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Monday, April 2, 2007



RACING DEMON SET FOR GUINNESS GOLD CUP - TARANIS AND STRONG FLOW ALSO ENTERED IN 3M 1F CONTEST




The Henrietta Knight-trained Racing Demon, who has had a frustrating season since winning the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in November, was today confirmed a likely starter in the Grade 1 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup at the Irish National Hunt Festival on Wednesday, April 25. He is one a 28-strong entry revealed today for the EUR250,000 event.


Knight felt the seven-year-old did not enjoy the left-handed track when most recently fifth in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on March 15.


“The plan at the moment is to go for the Guinness Gold Cup if the ground remains OK. He’s come out of the Cheltenham race very well and the plan now is to keep him to right-handed tracks if possible,” said Knight.


“It’s been a very up and down season. He hasn’t really had a full season because he fell and ran loose on the first occasion and then ran two good races at Huntingdon (won the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase) and in the King George (third) at Kempton. Then of course he had the fall over hurdles and he ran off right-handed a bit at Cheltenham.

“I think the jury’s still out regarding the trip but we can only find out by running him over it. I think he stayed three miles in the King George. He had quite a lot of use made of him early on and the ground was quite soft and probably tired him out a bit, whereas Exotic Dancer was cleverly ridden and came from behind to take second.


“I don’t know how he’ll get on at Punchestown - up hill, down dale and three miles one - but we’ve got to try it. We’re hoping for the best.


“We’ve never won a race there although we’ve been second a few times, so it hasn’t been the luckiest place for us but you can’t keep looking at the past, you’ve got to look forward and the horse is certainly very well.”

Other British-trained entries for the Grade 1 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup include the Paul Nicholls-trained Taranis, winner of the Ryanair Chase, and his stablemates Neptune Collonges and My Will.


Turpin Green, Monkerhostin and Cane Brake, respectively third, fourth and fifth in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, are other possible starters while the novices Snowy Morning and Cailin Alainn are engaged along with the past two John Smith’s Grand National winners, Numbersixvalverde and Hedgehunter.

Strong Flow - a 14-length winner of the 2003 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup when trained by Paul Nicholls - could also line up. The 10-year-old, now trained on the Curragh by Dessie Hughes, ran in a point-to-point yesterday (Sunday).


“I think he had a ligament problem and a growth in his knee when he was with Paul Nicholls and he joined me in the New Year. He’s a lovely horse - he’s grand. We’ll see how he goes between now and Punchestown but that race is a possibility,” said Hughes.


“Our intention was to run him in a hunter chase first and he’s in at Fairyhouse on Sunday but unfortunately he fell at the last fence yesterday in a point-to-point at Ballynoe, so he didn’t qualify for that. The plans are up in the air at the moment but he’s none the worse for the fall.“

NEWMILL ON COURSE TO DEFEND CHAMPION CROWN

Trainer John Murphy today reported last year’s 15-length winner Newmill on course to defend his crown in the EUR200,000 Grade 1 Kerrygold Champion Chase on Tuesday, April 24, the opening day of Punchestown’s 2007 Irish National Hunt Festival.


The nine-year-old - who has also been entered in the EUR200,000 Grade 1 ACCBank Champion Hurdle on Friday, April 27 - is one of 24 horses engaged in the Kerrygold Champion Chase.


On his most recent start, Newmill finished fourth in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham but Murphy believes his stable star is better than he showed that day.


“I thought he ran very well at Cheltenham but without taking anything from the other horses I don’t think things went totally his way,” said Murphy.

“He was on his face early on and there was a lot of aggravation at his jumps and he made two big mistakes - you just can’t get away with them at two miles. The whole thing just didn’t work out but he ran very well.


“He has came out of the race in really great shape and the Kerrygold Champion Chase at Punchestown is the definite goal. Only if the ground was too firm would he go for the ACCBank Champion Hurdle.”

Dempsey and River City, who finished second and third in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, could reoppose in the Kerrygold Champion Chase while other entries include Nickname, the novice Don’t Push It and Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase winner Andreas, trained by Paul Nicholls.



