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Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Four teams of three jockeys, representing Great Britain, Ireland, Europe and the Rest of the World, will contest this year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday 11th August. This will be the new format for Europe’s premier international jockeys’ competition, replacing the previous format of two teams of six.

“Having four teams will make the team competition much more interesting and competitive,” explained Ascot Head of Public Relations, Nick Smith.

“It’s far less likely that one team will run away with it; it will be competitive for the minor placings as no team will want to finish last; and there may well be some extra spice with the likely rivalry between the Great Britain and Ireland teams.”

There will be no team managers this year. Instead the teams will be picked by four form experts recruited from the media. A draw will decide which expert picks for which team. As in the past, when Jason Weaver and Michael Roberts undertook this role as team managers, the experts will pick alternately so that each team gets a fair spread of favourites and outsiders. The jockeys will be allocated to the horses by ballot according to a formula so that they each get an evenly balanced book of rides.

For the first time the six races will carry the same prize money of £35,000 each - the £210,000 total prize money is £10,000 up on last year - while the Shergar Cup Juvenile becomes a nursery handicap rather than an auction race. This should ensure that it is a much more competitive and evenly balanced contest and means that all six Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup races will be handicaps for the first time.

As well as riding for their usual percentages, the jockeys will be competing for £22,500 in additional prize money - £7,500 to be split between the winning team, £5,250 for the runners up, £3,750 for the third placed team, £3,000 for the team which finishes last and £3,000
plus the Silver Saddle trophy for the top individual jockey.

Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, commented: "The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is now firmly established as Europe's premier team horseracing event and we expect the new format to add an even more competitive element to this unique occasion."

Points scoring in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup will remain the same:
15, 10, 7, 5, 3 for the first five horses to finish - as will the field size of 10 horses for each of the six races. As before, each jockey will have five rides and sit out one race. Therefore in each race, two teams will have all three jockeys riding and the other two teams will have two each taking part. This will balance out across the six races (e.g. Race 1: 3 x GB, 3 x IRE, 2 x EUR, 2 x ROW; Race 2: 2 x GB, 2 x IRE, 3 x EUR, 3 x ROW; Race 3: 3 x GB, 2 x IRE, 3 x EUR, 2 x ROW; Races 4-6: the remaining permutations).


Legendary Australian rider Darren Beadman will make his British riding debut for the Rest of the World Team at the 2007 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. He will take part under the guidance of the six times Hong Kong champion jockey, Doug Whyte, who has been recruited as Captain for the Rest of the World, and alongside Japanese superstar, Yutaka Take.

Beadman, 41, has an exceptional record in the saddle. Seven times champion jockey in Sydney including a record 152 winners set last season, he looks nailed on to make it eight Sydney premierships this season and is also in pole position to regain the national premiership crown which he last took more than ten years ago.

Sensationally he quit racing on Boxing Day 1997 to become a Baptist preacher, but he made his comeback in January 2000. His big race tally includes two Melbourne Cups (Kingston Rule and Saintly), a Cox Plate (Saintly) and two Golden Slippers (Inspired and Guineas). Last month he took the AJC Derby on Fiumicino, capping a fantastic Sydney autumn carnival which yielded four Group 1 victories for him.

It will be the third time that South African Doug Whyte has ridden in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. The 35-year-old, who is now the second most successful jockey in Hong Kong of all time, has won two Shergar Cup races, both in 2004.

Yutaka Take is Japan’s most successful ever jockey and his country’s biggest sporting hero, with a string of big race victories under his belt. This will also be Take’s third time riding in the competition and though he has yet to register a winner, he has three seconds and a third to his name from his 10 rides to date.

Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, said: “Doug Whyte loves this event, rides Ascot really well and will be a fantastic Team Captain for the Rest of the World, while Yutaka Take is the greatest Japanese jockey of all time and has been riding at Ascot for many years.

