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Saturday, June 4, 2005



A crowd estimated at over 100,000 watched today’s Vodafone Derby, making a marvellous two-day Festival after the increase of nearly 50% in the attendance on Friday.

Managing director Stephen Wallis was delighted with the way the day has gone. He said: “We had a fabulous winner of the Vodafone Derby in Motivator and a terrific atmosphere from a crowd that we estimate has topped 100,000.

“Over the two days, with such a fantastic increase yesterday, we are thrilled with the response from the public.”


The on-course tote pool cash turnover topped £1 million for Vodafone Derby day.

Today’s turnover was £1,020,751 compared with £1,036,101 last year.



Johnny Murtagh, the winning jockey on Motivator, said: “It does not really sink in until you get home tonight and watch it, but it was certainly easier than my two previous winners.

“When he was in front in the last two furlongs it all went quiet and I just had a peek behind and I could not believe how far in front I was.

“He jumped well and I got a good position early, though there was not much pace in the first two furlongs. I let a couple go past me so that I could sit third or fourth which was just where I wanted to be.

“I then tracked Seb (Sanders on Hattan) and he gave me a lovely lead. I was sitting in just behind him and was able to go past him when I wanted him to. I had a lovely run all through the race.

“He is a very, very high class horse. When I rode him at York he didn’t have to do very much and he has improved 100% on that today. I am sure that there is a lot more to come.”

John Warren, who bought the winner as a yearling for 75,000 guineas, declared: “This is what we all dream about, You go to the sales looking for horses of this calibre. He was always cruising and there was never an anxious moment and all the fears of his temperament in the build-up to the race were nothing. He is amazing.”

Michael Bell, the winning trainer, commented: “It is a privilege to have a horse like this, we are so bloody lucky. We are a relatively small yard, we don’t have 100 horses and it was up to us not to make a balls of it.

“I watched the race next to my wife and Johnny’s and felt that he could be called the winner a long way from home. He has always been a champion at home and he looked like a champion here today.

“The next stage will be the Irish Derby and review our plans after that. Today he has won like we always hoped he would.”

Alan Munro, second on Walk In The Park, remarked: “I had a bit of a rough trip. He broke a bit negatively and so we were some way behind for some time. After Tattenham Corner I gave him a crack and he responded really well, but the winner had put distance between him and us and I was never going to catch him. He was very impressive.”



Motivator, running for the 230-member Royal Ascot Racing Club, created history in becoming the first syndicate-owned winner of a British Classic when romping home to a brilliant five-length success in the Vodafone Derby.

Harry Herbert, racing manager to the RARC, said: “This is all down to my brother-in-law John Warren. We’ve worked together for 17 or 18 years and it was him that picked the horse out at the sales.

“I remember this horse as a yearling and he was in the Wall boxes (at Tattersalls), which are not an easy place to see a horse so we walked him up to a flat piece of land. I remember he had this incredible head on him.

“Stoker (the Duke of Devonshire), Douglas Erskine-Crum (Ascot’s chief executive) and I sat down in 1998 having seen other racecourses put together ownership groups to see what we could do. I suggested a club with amazing facilities and almost forgot about the horses I was so excited.

“But the horses have been the catalyst for people to have a chat at the club. I remember when the facilities were finished that Stoker said it would be great to have a winner at Ascot, we got that with the Michael Bell-trained Revenue, and now this.

“This horse is very, very special and it all been made even better thanks to Michael, who has been providing twice daily updates on the horse, which I’ve passed on to all the members.”

Jockey Johnny Murtagh added: “I jumped out very well and was sitting in third coming down the hill when I couldn’t believe how easily he was going. At two out I gave him a smack and you saw what happened.

“Half a furlong out I had a sneaky peak behind but I just didn’t want to do anything too clever. It’s tricky to answer whether he is the best horse I’ve ridden but there’s a lot more to come.”

Trainer Michael Bell added: “It’s been 17 long years waiting for this moment. We’ve had a pretty good graph, not having too many bad years, but to achieve this, getting the best out of a horse of this quality, shows you haven’t necessarily got to be one of the big battalions.

“You just hope nothing is going to go wrong in the days before hand, so many little things can happen, but luckily I knew I was sitting on a very good horse who had a good jockey.

“I actually enjoyed the race. Johnny had said beforehand that he was not going to sit too handy - I was a bit concerned but wasn’t going to interfere because Johnny knows what he’s doing.

“He’d never had a crack of the whip before today but showed great acceleration when he was hit today which will stand him in great stead if he has to meet the French Derby winner in the Irish Derby.

“We haven’t discussed options for the future, and it is a committee decision and not just down to me, but my call at the moment for the autumn target is the Arc.

“A lot has been made about him being very excitable but really he is no more so than a lot of other horses, he’s by no means a nutcase. He’s only had one serious piece of work since the Dante, you couldn’t do that with many horses.

“We were worried about Johnny being suspended today, although Darryll Holland was on standby, because he had played such a huge part in the preparation - without him we would have been a bit lost.”

The Duke of Devonshire, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, added: “To win a Derby is a dream for a syndicate that just has a few horses and we’ve picked the best team to be associated with them.”

Responding to the debate about the horse’s ownership, Devonshire added: “The members all knew the deal when they got involved and everyone seems to be very happy now.”

Motivator was bred by Saud Fustok at Deerfield Farm at Dullingham near Newmarket. “He is just the same today as I remember him as a foal and yearling,” recalled Fustok. “I sent him to the sales with a reserve of 60,000gns and he fetched 75,000gns so I was delighted.

“I look at Patrick Brain’s advice and the mare went to Polish Precedent which didn’t work out and then we sent her to Montjeu. I have a yearling full-brother to Motivator and I haven’t yet decided whether to sell him later this year, I do keep some horses. The mare has been covered by Montjeu again.

“The stud was set up in 1991 and we now have 13 mares having only had 10 for a long time. I also bred High Accolade so to have produced him and a Derby winner from that number of mares is quite an achievement.”

THE WINNER OF THE 226th VODAFONE DERBY - THE 3/1 FAVOURITE - MOTIVATOR (IRE) FACTFILE - The five-length winner 2m 35.69s

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

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. He wins the Vodafone Derby easily. Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 4; 2nd: -; 3rd: -. Win and Place Prize Money: £933,904

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. Vodafone Derby runners: Brancaster (1999 10th); MOTIVATOR (2005 WON)

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); MOTIVATOR (2005 WON)

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); MOTIVATOR (2005 WON)


Jamie Spencer, rider of the fourth Fracas, said: “I was pleased with the run but the horse was not in love with the course.

“But the ground was beautiful - perfect for all horses - though the result was disappointing for us - that’s life.”

David Elsworth, trainer of the eighth The Geezer, commented: “I only saw it live. We got shut out at the top of the hill when we were last and could not get back into it.

“Then we were stopped again which of course is what happens if you are coming from last.”

Ryan Moore, rider if the seventh Unfurled, said: “He ran a nice race.”

Richard Hughes, partner of the last Kong, declared: “He was never going.”



Kieren Fallon felt something was amiss after Gypsy King could secure no better than fifth spot in the Vodafone Derby.

The jockey said: “I don’t think the horse was right. He didn’t feel right. He’s much better than that. I think we will find something wrong in the morning.”

Frankie Dettori, whose Derby dream continues to elude him, said of third-placed Dubawi: “He ran a super race but just didn’t stay.”

