* Timbercorp Australia Stakes (Aus-I) at Moonee Valley, Feb. 19
* King's Stand Stakes (Eng-II), normally during the Royal Ascot meeting but scheduled at York in 2005 on June 14 because of renovations at Ascot
* Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I), also temporarily at York in 2005 on June 18
* Centaur Stakes (Jpn-III) at Hanshin on Sept. 11
* Sprinters Stakes (Jpn-I) at Nakayama on Oct. 2No sponsor has been signed up, though organizers said they hope to attract one. They also said a bonus scheme is a possibility in future years."Our research showed that the connections of sprinters seem the most eager to take on an international challenge," said Nick Smith, head of public relations for Ascot.Stephen Allanson, director of racing operations for Racing Victoria, cited Australia-based Choisir's 2003 triumph at Royal Ascot as an inspiration for the initiative. He also said the sprint division was of great interest for such an event because of the "global trend that favors speed stallions."British trainer Clive Brittain, a longtime proponent of international competition, called the Global Sprint Challenge "a series of races that would interest me. I'm 100% for it and I'm looking for some free travel."
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