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Friday, June 2, 2006




Kieren Fallon, winning his fourth Vodafone Oaks on easy scorer Alexandrova, had predicted that he would be back in the winner’s enclosure after his victory in the first.

He said: “I couldn’t believe her performance. They didn’t go very quick and when that happens they can quicken from the front and leave you behind.

“She got there earlier than I wanted but I could not help it. She took me there and galloped all the way to the line. She gave me a really, really good feel.

“I said after York that Aidan’s usually go forward and this filly has. But I did not think she would improve that much.

“She did not travel for me at York after she got that bad bump. She went down to the start sweetly today and made it easy for me in the race. Super.”




Aidan O’Brien saddled his third winner of the Vodafone Oaks when Alexandrova proved six lengths superior to her rivals and the Ballydoyle handler admitted that he had been hopeful going into today’s race.

“We weren’t that disappointed or worried when she finished second in the Musidora at York first time out,” said O’Brien. “She nearly got knocked down after 50 yards and was then labouring a bit. Kieren was very happy with her after that race and said she’d improve a ton.

“She went to York as a trial, that was the main purpose, to get her ready for today. Kieren was very confident about today after that.

“Any filly that wins the Oaks is very special and we’ll have to sit down and talk but I’d imagine we’d go for something like the Irish Oaks. But she has a lot of speed as well and doesn’t have to run over a mile and a half.”




Speciosa, winner of the Stan James 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last month, finished fourth in today’s Vodafone Oaks.

Jockey Micky Fenton said: “She gave me a great ride and gave me a real buzz round there. She flew round, but just didn’t get home. She was great to a mile and a mile and a quarter, and she didn’t hang at all, but she just ran out of stamina.”

Alan Munro was pleased with fifth-placed Guilia, and said: “I’m really delighted with her, because she didn’t act on the course yet she’s finished fifth in the Vodafone Oaks. That’s tremendous.

“She has a lot of quality and she’ll improve - I’m not saying she’ll never act round here because they do learn fast and she’ll be a more balanced horse next time. She stayed, but just had a bit of trouble with the camber and the downhill, but full credit to her, she’s run a good race.”

Christophe Soumillon had a very disappointing ride on Riyalma, who finished last of the 10 runners. The Belgian jockey said: ”I was going easy early on, but she never got going in the straight and I didn’t have much space.”




John Magnier was a winner on more fronts than one as Alexandrova romped to victory in today’s Vodafone Oaks.

Magnier is head of Coolmore Stud, which has bases around the world, including at its headquarters in Ireland, home to its most famous stallion, the 14-time champion Sadler’s Wells. It was no coincidence that Sadler’s Wells sired Alexandrova, since many of Magnier’s best winners have been produced by his star stallion.

Alexandrova carried the colours of Magnier’s wife Sue, plus Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor. Magnier said: “We go round looking at horses and this filly came from a very good farm near us in Cashel. She’s by Sadler’s Wells out of a mare by Shirley Heights and Adrian Nicoll bought her for us at the Newmarket Sales for 420,000gns - that’s a very good price now.

“They [trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Kieren Fallon] said all the way through last year that she could be an Oaks winner and Aidan raced her sparingly. We could all see how good she was when she ran at Newmarket last year [beaten a head by Nannina in the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile]. That’s when it became clear.”

Sadler’s Wbells lost his sires’ title to the late Danehill (also owned by Magnier) last year, and Magnier was asked how important it would be if the old champion regained his title. Magnier said: “I don’t think that really matters in his case, because everyone knows he’s the best there’s ever been and we’re not going to see his like again.

“At this stage of his career the mares he’s covering are not so good and his fertility is dropping etc so he doesn’t have the same chances as some of the younger horses. But he’s still the best for me. He just finds it harder to get up in the morning.”



John Magnier, husband of one of the co-owners of Alexandrova, said:” Kieren said he tried to hold up her up but just had to let her go. She was good today I have to say.

“Today was Alexandrova’s day. Pam Sly had her day in Newmarket - that’s racing.”

Speaking from the winner’s enclosure, he added: “This is the bit of ground where we all want to be. There is a fantastic buzz about Epsom - when we drive up at the top of the hill - that’s it.

“Alexandrova has done what she was bred to do. She was bred to win the Oaks and she has won it so we will be careful with her.

“The five of them (in tomorrow’s Vodafone Derby) have qualified to be there - they might as well take their chance because anything can happen. It is only fair on the breeders, the mothers and the stallions to run them.

“We would be biased because of the last crop of Danehill but we would be happy with anything. Horatio Nelson had an interrupted preparation between the Guineas and here.

“Kieren wasn’t going to ride him (in the Vodafone Derby) and then he rode the colt in a piece of work the other morning and is now coming.

“Whether it will be this run tomorrow or the next run that is the question.”

Kieren Fallon hopes to make it a Classic double at Epsom tomorrow when he partners Horatio Nelson in the Vodafone Derby.

He said: "When you win the Vodafone Oaks your confidence is flowing and hopefully it can flow through to Horatio Nelson tomorrow. It's all about confidence from a rider's point of view. Anything can happen and if it doesn't you make it happen."

George Baker, who rode the second Rising Cross, commented: “She did well to hang on for second. I thought for a split second that it could be a dream come true.

“She stumbled quite badly and lost her footing for a stride or two - it did not feel great as she definitely lost quite a bit of momentum but she is tough little thing and stayed on again.

“Early on I got shuffled back a bit further than I wanted to but, rather than panic, I kept her nice and balanced and took my time.”

Race 5 - Vodafone Oaks - Placed Quotes


Trainer John Best and part-owner Dave Nevison were understandably over the moon with the effort of 33/1 shot Rising Cross, the six-length runner-up to Alexandrova in the Vodafone Oaks. The Cape Cross filly was a supplementary entry, having been added to the field at a cost of £20,000 last Saturday.

Best said: “That was simply a great run from her, she stumbled approaching the final furlong but has still run on well - she’s just so tough.

“I don’t know where she will run now - the next place for her is likely to be the sales ring!

“Seriously, she has always been for sale from day one - it’s just that her price just keeps going up every time she runs a good race.

“She will certainly make some broodmare now.”

Part owner Dave Nevison, the professional gambler and journalist, added: “I thought she was going to lose several positions when she stumbled.

“Every single time she’s run, she’s run better - she’s just incredible.

“I had a little bit each-way on her and also did some speculating on finishing positions on the spreads.”

Another pleased trainer was Pam Sly, who saddled Stan James 1000 Guineas winner Speciosa, another supplementary entry, to finish fourth.

The Fenland handler said: “That was fabulous and I’m thrilled.

“I thought she would be in the first four. She stayed a mile and a quarter OK, and it is the last two furlongs that have caught her out.

“I’m glad we came here rather than going for the Irish 1000 Guineas - the ground was bottomless there and wouldn’t have suited her. We have certainly justified the decision to supplement her.

“I don’t know where we will go with now. She is still in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and I will also consider the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket for her - we will just take her home and she how she is.”

“I’m not disappointed with her at all today - we’ve lost nothing in coming here.

“She will be back.”


