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Sundsay, November 6, 2005


The 2005/2006 all-weather season opens at Wolverhampton tomorrow (Monday, November 7) and promises to be the most exciting ever, with jockeys choosing to stay in Britain over the winter for it.

The campaign comes to an end on Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Lingfield - betdirect.co.uk Winter Derby Day.

Kate Hills, Head of Public Relations at Arena Leisure, said: “This season will be Arena Leisure's fifth on the all-weather since we first used the Polytrack at Lingfield Park.

“Who would have expected the incredible difference that surface has made to all-weather racing? Wolverhampton's new Polytrack has been equally successful and demand is so high that other courses are now following suit all over the world.

“We are extremely grateful to Littlewoods Bet Direct for their continued sponsorship of the all- weather season which promises to be very exciting, particularly as so many trainers have a team specifically aimed at the winter season.

“With prize money reaching nearly £5 million, opportunities for all grades of horses, and the championship titles to go for, including a new apprentice title, the competition will be strong.”

Chris Brown, New Media Gaming Director at Littlewoods Gaming, said: “Bet Direct has benefited enormously from the long-term association with all-weather racing over the past four seasons.

“We are looking forward to another season of winter racing which runs from November 7 through to March 18 culminating with the £100,000 betdirect.co.uk Winter Derby at Lingfield Park.”

Trainers too are eagerly anticipating the start of the all-weather season. Eccentric, all-weather champion of last season, has been invited to run in the Japan Cup Dirt, trainer Andrew Reid revealed today (Sunday, November 6).

The Group One race over an extended 10 furlongs is run at Tokyo Racecourse on November 26 and is worth more than US$2,250,000.

Reid, successful with Eccentric in the betdirect.co.uk Winter Derby and the only handler based in Greater London, is looking forward to another successful winter and has strengthened his hand with an interesting new recruit from overseas, the South American star Freddy.

Reid reported: “I have the champion horse of South America, Freddy, from a couple of seasons back. He's won a classic and five Group One races.”



Eccentric was the undoubted star of last winter, winning five times on the Polytrack. Eccentric progressed from his success on the all-weather, to land the Group Three Winter Hill Stakes on turf at Windsor this summer. His campaign for the forthcoming season is likely to be geared towards Japan and Dubai but the Mill Hill handler, who was top trainer at Lingfield last winter, is hopeful that the new addition to his Mill Hill string can go some way towards emulating Eccentric's success of last winter.

Freddy was a star in Argentina in 2002, when his wins included South America's premier all-age race, the Group One Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini at San Isidro over a mile and a half.

He said: “I do have a very interesting horse here. I have the champion horse of South America from a couple of seasons back. He's a horse called Freddy and he's won a classic and five Group Ones in South America. He then went to California where he's done absolutely nothing for the last three years. He will be looking for action by the end of November.

“I'd hope to be able to produce the same number of winners as last season. I've got some two-year-olds coming in and some nice three-year-olds that I didn't run so I think it's achievable even with a smaller amount of horses.”


Paul Blockley ended the 2004/2005 all-weather season as the leading trainer nationally with 24 winners to his credit from 211 runners, and would be happy to repeat that effort but is not chasing any lofty ambitions.

The Newport trainer enjoyed the patronage of last winter's leading all-weather owner Nigel Shields, whose Wessex was never out of the first three in seven outings at Southwell and Wolverhampton last term. The five-year-old notched a hat-trick of victories over seven furlongs and a mile between December and February.

Blockley said: “I don't have a target but I live in hope that I can have another good season . I had the same approach last year, I just take it as it comes. We get the turf season over, go on holiday, then come back, look at the all-weather and see what we've got.”


Mark Brisbourne topped the trainers' table at Wolverhampton with 18 of his 20 winners coming at the Midlands track, which is like a home from home for his string.

Brisbourne revealed: “The Polytrack at Wolverhampton is virtually the same as the gallop my horses work on at home so they know what's underfoot. It's a good surface and more trainers are installing it.

“If a track suits your horses then that's a bonus. The other thing about Wolverhampton that appeals so much to me is that it's only about 40 miles away. My owners love going there and it's a very laid-back set-up.”

The Shropshire trainer is looking forward to the coming campaign and has his team primed for action, including Roman Maze, winner of three races from 10 starts at Wolverhampton last winter, as well as two placed efforts at Lingfield.

He said: “Hopefully we'll have a nucleus of about 15 or 20 horses for the all-weather season from November to March. Those would include a few fresh ones but also old-stagers like Iced Diamond who won at Catterick in September, Roman Maze and Merry Maker. They all won at Wolverhampton last season and Roman Maze will go for a couple of the bigger handicaps before having a break after Christmas.”

Iced Diamond raced nine times last winter and was seen at all three all-weather tracks. The six-year-old scored over seven furlongs at Lingfield and Wolverhampton in February. Merrymaker raced four times last winter, each outing coming before Christmas, and picked up a one mile six furlong handicap at Wolverhampton last November.


David Barron's 15 winners at Southwell saw the North Yorkshire handler emerge as leading trainer at the Nottinghamshire venue.

He said: “I've had a lot of success at Southwell. I prefer going there than any of the other all-weather tracks because it's a lot handier for me and my preference is for that surface as well. It's a good deep slow surface which suits my horses.

“I'll start this season the same as every season, with no targets. We'll see what we end up with. We probably won't have too many runners there this side of Christmas, but will have a few there later on. We have a few horses about but saying that there are no plans. We'll just see what we have. We have a few two-year-olds and three-year-olds that are likely to run.”


Kevin Ryan ended last winter with 17 all-weather winners from 131 runners. That put him in fourth place in the national trainers' championship, while his nine winners at Southwell placed him third at the Midlands track.

Ryan said: “I think we'll have a team of about 20 for the all-weather this winter and there'll be some nice horses amongst them to go for the better races. I love it and the prize money every year is getting better. When you've got that sort of prize money on offer and you've got the right horses to run on it, I think it's great. If you've got backward two-year-olds that really are maybe not coming to hand until this time of year, it allows you to get some experience into them as well.”

The Irishman is looking forward to sending runners south from his North Yorkshire yard and hopes to collect some of the all-weather's more valuable events with stable stalwarts like Quiet Times and Cardinal Venture. Quiet Times finished an encouraging fourth at Lingfield on October 30 in the Unicorn Handicap, his first start since March.

He declared: “We've got a few for the bigger races. Quiet Times did very well in one or two of the decent sprints last year. He's an all-weather horse who doesn't go on grass so he's had a nice long break and he'll be targeted at some of the better sprints.

“Hopefully, we'll also have one or two to aim at the Lincoln trial which is a bit later and Cardinal Venture, who did very well last year, will be running all winter. We have a few other horses that haven't had before and we'll be campaigning them too but at the moment we haven't made any firm plans exactly what we're going to run.”


Gary Moore was second to Reid on prize money won at Lingfield and ended the season with 14 winners from 84 runners. The trainer's Dark Parade won at all three Arena Leisure tracks last winter, a rarity for a Moore horse, as the East Sussex-based trainer had only four winners in total away from Lingfield.

Moore said: “Lingfield is the closest but it's also the nicest racecourse of the three. It's a marvellous surface and it's really horse friendly. I have about half a dozen horses for this season. Dark Parade will be going on the all-weather again if he doesn't take to jumping.

“He’s back from Spain where he's been racing in Mijas, so it will take him a while to get over that. I have a few two-year-olds that could also run.”


Tony Carroll has a soft spot for Wolverhampton. He was third overall on the national table with 21 winners and enjoyed a particularly good winter at Dunstall Park, where 18 winners from 98 runners yielded an 18% strike-rate and saw him finish second to Mark Brisbourne on prize money won at the course.

“We're happy to run at all three all-weather tacks but Wolverhampton is my favourite. We enjoy Wolverhampton because it's close to us and I feel that the surface is the best of the three.”

