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Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Thisthatandtother (11st 12lb) heads the weights for the £150,000 Boylesports.com Gold Cup, run over two miles and five furlongs on the second day of the Boylesports International at Cheltenham, Saturday, December 9. The Paul Nicholls-trained 10-year-old finished a length and three quarters behind Monkerhostin when runner-up in this contest two years ago and fell at the third last when still travelling sweetly 12 months ago.

Champion trainer Nicholls has four others to choose from at this stage - recent Ascot winner Cerium (11st 9lb), Le Volfoni (11st 4lb), Taranis (11st 4lb), who was still going well when falling two out in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Albuhera (10st 13lb).

Sir Oj (11st 6lb) carried 10 stone when successful in this race last year and has a much stiffer task this time around with an extra 20 pounds to carry, although he showed himself to be in fine fettle with a recent short-head defeat of Kill Devil Hill (11st 3lb) in the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase on November 16. The other Irish contenders are Wild Passion (11st 6lb), Ross River (11st 1lb), Our Ben (10st 12lb), Pearly Jack (10st 1lb) and Darby Wall (10st), who collected the paddypower.com Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at The Open on November 10.

Exotic Dancer (11st 4lb) was the three-length victor in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at The Open on November 11 and could reoppose the second Vodka Bleu (10st 9lb), the third New Alco (10st 4lb), the fourth Butler’s Cabin (9st 8lb), the fifth Graphic Approach (10st 8lb) and the sixth Tamarinbleu (11st 2lb).

Jonjo O’Neill, trainer of Exotic Dancer and Butler’s Cabin, could also run 12/1 chance Hasty Prince (10st 5lb) who was second at Ascot earlier this month.

Vodka Bleu represents David Pipe, who can choose between Contraband (11st 4lb), Tamarinbleu (11st 2lb), Commercial Flyer (10st 13lb), Bannow Strand (10st 5lb), Madison du Berlais (10st 2lb) and Locksmith (10st 1lb).

Other leading contenders include last season’s Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase victor Reveillez (11st), the Nicky Henderson-trained Copsale Lad (10st 12lb) and Billyvoddan (10st 8lb).

The Boylesports.com Gold Cup has received a massive prize money boost of £40,000 this year, taking its value to £150,000. The two-day Boylesports International features fantastic racing on Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9. All races will take place on Cheltenham's New Course, which has not been used since May.

The feature race of the great seven-race card on day two is the £200,000 Grade Two Boylesports.com International, which is one of the season's premier races for Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle candidates.

Boylesports has transformed the prize money for the two mile, one furlong contest and is also offering a huge £200,000 bonus (£180,000 to the owner, £10,000 to the trainer & £10,000 to the yard's stable staff) to any horse that can win the Boylesports.com International and the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 13.

The feature race of the high-quality seven-race programme on Friday, December 8, is the Boylepoker.com Chase over three miles, one and a half furlongs, which was won last year by the Paul Nicholls-trained Royal Auclair - runner-up in the 2005 John Smith's Grand National - and this year carries tremendous doubled prize money of £100,000.

Latest Boylesports prices for the Boylesports.com Gold Cup:
Taranis 4/1, Commercial Flyer 8/1, Vodka Bleu 8/1, Reveillez 9/1, Exotic Dancer 10/1, Ross River 10/1, No Full 10/1, Thisthatandtother 12/1, Copsale Lad 12/1, Billyvodan 12/1, Hasty Prince 12/1, New Alco 12/1, Cerium 14/1, Fundamentalist 14/1, Mariah Rollins 14/1, Kill Devil Hill 14/1, Graphic Approach 14/1, Darby Wall 14/1, Butler's Cabin 14/1, Our Ben 14/1, Sir Oj 16/1, Wild Passion 16/1, Contraband 16/1, Le Volfoni 16/1, Tamarinbleu 16/1, Crozan, 16/1, Too Forward 16/1, Albuhera 16/1, Knowhere 16/1, Bannow Strand 16/1, Locksmith 16/1, Madison Du Berlais 16/1, Pearly Jack 16/1, Kandjar D'Allier 16/1, Tikram 20/1, Liberthine 20/1, Backbeat 20/1, Kalca Mome 20/1, Calling Brave 20/1, Mr Boo 20/1, Kelrev 25/1, Without A Doubt 25/1, Iris Royal 25/1, Tighe Caster 33/1, Flying Spirit 33/1 ALL QUOTED

