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Thursday, March 15, 2001


randombet.com Lincoln Handicap - Doncaster March 24th 2001

6-Nimello, 8-Kirovski, 10-John Ferneley, 12-Hail The Chief, 16-Invader, 16-Judicious, 16-Lucky Gitano, 16-Mastermind, 20-Atlantic Rhapsody, 20-Captain Scott, 20-Vintage Premium, 25-Bomb Alaska, 25-Calcutta, 25-Culzean, 25-Desaru, 25-Desert Knight, 25-Exeat, 25-Highland Reel, 25-King Priam, 25-Palau Tioman, 25-Pantar, 25-Peartree House, 25-Roman King, 25-Seranegra, 25-Silverware, 33-Amaranth, 33-Cair Paravel, 33-Castle Shane, 33-Digital, 33-Espada, 33-Everest, 33-Freddy Flintstone, 33-Gralmano, 33-Kingsdon, 33-Masterpiece, 33-Muchea, 33-Prince Babar, 33-Ridgeway, 33-Salty Jack, 33-Silk St John, 33-Sir Ninja, 33-Smart Ridge, 33-Social Contract, 33-Swift Dispersal

Each way the odds a place 1, 2, 3, 4 Others on request

Vodafone Derby - Epsom 9th June 2001

10-Nayef, 12-Galileo, 12-Golan, 16-Dilshaan, 16-Hemingway, 20-Aldwych, 20-Milan, 20-Tobougg, 25-Beckett, 25-Equerry, 25-Mozart, 25-Vacamonte, 25-Wareed, 33-Alunissage, 33-Demophilos, 33-Fair Question, 33-Mediterranean, 33-Musha Merr, 33-Narrative, 33-Theatre Script, 40-Afadan, 40-Alunite, 40-Beekeeper, 40-Bonnard, 40-Caughnawaga, 40-Colorado Falls, 40-Count Dubois, 40-Darwin, 40-Elnahaar, 40-Hill Country, 40-Ice Dancer, 40-King Charlemagne, 40-King's County, 40-Mersey Sound, 40-Mosayter, 40-Nawamees, 40-Perigee Moon, 40-Random Quest

Each way odds a place 1, 2, 3 Others on request


The 2001 National Hunt Meeting at Cheltenham, now being run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 17,18 & 19, will have 21 races, with seven on each day, one more than originally scheduled.

The Doncaster Bloodstock Sales/EBF Mares Only Bumper, with 20,000-added in prize money and due to have been run at Cheltenham's original April meeting, will become the last race on Thursday, April 19.

The Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase will move from being the second-last race on the final day to the same slot on the first day.

Times of races have been altered to fit in with Newmarket's Craven Meeting being shown on Channel 4 alongside Cheltenham.

The three days will have total prize money of 1,925,000 as all the original prize money for the races is being maintained and now there is another contest worth 20,000 added.

The first-race time remains at 2pm, but the last race each afternoon will be at 5.50pm.

The entries for all 21 races will close on Tuesday, April 3, and the weights for the handicaps will be released on April 10.

The conditions of the races will stay the same, except for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper in which horses will be allowed to have run in the Martell Champion Bumper at Aintree as well as a maximum of four other contests.

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's Clerk Of The Course, said: "The going on both the Old and New Courses is currently soft. Should the ground dry out, we will water to make sure that we have the best possible conditions on April 17,18 & 19.

"We have kept one race from the original April meeting and we hope to run some of the other races scheduled for that meeting at the evening fixture on May 2."



Old Course
Time Race Title Distance Money

2.00 Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2m f 85,000
2.40 Irish Independent Arkle Chase 2m 120,000
4.05 William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase 3m f 65,000
4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase 3m f 37,500
5.15 Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase 2m 4f 65,000
5.50 Ladbroke Casinos Final (Handicap Hurdle) 3m 1f 45,000
Total 677,500

Old Course

Time Race Title Distance Money
2.00 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f 85,000
3.20 Coral Cup Hurdle (Handicap) 2m 5f 65,000
4.05 Royal & SunAlliance Chase 3m f 120,000
4.40 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 4m 35,000
5.15 Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase 2m 4f 60,000
5.50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (NH Flat Race) 2m f 30,000
Total 595,000

New Course
Time Race Title Distance Money

2.00 Elite Racing Club Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f 85,000
2.40 Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle 3m 120,000
3.20 TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP 3m 2f 290,000
4.05 Christie's Foxhunter Chase 3m 2f 32,500
4.40 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f 50,000
5.15 Cheltenham Grand Annual Handicap Chase 2m f 55,000
5.50 Doncaster Bloodstock Sales/EBF Mares' Only Bumper 2m 1f 20,000
Total 652,500

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY IN 2001 OF 1,925,000


International representatives in Dubai for the Dubai World Cup meeting at Nad Al Sheba on March 24 are under no risk with officials for the Ministry of Agriculture in the United Arab Emirates moving quickly to dispel fears of a possible outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the country.

Reports have been circulated worldwide of an outbreak of foot and mouth in the UAE however Tom Morton, Veterinary Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture on equine matters, wished to emphasise that the suspect case was found in imported cattle in an import slaughterhouse in Al Ain, some 150km of open desert from Dubai.

The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to restrict movement from the area and is carrying out a full investigation into the case.

Morton also reiterated the fact that based on advice from the Foot and Mouth Reference Laboratory in the United Kingdom steps were taken, several weeks ago, to introduce a disinfection protocol for all horses arriving from the European Union. With this in place the risk of horses contracting the disease is considered negligible.

Morton also stressed the quarantine facilities that the Dubai World Cup horses are housed in are such that the risk of them coming in contact with this or any other disease is equally negligible.

These facilities have been visited and inspected by veterinary authorities from a number of countries including Australia and are considered some of the best in the world.

All horses in the Emirates for the Dubai World Cup meeting are held in separate regional groups with horses from the European Union in a separate quarantine facility 1,500m away from the other groups.

Their training times are separate and there is no contact between horses from different regions until race night.

Morton said that Foot and Mouth Disease would not survive under this regime, let alone be passed onto other horses or transported by horse returning home.


The Emirates Racing Association (ERA) have tried to allay the fears of the connections of brilliant New Zealand-trained mare Sunline ahead of her preparation for the Dubai Duty Free.

Connections of the Desert Sun mare had been worried that she would not be able to return home after the race because of reported outbreak of 22 cases of foot and mouth disease.

However, the ERA's media officer Martin Talty was quick to rebute reports of the alleged outbreak: "I don't know where they got that figure from.

"As far as an outbreak is concerned they found suspected cases in eight cattle in an import slaughterhouse in Al Ain, which is in another emirate and is about an hour and a half's drive away from the horses' quarantine centre.

"Sunline's trainer Trevor McKee got to Dubai this morning and he'll probably assess the situation. I'm sure he'll find everything fine - which it is - with our state of the art quarantine centre.

"It is all systems go for what will be a fantastic meeting."


Last year's winner of the randombet.com Lincoln, John Ferneley could miss this year's renewal and instead head for the Listed Cammidge Trophy over 6f on the same card.

Jack Ramsden, husband of John Ferneley's new trainer Lynda Ramsden repoted: "John Ferneley might run in the six furlong Listed race on Saturday.

"We've got two in the Lincoln and we don't really want them to take each other on.

"We want to find out if John Fernley will be effective over six furlongs - we feel he's got plenty of speed.

"They are both rated high enough on 100.

"John Fernley couldn't win again after winning the Lincoln off 90 and Mastermind has only won a maiden.

"A lot will depend on the going so I would advise anyone thinking of having a bet to hold fire."

Speaking about he and his wife's return to Britain for the 2001 flat season, Ramsden commented: "We don't really know the horses yet.

"It's not as if we trained them last season and we are just feeling our way with them.

"We'll have one or two runners on the Thursday but we haven't made any entries yet."


This Saturday Channel Four Racing will broadcast the following schedule:

Lingfield (4 races): (as listed in the Racing Post)

2.55 Overlease Novices' Chase Class D
3:25 Lingfield Gold Cup Hurdle (Handicap) Class B
3:55 Bet Direct Winter Derby Class A (Listed Race)
4:25 Sapphire Handicap Chase Class D

Market Rasen (3 races):

2.40 St. Patrick's Day Novices' Chase (Class D)
3.10 Leprechaun Handicap Hurdle (Class E)
4.45 Irish Rover Handicap Chase (Class F)


$6 Million Dubai World Cup Kicks Off 2001 Emirates World Series Racing Championship on March 24

Arlington Park, home of the third leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, the Arlington Million to be run on August 18, will serve as the simulcast host for the first race of the Emirates World Series, the $6 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates, on Saturday, March 24, 2001. The world's richest race will be one of four races with total purses of $12 million available through Arlington Park from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse that day.

"The Emirates World Series Racing Championship is the most prestigious and important international competition in Thoroughbred racing," said Scott Mordell, Arlington Park Chief Executive Officer. "We are looking forward to our second year as part of the series with the Arlington Million on August 18 and will continue to support international racing because it is essential to the future growth of our sport."

The schedule of the four races to be simulcast on Dubai World Cup Day is:

The Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 2 - $2 million) Four-Year-Olds
and Up 1 1/2 miles (Turf)

The Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 3 - $2 million) Four-Year-Olds
and Up 6 furlongs

The Duty Free (Group 2 - $2 million) Four-Year-Olds
and Up 1 1/8 miles (Turf)

The Dubai World Cup (Group 1 - $6 million) Four-Year-Olds
and Up 1 1/4 miles

Wagering on the Dubai races through Arlington will be available at close to 700 locations throughout North and South America as well as in the Caribbean, including all ITW and OTB locations in Illinois. The Ontario Jockey Club will serve as host in Canada.

In addition, advance wagering, beginning Friday, March 23, on the races will be offered at the majority of these outlets and all locations in Illinois, including Arlington Park's five OTB facilities -- Arlington Trackside, Quad City Downs and in Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan.

As many as 80 international horses from 16 countries are expected to participate on the Dubai World Cup race-day card. Among the top American horses scheduled to compete in the Dubai World Cup are 2000 Kentucky Derby runner-up and Robert Frankel trainee Aptitude and 2001 Donn Handicap winner Captain Steve, whose trainer Bob Baffert won the 1998 Dubai World Cup with Silver Charm. The post-position draw for these races will be held on Wednesday, March 21.

Following its highly successful debut in 1999, when the nine-race Emirates World Series was won by Godolphin's Daylami, the Emirates World Series expanded by two races, including the 2000 Arlington Million at Arlington Park, in its second year. Godolphin also clinched the series' crown when Fantastic Light won the 11th and final leg, the Hong Kong Cup.

In January 2001 it was announced that the Emirates World Series would be increased to 12 races with the addition of the $1.5 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Lucien Barriere to be run at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris on Oct. 7, 2001.

The Emirates World Series Racing Championship, sponsored by Emirates Airline, the international airline of the United Arab Emirates and four-time winner of the Airline of the Year, in 2001 takes in the 12 most prestigious Thoroughbred races around the globe and is the largest sponsorship in the history of horse racing.

Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run its 102-day live racing meet from June 13 through October 28, 2001. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities at -- Trackside at Arlington Park, Quad City Downs and in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit their website at www.arlingtonpark.com

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