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All Scoop6 races on Channel 4 tomorrow.

CHANNEL 4 has been handed another chance to convince the Tote that it should have exclusive coverage of the Scoop6 when it screens all six races involved in the bet tomorrow-despite the BBC offering Group 1 action from Haydock.

Two punters will be trying to land a pounds 223,556 bonus, on offer if either can find the winner of a race still to be selected from four at Epsom and two at Thirsk.

The Tote's decision to go with Channel 4 means no place for three BBC races on a day when it screens one of its highest-profile races, the Group 1 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup.

It appears that the prospect of a BBC schedule dominated by the major athletics meeting in Glasgow was behind the Tote decision.

Furthermore, the Tote were delighted with the way Channel 4 covered proceedings when John Lovelock tried for a pounds 200,000 bonus last month, a week after becoming the first Scoop6 winner.

Lovelock appeared on the Morning Line prior to racing and was a central feature of the afternoon programme. The publicity drove the Scoop6 pool to a new high on a day when BBC had no racing coverage.

Rob Hartnett, the Tote's director of public relations, said yesterday: ''We discussed the make-up of this week's

bet with both BBC and Channel 4.

''Saturday's Grandstand programme is heavily biased towards the big athletics meeting between Britain and the US, so we felt it was best for the bet if it was all on Channel 4 this week.

''This is not a sleight to the BBC; they are very supportive of Scoop6.

"They understand that if it were not for the athletics, then maybe their races would have been included.

''Going with Channel 4 this week is most likely to give us maximum coverage.''

nTHE TOTE have opened betting on the Tote Scoop6 Handicap at Ascot on September 25.

Cruinn A Bhord and Family Man-first and second at Newmarket last month-head the market at 12-1 for the seven-furlong contest, formerly known as the Tote Festival Handicap.


Tote: 12 Cruinn A Bhord, Family Man, 14 Grangeville, Mubrik, Tayif, 16 Bold King, Granny's Pet, Peculiarity, Petrus, Social Harmony, 20 bar.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Smurthwaite, Tony
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 3, 1999
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