Turtle Power! Heroes in a Half Shell Race to the Galapagos

    Bookmakers Ready for Punters to Shell Out

    GIBRALTAR, April 18 /CNW/ - www.PartyBets.com is pleased to announce that
it is offering odds on a 'turtley' different kind of race. Forget the Grand
National, the focus is now on the "The Great Turtle Race," which sees tracking
devices attached to 11 female leatherback turtles to monitor them as they take
their annual journey from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific
Ocean. Their progress can be tracked on the web.
    The race, which is being held to highlight the plight of these beautiful
creatures, which are the world's largest turtles, is already underway with
Genevieve and Stephanie Colburtle the early joint 6/1 favourites. There is
speculation that Genevieve is battle hardened from a run-in with a shark,
while Stephanie Colburtle is said to be the largest turtle in the race.
    A PartyBets.com spokesman said: "We've had a number of enquiries from
punters who are keen to shell out on a bet on which of the swimmers has enough
turtle power to reach the Galapagos. Darwin formed many of his theories of
evolution on the famous islands and this survival of the fittest is bound to
capture the imagination of many. There are no pizza breaks in this race, these
are super turtles not ninja turtles."
    "Studying the form of the turtles is something we have never done before!
Factors that were taken into account include condition, weight, speed and egg
laying history. All are likely to be key to determining who the winner might
be. It's not really a case of 'they're under starters orders and they're off'
with female leatherback turtles - it is said they can grow to up to six feet
and weigh over 2,000 pounds."
    The race is organized and sponsored by a variety of organizations and
promotes a serious message. It is said that the female leatherback turtle
population has shrunk from an estimated 115,000 in 1980 to around 43,000
    www.PartyBets.com will settle results based on the official outcome.

    PartyBets.com: Who Will Win "The Great Turtle Race?"

    Stephanie Colburtle 6/1
    Genevieve 6/1
    Turtleocity 7/1
    Freedom 7/1
    Saphira 8/1
    Champiro 8/1
    Billie 8/1
    Purple Lightning 9/1
    Windy 10/1
    Sundae 16/1
    Drexelina 16/1

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For further information: Warren Lush, warrenl@partygaming.com

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