3 b f Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Shouk (Shirley Height)

Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Breeder: Quay Bloodstock

Form: 6312-21 Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Kieren Fallon

Alexandrova cost connections 420,00 guineas as yearling at Tattersalls in October, 2004, her price reflecting the fact she is a half-sister to the 2004 Group One Cheveley Park Stakes Magical Romance. She was pitched in at the deep end when making her racecourse debut in the Listed Balanchine Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh in June, when she finished a staying -on sixth.. Next time she headed to Glorious Goodwood in July and was slightly disappointing when third in a seven-furlong maiden. She soon made amends however, when scoring by a facile 10 lengths in a mile maiden at Tralee in August. The 2005 campaign ended with a fine second in Group One company, when Alexandrova was the short-head runner-up to Nannina in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in September. Prominent in the ante-post lists over the winter for the Vodafone Oaks, she made her seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Musidora Stakes at York last month, when she was second, beaten a length and a quarter by Short Skirt. Today she won the Vodafone Oaks easily. Race Record: Starts: 6 1st: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £310,550

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & 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 three consecutive Grand National winners and 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 the duo 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 in 2004, 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 Sue 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. In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group One 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 One 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), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). 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 Magnier won both the 2000 Guineas with Footstepsinthesand and the 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters, and, while it was Andre Fabre who saddled their Budweiser Irish Derby and Lucien Barriere Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run, O'Brien was at the helm when the Coolmore trio, having sent out Oratorio to win both the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, topped up their Paris celebrations when lifting both the two Group One juvenile races.This season, their George Washington, trained by Aidan O’Brien, landed the Stan James 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6 and they won the Vodafone Oaks today.
Previous Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1998 SHAHTOUSH, 2001 IMAGINE (both Sue Magnier and Diane Nagle), 2006 ALEXANDROVA

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 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 Ones in 2000), Second Empire, Saffron Walden, Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group One 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. O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division that season and Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. Last season saw both the 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters) go to O’Brien, who was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group One 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. 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 with 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 in 2004, but O’Brien was still successful in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes with Ad Valorem, the Tattersalls Gold Cup with Powerscourt and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere with Oratorio, who again proved a big money-earner last summer, winning both the Coral Eclipse at Sandown and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Following the incredible Classic double at Newmarket in the spring of 2005, O’Brien added a third British Classic with Scorpion’s success in the St Leger at Doncaster. He also unleashed a raft of high-class two-year-olds and ended the season with the top-rated European juvenile colt (George Washington) and filly (Rumplestiltskin). George Washington landed a brace of Group Ones in the National Stakes at The Curragh and Phoenix Stakes on the same course, a feat emulated by Rumplestiltskin in the Moyglare Stakes at The Curragh and the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, while Horatio Nelson, won the Group One Grand Criterium at Longchamp. This season, O’Brien sent out George Washington to land the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6 and won the Vodafone Oaks today. Previous Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1998 SHAHTOUSH, 2001 IMAGINE (both Sue Magnier and Diane Nagle), 2006 ALEXANDROVA

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 just before the start of last 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 British 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, 2004, 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 in 2005, winning both the 2000 and 1000 Guineas respectively with Footstepsinthesand and Virgina Waters, while, beside being associated with the stable’s star two-year-olds George Washington, successful in the National Stakes at The Curragh and Phoenix Stakes on the same course, Rumplestiltskin, victorious in both the Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh and Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, and Grand Criterium winner Horatio Nelson, he added his first Prix de Arc de Triomphe when landing the on the Coolmore-owned and Andre Fabre-trained Hurricane Run, on whom he had previously won the Budweiser Irish Derby. He won the Stan James 2000 Guineas for the fourth time on George Washington last month and won the Vodafone Oaks today.

Previous Vodafone Oaks Wins: 1997 REAMS OF VERSE; 1999 RAMRUMA; 2004 OUIJA BOARD, 2006 ALEXANDROVA


Millinery, Style and Fashion at Vodafone Ladies Day, Friday, June 2

Richelle Burns wins brand new Jeep Cherokee

Vodafone Ladies Day dressed up on Friday, June 2 as the adrenalin and excitement of the action on the course was matched by style and glamour off it. Stylish fashionable racegoers gathered for a Classic day’s racing with the added incentive of driving off in a brand new Jeep Cherokee.

Once again, leading figures from the world of fashion combed the course as our ‘Style Spotters’ looking for the most stylish person of the day as part of the Style on the Downs competition.

They were focusing in particular on style and originality; attention to detail; appropriateness of outfit to racing; and appreciation of current fashion trends.

Cozmo Jenks, society milliner, Alison van der Lande, handbag designer to the stars, and Francesca Fearon, Fashion Editor of Hello Magazine, had a tough job but finally chose nine stunning finalists. With Clare Balding presenting the Final, the judges’ decision was Richelle Burns from Hammersmith, London.

Wearing Karen Millen and a hat hired from Hectic Hats, London; Richelle had put together a classic outfit for a day at the races. She then drove off up the famous Epsom Downs course in her prize, a brand new Jeep Cherokee.

Second place went to Sharon Jefferies, from Kent, who won a limited edition ‘Derby’ bag, designed by Alison van der Lande. The third place went to local girl, Erin Kilpatrick, from Ewell, who received a jeroboam of Jacobs Creek.

Style and fun are as integral to Vodafone Ladies Day as world-class racing and Style on the Downs is now an established part of the day’s activities.


At the conclusion of day one of the Vodafone Derby Festival, Vodafone Ladies Day, Friday, June 2, the going remains:


Clerk of the Course Andrew Cooper commented: “The going remains good at the end of Vodafone Ladies Day and I will leave the description as good overnight.

“I last walked the course at 4.30pm and it was certainly still good then. The feedback from jockeys and trainers also proved that the going was genuinely good with several people saying it was riding perfectly.

“There was a good cloud cover for most of the day, which probably helped the ground from drying out too much. We will not be watering overnight.

“The forecast is for a settled and dry night, with clear skies. Tomorrow is predicted to be clear and warmer than today.

“Tomorrow we will have a fresh strip of ground to race on, when we move the inside rail in by eight yards from the six-furlong marker to the finish. That piece of ground hasn’t been cut since Wednesday and so will have a little trim.”


Today’s crowd of 20,000 was slightly down on last year.

Stephen Wallis, Managing Director at Epsom Downs commented: “There was a good atmosphere today and the Epsom Downs was really buzzing.

“Vodafone Ladies Day has certainly come a long way in the last two years.

“We witnessed a magnificent performance from Shirocco in the Vodafone Coronation Cup and it was amazing to see Andre Fabre saddle his sixth winner in the race.

“Few Vodafone Oaks winners in recent years have been as impressive as Alexandrova and her six-length victory will stay in the mind for many years to come.”

“We also had a wonderful winner in Richelle Burns of the Style on the Downs contest and we are thrilled to see her collect a brand new Jeep Cherokee.”


Today’s on-course totepool cash turnover was £554,577 up two per cent on last year’s figure of £543,891.

There is a tote Jackpot rollover of £147,969 going forward to tomorrow’s card at Epsom.

“We’re expecting as much as £300,000 in the Jackpot pool tomorrow on what has been dubbed Super Saturday, with the Vodafone Derby, greyhound Derby and England’s football friendly,” said tote spokesman Damian Walker.


For many people in the racing industry their first taste of Vodafone Derby action is a highlight that will remain unsurpassed.

Tomorrow the following will be involved in the great race for the first time.

Owners: Jaber Abdullah (Atlantic Waves), Tina Smith (jt-owner Before You Go), John Livock (Championship Point), Sean Mulryan (Linda’s Lad), Wayne Cox (Noddies Way), Beryl Lockey (Sienna Storm), Anthony Pakenham (Sir Percy), Susan Roy (Sixties Icon).

Trainers: John Panvert (Noddies Way), Jeremy Noseda (Sixties Icon).

Jockeys: Joe Fanning (Atlantic Waves), Ian Mongan (Before You Go), Seamus Heffernan (Mountain), Robert Miles (Noddies Way), Robert Winston (Papal Bull), Shane Kelly (Sixties Icon), John Egan (Snoqualmie Boy).

Noddies Way and Sixties Icon are the only horses whose owner, trainer and jockey will experience the sensation of being involved with a Vodafone Derby runner for the first time.




Kieran Fallon, who won the opening Princess Elizabeth Stakes on Echelon, said: “She was always travelling well enough to get the openings.

