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Friday, May 26, 2000


(Tote - T, Victor Chandler - VC, William Hill - WH, Ladbroke - L, Coral - C)

Jalad - 14 (L)
El Curioso - 12 (L)
Atlantic Rhapsody - 12 (VC,L)
Sobriety - 14 (T)
Vintage Premium - 14 (T,VC,WH,L,C)
Papabile - 16 (T,VC,WH,C)
Shouf Al Badou - 14 (L)
Qamous - 10 (T)
Nooshman - 4 (T)
Material Witness - 18 (L)
Michele Marieschi - 16 (VC,WH,C)
Tweed Mill - 8 (VC)
Moon Empereor - 33 (WH)
Smart Ridge - 28 (C)
Kingsdon - 18 (C)
Cote Soleil - 33 (T,VC,WH)
Royal Cavalier - 40 (VC,WH,C)


The Horserace Betting Levy Board has approved the level and scope of appearance money payments to take effect from July 1, 2000, with major increases for an expanded scheme.

Thanks to the Levy Board contributing a total of £2,100,000 to the Appearance Money Scheme in 2000, individual payments will rise for runners in Sunday races and three other identified categories of race.

Payments in the past have been confined to Sunday racing but the Levy Board, following recommendations from the British Horseracing Board, is extending them to three types of race which have traditionally attracted smaller fields Classified Stakes, Conditions Stakes (Class A and B) and Novice Chases (Class A, B and C).

The level of payments for runners at Sunday meetings will increase from £160 to £300 per runner, and will come into operation after July 1. The other race types will benefit from £500 per runner, also from July 1.

The Levy Board initially allocated £600,000 to the 2000 Appearance Money Scheme and decided to allocate another £1.5 million as a one-off payment at the Annual Strategy Review meeting in March. The Racecourse Association has contributed £42,000 to the Scheme.

Robert Hughes, the Levy Board Chairman, said today: "The Levy Board is delighted to be able to give the Appearance Money Scheme such a boost in 2000. The impact of the scheme on the number of runners in the races concerned be will carefully monitored to make sure it is having an effect."


Vodafone Derby favourite King's Best will have a work-out at Sandown on Monday, May 29, and experience the buzz of a raceday in his preparation for the premier classic.

Trainer Michael Stoute is planning to canter the winner of the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas over seven furlongs with a stable companion at around 7.30am.

King's Best will then get more experience of a busy raceday to help him cope with what he will experience on Vodafone Derby Day, Saturday, June 10, at Epsom.

Andrew Cooper, Group Racing Manager of United Racecourses, commented: "Michael Stoute asked if King's Best could canter at Sandown on Monday and we are delighted to be able help.

"The idea is to give King's Best more experience of raceday conditions as well as some light exercise."

This week has seen forfeit stages for the two classics, the Vodafone Derby and the Vodafone Oaks, and the Group One Vodafone Coronation Cup, as well as the final recognised classic trials.

There are 32 horses left in the Vodafone Derby, 27 in the Vodafone Oaks and 14 in the Vodafone Coronation Cup.

Still to come are the two supplementary entry stages, one for the Vodafone Oaks on June 2, costing £15,000, which is expected to be used for both Love Divine and High Walden, and then the next day the Vodafone Derby supplementary entry stage, costing £75,000.



Simon Clare of Coral stated:

"It has been rather an unusual market this year, as there does not appear to be an obvious star in the field and the race seems to be very open. We took some speculative bets early on for Beat Hollow and River Curtain. Since he won the 2000 Guineas, we have taken money for King's Best and Sakhee has been steadily supported since he won the Sandown Classic Trial. At the moment we are keen to lay King's Best and Aristotle."


David Hood of William Hill stated:

"Turnover has been slightly up so far this year, as we have been taking bets on our Internet site. At the moment the worst result for us would be King's Best, Aristotle, Beat Hollow and Best Of The Bests while Sakhee, Sinndar or Wellbeing would be a good result. King's Best is 7/2 favourite by default more than by serious money as there is nothing else that really stands out."


Sean Boyce of Ladbrokes stated:

"It is only really in the last couple of weeks that things have really started to take shape, as the trials didn't really appear to shed much light on the Derby picture. There has been steady support for King's Best at 3/1 since the 2000 Guineas and there was early support for Beat Hollow at 5/1. Aristotle has been supported at 8/1 and Sinndar has also been popular at 9/1. The biggest mover has been Sakhee and he is now down to 7/1. Of the outsiders, Saddler's Quest has been the best supported and is now down to 20/1 from 40/1.