He continued: “We'll have about 12 to 15 for the all-weather, including a couple of the old-stagers from last year but a few have moved on, like Ziet d'Alsace who has gone to stud, so there are a few fresh ones for this year. We've some nice horses. Savoy Chapel and Plausabelle did well last year but they've gone up the handicap. That's not to say they won't win but they'll be harder to place.”


Neil Callan ended last winter as the leading jockey on the all-weather with 70 winners and has enjoyed a fruitful campaign on the turf, notching Group One and Group Two successes in partnership with Kevin Ryan. Callan is looking forward to riding one Ryan horse in particular.

Callan said: “Quiet Times won a few last year and we saved him for the all-weather because he's not really a grass horse.”

Please see below for more quotes from Neil Callan.

Eddie Ahern enjoyed a successful winter last term as he mixed success on the all-weather with big-race wins in Dubai.

Ahern observed: “Talking to the jockeys in the weighing room, a lot of them are staying home this winter to ride on the all-weather so it's going to be competitive.”

Ahern outlines his hopes for the new season below, along with Jimmy Quinn.


Neil Callan was the outstanding jockey last winter and broke the record for the most successes on the winter all-weather circuit, riding 70 winners during the season, to emerge as leading rider. He was also the top jockey at Southwell where he partnered 23 winners and was runner-up to Eddie Ahern at Wolverhampton and Lingfield, where he was successful 24 and 23 times respectively.

He said: “It was a record to ride 70 winners for the season. I struck up a good partnership with David Loder and got on some nice maiden winners for him. Kevin Ryan, who I ride for, always has about a dozen horses to run and they're pretty consistent on the all-weather. I'm looking forward to it. I don't know if I can beat 70 winners but hopefully I can win the title again.”

Callan is looking to build on the success of the past 12 months which has seen him link up with Ryan, to great effect. The pair enjoyed their first taste of Group One glory in the Middle Park Stakes with Amadeus Wolf and also collected the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday with Palace Episode.

Callan is confident that the pair can continue in similar vein: “There's a particularly decent horse called Quiet Times. He won a few last year and we saved him for the all-weather because he's not really a grass horse. He's a dirt horse and we took him out to Dubai last year but he just wasn't quite up to it on the deep surface, so we've saved him and he's dropped a few pounds since then. We'll bring him back for those big handicaps on the all-weather. Kevin has a few new horses that he bought at the horses in training sale and they'll be running on the all-weather too.”

Quiet Times finished an encouraging fourth at Lingfield on October 30 in the Unicorn Handicap, his first start since March.

Callan added: “A lot of the boys go away for the winter but when I used to ride for Karl Burke we'd have all-weather horses and I just had to stay and work away at it. Now, riding for Kevin, he always has a dozen that run through the winter and I thought it would be best to stay here - you need to keep your name in.”


Eddie Ahern was the top rider at the two Polytrack courses with 25 winners at both venues. The Irishman was runner-up to Callan in the national title race, booting home 51 winners from 299 rides, and may have pushed the champion close had he not enjoyed excursions to Dubai for the International Racing Carnival.

Ahern said: “I'm definitely looking forward to the season. I rode some nice horses last year at Lingfield where I had great success and the new Polytrack at Wolverhampton was brilliant. A lot of the big trainers introduced a lot of nice horses and weren't afraid to run them so they're going to go into this year with plenty of confidence about running better quality horses on the all-weather.

“I'd like to think that I'd ride the same amount of winners as I did last year and by doing that I might end up being leading rider on the all-weather but I'll just go out with the idea of trying to get on the best rides and hopefully they'll win. I'd like to think that I'll have the same amount of trainers that supported me last year again this year and hopefully things will work out well for me. Last year I had a great season with David Loder's horses but he's retired now.

“Talking to the jockeys in the weighing room, a lot of them are staying home this winter to ride on the all-weather, so it's going to be competitive. I probably won't be going to Dubai but I will be going to Macau for the month of January to ride for the trainer M C Tam. I rode winners for him at the Dubai Carnival so he said why not come out to get a taste of Macau racing.”


Jimmy Quinn partnered 29 winners last winter that put him fourth in the national jockeys' table. Most of his winners came at Wolverhampton where he partnered 16 from 125 rides.

Quinn revealed: “I have a preference for Wolverhampton because I have a bit more luck there. The Polytrack is a nice surface and it rides well, the horses enjoy it and so do the jockeys. I had a slow start last winter but it picked up in the second half of the season. You basically look to get good rides and ride winners.

“Jeff Pearce's stable is a bit stronger this year so I'm hoping I can do alright again. At the moment we're going through a list of horses to see which ones will keep going, which ones will rest and which will get out early.”


The Open at Cheltenham kicks off with Countryside Day on Friday, November 11, and 179 horses have been entered for the six races then.

This compares with 176 last year and the £30,000 Sporting Index Chase (3pm), run over three miles and seven furlongs of the cross-country course, has attracted 20, including Spot Thedifference who won all three Sporting Index-sponsored cross-country races staged at Cheltenham last season.

Trained by Enda Bolger in Ireland and owned by J P McManus, the 12-year-old will attempt the cross-country hat-trick again. The other two Sporting Index cross-country chases are on Friday, December 9 and Tuesday, March 14

Stable companion Good Step, the seven-year-old who won the 2005 Blue Square Chase (for the La Touche Cup) at Punchestown, joins Spot Thedifference among the entries for Friday’s race.

There are six other potential Irish challengers while among the home contingent are three horses trained by Paul Nicholls - Comanche War Paint, French Executive and L’Aventure who finished 15th in the 2005 John Smith’s Grand National.

The opening race, at 1.15pm, is the Grade Two Anglo Irish Bank Novices’ Hurdle and the 19 entries include three from trainer Howard Johnson - dual bumper winner Lennon, Masafi and Some Touch, all owned by Graham & Andrea Wylie.

The going at Cheltenham after a dry night is currently good, good to soft in places on the chase and hurdle courses, the going stick reading being 7.5.

The conditions are a bit faster on the cross country course which is good, good to firm in places, showing 8.7 on the going stick.

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s clerk of the course, said today: “We are forecast a lot of rain between now and Monday which, if it arrives, will make a difference to the going.

“The level of entries for the first day of The Open is encouraging for other two days, Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13.”


Featuring The Paddy Power Gold Cup

There is now under a week to go before the first major meeting of the new jump season, The Open 2005 at Cheltenham, which runs from Friday, November 11 through to Sunday, November 13, featuring the £110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup.

In addition to the top-quality jumping action, there is a whole host of other activities on offer to tempt racegoers over the three days.

Countryside Day - Friday, November 11

10.00am - Gates open.

11.00am - A two-minute silence for Armistice Day.

11.10am - A parade of horses at the Greatwood Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Dummer beagles and a falconry display.

12.10pm - Paddy Power Camel Cup. This will be run in two heats from the finishing post down the Cheltenham Hill .

The four teams will be:

Greatwood - Susie Dennis, Nicky Lockwood
Countryside Alliance - Darren Hughes, Bryher Golding-Barrett
Cheltenham Racecourse - Belinda Keighley, Liz Elliot
Paddy Power - Paddy Power (will ride in both races)

An oasis will be created in the tented village, where the camels will rest afterwards, complete with palm trees, coconuts and music!

Paddy Power Prices
6/5 Countryside Alliance
7/4 Cheltenham Racecourse
4/1 Greatwood
10/1 Paddy Power

16/1 A photo finish
5/4 Any Camel to refuse to race
10/1 All Camels to refuse to race
12/1 Any Camel to run in the wrong direction
7/1 The winning Camel to spit at the winning rider
50/1 A Dead heat
14/1 The winning rider to say that it was "better than sex"
12/1 The winning rider to do a Dettori dismount

After the fourth race, a Parade of the Cotswold Hounds with representatives from many other packs around the country.

