KING KILLONE PRIMED FOR skybet.com ROWLAND MEYRICK BID
North Yorkshire permit holder Harry Hogarth revealed today that his stable star King Killone is on course for an assault on the feature Grade Three £50,000 skybet.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26.
The improving six-year-old ran a blinder last time out when a fast-finishing third behind Neptune Collonges in the three-mile Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle on November 25, going down by just two and half lengths, having previously scored at Wetherby over a furlong further in the totesport.com Handicap Chase on November 11, defeating Silver Knight by six lengths.
Hogarth said today: "The plan is to run King Killone in the skybet.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase.
"I was very happy indeed with his latest effort at Newcastle and he has come out of the race well. It was the highest class race he has contested and there were a lot of very good horses that finished behind him that day.
"He stays very well and he needs a good test. The extra furlong will be to his advantage, as will the soft ground. Having won over the course and distance at Wetherby, we know that the track suits him well.
"With a bit of luck, the field won’t be too big and I’m hopeful of a bold run. I would imagine that Phil Kinsella [claims 5lb], who has been on board in his last two races, would take the ride again, providing he is available."
Hogarth will see how his charge performs at Wetherby on Boxing Day before nominating any future targets, but believes that King Killone has all the right credentials to end up at Aintree over the big fences one day.
The trainer continued: "Providing he stays fit and sound, I think that he will be even better next year. He has some strengthening up to do still.
"I think that he will be an Aintree National horse in time. He won’t go this time, but hopefully in the future."
The ground at Wetherby is currently soft, heavy in places. The forecast is for mostly dry weather between now and Boxing Day.
The gates open at 10am on Boxing Day, skybet.com Rowland Meyrick Chase Day, for a six-race card, with the first race off at 12.50pm. Free mince pies and mulled wine will be available for early arrivals on a first come, first served basis.
The course gets very busy around midday, so racegoers are advised to arrive at the track before then.
Live music will come from the Endeavour Ceilidh Band on both days. The ‘LA Jazz’ will also perform on Boxing Day, and the Baron von Rhinestein Bavarian Band on Wednesday, December 27, the second day of the Sky Bet Christmas Meeting at the Yorkshire course.
Entertainment for young racegoers comes in the shape of ‘Pat’s Puppets’ in the Family Marquee, while ‘Musical Ruth and her Magical Piano’ will be delighting the crowds on Boxing Day. There is also a new ‘parenting facility’ in the Paddock Enclosure.
Advance bookings for the 2006 Sky Bet Christmas Meeting are advised at www.wetherbyracing.co.uk, especially as Premier Enclosure tickets on Boxing Day have nearly sold out, though there remains plenty of availability for both the Paddock and Course Enclosures on that day.
Admission Prices (December 26 & 27): Premier Enclosure £26, Paddock Enclosure £15, Pick of the Paddock £19 (includes admission to the Paddock Enclosure, £3 Refreshment Voucher, £2 Tote Betting Voucher and Racecard), Course Enclosure £5. Accompanied children under 16 are admitted free to all enclosures.
PONTIN'S HOLIDAYS BACK ALL WEATHER SEASON
Pontin's, the family holiday company, and Arena Leisure's all weather racecourses announce today they have teamed up this winter in a major new sponsorship initiative.
Pontin's Holidays are backing over 460 races spanning across Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton and Southwell up until the end of March when the all weather season concludes.
This exciting new venture means Pontin's Holidays become the most prolific commercial sponsor in racing.
George Edwards, Operations Director at Pontin's, said: "The all weather racing season provides the perfect opportunity to publicise Pontin's Holidays, giving us continuous daily national media coverage at the time of year when people are thinking about booking their summer breaks."
Head of Public Relations at Arena Leisure's racecourse division, Kate Hills commented: "We are delighted to welcome Pontin's for the duration of the all weather racing season; the winter period is the perfect time to promote their holidays.
"We have several joint marketing initiatives to run during the racing season and the additional publicity Pontin's Holidays gain through their race titles, on course branding and the national media coverage, particularly on At The Races TV, will be a huge benefit."
GOODWOOD VOTED TOP RACECOURSE IN THE SOUTH EAST
Goodwood has been voted Racecourse of the Year in the South East of Britain for 2006 by members of the Racegoers Club, following another tremendous year at the popular West Sussex track.
The Racegoers Club is the biggest racegoing club in Britain, with almost 6,000 members, and this is the fourth time in the last six years that Goodwood has won the prestigious accolade of top racecourse in the South East.
Goodwood offers racegoers excellent facilities in a beautiful setting and is constantly upgrading them.
Nothing encapsulated the quality and excitement of racing at Goodwood more than Ouija Board's thrilling victory over Alexander Goldrun in the Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes at the Festival Meeting on August 5.
The pair produced an absolute epic for the assembled crowd, with a titanic struggle throughout the final two furlongs. Lord Derby's superstar gained the verdict by a short-head - undoubtedly one of the races of this or any other season.
Other highlights included Court Masterpiece's clear-cut defeat of Soviet Song in the Group One Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes and Yeats' demolition of his opponents in the Group Two ABN Amro Goodwood Cup, while Borderlescott captured a typically competitive renewal of the Vodafone Stewards' Cup.
Rod Fabricius, Goodwood's managing director, commented: "Goodwood is
delighted to have been voted Racecourse of the Year in the South East for the fourth time in the last six years.
"This reflects very well on the racecourse and all our hard-working staff.
"We are now working away to provide the best possible experience for
racegoers in 2007 when our first fixture is on Saturday, May 5."
Goodwood Racecourse will receive a commemorative plaque from the Racegoers Club.