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Thursday, August 23, 2001


ROTHMANS ROYALS ST LEGER: 7-2 Alexius, Milan, 4-1 Mr Combustible (from 5), 6-1 Morshdi, Nayef, 10-1 And Beyond, Beekeeper, 14-1 Pugin, 16-1 Qaatef, Xtra, 20-1 Equerry, Mediterranean, Putra Sandhurst, Vinnie Roe, Year Two Thousand, 25-1 Fair Question, Theatre Script, Wareed, 33-1 Bosham Mill, (Others Upon Application)

WILLIAM HILL TAX-FREE BETTING ON THE ARC (Longchamp, Oct 7th): 7-2 Fantastic Light, 5-1 Hightori, 6-1 Aquarelliste, 7-1 Imagine, 10-1 Egyptband, 11-1 Mirio, 12-1 Alexius, Anabaa Blue, Chichicastengo, 14-1 Storming Home, Tobougg, Maille Pistol (from 20), 20-1 Beat Hollow, Lailani, Morshdi, Sabiango, 25-1 Ela Athena, Grandera, 33-1 Mr Combustible, Wellbeing, With The Flow, 50-1 Endless Hall, (Others Upon Application)

2002 TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS: 6-1 Johannesburg, 14-1 Rock Of Gibraltar, 20-1 Dubai Destination, Mushaheer, Naheef, 25-1 Comfy, Funfare Wane, Leo's Luckyman, Waldenburg, 33-1 Official Flame, Serieux, (Others Upon Application)

2002 ONE THOUSAND GUINEAS: 14-1 Queens Logic (from 33), 16-1 Silent Honor (unchanged), 20-1 Gossamer, Muklah, Seba, 25-1 Sophisticat (unchanged), 33-1 Carinae (from 25), Leggy Lou (from 20), (Others Upon Application)


Ayr racecourse holds an exciting new Flat racing fixture on Friday, August 31, 2001 where there will be a six-race programme on offer to tempt racegoers.

Five of the six races will be sponsored by financial consultancy firm Grant Thornton, including the two most valuable races of the day, the GRANT THORNTON E-TECH CLASSIFIED STAKES (4.00pm) over seven furlongs for three year olds and upwards and the GRANT THORNTON CORPORATE FINANCE HANDICAP (4.30pm), a one mile handicap for three year olds.

Andrew Godfrey, Grant Thornton's Managing Partner for Scotland and Northern Ireland explained why his company is pleased to extend its support to Ayr racecourse. He said: "Grant Thornton is delighted to be sponsoring the meeting on Friday, August 31. We are keen to find the right opportunity to entertain our key clients and it is entirely appropriate to use the facilities at Scotland's Premier Racecourse - one of those clients."

Action gets underway at 2.20pm with the GRANT THORNTON OWNER'S DAY MEDIAN AUCTION MAIDEN STAKES over seven furlongs. This contest is confined to two year old maidens whose sires established one or more yearling sales at the major sales in 2000 for a median price of not more than 20,000gns and therefore provides the smaller owner with a good opportunity to win a race. A similar race takes place later in the day, the GRANT THORNTON MEDIAN AUCTION MAIDEN STAKES (3.25pm) which is for three year old and four year old maidens whose sires achieved a median of under 25,000gns at the 1998 and 1999 bloodstock sales.

The day comes to a close with the DAILY RECORD HANDICAP (5.00pm), a six furlong contest for three year olds and upwards. In a special promotion, Daily Record readers will find a voucher in their August 31 paper entitling them to a 30% discount for admission to the combined Club/Grandstand enclosure.

Richard Pridham, Ayr's Clerk of the Course and General Manager said: "Ayr racecourse is delighted to be welcoming new sponsors Grant Thornton to our new fixture on Friday, August 31. We have a six race programme on offer and look forward to welcoming a good sized crowd on what is a good value day out for all the family."

Tickets for all meetings at Ayr can be booked on 01292 264179 or online at ayr-racecourse.co.uk. Admission prices are £7 for the combined Club/Grandstand enclosure. Admission for students and OAPs costs £4 on production of ID and accompanied children under 16 admitted FREE. All car and coach parking is also FREE.


NEW ZEALAND'S Hamilton-based HIGHVIEW STUD SIRE SENOR PETE scored a notable trans-tasman double on Wednesday with two very promising gallopers leading throughout in their respective races.

In Australia the Senor Pete four-year-old mare Rapida made it two wins on end when she easily took out the Chifley Handicap for fillies and mares over 1600m at Warwick Farm in Sydney.

Bred by Pencarrow Stud, Rapida is trained by Gai Waterhouse and has fashioned a very good record.

From only 10 starts Rapida (ex Calon Segur, by Western Symphony) has now won three times and recorded five minor placings.

She is raced by Gai Waterhouse and her mother, along with Australian Jockey Club commitee member Julia Ritchie, Melbourne man Warren Moore and Daryl and Craig Moses from Sydney.

Waterhouse bought Rapida as a yearling at the New Zealand Bloodstock Sales at Karaka in 1999.

In New Zealand the Senor Pete three-year-old Squirt maintained his unbeaten record with a gutsy win against the older horses at the Taupo meeting on Wednesday after over-coming a wide barrier draw.

Squirt had been successful on debut at Paeroa last month and led throughout today's 1350m race in the hands of top Kiwi jockey Lance O'Sullivan who rode five winners at the meeting.

Squirt (ex Scatter Cat) was offered as a yearling by Rich Hill Stud, Walton, and is trained by Paul O'Sullivan at Matamata.

Squirt is raced by a syndicate comprising the trainer along with "Pies" Anderson, Simon Caughey, Alister Sutherland and Bill Taylor.

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