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Doncaster Racecourse would like to announce that the Members Enclosure for Ladbrokes St Leger day, Saturday, September 10, 2005, is SOLD OUT. However, tickets for the Grandstand and Family Enclosure are still readily available. Tickets (in all three enclosures) are also still available for the first three days of the St Leger Festival (Wednesday, September, 7 to Friday, September 9), although Members badges for Ladies Day, Thursday, September 8, are selling very fast and will sell out soon. Ted Taylor, Managing Director of the course, said: "It is great news and the way sales are going I very strongly advise all our regular customers to book in advance to avoid being disappointed." In addition, there are still a few Hospitality Packages available for the Saturday.


Motivator was today cut to 5-6 money favourite from 5-4 by the sponsors for Saturday's Coral-Eclipse Stakes following this afternoon's five-day confirmation stage that saw ten horses stand their ground. Shamardal is Coral's 2-1 second favourite for the Group 1 contest with Starcraft next best at 7-1. "The Coral-Eclipse has seen some great races over the years, but Motivator versus Shamardal promises to be one of the best", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman. "This is the thirtieth year that Coral has sponsored the Eclipse Stakes, a long and rewarding association of which we are extremely proud", added Clare. Coral-Eclipse Betting 5-6 Motivator, 2-1 Shamardal, 7-1 Starcraft, 11-1 Oratorio, 16-1 Powerscourt, Diamond Green, 28-1 Altieri, 40-1 Hazyview, Hurricane Alan, 50-1 Grand Emporium


The first of three consecutive Thursday evening meetings at Doncaster takes place on July 7, when racing is scheduled to start at 6.45 p.m. with The Northern Racing College Apprentice Stakes, a handicap race for stayers over the extended two miles that draws attention to The Northern Centre of Excellence for the Racing Industry, situated in Rossington Hall on the Bawtry Road, south of Doncaster. The evening's most valuable race is The St Johns Ambulance Maiden Stakes a contest for two-year-olds over six furlongs, while the Doncaster Racecourse Sponsorship Club support a maiden contest over the straight mile. The Giant Screen, situated opposite the main Grandstand, will provide racegoers with a close-up view of proceedings, while the popular crèche facility in the Family Enclosure is available @ £1.80 per hour. The musical entertainment during the evening comes courtesy of The Tom Roberts Jazz Band and a Steel Band on the Members Lawn, while a bouncy castle in The Family Enclosure caters for children.


With over £100,000 in prize money up for grabs, Beverley's two-day meeting on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon (July 1 & 2) should produce plenty of high calibre racing. The action on Friday evening starts at 6.45 p.m. and the feature race is The Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Pudding Handicap Stakes. This contest over the extended mile is one of three races supported by the Hull-based independent family-owned company, William Jackson & Son Ltd., it being the 36th year they have sponsored at Beverley; the other two races the company is associated with on Friday evening are The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms Handicap Stakes (one mile and a half) and The William Jackson Bakery Stakes (a handicap contest for three-year-old fillies over one mile and a quarter). Beverley also welcomes Hull Mitsubishi who return to the Westwood to sponsor The Hull Mitsubishi 14th Anniversary Maiden Stakes, a contest for two-year-olds over the minimum distance of five furlongs. Saturday's seven-race programme begins at 2.25 p.m. and the most valuable race of the entire meeting is The £18,000-added Coachman Caravans Quality Handicap Stakes, over the minimum distance of five furlongs. This feature race is one of three races sponsored by the Hull-based Coachman Caravans, with the others being The Award Winning Coachman Caravans Novice Stakes (two-year-olds over the extended seven furlongs) and The Eltherington Stakes (a handicap contest over one mile and a quarter). Beverley also welcomes BP Chemicals Saltend who support this meeting for the third year sponsoring The BP Acetyl Saltend Handicap Stakes, a contest for three-year-olds over the extended one mile. The Tony Whitbourne 60th Birthday Celebrations Stakes, a handicap over two miles highlights Tony Whitbourne's big day which he is enjoying with family and friends. On both days, racegoers will be entertained by The Saratoga Jazz Ensemble and enjoy a close-up view of the action courtesy of the Giant totesport screen.


Catterick stages the second of four successive Wednesday afternoon fixtures on (July 6) with the feature race being The Turmeric Handicap Stakes, a race for stayers over two miles, held in memory of the horse which won eight races at Catterick between 1987 and 1989. Turmeric was trained at Newmarket by the late David Morley and was owned by his wife, Melanie. Further highlights on Wednesday's programme, which begins at 2.35 p.m., include a pair of races for three-year-olds - The Paddock Suite Handicap Stakes (seven furlongs) and The Luncheon Suite Handicap Stakes (six furlongs).


The spotlight is on the sprinters at Pontefract on Tuesday (July 5), when the principal races on the seven-race programme, The King Richard III Handicap Stakes and The Dianne Nursery Handicap Stakes, are both contested over six furlongs. The 22nd running of King Richard III Handicap Stakes commemorates the granting of a Royal Charter to the Borough of Pontefract by the monarch in 1484 and the successful owner will receive a perpetual challenge trophy given by Pontefract Civic Trust, while The Dianne Nursery Handicap is the first handicap of the 2005 Flat season for two-year-olds. The Val Nattrass - A Lifetime In Racing Maiden Stakes, a contest for three-year-olds over one mile and a quarter, is named in honour of Scissett, near Huddersfield resident Val Nattrass who from leaving school spent all her working life in racing. Predominantly working for trainer Steve Norton, Val was Head Girl at his yard until he retired from training in 1996, Val her self has been enjoying retirement ever since. This is one of a series of races organised by the charity Racing Welfare in recognition of stable staff who have devoted a lifetime to the sport. Tuesday's final race is Round Three of the 2005 betfair.com Apprentice Series. Currently leading the way after the first couple of rounds is Tolley Dean on thirteen points. The youngster is based with former England footballer-turned trainer, Mick Channon. The prize for the leading apprentice rider at the end of the series in September, is a fortnight's working holiday next winter at Gulfstream Park, Miami with a leading United States trainer. The action on Tuesday starts at 2.05 p.m. The Giant totesport screen will be in operation, offering racegoers a close-up view of the proceedings.


Ripon's third and final evening meeting of the season at Ripon takes place on Monday evening (July 4), when racing starts at 6.55 p.m. The feature race is The £12,500-added Fountains Abbey Handicap Stakes for three-year-old sprinters over six furlongs, while the same age group is also catered for in The Ripon Land Rover Handicap Stakes, a race over the extended one mile and a half. There will be musical entertainment during the evening and racegoers will benefit from an even better view of the proceedings, courtesy of Ripon's permanent giant screen.

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