Racing: Kissogram follows Wonderful footsteps

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LUCA CUMANI has entered both Kissogram and Manndar for the International Stakes at York on 17 August in an attempt to secure a second successive victory in the pounds 370,000 race.

The Newmarket trainer, who scored with One So Wonderful in the Group One contest in 1998, has just two of the 61 entries announced yesterday.

Kissogram reappeared at Sandown last month, finishing fourth of six behind Chester House - also entered in the York race - in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes. The progressive Manndar finished fourth to Mutafaweq in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Mutafaweq is one of a 19-strong entry from Godolphin.

Musselburgh racecourse has been awarded a Levy Board loan of pounds 500,000 to redevelop its weighing room. The old Tote buildings are to be demolished. Work is expected to start on the project in November and will take 11 months. The Levy Board has also agreed a pounds 25,000 loan to Plumpton for various improvements.

A new video replay looping facility is to be introduced at all courses to speed up stewards' inquiries. New equipment will enable stewards to see incidents replayed from up to four different angles. At present, RaceTech staff have to rewind tapes manually for replays.