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Tuesday, March 18, 2003



BIGGEST BONUS PRIZE IN RACING OFFERED BY BHB IN £5M SUMMER TRIPLE CROWN AND GRAND SLAM




The British Horseracing Board Summer Triple Crown and Grand Slam, offering the largest bonus prize in the history of world racing, was launched by Racing's governing authority in London today.


This ground-breaking initiative is designed to provide a strong narrative around seven of the most prestigious races of the British Flat racing season. By linking them together in an easily understandable way, BHB intends to generate interest amongst those whom already have a love of horseracing and those people who are less familiar with the sport.


The substantial prizes available will also provide a powerful incentive for owners, trainers and jockeys, at home and abroad, to contest as many of the races in the series as possible.


Full details of the race series are shown on the following page.


BHB Chairman Peter Savill said: "I believe passionately in the need to promote our top class races and raise their profile even higher. This is the first in a series of such initiatives that the British Horseracing Board will be recommending, both on the Flat and over Jumps."

The BHB Summer Triple Crown and Grand Slam also has the support of leading owners Coolmore and Godolphin.


Aidan O'Brien, champion trainer of 2002, commented: "We would love to have a horse that becomes the first to win the Summer Triple Crown and Grand Slam. Any initiative which can raise the profile of horseracing is to be encouraged, and linking such prestigious middle-distance races with substantial bonuses should certainly capture the imagination of racing fans around the world."

Simon Crisford, Godolphin Racing Manager, said: "Godolphin has always been involved in international racing and the Summer Triple Crown and Grand Slam is an exciting innovation. Hopefully, we will have a horse who is good enough to attempt it."

The BHB Summer Triple Crown and Grand Slam

Any winner of one of the following races:

The Vodafone Coronation Cup (Epsom Downs, 6th June)
The Vodafone Oaks (Epsom Downs, 6th June)
The Vodafone Derby Stakes (Epsom Downs, 7th June)
The Prince of Wales Stakes (Royal Ascot, 18th June)

who then goes on to win both ….


The Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Sandown Park, 5th July) and
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Ascot, 26th July)

…wins the BHB Summer Triple Crown and 1,000,000.


If the BHB Summer Triple Crown winner then goes on to win….

The Juddmonte International Stakes (York, 19th August)

….they win the BHB Grand Slam and 5,000,000.


The BHB Middle Distance Championship

If no horse wins the BHB Summer Triple Crown or Grand Slam, BHB will recognise the most outstanding contestant with ‘The BHB Middle Distance Championship' worth £250,000.


This will be awarded to the owner of the horse collecting the most "points" earned in the seven races in the series. In each of the seven races, the first six horses home will be awarded points according to their placings, as follows:

Position Points
First 10
Second 6
Third 4
Fourth 3
Fifth 2
Sixth 1


The BHB Middle Distance Championship, a highly valuable prize in its own right, will maintain interest and competition in the series right to its conclusion.




105 GO FORWARD IN MARTELL COGNAC GRAND NATIONAL




All the main contenders remain in the 2003 Martell Cognac Grand National after today's forfeit stage with a huge total of 105 horses still in the world's most famous steeplechase, run at Aintree at 3.45pm on Saturday, April 5. As recently as 2000 there were less than this number put into the race at the initial entry stage

This year's Martell Cognac Grand National - which has a safety limit of 40 runners - looks to be a high-class renewal with 56 horses still in the handicap including the likes of Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup fifth Behrajan, Chives, who led the field at Cheltenham for much of the race, and top weight Marlborough.


Hussard Collonges, who disappointed in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, remains in the race as do the likes of Paul Nicholls' pair Ad Hoc and Shotgun Willy, who are both vying for favouritism, and the 2001 Martell Foxhunters' Chase winner Gunner Welburn, now with Andrew Balding.


The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Carbury Cross, carrying the Arkle colours of Anne Duchess of Westminster, owner of the 1985 Grand National winner Last Suspect, is also on course for this year's race after working at Aintree today with stablemate Quazar.


There are 19 Irish-trained entries remaining, headed by J P McManus' Youlneverwalkalone, winner of the William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase at last week's Cheltenham Festival.


There were 30 horses taken out at today's forfeit stage with the most notable absentees being Florida Pearl, who shared top weight with Marlborough, and Tote Becher Chase winner Ardent Scout.


Charles Barnett, Aintree's Managing Director, commented: "Numerically it's tremendous that we've still got over 100 horses remaining at the final stage before the five-day declarations.

"Interestingly this is more than the number of initial entries in many races before the year 2000. The high quality has remained with 56 horses still in the handicap."

