The 2006 Vodafone Derby has 18 runners - the biggest field for the premier Classic in the last 10 years apart from the 20 who lined up in 2003.
There is a strong overseas challenge for the £1,304,500 Vodafone Derby, Europe’s richest race, which is run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 3 at 4.20pm, with French pair Visindar and Linda’s Lad plus four from Ireland, Horatio Nelson, Septimus, Dylan Thomas and Mountain.
Unbeaten ante-post favourite Visindar, owned by the Aga Khan who is seeking his fifth Vodafone Derby victory, and Linda’s Lad, the mount of Frankie Dettori, are both trained by Andre Fabre, France’s champion trainer.
Likewise Horatio Nelson, chosen by Kieren Fallon, Septimus (Michael Kinane), Dylan Thomas (Johnny Murtagh) and Mountain (Seamus Heffernan) are trained by Ireland’s champion handler Aidan O’Brien.
The home challenge for the 227th Derby is led by the Marcus Tregoning-trained Sir Percy, unbeaten at two and second in the first colts’ Classic, the Stan James 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6, followed by Papal Bull, from Sir Michael Stoute’s Newmarket stable, who was supplemented at a cost of £75,000 on Monday.
The latest Ladbrokes betting is:-
7/4 Visindar, 9/2 Horatio Nelson, 7 Septimus, 7 Sir Percy, 10 Papal Bull, 12 Linda’s Lad, 14 Dylan Thomas, 14 Hala Bek, 16 Championship Point, 20 Atlantic Waves, 33 Best Alibi, 50 Dragon Dancer, 50 Mountain, 150 Before You Go, 150 Sixties Icon, 150 Snoqualmie Boy, 500 Sienna Storm, 1,000 Noddies Way (1/4 odds 1,2,3).
The going at Epsom Downs was changed this afternoon to GOOD from Good, good to soft in places.
Andrew Cooper, director of racing and clerk of the course, commented: “The going is good all round, with a going stick reading of 7.5 this afternoon. The reading on Wednesday afternoon was 7.1, while the softest it has been was 5.6 last Friday.
“There are places on the course where the going is nudging towards the fast side of good. I am not considering watering and if the forecast for dry and warmer weather is correct it is likely to be good to firm on Saturday.
“The false rail on the inside from the six-furlong marker to the winning post, which is up to eight yards wide, will come down after racing tomorrow to give fresh ground on Saturday. It is ground that has not been raced on since September of last year.”
Fourteen (78 per cent) out of the last 18 winners of the Vodafone Derby were born in January, February or March. The dates of birth of all this year’s possible runners are given below for your information.
The 2006 Vodafone Derby Festival starts tomorrow, Friday, June 2, when the fillies’ Classic, the richest-ever Vodafone Oaks (4.05pm), is run as well as the Group One Vodafone Coronation Cup (3.25pm).
Friday is Vodafone Ladies Day, with the most stylish woman racegoer winning a new Jeep Cherokee.
The Queen’s Stand is virtually sold out on both days, with just 30 two-day badges still available.
The Grandstand Enclosure has sold out for Saturday, Vodafone Derby Day, but there is of plenty availability tomorrow, Friday.
There is lots of room in the outer enclosures and on the Hill on Saturday.
Stephen Wallis, managing director of Epsom Downs Racecourse, is experiencing his 13th Derby.
He said today: “From the course point of view, it has been welcome that nature took control with plenty of rain and Andrew Cooper and his team have not had to worry about watering.
“From an operational point of the view, we are glad the ground is drying out as two giant screens got stuck yesterday. We got them out and there are nine giant screens in all at the Vodafone Derby Festival.
“We are very pleased with the high level of racegoer interest in the 2006 Vodafone Derby Festival and there will be 100,000 here on Saturday.
“There are currently some roadworks on the A217 Sutton towards Reigate road but we hope they will be finished tonight.
“It is the second year of Vodafone Ladies Day tomorrow (Friday) and it will be a fun stylish day, with one lady gaining a brand new Jeep Cherokee having been judged the most stylishly-dressed.
“The judges will go around the enclosures and invite nine finalists to take part in the competition which will be decided between the second and third races in the winner’s circle.
“Turning to the racing, we have a fascinating Vodafone Oaks and great Vodafone Coronation Cup tomorrow. The 2006 Vodafone Coronation Cup is going to be special with two Breeders’ Cup winners, Shirocco and Ouija Board, who also won the Vodafone Oaks over course and distance in 2004, plus a Breeders’ Cup second in Ace, taking each other on in a small but select field.
“The Vodafone Derby on Saturday brings the best three-year-old colts of Europe together and we are delighted with this year’s field.
