel Buddy, the Prix Royal-Oak with Assessor and the Prix de l’Abbaye and the July Cup with Mr Brooks. He also enjoys having a pop at the big handicaps and has won the Wokingham with Knight of Mercy and Venture Capitalist, the Stewards’ Cup with Knight of Mercy and Notley and the Ebor with Another Sam.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1973 Mon Fils (18th); 1974 Hope Of Holland (17th); 1978 Son Fils (20th); 1989 Gran Alba (6th); 1992 Assessor (13th); 1993 Redenham (7th), Geisway (13th); 1994 Wishing (14th).


Dane O’Neill
O’Neill, who hails from Co. Cork and was born on August 1, 1975, was in the hunting field at the age of eight and won a show-jumping class at the Dublin spring show when he was 15, before competing successfully (24 wins from about 70 rides) round the Irish pony racing circuit where Adrian Maguire, among others, cut some early teeth. When he moved to England in the mid 1990s he was apprenticed to Richard Hannon and, though it was slow going to start with - seven wins in his first three seasons - his fortunes soon blossomed. He was champion apprentice in 1996 with 79 winners; in the following three seasons he had scores of 61, 75 and 66 and in 1999 there were two Royal Ascot successes on Bold Edge in the Cork and Orrery and Lots Of Magic in the Jersey. He also rode Stone Ridge to win the Lincoln in 1996. He had a spell in Hong Kong in 2001 and struck up a good association with the flying filly Airwave, winning the 2003 Temple Stakes.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1996 Zaforum (16th); 2004 Massif Centrale (11th).


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