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Sunday, May 14, 2000


Godolphin's Bachir scored a decisive victory in the Group One Dubai Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the French 2,000 Guineas, at Longchamp today.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the three-year-old colt was always going well and settled in second, challenged and asserted his superiority within the last two furlongs.

Bachir was Godolphin's first Group One winner in Europe this season.

Dettori said:"Bachir has been a great and consistent horse all year. He was second in the UAE Derby, which just shows how important that race is going to be in the future. He comes here and again runs a great race and goes and wins.

"I am glad that Bachir came out and won for us after the disappointments in Kentucky and in the Guineas. We needed to bounce back and win a nice race and so we did."

Godolphin and Dettori had a double at Longchamp when sprinter Sampower Star took the Group Three Prix de Saint Georges over five furlongs.

In the earlier Group One Prix Lupin, Godolphin's River's Curtain disappointed in sixth.

Pacino gave Godolphin another victory when winning easily in the Group Two Mehl Mulhens Rennen, the German 2,000 Guineas, at Cologne.

Though Mukhalif ran disappointingly for Godolphin in the Group One Premio Presidente della Repubblica in Italy.


The Aga Khan's Sinndar became a Vodafone Derby contender after defying his Group One penalty at Leopardstown in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

Trainer John Oxx said: ""f he is fit and well he will probably go to Epsom although we might decide on the French Derby instead .Sinndar is very genuine and tough, and is crying out for a longer trip than this 10 furlongs on ground that was quick enough for him."

Bach, the 7-4 joint favourite with Sinndar, was a head behind at the line.


Best Of The Bests was trimmed to 20-1 after Frankie Dettori pinpointed the former Clive Brittain-trained colt as his likely Vodafone Derby Mount. After the trials on Saturday and Sunday, Ciro (16 from 40) entered the Derby picture with an impressive victory in the Prix Lupin at Longchamp whilst Rivers Curtain joined his stable mate Dubai Two Thousand when removed from the Vodafone Derby betting by William Hill. Saturday's Lingfield Derby Trial winner, Saddlers Quest is now 25-1 for Epsom and runner-up Going Global is 33-1.

In the Vodafone Oaks, Lady Of Chad has been removed from the betting with light support for Kalypso Katie (8 from 10).

THE VODAFONE DERBY: 5-1 Kings Best, 11-2 Beat Hollow, 10-1 Aristotle, 14-1 Sakhee (from 20), Wellbeing (from 16), 16-1 Barathea Guest, Bein Entendu, Ciro (from 40), Giants Causeway, 20-1 Best Of The Bests (from 40), Sandmason, Savoire Vivre, Sinndar, 25-1 Inchlonaig, Mana-Mou-Bay, Saddlers Quest (from 40), 33-1 Adilabad, Air Marshall, Appolo Victoria, Bach, Best Of The Bests, Brahms, Delius, Ekraar, Executive Order, Fanaar, Fast Track, Going Global (from 50), Hatha Anna, Jaydoom, Kingsclere, Lermontov, Mahfooth, Millenary, Mull Of Kintyre, Royal Kingdom, Trumpet Sound, 40-1 BAR

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

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