Thursday, April 27, 2000
BEST PRICES FOR TOMORROW'S RACING
Heathhorns In Association With Nordoff-Robbins Rated Stakes (Showcase Handicap) (Class C) 1m
Silk St John 5 (C)
The Whistling Teal 9-2 (T)
Nimello 13-2 (C, H)
Regal Philosopher 6 (L, T)
Philatelic Lady 10 (L)
Sharp Rebuff 8 (L, T)
Naviasky 12 (H)
Nouf 16 (H)
Baraguey 20 (H)
Slumbering 14 (T)
Parkside 20 (C)
KLM UK Mile (Class A) (Group 2) 1m
Indian Lodge 9-4 (C, H, L, T)
Almushtarak 11-4 (H)
Trans Island 4 (T)
Handsome Ridge 6 (H)
Mujahid 9 (L)
Warningford 10 (L)
VICTOR CHANDLER PRICES FOR SATURDAY'S WHITBREAD GOLD CUP
Trouble Ahead 4
Young Kenny 6
Eau De Cologne 13-2
Dark Stranger 10
Royal Predica 12
Tullymurry Toff 14
Supreme Charm 16
Paddy's Return 16
Village King 20
Esprit De Cotte 16
Flaked Oats 28
Brave Highlander 33
Tell The Nipper 50
Senor El Betrutti 66
Folly Road 100
Thermal Warrior 100
DONCASTER STAGE REPLACEMENT FIXTURE
Doncaster Racecourse will stage a replacement seven-race programme this Saturday. The move is in response to the abandonment of meetings at both Leicester and Ripon .
This is the first such replacement fixture in British Racing history.
Doncaster has already a meeting scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday and has stepped into the breach to keep the sport going for all sectors of the industry.
The gates on Saturday at Doncaster open at noon, and the Club and Grandstand Enclosure will be combined, with an entrance fee of £10, while admission into the Family Enclosure is only £2. There will be no dress code restrictions.
Doncaster will also honour any advance bookings for both Leicester and Ripon, while Ripon's Annual Members will be welcome on Saturday, along with Redcar's annual members, who had a reciprocal day at Ripon.
Flat Season Sponsorship
Having invested milions in sponsorship of over 600 races during the last 20 years, Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint are glowing examples of the benefits of backing horseracing.
Today George Ward, head of the Grunwick Group that owns the brands, announces an improved Flat-season portfolio of sponsorship for this year, with over £500,000 committed during 2000. The impact of these photo-processing brands on racing is phenomenal - sponsoring whole meetings to individual races from Windsor to Newmarket, Ascot to Ayr, and Kempton to Glorious Goodwood.
2000 Flat season sponsorship by Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint so far covers 22 races at eight meetings, starting at Kempton on May 1, 2000, and finishing at Ascot on October 7, 2000.
The quality of racing being sponsored covers the whole spectrum, from the Group 2 Tripleprint Temple Stakes and the Group 3 Bonusprint (Henry II) Stakes at Sandown on May 29, the Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday, to valuable handicaps and less high-profile, but equally-important grass-roots racing.
The enduring household reputation of the brands Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint only goes to prove the success of horseracing sponsorship, and the sponsor's ever-increasing committment to the sport of racing.
George Ward said today: "We believe that sponsorship of horseracing offers tremendous value for money and as a result the brands have become well known to a huge audience over the last 20 years as a result. We look forward to continuing our rewarding relationship with the racing industry for many more years to come."
Bonus, Double and Triple
As befits quality products, so the 2000 Flat season sponsorship starts on a high note at Kempton on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, moving onto Sandown on May 29, Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday.
Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint are all highly prominent on both days, taking advantage of the holiday racegoers, the TV coverage and the day's top race meeting.
The Kempton meeting features sponsorship from all brands including the £50,000 Doubleprint Stakes (Showcase Handicap) over a mile for four year-olds and upwards. This is supported by three £10,000 races - the Bonusprint Handicap Stakes over a mile, the Tripleprint Handicap Stakes over a mile and one furlong and the Bonusphoto European Breeders' Fund Fillies' Conditions Stakes over six furlongs.
The Sandown meeting on the Whitsun Bank Holiday stages the £60,000 Group 2 Tripleprint Temple Stakes over five furlongs, supported by the £40,000 Group 3 Bonusprint Stakes (Henry II Stakes) over two miles, the Doubleprint Rated Stakes (Showcase Handicap) over a mile, with £25,000 added, and the Bonusphoto Fillies' Handicap Stakes over seven furlongs, with £10,000 added.
Racing could provide no better advertisement for sponsorship than that of Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint - not just for what it has done for the sport, but what it has done for the sponsor.
What has racing gained from sponsorship?
All of Britain's 59 racecourses could tell you the benefits of what sponsorship provides to racing. Without the likes of Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint, the sport that we all love would be very much the poorer, not just financially but in character.
What has racing sponsorship given Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint?
What any company would want - national exposure, helping the brands to continue to be household names.
Through horseracing sponsorship the three brands have gained their own unmistakable identity without the use of any slogans or catchphrases. Commercially what better way can there be of selling your product?