SNOWY LIKELY TO TAKE NOVICE ROUTE

Trainer Willie Mullins reported that Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup entry Snowy Morning is more likely to contest the Grade 1 Ellier Developments Hanover Quay Champion Novice Chase on Tuesday, April 24, for which he is one of 33 entries revealed today.


“Snowy Morning will go for the novice chase on the first day. He got interfered with by a faller when second in the Royal &SunAlliance Chase at Cheltenham, and it just knocked his concentration briefly, but once he got his game together again he ran on really well,” said Mullins.


“Denman did it the hard way and I’m not sure if we would beat him if we met again, but we have to be happy with the way ours ran. He won’t run at Fairyhouse as he sustained a slight injury at home, but we should have him back for Punchestown.


“He has a Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup entry - you’ve got be in them to win them - and I always like to have a Plan B. But we’ll look at the entries and make a decision later on.”

Mullins added that Alexander Taipan, who was travelling well when falling in the P J Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown on February 10, could also reappear at the Irish National Hunt Festival.


“Alexander Taipan has had a little setback but I’m hopeful we’ll have him right for Punchestown,” said the Co Carlow trainer. “I don’t know if he would have won last time and he has few options at Punchestown.”


SCHINDLERS ON HUGHES’ PUNCHESTOWN LIST

Schindlers Hunt, who was not entered at Cheltenham due to a clerical enter, is set to take on the top two-mile novice chasers in the Grade 1 Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase at Punchestown on Thursday, April 26.


The seven-year-old, one of 24 Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase, won two Grade 1s at Leopardstown impressively this season before falling last time out at Naas on February 25.


“He runs in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse and he’ll then go for the Swordlestown Cup if all goes well,” reported trainer Dessie Hughes. “We’ve been keeping him for those two races.


“He missed Cheltenham but he’s fit and well. I don’t think he minded the heavy ground at Naas last time but he had some mucus in him when we scoped him afterwards, so I suppose he wasn’t 100 per cent. He won on heavy ground at Leopardstown over Christmas but I’d say he’d possibly be better on good ground.”

Fair Along, Jack The Giant, Faasel and Another Promise, respectively second, third, fourth and fifth in the Irish Independent Arkle Chase at Cheltenham, are also entered in the Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase as is Don’t Push It. Pablo Du Charmil, a three-time winner for David Pipe this season, is another interesting entry.


Meanwhile, an ultra-competitive renewal of the Betfair.com Novice Handicap Chase is in prospect on Friday, April 27.


There are 69 entries in the 2m 5f contest including 18 trained in Britain and one from France, the Thierry Doumen-trained Moncadou. National Hunt Chase first and second Butler’s Cabin and Character Building are in the EUR110,000 event as is Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase hero Cloudy Lane, trained by Donald McCain, and his stablemate Regal Heights, an easy winner of his last two starts.


The Irish National Hunt Festival runs from Tuesday, April 24, to Friday, April 27, and offers record prize money of EUR2.5 million this year.


The going at Punchestown is currently YIELDING.


Kerrygold Champion Chase (Grade 1)
Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 2m, EUR200,000 guaranteed. Weights: 5yo 11st 5lb, 6yo+ 11st 12lb, mares allowed 5lb.


Accordion Etoile 11-12 Paul Nolan
Andreas (FR) 11-12 Paul Nicholls GB
Central House (GB) 11-12 Dessie Hughes
Cloone River 11-12 Paul Nolan
Crossbow Creek (GB) 11-12 Mark Rimell GB
Davenport Democrat 11-12 Willie Mullins
Dempsey 11-12 Carl Llewellyn GB
Don't Push It 11-12 Jonjo O'Neill GB
Foreman (GER) 11-12 Thierry Doumen FR
Hasty Prince (GB) 11-12 Jonjo O'Neill GB
Hi Cloy 11-12 Michael Hourigan
Justified 11-12 Eamonn Sheehy
Mansony (FR) 11-12 Arthur Moore
Mossy Green 11-12 Willie Mullins
Newmill 11-12 John Joseph Murphy
Nickname (FR) 11-12 Martin Brassil
Oneway 11-12 Mark Rimell GB
Our Ben (GB) 11-12 Willie Mullins
River City 11-12 Noel Chance GB
Say Again 11-12 Paul Nolan
Steel Band (GB) 11-12 Paul Roche
Tiger Cry 11-12 Arthur Moore
Tumbling Dice 11-12 Tom Taaffe
Watson Lake 11-12 Noel Meade
24 Entries, 7 British-trained, 1 French-trained