THE MARTELL COGNAC GRAND NATIONAL
Class A, Showcase Handicap, Total Prize Fund £600,000, 3.45pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 5, 2003. Four Miles & Four Furlongs (Over the Grand National Course). For six-year-olds and upwards which are allotted a rating of 110 or more by the Senior BHB NH Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 1. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at January 22 may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances to February 1 would merit a minimum rating of 110, and that the horse has either won a Steeple Chase or Hurdle Race, or has run at least three times collectively in Steeple Chases or Hurdle Races run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Turf Authority by February 1. At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allotted a rating. The decision of the Senior BHB NH Handicapper shall be final. Entries closed Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (149 entries), entries revealed Thursday, January 23, 2003. Weights revealed Tuesday, February 4, 2003. First confirmation stage Tuesday, February 18, 2003 (135 remain); second confirmation stage Tuesday, March 18, 2003 (105 remain). Five-day confirmation stage Monday, March 31, 2003. Final declaration stage 10am, Thursday, April 3, 2003. Confirmation of riders must be made by 1.00pm Thursday, April 3, 2003. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, March 17, 2003. May not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
4F0-102F0 MARLBOROUGH (IRE) 11-11-12 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
212P-6115 BEHRAJAN (IRE) 8-11-10 The Behrajan Partnership Henry Daly
402P-14U CYFOR MALTA (FR) 10-11-09 David Johnson Martin Pipe
0/124-13 KINGSMARK (IRE) 10-11-09 Sir Robert Ogden Martin Todhunter
0U-P1424U FOXCHAPEL KING (IRE) 10-11-08 Sir Anthony O'Reilly Mouse Morris IRE
2P41/-323 GINGEMBRE (FR) 9-11-07 Lavinia Taylor Lavinia Taylor
F21-252P HUSSARD COLLONGES (FR) 8-11-07 Nick Bannister Peter Beaumont
213-266341 RINCE RI (IRE) 10-11-07 Frank Moriarty Ted Walsh IRE
12/32P2-1 SHOTGUN WILLY (IRE) 9-11-07 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
U/534-303P FIRST GOLD (FR) 10-11-06 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR
0314-5257 FADALKO (FR) 10-11-05 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
332040 BATMAN SENORA (FR) 7-11-04 G Polinski Ian Williams
F133-2227 CHIVES (IRE) 8-11-03 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
0F-11421 MORE THAN A STROLL (IRE) 11-11-02 Mrs D Grehan Arthur Moore IRE
23PF5-1123 IRIS BLEU (FR) 7-11-01 David Johnson Martin Pipe
B4-51233 AD HOC (IRE) 9-10-13 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
1543F-47 DAVIDS LAD (IRE) 9-10-13 Eddie Joe's Racing Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
121101112 STORMEZ (FR) 6-10-12 David Johnson Martin Pipe
4/04554-440 PAPILLON (IRE) 12-10-11 Betty Moran Ted Walsh IRE
PP-P3314 BALLINCLAY KING (IRE) 9-10-10 Ian Guise, Brian Leatherday & Nicola Spence Ferdy Murphy
1U6-P6P00P CARBURY CROSS (IRE) 9-10-10 Anne Duchess of Westminster Jonjo O'Neill
1-0FF248 BINDAREE (IRE) 9-10-09 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
3561-0P BOUNCE BACK (USA) 7-10-09 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe
P51-04F0P TAKE CONTROL (IRE) 9-10-09 David Johnson Martin Pipe
320-1311 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 9-10-09 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
F11-21P00 THE BUNNY BOILER (IRE) 9-10-08 The Usual Suspects Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
P513-3609 BLOWING WIND (FR) 10-10-07 Peter Deal Martin Pipe
3540P-1P29 YOU'RE AGOODUN 11-10-07 Jeff Lammiman Martin Pipe
U/221/-323U GO ROGER GO (IRE) 11-10-06 J P McManus Edward O'Grady IRE
00/4/13-255 KATARINO (FR) 8-10-06 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
4552F1/4 RED MARAUDER 13-10-06 Norman Mason Richard Guest
P1PP-5022 RED STRIKER 9-10-06 Norman Mason Richard Guest
4P2-20208 SOUTHERN STAR (IRE) 8-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
101-112PP THE BAJAN BANDIT (IRE) 8-10-06 Ashleybank Investments Limited Len Lungo
425-540P WHITENZO (FR) 7-10-06 Malcolm Pearce & Mr Gerry Mizel II Paul Nicholls
3133-130 ZAFARABAD (IRE) 9-10-06 Elaine Baines Philip Hobbs
3P631364 MONTY'S PASS (IRE) 10-10-05 Dee Racing Syndicate Jimmy Mangan IRE
56F0-0F43 RATHBAWN PRINCE (IRE) 11-10-05 T J Culhane Dessie Hughes IRE
22-332204 PALADIN (FR) 8-10-04 Naji Pharaon Jacques Ortet FR
1210F0-8 MAJED (FR) 7-10-03 Sandicroft Stud II Martin Pipe
01-363240 AMBERLEIGH HOUSE (IRE) 11-10-02 Halewood International Ltd Ginger McCain
1162-4494 MAXIMIZE (IRE) 9-10-02 Lady Vestey Henrietta Knight
1/1P1P-P MONTIFAULT (FR) 8-10-02 Mrs A E Fulton Paul Nicholls
112142P POLAR CHAMP 10-10-02 The Reims Partnership Martin Pipe
112/P1/5/- STORMYFAIRWEATHER (IRE) 11-10-02 Bridget Hanbury Nicky Henderson
24532P7674 CREGG HOUSE (IRE) 8-10-01 Kathleen Kennedy Paddy Mullins IRE
P-0543P GOOD SHUIL (IRE) 8-10-01 Audrey Healy Tom Taaffe IRE
21312-2 MANTLES PRINCE 9-10-01 R T Juckes Alan Juckes
2P/2131-21 TORDUFF EXPRESS (IRE) 12-10-01 Two Plus Two Paul Nicholls
41U5131U GOGUENARD (FR) 9-10-00 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
5122-1301 GUNNER WELBURN 11-10-00 William Ritson/David Hall Andrew Balding
1163-1052 GUNTHER MCBRIDE (IRE) 8-10-00 Mike Tuckey Philip Hobbs
22P500-1 ROYAL PREDICA (FR) 9-10-00 Peter Deal, J S Dale & Allan Stennett Martin Pipe
1415-4P57 SUPREME GLORY (IRE) 10-10-00 Chris Moorsom Pat Murphy
F/10616-003 TREMALLT (IRE) 12-10-00 Silkword Racing Partnership Tom George
P5U-4134 WONDER WEASEL (IRE) 10-10-00 David Halsall Kim Bailey
3420505 DJEDDAH (FR) 12-9-13 Haras d'Ecouves Francois Doumen FR
112210-P BURLU (FR) 9-9-12 Martin Pipe Martin Pipe
1100F-0606 RED ARK 10-9-12 Dorothy Mason Richard Guest
13r5-1P3 MACS GILDORAN 9-9-11 Margaret McManus Willie Mullins IRE
6-01331054P ROBBO 9-9-11 The Scarth Racing Partnership Mary Reveley
20-3120077 BRAMBLEHILL DUKE (IRE) 11-9-10 South Wales Shower Supplies T/A Faucets Venetia Williams
F425154 EMPEREUR RIVER (FR) 11-9-10 P Matran Jacques Ortet FR
1F/12P1-P GRANIT D'ESTRUVAL (FR) 9-9-10 Walter Gott Ferdy Murphy
21/D111/-1 KILLUSTY (IRE) 9-9-10 Lady Lloyd Webber Charles Egerton
21PP-650 MURT'S MAN (IRE) 9-9-10 Derek Millard Paul Nicholls
1126UP-6 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (IRE) 10-9-10 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
600032- DARK STRANGER (FR) 12-9-09 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
P5421-130 FATEHALKHAIR (IRE) 11-9-09 R Wagner Brian Ellison
PUFP-46PPF FRANTIC TAN (IRE) 11-9-09 The Bunkers Hill Mob Denis Caro
44/P-11U0 HALEXY (FR) 8-9-08 Sir Robert Ogden Venetia Williams
1P2-321366 HISTORG (FR) 8-9-08 Jim McCarthy Ferdy Murphy
111P/-11U0 SKIPPERS CLEUCH (IRE) 9-9-08 Ashleybank Investments Limited Len Lungo
35PP-05 SMARTY (IRE) 10-9-08 Tracey Brown Mark Pitman
2PP-214P KIT SMARTIE (IRE) 11-9-07 Don Forster Don Forster
U2403P-043P NORTHERN SOUND (IRE) 10-9-07 James Treacy Paul Roche IRE
00316P02 AKARUS (FR) 8-9-06 A J White Martin Pipe
22-12F3P HANDYMAN (IRE) 9-9-06 Elizabeth Hodgson and Denise Winton Philip Hobbs
4111/54-7 BERLIN BLUE 10-9-05 Peter J Douglas Engineering Robert Stronge
23PP-0P02 MORAL SUPPORT (IRE) 11-9-05 Tom & Evelyn Yates Stan Moore
4B2F01042 QUALITY FIRST (IRE) 10-9-05 Felix Sheridan Heather Dalton
13-431440 LANMIRE TOWER (IRE) 9-9-04 Rowfield Racing Alan King
1-331P3 SKYCAB (IRE) 11-9-04 P H Betts (Holdings) Ltd Josh Gifford
11P-1P13 JURANCON II (FR) 6-9-03 David Johnson Martin Pipe
F-004653B60 MODULOR (FR) 11-9-03 Fergus Wilson Martin Pipe
4553420 WHEREAREYOUNOW (IRE) 6-9-03 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
4-64364U456 DELGANY ROYAL (IRE) 11-9-02 Glen Devlin Dessie Hughes IRE
64032-54P CEANANNAS MOR (IRE) 9-9-01 Major Christopher Hanbury Nicky Henderson
FP-414079P SAD MAD BAD (USA) 9-9-01 Peter Savill Mary Reveley
1-1223D TRINITRO 12-9-01 Liv Saether Myskja Rune Haugen NOR
1F-06451P BILLY THE SNAKE (IRE) 10-8-13 Ouncel Syndicate Pat Hughes IRE
P160-1141 KINGS MISTRAL (IRE) 10-8-12 R V Shaw Patrick Chamings
PU4503-P5 KAKI CRAZY (FR) 8-8-11 Archie Gooch Martin Pipe
511115 PESSIMISTIC DICK 10-8-09 Frank Flynn and Richard Madden Hughie Morrison
2P046-PPP7 SHANNON GALE (IRE) 11-8-09 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
241-F22F11 TOM'S PRIZE 8-8-08 Mrs P Joynes John Spearing
52/100P//-3 SCOTIA NOSTRA (IRE) 11-8-07 Favourites Racing Venetia Williams
2P6/-323P0 NO PROBLEM (IRE) 12-8-06 T Cronin Pat O'Keeffe IRE
214FPP00P PRANCING BLADE 10-8-06 Gavin MacEchern Nigel Twiston-Davies
1341130P4 MOTHERS HELP 8-8-05 Berkshire Commercial Components Ltd Dai Williams
P4U513-446 FOLLY ROAD (IRE) 13-8-04 Miss L Horner Dai Williams
3211/1P/-4P2 LAMBRINI GOLD 9-8-04 Halewood International Ltd Ginger McCain
133-P566121 MR BOSSMAN (IRE) 10-8-04 Norman Mason Norman Mason
2P06P-0453 SCOTMAIL BOY (IRE) 10-8-04 George Tobitt Howard Johnson
61PP-26P4P6 STORM OF GOLD (IRE) 10-8-04 Reliance Car Hire Services Ltd Dai Williams

