THE OPEN 2006 - COUNTRYSIDE DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
TOMORROW’S PADDY POWER GOLD CUP
Timmy Murphy, who will ride 4/1 joint favourite Vodka Bleu in tomorrow’s feature, the £110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup, commented on his mount’s chance.
Interviewed on Open Radio, the retained rider to owner David Johnson said today: “If anyone is going to get the horse back to winning form after two years off, it is the Pipe team.
“They have proved they can do it and they will do it again. The last time I rode Vodka Bleu he was very talented.
“He was a lot better over fences than he was over hurdles. He suited me and I suited him and we got off a to a great start. We ended up by meeting and beating Fundamentalist at Newbury but he unfortunately got a touch of a leg problem after that race.
“But he has been well rested since and, fingers crossed, he will be spot on.”
PADDY POWER GOLD CUP BETTING LATEST FROM PADDY POWER
3/1 David Pipe to train the winner
A cash punter at a Paddy Power betting shop in Ireland has had 5,000 euros each-way at 16/1 (now 14/1) on the only Irish-trained runner, Tumbling Dice - among the 18 declared runners.
JEFFERSON HOPEFUL OF BIG RUN FROM CALATAGAN IN PADDY POWER GOLD CUP
BLOCKLEY DREAMING OF CHELTENHAM GLORY
Cheltenham’s Open Meeting provides jump racing fans with three days of exceptional sport, with the highlight being the prestigious £110,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.40pm) tomorrow Saturday, November 11, which this year has attracted a fantastic field of 18, headed by the exciting Paul Nicholls-trained Taranis, who carries top-weight of 11st 12lb.
Malton-based Malcolm Jefferson, who trained the top-class hurdler Dato Star to victory in the 1995 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival, is hoping for another great day at Cheltenham with Calatagan, who takes his place in the extended two and a half mile showpiece.
Jefferson revealed: “Calatagan is firing and ready to go. He’s up in the weights for winning at Wetherby but he’s in great order after that comeback run and I’m very happy with him. So long as everything goes right in the race, I think he’ll run well.”
The seven-year-old overcame unsuitably soft ground to register a front-running victory at Wetherby on October 27, to take his win tally over fences to three from five starts.
The trainer commented: “I thought he would have too much weight in the soft ground at Wetherby last time because he never used to handle that ground, but he’s become a stronger horse. He’s a young horse and he comes from a family that gets better with age, so he’s still improving.
“He’s won three of his five races over fences and he’s not a bad horse on his day. He has sporting owners and if he runs a brilliant race tomorrow then great. It would be lovely if he won, but these races are never easy to win so I hope he runs a sound race and gives us a thrill - that’s what racing’s about.
“You can forget his run in the totesport.com Summer Plate at Market Rasen in July. He’d been on the go a while and we got it wrong that day with how we planned to ride him.
“Everyone with a runner in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham tomorrow will be hoping they’re going to win. It’s a handicap, so we’re all in there with a chance and Tom Dreaper takes off a handy three pounds.”
Sponsors Paddy Power price Calatagan at 50/1.
The Paddy Power Gold Cup is always a thrilling contest and this year’s renewal promises to be no exception, with a top-class field including last year’s third Kandjar D’Allier and the in-form Too Forward.
David Pipe has a strong hand as he bids to follow in the footsteps of his father Martin Pipe who won the race a phenomenal eight times. Pipe has the well-fancied Vodka Bleu and Tamarinbleu.
Other notable contenders in the early-season highlight include the Jonjo O’Neill-trained pair Exotic Dancer and Butler’s Cabin, as well as the Irish representative Tumbling Dice, trained by Tom Taaffe.
PADDY POWER GOLD CUP BETTING LATEST FROM PADDY POWER
Saturday’s racing commences at 12.55pm with a superb renewal fo the £30,000 Grade Two Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two miles, which has attracted a quality field consisting of 10 of the best juvenile hurdlers seen out this term, including the Paul Blockley-trained Is It Me.
