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Wednesday, January 14, 2004



RECORD 141 FOR FREEPHONE STANLEYBET LINCOLN




The 2004 FREEPHONE STANLEYBET LINCOLN, which is run at Doncaster on Saturday, March 27, has attracted a modern day record of 141 entries.

This beats the previous record of 137 received 12 months ago. The popularity of the first major race of the Flat turf season continues to grow - in 2002 there were 111 entries, with 108 entries in 2001.


Pablo was successful in the 2003 renewal of this great mile handicap over Doncaster's straight mile, and he is one of four entries for trainer Barry Hills along with Calcutta, Craiova and Flying Express.


Guy Reed, owner of Pablo who won well from 23 others carrying 8st 11lb, revealed today that a return to Town Moor could be on the cards: "Pablo is entered and could run again this year, although it is obviously very early days. We will have to see what else is going to run and take a view nearer the time.


"He's going to have more weight than he had last year, which is not surprising I suppose. The horse is fine but it will be a bit harder for us this year."

The weights for the Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln will be unveiled on Wednesday, January 21.


In addition to Pablo, both the 2002 victor Zucchero, trained by David Arbuthnot and Nimello, who won the 2001 race for Paul Cole but is now under the care of Tony Newcombe, are entered.


David Nicholls is the trainer with the highest number of entries, with seven possibles at this stage headed by Onlytime Will Tell, who showed decent form in sprint handicaps last season.


Paul Cole has an excellent record in the Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln in recent seasons, with wins for Kuala Lipis (1997), John Ferneley (2000) and Nimello. This time around he has just one entry in the form of Cornelius, winner of the Group Two Premio Emilio Turati at San Siro, Italy, in 2002.


There could be a strong Irish challenge for the 2004 Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln with three entries from Aidan O'Brien's all-powerful Ballydoyle operation, two entries from Dermot Weld and one from Kevin Prendergast. The O'Brien trio is made up of High Country, dual Listed winner Shoal Creek and Sahara Desert.

Dermot Weld, triumphant 20 years ago with Saving Mercy, could run Akshar, victorious in competitive handicaps at Epsom and York last season when trained by Sir Michael Stoute, as well as Evolving Tactics, who added to his trainer's outstanding international record when taking the Grade Two American Derby at Arlington Park, Chicago, in 2003.


It is now 11 years since Lynda Ramsden sent out High Premium to win the Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln and this year the North Yorkshire trainer could be represented by Arcalis, a progressive performer last season who landed a decent rated handicap at Newmarket.


Other interesting entries include Camp Commander, winner of Ascot's Victoria Cup last season as well as finishing runner-up second in the Royal Hunt Cup, Quito, hero of the 2003 Ayr Gold Cup for veteran Yorkshire trainer David Chapman, Chivalry, last season's Cambridgeshire winner who now looks an exciting hurdling prospect with Howard Johnson, the 2002 John Smith's Cup scorer Vintage Premium and Sir Michael Stoute's lightly-raced Fremen, a dual winner in 2003.


Steven Clarke, Doncaster's General Manager, commented: "We are thrilled to have received a record entry for the 2004 Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln.

"In addition to quantity, there are a significant number of quality performers among the entries and we are already looking forward to what promises to be one of the strongest-ever renewals of this historic handicap which has 100,000 in prize money."

BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES IN THE FREEPHONE STANLEY LINCOLN

David Nicholls (7)
Onlytime Will Tell
Jabaar
Winning Venture
Sawwaah
Compton Dragon
Hail The Chief