THE Boylesports.com GOLD CUP
Class 1, Grade Three, 2.35pm, Saturday, December 9, 2006, two miles and five furlongs, £150,000 total prize fund, for four-year-olds and upwards Penalties after November 25, a winner of a Class 3 chase 4lb; of a Class 1 or 2 chase 6lb. No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed Wednesday, November 22, 2006, entries released Thursday, November 23, (47 entries), weights revealed November 29. Five-day confirmation stage Monday, December 4. Form supplied by Weatherbys and correct up to and including the racing of Monday, November 27. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
214/3F-2 THISTHATANDTOTHER (IRE) 10-11-12 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
1310P-1 CERIUM (FR) 5-11-09 Barry Fulton, Tony Hayward, Steve Fisher, Liam Brady Paul Nicholls
1FF6-11 SIR OJ (IRE) 9-11-06 Brian Keenan Noel Meade IRE
224F-22 WILD PASSION (GER) 6-11-06 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
21F632- LE VOLFONI (FR) 5-11-04 A Banks Paul Nicholls
U111-1F TARANIS (FR) 5-11-04 A Yeoman & C Whittaker Paul Nicholls
03/53-2P CONTRABAND 8-11-04 David Johnson David Pipe
331F-21 EXOTIC DANCER (FR) 6-11-04 Sir Robert Ogden Jonjo O'Neill
11343-2 KILL DEVIL HILL (IRE) 6-11-03 Gigginstown House Stud Paul Nolan IRE
4/2510-6 TAMARINBLEU (FR) 6-11-02 The Arthur White Partnership David Pipe
32F12-1 ROSS RIVER 10-11-01 Seamus Ross Tony Martin IRE
02/14PP- CROZAN (FR) 6-11-01 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
U/4FF0-20 FUNDAMENTALIST (IRE) 8-11-00 Gripen Nigel Twiston-Davies
6/2211-F REVEILLEZ 7-11-00 J P McManus James Fanshawe
115/1PP- COMMERCIAL FLYER (IRE) 7-10-13 David Johnson David Pipe
313244- ALBUHERA (IRE) 8-10-13 David and Elizabeth Jackson Paul Nicholls
25U2-10 TOO FORWARD (IRE) 10-10-13 T Gibson & D Mathias Carl Llewellyn
035435- MARIAH ROLLINS (IRE) 8-10-13 Paul Murphy Nicky Henderson
12123-P COPSALE LAD 9-10-12 Swallow Partnership Nicky Henderson
213UP3- OUR BEN 7-10-12 Trevor Hemmings Willie Mullins IRE
1/P-11F2 KNOWHERE (IRE) 8-10-11 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
12311/-2P VODKA BLEU (FR) 7-10-09 David Johnson David Pipe
U/2163-5 GRAPHIC APPROACH (IRE) 8-10-08 Mr & Mrs Peter Orton Charles Egerton
3410U-5 BILLYVODDAN (IRE) 7-10-08 Trevor Hemmings Henry Daly
1/2000-0 TIKRAM 9-10-08 Mike Charlton And Rodger Sargent Alan King
0U5014- LIBERTHINE (FR) 7-10-07 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
0001-52 HASTY PRINCE 8-10-05 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
6/121PP- BANNOW STRAND (IRE) 6-10-05 David Johnson David Pipe
11FP/24- BACKBEAT (IRE) 9-10-05 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
623106-4 KALCA MOME (FR) 8-10-04 Daphne Du Pre Philip Hobbs
1U025-05 KELREV (FR) 8-10-04 Len Jakeman, Flintham, King & Roberts Venetia Williams
1226-23 NEW ALCO (FR) 5-10-04 D McGowan And S. Murphy Ferdy Murphy
2P/P000- CALLING BRAVE (IRE) 10-10-03 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
11133-0 MADISON DU BERLAIS (FR) 5-10-02 Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds II David Pipe
34252-6 WITHOUT A DOUBT 7-10-02 Malcolm Denmark Carl Llewellyn
40-3211 PEARLY JACK 8-10-01 A. McCarthy Davy Fitzgerald IRE
6640-460 LOCKSMITH 6-10-01 David Johnson David Pipe
P0410-0 KANDJAR D'ALLIER (FR) 8-10-01 Let's Live Racing Alan King
2//60F5P- IRIS ROYAL (FR) 10-10-00 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
31-65F1 DARBY WALL (IRE) 8-10-00 Matthew Cahill Enda Bolger IRE
4P2103-2 NO FULL (FR) 5-10-00 Patrick Delaney Jnr Paul Webber
111F-20 MR BOO (IRE) 7-9-11 The Hon Mrs C Cameron Gary Moore
F24-15U6 TIGHE CASTER 7-9-09 Don Jones Peter Bowen
6FF-006 FLYING SPIRIT (IRE) 7-9-09 Richard Green (Fine Paintings) Gary Moore
0-311144 BUTLER'S CABIN (FR) 6-9-08 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill

45 entries remain
7 Irish-trained


Arena Leisure

Doncaster Racecourse is delighted with today’s “Topping Out Ceremony” to celebrate the conclusion of a crucial and momentous point in the redevelopment of this most prestigious Racecourse.

The aim of the redeveloped Grandstand is the creation of one of the finest raceday amenities in the racing world and the return of the Racecourse to its rightful place as one of the pre-eminent racecourses in the UK.

Today represents the completion of a fundamental stage in the construction of what will be a hugely impressive new Grandstand, with the steel frame work in place and to full height.

We are delighted to report that this £32-million development project is progressing according to plan. The Racecourse is due to re-open for business on 17 August 2007, with a Grand Opening Ceremony on the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting in September 2007.

We are on-course to deliver a world class Racecourse - a suitable home for the St Leger, the world’s oldest classic race - together with state-of-the-art exhibition and conference facilities. In due course, we anticipate also adding a 120-bedroom four-star hotel for which a planning application has been submitted.

Our thanks go to ISG InteriorExterior, the main contractor, for their work to date, and we all very much look forward to welcoming you to the new Doncaster Racecourse in August 2007.

Mark Elliott
Chief Executive
Arena Leisure Plc

Adam Waterworth
Managing Director
Doncaster Racecourse

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

The redevelopment of Town Moor is significant for both Doncaster and the region as a whole. Doncaster Council’s involvement in the project has been led by 3D - Doncaster Development Direction, which is a pioneering strategic partnership between the Council, KPMG and DTZ whose primary role is to effectively manage and deliver the Borough’s major transformational projects.

Establishment of a Joint Venture company
The Racecourse is one of the Council’s finest assets and 3D has led on the development of the masterplan and business plan for Town Moor which will enhance the complex to ensure that it remains a first class racing, conference and exhibition centre.

In December 2005, Doncaster Racecourse Management Company Ltd, a joint venture Company between Arena Leisure Plc and the Council, was developed to ensure the long term future of the Racecourse.

Fitting the wider regeneration agenda

In the past five years, Doncaster has attracted over £750 million worth of investment from both the public and private sector, and now boasts not just a great location with excellent transport links, but areas of significant economic and employment growth. The raft of rapidly improving lifestyle benefits including the new Racecourse, The Sports Complex at Lakeside, Education City and the proposed Civic and Cultural Quarter will add to this, making Doncaster a first choice location for business and pleasure.

