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Sunday, May 21, 2000


Record prize money totalling £364,500 - up 11.5% from the £327,500 in 1999 - will be on offer during Goodwood's three-day May Trials meeting which takes place from Tuesday, May 23, through to Thursday, May 25.

Additionally, for every race, a prize for the best turned-out horse will be awarded to the lad or lass responsible.

The opening day, Tuesday, sees the 30th running of the Listed Compass UK Leisure Predominate Stakes, over a mile and a quarter and worth £35,000, which is the last of the major trials for the Vodafone Derby.

This year's Compass UK Leisure Predominate has attracted nine entries at the five-day stage. Among them are Vodafone Derby entries Ferzao, Inchlonaig, Norton, Roscius, St Expedit and Tantalus. Ferzao represents Amanda Perrett, who trains near Goodwood at Pulborough, and could be her first runner in the Epsom classic on June 10.

Godolphin are responsible for three of the entries, Inchlonaig and Roscius, plus Sun Charm, while Merry Merlin, successful in last week's Dee Stakes, is out to see whether it is worth supplementing for the Derby.

The 1999 winner of the Compass UK Leisure Predominate Stakes was Dubai Millennium, who finished ninth in the Derby but has since won three Group One races, including this year's Dubai World Cup.

Other highlights of the opening day include the second running of the £50,000 Tote Trifecta Handicap, over 1m 1f for three-year-olds rated 0-105, which has 27 entries, with the weights headed by Nicobar and Jalad. It looks like being a very competitive affair.

Racing gets under way at 2.10pm with the £8,000-added Trehearne and Norman Maiden Stakes, over a mile for three-year-olds with 17 entries, and the £15,000-added Newton Investment Management Handicap has attracted 24 entries with recent York winner Mayaro Bay heading the weights. The £10,000-added Forest Alliance Conditions Stakes, sponsored by Metsa-Serla Paperboard, has a quality entry of ten including the very smart Tomba.

Racegoers in the Gordon Enclosure on Tuesday will be able to consume as many burgers, fries, pizzas, hot dogs and soft drinks as they can manage, because the opening day of Goodwood's season is FREE FAST FOOD DAY.

Fillies have their chance to star on Wednesday in the £30,000 Listed Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes over a mile and a quarter. Established in 1972, the race honours the great Lupe who won the Oaks in 1970 and the Coronation Cup in 1971.

The Victor Chandler Lupe is the final recognised trial for the Vodafone Oaks and among the 13 entries made today, six, Corinium, Britannia, Clog Dance, My Hansel, Picture Princess and Shady Point, are also in the Epsom classic.

Claxon, last year's Victor Chandler Lupe winner, went on to finish fifth at Epsom
behind Ramruma. Claxon's trainer was John Dunlop, who has won the Goodwood race five times since 1992 but will not be represented this year.

The second running of the valuable ABN Amro Handicap, with £50,000 in prize money and run over seven furlongs, has attracted 23 entries while the Fairclough Home Handicap has 29 entries and the Marriott Goodwood Park Hotel Handicap is even more popular with 35 entries.

Thursday's highlight is the £35,000 Listed Badger Brewery Festival Stakes over a mile and a quarter for older horses and has in the past been won by some useful performers including future Champion Hurdler Alderbrook in 1994 and Rainbow Quest in 1985 who went on to win that year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Also on Thursday's card is the £25,000 Listed European Breeders Fund Conqueror Stakes over a mile.

Rob Fabricius, Goodwood's Clerk of the Course and General Manager, said: "We are looking forward to the opening three-day May meeting which not only has two classic trials, the Compass UK Leisure Predominate Stakes and the Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes, but also two £50,000 handicaps, the Tote Trifecta Stakes and the ABN Amro Stakes, and the two Listed races on the final day, the Badger Brewery Festival Stakes and the European Breeders' Fund Conqueror Stakes.

"Some welcome rain has eased the going, currently Good in the Straight and Good to Firm (Good in places) on the Round Course. The showery outlook should help the moisture in the ground."

There are seven races on each of the three days, with the first race at 2.10pm and the last race at 5.20pm. Daily admission rates are as follows - Richmond Enclosure £18.00, Gordon Enclosure £11.00, Public Enclosure £5.00 (Racegoers over 65 may enter the Public Enclosure at the reduced rate of £3.00). Accompanied children under 17 are admitted FREE OF CHARGE throughout the meeting.


Beat Hollow attracted a little support for the Vodafone Derby on Saturday afternoon as punters had a small injection of confidence in the Cecil camp with the success of Subtle Power at Newbury. Other than that it has been a relatively quiet time on the two classics.

THE VODAFONE DERBY: 4-1 King's Best, 5-1 Beat Hollow (from 11-2), 8-1 Aristotle, Sakhee, 10-1 Sinndar (from 12), 14-1 Best Of The Bests, 16-1 Kingsclere, 20-1 Hattab, Savoire Vivre, 25-1 Saddlers Quest, 33-1 Adilabad, Air Marshall, Bach, Delius, Ekraar, Executive Order, Fanaar, Fast Track, Going Global, Hardy, Holding Court, Inglenook, Jaydoom, Lermontov, Mahfooth, Media Puzzle, Millenary, Mull Of Kintyre, Roscius, Sandmason, 40-1 BAR

THE VODAFONE OAKS: 3-1 Kalypso Katie, 9-2 Petrushka, 8-1 Love Divine, 9-1 Melikah, 12-1 High Walden, Teggiano (from 10), 14-1 Lady Upstage, 16-1 Farrfesheena, Gold Round, Whitefoot, 20-1 Clog Dance, Interlude, 25-1 Britannia, Chiang Mai, Corinium, Elegant As Always, Theoretically, Ya Tarra, 33-1 BAR

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