Richard Fahey (5)
Vintage Premium
Wing Commander
Dark Charm
Danelor
No Grouse

Andrew Balding (4)
Pentecost
Our Teddy
Golden Chalice
Irony

Clive Brittain (4)
Lundy's Lane
Camp Commander
Rafferty
Invader

Barry Hills (4) (2003 PABLO)
Pablo
Calcutta
Craiova
Flying Express

Karl Burke (3)
Blue Sky Thinking
Swift Alchemist
Harry Potter

Mick Channon (3)
Jay Gee's Choice
Arry Dash
Wood Fern

Tim Easterby (3)
Tough Love
Flighty Fellow
Go Tech

William Haggas (3)
(1992 HIGH LOW)
Suggestive
Prince Hector
Flowerdrum

Richard Hannon (3)
(1996 STONE RIDGE)
Cape Town
Tycoon Hall
Mamore Gap

Gay Kelleway (3)
Labrett
Te Quiero
Lygeton Lad

David Loder (3)
Royal Dignitary
Anglo Saxon
Scotty's Future

Willie Musson (3)
Dumaran
Kruggerand
Free Option

Aidan O'Brien IRE (3)
High Country
Shoal Creek
Sahara Desert

Kevin Ryan (3)
Mystic Man
Cardinal Venture
Uhoomagoo

Mark Tompkins (3)
Babodana
Marshman
St Petersburg

David Arbuthnot (2)
(2002 ZUCCHERO)
Zucchero
Red Galaxy

David Elsworth (2)
(1983 MIGHTY FLY)
Finished Article
Spanish Don

James Eustace (2)
Blue Patrick
Welcome Stranger

James Given (2)
Dame de Noche
Aimee's Delight

John Gosden (2)
Little Good Bay
Desert Opal

Mick Easterby (2)
Blue Spinnaker
Strong Hand

Micky Hammond (2)
Unicorn Reward
Tidy

George Margarson (2)
International Guest
Star Of Normandie

Bryan McMahon (2)
(1995 ROVING MINSTEL)
El Coto
Band

Brian Meehan (2)
Chinkara
Dusk Dancer

Terry Mills (2)
Norton
Incline

Gary Moore (2)
Alrafid
Cheese n Biscuits

Tony Newcombe (2)
Nimello
Middleton Grey

Jamie Osborne (2)
Danger Over
Sahaat

Martin Pipe (2)
Hurricane Floyd
Ile Michel

Wilf Storey (2)
The Wizard Mul
Megan's Magic

Dermot Weld IRE (2)
(1984 SAVING MERCY)
Akshar
Evolving Tactics


Toby Balding (1)
Turbo

Alan Berry (1)
Waltzing Wizard

Paul Blockley (1)
Hit's Only Money

Jim Bolger IRE (1)
Almost Famous

Gerard Butler (1)
Compton Drake

David Chapman (1)
Quito

Denis Coakley (1)
Takrir

Paul Cole (1)
(1997 KUALA LIPIS, 2000 JOHN FERNELEY, 2001 NIMELLO)
Cornelius

Hugh Collingridge (1)
Leoballero

Clive Cox (1)
Paciano

Ed Dunlop (1)
Swift Dunlop

Nerys Dutfield (1)
Convent Girl

Don Eddy (1)
Dunaskin

Brian Ellison (1)
Everest

David Evans (1)
Diamond Max

Jeremy Glover (1)
Tagula Blue

John Hills (1)
Boundless Prospect

Reg Hollinshead (1)
Prince Of Gold

Paul Howling (1)
Topton

Dean Ivory (1)
Jools

Howard Johnson (1)
Chivalry

Mark Johnston (1)
Fisio Therapy

Bob Jones (1)
Unshakable

Sylvester Kirk (1)
Blue Trojan

Stef Liddiard (1)
Lakota Brave

Nick Littmoden (1)
Action Fighter


Ian McInnes (1)
H Harrison

Philip Mitchell (1)
(1982 KING'S GLORY)
Caughnawaga

Hughie Morrison (1)
Sanglovese

Debbie Mountain (1)
African Sahara

Paul Nicholls (1)
Goblet Of Fire

John O'Reilly (1)
Tantric

Lydia Pearce (1)
Reap

Amanda Perrett (1)
Serieux

Mark Polglase (1)
Aventura

Brendan Powell (1)
Linning Wine

Kevin Prendergast IRE (1)
Eklim

Sir Mark Prescott (1)
Coat Of Honour

John Quinn (1)
Hov

Lynda Ramsden (1)
(1993 HIGH PREMIUM)
Arcalis

Bryan Smart (1)
Atlantic Ace

John Spearing (1)
Thihn

Sir Michael Stoute (1)
Fremen

Alan Swinbank (1)
What-A-Dancer

James Toller (1)
Pagan Prince

Marcus Tregoning (1)
Alkaadhem

Chris Wall (1)
Ace Of Hearts

Michael Wigham (1)
J R Stevenson

Ian Wood (1)
Clann A Cougar

Geoff Wragg (1)
Autumn Glory



BETFAIR RECRUITS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS




Betfair, the company revolutionising betting, today announced the appointment of Andrew Silverman as its Director of Public Affairs. The new post comes as Parliament considers the Government's proposed reforms to the current gaming legislation.


Andrew joins from Brunswick Group Limited where he was a Senior Associate Partner and public policy advisor to a range of corporate clients including the Jockey Club and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Prior to Brunswick he spent twelve years as a Civil Servant and undertook a variety of communication roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Ministry of Defence and Department of Transport. He also worked as a Private Secretary in the Cabinet Office and in the No 10 Downing Street Strategic Communication Unit.

Andrew will be working alongside Mark Davies, Betfair's Director of Communications, who will be based in Australia over the next ten months where he will be seeking to expand the company's business in that key market.


Mark Davies said, "Andrew and I will be addressing all external communication issues for Betfair. I look forward to working with him over the coming months and to the challenges that lie ahead for me in taking Betfair into the Australian market."

Andrew Silverman said, "I am delighted to be joining Betfair at this exciting stage in the company's development and as Parliament considers the Government's proposed reforms to the current gaming legislation."


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