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Tuesday, July 2, 2002



LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES




MARKET MOVERS

CORAL ECLIPSE
Hawk Wing 1-2 (from 4-9)
Equerry 6-1 (from 12-1)
No Excuse Needed 8-1 (from 7)
Noverre 8-1 (from 5-1)
Bach 16-1 (from 20-1)
Kutub 25-1 (from 40-1)

TOTE BETTING

CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE (SANDOWN SATURDAY)
1-2 Hawk Wing, 6 Equerry, 8 No Excuse Needed, Noverre, 12 Indian Creek, 14 Sholokhov, 16 Bach, Olden Times, 25 Century City, Kutab, 40 Imperial Dancer, 66 Creekview, Della Francesca, 100 Cape Town

TOTE OLD NEWTON CUP (HAYDOCK SATURDAY)
7-2 Lingo, 13-2 Bollin Nellie, 7 Takamaka Bay, 8 Barathea Blazer, Counsel's Opinion, 9 King's Mill, 10 Night Sight, Prompt Payment, Tamiani Trail, 12 Forbearing, Red Carnation, 16 Mana D'Argent, Maniatis, 20 Court Shareef, Gralmano, 25 Hannibal Lad, 28 Tiyoun, 33 Celtic Island, Miss Fara, 40 Bar

TOTE SCOOP6 HANDICAP (SANDOWN SATURDAY)
5 Ghannam, 7 Chorist, Funfair, Pentecost, 8 Man of Distinction, 9 Dumaran, 10 Bestam, 11 Heretic, 12 Invader, 14 Forbearing, Zucchero, 16 Calcutta, Finished Article, Island Light, Morro Castle, Nashaab, Torrid Kentavr, 25 Mister Cosmi, Muchea, Port Moresby, Sarraaf, 33 Laggan Minstrel

DARLEY JULY CUP (NEWMARKET JULY 11)
5 Danehurst, 11-2 Malhub, 7 Meshaheer, 8 Three Points, 14 Invincible Spirit, 16 Misraah, 20 Continent, Juniper, Lahinch, Orientor, Twilight Blues, Vision of Night, 25 Bahamian Pirate, Maderno, Massara, Mugharreb, Reel Buddy, Sahara Desert, 33 Bar

KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES (ASCOT 27 JULY)
4-5 Grandera, 6 Golan, 12 Boreal, Kazzia, Nayef, Quarter Moon, Zinzibad, 14 Equerry, High Pitched, Jungle Pocket, 16 Millenary, Storming Home, 20 Ballingarry, Bandari, Bustan, Kutub, Marienbard, Moon Ballard, Noverre, Simeon, Tobougg, Carnival Dancer, Hawkeye, Sholokhov, Sorcerous, Wareed, 33 Bar

PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE (LONGCHAMP 6 OCTOBER)
3 High Chaparral, 4 Sakhee, 9-2 Sulamani, 7 Hawk Wing, 8 Grandera, 12 Boreal, 14 Aquarelliste, Falbrav, Kazzia, Nayef, 16 Ange Gabriel, Banks Hill, Dance Routine, Equrry, Golan, Jungle Pocket, Manhattan Cafe, 20 Balakheri, Khalkevi, 25 Dubai Destination, High Pitched, Kutab, Noverre, Quarter Moon, Rouvres, Storming Home, Vinnie Roe, 33 Bar



JOCKEY CLUB ADD CHIEF CONSTABLE AND BARRISTER TO INTEGRITY REVIEW COMMITTEE




Following the lifting of the reporting restrictions on the trials involving the Wright Organisation, the Senior Steward, Christopher Spence, announced the Jockey Club's intention to reconvene its Integrity Review Committee. On Monday the Committee had their first meeting, with two new independent members present.


Christopher Spence, Senior Steward, said: "When the Integrity Review Committee first met in 1999 they were fully briefed on the activities of the Wright Organisation. Their concerns about such activities were reflected in the Jockey Club's submission to the Gambling Review Body in 2000 and subsequently in the Jockey Club's own range of measures introduced in 2001.


However, we believe that it is important that the Committee look at the material and evidence that has become available since then.

