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Thursday, May 6, 2004


CHESTER MAY MEETING
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2004




CROWD

The crowd figure for Ladies’ Day was 21,299 - an increase of 60 on last year. This follows a record first day crowd of 18,229 yesterday.



GOING

Ed Gretton, clerk of the course at Chester, said: “The going remains good to soft for Friday.


“Tomorrow the rail will be moved out five yards for the majority of the course with a false rail stretching from approximately six furlongs out to one furlong out. This will provide fresh ground tomorrow and should spread the runners across the course as they enter the straight.


“There might be a couple of showers tonight but hopefully tomorrow will be a nice day, and the ground can only dry out more.”


FINE TURNOUT FOR TOMORROW’S
BETDAQ ORMONDE STAKES

This year’s Group Three £75,000 Betdaq Ormonde Stakes tomorrow will see a post-1980 joint-record field of nine horses go to post - there were 10 declared but Dutch Gold has been taken out because of the ground.


This is the same number that lined up in 2000 when Daliapour was given a fine ride by champion jockey Kieren Fallon to hold off Life Is Life by three-quarters of a length.


Veteran trainer Geoff Wragg is bidding for his fourth successive victory in this prestigious extended one mile five furlong race courtesy of the oldest competitor in the field, eight-year-old The Whistling Teal. He was seventh behind Dubai Success in the John Porter Stakes at Newbury on his seasonal bow, although his final position did not tell the whole story as he got a bit tired after quite a few months off the track.


Wragg gained his hat-trick with St Expedit in 2001 and 2002 and Asian Heights last year.

In addition to saddling Daliapour, Sir Michael Stoute was successful with Saddler’s Hall in 1992 and Zilzal Zamaan three seasons later. This year he relies upon First Charter, who won twice last season including a Listed event at Goodwood in August when he was two and a half lengths too powerful for Scott’s View.


Royal Cavalier is taking a big jump up in class for trainer Reg Hollinshead, who is renowned for grooming so many fine jockeys. The Prince Of Birds gelding won a conditions race at Doncaster in March, getting the better of Dunhill Star by one and a half lengths.


Venetia Williams is better know for training jumpers although she provided the greatest shock in this contest since 1990 when saddling Stretarez in 1998. Her charge beat Palio Sky by a neck in a marvellous finish at the rewarding odds of 25/1.


This year Williams sends out Limerick Boy, who has not run on the Flat since October, 2002, but was good enough to win two Group Three contests on heavy ground in Germany the previous year and has been hurdling this season, winning the Tote Scoop6 Lanzarote Hurdle in January.


Systematic will be attempting to improve on his two placed starts this term for Mark Johnston, who captured last Sunday’s UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with Attraction.


On the same day Systematic was the one and a quarter length runner-up to Gamut in the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.


John Gosden runs Rawyaan, who last entered the winner’s enclosure at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, in a handicap in February, while David Loder gives Narrative his seasonal debut. Narrative’s best career success came in a Group Two heat at Capanelle in Italy in 2002.


The field is completed by the Gerard Butler-trained Compton Bolter and Forest Magic, trained by Stoute’s former employee Paul D’Arcy.


Compton Bolter has been a fine servant to Butler, winning seven Listed events since his maiden success in September, 1999, at Chepstow.


Forest Magic won the Listed Zetland Stakes as a two-year-old in 2002 and, while he has run respectably on his two subsequent starts after being off for more than a season, it remains to be seen if he has retained his ability.

Betdaq Ormonde Stakes
PAST RESULTS
Year Winner Age/Wgt Trainer Owner Jockey Odds Runners

2003 Asian Heights 5-9-00 Geoff Wragg John Pearce Darryll Holland Evs f 7
2002 St Expedit 5-8-11 Geoff Wragg John Pearce Darryll Holland 11/8 f 6
2001 St Expedit 4-8-11 Geoff Wragg John Pearce Darryll Holland 5/2 f 5
2000 Daliapour 4-8-11 Sir Michael Stoute H H Aga Khan Kieren Fallon 11/8 f 9
1999 Sadian 4-9-00 John Dunlop Prince A A Faisal Pat Eddery 2/1 f 7
1998 Stretarez 5-9-02 Venetia Williams Winning Line Racing Ltd Kevin Darley 25/1 6
1997 Royal Court 4-8-11 Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster John Reid 9/4 f 7
1996 Oscar Schindler4-8-11 Kevin Prendergast IRE Oliver Lehane Mick Kinane 11/4 7
1995 Zilzal Zamaan 4-8-11 Michael Stoute Mana Al Maktoum Walter Swinburn 9/2 4
1994 Shambo 7-9-02 Clive Brittain Maureen Brittain Michael Roberts 6/1 8
1993 Shambo 6-9-02 Clive Brittain Maureen Brittain Michael Roberts 7/1 5
1992 Saddler’s Hall 4-9-02 Michael Stoute Lord Weinstock Pat Eddery 4/11 f 7
1991 Per Quod 6-8-11 Ben Hanbury H Turney McKnight Bruce Raymond 5/1 7
1990 Braashee 4-8-11 Alec Stewart Maktoum Al Maktoum Michael Roberts 6/1 6

DEE STAKES

The Group Three £70,000 Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes, run over 10 furlongs and 75 yards, is held on the final day of Chester’s historic May Meeting tomorrow (Friday, May 7) and provides an ideal opportunity for unexposed colts to show their true potential.


The 2003 renewal was won by Kris Kin, who captured the Derby the following month from 19 rivals. He was the second Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes winner in the last five years to go on to victory in the world’s premier classic.

The 1980 winner Playboy Jubilee might not have been anything out of the ordinary but the horse he beat at Chester, Prince Bee, collected victories in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and the Prix Niel at Longchamp in France.