After the last race, Terrier Racing in the parade ring.

Paddy Power will also be bringing their famous Paddy Power Rangers to The Open meeting across the three days.

The team of girls will be mixing with the Cheltenham crowds to bring the bookie's unique sense of fun and personality to the heart of the course.

As well as introducing racegoers to the bookie's latest Casino and Poker games, the Paddy Power Rangers will be giving out leaflets for a Grab A Grand competition. Each leaflet will be uniquely numbered with a safe code
- with one lucky code breaking the lock to a safe holding £1000 in the Paddy Power Pavillion.

A total of 70 shops, selling a wide array of goods from fur coats to rocking horses, will be available in the tented village while there will also be a bottle stall and silent auction.

Over the last 16 years, over £1.15 million has been raised on Countryside Day for the Countryside Alliance and affiliated charities, including the Greatwood Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.

Paddy Power Gold Cup Day - Saturday, November 12

10.00am - Gates open.

The big screen in the Centaur will show the first test match between England and Pakistan followed by the England v Australia Rugby match and the England v Argentina football match. The bar will close at 6.30pm.

Before racing, Luke Harvey and Richard Pitman will be holding a preview and interview session in the parade ring.

Greatwood Hurdle Day - Sunday, November 13

10.00am - Gates open.

11.00am - Two-minute silence for Remembrance Sunday.

11.45pm - Volleyball in the paddock. Four teams will compete - Cheltenham Town Football Club, Club 16-24 (including its President, James Simpson-Daniel), Gloucestershire Federation of Young Farmers and Cheltenham Ladies College.

Cheltenham also hopes to stage a race between the respective Mascots of the Sun newspaper and Nuts magazine, to be adjudicated by the Paddy Power Mascot. The Nuts mascot challenged his counterpart to a rematch after the two met earlier this year at Huntingdon.


Open Radio will be broadcast on 87.7FM at the following times:

9.30 - 5.30 - Friday & Saturday
10.30 - 5.00 - Sunday

Presenters include Radio 5 Live's Luke Harvey and John Myers, with special correspondents Richard Pitman, Alice Plunkett and Sarah Henderson.

Open Radio features live news from the course, previews, special interviews as well as commentaries and a review at the end of the day.

The service is also available online at cheltenham.co.uk (at this year's Festival, over 26,000 online users listened in on the internet).


A free to enter competition will enable racegoers to vote for the man or woman who they think has made an outstanding contribution to each day of the meeting.

The nominations for the daily award will be decided by a panel of racing journalists. For the first time, racegoers will then be able to vote for the nominations via SMS text message.

Nominations will be announced after the fourth race through the public address systems, on the big screens and on Open Radio. Votes can be registered from 3.30pm - 6.00pm on Friday and Saturday and 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday.

Awards will be presented for the Friday and Saturday awards at the start of the next day while Sunday's award will be presented at the end of the racing on that day.

One lucky racegoer who texts in their vote will win an all-expenses paid trip to the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas Meeting.


Signed copies of the following books will be available to purchase in the Arkle bookshop:

"The Inheritance" - Jenny Pitman. Her fifth novel.

"The Grand National Since 1945" - Stewart Peters.

"Hot Cherry: The Best Of Marcus Armytage" - Marcus Armytage.

"Arkle" - Sean Magee. New biography of "himself."

"When Birmingham Went Racing" - Chris Pitt. History of the now defunct racecourse at Birmingham.

"Nine" - Justin Doyle. Documents the nine Irish-trained winners at the 2005 Cheltenham Festival.


Tickets will be available on the door for all three days of The Open.

Friday/Sunday admission prices are Club/Tattersalls: £20 (16-24s: £12); Best Mate £6.

Saturday's admission prices are Club: £30 (16-24s £20); Tattersalls: £20: £16; Tattersalls seat: £15; Best Mate £10.


The Paddy Power Gold Cup is a great race with an illustrious history. The 2m 4.5f contest was first run in 1960 and the race has seen many well-known chasers in action.

Last year Celestial Gold provided Martin Pipe with his seventh Paddy Power Gold Cup success when the six-year-old, partnered by Timmy Murphy, came home one and three quarter lengths clear of Thisthatandtother.

Pipe has the most tremendous record, having previously won the Paddy Power Gold Cup with Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001) and Cyfor Malta (2002).

In 2002 the Pipe-trained Cyfor Malta, a horse whose great potential was been dogged by injury problems, stormed back to the form he had shown in his younger days with a second win in the Paddy Power Gold Cup - four years after his initial success in the first big handicap of the season.

This made him the fifth horse to win the chase on two occasions, following Fortria (1960 and 1962), Gay Trip (1969 and 1971), Half Free (1984 and 1985) and Bradbury Star (1993 and 1994).

Shooting Light was brilliantly ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy to defeat 13 talented chasers in 2001.

Lady Cricket was impressive when scoring by 10 lengths from stable companion Exit Swinger in 2000 with another five lengths back to third in the 15-strong field. The enigmatic Challenger Du Luc scored a cheeky head success over Strong Promise in 1996 while in 1987 Beau Ranger came home 15 lengths in front under Mark Perrett.

One of the best performances since the inaugural running came in 1965 from Dunkirk, who carried a massive 12st 7lb to victory and there have been plenty of other memorable renewals.

The Paddy Power Gold Cup has been won by Irish-trained horses on four occasions. Fortria took the initial running and was successful for a second time two years later in 1962.

The Irish had to wait for more than a decade for a further winner which came in the shape of Skymas in 1973 and Bright Highway was the last successful horse from the Emerald Isle in 1980, when winning by seven lengths.

Gay Trip's two victories formed part of Fred Rimell's extraordinary training feat when he sent out the winner four years in a row. Jupiter Boy in 1968 and Chatham in 1970 completed Rimell's quartet. Gay Trip won the Grand National in 1970, in between his Cheltenham successes

Celestial Gold proved his stamina with a subsequent one and a half length victory over Ollie Magern in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, which saw him become the fourth horse, along with Red Candle (1972), Bachelor's Hall (1977) and Bright Highway (1980), to add the Newbury prize to his Cheltenham victory.

Two and a half mile specialists like the dual-winner Half Free, handled by Fred Winter who trained three winners of the race, and Dublin Flyer (1995) have triumphed, while Skymas (1973) won the Queen Mother Champion Chase twice.

Tony McCoy is the most successful current jockey in the Paddy Power Gold Cup with three victories. The record-breaking rider triumphed on Cyfor Malta in 1998 and followed up two years later aboard Lady Cricket. He went on to secure a third success in 2001 on Shooting Light.

Following Shooting Light’s victory, McCoy joined Richard Linley and Richard Dunwoody who both achieved three victories in the race during their riding careers, as the most successful jockey in the history of the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Linley was victorious on Fifty Dollars More in 1982 and Half Free in 1984 and 1985, while Dunwoody gained his wins on Very Promising in 1986, Another Coral in 1991 and Challenger Du Luc in 1996.

The popularity of Cheltenham's Open Meeting increases each year with the Irish. One of the great strengths of the three days is the relationship which draws Irish-trained horses and racegoers.

Both Cheltenham and Paddy Power are keen to continue this tradition. Last year there were 31 Irish runners over the three days, including three winners.

What they now want is an Irish victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with the last one having been achieved 25 years ago. In the 1990s Toranfield (1991) and Second Schedual (1994) came second and Anabatic was fourth in 1996 while Feathered Leader finished third in 2000.