“It is just a great way to start Epsom - it really gives you a buzz. Hopefully, I will be able to ride with more confidence as the day goes on.

“All you need to do here is take your time and relax and, if you do, things will happen for you. I enjoy it and I get lucky here.

“I thought the ground was quite quick but you would have to call it good.”

Race 1 - Princess Elizabeth Stakes - Winning Quotes


Echelon went one better than Peeress did in 2005 for owners Cheveley Park Stud and trainer Sir Michael Stoute in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes, the opening race of the 2006 Vodafone Derby Festival.

Partnered by Kieren Fallon, the daughter of Danehill came with a strong run in the final furlong to come home half-a-length clear of Musicana.

Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Cheveley Park Stud, commented afterwards: “That was a great ride from Kieren, although with that late run it was real heart in the mouth stuff.

“She has improved since her win at Lingfield last time and enjoyed the ground today.

“It was nice to go one better after Peeress was second in this race last year.

“She will now probably go for the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot [Group Two, June 21] next and follow a similar path to Peeress.

“Sir Michael’s horses are really in flying form at the minute.”

Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: “It seems like it is good ground out there today.

“Echelon has put up a good performance and that was a good rehearsal for the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot.”




The James Fanshawe-trained Musicanna looked like winning the opening race on Vodafone Ladies’ Day, but Echelon’s late sweep proved decisive in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

Fanshawe said of his mare: “She ran very well - Jamie [Spencer] said there wasn’t enough pace. I like to do the stalking rather than being stalked and unfortunately we were stalked today.

“A stronger run mile is ideal for her. We’ll see how she comes out of this, but she’s entered in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot [Gr.2 on Wednesday, 21 June]. She wouldn’t want it too firm - she doesn’t like extremes, such as when it was bottomless at Newmarket last time, but definitely not too firm.”

Michael Jarvis, trainer of third-placed Zayn Zen, said his filly could also head for the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot, and added: “I was delighted with her - the whole idea of keeping her in training at four was to get some more black type and she’s managed that today.

“That gives us encouragement through the summer because she loves fast ground and she might pick up one of these races. There’s only the good Group 2 [Windsor Forest Stakes] for her at Royal Ascot, where she’d meet these fillies and probably Soviet Song, so we might have to look abroad.”


The jockeys riding in the first race of the 2006 Vodafone Derby meeting were full of praise for the racing surface, which they all described as Good.

“It’s a really lovely racing surface,” said Philip Robinson, a comment echoed by Mick Kinane, who added “it’s lovely ground” while Ted Durcan described it as “beautiful.”

Richard Quinn and Frankie Dettori both called the ground “good” while Jamie Spencer’s view was that the surface was “beautiful, good ground.”




Michael Jarvis, who saddles Hala Bek in tomorrow’s Vodafone Derby, had a filip ahead of tomorrow’s big race when the well-backed Hinterland captured the Vodafone Mile by a length and a half.

“He’s not been the easiest horse to train so that was very pleasing,” said Jarvis. “He’s pretty decent when he’s right and he has plenty of toe so we wanted to break well and get a good position.”

Hinterland is 8/1 favourite with totesport for the Royal Hunt Cup but Jarvis added: “He gets a 5lb penalty for that race but he didn’t seem to be stopping today so the Wolferton Handicap over ten furlongs might be an option.”

Jarvis is hopeful ahead of tomorrow’s big race and added: “Hala Bek just blew over five furlongs on Wednesday when he was clean winded and showed a nice bit of speed. He’s had two easy days since and just did a canter this morning.

“The ground is perfect for him and I’m happy with the draw but he’s inexperienced and I hope the buzz doesn’t get to him. He’s a very nice, potentially decent horse but so are four or five others in the field so we’ll find out tomorrow.”




Philip Robinson, drawn 15 on the winner Hinterland, commented: “Before coming into this race, we were quite confident that it was well within his grasp. But we nearly died when we saw the draw.

“Luckily we got a good break and had a position after a furlong - from there it was quite plain sailing. I had just a bit of fright two and a half furlongs out - thinking that the leader was not going to stop but we wore him down eventually.

“We have the man to do the training - he got him spot on for today which is what he does best.

“This ground is no problem for any horse - beautiful ground.”

Race 2 - Vodafone Mile - Placed Quotes


Trainer Michael Bell, successful in last year’s Vodafone Derby with Motivator, sent out Skidrow to finish second in the Vodafone Mile under Jamie Spencer, beaten a length and a half by Hinterland.

Bell said of the 10/1 shot: “Hinterland has somewhat hawked us with this horse, as he beat us at Haydock last year when we were second at 125/1!

“That was a very satisfactory run from Skidrow and he’s stayedon really well.

“He’s a really consistent performer - almost too consistent for his own good.

“I suppose we will look at the Royal Hunt Cup with him now, although whether he runs or not will depend on the ground - ideally he needs a bit of dig underfoot.”


Micky Fenton has been banned for two days (June 13 and 14) for careless riding in the opening Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

The stewards judged that Fenton had caused interference on his mount Coconut Squeak to Richard Quinn on Nantyglo shortly after the start and was found guilty of careless riding under Rule 153.




Chancellor, owned by Andrew Reid and trained by Ernst Oertel, pulled off a surprise victory when landing the Vodafone Rose Bowl Heritage Handicap at 40-1. It was Reid’s second victory in the race - in 2005 he trained the winner, Eccentric, owned by Gary Tanaka.

Chancellor was at one time trained by Barry Hills and then Gerard Butler (who saddled him to finish third in this contest 12 months ago), but Reid bought him at last year’s Tattersalls’ July Sale for 70,000gns - Reid trained the horse initially, but when the businessman handed in his licence and installed South African-born Oertel at his North London yard, the eight-year-old came under a new handler.

Oertel said: “So far that’s the biggest win of my career. I took over from Andrew Reid and we’ve got a beautiful place - I just stepped into his shoes and I’m glad of the chance to repay him by training this winner. I trained Arabian horses for 15 years from a yard in Newmarket, then sold it and moved to London.”

Reid, who plays polo as well as being a passionate fan of racing, has recently taken up another equestrian sport - carriage driving. He took part in his first major event recently at Windsor Show.

Reid said: “Ernst has got him fitter than I did so it’s all down to him. He should have won the race last year, but he’s finally done it 12 months later.”

Jockey John Egan, who put up 3lb overweight on the winner, was about to dash off to ride at Bath, but had time to say: “Ernst had him in tip-top shape today. Sometimes it’s hard to get these old horses back to form, but Ernst has done a great job.”




Trainer Richard Fahey is mulling over future plans for Look Again, who was gambled into 5/2 favouritism in the Vodafone Rose Bowl but failed by three-quarters of a length to catch the winner Chancellor.

“Paul (Hanagan) said he got very unbalanced here and we’re just discussing what we should do with him,” said Fahey.

The five-year-old is 20/1 with VC Bet and 16/1 with Paddy Power for the Royal Hunt Cup and the trainer added: “He’s rated 93 in the Hunt Cup but was beaten off 84 today so we’re just mulling over whether we should go for that race - I’d love to give it a go because he’s got plenty of gears.

“We’re unsure over his optimum trip and the John Smith’s Cup at York would be another race we’d consider. But the ideal race for him is the Cambridgeshire, I wish they could bring it forward two months!”



Shirocco became the sixth winner of the Vodafone Coronation Cup for trainer Andre Fabre when powering home to a length and three quarter success from Ouija Board in the mile-and-a-half contest.

The five-year-old Monsun horse led in the early part of the race before retaking the lead at the top of the hill and despite a sustained challenge from Ouija Board in the final quarter mile, that is where he stayed.

Fabre said of 8/11 winning favourite: “I was pleased with that run - he’s a very genuine horse.