“It’s a great coup for us to get Darren Beadman to complete a really strong Rest of the World line-up. His big race record in Australia is second to none and he’ll have no problem adapting to the Ascot track.”

The jockeys for the other three teams will be announced in due course.


Ascot Racecourse has announced that Madness will be playing live after the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on 11th August 2007.

Madness sprang on to the music scene in 1978 with a brand of music dubbed the
“nutty sound”. Between 1979 and 1986 they had 21 top 20 hits.

These include It Must Be Love, Embarrassment, Baggy Trousers, My Girl and One Step Beyond.


'Tote Treasure' is off and running on totesport Derby Trial Day this Saturday

The tote and Lingfield Park announce a fabulous new exclusive promotion in the form of "Tote Treasure" with 100,000 prizes to be won at Lingfield Park.

Tote Treasure begins on totesport Derby Trial Day this Saturday (May 12) and will run until September 18, 2007.

Racegoers at Lingfield Park will have the unique opportunity to win some amazing prizes topped by an Audi A3 car plus another 99,999 valuable and exciting delights.

Scratch cards will be awarded to customers spending a minimum £5 stake with the tote, restricted to one per person per race. The chances of winning a prize are high and all prizes may be claimed at Lingfield Park racecourse.

Mark T Jones, Managing Director at Lingfield Park, said: "I am thrilled to be launching what is a brand new initiative.

"It is the first time a racecourse and the tote have launched anything like this and it will be great for our customers.

"There is a high chance of winning a prize which has got to be a huge incentive to come racing and have a bet.

"Plus we have a fantastic summer of entertainment this year with well-known artists and bands including Jason Donovan performing live at our Saturday evening race meetings.

"It is sure to be busy and customers should book early on-line to benefit from our substantial discounts."

Jason Brautigam, Director of Sales and Marketing for totepool, commented: "We are delighted to be supporting this innovative promotion at Lingfield.

"It all adds to the fun and excitement of a day at the races and hopefully will encourage more people to bet with the tote and, even if they don't back a winner, they could still win some fantastic prizes on course this summer."


Top Prize - Audi A3 donated by Crawley Audi and Tonbridge Audi

Plus thousands more prizes including:

£500 free totepool bet & Racing VIP Treatment

Free £100 totepool bets

Free £10 totepool bets

£1 off a £5 toteexacta bet

£1 off a £5 toteplacepot bet

£1 off a £5 tote course to course bet

Buy One Get One Free pint of Carlsberg/Tuborg

Fourth person dines free when four dine in Trackside Restaurant

Free premier ticket for use between September and December, 2007, at Lingfield Park

Buy One Get One Free jug of Pimms

Free bottle of house wine when you buy a meal for two in Trackside Restaurant

Buy a bucket of four Magners, get fifth bottle free

10% off all food and drink throughout the site, valid for one day's racing

Buy One Get One Free meal in Trackside Restaurant

Buy One Get One Free premier enclosure ticket for use between September and December, 2007


Lingfield Park’s Saturday (May 12) card has a new running order and some re-named races because the biggest-ever totescoop6 is set to involve two of the contests.

The win pool for the totescoop6 starts off with £1,054,523 in it and the bonus fund has reached £854,948. Combined together, this makes the biggest-ever rollover in the tote’s history and the betting organisation is expecting over £1 million to be bet on Saturday’s totescoop6 after £985,318 went in on Saturday, May 5.

2:10pm The totescoop6 Handicap 6f £10,000

2:40pm The totepool Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes 7f £50,000

3:15pm The totesport Derby Trial Stakes 1m 3f 106y £60,000

3:45pm The totesport.com Oaks Trial 1m 3f 106y £50,000

4:20pm The CPG 21st Anniversary Conditions Stakes 1m 2f £20,000

4:50pm The lingfieldpark.co.uk Maiden Stakes 1m 2f £5,000

5:20pm The OCS Group Ladies Stakes 7f £5,000

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