Blockley is dreaming of Cheltenham glory with his prolific-winning three-year-old, who won his first five starts over timber before running a fine second when conceding eight pounds to the smart Alan King-trained Katchit at Market Rasen on September 23.
Is It Me and Katchit reoppose on equal terms in the two mile, half a furlong contest, and Blockley is hopeful of a big effort form his charge.
Blockley revealed today: “It’s a competitive race and there are one or two good horses in there, but Is It Me is in good order. He’s had a break and he’s on his way back.
“I think the race against Katchit was a better contest than people realise. I personally think Katchit is quite good - I think he’s very good actually. We’re running off levels with him tomorrow so that will help us.”
Is It Me broke his duck on the Flat in a Catterick handicap on July 19, and proceeded to rattle off five quick victories over hurdles, beginning with a 26-length defeat of Tora Petcha at Stratford on July 23, and Blockley is hoping his charge can continue on an upward curve.
He said: “Although Is It Me has already won five over hurdles, they keep improving as juveniles and we’ve given him a break, so we’re hoping for a big run on Saturday.
“We’ll push on with him now and hopefully come back for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival. That’s why we’re going to Cheltenham - we want to see how he handles the place. His owner loves him. He’s been very lucky, as you don’t get many that win six races in a row like he has done. The dream is still alive!
“The ground should be alright for everyone tomorrow so that can’t be an excuse.”
Saturday’s fantastic six-race card also sees the brilliant Paul Nicholls-trained Denman put his unbeaten record over fences on the line in the extended two and a half mile Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase (1.30pm), while a classy 13-strong field goes to post for the £60,000 Grade Three Servo Computers Trophy Handicap Chase (3.45pm) over three miles, three and a half furlongs, including Betfred Gold Cup Chase hero Lacdoudal, Take The Stand, Joacci and Sir Rembrandt.
The third and final day of the fantastic Open Meeting takes place on Sunday, November 12, when the feature event is the Grade Three £65,000 Greatwood Hurdle (2.45pm).
The £65,000 two mile, half a furlong contest promises to be a tremendous spectacle, with 12 declared runners headed by Philip Hobbs’ stable star Detroit City (11st 12lb), winner of the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival in March, and successful in the totesport Cesarewitch on the Flat on October 14.
The high-class field also includes the John Quinn-trained Crow Wood, successful in the Grade Two £1 million totetentofollow Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on November 4, and stablemates Aleron and Caraman.
Irish trainer Noel Meade is set to saddle the highly-regarded Sweet Wake, while the classy Mahogany Blaze, Acambo, Verasi and the Last Hurrah are others who make the race a superb contest.
Sunday also features the opening Grade Two Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1.05pm) over two miles in which the Jessica Harrington-trained Callow Lake and the Paul Nicholls-trained Natal both bid to make it two from two over fences.
The exciting fare also sees the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Wichita Lineman put his big reputation on the line in the two mile, five furlong Gideon Kasler Novices’ Hurdle (3.20pm) against eight declared runners, including Paul Nicholls’ hat-trick seeking Paulo Dancer and the Philip Hobbs-trained Massini’s Maguire.
The Open concludes with a fascinating renewal of the Tiger Developments Open Bumper (3.55pm) over an extended two miles, which sees several highly-regarded youngsters put their unbeaten records on the line, including the Jessica Harrington-trained Cork All Star, Grecian Groom from the powerful Jonjo O’Neill yard, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Battle Cry and An Accordion, trained by David Pipe.
SINGLE TOTESCOOP6 WINNER IN LINE FOR £400,000
It was another hard luck story for totescoop6 players last week after a victory for Group Captain in the fifth leg knocked out the five remaining tickets.
It means that the bet has not be won for a third consecutive week and leaves £185,741 in the win fund and a further £79,603 in the bonus. With top quality action at Cheltenham and Wetherby turnover is expected to be enough to mean a single winner would be walking away with around £400,000.
