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Tuesday, August 21, 2001


Salisbury racecourse holds two exciting days of racing on Thursday, August 30, 2001 and a week later on Thursday, September 6, 2001 where there will be lots on offer for all racegoers.

The prestigious two-day August meeting at Salisbury attracted large crowds to the picturesque Wiltshire course with attendance levels over the two days up 1,400 on the corresponding meeting in 2000.

Thursday, August 30 sees a six-race programme take place, beginning with the BOOKER PREMIER STORES & HAPPY SHOPPER MAIDEN STAKES (2.15pm) over one mile.

Taking centre stage on the card is the £12,500 added EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND CHEVIOT CLASSIFIED 90' STAKES (3.15pm), a one mile contest for three-year-olds rated 0-90. Summer View was successful in this contest last season for Beckhampton handler Roger Charlton and the Distant View colt has since gone on to put up two very good efforts to finish second in Listed class.

The four remaining races on the Thursday, August 30 card are the H S LESTER MEMORIAL CHALLENGE CUP HANDICAP (2.45pm) over a mile and a half, the EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND DOUGLAS MAIDEN FILLIES' STAKES (3.45pm) over seven furlongs, the MATTHEW CLARK FILLIES HANDICAP (4.15pm) over six furlongs and the day rounds off with the TURF 2000 HANDS AND HEELS' APPRENTICE HANDICAP (4.45pm) over seven furlongs where the apprentice jockeys can only use the whip for corrective purposes.

Some valuable action will take place at the Thursday, September 6 meeting with the day's richest race being the £17,500 added EBF LOCHSONG FILLIES' HANDICAP (3.50pm) over seven furlongs which remembers Ian Balding's flying filly. In 2000 Cream Tease caused a 25/1 upset in this race for Wantage-based Dominic ffrench-Davis.

Other valuable events at the September 6 fixture include the £15,000 DICK POOLE FILLIES' CONDITIONS STAKES (3.20pm) over six furlongs for two year old fillies. Tempting Fate took this contest for John Hills in 2000 before being purchased by the Godolphin operation, for whom she has been placed in the French 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes this season. Stayers get their chance to shine in the £10,000 SALISBURY FESTIVAL CONDITIONS STAKES (4.50pm) over a mile and three quarters. Marlborough-based Richard Hannon took this contest last season with his grand old campaigner Churlish Charm. There is further valuable action for two year olds in the £9000 added STONEHENGE CONDITIONS STAKES (4.20pm) over one mile.

Racing action on September 6 is completed by the AXMINSTER APPRENTICE HANDICAP (2.20pm) over five furlongs, the EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND QUIDHAMPTON MAIDEN FILLIES' STAKES (2.50pm) over seven furlongs and the day concludes with the SAINTS IS THE SOUTH HANDICAP (5.20pm) over one mile. This race is generously sponsored by the local Premiership team, Southampton, who will be hiring a marquee to entertain 150 of their guests.

At both meetings there will be plenty on offer to keep younger racegoers amused, including a bouncy castle. Full creche facilities will also be in operation on both days.

Racegoers will be able to view close-up all the action with a big screen operating at both fixtures.

Jeremy Martin, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, said: "Our two-day August meeting at Salisbury went extremely well with large crowds watching some truly top-class action in glorious sunshine. We look forward to welcoming good sized crowds to our next two fixtures on Thursday, August 30 and Thursday, September 6 where there is decent racing on offer."

Admission prices are Members £15, Tattersalls £10, Course £5, and, as at all Salisbury's meetings, accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE. Car parking is also FREE. The gates open at 12 noon at both meetings.


Ripon's traditional two-day Bank Holiday Meeting on Monday and Tuesday (27 & 28 August) is the penultimate fixture of the season at Yorkshire's 'Garden Racecourse'.

Bank Holiday Monday's programme begins at 2.20 p.m., the principal race being the £20,000 Ripon Champion Two-Years-Old-Trophy - Ripon's only 'Listed' race of the season. Contested over six furlongs, this feature race should attract several speedy, precocious juveniles. The successful owner will receive a gold challenge trophy, given to Ripon racecourse by the late Jim Joel, one of the leading owner-breeders of the last century, whose colours were carried to victory in both the Derby and Grand National.

The Billy Nevett Memorial Handicap Stakes, a race for three-year-old sprinters, commemorates a former top northern jockey, who rode three wartime Derby winners, including Dante in 1945 - the last northern-trained horse to win Britain's premier Classic. In a long and distinguished career as a jockey, Billy Nevett rode 2,068 winners between 1924 and 1956, gaining his 2,000th winner at Ripon in 1955. He passed away in 1992, aged 86.

The Ripon Rowels Handicap Stakes (one mile) and The Pateley Bridge Handicap Stakes (three-year-olds - one mile and a quarter) complete the highlights on Bank Holiday Monday.

Tuesday's action is scheduled to start at 2.15 p.m., the afternoon's Showcase Handicap being The Tote Exacta Stakes over one mile and a quarter, while The Steve Nesbitt Challenge Trophy Nursery Handicap Stakes is a contest for two-year-olds over six furlongs, held in memory of one of the north's most popular and respected trainers who was based at nearby Newby Hall, before moving to Middleham.

Also featured on Tuesday is The Claro Conditions Stakes (a race for two-year-olds over five furlongs), while the concluding race is a contest for stayers over two miles - The Weatherbys Bank Handicap Stakes, sponsored by Weatherbys Group Ltd. which provides administrative services to the British Horseracing Board and commercial services to the racing industry in general. The opening race on Tuesday is a contest for maiden two-year-olds over five furlongs supported by regular sponsors to Ripon, The Nag's Head at Pickhill.

Both of the course's playgrounds will be in use, while the West Yorkshire Fire Service Band provide the musical entertainment on Bank Holiday Monday.


Catterick's truncated season on the Flat continues with a meeting on Wednesday (29 August), when the action is scheduled to begin at 2.15 p.m.

The Windermere Handicap Stakes - a contest for three-year-olds over seven furlongs - and The Ullswater Classified Stakes, a race for sprinters over six furlongs, are the feature races.

The racecards will contain a special competition for racegoers appertaining to this season's promotion held on each of the county's racecourses this year 'The Own a Racehorse for a Day in 2002' promotion.

The ultimate prize is the ownership of a racehorse for next year through Club Racing Ltd. Friday's winner - the last to be determined this year - will receive a 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 will be made for the big prize.

There will be a variety of children's attractions in the Course Enclosure.

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