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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 June, 2004, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Light shines in Derby
2004 VODAFONE DERBY
Kieren Fallon and North Light win the Derby
1 North Light 7-2jf
Kieren Fallon (Sir M Stoute)
2 Rule of Law 20-1
Kerrin McEvoy (S Bin Suroor)
3 Let the Lion Roar 14-1
Mick Kinane (J Dunlop)
North Light won the 225th Vodafone Derby at Epsom to give champion jockey Kieren Fallon a famous Classic double.

Fallon, who won the Oaks on Friday on Ouija Board, took Europe's richest race by a length and a half on the 7-2 joint favourite.

It was Fallon's third Derby win and the fourth for champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute - the pair also won last year's race on Kris Kin.

Rule of Law was second with Let The Lion Roar third.

More than 120,000 people were at the famous course situated on the Epsom Downs to watch North Light clinch the 800,000 first prize.

The double Classic win marks a welcome change in fortune for Fallon, who is currently fighting newspaper allegations of race-fixing, which he strenuously denies.

It was also part of a 160-1 Derby day treble for the six-time champion jockey.

But there was disappointment once again for Frankie Dettori, who had threatened at one stage on Snow Ridge but whose challenge faded in the final furlong.

North Light is owned by the late Lord Weinstock, whose famous colours were also carried to victory in the 1m 4f race 25 years ago when Troy won.

Meath made most of the early running with Fallon keeping North Light handily placed in second.

As the 14-strong field came into the home straight, North Light took up the running with Snow Ridge also making a move.

But it was Snow Ridge's lesser-fancied stablemate, Rule of Law, ridden by Australian Kerrin McEvoy, whose late run cut down North Light's lead - but not enough to deny Fallon a famous victory.

"I probably would have preferred it if they'd gone a shade quicker but when I hit the front I knew he would keep going," said Fallon.

Kieren Fallon
There is a lot of luck involved for something like this to happen and it's fantastic.
Three-time Derby winner Kieren Fallon
"I couldn't hear the others coming - all the way down all you can hear is the crowd, but it's a fantastic feeling, especially when you're still in front as you're going to pull up!"

Stoute was equally impressed with the colt, who is now likely to be aimed at the Irish Derby in three weeks' time.

"That was only his fourth-ever race and I am thrilled with him," said Stoute.

"It is a shame Lord Weinstock isn't here, but the family are.

"I am pleased for Kieren too - we are a good team and we work well together and I hope we will be working together for a while yet."

It was an emotional day for the Weinstock family with his widow Netta collecting the trophy accompanied by her son Simon's widow, Laura, who said: "I got engaged to Simon 25 years ago on this day after Troy won the Derby for us."

Dettori was philosophical about drawing yet another blank in his 12th ride in the world's most famous Classic.

"It is one of those things. I am a bit disappointed and have to wait another 12 months now," said the Italian jockey.

"I don't know what it is about the Derby but it took Sir Gordon Richards 49 years to do it, so I hope it doesn't take me that long."


2004 Vodafone Derby finishing order

1. North Light (K Fallon) 7-2 jf
2. Rule Of Law (K McEvoy) 20-1
3. Let The Lion Roar (M Kinane) 14-1
4. Percussionist (K Darley)
5. Salford City (J Murtagh)
6. American Post (R Hughes)
7. Snow Ridge (L Dettori) 7-2 jf
8. Hazyview (E Ahern)
9. Pukka (D Holland)
10. Gatwick (T Quinn)
11. Massif Centrale (D O'Neill)
12. Coming Again (M Hills)
13. Elshadi (M Dwyer)
14. Meath (J Spencer)



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