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Wednesday, May 24, 2000



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Salmon Ladder 16 H
Murghem 14 H
Pairumani Star 12 H
Montalcino 20 H, T
Turtle Valley 16 H
Zilarator 7 C, H
Montecristo 7 T
Afterjacko 11/2 T
Little Pippin 11/2 C, T
Tensile 10 C
Livius 8 T
Gallery God 12 C, H, T
Quedex 16 C

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32 REMAIN IN DERBY




All the main candidates for the 2000 Vodafone Derby, which is run on Saturday, June 10, at Epsom, remain in the premier classic after today's second forfeit stage.

There are 32 horses in the Vodafone Derby, one less than last year and five more than at this stage in 1998. The supplementary entry stage for the classic is on Saturday, June 3, costing £75,000.


King's Best, Beat Hollow, Aristotle, Sakhee, Sinndar,Best Of The Bests and Kingsclere, the leading fancies in the ante-post betting market, all remain among the entries for the £1-million classic.

Andrew Cooper, Group Racing Manager of United Racecourses, said today: "The ground at Epsom, following recent rain, is good and we are expecting further rain over the next few days. The course is in excellent condition.


"It is very pleasing to see all the leading contenders remain in and we are looking forward tremendously to the 222nd running of the Vodafone Derby.


"The supplementary entry stage on June 3 gives owners and trainers a final opportunity to have a runner in the classic."

Aidan O'Brien, the champion Irish trainer, is keeping his options open, leaving in six horses, Apollo Victoria, Aristotle, Bach, Ciro, Giant's Causeway and Shakespeare.


The combination of trainer Saeed bin Suroor and owner Godolphin have five entries to choose from, Best Of The Bests, Broche, Hatha Anna, Inchlonaig and Roscius.

Henry Cecil has three, Beat Hollow, Bien Entendu and Wellbeing, while John Dunlop, like fellow trainers Paul Cole and Dermot Weld, has two still engaged, Chester Vase winner Millenary and Dante victor Sakhee. The two Weld hopes are Media Puzzle, who entered at the second entry stage on April 12, and Muakaad, while the Cole contenders are Cornelius and Zafonium.



THE VODAFONE DERBY

Class A, Group 1, 3.50pm, Saturday, June 10, 2000, £1 million total prize fund, one mile four furlongs, three-year-old entire colts & fillies. Weights: colts 9st, fillies 8st 9lb. Entries closed December 2, 1998 (601 entries), first forfeit stage March 7, 2000 (171 entries remained), entries revealed March 17, second entry stage April 12 (7 entries added - listed in bold italics ), second forfeit stage May 24 (32 entries remain), £75,000 supplementary entry stage June 3, five-day confirmation stage June 5, final declaration stage 10am, June 8. (Form figures may not include some overseas racing and are up to and include Wednesday, May 24, 2000).



Form Horse Owner Trainer

1-24 APOLLO VICTORIA (FR) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
11-3 ARISTOTLE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11-12 BACH (IRE) Satish Sanan & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
10112-13 BARATHEA GUEST John Guest George Margarson
1-1 BEAT HOLLOW Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
312-3 BEST OF THE BESTS (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1 BIEN ENTENDU Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
1-70 BROCHE (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
211-31 CIRO (USA) Michael Tabor,Sue Magnier,Richard Santulli Aidan O'Brien IRE
136- CORNELIUS Sir George Meyrick Paul Cole
052-43 CRACOW (IRE) John Hills John Hills
111-12 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31-132 GOING GLOBAL (IRE) Dwayne Woods Sean Woods
121-1 HATAAB (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
-5 HATHA ANNA (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
6210-11 HOLDING COURT Poilin Good Michael Jarvis
1-4 INCHLONAIG Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
115-21 KING'S BEST (USA) Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
114323-15 KINGSCLERE Michael Tabor Ian Balding
MAIDSTONE MAJESTY Fergus Wilson Martin Pipe
3-1 MEDIA PUZZLE (USA) Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
35-11 MILLENARY Neil Jones John Dunlop
-13 MUAKAAD Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE
2-1 ROSCIUS (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1-11 SADDLER'S QUEST E R Goodwin Gerard Butler
411-11 SAKHEE (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
1-4 SHAKESPEARE Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aiden O'Brien IRE
& Lord Lloyd-Webber
11-21 SINNDAR (IRE) HH Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
3-2712 ST EXPEDIT John Pearce Geoff Wragg
3-11 WELLBEING Exors of the late Lord Howard de Walden Henry Cecil
31- ZAFONIUM (USA) HRH Prince Fahd Salman Paul Cole
213-233 ZYZ Bill Gredley Barry Hills

32 entries remain after May 24, second forfeit stage, 9 Irish-trained




LATEST WILLIAM HILL BETTING ON THE EPSOM CLASSICS





THE VODAFONE DERBY: 7-2 King's Best, 5-1 Beat Hollow, 8-1 Aristotle,
Sakhee, 10-1 Best Of The Bests, Sinndar, 16-1 Kingsclere, 20-1 Hattab,
Saddlers Quest, 33-1 Bach, Ekraar, Going Global, Holding Court, Sandmason, 40-1 BAR 40-1 Roscius, St Expedit

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




QUALITY VODAFONE CORONATION CUP IN PROSPECT




Two Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winners, Montjeu and Sagamix, last year's Vodafone Derby runner-up Daliapour, the 1999 Vodafone Oaks winner Ramruma and four others from Godolphin are among the 14 top-class horses left in the £250,000 Vodafone Coronation Cup after today's forfeit stage.


The Group One race, run at Epsom on Friday, June 9, the first day of the 2000 Vodafone Derby meeting, alongside the Vodafone Oaks, has enjoyed at 25% boost in prize money to a record £250,000 this year.

Godolphin has Fantastic Light, Sagamix, Iscan, champion stayer Kayf Tara who made a recent triumphant seasonal debut at York, and Mutafaweq still engaged.


Horses saddled by Andre Fabre, the leading French trainer, have to be respected since they have won the Group One contest five times.


Fabre has the in-form pair Amilynx and First Magnitude among the remaining entries. Amilynx took the Group One Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp last season and was a winner last time out of a Group Three contest at the same course.


First Magnitude succeeded in a Group Two Saint-Cloud contest on Monday (May 22) and took his previous race, a Longchamp Group Three in April.

Ramruma disappointed on her debut this year at Newmarket but had tremendous form last year.

Andrew Cooper, Group Racing Manager at United Racecourses, is eagerly anticipating the 2000 Vodafone Coronation Cup.



He said: "The Vodafone Coronation Cup, more valuable than ever before, is always a thrilling and top-quality contest. Last year's winner Daylami became the horse of the year."

THE VODAFONE CORONATION CUP


Class A, Group 1, Friday, June 9, 2000, total prize fund £250,000, one mile four furlongs, for four-year-olds and upwards. Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed Wednesday, April 12 (30 entries), entries released, Monday, April 17, forfeit stage May 23 (14 remain), declarations to run must be made by 10am on Wednesday, June 7 and declaration of riders must be made by 1pm on Thursday, June 8.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer

2311-271 AMILYNX (FR) 4 Jean-Luc Lagardere Andre Fabre FR
1/1333/3-6 BORDER ARROW 5 Bob Michaelson & Wafic Said Ian Balding
1/12220-1 DALIAPOUR (IRE) 4 HH Aga Khan Sir Michael Stoute
23110-1 FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA)4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
21310-611 FIRST MAGNITUDE (IRE) 4 Daniel Wildenstein Andre Fabre FR
130134-6 GOLD ACADEMY (IRE) 4 George Teo Richard Hannon
501265-2 GREEK DANCE (IRE) 5 Lord Weinstock Sir Michael Stoute
322205-6 ISCAN (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1/13111-1 KAYF TARA 6 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
211114- MONTJEU (IRE) 4 Michael Tabor John Hammond FR
1/11541- MUTAFAWEQ (USA) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
01114/0-2 MUTAMAM 5 Hamdan Al Maktoum Alec Stewart
111112-0 RAMRUMA (USA) 4 HRH Prince Fahd Salman Henry Cecil
111/44-0 SAGAMIX (FR) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

14 entries remain after today's forfeit stage today, May 23, 2000




LEVY BOARD APPROVAL FOR BOARDS ON RAILS




The Horserace Betting Levy Board today agreed that rails bookmakers should be allowed to display their prices on boards - but only facing into members' enclosures.


This is seen by the Levy Board as a fair balance between improving service to racegoers, the valid expectations of rails bookmakers, whilst limiting any disadvantage to Tattersalls boards bookmakers.


The Levy Board also decided to ask the National Joint Pitch Council to try and achieve an agreement between the rails and Tattersalls bookmakers on the basis by which they may be integrated into one bookmakers' list per course for pitch allocation purposes.


The NJPC will be asked to report on the outcome of its efforts in time for the Levy Board's meeting in September.

It was agreed that the display of boards on rails should be implemented from January 1, 2001.

The Levy Board would like to see arrangements for the integration of the rails and Tattersalls bookmakers introduced on the same date. In the event of an early agreement being reached on the basis for integration, the Levy Board will consider bringing forward the date for implementation of boards on rails.


Further details of the Levy Board's review of pitch administration arrangements will be released tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, 2000.




LOVE DIVINE SO IMPRESSIVE IN LUPE




Henry Cecil's Love Divine was an impressive winner of today's Listed Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes at Goodwood.

The Diesis filly came took up the running two furlongs out and went on to score by four lengths from Spinning Top.


However, Love Divine will have to be supplemented at a cost of £15,000 if she is to line up on June 9. Trainer Henry Cecil stated that he would have discuss such a move with Trevor Harris of Lordship Stud, the filly's owners.


The Master of Warren Place went on to reveal that his three Vodafone Derby hopefuls - Beat Hollow, Bien Entendu and Wellbeing had worked nicely this morning and that he would hopefully be able to get a racecourse gallop into them next week at Yarmouth.



TEN TO GO IN IRISH 2000




There will be ten runners in Saturday's Group 1 Entemann's Irish 2000 Guineasat the Curragh over 1m.


Britain will be represented by George Margarson's Barathea Guest, Godolphin's Bachir and Glad Master, Richard Hannon's Cape Town and Scarteen Fox from David Elsworth's yard.


The Ballydoyle entries are Bach and Giant's Causeway. The remaining entries are Gregorian, Legal Jousting and Shibl.




FIVE TO GO IN FESTIVAL STAKES




There will be five runners in tomorrow's Listed Badger Brewery Festival Stakes at Goodwood over 1m 2f.

They are Bomb Alaska, Right Wing, Island House, Monsajem and Annapurna.








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