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Monday, April 16, 2007


Voute Sales, Europe's premier bloodstock sales consignors, are venturing into race sponsorship for the first time by supporting three races worth £44,000 at Newmarket in 2007.

The company will sponsor the £18,000 Voute Sales Handicap over six furlongs on the first day of the Craven Meeting this Wednesday, April 18, the £18,000 Voute Sales Handicap over five furlongs at the Ritz Club July Festival on July 12 and the £8,000 Voute Sales Two-Year-Old Maiden over one mile at the Cambridgeshire Meeting on October 4.

While this will be the first race sponsorship for Ted Voute, who has been producing horses to the world's top sales on behalf of breeders since 1986, he did offer a £150,000 bonus in relation to his draft of yearlings in 1998 for any horse that could go on to win five races in a season. The Richard Fahey-trained Westgate Run achieved the feat in 2000 and Ted duly paid out the money to the filly's owner, Mark Leatham.

Since then Ted has set up his own farm on the edge of the Cotswolds, where he has 40 boxes and excellent facilities to prepare horses for sale.

Ted Voute said: "Having established Voute Farm, I decided it was time to get involved on the racing side again and support the owners who buy or breed to race by putting prize money into the sport. I am delighted to be supporting three races at Newmarket which coincide with sales at Tattersalls.

"As I always like to look to the future, I am already in discussion with Newmarket Racecourses regarding further possibilities of combining my drafts of yearlings with race sponsorship for the 2008 season."


Sander Camillo, ante-post favourite for the Stan James 1000 Guineas on Sunday, May 6, will be the star of the show at Newmarket's opening fixture of the year on Wednesday when she makes her eagerly awaited return in the Shadwell Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group Three).

The vibes from all those connected with the Jeremy Noseda-trained filly have been very good all winter and her recent work has seen confidence in her chances of achieving Classic glory grow sky high. The mount of Frankie Dettori, she will be expected to win impressively on Wednesday, her first start since the Ritz Club July Festival at Newmarket last July, if she is to justify her lofty reputation.

The going is currently GOOD TO FIRM, with watering taking place on the NatWest Rowley Mile today in order to maintain the status quo. Newmarket's Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, said:

"The weather forecast is for it to be warm throughout today with the remote chance of a shower later and, although it is due to be cooler on Tuesday and Wednesday, there is no rain forecast for these days. I am keen to provide safe ground with no jar, ideally just on the good side of Good-to-Firm, and we will water as necessary to achieve this."

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