Jimmy Fortune rode ninth-placed Grand Central and commented: “He was just never travelling and probably the track didn’t suit him.”



Jockey Alan Munro hailed Walk In The Park after his mount delivered a fine run to finish second to Motivator.

Munro said: “He’s a terrific horse with a lot of ability. He’s very genuine and very competitive and he’s going to be winning Group 1s, no problem. He’s a class act.

“He gets fired up (ahead of a race) but it’s not a negative point - it’s just a characteristic. It doesn’t negate his performance.”

“I haven’t fired him out of the gate - I just let him come out. I was able to make up a lot of ground on the turn, cutting the corner. That’s where his ability to act around Epsom has really helped - he was able to around the rail.

“Then he was switched out and he really kicked but there was one I couldn’t catch.”

John Hammond, who trains Walk In The Park, added: “He ran well and I’m very pleased. Alan gave him a lovely ride and I’m delighted”.

Frankie Dettori is still to win a Derby after Godoplphin’s Dubawi finished third.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “Dubawi ran very well and we’re pleased with him but he didn’t stay. A mile to a mile-and-quarter, that’s the best distance for him. The St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot at York will be the next race for him.”“

David Wachman was satisfied after his first-ever Derby runner Fracas took fourth spot. The Irish trainer said: “He ran well. He didn’t handle the track great, Jamie said, but once he straightened up he flew down the straight.

“The best horse won on the day - ours stayed on well to be fourth. The Irish Derby is a possibility or we might have to give him a break and wait for the autumn. He ran a good race today and i’ve no complaints.”

John Dunlop, who saddled Unfurled and Kong, said: “Kong ran very badly and finished last - and a long way last, too. There was no obvious reason for, either. He seemed to come down the Hill OK but ran out of gas when it mattered.

“Unfurled, on the other hand, ran a cracking race to finish seventh, not beaten a million miles. I’m pleased with his run.

“The winner was most impressive and he behaved beautifully. All those worries that people had about his behaviour and getting upset could not have been more wrong. He won like a very good horse.”

Richard Hannon pointed out that King’s Quay failed to get the 12-furlong trip. He said: “He didn’t stay. He came there very strongly about two furlongs out and it looked like we were going to run a very good race. But he didn’t get home.”

“We’ll give him a little bit of a break and then we’ll go back to a mile-and-a-quarter. He’s quite a decent horse and he’s going to win races.”



Clive Brittain felt Hattan served up a decent Vodafone Derby performance.

He said of the sixth home: “He ran a good race and I’m very pleased.

“He was probably a little bit closer to the front than we wanted him to be (early on) but there wasn’t a great deal of pace and there was no point fighting the horse back.

“I was getting rather hopeful turning for home as he’ll keep galloping but when Motivator moved up, that injection of pace left them all for dead. He’s as good a Derby winner as I’ve seen for a long time.

“My fellow didn’t run at two so he’s still on the learning curve. I think he’ll come on for a race like this today. Bahar Shumal could well make the Irish Derby. He’s progressing and could be a very good horse in the making, too.”

Mick Kinane, who rode Oratorio into 10th place, said: “He just didn’t come down the Hill very well and probably just didn’t stay.”


Damian Walker of totesport said: “Motivator has cost the bookies an estimated £5million. It was our worst possible result. Motivator was a big loser ante-post and on the day.

“We laid him at 40-1 ante-post and then at 14-1 after the Racing Post Trophy. It is always a bad result when the winter Derby favourite wins.

“We lost about £300,000 on the race and being 5% of the industry that equates to a £5 million loser.”

totesport quote Frankie Dettori at 5-6 to win and never to win a Vodafone Derby.

Paddy Power called it “a poor result ante-post with Motivator having been at the front end of the Derby betting since he won the Racing Post Trophy.

“However, it was not a bad result on the day as there was significant support for Gypsy King and Fracas, especially in Ireland.”

For VC Bet it was “a very big loser on the day -- our worst result. The public would not be stalled off the winner and got caught up with the emotion of the multiple ownership.

“Motivator was also a loser in the ante-post book having been in demand after the Racing Post Trophy at 16-1 and then the Dante.”

Ladbrokes summed up the race by saying “when the winter favourite for the Derby and the favourite on the day it’s a great day for punters.”

William Hills called it “a brilliant race for the punters as the long time ante- post favourite drove home. Their spokesman David Hood said: “it’s smiles all round with the big fans of Motivator delighted with the win and a good result for the bookies too with the money for the well-supported Oratorio and Gypsy King staying in the bookies’ satchels.

Motivator is now a top-priced 3-1 (Cashmans) for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes after the early 7-2 was well taken. Hills offer 5-2 and Ladbrokes only 5-4. Ouija Board and Doyen are then quoted at 6-1 by Cashmans and Ladbrokes with Bago and Grey Swallow on 8-1 with Ladbrokes and Yeats at the same price with Ladbrokes and Cashmans.

D-Day Arrives For RARC

Members of the Royal Ascot Racing Club were in upbeat if somewhat cautious mood ahead of Motivator’s crunch day.

The RARC’s racing manager Harry Herbert was busy ‘meeting and greeting’ this morning as many of the horse’s 230 owners descended on a marquee especially provided for them in the Old Derby Stables behind the Queen’s Stand.

As they soaked up the big-day atmosphere, the anticipation was evident.

Herbert said: “I’m just terrifically excited. Everyone is gathering here - and there will be over 200 - is really upbeat. But there’s a great feeling of apprehension as well.

“The ground is not a concern. We had a little rain overnight and a shower this morning - plus there’s a fresh strip of ground on the far rails.

“But the trip is something I have a concern about, although the jockey and trainer are adamant he will stay.”

One member of the Club, Johnnie Walker, has seen more of the horse than many of his fellows in the RARC. He lives in Newmarket and often heads out on to the gallops to watch the Montjeu colt put through his paces.

Walker said: “My wife and I have been to all three of his wins, so we hope we are going to bring him luck today. Living in Newmarket, I’ve often been out on Warren Hill and watched the horse exercise and talk to the trainer (Michael Bell) about him.”

John Cook thinks the athletic bay could be racing’s next superstar if the cards fall his way this afternoon.

He said: “If he gets the trip, he’s a legend in the making. I am optimistic that he will stay.”

David Fabb is another who feels a real allegiance to the horse.

He said: “I saw the horse when I went on the gallops with Michael Bell in Newmarket before last year’s 2000 Guineas and had a fantastic day. Since then, we have seen him win in tremendous style and now we are here at the Derby.

“I have been a member of the Royal Ascot Racing Club since its inception in 1997 and was here when we had Brancaster run for us in the 2000 Derby.

“The Club has just got better and better with wonderful friends - there’s a very nice mix. The formula that this club represents should be emulated around the world.”



Martin Dwyer, who rode the successful Enforcer and Mick Kinane, who partnered runner-up Kerashan, took differing views about the incident which prompted the stewards’ inquiry.

Dwyer described the contact between the two as “just a little bump. I was following Ted Durcan (on Hallhoo) when he started to hang to his left, so I had to go the other way.

“It was a question of getting the split and when we went past Mick we just brushed him a bit.”

As far as Kinane was concerned the contact “certainly didn’t help. My horse is only a little fellow and the winner definitely pushed him as he went past. I don’t know if he would have won, but the contact certainly did not help.”

The winner’s trainer William Muir described Enforcer as “a really tough horse with one hell of a turn of foot. I expect he will go to Royal Ascot at York for the Britannia over a mile, which could be a bit short for him, or the Listed mile and a quarter race (the Hampton Court Stakes).

