Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 91

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savour in the Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase Ascot take leaf out of Railtrack

S USUAL I was first with the news last we e k with my s Aensational story that commercial valuers had been sent in at Royal Ascot. However, a long conversation with the Ascot chief executive, Brigadier Douglas Erskine-Crum, has convinced me that the move may be necessary Ascot, as I surmised last week, needs around £100 million to build a new grandstand to replace the existing one, which dates back to the 1960s. To achieve this a measure of modernity is in order. However I am gravely disturbed by the plan to put one Simon Murray, a former Director of 3.30-Bahamian Minstrel (I Mongan, 12-1) 1; Henry's Hero (11-4 2nd fav) 2; 1 Hagley Park (6-1) 3. 1 /2l, Hd, (Mrs L Stubbs; Neptune's Gift 13-8 fav). Tote: £14.10; pl £4.70, £1.10, £2.40; ex £117.60; csf £57.20; tricast £219.86.

SPORT RACING HickmanÕs back on top

JAMES HICKMAN stepped in from the cold in sub-zero Belgium to win Britain's first gold medal of the European short-course championships.

Supreme floors Gunther gamble

FIXTURES TOMORROW: Plumpton, Towcester, Southwell (aw).

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