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Eight Second Entries Received for 2009 Derby Including US Horse

Eight horses have been entered at the second entry for the 2009 Derby, which has prize money of £1.25 million, details of which are revealed today.

The octet paid £8,000 each to join those entries made at the yearling stage back in December, 2007. The final opportunity to enter the Derby is at the five-day confirmation stage on Monday, June 1, when there is a £75,000 supplementary entry stage for the Classic run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6.

Wolf Prince was the last American-trained horse to contest the Derby, finishing eighth for Michael Dickinson 16 years ago. There is a now a chance that a horse from ‘across the pond’ could run in the 2009 Derby with Kentucky handler Kenny McPeek having made a second entry for Theregoesjojo. The Brahms colt has already contested a Derby, having finished third in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream last time out on March 28 and he is due to line up the Grade One Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland this Saturday, April 11.

Kenny McPeek said today: “Theregoesjojo is ready to run ahead of the Bluegrass Stakes. I thought that his run in the Florida Derby was a useful race for him - I still think that he still has a bit of improvement to come and he’s getting there. He’s been working well and looks in great shape at the moment.

“The two horses that beat him in that race were the two major contenders for the Kentucky Derby until Quality Road sustained a quarter-crack to his hoof and we needed that race. I probably babied him a bit over the winter and have been very conservative with his programme because we wanted him fresh for a spring campaign.

“I think that my colt is more of a finesse horse - he’s a daisy-cutter and he doesn’t grind through the dirt. He’s not necessarily as powerful as some of the top dirt performers and so I am excited about seeing how he copes with Polytrack on Saturday and trying him on turf.

“It will also be interesting to see how he gets on against Mafaaz and it will give us some idea of how he compares against a useful European colt.

“There’s obviously the Kentucky Derby (May 2) to think about but even if he ran at Churchill Downs, I don’t think that we would run him in the Preakness just two weeks later, so Epsom could be a better option.

“Alternatively, if he doesn’t fire on Saturday, then we could run him on turf at Churchill Downs in the Grade Three Crown Royal Stakes on Kentucky Oaks Day (May 1) but he would have to win that race to come over to Epsom.

“He was third in a Grade One on his first attempt at two turns and I have no doubt that he will get the nine furlongs again this weekend. A mile and a half is a bit of an unknown but if we can get him settled then I would be hopeful of getting the extra distance.

“The one thing I am not sure of is who would ride him at Epsom. Kent Desormeaux is my main rider and Calvin Borel is in the plate on Saturday but I would be looking for someone who knows the course well and who has ridden in the race before.”

Five of the eight second entries are supplied by the Maktoum family’s Godolphin operation. These include the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes winner Shaweel, Timeform Tattersalls Million fourth Liberation, German Group Three scorer Peligroso as well as two unexposed types in Chock A Block and Tynedale, who both won in France last year. When combined with its entries made at the yearling stage, Godolphin now has 14 possible starters for the £1.25 million contest on June 6.

Ballymacoll Stud, which has continued the racing and breeding operations of the late Lord Weinstock, won the 2004 Derby with North Light and went very close to claiming a second victory last year when Tartan Bearer only found New Approach half a length too good. The County Meath-based stud has made a second entry for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Glass Harmonium, who shaped with considerable promise on his two starts in 2008 and comes from the family of Hard Top and Conduit. The Verglas colt joins two entries made by Ballymacoll at the initial entry stage, Saptapadi and Thespis Of Icaria.

Completing the second entries is the John Gosden-trained Debussy, who runs in the colours of last year’s winning owner Princess Haya of Jordan. The son of Diesis has already run this year, having won a Lingfield maiden in facile fashion on March 21.


Class 1, Group 1, £1,250,000 Total Prize Fund, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 6, 2009. For three-year-olds only, entire colts & fillies, one mile & four furlongs. Entries closed December 5, 2007, (474 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, March 3, 2009 (138 remained), £8,000 second entry stage noon April 7, 2009, (8 extra entries received), second forfeit stage May 21, 2009, £75,000 supplementary entry and five-day confirmation stage noon, June 1, 2009, final declaration stage 10am, June 4, 2009. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, April 7, 2009. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Owner Trainer

