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Saturday, May 27, 2000


The holders of 65 winning tickets from last Saturday's Tote Scoop6 will bid for all or a share of today's £240,598 bonus fund. This has been rolling up since it was last won on Easter Saturday. Then, an anonymous Irish punter held the only one of seventy tickets to choose Captain Miller,
securing a pay-out of £360,691. The players will have to solve the puzzle of the eighteen-runner 'San Rossore Racecourse Pisa Handicap' at Doncaster. The race is live on Channel 4 at 14:55 GMT.

"46 of the 65 tickets (70 per cent) were single line £2 bets when they were placed last week," said Tote PR Director Rob Hartnett. "Nobody could have guessed when we last had so many winners, that only one would emerge with the winning horse. This Saturday we have a small army of small stake punters who have a shot at winning more money than they could have dreamt of when placing their bets a week ago."

Three punters, from Gateshead, Middlesex and Ipswich, failed to register in time to play for the bonus, though when they do emerge, their winnings from last week are waiting to be collected.

The Scoop 6 races are as follows:

Leg 1 2.35 Kempton Park
Leg 2 2.55 Doncaster San Rossore Racecourse Pisa Handicap
Leg 3 3.10 Kempton Park
Leg 4 3.40 Kempton Park
Leg 5 4.15 Kempton Park
Leg 6 4.30 Doncaster

Last week's Win dividend was £2,635. There were 68 winning lines. The average Win dividend is £112,343. The average Place dividend is £654. The bonus fund was last won on April 22nd when one anonymous punter among the seventy involved chose Captain Miller and scooped £360,961


Today's fixture at Kempton Park is ON following an inspection this morning.

A course spokesman said: "There are no problems and the meeting goes ahead. The going is soft, heavy in places."


HAYDOCK - Soft, 8mm of rain since end of racing on Friday.

KEMPTON - Soft, Heavy places - fixture passed inspection.

DONCASTER - Good to Soft, Soft in places. 22mm of rain overnight.

CARTMEL - Soft. 10mm of rain overnight.

HEXHAM - Good, Good to Soft in places. 24mm of rain overnight.

LINGFIELD - Heavy on turf course. 22mm of rain overnight. Standard all-weather course Precautionary inspection turf round course 11.30am for one race - the fixture definitely goes ahead with at least five races

WARWICK - Heavy. 10mm of rain overnight.

MARKET RASEN - Good to Soft, Soft in places. 25mm of rain overnight. Precautionary inspection at mid-day.




BP=Best Price of Ladbrokes, William Hill , Coral and Tote.

Going-Yielding to Soft

1) 3-121 Bachir (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori
Gave Godolphina Group One when landing the Dubai Poule D'Essai Des Poulain on May 14, the French Guineas. Had previously finished second to China Visit in UAE Derby. The French form is difficult to sum up but held by Giant's causeway on last season's form. Acts on this ground and should go well.

BP=3/1 Ladbrokes

2) 11d-13 Barathea Guest (John Guest) George Margarson 3-9-00 Philip Robinson
Beat previously unbeaten Distant Musicon seasonal reappearance before running a good race to finish third in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas on May 6 when the ground was too lively for him. Ground should be more suitable today. Has to make up ground on Giant's Causeway.

BP=5/2 Hills and Coral

3) 12-10 Cape Town (S A Six) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Dane O'Neill
Won European Free Handicap over 7f at Newmarket April 19. Limitations subsequently exposed when 12th in Sagitta 2000 Guineas. Ground will be in his favour here but others are preferred.

BP=16/1 Ladbrokes

4) 11-12 Giant's Causeway (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien 3-9-00 Michael Kinane
Won Gladness Stakes on seasonal reappearance over 7f at Curragh on April 9. Subsequently excellent second in Sagitta 2000 Guineas to King's Best. Very very useful and has the winning chance here.

BP=7/4 Tote

5) 1d11-0 Glad Master (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 J P Murtagh
Was tenth behind China Visit in UAE Derby, having been trained in Germany last year. Looks to be Godolphin's second string.

BP=25/1 Coral

6) 3-9 Gregorian ( A G Moylan) Patrick Flynn 3-9-00 Kevin Manning
Looks to be totally outclassed here.

BP=250/1 Hills and Ladbrokes

7) 3-122 Legal Jousting (Moyglare Stud Farm) Dermot Weld 3-9-00 Pat Smullen
Second behind Monashee Mountain over 7f in Tetrach Stakes last time out and had previously finished runner-up to Bach in 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. Should run a fair race but will probably find some others a bit too good.

BP=33/1 Coral and Ladbrokes

8) 17-40 Scarteen Fox (McDowell racing) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Neil Pollard
Was fourth behind Barathea Guest in the Greenham before finishing 19th in Sagitta 2000 Guineas. Trainer holds him in High Regard but he is probably best avoided until he starts showing more on the racetrack.

BP=25/1 Hills and Ladbrokes

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY is the clear value at 7/4 - a worthy favourite.

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