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Monday, August 23, 2004



ULTIMATEBET.COM RENEWS GUINEAS SPONSORSHIP




UltimateBet.com, one of the world's leading on-line poker websites, has renewed its sponsorship of Newmarket's Guineas Festival which it supported for the first time in May. A new one-year deal has been signed for 2005, with an option for 2006.


The deal includes title sponsorship to the UltimateBet.com Guineas Festival on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2005 and title sponsorship to the three main races, the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas (Group 1), the UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas (Group 1) and the UltimateBet.com Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2).


"We are absolutely delighted that UltimateBet.com has renewed its Guineas sponsorship," commented Newmaket's Managing Director, Lisa Hancock. "It was a hugely successful meeting this year, with a record weekend crowd on the Rowley Mile enjoying world class racing.


"The advance publicity for next year is already well under way, with a vibrant ante-post market for the two Classics headed by the much vaunted Shamardal in the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas and the Irish filly Damson and French filly Divine Proportions in the UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas."



THE BETFAIR RACEHORSE PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHED




Betfair, the world's leading betting exchange, is pleased to announce that they have set up a racing syndicate.


The Sharp Minds Betfair syndicate, in which each owner has a 1/8th share, is made up of winners from competitions that Betfair has run since Cheltenham. Two more winners have yet to be decided. One will be auctioned at the Betfair.com Champions Ball at Newmarket in aid of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, and there will be another competition in the Racing Post over the Betfair.com St Leger weekend.

A four year colt, called Say What You See, has been purchased from John Hills' yard in Lambourn, and he will be sent to champion trainer Martin Pipe this week to begin his hurdling career.


Josh Apiafi, Betfair's Director of Field Marketing, said, "This is hugely exciting for everyone involved, particularly those lucky enough to have a won a share in the horse. We can now only hope for a bit of success on the track!"


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