“ But he won’t run at all if the ground is too fast. He ran badly at York last year on flint hard ground and people said that he was no good, but it was simply a question of the ground.”

The stewards decided that the result should not be changed but they imposed a two-day ban on Dwyer for careless riding.



Enforcer survived a stewards’ enquiry to land the opening Vodafone Live! Stakes for trainer William Muir although winning jockey Martin Dwyer picked up a two-day ban for careless riding

“You can sit where you like on him whether the pace is slow or fast, he’s got such great acceleration and really picked up today,” said Muir.

“He’s not really had a race today and we’ll definitely think about Royal Ascot, it’s just difficult to know which race to go for - we’ll probably head for the mile and a quarter Listed contest (Hampton Court Stakes).

“I didn’t think he would lose the race and Martin said he bumped Kieren and if he gets days he gets days - he needs a break anyway.

“We do keep getting people ringing up asking about this horse but have not really had firm offers recently. But everything is for sale except the wife!”



THE jockeys all returned from the opening race of the card with a positive outlook as to the surface.

Ted Durcan, rider of Halhoo, said: “It is perfect ground. The horses are making a nice print.”

Martin Dwyer, victorious on Enforcer, said: “It’s good - they are just taking the top off it.”

Jimmy Quinn, Asharon’s jockey, said: “Just good ground and it has got a good top on it.”

Franny Norton called it ‘good ground’ while Kevin Darley described it as ‘good, fast ground’.



“He’s been a real professional from day one,” enthused Mick Channon after BA Foxtrot had romped home in the Vodafone Woodcote Stakes, beating King Malachi by six lengths.

“He handled the track as I thought he would,” Channon added, “and we shall have to look at Royal Ascot (at York) now, though I don’t know whether we would run him over five furlongs or six. I am thrilled with him, he’s a smashing little horse.

“And look at all his owners (of the Highlife Racing Club) here in the unsaddling enclosure -- that is what racing is all about.”



BA Foxtrot served up a dazzling display to romp to success in the Vodafone Woodcote Stakes.

The Foxhound colt, a relatively cheap 12,000 guineas purchase, bagged his third career victory, collaring early leader King Malachi over two furlongs out before running out a six-length winner under Chris Catlin.

Delighted West Ilsley-based trainer Mick Channon now will target the speedy bay - who with 9st 2lb today carried more weight than any of the other nine runners - at the Royal meeting at York.

He said: “I’ve got options - I can run him over six furlongs or five. He’s got plenty of toe and could go for the Norfolk or the Coventry.

“That was very pleasing. He bolted up - he was always going to win.

“He’s a good-looking little horse by Foxhound, which is probably a little bit unfashionable. But he is very correct.

“He’s such a handy little horse that I thought this was the place for him. I didn’t want to give weight away but I just thought he would act around here.

“If I had to pick a horse that would act around Epsom, it would be him. And invariably that counts for a lot.

“I think my two-year-olds are pretty good - I’ve got some nice ones.”



Trainer Neville Callaghan was philosophical in defeat after King Malachi came home six lengths behind B A Foxtrot to take second place in the Vodafone Woodcote Stakes.

“I think we’ve just bumped into one today but at least we beat everything else,” said Callaghan.

“He’s a nice horse and will probably go up to seven furlongs now, I hope there’ll be another day for him although I don’t know where.

“I would think that by the end of the season we might have one or two better juveniles.”



“I think that he has done well,” said Neville Callaghan after Hazyview, whom he trains and owns in partnership with Tom Mohan, had led from start to finish in the Vodafone Diomed Stakes.

“We had been running him over too long a trip, including the Derby which proved an expensive exercise, but with the visor on and back in trip he has done well.

“I think that a mile to a mile and a furlong is his ideal trip.

“He has a wonderful attitude and he just would not let Brunel go past when he came up to challenge. He has a big heart and wants to win; it is a pleasure to have him.

“So far today our two runners here have finished first and second (King Malachi was second in the previous race) so we are all very happy.”



Trainer Neville Callaghan was a happy man after Hazyview - in whom he has a part-share - took the Group 3 Vodafone Diomed Stakes by two and a half lengths.

The winner was supplemented for the Vodafone Derby last year, when finishing eighth, and was top lot when making 350,000 guineas at Tattersalls’ Horses In Training Sale last year although returned home in the same ownership.

“We’ve discovered that one mile and a furlong is his trip rather than a mile and a half, which was an expensive mistake in last year’s Derby. I still have a share in him but had half of him last year so the supplementary entry cost me £37,500, which was costly but he’s won it back since. I flew down by helicopter today so this should just about pay for it.

“My partner (Tom Mohan) was keen to run in the Derby but I should have stopped him and said he wouldn’t get a mile and a half. Tom had to go to a wedding today but his heart’s here.

“He’s a brave horse who wants to win and has a big heart, he’s a lovely horse to deal with and will hopefully find a place at stud one day.”


Connections Pleased With Runner-up Brunel

Harry Herbert, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s managing director, was focusing on the positives after Brunel came out second best from a protracted scrap with Hazyview in the Group Three Vodafone Diomed Stakes.

Herbert said: “He has run very well and I’m very pleased with that. It looked like he was beginning to empty out in that last half-furlong, so I suspect we will re-look at his trip.

“But he has run a marvellous race. We’ll have a sit down with William Haggas (Brunel’s trainer) and we’ll have a look abroad as well as here.

“Today was a good performance and I think there’s more to come from this horse.”

Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of the third-placed Grand Emporium, said: “I don’t think he handled the racetrack here today. He’s a big horse.”



Richard Hughes, who was booked for the ride early in the week, was amazed by the speed at which the horses were travelling in the early stages of the Vodafone Dash, in which he made just about all the running on Fire Up The Band.

“We were really winging it and I just could not believe how fast we were going,” he said after the six-year-old, one of five runners trainer Dandy Nicholls had in the race, had beaten Peace Offering, ridden by the trainer’s son Adrian.

Hughes had done very well to get across to the favoured stands rails from his draw in stall ten. “He was bobbing up and down in the stalls and was on his hind legs when the gates opened, so he got a real flyer and we were able to get across.”

Delighted as he was by Fire Up The Band’s success, Dandy Nicholls was obviously upset that his son had been taken off the ride on the winner.

“They, or some of them, wanted a change of jockey for the horse so that was what we had to do. I think Adrian was unlucky in a way, because Peace Offering, whom we have not had for very long, was drawn in stall three and he had to go such a long way across from there.

“I would have liked to see Adrian in there, but equally so I am very happy that Fire Up The Band was.”



Dandy Nicholls bagged his now customary Derby day winner when Fire Up The Band triumphed by a length-and-a-half in the Vodafone Dash.

Richard Hughes always had the six-year-old gelding travelling well and he fought off stablemate Peace Offering to land 14-1 odds. Corridor Creeper was a further short head behind in third.

Now he will head for York and the Wokingham Handicap, for which he was cut to 14-1 (from 16) by totesport. Paddy Power clipped him in to 16s from 20s.

Thirsk trainer Nicholls said: “He will go for the Wokingham. He’ll have to go there because what else can he do?”

He added: “My mum will be proud of me - she’ll be watching this on the television!”

Milton Bradley, trainer of third-placed Corridor Creeper, said: “He ran a magic race from just about the worst draw.

