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Monday, August 13, 2001



LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES




WILLIAM HILL GREAT ST WILFRID (Ripon on Saturday): 9-2 Continent, 12-1 Antonio Canova, Brevity, Honesty Fair, Mitcham, 14-1 Banjo Bay, Up Tempo, 16-1 Cubism, Elvington Boy, Jodeeka, Marsad, Pips Magic, Ptarmigan Ridge, Rudik, Seven No Trumps, 20-1 BAR

2002 TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS: 6-1 Johannesburg, 20-1 Dubai Destination, Mushaheer, Naheef, Rock Of Gibraltar, 25-1 Funfare Wane, Leos Luckyman, Waldenburg, 33-1 Serieux, (Others Upon Application)

THE ST LEGER: 3-1 Alexius, 5-1 Morshdi, Nayef, 8-1 And Beyond, Milan, Mr Combustible, 10-1 Beekeeper, 12-1 Pugin, Xtra, 16-1 Putra Sandhurst, Theatre Script, 20-1 Fair Question, Year Two Thousand, 33-1 Bosham Mill, (Others Upon Application)

WILLIAM HILL TAX-FREE BETTING ON THE ARC (Longchamp, Oct 7th): 3-1 Fantastic Light, 6-1 Aquarelliste, Hightori, Imagine, 10-1 Chichicastengo, Egyptband, Mirio, Storming Home, 12-1 Anabaa Blue, Tobougg, 14-1 Grandera, 16-1 Golden Snake, Lailani, 20-1 Beat Hollow, Maille Pistol, Morshdi, 25-1 Ela Athena, Sakhee, 33-1 Wellbeing, With The Flow, 40-1 Mr Combustible, 50-1 Endless Hall, (Others Upon Application)

THE TOTE EBOR: 8-1 Ovambo, 10-1 Artillery, 12-1 Akbar, Cover Up, Maniatis, Solo Flight (from 14), 14-1 Ansar, First Ballot, Harlequin, Tomasino, 16-1 Fly With Me, Kuster, Mutakarrim, 20-1 Capal Garmon, Elsaamri, Hambledon, Mana D'Argent, Mediterranean, Ravenswood, Travelmate, 25-1 BAR

2002 ONE THOUSAND GUINEAS: 16-1 Silent Honour, 20-1 Gossamer, Leggy Lou, Seba, (Others Upon Application)



ASCOT ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW SPONSORSHIP VENTURE - THE BETDAQ FESTIVAL OF RACING




Ascot is pleased to announce a major new title sponsorship venture, beginning this September, in the form of the BETDAQ Festival of Racing.

BETDAQ will officially launch their exclusive bet brokerage service, targeting the upper end of the international sports betting community, in the near future, and Ascot Racecourse is privileged to become the first organisation to announce a partnership with them.


The initial contract will run for a three-year period and further enhances Ascot's strong sponsorship portfolio. In addition to title sponsorship of the meeting, which becomes a three-day fixture this year, BETDAQ will also sponsor one race on each day:

Friday September 28th The £30,000 BETDAQ Handicap Stakes 6f 3YO

Saturday September 29th The £100,00 BETDAQ Diadem Stakes 6f 3YO+

Sunday September 30th The £70,000 BETDAQ (Showcase) Hcp 1 1/2m 3YO+


There will be over £1.4 million prize money on offer during the three days of the BETDAQ Festival of Racing at Ascot with the inaugural running of the £250,000 Watership Down Stud Sales Race the highlight of the new Friday card.


In total, there will be 19 races run over the three days, five more than at last year's two-day fixture, representing an increase in prize money of £297,000.

The Saturday fixture features two Group One Races, the £200,000 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile and the £300,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, which, this year, will be the fifth race on the card and the climax of BBC television's five-race coverage on the day. The championship card is further enhanced by the £70,000 Group Two BETDAQ Diadem Stakes, The £120,000 Group Two Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes and the £75,000 Tote Trifecta Handicap.


A competitive six-race Sunday card, featuring The £54,000 Group Three Royal Court Theatre Cumberland Lodge Stakes and the £70,000 BETDAQ Handicap, closes the Festival.


"This is a major sponsorship venture for Ascot Racecourse," said Douglas Erskine-Crum, Chief Executive at Ascot.


"To secure a title sponsorship with a new organisation of BETDAQ's stature will enhance the already strong profile of the Festival and we look forward to a successful association."

Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, added:

"We've made several important changes to the format of the Festival, most notably the addition of the Friday Card with over £300,000 in prize money on offer.


"The Saturday card looks sure to be an international championship event and we've decided that the day should build up to the highlight, The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. It will now be run as the fifth race which is the last scheduled race to be shown on the BBC that day."

BETDAQ - The Betting ExchangeTM

BETDAQ The Betting Exchange will be launching shortly to provide an exclusive bet brokerage service to its members at the upper end of the international sports betting community. BETDAQ will offer a select range of markets on the world's premier sporting events and will facilitate the matching of orders or bets between its registered members.

With its worldwide headquarters in Dublin's International Financial Services Centre, BETDAQ is backed by International Investment and Underwriting, the investment vehicle of Dermot Desmond.

The arena of exchange betting is growing rapidly and BETDAQ aims to accelerate this by embracing the latest technology in order to cater for medium to high value betting. There will be no limit on the size of any individual order, no closure of winning accounts, a fiercely competitive commission structure and strictly enforced controls over membership of the Betting Exchange. Early pre-launch adoption of the service has been strong and high levels of liquidity are expected from the start.

The minimum bet will be US$100 to accept an existing offer or US$500 to make a new one. Dollars have been chosen as the medium of the exchange to accommodate the international nature of its membership. The company will, prior to its launch, lodge a multi-million dollar bond with a leading financial institution to guarantee its members funds unconditionally.



£342,000 FRIDAY CARD HEADED BY THE WATERSHIP DOWN STUD SALES RACE



133 fillies remained on course for the £250,000 guaranteed 6 1/2f Watership Down Stud Sales Race, to be run on Friday 28 September, at the July 11th declaration stage.


They include star turn LADY HIGH HAVENS, who has won twice at Ascot already, most recently in the 7f Hong Kong Auction Stakes in July. Prior to that, she showed herself a filly of the highest calibre when running Silent Honour to a short-head in Newmarket's Group Two Cherry Hinton Stakes.


PASTEL, far from disgraced when sixth to Johannesburg in the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal Meeting is another of note among the entries, which include five from Ireland and one from France.

This new initiative, the centrepiece of the first day of the BETDAQ Festival of Racing at Ascot, is restricted to two-year-old fillies sold under the hammer at major UK yearling sales last year. It was conceived by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association in response to calls from breeders to provide a major incentive to owners to purchase yearling fillies at the Sales.


"This is a meaningful opportunity to provide support across the board for our members," said TBA Chairman Nigel Elwes.


"Racehorse owners can again benefit from purchasing fillies during the 2001 Sales Season, where the first opportunity for owners to take advantage of the 2002 £250,000 Watership Down Sales Race occurs at Doncaster Bloodstock St Leger Sales on 12th to 15th September. Furthermore, fillies sold at this Sale will also be eligible for the DBS £200,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes in 2002."

Commenting on the new race, Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot said: "This is a very exciting initiative for Ascot, The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and for the Lloyd-Webbers' Watership Down Stud," said Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot.


"It is the biggest sponsorship venture to date for the Watership Down Stud and the TBA. As there are several fillies in the race who have already proved themselves in good company, the nearer we get to the race the more we are looking forward to it."


THE BETDAQ FESTIVAL OF RACING



FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

2.00 pm The Bollinger Amateur Riders Final
(Handicap)
3+ £7,000 One mile and a half
TV 2.35 pm The Sodexho Harvest Stakes

3+ fillies and mares £35,000 One mile and a half
TV 3.10 pm The Watership Down Stud Sales Race
2 fillies £250,000 Six and a half furlongs
TV 3.45 pm The BETDAQ Handicap Stakes
(0-105)
3 £30,000 Six furlongs
4.20 pm The European Breeders Fund Classified Stakes
3+ £20,000 One mile and a quarter
4.55 pm The Esporta Handicap (0 80)
3 £10,000
One mile


SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

TV 2.00 pm The Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2)
2 colts and geldings £120,000 Old mile
TV 2.35 pm The Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile (Group 1)
2 fillies £200,000 Old mile
TV 3.05 pm The BETDAQ Diadem Stakes
(Group 2)
3+ £100,000 Six furlongs
TV 3.40 pm The Tote Trifecta Stakes
(Class B) (Showcase Handicap)
3+ £75,000 Seven furlongs

TV 4.20 pm The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
(Group 1)
3+ £300,000 Old mile
4.55 pm The Summit At Lloyd's Rosemary Rated Stakes (Listed)
(Handicap)
3+ fillies and mares
£32,000 One mile
5.30 pm The Caplan Gordon Carter Stakes (Class C) (Handicap)
3+ £20,000 Two miles


SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

TV 2.00 pm The Royal Court Theatre Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3)
3+ £54,000 One Mile and a Half
2.35 pm The Singapore Turf Club Conditions Stakes (Class B)
2 colts and geldings £20,000 Seven furlongs
3.10 pm The Riggs Bank Rated Stakes
(Class B) (Handicap)
3+ £25,000 Five furlongs
TV 3.45 pm The Mail on Sunday Mile Final (Handicap) (Class B)
3+ £50,000 One mile
TV 4.20 pm The BETDAQ Handicap Stakes
(Showcase Handicap) (Class B)
3+ £70,000 One Mile and a Half
TV 4.55 pm The Sodexho Nursery Stakes
(Handicap) 2 £20,000 Seven furlongs




GALILEO HEADS 45 ENTRIES FROM FIVE NATIONS FOR THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES




GALILEO is one of 18 Aidan O'Brien-trained entries for this year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, which looks likely to cement its position as the mile championship of Europe with potential runners from France and Germany as well as the Irish and British contingent. There could even be a runner from Singapore in the shape of BOCELLI.


If Galileo is allowed to take his chance in the Queen Elizabeth, the dual Derby and King George winner will be attempting an almost unprecedented test for a thoroughbred by taking on the best milers around having proved himself the top middle-distance horse in Europe.


That would be no easy task with the likes of the highly impressive Andre Fabre-trained Coronation Stakes winner BANKS HILL and the ever-improving Eclipse Stakes winner MEDICEAN lying in wait.


Aidan O'Brien is far from reliant on just Galileo to take the prize back to Ireland, however, and of his blanket entry, Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner BLACK MINNALOUSHE along with champion sprinter elect MOZART look the most eye-catching of his possible options.

Black Minnaloushe just got the better of NOVERRE in the St James's Palace Stakes at the Royal Meeting but the latter, for Godolphin, emphatically reversed that form when the pair met in the Sussex Stakes. Round three could provide a mouthwatering spectacle, perhaps enhanced further by the presence of NO EXCUSE NEEDED, who split the pair in the Goodwood feature.


In addition to Noverre, Godolphin also have TOBOUGG in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and that one seemed to be coming back to his excellent two-year-old form when third in the Derby and subsequently a close fourth to Medicean in the Eclipse last month.


Saeed Bin Suroor's outfit could also be represented by BEST OF THE BESTS, who is on something of a recovery mission following his disappointment in the Dubai World Cup, and CHINA VISIT, who has yet to run outside Dubai this season.


PROUDWINGS looked one of the best German-trained horses to have run in Britain in recent years when an authoritative winner of the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.


"Once again the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes looks like the race that will decide the title of Europe's top miler and the possible participation of the Singapore-trained runner could add an extra element to the event," said Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot.


"The first three home in the Sussex Stakes are all entered along with Banks Hill, who created quite an impression when winning here at the Royal Meeting. It will be interesting to see whether Mozart returns to a mile in the Queen Elizabeth and equally so to see whether Medicean steps back to a mile having shown himself such an adept ten furlong horse in the Eclipse.


"But the question on everyone's lips is sure to be whether Galileo will come here and attempt to stamp himself as one of the truly great champions by adding the mile to championship to his undisputed dominance in the middle distance sphere.


"If he showed the speed to win over a mile here and given the proven stamina and courage he displayed to win the King George, there might be a few worried faces in America when he goes over to take on Point Given in the Breeders' Cup Classic."

ENTRIES FOR THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES One Mile, Group One, Ascot, 29 September 2001

ALDEBARAN H.R.A. Cecil Niarchos Family 3YO
AMEERAT M.A. Jarvis Sheikh Ahmed Al 3YO
ARKADIAN HERO L.M. Cumani Lindy Regis & Mr M.J. Dawson 6YO
ASCENSION M.R. Channon Mr Norman Cheng 3YO
BACH A.P. O'Brien Satish K. Sanan & Mrs John Magnier 4YO
BANKS HILL A. Fabre Mr K. Abdulla 3YO
BECKETT A.P. O'Brien Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor 3YO
BEST OF THE BESTS Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4YO
BLACK MINNALOUSHE A.P. O'Brien Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor 3YO
BOCELLI P.Busuttin Fairdeal 5YO
BONNARD A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
CAPE TOWN R. Hannon S.A. Six 4YO
CHINA VISIT Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4YO
DANDOUN J.L. Dunlop Newgate Stud 3YO
DARWIN A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
DISTANT MUSIC B.W. Hills Mr K Abdulla 4YO
FRENCHMANS BAY R. Charlton Mr Michael Pescod 3YO
FREUD A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
GALILEO A.P. O'Brien Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor 3YO
GOLDEN SILCA M.R. Channon Aldridge Racing Limited 5YO
HAWKEYE A.P. O'Brien Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor 3YO
HEAVENLY WHISPER M.L.W. Bell DGH Partnership 3YO
HEMINGWAY A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
ICE DANCER A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
JUNIPER A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor, Mrs Magnier & Sir Alex Ferguson 3YO
KING'S IRONBRIDGE B.J. Meehan Johnsey Estates (1990) Ltd 3YO
KING CHARLEMAGNE A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
MEDICEAN Sir Michael Stoute Cheveley Park Stud 4YO
MINARDI A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
MODIGLIANI A.P. O'Brien Mrs J Magnier, R.E. Sangster & Mrs D. Nagle 3YO
MOZART A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 3YO
MULL OF KINTYRE A.P. O'Brien Mrs John Magnier & Mr M. Tabor 4YO
MUNIR B.W. Hills Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum 3YO
NICOBAR I.A. Balding Exors of the late Mr Robert Hitchins 4YO
NO EXCUSE NEEDED Sir Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 3YONOVERRE Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3YO
OLDEN TIMES J.L. Dunlop Prince A.A. Faisal 3YO
PROUNDWINGS R. Suerland Hyperion Breeding 5YO
SEQUOYAH A.P. O'Brien Mrs John Magnier 3YO
SHOAL CREEK A.P. O'Brien Mr M. Tabor & Mrs John Magnier 4YO
TAMBURLAINE R. Hannon Jeffen Racing 3YO
TOBOUGG Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3YO
VAHORIMIX A. Fabre Mr J. L. Lagardere 3YO
VALENTINO J.H.M. Gosden Mr A.E. Oppenheimer 4YO
WARNINGFORD J.R. Fanshawe Barford Bloodstock 7YO



CATTERICK'S CHARITY EVENING




Catterick's only evening meeting of the summer takes place on Friday (17 August), when the course hosts the 12th annual charity meeting in aid of The Durham Cheshire Home.


This purpose-built facility at Crook, County Durham, caters for the special needs of some 24 physically disabled residents, as well as providing a service for day patients. Catterick's chairman, Mrs. Valerie Worthington, is also the chairman of the Durham Cheshire Home Fund Raising Committee.


Racing starts at 5.50 p.m., and the feature contest is a Nursery Handicap for two-year-olds over six furlongs sponsored once again by RMC Aggregates (Northern) Ltd., while other regular race sponsors at this charity meeting include the bookmakers who operate in the Tattersalls Enclosure at Catterick and International Racecourse Management Ltd. - the company which administers racing at Catterick.


D & P Haulage of Hull, specialists in transport and warehousing, return for the second year to sponsor a handicap race over seven furlongs.


The Viz Claiming Stakes is a contest for sprinters over five furlongs and the person responsible for the best turned-out horse in this race will receive a year's free subscription to Viz Magazine, while the concluding race of the evening, The Combermere Maiden Handicap Stakes over two miles caters for stayers and is held in tribute to the late Lord Combermere.


