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Tuesday, May 25, 2004


Sky Bet is pleased to announce that it will be backing the Middleham Trainers' Association Horses to Follow charity competition for the second year in succession.

The Middleham Trainers Annual Media Dinner was held on May 13 at the famous Blue Lion in East Witton, when eight trainers and their dinner partners from the North Yorkshire training centre selected a horse from their respective stables to follow throughout the next 12 months. The winner will be the person who selects the horse which records the highest profit to a £1 level stake based on SP, with the competition running from May 13 until next year's media dinner. Sky Bet will provide a prize of £1,000 for the winner to donate to their chosen good cause.

Last year Karl Burke, who trains at the historic Spigot Lodge, came out on top when he selected Blue Sky Thinking, twice a winner at 10/1 and 16/1, who returned a profit of £18 to a £1 level stake.
The £1,000 Karl Burke won for selecting Blue Sky Thinking was donated to his chosen charity, Macmillian Cancer Research, while Deirdre Johnston won a special prize of £500 for selecting the Group One victor Pearl Of Love. Deidre donated her £500 to Multiple Sclerosis Research.

Below is a list of the horses Middleham trainers and their partners have selected to follow for the next 12 months:

Middleham Trainer's Association Horses to Follow 2004

Karl Burke - Blue Power
Elaine Burke - Million Percent

James Bethell - Twice Nightly
Sally Bethell - Mine

Chris Thornton - Savannah River
AntoniaThornton - Intavac Boy

Patrick Haslam - Restart
Ann Haslam - Aire Du Mougins

Mark Johnston - Badr
Deirdre Johnston - Leo's Lucky Star

John Weymes - Spinnakers Girl
Kirsty Weymes - Geoffs Lottery

Micky Hammond - Parlour Flame
Micky Hammond Partner - Scorpio Sally

Kate Walton - Pinnalle Ridge
Kate Walton Guest - Gay Oscar

Sally Bethell's selection Mine has gone into an early lead in this year's competition, having landed the odds at 5/1 in the Victoria Cup at Ascot on May 22. Closely following Mine is Gay Oscar, the pick of Kate Walton's guest, who was victorious at odds of 9/2 in a National Hunt Flat race at Southwell on May 23.

Dale Tempest, Media Relations Manager at Sky Bet, commented: "Sky Bet is delighted to be extending its support to the Middleham Trainers' Association Horses To Follow charity competition for the second year in succession.

"The competition provides some fun while at the same time raising some valuable money for charity and raising the profile of Middleham."

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