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Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Godolphin add Gold Town to US Triple Crown possibles

Gold Town: Godolphin hope supplemented for the Kentucky Derby
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Godolphin's Gold Town could be heading to the US this season, with the three-year-old a supplementary entry for the US Triple Crown.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, Gold Town has won both his starts on dirt in Meydan this winter, most recently when bolting up by ten and a half lengths in the Group 3 UAE 2,000 Guineas.

He has been added to the eligible entries for the Triple Crown at a cost of $6,000, with the first leg, the Kentucky Derby, to be staged at Churchill Downs on May 5.

Before then Gold Town's next target is the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup night on March 31.


Al Basti Equiworld to sponsor German jockeys

From this Sunday all licensed jockeys in Germany will be sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld under a new, three-year deal.

The UAE's leading distributor of horse feeds, feed supplements and veterinary medicines is already a prominent sponsor in British racing, and has now extended its portfolio to Germany.

Around 100 German jockeys will carry the firm's logo on their breeches, and the German Injured Jockeys' Fund will also benefit from the deal.

Al Basti Equiworld founder Malih Al Basti said: "We are delighted to extend our international sponsorship portfolio to include German jockeys who will be excellent ambassadors for our brand."


Arena acquires majority stake in Vermantia

Arena Racing Company has acquired a majority stake in Greek company Vermantia, which specialises in providing omni-channel content solutions worldwide.

The deal allows Arc to expand its distribution of racing and greyhound racing, with Vermantia operating across 31 countries globally and with agreements in place with more than 20 major gaming operators.

Arc chief executive Martin Cruddace said: "Arc has established itself, along with its media partner At The Races, as the number one UK and international horse and greyhound content rights’ holder and distributor in the international market.

"The acquisition of Vermantia fits perfectly with our existing rights portfolio of traditional trusted Bags greyhound content and premium international content."

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