"In view of the areas that we are dealing with, I felt that there would be great benefit in being able to call upon independent expertise. To this end I invited the barrister Jeremy Gompertz QC and former Chief Constable Ben Gunn to join the Committee. Their extensive experience in law and law enforcement will, I'm sure, prove to be of great value to the Committee in considering whether further measures are required to enhance the integrity of racing so as to ensure the confidence of the punter is maintained."

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1. The terms of reference for the Committee are, in light of the evidence and other material relating to malpractice in racing available since the Committee reported in July 2000, to:-

a) Review the effectiveness of existing Rules, Instructions and procedures and to recommend any additional measures to be taken to ensure the Jockey Club is as well placed as possible to deter, detect and deal with the corruption of horseracing;

b) Consider what further submissions might be made to Government

c) Report to the Jockey Club's Regulatory Committee in the autumn.


2. The Membership of the Committee is as follows:

Christopher Spence - Chairman Senior Steward of the Jockey Club
Ben Gunn CBE - Former Chief Constable
Jeremy Gompertz QC - Criminal Barrister
Philip Blacker - Former professional jockey, JC member
Sir Michael Connell - High Court Judge, JC member
Sir Thomas Pilkington - Former Senior Steward of the Jockey Club
Gurney Sheppard - Chairman of Security & Investigations C'mittee
Christopher Foster - Executive Director
Malcolm Wallace - Director of Regulation
Jeremy Phipps - Director of Security
Richard Smith - Manager of Licensing Department
Graham Walcroft - Secretary, Controller of Rules

3. Ben Gunn CBE retired from his position as Chief Constable of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary in June 2002. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1963 before transferring to Special Branch, dealing with counter espionage, subversion and terrorism, where he stayed for 26 years. After a spell as a Chief Superintendent in West London, he returned to Special Branch as Commander for three years before moving to Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1991. In 1994, he was appointed Chief Constable.

4. Jeremy Gompertz QC is a criminal barrister and is currently the legally qualified independent member of the Jockey Club's Security and Investigations Committee. The Committee's role is to review and monitor the work of the Security Department to ensure that its operations are conducted within the law and the Rules of Racing.



EQUERRY SET TO HEAD GODOLPHIN CHALLENGE IN CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE




No Excuses For Murtagh

Equerry, one of 14 horses to remain in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse after today's five-day confirmation stage, is set to head Godolphin's challenge on the Group One event, run at Sandown Park on Saturday.


The unbeaten four-year-old could be joined in the big-race line-up by stablemates Noverre and Kutub, although their participation has still to be confirmed.


"At this time Equerry is our most likely contender," Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford told the www.godolphin.com website.

"He has done well since his win in France but we are looking at the ground conditions and the weather forecast as he doesn't want the going too firm. He has been lightly raced and is heading the right way. He has won his Group Threes and now we feel is the right time to step up against opposition of this quality.


"Noverre is going to work on Tuesday morning and a decision about him will be made after that as to whether we run him here or keep him for later in the season.


"Before Royal Ascot we felt that Grandera was doing better (for the Group One Prince of Wales's Stakes which he won) than Noverre. Since then Noverre has progressed and it is a question of whether he has progressed sufficiently. We will see how the race is shaping up for Kutub and make decisions about him later on."

Equerry maintained his unbeaten record when making all to land the Group Three Prix La Coupe over ten furlongs at Longchamp on Thursday, June 20.


No Excuse Needed, winner of the Group Two Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, is all set for the Coral Eurobet Eclipse, with Johnny Murtagh booked to ride the four-year-old.


Joe Mercer, racing manager to owner Maktoum Al Maktoum, today revealed: "It is the intention to run on Saturday as long as the ground doesn't come up soft. He's come out of the Queen Anne very well and we're very happy with him."

This will be the second time that the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt has run over ten furlongs. On his previous attempt at the trip he was well beaten by Nayef in the Group One Dubai Champion Stakes at Newmarket in October.


Explaining that run, Mercer said: "In the Champion Stakes the ground was very soft and it was a waste of time. Last year Sir Michael Stoute and myself always thought that ten furlongs would be well within his capacity - if you look at his run at Goodwood last season when he won the Celebration Mile, he came from a long way back."

Andrew Cooper, Director Of Racing at United Racecourses, reported today that the ground at Sandown Park remains good to firm.


"We had some light showers on Sunday night and one or two this morning, but the going is still good to firm," said Cooper.