105 entries remain after the March 18 forfeit stage, 19 Irish-trained, 4 French-trained, 1 Norwegian-trained

The 30 horses taken out at today's forfeit stage are: FLORIDA PEARL (IRE), MINI SENSATION (IRE), EXIT SWINGER (FR), TAKAGI (IRE), BOBBY GRANT, ARDENT SCOUT, PARIS PIKE (IRE), MELY MOSS (FR), CARRYONHARRY (IRE), KIRMAR (IRE), LORD JACK (IRE), BALLYBOUGH RASHER (IRE), IT'S HIMSELF, RITH DUBH (IRE), SILVER STEEL, TIMBERA (IRE), STORM DAMAGE (IRE), INN AT THE TOP, NIKI DEE (IRE), ACKZO, HEDGEHUNTER (IRE), ROBERTY BOB (IRE), SHELTERING (IRE), BALLYAMBER (IRE), CHERGAN (IRE), LIVINGSTONEBRAMBLE (IRE), COQ HARDI DIAMOND (IRE), KILLULTAGH THUNDER (IRE), PRECIOUS MUSIC (IRE), SIGMA DOTCOMM (IRE)



O'BRIEN HAS 30 IN 2003 VODAFONE DERBY AS HE BIDS TO MAKE HISTORY




Godolphin's Entry Includes Filly Hi Dubai

The countdown to the world's most famous Flat race begins today after the horses remaining after the first forfeit stage for the 2003 Vodafone Derby are announced.


A total of 143 horses remain in the premier Classic, worth £1.2 million and run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 7, and this compares with 135 entries at the same stage 12 months ago.


Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, who has won the last two renewals of the Vodafone Derby with High Chaparral (2002) and Galileo (2001), has an amazing 30 engaged as he bids to become the first trainer to win the Derby three years running since the first running in 1780.


Prominent among O'Brien's challenge is the current ante-post favourite Brian Boru, bidding to follow in the footsteps of High Chaparral, who won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster as a two-year-old before going on to triumph at Epsom. O'Brien is also responsible for the Group 1 winners Hold That Tiger and Alberto Giacometti, as well as a whole host of unexposed types.


While the colours of Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor, O'Brien's main patrons, have twice graced the Epsom winner's circle, the royal blue silks of great rival Godolphin have yet to come home in front in the great race.


Saeed bin Suroor, Godolphin's trainer, has a dozen to choose from at this stage. The Maktoum family's operation could be represented by the hugely-impressive Champagne Stakes winner Almushahar and also the filly Hi Dubai, who would be attempting to become the first filly to win the Classic since Fifinella in 1916. Hi Dubai is a full-sister to the dual World Series champion Fantastic Light.


Other well-represented trainers include Sir Michael Stoute who has 13 entries and John Gosden, who has eight. Barry Hills has seven entries as he attempts to train his first Vodafone Derby victor, having sent out the runner-up on four occasions.

In addition to Aidan O'Brien's 30 entries, there are 10 further hopefuls from Ireland. John Oxx, successful with Sinndar in 2000, has four horses engaged while there are two entries from Charles O'Brien, whose father Vincent sent out six winners of the great race.