“I saw Ouija Board come up to challenge but I never felt he was in danger.

“The Arc will be one of his main targets again this year and there is a distinct possibility that he could run in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot next month.”

When questioned about the relative merits of Shirocco, Hurricane Run and Visindar, Fabre replied: “How can I answer that? It is like trying to compare me to Naomi Campbell!

“Why should I keep him and Hurricane Run apart this season?

“I don’t think he’s shown improvement to win here today - he was just repeating his best form.”

Successful jockey Christophe Soumillon added: “Shirocco is a lovely horse - he can do anything.

“He has speed, stamina and is just as good on firm or soft ground.

“He is a lovely horse to ride and always runs his race.

“I cannot really compare him and Hurricane Run - they are two champions with different styles of running.”

Fabre’s previous wins in the Vodafone Coronation Cup came with Saint Estephe (1986), In The Wings (1990), Apple Tree (1994), Sunshack (1995) and Swain (1996).


Baron Georg Von Ullmann was born in 1954, a twin brother to Ilona. He now lives in Cologne and London and is chairman of Europe’s biggest private bank, Bankhaus Sal. Oppenheim, and deputy chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee.

He is vice president of the German Owners’ and Breeders’ Association and has been president of Cologne Racecourse since 1998.

With his mother, Baronin Karin Von Ullmann, he owns Gestut Schlenderhan, Germany’s oldest privately-owned stud, based some 20 miles west of Cologne.

The stud produced 11 winners of the Deutsches (German) Derby between 1935 and 1976, and Von Ullmann added one of his own when Shirocco won the 2004 version. That colt was later moved from trainer Andreas Schutz to Andre Fabre for whom he won the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Turf and the 2006 Vodafone Coronation Cup.

Gestut Schlenderhan has also stood many champion sires in Germany, including Monsun, the sire of Shirocco, and a triple title-holder in Germany. The stud was home to Tiger Hill, who raced in Von Ullmann’s colours, but moved to Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation in 2005.

Other horses to race in Von Ullmann’s colours include Owington, who won the 1994 July Cup, and Guadalupe, who took the 2002 Oaks d’Italia.




Lord Derby’s super mare Ouija Board raced through the £2m prize-money barrier today when finishing runner-up to Shirocco in the Vodafone Coronation Cup. Enforcer finished third in the Group 1 event.

Ed Dunlop, Ouija Board’s trainer, said: “When I saw the French horse [Shirocco] in the paddock I thought ‘this is going to be difficult’, but she’s run a great race. Frankie says she’s lost nothing in defeat and she’s been beaten by one of the best horses in the world.

“Frankie said he got to within a neck of the winner, but he pulled out more - I don’t think many horses will beat him this year. Ouija Board has run a great race again and it’s justified the decision to keep her in training.

“I’d like to take her to Royal Ascot, but I have to convince the owner. She’s in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes [Gr.1 in which she was so disappointing last year when the meeting was held at York] and the Hardwicke Stakes [Gr.2]. The Hardwicke is a Group 2, but it’s still a very prestigious race.”

Willie Muir, trainer of Enforcer, said: “He was catching the first two hand over fist. I never thought we’d beat the winner, but this horse has run a career best. A better gallop would have suited us, but this horse is so brave and doesn’t know how to say ‘no’.

We’ve finished closer to Shirocco today compared to the last time we met. A year ago we won the first race on Derby day, a handicap off 82, that’s how much he’s improved.

“I came here rather than go for a Group 1 in Rome next week because that would have left us no time to get ready for Ascot. We want to go to Ascot - he’s in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the Hardwicke Stakes and a Listed handicap, but the latter is less likely now.

“This is my second runner in a Group 1 race - the first, Averti, was just touched off in the Prix de l’Abbaye.”

Race 6 - Listed Vodafone Surrey Stakes - Winning Quotes


Racer Forever looked a colt with a future when recording a convincing success in the Listed Vodafone Surrey Stakes, coming home three lengths clear of Bouboulina in the seven-furlong contest.

Bruce Raymond, Racing Manager to owner Mohammed Obaida, said of the winner: “It was the right pace and the right track for him.

“We were a little disappointed last time when he ran a bit fresh at Newbury last time but he’s won this well.

“We think Royal Ascot will be next but anywhere with pace would suit. Possibly the Jersey Stakes would be best for him.”

“I think he would get a mile if only he would settle.”




Song Of Passion looks a filly on the upgrade after landing the concluding Vodafone Group Services Handicap by an easy three and a half lengths under Ryan Moore.

“We were pleased she only went up 3lb for winning last time and then the horse she beat, Collateral Damage, bolted up at York so we were quite hopeful today,” said James Stafford, racing manager to owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds.

“There’s a Listed race at Warwick (the seven-furlong Eternal Stakes on June 24) and we’ll try and get some black type for her - she’s a half-sister to Hurricane Alan.

“Ryan said she didn’t really come down the hill, she just floated using her speed.”


The Richard Fahey-trained Look Again is one of the main market movers on Vodafone Ladies’ Day at Epsom.

Second at York last month, Look Again is fancied to go one better in the Vodafone Rose Bowl (Heritage Handicap) (2.45pm), and bookmakers have been forced to take the scissors to the five-year-old’s price.

Ladbrokes’ David Williams said: “Look Again is our best-supported horse today. We’ve cut him from 4-1 to 11-4,” while Damian Walker of totesport, David Stevens of Coral and Ben Clarke of William Hill reported Fahey’s horse had been shortened in from 100-30. Coral are now 11-4 about Look Again, totesport offers 5-2, while William Hill is as short as 9-4. Cashmans’ 7-2 has also evaporated and that firm now offers 11-4.

In the same race Coral has taken money for the Chris Wall-trained Counsel’s Opinion (14-1 from 16-1) while totesport has seen each-way support for Nero’s Return, trained by Mark Johnston and now a 28-1 shot from 40-1.

Coral and William Hill also report backing for Hinterland (9-1 from 11-1), while Coral has clipped Skidrow (12-1 from 14-1) for the Vodafone Mile Handicap (2.10pm).

Betting on the Vodafone Oaks (4.05pm) has been quiet, but Guilia, trained by Rae Guest at Newmarket, is not friendless. Totesport cut the filly to 8-1 from 10-1, Cashmans are now 8-1 from 12-1, although Ladbrokes, who also report support for Guilia, were holding her steady at 10-1.

In tomorrow’s Vodafone Derby the main market mover is the Michael Jarvis-trained Hala Bek. Totesport’s Damian Walker reported: “We were 16-1 about Hala Bek yesterday, but having cut him to 10-1 we’ve been forced to shorten him further to 8-1.”

Ladbrokes has also been laying Hala Bek, and now offer 10-1 from 12-1, and the same company has seen interest in Papal Bull, now 7-1 from a point longer. Those two horses have been on the move with William Hill, and that firm is now 13-2 from 11-1 Papal Bull and 8-1 from 14-1 Hala Bek.


The Ed Dunlop-trained Ouija Board returns to Epsom today and the scene of one of her greatest triumphs, victory in the 2004 Vodafone Oaks.

The five-year-old mare, owned by Lord Derby, now tackles the Vodafone Coronation Cup, and punters reckon her course-and-distance victory of two years ago will stand her in good stead as she races around Tattenham Corner.

Paddy Power has cut Ouija Board to 3-1 from 11-4, while VC Bet now offers 11-4 from 100-30.

Support for Ouija Board means Paddy Power has been forced to lengthen the price about favourite Shirocco - the Andre Fabre-trained five-year-old is now 4-5 from 8-11.

The day’s main mover has been Look Again in the Vodafone Rose Bowl (Heritage Handicap) (2.45pm).