"The forecast is for a more prolonged spell of rain on Tuesday night, going through into Wednesday morning, when there could be between five and ten millimetres. The first half of the week is set to be unsettled with the weather possibly becoming more settled later in the week, with blustery winds and a maximum temperature of around 18 or 19 degrees.


"We are not watering at present and wouldn't consider doing so until we see what happens on Tuesday night. We would ideally like to race on ground just the fast side of good - certainly no faster than good to firm."

THE 2002 CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE STAKES

Class A, Group One, Sandown Park, 3.30pm Saturday, July 6, 2002, 1m 2f. Total Prize Fund £325,000. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts & geldings 8st 10lb; three-year-old fillies 8st 7lb. Four-year-old plus colts and geldings 9st 7lb; four-year-old plus fillies & mares 9st 4lb. Entries closed May 1, 2002 (87 entries), forfeit stage June 18, 2002 (44 entries remained), £20,000 supplementary entry stage June 29, five-day confirmation stage July 1 (14 confirmed), final declaration stage 10.00am, July 4. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 1, 2002. May not include some overseas form.


013430-120 BACH (IRE) 5-9-07 Satish Sanan & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
33/116-2040 CAPE TOWN (IRE) 5-9-07 S. A. Six Richard Hannon
111/1-1 EQUERRY (USA) 4-9-07 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
435-013135 IMPERIAL DANCER 4-9-07 Imperial Racing Mick Channon
53134-162 INDIAN CREEK 4-9-07 Seymour Cohn David Elsworth
21111-56 KUTUB (IRE) 5-9-07 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
5/5210-041 NO EXCUSE NEEDED 4-9-07 Maktoum Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
21320-22 NOVERRE (USA) 4-9-07 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
151344-3 OLDEN TIMES 4-9-07 Prince A. A. Faisal John Dunlop
31-21125 CENTURY CITY (IRE) 3-8-10 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1-250 CREEKVIEW (USA) 3-8-10 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Robert Sangster Aidan O'Brien IRE
312-20316 DELLA FRANCESCA (USA) 3-8-10 Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Betty Moran Aidan O'Brien IRE
1211-22 HAWK WING (USA) 3-8-10 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1231-02 SHOLOKHOV (IRE) 3-8-10 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

14 entries confirmed
6 Irish-trained


14 REMAIN ON COURSE FOR SANDOWN PARK'S SUMMER SPECTACULAR

A total of 14 horses remain engaged in Saturday's £325,000 Coral Eurobet Eclipse, the highlight of the Flat season at Sandown Park, after the five-day confirmation stage.


Champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, fresh from landing the 1-2-3 in Sunday's Irish Derby, has six entries remaining. These are headed by Hawk Wing, who will be aiming for third time lucky this season following his second to stablemates Rock Of Gibraltar and High Chaparral in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and Vodafone Derby respectively. Hawk Wing could be joined be the Irish Derby runner-up Sholokhov, last year's Coral Eurobet Eclipse third Bach, as well as Group Three winners Century City and Della Francesca. The sextet is completed by Creekview.


Ballydoyle's great rival Godolphin will be aiming to secure its fourth Coral Eurobet Eclipse and the Maktoum family's operation has three possibles to choose from.


The unbeaten Equerry, whose winning sequence was extended to five when he recorded a smooth victory in the Group Three La Coupe over ten furlongs at Longchamp last month, is the most likely runner.


Noverre would be stepping up to ten furlongs for the first time and has already scored at Group One level, taking last season's Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. This season Noverre has come second in two Group One contests - the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba and Newbury's Lockinge Stakes. Godolphin's trio is completed by Kutub, a triple Group One winner in Europe last season.


Sir Michael Stoute has landed four runnings of the Coral Eurobet Eclipse, including last year with Medicean and the Newmarket handler could rely on No Excuse Needed, triumphant in the Group Two Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 18 (see front page).

Another Royal Ascot runner who remains on course for Saturday's spectacular is the David Elsworth-trained Indian Creek, who chased home Grandera in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes.


John Dunlop landed the Coral Eurobet Eclipse way back in 1973 with Scottish Rifle and the Arundel handler looks set to rely on Olden Times, successful in the Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last year and a promising third on his seasonal reappearance in the Lockinge Stakes.