Kirtling, the 1981 Dee Stakes victor, was unfortunate to be around in the same year as Shergar but was still able to record a Group One success when taking the Premio d’Italia in Milan. He also finished fourth to Shergar in the Irish Derby.


Infantry, the 1985 Dee Stakes winner, was fourth behind Law Society in the Irish Derby while Faraway Dancer, triumphant at Chester in 1986, went on to take fourth place to Shahrastani in the Derby.


Sir Harry Lewis, triumphant for Chester specialist Barry Hills in 1987, also came fourth in the Derby before improving further still to win the Irish Derby at the Curragh.


The 1990 Dee Stakes proved a classic pointer with the winner Blue Stag only finding Chester Vase second Quest for Fame too good in the Derby, while the runner-up Saumarez won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe later in the season.


Geoff Wragg, another trainer with an excellent record at Chester, sent out Beneficial to success in 1993 with the Barry Hills-trained Blues Traveller four lengths back in second. Beneficial did not contest any of the classics but triumphed in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Blues Traveller ran in the Derby, belying his 150/1 odds to finish a fine third to Commander In Chief.


Wragg enjoyed further success in the 1995 Dee Stakes when Pentire defeated Sanoosea by a length and a quarter. Like Beneficiary, Pentire did not run in a classic, but went on to take the King Edward VII Stakes, Great Voltigeur Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes that season, as well as finishing second to Lammtarra in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot - a race he would win as a four-year-old in 1996.


Henry Cecil was represented by the promising colt Oath in 1999, who produced a dazzling display at Chester to defeat Little Rock by five lengths. He then headed to Epsom and won the Derby in stylish fashion.


Three years ago, Dr Greenfield just got the better of Grandera by half a length. Grandera was subsequently purchased by Godolphin, for whom he landed Group One races like the Singapore Airlines International Cup, Ascot’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.


TRAINERS IN THE JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON DEE STAKES

Barry Hills has won the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes an amazing 11 times, sending out 19 runners since 1984 - he loves Chester and has Mutawassel representing him on Friday.

Paul Cole has had seven Dee Stakes runners since 1984 , including four seconds, and he saddles Putra Sas.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, successful twice in the MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase, aims for his first Dee Stakes winner with rapidly-improving African Dream.


There were six runners declared at the 48-hour stage for this race which has provided two of the last five Derby winners, with the John Dunlop-trained Mutahayya being pulled out because of a setback, while Always First, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, and Andean, trained by David Loder, were withdrawn this morning because of the change in ground, some 30 hours before the race and prior to racing today.


THE JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON DEE STAKES ROLL OF HONOUR 1980-2003

YEAR HORSE AGE/WGT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP
2003 KRIS KIN 3-8-08 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute Fergal Lynch 20/1
2002 SOHAIB 3-8-08 Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills Richard Hills 9/2
2001 DR GREENFIELD 3-8-08 Team Valor Gerard Butler Kieren Fallon 11/4
2000 MERRY MERLIN 3-8-08 Sir Thomas Pilkington Michael Bell Richard Quinn 25/1
1999 OATH 3-8-08 The Thoroughbred Corporation Henry Cecil Kieren Fallon 2/1 Fav
1998 PROLIX 3-8-08 Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills Darryll Holland 5/2
1997 CRYSTAL HEARTED 3-8-08 Christine Poland Henry Candy Tony McGlone 9/2
1996 PRIZE GIVING 3-8-08 Lady Oppenheimer Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 9/4 Fav
1995 PENTIRE 3-8-13 Mollers Racing Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 9/4
1994 CICERAO 3-8-11 Ivan Allan Henry Cecil Walter Swinburn 2/1 Fav
1993 BENEFICIAL 3-8-10 Exors of the late Sir Robin McAlpine Geoff Wragg Michael Hills 5/2 Fav
1992 MY MEMOIRS 3-9-02 Amity Finance Ltd Richard Hannon John Reid 10/1
1991 HUNDRA 3-8-08 Yahya Nasib Paul Kelleway Bruce Raymond 25/1
1990 BLUE STAG 3-8-12 Robert Sangster Barry Hills Willie Carson 9/2
1989 FREE SWEATER 3-8-08 R J McAlpine Barry Hills Michael Hills 5/1
1988 CLIFTON CHAPEL 3-8-12 Charles Cyzer Steve Norton John Lowe 11/2
1987 SIR HARRY LEWIS 3-8-12 Howard Kaskel Barry Hills Cash Asmussen 7/1
1986 FARAWAY DANCER 3-8-12 Peter Burrell Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen 4/5 Fav
1985 INFANTRY 3-8-08 Robert Sangster Barry Hills Brent Thomson 16/1
1984 TRIAL BY ERROR 3-8-12 S Fradkoff Luca Cumani Darryll McHargue 9/2
1983 Abandoned due to waterlogging
1982 IVANO 3-8-12 Carlo d’Alessio Henry Cecil Lester Piggott 8/11 Fav
1981 KIRTLING 3-8-12 Eric Moller Harry Wragg Lester Piggott 3/1
1980 PLAYBOY JUBILEE 3-8-08 J Skillen Frankie Durr Philip Robinson 16/1


RACE 1
VICTOR CHANDLER HANDICAP QUOTES

LOCHBUIE TAKES OPENER

Punters on the Roodee got off to a great start on the second day of the May Meeting when Lochbuie justified 7/2 favouritism by half a length from Asiatic.


Winning trainer Geoff Wragg said: “He ran much better than when he won at Ripon last time.


“He’s still learning and is still a big baby. We’ll see where we go but I’ve got no plans at the moment - nothing to divulge anyway!”

Asked if the three-year-old could be seen in action over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot, the Newmarket trainer replied: “It’s possible.”

Winning rider John Egan told connections: “He’s a lovely horse, smashing.”

GROUND

John Egan described the going as: “Tacky.”

Keith Dalgleish described the going as: “Soft.”