All the major bookmakers reported early support for the Richard Fahey-trained Look Again, and Paddy Power and VC Bet were soon forced to reduce the gelding’s price.

Paddy Power now offers 5-2 from 3-1, while VC Bet is 11-4 from 7-2 - the latter firm has cut Red Lancer in this race, and now price the gelding at 20-1 from 33-1.

In the Vodafone Oaks (4.05pm) VC Bet report support for Guilia, trained by Rae Guest at Newmarket, and now 8-1 from 10-1.

Other horses backed with VC Bet include Hinterland (8-1 from 10-1), Akona Matata (9-2 from 6-1) and Trafalgar Square (5-1 from 6-1) in the Vodafone Mile Handicap (2.10pm).


After walking the course, Clerk of the Course Andrew Cooper reported the going for the opening day of the Vodafone Derby Festival as:


Cooper said at 10.30am: “Having just walked the course, I think it is fair to still describe the going as good, with a GoingStick reading of 7.8.

“We will monitor the situation throughout the day and keep our options open. The ground may well quicken up with this weather and following racing.

“Tomorrow we will move the inside rail in by eight yards from the six-furlong marker to the finish and so we will have some fresh ground.”


£50,000 guaranteed (Class 1) 1m 114yds, For 3yo+ fillies and mares Weights 3yo 8st 8lb; 4yo+ 9st 6lb Penalties after September 1, 2005, a winner fo a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb, of a Group 1 race 7lb Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 12lb Entries 18 pay £250 Penalty value 1st: £28,390; 2nd: £10,760; 3rd: £5,385; 4th: £2,685; 5th: £1,345; 6th: £675

1 ECHELON (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-09 Kieren Fallon [5] 15/8f
2 MUSICANNA (Whatton Manor Stud/Ne’er Do Wells III) James Fanshawe 5-9-06 Jamie Spencer [2] 5/1
3 ZAYN ZEN (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 4-9-06 Philip Robinson [3] 25/1
4 SHERSHA (IRE) (Kevin O’Donnell) Kevin O'Donnell IRE 7-9-06 John Egan [8]
5 BAHIA BREEZE (S Balfour) Rae Guest 4-9-06 Michael Kinane [6]
6 COCONUT SQUEAK (Simon Mapletoft Racing) Stef Liddiard 4-9-06 Micky Fenton [9]
7 SUZY BLISS (Karyl Harris) Walter Swinburn 3-8-08 Ted Durcan [7]
8 SAABIQ (USA) (Saif Ali) Clive Brittain 3-8-08 Ryan Moore [10]
9 TARFAH (USA) (Abdulla Al Khalifa) Gerard Butler 5-9-06 Frankie Dettori [1]
10 NANTYGLO (Usk Valley Stud) Michael Bell 3-8-08 Richard Quinn [4]

10 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: 1/2, 1/2, nk, 1/2, 1, hd, 1 1/4, 1, 3 1/2
Time: 1m 45.59s
Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd
Breeding: b f Danehill (USA) - Exclusive
Tote: Win; £2.70 Places; £1.30; £2.00; £4.40 Exacta; £11.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (13) 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins:Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 and 1987 Sonic Lady), 1998 Lovers Knot), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms) Wins in a season (1984-2005): 96: 120: 76: 105: 99: 116: 78: 83: 74: 65: 109: 73: 73: 84: 79: 81: 91: 75: 104: 115: 87: 95 Horses in training (1985-2005): 145: 142: 142: 170: 186: 191: n\a: 171: 147: 157 : 159: 159: 162: 162: 173: 190: 185: 181: 190: 184: 189 Wins in 2006: 42

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 (1988-2005): 31, 28, 39, 29, 45, 60, 47, 91, 136, 202*, 204*, 202*, 149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200*, 70, *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington), 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: Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Eclipse Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Hong Kong Vase (2005 Ouija Board), Irish Champion Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2006 Aussie Rules), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Prix de l’Ard de Triomphe (2005 Hurricane Run), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Wins in 2006: 15


£35,000 Guaranteed (Class 2) 1m 114yds, For 4yo+ Rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below) Weights; highest weight 9st 10lb Weights raised 3lb Minimum weight 8st 5lb Penalties after May 20, a winner 5lb, Royal Island’s Handicap Mark 102 Entries 25 pay £150 Penalty value 1st: £21,812; 2nd: £6,531; 3rd: £3,265.50; 4th: £1,634.50; 5th: £815.50; 6th: £409.50

1 HINTERLAND (IRE) (Sheikh Mohammed) Michael Jarvis 4-9-02 Philip Robinson [15] 7/1
2 SKIDROW (Mr & Mrs Raymond Tooth) Michael Bell 4-8-11 Jamie Spencer [2] 10/1
3 SHOT TO FAME (USA) (Middleham Park Racing VII) Dandy Nicholls 7-8-13 Adrian Nicholls [1] 16/1
4 FLIPANDO (IRE) (J Hazell Harrowgate Bloodstock Ltd) David Barron 5-8-11 Jimmy Fortune [12] 8/1
5 AKONA MATATA (USA) (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 4-8-13 Ryan Moore [5]
6 WAVERTREE WARRIOR (IRE) (Wavertree Racing Partnership C) Nick Littmoden 4-8-01 James Doyle (5) [6] 11/2jf
7 KRUGERRAND (USA) (The Square Table II) Willie Musson 7-8-09 Tom Queally [16]
8 HUMBLE OPINION (Paul & Jenny Green) Brian Meehan 4-8-07 Alan Munro [11]
9 GRANSTON (IRE) (The Four Players Partnership) James Bethell 5-8-09 Richard Quinn [7]
10 SEULEMENT (USA) (Mike Charlton & R Thompson) Luca Cumani 4-9-07 Nicky Mackay [3]
11 THYOLO (IRE) (Mike Watts & Steve Woodhams) Clive Cox 5-8-04 (3lb ow) Adam Kirby (3) [8]
12 SKY CRUSADER (Pillar To Post Racing IV) Roger Ingram 4-8-09 Robert Havlin [4]
13 ROYAL ISLAND (IRE) (Markus Graff) Mark Johnston 4-9-10 Joe Fanning [14]
14 TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Canisbay Bloodstock) John Akehurst 4-8-05 David Kinsella [10] 11/2jf
15 JOHNNY JUMPUP (IRE) (Alan & Christine Briars) Ralph Beckett 4-9-01 Nelson De Souza (3) [13]
16 UHOOMAGOO (J Duddy & T Fawcett) Kevin Ryan 8-9-01 Neil Callan [9]

16 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: 1 1/2, 1/2, hd, 1 1/4, hd, 1/2, 1, 1/2, sh, nk, 1/2, 3, hd, 1 1/4, hd
Time: 1m 44.63s
Breeder: Gerald Leigh
Breeding: b or br c Danzig (USA) - Electric Society (IRE)
Tote: Win; £8.90 Places; £2.30; £2.10; £5.00 £2.60 Exacta; £8.40

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 (1991-2005): 24: 28: 21: 15: 18: 20: 17: 19: 35: 38: 56: 55: 57: 65: 59 Number of horses in training (1991-2006): 59: 46: 39: 39: 43: 36: 45: 66: 61: 73: 95: 106: 103: 94:100: 110 British Classic Wins: 1000 Guineas (2001 Ameerat), Vodafone Oaks (2005 Eswarah) Major wins include: Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti), Chester Cup (2004, 2005 Anak Pekan), Coronation Cup (1982 Easter Sun), French Derby (2000 Holding Court), Haydock Sprint Cup (1969 Tudor Music, 1971 Green God, 1984 Petong), Italian St Leger (1989 Sierra Star), Italian Derby (1989 Prorutori, 2001 Morshdi), Juddmonte International (1981 Beldale Flutter), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2005 Rakti),July Cup (1968 So Blessed, 1969 Tudor Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1968 Flying Legs, 1973 Bitty Girl), Premio Presidente Della Repubblica (1985 Bob Back, 2003 Rakti), Premio Parioli (1984 Southern Arrow), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2004 Rakti), Racing Post Trophy (1980 Beldale Flutter) Trains at: Kremlin House, Newmarket, Suffolk Wins in 2006: 21

