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Friday, July 12, 2002



LADBROKES PRICES FOR ASCOT AND YORK TOMORROW




1-45 Ascot - Doubleprint Handicap, 5f

6/1-TRACE CLIP
10/1-SALVIATI
11/1-FANTASY BELIEVER
10/1-SHOESHINE BOY
16/1-KATHOLOGY
10/1-PERUVIAN CHIEF
11/1-GREENWOOD
10/1-MUJA FAREWELL
8/1-BLUE VELVET
4/1-BRAVE BURT
33/1-MASTER ROBBIE
11/1-MY AMERICAN BEAUTY
28/1-TYPE ONE
18/1-SUNLEY SENSE
16/1-SIR SANDROVITCH
40/1-DOWNLAND

Each Way: -1/4 odds 1-2-3-4

3-00 York - Fosters Silver Cup Rated Handicap, 1m 6f
6/1-DARASIM
9/2-FANTASY HILL
12/1-L'EVANGILE
9/2-TAKAMAKA BAY
10/1-DEMI BEAU
6/1-SOLO FLIGHT
7/1-DAMASK ROSE
7/2-LADY TWO K
16/1-COURT SHAREEF
28/1-MAYCOCKS BAY

Each Way: -1/5 Odds 1-2-3

3-35 York - 43rd John Smith's Cup, 1m 2f

22/1-JOHANNIAN
8/1-MAN O'MYSTERY
22/1-VINTAGE PREMIUM
9/1-I CRIED FOR YOU
20/1-TRANSATLANTIC
12/1-RASM
7/1-KELBURNE
12/1-KIROVSKI
6/1-BEAUCHAMP PILOT
18/1-PASITHEA
28/1-DANELOR
33/1-MORRO CASTLE
40/1-KILKENNY CASTLE
4/1-LEADERSHIP
28/1-TONY TIE
12/1-TORRID KENTAVR
40/1-PINCHINCHA
66/1-LERMONTOV
33/1-MCBAIN
22/1-TURBO
150/1-BARTON SANDS
50/1-COURT OF APPEAL
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Each Way: -1/4 odds 1-2-3-4



£600,000 LINE SCOOP6 POOLS




A big injection of cash will find its way into the Scoop6 pools this weekend, as the lure of the £600,000 already lining the Win and Bonus Prize fund pool is expected to prove too tempting for punters to resist.


A Win fund rollover of £337,984 and a Bonus Prize Fund rollover of £264,171 will start the Scoop6 rolling tomorrow with the six legs shared between Chester and York.


"The Scoop6 is due a winner soon, so many have come so close in recent weeks but no one has managed to completely crack the bet since the start of June," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.


"It's reaching the point now where the rollover pools are big enough to tempt in fringe Scoop6 players who only part with their £2 when there are life-changing sums of money up for grabs."

"The additional interest the bet will generate with the rollovers tomorrow should ensure a single Win/Bonus fund winner will be £750,000 richer!"

Saturday's Scoop6 legs are:

leg 1 2.10 Chester
leg 2 2.25 York
leg 3 2.40 Chester
leg 4 3.00 York
leg 5 3.35 York
leg 6 4.10 York



HIGHCLERE THOROUGHBRED RACING'S FIRST IRISH SYNDICATE




Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, racing's most successful multiple ownership team, is proud to announce its first Irish syndicate, for which three yearlings will be purchased at an average price of £100,000 (150,000 euros).


These yearlings will be trained by John Oxx, Michael Grassick and Eddie Lynam and the aim is to enable the 20 shareowners to compete at the highest level in Irish racing.


The announcement of the Irish syndicate comes just days before the second anniversary of Highclere's most successful performer Petrushka's victory in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks, which she won by five lengths. When she retired, Petrushka was sold for over US$5 million to Sheikh Mohammed with the members of Highclere's Library Syndicate reaping the rewards.


Harry Herbert, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's founder and managing director, explained: "We are organising this first Irish syndicate because we have had plenty of interest and because we have found the right person in Elaine Lawlor to run it."

Lawlor brings a wealth of experience with her as, following four years assisting John Gosden as his PA in America prior to his return to the UK, she spent over 12 years managing the very successful Oak Cliff racing enterprise in California.


