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Major investment in lead up to Badminton 2008
IN the lead up to Badminton 2008, a major investment in turf management and ground conditions has been made for the first time in more than 50 years.  
The four mile cross country track in the Duke of Beaufort's Gloucestershire park has not been re-evaluated since the event started in 1949. 
Now event director Hugh Thomas has looked at what the constantly evolving sport will require for the 21st century.  
Over the last three years the emphasis has shifted from being a endurance test including roads, tracks and steeplechase, to a shorter but more technical test.

Gold Cup success follows stem cell treatment
KNOWHERE raced to success at Cheltenham's Gold Cup Trial following pioneering stem cell treatment for a serious tendon injury.  
Despite a good start to his racing career as a four year old, the bay suffered injuries to both forelimb superficial digital flexor tendons in late 2004.  
The left fore showed low grade tendonitis while the right fore had a significant percentage of fibre rupture. As a promising racing prospect, Knowhere's owners wanted to give him the best possible chance of recovery, so they opted for stem cell therapy. Bone marrow samples were collected from Knowhere's sternum and processed to generate millions of stem cells.
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