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Wednesday, April 19, 2000



BEST ODDS





Concord Classifile Handicap Hurdle 2.20pm 3m 110y Cheltenham
Best Odds Ladbrokes (L), Victor Chandler (VC), William Hill (H), Tote (T)

KADOU NONANTAIS 33/1 H, VC
LAKEFIELD LEADER 7/1 ALL FIRMS
TAKE CONTROL 6/1 VC
ROYALE ANGELA 12/1 T, L, H
CHURCHSTANTON 8/1 L
BALLYNABRAGGET 6/1 VC, L
JIM JAM JOEY 12/1 H
GANPATI 6/1 T
MASTER RASTUS 18/1 L
VALIGAN 14/1 T, VC
MAJOR ADVENTURE 13/2 H
STORM CASTLE 20 T
BLESS ME SISTER 50 VC, T, H



RECORD PRIZE MONEY AND NEW RECORD ATTENDANCE HOPED FOR





Salisbury racecourse today announced that its prize money for the 2000 season will be almost £600,000, an increase of over 10% compared with the 1999 level.


Last year saw a 14% increase in attendance at the Wiltshire course which will race on 14 days in 2000. There are two Sunday fixtures, the opening fixture on May 7 and on June 18.


Michael Wates, the racecourse chairman, said: "With the additional Sunday meeting on June 18 and the successful Soir de France evening meeting brought forward to July 7, Salisbury is hoping to better last season's record attendance."

Salisbury will have two Listed races for the first time this year. The new conservatory extension to the Members' Restaurant has been completed and improvements have also been made to facilities in the Course Enclosure.






AGNES WORLD MAY RUN AT ROYAL ASCOT





Agnes World, who just beat Imperial Beauty by a short head to win the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on October 3, has been entered for the Group Two King's Stand Stakes at Ascot's Royal meeting on Tuesday, June 20.


The five-year-old, trained by Hideyuki Mori in Japan, is joined by stablemate, Dojima Muteki, who is also entered for the King's Stand and finished unplaced behind Agnes World in the Longchamp contest.


If either horse were successful at Royal Ascot, they would become the first Japanese-trained winner at the Royal Meeting.




TOP U.S. JOCKEY TO RIDE AT ROYAL MEETING





Jerry Bailey, a top American jockey who has ridden over 4,000 winners, will make his debut at Royal Ascot which this year runs from Tuesday, June 20, to Friday, June 23.


Bailey, based in New York, has a first-class record as a rider having won nine Breeders' Cup contests, including the Classic on four occasions, two Kentucky Derbys and two Dubai World Cups.


Ron Anderson, Bailey's manager, commented: "Jerry's real excited about coming to Ascot. When I became his agent earlier this year, one of the first things I said to him was that he must experience Royal Ascot. There's no other race meeting like it in the world."



SUMMONER DEFINITELY HEADS FOR GUINEAS





Beckhampton trainer, Roger Charlton, has confirmed that Summoner, a highly-impressive winner at Doncaster in a conditions race last month, is being aimed at the Sagitta 2000 Guineas on May 6 at Newmarket.


Unfortunately Charlton has also reported that the three-year-old Inchinor colt has suffered a slight setback, which will prevent him from running in both the Craven at Newmarket tomorrow and the Easter Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.


Charlton commented: "He's a half-brother to last year's Eclipse winner Compton Admiral and while I expect a mile to prove his best trip, he's a relaxed horse who may well get further. He's good-actioned and won't mind faster ground, and if he finished fourth or fifth in the Guineas, we'd be delighted."



TOP AND TAILS FOR WELLBEING





After a comfortable victory in the Alphameric - Red Onion Maiden Stakes at Newmarket yesterday, the Henry Cecil-trained Wellbeing looks like he may go for the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.


Last season the Sadler's Wells colt was only seen on a racecourse on one occasion, finishing third behind Shouf Al Badou at Doncaster on November 5. He is entered for the Vodafone Derby and received a quote of 33/1 from Ladbrokes.

Cecil commented: "He was very lazy last year, but he's coming together nicely. I'll feel my way with him, but the moment he wouldn't have the pace of Beat Hollow [Cecil's current principal Derby hope] and he could be more of a Queen's Vase type."


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