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Thursday, March 20, 2003


South African Superstar Ipi Tombe is 5-4 for Dubai Duty Free

Coral today opened betting on three of the supporting races at next Saturday's Dubai World Cup Meeting and make the Prix De l'Arc De Triomphe runner-up Sulamani the 7-4 favourite to win the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Sulamani is currently also 6-1 for the Dubai World Cup, but with stablemates Moon Ballad and Grandera both likely to run in that race, Sulamani may be better suited by the mile and a half on turf.

The South African trained superstar Ipi Tombe is Coral's 5-4 favourite to win the Dubai Duty Free Stakes having already won twice at Nad El Sheba in recent weeks and the Godolphin trained Imtiyaz looks the main danger at 10-3.

A strong American team has assembled for the Godolphin Mile and Easyfromthegitgo has been installed as the 7-2 favourite by Coral ahead of the 4-1 chances Cayoke, also trained in America, and the Godolphin owned Firebreak.

"The Dubai World Cup and the supporting cards look strong both in terms of the quality and variety of international competitors, and it promises to be yet another outstanding afternoon of racing and betting", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

Nayef is 2-1 from 9-4 after continuing to attract steady support for the Dubai World Cup. Moon Ballad is 10-3 from 4-1 and Sulamani was eased to 6-1 from 9-2.

** Dubai World Cup:
2-1 Nayef, 10-3 Moon Ballad, 4-1 Grandera, 5-1 Aquarelliste, 6-1 Sulamani, 8-1 Harlans Holiday, 14-1 Gold Allure, 25-1 Grundlefoot, 28-1 Blue Burner, 40-1 Sei Mi, Hans Anderson,

** Dubai Sheema Classic:
6-4 Sulamani, 4-1 Ange Gabriel, 7-1 Califet, 8-1 Zindabad, 10-1 Polish Summer, Highest, 14-1 Media Puzzle, Pugin, 20-1 Dano-Mast, Ekraar, Well Made, 25-1 Grand Ekinoks, 33-1 Morshdi, 50-1 Perfect Sunday,

** Dubai Duty Free:
5-4 Ipi Tombe, 10-3 Imtiyaz, 6-1 Paolini, 7-1 King Of Happiness, 10-1 Sights On Gold, 12-1 St Expedit, 14-1 Naheef, Masterful, 25-1 Eventuail, Itaquere Power, 40-1 Blizz Bless,

** Dubai Godolphin Mile:
7-2 Easyfromthegitgo, 4-1 Cayoke, Firebreak, 6-1 Grey Memo, 7-1 Essence of Dubai, 10-1 Mr John, 12-1 Lusty Latin, 14-1 Equerry, Love Regardless, Aramram, 20-1 Skoozi, Estimraar, 33-1 Fabria, 40-1 Que Expresion,


A bumper entry of 97 has been received for this year's £110,000 GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL at Ayr on Saturday, April 12, 2003. This year's number of entries is well up on last year's total of 79.

A thrilling finish to the 2002 Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National saw Take Control just get the better of Shotgun Willy by half-a-length. Both horses are entered again this year, along with the third Gunther McBride and the fourth Grey Abbey. Also holding entries are the 2001 Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National hero Gingembre and runner-up Ad Hoc.

Other high-class performers have been given entries including this season's King George VI Chase runner-up Marlborough, the 2002 Royal & SunAlliance Chase victor Hussard Collonges, Chives - who ran so well for a long way in last week's Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup - and Bindaree, the 2002 Martell Cognac Grand National winner.

There are six entries from Ireland, five trained by Noel Meade. The most significant of these looks to be Harbour Pilot, who ran very well when third to the mighty Best Mate in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and The Bunny Boiler, winner of the 2002 Irish Grand National.

This year there are four entries hailing from north of the border, headed by Direct Access and Skippers Cleuch, both trained by Scotland's winning-most trainer Len Lungo while Lockerbie-based Andrew Parker has made entries for the useful Hugo de Grez and also Behavingbadly.

Other interesting entries include Killusty, who defied a two-year absence to win easily at Sandown on March 8, recent Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase winner Royal Predica, the 2002 attheraces Gold Cup hero Bounce Back as well as Sudden Shock and Stormez, the first two home in Cheltenham's National Hunt Chase.

The Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National is the highlight of the two-day Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival with over £358,000 of prize money on offer, up by £80,000.

Tickets have been in hot demand for the Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival with club badges selling quickly for the Saturday. Anyone wishing to purchase badges in advance should contact the racecourse on 01292 264179 so as not to miss out on this year's great Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival. Club badges cost £20 for the Friday and £35 for the Saturday while Grandstand badges cost £10 (Friday) and £15 (Saturday). For groups of 10 or more in the Grandstand, there is a 20% discount on advance ticket purchases.

Chris Kennedy, Clerk of the Course at Ayr Racecourse, said: "With the continued support of our sponsors, it is very pleasing to see that the popularity of the Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival continues to grow with this record number of entries and the substantial increase in prize money on offer.

"The first year of the Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival in 2002 was a huge success and we are proud to be building on this success."

The weights for the 2003 Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National will be revealed on Wednesday, March 26.



Ascot Racecourse stages its inaugural "Tote Day" on Saturday 29th March, featuring The Tote.co.uk Sprint, the first ever five-and-a-half furlong race to be staged at the Berkshire venue.

The £50,000 three-year-old handicap heads the six-race card, all of which are sponsored by the Tote.

"It is very exciting for us to be starting our Flat season so early this year," said Nick Cheyne, Clerk of the Course at Ascot.

"With the sponsors, we did a lot of research into the sort of races that trainers wanted at this time of the year, and there appeared to be a view that there weren't enough valuable sprint handicaps for three-year-olds in the early weeks of the season.

"We took that opinion on board when framing our new feature race and decided to break more new ground by running it over the distance of five-and-a-half furlongs for the first time here."

Tote Day is sandwiched between the last two National Hunt meetings of the season on Tuesday 25th March and Wednesday 2nd April.

"We are delighted to be supporting all six races at Ascot's first Flat Meeting of the year, including the Tote.co.uk Sprint, the first race ever run over the new trip at Ascot," said Andy Clifton, Public Relations Director for the Tote. "I hope that this race will become an early season target for many 3-year-old sprinters."

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