Races this weekend come from Cheltenham and Wetherby and include the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Paul Petrie, totepool spokesman commented, "This weekend provides perfect conditions for the scoop6 with six competitive, quality handicaps. It will no doubt help turnover and if anyone wins this weekend they can expect a healthy dividend."
Leg 1 2.05 Cheltenham
Leg 2 2.40 Cheltenham
Leg 3 2.55 Wetherby
Leg 4 3.10 Cheltenham
Leg 5 3.25 Wetherby
Leg 6 3.45 Cheltenham
Win Fund - £185,741
Bonus Fund - £79,603
RECORD COUNTRYSIDE DAY CROWD
Today saw a crowd of 21,505 - a record attendance for Countryside Day at Cheltenham.
The previous record was 19,994 in 2005.
Edward Gillespie, Managing Director at Cheltenham, said: “We saw some top-class racing today and are delighted to have attracted such a terrific crowd.
“We are grateful to the support from Irish trainers at The Open and the unofficial competition between the British and Irish runners at Cheltenham continues to prove an unmissable cocktail for racegoers.”
The ground will remain unchanged overnight and is
on the Chase and Hurdles course, with a GoingStick reading of 7.5
Between 4 and 5 millimetres of rain is predicted to fall at Cheltenham tonight.
Darby Wall got the Irish off to a flying start at The Open 2006 when taking the opening paddypower.com Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase for owner Matthew Cahill, trainer Enda Bolger and jockey Mr J T McNamara.
The 6/1 shot was travelling very smoothly approaching the final bend, but in the end had to repel a sustained challenge from 4/1 co favourite No Guarantees, who eventually got to within a neck of the winner, with another 4/1 co favourite, Exstoto, five lengths back in third.
Enda Bolger said: “That was just far enough for him today and I think he might come back to Cheltenham next month for a conditional jockeys’ handicap chase over two miles and five furlongs (Boylecasino.com Handicap Chase, Friday, December 8).
“He ran too free when he ran here last time but we trained him differently for today and he settled much better.
“It was lucky for us that the second horse didn’t jump straight and the good ground suited him today - although the ground always suits you when you win!”
Looking ahead to the Sporting Index Chase (3.05pm), in which the 13-year-old Spot Thedifference is after a third consecutive victory, Bolger added: “The old boy is in great order although to be honest I think Royal Auclair is a penalty kick in that race.
“However, you can never tell what will happen and there 32 fences to jump.”
Irish raider Darby Wall won the first contest at the 2006 Open meeting, but the result might well have been different if the locally-trained No Guarantees had belied his name in the jumping department.
Attempting to make all the running, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained six-year-old dived right at most of the fences, yet was beaten just a neck, while third-placed Exstoto was another five lengths further back.
Fergal O’Brien, head groom to Twiston-Davies, said: “He’s hung badly right and it’s cost him the race. He made a mistake at the second-last, but he battled on up the hill and we’ve over the moon with him.
“He tends to go right, but this looked an ideal race in which we could put up the best amateur in the country. I would think we’ll try to straighten him out at home and then look for a race on a right-handed track.”
No Guarantees rider, David England said: “If he hadn’t hung right he would have won. He hasn’t done it so badly before as far as I know, so if we go right-handed next time that should help.”
Going on slow side say riders
The amateur iders who took part in the opening paddypower.com Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase said they were happy with the ground.
J T McNamara said: “It’s slower than good.”
P Callaghan: “It’s on the soft side, especially coming down the hill.”
David England: “It’s good, nice jumping ground.”
Josh Guerriero:”It’s good, and they’re getting through it easily enough.”
Sam Jones: “It’s just a bit tacky coming down the hill, but otherwise it’s good.”
Jamie Snowden: “It’s dead - the watering has got in a bit.”
The Charlie Mann-trained Moon Over Miami arrived fast and late to win this Grade 2 novices’ hurdle.
