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Thursday, March 8, 2001


Sandown, Friday, March 9, 2001, 3.45pm Tote Credit Club Hurdle Showcase Handicap2m 6f

BP=best price of William Hill (H), Ladbrokes (L) and the Tote (T)

Zahari 16 H, T
Mithak 14 H
Be My Mot 10 ALL FIRMS
Karratha 7 ALL FIRMS
The Pickled Duke 15-2 H
It's Wallace 33 ALL FIRMS
In The Rough N/R
Tyneandthyneagain 9 ALL FIRMS
Lord Of Love 20 H, L
Lochbuy Junior 12 L
My Good Son 9 ALL FIRMS
Top Note 33 L
Dutch Dyane 25 H
Emphatic 16 L
Dook's Delight 8 T, L
Genuine Article 14 ALL FIRMS
Balanak 12 L
The Lady Scores 9 T
Mister Generosity 33 ALL FIRMS
Salaman 66 ALL FIRMS


Sandown's meeting on Friday, March 9, is subject to an inspection at 7.00am.

Clerk of the Course Andrew Cooper said: "It has rained quite heavily today and although it has started to ease off, we have already had about 8mm and we were forecast 2-5mm.

"Unfortunately, there are two waterlogged and presently unraceable areas on the hurdle course so we will have to hold an inspection.

"It just goes to show that after the winter we have had it doesn't take so much in the way of rainfall to cause problems."


It is revealed today, Thursday, March 8, 2001, that a total of 149 horses remain in the 2001 Vodafone Derby, run at Epsom on Saturday, June 9, after the first forfeit stage. They include 32 trained in Ireland, 19 currently stabled in Dubai and six from France. The number of entries at this stage has been bettered only once in the last four years.

Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien heads the way with 21 entries, including the superbly-bred Galileo, winner of a Leopardstown maiden by 14 lengths on his only start, the Listed Acomb Stakes victor Hemingway, Group 1 National Stakes scorer Beckett and the Houghton Sales race winner Mozart.

Godolphin's trainer Saeed bin Suroor follows closely behind with 17 entries, including the dual Group 1 victor Tobougg, winner of the Dewhurst Stakes and Prix de la Salamandre, Rumpold, successful on his only start at Ascot in July when trained by Paul Cole, Equerry, winner of a Longchamp Group 3 for Andre Fabre, the recent UAE 2,000 Guineas scorer Street Cry, and a whole host of less-exposed entries including Dubai Millennium's three-parts brother Dubai Vision, who finished second on his debut at Nad Al Sheba on February 22.

Nayef, a half-brother to the 1989 Epsom hero Nashwan, is currently ante-post favourite for the Vodafone Derby on the back of two wins from two starts, including when taking Ascot's Listed Autumn Stakes by six lengths. Others prominent in the betting include the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy hero Dilshaan and Chepstow maiden winner Golan, two of the eight entries trained by Sir Michael Stoute, plus Theatre Script, winner of a Doncaster maiden on his only start for owner Robert Sangster and trainer John Gosden.

All of the forfeits were entered for the £1-million Vodafone Derby as yearlings but there is a second entry stage on April 11, when horses can be added at a cost of £8,000, and a £75,000 supplementary entry stage a week before the Epsom classic on Saturday, June 2.

Andrew Cooper, Group Racing Manager at United Racecourses, commented: "There are less than three months to go until the Vodafone Derby and we are very encouraged by the excellent number of horses that remain in the race including both last year's top performers and some impeccably-bred less exposed types."


21- DILSHAAN b c Darshaan - Avila
Owner: Saeed Suhail Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute

Dilshaan, a 190,000gns yearling, made his debut at Sandown on September 13 where he found Attache a length and a half too good. He stepped up considerably on that effort next time out in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on October 21 when, partnered by in-form jockey Johnny Murtagh, he came from the back of the field to belie his 14/1 starting price and run out the two and a half length winner from Tamburlaine.

1- GALILEO (IRE) b c Sadler's Wells (USA) - Urban Sea
Owner: Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE

Another bred in the purple, by the record-breaking champion sire Sadler's Wells out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, who is also a half-sister to last year's Sagitta 2,000 Guineas winner King's Best. Galileo made his debut on heavy ground at Leopardstown on October 28 with a big reputation. Starting the even money favourite, he ran out the 14-length winner from Taraza under Mick Kinane.

1- GOLAN (IRE) b c Spectrum - Highland Gift
Owner: Lord Weinstock Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute

Lord Weinstock's pale blue colours were last carried to victory in the Derby in 1979 by Troy, owned in partnership with his father-in-law Michael Sobell, and the former GEC chairman looks to have another live Epsom candidate this year in Golan. From the first crop of Weinstock's Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Spectrum, the colt was sent by trainer Sir Michael Stoute to Chepstow for his debut on September 7 and justified 5/4 favouritism when scoring by one and a quarter lengths from Clearing.

