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Wednesday, June 2, 2004



YEATS DEFECTION A MILLION POUND BLOW TO PUNTERS




Yeats was today confirmed as a non-runner for Saturday's Derby costing ante post punters up to a million pounds in stakes according to leading bookmaker Coral.


Yeats was a 7-2 chance before he was removed from Coral's list but had been the ante post favourite throughout the winter.


"This is a massive blow for ante post backers who have staked up to a million pounds on Yeats since he made his debut last September", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.


Snow Ridge has been cut to 2-1 favourite from 5-2 with Coral with North Light 5-2 from 3-1 though Clare believes the latter will go off favourite.


"Ultimately the betting public will decide who starts favourite, and after last year's plunge on Fallon and Kris Kin, I am certain North Light will be backed into favouritism on the day", added Clare.


Punctilious is 2-1 favourite from 9-4 to win the Oaks after today's 48 hour declaration stage.


**Vodafone Derby (NR no bet)
2-1 Snow Ridge, 5-2 North Light, 7-1 Salford City, American Post, 9-1 Percussionist, 11-1 Rule Of Law, 12-1 Let The Lion Roar, 14-1 Meath, 25-1 Gatwick, 33-1 Pukka, Elshadi, Hazyview, 66-1 Moscow Ballet, 100-1 Massif Centrale, Coming Again

**Vodafone Oaks (NR no bet)
2-1 Punctilious, 3-1 Sundrop, 7-2 Ouija Board, All Too Beautiful, 10-1 Necklace, 18-1 Crystal, 50-1 Kisses For Me

** Coronation Cup:
9-2 Doyen, 11-2 Magistretti, 6-1 Warrsan, 15-2 Brian Boru, 8-1 Imperial Dancer, Vallee Enchantee, 9-1 Systematic, Scott's View, 10-1 Leadership, High Accolade, 14-1 Dubai Success, 500-1 Sunny Glen

** Temple Stakes
15-8 Bishops Court, 6-1 Colonel Cotton, 7-1 Speed Cop, 15-2 Forever Phoenix, 8-1 Repertory, 10-1 If Paradise, Dragon Flyer, 12-1 Dubaian Gift, Autumn Pearl, 20-1 Incise, 28-1 Boston Lodge, 50-1 Night Prospector

**Belmont Stakes
1-3 Smarty Jones, 5-1 Rock Hard Ten, 8-1 Eddington, Purge, 20-1 Birdstone, 25-1 Royal Assault, 33-1 Caiman, Tap Dancer



AT THE RACES SIGNS MIKE CATTERMOLE




AT THE RACES has added Mike Cattermole to its team of presenters as it prepares for the return of live UK racing on Friday, June 11.


Mike Cattermole, who can regularly be seen presenting Channel 4's live racing, rejoins At The Races having previously been involved with the dedicated racing channel when it was first launched in 2002.


He joins a team so far comprising John McCririck, Zoey Bird, Alex Hammond and the recently signed up Robert Cooper. Further appointments will be confirmed in due course.


Announcing the latest addition to the At The Races line-up, Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of At The Races, said: "We are delighted that Mike has chosen to continue his association with At The Races. As one of the country's top racing presenters and racecourse commentators, he commands a lot of respect both from within the industry and from viewers and punters alike. Mike's considerable experience will be a tremendous asset to our racecourse-based coverage and to the future development of our service."

On joining At The Races, Mike Cattermole said: "I am delighted to be back on board with At The Races after our enforced break! We have an excellent product here and I will be doing my best as part of a committed team not just to reflect that but also in taking the programme forward."



JOCKEY CLUB SECURITY DEPARTMENT - APPOINTMENTS & RESTRUCTURING




The Jockey Club confirmed today a number of key appointments in the expansion of the Security Department. They include the recruiting of a former Chief Inspector for the role of Head of Intelligence, responsible for supervising the department's intelligence cell.

To accommodate the expansion, the Security Department has moved into a neighbouring building in Portman Square, adjacent to the current Jockey Club / BHB offices. The recruitment of additional personnel is in accordance with the recommendations of the Joint Jockey Club / BHB Security Review, published last year.

Bill South, a former Chief Inspector and one of the DCI's on the Soham Murders enquiry from which the subsequent convictions materialised, has been appointed Head of Intelligence. He is responsible for co-ordinating the intelligence function within the department. He will also oversee the liaison with other agencies, such as the National Criminal Intelligence Service and Customs and Excise.

The additional appointments are Yogita Popat as Intelligence Unit Manager and Barry Holmes as Intelligence Database Administrator. Both previously worked for the Police Service and join the Department with a wealth of experience in handling intelligence.

The Jockey Club's Director of Security, Paul Scotney said: "I am delighted with the calibre of people we have appointed. The use of intelligence and the way in which it is converted into evidence are key factors in our efforts to not only detect but also to deter forms of malpractice within racing. These new appointments will enable us to significantly improve our use and treatment of intelligence.

He added: "We have been very fortunate to secure an area in Portman Square which meets the needs of the expanding department and is adjacent to the Jockey Club's main office, ensuring that we maintain day to day liaison with our colleagues from other departments."

As part of the re-structuring of the department and in line with other Security Review Recommendations, John Elsey, acting Head of Security prior to Paul Scotney's appointment, has been made Chief Investigating Officer. However, the post of Betting Analyst has not yet been filled due to the recruitment process taking longer than anticipated. This summer will see two further posts for investigating officers advertised in order to replace existing members of staff who are due to retire.


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