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Thursday, December 20, 2007



ALL-WEATHER TRAINERS’ PRIZES UP FOR GRABS




The races for the first two all-weather trainers’ prizes offered by Arena Leisure this season are neck and neck as the December 31 conclusion approaches.


During the 2007/08 all-weather campaign, of which Pontins is a major sponsor, Arena Leisure is generously offering five trainers’ prizes of £5,000 for leading handlers at its courses Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Southwell. The first two prizes cover the period from the opening day of the all-weather season, November 10, and conclude on December 31.


Prizes for leading trainer at Lingfield and at Wolverhampton are both very much up for grabs. In order to give all trainers a realistic chance of winning a prize, a handicap system has been utilised. One point is awarded for every first, second, third or fourth place achieved, but the leading trainers at Lingfield were handicapped so that they started the season at a deficit. Therefore, the most loyal trainers at Arena Leisure’s three all-weather are rewarded and smaller yards that concentrate their efforts on all-weather racing have a good chance of gaining a prize.


In the event of a tie on the number of points, the number of winners will taken into consideration followed by the number of seconds, thirds and fourths.


Currently leading the way at Lingfield are Paul Cole and Gerard Butler on nine points, followed closely by Karl Burke, John Akehurst, Sylvester Kirk and William Muir, who all have eight points. John Best has overcome his minus 10 points handicap at the start of the season and has four points on the board so far.

Current leading trainers at Lingfield:

Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Points
Paul Cole 3 2 2 2 9
Gerard Butler 2 4 - 3 9
Karl Burke 4 2 2 - 8
John Akehurst 1 5 1 1 8
Sylvester Kirk 1 2 4 1 8
William Muir 1 - 4 3 8
Andy Haynes - 1 2 3 6
Jeremy Noseda 2 3 - 1 6
Stef Liddiard 2 1 - 2 5
Marco Botti 2 - 2 1 5
Ian Wood 1 3 - 1 5
William Knight 1 - 3 1 5

At Lingfield, the following trainers started the all-weather season with these deductions:

Trainer Points Deducted at Start of Season
Richard Hannon 15
Gary Moore 15
John Best 10
Nick Littmoden 10
Mark Johnston 10
Jamie Osborne 10
Peter Makin 5
David Elsworth 5
Derek Shaw 5
Stan Moore 5
Kevin Ryan 5
Jim Boyle 5
Mick Channon 5
Marcus Tregonning 5

A close match at Dunstall Park sees the lead presently shared between Jim Boyle and Paul Green on 11 points apiece, while an excellent run of form from Richard Fahey has seen him progress to eight points, despite his five point handicap.


Reg Hollinshead, who has held a training licence longer than any other handler in Britain, started the season with a 10 point deficit but has enjoyed a real purple patch with seven winners and nine placed horses, meaning that he is now just four points off the lead with six points.


Current leading trainers at Wolverhampton
Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Points
Jim Boyle 5 3 2 1 11
Paul Green 1 2 3 5 11
Ian McInnes 3 2 1 2 8
Richard Fahey 2 4 4 3 8
Eoghan O'Neill 1 2 2 3 8
Mark Tompkins 4 - 1 2 7
David Barron 3 1 2 1 7
Mark Wallace 2 3 1 1 7
William Muir 1 1 1 4 7
Reg Hollinshead 7 1 6 2 6
Patrick Haslam 4 1 - 1 6
Danny Murphy 3 1 1 1 6
Alan McCabe 2 1 1 2 6
Bryan Smart 1 3 2 - 6
Tony Carroll 1 2 1 2 6
Mick Mullineaux 1 1 3 1 6
John Harris - 3 3 - 6

At Wolverhampton, the following handicapping system was used:

Trainer Points Deducted at Start of Season
Mark Brisbourne 15
Kevin Ryan 15
Derek Shaw 15
David Evans 15
Peter Grayson 10
Ian Semple 10
Mark Johnston 10
Ron Harris 10
Paul Howling 10
Reg Hollinshead 10
James Unett 5
Karl Burke 5
Richard Fahey 5
Sir Mark Prescott 5
Jeff Pearce 5
William Haggas 5

The £5,000 prizes are broken down into £3,000 to the winning trainer with the remaining £2,000 shared among stable staff.


Two further £5,000 prizes will be on offer at Lingfield and Wolverhampton from January 1 to March 20. Southwell, where racing recommenced on December 11, will also offer the same prize during this period.


CATLIN LEADS ALL-WEATHER JOCKEYS CHAMPIONSHIP

Chris Catlin leads the Arena Leisure AW Jockeys’ Championship with 19 winners.


He is closely pursued by Eddie Ahern on 17 winners and Paul Mulrennan on 15 winners. Neil Callan and George Baker are next on 14 winners each.

Adam Kirby is the leading apprentice with nine victories so far this season, followed by Andrew Elliott on six winners while Kirsty Milczarek, Russell Kennemore and Greg Fairley have each enjoyed five successes.


The Arena Leisure AW Jockeys’ Championship runs from November 10 through to March 20 and includes racing at the three Arena Leisure all-weather tracks, plus Kempton Park.


Sponsored by Arena Leisure, the prize for the all-weather jockeys’ championship is £10,000, while the runner-up receives £5,000, the third £2,000 and fourth £1,000. The champion apprentice will receive £5,000 and the runner-up £2,000.


NB: All the statistics in this media release include racing up to and including Wednesday, December 19.


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