“If we had been drawn better we might just have won - even with top weight. We may now have to go for a conditions’ race because of the weight he has to carry.”



Trainer John Quinn was all smiles after Crow Wood triumphed in the Vodafone Handicap Stakes, coming with a sweeping run under Kieren Fallon.

Quinn, who trained the Dash winner Carribean Coral 12 months ago, said: “It was a good performance - this is heaven!

“We were very pleased with him last Monday when he was third at Redcar in the Zetland.

“He was drawn a bit wide that day and pushed a bit wide but ran a sound race.

“He came out of it well. All of the owners are from down here so I’m delighted to be able to bring him down and win.

“Kieren said ‘They went too fast so I just rode my own race’. Well, he was brilliant on him, wasn’t he!

“He will probably run at Royal Ascot at York now - there’s a mile-and-a-half handicap on the last day.”



Gift Horse, owned by a partnership including tipster Henry Rix and The Times racing editor Rob Wright, landed a huge gamble when justifying 13/8 favouritism in the concluding Vodafone Sprint Handicap.

“I don’t know where all the money came from but I knew the horse was well,” said winning trainer David Nicholls, who was completing a 38/1 double. “And Kieren said that there was a lot of improvement in him.

“When you’ve had a horse for only a short period of time it’s difficult to know how to ride them and maybe we went too soon at York last time. I’d love to see him run in the Wokingham there but I don’t think he’ll get in.

“He was with James Fanshawe before, and he’s a very good trainer and I think it must be the drop back in trip that has brought about the improvement in this horse.”


Franny Norton was suspended for four days (June 15 through 18) so that he will miss the last four days of Royal Ascot at York.

Norton was found guilty of careless riding on Plateau in the Vodafone ‘Dash’ approximately a furlong after the start. He had interfered with Cafe Royal and caused a concertina effect on Fruit of Glory, Hidden Dragon and Bishops Court.


Shane Kelly was given a one day (June 19) ban for careless riding on Corridor Creeper, who finished third in the Vodafone Dash. He was found guilty of causing interference to Treasure Cay.


Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
David Nicholls 2 1 -
Richard Hannon 1 1 1
Neville Callaghan 1 1 -
Saeed bin Suroor 1 - 2
Mick Channon 1 - 1
Michael Bell 1 - -
Roger Ingram 1 - -
Michael Jarvis 1 - -
William Jarvis 1 - -
William Muir 1 - -
Aidan O’Brien IRE 1 - -
John Quinn 1 - -
Andrew Reid 1 - -
David Elsworth - 2 -
Sir Michael Stoute - 2 -
Clive Brittain - 1 1
Luca Cumani - 1 -
Richard Fahey - 1 -
William Haggas - 1 -
John Hammond FR - 1 -
David Loder - 1 -
Hughie Morrison - 1 -
Mark Johnston - - 3
David Barron - - 1
Jim Bolger IRE - - 1
Milton Bradley - - 1
Gerard Butler - - 1
Andre Fabre FR - - 1
Rod Milman - - 1


Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Kieren Fallon 4 - -
John Egan 2 1 -
Ryan Moore 1 3 -
Frankie Dettori 1 - 3
Richard Hills 1 - 1
Richard Hughes 1 - 1
Chris Catlin 1 - -
Martin Dwyer 1 - -
Darryll Holland 1 - -
Johnny Murtagh 1 - -
Mick Kinane - 2 -
Alan Munro - 1 2
Steve Drowne - 1 -
Jimmy Fortune - 1 -
Paul Hanagan - 1 -
Adrian Nicholls - 1 -
Dane O’Neill - 1 -
Richard Quinn - 1 -
Jamie Spencer - 1 -
Joe Fanning - - 2
Ted Durcan - - 1
Shane Kelly - - 1
Kevin Manning - - 1
Seb Sanders - - 1
Christophe Soumillon - - 1


Standings at the end of the Vodafone Derby Festival:

1 David Nicholls 300 points
2 Richard Hannon 225 points
3 = Mark Johnston 175 points
3 = Sir Michael Stoute 175 points
3 = Neville Callaghan 175 points

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


Michael Jarvis reports this morning that Eswarah, heroine of yesterday’s Vodafone Oaks at Epsom, is “absolutely fine” after her exertions.

“She seems bright and well and has just been out for a pick of grass and a lead out,” he said of Sheikh Hamdan’s filly.

Looking back at yesterday’s triumph, Jarvis said that the aspect of Eswarah’s success which pleased him most was the way in which the filly “quickened again when Something Exciting came to challenge her”.

This was all the more creditable in view of Eswarah’s comparative lack of experience as the Oaks was only the third run of her career - and the first of those was just seven weeks ago.

And that is one factor which will very much be taken into account when plans are made for Eswarah’s next appearance.

“We haven’t made any plans as yet,” said Jarvis. “The Curragh (for the Irish Oaks) is the obvious one, but that could well come a bit quick after Epsom and we may start to look at the Yorkshire Oaks. In any event I shall have to talk it over with Sheikh Hamdan.”

The trainer did not miss out on marking the occasion. “We certainly celebrated the success,” he said. “We had a glass or two at Richard Hills’ on the way back and a glass or two when we got back here. I have felt better than I did when I got up this morning.”


Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager Angus Gold this morning reported that the owner will decide where yesterday’s Vodafone Oaks heroine Eswarah next runs.

“The Irish Oaks is the obvious possibility but Sheikh Hamdan will give it careful thought about where she goes next,” said Gold.

“He did made the point yesterday that she had had three races in seven weeks and Sheikh Hamdan is not someone who likes to over race his horses.

“She seems to still be going up and we would like to keep her fresh for the second half of the season.”

Gold had spoken to trainer Michael Jarvis this morning and added: “Michael said that touch wood she has come out of the race very well. She’s eaten up well, is quite fresh this morning and in fine fettle.”


The betting market for the Vodafone Derby is livening up all the time and early news from Paddy Power is of support for one of the Irish-trained runners, but not one trained by Aidan O’Brien.

The horse for money has been Fracas, trained by David Wachman and unbeaten in three starts, most recently the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, who has been brought in from 11-1 to 10-1.

Powers have also cut Kong, one of John Dunlop’s two runners from 22-1 to 20-1, but in contrast there is a lack of enthusiasm for The Geezer, runner-up to Motivator in the Dante at York, and the Irish 2,000 Guineas second Oratorio.
They have eased from 11-1 to 12-1 and from 15-2 to 8-1 respectively.

Though Oratorio is not popular in the Power camp, he is very much in demand with Cashmans, where he has been so well laid that his odds have been slashed from 10-1 to 7-1.

Their biggest loser is Gypsy King, about whom they laid one bet of 20,000 euros at 8-1.

Powers are also betting on who will start favourite and in this market Motivator (11-8) just has the edge over 6-4 Gypsy King. It is 4-1 that they will start joint favourites and you can have 9-1 about Dubawi heading the market.

In other races, Cashmans report good business over Stream of Gold in the Vodafone Diomed Stakes (3.0) and the Lincoln winner has been cut from 5-2 to 2-1, and in the closing Vodafone Sprint Handicap (5.40) Gift Horse has been trimmed from 9-4 to 7-4.


Fracas continues to be the horse for money in the Vodafone Derby (4.20) with totesport the latest firm to report good business over David Wachman’s unbeaten colt, trimming him from 12-1 to 10-1. In contrast the French-trained Walk In The Park is on the slide from 12-1 to 14-1 with Powers.

