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Tuesday, April 11, 2000


The Vodafone Derby 1m 4f
Epsom - June 10

Beat Hollow 12
Shakespeare 16
Aristotle 20
Best Of The Best 25
Ciro 25
Inchlonaig 25
Kutub 25
Rivers Curtain 25
Royal Kingdom 25
Adilabad 33
Air Marshall 33
Dubai Two Thousand 33
Eljohar 33
Hobb Alwahtan 33
Jaydoom 33
Kings Best 33
Savoire Vivre 33
Mahfooth 33
Roscius 33
Shapour 33
Tarboush 33
Akeed 40
Alberquerque 40
Alva Glen 40
Appollo Victor' 40
Barathea Queen 40
Broche 40
Commanche Sa' 40
Delias 40
Ethmaar 40


The Sagitta 2,000 Guineas

Distant Music 9-4
Giants Causeway 4
Misraah 7
Monashee Mountain 10
Bernstein 12
Bachir 14
Brahms 14
Mahfooth 16
Primo Valentino 16
Western Summer 20
Zoning 20
Kings Best 20
Broche 20
Dubai Two Thousand 20
Inchlonaig 20

Sagitta 1,000 Guineas

High Walden 7
Teggiano 8
Petrushka 8
Inkling 14
Seazun 16
Lahan 16
Corinnium 20
Kalypso Katie 20
Lady Of Chad 20
Saintly Speech 20
Bintalreef 20
Torgau 20


The Vodafone Oaks 1m 4f
June 9

High Walden 10
Teggiano 10
Petrushka 12
Love Divine 14
Kalypso Katie 16
Dignify 20
Interlude 20
Melikah 20


Distant Music, the antepost favourite for next month's Sagitta 2000 Guineas, may have his first outing this year in Saturday's Lane's End Greenham Stakes at Newbury, provided the ground does not come up too testing.

Trainer Barry Hills, who described Distant Music as the best juvenile he had trained said: "The intention is to run Distant Music but it depends on the ground, as I don't want to run him on a soft surface.

"The forecast is not very good and he's a colt who ideally wants good ground. If he had to miss Newbury, I'd discuss the Craven with his owner."

The trainer's son, Michael, who will ride the horse on Saturday said: "I rode work on him on Saturday and he felt really good. He's definately trained on and I don't think a mile will be a problem. He looks stronger than last year.


Mister Morose and Cenkos , who both won at Aintree last week could take their chance at Ayr this week.

Nigel Twiston-Davies , trainer of Mister Morose, described the horse as very well after winning the Martell Aintree Hurdle on Saturday and he could run in Saturday's Samsung Electronics Scottish Champion Hurdle . He said: "There are no definite plans, but we may have a go with Mister Morose. He's come out of the race at Aintree very well, and I'd just like soft ground for him."

Another who could join him in the race could be Malcolm Jefferson's Dato Star . The trainer said: "He's fine and there's a very good chance he'll run as long as the ground's okay.

"It needs to be good or on the softer side of good. He ran a blinder in the Champion Hurdle, he was only beaten 10 lengths."

Cenkos, who took Thursday's Sandeman Maghull Novices' Chase, could take his chance in the HBG Construction Novices' Chase on Friday.

His trainer, Oliver Sherwood , said: "If it came up bottomless he might well run. He's a stone better off on soft ground. I'm a believer in striking while the iron is hot, and Cenkos is absolutely bouncing after Aintree.


The Ferdy Murphy -trained Paris Pike was a top priced 6-1 favourite for Saturday's Ladbroke Casinos Scottish Grand National at Ayr. After offering the price this morning, Ladbrokes reported the price too generous for the horse's legion of fans and was soon cut to 9-2 with the Magic Sign. The eight-year-old gelding has won on his last three starts this season.

Last year's winner, Young Kenny , heads the weights on 11st 10lb and could be joined by two other Aintree fallers Red Marauder and Earthmover .

Richard Guest , Red Marauder's jockey, said the horse was "more likely than not" to take his chance. He said: "He seems alright and has been skipping about, he jumped awful before falling at the sixth in the National and didn't adapt to the fences at all.

"I just hope his confidence hasn't been affected, and I'll give him a pop over some fences on Wednesday to see how he is."

Trainer Paul Nicholls said about Earthmover: "He's just got a few lumps and bumps but he's fine."

However, he added: "I've no idea what will run until I've seen what the weather does."

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