The entry for the Group One contest is completed by Mick Channon's Imperial Dancer, a Listed winner at Goodwood earlier this season and the Richard Hannon-trained Cape Town, runner-up in the Group Two attheraces Mile at Sandown Park on April 27.

Latest Coral Eurobet Prices (Correct at 15.20 01/07/02): 4-6 Hawk Wing, 9-2 Noverre, 7-1 Equerry (from 10-1), No Excuse Needed, 10-1 Olden Times, 12-1 Indian Creek, 14-1 Kutub, 16-1 Bach, 25-1 Sholokhov, 33-1 Century City, Imperial Dancer, 50-1 Cape Town, 100-1 Della Francesca, Creekview

RECORD OF TRAINERS WITH ENTRIES IN THE 2002 CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE

Mick Channon
No previous runners

John Dunlop
2000-4 Sakhee 7/4F
1998-6 Taipan 14/1
1996-7 Beauchamp King 16/1
1994-3 Erhaab 4/6F
1991-6 Marju 3/1
1984-7 Wassl 28/1
1981-3 Fingals Cave 25/1
1980-4 Sea Chimes 100/30
1979-4 Stone 33/1
1978-2 Balmerino 6/1
1973-1 SCOTTISH RIFLE 15/8

David Elsworth
1999-8 Lear Spear 7/1
1992-3 Sapience 14/1
1991-4 In The Groove 3/1

Richard Hannon
2000-6 Gold Academy 33/1

Aidan O'Brien IRE
2001-3 Bach 20/1
2001-5 Black Minnaloushe 5/2
2001-7 Darwin 150/1
2000-1 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY 8/1

Sir Michael Stoute
2001-1 MEDICEAN 7/2
2000-2 Kalanisi 7/2
1999-3 Fantastic Light 6/1
1999-6 Insatiable 8/1
1998-4 Insatiable 100/30
1997-1 PILSUDSKI 11/2
1995-2 Singspiel 9/2
1994-1 EZZOUD 5/1
1993-1 OPERA HOUSE 9/2
1992-2 Opera House 8/1
1992-7 Rock Hopper 8/1
1992-11 Mellaby 200/1
1991-2 Stagecraft 2/1F
1987-5 Milligram 10/1
1981-7 Hard Fought 100/30
1975-11 Sir Penfro 66/1

Saeed bin Suroor
2001-4 Tobougg 9/4F
2001-6 Broche 50/1
2000-5 Fantastic Light 5/1
2000-8 Sun Charm 150/1
1999-2 Xaar 6/1
1998-1 DAYLAMI 6/4F
1998-2 Faithful Son 5/1
1998-3 Central Park 14/1
1997-4 Allied Forces 16/1
1996-1 HALLING 100/30
1995-1 HALLING 7/1
1995-3 Red Bishop 4/1

RECORD OF SELECTED JOCKEYS IN THE CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE

Dominique Boeuf
1987-8Media Starguest 200/1

Tony Clark
1990-3 Ile De Chypre 10/1

Kevin Darley
1995-7Prince Of Andros 9/1

Nigel Day
1989-2 Opening Verse 200/1

Frankie Dettori
2001-4 Tobougg 9/4F
1999-2 Xaar 6/1
1998-1 DAYLAMI 6/4F
1997-4 Allied Forces 16/1
1995-3 Red Bishop 4/1
1993-2 Misil 25/1

Brett Doyle
1995-4 Environment Friend 25/1

George Duffield
2000-1 GIANT'S CAUSEWAY 8/1
1993-7Environment Friend 13/2
1991-1 ENVIRONMENT FRIEND 28/1

Pat Eddery
2000-2 Kalanisi 7/2
1998-6 Taipan 14/1
1995-5 Eltish 100/30F
1993-3 Tenby 11/4
1991-3 Sanglamore 7/2
1989-4 Warning 7/2
1987-4 Bellotto 6/1
1984-1 SADLER'S WELLS 11/4
1983-1 SOLFORD 3/1
1982-4 Peacetime 3/1
1981-5 Last Fandango 4/1
1980-4 Sea Chimes 100/30
1979-4 Stone 33/1
1976-2 Radetzky 20/1
1975-2 Taros 33/1
1974-1 COUP DE FEU 33/1

Kieren Fallon
2001-1MEDICEAN 7/2
1999-4 Chester House 6/1
1997-3 Bosra Sham 4/7F
1996-4 Ela-Aristokrati 16/1