(Grade 3 Handicap) (2m 4f 110yds), £110,000 total prize fund, Saturday, November 12

Year Name Age/Wgt Jockey Trainer Owner Ran SP
2004 CELESTIAL GOLD 6-10-02 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe David Johnson 14 12-1
2003 FONDMORT 7-10-13 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Bill Brown 9 3-1F
2002 CYFOR MALTA 9-11-09 Barry Geraghty Martin Pipe David Johnson 15 16-1
2001 SHOOTING LIGHT 8-11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe John Brown/Michael Blackburn 14 9-4F
2000 LADY CRICKET 6-10-13 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 15 5-1F
1999 THE OUTBACK WAY 9-10-00 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams Seasons Holidays 14 9-1
1998 CYFOR MALTA 5-11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 3-1F
1997 SENOR EL BETRUTTI 8-10-00 Jamie Osborne Susan Nock Gerard Nock 9 33-1
1996 CHALLENGER DU LUC 6-10-02 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 7-1
1995 DUBLIN FLYER 9-11-08 Brendan Powell Tim Forster John Sumner 12 4-1JF
1994 BRADBURY STAR 9-11-11 Philip Hide Josh Gifford J Campbell 14 5-1
1993 BRADBURY STAR 8-11-08 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford J Campbell 15 13-2
1992 TIPPING TIM 7-10-10 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies Jenny Mould 16 11-2F
1991 ANOTHER CORAL 8-10-01 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Michael Deeley 15 15-2
1990 MULTUM IN PARVO 7-10-02 Norman Williamson John Edwards Alan Parker 13 12-1
1989 JOINT SOVEREIGNTY 9-10-04 Graham McCourt Philip Hobbs G J Giddy 15 10-1
1988 PEGWELL BAY 7-11-02 Peter Scudamore Tim Forster A K Barlow 13 6-1
1987 BEAU RANGER 9-10-02 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe White Bros Ltd 14 13-2
1986 VERY PROMISING 8-11-13 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Paul & Jenny Green 11 7-1
1985 HALF FREE 9-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 9-2
1984 HALF FREE 8-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 5-2F
1983 POUNENTES 6-10-06 Neale Doughty Billy McGhie Billy McGhie 9 7-1
1982 FIFTY DOLLARS MORE 7-11-00 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 11 11-1
1981 HENRY KISSINGER 7-10-13 Paul Barton David Gandolfo J J Mansworth 11 5-1
1980 BRIGHT HIGHWAY 6-11-01 Gerry Newman Michael O’Brien IRE George Strawbridge 15 5-1F
1979 MAN ALIVE 8-10-09 Ron Barry Gordon Richards J Ennis 11 6-1
1978 BAWNOGUES 7-10-07 Craig Smith Martin Tate Mrs H Lawler 11 5-1
1977 BACHELOR’S HALL 7-10-06 Martin O’Halloran Peter Cundell Peter & Karyl Harris 16 11-2F
+1976 CANCELLO 7-11-01 Dennis Atkins Neville Crump W V Burdon 13 4-1
1975 CLEAR CUT 11-10-09 David Greaves Maurice Camacho J W Hemingway 13 13-2
1974 BRUSLEE 8-10-07 Andy Turnell Michael Scudamore Mrs D Rees-Davies 11 2-1F
1973 SKYMAS 8-10-05 Stan Murphy Brian Lusk IRE Matt Magee 15 7-1
1972 RED CANDLE 8-10-00 Jimmy Fox Ricky Vallance Mrs C O’Shea 11 20-1
1971 GAY TRIP 9-11-03 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell A J Chambers 10 8-1
1970 CHATHAM 6-10-03 Ken White Fred Rimell C Knott 17 33-1
1969 GAY TRIP 7-11-05 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell A J Chambers 14 8-1
1968 JUPITER BOY 7-10-03 Eddie Harty Fred Rimell J E Liley 13 9-1
1967 CHARLIE WORCESTER 10-10-11 Josh Gifford Ryan Price Dorothy Price 13 7-1
1966 PAWNBROKER 8-11-09 Paddy Broderick Arthur Stephenson E W Cliff-McCulloch 5 7-2
1965 DUNKIRK 8-12-07 Bill Rees Peter Cazalet Bill Whitbread 8 11-10F
1964 SUPER FLASH 9-10-05 Stan Mellor Frank Cundell A H Wood 9 8-1
1963 RICHARD OF BORDEAUX 8-10-05 Bobby Beasley Fulke Walwyn J Schilizzi 20 20-1
1962 FORTRIA 10-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 25 5-1F
1961 SCOTTISH MEMORIES 7-10-12 C Finnegan Arthur Thomas G B Sanderson 17 9-2
1960 FORTRIA 8-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 19 8-1
+ Held at Haydock Park

THE paddypower.com AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP CHASE (3m 110yds), Friday, November 11
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2004 Smile Please 12-10-06 16-1 Matt Sheppard Mr Lee Stephens 12
2003 Itsonlyme 10-10-08 11-2 Venetia Williams Mr Sam Thomas 8
2002 Iris Bleu 6-11-03 6-1CF Martin Pipe Mr Gordon Elliott 11
2001 Samuel Wilderspin 9-12-00 10-1 Richard Lee Mr John McNamara 11
2000 Royale De Vassy 6-10-07 10-1 Venetia Williams Mr Frank Windsor Clive 13
1999 Star Traveller 8-11-00 5-4F Henry Daly Mr Tom Scudamore 5
1998 Tamarindo 5-11-11 9-2 Martin Pipe Mr Ashley Farrant 6
1997 Hillwalk 11-10-07 8-1 Roger Curtis Mr Rupert Wakley 5
1996 Dancing Vision 6-10-01 4-1 Eric McNamara IRE Mr J T McNamara 6
1995 Beatson 6-11-06 2-1F Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Mark Rimell 5
1994 Buckshot 6-11-06 16-1 Josh Gifford Mr D Breen 9
1993 Squire Jim 9-11-06 9-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Mark Rimell 6
1992 Captain Frisk 9-11-06 15-8F Kim Bailey Mr Marcus Armytage 7
1991 Far Senior 5-12-03 4-5F Kim Bailey Mr Marcus Armytage 7
1990 Senator Of Rome 7-11-07 2-1 Toby Balding Mr Seamus Mullins 3
Race run over 2m 4f 110yds in 1996.

THE padypowerpoker.com HURDLE (Intermediate Handicap Hurdle) (2m 5f), Sunday, November 13
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2004 Team Tassel 6-11-00 7-2F Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 17
2003 Blue Away 5-10-03 10/3 Pat Hughes IRE Timmy Murphy 9
2002 Tucacas 5-11-02 5-2F Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 12
2001 See You Sometime 6-10-13 12-1 Seamus Mullins Joe Tizzard 11
2000 The Extra Man 6-10-02 10-1 Mick Ryan Robert Thornton 20
1999 Heros Fatal 5-10-13 7-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 11
1998 Lady Rebecca 6-10-13 5-2F Venetia Williams Shane Kelly 13


This year sees the 46th renewal of the first major contest of the National Hunt season, the Paddy Power Gold Cup. The race, run under its present title for the first time in 2003, was known as the Thomas Pink Gold Cup from 2000-2002 while Whitbread under their Mackeson brand and then subsequently Murphys, backed the first 40 runnings.

Since the inaugural running in 1960, the contest has been won by Irish-trained horses on four occasions. Fortria won the first running and was successful for a second time two years later in 1962. The Irish had to wait for more than a decade for a further winner which came in the shape of Skymas in 1973 and Bright Highway was the last successful horse from the Emerald Isle in 1980.

Over the course of three days of The Open last season, there were three Irish-trained winners from 31 runners, including Accordion Etoile, who subsequently finished fourth in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.

Five horses have won the Paddy Power Gold Cup twice. Fortria was the first, then Gay Trip completed the double in 1969 and 1971, with his victory in the 1970 Grand National sandwiched in between. Half Free was successful in 1984 and the following year, while Bradbury Star achieved this magnificent feat for Findon-based handler Josh Gifford in 1993 and 1994. Cyfor Malta, the 1998 winner, triumphed four years later in 2002.

