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Monday, June 18, 2001



BEST PRICES FOR ROYAL ASCOT TOMORROW




2.30pm Queen Anne Stakes, 1m

Medicean - 5 T
Arkadian Hero - 8 L
Fanaar - 33 WH
Island Sands - 8 L, T, WH
Mull Of Kintyre - 18 WH
Shibboleth - 100/30 L
Swallow Flight - 4 L
Umistim - 33 WH
Valentino - 11/2 T
Golden Silca - 14 L, T, WH

3.05pm Kings Stand Stakes

Nuclear Debate - 7/2 L
Astonished - 12 T
Awake - 150 L, T, WH
Bertolini - 14 T
Compton Banker - 50 T, WH
Dananyev - 16 WH
Dancing Mystery - 100 L, T, WH
Ellens Lad - 33 WH
Kier Park - 14 L
Rudi's Pet - 25 WH
Rushcutter Bay - 28 WH
Tamarisk - 12 L, T
Travesty Of Law - 200 L
Vision Of Night - 16 T, WH
Cassandra Go - 9 T, WH
Imperial Beauty - 20 WH
Funny Valentine - 100 L, WH
Ishiguru - 18 L, WH
Danehurst - 8 L
Dietrich - 9 L, T
Misty Eyed - 66 WH
Superstar Leo - 16 L, WH

3.45pm St James's Palace Stakes, 1m

Black Minnaloushe - 6 L
Dandoun - 9/2 L
Darwin - 150 L, WH
Keltos - 28 L
Malhub - 7 T, WH
Minardi - 6 T
No Excuse Needed - 16 L, T, WH
Noverre - 9/2 L
Olden Times - 14 L, T, WH
Tamburlaine - 8 T, WH
Vahorimix - 7 WH

4.20pm Duke of Edinburgh Stakes, 1m 4f

Hatha Anna - 12 WH
Moon Solitaire - 16 L, T, WH
Akbar - 16 L, T, WH
Moselle - 25 L, WH
Gallery God - 10 T, WH
Westender - 16 T
Return - 14 WH
Blue Sugar - 10 T
Lermontev - 40 L, T
Maniatis - 16 L, T
Holy Orders - 16 L, WH
Father Juninho - 11 T
Bonaguil - 18 L
Hirapour - 18 L
Cracow - 16 L, WH
Solo Flight - 7 L, WH
Mutakarrim - 14 T
Takamaka Bay - 11 L, T
Prize Winner - 25 T, WH
Jolly Sharp - 33 L, T, WH

4.55pm Queen's Vase, 2m

And Beyond - 10 L, WH
Aquarius - 16 L, T
Archduke Ferdinand - 25 L, T, WH
Artillery - 8 T, WH
Bosham Mill - 9 L, T, WH
Capal Garmon - 20 L, WH
Double Honour - 8 L
Johannian - 16 WH
Mediterranean - 7 L
Prizeman - 20 L, T
Reason - 25 L, WH
Tamiami Trial - 28 T
When In Rome - 12 T, WH
Worthily - 20 L, T, WH
Year Two Thousand - 7/2 L
Toccata Aria - 500 WH

L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill



ROYAL ASCOT 2001 - A MULTI-MEDIA OPERATION - LIVE ON BBC




Daily, live, comprehensive coverage of one of the most exciting events of the summer - Royal Ascot - the pinnacle of British sporting, royal and social occasions - is introduced by BBC SPORT's top racing team across TV and BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC SPORT Online from Tuesday, June 19 to Friday, June 22.


Over twelve hours of live coverage featuring 16 races of the highest quality flat racing in Europe plus nightly highlights on are on offer to viewers and listeners of BBC Television over the course of the meeting. (See schedule).


BBC Radio Five Live presents more coverage than ever before and in a first for Royal Ascot, users of BBC SPORT's Online - both home and abroad - can watch live pictures with commentary over the four days on www.bbc.co.uk/royalascot which goes live this Friday, June 15.

