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Friday, February 18, 2005



JEBEL ALI HAT-TRICK FOR BLAZING ABILITY




Blazing Ability made it a hat-trick of Jebel Ali wins when landing the Shadwell sponsored Handicap over 1,600 metres at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday afternoon.

Trained by Mazin Al Kurdi, Blazing Ability has won at the last three Jebel Ali racemeetings and each time under a different jockey, on this occasion it was Richard Mullen in the saddle. The son of El Prado crossed the line half a length from his stablemate Penrith, with Valdancer in third.


Welcome Signal, trained by Al Kurdi and ridden by Daragh O'Donohoe, came with a late run to win on her UAE racing debut in the second race– the Shadwell Maiden over the straight 1,400 metres from home.


Vanishing Act, partnered by Royston Ffrench, looked the winner in the final 100 metres but Welcome Signal, a five-year-old son of Most Welcome, got up to lead in the final six strides and ran on to a length and a quarter win.


Wilde ran on well in the closing stages to win the third race of the afternoon, the Shadwell Handicap for Thoroughbred over 1,000 metres. Partnered by John Panas and ridden by Rod Simpson, Wilde took the lead 100 metres from the line and ran on for a two and a quarter length win from Cupola, the mount of Tadhg O'Shea.

Attentive returned to his winning ways when landing the 2,200 metre Shadwell Handicap under Ryan Moore. Trained by Satish Seemar, the son of Pennekamp took the lead from the Royston Ffrench-partnered Musaayer from 150 metres out and ran on to a two and three quarter lengths win.

Dawn Piper, trained by Doug Watson, stayed on under a driving ride by Patrick Dobbs to win the 1,950 metre Shadwell Handicap from his stablemate Potro Celoso and the Seemar-trained Ibtecar.




RACING UK COURSES TO RECEIVE CASH BOOST




Racing UK shareholders are set to receive payments totalling more than £1.9 million before the end of 2005 from the dedicated horseracing channel.


The 31 Racing UK courses will benefit from having their RaceTech charges, which apply to all of Britain's 59 tracks, paid directly by the broadcaster, a saving of £3,100 per raceday.


Andrew Gould, Finance Director of Racecourse Holdings Trust, the group responsible for 13 of Racing UK's member courses said, "A significant proportion of the RaceTech daily charge results from the collapsed attheraces agreement. Racing UK's commitment to covering this cost would
have been a factor for many of the courses when assigning their rights and we are delighted that the channel is performing so well."

The termination of the original attheraces media rights agreement left all courses with the additional liability of the RaceTech charge, which comprises an outside broadcast contribution and costs relating to the installation and provision of BT fibre optic lines.


Commented Simon Bazalgette, Executive Chairman of Racing UK, "Taking on the RaceTech charge was one of a number of benefits incorporated in our presentation to racecourses, and we are delighted to have achieved the level of financial stability which enables us to fulfil this obligation and commence the payments on schedule.


"We anticipate that by the end of this year, via this route alone, the payments we will have made to the courses will be by far in excess of their contributions to the initial development costs of the channel."


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