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Thursday, May 11, 2000


THE VODAFONE DERBY: 5-1 Kings Best, 6-1 Beat Hollow, 14-1 Aristotle, 16-1 Barathea Guest, Bein Entendu, Giants Causeway, Rivers Curtain, 20-1 Dubai Two Thousand, Jaydoom, Sakhee, Sandmason, Savoire Vivre, Wellbeing, 25-1 Inchlonaig, Mana-Mou-Bay, Monashee Mountain, Sinndar, 33-1 Adilabad, Air Marshall, Appolo Victoria, Bach, Best Of The Bests, Brahms, Delius, Ekraar, Executive Order, Fanaar, Fast Track, Hatha Anna, Kingsclere, Lermontov, Mahfooth, Millenary, Muakaad, Mull Of Kintyre, Royal Kingdom, Trumpet Sound, 40-1 BAR

THE VODAFONE OAKS: 4-1 Petrushka, 8-1 Teggiano, 10-1 Love Divine, Melikah, 12-1 Embraced, 14-1 Kalypso Katie (from 16), 16-1 High Walden, 20-1 Clog Dance, Interlude, Lady Of Chad, 25-1 Britannia, Chiang Mai, Corinium, Dream Quest, Ejlaal, Elegant As Always, Fame At Last, My Hansel, Theoretically, Wind Silence, Ya Tarra, 33-1 BAR


Merry Merlin, trained by Michael Bell, landed a 25/1 shock today when winning the Listed Smartstates 187th Year of The Dee Stakes at Chester this afternoon. The winner, who is not among the Vodafone Derby entries, was dropped in off the pace by Richard Quinn before coming through with a good run off the final bend to end up the decisive winner of the race by 2 ½ lengths from the favourite Three Points.

Afterwards Michael Bell commented that the horse was a "journeyman" Group 3 and that he would not be advising Merry Merlin's owner, Sir Thomas Pilkington, to spend £75,000 to supplement the colt on June 3 for the Vodafone Derby a week later.

Daliapour landed the spoils in the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes. The colt, having his first run for Sir Michael Stoute, came with a smooth run and was always holding the challenge of Life Is Life.

There was controversy in the Listed Huxley Stakes when hot favourite Beat All was withdrawn after the starter thought that the colt was lame. It was subsequently found that the horse was in fact sound although by that time it was not possible for the horse to run in the race, much to the frustration of trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

In the end the race went to the Geoff Wragg trained Sossus Vlei.


Sendawar, last season's joint top rated miler, is being prepared for a possible tilt at the Group 1 Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes over 1m at Newbury on Saturday May 20.

The colt, trained in France by Alain de Royer Dupre had a public workout at Chantilly racecourse on Monday with his regular jockey Gerald Mosse. The son of Priolo is said to have worked very well, drawing away on the bridle from his three lead horses.


Godolphin will run Pacino in the Group 2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) at Cologne on Sunday. The son of Zafonic had two runs last season when trained by John Dunlop, finishing second in maidens at Salisbury and Newmarket. His sole run this season came in the UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba when he finished 9th behind China Visit.

On Sunday the colt will be partnered by Paul Eddery.

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