DERBY CALLER.Vodafone Vodafone Group Plc is a mobile network operator headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, England, UK. It is the largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world by turnover and has a market value of about £84.7 billion (July 2007). are to extend its sponsorship of the Derby Derby, English horse race
Derby (där`bē), English horse race, instituted (1780) by the 12th earl of Derby and held annually at Epsom Downs, near London. until at least 1999.
In addition, the mobile communications group has taken an option to extend the agreement, which supersedes the original three-year contract covering the 1995 to 1997 Derbys, to include the Millennium millennium [Lat.,=1,000 years], the period of 1,000 years in which, according to some schools of Christian eschatology, Christ will reign again gloriously on earth. Belief in the millennium, based on Rev. 20, has recurred in Christianity since the earliest times. Derby of the year 2000.
The new two-year deal will be worth pounds 2.35m to Epsom's owners United Racecourse (Holdings) Ltd, and confirms the upturn in the race's recent fortunes.
Giving her reaction to the news, Sue Ellen El·len , Mount
A peak, 3,514.2 m (11,522 ft) high, of southern Utah. , Managing Director of United Racecourses, said: "Naturally we are delighted that Vodafone has extended its sponsorship of the Derby, as well as extending its option to include the race in 2000.
"It has been an excellent supporter not only of the Derby, but of racing in general in this country. The new agreement is a wonderful endorsement for this great race."