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Bookies Launch Albatross Race

28 April 2004

LONDON – As reported by Reuters: "They're off - the world's first albatross race has been launched with celebrities, bookmakers and ecologists joining forces to save the mighty seabird from extinction.

"Punters seeking a flutter with a difference can pick the fittest and fastest albatross in a field of 18 migrating from Australia to South Africa.

"All 18 Tasmanian Shy Albatrosses have been saddled up with their very own electronic jockeys -- specially fitted satellite transmitters that will enable scientists and gamblers to plot their migration.

"…Ladbrokes, who are giving all the profits to a fund for seabird conservation, offered odds of 10-1 on Torrance's albatross being first past the post in the 6,000 mile marathon.

"…Gamblers keen to follow the big bird of their choice can log on to the www.ladbrokes.com/bigbirdrace site and check on the interactive map who is leading the Albatross Grand National."

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