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Saturday, June 5, 2004

THE VODAFONE DERBY MEETING
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2004



FIFTH RACE QUOTES
VODAFONE DERBY

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Kieren Fallon completed a memorable Vodafone Oaks-Vodafone Derby double when landing the Derby aboard North Light in the colours of the Weinstock family’s Ballymacoll Stud.


“He has a fabulous temperament, which is so important here, he has early speed and is a good stayer from a great family,” said Fallon.


“It’s unbelievable to have done the double, I always liked Ouija Board and Michael had a couple that could have run in the Oaks but didn’t make it so it just worked out well. The atmosphere is just great here and it seems I’m lucky here - it’s the second time I’ve done the double.


“I always thought this was going to be my Derby horse. I liked him from the first time I sat on him at Sandown and he was impressive in the Dante and he has improved since then. His temperament is his great asset.


“He’s a big horse, but a lot of big horses handle this track well. Commander In Chief had the same sort of frame and action, so I was pretty sure he would handle the course.


“You can hear nothing with the crowds and bands during the race but it’s fantastic, especially when you pull up and you’re still in front! You just hope nothing too bad has happened behind you.


“I’d have preferred them to go a stride quicker and knew that when I kicked on he’d keep going.”

Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “He’s very composed and a fine athlete - both physically and mentally.The first time he ran at Sandown was a performance with a lot of promise then he just idled in front at Goodwood. We thought about going for the Dewhurst or Racing Post but he then wasn’t quite right. We had a messy spring this year with him with infections and minor things.


“We felt he should be ridden positively and Kieren shouldn’t be scared to be in front if there was no pace. I never really thought he would get caught today.


“The Irish Derby is a strong likelihood now but we haven’t thought further than that. There’s been progress up until now and I hope there’ll be a lot more.


“I’d like to thank the Weinstocks for keeping the operation going. Kieren and I are a good team and work well together.”

Peter Reynolds, who has managed the Weinstock family’s Ballymacoll Stud for over a quarter of a century, said: “We have lovely families and our policy is to send the best to the best and hope for the best. Lord Weinstock and his son Simon were always very ruthless with what we kept and what we got rid of.


“Lord Weinstock didn’t visit the stud in his last few years so never saw this horse. But he was very much hands on and took a tremendous interest in what was going on and liked to watch the pennies!

“The mare has a beautiful Kalanisi gelding yearling and is in foal to Danehill Dancer. She raced until she was five and is now 14.


“Lord Weinstock named North Light - as with everything he did he was very efficient and named them 24 hours after they were born.


“Ballymacoll is owned by the executors of Lord Weinstock and the stud is run as a business that must make money - it’s not a charity.”

Lord Weinstock’s widow, Netta, collected the trophy and she was joined by her son Simon Weinstock’s widow Laura, who said: “I got engaged to Simon exactly 25 years ago today on the day Troy won the Derby. It’s a tribute to Simon and his father Arnold that we are still in racing with a fantastic combination of Michael, Kieren and Peter at the stud.”

WINNING DERBY QUOTES

Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute denied any claims to being “a genius” but described North Light as “a lovely horse and a lovely horse to train, and the real credit has to go to the stud Ballymacoll.


“ For a stud like that with just 25 mares, though they may have had as many as 35 when North Light was foaled, to have bred two horses to have started joint favourites for the Derby and for one of them to have won is quite remarkable and it is all credit to them.


“It is just such a shame that Lord Weinstock cannot be here as he was so involved with all the stud for so many years and he would have been so proud of what had happened here today.


“Kieren and I discussed the race beforehand but we didn’t have any particular plan. We just wanted to let him flow and be positive, we were concerned that it might be a rather muddling race and it was important to let him flow through it.


“This was only the fourth run of his life and we shall have to think about what we do with him in the future, but I would think that it is pretty likely that we shall go for the Irish Derby with him.”

Lady Weinstock was equally sad that her late husband was not at Epsom, “and my son Simon, who arranged so much of the breeding. They would have been so proud at what happened here, but it is wonderful for me to be here with my daughter-in-law and my granddaughters. They say the horses always win whenever I come, and here I am again and North Light has won.”

FALLON AND STOUTE MAKE HISTORY

Kieren Fallon and Sir Michael Stoute both made history today with North Light’s victory in the Vodafone Derby.


Fallon, who also rode yesterday’s Vodafone Oaks winner Ouija Board, follows in the footsteps of Michael Kinane who won both races on Imagine and Galileo in 2001 . Fallon was also winning the Vodafone Derby for the second year in succession following Kris Kin’s victory last year. The last jockey to achieve this feat was Willie Carson, who scored back-to-back wins on Troy (1979) and Henbit (1980). Fallon is now the most successful current jockey in the premier classic with three successes - Oath (1999), Kris Kin (2003) and North Light (2004).


Trainer Sir Michael Stoute joins Henry Cecil as the most successful current trainer in the Vodafone Derby with four success - Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kris Kin (2003) and North Light (2004). The master of Freemason Lodge was also winning the Vodafone Derby for the second year in succession following Kris Kin 12 months ago and becomes the 16th handler to record this feat following on from Frank Neale (1782/83), Richard Prince (1795/96), Robert Robson (1809/10), James Edwards (1824/25), John Scott (1842/43 & 1852/53), George Manning (1858/1859), John Porter (1882/1883 & 1890/91), George Dawson (1888/89), Matthew Dawson (1929/30), Alec Taylor (1917/18), Fred Darling (1925/26 & 1940/41), Richard Dawson (1929/30), Frank Butters (1935/36) and Dick Hern (1979/80) and most recently Aidan O’Brien (2001/02).


North Light, returned the 7/2 joint-favourite, becomes the 26th winning horse in the last 39 runnings to have started first or second favourite.

THE WINNER - NORTH LIGHT (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Danehill (USA) - Sought Out (IRE) (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Owner: Ballymacoll Stud Ltd Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Ltd
Form: 21-11 Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Kieren Fallon

North Light
The home-bred North Light was foaled on March 1, 2001, and is the sixth foal of the 1992 Prix du Cadran winner Sought Out, making him a half-brother to both the useful middle-distance handicapper Researched and Cover Up, twice a winner of Royal Ascot’s marathon, the Queen Alexandra Stakes. He made his debut at Sandown in August, 2003, finishing the short-head runner-up to Post And Rail in a maiden over seven furlongs. He built on that promise on his next appearance when winning a mile Goodwood maiden in September, impressively defeating Take A Bow by a length and three quarters. This season North Light made his seasonal reappearance in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes at York on May 12, when he put himself right in the picture for the Vodafone Derby with a half-length defeat of Rule Of Law, leading from four furlongs out and staying on gamely in the closing stages. Today he won the Derby under a fine ride from Kieren Fallon. Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 3; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0. Win and Place Prize Money: £903,118
Ballymacoll Stud Ltd
Ballymacoll Stud Ltd represents the late Lord Weinstock’s bloodstock and racing interests. Lord Arnold Weinstock, the youngest of six children of Polish-Jewish parents who came to London in 1904, was born on July 29, 1924, and orphaned at the age of 10. He died on July 23, 2002, and his family have continued the racing interests which include the Ballymacoll Stud in Co Meath, Ireland, managed by Peter Reynolds. Lord Weinstock gained a degree in statistics at the London School of Economics and became one of the great post-war captains of industry, serving as managing director of the General Electric Company from 1963 to 1996, at one stage employing a workforce of 230,000. Weinstock was knighted by Harold Wilson in 1970 for services to exports and created a life peer 10 years later by Margaret Thatcher. His widow Netta is the daughter of the late Sir Michael Sobell, with whom Weinstock owned horses from 1957. Troy carried Sobell’s colours to victory in the 200th Derby in 1979. Sobell and Weinstock bought Dorothy Paget’s bloodstock interests in 1960 including the 300-acre Ballymacoll Stud. Most major races have been won by a horse carrying the Sobell/Weinstock pale blue, yellow and white colours, including Pilsudski, winner of the Japan Cup, Dubai Champion Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes. Pilsudski was owned in partnership with Lord Weinstock’s son Simon, who died at the age of 44 in May, 1996, with Sir Michael having passed away in 1993. Weinstock enjoyed considerable success with Golan, winner of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and Prix Niel, as well as runner-up to Galileo in the Vodafone Derby in 2001. As a four-year-old, Golan recorded an emotional victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, just four days after Weinstock’s death. Last season, the Weinstock colours were carried to success in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot by Snow Ridge, who was subsequently sold to Godolphin and finished runner-up in the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas, the other Vodafone Derby market leader. The Ballymacoll Stud Farm trainers include Sir Michael Stoute and Marcus Tregoning.
Lord Weinstock’s Vodafone Derby Record (since 1965): 1967 Dart Board (3rd); 1971 Homeric (7th); 1973 Club House (19th); 1979 TROY (WON); 1989 Prince Of Dance (10th) (all jointly with Sir Michael Sobell);1994 Golden Ball (7th), 1995 Spectrum (13th) (both jointly with Simon Weinstock); 1998 Greek Dance (5th), 2001 Golan (2nd): 2004 NORTH LIGHT (WON)

Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has been at the top of his profession and has been champion trainer seven times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2003. The year 2000 was memorable for Stoute when his horses included 2000 Guineas winner King’s Best and Kalanisi, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Emirates Airline Champion Stakes while in 2001 Golan gave Stoute his fifth 2000 Guineas. A terrific 1997 was headed by the two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski. Four Group One successes went Pilsudski’s way - the Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, the Vodafone Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Vodafone Derby four times - with Shergar in 1981, Shahrastani five years later, Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light today. His long list of big-race successes also includes the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (five times), UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (twice), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (three times), Vodafone Oaks (twice), the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas as well as many other races across the globe. Last season, with a total of 113 wins, Sir Michael Stoute lifted his seventh trainers’ championship. His notable performers included Kris Kin, who won the Vodafone Derby and was also placed in the Prix Niel and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes while Russian Rhythm enjoyed a phenomenal year, winning the Vodafone Nassau Stakes, Coronation Stakes and UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas. Islington won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks. Red Bloom also deserves a mention, winning the Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile at Ascot. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket and has 184 horses listed in training.