But though the Derby, rightly and inevitably, takes centre stage for the racing, the horse which is dominating the day’s betting is Gift Horse in the closing Vodafone Sprint Handicap (5.40). Every firm seems to have had money for him and he looks like starting a very hot favourite as Coral have brought him in from 9-4 to 2-1, Paddy Power from 9-4 to 7-4, totesport from 9-4 to 15-8 and VC Bet from 2-1 to 15-8. VC Bet have also laid Rising Shadow from 12-1 to 9-1.

In the opening Vodafone Live ! Heritage Handicap (2.0) Evolution Ex is proving popular and has come in from 5-1 to 4-1 with totesport, and from 11-2 to 9-2 with Powers and VC Bet.

Scarlet Knight has been in demand with Coral and Powers in the Vodafone Woodcote Stakes (2.30) and is at 11-2 with both firms from 13-2 and 6-1 respectively.

In the Vodafone “Dash” Handicap (3.30) Hidden Dragon has been popular with Coral and VC Bet, where he is at 10-1 from 12-1, and Plateau is in demand with Powers, where he has come in from 12-1 to 11-1 and with totesport, who have cut him from 14-1 to 10-1.

Tender Falcon is very popular in the Vodafone Handicap (5.05) and has been cut from 11-2 to 9-2 by Powers and VC Bet, from 6-1 to 5-1 by Coral and from 11-2 to 4-1 by totesport.


The going today at Epsom Downs is


the same that it was yesterday on Ladies Day, the opening day of the Vodafone Derby Festival.

Andrew Cooper, clerk of the course and director of racing at Epsom Downs, said this morning: “We had two millimetres of rain late yesterday afternoon from one heavy shower which started just before the last race and then spitted and spotted until about 7pm.

“We had one little shower this morning. There may be one or two more light showers but it should not be too bad. We have opened up today the fresh strip of ground from the six-furlong marker to the finish on the far rail.

“The ground is pretty similar to yesterday. The last mile walks as good ground. We are still a bit quicker from the mile and half start to the top of the hill and the good to firm bits are in that section.

“I think we have just about got it as right we probably could in what has been a very difficult build-up in terms of weather. But you never get complacent or smug in this game.

“I am delighted that Nigel Thornton, in his last Derby as head groundsman, is receiving plaudits - it is great.

“There was a marvellous crowd here yesterday for Ladies Day and two great Group One races, the Vodafone Oaks and the Vodafone Coronation Cup, run. The day had a nice atmosphere.

“Vodafone Derby Day is very special and my first one was Nashwan in 1989 when I was assistant clerk of the course - I was down at the start for every race.

“He was a great winner and we have seen some very special horses since. I loved the three-year spell (2000 to 2002) of Sinndar, Galileo and High Chaparral. I thought that they were three really good winners.

“There is no such thing as a bad Derby winner but some are clearly better than others. I think we have been very lucky in the last few years to see some very good participants.

”We would all love to see Frankie (Dettori) win the Vodafone Derby, while Motivator, owned by the Royal Ascot Racing Club, would be another great story. I hope it is fair even race - 14 is an ideal field size.”


Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £75,000 guaranteed. For 3yo rated 0-105, 1m 2f 18y. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after May 28, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £8,250; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) ENFORCER (D G Clarke & C L A Edington) W R Muir 3-8-05 Martin Dwyer [8] 5/1
2) KERASHAN (H H Aga Khan) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-05 Michael Kinane [11] 4/1 Fav
3) HALLHOO (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Mick Channon 3-9-02 Ted Durcan [9] 16/1
4) EVOLUTION EX (Owen Promotions Limited) John Gosden 3-7-12 Frannie Norton [6]
5) SOLENT (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 3-8-09 Dane O'Neill [1]
6) LOOKS COULD KILL (It’s A Breeze) Gerard Butler t3-8-04 John Egan [5]
7) WINGMAN (D M Kerr) John Hills 3-8-06 Kieren Fallon [10]
8) HEARTHSTEAD WINGS (Hearthstead Homes Ltd) Mark Johnston b1 3-9-07 Kevin Darley [12]
9) SUBPOENA (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori [7]
10) ASHARON (R A Pledger) Clive Brittain 3-7-12 Jimmy Quinn [2]
11) TAKHMIN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-05 Richard Hills [4]

11 ran Non-Runner: Blue Tornado (Vet’s Certificate)
Breeder: Mrs H B Raw Breeding: b c Efisio - Tarneem (USA) (Zilzal)
Time: 2 min 08.41s Dist: 2, 3/4, nk, 1 1/2, 1, 3/4, 1 1/2, 15, 11
Tote Win: £6.50 Places: £2.20; £1.70; £3.70 Exacta: £21.60

Winning trainer:- Name: Muir, William Born: May 3, 1958 Background: Previously worked Pat Taylor and Fulke Johnson Houghton First trainer’s licence: 1990 Trains at Linkslade, Wantage Road, Lambourn, Berks Horses in training (1995-2005): 39, 50, 72,71,78,78,75,59,53,47,47 Wins in a season (1993-2004): 13: 21: 28: 36: 40: 40:26:28:26:20:26:20 Major wins: King George Stakes (1997 Averti); Bunbury Cup (2004 Material Witness) Wins In 2005: 4

Winning Jockey:- Name: Dwyer, Martin Joseph Date of Birth: 28/06/75 Based: Hungerford, Berks Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Cheshire Oaks (2002 Shadow Dancing), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003 Persian Punch), Goodwood Cup (2003 Persian Punch), , Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge), Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes (2003 High Accolade, 2004 Manyana), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance); Bunbury Cup (2004 Material Witness) Wins 1995-2004: 6; 36; 57; 46; 36; 61; 65; 104; 90; 82 Other Details: Married to daughter of trainer William Muir Wins in 2005: 28


Class 1, Listed Race, £35,000 guaranteed. For 2yo, 6f. Weights: colts & geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 6lb. Penalties: a winner of a class 4 race 3lb; of a Class 3 race 5lb; of a Class 1 or 2 race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £17,400; 2nd: £6,600; 3rd: £3,300; 4th: £1,500; 5th: £750; 6th: £450

1) BA FOXTROT (The Highlife Racing Club) Mick Channon 2-9-02 Chris Catlin [2] 4/1 CF
2) KING MALACHI (June Powell) Neville Callaghan 2-8-11 Dane O'Neill [5] 5/1
3) GREEN PRIDE (Ray Greatorex) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Richard Hughes [9] 4/1 CF
4) SCARLET KNIGHT (W R Mann) Philip Mitchell 2-9-00 Ian Mongan [1]
5) BRENDA MEOVA (D J Barnard) Brian Meehan 2-8-09 Frankie McDonald [6]
6) ROYAL ENGINEER (John Brown) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 Kevin Darley [3]
7) DANISH EXPRESS (Pay And Play) Peter Winkworth 2-9-00 Paul Doe [7]
8) CROCODILE BAY (Lordship Stud) Jamie Osborne 2-9-00 Shane Kelly [10] 4/1 CF
9) CAPITAL LASS (Baltic Stone Ltd) David Nicholls 2-8-06 Adrian Nicholls [8]
10) WOTAVADUN (Barrie Kirby) David Flood 2-8-11 Martin Dwyer [4]

