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Motivator, running for the 230-member Royal Ascot Racing Club, created history in becoming the first syndicate-owned winner of a British Classic when romping home to a brilliant five-length success in the Vodafone Derby.

Class 1, Group One, £1,250,000 guaranteed. For 3yo, 1m 4f 10y. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £725,000; 2nd: £275,000; 3rd: £137,500; 4th: £62,500; 5th: £31,250; 6th: £18,750

1) MOTIVATOR (The Royal Ascot Racing Club) Michael Bell 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [5] 3/1 Fav
2) WALK IN THE PARK (Michael Tabor) John Hammond FR t1 3-9-00 Alan Munro [12] 11/1
3) DUBAWI (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [4] 5/1
4) FRACAS (Joseph Joyce) David Wachman IRE 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [13]
5) GYPSY KING (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [3]
6) HATTAN (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Seb Sanders [8]
7) UNFURLED (Heather Slade) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [14]
8) THE GEEZER (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Richard Quinn [9]
9) GRAND CENTRAL (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [7]
10) ORATORIO (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Michael Kinane [10]
11) KINGS QUAY (John May) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill [1]
12) ALMIGHTY (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Pat Smullen [6]
13) KONG (Neil Jones) John Dunlop 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [11]

13 ran Non-Runner: First Row (withdrawn not under starter’s order)
Breeder: Deerfield Farm Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) - Out West (USA) (Gone West (USA))
Time: 2m 35.69s Dist: 5, 3, 1, 1 1/2, 3, hd, 1 3/4, 2, 8, 2, 3/4, 14
Tote Win: £4.20 Places: £1.50; £3.00; £2.50 Exacta: £53.90

THE WINNER OF THE 226th VODAFONE DERBY - THE 3/1 FAVOURITE - MOTIVATOR (IRE) FACTFILE - The five-length winner 2m 35.69s

3 b c Montjeu (IRE) - Out West (USA) (Gone West (USA))
Owner: The Royal Ascot Racing Club Breeder: Deerfield Farm
Form: 11-11 Trainer: Michael Bell Jockey: Johnny Murtagh

Bred at Deerfield Farm near Newmarket and a 75,000 guineas yearling purchase from Tattersalls, Motivator is by 1999 French and Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Montjeu and remains unbeaten after three starts. He was soon clear when winning a Newmarket maiden by six lengths from Sunday Symphony on his debut in August of last year before stepping up to the highest level in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster two months later, staying on strongly to justify favouritism by two and a half lengths from Albert Hall. Motivator was a leading fancy for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30 but, after working on April 12 over a mile on the summer gallop at Newmarket, where he pulled around six lengths clear of Cool Panic, connections decided to bypass the first British classic. This was because they felt that he was a mile and a quarter/mile and a half horse in the making. It proved a wise decision as Motivator won on his seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 totesport Dante Stakes at York over an extended 10 furlongs on May 12, coming home a length and a half clear of The Geezer despite hanging to the right in the final furlong. Johnny Murtagh has committed himself to an association with the three-year-old throughout the season and it was only on Wednesday after the Jockey Club reduced a ban he had received that Murtagh was able to take the Vodafone Derby ride. He wins the Vodafone Derby easily. Race Record: Runs: 4; 1st: 4; 2nd: -; 3rd: -. Win and Place Prize Money: £933,904

The Royal Ascot Racing Club
The Royal Ascot Racing Club came into being towards the end of 1997 and was the brainchild of Harry Herbert who manages its horses. The idea of having luxurious facilities open to a limited number of members plus horses was taken up by Ascot Racecourse. Herbert is also managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, the most successful racehorse multiple ownership operation in Europe. The Royal Ascot Racing Club has a current membership of 230, with a joining fee of £6,000 and an annual subscription of £4,700 (plus VAT in both cases) paid last year. The club had exclusive facilities at Ascot and continues despite the Berkshire racecourse being closed for complete redevelopment - there is no subscription this year and members pay if they want to use special facilities at Royal Ascot at York and at Epsom for the Vodafone Derby. The Club had its first runners in 1998 with half a dozen two-year-olds selected by Harry Herbert’s brother-in-law John Warren and trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Sir Michael Stoute and Richard Hannon. The Royal Ascot Racing Club includes some well-known figures like Lord Lloyd-Webber, Simon Cowell, Sir Clement Freud, Ken Bates, Chris Gent, Mel Smith, Lord Vestey, Chris Wright and prominent owners such as Peter Deal and Terry Neill. Brancaster was the Club’s first successful horse and he won the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and the following year ran in two classics, finishing fourth in the 2000 Guineas before coming 10th in the Vodafone Derby. Siege was also in the first crop of horses, coming second in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot and was also runner-up in the Magnet Cup at York. He was then sold for a significant amount of money to Sheikh Mohammed and went on to win a Group Three in Dubai. Bannister won the 2000 Gimcrack Stakes (Group Two) at York, while Revenue took the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2002. Tacitus was beaten half a length in the Group Three July Stakes at Newmarket and came fourth in an Italian Group One in 2002, while Supremacy won a Listed race at Ascot in 2003. The Michael Bell-trained Motivator won the 2004 Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last year and made a winning seasonal debut in the Group Two totesport Dante Stakes. He now has the members dreaming of glory in the Vodafone Derby. The Royal Ascot Racing Club has had six black-type performers carry its colours from 25 horses. The three horses racing this year for the Club are Motivator, Geometric with Richard Hannon and Vanish with David Loder. Vodafone Derby runners: Brancaster (1999 10th); MOTIVATOR (2005 WON)