Vodafone Derby record: 1978 Hill’s Yankee (19th); 1979 Hardgreen (6th); 1980 Running Mill (21st); 1981 SHERGAR (WON); 1983 Shearwalk (3rd); 1984 My Volga Boatman (14th); 1985 Shadeed (13th); 1986 SHAHRASTANI (WON), Jareer (12th); 1987 Ajdal (9th), Ascot Knight (11th); 1988 Doyoun (3rd); 1989 Warrshan (11th); 1991 Mujaazif (13th); 1992 Alnasr Alwasheek (7th); 1993 Shareek (15th); 1994 Golden Ball (7th), Just Happy (8th), Jabaroot (16th), Foyer (UR); 1996 Double Leaf (10th); 1997 Entrepreneur (4th); 1998 Greek Dance (5th); 1999 Beat All (3rd); 2001 Golan (2nd), Dilshaan (7th); 2003 KRIS KIN (WON); 2004 NORTH LIGHT (WON)

Kieren Fallon
Born on February 22, 1965, in County Clare, Ireland, Kieren Fallon joined Kevin Prendergast’s yard as an apprentice in 1983. Piccadilly Lord at Navan on June 18, 1984, was his first winner. Moved from Ireland to ride for Jimmy FitzGerald’s Malton stable from 1989 until 1991 and then spent three years with Lynda Ramsden’s yard from 1993 until the end of 1996. At the start of the 1997 Flat season, Fallon was a surprise appointment as stable jockey to the Henry Cecil yard and promptly won the Sagitta 1000 Guineas on Sleepytime and Vodafone Oaks on Reams Of Verse. He ceased riding for Cecil in August, 1999, and was first jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 and 2001, and is now a freelance, although he still rides many of the Stoute team. The Stoute/Fallon combination won the Sagitta 2000 Guineas with the Saeed Suhail-owned King’s Best in 2000 and Golan in 2001. Fallon was champion jockey in 1997 (202 wins), 1998 (204), 1999 (202), 2001 (166), 2002 (149) and again last season, when his 221 wins included classics on Russian Rhythm in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas and Kris Kin in the Vodafone Derby. He won three of the five classics in 1999 - the 1000 Guineas on Wince, the Vodafone Oaks on Ramruma and the Vodafone Derby on Oath, his first success in the premier classic. Fallon has frequently made the headlines, last year he was treated in a clinic in Ireland after admitting to a drink problem and in March made the front page of the News Of The World after a controversial ride on Ballinger Ridge at Lingfield. He rode fine race to win on North Light in the Vodafone Derby today. Vodafone Derby Record: 1994 Party Season (15th); 1997 Symonds Inn (7th); 1998 Sadian (7th); 1999 OATH (WON); 2002 Louisville (9th); 2003 KRIS KIN (WON)2004 NORTH LIGHT (WON)

SNOW RIDGE DID NOT STAY WHILE RULE OF LAW CAME FROM LAST TO SECOND

Godolphin had the second and seventh with Rule Of Law and Snow Ridge, the 7/2 joint favourite with the winner North Light, in the 2004 Vodafone Derby.


Kerrin McEvoy, Rule Of Law’s rider, declared: “He ran a cracking race. He just failed to go with the speed early and was a bit reluctant first time up the hill but he came home strongly.


“It wasn’t until halfway through the race that he started to travel. He showed good courage all the way to the line and it was a great thrill running second - I feel like I have won it.


“Halfway down the straight when I got to the outside of Johnny Murtagh’s mount (Salford City), I thought we had a big chance if North Light had come back to us.


“Typical of Kieren Fallon, he kept North Light going to the line. But my horse was gallant in defeat. The Derby is a great race and it makes me more hungry for next year.”

Sheikh Mohammed, Godolphin’s founder and driving force, reacted: “We found out that Snow Ridge does not stay the Derby distance - he‘s a miler and that is where we will take him.


“Rule Of Law ran very well - he was last and was coming. If he had been closer to the pace, he might have run even better.


“If you lose a race you are more determined to come back and win it - we are hoping to win the Derby in future.”

Frankie Dettori, rider of Snow Ridge, said: “The horse felt brilliant going to post - I gave him time to warm up which is his style of racing and I had a little look at Tattenham Corner and thought ‘oh he is coming good now’ - he only went for 100 yards and then the stamina started to tell.

“I went from maybe finishing second or third to dropping out quite quickly. It is just one of those things - I wanted to jump on Rule Of Law in the last furlong.


“I am disappointed and now have to wait another 12 months for my next attempt. You cannot win them all.”


PLACED DERBY QUOTES

John Dunlop felt that the third Let The Lion Roar was unlucky. “He got boxed in behind Percussionist coming down the hill when that horse was going nowhere and then when he pulled outside in the race he really finished well.


“I think he was definitely unlucky and though Mick Kinane didn’t say so, I think that he felt so as well. It was good to see him finish in the way he did and the speed he showed at the end and I think that the visor helped him.


“I shall definitely think about taking the winner on again in the Irish Derby where the galloping track and the climbing finish will suit him well.”

Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy was thrilled with his first Derby ride on runner-up Rule of Law.


“Running as well as that made me all the more keen to have a go next year, the Derby is a brilliant race,” he said.


“My horse was a bit reluctant going up the hill early on, but once he got going in the straight he really ran on well and was finishing very well.


“When I got to Johnny Murtagh (on Salford City) in the straight and could see North Light, I thought that we had a chance of winning if North Light started to come back to us.


“But typical Kieren, he kept running all the way to the line, but my horse has stuck on really well and it was a brilliant ride for me.”



EVEN MORE VODAFONE DERBY QUOTES - AMERICAN POST TO BE RESTED

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Khalid Abdulla, owner of the sixth home American Post, said: “The Juddmonte International (sponsored by Abdulla’s stud) would be a nice race to win.


“He ran really well and travelled very well throughout but he just did not stay the last bit. Richard (Hughes) gave him a lovely ride - American Post was where we wanted him to be.”

American Post’s trainer Criquette Head-Maarek added: “He just did not stay but ran a great race. Now we know that he does not have the stamina for a mile and half. We had to try him in the Derby.


“I am going to rest him for a while and then I will see what races to go for. He will rest until August or September. The Prix Jacques Le Marois (Deauville Group 1 August 15 over a mile) is a possibility.”

Johnny Murtagth, rider of the fifth home Salford City, said: “He didn’t really stay”.


Martin Dwyer, who finished thirteenth on Elshadi, declared: “I held him up and he didn’t seem to like it.”

BOOKMAKER REACTION
WILLIAM HILL SAY KING KIEREN THE PUNTERS PAL

Kieren Fallon is the punters champion for the second year running with a
fine performance on Derby winner North Light. William Hill spokesman David
Hood said, "It was a good result for the punters, especially those who took
the 12-1 on offer with Hills after North Lights Dante win, however it's
still a good result for the bookies too, with the money for Yeats and the
gambled-on Pukka staying in the bookies satchels. Turnover appears to be
good and on par with previous years, although the string of big price
winners earlier in the day may have lead to some punters reducing their
stakes."

Hills now make North Light the 5--1 second favourite for the King George and
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in July, with Percussionist and Rule
of Law both 16-1 and Sulamani heading the field at 9-2.


King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (24th July):
9-2 Sulamani, 5-1 North Light, 7-1 Doyen, 10-1 Yeats, 11-1 Powerscourt, 12-1
Vallee Enchantee, 14-1 Day Flight, Polish Summer, Warrsan, 16-1 American
Post, Bandari, Hard Buck, Percussionist, Phoenix Reach, Rule of Law, 20-1
Brian Boru, Epalo, Gamut, High Accolade, Let the Lion Roar, Papineau, 25-1
Magistretti, Salford City, 33-1 Scotts View,

Ladbrokes - King George VI, Ascot
5/2 North Light, 7/2 Doyen, 7/2 Sulamani, 6/1 Vallee Enchantee, 7/1 High
Accolade, 12/1 BAR

Ladbrokes spokesman Balthazar Fabricius said: "The Epsom Derby 2004 was a
satisfactory result for bookmakers despite Fallon and Soute teaming up again with North Light."

"Turnover was up 10% on last year. Due to all the each-way money on horses
at bigger prices, for once a Fallon Derby win has not wiped us out."

"North Light is quoted as 5/2 favourite to win the King George VI at Ascot.”


WALLIS DELIGHTED

Although the precise crowd figure was still being calculated, the police estimated an attendance of around 100,000 at the 2004 Vodafone Derby.


Stephen Wallis, Managing Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, said: “It’s been a great fun day and we’ve seen a fantastic, class horse in North Light win a great race in front of a huge crowd who really enjoyed themselves.


“I don’t ever recall such a great atmosphere and noise from the crowd, not just for the Vodafone Derby but for all the other races as well.”


FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
VODAFONE LIVE! STAKES

GOOD START FOR STOUTE AND FALLON

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Kieren Fallon had the perfect start to Vodafone Derby day when Lord Mayor produced a dynamic last-furlong dash to take the opening Vodafone Live! Handicap from the Queen’s Royal Warrant and long time leader Mystical Girl.


The partnership are represented by North Light in the Vodafone Derby and Stoute said: “Kieren had to be patient and was a bit further behind than we wanted but he quickened up nicely.


“Kieren is a good jockey anywhere but his Epsom record is particularly good. The stable is having a few winners at the moment but we are not really in top gear.


“North Light’s preparation has gone OK and his Dante win was a solid run that puts him in with an each-way chance today. I’d be very surprised if he didn’t stay the trip.”

Owner-breeder John Greetham added: “That was wonderful, very nice. He is from the same family as a lot of good horses whom I have been lucky enough to have bred and raced like Whitewater Affair, and I think he will get further than this mile and a quarter.


“There is a little race at Ascot over two furlongs further (the King George V Handicap), which he might well go for, in fact the more I think about it, the more I think he will go for it,” added the delighted owner.



FIRST RACE (VODAFONE LIVE! STAKES) PLACE QUOTES

Dancing Lyra may head to Royal Ascot

Andrew Balding was more than satisfied with the efforts of his charge Royal Warrant, second to Lord Mayor in the opener.


He said: “I’m very pleased with him. He’s improving all the time and should win a nice race at some stage.


“I’m not sure when he’ll be racing again - there are a couple of good handicaps for him but we might just look at stepping up a level. We’ll see.”

John Hills, trainer of fourth-placed Dancing Lycra, was also happy enough but will consider a step up in trip for the Alzao colt.


The Lambourn handler said: “I was pleased with the horse. But he was a little bit slow out and slow into his stride - unforgiveable over a mile-and-a-quarter at Epsom. They don’t let you get away with that, especially if you’re drawn on the inside.


“The way he’s run there, you’ve got to say he wants a mile-and-a-half. So the King George V Handicap may be next. It’s quick enough from Epsom, but as Richard Quinn said, ‘I’ve gone over the line and I’m still full of running’.


