pounds 1m Jackpot in prospect

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Today's Tote Jackpot at Warwick will have a carry over of pounds 453,193 after only a 10p line was won yesterday.

"The 10p winning line came via Tote Direct through a Tote Bookmakers shop in Walsall," a Tote spokesman, Rob Hartnett, said. "The winner invested only pounds 6.40 and has won pounds 35,751. We are delighted that not only do we have a winner but the bulk of the pool will go on to Warwick tomorrow. The carry forward will be pounds 453,193. The pool tomorrow will easily exceed pounds 750,000 and could reach pounds 1 million."

Meanwhile, Timeform have suggested that horses found to have been non- triers be removed from their trainers' stables. The Halifax-based publishers entered into the debate in its Timeform Perspective following the victory of Zaralaska in the Bessborough (Handicap) Stakes at Royal Ascot. Zaralaska, trained by Luca Cumani, had been banned for 30 days under the "non-triers" rule on his previous start at York.

In its introduction to last Wednesday's Royal Ascot card in the latest issue of the Perspective, Timeform wrote: "Zaralaska absolutely bolted up in the Bessborough, it has to be said underlining the futility of his York punishment, which ran out two days before the race."

The comment writers of Timeform go into further detail in their notes on the Bessborough Stakes itself, recording: "We've seen more tenderly handled horses than he at York go unquestioned, but the 30-day ban which seems to be the norm for those found guilty under the non-triers rule clearly doesn't do the job sufficiently, and the situation is reportedly under review; perhaps the offending horses should be taken into British Horseracing Board care for the duration of their ban and only then given back for their trainers to start again."

Fantastic Fellow, winner of this year's Listed Prix Djebel at Maisons- Laffitte but disappointing on his two subsequent starts, left Clive Brittain's Newmarket stable yesterday to continue his racing career in California.

The son of Lear Fan was expected to make his mark in Classic company after his win in France but could finish only fifth in the French 2,000 Guineas at Longchamp in May. He beat just one rival home in the nine-runner Listed Diomed Stakes at Epsom on Derby day.

Churchill Downs, which has hosted three Breeders' Cup meetings, is expecting to complete a four-timer by staging the 1998 event.

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