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VERDI GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR DERBY.

Cape Verdi will attempt to make history after Godolphin announced yesterday that the 1000 Guineas winner will run in the Derby.

There has been much speculation about the filly's target since her impressive display at Newmarket and she will now bid to become the first of her sex to win the premier Classic since Fifinella in 1916.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained star will also attempt to give Frankie Dettori his first win in the race.

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "Cape Verdi will be supplemented for the 1998 Vodafone Derby on Saturday morning.

"It is our intention to run Cape Verdi in the Derby providing the ground is suitable."

Gulland and Courteous have also been named intended runners in the blue riband.

Geoff Wragg gave former favourite Gulland the go-ahead to run after a trip to Epsom put to rest fears that the ground will be too firm for his colt.

William Hill: 7-4 with a run Second Empire, 9-4 Cape Verdi, 5-1 Greek Dance, 11- 2 King Of Kings, 10-1 City Honours, Gulland, Saratoga Springs, 12-1 Haami, 14-1 bar.

Ladbrokes: 5-2 Cape Verdi, 9-2 Greek Dance, 5-1 King Of Kings, 8-1 City Honours, Gulland, 10-1 Haami, 14- 1 bar.

Coral: 2-1 with a run Second Empire, 9-4 with a run Cape Verdi, 9-2 King Of Kings, 5- 1 Greek Dance, 7-1 Saratoga Springs, City Honours, 11-1 Gulland, 12-1 Haami, 16-1 bar.

Champion jockey Kieren Fallon is on duty at Ayr today and Khalas (3.20) can maintain Barry Hills' fine strike rate at the Craigie track.

Fallon teams up with Nomore Mr Nice Guy in the Tote Showcase Race and should go close.

But my idea of the winner is Magic Mill (3.50), perfectly suited by seven furlongs, and a wide margin winner on soft ground at Newcastle. Any more rain would clearly boost his chances.

Dual purpose trainer Jim Goldie had desperate luck at Uttoxeter on Monday when Teejay'n'aitch fell with the race at his mercy.

In the opener his Ripon winner Pips Magic could well be anchored by a 6lb penalty and Miss Grapette (2.20) is preferred. The form of her Hamilton race is working out.

Storyteller (2.50) doesn't win very often but has been found a first class opportunity.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Thomson), GARRY OWEN (Alan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 28, 1998
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