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Vodafone Derby
Vodafone Derby 2005 Result
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.
Vodafone Oaks
Vodafone Oaks 2005 Result

Eswarah followed her mother Midway Lady, the 1986 Oaks heroine, when holding off a persistent challenge from Something Exciting to win the Vodafone Oaks by one and a half lengths.

Vodafone Derby
Vodafone Derby News

Motivator - Background Information On The Vodafone Derby Favourite.

Fallon chooses Gypsy King
02/06/05
Kieren Fallon will ride Dee Stakes winner Gypsy King in Saturday's Vodafone Derby with Mick Kinane taking the mount on stablemate Oratorio. A total of 14 were declared for the premier Classic after Godolphin took out French Guineas winner Shamardal as expected.

Derby favourite Motivator takes Dante glory
12/05/05
The Michael Bell trained Motivator, long time ante & post favourite for the Vodafone Derby, hardened his position at the head of the market when leading home a Tattersalls 1 - 2 - 3 in the Group 2 totesport Dante Stakes at York.

Fracas and Grand Central 16-1 after weak Derrinstown 09/05/05
Fracas and Grand Central are both 16-1 chances for the Vodafone Derby following their first and third respectively in the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.

Kong King at Lingfield 08/05/05
Trainer John Dunlop saddled both classic hopefuls Kong and Cassydora to victory in the Derby and Oaks trials at Lingfield.

Gypsy King makes hard work of Dee Stakes 06/05/05
Gypsy King put up an amazing performance to underline his Vodafone Derby claims in the Dee Stakes at Chester on Friday.

Hattan Has Brittain Dreaming Of Epsom 05/05/05
Trainer Clive Brittain was dreaming of winning a first Vodafone Derby after the rapidly-improving Hattan held off Almighty by half a length to win the Group 3 MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase.

Vodafone Derby
Record entry for 2005 Vodafone Derby
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.
epsom downs racecourse
Epsom Downs Racecourse
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.
History of the Vodafone Derby
History of the Vodafone Derby
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.
North Light
Derby Result 2004

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.

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