“So we haven’t exploited the full ability of the horse.”

As for the ground, Fort’s jockey Keith Dalgleish said: “It may be slightly on the quick side but it won’t cause any problems to anyone.”


SECOND RACE (VODAFONE WOODCOTE STAKES) WIN QUOTES

HANNON GLEE AS SCREWDRIVER SCORES

Screwdriver emerged victorious from a protracted scrap with Royal Island to put a smile on the face of trainer Richard Hannon.


Screwdriver triumphed by a neck, leaving Hannon happy to defend the reputation of the bay colt’s sire Entrepreneur - considered unfashionable in certain quarters.


He said: “If he’d have been by anything bar Entrepreneur, he’d have made a lot of money at the sales. But every Entrepreneur I’ve had, I’ve won with. So I wasn’t frightened of him - he was a good-looking horse in the ring, so I bought him.”

Hannon won’t now be rushing his 30,000 guineas purchase, who will later face a step up in trip.


He said: “A mile will be no problem to him later on. We’ve got this win under our belt, we’ll sit on him for a little while.

“I would doubt we’d see him at Royal Ascot. I don’t see there’s any point rushing him into Ascot. He could go in something like the July Stakes - there’s plenty of races without Ascot. It’s not the be all and end all.”

Mark Johnston, trainer of second-placed Royal Island, said: “I think the winner just outstayed him but our’s is a very genuine horse. We’ll have to think about whether he goes to Ascot now - that was his third run and he’s had quite a tough race today.


“He’ll definitely be going back to five furlongs wherever he goes and the Windsor Castle would be the race we’d think about at the Royal Meeting.”
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THIRD RACE WINNING QUOTES
VODAFONE DIOMED STAKES

SUSSEX BID FOR GLANCE

The Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood is next on the agenda for Passing Glance after he landed an all-the-way 20/1 victory in the Vodafone Diomed Stakes.


“It’s been a bit of a rush to get him here and he loves this track and Goodwood in particular,” said winning trainer Andrew Balding.


“He’s deserved a chance at a Group 1 now and the obvious race would be the Sussex Stakes.”

Jockey Martin Dwyer added: “That was a really good performance. He won a race here on Oaks day last year, but this was a much better race than that and he has really improved since then. There were some really good horses in this race and I am delighted with the way in which he won.


“There is talk of him running in a Group 1 race now and I think he would be well up to running in a race like that. He has really come on since last year.


“I am really looking forward to having my first Derby ride on Elshadi, who is a good horse and deserves to take his chance. It certainly helps having won the Oaks last year on Casual Look and having a full book of rides today certainly helps me and keeps my nerves steady.

“It is a big thrill to have such an exciting day and I am very much enjoying it all.”


THIRD RACE (VODAFONE DIOMED STAKES) PLACE QUOTES

HOLLAND FRUSTRATED

Jockey Darryll Holland gave a firm hint that if the cards had fallen runner-up Dutch Gold’s way, then his mount may have gone one better in the Vodafone Diomed Stakes.


Holland said: “He gave me a nice ride. He’s a horse that handles the track - he led the Derby until two furlongs out last year.


“I think if I had got the run when I wanted to, I would have won. Parasol rolled in on me and cost me the race - just checked my run when I wanted it.”

Trainer Clive Brittain said: “If he hadn’t have got stopped, Darryll feels sure he would have won. But at least the horse has come back to form. He’s a horse that’s going to go on.


“I don’t know what the plan is yet. I’ve been riding this horse myself quite a lot. I’ve got him nice and switched off and he quickens on command. So, mentally the horse is ready to race. Wherever we go, he’ll be a serious contender.”


FOURTH RACE (VODAFONE DASH STAKES) WINQUOTES

WINSTON HAILED FOR
‘PEACH’ OF A RIDE

Trainer John Quinn saluted jockey Robert Winston for getting Caribbean Coral up in the shadow of the post.


The five-year-old gelding earned a 20-1 quote for the Wokingham from both Victor Chandler and Paddy Power after winning by a short head in a blanket finish.

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Quinn said: “Robert has given him a peach of a ride - a great ride. He’s a very speedy horse, who only wants to get there like he did today.


“The first time we ran him at Beverley (his first run since joining Quinn’s yard), he came there and was going to go away and win. But he looked about a bit in front. So we decided to change tactics - produce him late, and Robert rode him brilliantly.


“He’s in the Wokingham, but we’ll see. After today, anything is bonus.”

Winning owner Guy Roberts, one of four partners in the horse, was quick to praise the winning handler.


He said: “It is all down to Quinny. We were at the sales at Newmarket and had just sold a horse quite well. We were coming down from the auctioneer’s rostrum, where we had been watching what was going on, when we met John.


“He said, ‘Don’t worry, boys, I’ve just spent all your money on another horse!’ So we became the new owners of Caribbean Coral.


“It was wonderful to win this and Robert gave him a great ride. We had always planned that the idea would be to try to win one of the big handicap sprints at Royal Ascot and that is where we shall go now.


“Of course, he will get a penalty after winning this race, but I am sure we shall still have to go, though I am not sure yet which race it wil be. Full marks to Quinny.”


FIFTH RACE (VODAFONE DERBY) PLACE QUOTES

LET THE LION ROAR TO
HEAD FOR IRISH MISSION

Trainer John Dunlop was thrilled with the performance of Vodafone Derby third Let The Lion Roar and has his sights set on the Irish equivalent on Sunday, June 27.


Dunlop said: “He ran a super race - a wonderful race. He got in behind Percussionist coming down the hill and wasn’t acting. He couldn’t get out and lost a lot of ground there - had traffic problems. But you do in the Derby, these things happen.


“But when he got levelled out in the last two furlongs, he flew home. He really did, so I’m delighted with that great run.


“We’ll think about going for the Irish Derby. Given every chance, he’ll beat those two in front of him next time. Interestingly, the form of the Dante has been confirmed exactly - the one, two, three are the same and in the same order.”

John Gosden, trainer of fourth-placed Percussionist, paid tribute to the winner North Light.


He said:”I thought the winner was beautifully placed, had the tactical speed - was the best horse by far.


“We had a great run, we just got rolling late - fourth, beaten a head and head for second on ground faster than he really wants.”



FIFTH RACE (VODAFONE DERBY) OTHER QUOTES

GATWICK DIDN’T STAY - CHANNON

Mick Channon, trainer of 10th-placed Gatwick, felt his charge failed to see out the trip.


“He’s run his race. He tried to win it but he didn’t stay, that’s the top and bottom line. Trainer error,” he quipped.


“But he’s ran a cracker. Everyone says it’s a bad Derby, but when people say that, it’s inevitably a very good one. The winner was impressive, wasn’t he.


“We’ll take him back to a mile-and-a-quarter and see where we go. Today was an open and shut case of him not staying.”

Marcus Tregoning, trainer of 13th-placed Elshadi, said: “I don’t know what happened. He picked up a couple of bumps in the race - I’m not sure he was quite sound. So I’m just going to have a look at him.”

Darryll Holland, jockey of ninth-placed Pukka, said: “He ran a gallant race. He gave me a lovely ride, we had a good position and I thought I was going to be placed, but he just tired out.”

Frankie Dettori’s search for a Vodafone Derby winer continues after Snow Ridge could only manage seventh place.


The Italian summed up: “He just didn’t stay.”



SIXTH RACE (VODAFONE RATED STAKES) WIN QUOTES

HAT-TRICK HERO FALLON FOLLOWS UP DERBY GLORY

Kieren Fallon completed a Derby day treble when he triumphed on Starry Lodge for the Luca Cumani stable.


The four-year-old Grand Lodge colt, back in action after 259 days, got the full Fallon treatment with the pair all out to see off Swift Tango by a head.


Cumani said: “Mr Fallon has given him a very good ride. The horse was tough and did it very well.


“He was probably just beginning to feel the fact that it was first time out for him this season, coming to the end of his tether there. But he and Fallon sustained each other to the end.


“We will have to see where we go next - it will be a similar sort of race.”

Meanwhile, Cumani provided a succinct assessment of Pukka’s performance in the Vodafone Derby.


“A reality check,” he smiled when quizzed about the ninth-placed colt’s efforts. “He ran all right - he just wasn’t good enough. Let’s hope we can improve him a bit further and try him again at the highest level some time in the future.”


SEVENTH RACE (VODAFONE STAKES) WIN QUOTES

DANDY SCORES AGAIN AT EPSOM

David Nicholls traditionally completes a successful raid of Epsom on Vodafone Derby day and this year was no exception as he plundered the Vodafone Stakes for the fourth time - on this occasion thanks to Native Title.


The Pivotal gelding - last year’s Ayr Silver Cup scorer - came home a length-and-a-half ahead of Mutawaqed.


Dandy said: “This track has always been good to me - never mind this race. He’s a hard horse to keep right in so many ways - not physically, but he has a lot of problems with his sinuses.


“I keep telling everybody, though, he’s a bloody good horse and he showed it today.


“I would like to win the Ayr Gold Cup with him. I don’t know what’s next for him but he’s in big races at Royal Ascot - like the Wokingham.

“Paul Hanagan gave him a good ride today - he’s a good lad.”


Mark Johnston, trainer of second-placed Royal Island, said: “I think the winner just outstayed him but our’s is a very genuine horse. We’ll have to think about whether he goes to Ascot now - that was his third run and he’s had quite a tough race today.

“He’ll definitely be going back to five furlongs wherever he goes and the Windsor Castle would be the race we’d think about at the Royal Meeting.


TODAY’S GOING

The going is

Good, good to firm in places

Good to firm - sprint course


Andrew Cooper, the clerk of the course, said: “I have changed the going on the sprint course to good to firm this morning .


“We had some light patchy drizzle early this morning but nothing significant and the course has dried a bit overnight.


“We have taken down the rail on the far side from the six-furlong marker to the winning post which was protecting up to seven yards of fresh ground that has not been raced on since September.


“The five-furlong record of 53.6s at Epsom could be under threat in the Vodafone ‘Dash’ Handicap with a maximum field of 20.


“The Vodafone Derby is a very open race this year.

“We all want to see the Frankie (Dettori) win the Derby - he’s got to win the Derby sometime.

“It is great to have a strong French challenger in American Post and if he was successful then Criquette Head-Maarek would become the first woman to train the winner of the premier Classic.”


‘PERFECT FAST GROUND’ - DARLEY

Jockey Kevin Darley returned from walking the course on Vodafone Derby morning and declared: “It’s perfect fast ground.”