Winning jockey:-Name: Robinson, Philip Peter. Born: January 10, 1961 in Newmarket Apprenticeship: With father, Peter Robinson. First winner: Busting (Yarmouth, June 14, 1978) British Classic wins: (3) 1,000 Guineas (1984 Pebbles; 2001 Ameerat); St Leger (1993 Bob's Return) Other major wins include: German 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), French Derby (2000 Holding Court), Coronation Stakes (1984 Katies, 2000 Crimplene); Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2000 Crimplene) Great Voltigeur Stakes (1993 Bob’s Return); Premio Presidente della Repubblica (2003 Rakti), Vodafone Coronation Cup (2003 Warrsan); Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti); Queen Alexandra Stakes (2001, Life Is Life), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2003, Attache), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2004 Rakti), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2004 Rakti), Lockinge Stakes (2005 Rakti) Wolferton Rated Stakes (2004 Red Fort), totesport Chester Cup (2004, 2005 Anak Pekan), Wokingham Stakes (2005 Ifraaj) Wins (1992-2005): 52, 52, 50, 41, 31, 0, 28, 53, 57, 47, 55, 70, 67, 70 Wins in 2006: 21


£75,000 guaranteed (Class 2), 1m 2f 18yds, For 4yo+ Weights; highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted) Minimum weight 7st 12lb Penalties after May 6, a winner 4lb, a winner of 2 or more races 7lb Crosspeace’s Handicap Mark 108 Entries 47 pay £115 1st forfeit 41 pay £130 Confirmed 26 pay £80 Penalty value 1st: £46,740; 2nd: £13,995; 3rd: £6,997.50; 4th: £3,502.50; 5th: £1,747.50; 6th: £877.50

1 CHANCELLOR (IRE) (Andrew Reid) Ernst Oertel 8-8-03 (ow 3) John Egan [13] 40/1
2 LOOK AGAIN (Mel Roberts & Nicola Meese) Richard Fahey 5-8-00 Paul Hanagan [12] 5/2f
3 STAR OF LIGHT (J Widdows) Brian Meehan 5-8-13 Alan Munro [4] 15/2
4 KINGS QUAY (Marie Taylor, Vanessa Stone) John Quinn 4-8-10 Graham Gibbons [2] 16/1
5 RED LANCER (R Leatham, M Leatham & G Leatham) Richard Fahey 5-8-08 Jamie Spencer [1]
6 PUTRA KUANTAN (Sultan Ahmad Shah) Michael Jarvis 6-8-05 Philip Robinson [7]
7 CHANTACO (USA) (The Pink Hat Racing Partnership) Andrew Balding 4-8-11 Martin Dwyer [8]
8 CROSSPEACE (IRE) (Favourites Racing) Mark Johnston 4-9-10 Royston Ffrench [9]
9 IMPELLER (IRE) (D Clarke & C Edginton) William Muir 7-8-10 Steve Drowne [19]
10 PROFIT'S REALITY (IRE) (Phones Direct Partnership) Paul Blockley 4-9-02 Robbie Fitzpatrick [3]
11 NERO'S RETURN (IRE) (Christine Budden) Mark Johnston 5-8-00 Franny Norton [14]
12 POLYGONAL (FR) (Ernst Oertel) Ernst Oertel 6-8-08 Ryan Moore [15]
13 BOBBY CHARLES (Silent Partners) Dr Jon Scargill 5-7-12 Matthew Henry [11]
14 ALL THAT AND MORE (IRE) (Gainsborough Stud) Barry Hills 4-8-12 Michael Hills [5]
15 COUNSEL'S OPINION (IRE) (J Roberts & J Roberts) Chris Wall 9-9-02 George Baker [16]
16 GIG HARBOR (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 7-7-12 David Kinsella [17]
17 NIGHTSPOT (John Deer) Rod Millman 5-7-12 Nicky Mackay [6]

17 ran
Non-runners: 11 Thunder Rock (vet’s certificate); 19 Evolution Ex (vet’s certificate)
Distances: 3/4, 1 1/4, sh, 1/2, 1 1/4, 1, sh, 1/2, 1 1/4, 1 3/4, 2 1/2, hd, 3, 10, 1 1/2, 2
Time: 2m 7.89s
Breeder: Norelands Bloodstock
Breeding: ch h Halling (USA) - Isticanna (USA)
Tote: Win; £54.50 Places; £7.20; £1.50; £2.00; £3.80 Exacta; £317.00

Winning Trainer:-Name: Oertel, Ernst Born: South Africa Background: former South African paratrooper who trained Arabian horses for ten years. Trained thoroughbreds in Newmarket for 18 months prior to taking over the licence at Andrew Reid’s Mill Hill yard. He is the only racehorse trainer in London Big Race Wins: Vodafone Rose Bowl Handicap (2006 Chancellor) Wins 2004-2005: 3; 8 Wins in 2006: 3

Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Irish 2000 Guineas (2003 Indian Haven), Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), William Hill Trophy (2003 Dazzling Bay), Sovereign Stakes (2004 Norse Dancer), Darley July Cup (2005 Pastoral Pursuits), Earl Of Sefton Stakes (2005 Norse Dancer), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2005 Lochbuie), Champagne Stakes (2005 Close To You (dht Silent Times)), Chester Cup (2006 Admiral) Wins (1995-2005): 9, 36, 63, 46, 70, 43, -, 31, 61, 63, 105 Wins in 2006: 29


£250,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f 10yds, for 4yo+ Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies and mares 8st 11lb Entries 32 pay £625 1st Forfeit 18 pay £1000 Confirmed 11 pay £875 Penalty value 1st: £141,950; 2nd: £53,800; 3rd: £26,925; 4th: £13,425; 5th:£6,725; 6th: £3,375

1 SHIROCCO (GER) (Baron Georg von Ullmann) Andre Fabre FR 5-9-00 Christophe Soumillon [5] 8/11f
2 OUIJA BOARD (Lord Derby) Ed Dunlop 5-8-11 Frankie Dettori [2] 11/4
3 ENFORCER (D Clarke & C Edginton) William Muir 4-9-00 Martin Dwyer [3] 66/1
4 ACE (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mrs Harry McCalmont) Aidan O'Brien IRE 5-9-00 Kieren Fallon [1]
5 NOTABLE GUEST (USA) (Khalid Abdullah) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-00 Richard Hughes [6]
6 SOMETHING EXCITING (Setsquare Recruitment) David Elsworth 4-8-11 Richard Quinn [4]