Six horses from France are possibles at this stage, including the Aga Khan's Dalakhani, a half-brother to champion Daylami, who was unbeaten in his three starts last season.

Closer to home, trainer Terry Mills could attempt to keep Flat racing's ultimate prize within Epsom with his two entries - Let Me Try Again and Mill Byre.


There are two further chances to enter a horse for the 2003 Vodafone Derby - at a cost of £9,000 on April 9, or for £90,000 shortly before the race on May 29.

Stephen Wallis, Managing Director of Epsom Downs Racecourse, commented: "This is the first time that owners who entered their horses as yearlings have had to declare their hand and we are pleased that an increased number have stayed in - some we already know about from their two-year-old days and others that are still unknown quantities. What we do know is that one will leave Epsom crowned as the king of his generation."

SIX OF THE BEST

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (IRE)
3 b c Sadler's Wells (USA) - Sweeten Up (Shirley Heights)
Owner: Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Form: 11-
The homebred Alberto Giacometti was unbeaten in two starts last season. He made his debut at the Curragh on October 31, winning a 24-runner maiden by a neck from stable companion Mingun and nine days later took a big step in class to contest the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Could over 10 furlongs at Saint-Cloud in France. He came through that test in fine style when staying on well to defeat Sumerland by a head.



APEX STAR (USA)
3 ch c Diesis - Imroz (USA) (Nureyev (USA))
Owner: Khalid Abdulla
Trainer: Henry Cecil
Form: 11-
Hailing from the stable of four-time Vodafone Derby winning trainer Henry Cecil, Apex Star was unbeaten on his two starts in 2002. He started off in a maiden over seven furlongs at Leicester on August 11, when defeating the odds-on Dalaram by a length. His next outing was in a novice stakes at Lingfield on August 29, when he was two lengths too good for Western Fling.



BRIAN BORU
3 b c Sadler's Wells (USA) - Eva Luna (USA) (Alleged (USA))
Owner: Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Form: 121-
Bred by Prince Khalid Abdulla's Juddmonte Farms, Brian Boru is the current ante-post favourite for the Vodafone Derby. His career began at the Curragh on June 28, when he was successful in a maiden over seven furlongs. His next appearance was in the Group 3 Beresford Stakes over a mile at the Curragh on September 13, when he went down by a head to John Oxx's Alamshar. Brian Boru's final run of 2002 was a hugely impressive display in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy over a mile at Doncaster on October 26. He was not inconvenienced by the soft ground that day, proving a length and a quarter too good for stable companion Powerscourt.



DALAKHANI (IRE)
3 gr c Darshaan - Daltawa (IRE) (Miswaki (USA))
Owner: HH Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupre FR
Form: 111-
The grey Dalakhani is from one of the Aga Khan's best families, being a half-brother to Daylami. He began his career at Deauville on August 29, winning a maiden over seven furlongs, before stepping up to Group 3 company, when an impressive winner of the Prix des Chenes over a mile at Longchamp on September 22. A Group 1 victory capped Dalakhani's first season, when he defeated Chevalier in the Criterium International over a mile at Saint-Cloud on November 2.



HI DUBAI
3 ch f Rahy (USA) - Jood (USA) (Nijinsky (CAN))
Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor UAE
Form: 2-
Hi Dubai is a full-sister to Godolphin's Fantastic Light - twice a winner of the World Series. Trained by David Loder in 2002, Hi Dubai made one appearance when shaping with considerable promise to be second to Nayzak in a seven-furlong maiden at Newmarket on August 3, when it looked as if a step up in trip would suit her. The last of the six fillies to win the Derby was Fifinella in 1916, although Nobilliary came close when second in 1975. Cape Verdi was the last filly to run in the Derby, finishing ninth for Godolphin in 1998.



HOLD THAT TIGER (USA)
3 ch c Storm Cat (USA) - Beware Of The Cat (USA) (Caveat (USA))
Owner: Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Form: 1101(3)-
Hold That Tiger had a busy campaign in 2002, competing in three different countries. His first two races (he won both) were in Ireland - a six-furlong maiden at Leopardstown on June 12 and the Group 3 Railway Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh on June 30. A disappointing effort followed, when he finished last behind stable companion Spartacus in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh on August 11. However, he was subsequently found to be suffering from a respiratory infection that day. Hold That Tiger returned to action in the Group 1 Grand Criterium over seven furlongs at Longchamp on October 6, when he showed an amazing late burst of speed after a slow start to land the spoils by half a length. He was again slowly away in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington on October 26, but stayed on well to finish third to Vindication on his first race on a dirt surface.


THE 2003 VODAFONE DERBY

Class A, Group One, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs, Total Prize Fund £1,200,000 Saturday, June 7, 2003, one mile, four furlongs and about ten yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 9lb, closed December 5, 2001 (537 entries), first forfeit stage March 4, 2003 (143 entries remain), £9,000 second entry stage April 9, 2003, second forfeit stage May 21, 2003, £90,000 supplementary entry stage May 29, 2003, five-day confirmation stage noon, June 2, 2003, final declaration stage 10am June 5, 2003. (Form figures from Weatherbys correct up to March 17, 2003 and may not include some overseas form).

