Wednesday, October 15, 2003
LATEST WILLIAM HILL ANTE-POST PRICES
TEN CARAT HEADING FOR CESAREWITCH GOLD
The attention is turned to this weekends races, with the Cesarewitch seeing big gambles on two horses. Ten Carat has suddenly seen a massive weight of support, now the 6-1 favourite from 14-1, and Don Fernando, with trainer Martin Pipe aiming to make it two years in a row, is 20-1 from 33-1. Hills spokeswoman Jennie Prest said, "We've seen plenty of support for the other horses, Sir Mark Prescott going for the Autumn double and Pipe aiming for another Ces victory under his belt, but Ten Carat has suddenly become our worst result, it won't be gold for the bookies if he wins on Saturday!"
Indian Haven has had each way support for the Champion Stakes, 20-1 from 33-1.
CHAMPION STAKES: 9-4 Alamshar, 3-1 Nayef, 4-1 Russian Rhythm, 6-1 Vespone (from 13-2), 14-1 Rakti, 16-1 Kaieteur, 20-1 Indian Haven (from 33-1), 25-1 Dano-Mast, Far Lane, 33-1 Carnival Dancer, Indian Creek, Muqbil, 40-1 Imperial Dancer, Olden Times, Tout Seul, 50-1 Chancellor, Middlemarch, Nysaean, 200-1 Izdiham, Lundys Lane
TOTE CESAREWITCH: 6-1 Ten Carat (from 14-1), 8-1 Distant Prospect, No Refuge, Shabernak (from 9-1), 9-1 Inglis Drever (from 8-1), 10-1 Sindapour, 11-1 Numitas (from 10-1), 12-1 Direct Bearing, 14-1 Landing Light (from 16-1), 18-1 Archduke Ferdinand (from 20-1), 20-1 Big Moment, Don Fernando (from 33-1), 22-1 Romany Prince, Unleash, 25-1 Establishment, Knavesmire Omen, Miss Fara, Misternando, 33-1 Contact Dancer, Gulf, Fortune Island, Heir To Be, Positive Profile, Random Quest, Zibeline, 40-1 BAR
(THESE RACE ARE SUSPENDED AT THE WEEKEND DUE TO RELEVANT TRIALS & TIME DIFFERENCES)
TOOHEYS NEW MELBOURNE CUP: 9-2 Mamool, 8-1 Mummify, 10-1 Makybe Diva, Pentastic, 11-1 Strasbourg, 12-1 Distinctly Secret, Honor Babe, In Times Eye, 16-1 Hugs Dancer, 20-1 Platinum Scissors, Zagalia, 25-1 Grey Song, Holy Orders, Mr American Gothic, Sunday Joy, 33-1 Daneborough, Jardines Lookout, Millstreet, Oarsman, 40-1 BAR (Others Upon Request)
1000 GUINEAS: 8-1 Red Bloom, 10-1 Carry On Katie, Denebola, 16-1 Majestic Desert, 20-1 Badminton, Marching West, Necklace, Sundrop, Tarot Card, 25-1 Gracefully, Punctilious, 33-1 Ithaca, Kind, Kinnaird, Much Faster, 40-1 Lucky Pipit, River Belle, (Others Upon Application)
2000 GUINEAS: 11-4 One Cool Cat, 5-1 Three Valleys, 12-1 American Post, Lucky Story, 14-1 Snow Ridge, 16-1 Balmont, Grey Swallow, Pearl of Love, 20-1 Akimbo, 25-1 Antonius Pius, Bayeux, Grand Reward, Pastoral Pursuits, Sabbeeh, 33-1 Auditorium, Byron, Duke Of Venice, Fantastic View, Haafhd, Holborn, Kheleyf, Mukafeh, Whipper, (Others Upon Application)
VODAFONE DERBY: 8-1 Yeats, 12-1 Magritte, Snow Ridge, 16-1 American Post, 20-1 Duke of Venice, 25-1 Grey Swallow, 33-1 Antonius Pius, 40-1 Sussex (Others Upon Application)
VODAFONE OAKS: 12-1 Sundrop, 16-1 Necklace, 33-1 Ithaca, 50-1 Kinnaird, (Others Upon Application)
2003/2004 JUMPS SEASON
GRAND NATIONAL: 16-1 Montys Pass, 25-1 Ryalux, 33-1 Amberleigh House, Stormez, 50-1 Ballybrophy (Others Upon Request)
TRIUMPH HURDLE: 25-1 Howle Hill, Trouble At Bay, 40-1 Chockdee, Emanic, Kjetil, Maiful, Royal Katidoki, Shamdian, (Others Upon Request)
CHAMPION HURDLE: 4-1 Rooster Booster, 8-1 Intersky Falcon, Rhinestone Cowboy, 10-1 Back In Front, 14-1 Sporazene, 20-1 Davenport Milenium, Westender, 25-1 Landing Light, Like A Butterfly, Lingo, Spectroscope, Well Chief, (Others Upon Request)
QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE: 3-1 Moscow Flyer, Azertyuiop, 8-1 Le Roi Miguel, 10-1 Flagship Uberalles, 12-1 Seebald, Tiutchev, 14-1 Cenkos, Kadarann, 20-1 Adamant Approach, Farmer Jack, Impek, Isio, (Other Upon Request)
CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP: 6-4 Best Mate, 8-1 Beef Or Salmon, 12-1 First Gold, 14-1 Keen Leader, 16-1 Baracouda, Hussard Collonges, Truckers Tavern, 20-1 It Takes Time, Jair du Cochet, One Knight, 25-1 Commanche Court (Others Upon Request)
RUINART CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE
Trainers' Weight important
Anyone looking for a tip for Champions' Day could do worse than study the eating habits of those trainers battling it out at the top of the Ruinart Champions Challenge leader board!
With the victor taking away their weight in champagne, no doubt a few extra portions of pudding will be consumed by those in contention!
Those most likely to be piling on the pounds include Roger Charlton, currently leading the standings with 13 points, and Jeremy Noseda, whose Carry on Katie earned him a valuable 10 points when just holding on in the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes.
Charlton looks to be in a particularly strong position, with his two points scorers, Three Valleys and Trade Fair, both possible runners on Champions' Day.
Superstar two-year-old Three Valleys is likely to reappear in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes, for which he has been installed as 5/2 favourite, while Trade Fair is a possible runner in the Group 2 Victor Chandler Challenge.
Noseda could re-oppose Three Valleys with Balmont, second in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes behind Charlton's colt. His string is in fine form at the moment, but with six Group races and 39 points available on Champions' Day alone, it is still a wide-open contest.
Further points are available on Friday with the Bentinck Stakes upgraded to Group 3 this year from Listed status in 2002.
Points are awarded on the following basis: Group 1 race 10 points; Group 2 race 6 points; Group 3 race 3 points.
Roger Charton 13
Three Valleys (Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes [Gr1])
Trade Fair (Betfair Criterion Stakes [Gr3])
John Dunlop 12
Khulood (Shadwell Stud Nell Gwynn Stakes [Gr3])
Olden Times (Weatherbys Earl of Sefton Stakes [Gr3])
Millenary (Prince of Wales' UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation Stakes [Gr2])
John Gosden 10
Oasis Dream (Darley July Cup [Gr1])
Sir Michael Stoute 10
Russian Rhythm (USA) (Sagitta 1000 Guineas Stakes [Gr1])
Dermot Weld 10
Refuse to Bend (Sagitta 2000 Guineas Stakes [Gr1])
Jeremy Noseda 10
Carry on Katie (Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes [Gr1])
Michael Bell, Clive Brittain, James Fanshawe, Richard Hannon, Saeed Bin Suroor and Mark Johnston all currently have 6 points
Jamie Osborne, Barry Hills and Bryan McMahon have 3 points
RAMRUMA HEADS FINAL PART OF NEWGATE STUD DISPERSAL AT TATTERSALLS DECEMBER SALE
The final part of the dispersal from the late Prince Fahd Salman's ewgate Stud, which will include dual Oaks winner RAMRUMA, is to be sold t the forthcoming Tattersalls December Sale, which takes place from Novmber 24 to December 4.
Agent Ted Voute will be handling the dispersal on behalf of Newgate Stud, with all lots selling on Tuesday 2 December.
