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Tuesday, May 2, 2000



PRIZE MONEY INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY AT GOODWOOD FOR 2000 SEASON





Goodwood Racecourse, one of the Britain's leading racetracks, is to
offer record added prize money of £2,576,000 for the 2000 season. This
represents a significant rise of £180,500 compared to 1999 - an 8% increase.


Sponsors' contributions to prize money have increased by £100,000, a
rise of 15% to over £770,000, while the racecourse executive will put in
£890,000 and the Levy Board will provide in excess of £900,000.


Prize money during 2000 will increase at every meeting in comparison to
last year. In addition, all races at the four June evening meetings on Fridays
are to have minimum prize money of £6,000, except apprentice, selling and
amateur rider contests which will be worth a minimum of £5,000.


J.P. Morgan, the leading global financial services firm, is a new
sponsor to Goodwood this year, supporting the J.P. Morgan Goodwood Cup which
has increased prize money of £80,000, an increase of £10,000.

The Group One Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes, last year won by Frankie
Dettori on the Godolphin-owned Aljabr, is the most valuable contest of 2000 and
has a total prize fund of £250,000. This is the second year of Champagne
Lanson's welcome support of the Sussex Stakes.


The Duke of Richmond, Chairman of the Goodwood Group, commented today,
Tuesday, May 2, 2000 : "Goodwood again increases prize money well ahead of the
rate of inflation. Goodwood prides itself on the quality of its racing, and one
of the best ways to attract top-class horses is to have excellent prize money.

"The staff at Goodwood Racecourse have worked tirelessly to increase
the levels of prize money, and thanks to the generosity of sponsors as well as
major contributions from our own funds and the Levy Board, the millennium year
promises to be most exciting at Goodwood."



MOLECOMB TO BE NAMED IN HONOUR OF THE QUEEN MOTHER'S 100TH BIRTHDAY





This year's Molecomb Stakes falls on the same day as the Queen Mother's
100th Birthday, Friday, August 4, and to honour the occasion, Goodwood
Racecourse will run HM The Queen Mother's 100th Birthday Molecomb Stakes.


The naming of this Group Three race is particularly appropriate as the
Queen Mother, who was a good friend of the Duke Of Richmond's aunt, used to
stay at Molecomb, which is part of the Goodwood Estate, when attending Goodwood
Racecourse. The race is one of four televised on the penultimate day of the
Festival Meeting.

The Duke of Richmond, Goodwood's Chairman, said; "There is quite a link between
Molecomb and the Queen Mother as she was a friend of my aunt, Doris Gordon
Lennox, who lived at Molecomb House with my father in the early 1920s. Before
she was married, she would stay there during the Festival Meeting."

Racing has been very fortunate to have had the Queen Mother's patronage
for so long, with the first of her 400-plus winners being Monaveen at Fontwell
in 1949.


The Friday of Goodwood's Festival meeting also features the new ś50,000
Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes, a Group Three contest over seven furlongs, formerly
the Beeswing Stakes held at Newcastle.


Champagne Lanson, Goodwood's longest-serving sponsor, returns to the
Festival meeting for their 26th year of support.

The champagne house sponsors the £250,000 Group One Sussex Stakes, over
a mile, on the Wednesday, with the Group Three Champagne Lanson Vintage Stakes
moving to that day from the Thursday.

Champagne Lanson is also supporting a third race this year, the Lanson
Lady Of The Month Award Stakes.

The Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes remains one of the most valuable
all-aged mile championship races in Europe, and last year's win on Aljabr for
Frankie Dettori contributed towards his success in the Tote Top Jockey Charity
Trophy which he received for six victories at the July Festival meeting.


Vodafone continues to sponsor four races on the Saturday of the
Festival meeting, including the £135,000 Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes, over
one mile two furlongs, and the £85,000 Vodafone Stewards Cup, the major
handicap over six furlongs, a race which dates back to 1834.


As a prelude to this historic contest, Vodafone is to support the
£20,000 Vodafone Stewards Cup Trial Handicap on Sunday, July 2, which is
designed as a trial for one of Britain's biggest betting races the following
month.




NEW DEVELOPMENT PART OF LONG TERM PLAN





When work begins this September on Goodwood's stunning new look Members' Main
Entrance, Paddock and Weighing Room, it will progress the overall plan set down
by the directors of the racecourse twenty years ago.


The Duke of Richmond said: "We set out on a grand plan of improvement two
decades ago. So far, the plan has seen the building of the March grandstand
which was opened by the Queen in 1980, and the creation of the Sussex and
Charlton stands 10 years ago.


"We have always been particularly keen to implement a long term strategy around
landscaping so that the racecourse can have a lasting beneficial effect on the
surrounding countryside.