The Tees Valley Jazz Men provide the musical entertainment for the evening and there's a variety of attractions for young racegoers in the Course Enclosure.




RIPON'S BIG SATURDAY




Ripon's most valuable race of the season, The William Hill Great St. Wilfrid Stakes - a Showcase Handicap - takes pride of place on a quality programme at Yorkshire's 'Garden Racecourse' on Saturday (18 August).


A famous contest for sprinters over six furlongs, The Great St. Wilfrid Handicap - sponsored by the William Hill Organization - now has a record total prize fund of £40,000, and this popular, competitive handicap is once again sure to attract plenty of runners. The last two winners, William's Well (last year) and Pipalong were both trained in North Yorkshire, while the 1998 winner, Cadeaux Cher - trained at Lambourn by Barry Hills - could once again be in the line-up. The successful owner in Saturday's big race will receive a silver trophy depicting Ripon's Patron Saint, St. Wilfrid, mounted on horseback.


The Trustees of The European Breeders Fund support a handicap race for fillies and mares over a mile and a quarter, while The Saffie Joseph & Sons Handicap Stakes, a contest for three-year-olds over the extended mile and a half, enjoys the backing of a major distributor of televised U.K. racing to the Caribbean betting industry.


The Ripon Horn Blower Conditions Stakes, a six furlongs sprint contest for two-year-olds, is also featured on Saturday.


Racing is scheduled to begin at 2.10 p.m. with The Ripon Cathedral Maiden Stakes over the minimum distance of five furlongs. The Wetherby & District Silver Band provide the musical entertainment during the afternoon, situated in the bandstand.


The racecards will contain a special competition for racegoers - The 'Own a Racehorse for a Day in 2002' competition, held on each of the county's racecourses this year by 'Go Racing in Yorkshire'. The ultimate prize is the ownership of a racehorse for a day next year through Club Racing Ltd. Friday's prize winner will receive a £10 Tote betting voucher and a copy of 'Travelling the Turf 2001' - plus an invitation for two to attend the 'Go Racing in Yorkshire' Annual Lunch in December, when the draw is made for the big prize.




PONTEFRACT'S ALL-ACTION SUNDAY




The third of Pontefract's three Sunday meetings this summer takes place this Sunday (19 August), with the accent once again very much on providing exciting, competitive racing on the track, combined with a plethora of family attractions. The gates open at 11.30 a.m., and the seven-race programme starts at 2.15 p.m.


Pontefract's most valuable raceday of the season offers a record £75,000 in prize money, featuring the richest race ever-staged at the course, The Slatch Farm Stud Flying Fillies' Stakes. This 'Listed' contest for fillies and mares over six furlongs now has prize money of £30,000. Sunday's renewal is the fourth running of this race and is sponsored for the second time by Slatch Farm Stud of Bosbury in Herefordshire. The three previous winners, Wannabe Grand, Zelanda and Arabesque have all been quality fillies.


The card includes a brace of £10,000-added races - the third runnings of both The Silentnight Beds Handicap Stakes (one mile and a half) and The Wakefield Unison MDB Positively Public Handicap Stakes (a race for three-year-olds over one mile).


The Stanley Leisure Organisation has sponsored at this equivalent meeting since Pontefract's inaugural Sunday fixture in 1995, and the Liverpool-based company return to support a sprint handicap race over the minimum distance of five furlongs.


'In The Frame' Picture Gallery of Doncaster sponsor for the first time at Pontefract, when they support a handicap race for stayers over two miles and one furlong, while the opening race - The Sunday Plate Maiden Stakes for two-year-olds over five furlongs - is supported by The European Breeders Fund.


The host of attractions for young racegoers, centred on the Family Enclosure, includes the National Clown Spectacular, Fun Fair, Go-Karts, a magician, marching band, a jazz band, a display by The Light Infantry and bouncy castles. A supervised creche facility is available, along with face-painting, while vouchers will be issued for free ice-creams (while stocks last). As usual, accompanied children under 16 years of age are admitted free of charge into all enclosures.


The Giant ToteVision Screen situated opposite the main stands, will assist racegoers in following all of the action.


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