Frankie Dettori described the going as: “Good to soft, rough on the inside.”

Richard Quinn described the going as: “Soft.”

Steve Drowne described the going as: “Dead, slow especially at the five furlong pole where
it is chewed up.”

Philip Robinson described the going as: “Soft and a bit dead.”

Dean McKeown described the going as: “Good to soft but it will get tacky as it dries out.”

Eddie Ahern described the going as: “Sticky, holding ground.”

Lisa Jones described the going as: “Slow and sticky and very holding down the back straight.”



SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
FREEPHONE STANLEYBET STAKES

OASIS STAR FOILS ZONUS
There was a bit of a punt on Barry Hills’s Zonus in the Freephone Stanleybet Handicap, but the 4-1 favourite found one too good in the Peter Harris-trained Oasis Star (5-1) who scored by a head.


Martin Dwyer has not had the best of turf seasons so far, but this filly has now won twice for him and she showed plenty of spirit to hold off the sustained late challenge of Zonus by a head.


Dwyer said: “Oasis Star could be Listed class, and she will definitely be more effective on better ground.


“She is a tough filly and very nice - there was lots of noise from the crowd in the last furlong - there are a lot of people here - and she was having a good look and just idled a bit.

“She is improving and has got a bit heart - she’s tough.”

Winning trainer Peter Harris said: “Drawn two, we had the draw in our favour today, but Oasis Dream is very game, though I was a bit worried when Zonus came fast and late.


“Determination got her through as I don’t think the ground suited her ideally.”


RACE 2
FREEPHONE STANLEYBET HANDICAP QUOTES

ZONUS GOES DOWN BY A HEAD

Zonus just found Oasis Star a head too strong in this competitive handicap.


The runner-up’s trainer Barry Hills said: “He ran well - he missed the break a bit and he’s not the quickest learner - he lacks experience.


“He handled the ground alright. He ran last year when he didn’t learn a lot. He won well at Doncaster this season where he didn’t learn a lot either.


“He needs more experience. He’ll be alright later and I think he would have won in another couple of strides.”

Jockey Richard Hills added: “The winner got a couple of lengths on me up the straight.”


RACE 3
MBNA EUROPE BANK CHESTER VASE QUOTES

WEEK OF UPS AND DOWNS FOR PRICE

Trainer Richard Price lost one of his best horses at Haydock on Saturday when Court Shareef sustained a back injury but the stable bounced back with three winners yesterday and Red Lancer gained a deserved victory here by five lengths from Privy Seal after a run of five seconds.


Price said: “I’ve got to be surprised but we knew that he would be better the further he went. He handles tight tracks and we took our chance.


“They’ve gone a good gallop and we didn’t want to make the running so we sat off and Robert gave him a lovely position on the rail all the way around. We claimed him for £5,500 out of a seller at Wolverhampton last season and then put him away.


“The horse has done well through the winter and we thought that we would win a race on the all-weather and perhaps an early turf race!

“The owner claimed him having seen him win the time before and as he’s by Deploy we thought that he had the potential to be a hurdler!

“He can’t go for the Derby as he’s a gelding but we might think about the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as it’s a day out isn’t it.


“We’ve been running him on soft ground while it’s in our favour but whose to say that he can’t go on good ground as he’s a lovely-actioned horse.


“On the racetrack it’s evens for everybody and it doesn’t matter if a horse cost £1 million or £1,000 - on the course they are equals and they all go out to compete.


“It is a proper fair story - since day one he has shown us that he was an improving horse and it is still going on by the look of it. He was the class horse in the race. We are thrilled to bits.


“I’ve got a dozen horses at the moment and the last four have won - perhaps it’s time for a holiday. We have a small yard but we give them individual care.”

Red Lancer was given a 50/1 quote for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by Irish bookmaker Cashmans.


John Gosden, trainer of runner-up Privy Seal, the 5/2 joint-favourite, said: “Frankie [Dettori, jockey] came back laughing and said the winner came past him as if it’s firm ground. He’s run a good race and the ground was a bit too sticky. There are no plans.”

Michael Bell, trainer of third-placed Temple Place, the other 5/2 joint-favourite, said: “I didn’t think he stayed but Johnny [Murtagh, jockey] disagreed. It was a bit tacky but he’s had a good blow and he’ll improve.


“We might have a day out at the Derby and while he is not a no hoper he is a 66/1 chance.”


THIRD RACE QUOTES
MBNA EUROPE BANK CHESTER VASE

BIGGEST VICTORY AND FIRST AT CHESTER

Robert Miles had his biggest victory on Red Lancer who also gave the jockey his first winner at Chester.


He said: “I have only had a couple of rides at Chester and this is my biggest win to date. Mr Price is a friend of my agent Mark Gilchrist.

“I won on him at Southwell at the beginning of the year but also missed a victory on him as I was on holiday in Barbados. But the owners still wanted me to ride him so I have been back on him the last three or four times.


“People underestimate Red Lancer - he is only a small horse and not the best looking but he has got some engine - he gives me some feel.

“This was not a surprise, he has been second to African Dream (then won a Group Three) and was beaten a short-head by Hazy View who went on to win a Listed race at Newmarket.


“You can run this horse from a mile to a mile and a half - his heart is as big as a house - he wants to be a racehorse, he wants to gallop - he enjoys it so much and that is half the job done.


“Mr Price said just to drop him behind the leaders and try not to get boxed in on the rail. Red Lancer traveled beautifully and carried me right into the straight and when the gap came I just said to him don’t lets hang about - I knew he would quicken in the ground.

“I sent him on, really making up his mind, and he galloped to the line. He really quickens in this ground and left them for dead.”