11- HEMINGWAY (IRE) b c Spectrum - Welsh Love
Owner: Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE

A second leading Vodafone Derby contender for Spectrum, this half-brother to the high-class Second Empire has gone some way towards recovering his Ir500,000gns yearling price tag. He scored by seven lengths on his debut in a Galway maiden on July 31 before travelling to York 22 days later for the Listed Acomb Stakes. He met some well-regarded rivals that day but ran out an easy length and a quarter winner from Eminence.

11- NAYEF (USA) b c Gulch (USA) - Height Of Fashion (FR)
Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum Trainer: Marcus Tregoning

By leading American stallion Gulch out of the great broodmare Height Of Fashion, dam of the 1989 Derby winner Nashwan and leading sire Unfuwain, Nayef shows every sign of living up to his illustrious pedigree. He made his debut over a mile on September 15 in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury where he beat the highly-regarded Tamburlaine by a neck. He stepped up on that next time out at Ascot in the Listed Autumn Stakes where he defeated Hill Country, half-brother to another Derby winner in Dr Devious, by six lengths.

111- TOBOUGG (IRE) b c Barathea (IRE) - Lacovia (USA)
Owner: Godolphin Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor UAE

A 230,000gns yearling purchase, Tobougg did little wrong last season when trained by Mick Channon for Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum. He did not make his debut until August 30 at York but two months later joined the Godolphin team as a dual Group 1 winner. He landed the York maiden by a length and three quarters and stepped up to the highest level for his next outing when beating Honours List by two lengths in the Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp. His final start came in arguably the hottest two-year-old event of the season, the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 14, where he got the better of nine rivals to score by a length and a quarter from Noverre.


Class A, Group 1, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 9, 2001, one mile four furlongs about ten yards, total prize fund £1 million, weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 9lb, closed December 1, 1999 (601 entries), first forfeit stage March 6, 2001 (149 entries remain), £8,000 second entry stage April 11, 2001, second forfeit stage May 23, 2001, £75,000 supplementary entry stage June 2, 2001, five-day confirmation stage noon, June 4, 2001, final declaration stage 10am June 7, 2001. (Form figures from Weatherbys correct up to March 7, 2001 and may not include some overseas form).

