Friday, August 31, 2001
LADBROKES PRICES FOR TOMORROW
6-Only For Gold
20-Hail The Chief
7-Silk St John
25-Rita's Rock Ape
DERBYSHIRE SCOOP6 WINNER HAS SHOT AT MASSIVE £669,000 PAYOUT
Andrew Lipscombe, owner of the golden ticket from last Saturdays massive Scoop6 Win fund, finds himself back in the spotlight this weekend as he has one shot to nearly double his winnings by picking the winner of the Scoop6 Bonus race-the 3.45 at Sandown. Lipscombe will appear with the Channel 4 team on the Morning Line tomorrow, after which he and a few friends will be the guests of the Tote in the build up to his big race.
Lipscombe (48) from from Great Longstone in Derbyshire has already become the biggest ever single winner on the Scoop6 with £338,189 safely stashed in the bank from last weeks success, but can take this to an incredible £669,011 should he conquer tomorrow's Bonus race. Lipscombe invested just £24 on the Scoop6.
"The Scoop6 has thrown up a number of weird and wonderful tales over its short history, but Andrew's win last weekend has to go down as the most phenomenal so far," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott. "Not only for the amount he won, but for the way in which he did it."
"We took a massive pool of over £437,000 on the Scoop6 last weekend, however a 20/1 winner in the second leg proved a particularly sharp thorn in a generally prickly first three legs of the bet. After the third leg only three tickets remained in the bet, one of which was Lipscombe's. However he rode his luck straight through with favourites obliging for his final three selections."
"His investment was proved even more astute as the Scoop6 has already returned almost ten-times that of a £1 SP accumulator on the six horses, and one more top selection tomorrow would see this return nearly double."
Tomorrow's Scoop6 races come from Sandown and Chester. Should Lipscombe fail to land the £330,822 Bonus prize fund tomorrow the pool could be up to £400,000 for next Saturday.
Saturday's Scoop6 legs are:
leg 1 2.40 Sandown - Atalanta Stakes
leg 2 2.55 Chester - Bet Direct on Channel 4 Teletext page 613 Rated stakes
leg 3 3.10 Sandown - Food Solario Stakes
leg 4 3.30 Chester - Bet Direct from Littlewoods on 0800 211 222 Handicap
leg 5 3.45 Sandown - William Hill Stakes
leg 6 4.20 Sandown - Sunley Rated Stakes
Scoop6 Big Winners/Small Stakes Hall of Fortune - Top 10
All Big winners who staked £24 or less and agreed to publicity
Since launch 24/7/99
Winner Occupation Date of Win Winnings
Andrew Lipscombe NHS Training Officer Sept 2001?? £669,011??
Andrew Lipscombe NHS Training Officer Aug 2001 £338,189
Bill Crawford Insurance Broker February 2000 £231,707
The Stag Party 24 lads on Stag Party Sept 2000 £215,543
John Lovelock Car Mechanic Nov 1999 £171,701
Terry Hall Company Director March 2000 £153,530
Margaret Rowe Houswife March 2000 £144,300
Scott Matchett Airport Firefighter Sept 1999 £143,055
John Lawless Businessman Jan 2000 £113,916
Jim Littlewood Stablelad/retired Feb 2001 £85,615
Graham Davies Car Mechanic Sept 1999 £70,000
RESCUED HORSES TO RACE AGAIN
Racehorses at Karachi racecourse who were earlier this year facing starvation have survived to race again.
Thanks to the quick actions of the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), who stepped in to fund a rescue package, the future for those horses who survived their ordeal is bright.
Says Ian Kelly, ILPH International Manager, "Unfortunately news of the plight of the horses abandoned at the racecourse reached us too late for 70 or so, but we are pleased to say that all the horses we helped have survived and the majority will race again."
The ILPH enlisted the help of the Brooke Hospital for Animals, who have a large programme in Pakistan, and at the beginning of July a team led by vet Dr. Anwar-ul-Huq arrived in Karachi to organise feed and water and administer veterinary treatment.
An owner/trainer from the Punjab commented "The arrival of the veterinary team was nothing short of a miracle. I have 6 horses and when the racing stopped I could not provide for even one of them. The medicines and rations supplied by the ILPH and the care administered by the Brooke saved them all."
But the most heart-warming response came from Sharrif Khan from the North West Frontier province when he emotionally announced, "They saved Flag of Pakistan, who was practically dead on his feet when the help came. Thanks to ILPH money and Brooke negotiating the recommencement of racing the future for the horses and the livelihood of all the grooms and workers in the stables is ensured."
HUGHES RE-APPOINTED AS LEVY BOARD CHAIRMAN
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Robert Hughes for a second term as Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board.
The renewal appointment, which begins tomorrow - Saturday, September 1 - is for a further three-year term until August 31, 2004.
Hughes became Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board on September 1, 1998, following a distinguished career in local government.
He was appointed CBE in the 1999 New Year Honours for services to local government and the community in Kirklees.
Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, commented: "I am delighted to reappoint Robert Hughes CBE for a further term as Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board. I am very grateful for the contribution that he has made during a period of unprecedented change. The professionalism and commitment shown by him and his staff at the Levy Board could not be more appreciated.
"A number of uncertainties surround the forthcoming levy negotiations but Rob Hughes knows that he will have my full support in the months to come."
NEW ZEALAND THOROUGHBRED NEWS
It was announced earlier this week that well-known and respected Windsor Park Stud marketing manager Gordon Calder will be making a career change at the end of the current breeding season.
"I feel that after nine very satisfying years as part of the progressive team at Windsor Park it was time for me to seek a new challenge," commented Calder.
"At the end of the year I am looking forward to a family holiday with my wife, Margot, and children before finalising my future options," he said.
Windsor Park Stud co-owner Nelson Schick said: "Gordon has been an integral part of the successes achieved by Windsor Park team over the past decade and I wish him every success in his career change."
The resultant appointment this week of Michael Moran as Calder's successor has seen a reverse of the so called "brain drain" from New Zealand.
Moran is an Australian who has for the last five years been the assistant trainer to the powerful Melbourne stable of David Hall.
He joins Windsor Park in November on a permanent basis when he moves to New Zealand with his wife, Helen, and daughter. This occurs at the completion of the Melbourne spring racing carnival at which the Hall stable has been a major contributor in the past two seasons. It saddled up last year's VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof who is one of the favourites for this year's major Cups races.
Moran is currently in New Zealand for a week. He was in attendance at the official Montjeu launch at Windsor Park on Tuesday and Moran will continue visiting clients of Windsor Park this week and will be on hand at the various Waikato stud tours this weekend.
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