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DERBY CALLER.

Vodafone are to extend its sponsorship of the Derby 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 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, 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."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Fawcus, Charles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 2, 1997
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