Form Horse Owner Trainer
AFADAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
0- AHRAAR (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
01- ALDWYCH Lady Rothschild Roger Charlton
ALSALEET (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
50- ALSYATI R A Pledger Clive Brittain
2- ALUNITE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
ALUNISSAGE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
5- AQUARIUS (IRE) Prince A A Faisal John Dunlop
ASHTAMI (IRE) H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
3- ASKHAM (USA) Michael Dawson Luca Cumani
BAR KING (FR) John D Martin Francois Doumen FR
131- BECKETT (IRE) Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
55- BEEKEEPER Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd Sir Michael Stoute
132203- BONNARD (IRE) Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
42- BORDER COMET The Queen Sir Michael Stoute
3312- CAPAL GARMON (IRE) Robert Sangster John Gosden
0- CAREL Baron F C Oppenheim Michael Bell
4- CARNIVAL DANCER Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
61- CAUGHNAWAGA (FR) Bill Gredley Henry Cecil
01- CHANCELLOR (IRE) Bill Gredley Barry Hills
11630- CHIANTI (IRE) Wafic Said John Dunlop
COLORADO FALLS (IRE) Sue Magnier Henry Cecil
COMPLETE CLASS (USA) The Thoroughbred Corporation Henry Cecil
031- COMPTON COMMANDER Erik Penser Gerard Butler
2- CONTINUATION (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden
CONUNDRUM (FR) Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
12331-(3) COUNT DUBOIS Wentworth Racing (Pty) Ltd William Haggas
CURTAIN TIME (IRE) Greenbay Stables Ltd Henry Cecil
6- DANCING TSAR R J Styles and R J Tarring Gerard Butler
164- DARWIN (IRE) Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
034- DAWARI (IRE) H H Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
1- DEMOPHILOS Athos Christodoulou Amanda Perrett
DEVINE TASK (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
21- DILSHAAN Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
DON'T SIOUX ME (IRE) Wafic Said Henry Cecil
241- DOUBLE HONOUR (FR) Ron Huggins Mark Johnston
DR CHARLIE Mountgrange Stud Roger Charlton
0- DR GORDON (IRE) Alessandro Gaucci Clive Brittain
-2 DUBAI VISION (FR) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
23- EL BUENO Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11- ELNAHAAR (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
111- EQUERRY (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
51- ESHER COMMON (IRE) David J Archer Terry Mills
EXALTATION (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
14- FAIR QUESTION (IRE) John Dunlop John Dunlop
(2)(1)- FOREIGN AFFAIRS The Speculators Sir Mark Prescott
GALA PERFORMANCE (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1- GALILEO (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1- GOLAN (IRE) Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
5120- GRANDERA (IRE) Mrs V Shelton & Lael Stable James Fanshawe
GREEN RANSOM (USA) The Thoroughbred Corporation Henry Cecil
1- HANS ANDERSON (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
3- HAWKEYE (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
11- HEMINGWAY (IRE) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
HERODOTUS Tony Richards Clive Brittain
0132- HILL COUNTRY (IRE) Robert Sangster John Gosden
3- HOUSEPARTY (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd Sir Michael Stoute
ICE DANCER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
JABAAR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
25- KING CAREW (IRE) John Carey Mick Channon
211- KING CHARLEMAGNE (USA) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1222- KING'S COUNTY (IRE) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
KROPOTKIN Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
00- LAZEEM (USA) Sheikh Mohammed Kiaran McLaughlin UAE
352225- LEOPARD SPOT (IRE) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
140- LUNAR CRYSTAL (IRE) Michael Poland David Elsworth
MAHROOS (USA) Godolphin John Gosden MAJAARAT (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
MAJOR DRIVE (IRE) John Gosden John Gosden
31- MAYVILLE THUNDER Jan H Stenbeck Gerard Butler
1- MEDITERRANEAN Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
3- MERSEY SOUND (IRE) Terry Neill David Elsworth
1- MILAN Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
MOON CHIEF Benny Andersson John Dunlop
MORAHIB Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
MORRO CASTLE (USA) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
510- MORSHDI Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
25- MOSAAHIM (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
4- MOSAYTER (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
0- MOSTABSHIR (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
114- MOZART (IRE) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
02- MR COMBUSTIBLE (IRE) R A N Bonnycastle Barry Hills
MR SHOESHINE (USA) Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
63- MUNADIL Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
1- MUSADAF (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
2- MUSHA MERR (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
NABIH (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
01- NARRATIVE (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
NATIONALISTIC (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
NAWAMEES (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
11- NAYEF (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
4- OLDEN TIMES Prince A A Faisal John Dunlop
OUR COLONEL Des Swan Gerard Butler
1316- OVERSPECT Luciano Gaucci Paul Cole
PEBBLE ISLAND (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
323- PERFECT SUNDAY (USA) Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
11- PERIGEE MOON (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1- PRINCE SHAAMAAL The Upshire Racing Partnership Kevin Bell
1142- PRIZEMAN (USA) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd Richard Hannon
PROTAGONIST Bjorn Nielsen Mick Channon
5- PUTRA SANDHURST (IRE) HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
QAATEF (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
22- RAJAM Godolphin Alec Stewart
01- RANDOM QUEST The Blandford Partnership Paul Cole
RED SNAKE (IRE) E Soderberg Jean-Michel de Choubersky FR
RIYADH HRH Prince Fahd Salman Paul Cole
214- ROSI'S BOY Wafic Said John Dunlop
0- ROUTE BARREE (FR) Byerley Bloodstock Simon Dow
2- RUDDER Exors of the late Dick Hollingsworth Barry Hills
1- RUMPOLD Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
SAABIRR Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Alec Stewart
SADDLER'S CREEK (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
SENSIBLE (FR) Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
SHAAM Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum Clive Brittain
SHABAAB Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
40230- SHADOWLESS Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum Clive Brittain
210- SIXTY SECONDS (IRE) John Gosden John Gosden
3- SNAKE MOUNTAIN (USA) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family Aidan O'Brien IRE
511130- SPETTRO (IRE) Luciano Gaucci Paul Cole
STANDING APPLAUSE (USA) Dr Michael Smurfit Dermot Weld IRE
0- STATEROOM (USA) Duke of Devonshire James Toller
20- STEINITZ Benny Andersson John Dunlop
4- STERLING GUARANTEE (USA)Cliveden Stud John Gosden
0120- STORMING HOME Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
STREET COLOUR Pat Garvey Noel Meade IRE
(2)(2)(3)-(1) STREET CRY (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
051- SUNNY GLENN Mrs H F Mahr Nick Littmoden
SYDENHAM (USA) Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden
4-(1)(3) SYLVA STORM (USA) Peter Head Racing Limited Clive Brittain
0- TE QUIERO Tony Griffin Gay Kelleway UAE
TEMPTER (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
5- TENDER TRAP (IRE) Terry Mills Terry Mills
TESIO Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0- THE GLEN John C Grant Barry Hills
1- THEATRE SCRIPT (USA) Robert Sangster John Gosden
THEYAB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Neil Graham
TINIAN Robert Hitchins Ian Balding
111- TOBOUGG (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
156- VACAMONTE Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
VALOROSO (FR) Takashi Watanabe Tony Clout FR
6126- VICIOUS KNIGHT David Metcalf and Jeff Samuel Luca Cumani
WAASED (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE
1- WAREED (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
WARRSAN (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
WHALEEF Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
WILD WATER (FR) Jeff Smith Ian Balding
3- WINGS OF SOUL (USA) Andy J Smith and Gary Seidler Paul Cole
03- XTRA Michael Dawson Luca Cumani

