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Dickinson eyeing the Derby for Master William.

Byline: Bruce Jackson

MICHAEL DICKINSON, the legendary jumps trainer who saddled the first five in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup, is considering a tilt at the Vodafone

Derby on June 5 with the colt Master William, writes Bruce Jackson.

Dickinson, who sent over Wolf Prince to run eighth in the race in 1993, said on a horse-buying trip in Florida yesterday: "No decision will be made for at least another month. He has a lot to prove yet.

"He won a $250,000 race last year at Woodbine but it's too early to tell if he's a Derby horse. He'll have two more runs, but the owner is keen to come over for the race."

Kentucky-based owner Ken Ramsey, who made his money from cellular phones, has another hope among the 140 Derby acceptors with the Dermot Weld-trained maiden Soaringwitheagles, stablemate of leading Derby fancy Grey Swallow.

Irish-trained horses, headed by the 25 representing Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien, are the biggest group outside the home-based acceptors.

There are no surprise absentees, with O'Brien,

who won the race with Galileo in 2001 and High

Chaparral a year later, leaving in ante-post favourite Yeats, 2,000 Guineas favourite One Cool Cat

and a host of unexposed juvenile winners from last year.

Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor is responsible for 16 acceptors, headed by last autumn's

purchase Snow Ridge, who won the Royal Lodge Stakes before disappointing when ninth in the

Dewhurst behind Milk It Mick.

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said: "We have lots of three-year-olds with potential and we'll see how they develop in the next month before starting to make decisions about Classic

runners."

Owner Saeed Suhail and trainer Sir Michael Stoute - successful in last year's Derby with Kris

Kin - still have three hopes, including dual winner

Imperial Stride and Always First, who has

lived up to his name in winning his only race, a

conditions event at Sandown last August. The champion trainer also has the Queen's Magnetic Pole in the race.

There is an pounds 8,000 second entry stage for horses not put into the Vodafone Derby as yearlings on

April 7.

O'Brien's Necklace and the Stoute-trained Red Bloom are 14-1 joint favourites with Coral for the Vodafone Oaks after 89 entries for the fillies'

Classic were revealed yesterday.

DERBY

Ladbrokes: 7 Yeats, 10 American Post, 12 Bago, 14 Grey Swallow, 16 Magritte, Snow Ridge, 20 Salford City, 25 bar

nEpsom Classic entries, page 23
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Date:Mar 11, 2004
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