Darley, who will ride the John Gosden-trained Percussionist in the big race, added: “It walks good, good-to-firm ground. Obviously, it rides a bit quicker because of the characteristics of the track - you are downhill all the time.


“But it’s in great nick, really. I didn’t actually walk on it yesterday, but it felt quick ground. There’s no harm in it, there’s no jar.”

Epsom’s clerk of the course, Andrew Cooper this morning changed the overnight going description on the sprint course to ‘good to firm’. The round course remains ‘good, good to firm in places’.


Cooper assessed: “It’s a shade faster than yesterday everywhere - particularly anywhere that’s been raced over and opened up.


“Yesterday ended up being quite a warm, breezy day and ground conditions do dry when you get that combination - particularly at Epsom.


“I’m particularly pleased with the six furlongs of fesh ground that we’ve got saved of the far rail for the Derby, which still walks to me as good, Flat racing ground.”



DETTORI NERVOUS

Frankie Dettori has his 12th Vodafone Derby ride on Snow Ridge and he spoke about his hopes just before racing when interviewed by BBC Television.


When asked about the pressure he has been under, the jockey replied: “I was really bad yesterday. I feel a bit better today.


“I know it is raceday but I don’t know what to do. I am pretty focused.


“I have had a pretty restless week with everybody asking what do I think. What do I think? I don’t know. Hopefully, I would love to win the Derby.


“My horse is well and I am confident - there are a few doubts about his stamina but until you try you don’t know. I have every faith in my horse and let’s hope it is a nice smooth race and we can do it.


“I have had some OK chances in the Derby but this one is knocking on being favourite and was second in a good Guineas so he seems the right type for the Derby.


“I have some great support, a lot of people have called me or sent messages - with everyone wishing me the best.


“But it is only myself and Snow Ridge that can do it - we’ll give it a go. It is a very tough track and let’s hope he handles it. I am very hopeful.


“Catherine (his wife) decided to come today - even if she sees me quite a lot in a bad mood - I was trying to be as pleasant as I could despite all this pressure. She is here to give me support and let’s hope it goes well.”


BLINKERED DERBY WINNERS


The most recent Derby winners to have worn blinkers for the race was Aboyeur in 1913, but he was not first past the post and was awarded the race only in the stewards’ room after the favourite Craganour had been disqualified.


St Amant in 1904 was the most recent blinkered colt to to have passed the Derby post in front.


This year Elshadi and Let The Lion Roar will be wearing a visor for the first time.


FIRST TIME JOCKEYS

The last jockey to win the Vodafone Derby on his first ride in the Epsom classic was Walter Swinburn on Shergar in 1981.


Two jockeys this year are having their first Derby rides -- Martin Dwyer on Elshadi and Kerrin McEvoy on Rule Of Law.



BETTING NEWS

Handicap winner Pukka, who was as high as 66/1 for the Vodafone Derby a couple of weeks ago, has been shortened to 14/1 from this morning’s opening show of 20/1 by Coral after further support.


Sky Bet have also had support for Pukka, who is 16/1 from 20/1, and the Harrogate firm have seen backing for outsiders Hazyview, who is 50/1 from 66/1, and seasonal debutant Elshadi, who is 25/1 from 40/1.


Racing Post Pricewise tip Salford City is 8/1 from 9/1 with Sky Bet, who have pushed Snow Ridge out to 100/30 from 11/4.


Elshadi has also been a popular outsider each-way at 33/1 with totesport but the Wigan-based firm have held the price.


Paddy Power have opened a book on who will start favourite in the Vodafone Derby and have cut North Light into 10/11 from 5/4 to head the market and have pushed Snow Ridge out to 6/5 from 5/6.


In other races, the Racing Post Pricewise horse Leporello has been cut from 9/2 to 7/2 by Coral for the Vodafone Diomed Stakes at 3pm. The four-year-old is 7/2 from 4/1 with Paddy Powers and 100/30 from 4/1 with William Hill while Sublimity is 5/1 from 6/1.


In the same race, Mick Channon’s Checkit is 7/1 from 10/1 with totesport, 8/1 from 10/1 with Powers and 7/1 from 8/1 with Sky Bet. Duck Row has been price-clipped from 12/1 into 10/1 with totesport.


In the opening Vodafone Live! Stakes at 2pm, Powers have shaved Lord Mayor’s price from 7/1 into 13/2, while the same horse is 6/1 from 7/1 from Sky Bet.


Milton Bradley’s Corridor Creeper is 11/2 from 13/2 in the Vodafone ‘Dash’ Stakes (3.30pm) with Paddy Power, 5/1 from 6/1 with Sky Bet and 5/1 from 7/1 with Hills. Powers have cut Plateau into 25/1 from 33/1 and Hills have shortened Henry Hall from 14/1 into 10/1.


STING LANDS DRAMATIC MASCOT DERBY

There was a dramatic finish to the Sport Relief Mascot Derby in which runners from the around the country lined up before the equine action began.


Sid The Shark, representing Sussex Sharks, was well clear in the final strides of the one-furlong event only to fall yards from the line.


The prize went to Sting, the London Wasps Rugby Club mascot, who dived through the tape with Bruiser, the Cardiff Blues mascot, in second and Swoop from the Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club in third.


Asked what his tactics were, Sting - in real life Ben Smyth - replied: “Not to stop!”

He added: “I was just around at the right time when they needed someone but I lost a shoe - I think the birds must have got it.


“I don’t see why I won’t go for the double in the Mascot Grand National, I think I can beat the world now. I’ll celebrate with a bit of rehydration - I think champagne’s in order.”


FIRST RACE RESULT
2.00pm VODAFONE LIVE! HANDICAP

Class C, £75,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo rated 0-100, 1m 2f. Miinimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after May 29, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) LORD MAYOR (John Greetham) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-05 Kieren Fallon [1] 11/2
2) ROYAL WARRANT (The Queen) Andrew Balding 3-9-01 Martin Dwyer [14] 16/1
3) MYSTICAL GIRL (T T Bloodstocks) Mark Johnston 3-9-07 Darryll Holland [16] 10/1
4) DANCING LYRA (Nick Browne) John Hills -3-9-07 Richard Quinn [2] 6/1
5) PRIME POWERED (Prime Power GB Ltd, Gary Moore) Gary Moore 3-9-06 Richard Hughes [8]
6) MALIBU (John Robinson & Derek Stubbs) Simon Dow 3-8-07 Seb Sanders [5]
7) TIGER TIGER (Ron Huggins) Jamie Poulton 3-9-02 John Egan [11]
8) MASTER MARVEL (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-06 Kevin Darley [6] 7/2 Fav
9) SPRING GODDESS (Grant & Bowman Limited, Ann Jarvis) Alan Jarvis 3-8-13 Kerrin McEvoy [4]
10) OVER THE RAINBOW (Harrison, Jamieson, Parker, Snowden) Barry Hills 3-9-04 Michael Hills [18]
11) FORT (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing IX) Mark Johnston 3-9-04 Keith Dalgleish [13]
12) SILENT HAWK (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor v1 t3-9-07 Frankie Dettori [10]
13) VANTAGE (Mark Harniman) Nick Littmoden b1 3-8-10 Eddie Ahern [17]
14) FREAK OCCURENCE (Lots Of Luck Gentlemen Syndicate) Emma Lavelle 3-8-09 Frankie McDonald (3) [7]
15) IN DEEP (Nerys Dutfield) Nerys Dutfield 3-8-06 David Kinsella [9]
16) ALEKHINE (Karyl Harris) Peter Harris 3-9-04 Ian Mongan [12]
17) RINGSIDER (S O’Donoghue & V Deegan) Gerard Butler 3-8-11 Jamie Spencer [15]
18) OH GOLLY GOSH (Gillian Curley) Nick Littmoden p3-8-05 Ted Durcan [3]

18 ran
Time: 2m 7.08s Distances: 1¾, hd, 3, ¾, nk, ½, ¾, nk, hd, sh, ¾, 1, 5, 1½, ½, 16, 1½
Breeder: John Greetham Breeding: b c Machiavellian (USA) - Misleading Lady (Warning)
Tote Win: £7.50 Places: £2.00; £2.90; £2.20; £2.10 Exacta: £116.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (12) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Italian Oaks (1988 Melodist, 1986 Ivor’s Image), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Celebration Mile (2000 Medicean), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1975 Girandole), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom), Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed) Wins in a season (1984-2003):96:120:76:105:99:116:78:83:74:65:109:73:73:84:79:81:91:75: 104:115 (champion trainer) Horses in training (1985-2003):145:142:142:170:186:191:n\a:171:147:157 :159:159:162:162:173:190:185:181:190 Wins this season: 20 Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 7 times (1981,1986,1989,1994,1997, 2000, 2003) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2003): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221* *Champion jockey Classic wins: (10) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin) Other major wins include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal); Cherry Hinton Stakes (1996 Dazzle), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Ribblesdale Stakes (1997 Yashmak), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington), Gimcrack Stakes (1994 Chilly Billy, 1998 Josr Algharoud); Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Craigsteel); Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma); Budweiser International Stakes (1999 Great Dane); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal), Jockey Club Stakes (2000 Blueprint), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2002 King Of Happiness), Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (1997 Daggers Drawn, 2002 Elusive City), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Diadem Stakes (2002 Crystal Castle), July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom) Wins This Season: 66

SECOND RACE RESULT
2.30pm VODAFONE WOODCOTE STAKES

Class A, Listed Race, £35,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo, 6f. Weights: colts & geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 6lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class D race 3lb; pf a Class C race 5lb; of a Class A or B race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £20,300; 2nd: £7,700; 3rd: £3,850; 4th: £1,750; 5th: £875; 6th: £525

1) SCREWDRIVER (Raymond Tooth) Richard Hannon 2-8-11 Richard Hughes [1] 7/2
2) ROYAL ISLAND (Markus Graff) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 Keith Dalgleish [7] 6/5 Fav
3) GORTUMBLO (K Corrigan) Dominic Ffrench Davis 2-9-00 Richard Quinn [5] 12/1
4) OBE GOLD (BDR Partnership) Mick Channon 2-9-00 Ted Durcan [3]
5) ADORATION (Durham Thoroughbred Racing) Mark Johnston 2-8-11 Kevin Darley [4]
6) BLUE MARBLE (H E Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed) Clive Brittain 2-8-11 Darryll Holland [8]
7) NEXT TIME (Paul Dixon) Mark Polglase 2-8-06 Martin Dwyer [2]
8) VICTORIA PEEK (Ambrose Turnbull) David Nicholls 2-8-06 Michael Kinane [6]