149 entries remain after March 6 forfeit stage
32 Irish-trained
19 Dubaian-trained
6 French-trained


22 entries
Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor (either owned solely or in partnership)

19 entries

12 entries
Hamdan Al Maktoum (1989 Nashwan, 1994 Erhaab)

8 entries
Sheikh Mohammed

3 entries
H H Aga Khan (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 1988 Kahyasi, 2000 Sinndar)
Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum
Wafic Said
Robert Sangster (1977 The Minstrel, 1982 Golden Fleece)


21 entries
Aidan O'Brien IRE

17 entries
Saeed bin Suroor UAE (1995 Lammtarra)

10 entries
John Gosden (1997 Benny The Dip)

8 entries
Clive Brittain
John Dunlop (1978 Shirley Heights, 1994 Erhaab)
Sir Michael Stoute (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani)

7 entries
Henry Cecil (1985 Slip Anchor, 1987 Reference Point, 1993 Commander In Chief, 1999 Oath)

6 entries
Barry Hills
John Oxx IRE (2000 Sinndar)

5 entries
Paul Cole (1991 Generous)

4 entries
Gerard Butler
Mick Channon
Marcus Tregoning

3 entries
Luca Cumani (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise)

2 entries
Ian Balding (1971 Mill Reef)
Pascal Bary FR
Roger Charlton (1991 Quest For Fame)
David Elsworth
Michael Jarvis
Terry Mills
Kevin Prendergast IRE
Alec Stewart
Dermot Weld IRE

1 entry
Kevin Bell
Michael Bell
Tony Clout FR
Jean-Michel de Choubersky FR
Alain de Royer Dupre FR
Francois Doumen FR
Simon Dow
Ed Dunlop
James Fanshawe
Neil Graham
William Haggas (1996 Shaamit)
Richard Hannon
Mark Johnston
Gay Kelleway
Nick Littmoden
Kiaran McLaughlin UAE
Noel Meade IRE
Amanda Perrett
Sir Mark Prescott
James Toller


Cheltenham Racecourse has informed BHB that it is unable to meet the terms of the MAFF Assessment of Risk of Spreading FMD by the holding of Race Meetings. The Veterinary Assessment, received from MAFF on Monday 5th March, includes timing revisions that preclude Cheltenham being able to comply.

BHB has therefore postponed the Cheltenham Festival, due to run on the 13th, 14th and 15th March, under BHB Order 1 (i) (a).

The terms of the MAFF Assessment require that "no livestock have been on the racecourse or areas accessible to the public within the previous 28 days". The 28 day period stated in the Risk Assessment supersedes the 14 day period written in the Instructions and Guidelines issued by BHB and the Jockey Club on Friday 2nd March 2001. BHB has been informed by Cheltenham that livestock was on the racecourse during this period.

Tristram Ricketts, BHB Secretary-General, said tonight: "BHB and the Jockey Club made it clear that total adherence to any instructions issued by themselves and MAFF would be mandatory before any fixture could go ahead. BHB continues to act with the utmost care, and has therefore decided that the fixture should be postponed. BHB is further of the view that it is not in the interests of racing as a whole to restage the fixture in the days immediately following the existing programme dates.

"The postponement of the Festival is a serious blow to racing, but BHB will work closely with Cheltenham's Executive to plan the restaging of the event at a practicable time in April."


William Hill are to wait until clear clarification of the conditions surrounding the postponement of the Cheltenham festival are known until making an announcement over ante-post stakes.

Spokesman David Hood commented: "It is very sad to lose the Festival at this time, because it was looking so optimistic. However, It would appear to be the most responsible decision at this time given the circumstances."

With regard to the betting, we are not in a position to make a decision over the validity of existing ante-post bets until we are clear what will happen with the races. If the races remain open only to the original entries then all bets stand however, if the races are completely re-opened then it is likely that all bets are void and everyone starts afresh."


Next Tuesday's meeting at Sedgefield has been abandoned bacause of the foot and mouth situation.

Racecourse officials took the decision after discussions with MAFF and the local farming community. The course hopes to stage a replacement fixture when the crisis is over.

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