Mayor Martin Winter said, “When complete, the Racecourse redevelopment will provide a real boost for Doncaster. Residents will see a massive change in the facilities and will be able to appreciate a day at the races at its very best. The new attraction will also provide an anchor for bringing investment into the Borough along with a whole host of businesses and visitors who will be looking to make the most of the all new conference and exhibition facilities.’’

ISG InteriorExterior

The Project’s Aims

In December 2005 Arena Leisure Plc signed agreements with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council forming a Joint Venture company to redevelop the Town Moor site. Through undertaking the work Arena Leisure aims to improve the quality of the racing experience by transforming the Grade 1 Yorkshire track into one of the most modern and impressive facilities in the UK.

Why ISG InteriorExterior was chosen

Arena Leisure chose ISG InteriorExterior to oversee the major redevelopment of the 300 year old racecourse. The course is one of the most celebrated in the UK and is home to the St Leger, the oldest classic horserace in the world.

A key factor in the client choosing ISG InteriorExterior was the broad based expertise of the team that we put forward. We not only submitted a compelling case to demonstrate that we could deliver a project from base build through to the final fit out, but also that we could obtain early cost certainty in order for Arena Leisure and the local Council to sign the Joint Venture agreement.

The project

At the heart of the new development will be an impressive, state-of-the-art, steel framed grandstand over five levels.

The new stand will include a floor of stunning private hospitality suites with private boxes boasting panoramic vistas across the famous track. It will also house a wide range of excellent catering outlets, bars and luxury dining areas and a world-class conference and exhibition centre, comfortably accommodating up to 2,500 delegates.

Grandstand demolition

Demolition of the Yorkshire grandstand was begun in January 2006. In line with ISG InteriorExterior’s strong commitment to working towards a sustainable future, the old concrete structure and its foundations were recycled and incorporated into the new scheme.

Demolition of the grandstand was completed in June 2006 and work commenced on the new grandstand.

The steelwork for the new grandstand is formed out of two sections with holes to reduce the weight. As these are exposed we have ensured that the finish is of the very highest quality. Once the frame was erected, corrugated metal decking was fixed to the beam. Concrete was then poured on top of this to form the floor. The concrete uses steel fibres instead of reinforcement bars, which improves production time and avoids the need to lift heavy steel.

The staircases were put into position using a crane. Careful planning was needed to ensure that the concrete units of the steel staircase arrived at the right time during the frames progress.

The stable block

Work has now commenced on the new stable block. The existing, remotely located block is being replaced with a new complex immediately adjacent to the course. The new stables link into the racecourse with a new horsewalk, saddling boxes, pre-parade ring and a weighing room, leading to the all new parade ring. Ancillary accommodation will contain veterinary facilities and accommodation for stable lads and lasses. All will be effortlessly linked by the new horsewalk around the track’s periphery.

The stable blocks are constructed from concrete slab and blockwork walls which are 30% complete. They will have a timber roof structure with tile finish.

ISG InteriorExterior in the UK Regions

ISG InteriorExterior is also working on other exciting developments in the UK Regions. We are currently refurbishing Barnsley Civic and Mandela Gardens (part of the town centre regeneration), improving Coventry’s Grade I listed Belgrade Theatre and managing the construction of ‘The Public’; a community arts centre in West Bromwich.

ISG InteriorExterior is delighted to be involved with the prestigious redevelopment of Doncaster racecourse, due to open late summer 2007.

“We looked to ISG InteriorExterior for its track record in developing spectacular racecourse sites such as Newbury, Newmarket and Royal Ascot. ISG InteriorExterior also has considerable experience of working within historic sites and an excellent reputation in considerate construction and safety, which were all key considerations”.

Vince Murphy

Project Manager for Doncaster Racecourse Management Company Limited

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