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
15- ABUNAWWAS (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
431110- AL JADEED (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
2214- ALASIL (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
0332- ALBANOV (IRE) 3 Mrs Michael Watt John Dunlop
11- ALBERTO GIACOMETTI (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11- ALMUSHAHAR (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
(2)- ALUMNI NEWS (USA) 3 William S Farish III John Gosden
11- APEX STAR (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
1- ARTISTIC LAD 3 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
2- ARUNDEL (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
ATTICUS (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31- AUDACIOUS PRINCE (IRE) 3 Exors of the late Mrs Max Morris Sir Mark Prescott
11- AUDIENCE 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing II William Haggas
AWAKENED (IRE) 3 Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
30- BALESTRINI (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
3100- BARNEY MCALL (IRE) 3 Michael Watt Amanda Perrett
BOSRA'S VALENTINE (USA) 3 Wafic Said Henry Cecil
2(1)- BRAVE CALL (USA) 3 D M Kerr and Wood Hall Stud United John Hills
121- BRIAN BORU 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
BURY ST EDMUNDS (USA) 3 Colin Davey Racing James Fanshawe
1- CALIBRE (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
01- CARPANETTO (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
CASTLE SPRINGS 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
52121- CAT ONA HIGH (USA) 3 Seymour Cohn Amanda Perrett
32- CATCHER IN THE RYE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
212- CHEVALIER (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
15- COMMISSION (USA) 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing VI Gerard Butler
50- COUGAR (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
60104- CRATHORNE (IRE) 3 WWWClarendon RacingCom James Bethell
CRUZSPIEL 3 Pat Garvey Noel Meade IRE
111- DALAKHANI (IRE) 3 HH Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
423- DALARAM (IRE) 3 HH Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
33- DALCASSIAN (IRE) 3 Mrs David Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
15- DELACROIX (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
3- DESERT QUEST (IRE) 3 Belinda Strudwick Sir Michael Stoute
20133- DHABYAN (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ben Hanbury
(1)- DUNHILL STAR (IRE) 3 Mohamed Obaida Barry Hills
621- EMRAN (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
ESSEX (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute
FAAYEJ (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
52- FIRST DYNASTY (USA) 3 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
3- FONTANESI (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
43210- FOODBROKER FOUNDER 3 David Elsworth David Elsworth
5313- FRANCE 3 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
21- FRANKLINS GARDENS 3 Mrs M Barwell Mark Tompkins
FREMEN (USA) 3 Niarchos Family Sir Michael Stoute
FRONT RANK (IRE) 3 Exors of the late Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
22- GALA SUNDAY (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
11310- GRAIKOS 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
56- GRAND HALO (IRE) 3 Bob Morton Barry Hills
HANDEL (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2- HASANPOUR (IRE) 3 HH Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
HAWK FLYER (USA) 3 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
HAWKSBILL (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
2- HI DUBAI 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
HIGH DAY 3 Exors of the late Lord Weinstock John Oxx IRE
2166- HILBRE ISLAND 3 E H Jones (Paints) Ltd Brian Meehan
1101(3)- HOLD THAT TIGER (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
ICKLINGHAM (IRE) 3 Sheikh Mohammed John Oxx IRE
IKHTYAR (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
323- ILLUSTRATOR 3 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
51- INTERCEPTOR 3 M Kerr-Dineen, W Eason, M Smith John Hills
05- IRISH LEGEND (IRE) 3 Jacqueline O'Brien Charles O'Brien IRE
0- JADE QUEST (IRE) 3 Jacqueline O'Brien Charles O'Brien IRE
JUBILEE TIME 3 Lancen Farm Partnership Luca Cumani
23- KALABAR 3 Khalid Abdulla Pascal Bary FR
050-(2)(1) LET ME TRY AGAIN (IRE) 3 Terry Mills Terry Mills
(0)1- LOUIS NAPOLEON 3 Nicholas Cooper Gerard Butler
LOUP ROMAIN (IRE) 3 Ecurie Wildenstein Elie Lellouche FR
LOVE IN SEATTLE (IRE) 3 Mick Doyle Mark Johnston
13- LOVE YOU ALWAYS (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
32-(1)(1) LUNDY'S LANE (IRE) 3 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
210- MAGHANIM 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
1225- MAGISTRETTI (USA) 3 Michael Tabor Neville Callaghan
MAIDSTONE MISTRAL 3 Fergus Wilson Martin Pipe
0- MEADOW HAWK (USA) 3 Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
MIDDLEMARCH (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
MILL BYRE (IRE) 3 Resplendent Racing Limited Terry Mills
MULTAZEM (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE
12- MUQBIL (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
MURASHAH (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
1- MUSTANEER (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
MYNISH (IRE) 3 C Gavin James Burns IRE
NAVARON CHARMS (IRE) 3 Stable des Charmes Jean Lesbordes FR
5- OLYMPUS (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
(3)(0)-(1) PARHELION (GER) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
1- PERSIAN MAJESTY (IRE) 3 Dr Jamal Ahmadzadeh Peter Harris
PIANO STAR 3 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
POLICY MAKER (IRE) 3 Ecurie Wildenstein Elie Lellouche FR
POWER MOUNTAIN (USA) 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Trainer Unknown
2212- POWERSCOURT 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
(4)-(1)(1)(1) PRETENCE (IRE) 3 Bjorn Nielsen Jeremy Noseda
4130- PRINCE NUREYEV (IRE) 3 H Gooding Rod Millman
2-(1) PRIVATE CHARTER 3 Robert Sangster Barry Hills
PUTRA KUANTAN 3 HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Michael Jarvis
4- QABAS (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Alec Stewart
QAIS (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
22222-(2) RAHAF (USA) 3 Abdulla BuHaleeba Mark Johnston
RAINBOW WORLD (IRE) 3 Miss A H Marshall John Oxx IRE
REJESS (IRE) 3 Faisal Al Sheikh Julian Czerpak
3-1 RISK SEEKER 3 Ecurie Wildenstein Elie Lellouche FR
2022- RIVER CELEBRE (IRE) 3 HE Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Satish Seemar UAE
41- ROCKET FORCE (USA) 3 Saeed Suhail Ed Dunlop
4- ROOSEVELT (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
42- RUDOOD (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Alec Stewart
SABRE D'ARGENT (USA) 3 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
6115- SATURN (IRE) 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing V Michael Bell
SEEKING BELLISSIMO (IRE) 3 Ballylinch Stud John Oxx IRE
01- SHANTY STAR (IRE) 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
3(1)- SHIELD 3 Hesmonds Stud Gerard Butler
3- SHOSTAKOVICH (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1- SHUHOOD (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
544- SILVER CITY 3 Ken Buchanan and Bernard Keay Amanda Perrett
212- SILVER GILT 3 Lord Hartington John Gosden
61- SIR HAYDN 3 Turf 2000 Limited Nick Littmoden
44- SKELLIGS ROCK (IRE) 3 Brendan W Duke Racing Brendan Duke
0- SKIBEREEN (IRE) 3 Sheikh Mohammed John Gosden
30- SNOW'S RIDE 3 The Parkside Partnership William Muir
SOLSKJAER (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
221- SOME KIND OF TIGER (USA) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
115- SONGLARK 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
102101- SPARTACUS (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0(1)(1)- SPLENDID ERA (UAE) 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Barry Hills
SQUIRTLE TURTLE 3 Martyn Arbib Paul Cole
23- STATEMENT (IRE) 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing II Sir Michael Stoute
24- STRENGTH 'N HONOUR 3 Mrs Charles Cyzer Charles Cyzer
2- SUCCESSOR 3 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
103012- SUMMERLAND (IRE) 3 Robert Sangster John Gosden
3101- SURBITON (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
21644- THE GREAT GATSBY (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
42- TITUREL 3 Brian Voak Clive Brittain
1222(0)- TOMAHAWK (USA) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
426- UNIGOLD (USA) 3 Abdulla BuHaleeba Ed Dunlop
6- UROWELLS (IRE) 3 Ahmed BuHaleeba Ed Dunlop
11123(5)- VAN NISTELROOY (USA) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
VANISHING ACT (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
2- WAKE (USA) 3 Joe Allbritton Brian Meehan
245- WARHOL (USA) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
302- WEAVERS PRIDE (FR) 3 Harrison, Bonnycastle, Hanson, Morton Barry Hills
4- WORDSWORTH (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
YAWMI 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
1- ZEIS (IRE) 3 De La Warr Racing Henry Cecil
ZERYAAB (IRE) 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis

143 entries
40 Irish-trained
13 UAE-trained
7 French-trained

BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES IN THE VODAFONE DERBY

30 Entries
Aidan O'Brien IRE (2001 GALILEO, 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL)

13 Entries
Sir Michael Stoute (1981 SHERGAR, 1986 SHAHRASTANI)

12 Entries
Saeed bin Suroor UAE (1995 LAMMTARRA)

8 Entries
John Gosden (1997 BENNY THE DIP)

7 Entries
Barry Hills

5 Entries
Ed Dunlop

4 Entries
John Dunlop (1978 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS, 1994 ERHAAB)
John Oxx IRE (2000 SINNDAR)

3 Entries
Gerard Butler
Henry Cecil (1985 SLIP ANCHOR, 1987 REFERENCE POINT, 1993 COMMANDER IN CHIEF, 1999 OATH)
Mark Johnston
Elie Lellouche FR
Amanda Perrett

2 Entries
Pascal Bary FR
Clive Brittain
John Hills
Michael Jarvis
Brian Meehan
Terry Mills
Charles O'Brien IRE
Alec Stewart

1 Entry
Michael Bell
James Bethell
James Burns IRE
Neville Callaghan
Paul Cole (1991 GENEROUS)
Luca Cumani (1988 KAHYASI, 1998 HIGH-RISE)
Charles Cyzer
Julian Czerpak
Brendan Duke
Alain de Royer Dupre FR
David Elsworth
James Fanshawe
William Haggas (1996 SHAAMIT)
Peter Harris
Ben Hanbury
Jean Lesbordes FR
Nick Littmoden
David Loder
Noel Meade IRE
Rod Millman
William Muir
Jeremy Noseda
Martin Pipe
Kevin Prendergast IRE
Sir Mark Prescott
Satish Seemar UAE
Mark Tompkins
Dermot Weld IRE




MAJOR STABLES ALL WELL REPRESENTED IN VODAFONE OAKS




The Maktoum family's Godolphin stable, successful in last year's Classic with the brilliant Kazzia, account for 11 of the 84 entries revealed today for the 2003 Vodafone Oaks, run at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 6.


These are headed by Echoes In Eternity, who despite running green easily won her only start as a juvenile in a Newmarket maiden in September when denying Discreet Brief by three and a half lengths for former trainer John Gosden.

Hi Dubai is another notable Godolphin possible. This sister to Fantastic Light - who has also been entered in the Vodafone Derby - also only raced once in 2002, and
looked to have been unlucky when second in a Newmarket maiden in August.

Godolphin, also successful in the Vodafone Oaks with Balanchine in 1994 and Moonshell the following season, are further represented by Gonfilia, Khalkissa, Lady Catherine, Loving Kindness, recent UAE Guineas winner Mezzo Soprano, Russian Society, Sulaalah, Tarbiyah and Tygry.


Sir Michael Stoute, successful with Fair Salinia in 1978 and Unite nine years later, has 10 entries including the 1982 winner Time Charter's last foal, Time Honoured, who got off the mark when beating Russian Society in a Leicester maiden on September 10.


Another of Stoute's entries, Flash Of Gold, could bid to give the Queen a second Oaks victory, 26 years after Dunfermline landed the 1977 running. Flash Of Gold finished seventh on her only start in a Newmarket maiden last year when running green.


Stoute's other entries are Halawanda, Huja, Mananiyya, Olympienne, Rainbow City, Rainbow Queen, Spanish Sun and Waldmark.


Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien provides half of the 16 Irish-trained entries. His octet includes Yesterday, a sister to last year's runner-up Quarter Moon who improved for the step up in trip to nine furlongs on her last start when successful in the Listed Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown in November.

O'Brien has also entered the formerly Roger Charlton-trained L'Ancresse, who was bought by owners Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier after winning a Newbury conditions event on her debut. The Darshaan filly went on to be a good fifth in the Group 2 Owen Brown Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.


O'Brien, who was victorious in the Vodafone Oaks with Shahtoush in 1998 and Imagine two seasons ago, could also be represented by Arpege, In The Limelight, Miss Helga, Pearl Moon, Shangri La and She's A Beauty.

Other notable entries include the John Oxx-trained Elasouna, who won her only race last year, the James Fanshawe-trained Soviet Song, unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old including the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile at Ascot on September 28, when beating Casual Look by one and a half lengths, and Geminiani, who is also undefeated with her second victory coming in the Group Three Touchdown In Malaysia Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on August 25.


Stephen Wallis, Managing Director of Epsom Downs Racecourse, said: "We saw an outstanding winner of the Vodafone Oaks last year in Kazzia and the 2003 race, part of a vibrant two days at Epsom Downs, looks sure to develop into a fascinating event in the coming weeks when a whole host of both proven and less-exposed fillies are put to the test."

THE VODAFONE OAKS

Group One, Class A, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 6, 2003, one mile four furlongs about ten yards, total prize fund £375,000, for three-year-old fillies only. Weights: 9st. Entries closed Wednesday, March 5, 2003 (84 entries). Forfeit stage Thursday, May 22, 2003, £20,000 supplementary entry stage Friday, May 31, 2003. Five-day confirmation stage Saturday, May 31, 2003. 48-hour declaraton stage 10.00am Wednesday, June 4, 2003. (Form figures from Weatherbys correct up to March 17, 2003 and may not include some overseas form).

