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Friday, May 4, 2007



GOING REMAINS GOOD TO FIRM




The going on the NatWest Rowley Mile remains Good-to-Firm (watering) with a going stick reading of 9.3.


Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, said: "We finished our final bout of watering just after lunchtime today and once again we have maintained the status quo of ground just on the good side of Good-To-Firm. It is right where I want to be for the start of the meeting."



AUTHORIZED WORKS ON NATWEST ROWLEY MILE BEFORE RACING




It might be D-Day for Dutch Art in the Stan James 2000 Guineas tomorrow, but Peter Chapple-Hyam also brings another classic contender, Authorized, to the NatWest Rowley Mile - for a racecourse gallop.


Authorized has taken high rank in the betting for the Vodafone Derby ever since he triumphed in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Newbury last October. And this weekend he takes a further step down the path to Epsom Downs on June 2 with a work-out alongside a stable companion at 1.20pm.


The son of Montjeu enjoyed a similar spin at the Craven meeting when his joint-owner Saleh Al Homaizi was on hand to watch Frankie Dettori partner his Derby hope. Authorized has shown up nicely on the Al Bahathri polytrack gallop since then and this latest exercise will sharpen him up even more ahead of his planned seasonal bow in the Dante Stakes at York on May 17.




STAN JAMES GUINEAS FESTIVAL NEWS ROUND-UP




NEWMARKET ALL SET FOR ITS BIGGEST WEEKEND OF RACING

FINSCEAL BEO FACES 22 RIVALS IN STAN JAMES 1000 GUINEAS

Going Good-To-Firm (Watering)

Europe's champion filly, Finsceal Beo, who is a red hot 11-8 favourite with the sponsors, will face 22 opponents in the Stan James 1000 Guineas (Group 1) on the NatWest Rowley Mile on Sunday following the final declarations this morning. It is the joint second biggest field for the fillies' Classic since the war.


Finsceal Beo, who was immensely impressive in winning the Rockfel Stakes on the NatWest Rowley Mile back in October, will be bidding to provide recompense for her trainer, Jim Bolger, who had the ante-post favourite for tomorrow's Stan James 2000 Guineas, Teofilo, ruled out by injury yesterday morning.

The Criquette Head-trained Magic America faced similar heartbreak on the gallops this morning and was one of only two fillies confirmed for the Stan James 1000 Guineas on Monday not to have been declared to run today. The other was Wait Watcher.


Local trainer Jeremy Noseda saddles two, the Shadwell Nell Gwyn runner-up, Sander Camillo, and last year's Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile winner, Simply Perfect, while other highly rated Newmarket-trained challengers including the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kaseema and the Michael Jarvis-trained Yaqeen.


In addition to Finsceal Beo, three other fillies will be making the journey from Ireland - the John Oxx-trained Arch Swing, Kevin Prendergast's Miss Beatrix and Aidan O'Brien's challenger, Theann.


In Sunday's other big race, the StanJamesUK.com Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2), last year's St Leger winner, Sixties Icon, will face a thorough examination on his seasonal reappearance. Only five may have been declared, but they include last year's King Edward VII Stakes winner, Papal Bull (Sir Michael Stoute), last year's Lingfield Derby Trial winner, Linda's Lad (Andre Fabre), and last year's Geoffrey Freer winner, Admiral's Cruise (Brian Meehan).

Watering was completed on the NatWest Rowley Mile and the going remains Good-To-Firm.


"We have a cracking line-up for both Guineas this year with strong supporting cards on both days - we couldn't have asked for more," enthused Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, this morning. "The weather forecast is very good - we're now forecast some very light drizzle on Sunday morning, but otherwise dry, warm weather with temperatures between 18C and 20C.


"Newmarket Heath will be reverberating to the sound of big crowds and the thunder of hooves over the weekend as another chapter is written in the history of the Rowley Mile, arguably the most historic stretch of turf in the entire world of sport."

PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL ON THE BIG SCREEN

Both crucial games in the race for the Premiership title will be shown live on a big screen on the Hyperion Lawn in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure (also accessible to Premier Enclosure racegoers):

Saturday - 12.45pm Manchester City vs Manchester United

Sunday - 4.00pm Arsenal vs Chelsea

JAMIE SPENCER WILL BE THE "MASTERCLASS" STAR ON SUNDAY

There will be a “Masterclass” interview, conducted by Lorna Bradburne and illustrated on the big screen, before racing on each day of the Stan James Guineas Festival. The interviews will take place in the Parade Ring approximately 45 minutes before racing:

Saturday – Peter Webbon, Chief Executive of the Animal Health Trust

Sunday – Michael Caulfield and Jamie Spencer will talk about sports psychology

BRISTOW AND DELLER STAR IN STAN JAMES PRO-AM DARTS TOURNAMENT

Five times darts world champion Eric Bristow and the man who in 1983 became the youngest darts world champion, Keith Deller, are two of the stars taking part in a pro-am darts tournament on Stan James 1000 Guineas Day at Newmarket this Sunday (May 6). The winning amateur will win an all-expenses-paid weekend for four in Blackpool for the Stan James World Matchplay darts semi-final and final in July.