With an array of up-to-the-minute news, features and interviews, profiles on the top jockeys, photo galleries and reactions, the dedicated website also features a form checker where a BBC Sport Online report on any big Flat race from this season can be instantly called up on the click of a mouse.

Clare Balding and Willie Carson introduce each afternoon's coverage on BBC Television and will be out and about around the course, with Jim McGrath the race commentator. Jimmy Lindley and Graham Rock take up their position in the paddock to provide expert commentary on the runners and riders, with reports and interviews from Jonathan Powell. Betting guru Angus Loughran takes viewers through the ups and downs of the betting market, with tips, hints and advice on the day's best moves.


Sartorial elegance is undoubtedly one of the key elements of Royal Ascot and to guide viewers through the fashion jungle BBC Television is joined by Jeff Banks, Yvette Jelfs and the Daily Telegraph's fashion editor Trinny Woodall to provide expert analysis on the most stylish race meeting in the world. BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond will also be on hand to provide the all important commentary on the Royal attendance. Richard Pitman presents nightly highlights on BBC ONE.


Malcolm Kemp, Executive Producer, BBC SPORT has assembled a 30 camera operation to capture the atmosphere that makes Royal Ascot so special.


Building on the success of The Derby, the high-level mobile camera suspended on wires opposite the main Grandstands leading down to the winning post will be in use once again. As will the highly successful "favourite cam" which made it's debut at Epsom last week, a camera devoted solely to charting the progress of the favourite. As well as the helmet mounted camera which will once again provide armchair viewers with unique pictures right from the thick of the action.

Carl Hicks, Editor, BBC SPORT horse racing, said: "Royal Ascot is a unique event. Building on from our successes at Epsom and Royal Ascot we are confident we can once again capture the atmosphere, excitement, the glamour and passion combined with the top quality racing that makes Royal Ascot such a fantastic week."

BBC ONE's Breakfast will feature live inserts into the programme from Ascot with reports, interviews and features plus weather updates from the racecourse.

BBC Radio Five Live offers an unprecedented amount of coverage at Royal Ascot this year bringing listeners all the colour, high fashion, and of course top class racing from the Royal event.

Four races will be featured live each day within Simon Mayo (1.00 - 4.00pm), and Five Live Drive (4.00 - 7.00pm) while on Gold Cup Day, John Inverdale and Shelagh Fogarty present a mixture of guests and gossip, fashion and Royal news, conjuring up the atmosphere of the occasion (Thursday 21 June, 1.00 - 4.00pm).

Cornelius Lysaght and Walter Swinburn focus on the racing, the tips, and the stories on each of the four days. Charlie Brooks gives a sense of immediacy when he describes all the drama behind the stalls, seconds before the start, and Lee McKenzie, the BBC's senior commentator following Peter Bromley's recent retirement, commentates on three races, including the feature race of the day, the Ascot Gold Cup, at 3.45pm.

As host broadcaster the BBC's pictures will be seen in 64 countries - 24 countries more than last year. All four days will be beamed live all over the Middle-East with extensive coverage across South America and Africa. In Europe, pictures will be broadcast in France and Spain, whilst in Asia, coverage of the event can be seen in Japan and Singapore.

BBC Television's schedule - Royal Ascot 2001

Tuesday, June 19
BBC ONE 1.45 - 3.25pm
BBC TWO 3.30 - 4.45pm
BBC ONE 11.15 - 11.45pm Highlights

Wednesday, June 20
BBC ONE 1.45 - 3.25pm
BBC TWO 3.30 - 4.45pm
BBC ONE 10.50 - 11.15pm Highlights

Thursday, June 21
BBC ONE 1.45 - 3.25pm
BBC TWO 3.30 - 6pm *
BBC ONE 12.05am - 12.30am Highlights

Friday, June 22
BBC ONE 1.45 - 3.25pm
BBC TWO 3.30 - 6pm *
BBC ONE 11.15 - 11.45pm Highlights

* programme shared with Tennis from Eastbourne



OLDEN TIMES TO STAND AT PLANTATION STUD




Olden Times, who runs in tomorrow's St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, will stand at the Plantation Stud in Newmarket when his racing career is over.