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
213- AL IHTITHAR (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
AL RAJIBA (USA) 3 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
3- ALBAVILLA 3 Karyl Harris Peter Harris
ALL EMBRACING (IRE) 3 Peter Webb Giles Bravery
1- ALMAVIVA (IRE) 3 Fieldspring Racing Jeremy Noseda
2126- APPROACH 3 Faisal Salman Sir Mark Prescott
ARPEGE (IRE) 3 Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
10- AUNT RITA (IRE) 3 Stamford Bridge Partnership Michael Bell
(3)1- BLAISE CASTLE (USA) 3 John Deer Gerard Butler
204- BRAVO DANCER 3 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
32- CANOUAN (IRE) 3 Lady Clague John Oxx IRE
34122- CASUAL LOOK (USA) 3 William Farish III Andrew Balding
1- CIEL 3 Lord Hartington Michael Bell
0(2)- CLEVER CLOGS 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
DESIGN PERFECTION (USA)3 Helena Springfield Ltd John Gosden
5- EBATANA (IRE) 3 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
1- ECHOES IN ETERNITY (IRE)3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
1- ELASOUNA (IRE) 3 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
0- FLASH OF GOLD 3 The Queen Sir Michael Stoute
21- FLYING WANDA 3 Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
FRIENDLIER 3 Bill Gredley Michael Jarvis
11- GEMINIANI (IRE) 3 Bunny & Nick Roberts Barry Hills
GOLD BAR (IRE) 3 Exors of the late Lord Weinstock Marcus Tregoning
11-(2) GONFILIA (GER) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
2- HALAWANDA (IRE) 3 H H Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
01- HANAMI 3 G B Partnership James Toller
HEARTS 'N MINDS 3 Mrs Charles Cyzer Charles Cyzer
2- HI DUBAI 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
131- HIGH PRAISE (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
3310- HOLD TO RANSOM (USA) 3 Khalid BuHaleeba Ed Dunlop
134- HUJA (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
4215- ILLUSTRIA 3 Sheikh Mohammed Mick Channon
563146- IN THE LIMELIGHT (IRE) 3 Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
42D2- INCHBERRY 3 Woodcote Stud Ltd Gerard Butler
1- JULIETTE (IRE) 3 Cameron Allard John Oxx IRE
0-(1) KHALKISSA (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
15- L'ANCRESSE (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
31- LA MOULINE (IRE) 3 Robert Sangster Gerard Butler
LA SCALA (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
11-(6) LADY CATHERINE 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
1130-(5) LOVING KINDNESS (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
10- LUCKY DATE (IRE) 3 East Wind Racing Ltd Mikael Magnusson
LUNAR COLONY (USA) 3 William S Farish III John Gosden
MAGNIFICENT BELL (IRE) 3 East Wind Racing Ltd Mikael Magnusson
MAINSTREAM OPINION (IRE) 3 Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
MANAMA ROSE (IRE) 3 Abdulla Al Khalifa Gerard Butler
2- MANANIYYA (IRE) 3 H H Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
MANTESERA (IRE) 3 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
1-(1) MEZZO SOPRANO (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
4551- MISS HELGA (IRE) 3 Evie Stockwell Aidan O'Brien IRE
1- MISS NASHWAN (IRE) 3 CAMMA Di Schiavi Carlo Maria & C Dermot Weld IRE
33- MOONSPRITE 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
NOFA'S MAGIC (IRE) 3 Prince A A Faisal John Dunlop
2- OCEAN SILK (USA) 3 Robert Sangster John Gosden
OLYMPIENNE (IRE) 3 Exors of the late Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
PEARL MOON (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2- RAINBOW CITY (IRE) 3 Exors of the late Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
10- RAINBOW QUEEN 3 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
41- RICHEMAUR (IRE) 3 P A & D G Sakal Mark Tompkins
RUMANSY (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE
32- RUSSIAN SOCIETY 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
SHANGRI LA (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
030- SHE'S A BEAUTY (USA) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
3113- SNIPPETS (IRE) 3 Mrs J M Weld Jim Bolger
111- SOVIET SONG (IRE) 3 Elite Racing Club James Fanshawe
1- SPANISH SUN (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
0- STAGE SHY (USA) 3 Robert Sangster John Gosden
5- STEALING BEAUTY (IRE) 3 G Callanan Luca Cumani
STORMY DAY 3 Sir Eric Parker Michael Jarvis
SULAALAH (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
1210- SUMMITVILLE 3 Mountain High Partnership James Given
403- SURVAL (IRE) 3 Bob Lanigan Luca Cumani
2- TADRIS (USA) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
TANAGHUM 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
TARBIYAH 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
TERESA 3 Sir Eric Parker John Dunlop
2- THINGMEBOB 3 Mrs Mark Tompkins Mark Tompkins
5- TIME AHEAD 3 Robert Barnett John Dunlop
41- TIME HONOURED 3 Robert Barnett Sir Michael Stoute
TYGRY (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor UAE
11- VINTAGE TIPPLE (IRE) 3 P J O'Donovan Paddy Mullins IRE
1- WALDMARK (GER) 3 Newsells Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
012631- YESTERDAY (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Roisin Henry Aidan O'Brien IRE
YOUR WELCOME 3 Maktoum Al Maktoum Carlos Laffon-Parias FR

94 entries
15 Irish-trained entries
11 UAE-trained entries
1 French-trained entry

Breakdown Of Entries by Trainer and Past Successes

11 Entries
Saeed bin Suroor UAE (2002 KAZZIA, 1995 MOONSHELL)

10 Entries
Sir Michael Stoute (1987 UNITE, 1978 FAIR SALIANIA)

8 Entries
Aidan O'Brien IRE (2001 IMAGINE, 1998 SHAHTOUSH)

5 Entries
John Gosden

4 Entries
Gerard Butler
John Dunlop (1990 SALSABIL, 1984 CIRCUS PLUME)
John Oxx IRE

3 Entries
Ed Dunlop
Dermot Weld IRE (1981 BLUE WIND)

2 Entries
Michael Bell
Clive Brittain (1992 USER FRIENDLY)
Mick Channon
Luca Cumani
Barry Hills
Michael Jarvis
Mikael Magnusson
Jeremy Noseda
Mark Tompkins
Marcus Tregoning

1 Entry
Andrew Balding
Jim Bolger IRE (1991 JET SKI LADY)
Giles Bravery
Henry Cecil (2000 LOVE DIVINE, 1999 RAMRUMA, 1997 REAMS OF VERSE, 1996 LADY CARLA, 1989 SNOW BRIDE, 1988 DIMINUENDO, 1985 OH SO SHARP)
Charles Cyzer
James Fanshawe
James Given
Peter Harris
Carlos Laffon-Parias FR
Paddy Mullins IRE
Sir Mark Prescott
James Toller



ROTHMANS FORCED TO END SPONSORSHIP




Doncaster Racecourse and Rothmans (UK) Ltd have today announced that due to the recent ban on tobacco advertising imposed by the Government, Rothmans (UK) Ltd are sadly no longer able to sponsor the St. Leger Stakes - the world's oldest Classic.


