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Monday, June 20, 2005



LADBROKES SPONSOR FIRST ALL-WEATHER GROUP RACE




The Ladbrokes Silver Trophy, the first UK Group race ever to be staged on the all-weather surface, will form the highlight of Lingfield Park's two-day meeting on Friday and Saturday, July 8 & 9 - both days having been transferred from Ascot for the 2005 season.

Ladbrokes will sponsor the entire seven-race card on Saturday, July 9, with three races shown live on BBC Television.


Ladbrokes PR Director Mike Dillon said today: "With over £150,000 in prize money to be won, we are hoping that this will prove a highly competitive day's racing.

"All-weather racing has continued to grow in stature and Lingfield's Polytrack surface has proved an unqualified success. In addition, all-weather racing has become a very popular betting medium and enjoys the confidence of the betting shop customer.

"Five years ago a Group Race on the all-weather would not have been considered a possibility but now good quality horses have no hesitation in competing on the Polytrack surface.

"The impressive Jack Sullivan for example, after two victories in Dubai and his fourth in the Dubai World Cup, is being aimed at The Ladbrokes Silver Trophy by his trainer Gerard Butler."

The £50,000 Ladbrokes Silver Trophy is run over a mile and has Group Three status.


The two other main races on the Saturday, July 9, are the £50,000 ladbrokespoker.com Heritage Handicap over two miles and the £20,000-added ladbrokes.com Handicap over five furlongs, both also run on the Polytrack surface.


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