Ellier Developments Hanover Quay Novice Chase (Grade 1)
Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 3m 1f, EUR110,000 guaranteed. Weights: 5yo 11st 3lb, 6yo+ 11st 10lb, mares allowed 5lb.


Aces Four 11-10 Ferdy Murphy GB
Alexander Taipan 11-10 Willie Mullins
Anothercoppercoast 11-10 Paul Roche
Anshire Tower 11-10 Seamus Neville
Back To Bid 11-10 Noel Meade
Baron De Feypo 11-10 Oliver Brady
Bob Hall 11-10 Jonjo O'Neill GB
Boychuk 11-10 Philip Hobbs GB
Character Building 11-10 John Quinn GB
Chelsea Harbour 11-10 Thomas Mullins
Healy's Pub 11-10 Oliver McKiernan
Justpourit 11-10 Dessie Hughes
King Johns Castle 11-10 Arthur.Moore
Kings Advocate 11-10 Tom Taaffe
Knight Legend 11-10 Jessica Harrington
Mac Three 11-10 Noel Meade
Mattock Ranger 11-10 Noel Meade
Merdeka 11-10 Tom Taaffe
Mister Top Notch 11-10 Davy Fitzgerald
Newbay Prop 11-10 Tony Martin
Offshore Account 11-10 Charlie Swan
One Cool Cookie 11-10 Charlie Swan
Oran Climate 11-10 John Brennan
Patsy Hall 11-10 Michael Cunningham
Preists Leap 11-10 Thomas O'Leary
Snowy Morning 11-10 Willie Mullins
The Roney Man (GB) 11-10 Paul Nolan
Toofarback 11-10 Noel Meade
Vic Venturi 11-10 Philip Fenton
Cailin Alainn 11-05 Charles Byrnes
Laetitia 11-05 Charles Byrnes
Lala Nova 11-05 John Murphy
Turko (FR) 11-03 Paul Nicholls GB
33 Entries, 5 British-trained


Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (Grade 1)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 3m 1f, EUR250,000 guaranteed. Weights: 5yo 11st 5lb, 6yo+ 11st 12lb, mares allowed 5lb.


Beef Or Salmon 11-12 Michael Hourigan
Cane Brake 11-12 Tom Taaffe
Cloudy Bays 11-12 Charles Byrnes
Fota Island 11-12 Mouse Morris
Hedgehunter 11-12 Willie Mullins
Hi Cloy 11-12 Michael Hourigan
Homer Wells 11-12 Willie Mullins
In Compliance 11-12 Michael O'Brien
Joes Edge 11-12 Ferdy Murphy GB
Kill Devil Hill 11-12 Paul Nolan
Kingscliff 11-12 Robert Alner GB
L'Ami (FR) 11-12 Francois Doumen FR
Mansony (FR) 11-12 Arthur Moore
Monkerhostin (FR) 11-12 Philip Hobbs GB
My Will (FR) 11-12 Paul Nicholls GB
Neptune Collonges 11-12 Paul Nicholls GB
Numbersixvalverde 11-12 Martin Brassil
One Cool Cookie 11-12 Charlie Swan
Our Ben (GB) 11-12 Willie Mullins
Racing Demon 11-12 Henrietta Knight GB
Sher Beau 11-12 Philip Fenton
Snowy Morning 11-12 Willie Mullins
Southern Vic 11-12 Ted Walsh
Strong Flow 11-12 Dessie Hughes
Taranis (FR) 11-12 Paul Nicholls GB
Turpin Green 11-12 Nicky Richards GB
Watson Lake 11-12 Noel Meade
Cailin Alainn 11-07 Charles Byrnes
28 Entries, 8 British-trained, 1 French-trained

Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (Grade 1)
Thursday, April 26, 2007, 2m, EUR110,000 guaranteed. Weights: 5yo 11st 5lb, 6yo+ 11st 12lb, mares allowed 5lb.