05-2 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Jack Hanson Barry Hills
(1)4- AGE OF AQUARIUS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
AL MAHRAJAH Bouresly Racing Syndicate Rashid Bouresly UAE
225-3 ALHAQUE (USA) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Peter Chapple-Hyam
2- ALMAIL (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Freddie Head FR
415- ALMIQDAAD Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
(3)1- ALWAARY (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
120- ANMAR (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
113- ARAZAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
(2)2(1)-(0) ARD NA GREINE (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
53-5 ARISTOCRAT Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
44- ASATEER (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
(1)- BAB AL SALAM (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
21- BLACK BEAR ISLAND (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
021-3 BORN TO BE KING (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0(1)- BRAVEHEART MOVE (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Sir Mark Prescott
1- BYZANTINE Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
CALYPSO BAY (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Jeremy Noseda
06-(2)(2) CAPEABILITY (IRE) Mick Channon Mick Channon
1- CHIEF LONE EAGLE (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1- CHOCK A BLOCK (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
43- CLOWANCE HOUSE Seasons Holidays Roger Charlton
0 CLUAIN ALAINN (IRE) Anne Coughlan John Oxx IRE
COUNTRY ROAD (IRE) Sue Magnier Peter Chapple-Hyam
0(1)21- CROWDED HOUSE Paul Reddam, Carmen Burrell, J Harvey Brian Meehan
0-0 CROWFOOT (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
01- CYGNET Timothy Steel Luca Cumani
DARADIYR (FR) H H Aga Khan Jean Claude Rouget FR
4-1 DEBUSSY (IRE) H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
4133- DERBAAS (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
215542- DRUMBEAT (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
DUBAI CHALLENGE (USA) Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
3- EBIAYN (FR) Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
(1)- EMIRATES CHAMPION Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
11- FAME AND GLORY Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)- FATHER TIME Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
6-4 FAVOURS BRAVE Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
32-1 FERGUS MCIVER (IRE) Netherfield House Stud Jim Bolger IRE
(5)(2)(1)- FORTUNI (IRE) Pacific International Management Sir Mark Prescott
313- FOUR WINDS The Queen Michael Bell
(4)- FRANCISCO GOYA (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11- FREE AGENT The Queen Richard Hannon
341- FREEMANTLE Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
312- GAN AMHRAS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
01- GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
3541-4 GOLDEN SWORD Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
403(0)(1)- GRAND ADMIRAL (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1243- GRAND DUCAL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)-(0) HAASHED (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
156-4 HAIL CAESAR (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
HARBINGER Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Adm Rous) Sir Michael Stoute
321-4 HEADLINE ACT Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
HIGHLAND FLASH Lady Laidlaw David Wachman IRE3- HORSLEY WARRIOR Mrs Joy McMahon Ed McMahon
2- HYADES (USA) Niarchos Family Henry Cecil
4-(3)(3) HYPNOTIST (UAE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
210- IMPOSING Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Sir Michael Stoute
0140- INDIAN OCEAN (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
356331-2 INTENSE FOCUS (USA) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
34-6 JOHANN ZOFFANY Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
(4)(1)-(1) KIMBERLEY DOWNS (USA) Favourites Racing Mark Johnston
211- KITE WOOD (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2- LA DE TWO (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
24- LASSO THE MOON Derek and Jean Clee Mick Channon
3114-2 LIBERATION (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
41- LISZT (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
0-1 LIVELY FLING (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
35- LOCH LONG (IRE) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Tracey Collins IRE
(1)5-(1) MAFAAZ Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
1- MALIBU BAY (USA) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
21-3 MARTIAL LAW (IRE) Nicola Mahoney Andre Fabre FR
11114- MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2130- MASTEROFTHEHORSE (IRE)Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
23- MAURICE UTRILLO (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAWAZIN Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MAYTIDE (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
MIRIFIC (FR) Alec Head Criquette Head-Maarek FR
21- MONTAFF Barry Walters Catering Mick Channon
0121- MOURAYAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
MUNSTER FUSILIER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
251- MUSTAQER (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
MY VISION (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
2311- NAFAATH (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
NATIVE RULER T F Harris Henry Cecil
1- NEHAAM Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
10- NORTH EAST CORNER (USA) Thomas Barr Barry Hills
5(3)- NORWEGIAN DANCER (UAE) Philip Wilkins Ed McMahon
0031- OASIS KNIGHT (IRE) Lady Tennant Marcus Tregoning
012- OUSTER (GER) Raymond Tooth David Elsworth
0 PADDY PARTRIDGE Owen Promotions Limited Nicky Vaughan
231- PALAVICINI (USA) Windflower Overseas Holdings Inc John Dunlop
2- PEACEFUL RULE (USA) Eamon Maher David Nicholls
31- PELIGROSO (FR) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
PLYMOUTH ROCK (IRE) Michael Tabor,Sue Magnier,Derrick Smith,Matthew Green Jeremy Noseda
PONT TOTO The Pontoon Partnership Nicky Vaughan
1 POPMURPHY Maura Gittins Karl Burke
110- RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
13010- RISING PROSPECT Geoff & Sandra Turnbull Luca Cumani
24-1 ROCKHAMPTON (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0-2 RULER OF ALL (IRE) Thomas Barr Barry Hills
1 SAGARIAN (FR) H H Aga Khan Jean Claude Rouget FR
0- SAM SHARP (USA) Noel Martin Henry Cecil
1- SANS FRONTIERES (IRE) Sir Robert Ogden Jeremy Noseda
(2)- SAPTAPADI (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
411- SEA THE STARS (IRE) Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
0-(1) SEHOY (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
6104- SET SAIL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
31035124- SHAWEEL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
03- SILVADOR C Edginton, K Jeffery & P Wheatley William Muir
SIR PERCIVAL (USA) Bouresly Racing Syndicate Rashid Bouresly UAE
02(1)- SIRGARFIELDSOBERS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
13- SKANKY BISCUIT Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SOLARIS (IRE) E Ciampi Jean Marie Beguigne FR
SOUTH EASTER (IRE) Wentworth Racing (Pty) Ltd William Haggas
STATELY HOME (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
6- SUMBE (USA) Nurlan Bizakov Marcus Tregoning064(5)- SURVIVOR'S SONG Recycled Products Limited Dean Ivory
2- SWINDLER (IRE) Mr & Mrs P McMahon & Mr & Mrs R Gorell Andrew Balding
4- SWISS GUARD Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
12- TAAMEER Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning
2- TAARAB Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
43- TACTIC Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
TAVERN SQUARE (USA) Bouresly Racing Syndicate Rashid Bouresly UAE
THE BOAT SHED (IRE) Brendan W Duke Racing Brendan Duke
14-123 THEREGOESJOJO (USA) Samotowka Stables Llc Kenny McPeek USA
THESPIS OF ICARIA (IRE)Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1- TOO MUCH TROUBLE Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
22-1 TORAIDHE (IRE) Peter Canavan Jim Bolger IRE
3- TROJAN WAR (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
011- TYNEDALE (FR) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
TWO TOGETHER (USA) Saif Ali & Saeed H Altayer David Lanigan
UNCLE KEEF (IRE) R A H Evans Marcus Tregoning
3(5)- VICEROY OF INDIA (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
212- VITRUVIAN MAN Plantation Stud John Oxx IRE
41-1 VOCALISED (USA) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
03- VON JAWLENSKY (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
121012- WESTPHALIA (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
0- YANKEE DOODLE Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
YU TIGER (IRE) Bill Gredley Michael Bell