8 ran
Time: 1m 10.03s Distances: nk, 4, 3½, nk, 3½, 1¼, 3
Breeder: The National Stud Owner Breeders Club Ltd
Breeding: b c Entrepreneur - Lust (Pursuit Of Love)
Tote Win: £3.30 Places: £1.30; £1.10; £4.60 Exacta: £5.40

Winning Trainer: Name- Hannon, Richard Michael Date of birth: 30/5/45 Date of first licence:1970 Classic wins: (3) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don't Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy), Falmouth Stakes (1994 Lemon Souffle), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Yorkshire Cup (1993 Assessor), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low), Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1995 Alriffa), Diomed Stakes (1994 Bluegrass Prince), Queen Mary Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy & 1993 Risky), Cork and Orrery Stakes (1992 Shalford), Lowther Stakes (1992 Niche), Wokingham Stakes (1994 Venture Capitalist), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Rockfel Stakes (2001 Distant Valley), Betfair.com Molecomb Stakes (1993 Risky), Hungerford Stakes (2002 Reel Buddy) Number of horses in training; (1985-2004): 67:75:74:80:85 :107:131:139:155:178:167:155:149:145:155:162:147:169:169 Number of wins in a season (1982-2003):38:49:28: 37:56:33:43:55:73:126:154:182:112:115:109:94:108:123:135:110:121:122 Wins this season: 36 Other details: Champion trainer 1992

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Apprenticeship: With father, Dessie Hughes, in Ireland. Wins in Britain (1994-2003):19,68,62,33,55,95,102, 90, 126, 122 Major wins include: French 1,000 Guineas (2002 Zenda), French Oaks (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), King's Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince), Yorkshire Cup (1999 Churlish Charm); Duke Of York Stakes (1999 Sampower Star), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Cambridgeshire (1995 Cap Juluca), Stewards’ Cup (1995 Shikari’s Son, 1999 Harmonic Way, 2000 Tayseer), Victor Chandler European Free Handicap (2000 Cape Town, 2001 Clearing), Jockey Club Cup (2000 Persian Punch), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2001 King’s Ironbridge), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2000 Umistim, 2001 King’s Ironbridge), Lingfield Derby Trial (2001 Perfect Sunday), Prix D’Isphan (2001 Observatory), Celebration Mile (2002 Tillerman), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream) 1st Group One Success in Britain: July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream) Other details: Retained jockey to Khalid Abdulla Wins This Season: 22

THIRD RACE RESULT
3.00pm VODAFONE DIOMED STAKES

Class A, £75,000, Group Three, Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+,1m ½f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 6lb; fillies 8st 3lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Penalties: after September 1, 2003, a winner of a Group Three race 3lb; of a Group Two race 5lb; of a Group One race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) PASSING GLANCE (Kingsclere Stud & Michael Wates) Andrew Balding 5-9-09 Martin Dwyer [3] 20/1
2) DUTCH GOLD (Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain b4-9-04 Darryll Holland [1] 33/1
3) GATEMAN (Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds V) Mark Johnston 7-9-07 Keith Dalgleish [10] 8/1
4) CHECKIT (Tim Corby) Mick Channon 4-9-04 Ted Durcan [8]
5) VANDERLIN (J C, J R & S R Hitchens) Andrew Balding 5-9-04 Kevin Darley [4]
6) BEAUCHAMP PILOT (Erik Penser) Gerard Butler 6-9-04 Michael Kinane [11]
7) LEPORELLO (Karyl Harris) Peter Harris 4-9-07 Richard Quinn [7] 3/1 Fav
8) VESPONE (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor v1 t1 4-9-04 Frankie Dettori [9]
9) DUCK ROW (Exors of the late Duke Of Devonshire) James Toller 9-9-04 Seb Sanders [5]
10) PARASOL (Mohammed Al Nabouda) David Loder v5-9-04 Jamie Spencer [2]
11) SUBLIMITY (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute t4-9-04 Kieren Fallon [6]

11 ran Non-Runner: Quito (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 1m 42.40s Distances: 1¼, hd, 1, nk, 1, 1½, nk, 2, 3½, 1¾
Breeder: Ian Balding Breeding: br h Polar Falcon (USA) - Spurned (USA) (Robellino)
Tote Win: £20.40 Places: £3.90; £5.80; £2.80 Exacta: £361.90

Winning Trainer: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Vodafone Derby with Mill Reef as well as a whole host of other top races. Previously worked for uncle, Toby Balding, and assisted Lynda Ramsden for two years. Sister is Clare Balding, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance) Number of horses in training (2003-2004): 114; 128 Number of wins in a season (2003): 54 Wins This Season: 21

Winning Jockey:- Name: Dwyer, Martin Joseph Date of Birth: 28/06/75 Based: Hungerford, Berks Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Cheshire Oaks (2002 Shadow Dancing), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003 Persian Punch), Goodwood Cup (2003 Persian Punch), , Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge), Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes (2003 High Accolade, 2004 Manyana), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), King’s Stand Stakes (June 18, 2002, Dominica), Ascot Stakes (June 18, 2003, Sindapour), King Edward VII Stakes (June 20, 2003, High Accolade) Wins 1995-03: 6; 36; 57; 46; 36; 61; 65; 104; 90 Other Details: Married to daughter of trainer William Muir Wins this season: 41

FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.30pm VODAFONE “DASH” STAKES
Class B, Heritage Handicap, £75,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ rated 0-105, 5f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after May 8, a winner of a Class C to F race 4lb; of a Class A to C race 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) CARIBBEAN CORAL (Dawson, Green, Quinn, Roberts) John Quinn 5-9-05 Robert Winston [8] 20/1
2) PLATEAU (A A Bloodstock Ltd) David Nicholls 5-8-09 Michael Hills [10] 25/1
3) TYCHY (P Ellinas) Stuart Williams 5-9-03 Jamie Spencer [2] 20/1
4) TEXAS GOLD (C Edington) William Muir 6-9-00 Martin Dwyer [3] 16/1
5) WATCHING (Mark, George & R Leatham) David Nicholls 7-8-10 Adrian Nicholls [13]
6) CORRIDOR CREEPER (Gary & Libby Johnson) Milton Bradley p7-9-03 Darryll Holland [17]
7) WHITBARROW (Seasons Holidays) Milton Bradley 5-9-10 Dane O'Neill [1]
8) TALBOT AVENUE (Mrs C Wilson) Mick Mullineaux 6-8-07 Pat Dobbs [11]
9) HENRY HALL (James & Susan Marshall) Nigel Tinkler 8-9-06 Kim Tinkler [20]
10) ATLANTIC VIKING (Paul Kinane, Daily Mail) David Nicholls 9-9-09 Seb Sanders [12]
11) CAPE ROYAL (David Brotherton) Lynda Ramsden 4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [4]
12) SEAFIELD TOWERS (Nigel Angus, Tim Finch) Linda Perratt p4-8-05 Ted Durcan [6]
13) BOSTON LODGE (The International Carnival Partnership) Gerard Butler b1 4-9-10 Michael Kinane [19]
14) MAKTAVISH (D Savala) Ian Semple p5-8-12 Paul Hanagan [5]
15) MAGIC GLADE (P O’Gorman) Con Dore 5-8-09 Richard Thomas (5) [7]
16) RACCOON (Peter Savill) David Barron v4-8-08 Kevin Darley [9] 3/1 Fav
17) KATHOLOGY (McDowell Racing) David Elsworth 7-8-11 Richard Quinn [14]
18) BRAVE BURT (Lucayan Stud, David Nicholls) David Nicholls 7-8-10 Eddie Ahern [18]
19) PTARMIGAN RIDGE (The Hon Heather Galbraith) Linda Perratt 8-8-13 Johnny Murtagh [16]
20) PALAWAN (M Evans, Ian Balding) Andrew Balding b1 8-8-06 Liam Keniry 93) [15]

20 ran
Time: 54.86s Distances: sh, nk, hd, sh, hd, nk, nk, ½, 1¼, nk, ½, hd, hd, ¾, nk, ¾, hd, 2, 10
Breeder: P & C Scott Breeding: ch g Brief Truce (USA) - Caribbean Star (Soviet Star)
Tote Win: £24.10 Places: £3.80; £8.70; £4.70; £2.30 Exacta: £2,297.30

Winning Trainer:-Name: Quinn, John Joseph Born: April 29, 1961 Trains at Bellwood Cottage Stables, Settrington, Nr. Malton, Yorkshire Riding Career: 1979-93 Big Race Wins: Vodafone Dash Handicap (2004 Caribbean Coral) Date of First Trainer’s Licence: August 1, 1994 Number of horses in training (1995-2003): 17; 26; 30; 32; 32; 35; 39; 44; 44 Wins in a season (1995-2003): 1; 5; 15; 7; 12; 17; 19; 17; 37 Wins This Season: 16

Winning jockey:-Name: Winston, Robert Francis Career: Appointed stable jockey to Jack and Lynda Ramsden on their return to England in 2000. Big Race Wins include: Stewards’ Cup (1998 Superior Premium), Vodafone Dash Handicap (2004 Caribbean Coral) Wins (1997-2003): 22,39,54,43,62,59,93 Wpins this season: 37


FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.20pm THE 2004 VODAFONE DERBY

Class A, Group One, £1,386,410 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo, 1m 4f 10y. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £804,117.80; 2nd: £305,010.20; 3rd: £152,505.10; 4th: £69,320.50; 5th: £34,660.25; 6th: £20,796.15

1) NORTH LIGHT (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [6] 7/2 Jt Fav
2) RULE OF LAW (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor t3-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy [11] 20/1
3) LET THE LION ROAR (Neil Jones) John Dunlop v1 3-9-00 Michael Kinane [3] 14/1
4) PERCUSSIONIST (Sangster Family) John Gosden 3-9-00 Kevin Darley [5]
5) SALFORD CITY (Michael Tabor) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [8]
6) AMERICAN POST (Khalid Abdulla) Criquette Head-Maarek 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [13]
7) SNOW RIDGE (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [7] 7/2 Jt Fav
8) HAZYVIEW (Tom Mohan, Neville Callaghan) Neville Callaghan 3-9-00 Eddie Ahern [12]
9) PUKKA (Fittocks Stud) Luca Cumani 3-9-00 Darryll Holland [2]
10) GATWICK (Henry Ponsonby) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Richard Quinn [9]
11) MASSIF CENTRALE (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill [10]
12) COMING AGAIN (Abdulla Buhaleeba) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills [14]
13) ELSHADI (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning v1 3-9-00 Martin Dwyer [4]
14) MEATH (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [1]

