first_imgRIVER BOYNE & CATAPULT HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000  FRANK E. KILROE MILE ON SANTA ANITA LAWN FIRST POST TIME FOR 10-RACE PROGRAM SATURDAY SET FOR 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2019)–Although he was the beaten favorite in his most recent start, Irish-bred River Boyne, who has won six out of his seven career turf starts at Santa Anita, will vie for favoritism in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) with Kentucky-bred Catapult, who should relish a return to firm ground for John Sadler.  The Kilroe, one of four graded stakes on Saturday, has attracted a field of six older horses.RIVER BOYNEOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Jeff MullinsA game head winner of the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile two starts back on Dec. 26, this 4-year-old colt was forced to steady a furlong out in the Grade III, one mile turf Thunder Road on Feb. 9, and finished fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths as the 3-5 favorite on a turf course that was listed as “good.”  With regular rider Flavien Prat away to ride in Dubai, Drayden Van Dyke will try his hand for the first time on River Boyne, who has three wins and a second from five starts at one mile on turf.CATAPULTOwner:  Woodford Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerA winner of two Grade II turf stakes three and four starts back at Del Mar this past summer, this 6-year-old full horse by Kitten’s Joy was a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile two starts back on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.  Keen in the early stages, Catapult finished fourth, beaten 4 ½ lengths over a yielding turf going 1 3/16 miles in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.  The leading money earner in the field with $1,448,359, Catapult, who will be making his 18thcareer start, is 10-3-4-1 at one mile on turf.OHIOOwner:  Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Bruce TreitmanTrainer:  Michael McCarthyClaimed for $50,000 six starts back on June 10 and a subsequent $28,000 claiming winner in his next start on Aug. 19, this 8-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding is enjoying a resurgence of late, with his most recent start resulting in a close second place finish in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes here on Feb. 9, which came on the heels of a 6 ½ length tally in a minor one mile turf stakes at Turf Paradise Jan. 12.THE GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 10  Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTHunt–Brice Blanc–120Ohio–Ruben Fuentes–120Desert Stone–Geovanni Franco–120Catapult–Drayden Van Dyke–122Next Shares–Kent Desormeaux–124River Boyne–Rafael Bejarano–122First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Destination Britain agents important in longhaul markets

first_imgConsumers still value the trust and reassurance of retail agents. British tourism authorities are adamant bricks-and-mortar agencies are still important to travel consumers, especially in long-haul markets such as Australia.Travel agents are a necessary component of the modern tourism industry, according to representatives from VisitBritain, VisitWales, London & Partners and others who attended Destination Britain APMEA 2013.Australian travellers to the United Kingdom spent a record AU$1.69 billion last year, with Aussie arrival and spend figures projected to rise to AU$2.14 billion by 2020.Traditional distribution channels still account for the majority of Australian consumer holiday bookings, according to research conducted by Tourism Australia last year.“We need to be working with trade partners on territory, especially in those long haul markets, where consumers to a large extent rely on retailers and wholesalers,” VisitBritain overseas director Keith Beecham told ETB News.“Australians go online; they’ll do a ton of research and gather plenty of information, but they’ll still go to the more traditional retail outlet to book, particularly their long-haul travel… and it’s the same in other countries like China, Japan and India where these kinds of relationships matter.”The shared view between British tourism authorities is that due to the extensive distance and significant spending on travel from far reach destinations, consumers want reassurance on their purchases.“Travellers can safeguard against most problems and issues, especially those that may occur after arriving at your destination, by investing in these agent relationships,” Mr Beecham said.Yet, as digital distribution became more prevalent, bricks-and-mortar agencies suffered criticism.“For a while there everybody was saying that agents would be the next dinosaurs, but actually, pushing through that difficult time, they’ve had to demonstrate their word and abilities and have come away stronger than ever,” VisitWales product marketing manager Clare Dwight said.“I think the distribution industry has become multi-layered and there are a variety of options to cater to all consumer preferences nowadays, each offering a unique perspective.”ETB News is currently in Bangkok for Destination Britain, which runs from 13-16 May 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more