Martin Pipe is the leading current trainer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, having saddled seven winners - Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998 & 2002), Lady Cricket (2000) , Shooting Light (2001) and Celestial Gold (2004).

Despite the competitiveness of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, it is not a race for outsiders. 27 of the 45 runnings of the contest have been won by horses returned at odds of 15/2 or less. However, the overall record of favourites is not that great, with only 12 having been successful during the history of the race, though three of the last five runnings have gone to the market leaders, with the latest being Fondmort in 2003. The shortest-priced winner in the history of this prestigious contest was Dunkirk who went off the 11/10 favourite in 1965, while the two longest-priced horses were Chatham (1970) and Senor El Betrutti (1997), both returned at 33/1.

Perhaps the greatest performance in the history of the contest was achieved by Dunkirk. The Domaha gelding carried a staggering 12st 7lb to victory when he gained his 1965 success.

The incomparable Arkle made his British racecourse bow in the Honeybourne Chase on the Saturday of The Open meeting 42 years ago. It was a fantastic day for Arkle’s trainer and jockey, Tom Dreaper and Pat Taaffe, who following Arkle’s impressive destruction of the opposition by 20 lengths, went on to land what is now the Paddy Power Gold Cup with Fortria.
Best Mate, the latest horse to win three totesport Cheltenham Gold Cups, won the second chase of his career at The Open 2000, while the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle victor Rooster Booster defied top weight to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle in 2002. The 2001 Greatwood Hurdle winner Westender was second to Rooster Booster in the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle.

The Open has only once been held at an alternative venue to Prestbury Park. In 1976 a new drainage system was being installed at Cheltenham, so the then two-day meeting was switched to Haydock Park where Cancello became the only horse to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup anywhere but Cheltenham.

Josh Gifford is the only man to have both ridden and trained a winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, partnering Charlie Worcester to victory in 1967 and training Bradbury Star for his brace of successes in 1993 and 1994.


Champion Martin Pipe is the trainer with the best record at The Open, with 46 successes since 1990, recording his best-ever tally of seven in 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Among his victories are seven winners of the feature Paddy Power Gold Cup - Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998 & 2002), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001) and Celestial Gold (2004).

Leading Trainers at The Open since 1990

Martin Pipe 46
Nigel Twiston-Davies 16
Nicky Henderson 12
Paul Nicholls 12
Philip Hobbs 8
Venetia Williams 7
Kim Bailey 6
Tony Martin IRE 6
Oliver Sherwood 5


Year/Position Horse Jockey SP
2004-1 CELESTIAL GOLD Timmy Murphy 12/1
2004-5 It Takes Time Jamie Moore 25/1

2003-5 Cyfor Malta Rodi Greene 10/1
2003-F It Takes Time Tony McCoy 4/1

2002-1 CYFOR MALTA Barry Geraghty 16/1
2002-UR Exit Swinger Rodi Greene 12/1
2002-PU Chicuelo Tony McCoy 2/1 Fav

2001-1 SHOOTING LIGHT Tony McCoy 9/4 Fav
2001-3 Exit Swinger Rodi Greene 10/1
2001-4 Cadougold Tom Scudamore 25/1

2000-1 LADY CRICKET Tony McCoy 5/1 Fav
2000-2 Exit Swinger Richard Johnson 8/1
2000-5 Majadou Tom Scudamore 33/1

1999-4 Northern Starlight Barry Fenton 11/1
1999-8 Majadou Tony McCoy 9/2
1999-F Tresor de Mai David Casey 11/1

1998-1 CYFOR MALTA Tony McCoy 3/1 Fav
1998-4 Challenger Du Luc Richard Dunwoody 11/1

1997-2 Challenger Du Luc Tony McCoy 100/30
1997-PU Terao Chris Maude 33/1

1996-1 CHALLENGER DU LUC Richard Dunwoody 7/1

1994-10 Errant Knight Richard Dunwoody 9/1

1992-F Milford Quay Peter Scudamore 9/1

1991-6 Anti Matter Peter Scudamore 6/1

1990-6 Fu's Lady Simon Earle 15/2
1990-8 Wingspan Mark Perrett 14/1

1989-7 Beau Ranger Peter Scudamore 5/1 Fav

1987-1 BEAU RANGER Mark Perrett 13/2


Noel Chance (Flame Creek)
2000-U Boardroom Shuffle

Henry Daly (Jakari)
2003-4 Young Spartacus

Victor Dartnall (Lord Sam)
No previous runners

Tim Easterby (Turgeonev)
2002-8 Turgeonev
1998-2 Simply Dashing

Charles Egerton (Graphic Approach)
No previous runners

Richard Fahey (Ball O Malt)
No previous runners

Pat Fahy IRE (Mariah Rollins)
No previous runners

Davy Fitzgerald IRE (Pearly Jack)
No previous runners

Jimmy Frost (Wrags To Riches)
No previous runners

Richard Guest (Our Armageddon, Wet Lips)
No previous runners

Nicky Henderson (Fondmort, Iris Royal, Liberthine, Chauvinist, Scots Grey)
2004-11 Fondmort
1998-U Philip's Woody
1996-6 Big Matt
1995-3 Big Matt
1995-5 Amtrak Express
1985-7 The Tsarevich
1978-2 Zongalero

Philip Hobbs (Monkerhostin, Lacdoudal, Tamango)
2004-3 Monkerhostin
2004-F Farmer Jack
2002-3 Wave Rock
2000-10 Village King
1999-2 Stormy Passage
1998-3 Dr Leunt
1996-10 Kibreet
1994-9 Mulbank
1993-U Guiburn's Nephew
1991-F Guiburn's Nephew
1989-9 Prize Asset
1988-6 Warner For Leisure

Howard Johnson (Backbeat, Ballybough Rasher)
No previous runners

Alan King (Kandjar D’Allier)
No previous runners

Henrietta Knight (Impek)
2002-4 Foly Pleasant
2002-F Perfect Fellow
2001-2 Foly Pleasant
1999-3 Sounds Like Fun
1996-9 Easthorpe

Len Lungo (Brooklyn Breeze)
No previous runners

Noel Meade IRE (Watson Lake, Always, Sir Oj)
No previous runners

Seamus Mullins IRE (See You Sometime)
No previous runners

Willie Mullins IRE (Euro Leader)
2002-5 Killultagh Storm
2002-F Its Time For A Win

Ferdy Murphy (Europa)
2001-P Stan's Your Man
1999-10 Addington Boy
1995-11 Postage Stamp
1993-U Brandeston
1992-5 Brandeston
1991-P Cuddy Dale
1990-P Cuddy Dale

Paul Nicholls (Thisthatandtother, Le Roi Miguel, Armaturk, Kauto Star, My Will, Le Passing, Ladalko)
2004-2 Thisthatandtother
2004-9 Le Duc
2003-2 Poliantas
2003-6 Exit Swinger
2002-2 Poliantas
2001-P Dorans Gold
2000-9 Norski Lad
1999-P Call Equiname
1997-6 Cherrynut

Michael O’Brien IRE (Forget The Past)
1996-4 Anabatic

Jonjo O’Neill(Quazar, Tigers Lair, East Tycoon)
1989-P Raise An Argument

Martin Pipe (Celestial Gold, Contraband, It Takes Time, Therealbandit, Our Vic, Horus, Tango Royal, Zeta’s River, Windsor Boy)
2004-5 It Takes Time
2003-5 Cyfor Malta
2003-F It Takes Time
2002-U Exit Swinger
2002-PU Chicuelo
2001-3 Exit Swinger
2001-4 Cadougold
2000-2 Exit Swinger
2000-5 Majadou
1999-4 Northern Starlight
1999-8 Majadou
1999-F Tresor de Mai
1998-4 Challenger Du Luc
1997-2 Challenger Du Luc
1997-P Terao Martin Pipe
1994-10 Errant Knight
1992-F Milford Quay
1991-6 Anti Matter
1990-6 Fu's Lady
1990-8 Wingspan
1989-7 Beau Ranger

