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HORSE RACING: Dobbin dominates Aintree race card.

Byline: CHRIS WRIGHT

AINTREE hosts a top line-up on and off course for this evening's Ladies Night.

Merseyside chart-toppers Atomic Kitten will perform their hits at 9.15pm,but some big- name jockeys will provide a top-class card of racing beforehand.

Former Grand National winning jockey Tony Dobbin, who won the Aintree showpiece on Lord Gyllene in 1997, is riding in four of the six races.

The racing action gets under way at 6pm when Rudi Knight is a warm order in the SIS Digital Novices chase over two miles four furlongs and should take all the beating.

In the second race at 6.35pm Dobbin will climb aboard Len Lungo's Carapuce in Weatherbys' Bank Novices Hurdle, while the feature event is the pounds 15,000-addedSamantha Holdsworth Handicap Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong with former smart Flat performer Virgin Soldier likely to start as favourite.

The last race is at 8.50pm, the Radio City Novices Hurdle, before Atomic Kitten take the stage.

Aintree officials say they have already sold more than 8,000 tickets. You can pay at the gates, which open at 4pm.

Entrance costs pounds 15 and it gives you access to all public grandstand areas, with accompanied children aged 16 and under allowed in free.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 16, 2003
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