14 ran
Time: 2m 33.72s Distances: 1½, hd, hd, 3, 1½, 1¾, hd, 1½, 2½, nk, 19, 1¼, 7
Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Breeding: b c Danehill (USA) - Sought Out (IRE) (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Tote Win: £4.50 Places: £1.80; £7.30; £3.20 Exacta: £91.40

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (13) UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Italian Oaks (1988 Melodist, 1986 Ivor’s Image), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Celebration Mile (2000 Medicean), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1975 Girandole), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom), Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed) Wins in a season (1984-2003):96:120:76:105:99:116:78:83:74:65:109:73:73:84:79:81:91:75: 104:115 (champion trainer) Horses in training (1985-2003):145:142:142:170:186:191:n\a:171:147:157 :159:159:162:162:173:190:185:181:190 Wins this season: 21 Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 7 times (1981,1986,1989,1994,1997, 2000, 2003) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2003): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221* *Champion jockey Classic wins: (11) UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal); Cherry Hinton Stakes (1996 Dazzle), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Ribblesdale Stakes (1997 Yashmak), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington), Gimcrack Stakes (1994 Chilly Billy, 1998 Josr Algharoud); Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Craigsteel); Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma); Budweiser International Stakes (1999 Great Dane); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal), Jockey Club Stakes (2000 Blueprint), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2002 King Of Happiness), Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (1997 Daggers Drawn, 2002 Elusive City), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Diadem Stakes (2002 Crystal Castle), July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom) Wins This Season: 67
SIXTH RACE RESULT

5.05pm VODAFONE RATED STAKES
Class B, £40,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, rated 0-105, 1m 4f 10y. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb, minimum weight 8st 4lb. Penalties: after May 29, a winner 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1) STARRY LODGE (R C Thompson) Luca Cumani 4-8-09 Kieren Fallon [10] 9/2
2) SWIFT TANGO (Khalifa Sultan) Ed Dunlop 4-8-13 Frankie Dettori [12] 7/2 Fav
3) ZIBELINE (Ashley Carr) Brian Ellison b7-8-06 Kerrin McEvoy [3] 12/1
4) ANTICIPATING (George Strawbridge) Andrew Balding 4-8-04 Martin Dwyer [8]
5) TRUST RULE (Abdulla Buhaleeba) Barry Hills 4-9-00 Michael Hills [9]
6) DISSIDENT (Ruth Serrell) David Flood 6-7-11 Rory Moore (7) [1]
7) PUTRA SANDHURST (H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah) Michael Jarvis -6-9-07 Darryll Holland [11]
8) RING OF DESTINY (The Ringleaders) Peter Harris 5-8-06 Richard Quinn [13]
9) GALLERY GOD (John Robinson & Derek Stubbs) Simon Dow 8-9-01 Johnny Murtagh [6]
10) TIZZY MAY (John May) Richard Hannon 4-9-01 Dane O'Neill [7]
11) MANORSON (East Wind Racing Ltd) Mikael Magnusson t5-8-07 Eddie Ahern [2]
12) FINANCIAL FUTURE (Markus Graff) Mark Johnston 4-8-07 Michael Kinane [5]
13) HERODOTUS (Tony Richards) Ken Cunningham-Brown 6-8-04 Adrian Nicholls [4]

13 ran
Time: 2m 35.25s Distances: hd, 1½, 1, nk, nk, 3, 1¼, 14, ¾, 5, 17, dist
Breeder: Three Foxes Farm Breeding: b c Grand Lodge (USA) - Stara
Tote Win: £3.90 Places: £2.20; £1.90; £4.30 Exacta: £8.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Cumani, Luca Matteo Date of birth: 7/4/49; Date of first licence: 1976; Previous Occupation: Jockey in Italy, France and Britain with 84 winners assistant to Sergio Cumani and Henry Cecil; Classic wins: (3) Vodafone Derby (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise), St Leger (1984 Commanche Run) Other major wins include: Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), St James’s Palace Stakes (1985 Bairn, 1987 Half a Year), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 2003 Falbrav), Yorkshire Oaks (1993 & 1994 Only Royale), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1993 Barathea), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1990 Ensconse, 2002 Gossamer), Irish Derby (1988 Kahyasi), Italian Oaks (1998 Zomaradah), Juddmonte International Stakes (1985 Commanche Run, 1998 One So Wonderful, 2003 Falbrav), Gran Premio di Milano (2000 Endless Hall), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2001 Gossamer), Lonsdale Stakes (2002 Boreas), Eclipse-Stakes (2003 Falbrav) Wins in a season (1984-2003):50:60:67:83:73:88:109:72:54:39:47:39:62:66:54:34:29:25:24:57 Horses in training (1985-2003):100:112:119:151:165 :187:150:132:121:96:103:124:139:152:135:100:83:84:103

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2003): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221* *Champion jockey Classic wins: (11) UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal); Cherry Hinton Stakes (1996 Dazzle), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Ribblesdale Stakes (1997 Yashmak), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington), Gimcrack Stakes (1994 Chilly Billy, 1998 Josr Algharoud); Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Craigsteel); Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma); Budweiser International Stakes (1999 Great Dane); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal), Jockey Club Stakes (2000 Blueprint), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2002 King Of Happiness), Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (1997 Daggers Drawn, 2002 Elusive City), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Lowther Stakes (2002 Russian Rhythm), Diadem Stakes (2002 Crystal Castle), July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom) Wins This Season: 67


SEVENTH RACE RESULT

5.40pm VODAFONE HANDICAP
Class C, £40,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ rated 0-100, 6f. Minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after May 29, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £23,200; 2nd: £8,800; 3rd: £4,400; 4th: £2,000; 5th: £1,000; 6th: £600

1) NATIVE TITLE (C McKenna) David Nicholls 6-9-02 Paul Hanagan [1] 11/1
2) MUTAWAQED (East Wind Racing Ltd) Mikael Magnusson t6-9-04 Johnny Murtagh [13] 8/1
3) LAFI (Alfi & Partners) David Nicholls -5-9-11 Alex Greaves [9] 14/1
4) JAYANJAY (Peter Crate) Brooke Sanders 5-8-11 Kerrin McEvoy [11] 16/1
5) PRINCE AARON (Black Star Racing) Conrad Allen 4-9-01 Gary Carter [17] Fav
6) BLACKHEATH (Middleham Park Racing XX & Streamhill) David Nicholls 8-8-12 Pat Dobbs [12]
7) MINE BEHIND (M Folan, R Lees, R Crampton) John Best 4-9-02 Neil Pollard [5]
8) PAX (David Nicholls, A A Bloodstock) David Nicholls 7-8-11 Liam Treadwell (7) [15]
9) FANTASY BELIEVER (The Fantasy Fellowship B) John Quinn 5-9-06 Keith Dalgleish [4]
10) UNDETERRED (Peter Savill) David Barron v8-8-09 Kevin Darley [3]
11) BANJO BAY (Middleham Park Racing XXIII) David Nicholls 6-9-00 Dane O'Neill [2]
12) MALAPROPISM (Michael Foy) Mick Channon 4-9-03 Sam Hitchcott (3) [8]
13) POLISH EMPEROR (Edrich, Graves, Harris) Peter Harris es4-8-12 Neil Callan [6]
14) IDLE POWER (The Idle B’s) Jim Boyle p6-8-11 Martin Dwyer [10]
15) LOYAL TYCOON (Michael & Mandy Hall) David Nicholls 6-9-01 Adrian Nicholls [7] Fav
16) LITTLE EDWARD (Jim Mursell) Brendan Powell 6-10-00 Richard Quinn [16]
17) VITA SPERICOLATA (First Class Entertainment) John Wainwright v7-9-04 Robert Winston [14]

17 ran
Time: 1m 09.04s Distances: 1½, nk, ¾, ½, ½, nk, ½, ½, 1¼, ¾, hd, ¾, sh, 6, 2½, 1
Breeder: Mrs W H Gibson Fleming Breeding: b g Pivotal - Bermuda Lily
Tote Win: £18.30 Places: £6.50; £2.50; £3.70; £3.60 Exacta: £256.20

Winning trainer:- Name: Nicholls, David Date of birth: 30/4/56 Riding career: Professional - 421 winners Trains at Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, Yorkshire Horses in training (1996-2004): 37:45: 45: 46: 58:78:74:82:82 Wins in a season (1993-2003): 0: 21: 26: 30: 44: 50:75: 73:47:65:65 Other details: Married to Alex Greaves: two children Major wins: Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Ya Malak dh with Coastal Bluff), Ladbroke (Ayr) Silver Cup (1998 Royal Result), Ayr Gold Cup (2000 Bahamian Pirate, 2001 Continent, 2002 Funfair Wane), Ballyogan Stakes (1999 Proud Native), William Hill Golden Spurs Handicap (1999 Pepperdine), Stewards’ Cup (2000 Tayseer), King George Stakes (1999 Rudi’s Pet), Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), Darley July Cup (2002 Continent)

Winning Jockey:-Name: Hanagan, Paul Geoffrey Born: September 8, 1980 Wins 2000-2003: 23, 29, 84, 64 Other Information: Formerly apprenticed to trainer Richard Fahey in Malton - the winner of the Racing Schools Apprentice series in 2000, he earned himself a six-week working holiday with Paddy Rudkin in Dubai. Father, Geoff, had brief flirtation with racing in 1960s working for John Waugh in Newmarket for 18 months. Paul began riding out for Warrington-based handler Terry Caldwell before joining Malcolm Jefferson’s yard after coming through British Racing School’s nine-week course. Then teamed up with Fahey. Big Race Wins: William Hill Mile (2003 Lady Bear)


TOP TRAINERS AT THE VODAFONE DERBY MEETING

Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Sir Michael Stoute 2 - -
Saeed bin Suroor 1 2 1
Andrew Balding 1 2 -
David Nicholls 1 1 1
Clive Brittain 1 1 -
Ed Dunlop 1 1 -
John Dunlop 1 - 1
Mick Channon 1 - -
Luca Cumani 1 - -
Richard Hannon 1 - -
Pip Payne 1 - -
John Quinn 1 - -
Kevin Ryan 1 - -
Michael Jarvis - 1 2
Mark Johnston - 1 2
Aidan O’Brien IRE - 1 -
Richard Hannon - 1 -
Mikael Magnusson - 1 -
Gary Moore - 1 -
Alec Stewart - 1 -
Brian Ellison - 1
Richard Fahey - - 1
Dominic Ffench-Davis - - 1
Elie Lellouche FR - - 1
Brian Meehan - - 1
Lynda Ramsden - - 1
Stuart Williams - - 1

VODAFONE STABLE STAFF CHALLENGE RESULT

1st: Saaed bin Suroor 300 points
2nd: Andrew Balding 275 points
3rd: David Nicholls 250 points

Vodafone have generously provided £2,000 for the winning stable, £1,000 for second and £500 for third.