Lucinda Russell (Vandas Choice)
No previous runners

Sue Smith (Mister McGoldrick)
2004-P Better Days

Nigel Twiston-Davies (Ollie Magern, Redemption, Gazump)
2004-4 Ollie Magern
2003-P Redemtion
2001-7 Bindaree
2000-12 Corniche
1999-F Mister Morose
1998-P Queen Of Spades
1998-R Pimberley Place
1994-7 Tipping Tim
1993-P Tipping Tim

Paul Webber (Full House)
No previous runners

Ian Williams (Royaleety)
2002-7 Korakor
2001-5 Korakor

Venetia Williams (Banker Count)
2004-10 Kelrev
2002-6 Mr Baxter Basics
2001-10 Samakaan
2000-6 Davoski


Leighton Aspell
2004-7 Tikram
2000-U Boardroom Shuffle

Mattie Batchelor
2000-11 Skycab
Paul Carberry
1995-9 Buckboard Bounce

Philip Carberry
2000-3 Feathered Leader

David Casey
2002-5 Killultagh Storm
1999-F Tresor de Mai

Brian Crowley
2002-6 Mr Baxter Basics
2001-10 Samakaan

Jim Crowley
1999-7 Forestal

Alan Dempsey
2001-8 Robbo
2000-8 Robbo

David Dennis
2002-7 Korakor

Tony Dobbin
2004-3 Monkerhostin

Seamus Durack
2004-6 Take The Stand

Dominic Elsworth
2004-P Better Days

Noel Fehily
2001-11 Celibate
2000-P Celibate

Barry Fenton
1999-4 Northern Starlight
1995-11 Postage Stamp

Mick Fitzgerald
2004-11 Fondmort
2001-5 Korakor
1999-P Call Equiname
1998-U Philip's Woody
1996-6 Big Matt
1995-3 Big Matt
1994-8 Usher's Island

Paul Flynn
2004-F Farmer Jack

Russ Garritty
2002-8 Turgeonev
1992-9 Nos Na Gaoithe

Barry Gereghty
2004-P Colca Canyon

Rodi Greene
2003-5 Cyfor Malta
2002-U Exit Swinger
2001-3 Exit Swinger

Brian Harding
1996-3 Addington Boy

Philip Hide
1998-5 Mandys Mantino
1995-10 Bradbury Star

Ben Hitchcott
2001-6 Satchmo

Kenny Johnson
2002-10 Red Ark
1990-9 Captain Mor

Richard Johnson
2003-4 Young Spartacus
2000-2 Exit Swinger
1999-5 Pennybridge
1997-F Destin D'Estruval

Carl Llewellyn
2004-4 Ollie Magern
2003-P Redemption
2001-7 Bindaree
2000-12 Corniche
1998-P Queen Of Spades
1996-8 Bavard Dieu
1993-P Tipping Tim

Jimmy McCarthy
2001-9 Eau De Cologne

Ollie McPhail
1999-9 Dr Bones

Tony McCoy
2003-F It Takes Time
2002-PU Chicuelo
1999-8 Majadou
1997-2 Challenger Du Luc
1996-10 Kibreet
1995-6 Bavard Dieu

Warren Marston
1995-2 Egypt Mill Prince
1994-3 Egypt Mill Prince

Jamie Moore
2004-5 It Takes Time

Timmy Murphy
2003-F Risk Accessor
2002-2 Poliantas
2001-P Dorans Gold
1998-7 Danger Baby
1997-6 Cherrynut

Conor O’Dwyer
1996-7 Strong Medicine

Tom Scudamore
2001-4 Cadougold
2000-5 Majadou

Sam Thomas
2004-10 Kelrev

Andrew Thornton
1999-2 Stormy Passage

Robert Thornton
2004-8 Ground Ball

Joe Tizzard
2004-9 Le Duc
2000-9 Norski Lad

Lee Vickers
2003-3 Ei Ei

Ruby Walsh
2004-2 Thisthatandtother
2003-2 Poliantas
2002-F Its Time For A Win
1998-6 Papillon

Mr Robert Widger
2000-10 Village King

Christian Williams
2003-6 Exit Swinger


Champion Tony McCoy holds the accolade of being the most successful current jockey at The Open, with 32 wins under his belt, five of whom were achieved in 1999, two in 2000, seven in 2001, five in 2002, four in 2003 and one last year.

Timmy Murphy was the leading jockey at last year’s Open with seven successes.

Leading Jockeys at The Open since 1990
Tony McCoy 32
Mick Fitzgerald 12
Carl Llewellyn 11
Timmy Murphy 10
Joe Tizzard 5


Friday, Saturday & Sunday November 11th, 12th & 13th
Cheltenham (Old Course)

First Day - Friday November 11 - Countryside Day
Time Race Prize Money Distance
* 1.15pm Anglo Irish Bank Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 2) £30,000 TPF 2m 1/2 f
* 1.50pm paddypower.com Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase £15,000 added 3m 1/2 f
* 2.25pm Beards Jewellers Cup (Handicap Chase) £25,000 added 2m
* 3.00pm Sporting Index Chase (Cross Country Course) £30,000 TPF 3m 7f
3.35pm Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase £15,000 added 3m 1/2 f
4.10pm Abacus Global Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle £12,000 added 2m 5f

Second Day - Saturday November 12 - Paddy Power Gold Cup Day
Time Race Prize Money Distance
1.00pm Racing UK Novices' Handicap Hurdle £15,000 added 2m 1/2f
1.35pm Jim Brown Memorial Novices' Chase £15,000 added 2m 4 1/2f
* 2.10pm Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle £45,000 TPF 3m 1 1/2f
* 2.40pm Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase £55,000 TPF 3m 3 1/2f
* 3.15pm Paddy Power Gold Cup (Handicap Chase) £110,000 TPF 2m 4 1/2f
* 3.50pm concordatjet.com Juvenile Novices' Hurdle £30,000 TPF 2m 1/2 f

Third Day - Sunday November 13 - Greatwood Hurdle Day
1.05pm Gideon Kasler Novices' Hurdle £15,000 added 2m 5f
* 1.35pm paddypowerpoker.com Handicap Hurdle £25,000 added 2m 5f
* 2.10pm Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase (Grade 2) £40,000 TPF 2m
* 2.45pm Greatwood Handicap Hurdle £50,000 TPF 2m 1/2f
* 3.20pm Jersey Handicap Chase £15,000 added 2m 4 1/2f
3.55pm Festival of Food Bumper (National Hunt Flat Race) £15,000 added 2m 1/2f

* Channel 4 Televised Races
TPF = Total Prize Fund



THE ANGLO IRISH BANK NOVICES’ HURDLE (2m 110yds) (Grade 2), £30,000 total prize fund
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2004 Marcel 4-11-07 5-1 Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 9
2003 Self Defense 6-11-00 2-1F Emma Lavelle Barry Keniry 7
2002 Mutakarrim 5-11-05 11-4 Dermot Weld IRE Paul Carberry 12
2001 Fireball Macnamara 5-10-12 33-1 Mark Pitman Timmy Murphy 7
2000 Reiziger 4-10-12 4-1 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 7
1999 Silence Reigns 5-10-12 3-1 Paul Nicholls Mick Fitzgerald 7
1998 Hoh Invader 6-10-12 10-1 Charlie Mann Richard Dunwoody 12
1997 Circus Star 4-10-12 11-8F David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 7
1996 Kailash 5-10-12 3-1 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 5
1995 Mandy’s Mantino 5-10-12 8-1 Josh Gifford Philip Hide 12
1994 Berude Not To 5-11-02 5-4F Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 8

See separate page for the paddypower.com Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (3m 110yds), £15,000 added