The dispersal comprises 13 broodmares and one filly in training, and the DIESIS Oaks and Irish Oaks winner RAMRUMA will undoubtedly be the highlight of the draft. The 1999 European Champion filly, who also won the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks, is in foal to a March covering by top sire MACHIAVELLIAN. RAMRUMA, who is the only dual Classic winner in the catalogue, is one of only four fillies ever to land the Oaks/Irish Oaks/Yorkshire Oaks treble, following in the footsteps of FAIR SALINIA, DIMINUENDO and USER FRIENDLY.
While RAMRUMA is the undisputed highlight of the dispersal, the supporting cast also includes five more Group winning mares, three of which are dams of Group winners. A further two are dams of Group winners, and the remaining six all half or own sisters to Group winners. Amongst them are the Grade 2 winning Oaks placed eight year old MIDNIGHT LINE, in foal to RAINBOW QUEST, her Group 3 winning dam MIDNIGHT AIR, also in foal to RAINBOW QUEST, and the Grade 2 winning nine year old GONE WEST mare DANCE PARADE, also winner of the Group 3 Queen Mary and Fred Darling Stakes, in foal to ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.
The lone filly in training is the highly regarded winning three year old PEINTRE CELEBRE filly CHANTRESS, who is a half sister to the Group 3 winning duo RED SEA and SAILING and has a current Timeform rating of 100. Her dam, UP ANCHOR, in foal to Classic sire GRAND LODGE, is one of four further dams of Group winners in the dispersal, with the others comprising DARSHAAN's own sister DAYANATA, also in foal to GRAND LODGE, LAJNA, in foal to OBSERVATORY, and Group 1 producer ONE WAY STREET in foal to POLISH PRECEDENT.
Commenting on the dispersal, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said; "The first part of the dispersal of the late Prince Fahd Salman's stock was very much the highlight of last year's Tattersalls December Sale, and the final part will without doubt prove to be a magnificent final tribute to a man who made an enduring impact on the world of thoroughbred racing and breeding."
MCDYNAMO HEADS BREEDERS' CUP STEEPLECHASE FIELD
FAIR HILL, Md. -- Michael Moran's McDynamo was installed as the heavy favorite over seven other entrants in Saturday's $175,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase to be run at the Far Hills Races in Far Hills, N.J.
Trained in Pennsylvania by Sanna Hendriks, the 6-year-old son of Dynaformer has won three consecutive starts including a dominant Grade I victory at Keeneland this spring in his only start of 2003. There is no wagering at Far Hills, but National Steeplechase Association handicapper Bill Gallo listed McDynamo at 6-5 to win the 2 5/8-mile race over 14 fences. The Breeders' Cup, contested for the 12th time, is the fourth of six races on an all-stakes day which begins at 1 p.m.
McDynamo hasn't run since April, where he scored by 7 1/2 lengths in the Grade I Royal Chase at Keeneland but should be ready for a solid effort after a second-place finish in an NSA training flat race Sept. 28 at Foxfield in Virginia.
"He had his last work on Sunday, and did it nicely," said Hendriks, who seeks her first Breeders' Cup triumph. "It was more of a maintenance work because he had a good race on the flat and that brings him along pretty nicely. It's really tempting to give him a hard work, but I try not to overdo it."
Hendriks, like most steeplechase trainers, is based on a farm and her horses work out on an uphill turf gallop in final preparations for a race. McDynamo covered the main 5-furlong distance twice (with a short rest in between) and a shorter, steeper section once.
Moran spent $82,000 to buy the yearling McDynamo at Keeneland in 1998, and raced the horse on the flat after selling a half-interest to Canadian owner Steve McDonald. Troublesome in the starting gate, McDynamo won twice in nine flat starts and moved to steeplechasing in October 2001. When McDonald didn't want to own a jumper, Moran bought out the partner and has watched McDynamo earn more than $300,000 as a steeplechaser. An Eclipse Award could be next as a win would surely lock away the steeplechase championship.
McDynamo faces seven rivals, none as accomplished but all looking for an upset.
Second choice Indispensable comes off back-to-back quality starts including a win in the T. Rowe Price Legacy Chase three weeks ago for leading trainer Jack Fisher. The 9-year-old has never won a Grade I stakes, but was a fast-closing third in the New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga. Irish jockey Paddy Young (four wins this fall) has the mount.