The Noel Fehilly-ridden five-year-old was a Listed winner on the Flat, but disappointed his trainer when beaten twice over jumps on his two latest starts.
Mann said: “He should have won his last two races, but there was no pace and today they went the other way, and set off far too quick. He needs a decent gallop because he doesn’t settle otherwise - he made the running last time, but he was too free in his recent races.
“The ground was too dead for him today, but he is a good horse. They went flat out and played into our hands. He shouldn’t have been beaten last time, but we hope to come back here in March. He’s had three quick runs, but he gets too fresh and needs a bit of racing. We’ll pick our races now.”
Bookmakers had different opinions about the result in terms of its bearing on the Cheltenham Festival’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle - Blue Square offer 40-1 about Moon Over Miami for that race, while Paddy Power go 33-1 and Sean Graham 25-1.
Cuan Na Grai, the unplaced favourite for today’s contest, was eased in betting for the Supreme Novices’ with William Hill, Graham and Blue Square, who all pushed him out to 16-1 from 9-1. Boylesports offers 14-1 Cuan Na Grai, while Paddy Power offers 20-1 about the horse.
Trainer Shane Donohoe, said of third-placed Mill House Girl, beaten three lengths in the Anglo Irish Private Banking Novices’ Hurdle: “She has run a great race and is a really tough mare.
“She missed the last and that may have cost her the race, but you can never tell.
“Mick (Fitzgerald) had to send her over the last but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out.
“In any case, she has run out of her skin and I’m delighted with her.”
Race 3 - Beards Jewellers Cup Handicap Chase
RUBBER MAKES HIS MARK
Rubberdubber became the first winning favourite of the afternoon when obliging by three lengths in the Beards Jewellers Handicap Chase for owners Susan and Peter Orton, trainer Charles Egerton and champion jockey Tony McCoy. Susan Orton also bred Rubberdubber.
The six-year-old travelled well throughout and saw off a determined challenge from Armaturk with Tysou finishing well in third.
Charles Egerton said: “He was going up in grade today and he has done it nicely.
“We had no plans for beyond today and it will be a case of going back to the programme book with him now - I hate to make plans before I’ve had the chance to properly evaluate a race.
“Wherever he goes, he wouldn’t want it too soft. There is the race for first and second season chasers at Ascot next Saturday for which he would be eligible but I don’t know if he will go there.
“It is great for his owner Peter Orton - he hasn’t been well lately and this is his first winner at Cheltenham.”
Tony McCoy added: “He was still a bit of a baby last year.
“He fell twice last season when we were schooling him but he is jumping better in his races now. He is only six and will hopefully keep improving.
“He did give me a bad fall last year but I kept going with him - pig ignorance and stubbornness got the better of me!”
Race 3: Beards Jewellers Cup (Handicap Chase)
IRELAND A POSSIBILITY FOR ARMATURK
Two good horses chased home Rubberdubber in this valuable two-mile handicap chase.
Former winner Armaturk finished second under Ruby Walsh, while the Mick Fitzgerald-ridden Tysou was third.
Paul Nicholls, who trains the runner-up, said: “He’s run a blinder - he always seems to run well round here at this time of year. He was beaten by a better-handicapped horse, but it was good for the connections of the winner, especially Mr [Peter] Orton who has always wanted a winner at Cheltenham.
“I just said to Trevor [Hemmings, Armaturk’s owner] I wouldn’t mind entering his horse for one of the Christmas races at Leopardstown - the horse would love it round there. He’s not easy to place now.”
Nicky Henderson, the trainer of Tysou, said: “He’s run a smashing race. He’s such a good work horse at home - he does things so easily - that he probably always just needs his first race of the season. He’ll come on a little bit more.
“He’d trained off a bit by the end of last season, having had a tough time and won here and the Victor Chandler [at Sandown].”
