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Wednesday, June 23, 2004


Mark Johnston's stable star ATTRACTION stands out amongst the 31 entries released today for the £200,000 UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes on the first day of Newmarket's July Meeting, Tuesday 6th July. This will be the first time that the unbeaten filly has taken on older fillies and mares in a race that has been upgraded to Group 1 status this year.

ATTRACTION has already reeled off three Group 1s this season, the UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas on Newmarket's Rowley Mile course, the Boylesports Irish 1000 Guineas and most recently the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She is likely to face a searching examination in the UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes, with two older fillies who also ran great races at Royal Ascot taking the eye - SOVIET SONG, so narrowly denied in the Queen Anne Stakes, and FAVOURABLE TERMS, the impressive winner of the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes.

MONTURANI and SOLDERA, who chased FAVOURABLE TERMS home in the Windsor Forest Stakes, have also been entered along with the disappointing favourite, CRIMSON PALACE.

Amongst her own age group, ATTRACTION could renew rivalry with MAJESTIC DESERT and RED BLOOM, who finished second and third in the Coronation Stakes and were also behind her in the UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas, and ILLUSTRIOUS MISS, third to her in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

Other interesting three-year-old entries include the well-regarded PHANTOM WIND, who has not run since finishing sixth in the Fred Darling on her sole start this season, and the French entry, BAQAH, who has won three of her last four for trainer Freddie Head including a Group 2 at Chantilly on her latest start.

"To have ATTRACTION all set to put her unbeaten record on the line in the first running as a Group 1 contest of the UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes is fantastic news for the July Meeting," commented Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser.

"If she can beat high class older fillies like SOVIET SONG and FAVOURABLE TERMS in the same way that she's been beating her own age group, then we'll know for sure that she's a real champion."


Cantor Odds have been unveiled as the new sponsors of the £100,000 Princess of Wales's cantorodds.com Stakes, highlight of day two of the July Meeting at Newmarket on Wednesday 7th July. A top class entry of 35 horses has been received for the Group 2 contest over a mile and half, including two of Godolphin's most impressive winners at last week's Royal Meeting, DOYEN and PAPINEAU.

Other older horses to take the eye include another top Godolphin horse, last year's King George runner-up SULAMANI; last year's winner of this race, MILLENARY, who has never been out of the first two in six outings at Newmarket; this year's Jockey Club Stakes winner, GAMUT; the 2003 Ormonde Stakes winner, ASIAN HEIGHTS; Brigadier Gerard Stakes winner, BANDARI; an Aidan O'Brien dark horse, EXCALIBUR, who won his only race by 15 lengths last year; and HIGH ACCOLADE, who chased home DOYEN in the Hardwicke Stakes last week.

A clutch of high class three-year-olds have also been entered, notably the Vodafone Derby second and fourth, RULE OF LAW and PERCUSSIONIST. DAY FLIGHT, who ran so well when favourite for the French Derby earlier this month, Godolphin's facile Queen's Vase winner, DUKE OF VENICE, and the highly regarded ECOMIUM also take the eye.

Michael Prosser, Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Cantor Odds as a new sponsor at the July Meeting and the entries for the Princess of Wales's cantorodds.com Stakes bode very well for a top class contest."

Lewis Findlay, Managing Director of Cantor Odds, said: "Having recently launched our new on line fixed odds operation, this race represents a great opportunity to showcase our operation at the Home of Racing. This is our first sponsorship with Newmarket and we hope the relationship will continue beyond this year."


It's true - the foxiest celebrity of them all Mr. BASIL BRUSH® is coming to entertain the public alongside his actor friend Milton Johns who plays Basil's landlord - Mr Rossiter in the ratings winning BBC series The Basil Brush Show. Basil will be making live appearances in the winner's enclosure between races and enjoying some friendly banter on Family Day at the Royal Windsor Festival.

Milton Johns is the regular announcer at Royal Windsor and is well known in racing circles for his theatrical stance when making racecourse announcements. During his spare time, Milton is an actor and is currently filming the third series of The Basil Brush Show, which is due to air on BBC One and CBBC later in the year.

Kate Hills, Head of Marketing and PR for Arena Leisure's Racecourse Division, said: "Basil Brush® is a fabulous character with enormous appeal to all age groups. He doesn't make many live appearances, so we are honoured that he is coming to Windsor on Sunday, and really hope he enjoys it.

"I first had the idea last year when Milton said he was filming The Basil Brush Show and thought what fun it would be to get Basil along to a race meeting or two. As a star of his calibre, Basil has to have everything just so for his live appearances, so with truck loads of jellybabies being shipped in specially for the occasion and gallons of cherryade and cream soda on order, the stage is set for the living legend that is Mr Basil Brush to appear at Windsor this Sunday."

Family Sunday is always a special event, with lots of exciting extra entertainment for everyone, Basil Brush® will of course be the star of the show, but there will also be face painters, Temp Tattooist, balloon modeller, kids train ride, clown, Barney Bear costume character, Punch & Judy, ball pond, 2 bouncy castles and a lunar dome! Family Sunday's first race is due off at 2.30 pm with gates opening at 12.00 noon.

The three-day Royal Windsor Festival takes place over the weekend of June 26 and 27 plus Monday evening on June 28. The festival is sponsored this year by The Royal Marbella Group.

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