Pelagos can make his case for championship honors with a victory for trainer Bruce Miller. The gray French-bred scored a Grade I victory in the Iroquois in May at the marathon 3-mile distance. Fourth in the Breeders¹ Cup last year, Pelagos will enjoy the 2 5/8-mile distance and gets the services of veteran jockey Chip Miller.
Trainer Kathy Neilson entered three horses -- Mulahen, Trebizond and Mr Perkolater. Bred in England, the former won a Saratoga allowance and comes off two decent stakes efforts. Most recently, Mulahen was third behind Indispensable in the Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs. David Bentley, champion jockey of 2002 and the current leader, has the call. Trebizond won two Grade I novice stakes this spring, but has struggled with three straight defeats vs. open company. The Irish-bred son of Sadler¹s Wells improves on soft turf and could be a factor on his best effort. Jody Petty gets the ride. Mr Perkolater finished behind McDynamo in two races last year and was a well-beaten eighth in the Legacy Cup.
Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard entered Hotspur, who is winless since April 2002. The 6-year-old son of Pine Bluff was beaten just six lengths in the Turf Writers and stretches out to the longest race of his career. Called "one-paced" by Sheppard, Hotspur could be the likely pacesetter under Tom Foley.
Hendriks also entered Lord Zada, named by Gallo as the second choice at 3-1 and a talented competitor who could threaten the favorite. If Lord Zada runs. The 10-year-old is also entered in the $50,000 Appleton (a 2 1/8-mile stakes) on the Far Hills card. Idle since April 2002, Lord Zada finished second in the 2001 Breeders¹ Cup Steeplechase.
The Breeders' Cup Steeplechase will be televised as part of the Long John Silver's Wire to Wire program on ESPN2 at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23.
The field in post position order:
PP Horse Owner Trainer Jockey ML
1. Indispensable Edie Dixon Jack Fisher
Paddy Young 4-1
2. Lord Zada Augustin Stable Sanna Hendriks
No rider 3-1
3. Mulahen Gillian Johnston Kathy Neilson
David Bentley 8-1
4. Trebizond Bill Lickle Kathy Neilson
Jody Petty 10-1
5. Mr Perkolater Gillian Johnston Kathy Neilson
Rob Massey 20-1
6. McDynamo Michael Moran Sanna Hendriks
Craig Thornton 6-5
7. Hotspur Peachtree Stable Jonathan Sheppard
Tom Foley 15-1
8. Pelagos Michael Hoffman Bruce Miller
Chip Miller 6-1
All starters carry 156 pounds. 2 5/8 miles over 14 fences. All starters are Breeders' Cup eligible and compete for the full $175,000 value.
DOLLASE READIES ELLOLUV FOR DISTAFF, BC'S 'TOUGHEST RACE'
Craig Dollase knows his way around the Breeders' Cup.
In 1998, at the age of 27, he became the youngest trainer to saddle a Breeders' Cup winner when he sent out Reraise to capture the Sprint at Churchill Downs.
In less than two weeks, Dollase hopes to add to his already impressive resume with a victory by Elloluv in the $2 million Distaff-Presented by Nextel, when the Oak Tree Racing Association hosts the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.
Dollase knows it won't be easy, even though the California native is racing in his own backyard. Expected Distaff starters include reigning Horse of the Year Azeri and Sightsteek, winner of four consecutive grade I stakes.
"It's the toughest race on the card," Dollase said. "It's a small field, but quality horses."
Elloluv, a 3-year-old daughter of 1992 Juvenile champion Gilded Time, finished second in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 28, but was disqualified to fourth for drifting in near the 16th pole. It was her first start since May 2, when she faded to fourth after setting the pace in the Kentucky Oaks.
"She went real well," Dollase said of the Lady's Secret effort, in which she was only a half-length behind victorious horse for course Got Koko (five for seven at Santa Anita). "She'll probably breeze back on Thursday. I'll get Corey Nakatani to work her. Then we'll bring her to Santa Anita and give her a little blowout before the race. All systems are go so far and she should absolutely benefit from her last race. She came out of it really well." Elloluv worked four furlongs Friday at her Hollywood Park headquarters in :47.40.
Dollase is unconcerned about Elloluv being a pace victim in the nine-furlong Distaff.
"She proved she can rate off the pace a little bit and that's going to be to her advantage next time," Dollase said.
Elloluv has four wins from nine starts, with earnings of $821,475 for owner J. Paul Reddam of Irvine.