The importance of sponsorship to racing cannot be over-estimated with almost 20% of the total purse coming from sponsors. Almost entirely through the efforts of George Ward and the Horseracing Sponsorship Association (HSA) it has enabled sponsors to gain a better foothold in racing, with a position on the Industry Committee, and efforts afoot to secure a seat on the British Horseracing Board.
The future of sponsorship
The sport's need for sponsorship, and the benefits of racing to sponsorship, are without question - and the future looks very bright if the lead set by Messrs Bonusprint, Doubleprint and Tripleprint is followed.
The man behind the brands
George Ward, who heads the Grunwick photo-processing group, has proved one of the greatest supporters of the sport over the last 20 years, during which time the company has sponsored over 600 races and invested over £5 million.
He first gained an interest in racing back in the 1940s through his father taking him to the races in Calcutta.
Because of his genuine enthusiasm for racing, George Ward now chairs the Horseracing Sponsorship Association (HSA), through which he leads the way for sponsors, devoting time and money to the cause.
George is also involved in racehorse ownership and had some notable successes, with Smartset winning the 1979 Cambridgeshire, Valour landing the Groser Preis von Baden and Sunfield losing out by a neck to Hard Fought in the 1980 Jersey Stakes. However it took George 15 years to win one his own races!
George currently has just a handful of Flat horses in training, of whom the best known is Smart Savannah with Roger Charlton, an entry in Kempton's Doubleprint Stakes Showcase Handicap on May 1. George prefers to concentrate more on National Hunt racing through his own yard at Compton, near Newbury, which is run by trainer Ted Stanners.
MONDAY MAY 1, (Bank Holiday)
KEMPTON - ALL RACES, ALL BRANDS
(The Doubleprint Stakes (Showcase Handicap)(Class B) - 4yo+
(0-110), 1m, total prize £50,000)
(The Bonusprint Handicap Stakes (Class C) - 3yo+ (0-90), 1m 4f, £10,000 added)
(The Tripleprint Handicap Stakes (Class C) - 3yo (0-90), 1m 1f, £10,000 added)
(The Bonusphoto European Breeders' Fund Fillies' Conditions Stakes (Class C) - 3yo fillies (not a Pattern winner and EBF eligible), 6f, £10,000 added)
(The Fotocolor Maiden Stakes (Class D) - 3yo maidens, 1m, £6,000 added)
(The Bonusfilm European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes (Class D) - 2yo maidens (EBF eligible), 5f, £5,000 added)
TUESDAY MAY 2, (evening)
WINDSOR - BONUSPRINT
(The Bonusprint Maiden Stakes (Class D) - 2y-o maidens, 5f, £4,750 added)
MONDAY MAY 29, (Bank Holiday)
SANDOWN - ALL RACES, ALL BRANDS
(The Tripleprint Temple Stakes (Class A - Group 2) - 3yo+, 5f, total prize £60,000)
(The Bonusprint Stakes (Henry II Stakes)(Class A - Group 3) - 4yo+, 2m, total prize £40,000)
(The Doubleprint Rated Stakes (Showcase Handicap)(Class B) - 3yo+ (0-105), 1m, £25,000 added)
(The Bonusphoto Fillies' Handicap Stakes (Class C) - 3yo+ fillies and mares (0-95), 7f, £10,000 added)
(The Tripleprint Stakes (Handicap)(Class D) - 4yo+ (0-80), 1m 2f,
(The Doubleprint Stakes (Handicap) (Class D) - 3yo (0-80), 7f, £7,000 added)
(The Bonusprint European Breeders' Fund Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class D) - 2yo maiden fillies (EBF eligible), 5f, £6,000 added)
SATURDAY JUNE 24,
AYR - FOUR RACES, ALL BRANDS
(The Bonusprint Handicap Stakes (Class C) - 3yo+ (0-90), 7f, £15,000 added)
(The Doubleprint Handicap Stakes (Class C) - 3yo+ (0-90), 1m 7f, £10,000 added)
(The Tripleprint Handicap Stakes (Class D) - 3yo (0-85), 5f, £10,000 added)
(The Bonusphoto Handicap Stakes (Class E) - 3yo+ (0-70), 1m 3f, £5,000 added)
WEDNESDAY JULY 12,
NEWMARKET - BONUSPRINT
(The Bonusprint Stakes (Showcase Handicap)(Class B) - 3yo
(0-105), 1m 2f, £25,000 added)
SATURDAY JULY 15,
ASCOT - BONUSPRINT
(The Bonusprint Handicap Stakes - 3yo+ (0-90), 1m 4f, £20,000 added)
FRIDAY AUGUST 4,
GOODWOOD - BONUSPRINT
(The Bonusprint Stakes Handicap(Class C) - 3yo (0-100), 7f, £45,000 added)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 7,
ASCOT - DOUBLEPRINT
(The Doubleprint Handicap Stakes - 3yo+ (0-110), 5f, £30,000 added)
BUMPER KEMPTON MONDAY ENTRY
Grunwick's 2000 Flat sponsorship looks set to start in the best possible style at Kempton on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1, where the six races - which carry a total of £91,000 in added prize money - have attracted a colossal total of 142 entries at the five-day stage.