2004 Armaturk 7-11-04 11-2 Paul Nicholls Christian Williams 11
2003 Cenkos 9-11-12 7-1 Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 5
2002 Just Jasmine 10-10-00 14-1 Kevin Bishop Rodi Greene 5
2001 Latalomne 7-10-11 11-2 Brian Ellison Vinnie Keane 8
2000 Wave Rock 5-10-05 8-1 Philip Hobbs Carl Llewellyn 12
1999 Native Charm 7-10-09 4-1 Charlie Morlock Jimmy McCarthy 5
1998 Green Green Desert 7-10-07 6-1 Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard 5
1997 Call Equiname 7-11-08 13-2 Paul Nicholls Norman Williamson 7
1996 Konvekta King 8-11-02 10-1 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 4
1995 Wonder Man 10-11-02 6-5 Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 2
1994 Deep Sensation 9-12-00 8-11F Josh Gifford Richard Dunwoody 3
1993 King of the Lot 10-11-07 8-11F David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 3
1992 King of the Lot 9-11-10 13-8F David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 5
1991 Moment of Truth 7-11-12 4-7F Peter Monteith Liam O’Hara 5
1990 Another Coral 7-11-08 6-4F David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 6

2004 Spot Thedifference 11-11-08 6-1 Enda Bolger IRE Mr J T McNamara 16
2003 No race
2002 Famfoni 9-11-05 16-1 Kim Bailey Robert Thornton 16
2001 Lucky Clover 9-11-02 10-1 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard 13
2000 Supreme Charm 8-11-05 10-1 Kim Bailey Norman Williamson 13
1999 Linden’s Lotto 10-11-08 7-4F Tony Martin IRE Paul Carberry 10
1998 Linden’s Lotto 9-11-02 6-1 Tony Martin IRE Paul Carberry 14
1997 Fiftysevenchannels 8-11-02 7-2 Enda Bolger IRE Ken Whelan 13
1996 McGregor The Third 10-11-02 5-6F Gordon Richards Brian Harding 8
1995 McGregor The Third 9-10-13 6-4F Gordon Richards Brian Harding 14
Was run on the Sunday of the meeting in 1995 and 1996.

2004 Comply Or Die 5-11-07 EvensF Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 7
2003 Whereareyounow 6-11-05 10-11F Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 4
2002 Super Fellow 8-11-05 10-1 Denis Murphy IRE Barry Geraghty 6
2001 Manx Magic 8-11-08 5-4 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 3
2000 Sackville 7-11-10 7-4F Frances Crowley IRE David Casey 9
1999 Mister One 8-11-00 14-1 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard 7
1998 Spendid 6-11-08 100-30 David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 5
1997 Yahmi 7-11-00 2-1F Jim Old Mick Fitzgerald 6
1996 Stormtracker 7-11-05 8-1 Colin Weedon Mark Richards 4
1995 Unguided Missile 7-11-12 4-9F Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 2
1994 Earth Summit 6-11-07 11-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies David Bridgwater 6
1993 Light Veneer 8-10-05 10-1 Meritta Jones Mick Fitzgerald 8
1992 Bradbury Star 7-11-12 1-2F Josh Gifford Declan Murphy 6
1991 Tipping Tim 6-10-05 2-1F Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 8
1990 Elfast 7-11-04 11-10JF John Webber Martin Lynch 3
Both Tipping Tim and Bradbury Star went on to win the following year’ s equivalent of the Paddy Power Gold Cup while Earth Summit subsequently won the Martell Grand National.

2004 Hordago 4-9-10 33-1 Eric McNamara IRE Brian Byrnes 24
2003 Icare D’Oudairies 7-9-12 33-1 Colin Tizzard Kieran Burke 21
2002 Jurancon 5-11-12 20-1 Martin Pipe Gerry Supple 29
2001 Sharon’s Touch 6-11-01 20-1 Louis Archdeacon IRE Ron Flavin 22
2000 Joe Crump 6-10-04 8-1 John Mackie J P McMamara 30
1999 Search For Peace 7-10-03 4-1 Tony Martin IRE Jason Maguire 11
1998 Papo Kharisma 8-11-06 3-1F Philip Hobbs Robert Widger 22
1997 Spendid 5-12-00 EvsF David Nicholson Robert Thornton 6
1996 World Express 6-10-06 5-2 Rod Millman Darren Salter 4
1995 Ginger Jim 4-10-07 13-8F Peter Hedger M Clinton 6
1994 Wing of Freedom 6-10-05 10-1 John Jenkins Eugene Husband 11
1993 Fairfields Cone 10-10-13 5-1 Robin Dickin Dylan Meredith 15
1992 Artful Abbot 8-10-02 7-1 Simon Sherwood D Geoghegan 7
1991 The Widget Man 5-11-08 11-2 Josh Gifford Philip Hide 11
1990 Catch The Cross 4-11-03 5-1 Martin Pipe Martin Foster 5


THE RACING UK NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (2m 110yds), £15,000 added
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2004 Over The Creek 5-11-07 9-4F Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 17
2003 Gone Too Far 5-11-12 5-2F Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 16
2002 Classic Note 7-10-05 6-1F Tony Martin Ruby Walsh 28
2001 Image De Marque II 5-10-08 6-1 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 20
2000 Hidden Ability 6-10-02 8-1 Tony Martin IRE Adrian Maguire 24
1999 Experimental 5-10-13 4-1F Ger Lynch IRE Niall Mulholland 11
1998 Premier Generation 5-10-08 100-30F Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 17
1997 Tiutchev 4-11-06 9-4F David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 14
1996 Just Little 4-10-12 8-13F Aidan O’Brien IRE Charlie Swan 4
1995 Mysilv 5-11-02 2-7F Charles Egerton Jamie Osborne 4
1994 Chief’s Song 4-11-00 Evs F Simon Dow Tony Dicken 5
1993 Staunch Friend 5-11-07 6-5F Mark Tompkins Carl Llewellyn 5
1992 Staunch Friend 4-11-07 8-11F Mark Tompkins Steve Smith Eccles 4
1991 Sybillin 5-11-07 EvensF Jimmy FitzGerald Mark Dwyer 4
1990 Stratford Ponds 5-11-03 4-9F Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 3
1997 was the first year the race was run as a handicap.

THE JIM BROWN NOVICES’ STEEPLECHASE (2m 4f 110yds), £15,000 added
2004 Vodka Bleu 5-11-07 11-8F Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 5
2003 Puntal 7-11-07 3-1 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 4
2002 Tarxien 8-10-13 5-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 9
2001 Cornish Gale 7-11-04 9-2 Paul Nicholls Timmy Murphy 4
2000 Capitaine Leau 5-10-13 13-2 Nicky Henderson Richard Johnson 9
1999 Moondigua 7-10-13 11-4 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 5
1998 Stormyfairweather 6-11-00 5-4F Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 5
1997 Tullymurry Toff 6-11-05 EvensF Malcolm Jefferson Eddie Callaghan 4
1996 Potter’s Bay 7-11-05 2-7F David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 3
1995 Bertone 6-11-06 11-10F Kim Bailey Jamie Osborne 6

THE LOMBARD PROPERTIES HANDICAP HURDLE (Listed) (3m 1f 110yds), £45,000 total prize fund
2004 The Dark Lord 7-10-04 8-1 Lucy Wadham Leighton Aspell 11
2003 Therealbandit 6-10-04 11-10F Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 8
2002 Native Emperor 6-10-04 13-2 Jonjo O’Neill Liam Cooper 11
2001 It Takes Time 7-10-10 4-1 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 9
2000 Maid Equal 9-10-03 12-1 Martin Pipe Mr Tom Scudamore 12
1999 Tilty 9-9-11 9-1 Andy Streeter Jamie Goldstein 6
1998 Jet Tabs 6-10-02 3-1JF Jenny Pitman Richard Dunwoody 8
1997 Gysart 8-11-03 9-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 14
1996 Victor Bravo 9-10-05 15-8 Nick Gaselee Carl Llewellyn 4
1995 Greenhil Tare Away 7-10-01 13-2 Philip Hobbs David Bridgwater 6
1994 Fuzzy Logic 6-10-00 9-2JF Nigel Twiston-Davies David Bridgwater 9
1993 Sillars Stalker 5-9-11 13-8F Lynda Ramsden Warren Marston 6
1992 Vagog 7-11-03 11-1 Martin Pipe Martin Foster 10
1991 Burgoyne 5-11-00 13-2 Peter Easterby Russ Garritty 11
1990 Sir Crusty 8-10-11 5-2JF Richard Holder Nick Mann 7