6 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances:1 3/4, 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 9
Time: 2m 37.64s
Breeder: Baron Georg Von Ullmann
Breeding: b h Monsun (GER) - So Sedulous (USA) (The Minstrel (CAN))
Tote: Win; £1.80 Places; £1.10, £1.60 Exacta; £3.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Fabre, Andre (FR) Date of Birth 9/12/45. British Classic wins: (4) Vodafone Oaks (1993 Intrepidity), 2000 Guineas (1993 Zafonic, 1995 Pennekamp), St Leger (1991Toulon) Major wins include: French Derby (1997 Peintre Celebre); French Oaks (1985 Lypharita, 1992 Jolypha, 2003 Nebraska Tornado); French 2000 Guineas (1984 Siberian Express, 1987 Soviet Star; 2001 Vahorimix; 2003 Clodovil), French 1000 Guineas (1990 Houseproud; 2003 Musical Chimes), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1987,Trempolino,1992 Subotica,1994 Carnegie, 1997 Peintre Celebre, Sagamix 1998, Hurricane Run 2005), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1986 St Estephe,1990 In the Wings, 1994 Apple Tree, 1995 Sunshack, 1996 Swain, 2006 Shirocco); July Cup (1988 Soviet Star); Coronation Stakes (1989 Golden Opinion, 2001 Banks Hill); Irish Oaks (1993 Wemyss Bight), Irish Derby (1995 Winged Love, 2005 Hurricane Run); Arlington Million (1988 Mill Native), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1990 In the Wings, 2005 Shirocco), Breeders’ Cup Classic (1993 Arcangues), Dewhurst Stakes (1992 Zafonic, 1994 Pennekamp, 1997 Xaar); Prix Ganay (1990 Creator, 1992 Subotica, 2000 Indian Danehill); Prix de Barbeville (2000 Amilynx), Prix Royal-Oak (1988 Star Lift, 1989 Top Sunrise, 1993 Raintrap, 1995 Sunshack, 1999 and 2000 Amilynx), Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (2001 Banks Hill); Prix Lupin (1997 Cloudings; 1999 Gracioso); Prix Saint-Alary (1992 Rosefinch; 1993 Intrepidity; 1995 Muncie; 1996 Luna Wells); Prix D’Ispahan (1982 Al Nasr, 1984 Crystal Glitters, 1990 Creator, 1993 Arcangues, 1998 Loup Sauvage, 2005 Valixir); Prix Jean Prat (1987 Local Talent, 1992 Kitwood); Grand Prix De Paris (1992 Homme De Loi; 1993 Fort Wood; 1996 Grape Tree Road;1997 Peintre Celebre; 1998 Limpid; 1999 Slickly); Prix Jacques Le Marois (1995 Miss Satamixa, 2001 Vahormix, 2002 Banks Hill); Grand Prix De Deauville (2002 Polish Summer), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1989 Polish Precedent; 1994 Ski Paradise; 2003 Nebraska Tornado), Sussex Stakes (1987 Soviet Star), Italian Derby (2006 Gentlewave), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2006 Hurricane Run) Horses in training (1992-2006): 206; 222; 234; 234; 228; 245; 232; 228; 189; 169; 136; 127; 151; 162; 165 Trains at Chantilly, France Wins in Britain in 2006: 3

Winning jockey:-Name: Soumillon, Christophe Born: June 4, 1981 Background: A Belgian-born former champion apprentice of France in 1999, having ridden his first winner two years’ earlier. Son of a retired jump jockey, Soumillon was apprenticed to Cedric Boutin. He attended the famous Moulin a Vent school (French apprentice academy) at Chantilly, where so many top jockeys began their profession. Appointed as second jockey to Andre Fabre, with Olivier Peslier as the number one, in 1999. Gained a five-timer at Saint-Cloud on May 1, 2000. Became retained jockey for the Aga Khan in France in October, 2001, succeeding Gerald Mosse who left the position to concentrate on riding in Hong Kong. This new position meant that he became first jockey to trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, the Aga Khan’s trainer in France. Major wins include: Breeders’ Cup Turf (2005 Shirocco), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2003 Dalakhani), French 2,000 Guineas (2001 Vahorimix, 2003 Clodovil), French 1,000 Guineas (2003 Musical Chimes), French Derby (2001 Anabaa Blue, 2003 Dalakhani), Vodafone Coronation Cup (2006 Shirocco), Jockey Club Stakes (2006 Shirocco), Prix de Fontainebleau (2000 Berine’s Son), Prix du Muguet (2000 Dansili), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2001 Mirio), Prix de l’Opera (2001 Terre A Terre), Grand Prix de Paris (2002 Khalkevi), Prix de la Nonette (2002 Pearly Shells), Prix Vermeille (2002 Pearly Shells), Dubai Duty Free (2002 Terre A Terre), Prix Lupin (2003 Dalakhani), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2003 Porlezza) Wins in Britain in 2006: 4


4.05pm VODAFONE OAKS (Group 1)
£441,400 guaranteed (Class 1), Group One, Epsom Downs, 1m 4f 10 yds. Weights: 9st. Entries closed March 1, 2006 (84 entries), forfeit stage May 19, 2006 (26 remain - four officially withdrawn subsequently), £20,000 supplementary entry stage May 27, 2006 (four added), five-day confirmation stage noon, May 27, 2006 (16 go forward), final declaration stage 10am May 31, 2006, Confirmed 16 pay £1200 Penalty value 1st: £250,626.92; 2nd: £94,989.28; 3rd: £47,538.78; 4th: £23,703.18; 5th: £11,873.66; 6th: £5,958.90

1 ALEXANDROVA (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon (5) 9/4f
2 RISING CROSS (Heading For The Rocks Partnership) John Best 3-9-00 George Baker (3) 33/1
3 SHORT SKIRT (John Greetham) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Michael Kinane (10) 9/2
4 SPECIOSA (Michael Sly,Dr Tom Davies & Pam Sly) Pam Sly 3-9-00 Micky Fenton (4) 5/1
5 GUILIA (The Hornets) Rae Guest 3-9-00 Alan Munro (6)
6 TIME ON (Robert Barnett) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori (9)
7 KASSIOPEIA (IRE) (Jackie & George Smith) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Tony Culhane (7)
8 KAYLIANNI (William Harrison-Allan) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Ted Durcan (11)
9 PROWESS (IRE) (Mark Dixon) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills (2)
10 RIYALMA (IRE) (H H Aga Khan) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Christophe Soumillon (8)

10 ran
Non-runner: 2 Galatee (vet’s certificate)
Distances: 6, 1 1/4, 1/2, 2, 1 1/4, nk, 1 1/2, 1 1/4, 5
Time: 2m 37.71s
Breeder: Quay Bloodstock
Breeding: b f Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Shouk
Tote: Win; £3.30 Places; £1.40; £6.70; £1.90 Exacta; £112.80

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: (13) Vodafone Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington), 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters),Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova), St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion) Other major wins include: Vodafone Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats), Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master), Dante Stakes (1998 Saratoga Springs), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibraltar), Dee Stakes (2005 Gypsy King), Eclipse Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), Futurity Stakes (2002 Van Nistelrooy), Grand Criterium (2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday), Irish Champion Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), Juddmonte International Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2001 Galileo), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah, 2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1996 Desert King; 1997 King Of Kings, 2000 Beckett, 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe Stakes (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart), Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasiliyev, 2002 Spartacus, 2003 One Cool Cat), Phoenix Stakes (1998 Lavery, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasiliyev, 2001 Johanesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs, 1999 Aristotle, 2001 High Chaparral, 2002 Brian Boru), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Wins in Britain 2000-2005: 10; 20 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 10 (champion trainer for win and place prize money); 6; 4; 20 Wins in 2006 (In Britain): 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 (1988-2005): 31, 28, 39, 29, 45, 60, 47, 91, 136, 202*, 204*, 202*, 149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200*, 70, *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (15) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board, 2006 Alexandrova), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Eclipse Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Hong Kong Vase (2005 Ouija Board), Irish Champion Stakes (2005 Oratorio), Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2006 Aussie Rules), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Prix de l’Ard de Triomphe (2005 Hurricane Run), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Wins in 2006: 16


£35,000 guaranteed (Class 1) 7f, For 3yo Weights: colts and geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 8lb Penalties; a winner of a Listed race 4lb; of a Group 3 race 6lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 9lb Entries 14 pay £150 Penalty value 1st: £18,873; 2nd: £7,532; 3rd: £3,769.50; 4th: £1,879.50; 5th: £941.50; 6th: £472.50