Alexander Taipan 11-12 Willie Mullins
Another Promise 11-12 Ferdy Murphy GB
Blueberry Boy 11-12 Paul Stafford
Carthalawn 11-12 Charles Byrnes
Don't Push It 11-12 Jonjo O'Neill GB
Faasel 11-12 Nicky Richards GB
Hear The Echo 11-12 Mouse Morris
In The High Grass 11-12 Tom Taaffe
King Johns Castle 11-12 Arthur Moore
Marshall Hall 11-12 Ferdy Murphy GB
O'Muircheartaigh 11-12 Edward O'Grady
Pablo Du Charmil (FR) 11-12 David Pipe GB
Rights Of Man 11-12 Davy Fitzgerald
Royal Shakespeare 11-12 Steve Gollings GB
Schindlers Hunt 11-12 Dessie Hughes
Siberion (GER) 11-12 Tony Martin
Ursis (FR) 11-12 Steve Gollings GB
Vintage Treasure 11-12 Charles Byrnes
Wanango (GER) 11-12 Tommy Stack
Woodhouse 11-12 Jessica Harrington
Gemini Lucy 11-07 Jessica Harrington
Fair Along (GER) 11-05 Philip Hobbs GB
Jack The Giant 11-05 Nicky Henderson GB
Twist Magic (FR) 11-05 Paul Nicholls GB
24 Entries, 10 British-trained

Betfair Novice Handicap Chase (Grade A)
Friday, April 27, 2007, 2m 5f, EUR110,000 guaranteed. Top weight shall not exceed 11st 10lb, minimum weight 10st 3lb.


Alexander Taipan Willie Mullins
Alfie's Sun (GB) Don Cantillon GB
All Star (GER) Nicky Henderson GB
Another Nation Robert Tyner
Another Promise Ferdy Murphy GB
Anothercoppercoast Paul Roche
Anshire Tower Seamus Neville
Back To Bid Noel Meade
Ballyfinney Dessie Hughes
Ballytrim Willie Mullins
Baron De Feypo Oliver Brady
Bob Hall Jonjo O'Neill GB
Boychuk Philip Hobbs GB
Butler's Cabin (FR) Jonjo O'Neill GB
Character Building John Quinn GB
Cloudy Lane (GB) Donald McCain Jnr GB
Cool Running Christy Roche
Crossbarry Boy John Joseph Murphy
Dead Sound Tom Taaffe GB
Dictum (GER) Susan Nock GB
Dunguaire Lad Pat Hughes
Dunsfold Duke (GB) Peter Winkworth GB
Fourball Christy Roche
Giolla De Francis Flood
Hard Scuffle (NZ) Noel Meade
Healy's Pub Oliver McKiernan
Ilringuback Davy Fitzgerald
Justpourit Dessie Hughes
Khetaam Noel Meade
King Johns Castle Arthur Moore
King Of Confusion Ferdy Murphy
Kings Advocate Tom Taaffe
Knight Legend Jessica Harrington
Knockersally Flyer Jane Thomas
Lala Nova John Joseph Murphy
Letterman Edward O'Grady
Mac Three Noel Meade
Mattock Ranger Noel Meade
Mcevoy Paul Nolan
Merdeka Tom Taaffe
Moncadou (FR) Thierry Doumen FR
Mossbank Michael Hourigan
Natal (FR) Paul Nicholls GB
Newbay Prop Tony Martin
Nonchalant Frances Crowley
O'Muircheartaigh Edward O'Grady
Offshore Account Charlie Swan
One Cool Cookie Charlie Swan
On The Other Hand Charlie Swan
Oodachee (GB) Charlie Swan
Oran Climate John Brennan
Pablo Du Charmil (FR) David Pipe GB
Ponmeoath Eric McNamara
Purple Shuffle Pat Fahy
Regal Heights Donald McCain Jnr GB
Romek Jessica Harrington
Shifting Alliance Paul Nolan
Siberion (GER) Tony Martin
Sky's The Limit (FR) Edward O'Grady
Sorry Al Charlie Swan
Surfboard Paul Blockley GB
The Reverend Howard Johnson GB
The Roney Man (GB) Paul Nolan
Toofarback Noel Meade
Ursis (FR) Steve Gollings GB
Vedelle Joseph Crowley
Wanango (GER) Tommy Stack
Washington Lad Pat Fahy
Yes Sir Peter Bowen GB
69 Entries, 18 British-trained, 1 French-trained