In a deal involving both the Plantation Stud and London Thoroughbred /Services, the son of Darshaan will continue to race in the colours of Prince Faisal.


His biggest successes to date came in the Prix Jean Prat at



GO RACING DEAL COLLAPSES




The Go Racing media rights deal finally collpapsed last night when a BHB meeting rejected a renewed offer for the purchase of pre-race data.


Go Racing - a consortium involving Arena Leisure, Channel 4 and BskyB - was unable to convince the BHB that the proposed £307 million deal should go ahead.


In a statement this morning, Go Racing chief executive Christopher Stoddart said: "Go Racing is disappointed that an agreement could not be reached with the BHB regarding a pre-race data license," he said.


"Our offer to the industry last November was for all rights, present and future.


"Go Racing cannot take the significant business risk of having important rights excluded.


"In particular, the right to exploit new technology platforms has not been included, despite Go Racing's £307million guarantee."



BHB STATEMENT ON COLLAPSE OF GO RACING DEAL




At its meeting on Sunday July 17 2001, the BHB Board rejected what was represented as the final revised terms for the granting of a BHB data licence, put forward by Go Racing the previous day.


Although these terms represented movement in some areas, there were also some new conditions; having heard a detailed legal and commercial assessment of the revised offer, the Board felt unable to go forward on this basis.


The Board informed Go Racing of its decision, but also indicated its willingness to pursue discussions further to see if a mutually acceptable agreement could be reached.


Go Racing immediately attended a meeting at Portman Square, which lasted until 6.00am on Monday (18th June). Although agreement was reached on licences for existing platforms, it was not possible to reach agreement on the terms for new and future technology, which included a request for a 10 year exclusive licence for visual data.


BHB's offer for the use of its data, on Go Racing's existing platforms, remains available. BHB is deeply disappointed that a successful conclusion was not reached last night.


BHB now urges all sections of the industry to come together to develop a strategy for the exploitation of its extremely valuable rights.




TOTE PREPARING FOR BUSY ROYAL ASCOT




THE Tote is gearing up for the busiest four days of the betting year with the start of Royal Ascot tomorrow.


Millions of pounds will be spent between Tuesday and Friday, as punters try and find the winners of some of the most competitive races to be run all season.


Tote PR director, Matt Chapman, said today: "With Cheltenham lost, Royal Ascot will now be the greatest Festival of racing held in Britain this season and the Tote is ready.


"Turnover on-course is expected to exceed £6.5million, while in total the 'ladies in red' will make more than 920,000 transactions.


"There will be in the region of 700 Tote staff - operating 300 betting terminals - at Ascot, and all will be doing their best to help punters bet as easily as possible.


"In hospitality arears, hand-held machines will be in operation to maximise comfort and and convenience for racegoers."

Tote betting iniatives at the Royal fixture include:
*Guaranteed Tote Jackpot pool of £25,000 every day.

*A daily Placepot estimated at £200,000 every day.

*Guaranteed £10,000 on a nominated Tote Trifecta race each afternoon.

Trifecta race tomorrow (TUESDAY) is the St James's Palace Stakes.

*Sponsorship of Ascot TV.


BETTING NEWS

BIG handicap fancies Camberley and Ellens Academy would currently be the worst results for the Tote at Royal Ascot this week.


Tote PR director, Matt Chapman, said: "As it is, Camberley would take out more than £50,000 if he were to win the Royal Hunt Cup, as would Ellens Academy, who has been well backed for the Wokingham. We don't want them to win.


"Dalampour was also well-backed ante-post for the Ascot Gold Cup, but fortunately he will not be running after disappointing this season."


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