Scoring is 100 points for a winner, 75 for second, 50 for third and 25 for fourth.



TOP JOCKEYS AT THE VODAFONE DERBY MEETING
Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Kieren Fallon 4 1 -
Frankie Dettori 1 2 2
Martin Dwyer 1 2 -
Darryll Holland 1 1 1
Richard Hughes 1 1 -
Johnny Murtagh 1 1 -
Mick Kinane 1 - 2
Paul Hanagan 1 - 1
Neil Callan 1 - -
Ted Durcan 1 - -
Robert Winston 1 - -
Philip Robinson - 1 2
Keith Dalgleish - 1 1
Kerrin McEvoy - 1 1
Jamie Spencer - 1 1
Michael Hills - 1 -
Ryan Moore - 1 -
Dominique Boeuf - - 1
Alex Greaves - - 1
Richard Quinn - - 1




THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY - LAST WEEK THE COLUMN GAVE A 12/1 WINNER

£1,359,000 THE VODAFONE DERBY 1m 4f




4.20pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 5, 2004.


Going - Good, good to firm in places

BP = at the time of writing but for the best current odds go to www.BritOdds.com (Click on link above)



American Post
Form: 2111-111 Owner: Khalid Abdulla Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Trainer: Criquette Head-Maarek FR Jockey: Richard Hughes
American Post is the first foal of Wells Fargo, herself an unraced half-sister to the Yorkshire Oaks and St Leger runner-up High And Low. Sired by the 1986 French Derby hero Bering, American Post has made seven appearances to date, winning three races in both 2003 and 2004. His first race, the Prix du Pre d’Auge at Deauville on July 31 last year, was a promising debut and he duly built on that by winning at the second time of asking in the Prix du Casino Barriere de Royan at Longchamp on September 14, when he was two lengths too strong for Dealer Choice. He then went on to land the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) on October 5 at Longchamp, despite proving troublesome at the start, and came home four lengths clear of Charming Prince. American Post rounded off 2003 by taking top spot in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on October 25, beating Fantastic View by one and three quarter lengths, despite looking uneasy on the fast ground and displaying a high head carriage in the final furlong. His seasonal debut came on March 31, when he won the Listed Prix Omnium II over a mile at Saint-Cloud on good ground, beating Joursanvault readily by four lengths. On his penultimate appearance, American Post triumphed in the Group Three Prix de Fontainebleu at Longchamp on April 25 when he proved two lengths too strong for Blackdoun after making all the running. Last time out American Post landed the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) at Longchamp on May 16 by half-a-length from Diamond Green. However, his win in that race was rather fortunate as the Aidan O’Brien-trained Antonius Pius had looked assured of victory when running into the rails in the final furlong.

Race Record: Runs: 7; 1st; 6; 2nd; 1; 3rd: 0. Win and Place Prize Money: £475,374
BP= 8/1


Coming Again
Form: 2-52 Owner: Abdulla BuHaleeba Trainer: Barry Hills Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd Jockey: Michael Hills
For a colt whose pedigree is packed with stamina, there was much to like about his one run as a two-year-old, when, despite starting at 50/1, he showed immense promise to finish second to So Will I in a six-furlong maiden at Newbury at the back-end. Connections always felt that he would make up into a much better three-year-old, and he went off second-favourite on his reappearance when stepped up to 10 furlongs for a maiden at Newmarket’s Craven meeting, running well until starting to hang in the soft ground and eventually finishing fifth behind the highly-rated Ecomium. Plenty thought that he would make it third time lucky at Windsor at the end of May but, though a well-backed 7/4 favourite, he was short-headed by Motive, running well enough for his owner to give the green light for a tilt at the big one, observing “if we are not in, we can’t win.”
Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 0; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £2,876
BP= 300/1


Elshadi
Form: 114- Owner: Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Trainer: Marcus Tregoning Breeder: Abbeville and Meadow Court Studs Jockey: Martin Dwyer
Bred in Ireland at Abbeville and Meadow Court Studs, owned by Eimear Mulhern, daughter of former Irish premier Charles Haughey and wife of Irish trainer John Mulhern, Elshadi was purchased at the 2002 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for 130,000 guineas. The Cape Cross colt is a half-brother to Highdown, who was also trained by Marcus Tregoning and won a Group Two event in France in 2002. Elshadi made a winning debut in a mile median auction maiden at Beverley in August, when staying on to defeat Sun Of Speed by a length and three-quarters. He retained his unbeaten record over the same trip in Newbury’s Haynes, Hanson And Clark Conditions Stakes, an event in which Tregoning had previously introduced the top-class Nayef. At Newbury, Elshadi was two and a half lengths too strong for fellow Vodafone Derby competitor Let The Lion Roar. Stepped up in class for his next start in the Group Three Tom McGee Autumn Stakes at Ascot on October 11, Elshadi sustained his first defeat, going down by 12 and a half lengths in fourth behind Fantastic View. Connections expressed their disappointment at how much the ground had been watered that day on going officially described as ‘good to firm’. Elshadi has yet to race this term.

Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £15,812.87
BP= 33/1

Gatwick
Form: 3-1311 Owner: Henry Ponsonby Trainer: Mick Channon Breeder: M J Dargan Jockey: Richard Quinn
The mare Airport was given to Bill Farrell, former stud manager at Eyrefield House Stud in Ireland, as a gift and he sent her to Ali-Royal having secured a £1,500 nomination with Coolmore Stud, the result being Gatwick. Bought for 10,000 guineas at the 2002 Doncaster St Leger Yearling Sale by Jenny Powell, whose other horses have included Goggles, the winner of the St Leger Yearling Stakes in 2000, Gatwick was then sold on to a Henry Ponsonby-run syndicate. The colt ran once as a two-year-old in a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham in August, when staying on to finish third to Bright Sun. On his seasonal debut in a similar contest at Doncaster over two furlongs further in March, Gatwick recorded his first success when proving a head too powerful for Master Marvel. The following month he made his handicap debut over a mile at Newbury, staying on well in the final two furlongs to finish third behind subsequent Group winners African Dream and Red Lancer. Stepped up a furlong for his next start, Mick Channon’s charge landed a gamble in a handicap at Goodwood on May 18, when getting the better of Dancing Lyra by a length and a quarter. Gatwick made a quick reappearance with an 8lb penalty in the £90,000 totesport Silver Bowl at Haydock over a mile four days later, again getting his head in front, this time by a length and three-quarters from stable companion Makfool despite encountering trouble in running. Connections were then left with an interesting dilemma as to whether to supplement Gatwick for the Vodafone Derby at a cost of £75,000 on Monday, a brave decision which his sporting owners duly made.

Race Record: Starts: 5; Wins: 3; 2nds: 0; 3rds: 2 Win & Place Prize Money: £103,887.24
BP= 25/1

Hazyview
Form: 00031-211121 Owner: Tom Mohan and Neville Callaghan Trainer: Neville Callaghan Breeder: N E Poole Jockey: Eddie Ahern
Beaten 16 lengths or more on his first three starts before winning a Brighton nursery off a mark of 62 on the last day of October on his fifth and final juvenile start, few racing fans would have suspected that he would now be lining up for the Vodafone Derby. But the improvement that this son of Cape Cross has shown as a three-year-old has been phenomenal. Beaten on his first start of 2004, he then won a 10-furlong Newmarket handicap on April 15 by five lengths from Hello It’s Me. Raised 6lb for that success, Hazyview then justified favouritism in a similar event at Sandown eight days later, just getting the better of Red Lancer by a short-head. Raised in class on the first day of May, he did not let connections down by winning the Listed Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London Newmarket Stakes by one and a half lengths from Tahreeb. He was then sent to Lingfield for the Group Three Gallagher Group Ltd Derby Trial Stakes a week later, when the soft ground may have been against him as Percussionist crossed the line 10 lengths ahead with 17 lengths back to third-placed Five Dynasties. On his last start, Hazyview returned to winning ways, staying on well over 10 furlongs on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Course to master Godolphin’s Duke Of Venice by a length and three-quarters in the Listed Fairway Stakes.

Race Record: Starts: 11; Wins: 5; 2nds: 2; 3rds: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £71,025
BP= 50/1

Let The Lion Roar
Form: 12-13 Owner: Neil Jones Breeder: Abergwaun Farms Trainer: John Dunlop Jockey: Mick Kinane
The home-bred Let The Lion Roar is a half-brother to Millenary (by Rainbow Quest), a high-class performer in recent seasons who recorded the biggest success of his career in the 2000 St Leger at Doncaster and is still going strong at the age of seven. Let The Lion Roar made his debut at Newmarket on August 15 last year, when he impressively won a mile maiden by two and a half lengths from Son Of Greek Myth. His only other start last season came in the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury on September 19, when he ran well but found fellow Vodafone Derby contender Elshadi two and a half lengths too strong. This season Let The Lion Roar made his reappearance in a conditions race over 10 furlongs on April 16 at Newbury, where he put up a gutsy performance to defy Top Seed by half a length. He went on trial for the Vodafone Derby on his next start when lining up in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York on May 12. Starting 3/1 favourite, he was beaten three lengths into third behind North Light and Rule Of Law but stayed on in the closing stages and by no means put himself out of the picture for Flat’s racing’s premier prize..

Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1. Win and Place Prize Money: £33,048
BP= 16/1

Massif Centrale
Form: -72 Owner: Raymond Tooth Trainer: David Elsworth Breeder: Cliveden Stud Ltd Jockey: Dane O’Neill
An 82,000 guineas yearling bred at Philip Freedman’s Cliveden Stud, Massif Centrale was unraced at two and only made his debut on May 14, running green but showing plenty of promise to finish seventh behind the smart Day Flight in a maiden at Salisbury. He clearly learned plenty from that experience, because just 12 days later he was runner-up to Remaadd in what is looking a very hot maiden at Newbury - Haadef, who was four lengths back in third, has since won at Sandown and is earmarked for Royal Ascot - and, being out of that good racemare Madame Dubois, he looks bound to appreciate every yard of the mile and a half.

