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Monday, May 29, 2000


Vodafone Derby favourite King's Best had a spin at Sandown this morning and then experienced the raceday atmosphere during the afternoon , parading in the paddock.

The Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner cantered with Kieren Fallon up.The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt was accompanied by stable-companion Shablam, partnered by Gary Foster.

Fallon said: "That was fine - that's the way he behaves at home. He is quite a clever horse as well and was taking it all in."

The champion jockey also outlined how he hoped to ride the colt at Epsom.

"He would be better off a slow pace at first," Fallon said. "I would like a good low draw, lie about fifth or sixth as they shouldn't be going that fast up the hill at first. Then I will play it by ear.

"About him getting the mile and a half, in the Guineas he only started to race in the last half furlong and it didn't feel as if he wasn't likely to stay the Derby trip. His homework has always led us to believe he will."

Stoute revealed that the purpose of the Sandown trip was to get King's Best accustomed to different surroundings and noises, which he will encounter at Epsom.

The trainer, who has won the premier classic with Shergar and Shahrastani, said: "The change of scenery was what we wanted. As a two-year-old he ran two of his three races at Newmarket and his two this season have been at home as well. Bringing him here has given him more exposure.

"He is a very free-sweating horse but was most relaxed this morning. It is just that when he is close to competition he gets up for it. He looked cool here but if I had not taken his sheet off he would have got very warm.

"He has been a natural from the beginning and I am convinced that in last season's Dewhurst he got his tongue pinched - his head went up like a fish being caught.

"This term we fitted a Bowker bit after the Craven Stakes, which doesn't drop like an ordinary snaffle and keeps the tongue in position."

When the question of staying the Derby trip came up, Stoute added: "His pedigree gives us hope but confidence is not the right word. I aim to get him near in the best possible shape but I'm not confident."


Henry Cecil's three Vodafone Derby hopes will work during racing at Yarmouth on Wednesday

Wednesday's workout will take place between the sixth and seventh races, giving racegoers at the Norfolk coast course the chance to see the action.

David Henson, the clerk of the course, said: "Beat Hollow, Wellbeing and Bien Entendu will all work over a mile and three furlongs after the amateur riders' race.

"There has been a lot of attention generated and by having the gallop take place during racing, racegoers will be able to see some of the leading hopes for the Derby go through their paces.

"Let's not forget that Beat Hollow has been here before, having won a maiden here last year."


THE VODAFONE DERBY: 7-2 King's Best, 6-1 Aristotle, Beat Hollow, 7-1 Sakhee, 8-1 Best Of The Bests, 10-1 Sinndar, Wellbeing, 16-1 Kingsclere, 20-1 Barathea Guest, Saddlers Quest, 25-1 Hattab, 33-1 Bien Entendu,Holding Court, Millenary, 40-1 Going Global, Inchlonaig, Media Puzzle,Roscius, St Expedit, 50-1 Shakespeare, 66-1 Broche, Hatha Anna, Muakaad, Zafonium, Zyz, 100-1 Cornelius, Cracow, 200-1 Maidstone Majesty,

THE VODAFONE OAKS: 11-4 Kalypso Katie, Love Divine, 5-1 Petrushka, 8-1 Melikah, 12-1 High Walden, 14-1 Whitefoot, 16-1 Bintalreef, Teggiano, 20-1 Clog Dance, Corinium, Lady Upstage, Miletrain, 25-1 Amethyst, Interlude, 33-1 Clipper, Dignify, Dollar Bird, Dream Quest, Picture Princess, 40-1 Premier Prize, Theoretically, 50-1 Britannia, Chiang Mai, Croeso Cariad, 66-1 Agripinna, 100-1 Bluebell Wood, So Precious, 200-1 Claranet,

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