AINTREE AGENDA FOR STAR RICHARDS DUO




Trainer Nicky Richards could bid for a big race double with stable stars Turpin Green and Monet’s Garden at the three-day John Smith’s Grand National meeting, which commences on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - the highlight of which is the £700,000 Grade Three John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday, April 14.


The Greystoke handler revealed today: “Hopefully Turpin Green will go to Aintree for the Betfair Bowl and we’ll see how Monet’s Garden is over the next week before we make any firm decisions about him going for the John Smith’s Melling Chase.”

The three miles, one furlong £150,000 Grade Two Betfair Bowl (2.35pm) takes place on Thursday, April, 12, while the £200,000 Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase (3.10pm), run over two and a half miles, is held on Friday, April 13.


Turpin Green thrilled Richards when finishing third to the brilliant Kauto Star at odds of 40/1 in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 16, an effort that justified the trainer’s faith in his talented charge.


The trainer commented: “A lot of people doubted Turpin Green and knocked him but we never doubted him at Greystoke and he showed everybody what he’s capable of by running a blinder at Cheltenham.”

The Trevor Hemmings-owned eight-year-old has already tasted big race glory at the Aintree Festival, having defeated My Way De Solzen by six lengths when winning the 2005 Grade Two John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle. He was also runner-up to Star De Mohaison in last year’s Grade Two John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase over the course and distance.


A positive Richards added: “He seems to have come out the Gold Cup well and is in grand form.”

The Betfair Bowl went to the Martin Pipe-trained Celestial Gold in 2006 and has also been won in the past by horses of the highest calibre such as Desert Orchid (1988), Wayward Lad (1985 & 1987), See More Business (2000), First Gold (2001 & 2003) and Florida Pearl (2002).


Monet’s Garden, who won the Grade Two John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle over an extended three miles in 2005, could bid to secure the second Aintree Festival success of his career over half a mile shorter.


Richards reported today: “If Monet’s Garden runs at Aintree it will be in the Melling Chase over two and a half miles.”

The nine-year-old grey defeated a classy field to take the Grade One Commercial First Ascot Chase over two miles, three furlongs at Ascot in February, prior to a below-par effort when fourth in the Grade Two Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last month.


Richards said: “Monet’s Garden is still a very good horse. He’s won a Grade One this year and hopefully he’ll come back and win another one next year - that’s if he doesn’t win another one this year.”

The John Smith’s Melling Chase is invariably one of the highlights of the season and has produced some thrilling finishes, with the top-class roll of honour including the likes of Remittance Man (1992), Viking Flagship (1995 & 1996), Martha’s Son (1997), Direct Route (1999 & 2000) and Moscow Flyer (2004 & 2005).


Richards may also be represented at Aintree by Faasel, who was successful in the Grade One John Smith’s Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle in 2005 and was fourth to My Way De Solzen in the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase over two miles at the Cheltenham Festival on March 13.


Richards revealed: “Faasel will be entered in both the novice races at Aintree - the two-mile John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase and the three miles, one furlong John Smith Mildmay Novices’ Chase.

“We’ll see what’s in each race and discuss it because he’ll also be entered over two and a half miles at Ayr. He seems fine and in good order.”

The £80,000 Grade Two John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2.00pm) is run on Friday, April 13, while the £125,000 Grade One John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2.15pm) takes place on Saturday, April 14.


AINTREE COMMENCES WATERING

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course at Aintree, reported today that watering has commenced on the course, which is in good order ahead of next week’s racing.


Tulloch revealed: “We looked at the long-range forecast last week, which showed that there was no rain forecast. A dry week is expected with some sunshine and daytime temperatures between 13 and 16 degrees Celsius.


“With the ground drying out, we started watering over the weekend and will continue to do so right the way through, if necessary. Aintree’s policy is to try and provide ground no faster than good. We want to go into the meeting on the best ground possible.


“We have an excellent grass covering and with the warmer weather, the grass should continue to grow well.”



UNICORN ASSET MANAGEMENT TO SPONSOR NEW £170,000 SERIES AT NEWMARKET




Unicorn Asset Management are to sponsor a ground-breaking new series of 10 qualifiers plus a final, worth a total of £170,000 in prize money, on Newmarket's July Course this summer. It is the first time that a major series will have been staged at a single British racecourse.

The Unicorn Asset Management July Course Series is for two-year-olds and is made up of six maiden races and five nursery handicaps, all run over six or seven furlongs. The qualifiers, the first of which will be run on Friday, June 22, are each worth a minimum of £10,000 in prize money. Any horse that is declared to run in a qualifier will be eligible for the £50,000 nursery final on Saturday, August 25, as long as they have attained an official HRA handicap mark. The final will be the most valuable two-year-old handicap in the British calendar.


Unicorn Asset Management are already an established supporter of racing through previous race sponsorships at Newmarket, as well as being the official sponsor of the Owner Breeder Clubs at the National Stud, which borders the July Course. They are the UK's market-leading fund management company, specialising in the provision of investment capital for growth companies on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).


"This is fantastic prize money for a two-year-old series and we are extremely grateful to Unicorn Asset Management for their invaluable support," commented Michael Prosser, Newmarket Racecourses' Director of Racing.


"Unlike previous series in this country, all races will take place on the same track which will provide a level playing field for the horses and, in my opinion, will make the series all the more interesting.

"Newmarket maidens tend to be dominated by the bigger stables, but the nurseries should provide a good target for many of the smaller yards and I am confident that such a valuable final will be extremely competitive."

Peter Webb, CEO of Unicorn Asset Management, said: "I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and vigour of the team at Newmarket Racecourses in helping Unicorn to establish this race series and I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to entertain our many supporters and friends at the July Course this summer."

Qualifiers
1. Friday, June 22 (E) - Class 4 Maiden 6 furlongs, £10,000

2. Friday, June 29 (E) - Class 4 EBF Fillies Maiden 6 furlongs, £10,000

3. Friday, July 13 - Class 2 Nursery Handicap 7 furlongs, £20,000

4. Saturday, July 21 - Class 4 Maiden 6 furlongs, £10,000

5. Friday, July 27 (E) - Class 5 Nursery Handicap 7 furlongs, £10,000

6. Friday, August 3 (E) - Class 4 EBF Maiden 6 furlongs, £10,000

7. Friday, August 3 (E) - Class 5 Median Auction Maiden 7 furlongs, £10,000

8. Saturday, August 4 - Class 2 Nursery Handicap 6 furlongs (Channel 4), £20,000

9. Friday, August 10 (E) - Class 4 Nursery Handicap 7 furlongs, £10,000

10. Saturday, August 18 - Class 4 Maiden 6 furlongs, £10,000

Final
Saturday, August 25 - Nursery 7 furlongs £50,000 (Channel 4), £50,000

E = evening meeting



THE RETURN OF THE SUGABABES AT NEWMARKET




Newmarket Racecourses is pleased to announce the sixth act to be confirmed for the 2007 Newmarket Nights with Q103 line up. The Sugababes will be performing at the July Course on Friday, June 29.