· In other Breeders' Cup developments:
· Julie Krone will ride Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide in the $4 million Classic-Powered by Dodge, agent Brian Beach confirmed Tuesday morning. "I know Barclay (trainer Barclay Tagg) very well," Beach said. "Julie's ridden for him and we had touched base a while ago to make sure he knew we were interested. He called us a couple days ago to see if we were open because he was thinking about running. He knew Jose (Santos) probably had a commitment (on defending Classic winner Volponi) he couldn't get out of, and we were very interested. So we just waited until we heard the official word and that came this morning. He (Tagg) didn't want to make official until he had a chance to talk to all 10 owners of the horse. He wanted to make sure everybody was on the same page."
· Under a lifting fog and with David Flores aboard, undefeated Class Above worked seven furlongs in company with 2-year-old filly Resplendency in preparation for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies. Class Above, who gave her stablemate about a three-length head start near the half mile pole and was about the same margin clear at the wire, was clocked in a bullet 1:25, while Resplendency went in 1:26.40. "She went off slow but finished up well so that's all you can do," Bob Baffert said of Class Above. "She went kind of easy the first part of the work," Flores said. "She came home really good the last three-eighths. They came home probably in :34 the last three-eighths. I was very happy with her. I didn't even have to ask her."
Class Above galloped out a mile in 1:38 3/5.
· Another Juvenile Fillies hopeful, Arlington Lassie winner Zosima, worked six furlongs for Eoin Harty in 1:13. "She looked sharp," Harty said of the daughter of Capote, a winner of three of her four starts for Darley Stud. "Pat Day will ride her (in the Juvenile Fillies)."
· D. Wayne Lukas, who arrived in California last night, supervised Be Gentle's five-furlong workout for the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in the fog early Tuesday morning. No official time was recorded, but according to reports, she went in :59 4/5. "I was pleased with how she handled the track," Lukas said of the daughter of Tale of the Cat. "She went real well."
· The morning after upstart Action This Day worked six furlongs in 1:12, Richard Mandella was still waxing enthusiastic about the 2-year-old's hances in the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Juvenile. "It was an awesome work," the Hall of Fame trainer said. "He worked in 12 but he did it in better than :23 the last quarter. He did it easy. He's a horse that's just turned good and he's gone two turns twice. How many others have done that? I tested him yesterday, because I was worried if he was fast enough, but he is." Asked if he had a rider, Mandella said, "Julie (Krone) wants to stick with Siphonizer. I gave her a choice (between Action This Day and Siphonizer). Alex Solis will ride Minister Eric, but I'll find a driver (for Action This Day)."
· Classic candidate Pleasantly Perfect worked five furlongs in company with Olmodavor in :58.60 under Crystal Brown for Mandella, who termed the work by the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap winner "real good." Olmodavor's time was :59.60.
· The defection from the Juvenile by Ruler's Court was the major reason trainer Ray Bell opted to run Capitano in the Juvenile. "If Ruler's
Court had been running back, I'd have probably avoided running," Bell said. "Or, if the Breeders' Cup had been elsewhere this year I'd have probably not run. But him not running and it being right here in my backyard, I think it's an opportunity to at least take a shot." Capitano, a Pennsylvania-bred son of Belong to Me, finished second, beaten 14 lengths by Ruler's Court in the Norfolk Stakes.
· Classic contender Ten Most Wanted jogged on the training track at Hollywood Park Tuesday and will gallop 1 ¼ miles Wednesday, trainer Wally Dollase said.
· Got Koko, who ended Azeri's win streak at 11 in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap, worked seven furlongs in 1:29. "I just had her work real slow, just put her through the motions and get some air into her," trainer Bruce Headley said. "She went great. I wanted her to go slow. She just raced against Azeri 17 days ago, so if that wasn't a tightener I don't know what is."
· At Hollywood, Bobby Frankel worked three prospects six furlongs, Aldebaran (Sprint) in 1:13.20; Midas Eyes (Sprint) in 1:13.60; and Peace Rulers ($1.5 million NetJets Mile or the Classic) in 1:12.40. Aldebaran and Midas Eyes worked in company under Jose Valdivia Jr. and Marco Ramirez, respectively, according to Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio. "Aldebaran was outside and Midas Eyes was inside," Ascanio said. "All three horses went real good." Ramirez was also aboard Peace Rules.