10 ran
Breeder: Miss J Hall Breeding: b c Foxhound (USA) - Aunt Susan (Distant Relative)
Time: 1 min 10.96s Dist: 6, sh, 1, sh, 1/2, 2, 10, 2 1/2, 29
Tote Win: £5.20 Places: £2.00; £2.00; Exacta:

Winning trainer:-Name: Channon, Michael Roger Date of birth: 28/11/48 Date of first training licence: 1990 First Flat Winner: Golden Scissors, Bridlington Bay Maiden, Beverley, March 30, 1990 First Jumps Winner: Wessex Warrior, Wincanton, March 30, 1990 Previous occupation: International footballer, assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown Wins in a season (1990-2004):16:22:27:41:74:71:56:40:71:72:90:67:123:143 (most victories in Britain):98 Number of horses in training (1990-2005):20:35:45 :44:64:86:91:84:106:124:135:159:177:184:203:175 Major wins include: King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Nunthorpe Stakes (1994 Piccolo), Ballyogan Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Field Marshall Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Moet & Chandon Rennen (1996 Muchea), Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Gimcrack Stakes (1998 Josr Algharoud), Lowther Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl), Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes (1999 Seazun, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), Prix De La Salamandre (2000 Tobougg), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2000 Tobougg), Fred Darling Stakes (2002 Queen’s Logic, 2004 Majestic Desert), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2002 Mail The Desert), Maurice Lacroix-Trophy (2002 Checkit), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), St James’s Palace Stakes (2003 Zafeen), Albany Stakes (2003 Silca’s Gift) Wins In 2005: 41 Trains at: West Ilsley, Berks

Winning jockey:-Name: Catlin, Christopher Bernard Born: 1981 Apprenticeship: with Ken Ivory Riding Weight: 7st 5lb First Winner: Forgotten Times (Marlow Apprentice H’cap, Windsor, August 16, 1999) Big Race Wins: Ladbroke Autumn Stakes (2000 Greenaway Bay), Vodafone Stewards Cup (2002 Bond Boy), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force) Wins 2000-2004: 8; 71 (champion apprentice); 67; 59; 62 Wins In 2005: 49


Class 1, Group Three, £75,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+, 1m 114y. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 6lb; fillies 8st 3lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Penalties: after September 1, 2004, a winner of a Group Three race 3lb; of a Group Two race 5lb; of a Group One race 7lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 12lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) HAZYVIEW (Tom Mohan) Neville Callaghan v4-9-04 Darryll Holland [1] 8/1
2) BRUNEL (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing X) William Haggas 4-9-04 Ryan Moore [4] 11/4
3) GRAND EMPORIUM (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor t5-9-09 Frankie Dettori [2] 15/2
4) STREAM OF GOLD (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-04 Michael Kinane [5] 9/4 Fav
5) MAC LOVE (Vimal Khosla) John Akehurst 4-9-07 Gary Carter [7]
6) PENTECOST (Jonathan, Jeremy & S R Hitchins) Andrew Balding 6-9-04 Kieren Fallon [3]
7) THUNDERWING (Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd) Karl Burke 3-8-06 Frannie Norton [6]

7 ran
Breeder: N E Poole Breeding: b c Cape Cross (IRE) - Euridice (IRE) (Woodman)
Time: 1m 44.73 Dist: 2 1/2, 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 2, 3
Tote Win: £11.20 Places: £4.50; £2.00 Exacta: £39.00

Winning Trainer: Name Callaghan, Neville Anthony Born: In Ireland on May 4, 1946 Based: Hamilton Road, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of First Licence: 1970 Horses In Training (1971-2005): 22; 18; 31; 32; 33; 41; 46; 49; 57; 59; 45; 40; 43; 39; 20; 20; 43; 53; 46; 47; 45; 46; 34; 32; 31; 36; 34; 31; 30; 38; 41; 33; 32; 50; 39 Winners in a Season (2001-2004): 26; 35; 34; 35 First Winner: Blessed Beauty (Salisbury, August 13, 1970) Big Race Wins:Gimcrack Stakes (1978 Stanford), July Stakes (1986 Mansooj, 1988 Always Valiant), Diadem Stakes (1989 Chummy’s Favourite), Diomed Stakes (1990 Eton Lad, 2005 Hazyview), Lingfield Derby Trial (1991 Corrupt), Great Voltigeur Stakes (1991 Corrupt), Fillies’ Mile (1993 Fairy Heights), Phoenix Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), National Stakes (1995 Danehill Dancer), Greenham Stakes (1996 Danehill Dancer), Stewards’ Cup (1997 Danetime), Dante Stakes (2002 Magistretti) Big Race Wins Over Hurdles: Irish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan, 1993 Royal Derbi), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1983 Royal Vulcan), Bula Hurdle (1991 Royal Derbi) Wins In 2005: 12

Winning jockey:-Name: Holland, Darryll Paul. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Barry Hills. First winner: Sinclair Boy (Warwick 7/5/90) Major wins include: Coral-Eclipse (1999 Compton Admiral, 2003 Falbrav), Yorkshire Oaks (1997 My Emma), Rockfel Stakes (1992 Yawl), Goodwood Cup (1998 Double Trigger), Doncaster Cup (1998 Double Trigger), Gordon Richards Stakes (2001 Island House), Italian 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2003 Falbrav), Dewhurst Stakes (2003 Milk It Mick), Juddmonte International (2003 Falbrav), Vodafone Coronation Cup (2004 Warrsan), St James’s Palace Stakes (2003 Zafeen), Chesham Stakes (2003 Pearl Of Love), King’s Stand Stakes (2004 The Tatling) Wins(1990-2004):30,79,68,68,55,71,30,104,128,74,78,105,113,157,152 Wins In 2005: 29


Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £75,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+, 5f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after May 7, a winner 4lb; a winner of two or more races 7lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) FIRE UP THE BAND (P Crane, A Barker, S Short) David Nicholls 6-9-09 Richard Hughes [10] 14/1
2) PEACE OFFERING (Lady O’Reilly) David Nicholls 5-8-13 Adrian Nicholls [3] 12/1
3) CORRIDOR CREEPER (Gary & Liberty Johnson) Milton Bradley p8-10-00 Shane Kelly [5] 16/1
4) FRUIT OF GLORY (R B Hill) John Jenkins 6-9-03 Frankie Dettori [15] 8/1
5) COLONEL COTTON (Lucayan Stud) David Nicholls 6-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [4]
6) TEXAS GOLD (C L A Edington) William Muir 7-9-02 Martin Dwyer [2]
7) PLATEAU (Ian Hewitson) David Nicholls 6-8-03 Frannie Norton [9]
8) TREASURE CAY (Bigwigs Bloodstock IV) Paul D'Arcy 4-8-05 John Egan [8]
9) FAST HEART (Stephen Dartnell) Brian Meehan t4-9-06 Jimmy Fortune [7]
10) ATLANTIC VIKING (David Faulkner) David Nicholls 10-8-13 Giles Parkin [20]
11) CARIBBEAN CORAL (Dawson, Green, Quinn, Roberts) John Quinn 6-9-01 Jamie Spencer [14] 13/2 Fav
12) LOYAL TYCOON (Anthony Parsons) Dean Ivory 7-8-06 Richard Quinn [1]
13) CAPE ROYAL (Eddie Hayward) Milton Bradley 5-9-05 Ryan Moore [13]
14) BOND CITY (Reg Bond) Bryan Smart 3-8-12 Kevin Darley [12]
15) DRAGON FLYER (A Newby, Miss K Davies) Mick Quinn 6-8-11 Ian Mongan [17]
16) ZARZU (Page, Pickering, Taylor, Ward, Marsh) Con Dore 6-8-00 Chris Catlin [16]
17) BISHOPS COURT (David Brotherton) Lynda Ramsden 11-9-01 Seb Sanders [19]
18) HIDDEN DRAGON (Jane, Victoria, Aimee & Thelma Whiting) Paul Blockley 6-8-13 Dean McKeown [18]
19) SAFARI SUNSET (Peter Winkworth) Peter Winkworth 3-8-09 Paul Doe [11]
20) POLISH EMPEROR (Richard Edrich & Martin Graves) Walter Swinburn 5-8-08 Darryll Holland [6]