Michael Hills
2001-2 Grandera 8/1
1997-5 Sasuru 8/1
1996-3 Pentire 2/1F
1992-10 Young Buster 14/1

Richard Hills
2000-4 Sakhee 7/4F
1994-6 Lattam 200/1
1992-4 Free Flyer 33/1

Darryll Holland
1999-1 COMPTON ADMIRAL 20/1

Richard Hughes
1999-6 Insatiable 8/1

Thierry Jarnet
1999- 7Croco Rouge 5/2F
1993-6 Arcangues 11/2
1992-8 Arcangues 5/1

Michael Kinane
2001-5 Black Minnaloushe 5/2
1998-4 Insatiable 100/30
1997-1 PILSUDSKI 11/2
1996-5 Definite Article 7/2
1995-2 Singspiel 9/2
1993-1 OPERA HOUSE 9/2
1992-5 Twist And Turn 8/1

Eric Legrix
1986-2 Triptych 9/1

Basil Marcus
1990-7 Call To Arms 100/1

Gerald Mosse
1996-6 Valanour 7/1

Alan Munro
1993-8 Great Palm 16/1
1992-6 Zoman 11/2

Warren O'Connor
1992-1 KOOYONGA 7/2F

Daragh O'Donohoe
2001-6 Broche 50/1
2000-8 Sun Charm 150/1
1998-3 Central Park 14/1

Dane O'Neill
2000-6 Gold Academy 33/1

Richard Quinn
2000-3 Shiva 4/1
1999-8 Lear Spear 7/1
1996-7 Beauchamp King 16/1
1994-8 Perfect Imposter 20/1
1988-6 Broken Hearted 13/2

Philip Robinson
1994-2 Bob's Return 13/2
1983-5 Guns Of Navarone 25/1
1981-6 Czubaryk 100/1

Chris Rutter
1986-7 Come On The Blues 500/1

Willie Ryan
1997-2 Benny The Dip 6/1

Seb Sanders
2000-7 Border Arrow 16/1
1998-7 Duck Row 7/1

Paul Scallan
2001-7 Darwin 150/1

Jamie Spencer
2001-8 Endless Hall 8/1

Gary Stevens
1999-3Fantastic Light 6/1

CORAL EUROBET ECLIPSE - FACTS AND FIGURES

* The Coral Eurobet Eclipse commemorates the great racehorse and stallion Eclipse. Foaled in 1764, the chesnut was never defeated in 18 races, seven of which were run in heats, and won all of them very easily. Eight of his victories were walkovers, as he usually frightened away all the opposition. According to his owner Major Dennis O'Kelly it was always "Eclipse first, the rest nowhere." He was a phenomenal success at stud and by the time of his death in 1789 he had sired the winners of over 860 races, including three Derby winners. Over 90 per cent of modern racehorses can be traced back to Eclipse in the male line. His skeleton is in the National Horseracing Museum at Newmarket.


* It was decided by one of Sandown Park's founders, General Owen Williams, that the course should stage a top-class race in order to preserve its position as a "drawing room" racecourse - one which excluded hooligans and was safe for women. Williams persuaded Leopold de Rothschild, a friend of the Prince of Wales, to put up the money for the inaugural running.


* The first running of the Eclipse in 1886 was worth £10,000 - making it the richest race ever run in Britain at the time and worth £5,400 more than the Derby. It was won by Bendigo.


* This year's renewal of the Coral Eurobet Eclipse is worth £325,000.


* Coral Eurobet will be sponsoring the race for the 26th time in 2002 - one of the longest running sponsorships in racing.


* In 1890 the Eclipse was not run as Sandown Park could not afford the £10,000 prize money.

* World War II prevented the race being run between 1940 and 1945.


* The first horse to record back-to-back victories was Orme in 1892 and 1893.

* Since then, there have been a further four dual winners - Buchan (1919 & 1920), Polyphontes (1924 & 1925), Mtoto (1987 & 1988) and, most recently, Halling (1995 & 1996). No horse has yet won the contest on more than two occasions.


* The most successful current jockey in the race is Pat Eddery, who has recorded three victories on Sadler's Wells (1984), Solford (1983) and Coup De Feu (1974).


* Medicean's victory last year enabled Sir Michael Stoute to become the most successful current trainer in the Coral Eurobet Eclipse. The master of Freemason Lodge has now trained four winners of the race - Medicean (2001), Pilsudski (1997), Ezzoud (1994) and Opera House (1993). Both Henry Cecil and Saeed bin Suroor have trained three winners each.


* The biggest shock came in 1974 when Coup De Feu came home in front at 33/1.


* The shortest-priced favourite to win was the Prince Of Wales's Persimmon, who was returned at 12/100 in 1897.


* During the post-war period 20 market leaders have won, the last being Daylami in 1998.


* The Queen won the 1965 running with Canisbay.


* The Maktoum Family's international racing operation, Godolphin, recorded an amazing feat in 1998. The first three horses home - Daylami, Faithful Son and Central Park - were all owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor. This was the first occasion when the same owner/trainer combination have had the first three horses home in a Group One race.


* The 1969 winner, Wolver Hollow, provided the first of many big race successes for 10-times champion trainer Henry Cecil.


* Since 1946, there have been ten Irish-trained winners, seven French-trained winners and one German-trained winner.

* Star Appeal (1975), was up until last month's victory by Boreal in the Vodafone Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs, the last German-trained Group One winner in Britain.


* Nashwan (1989) was the last Vodafone Derby to win the Coral Eurobet Eclipse. Other horses to complete the double in the post-war period are Mill Reef (1971) and Tulyar (1952). Royal Palace (1968) and St Paddy (1961) were both successful at Sandown Park the year after their Epsom Downs triumph.


* The Coral Eurobet Eclipse is run over ten furlongs and is the first Group One middle-distance race of the season where horses from the Classic generation can compete against their older counterparts.




THE RED CROSS STAKES RACE TO TAKE PLACE AT ASCOT ON AUGUST 10




Top jockeys Frankie Dettori and George Duffield are searching for jockeys to join them in the Red Cross Stakes race at Ascot on Blue Square Shergar Cup Day, Saturday 10 August.


As Ascot's Charity of Year 2002, The British Red Cross is staging the fundraising jockey race to help raise money to support the vital work that the charity does in the UK and overseas.


The Red Cross Stakes Race, supported by Blue Square, will be run over a distance of a mile-and-a-half at 12 noon. Frankie Dettori, George Duffield and two further international jockeys have kindly agreed to take part in the race and another eight jockeys are needed.

Each jockey will be asked to raise a minimum of £2,500 sponsorship for the British Red Cross Ascot Charity 2002 Appeal. In addition each rider must provide their own racehorse registered with Weatherbys under the rules of racing. It is possible that assistance in providing a horse can be given to those riders without access to an owner or trainer.


Speaking about the race, John Gray, Ascot Co-ordinator at the British Red Cross, said: "We are delighted that Frankie and George are taking part in this exciting race. This will be a unique opportunity for budding jockeys to race against some of the world's best jockeys, while at the same time raising money to support the work of the British Red Cross."



ATTHERACES REACHES NEW PEAK AUDIENCE




The release of audience figures for attheraces's digital TV channel (Sky 418) for June, its second month on air since launching on 1 May, has revealed a new peak audience of 270,111 on Saturday 29 June. This exceeds its peak audience in May of 237,351.


This new peak was realised on a day when racing was also broadcast on terrestrial TV on Channel 4 (Newcastle and Newmarket) and in the evening on Sky (Doncaster and Lingfield).


The channel's average daily reach (number of different individuals viewing attheraces) also grew considerably from May, at 149,159 to a June total of 181,064 an increase of 22%.


Periods of peak viewing remained consistent with the first month on air - during evenings between 6.45 and 9.00pm, and during afternoons between 2.00 and 4.30pm.


Chris Stoddart, CEO of attheraces, commented: "attheraces is establishing a strong core audience of over 250,000, which is competing well with other sports broadcasters. There has been a good build since launch, particularly in the evenings and, particularly pleasing, on afternoons when racing is being shown on terrestrial TV. During the week of Royal Ascot, for example, attheraces reached an average daily audience of 171,951. This endorses the quality of our programming and provision of a dedicated, consistent product that tries to appeal to committed fans of the sport and to occasional and new followers. It is a very competitive market. We want more people to watch racing and to go racing, and the only way we can achieve that is to provide an appealing and informative channel and to innovate with new ideas and new products."


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