Aintree announces prize money boost for 2018 Grand National

first_img StumbleUpon Nick Luck joins William Hill racing roster May 22, 2020 The biggest horse racing event in Britain just became more lucrative, as Aintree announced that there would be a £210,000 boost to prize-money spread throughout the 2018 Randox Health Grand National festival.Various races will benefit from the increase in prize money, with The Grade 1 Betway Aintree Hurdle and JLT Melling Chase gaining the most, as the overall prize money for the two races is elevated by £50,000, taking it to £250,000.Clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch commented: “We are delighted to announce that prize-money at the Randox Health Grand National festival will exceed £3 million this year.“The feature Grade 1 contests on each of the three days have all received a substantial boost, while all of our Grade 3 handicaps are now worth a minimum of £75,000 each.“We strive to keep prize-money levels as competitive as possible to attract the very best horses to Aintree and we are confident that the increases announced today will enable the Randox Health Grand National festival to continue to offer exceptional jump racing when the world is watching.”The festival of horse racing begins on Thursday 12 April and culminates on Saturday 14 April, the early ante post favourite for the race, is nine-year old Nigel Twiston Davies trained Blaklion. Elsewhere, the prize money for the Grade 1 Betway Bowl was increased by £40,000 to £190,000, the Grade 1 Ryanair Liverpool Hurdle received a £30,000 boost, while there was a £20,000 increase to the Grade 3 Randox Health Topham Chase, meaning it’s now worth £140,000. Quentin Martin: Luckbox – Esports can bridge COVID-19 divides  March 19, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities April 6, 2020last_img read more

Donald Sterling facing new lawsuit from alleged ex-lover

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “She would take walks with him, encouraged him to lose weight and to stop drinking, and accompanied him to business meetings,” the lawsuit states.The lawsuit alleges that “contrary to his agreement to pay her $10,000 a month, Sterling dangled money only if she would have sex with him.”Sterling asked King to arouse him by performing sexual acts with others and partaking in degrading acts, which she refused, the lawsuit states. Sterling also would grab her breasts and rear in public, King alleges.King maintains she took the job in 2013 because she met V. Stiviano, who King describes as Sterling’s girlfriend. King presumed Sterling wouldn’t approach her sexually because of his relationship with Stiviano, the lawsuit states.However, Sterling would later tell King he was “bored” with Stiviano, the lawsuit states.Stiviano is the woman who last year recorded Sterling’s remarks about African-Americans, and is the target of a lawsuit by Shelly Sterling, Donald’s wife.King’s lawsuit also alleges Sterling made comments about King’s former husband, who is African-American, saying: “How could you be married to a black man?” He also referenced her children, saying: “How could you bring black people into the world?”He also allegedly said: “Mexicans just do drive-by shootings.”After Sterling terminated King’s job on May 7, she filed a complaint on May 29 with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the lawsuit states.Since the Sterling scandal broke, Allred has frequently criticized Donald Sterling, and last month held a press conference with the daughter of a woman who filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against Sterling. Bobby Samini, an attorney for Sterling, denied the allegations Tuesday morning.“The claim by Ms. King is baseless and ridiculous,” Samini wrote in an email. “She was never employed by Donald Sterling. Her claim was obviously (prompted) by opportunistic motives.”King said she had a romantic relationship with Sterling from 2005-2011. She also worked at his foundation, the lawsuit states.In 2013, two years after their relationship ended, she returned to work for Sterling as his personal assistant. Sterling said he would pay her $10,000 a month, the lawsuit states.As part of her job, she took Sterling to doctors’ appointments and made sure he took his medication.center_img A woman who said she is a former employee and romantic partner of Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit against the embattled Clippers owner Monday, alleging discrimination and retaliation.Maiko Maya King alleges that she worked for Sterling as his personal assistant, but lost her job last month after enduring a stream of racist and sexist taunts. The lawsuit alleges Sterling’s conduct “created an intimidating, oppressive, hostile, and offensive work environment based upon sex.” King, who is represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, is seeking a jury trial and damages.The lawsuit comes about a month after the NBA fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him for life, and initiated proceedings to force a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers after audio was leaked of Sterling making disparaging remarks about African-Americans. Sterling wife Shelly has since agreed to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.last_img read more