1 RACER FOREVER (USA) (Mohamed Obaida) John Gosden 3-8-13 Jimmy Fortune [5] 8/1
2 BOUBOULINA (Gainsborough Stud) Ed Dunlop 3-8-08 Jamie Spencer [4] 5/1
3 KINGSGATE PRINCE (IRE) (John Mayne) John Best 3-9-03 Richard Quinn [7] 6/4f
4 ART MARKET (CAN) (Richard Green (Fine Paintings)) Paul Cole 3-8-13 Ryan Moore [1]
5 DINGAAN (IRE) (Lady Cadbury) Andrew Balding 3-8-13 Chris Catlin [2]
6 MUTAWAJID (IRE) (Malih Al Basti) Richard Hannon 3-8-13 Richard Hughes [3]

6 ran
Non-runner: 6 Upper Hand (withdrawn - deduction of 10p in the pound)
Distances: 3, hd, 2, 3, 16
Time: 1m 23.59s
Breeder: Gainsborough Farm LLC
Breeding: b c Rahy (USA) - Ras Shaikh (USA)
Tote: Win; £9.80 Places; £3.50; £2.00 Exacta; £43.00

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) Classic Winners: (3) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Vodafone Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), St Leger (1996 Shantou), Wins in a season (1989-2005): 28; 87; 86; 113; 110; 93; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 82; 55; 85; 72; 66; 92 First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 Other major wins include: Challenge Stakes (1993 Catrail), Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina), French 1,000 Guineas (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1995 Presenting), Gran Premio di Milano (1997 Shantou), Grosser Preis Von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Hungerford Stakes (1994 Pollen Count - dh with Young Ern), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lingfield Derby Trial (2004 Percussionist), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Ormonde Stakes (2005 Day Flight), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 1997 Shantou), Prix de l’Abbaye (1991Keen Hunter), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix de la Salamandre (1995 Lord Of Men), Prix Lupin (1995 Flemensfirth), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory), Royal Lodge Stakes (1996 Benny The Dip, 2002 Al Jadeed, 2005 Leo), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Lennox Stakes (2000 Observatory), European Free Handicap (2001 Clearing) Trains at Manton, Marlborough Wiltshire. Previously at Newmarket Wins in 2006: 10

Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Mike O'Neill. Big wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1989 Joveworth, 1996 Coastal Bluff), July Stakes (2004 Captain Hurricane), Lincoln Handicap (2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream); Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins); Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Sun Chariot Stakes (1999 Lady In Waiting), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present,1996 Coastal Bluff); Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act; 2005 Nannina), Royal Lodge Stakes (2005 Leo) Wins (1988-2005): 8, 29, 46, 32, 26, 25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 93, 71, 92, 46, 72, 96 Wins in 2006: 19


£30,000 guaranteed (Class 2) 7f, For 3yo rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below) Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb Weights raised 5lb Minmum weight 8st 2lb Penalties after May 20, a winner 5lb Guest Connections’ Handicap Mark 95 Entries 24 pay £140 Penalty value 1st: £18,696; 2nd: £5,598; 3rd: £2,799; 4th: £1,401; 5th: £699. 6th: £351

1 SONG OF PASSION (IRE) (Thurloe Thoroughbreds XVI) Richard Hannon 3-8-10 Ryan Moore [3] 3/1f
2 MISTER BENEDICTINE (Mike Caddy & Brian Moss) William Muir 3-8-03 Nicky Mackay [8] 33/1
3 KING OF THE MOORS (USA) (G Fawcett) David Barron 3-8-10 Jamie Spencer [12] 8/1
4 SPIRIT OF AROSA (IRE) (R Tullett and Partners) John Akehurst 3-8-04 Alan Munro [4]
5 SCARLET FLYER (USA) (The Optima Partnership) Gary Moore 3-7-13 Nelson de Souza (3) [10]
6 JEANMAIRE (IRE) (Turf Club 2004) Hughie Morrison 3-8-13 Travis Block (5) [9]
7 TARA TOO (IRE) (Prof. C Green) David Arbuthnot 3-8-09 Kerrin McEvoy [5]
8 CARMENERO (GER) (Middleham Park Racing XXXVIII) William Muir 3-8-07 Richard Hughes [7]
9 DAME HESTER (IRE) (A Marshall) Eoghan O'Neill 3-8-07 Chris Catlin [1]
10 GUEST CONNECTIONS (John Guest) Mick Channon 3-9-07 Richard Quinn [2]
11 ROYAL ENVOY (IRE) (Gainsborough Stud) Barry Hills 3-8-06 Paul Hanagan [11]
12 DUBAI TYPHOON (USA) (Mohamed Obaida) Clive Brittain 3-9-07 Jimmy Fortune [13]
13 RIVER KINTYRE (Ronald Arculli) Barry Hills 3-8-11 Michael Hills [6]

13 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: 3 1/2, 1/2, 1 1/2, sh, 1, 1 1/2, 1, 2, hd, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 1 3/4
Time: 1m 22.74s
Breeder: Stephanie Hanly
Breeding: b f Orpen (USA) - Bint Al Balad (IRE)
Tote: Win; £3.00 Places; £1.70; £7.40; £2.20 Exacta; £96.40

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) 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don't Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1995 Alriffa), Cherry Hinton Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle, 2004 Jewel In The Sand), Diomed Stakes (1994 Bluegrass Prince), European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town), Falmouth Stakes (1991 Only Yours, 1993 Niche, 1994 Lemon Souffle, 1995 Caramba), Fred Darling Stakes (2006 Nasheej), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1992 Shalford), Hungerford Stakes (2002 Reel Buddy), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low), Lowther Stakes (1992 Niche), Wokingham Stakes (1994 Venture Capitalist), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Molecomb Stakes (1993 Risky), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Queen Mary Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy & 1993 Risky), Rockfel Stakes (2001 Distant Valley), Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy), Yorkshire Cup (1993 Assessor) Number of horses in training; (1985-2006): 67: 75: 74: 80: 85: 107: 131: 139: 155: 178: 167: 155: 149: 145: 155: 162: 147: 169: 169: 149: 169 Number of wins in a season (1982-2005):38: 49: 28: 37: 56: 33: 43: 55: 73: 126: 154: 182: 112: 115: 109: 94: 108: 123: 135: 110: 121: 122: 113: 145 Wins in 2006: 45

Winning Jockey :- Name: Moore, Ryan Lee Born: September 18, 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: Celebration Mile (2005 Chic); Dubai International Airport World Trophy (2004, 2005 The Tatling); Mill Reef Stakes (2004 Galeota); totesport Cesarewitch (2002 Miss Fara); Fred Darling Stakes (2006 Nasheej); Further Flight Stakes (2006 Frank Sonata); Henry II Stakes (2006 Tungsten Strike) Number of Wins 2002-05: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 132; 120 Wins in 2006: 48


Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Kieren Fallon 2 - -
Jimmy Fortune 1 - 1
Philip Robinson 1 - 1
John Egan 1 - -
Ryan Moore 1 - -
Christophe Soumillon 1 - -
Jamie Spencer - 2 1
George Baker - 1 -
Frankie Dettori - 1 -
Paul Hanagan - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Adrian Nicholls - 1 -
Martin Dwyer - - 1
Mick Kinane - - 1
Alan Munro - - 1
Richard Quinn - - 1


Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Michael Jarvis 1 - 1
Sir Michael Stoute 1 - 1
Andre Fabre FR 1 - -
John Gosden 1 - -
Richard Hannon 1 - -
Aidan O’Brien IRE 1 - -
Ernst Oertel 1 - -
Ed Dunlop - 2 -
John Best - 1 1
William Muir - 1 1
Michael Bell - 1 -
Richard Fahey - 1 -
James Fanshawe - 1 -
David Barron - - 1
Brian Meehan - - 1
Dandy Nicholls - - 1

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