Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

They Are Still Betting at Newmarket! Racing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

They Are Still Betting at Newmarket! Racing

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Byline: LYDIA HISLOP

FOOT-AND-MOUTH disease may have whitewashed British racing for seven days, but bookmakers have of course responded instantly to the challenge of how to persuade punters to part with their hard-earned pounds. Make that rands. Or lira.

Betting-shop regulars were today treated to a seven-race card from Kenilworth in South Africa - the nation that produced the UK's 1992 champion jockey Michael Roberts and multiple domestic champion Basil Marcus, who was a regular fixture here during the last Flat season.

Live greyhound or horse racing ran from 11.15am until 5.27pm today.

Tomorrow, British punters can feast their eyes on Italian racing for the first time. A meeting from Pisa complements two South African fixtures at Newmarket and Clairwood.

The Italian flavour continues with Rome on Friday and both Varese and Siracusa this Saturday.

"I think the Italian racing will be popular with punters because, with how international the sport has become in recent years, many aspects will be very familiar. Many of the horses carry English names and are bred along similar lines to British horses. Many of the trainers and jockeys are now known," said a spokesman for Satellite Information Service's betting-shop product.

One extra greyhound card per day, from tomorrow until Saturday has been scheduled, with Nottingham, Walthamstow and Monmore stepping into the breach left by racing. …

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