Thanks to three triple-platinum UK albums (‘Angels with Dirty Faces’, ‘Three’ and ‘Taller in Many Ways’) as well as over 1.5 million singles sold in the UK including five number ones (‘Freak like Me’, ‘Round Round’, ‘Hole in the Head’, ‘ Push the Button’ and ‘Walk this Way’) a Brit Award, a Q Award, a Smash Hit Award and two Elle Style Awards, the Sugababes have secured their place in the British music history as the most successful girl band of recent times.


Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, Lisa Hancock, said: “We are delighted to announce that the Sugababes will be performing at Newmarket Nights once again.

“They were immensely popular when they performed at Newmarket three years ago and I am sure they will be a huge success with our audience again in 2007.”

The Sugababes have gone through two line-up changes since forming in 1998, the most recent being in December 2005, when Amelle Berrabah joined Heidi Range and Keisha Buchanan after founding member Mutya Buena left the group.


The girls have recently released the official Comic Relief single, as a duet with fellow UK girl band, Girls Aloud. A cover of the classic hit, "Walk this Way". Credited as 'Sugababes Vs Girls Aloud', the single was released on March 12, 2007 in the UK. The song became the band's fifth UK number one single.


Tickets for the Sugababes are priced at:

Premier Enclosure - £28
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure - £18
Garden Enclosure - £12

There are a limited number of child admissions priced at £5 each. Once the limited number of child admissions has been sold, children will be charged at the full adult rate.


Tickets are now on sale and can be booked online for a 5% discount on adult prices at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked by calling 08707 200 201

Other acts for confirmed for Newmarket Nights 2007

There is still one final act to be announced for Newmarket Nights.

The five acts confirmed are:

Australian rock band INXS will be performing on Friday, June 22, the first of seven Newmarket Nights at the newly redeveloped July Course.

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be back for the 11th year running on Friday, August 3.


Scottish foursome, Wet Wet Wet will close the New market Nights for 2007 as they are set to perform on Friday, August 17.


Tickets for INXS, Wet Wet Wet and Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are priced at:
Premier Enclosure - £28
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure - £18
Garden Enclosure - £12

Madness are set to debut at the July Course on Friday, July 20.

Tickets for Madness are priced at:
Premier Enclosure - £32
Grandstand & Paddock - £22
Garden Enclosure - £12

The Ordinary Boys will be performing on Friday, August 10.

Premier Enclosure - £25
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure - £16
Garden Enclosure - £11



VC CASINO.COM BACK ROYAL WINDSOR’S SUMMER MONDAY EVENINGS




Royal Windsor Racecourse is delighted to have renewed its highly successful partnership with VC Casino.com for the second year running.

VC Casino.com will once again be the official gaming partner for the ever-popular Monday night race meetings at the Berkshire course.


As well as sponsoring a significant number of the races on Monday nights, VC Casino.com have further extended their support to sponsor the stalls handlers on Monday evenings.

They will also sponsor the Trainers’ and Jockeys’ Championships for the Monday night season which were won by trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes in 2006.

VC Casino.com also ran a very successful competition throughout the 2006 Monday night season in which one lucky racegoer won an all-expenses-paid holiday to Antigua and they have guaranteed to give an equally exciting prize this year.

At VC Casino.com, Andy Caras-Altas said:

“We are extremely pleased to be official gaming partners at Royal Windsor’s Monday night race meetings for a second season.

“Last year proved hugely beneficial to us in developing our brand. The Monday evenings at Windsor have a real party atmosphere, attracting people who really want to enjoy themselves, so it is the perfect venue for us. We have additional on-course branding positions, more races and several new joint marketing plans in place for 2007.”

Royal Windsor’s Managing Director David Mackinnon added:-

“I am obviously delighted to welcome VC Casino.com as partners for another season of Monday night racing.

“In the inaugural year, we developed an excellent partnership creating significant branding and promotional opportunities with superb results. We are pleased to have added additional initiatives to further maximise opportunities for VC Casino.com in 2007.


“I am looking forward to another successful season which begins with an afternoon meeting on Monday, April 16 and the first of our 17 Monday evenings with VC Casino.com is on April 23.”


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