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Tuesday, May 1, 2007


The going on the NatWest Rowley Mile ahead of the Stan James Guineas Festival this weekend (May 5 & 6) remains Good-to-Firm (watering) following the application of 10 millimetres of water over the previous 36 hours.

Michael Prosser, Director of Racing for Newmarket Racecourses, said:
"The watering on Monday and this morning has maintained the status quo but, given the wind and high temperatures that are forecast for the remainder of this week, we have now decided to water again tomorrow and on Friday so that we can achieve our aim of starting the meeting on Saturday just on the good side of Good-to-Firm.

"Six millimetres will be applied tomorrow and a decision on Friday’s volume will be taken nearer the time."


The race to be the leading jockey over Jumps on the Yorkshire racecourses for the 2006/07 season, looks like going right down to the wire at Wetherby’s final meeting of the campaign – ‘Yorkshire Post Ladies Night’ on Thursday evening, May 10.

By riding Brave Rebellion to victory in the concluding race at Wetherby last Sunday, Phil Kinsella has edged ahead of long-time leader, Paddy Brennan by 14 winners to 13.

For the second successive season, County Durham trainer, Howard Johnson has all but secured the Trainers’ prize with (so far) 13 winners covering the two Yorkshire tracks which has staged Jump racing this term, Catterick and Wetherby. His nearest rivals are Keith Reveley and Sue Smith, who have both recorded ten winners.

The trophies for both categories are provided by Sky Bet and they will be presented to the respective winners at the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Annual Awards Lunch in November.


Middleham trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Paul Hanagan are the early pacesetters on the long road which culminates in the presentation of the Sky Bet Trophies to the leading trainer and rider who record the most number of winners on the Yorkshire racecourses during the 2007 Flat season. The campaign ends at Doncaster on Saturday, November 10.

Johnston has been the leading trainer in the county for the last four years and his final tally last season was 42 winners achieved in the county. Altogether, the Scotsman has won this award seven times since both trophies were introduced in 1995. So far during the fledgling campaign, he has recorded six winners, while Hanagan, who has gone close to winning the jockeys’ prize in the past, has ridden five winners during the term so far.

Others prominent in this early part of the season include trainers David Nicholls and David Barron (both with four winners on the county’s tracks), while Dale Gibson has made a good start in the saddle, also with four a quartet of winners.

As a new season begins, Dale Tempest, Sky Bet’s Public Relations Director said “Racing in Yorkshire continues to go from strength to strength and Sky Bet are once again delighted to be able to support the Sky Bet Trophies in recognition of the top performers on the county’s racecourses during the Flat season.”

The trophies will be presented to the respective winners at the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Annual Awards Lunch in November, an event also sponsored by Sky Bet.

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