20 ran
Breeder: Miss A J Rawding & P M Crane
Breeding: b g Prince Sabo - Green Supreme (Primo Dominie)
Time: 56.05s Dist: 1 1/2, sh, 1 1/2, nk, sh, 1/2, 1, sh, nk, sh, nk, hd, sh, 1/2, nk, nk, 1/2, 3/4, 3/4
Tote Win: £17.40 Places: £3.80; £3.40; £3.30; £1.90 Exacta: £169.50

Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Horses in training (1996-2005): 37:45: 45: 46: 58:78:74:82:82:84 Wins in a season (1993-2004): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50:75: 73:47:65:65:55 Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children Major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak dh with Coastal Bluff, 2004 Bahamian Pirate), Ayr Silver Cup (1998 Royal Result), Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 & 2004 Funfair Wane), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), William Hill Golden Spurs Handicap (1999 Pepperdine), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi) Wins In 2005: 25

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Apprenticeship: With father, Dessie Hughes, in Ireland. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988) Wins in Britain (1994-2004):19,68,62,33,55,95,102, 90, 126, 122, 73 Major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (2002 Zenda), French Oaks (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Yorkshire Cup (1999 Churlish Charm); Duke Of York Stakes (1999 Sampower Star), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Jockey Club Cup (2000 Persian Punch), Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Lingfield Derby Trial (2001 Perfect Sunday), Prix D’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2003 American Post), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand), Blue Square Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight), Jersey Stakes (1995, Sergeyev) King’s Stand Stakes (1995, Piccolo), Jersey Stakes (1996 Lucayan Prince), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002, Ulundi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys) Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand) Other details: Retained jockey to Khalid Abdulla Wins In 2005: 43


Class 1, Group One, £1,250,000 guaranteed. For 3yo, 1m 4f 10y. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £725,000; 2nd: £275,000; 3rd: £137,500; 4th: £62,500; 5th: £31,250; 6th: £18,750

1) MOTIVATOR (The Royal Ascot Racing Club) Michael Bell 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [5] 3/1 Fav
2) WALK IN THE PARK (Michael Tabor) John Hammond FR t1 3-9-00 Alan Munro [12] 11/1
3) DUBAWI (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [4] 5/1
4) FRACAS (Joseph Joyce) David Wachman IRE 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [13]
5) GYPSY KING (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [3]
6) HATTAN (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Seb Sanders [8]
7) UNFURLED (Heather Slade) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [14]
8) THE GEEZER (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Richard Quinn [9]
9) GRAND CENTRAL (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [7]
10) ORATORIO (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Michael Kinane [10]
11) KINGS QUAY (John May) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill [1]
12) ALMIGHTY (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Pat Smullen [6]
13) KONG (Neil Jones) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [11]

13 ran Non-Runner: First Row (withdrawn not under starter’s order)
Breeder: Deerfield Farm Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) - Out West (USA) (Gone West (USA))
Time: 2m 35.69s Dist: 5, 3, 1, 1 1/2, 3, hd, 1 3/4, 2, 8, 2, 3/4, 14
Tote Win: £4.20 Places: £1.50; £3.00; £2.50 Exacta: £53.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Bell, Michael Leopold Wentworth Date of birth: 10/10/60 Date of first licence:1989 First winner: Pass The Peace, Fred Darling Stakes, Newbury, April 14, 1989 Previous Occupation: Assistant for three years with Mercy Rimell, three years with Paul Cole and a period with Comte Roland de Chambure in France. Number of wins in a season (1989-2004):18:21:43:39:42:55:42:46:34:41:70:52:45:52:35 Horses in training (1989-2005):30:47:53:65:75:79:90:88:81:77:81:95:97:94 :89:92:94 British Classic Winner: Vodafone Derby (2005 Motivator) Major wins include: Italian Oaks (2001 Zanzibar), Prix Morny (1994 Hoh Magic), Molecomb Stakes (1994 Hoh Magic), Mill Reef Stakes (1994 Princely Hush), St Simon Stakes (1994 Persian Brave), Fred Darling Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace), Nell Gwyn Stakes (1992 A-To-Z), July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad) Trains at Fitzroy House, Newmarket, Suffolk. Wins In 2005: 19

Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Based: Moattown, Kildalkey, Co Meath and Newmarket Born: May 14, 1970 First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (4): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar) Big Race Wins include: Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka), Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka), Ascot Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel); National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Falmouth Stakes ( 2004 Soviet Song), Darley July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song) Other details: Champion Irish apprentice in 1989, champion jockey in Ireland 1995 and 1998, has also been champion in Dubai Wins in Britain 2001-2004: 10; 15; 12; 78 Wins in Britain 2005: 22


Class 2, £40,000 guaranteed. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 1m 4f 10y. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 2lb. Penalties: after May 28, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: after May 28, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1) CROW WOOD (Marie Taylor, Vanessa Stone) John Quinn 6-8-10 Kieren Fallon [15] 9/2 Fav
2) BALKAN KNIGHT (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 5-9-03 John Egan [4] 13/2
3) SERGEANT CECIL (Terry Cooper) Rod Millman 6-9-00 Alan Munro [20] 12/1
4) CAMROSE (Nicholas Cooper) John Dunlop 4-8-13 Jimmy Fortune [9] 25/1
5) MILLVILLE (Tom Warner) Michael Jarvis 5-8-09 Martin Dwyer [19]
6) MOCCA (Mocca Partnership) Denis Coakley 4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [10]
7) TUNGSTEN STRIKE (John Connolly) Amanda Perrett 4-9-07 Johnny Murtagh [18]
8) PAGAN DANCE (The Gap Partnership) Amanda Perrett p6-9-01 Michael Kinane [13]
9) SKYLARKER (Midd Shire Racing) Stuart Kittow 7-8-04 Frannie Norton [12]
10) TENDER FALCON (P E Axom) Ron Hodges 5-8-09 Sam Hitchcott [3]
11) GOLD RING (Bridget Swire) Jonathan Geake 5-9-02 Dane O'Neill [16]
12) TOP SEED (John Livock Bloodstock Limited) Mick Channon v1 4-8-03 Eddie Creighton [14]
13) COMPTON DRAKE (Erik Penser) Gerard Butler t6-8-03 Kevin Darley [11]
14) MIDAS WAY (Alexandra Chandris) Pat Chamings 5-9-04 Jimmy Quinn [17]
15) NAWAMEES (Paul Stamp) Gary Moore p7-8-09 Ryan Moore [8]
16) KING'S THOUGHT (Mrs E Houlton) Steve Gollings 6-9-02 Darryll Holland [6]
17) SAND AND STARS (Pollards Bloodstock) Mark Tompkins 4-8-03 Chris Catlin [5]
18) TURBO (Mrs L M Askew) Terry Mills 6-8-08 Shane Kelly [1]
19) PAGAN SKY (The Gap Partnership) James Toller 6-8-07 Lisa Jones [7]
20) WAIT FOR THE WILL (RDM Racing) Gary Moore 9-8-06 Robyn Brisland [2]