Herbert continued: "We are thrilled that Elaine has joined us in this new venture and look forward to her involvement in what will hopefully be the first of many Irish syndicates. Since our first runners in 1993 we have, on occasions, been fortunate enough to run horses that have been successful against the battalions of Coolmore, the Maktoums and other principal owners and we are keen to continue that trend on the Irish stage. This initiative is also a natural progression for HTR as it follows on from having horses trained in France and the United States in recent years."

Petrushka, who was bought in Ireland, was a great flag bearer for Highclere and is one of three Irish Group One performers who have carried their familiar light blue and dark blue colours there, with Delilah who finished third in the Irish St Leger and Referendum who was narrowly beaten into second in the National Stakes, being the others.


"Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's aim is to secure top quality horses and we provide a cost-effective way for people to personally participate at the highest level in racing, enjoying maximum involvement whilst spreading the risk."

The syndicate will be priced in euros, with the 37,500 euros per share covering the purchase of the three yearlings and all associated costs through to the end of their two-year-old seasons, with a small, clearly defined top-up possibly needed for the following year.


Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and its director responsible for bloodstock purchases, John Warren, have a long history of supporting Irish sales, with some 30% of Highclere's purchases made in Ireland. As well as the new Irish syndicate, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing is also currently launching eight new syndicates with British-based trainers at share prices ranging from £11,500 through to £40,000.


Shares are available now and are sold on a first come first served basis. Highclere specialises in putting together small groups of people to share in up to three racehorses. The number of shares in any HTR ownership syndicate varies from 10 to 30.


HTR acts as personal racing manager to each of the individuals involved in the syndicates and provides a level of service that is unique within the industry.




A RECORD ALREADY FOR THE 43RD JOHN SMITHS CUP




The 43rd running of the John Smiths Cup at York, on Saturday, has already claimed another record: the highest ever number of County Stand badges sold in advance for a York raceday.


This success follows record attendance in recent years and with a promising weather forecast and competitive fields, it looks set to be another bumper day on Knavesmire.


The increase in size to the Tattersalls (or main Grandstand) Enclosure for this season has increased the capacity in this popular area.


Tickets and badges for all areas remain available on the day however racegoers are advised that some areas may sell out and they should arrive early to avoid disappointment, gates will open at 11.30am.


Commenting ahead of the day, James Brennan, York's Marketing Manager said "Its always a popular day and this year advance bookings have been particularly strong, we just want racegoers to know that "get here early" is the secret to enjoying a great day of racing".




BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP ENTRIES CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 17th JULY




Entries for the six Blue Square Shergar Cup races at Ascot on Saturday 10th August, which offer £335,000 in prize money, close next Wednesday (17th July). Entry is free and all 60 runners on the day are guaranteed to win something as this is the only occasion in British racing when prize money extends to 10th (last) place.

The ten highest rated horses declared at the 48 hour stage are guaranteed to get a run. Five horses in each race will be ridden by a crack team of jockeys representing Great Britain & Ireland and the other five will be ridden by international stars representing The Rest of the World.


All rides will be allocated at the Blue Square Shergar Cup draw at Ascot on Thursday, 8th August. Any horse could be ridden by any one of the jockeys in either team.


In addition to the ten top rated horses at the 48 hour declaration stage, the next two will remain in each race as reserves and can replace a non-runner any time up to noon on Saturday 10th August, the raceday itself.


The reserves will receive a £500 transport allowance if they do not get a run.


Points will be awarded on a 15-10-7-5-3 basis to the first five finishers in each race and the winning team of jockeys will be awarded the Blue Square Shergar Cup.


"It's a once-a-year raceday offering something a bit different and for owners the package is particularly appealing," commented Ascot's Clerk of the Course, Nick Cheyne.


"They get a guaranteed share of the high prize money if they get a run, there are no entry fees to pay and there's fantastic complimentary hospitality here on the day. The trainers aren't forgotten either. There's a £7,500 prize for the trainer whose horses amass the most points during the afternoon and £2,500 for the runner-up. The bottom line is that there's nothing whatsoever to lose by making entries on Wednesday."


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