Rob Hartnett of the Tote stated:

"The ante-post market has been fairly lively. We took a lot of money on King's Best when we initially offered him at 7/1 after the 2000 Guineas and stand to lose £150,000 on the bets we took in that 30-minute period. The best-backed of all though has been Beat Hollow. Both Aristotle and Sinndar have been supported at decent prices. We have shortened Sakhee in recent days, we want him on side. I would say that at the moment Sakhee would be our best result and Beat Hollow would be the worst.


ch.c by Machiavellian (USA) - Sueboog (Ire), by Darshaan
Owner: Godolphin Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
Form: 312-3 Breeder: Mohamed Obaida

Best Of The Bests (Ire)

A son of the top-class miler Machiavellian, Best of the Bests began his racing life racing for Mohamed Obaida, who also raced his dam, and being trained by Clive Brittain. His first run came in a maiden race at Doncaster last July, by which time he had already shown his then trainer that he was a smart colt, but he ran into Distant Music, who was also making his debut and was to end the year as the top-rated two-year-old in England after his successes in the Dewhurst and the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. Best of the Bests finished third, beaten just over three lengths. In spite of the promise of that debut, Best of the Bests was sent off at 20-1 for his next appearance in the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown a month later, but he made a mockery of those odds with a two-length defeat of Sarafan. On his final appearance last year the colt was beaten half a length in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot in September by Royal Kingdom, to whom he was trying to concede 3lb. He was then bought by Godolphin and spent the winter in Dubai before returning to England at the end of April. He made his seasonal debut in the Dante Stakes at York and delighted his connections with his third place behind Sakhee and Pawn Broker. He is very much his team's major hope for the Vodafone Derby.

Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd 1; 3rd: 3 Win and place prize money: 59,420


Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed and other members of the Maktoum family, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter to gain the advantage when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the benefits of the warm climate before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the horses are stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, and, from 1999, Godolphin's two-year-olds have been housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who has about 60 juveniles each season. This year, Godolphin has set up an additional training centre at Santa Anita racecourse in the United States, where Eoin Harty supervises a select band of 32 American-bred two-year-olds. Godolphin' colours have been carried to victory in every British classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Makotum in 1995. The Godolphin classic successes so far have been Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq).

Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, the first time that the same owner and trainer has had the first three in a British Group One, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup and capturing the Emirates World Racing Series Championship which was achieved in 1999, the inaugural year, by Daylami.

Their horses were a little bit slow to strike form this season, but had their opening classic strike of the year when Bachir won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Frenchj 2,000 Guineas) at Longchamp. Their older horses have been going particularly well with recent good wins from Kayf Tara (Yorkshire Cup), Lend A Hand (Duke of York Stakes) and Sea Wave (Aston Park Stakes). Roscius, very much rated inferior to Best of the Bests, won the Compass UK Leisure Predominate Stakes at Goodwood in May.

Godolphin's Vodafone Derby Record: 1995 Vettori (6th - owned jointly with Maktoum Al Maktoum); 1997 Bold Demand (9th); 1998 City Honours (2nd), Cape Verdi (9th); 1999 Dubai Millennium (9th), Adair (13th).

Saeed bin Suroor

Born October 10, 1967, a former policeman, Saeed bin Suroor, Godolphin's nominated trainer, finished second to John Dunlop in the trainers' championship in 1995 before going one better to pip his great rival, Henry Cecil, in 1996. A cloud hanging over the Godolphin operation in the early part of the 1997 season hampered the trainer's chance of a second championship and he ended the season in fifth place, but he was back on top in 1998 and again last season. Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the redoubtable Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed's nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, Ascot's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated.

Bin Suroor is helped with the training by Tom Albertrani, formerly assistant to Cigar's trainer Bill Mott in America, with Simon Crisford acting as racing manager. Cape Verdi's Sagitta 1,000 Guineas win completed the full set of British classics for bin Suroor in 1998. His domestic classic winners are Sagitta 1,000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi), Sagitta 2,000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Godolphin has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide.

Saeed bin Suroor's Vodafone Derby Record: 1995 LAMMTARRA (WON), Vettori (6th); 1997 Bold Demand (9th); 1998 City Honours (2nd), Cape Verdi (9th); 1999 Dubai Millennium (9th), Adair (13th).


b.c. by Bahri (USA) - Thawakib (ire), by Sadler's Wells
Owner; Hamdan al Maktoum Trainer: John Dunlop
Form: 411-11 Breeder: Shadwell Stud

Sakhee (USA)

With his sire and his dam both winners at Royal Ascot for Skeikh Hamdan - Bahri in the St. James's Palace Stakes and Thawakib in the Ribblesdale, Sakhee had plenty to live up to when he set out on his racing career, and he won two of his three starts as a two-year-old, a maiden race at Nottingham in September by three lengths from Duchamp and then a conditions event at Sandown the following month by three and a half lengths from Michele Marieschi. He began his second season by making all the running to win the Thresher Classic Trial at Sandown in very soft ground by one length and four from Pawn Broker and Going Global, and last time out took the JWE Telecom Dante Stakes at York, on much faster going, by one and a quarter lengths from Pawn Broker, with Best Of The Bests in third place.

Race Record; Starts: 5; Ist:4; 2nd; 0; 3rd: 0 Win and place prize money: 132,500

Hamdan Al Maktoum

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the second-eldest brother of the ruling family of Dubai. He is Dubai's minister of finance and industry and, like other family members, has invested vast sums in bloodstock over the past two decades. Elected an honorary member of the British Jockey Club in 1989.

Around 300 horses carry his distinctive silks of blue with white epaulettes, and are trained in Britain mainly by Robert Armstrong, John Dunlop, Ed Dunlop, Ben Hanbury, Marcus Tregoning, John Gosden, Alec Stewart and Peter Walwyn. But Sheikh Hamdan also has horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai and France. Has owned two Vodafone Derby winners, Nashwan and Erhaab, as well as numerous other big-race winners around the world, including At Talaq and Jeune, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1986 and 1994 respectively. This year he gained his second success in the 1,000 Guineas when Lahan followed the example set by Harayir in 1995.
Also a prolific and highly-successful breeder, Sheikh Hamdan owns Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, as well as studs in Ireland and Kentucky, which together house over 160 broodmares. His stallions include Nashwan, Unfuwain, Green Desert, Muhtarram, Elmaamul, Lahib, Marju, Hamas, Mujtahid and Alhaarth.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1984 At Talaq (4th); 1987 Alwasmi (18th); 1988 Unfuwain (7th), Al Mufti (10th), Maksud (13th), Al Muhalhal (14th); 1989 NASHWAN (WON); 1990 Elmaamul (3rd); 1991 Marju (2nd); 1992 Muhtarram (4th); 1994 ERHAAB (WON); 1995 Fahal (4th), Munwar (9th), Daffaq (14th); 1996 Alhaarth (5th), Tasdid (12th), 1997 Fahris (6th); 1998 Mutamam (13th), Haami (14th), 1999 Zaajer (12th)

John Dunlop

The son of a doctor, born at Tetbury, Gloucestershire on July 10, 1939, John Dunlop is one of Britain's longest-serving and most respected trainers, having first taken out a licence in 1966. He had a two-year apprenticeship with Neville Dent and Gordon Smyth before he was asked to take over the reins at the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk's Castle Stables in Arundel, West Sussex, from where he now trains a string of 183. Black Satin's 1970 Irish 1,000 Guineas success established Dunlop as a trainer of rare quality. He has since landed nine English classics, including Vodafone Derby victories with Shirley Heights in 1978 and Erhaab in 1994, and narrowly failed to add a third to his portfolio in 1997 when Silver Patriarch was unable by a short head to catch the winner Benny The Dip, although the same horse provided him with some consolation later in the season when lifting the final classic, the St Leger. Champion trainer for the first time in 1995, he enjoys the fruitful support of owner Hamdan Al Maktoum. Together they have recorded multiple Group One glories with Bahri (1995 St James's Palace Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Salsabil (1990 Oaks, 1,000 Guineas and Irish Derby), Marju (1991 St James's Palace Stakes) and Lahib (1992 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes). Apart from Sakhee, his best win so far this season has been the success of Iftiraas in the Dubai Duty Free (Fred Darling) Stakes at Newbury in April. Dunlop's two sons are also involved in racing - Ed trains in Newmarket and Harry is assistant to Henry Cecil.

Vodafone Derby Record: 1968 Mount Athos (3rd); 1972 Scottish Rifle (6th); 1976 Norfolk Air (12th); 1978 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS (WON); 1980 Prince Spruce (15th); 1982 Jalmood (14th); 1983 Wassl (14th); 1987 Love The Groom (12th); 1991 Marju (2nd); 1994 ERHAAB (WON), Khamaseen (5th); 1996 St Mawes (17th); 1997 Silver Patriarch (2nd); 1998 Haami (14th), 1999 Lucido (15th)


All the main candidates for the 2000 Vodafone Derby, which is run on Saturday, June 10, at Epsom, remained in the premier classic after the second forfeit stage on Wednesday, May 24, 2000.

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 on Wednesday, May 24 : "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.


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 Aidan O'Brien IRE
Richard Santulli
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 Henry Cecil Howard de Walden
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


The May 25 forfeit for the 2000 Vodafone Oaks, run at Epsom on Friday, June 9, saw 27 left in the fillies' classic, the same number as at this stage last year and nearly double the 14 seen in 1998.

The healthy number does not include two horses, Love Divine and High Walden, prominent in the Vodafone Oaks ante-post betting lists, who have the option of entering the Epsom classic at the supplementary entry stage on June 2, at a cost of £15,000 each.

All the other main candidates for the Vodafone Oaks are among those remaining, headed by Kalypso Katie, Petrushka, Melikah, Teggiano, Lady Upstage and Whitefoot.

Kalypso Katie won the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York for trainer Jeremy Noseda and owner Michael Tabor while Petrushka was third for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Godolphin, responsible for Melikah and Teggiano, also has three others remaining in the Vodafone Oaks, Bintalreef, Dignify and Picture Princess.

The Vodafone Oaks will be worth more than the advertised £300,000 if Love Divine, an impressive winner of the Victor Chandler Lupe Stakes at Goodwood yesterday, and High Walden, third in the Musidora, are supplemented.

Andrew Cooper, the Group Racing Manager of United Racecourses, said on March 25: "I am delighted to see so many fillies remaining in the Vodafone Oaks and we also have the prospect of at least two supplementary entries.

"The first day of the 2000 Vodafone Derby meeting on Friday, June 9, is going to be very exciting, with both the Vodafone Oaks and the Group One Vodafone Coronation Cup being run within one Super hour."


Group 1, Class A, Showcase Race, Epsom Downs, 3.15pm, Friday, June 9, 2000, 1m 4f, total prize fund £300,000, for three-year-old fillies only. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed Wednesday, March 1, (96 entries), entries released Wednesday, March 8, forfeit stage May 25 (27 remain), £15,000 supplementary entry stage June 2, five-day confirmation stage June 3, final declaration stage 10am, June 7.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
211- 08 AGRIPPINA 3 Fiona Williams Alan Bailey
1243-18 AMETHYST (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier & Johny Jones Jr Aidan O'Brien IRE
1-0 BINTALREEF (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0-(1)(1)(1)(4) BLUEBELL WOOD (IRE) 3 The Iona Stud Giles Bravery
3322-6 BRITANNIA (USA) 3 Mrs Bunny Mellon Ian Balding
11-1 CHIANG MAI (IRE) 3 Diane Nagle & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
34-33100 CLARANET 3 Greenfield Stud Kamil Mahdi
01- 3 CLIPPER 3 Dick Hollingsworth Barry Hills
32-22 CLOG DANCE 3 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
311- 1 CORINIUM (IRE) 3 Derek & Jean Clee Henry Cecil
515210-50 CROESO CARIAD 3 K J & Mrs S Mercer Michael Bell
1310- DIGNIFY (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
610-32 DOLLAR BIRD (IRE) 3 Sir Thomas Pilkington John Dunlop
-13 DREAM QUEST 3 Hesmonds Stud John Dunlop
542121-31 GOLD ROUND (IRE) 3 Wertheimer et Frere Criquette Head FR
1- INTERLUDE 3 The Queen Sir Michael Stoute
1- 1 KALYPSO KATIE (IRE) 3 Lucayan Stud Jeremy Noseda
3014-12 LADY UPSTAGE (IRE) 3 Elizabeth Roberts Barry Hills
-1 MELIKAH (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
02514-04 MILETRIAN (IRE) 3 Miletrian Plc Mick Channon
1-13 PETRUSHKA (IRE) 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd Sir Michael Stoute
PICTURE PRINCESS 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
61-63 PREMIER PRIZE 3 Jeff Smith David Elsworth
61-4 SO PRECIOUS (IRE) 3 Joy and Valentine Feerick Nick Littmoden
4111- TEGGIANO (IRE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
411-3 THEORETICALLY (USA) 3 M Bastion Dermot Weld IRE
013-41 WHITEFOOT 3 Gary Tanaka Gerard Butler

27 Entries remain after the May 25 forfeit stage
3 Irish-trained
1 French-trained


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 were among the 14 top-class horses left in the £250,000 Vodafone Coronation Cup after the May 23 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."


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 on May 23, 2000

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