1st: Kris Kin (K Fallon) 6-1
2nd: The Great Gatsby (P Eddery) 20-1
3rd: Alamshar (J Murtagh) 4-1
4th: Norse Dancer 16-1
Kin highlight of a fantastic meeting
Kris Kin provided the highlight of a thrilling 2003 Vodafone Derby meeting with
success under Kieren Fallon in the world's greatest Classic.
No one who was at Epsom Downs that day will forget Fallon's sustained drive
down the straight to land the Vodafone Derby on the Sir Michael Stoute-trained
colt, who had been the subject of a big gamble on the day, and obliged at 6/1
from The Great Gatsby. The latter was Pat Eddery's final ever mount in the
Derby, a race he graced on so many occasions, and he almost got home in front
after another memorable ride.
The Group 3 Vodafone Diomed Stakes was the chief supporting race on day two of
the meeting and Gateman managed to maintain his 100 per cent record at the track
under a positive ride from Keith Dalgleish. The Mark Johnson-trained colt was
sent off at 13/2 in an open contest, but despite not winning for a year, he made
it two out of two at Epsom Downs and carried off the £58,000 first prize.
The highlight of day one was of course the Vodafone Oaks, where trainer Andrew
Balding landed his first Classic since taking over the licence from father Ian,
as Casual Look also gave jockey Martin Dwyer his first win in the race. Aidan
O'Brien's Yesterday was sent off as the 100/30 favourite for the 1m 4f
contest, but could never get a clear run down the straight and was eventually
held off by a neck by the winner, who proved that success was no fluke with some
very good efforts later in the campaign.
The other Group 1 contest on the Friday was the Vodafone Coronation Cup, run
over the same course and distance as the Vodafone Derby, for older horses. A
high class field on nine runners set off up the hill from the stalls and when
they came down towards the post it was Warrsan who provided Clive Brittain with
another big-race success under Philip Robinson. Tackled by both Highest (second)
and Black Sam Bellamy (third), the five-year-old's staying power ensured
he just managed to hang on by half-a-length and a short-head in a tremendous
Of the remaining races over the two days one that stood out was another great
renewal of the Vodafone 'Dash' Rated Stakes. Run on Vodafone Derby day,
the five furlong sprint always draws a classy field and the 2003 version was
no exception, with 'sprint King' David Nicholls providing the answer
to last year's puzzle through Atlantic Viking, who beat Damalis in another
So we have some great memories to look back on from last year's Vodafone
Derby meeting, and it won't be long now before we get to enjoy it all over
again, 2004 style.