Thursday, March 06, 2008



for immediate release, Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Godolphin Seven Stars, the greatest free-to-enter competition in the racing world, is now open for entries.

The entry period for the 2008 competition started today, March 1 and closes at 23.59hrs on Friday, March 28 (Dubai time).

With a tremendous first prize of US$50,000 and a luxury holiday for two to the 2009 Dubai World Cup, as well as US$25,000 for the runner-up and US$15,000 for the third plus four individual Challenge prizes of $7,000 each, there is every incentive to enter the 2008 Godolphin Seven Stars.

Following the exciting new format seen last year, entrants have to choose 14 Godolphin horses, seven of whom are active at any one time.

Entrants are able to swap horses within their 14-horse squad during designated "Swap Windows" three times in 2008.

The seven active Godolphin horses earn points according to their performances on racecourses around the globe, while each of the other seven remains dormant until called upon.

The first day for the Godolphin horses selected to earn points is Saturday, March 29, for the Dubai World Cup meeting and final day is Sunday, December 14, 2008.

Changes can be made during any of the three swap windows. The first window opens at 00.00hrs on Sunday, May 25 and closes at 23.59hrs on Saturday, May 31. The second opens at 00.00hrs on Friday, July 25 and closes at 23.59hrs on Thursday, July 31, while the final swap stage commences at 00.00hrs on Wednesday, September 24 and ends at 23.59hrs on Tuesday, September 30 (all times are Dubai time).

Points earned during each of the four Challenge phases are not carried forward to the next Challenge but all points gained contribute to the running total that will determine the overall Godolphin Seven Stars winner plus the second and third.

The first Challenge stage is from Saturday, March 29, to Saturday, May 31. Challenge Two commences on Sunday, June 1, and ends on Thursday, July 31, while Challenge Three runs from Friday, August 1, until Tuesday, September 30. The fourth and final Challenge starts on Wednesday, October 1, and finishes on Sunday, December 14.

Only one list of 14 horses per person can be accepted and, in the event of a tie, the entry which was made first will win the 2008 Godolphin Seven Stars first prize.

Racing novices may wish to make a Lucky Dip entry, where the computer will select 14 Godolphin horses.

Entrants are encouraged to follow the thrilling competition throughout the year on, while email alerts will be sent out whenever an active horse is declared to run and when horses gain points.

As befits the most international of all racing stables, the Godolphin Seven Stars appeals to people all around the world, with the first prize going to entrants from Cyprus (2007), Sri Lanka (2006), Uruguay (2005), Britain (2004 and 2000), Dubai (2003), Australia (2002) and France (2001).

There were entries from over 150 countries last year.

For more information, please contact Sue Durcan, the Godolphin Website Manager, in Dubai on +971 4 3185555, email or go to



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