“Geoff Lewis is our guest of honour this year. He said to me last night that it will be one of the biggest thrills of his life. Epsom Downs and The Derby mean so much to him.”
THE 2006 VODAFONE DERBY DECLARED RUNNERS
Class 1, Group One, Epsom Downs, Total Prize Fund £1,250,000, 4.20pm Saturday, June 3, 2006, one mile, four furlongs and about 10 yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb, closed December 1, 2004 (639 entries), first forfeit stage February 28, 2006 (136 entries remained - five officially withdrawn subsequently), £8,000 second entry stage April 5, 2006 (12 added - making 143 entries in total going forward), second forfeit stage May 19, 2006 (33 remain - five officially withdrawn subsequently), £75,000 supplementary entry stage May 29, 2006 (one supplementary entry- Papal Bull), five-day confirmation stage noon, May 29, 2006 (22 go forward), final declaration stage 10am June 1, 2006 (18 runners).
No/Form Horse/ Date of Birth Owner Trainer Jockey Draw
1) 15-1 ATLANTIC WAVES (IRE)(02/05/03) Jaber Abdullah Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 1
2) 0(1)-(2)(1)14 BEFORE YOU GO (IRE)(12/01/03) Tina Smith Terry Mills Ian Mongan 3
3) 0314-2 BEST ALIBI (IRE)(25/02/03 Gainsborough Stud Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 17
4) 112-1 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT (03/02/03) John Livock Bloodstock Ltd Mick Channon Ted Durcan 7
5) 0-(3)22 DRAGON DANCER (16/02/03) John Pearce Geoff Wragg Darryll Holland 11
6) 1126-1 DYLAN THOMAS (IRE)(23/04/03) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh 18
7) 1 HALA BEK (IRE)(28/04/03) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson 5
8) 11112-0 HORATIO NELSON (IRE)(30/04/03) Sue Magnier/Diane Nagle Aidan O’Brien IRE Kieren Fallon 15
9) 221211-41 LINDA’S LAD (23/02/03) Sean Mulryan Andre Fabre FR Frankie Dettori 16
10) 214-42 MOUNTAIN (IRE) (29/04/03) Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE Seamus Heffernan 13
11) NODDIES WAY (30/01/03) Wayne Cox John Panvert Robert Miles 12
12) 421-11 PAPAL BULL (29/03/03) Sue Magnier/Derrick Smith/Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute Robert Winston 14
13) 113-01 SEPTIMUS (IRE) (04/04/03) Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane 9
14) 010-32 SIENNA STORM (IRE) (09/04/03) Beryl Lockey Mark Tompkins Michael Hills 6
15) 1111-2 SIR PERCY (27/01/03) Anthony Pakenham Marcus Tregoning Martin Dwyer 10
16) 61 SIXTIES ICON (16/02/03) Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda Shane Kelly 4
17) (4)(4)-313 SNOQUALMIE BOY (23/04/03) Jeff Smith David Elsworth John Egan 2
18) 1-11 VISINDAR (09/03/03) HH Aga Khan Andre Fabre FR Christophe Soumillon 8
Taken out at declaration stage
ALTIUS (IRE) (13/02/03) Sue Magnier/Diane Nagle Aidan O'Brien IRE
ART DECO (IRE)(30/03/03) Evelyn Hankinson Charles Egerton
OLYMPIAN ODYSSEY (19/04/03) Bill Gredley Barry Hills
YOUMZAIN (IRE) (20/02/03) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
THE VODAFONE DERBY ROLL OF HONOUR (1945-2005)
Year Winner/Date of Birth Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2005 MOTIVATOR (22/02/02) Royal Ascot Racing Club Michael Bell Johnny Murtagh 3/1 Fav
2004 NORTH LIGHT (01/03/01) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon 7/2 Jt Fav
2003 KRIS KIN (05/03/00) Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon 6/1
2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL(01/03/99) Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh 7/2
2001 GALILEO (30/03/98) Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE Michael Kinane 11/4 Jt Fav
2000 SINNDAR (27/02/97) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE Johnny Murtagh 7/1
1999 OATH (22/04/96) Thoroughbred Corporation Henry Cecil Kieren Fallon 13/2
1998 HIGH-RISE (03/05/95) Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Luca Cumani Olivier Peslier 20/1
1997 BENNY THE DIP (01/01/94) Landon Knight John Gosden Willie Ryan 11/1
