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Thursday, August 21, 2008



GOODWOOD IN GOOD CONDITION




Goodwood hosts two fantastic days of racing this weekend, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24. In addition to the Group Two totesport Celebration Mile and the Group Three toteswinger Prestige Stakes, Saturday’s card will now kick off at 2.10pm with the Group Two Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes which has been transferred to Goodwood following the abandonment of York earlier this week.


Declarations for the mile-and-a-half Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes, one of the leading trials for the St Leger, have to be made by 10.00am tomorrow, Friday, August 22. Any horse that was confirmed at the six-day stage is eligible to be declared tomorrow.


Goodwood Clerk of the Course, Seamus Buckley, reported the ground to be in fine condition.


He said: “Despite the fact that we have had approximately 20 millimetres of rain over the last three weeks, the course has recovered well and the groundstaff have done a wonderful job of getting it put back.


“We are excited about the programme of racing planned for Saturday, the highlight of which is the totesport.com Celebration Mile but we have the added attraction of the Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes.


“At the moment, we are describing the going as good to soft. The GoingStick reads 7.2, but with drying conditions coming into the area we expect the ground to be no worse than the slow side of good.”

Marketing & PR Manager Callum MacKay, welcomes York Members


Callum MacKay, Goodwood’s Marketing & PR Manager, said today: “Everyone at York will be hugely disappointed that racing hasn’t taken place this week and all we can do is sympathise.


“As we now have the Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes we would like to welcome all metal badge holders at York and encourage them to come racing this weekend.


“We have two fixtures this weekend and if any York Members want to come and see the Great Voltigeur they are more than welcome to attend both of our meetings as our guests.”

The revised order of running at Goodwood for the eight-race card at Goodwood on Saturday, August 23, is as below:

Time Race Distance Value
2:10pm Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m 4f £100,000
2:45pm Windflower March Stakes (Listed Race) 1m 6f £50,000
3:15pm totesport.Com Celebration Mile (Group 2) 1m £100,000
3:45pm toteswinger Prestige Stakes (Group 3) 7f £55,000
4:20pm Picnic Handicap 7f £5,000
4:55pm goodwood.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes 6f £5,000
5:30pm TurfTv Is For Betting Shops Maiden Handicap 2m £5,000
6:00pm Goodwood Revival Meeting Handicap 6f £12,000



NEW GRADE TWO NOVICES’ CHASE AT AINTREE IN 2009




Aintree Racecourse is pleased to announce that it will be staging a new two-and-a-half mile novices’ chase at the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National Meeting.


The new race, which will be known as the John Smith's Manifesto Novices' Chase, will have Grade Two status and a total prize fund of £80,000. It is scheduled to take place as the sixth race on the opening day of the John Smith’s Grand National, Thursday, April 2, 2009.


The addition of the new contest has required a slight change to the race programme for the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National Meeting.The amateur and conditional riders’ handicap chase that used to take place after the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday will be replaced by the existing two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle on John Smith’s Grand National day, Saturday, April 4, 2009, will have its conditions altered to restrict it to amateur and conditional jockeys. It will be run as the race after the John Smith’s Grand National.

Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Aintree, commented: " After consultation with the BHA Racing Department and a number of trainers , we have established the desire for a valuable two-and-a-half mile novices’ chase in the Pattern system and Aintree is delighted to be able to offer such a contest from 2009 onwards.


"With a prize fund of £80,000 and Grade Two status, we very much hope that the new race will develop into a leading target for some of the best novice chasers and will receive good support come April."

Further details of the race programme at the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National Meeting will be announced in due course.

Tickets and hospitality packages for the 2009 event are now on sale and the racecourse reports that following going on general sale on Monday 18th August, demand for Grandstand seats have been expectedly high for both Ladies' Day (Friday) and Grand National day. Grandstand tickets are still available to purchase for each day of the meeting (Thursday, April 2 to Saturday, April 4). Racegoers wishing to book in advance should call 0844 579 3001 or buy online at www.aintree.co.uk




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