On Stan James 2000 Guineas Day tomorrow, the two former champions will play a demonstration match during the afternoon, while at 12 noon the Channel 4 Racing team will join them to throw darts for charity. John McCririck, John Francome, Jim McGrath, Tanya Stevenson and the other Channel 4 presenters will have the opportunity to throw six darts each, as will the pros. Stan James will double the total number of points scored and convert that to pounds to present to the charity of Channel 4 Racing's choice.


In Sunday's pro-am competition, in which another former world champion, Bob Anderson, and dual British open winner, Cliff Lazarenko, will also compete, the four racegoers who can register the highest score with six darts will go through to a best of five leg semi-final where they will each team up with one of the darts’ stars. The amateur in the team which wins the final will scoop the big prize, which also includes £400 spending money and a £500 free bet on the Stan James World Matchplay tournament. Championship referee, Russ Bray, will be at Newmarket to take charge of the competition, so racegoers can look forward to hearing his inimitable roar of "one hundred and eighty" during the afternoon!

The darts will take place in the Stan James Guineas Festival Marquee on the Hyperion Lawn in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure (also accessible to Premier Enclosure racegoers).


FANTASTIC SUNDAY LUNCH OFFERS

“Sunday Lunch at the Guineas” is the theme for Stan James 1000 Guineas Day and though “Frankie’s” restaurant and the Rous Enclosure marquee are both sold out, great value traditional Sunday lunch offers will be available in The Bistro (no advance booking – first come, first served for two and three course meals) and the Devil’s Dyke restaurant.


STAN JAMES GUINEAS FESTIVAL ADMISSION DETAILS
(note: the prices are the same for each of the two days)

Premier Enclosure - £36.00
Grandstand & Paddock - £22.00
Rowley Enclosure - £8.00

NOTE: all accompanied children aged under 16 will be admitted FREE to all Enclosures

There are 1,200 Premier Enclosure badges left to sell for Saturday which, based on last year’s on-the-day sales, will come very close to selling out. There will be capacity in the other two Enclosures, however, and in all three on Sunday.




AT THE RACES RECEIVES TWO NOMINATIONS IN PRESTIGIOUS BROADCAST AWARDS




At The Races, the UK and Ireland's most watched dedicated horseracing channel, has been shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2007. Following last year's win, At The Races has again been nominated in the 'Best Specialist Channel' category. The enormous success of attheraces.com has also been recognised with a nomination in the 'Best Use of Broadband' category.


Other nominated channels in this year's Broadcast Digital Channel Awards include BBC4, Sky One, ITV2, E4 and Paramount Comedy. UKTV Food, MTV Base, BBC Food and 4oD (4 on Demand) are amongst those shortlisted alongside At The Races in the Best Specialist Channel and Best Use of Broadband categories.


Broadcast is the pre-eminent weekly trade publication for the UK television and radio industry.


Best Specialist Channel

The 'Best Specialist Channel' category recognises the channel that best understands and connects with its target audience. It also requires demonstrable success through viewer response, ratings and revenues.


2006 was the most successful year yet for At The Races. The channel reached a record number of viewers, attracted by the ongoing quality of programming and further punter-friendly innovations. Up to 1.5m viewers tuned in every month and 800,000 people watched coverage of Ascot's Royal Meeting. This ratings success helped drive a 23% year-on-year increase in turnover.


ATR presents horseracing in a way that is entertaining yet informed and punter-friendly. The quality and popularity of ATR's presentation team was acknowledged when, following Robert Cooper's success the previous year, Mike Cattermole was named Broadcaster of the Year at the 2006 HWPA Derby Awards.


ATR strives to provide its viewers with everything they would want from a horseracing broadcast service, not just news, expert analysis and more live race meetings than any other TV channel, but a second channel feed via the red button as well as racecards, video form and exclusive tipping freely available on a market leading racing and betting website, attheraces.com.


ATR is truly a one-stop shop for the horseracing fan.

Best Use of Broadband

The Best Use of Broadband category rewards the broadband service that has been the most innovative and successful over the past year.


Attheraces.com has become the fastest growing racing and betting website in the UK and lies at the heart of the company's cross-platform distribution strategy. Broadband users now have access to racecards, results, news, form guides, expert advice as well as exclusive video services including live and archive racing broadcast and on-demand programming.

Monthly unique users of attheraces.com have more than doubled since December 2005 from 240,000 to 510,000 in March 2007. The total number of video streams served each month now exceeds 750,000, up from 250,000 in January 2006 and annual broadband revenues have multiplied fourfold.

Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of ATR, said: "To be shortlisted in both the categories we entered is a testament to the hard work done by the whole team in producing a TV channel and website which provide racing fans with everything they could possibly want. It is enormously gratifying to receive nominations in categories that reward innovation and customer satisfaction as this reflects ATR's philosophy - maximising the value of our media rights through providing a top quality, comprehensive and forward looking product to as broad a domestic and international audience as possible."


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