1996 SHAAMIT (11/02/93) Khalifa Dasmal William Haggas Michael Hills 12/1
1995 LAMMTARRA (02/02/92) Maktoum Al Maktoum Saeed bin Suroor Walter Swinburn 14/1
1994 ERHAAB (24/05/91) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop Willie Carson 7/2 Fav
1993 COMMANDER IN CHIEF (18/05/90) Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil Michael Kinane 15/2
1992 DR DEVIOUS (10/03/89) Sidney H Craig Peter ChappleHyam John Reid 8/1
1991 GENEROUS (08/02/88) HRH Prince Fahd Salman Paul Cole Alan Munro 9/1
1990 QUEST FOR FAME (15/02/87) Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton Pat Eddery 7/1
1989 NASHWAN (01/03/86) Hamdan Al Maktoum Dick Hern Willie Carson 5/4 Fav
1988 KAHYASI (01/01/85) H H Aga Khan Luca Cumani Ray Cochrane 11/1
1987 REFERENCE POINT Louis Freedman Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen 6/4 Fav
1986 SHAHRASTANI H H Aga Khan Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn 11/2
1985 SLIP ANCHOR Lord Howard de Walden Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen 9/4 Fav
1984 SECRETO Luigi Miglitti David O'Brien IRE Christy Roche 14/1
1983 TEENOSO Eric Moller Geoff Wragg Lester Piggott 9/2 Fav
1982 GOLDEN FLEECE Robert Sangster Vincent O'Brien IRE Pat Eddery 3/1 Fav
1981 SHERGAR H H Aga Khan Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn 10/11 Fav
1980 HENBIT Mme Arpad Plesch Dick Hern Willie Carson 7/1
1979 TROY Sir Michael Sobell/Sir Arnold Weinstock Dick Hern Willie Carson 6/1
1978 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS Lord Halifax John Dunlop Greville Starkey 8/1
1977 THE MINSTREL Robert Sangster Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott 5/1
1976 EMPERY Nelson Bunker Hunt Maurice Zilber FR Lester Piggott 10/1
1975 GRUNDY Dr Carlo Vittadini Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery 5/1
1974 SNOW KNIGHT Sharon Phillips Peter Nelson Brian Taylor 50/1
1973 MORSTON Arthur Budgett Arthur Budgett Edward Hide 25/1
1972 ROBERTO John Galbreath Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott 3/1 Fav
1971 MILL REEF Paul Mellon Ian Balding Geoff Lewis 100/30 Fav
1970 NIJINSKY Charles Engelhard Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott 11/8 Fav
1969 BLAKENEY Arthur Budgett Arthur Budgett Ernie Johnson 15/2
1968 SIR IVOR Raymond Guest Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott 4/5 Fav
1967 ROYAL PALACE Jim Joel Noel Murless George Moore 7/4 Fav
1966 CHARLOTTOWN Lady Zia Wernher Gordon Smyth Scobie Breasley 5/1
1965 SEA BIRD II Jean Ternynck Etienne Pollet FR Pat Glennon 7/4 Fav
1964 SANTA CLAUS John Ismay Mick Rogers IRE Scobie Breasley 15/8 Fav
1963 RELKO Francois Dupre Francois Mathet FR Yves Saint-Martin 5/1
1962 LARKSPUR Raymond Guest Vincent O'Brien IRE Neville Sellwood 22/1
1961 PSIDIUM Mme Arpad Plesch Harry Wragg Roger Poincelet 66/1
1960 ST PADDY Sir Victor Sassoon Noel Murless Lester Piggott 7/1
1959 PARTHIA Sir Humphrey de Trafford Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Harry Carr 10/1
1958 HARD RIDDEN Sir Victor Sassoon Mick Rogers IRE Charlie Smirke 18/1
1957 CREPELLO Sir Victor Sassoon Noel Murless Lester Piggott 6/4 Fav
1956 LAVANDIN Pierre Wertheimer Alec Head FR Rae Johnstone 7/1
1955 PHIL DRAKE Mme Leon Volterra Francois Mathet FR Freddie Palmer 100/8
1954 NEVER SAY DIE Robert S Clark Joe Lawson Lester Piggott 33/1
1953 PINZA Sir Victor Sassoon Norman Bertie Gordon Richards 5/1
1952 TULYAR H H Aga Khan Marcus Marsh Charlie Smirke 11/2
1951 ARCTIC PRINCE Joseph McGrath Willie Stephenson Chuck Spares 28/1
1950 GALCADOR Marcel Boussac Charles Semblat FR Rae Johnstone 100/9
1949 NIMBUS Mrs M Glenister George Colling Charlie Elliot 7/1
1948 MY LOVE H H Aga Khan Richard Carver FR Rae Johnstone 100/9
1947 PEARL DIVER Baron G de Waldner Percy Carter FR George Bridgland 40/1
1946 AIRBORNE J E Ferguson Dick Perryman Tommy Lowrey 50/1
1945 *DANTE Sir Eric Ohlson Matt Peacock Billy Nevett 100/30 Fav
* Run at Newmarket