140 entries go forward
50 Irish-trained
6 French-trained
3 UAE-trained
1 US-trained




gr c Dalakhani (IRE) - Choc Ice (IRE) (Kahyasi)
Form: 1- Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Kilfrush And Waterside Studs

The once-raced Chock A Block is the third foal of Grade One E P Taylor Stakes heroine Choc Ice and was led out not sold at 240,000 guineas at Tattersalls in 2007. The grey son of Dalakhani raced last season in the colours of his joint-breeder Richard Strauss and was trained by Robert Collet in France. He was successful on his sole appearance, landing the nine-furlong Prix des Feuillants at Longchamp on October 26 by an easy four lengths. He was subsequently sold to Godolphin.


b c Diesis - Opera Comique (FR) (Singspiel (IRE))
Form: 4-1 Owner: H R H Princess Haya of Jordan
Trainer: John Gosden Breeder: Darley

The first foal of the Group Three-placed Opera Comique, Debussy is from the family of 1990 King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Belmez. He made his debut on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton on November 12, showing promise when fourth in a seven-furlong maiden. He clearly relished the step up to 10 furlongs on his reappearance when an impressive nine-length winner of a Lingfield maiden on Polytrack on March 21, despite flashing his tail and drifting right in the final furlong.


gr c Verglas (IRE) - Spring Symphony (IRE) (Darshaan)
Form: 01- Owner: Ballymacoll Stud
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd

Home-bred by Ballymacoll Stud, Glass Harmonium is a half-brother to Holda, who won her only start at Newmarket over seven furlongs in 2005, and is from the same family as Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Hard Top and last year’s St Leger victor Conduit. The Verglas colt made his debut at Sandown on August 29, when despite showing his experience he put up an eye-catching performance to finish a close seventh, beaten just under five lengths. Remaining at seven furlongs for his next outing, he won a maiden at Yarmouth on September 17 in authoritative fashion by four lengths.


b c Refuse To Bend (IRE) - Mosaique Bleue (Shirley Heights)
Form: 3114-2 Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd

A half-brother to the 2000 King Edward VII Stakes winner Subtle Power, Liberation was purchased by John Ferguson for 240,000 guineas at Tattersalls in 2007. Last season he raced in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and was trained by Mark Johnston. After a debut third over seven furlongs at Sandown in August, he won a maiden at Brighton the following month before improving again to win at competitive nursery at the Ascot Festival later in September, when he was most impressive and scored by five lengths. On the basis of that run he was sent off the 2/1 favourite for the inaugural Tattersalls Timeform Million at Newmarket in October and ran well to finish fourth to Donativum. He subsequently became part of the Godolphin team and finished second on his reappearance behind stablemate City Style in a conditions race over just short of a mile at Nad Al Sheba on March 5.


ch c Trempolino (USA) - Pitpit (IRE) (Rudimentary (USA))
Form: 31- Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: S R L Undosa

Trained in Germany by Mario Hofer in 2008, Peligroso has been purchased by Godolphin for the 2009 season. His debut came at Longchamp on October 19, when he finished a close third in a competitive 11-runner race for unraced horses. Next time out he duly built on that promise when successful in the Group Three Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen at Krefeld, Germany, on November 9 when he defeated stablemate Mantoro by four and a half lengths, despite unseating his jockey and running loose before the start of the race.


b c Dansili - Cooden Beach (IRE) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
Form: 31035124- Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: P C Hunt

Initially sold for 26,000 guineas as a foal to Peter Doyle at Tattersalls in 2006, Shawell was subsequently sold for 120,000 guineas as a yearling to Shadwell. He was owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum and trained by Mark Johnston for his juvenile career. A debut third at York in May behind Lord Shanakill was followed by an easy success at Ayr later in the month. He then headed to the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot but could only finish eighth. Two good efforts in Group Two company came next, when Shaweel finished third in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeeting and then a close fifth in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. He duly gained a deserved Pattern race success when winning the rescheduled Group Two Gimcrack Stakes at Newbury on August 22, proving a length and a half too strong for Master Noverre. He then came agonisingly close to winning the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh on September 14, when beaten a short-head by Mastercraftsman. His season ended with a close fourth in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October before he subsequently joined Godolphin.


b c Brahms (USA) - Slewie Blues (USA) (Seattle Slew (USA))
Form: 14-123 Owner: Samotowka Stables Llc
Trainer: Kenny McPeek USA Breeder: Bob K Sliger

Theregoesjojo could become the first American-trained horse to line up in the Derby since Michael Dickinson saddled Wolf Prince to finish eighth in 1993. Purchased by Kenny McPeek for $42,000 at Fasig-Tipton in 2007, Thegoesjojo made a successful debut in a five-furlong dirt maiden at Churchill Downs in May, 2008, before finishing fourth at the same course over a furlong further in the Grade Three Bashford Manor Stakes on dirt in July. This year began with victory in a seven-furlong dirt allowance race at Gulfstream on January 10 before he subsequently finished second in the Grade Two Fountain Of Youth Stakes, again on the dirt at Gulfstream, over a mile on February 10. The colt’s latest outing saw him stepped up in trip and class when he contest the Grade One Florida Derby over nine furlongs on dirt at Gulfstream on March 28. He finished third in the contest, beaten just under eight lengths.


b c Muhtathir - Brisby (FR) (Courtroom (FR))
Form: 011- Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Breeder: Mme D De La Heronniere & Mme A Negre De Watrigant

Sold for 55,000 euros as a foal but unable to find a buyer when re-offered as a yearling, Tynedale is a half-brother to the mare Riche Americaine, a Listed winner in France. Last season he was trained in France by Richard Gibson and after coming home eighth on his debut at Deauville in August, won over a mile on heavy ground at Vichy in September. His two-year-old season ended with an eye-catching six-length triumph over a mile at Longchamp on October 14 and he has subsequently been purchased by Godolphin.

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