Race Record: Starts: 2; 1st: 0; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,920
BP= 250/1

Meath
Form: 31-221 Owner: Sue Magnier Breeder: Sweetman Bloodstock Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Jockey: Jamie Spencer
Meath came good at the second time of asking as a two-year-old, winning a mile maiden at Cork in October by six lengths from Indian Pace. He was beaten a head by subsequent Irish 2,000 Guineas third Grey Swallow on his seasonal reappearance in the Listed Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes in April. He filled the runner-up slot again on his next start in the Listed Amethyst Stakes at the same course on May 9, this time finding D’Anjou half a length too powerful. Two weeks later a step up to 10 furlongs was just what the doctor ordered and the Sadler’s Wells colt entered the winner’s enclosure at the Curragh, having stayed on well under pressure to deny the then Vodafone Derby ante-post springer Cairdeas by a length and a half. The scratching of Vodafone Derby favourite Yeats and Moscow Ballet by Aidan O’Brien means that Meath will be his and Ireland’s sole representative in this year’s classic.

Race Record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nds: 2; 3rds: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £58,740
BP= 18/1

North Light
Form: 21-1 Owner: Ballymacoll Stud Ltd Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Ltd Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Kieren Fallon
The home-bred North Light was foaled on March 1, 2001, and is the sixth foal of the 1992 Prix du Cadran winner Sought Out, making him a half-brother to both the useful middle-distance handicapper Researched and Cover Up, twice a winner of Royal Ascot’s marathon, the Queen Alexandra Stakes. He made his debut at Sandown in August, 2003, finishing the short-head runner-up to Post And Rail in a maiden over seven furlongs. He built on that promise on his next appearance when winning a mile Goodwood maiden in September, impressively defeating Take A Bow by a length and three quarters. This season North Light made his seasonal reappearance in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes at York on May 12, when he put himself right in the picture for the Vodafone Derby with a half-length defeat of Rule Of Law, leading from four furlongs out and staying on gamely in the closing stages.

Race Record: Runs: 3; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0. Win and Place Prize Money: £89,000
BP= 11/4

Percussionist
Form: 32-11 Owner: The Sangster Family Breeder: Swettenham Stud Trainer: John Gosden Jockey: Kevin Darley
Home-bred by the late Robert Sangster’s Swettenham Stud, Percussionist was foaled on April 6, 2001 and is the third foal out of the 1996 Group Three Musidora Stakes winner Magnificient Style, making him a half-brother to the useful filly Echoes In Eternity - winner of the Group Two Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket last season. As a yearling, Percussionist was retained by connections for 145,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Houghton Sale of 2002. His debut came at Sandown in September, 2003, when he finished a promising - if distant - third behind Duke Of Venice in a mile maiden. He had just one more outing last year, coming home in second behind Roehampton in a mile maiden at Yarmouth in September. This season Percussionist made his reappearance in a mile and a half maiden at Newmarket’s Craven meeting on April 13, when he clearly appreciated the step up in distance as he defeated Chaplin by a length and a half. For his next outing, the Sadler’s Wells colt put his credentials on the line in the Group Three Gallagher Group Ltd Lingfield Derby Trial on May 8 when he again demonstrated that stamina is his strong point with a 10-length defeat of Hazyview, despite drifting badly to the right in the closing stages although connections stated afterwards that they believed he had been distracted by a Channel 4 camera.
Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1. Win and Place Prize Money: £42,665
BP= 9/1

Pukka
Form: 0431-1 Owner: Fittocks Stud Trainer: Luca Cumani Breeder: Fittocks Stud Jockey: Darryll Holland
Luca Cumani has already won the Vodafone Derby courtesy of the Aga Khan’s Kahyasi in 1988, but if Pukka can prevail it would be a great personal triumph as the trainer’s Fittocks Stud bred and owns the son of Sadler’s Wells. It took four attempts for Pukka to win his maiden with a step up to 10 furlongs on the all-weather track at Lingfield Park working the oracle on November 29, when he proved two lengths too powerful for Baawrah, having finished third over two furlongs shorter at the same venue 16 days earlier. He was then put away for the winter, making his reappearance off a mark of 78 in an 11-furlong handicap at Newbury on May 15. Despite Frankie Dettori putting up 1lb overweight, Pukka stayed on well in the final furlong to get the better of Maraahel by a length and a quarter. It is a long haul from winning a handicap off 78 to winning the world’s greatest race but he stays well and the trainer is keen to take the chance. Arthur Budgett, who won the Derby with Blakeney in 1969 and Morston four years later, was the last person to own, train and breed a winner of the premier classic.

Race Record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nds: 0; 3rds: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £15,520
BP= 25/1

Rule Of Law
Form: 3113-2 Owner: Godolphin Breeder: Robert & Ben Sangster Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
Bred by the late Robert Sangster and his son Ben, Rule Of Law is the third foal of Crystal Crossing, winner of the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury in 1996. Last year Rule Of Law ran in Sheikh Mohammed’s colours and was trained by David Loder. He made his debut at Sandown in June, 2003, finishing third to Grand Rich King in a seven-furlong maiden. Rule Of Law, fitted with a visor, then was triumphant in a similar race at York in July. Following on from that success, he was stepped up to Listed company in the Acomb Stakes at the same course and distance and proved a head too strong for Aidan O’Brien’s Celtic Cat. His final juvenile start came in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot at the end of September when he ran well to be third to Snow Ridge. He was transferred to Godolphin at the end of the season and made his debut for trainer Saeed bin Suroor in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes at York on May 12, running on well to be second, half a length behind North Light.

Race Record: Runs: 5; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 3. Win and Place Prize Money: £73,629
BP= 16/1

Salford City
Form: 1-16 Owner: Michael Tabor Trainer: David Elsworth Breeder: Dr D Davis Jockey: Johnny Murtagh
A half-brother to the 1999 Dante Stakes winner Salford Express, Salford City only raced once as a two-year-old but made an immediate impact. Despite being very slowly away in a mile maiden at Newbury in October, he proved good enough to catch his 16 rivals, led approaching the final furlong and eventually won by seven lengths from Mountain Meadow. He then carried the colours of Tony Thompson, the Newmarket-based businessman who habitually prefixes the names of his racehorses with the Greater Manchester city of Salford, but he made his seasonal reappearance in the famous blue with an orange disc colours of Michael Tabor, a joint owner of Vodafone Derby heroes Galileo and High Chaparral together with Sue Magnier. He kept his unbeaten record in the Group Three Lane’s End Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April, when he was again slowly away but quickened to lead well inside the seventh and final furlong to defeat Fokine by one and three-quarter lengths. Last time he sustained his first defeat when the four-length sixth to Haafhd in the first British classic, the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas, over a mile at Newmarket on the first day of May. He was one paced through the final furlong at Headquarters, but still ran well enough to come home one and a half lengths ahead of subsequent Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Bachelor Duke. He reportedly pleased connections in a gallop at Epsom Downs racecourse on May 26.
Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win and place prize money: £39,740
BP= 8/

Snow Ridge
Form: 110-2 Owner: Godolphin Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Co Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Bred by the late Lord Weinstock’s Ballymacoll Stud, Snow Ridge is the third foal of the Listed winner Snow Princess. Trained by Marcus Tregoning, he initially ran in the colours of Weinstock’s executors, making a winning debut in a seven-furlong conditions race at Kempton on September 6 by an impressive three and a half lengths. He then took a big step up in class to contest the Group Two Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot on September 27. Coming from what looked like a near impossible position, Snow Ridge produced a strong late run to lead in the last strides and take the race by three-quarters of a length from Moscow Ballet. His next performance in the Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 18 was rather disappointing as he came home in ninth behind Milk It Mick. At the end of his juvenile career, Snow Ridge was sold in a private deal to Godolphin. Snow Ridge was mightily impressive in a private gallop over a mile on the turf at Nad Al Sheba on April 13. He pulled right away from stable companions Duke of Venice, Bayeux and Byron by the end, recording a good time. Godolphin’s Simon Crisford commented after the gallop: “We were very pleased with the way Snow Ridge finished up his gallop - he looked impressive and it was a good display of authority.” Snow Ridge finished well when second to Haafhd in the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket on May 1 and the Vodafone Derby was immediately named as his target.
Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0. Win and Place Prize Money: £129,930
BP= 3/1

SUMMARY
I am opposing the front two in the betting because I believe them to be no value. The one to go with on pure value terms is AMERICAN POST who has won three Group One races including the French Guineas last time out and yet is an 8/1 chance which is terrific value.

Good Luck



CODEBREAKER

4.20pm THE 2004 VODAFONE DERBY, SATURDAY, JUNE 5, EPSOM DOWNS, UK,
12 furlongs, £1,359,000



Main Trends
16 of the last 18 winners have had a starting price of 11/1 or less

Good previous form is essential - only 1 of 18 finished out of the first four last time out

15 of the last 18 winners won on their start before the Derby

Look for horses with no more than two previous runs this season - 17 of 18 had this profile

The winner will usually have previously won over at least 1m 2f - 13 of 18 had this profile


This year’s premier British classic, the Vodafone Derby, is a fascinating contest with plenty of questions to be answered.


Codebreaker aims to cut through the waffle and millions of words by sticking to the facts.


Fact one is that fancied horses win the Derby - outsiders do not. Only two of the last 18 winners have started at above 11/1 - 20/1 chance High-Rise and 14/1 hope Lammtarra, both of whom came into the Derby unbeaten but were underestimated.


This means that we can discount Let The Lion Roar, Pukka, Gatwick, Meath, Rule Of Law, Elshadi, Hazyview, Massif Centrale and Coming Again as they are all likely to start at 12/1 or longer and none have perfect records.


Salford City came sixth in the Guineas last time out and all the indications is that this afternoon’s classic winner will have been in the frame last time. He drops out of consideration.


American Post has won his three races this year but that is more than outings than normal for the Derby victor and so the French raider - a raider from across the Channel was last successful way back in 1976 - can be left out of calculations.


A win last time out is the way forward and therefore Snow Ridge, even though second in the 2,000 Guineas, gets the chop.


This leaves Codebreaker with two to choose from, North Light and Percussionist.


Both have proved that they stay a mile and a quarter, another factor to take into account. North Light won the Dante Stakes at York last time as did four Derby winners since 1986 - the last one was Erhaab back in 1994.


Percussionist took the Lingfield Derby Trial by a long margin from Hazyview on soft ground and
two Derby winners have taken that trial since 1986, the latest being High-Rise in 1998.


Sir Michael Stoute, North Light’s trainer, has won the Derby three times already to John Gosden’s one triumph in the Epsom Derby.


Therefore, the narrow verdict is for NORTH LIGHT.


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