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World Series Fantasy Challenge

World Series Fantasy Challenge news release

Contact: Matt Howard, Communication Manager - World Racing Championship Ltd, +44 1638 668881
EWSRCMatt@aol.com

FANTASY CHALLENGE WINNER HEADS FOR ASCOT

Following the final leg of the 2002 World Series Racing Championship -- the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse last Sunday -- it was Gary Beck from Portland, Oregon, USA, who emerged victorious in the World Series Fantasy Challenge on-line competition.

The 2002 Fantasy Challenge began in July with the fourth leg of the World Series, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. The aim of the competition was for players to build up their fantasy stable by choosing two horses, a trainer and a jockey per race. These would then be added to their stable and accumulate points every time they finished in the top six in the remaining World Series events.

Beck, who is 48-year-old television news photographer, has been interested in horseracing for the last 35 years. His fantasy stable was in third place coming into the Hong Kong Cup but he scored a massive 511 points after choosing third placed Dano-Mast and Eishin Preston, who finished fifth. Second placed Paolini and Sarafan who was fourth were already in his stable.

After the win, Beck, who is involved in horse breeding with friends, said, "I am so excited to be the winner of the World Series Fantasy Challenge. I have had a lot of fun all year following the World Series, and I love the international racing. I must say a thank you to Dano-Mast for finishing in third place in the Hong Kong Cup and putting my team over the top!

"I became aware of the World Series through the Breeders' Cup, which I have been to a number of times. My most memorable racing moment came in 2002 when Volponi won the Breeders' Cup Classic as he was in my pick four and in the Fantasy Challenge."

Beck has won a trip to witness the 2003 running of the British leg of the World Series, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.

The Fantasy Challenge also had a second star prize winner which came from a random draw and the prize went to Nimalan Thanigasapapathy, who lives in Kent, England and he has chosen a racing trip to Hong Kong to watch the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup in April.

There were also eleven individual winners who scored the most points at each race, they won items of memorabilia from the racecourses.

The World Series Fantasy Challenge 2003 begins in March with the Dubai World Cup, so log on to www.racingseries.com and look out for updates.

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