20 ran
Breeder: C Humphris Breeding: b g Halling (USA) - Play With Me (IRE) (Alzao)
Time: 2m 36.67s Dist: 2, 1/2, 1 3/4, nk, 1, 3 1/2, nk, 2, 1 1/2, sh, hd, 3 1/2, nk, 6, 1, 4, 8, 9, 11
Tote Win: £4.40 Places: £1.70; £2.50; £2.70; £6.80 Exacta: £46.30

Winning Trainer:-Name: Quinn, John Joseph Born: April 29, 1961 Trains at Bellwood Cottage Stables, Settrington, Nr. Malton, Yorkshire Riding Career: 1979-93 Big Race Wins: Vodafone Dash Handicap (2004 Caribbean Coral) Date of First Trainer’s Licence: August 1, 1994 Number of horses in training (1995-2005): 17; 26; 30; 32; 32; 35; 39; 44; 44; 49; 58 Wins in a season (1995-2004): 1; 5; 15; 7; 12; 17; 19; 17; 37; 30 Wins In 2005: 3

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) British Wins In 2005: 19

Class 2, £40,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+ rated 0-100, 6f. Weights: highest weight 9st 11lb; minimum weight 8st 6lb (3yo 7st 12lb). Penalty Values: after May 28, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1) GIFT HORSE (Alfi & Partners) David Nicholls 5-9-06 Kieren Fallon [3] 13/8 Fav
2) BAHIANO (Clive Brittain) Clive Brittain 4-9-03 Ryan Moore [12] 14/1
3) RISING SHADOW (G Morrill) David Barron 4-8-11 Andrew Mullen (5) [13] 9/1
4) NATIVE TITLE (C McKenna) David Nicholls 7-9-01 Adrian Nicholls [1]
5) TONY THE TAP (K J Mercer) Neville Callaghan 4-8-13 Frankie Dettori [5]
6) PARTNERS IN JAZZ (Sporting Occasions Racing No 2) David Barron 4-9-06 Jimmy Fortune [10]
7) MACHINIST (Berry & Gould Partnership) David Nicholls 5-8-10 David McCabe [15]
8) WHITBARROW (Seasons Holidays) Tony Carroll 6-8-13 Jimmy Quinn [9]
9) BUY ON THE RED (R Haim) William Muir 4-9-01 Martin Dwyer [17]
10) PIC UP STICKS (The Vintage Group) Nigel Tinkler 6-9-01 Alan Munro [11]
11) DANZIG RIVER (Julia Graves) David Nicholls 4-9-00 Frannie Norton [4]
12) CIRCUIT DANCER (David Fish) Alan Berry 5-8-13 Ted Durcan [8]
13) WHO'S WINNING (Tony Head) Brendan Powell 4-9-00 Richard Quinn [2]
14) MINE BEHIND (M Folan, R Lees, R Crampton) John Best 5-9-02 Sam Hitchcott [6]
15) CONTINENT (Lucayan Stud & G G N Bloodstock) David Nicholls 8-9-11 Johnny Murtagh [7]

15 ran Non-Runners: Idle Power (Vet’s Certificate), Trojan Flight (Vet’s Certificate)
Breeder: Theakston Stud Breeding: ch g Cadeaux Genereux - Careful Dancer (Gorytus)
Time: 1m 10.00s Dist: hd, hd, sh, 2 1/2, sh, 1/2, nk ,nk, 2 1/2, 1, 3/4, 1, 3/4, nk
Tote Win: £2.60 Places: £1.60; £5.30; £4.00 Exacta: £47.10

Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Horses in training (1996-2005): 37:45: 45: 46: 58:78:74:82:82:84 Wins in a season (1993-2004): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50:75: 73:47:65:65:55 Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children Major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak dh with Coastal Bluff, 2004 Bahamian Pirate), Ayr Silver Cup (1998 Royal Result), Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 & 2004 Funfair Wane), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), William Hill Golden Spurs Handicap (1999 Pepperdine), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent), Wokingham Stakes (2004 Lafi) Wins In 2005: 26

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) British Wins In 2005: 20




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.

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1) 61-42 ALMIGHTY (USA) (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Pat Smullen
Useful sort but whether his second to Hattan at Chester in the Vase is good enough is another matter. BP= 66/1

2) 111-51 DUBAWI (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori
Excellent two-year-old and scooted away with the Irish 2,000 Guineas over a mile last time. Found the ground too fast when fifth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Has not raced beyond a mile and tends to hang in his races but is very classy. BP= 11/2

3) 5-(2)13 FIRST ROW (IRE) (Joe Allbritton) Brian Meehan 3-9-00 Kevin Darley
Does not look good enough. BP= 150/1

4) 111 FRACAS (IRE) (Joseph Joyce) David Wachman IRE 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer
Unbeaten sort who is one to keep on your side. Won the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown and the Betfred Classic Trial at Sandown, the former by a short-head and the latter by one and a half lengths. Steps up in distance and could be the surprise package.

BP= 11/1

5) 1-23 GRAND CENTRAL (IRE) (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune
Useful sort who has yet to prove himself. Finished well when third to Fracas last time out.
BP= 25/1

6) 1-1 GYPSY KING (IRE) (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon
Unbeaten sort is Kieren Fallon’s pick of the four Aidan O’Brien-trained horses. Won in the last stride at Chester in the Dee Stakes when he ran green and should be capable of improvement. It all depends how good he is. BP= 100/30

7) 6031 HATTAN (IRE) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Seb Sanders
Progressive sort who won the Chester Vase after finishing third to Fracas in the Betfred Classic Trial at Sandown. BP= 25/1

8) 10216-5266 KINGS QUAY ( John May) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill
Has almost no chance. BP= 250/1

9) 43-21 KONG (IRE) (Neil Jones) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Richard Hughes
Progressive sort who has got better when stepping up in trip.Won the Lingfield Derby trial from Walk In The Park by a neck. BP= 22/1

10) 11-1 MOTIVATOR (The Royal Ascot Racing Club) Michael Bell 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh
Another unbeaten sort. Won the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last year and the totesport Danted Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York last month. Plenty of class but has his quirks and whether you want to take a short price is another matter. BP= 7/2

11) 012112-42 ORATORIO (IRE) (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Mick Kinane
Solid consistent performer. Yet to tackle more than a mile but was staying in both the English and Irish Guineas. Has chance. BP= 9/1

12) (4)(2)-112 THE GEEZER (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Richard Quinn
Sdtayed on when second to Motivator in the totesport Dante Stakes at York but whether he is good enough is open to question. BP= 12/1

13) 62-11 UNFURLED (IRE) (Heather Slade) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Ryan Moore
Won the Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes at Goodwood narrowly but probably needs to improve to figure here. BP= 40/1

14) 33213-2 WALK IN THE PARK (Michael Tabor) John Hammond FR 3-9-00 Alan Munro
Consistent sort who was a bit disappointing in the Lingfield Derby trial but he only just failed by a neck to beat Kong. Difficult to weigh up. BP= 12/1

The three unbeaten horses, Fracas, Gypsy King and Motivator, are the ones to fancy. The latter two are at too short odds so FRACAS is the value.

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