The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act, which came into effect on 14th February 2003, also means sponsorship will cease from Rothmans (UK) Ltd for three other prestigious races at the St. Leger Festival - the Park Hill Stakes, May Hill Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.


The title sponsors of the St. Leger Festival for the past four years (with another two years still to run) Rothmans (UK) Ltd have successfully raised the profile of the St. Leger Festival and the 2002 running of the Rothmans Royals St. Leger Stakes was the richest-renewal of the world's oldest Classic race with a prize fund of £400,000.


John Sanderson, Chief Executive at Doncaster Racecourse commented, "We will always be grateful to Rothmans (UK) Ltd and their highly professional team for the enormous benefits they brought to the St. Leger Festival in the way of marketing and promotional expertise as well as through their generous financial support. They leave Doncaster Racecourse with an enhanced St. Leger Festival and four top class and well developed opportunities for new sponsors."

Ralf Wittenberg, Marketing Director of Rothmans (UK) Ltd added, "Rothmans Royals has enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship with top class Flat racing and in particular with the St. Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. Although saddened to be losing this wonderful sponsorship opportunity, we are delighted to have contributed to the re-establishment of the St. Leger as one of the North's premier sporting occasions. We wish Doncaster racecourse well and feel confident that another equally enthusiastic sponsor can be found for this world class sporting event."



POPULAR FREEPHONE STANLEY LINCOLN AT DONCASTER




The Freephone Stanley Lincoln on Saturday (3.05pm, March 22) is a race to really look forward to, with 99 horses vying for the 24 places in the £100,000 mile handicap at Doncaster - the first big race of the new season.


Luckily, there is a £25,000 consolation race for those who do not make the final line-up - the Freephone Stanley Spring Mile which is staged at 2.55pm on Friday (March 21) at Doncaster, the day after the Yorkshire course opens the turf Flat season on Thursday (March 20).


Both races will have maximum fields of 24, a testament to the popularity of the Freephone Stanley Lincoln and the opening Doncaster Racecourse meeting.


Stanley Racing, backers of the Freephone Stanley Lincoln, have two great offers to celebrate the start of their three-year sponsorship of this very prestigious and valuable mile handicap.

New telephone debit account customers of Stanley Racing who register and bet during the three-day Doncaster meeting will receive A FREE BET OF UP TO £50 ON THE GRAND NATIONAL. The free Grand National bet will be equal to half the stake of the first bet placed

Stanley's will also be paying each-way terms of a quarter the odds for the first five horses to finish in the Freephone Stanley Lincoln. This offer is available in Stanley's betting shops, by phone or on the net.


Their latest betting on the Freephone Stanley Lincoln is 5/1 Adiemus, 10/1 Pablo, 12/1 Golden Chalice, 14/1 Selective, Colisay and Certain Justice, 16/1 Norton, 20/1 Lino, Jabaar, Scotty's Future, The Judge, Dumaran, Sahaat, Island Light, Incline, Gallant Boy and Cape Town, 25/1 and upwards the others

Footballing legend Niall Quinn is to conduct the draw for the Freephone Stanley Lincoln at noon on Thursday. At the draw ceremony, Quinn will pick the names of the 24 runners in turn out of a hat at random, with each horse's representative deciding which stall to choose.


The draw on Doncaster's straight mile can have an important bearing on the result and trainers and owners have their favourite positions.

Quinn, 36, retired from playing in November after 19 years as a professional, having enjoyed a highly-distinguished playing career. He made his league debut for Arsenal in 1985 and the 6ft 4in striker went on to score 167 goals, including 69 for his last club Sunderland, and 21 from 92 appearances for the Republic Of Ireland, making him the all-time leading goal scorer for his country.

The Dubliner hit the headlines for all the right reasons last season, when he donated a sum of over £1 million to three children's charities in Sunderland, Dublin and Calcutta - the proceeds from his testimonial match between Sunderland and the Republic Of Ireland in May.


Quinn is changing professions: "I'm in the process of moving back to Ireland and I've bought a farm on the outskirts of Naas, near Punchestown Racecourse. As a way of life and a hobby, we'll breed a few horses and my wife rides.


"I've taken a job for The Irish Independent writing about all sports. It's the dream job really. Football was a dream for long enough but that didn't last forever and now I've found something which really appeals to me. I'm also doing a little bit of work for Sky Sports."

Like many players and others associated with football, Quinn has a huge passion for racing, which goes way beyond attempting to find a few winners at the weekend.


"My wife Gillian and I have two horses in training with Kevin Ryan and a half-share of Halmahera, who won the Portland Handicap at Doncaster for us last year," he explained.

"I'm also in a little syndicate in Ireland where four of us have three hurdlers, which we bought at Newmarket Sales in October including Statim, who is trained by Michael O'Brien.


"I also own my stallion Cois Na Tine, which I stand up here at Acrum Lodge Stud in County Durham. He's doing OK from a very small number of mares - he's looking after himself, getting a few winners here and there, including a Listed winner in Italy.

"We have also got a couple of mares up here, one fairly good one whose first three have all won. It's just enough to make it a good hobby. I'm looking forward to the draw and it will be a lovely day."

Stanley's are giving Quinn the chance to make more money for charity, through a £1,000 bet on the big race. Any winnings will go to a charity of his choice and, if he is unable to find the winner, then they will donate £1,000 to the charity anyway.


Quinn said: "I'd be more worried about getting that wrong [than conducting the draw] to be honest. I've been following the Racing Post each day with interest to see how the various horses are coming into prominent contention. I'll go through the formbook and I hope to have a canny bet!"

Football has meant that Quinn has been unable to indulge his passion for racing on Saturdays for many years, but he aims to put that right in the future.


"I haven't been to the Lincoln before but I've been to the Lincoln Meeting on the Thursday. We were always playing on Saturday but now I can relax and take in things like this and it's great.


"I also found it hard to get to see Halmahera who was running in the big sprints, which always tend to be on a Saturday, but this year I'll be able to watch him."

Entries for the races over the three days are very healthy, with 196 on Thursday, 203 on Friday and 241 on Saturday.


Steven Clarke, the Racecourse Manager, commented today: "Doncaster opens the Flat turf season with some tremendous racing and we are especially looking forward to the highlight of the three days, the Freephone Stanley Lincoln on Saturday."


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