THE SERVO COMPUTER SERVICES HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE (Listed) (3m 3f 110yds), £55,000 total prize fund
2004 Stormez 7-11-05 7-1 Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 11
2003 Shardam 6-10-02 9-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 8
2002 Stormez 5-10-06 5-1 Martin Pipe Barry Geraghty 10
2001 Hati Roy 8-10-13 4-1F Henrietta Knight Jim Culloty 10
2000 Foxchapel King 7-10-05 12-1 Mouse Morris IRE Shay Barry 13

See separate page for the Paddy Power Gold Cup 2m 4f 110yds, £110,000 total prize fund

THE concordatjet.com NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (2m 110yds), £30,000 total prize fund
2004 Cerium 3-11-02 10-11F Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 10
2003 Al Eile 3-11-06 8-1 John Queally IRE Jim Culloty 7
2002 Don Fernando 3-10-12 9-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 16
2001 Greenhope 3-11-06 2-1F Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 8
2000 Montreal 3-10-12 11-4 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 8
1999 High Stakes 3-11-06 3-1 Christy Roche IRE Norman Williamson 5
1998 Katarino 3-11-02 9-4F Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 9
1997 The French Furze 3-11-06 7-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 10
1996 Noble Lord 3-11-12 6-1 Bob Buckler Brendan Powell 7
1995 Chicodari 3-11-00 6-4F David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 12


THE GIDEON KASLER NOVICES’ HURDLE (2m 5f), £15,000 added
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2004 Brewster 7-11-00 7-2F Ian Williams David Dennis 10
2003 Jollyolly 4-11-08 5-4F Peter Bowen Tony McCoy 6
2002 Taming 6-11-08 100-30 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 13
2001 Tarxien 7-11-08 7-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 13
2000 Sheer Genius 4-11-08 11-4 Mark Pitman Norman Williamson 8
1999 Majestic 4-11-08 5-2 Ian Williams Seamus Durack 5
1998 Arctic Camper 6-11-00 6-5F Venetia Williams Norman Williamson 14
1997 Tidal Force 6-11-08 4-1 Philip Hobbs Richard Dunwoody 8
1996 Hunting Lore 5-11-08 9-4 Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 7
1995 Wisley Wonder 5-11-04 7-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Jenks 6
1994 Betty’s Boy 5-11-00 11-4 Kim Bailey Norman Williamson 6
1993 Fuzzy Logic 5-11-04 8-15F Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 5
1992 Gaelstrom 5-11-03 13-8F Nigel Twiston-Davies Peter Scudamore 8
1991 Miners Luck 5-11-04 9-4F David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 8
1990 Banker’s Gossip 6-11-04 6-4F David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 7
This race was run on the Friday until 1997.

See separate page for the paddypowerpoker.com Hurdle (Intermediate Handicap Hurdle) (2m 5f), £25,000 added

THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ STEEPLECHASE (Grade 2) (2m), £40,000 total prize fund
2004 Fundamentalist 6-11-09 2-1 Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 5
2003 Thisthatandtother 7-11-09 8-13F Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 5
2002 Azertyuiop 5-11-09 5-4F Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 6
2001 Seebald 6-11-09 11-4 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 7
2000 Best Mate 5-11-04 8-13F Henrietta Knight Jim Cullotty 6
1999 Fadalko 6-11-04 5-4F Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard 5
1998 Mister Morose 8-11-00 5-2F Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 5
1997 Queen of Spades 7-10-09 11-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 5
1996 Celibate 5-11-00 6-4 Charlie Mann Richard Dunwoody 4
1995 Captain Khedive 7-11-00 8-1 Paul Nicholls Tony McCoy 5
1994 Martin’s Lamp 7-11-00 5-2 David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 5
1993 Baydon Star 6-11-06 4-6F David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 4
1992 Egypt Mill Prince 6-11-02 100-30 Jenny Pitman Mark Pitman 6
1991 Deadly Charm 5-10-11 8-15F David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 4
1990 Black Amber 6-11-02 6-5F Nicky Henderson Richard Dunwoody 3

THE GREATWOOD HURDLE (HANDICAP) (Listed) (2m 110yds), £50,000 total prize fund
2004 Accordion Etoile 5-10-06 10-3F Paul Nolan IRE John Cullen 9
2003 Rigmarole 5-11-12 33-1 Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 10
2002 Rooster Booster 8-11-12 7-1 Philip Hobbs Seamus Durack 11
2001 Westender 5-10-13 11-8F Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 13
2000 Hulysse Royal 5-10-00 9-1 Oliver Sherwood Jimmy McCarthy 12
1999 Rodock 5-10-00 11-4F Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 13
1998 Grey Shot 6-11-05 11-4F Ian Balding Jamie Osborne 16
1997 Mr Percy 9-10-09 14-1 Josh Gifford Philip Hide 17
1996 Space Trucker 5-11-11 7-1 Jessica Harrington IRE Jamie Osborne 9
1995 Lonesome Train 6-9-09 33-1 Colin Weedon Barry Fenton 15
1994 Atours 6-11-05 3-1F David Elsworth Paul Holley 10
1993 Leotard 6-12-00 3-1 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 7
1992 Valfinet 5-10-09 7-2F Martin Pipe Peter Scudamore 9
1991 Shu Fly 7-11-01 10-1 Susan Oliver Steve Smith Eccles 12
1990 Liadett 5-11-10 9-2 Martin Pipe Mark Perrett 8

THE JERSEY HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE (2m 4f 110yds), £15,000 added
2004 Davoski 10-10-11 50-1 Dr Philip Pritchard Jimmy McCarthy 13
2003 Jakari 6-11-11 6-1 Henry Daly Richard Johnson 11
2002 Halexy 7-11-12 7-2F Venetia Williams Tony McCoy 14
2001 Frenchman’s Creek 7-11-12 5-1 Hughie Morrison Mick Fitzgerald 8
2000 Davids Lad 6-10-02 11-4F Tony Martin IRE Conor O’Dwyer 11
1999 Legal Right 6-11-06 6-1 Jonjo O’Neill Tony McCoy 7
1998 Capenwray 9-11-06 5-4F Jeff King Tony McCoy 13
1997 Manor Mieo 11-10-01 10-1 George Prodromou Rodney Farrant 8
1996 Time Enough 7-10-00 9-4F Charlie Brooks Jamie Osborne 5
1995 Florida Sky 8-10-05 20-1 Charlie Brooks Graham Bradley 10
This race was run over 3m 1f prior to 1997.

THE FESTIVAL OF FOOD BUMPER (STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE) (Listed), (2m 110yds), £15,000 added
2004 Manners 6-11-04 7-2 Jonjo O’Neill Tony McCoy 11
2003 The Posh Paddy 6-11-00 5-1 Tony Mullins IRE Mr Barry Connell 8
2002 Rhinestone Cowboy 6-10-11 9-4F Jonjo O’Neill Mr J P Magnier 24
2001 Back In Front 4-11-04 100-30 Edward O’Grady IRE Norman Williamson 15
2000 In Contrast 4-11-04 7-2F Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 20
1999 Best Mate 4-11-00 10-1 Henrietta Knight Jim Culloty 10
1998 Scarlet Emperor 4-11-00 20-1 Jenny Pitman Dennis Leahy 18

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