· David Hofmans said Distaff participant Adoration is scheduled to work seven furlongs Thursday with Pat Valenzuela up.
· American Oaks winner Dimitrova is scheduled to work a mile on the turf on Wednesday. The 3-year-old daughter of Swain, trained by Dermot Weld, is accompanied by lad Joey Mulholland.
FINISH LINES: With three wins Monday, Tyler Baze moved to within one of leader Pat Valenzuela (14-13) for the Oak Tree riding lead. "All my horses are running right now," said Baze, who turns 21 next Sunday. "I just bear down and ride hard, that's all you can do, even if they're 30-1, it doesn't matter. They've all got a shot to win if they're in the race. That's what my dad (Earl) always told me and that's what Ivan (agent Ivan Puhich) always told me so I'm just getting on my belly and riding." Baze does much of his riding for two winning barns, Doug O'Neill and Rafael Becerra. "Doug and Raffy are the two most loyal people I've ridden for," Baze said. "They've helped me and I've helped them and we're going to go a long ways. They're going to train for a long time and I hope I can ride for a long time and win races together." On Monday, for the second time in five days, O'Neill won three races in one day. The 35-year-old native of Dearborn, Michigan, leads all trainers with 10 wins, five more than runner-up Vladimir Cerin
. . . Alex Solis needs four wins to reach a career milestone of 4,000 . . . Mike Marlow has high hopes for two young horses in his barn. Marlow, one of several successful protégés of D. Wayne Lukas, expects two of Benchmark's progeny to debut shortly. "I have a colt and a filly, both by Benchmark," Marlow said. "Cigar Pal is the colt and Miss Mark is the filly.
Valerie Naify owns them. They're training like they're going to be nice horses and I like them both. I hope they materialize. They sure look like they will at this point." Marlow enjoyed six wins at the recent Del Mar meet. "It was a productive meet and everything kind of worked out," the 39-year-old trainer said. "We ran our horses in the right spots and that made a difference. So far at this meet I've run eight and won one with a couple seconds, so we're doing OK. A couple horses were coming off wins at Del Mar and I ran them here in tough spots, kind of bumped them up in class a little bit. They weren't quite good enough to win so I'll have to regroup with them. But we're doing all right. I've picked up a few new horses." . .
. Trainer Frank Monteleone is going for a California Cup Starter Sprint Hat Trick with Love That Lion, second in Monday's sixth race as the 11-10 favorite. "I won the Cal Cup Sprint in 2001 with Rio Oro for (owner) Bernie Schiappa, and last year with Giovannetti for Bernie Schiappa, and hopefully in 2003 with Love That Lion for Bernie Schiappa," Monteleone said.
SKY BET EXTEND THEIR SUPPORT OF WETHERBY'S CHRISTMAS MEETING
Wetherby's prestigious two-day Christmas Meeting has received a major boost from leading bookmaker Sky Bet, who are to extend their sponsorship of the fixture to include the 2003 and 2004 Meetings.
Based in Harrogate, Sky Bet first supported Wetherby's Christmas Meeting last year and the company's commitment for the next two years will further increase the awareness and profile of this traditional, highly popular Meeting, which features The skybet.com Castleford Chase on Boxing Day, while The skybet.com Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase is the highlight on the second day.
This year's Sky Bet Christmas Meeting at Wetherby takes place on Boxing Day Friday and Saturday (26 & 27 December), while the first day of 2004 renewal will break new ground and be staged for the first time on a Sunday (26 December).
Tim Betteridge, Wetherby's chief executive, said "Our Christmas Meeting has always been an important fixture for our racegoers, and the continued support of Sky Bet will enable us to raise the profile of the meeting even higher, with the Sunday involved in the 2004 running a welcome new innovation."
Dale Tempest, Sky Bet Media Relations Manager, said "Sky Bet are delighted to confirm our Wetherby Christmas Festival sponsorship for the 2003 and 2004 meetings."
For many years Wetherby has been the highlight of the Christmas racing calendar in the north of England and with the help of the racecourse executive we hope to take this recognition to new heights. The quality of the racing is excellent and the party atmosphere always experienced on-course is the perfect blend for Christmas holiday fun and entertainment."
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