Michael Bell
Born in Bristol on October 10, 1960, Michael Bell caught the racing bug when at Stowe school, spending part of one holiday working for trainer Henry Candy, with whom his parents had horses. After school he prepared yearlings at the Haras d’Etreham in Normandy and then spent three years in the Life Guards, during which time he began riding as an amateur - winning five races, including aboard Ten Cherries at Sandown’s Grand Military meeting. After the army, he spent two-and-a-half years as assistant trainer to Mercy Rimell and three years in the same role with Paul Cole. In 1988, his final season with Cole, Pass The Peace, carrying the colours of Brian Bell, Michael’s father, won the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. The Alzao filly, who had cost just 9,500 guineas as a yearling, provided Bell with his first winner as a trainer in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury on April 14, 1989. Since then his major successes include the 1994 Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville with Hoh Magic, the 1993 Italian 1,000 Guineas with Ancestral Dancer, the 1994 Mill Reef Stakes with Princely Hush and the 2001 Italian Oaks with Zanzibar. His biggest recent triumphs have come courtesy of Motivator in last year’s Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and this year’s Dante Stakes at York, Nevisian Lad in the TNT July Stakes at Newmarket in 2003 and Revenue in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot the previous year. He saddled Housemaster for a Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate to finish fourth in the 1999 Vodafone Derby, going down by three lengths to Oath. He currently has around 100 horses in training at his Fitzroy House Stables just off Newmarket High Street. Vodafone Derby Record: 1995 Maralinga (15th); 1999 Housemaster (4th); MOTIVATOR (2005 WON)

Johnny Murtagh
Born in Co Meath, Ireland, on May 14, 1970, Johnny Murtagh, who is married to Orla with two children, was apprenticed to John Oxx and became Irish champion apprentice in 1989. Weight problems forced him to relinquish his position as stable jockey to Oxx but Murtagh overcame those difficulties and in 1993 finished runner-up in the Irish jockeys’ championship. In 1995, he became Irish champion jockey and has since gained international prominence, riding in Dubai during the winter (where he has been champion rider), winning the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Mile on Ridgewood Pearl and the following year’s Beverly D Stakes on Timarida. He enjoyed a phenomenal international season in 2000, winning 12 Group Ones in six different countries, partnering Sinndar to victory in both the Vodafone Derby and Irish Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, winning the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l’Opera on Petrushka and the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf on Kalanisi among others. He was the most successful rider at Royal Ascot in 2001 with five wins, including the Gold Cup on Royal Rebel and St James’s Palace Stakes on Black Minnaloushe, aboard whom he also won the 2002 Irish 2,000 Guineas. He won the 2002 2000 Guineas for Aidan O’Brien on Sir Alex Ferguson’s Rock Of Gibraltar and landed a second Vodafone Derby aboard what again seemed the O’Brien second string, High Chaparral. In 2003 he won the Budweiser Irish Derby on Alamshar and took a break in the summer to sort out problems with his back and weight. He relinquished his position as stable jockey to John Oxx in 2004 and had a short-lived spell as stable jockey to David Loder. But, now principally riding for James Fanshawe, he is enjoying an excellent run as a freelance, landing a Group 1 treble aboard Soviet Song last year. Vodafone Derby Record: 1996 Double Leaf (10th); 1998 Sunshine Street (4th); 1999 All The Way (5th); 2000 SINNDAR; 2001 Dilshaan (7th); 2002 HIGH CHAPARRAL (WON); 2003 Alamshar (3rd); 2004 Salford City (5th); MOTIVATOR (2005 WON)

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