"Landscaping will play a major part within this latest development, and I am
confident that it will contribute to the unique character of Goodwood
racecourse and give racegoers an even more aesthetically pleasing environment
in which to enjoy great racing."

General Manager of the racecourse, Rod Fabricius added: "We are particularly
pleased to be able to reconstruct the Parade Ring on a flat base at a sunken
level with greatly improved viewing. The current Paddock is sloping and
cambered which prevents horses from walking properly which, in turn, has made
any Paddock inspection of runners unsatisfactory."

"The amphitheatre style of the Parade Ring will mean that around 5,000
racegoers will have a good view of the Winner's Enclosure and Parade Ring, a
significant increase over present numbers."




NEW GOODWOOD PAVILIONS WILL CAPTURE AN AGE OF ELEGANCE





A major part of Goodwood's new ś4m development will be a new pavilion concept
ranged around the dramatically re-modelled Parade Ring. Designed by
London-based Michael Hopkins & Partners, the three glass-fronted pavilions will
give an unprecedented view of the Paddock for racegoers, owners and trainers.


The three permanent elliptical pavilions, currently dubbed Gordon, Lennox and
Kinrara will reflect the tented' design of the Sussex Stand. The interiors
will be decorated with natural wood and cream canvas, lending an airy, garden
party ambience. Additional design touches will reflect the spectacular summer
countryside that makes up Goodwood Racecourse.


Terraces will run around the outside of each pavilion giving visitors the
superb chance to soak up the sun and take in the special atmosphere of a
Goodwood racemeeting, all at the same time.


The Kinrara Pavilion will be situated above the new Weighing Room and will be
open on all sides. This will be open to everyone at all meetings apart from
the Festival Meeting when it will cater for members only. Serving champagne,
wine and a full bar service, the Kinrara Pavilion will offer interesting
finger' food such as wraps, tapas, tortillas and baguettes and gourmet
sandwiches.


The Lennox Pavilion will cater for owners, trainers and their guests during the
Festival Meeting with members also able to use the facilities at other times.
Simple but contemporary menus will prove popular as will a special recovery'
bar where racegoers will be able to order Bloody Marys, espressos and
cappuccinos throughout the day as circumstances dictate.


The Gordon Pavilion will open to Gordon Enclosure racegoers at all
racemeetings. An exciting, yet relaxed menu will allow racegoers to choose
from a range of popular chef prepared and presented dishes which will change
daily.

A smart Seafood Restaurant will be created near the Members' Lawn Lanson
Champagne Bar giving dramatic views to the south across the Horsewalk towards
the Isle of Wight.


Racecourse Food Services Director, Colm O'Mahony is dedicated to sourcing
local, often organic food and is aiming to use Goodwood Farm's own organic lamb
when it becomes available in the next few years.


General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse, Rod Fabricius said: "Our longstanding
partnership with Payne & Gunter has meant that the concept, design and
implementation of our new food and bar areas meets the expectation of our
racing public seeking new and exciting menu experiences."

Managing Director of Payne & Gunter, Bob Reeves said: "The opportunity to be
part of such an exciting development from the concept stage has meant that we
have been able to design facilities that work for everyone."



CATERING STANDARDS KEPT HIGH WITH RENEWED PARTNERSHIP





Goodwood Racecourse has signed a new five year contract with award-winning
caterers, Payne & Gunter to manage all food service on the racecourse.


Confirming Goodwood's confidence in a long-term relationship of some 14 years'
standing, General Manager Rod Fabricius said: "We are delighted to maintain the
continuity of our association with Payne & Gunter. Catering is one of the most
important areas of our business and it is vital that racegoers are offered high
standards and good value for money.


"We are very pleased to be starting the new millennium with imminent plans for
better catering facilities which will allow Payne & Gunter to meet our
customers' expectations both for racing and non-racing occasions."

Managing Director of Payne & Gunter, Bob Reeves added, "This is a particularly
exciting phase in the life of Goodwood Racecourse and we are very happy to be
involved in it from the outset.

"We will continue to offer interesting and inventive dishes this season, as
well as preparing for the next challenge, our substantial new catering areas on
completion of Goodwood's spectacular new development in 2001"



NEWS IN BRIEF





Goodwood looks forward, as part of the consortium of 12 racecourses, to
a ten year relationship with the BBC, Channel 4 and ntl, delivering top level
racing across all media platforms and encouraging the development of on-line
interactive betting and e-commerce.


Rod Fabricius said, "This will be of great benefit to the sport of
horseracing in this country raising much needed new income. The ten year
agreement will ensure that the sport maintains its prominence on terrestrial
television giving comfort to sponsors and a shop window for long term marketing
initiatives."

