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Thursday, July 27, 2000



BEST PRICES FOR ASCOT TOMORROW




3.15pm City Index Rated Handicap, 6f

Juwwi - 20 C, T
Cryhavoc - 9 C, L, T, WH
Kashra - 33 T
Undeterred - 12 WH
Easy Dollar - 33 L
Al Muallim - 25 C
Kinan - 25 C
The Fugative - 20 C, L, T, WH
Glenrock - 14 C, L, T, WH
Peruvian Chief - 14 C, T, WH
Cadeaux Cher - 9 T
Magic Rainbow - 13/2 T
Zucchero - 9 L
Lone Piper - 33 C, L
Champagne Rider - 33 C, L, WH
Royal Artist - 6 T
Central Coast - 28 C, L
Boanerges - 9 C, L

C=Coral L=Ladbrokes T=Tote WH=William Hill



KAYF TARA IS RETIRED




Kayf Tara will miss Saturday's Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and be retired to stud, after suffering a recurrence of the suspensory injury that occurred in Australia last year and meant he could not run in the Melbourne Cup.

The six-year-old Sadler's Wells horse won ten of his 15 starts, accumulating prize money of £671,351 and last month regained the Group One Ascot Gold Cup, a race he had also won in 1998.
The latest success was the great racehorse's eighth in Group company, making him the most prolific Pattern winner to have raced for Godolphin. His tally reads four Group One successes and four Group Two victories.

A product of the Meon Valley Stud in Hampshire, Kayf Tara was bought for 210,000gns at the 1995 Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sales by Sheikh Mohammed.

He joined Godolphin in the winter of 1997, after winning a ten-furlong Ascot maiden on the second of his two starts as a three-year-old.

Kayf Tara started 1998 with a Haydock victory and then finished third in the Group Three Bonusprint Henry II Stakes at Sandown before landing the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot by a neck from Double Trigger on his next start. He rounded the year off with a two-length success from Silver Patriarch in the Group One Jefferson Smurfit Memorial Irish St Leger at the Curragh.
He kicked off last season with a win in the Group Two Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Longchamp and then finished third to Enzeli when trying to retain the Gold Cup at Ascot. He returned to winning ways next time out to take the Group Two Goodwood Cup and ended the season on a high note by first winning the Group Two Prix Kergorlay at Deauville and then collecting a second Irish St Leger.

An attempt at landing Australia's Melbourne Cup had to be called off after Kayf Tara suffered the suspensory injury just three days before the Group One event.
As a six-year-old, he was as good as ever this year, winning the Group Two Merewood Homes Yorkshire Cup by four lengths on his seasonal debut in May and then he regained the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in another thrilling finish, prevailing by a head from Far Cry.

Interest in Kayf Tara at stud is sure to be considerable. By the nine-times champion sire Sadler's Wells, he is a full brother to Opera House, who won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Coronation Cup for Sheikh Mohammed.

Simon Crisford, the Godolphin Racing Manager, said: "Kayf Tara has a been a wonderful flag-bearer for Godolphin and proved himself one of the great stayers.

"He showed great consistency and versatility during his career, winning at distances from a mile and a quarter to two and a half miles. His class and courage meant he succeeded twice in the Ascot Gold Cup over a trip that was not ideal for him."
Godolphin's Trainer, Saeed bin Suroor said: "Kayf Tara was a great horse and achieved so much for Godolphin."
Stud plans will be announced at a later date.




SUPPORT FOR BHB PLAN




The Racehorse Owners Association, Thoroughbred Bredders Asscoiation, National Trainers Federation, Jockeys Association and the Stable Lads Asscoiation today expressed their concerns about recent press reports relating to the future funding of Racing. The five associations, acting collectively, were keen to convey the following points in advance of the RCA meeting scheduled for 31st July :

They fully support the BHB proposal submitted to the RCA on 18th July. In particular, they draw attention to the fact that BHB currently negotiates 85% of the income from betting on behalf of Racing and that owners contribute more than half of the cost of staging the racing product.


They reject the proposal regarding Arena Leisure as reported in the Racing Post today and insist that BHB shall have at least 50% of any pooled rights company.


Owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys and stable lads insist that the future health of the racing industry is negotiated and secured under a structure which includes all sectors of the industry.




EIGHT DECLARED FOR KING GEORGE




Eight horses have been declared at the 48-hour final declaration stage for Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. The three withdrawals are Compton Ace, Gold Academy and Kayf Tara.


The full list is:

1) (4) 134-432 BEAT ALL Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-07 Kevin Darley

2) (3) 2228-11 DALIAPOUR Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-07 Johnny Murtagh

3) (7) 110-125 FANTASTIC LIGHT Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-07 Richard Hills

4) (2) 61329-1 FRUITS OF LOVE Mark Johnston 5-9-07 Olivier Peslier

5) (5) 1114-11 MONTJEU John Hammond FR 4-9-07 Michael Kinane

6) (1) 172-713 SHIVA Henry Cecil 5-9-04 Richard Quinn

7) (8) 121-212 AIR SHAKUR Hideyuki Mori JPN 3-8-09 Yutaka Take

8) (6) 2-22624 RAYPOUR John Oxx IRE 3-8-09 Jimmy Fortune



NEW LEVY BOARD INTERNET SITE




The Horserace Betting Levy Board today, Thursday, July 27, 2000, relaunches its Internet site.

The address is the same - www.hblb.org.uk - but the site has an improved look and a wider range of content, as well as incorporating navigation enhancements.


Levy Board press releases will continue to be published on the Internet site on the day of release.


All the Levy Board's work is portrayed on the site which has been developed, and is run, by the Board's own staff.

New sections include the 1999/2000 annual report, details on the 38th and 39th Levy schemes and information for holders of a bookmaker's permit.


The Levy Board is committed to the optimum use of the Internet and intends to introduced additional web-based services over the next 12 months.




BOARDS ON RAILS SET FOR JANUARY 1, 2001




The Horserace Betting Levy Board has confirmed that the decision to allow rails bookmakers at British racecourses to have boards facing into Members' Enclosures will be implemented on January 1, 2001.


Rails and boards bookmakers will not be required to integrate. This is based on the recommendations of the National Joint Pitch Council (NJPC) which were made last month following consultations with the National Association of Bookmakers and the Rails Bookmakers' Association.


Both bookmakers' associations want boards on rails to go ahead without the need to integrate the two separate lists of bookmakers. The NJPC is pleased to support this joint view.




FIXTURE LIST 2001 PUBLISHED BY BHB




The Fixture List for 2001 was published today by the British Horseracing Board.


Below are the fixtures for racecourse, including dates for the Cheltenham Festival and the Martell Grand National meeting at Aintree.



2001 Aintree Fixtures



THE MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL MEETING
Thursday, April 5
Friday, April 6
Saturday, April 7

Friday, May 18 eve

Sunday, October 28

Sunday, November 25




2001 Cheltenham Fixtures



Monday, January 1

Saturday, January 27

THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL
Tuesday, March 13
Wednesday, March 14
Thursday, March 15

Wednesday, April 18
Thursday, April 19

Wednesday, May 2 evening

START OF NEW SEASON
Tuesday, October 30
Wednesday, October 31

OPEN 2001

Friday, November 16
Saturday, November 17
Sunday, November 18

TRIPLEPRINT MEETING

Friday, December 14
Saturday, December 15

Tuesday, December 31


2001 Huntingdon Fixtures



Saturday, January 6

Wednesday, January 17

Thursday, February 8

Thursday, February 22

Saturday, March 3

Wednesday, March 14

Monday, April 16

Saturday, May 12 evening

Monday, May 28

Thursday, May 31 evening

Monday, August 27

Sunday, September 30

Friday, October 12

Tuesday, November 13

Saturday, November 24

Thursday, December 13

Wednesday, December 26


2001 Market Rasen Fixtures



Tuesday, February 6

Saturday, March 17

Saturday, March 31

Monday, April 16

Saturday, April 28

Saturday, May 26 evening

Wednesday, June 6

Saturday, June 23

Sunday, July 8

Saturday, July 21

Sunday, August 5

Saturday, September 1

Saturday, September 29

Sunday, October 7

Saturday, October 20

Tuesday, November 27

Thursday, December 6

Wednesday, December 26


2001 Nottingham Fixtures



Wednesday, March 28

Tuesday, April 3

Monday, April 16

Tuesday, May 1

Friday, May 11

Friday, May 18
Saturday, May 19

Friday, June 1

Monday, June 11

Saturday, June 16

Monday, June 25

Saturday, July 14

Saturday, July 28

Friday, August 3 evening

Monday, August 20

Monday, September 10

Friday, September 21

Thursday, October 4

Wednesday, October 24

Tuesday, October 30

Monday, November 5


2001 Royal Windsor Fixtures



Monday, March 26

Monday, April 9

Monday, April 23

Monday, April 30 evening

Tuesday, May 8 evening

Monday, May 14 evening

Monday, May 21 evening

Saturday, June 2
Sunday, June 3
Monday, June 4 evening

Monday, June 11 evening

Monday, June 18 evening

Monday, June 25 evening

Monday, July 2 evening

Monday, July 9 evening

Monday, July 16 evening

Monday, July 23 evening

Monday, July 30 evening

Monday, August 6 evening

Monday, August 13 evening

Saturday, August 25 evening

Monday, October 8

Monday, October 29

Thursday, November 8


2001 Salisbury Fixtures


Sunday, May 6

Thursday, May 17

Tuesday, June 12

Sunday, June 17

Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28

Friday, July 6 evening

Saturday, July 14

Friday, July 27 evening

Wednesday, August 15
Thursday, August 16

Thursday, August 30

Thursday, September 6

Wednesday, October 3


2001 Stratford Fixtures


Monday, March 12

Saturday, April 21

Friday, May 18 evening

Friday, June 1 evening
Saturday, June 2

Friday, June 29 evening

Sunday, July 15

Saturday, July 28

Thursday, August 2

Saturday, August 11

Saturday, September 8

Saturday, October 20

Thursday, November 1

Saturday, December 29


2001 Warwick Fixtures



Saturday, January 13 JUMP

Thursday, January 25 JUMP

Saturday, February 17 JUMP

Friday, February 23 JUMP

Saturday, March 10 JUMP

Monday, April 2 FLAT

Wednesday, April 11 FLAT

Monday, April 16 FLAT

Monday, May 7 FLAT

Saturday, May 12 evening JUMP

Saturday, May 19 evening JUMP

Saturday, May 26 evening FLAT

Monday, June 18 evening FLAT

Wednesday, June 27 FLAT

Friday, July 6 FLAT

Saturday, July 21 FLAT

Monday, August 27 FLAT

Monday, September 17 FLAT

Tuesday, November 6 JUMP

Thursday, November 22 JUMP

Saturday, December 1 JUMP

Saturday, December 22 JUMP

Monday, December 31 JUMP


2000/2001 Wincanton Fixtures (to end of 2000/2001 season)



Thursday, October 5, 2000

Sunday, October 22, 2000

Saturday, November 4, 2000

Thursday, November 16, 2000

Thursday, November 30, 2000

Boxing Day, December 26, 2000

Thursday, January 11, 2001

Thursday, January 25, 2001

Thursday, February 8, 2001

Thursday, February 22, 2001

Thursday, March 8, 2001

Thursday, March 22, 2001

Monday, April 16, 2001

Friday, May 11 evening, 2001



FRUITS IS DECLARED FOR KING GEORGE




Fruits Of Love was declared for Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at today's final 48-hour declaration stage. The participation of the Hansel horse has been in doubt since he injured a hock while swimming at the weekend.


Trainer Mark Johnston stated: "He's been out exercising this morning and seems much happier. The swelling has gone down and there is a bit of heat in the leg but he seems a lot better in himself."



KINANE READY FOR MONTJEU




Michael Kinane, returned to the saddle for the first time since July 1 last night at Naas and looks set to partner Montjeu in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.


Kinane finished fourth in the Brophy Farrell Auctioneers Handicap aboard Molly-O and afterwards declared: "The back felt fine and I'll be 100 per cent for Montjeu at Ascot."



GREAVES FAILS DRUGS TEST




Jockey Alex Greaves, the only woman jockey to ride a Group One winner in the UK on Ya Malak in the 1997 Nunthorpe Stakes at York, has failed a drugs test after traces of diuretics were found in a urine sample given on March 28. Diuretics, which are used to help achieve weight loss, were outlawed by the Jockey Club in 1999.


Greaves, 32, will have to face the disciplinary committee of the jockey club at Portman Square next Thursday. As yet, she has refused to comment about the situation.





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