FOURTH RACE
Breitling Watches & Waltons of Chester Huxley Stakes,

PLAN ‘C’ WORKS FOR BANDARI

Bandari, who made all when winning at Newmarket on Sunday, followed up in the Listed Breitling Watches & Waltons of Chester Huxley Stakes, but the victory was in total contrast in that this time he came flying out of the pack to lead in the last 50 yards and score by a length and three-quarters.


Winning trainer Mark Johnston admitted: “That was not the idea. It was very much a case of Plan C as he could not go early and Richard (Hills) was forced to sit and suffer.


“The switch back to a mile and a quarter has clearly suited him and we will stick to that distance, but we have been building his confidence back up and will take it one step at a time before getting too ambitious.”

Hills could barely believe what Bandari had achieved. He said:”This horse has so much ability, but he gets himself so worked up and even down at the start was getting himself into a state.


“He just did not want to know early on, but when he saw daylight in the straight he took off. I thought to myself ‘where did this come from - I have been riding him for three years and have never had a feel like this’”


LEPORELLO POSSIBLE FOR ECLIPSE

Peter Harris has gone on record as predicting that Leporello could be the best horse he has trained, and he was in no mood to change his mind, despite the four-year-old finishing third to Bandari.


Harris said: ”Did you see the way he travelled - it must be such a thrill for a jockey when a jockey cruises along like that. He was coming to win his race, but he blew up. He would have needed that, but he is a very good horse and long-term we are thinking about the Eclipse (Group One Coral Eclipse, Sandown, July 3).”

Jonathan Mills, representing Darley which was responsible for runner-up Parasol, said: ”You have to be pleased with that and it looked as if he was going to repeat last year’s win. But it was his first race of the year and he was there to be shot at and just got caught.”


RACE 5 WALKER SMITH WAY SOLICITORS RATED HANDICAP QUOTES

FIRST WINNER ON THE ROODEE FOR KITTOW

Stuart Kittow was celebrating after Guilded Flyer had made all to hold off Petrula by two and a half lengths to give the trainer his first success at Chester.


Kittow said: “He loves it out there. That’s the way he runs and we don’t have much say in the matter. He settled once at Windsor last year and it’s probably better when he does that.


“After a couple of furlongs today Willie [Supple, jockey] said he had got him settled and with five furlongs to go he gave him a little squeeze and he took off. He was confident a long way out that it would take a good horse to get by him.


“His last run at Newbury has brought him on. It’s not a long straight here which suits him and a tight course obviously suits him. At Newbury he was six lengths clear but the three furlong straight was too far for him.”

Kevin Ryan, trainer of second-placed Petrula, said: “He might run again tomorrow but we’ll see how he eats up tonight. He’s so tough and he’s been on the go for 12 months now. Whether he runs again or not he’ll then be out in the field for six weeks.”


RACE SIX
STRATSTONE ASTON MARTIN MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES

SYDNEY PROVES A STAR FOR FAVOURITE BACKERS

The crescendo of noise almost shook the historic Chester walls when odds-on favourite Sydney Star (4-6) turned the screw early in the straight and forged a length and three-quarters clear of Noora in the finale, the Stratstone Aston Martin Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.


Michael Hills, who rode the winner, said: ”Sydney Star got upset in the starting stalls, but she was always travelling in the race. You get a great buzz from winning on a favourite round here - the punters don’t ‘arf give you a shout!”

Barry Hills, Michael’s father who was celebrating his second winner at the meeting, said: ”Sydney Star had just the one run last year and I thought she would win at Newmarket in November, but she found one too good.


“She has been slow to come to hand this season, but she is a filly with size and scope, and, what’s more, she has got a great temperament.


“She is well-bred, coming from the same family as Sueboog, and she’ll stay further. Whether or not she takes up her Coronation Stakes entry at Ascot, I certainly thinks she is a filly with a future.”

The trainer, who has such a fantastic record in the Dee Stakes with 11 successes so far, is hopeful that he might yet improve his strike-rate in tomorrow’s Jardine Lloyd Thompson-sponsored Group 3 race with Mutawassel.


“The race has cut-up to three runners, and I hear that Paul Cole might even take his out. I wont’s complain about a walk-over, but obviously African Rhythm will be hard to beat. I don’t know what happened to my fellow at Sandown, but this place ought to wake him up, so who knows.”


FIRST RACE RESULT
1.55pm VICTOR CHANDLER HANDICAP

Class C, 1m 4f 66yds, 3yo 0-95, £15,000 added. Minimum weight: 7st 12lb. Penalties: after April 24, a winner 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £10,432.50; 2nd: £3,210; 3rd: £1,605; 4th: £802.50

1 LOCHBUIE (Mollers Racing) Geoff Wragg 3-8-09 John Egan [4] 7/2 Fav
2 ASIATIC (Sheikh Mohammed) Mark Johnston 3-8-11 Keith Dalgleish [1] 5/1
3 DUMFRIES (Sheikh Mohammed) John Gosden 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori [5] 5/1
4 AKRITAS (Constantinos Shiacolas) Paul Cole 3-9-07 Richard Quinn [10]
5 ODDSMAKER (S Rudolf & D Maloney) David Evans 3-8-04 Dean McKeown [3]
6 MARINE CITY (Saif Ali) Michael Jarvis 3-8-08 Philip Robinson [2]
7 RAREFIED (Khalid Abdulla) Roger Charlton 3-8-12 Steve Drowne [8]
8 INFIDELITY (www.mark-kilner-racing.com) Alan Bailey 3-7-09 Lisa Jones (3) [7]
9 RUTTERS REBEL (Michele Rutter) Alan Swinbank 3-8-03 Eddie Ahern [6]

9 ran, Non Runner No 2 OBAY (Ground)
Distances: 1/2, 7, 3/4, nk, 1 1/2, 22, 1/2, 21 Time: 2m 43.9s
Breeder: M Fahy Breeding: Definite Article - Uncertain Affair (IRE)
Totes: Wins: £4.30; Places: £2.00, £2.20, £1.70; Exacta: £22.00

Winning trainer:-Name: Wragg, Geoffrey; Date of birth:9/1/30 Previous Occupation:Assistant to father Harry Wragg; First Trainers’ licence: February 1983 Classic wins: (1) Vodafone Derby (1983 Teenoso): Other Major wins:Ascot Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights) King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1984 Teenoso, 1996 Pentire), Prince of Wales's Stakes (1996 First Island), Sussex Stakes (1992 Marling, 1996 First Island), Coronation Stakes (1992 Marling, 1997 Rebecca Sharp, 1998 Balisada), Lockinge Stakes (1989 Most Welcome, 1997 First Island), Gordon Richards Stakes (2001 Island House), Letheby & Christopher Cheshire Oaks (1985 Helenetta, 1989 Braiswick; 2001 Rockerlong; 2004 Hidden Hope), Ormonde Stakes (2001 and 2002 St Expedit; 2003 Asian Heights), Swinley Stakes (2002 Monturani), September Stakes (1991 Young Buster, 2002 Asian Heights), Wins In A Season (1989-2003): 25:32:51:45:35:33:33:28:27:14:22:27:29:26:16
Number of horses in training (1983-2003): 69:74:76 :78:74:81:84:84:68:67:64 :68:60:61:64:69:58:44:50:60:59
Trains at Abington Place, Newmarket, Suffolk Wins this season: 8

Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2003 Indian Haven) Wins (1995-2003): 9,36,63,46,70,43,27,31,61 Wins This Year: 9


SECOND RACE RESULT
2.25pm FREEPHONE STANLEYBET STAKES (HANDICAP)

Class C, 7f 122yds, 3yo 0-95, £25,000 added, 3yo rated 0-100. Minimum weight: 7st 12lb. Penalties: after April 24, a winner 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £16,457.49; 2nd: £6,242.50; 3rd: £3,121.25; 4th: £1,418.75; 5th: £709.38; 6th: £425.63

1 OASIS STAR (R J Creese) Peter Harris 3-8-02 Martin Dwyer [2] 5/1
2 ZONUS (Concord Racing, Bonnycastle, Grant, Morton) Barry Hills 3-8-04 Richard Hills [9] 4/1 Fav
3 GLARAMARA (C M & Mrs S A Martin) Alan Bailey 3-9-03 Kieren Fallon [4] 8/1
4 SEW'N'SO CHARACTER (Aykroyd and Sons Ltd) Michael Blanshard 3-9-03 Frannie Norton [5] 20/1
5 DESERT DREAMER (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-8-09 Aurelio Medeiros (5) [16]
6 CELLO (Louis Stalder) Richard Hannon 3-8-03 John Egan [1]
7 ST SAVARIN (Dave Nevison & Mrs L M Askew) John Best 3-7-12 Dale Gibson [12]
8 DISTANT CONNECTION (Ann Jarvis & Mrs C O Bamford) Alan Jarvis 3-7-07 Richard Thomas (5) [7]
9 MAKFOOL (Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) Mick Channon 3-8-13 Ted Durcan [6]
10 BRIGHT SUN (Leeds Plywood and Doors Ltd) Nigel Tinkler 3-8-03 Kim Tinkler [10]
11 RINGSIDER (S A O’Donoghue & M V Deegan) Gerard Butler 3-8-03 Tom Queally [8]
12 WHITE HAWK (Jumeirah Racing) David Loder 3-9-07 Johnny Murtagh [18]
13 FREE TRIP (Khalid Abdulla) John Gosden 3-8-06 Frankie Dettori [17]
14 APPALACHIAN TRAIL (G L S Partnership) Ian Semple 3-8-07 Robert Winston [15]
15 SKYHARBOR (Sussex Syndicate) David Nicholls 3-8-09 Darryll Holland [3]

15 ran, Non Runners No 13 SECRET PLACE (Ground), No 15 GJOVIC (Ground), No 18 CERTIFIABLE (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: hd, 3/4, 1 3/4, 1 1/2, 7, 2, 3/4, 2 1/2, 1, nk, 3 1/2, 4, 7, dist Time: 1m 36.13s
Breeder: James Gleeson Breeding: Desert King (IRE) - Sound Tap (IRE)
Tote: Wins: £5.00; Places: £2.00, £2.40, £1.90; Exacta: £19.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Harris, Peter Date of birth:25/3/34 First trainers licence: 1981
Wins in a season (1987-2003):0:0:2:8:3:13:23:23:-:26:34:37:37:39:40:38:44:46
Number of horses in training (1987-2004): 30:31:29 :30 :42:44:55:56:66:81:88:83:83:107:120:113:106:105
Trains at: Pendley Farm Racing Stables, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire Major Winners: Masaka Stakes (1997 Calypso Grant), Saudi Arabian Airlines Middle Park Stakes (1999 Primo Valentino) Mill Reef Stakes (1999 Primo Valentino), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2000 Dora Carrington, 2002 Spinola) Wins This Season: 3

Winning Jockey:- Name: Dwyer, Martin Joseph Date of Birth: 28/06/75 Based: Hungerford, Berks Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) Big Race Wins: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Sheppard’s Watch), Newmarket Stakes (2002 Highdown), Cheshire Oaks (2002 Shadow Dancing), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2002 Highdown), Jockey Club Cup (2002 and 2003 Persian Punch), Goodwood Cup (2003 Persian Punch), Royal Lodge Stakes (2003 Snow Ridge) Wins 1995-03: 6; 36; 57; 46; 36; 61; 65; 104; 90 Other Details: Married to daughter of trainer William Muir Wins this season:26


THIRD RACE RESULT
2.55pm MBNA EUROPE CHESTER VASE (GROUP 3)

Class A, 1m 4f 66yds, 3yo colts and geldings, £65,000 guaranteed. Weights: 8st 10lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race of 7f or more, 4lb. Penalty values: 1st: £37,700; 2nd: £14,300; 3rd: £7,150; 4th: £3,250; 5th: £1,625; 6th: £975.


1 RED LANCER (Fox and Cub Partnership) Richard Price 3-8-10 Robert Miles [5] 9/1
2 PRIVY SEAL (Sheikh Mohammed) John Gosden 3-8-10 Frankie Dettori [4] 5/2 Jt Fav
3 TEMPLE PLACE (M B Hawtin) Michael Bell 3-8-10 Johnny Murtagh [1] 5/2 Jt Fav
4 ISIDORE BONHEUR (Bill Gredley & Matthew Green) Barry Hills 3-8-10 Michael Hills [6]
5 ROEHAMPTON (The Celle Syndicate Incorporated) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-10 Kieren Fallon [7]
6 GRAHAM ISLAND (Mollers Racing) Geoff Wragg 3-8-10 Darryll Holland [2]

6 ran, Non Runner No 7 ZOUAVE (Ground)
Distances: 5, 1 3/4, 1/2, 14, 10 Time: 2m 44.33s
Breeder: Bishop Wilton Stud Breeding: Deploy - Miss Bussell
Tote: Wins: £9.80; Places: £2.80; £1.80 Exacta: £23.40

Winning Trainer:-Name: Price, Richard J Date of birth: August 22, 1957 Based: Criftige Farm, Ullingswick, Hereford First trainers licence: 1982 Big Race Victories: Champion Hurdle (1994 Flakey Dove), MBNA Chester Vase (2004 Red Lancer) Horses In Training (2004): 13

Winning Jockey:-Name: Miles, Robert P Major Wins: Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (2002 Boleyn Castle) First Ride: Bidborough Claiming Stakes (Lingfield, April 7, 2000) First winner: Jawhari (Inkpens Apprentice Handicap, May 23, 2002) Other Details: Apprenticed to Terry Mills Wins in 2002-03: 12; 38 Wins This Season: 14


FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.30pm BREITLING WATCHES & WALTONS OF CHESTER HUXLEY
STAKES (FOR THE TRADESMAN’S CUP) (LISTED)

Class A, 1m 2f 75yds, 4yo and upwards which have not won a Group 1 Pattern race after 2002. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 7lb. Penalties: after May 31, 2003, a winner of a Listed race 3lb, of a Group 3 race 5lb, of a Group 2 race 7lb. Penalties: after May 31, 2003, a winner of a Listed race 3lb, of a Group 2 race 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £20,300; 2nd: £7,700; 3rd: £3,850; 4th: £1,750; 5th: £875; 6th: £525.


1 BANDARI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 5-8-12 Richard Hills [7] 100/30
2 PARASOL (Mohammed Al Nabouda) David Loder 5-8-12 Johnny Murtagh [1] 2/1 Fav
3 LEPORELLO (Karyl Harris) Peter Harris 4-9-03 Richard Quinn [9] 5/1
4 KING'S THOUGHT (Mrs E Houlton) Steve Gollings 5-8-12 Darryll Holland [11]
5 BOURGAINVILLE (J C, J R & S R Hitchins) Andrew Balding 6-8-12 Martin Dwyer [5]
6 HAMBLEDEN (Stag and Huntsman) Michael Jarvis 7-8-12 Philip Robinson [3]
7 LAGO D'ORTA (Dennis Shaw) Clive Cox 4-9-01 Dane O'Neill [10]
8 MARGERY DAW (P S J Croft) Phil McEntee 4-8-07 Lisa Jones [8]
9 GRAND PASSION (Mr & Mrs Hugo Morriss) Geoff Wragg 4-8-12 Steve Drowne [12]
10 PIANO STAR (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-12 Kieren Fallon [13]

10 ran, Non Runners No 2 ANANI (Ground), No 6 EASTER OGIL (Withdrawn), No 12 ULUNDI (Ground),
Distances: 1 3/4, 1 1/4, 3 1/2, 5, 2, 15, 5, 1 1/4, 2 Time: 2m 14.40s
Breeder: Rathasker Stud Breeding: Alhaarth (IRE) - Miss Audimar (USA)
Tote: Wins: £3.50; Places: £1.50, £1.50, £2.00 Exacta: £7.10

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born:Glasgow, 10/9/59 Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practiced as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA Classic win: (2) UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 Royal Rebel), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Peugeot Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Harvest Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction) Wins in a season (1987-2003): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100:113:130:116: 134 (most victories in Britain): 139 Number of horses in training (1987-2004): n/a: 17: 18: 35: 35: 39: 49: 72: 120: 117: 120:130: 147:152:159:178:178:n/a Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Wins this season: 23

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Richard John. Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Tom Jones. First winner: Border Dawn (Doncaster 26/10/79) Classic wins: (4) UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (1995 Harayir, 2000 Lahan), UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1999 Mutafaweq) Other major wins: German Oaks (2002 Salve Regina), Middle Park Stakes (1997 Hayil), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1994 Maroof, 2001 Summoner); Yorkshire Cup (1985 Ilium); Norfolk Stakes (1986 Sizzling Melody, 1989 Pettilante), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh), Queen Mary Stakes (1997 Nadwah), July Cup (1998 Elnadim), Hungerford Stakes (1998 Muhtathir), Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel), Temple Stakes (1999 Tipsy Creek); Rockfel Stakes (1999 Lahan); September Stakes (2000 Mutamam); Flutter.com Select Stakes (2000 Ekraar, 2001 Nayef), Autumn Stakes (2000 Nayef), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Dubai Champion Stakes (2001 Nayef), Falmouth Stakes (2000 Alshakr, 2002 Tashawak), Juddmonte International Stakes (2002 Nayef), Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2002 Mubtaker), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Royal Lodge Stakes (1998 Mutaahab, 2002 Al Jadeed) Wins (1990-2003):56, 67,52,57,59,70,71,85,83,77,81,79,81,75 Wins this season: 8 Other details: Took over as number one jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum on the retirement of Willie Carson.



FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.05pm WALKER SMITH WAY SOLICITORS RATED STAKES (HANDICAP)

Class C, 1m 2f 75yds, 4yo and upwards rated 0-95, £18,000 added. Highest weight: 9st 7lb. Minimum weight: 8st 4lb. Penalties: after April 24, a winner 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £11,932.92; 2nd: £4,526.28; 3rd: £2,263.14; 4th: £1,028.70; 5th: £514.35; 6th: £308.61.


1 GUILDED FLYER (The Racing Guild) Stuart Kittow 5-8-06 Willie Supple [5] 14/1
2 PETRULA (Mr & Mrs Peter Foden) Kevin Ryan 5-8-04 Paul Fessey [2] 7/1
3 CROW WOOD (Mrs Jo Hardy) James Given 4-9-04 Ted Durcan [4] 10/1
4 OFARABY (Tom Warner) Michael Jarvis 4-8-12 P Robinson [3] 5/2 Fav
5 SHAYADI (Ashley Carr) Brian Ellison 7-8-05 Frannie Norton [16]
6 LOW CLOUD (Maxilead Ltd) David Nicholls 4-8-04 Adrian Nicholls [14]
7 STRETTON (Mike Dawson) James Bethell 6-8-04 Tom Queally (3) [13]
8 BLUE PATRICK (Blue Peter Racing 2) James Eustace 4-8-12 Jason Tate [8]
9 CONSONANT (The Rule Racing Syndicate) David Bridgwater 7-9-02 Kieren Fallon [7]
10 NORTHSIDE LODGE (The Grandees) Peter Harris 6-8-06 Eddie Ahern [10]
11 LINNING WINE (Favourites Racing) Brendan Powell 8-8-09 Johnny Murtagh [15]
DNF FISIO THERAPY (Susan McDonald) Mark Johnston 4-8-07 Joe Fanning [1]

12 ran, Non Runners No 1 PRINCE NUREYEV (Ground); No 3 SWIFT TANGO (Ground), No 5 CASTLESHANE (Ground); No 7 HARCOURT (Ground); No 14 HARAMBEE (Ground).

Distances: 2 1/2, 1 1/2, 3, 1/2, nk, 5, 2 1/2, 1 1/4, 14, 4 Time: 2m 14.73s
Breeder: Catridge Farm Stud Ltd Breeding: Emarati (USA) - Mo Ceri
Tote: Wins: £23.70; Places: £5.50, £2.20, £3.50; Exacta: £140.90

Winning Trainer: W Stuart Kittow Born: August 2, 1959 Riding Career: Rode as amateur for 20 years
Date Of First Training Licence: 2000 Horses In Training (2004): 17 Trains at: Blackborough, Devon

Winning jockey:- Name: Supple, William; Born: June 8, 1968
Major wins include: Peugeot Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Lockinge Stakes (1999 Fly To The Stars), Coventry Stakes (1996 Verglas)
Wins (1998-2003): 0; -; 49; 73; 67; 62
Other details: Has ridden in Dubai since 1994, where he was champion in 1997/8, 1998/9, rode as stable jockey to Eric Alston in 1999, second rider to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum since 2000
Wins This Season: 16


SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.40pm STRATSTONE ASTON MARTIN MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES

Class D, 7f 2yds, 3yo maiden fillies, £12,000 added. Weights: 8st 11lb. Penalty values: 1st: £8,209.50; 2nd: £2,526; 3rd: £1,263; 4th: £631.50.


1 SYDNEY STAR (Mohamed Obaida) Barry Hills -8-11 Michael Hills [7] 4/6 Fav
2 NOORA (Khalil Alsayegh) Marcus Tregoning 3-8-11 Richard Hills [2] 7/2
3 ISLAND SPELL (Havelock Racing 2) Chris Grant 3-8-11 Johnny Murtagh [3]
4 KEEPER'S LODGE (W D McClennon) Bryan McMahon 3-8-11 Graham Gibbons [4]
5 PRELUDE (A P Burgoyne) Mark Brisbourne 3-8-11 Ted Durcan [8]
6 BALLYBORO (J Roche) Mark Wallace 3-8-11 Dean Corby [5]

6 ran, Non Runners No 2 GIRL WARRIOR (Ground), No 3 GRELE (Ground), No 8 SCRUNCH (Ground)
Distances: 1 3/4, 6, sh, 2 1/2, 6 Time: 1m 30.73s
Breeder: Catridge Farm Stud Ltd Breeding: Emarati (USA) - Mo Ceri
Tote: Wins: £1.60; Places: £1.30, £1.70; Exacta: £2.60

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37;Date of first licence:1969;First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (4) UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 HandsomeSailor), Flying Childers Stakes (1987 Gallic League, 1998 Sheer Viking), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Cheshire Oaks (1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl), Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib)
Wins in a season (1987-2003): 96:93:73:113:99:63:39:44:74:84 :79:78:109:72:107:91:107 Horses in training (1984-2004):107,125,139,131,140,152,175,159,129,n/a,113,120,130,137 ,145,150,148,160,167,168, 186 Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Wins this season: 18

Winning jockey:-Name: Hills, Michael Patrick.Born: Newmarket, 22/1/63 Apprenticeship: With Jeremy Hindley. First winner: Sky Thief (Nottingham 13/8/79) Classic wins: (1) Vodafone Derby (1996 Shaamit) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1996 Pentire), Prix de l'Abbaye (1988 Handsome Sailor), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Dewhurst Stakes (1985 Huntingdale, 1988 Scenic, 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Ascot Gold Cup (1994 Arcadian Heights), Sussex Stakes (1996 First Island), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Goodwood Cup (1992 Further Flight), Fillies’ Mile (1989 Silk Slippers), Irish Champion Stakes (1995 Pentire), Coronation Stakes (1997 Rebecca Sharp), Lockinge Stakes (1997 First Island), Haydock Sprint Cup (1997 Royal Applause), Dewhurst Stakes (1999 Distant Music), Prix Jean Prat (1999 Golden Snake), Chester Vase (2001 Mr Combustible), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Champion Stakes (2002 Storming Home)
Wins (1990-2003):61,65,91,86,89,73,80,84,61,94,73,58,66,58 Wins this season: 18 Other details: champion apprentice 1983.



LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF DAY TWO

1st 2nd 3rd
Barry Hills 2 2 1
Bryan McMahon 2 - -
Geoff Wragg 2 - -
Mark Johnston 1 1 -
Peter Harris 1 - 1
Eric Alston 1 - -
Michael Jarvis 1 - -
Stuart Kittow 1 - -
Richard Price 1 - -
Mark Wallace 1 - -
David Arbuthnot - 1 -
Alan Bailey - 1 1
John Gosden - 1 1
Brian Baugh - 1 -
Clive Brittain - 1 -
Mick Channon - 1 -
David Loder - 1 -
Brian Meehan - 1 -
Kevin Ryan - 1 -
Marcus Tregoning - 1 -
David Nicholls - - 3
David Evans - - 2
Michael Bell - - 1
James Given - - 1
Chris Grant - - 1
Fulke Johnson Houghton - - 1


LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE END OF DAY TWO

1st 2nd 3rd
Graham Gibbons 2 - -
Michael Hills 2 1 1
Richard Hills 1 2 -
Ted Durcan 1 1 1
Kieren Fallon 1 - 1
Martin Dwyer 1 - -
John Egan 1 - -
Robert Miles 1 - -
Philip Robinson 1 - -
Willie Supple 2 - -
Frankie Dettori - 2 1
Johnny Murtagh - 1 2
Darryll Holland - 1 1
Keith Dalgleish - 1 -
Joe Fanning - 1 -
Paul Fessey - 1 -
Sam Hitchcott - 1 -
Jimmy Quinn - 1 -
Kevin Darley - - 2
Steve Carson - - 1
Steve Drowne - - 1
Adrian Nicholls - - 1
Richard Quinn - - 1


STATEMENT FROM THE HORSE RACING CHANNEL

Responding to questions concerning the launch date of The Horse Racing Channel, a spokesperson for the Channel said today,
"The Horse Racing Channel has made real progress having reached a critical mass of 27 racecourses and a good spread of fixtures representing 52% of the racecourse betting turnover.

"These figures ensure the viability of the channel and provide the foundation for us to be able to launch the channel sooner rather than later - and an announcement is imminent. Our confidence and commitment to the Channel is as strong as ever and unaffected by developments at SKY."

Commenting on the announcement, Sally Iggulden of Beverley racecourse - one of the signatories to THRC - said: "I think people will be surprised at just how quickly THRC intend to bring extensive coverage of British horseracing back to our TV screens. In the aftermath of the termination of Attheraces, THRC offers the best deal for racing - 100% equity and control of the Channel, all net revenues coming back to the sport and racing retaining control of its rights, rather than allowing others to profit from them.

"I know that discussions continue between the Channel and other racecourses and I would urge them to come on board. THRC is going to happen and it's going to happen soon."


NEW 'AT THE RACES' COUNTS DOWN TO LAUNCH

At The Races today confirmed that it will launch its new service in June.


Following last week's announcement of agreements with Ascot Racecourse, Chepstow Racecourse Plc, GG Media Limited and Arena Leisure Plc At The Races can now confirm:

* LAUNCH: At The Races will launch its new service in June.


* DISTRIBUTION: From launch it will be available to more than 7 million homes in the UK & Ireland via Sky digital. Carriage via cable companies will extend coverage to a further 2 million homes.


* PRICING: The new service will continue to be available to Sky digital subscribers within the 'family pack', programming currently taken by 98% of Sky digital homes. No extra subscription will be required.


* TRANSPONDER: At The Races will be broadcast direct-to-home via Sky digital using transponder 19 on the Astra 2B satellite, positioned at 28.2 degrees east.

* CHANNEL POSITION: It will continue to be carried on the opening page of the on-screen 'electronic programming guide' [EPG] for sport, a screen which features the five Sky Sports channels and Eurosport.


* TV BETTING: Full interactive betting, via the TV, will be available from launch and its new format will be quicker and easier to use. The service will be accessed by pressing the red button on the Sky digital remote.

* ONLINE BETTING: A website will launch alongside the TV service in June. It will offer editorial content as well as the opportunity to bet with a range of partners.


* PROGRAMMING: From launch, At The Races will focus on offering its UK coverage direct from the racecourses rather than the studio. Further details of programming and presenters will be announced as At The Races continues its countdown to its launch next month.

* LIVE RACING: The number of UK courses working with At The Races currently stands at 25. Within the current racing calendar this would allow At The Races to broadcast an average of at least 2 live UK meetings per day plus live racing from South Africa and the USA.
* FURTHER TALKS: A number of other racecourses, who are still deciding how to use their media rights, are currently in discussions with At The Races. The door remains open and At The Races would welcome discussions with any additional courses.


On behalf of At The Races, Matthew Imi said; “We are in very good shape and will launch our new service, as planned, in June. The countdown continues."

“We are concluding our agreements with four racecourse groups and continue to engage with a number of others. We would like to have as many courses as possible on board when we launch the service in June.


“At The Races is very much a partnership with racing and - as we have always said - we welcome the chance to discuss any issues with any racecourses.


“We will give further updates as we count down to launch.”






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