"Our own web site will shortly offer an on-line box office service to
racegoers and will include up to the minute information on everything to do
with horseracing at Goodwood."

The popular Free Fast Food Day will take place again on Tuesday 23rd
May. Fast food will be given away absolutely free of charge in the Gordon
Enclosure. This will include burgers, pizzas, hotdogs, fries and hot and cold
drinks. The only limit on the amount of food given away is the appetite of the
individual racegoer!

New facilities in the Press Room this season include two additional
ISDN lines for general use. One line is situated in the photographer's room
on the mezzanine floor of the March stand.

During the Festival Meeting only, the Gordon Enclosure will once again
boast its own merchandise shop. A new range of racing merchandise will be on
sale in both racecourse shops throughout the season. It features a new palette
of ice cream colours and items reflecting the history of the racecourse.

Student racegoers get half price admission to the Gordon Enclosure
during non-Festival meetings on production of their NUS card. The annual
Junior Metal Badge (5-25 years) costs just 80. A Junior day badge for the
Festival Meeting Richmond Enclosure is only 15 per day. At non-Festival
meetings, under 17s are admitted FREE at all meetings except for the Festival
meeting in the Richmond Enclosure.


Sculpture will take its place in the new development from 2001. Pieces
from nearby Sculpture at Goodwood will be installed at the Western Entrance.
These will be frequently changed.


During the Festival meeting only, there will be three visits to the
start per race instead of the usual two.


The big screen will put in more of an appearance this season including
Goodwood's family Sundays. It can be seen on 2nd July, 26/27th August and
9th September.


Please note that at the end of this season, we will be constructing a
new staircase giving access to the March Stand. This will be particularly
useful for reaching the Press Room in 2001when the link bridge has been
demolished.


The Shergar Cup which was staged at Goodwood in 1999, has this year
moved to Ascot and will be contested there on August 12th.




UPMANSHIP GOES FOR GOLD




Leading Irish novice chaser Native Upmanship misses today's Bradstock Insurance Novice Chase and will instead tackle the Heineken Gold Cup at Punchestown tomorrow.


Trainer Arthur Moore stated yesterday: "He came out of last week's Power Gold Cup well, the Heineken is a very good prize and so we decided to go for it."




EDREDON IN BMW




Edredon Bleu, winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, bids to build on that success in today's BMW Chase at Punchestown.


The gelding's trainer Henrietta Knight was hopeful that the drying conditions at the track would continue, stating: "He's a better horse on good ground - he's quicker over his fences when it's like that. The going should be okay for him and the horse is very well."



WYNNE TAKES ON DUAL ROLE




National Hunt jockey Steve Wynne is to take on a dual role by becoming assistant trainer to Henry Daly and at the same time continuing with his riding career. Wynne will commence his role as Daly's assistant in August. The partnership is not altogether new as the pair worked together for the late Captain Forster.


Wynne looked forward to hIs new role, stating: "When Henry offered me the job, I immediately accepted. The two of us have always got on well together. I already do a lot of riding out and schooling for him, and I also live locally, so it couldn't be better."

In addition to riding for Daly, Wynne will continue to ride for other trainers.




BONAGUIL MAY STEP UP IN DISTANCE




Bonaguil, winner of yesterday's Bonusprint Handicap at Kempton, may step up to 1m2f for his next outing. Drawn on the inside, Bonaguil had to overcome trouble in running before Richard Mullen managed to switch him to the outside where he ran on well to prevail by a neck.


Afterwards trainer Chris Wall stated: "I thought we'd have to settle for an honourable third. He probably needs to go a bit further, we'll try him at a mile and a quarter next time. He's very genuine, when you back him you always get a run for your money."



SOBRIETY TO STEP UP IN CLASS




Sobriety, victorious in yesterday's Doncaster Racecourse Sponsorship Club Conditions Stakes, will probably step up to Listed or Group 3 class on his next outing.

His trainer Fulke Johnson Houghton stated afterwards: "I always thought he was a decent horse. Clearly a mile is his trip and he's suited by cut in the ground. I don't know where he'll go next, I didn't put him in the St James Palace Stakes, because I thought there were plenty of good milers around and I didn't think he'd be quite good enough. But I've always thought he would be Group 3/Listed class and we'll probably look for something like that."




HALL GAINS SECOND UK WINNER




Australian jockey Greg Hall recorded the second winner of his Busman's Holiday in Britain when partnering Clive Brittain's Party Charmer to victory in the EBF Primrose Maiden Fillies's Stakes at Warwick yesterday.


Afterwards Hall commented: "It's unbelievably competitive and getting on the good horses is a hell of a lot more difficult than actually riding them. I'd love to win a Group race over here though and it's like anywhere else in that you just need that one top horse and you're flying."


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