The feature event is the £50,000 DOUBLEPRINT STAKES at 3.15pm, one of the top mile handicaps of the season. There are 22 currently engaged in this year's renewal, including Smart Savannah, who carries the colours of George Ward, whose company sponsors the contest.
Bomb Alaska, who rounded off last season by winning the Listed Ben Marshall Stakes at Newmarket, is likely to head the weights in a line-up that could include the David Nicholls-trained Tayseer, who landed the gamble of last season when taking the Ladbroke Autumn Cup at Newmarket by a neck from Brilliant Red, star of Lydia Richards' Sussex stable.
Pulau Tioman could bid for a quick Kempton double, having taken the Coral Rosebery Stakes on Monday by a neck from Espada, who is also entered.
Those entered in the six-furlong BONUSPHOTO EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND FILLIES' CONDITIONS STAKES at 3.45pm include the unbeaten Jezebel, winner of both her starts in Italy last season, and May Contessa, who landed a maiden at Newmarket's Craven Meeting last week.
There are 18 unknown quantities in the BONUSFILM EUROPEAN BREEDERS' FUND MAIDEN STAKES at 4.20pm, including Tropical River, an unraced Lahib colt home-bred by George Ward and trained by Ted Stanners.
No less than 44 three-year-olds have been entered in the FOTOCOLOR MAIDEN STAKES at 4.50pm with Sir Michael Stoute, John Dunlop, Geoff Wragg, Luca Cumani, David Elsworth, Ed Dunlop and Mark Johnston among the leading trainers who have promising dark horses engaged.
The first fifty racegoers to arrive at the course will receive a disposable camera from the meeting's sponsors.
SUNDAY FUN AT SALISBURY
Salisbury Racecourse begins its new season on a high note on May 7 with the course's sixth annual Sunday meeting, which has become an enormously-popular day offering both competitive racing and fun for all the family with a whole host of side attractions.
The first of the six races that offer a total of £52,750 in added prize money is at 2.20pm. The £14,500-added Wilton Rated Stakes at 4pm usually attracts some progressive three-year-old sprinters. The 1996 renewal was taken by the William Jarvis-trained Farhana, who went on to win two Listed races and the following season finished runner-up to Royal Applause, the champion sprinter, in the Group 3 Duke of York Stakes at York. Cubism scored for Lambourn-based John Hills last season and went on to capture a Listed race at Haydock 27 days later.
Further highlights include the £8,750-added Salisbury Fillies' Conditions Stakes at 2.55pm, run over five furlongs for two-year-old fillies, the £9,500 Weatherbys Allen Handicap Stakes at 3.30pm and the £10,000-added Wessex Handicap Stakes which closes proceedings at 5.05pm.
The advice is to arrive early with gates opening at 11am and a wide variety of entertainments both before and during racing. There are a good selection of FREE childrens' activities and racegoers of all ages can enjoy the craft centre, Gus Dermody's sheepdog display, and an eagle and vulture show.
The Jubilee Jazz Band and Hyde Band will provide musical entertainment during the day and there will be many more attractions.
History was made at Salisbury on May 7, 1995, when, alongside Newmarket, the course staged the first British Sunday fixture with betting on and off course. Salisbury hosts 14 days of competitive and quality racing in 2000, and this year sees a second Sunday card added to the fixture list on June 18.
Ian Renton, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Salisbury, said: "Our Sunday meeting on May 7 opens the 2000 season at Salisbury in great style. This fixture is now well established as a great family day out, offering good racing and a huge variety of other entertainments in convivial surroundings."
Admission costs on Sunday, May 7, are Members £15, Tattersalls £10 and Course £5. Accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE and Car Parking is FREE.
SATURDAY'S MEETING AT LEICESTER IS ABANDONED
April's shocking record of abandoned meetings continues on Saturday as the meeting at Leicester was called off after a 9.30am inspection this morning.
Clerk of the Course, Nick Lees, commented: "The track is waterlogged. It is absolutely sodden and the stick goes in about a foot.
"We have had five-and-a-half inches of rain during April so far and there is more forecast for Thursday and Friday. That is about a quarter of our annual average rainfall in just one month."
ETERNAL SPRING MAY HEAD FOR CHESTER
The Ed Dunlop-trained Eternal Spring, who made vitually all at Epsom yesterday to win the Victor Chandler Blue Riband Trial Stakes over 1m 2f, may well head for the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester next month on the recommendation of jockey Kieren Fallon.
Last season Eternal Spring won once in four outings taking a maiden at Beverley on August 11 when odds-on. Prior to that success he had split two top-class horses in Distant Music and Best Of The Bests at Doncaster on his racecourse debut.
Dunlop commented: "The Derby is a long way off but he stayed on well and Kieren seems happy he'll get further. He's done it pretty well on awful ground and Kieren's keen on the idea of the Dee Stakes."
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink