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Friday, July 18, 2003


For the third time in the last five weeks, punters will be playing for over
£1 million on the Scoop6, as huge rollovers again provide a massive
incentive to punters trying their luck on the racing tomorrow.

A Win fund rollover of £231,111 and Bonus Prize fund of £639,406 make this
Saturday's Scoop6 the second biggest since last August in terms of combined
rollovers and with the additional money bet tomorrow, again throw up the
possibility of seeing a Scoop6 millionaire.

"We came close to seeing our first ever Scoop6 millionaire at the end of
June when over £1.2 million pounds was on offer in the Win fund, however on
that day we ended up with two winners, each of whom landed £606,000," said
Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.

"This time around however the lion's share of the rollover cash is in the
Bonus Prize fund, which means we won't see a millionaire created tomorrow.

However it does leave the mouth-watering possibility of having someone
needing to find just one winner to make a million next weekend on what will
be the fourth birthday of the bet!"

"What makes it all the more interesting is that historically this weekend
has proved to be the Scoop6 punter's nemesis. Not a penny of Win or Bonus
prize fund money has been taken from the Scoop6 pools on the corresponding
weekend in previous years, however with a cool £1million on the cards I
can't see that putting punters off tomorrow."

Saturday's Scoop6 races are:
leg 1 1.35 Market Rasen Tote Exacta Summer Hurdle
leg 2 2.05 Newbury cantourindex.co.uk 'Instant
Account Opening' Steventon Stakes
leg 3 2.35 Newbury ladbrokes.com Handicap
leg 4 3.10 Newbury Weatherbys Super Sprint
leg 5 3.25 Newmarket Chemist Brokers Healthcare Trophy
leg 6 3.40 Market Rasen Tote Scoop6 Summer Plate


Salisbury Racecourse opens its doors on Friday, July 25, when racegoers can come and enjoy a six-race programme to kick the weekend off in style.

The two earlier fixtures at Salisbury this month were both hugely successful with a healthy increase in attendance on each occasion.

The Ladies' Evening on Friday, July 4, saw a crowd of around 6,000 attracted to the beautiful Wiltshire course. This compared with an attendance of just under 4,000 the previous season and it was fantastic to see so many women having made the effort to look so nice.

The following weekend Salisbury's only Saturday fixture of the season on July 12 was blessed with hot and sunny weather with the number of people coming through the turnstiles increasing to 5,100 from 4,300 in 2002.

In addition to the great horseracing action on Friday, July 25, the crowd will have the benefit of a big screen to help view the racing action and, for younger racegoers, there will be a bouncy castle and creche. Music lovers will be able to enjoy a jazz band.

The first race on the card, the £7,000-added Salisbury Journal Maiden Stakes for two-year-olds over six furlongs, goes to post at 6.05pm.

Last year the Mick Channon-trained Zafeen comfortably justified odds-on favouritism in the equivalent contest to beat Sesary by three and a half lengths. The Zafonic colt has turned into a top-class performer and he won the Group One St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

This season's crowd will be hoping that the finish to the final race of the evening, the £8,000-added Saffie Joseph & Sons Fillies' Rated Handicap (8.35pm), will be as exciting as in 2002.

The seven-furlong event went to the Jeff Smith-owned Highland Shot, then trained by Salisbury director Ian Balding, who got up to lead in the last strides to deny Pie High by a short-head.

Richard Hughes displayed why many people consider him to be the best jockey in the country when he won the equivalent of the longest race on the programme, the £5,250-added Approach Vauxhall Now In Churchfields Salisbury Handicap (7.35pm), in 2002.

He got off to a flyer at the beginning of this one mile six furlong event and was quickly 10 lengths clear of his seven rivals on the Hughie Morrison-trained Fletcher. Hughes subsequently steadied the pace of the race but kept enough in reserve to hold the challenge of Saorsie by half a length.

The £8,000-added Goadsby & Harding Managers Maiden Stakes (6.35pm), the £8,000-added Harry Hookey 82nd Birthday Premier Claiming Stakes (7.05pm) and the £5,250-added Phones 4U Handicap (8.05pm) complete the programme.

Jeremy Martin, Salisbury's Clerk of the Course and Racecourse Manager, said: "The first two July fixtures at Salisbury were tremendously successful and the one on Friday, July 25, can continue this run of success."

Admission prices are Members £16, Tattersalls £10, Course £5, and, as at all Salisbury's meetings, accompanied children under 16 are admitted FREE. Car parking is also FREE.

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