KIEREN FALLON rode a masterful race on North Light to take this
year's Vodafone Derby for Sir Michael Stoute, the pair having been
successful last year with Kris Kin. The champion jockey had his
mount in the front two throughout the race as he took a lead from
Meath and Fallon pushed the Danehill
colt into the clear as
the field turned into the straight.
Frankie Dettori's Derby hoodoo continued as Snow Ridge, the joint-favourite
with the triumphant North Light, finished back in seventh in the
Vodaphone Derby. Dettori, yet to claim a Derby win, admitted that
7-2 priced Snow Ridge never looked happy on the course and failed
to get in anything
like a serious blow.
OUIJA BOARD put up a hugely impressive performance to claim the
Vodafone Oaks at Epsom on June 4th. Ed Dunlop's filly took up
the running two furlongs out under Kieren Fallon and
the 7-2 chance swept clear of 11-4 favourite All Too Beautiful.
has opted for the mount on Punctilious, who will face six opponents
in Friday's Vodafone Oaks at Epsom Downs. Ouija's Board's
Classic claims were enhanced after Rave Reviews and Sahool franked
her form with a one-two at Newbury on May 14.
Edward Smith Stanley, the 12th Earl of Derby, organised a race for
himself and his friends to race their three-year-old fillies over
one and a half miles. He named it the Oaks after his estate. The
race became so successful that the following year a new race was
added for colts and fillies.
In 1779, two gentlemen
conceived the idea of a race to establish which horse was the best
of its generation. Little did they realise when they tossed a coin
to name the race that they were shaping the future of flat racing
and breeding, Derby Day, stands apart from ordinary sporting events
and represents the pinnacle of sport.
A record 648 yearlings
were entered for the 2005 Vodafone Derby at the initial yearling
entry stage on Wednesday, 3 December, 2003. The previous record since
yearling entries were restarted for the premier classic in 1993 was
634 in that first year.