Race 4: Sporting Index Steeple Chase
SPOT ON FOR SPORTING INDEX
Cross-country racing’s greatest exponent, Spot Thedifference, who is trained by Enda Bolger in Ireland and owned by JP McManus, won the Sporting Index Chase for the third year running. It is his fifth victory in all over Cheltenham’s cross-country course
The 13-year-old, ridden as usual by ace amateur John Thomas McNamara, was in front with two jumps to go, and ran on with enthusiasm to beat three fellow Irish runners. The third-placed Buailtes And Fadas, who also represented the Bolger/McManus team, collapsed and died shortly afterwards.
JT McNamara said of the winner who received tremendous ovation when entering the winner’s enclosure: “He just likes this course. He’s not as good as ever, he’s better.
“He makes his own mind up about where he’s going and when he’s going to make his move - he was brilliant today.”
McManus said of the 5-1 winner: “He’s getting better with age. I didn’t back him today, but that was a fair price. I had every encouragement to back him, but didn’t have my betting boots on today.
“He’s very competitive in this type of game and Enda’s a master craftsman at getting them ready. I don’t think any professional rides that course as well as John Thomas, so you’re starting off with the handicap in your favour.
“I’m just glad they put these races on because otherwise we would never have found out how good he is.”
Race 4 - Sporting Index Cross Country Chase - Placed Quotes
THIRD AND FOURTH PLEASED IN SPORTING INDEX
Oliver McKiernan, trainer of second-placed Star Performance was more than happy with the performance of his charge, beaten a length by Spot Thedifference in the Sporting Index Chase.
This was the second time Star Performance had been beaten by Spot Thedifference in the cross-country event, having also finished runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, in 2004.
McKiernan commented: “I’m delighted with that run - he really likes this place and comes to life when he comes here.
“He was second to Spot Thedifference before in this race - that day he got caught and today we couldn’t catch him!
“Maybe Star Performance will come back here for the cross country race at the December meeting although that might come a bit too soon for him - his main target will be to come back here at The Festival and there is also a race over the banks at Punchestown coming up.
“We are really point-to-point people and this is the closest we can get to it - we really love it here.”
Philip Rothwell, trainer of the fourth, Native Jack (the winner of the Sporting Index Handicap Chase at The Festival last season) said: “I’m delighted. He is really a handicapper and wasn’t suited by the conditions of today’s race which were a reverse of at The Festival.
“He is an old horse and ran a great race. He made a mistake at the Canal turn fence and was always chasing the race after that.
“Anyway, I’m pleased and you can’t be too greedy!”
Race 5 - Royal Bank Of Canada Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle - Winning Quotes
AFTER COMES LATE TO GIVE THE IRISH THIRD WINNER OF THE DAY
After Midnight became the third Irish-trained winner of the day when landing the Royal Bank of Canada Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle for owners the Where Is Paddy Syndicate, trainer Tony Martin and jockey Robbie Colgan.
The winner, the 9/2 joint favourite, came from off the pace to deny the other 9/2 joint favourite, From Dawn To Dask, by three-quarters of a length with a devastating run from the last.
Tony Martin said: “He is only four and still a bit weak but is improving all the time.
“The boys who own this horse come from Kerry and Cork and were pleased just to have a runner at Cheltenham, let alone a winner.”
Martin was quick to pay tribute to rider Robbie Colgan and predicts great things ahead.
He continued: “Robbie really is a great kid and wonderful value for his 3lb allowance.
“If Ruby Walsh or Paul Carberry was not available to ride one of my best horses, I would have no hesitation in using Robbie.
“I really can’t praise him enough. The way he can ride from off the pace reminds me of John Francome on Sea Pigeon.
“There is a real magic about him - Robbie would be as good a rider as I’ve seen.”
Race 5: Royal Bank of Canada Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
DAWN COULD HAVE SUNDAY OUTING
From Dawn To Dusk, who finished runner-up in this conditional jockeys’ hurdle, could run again at The Open on Sunday.
Trainer Philip Hobbs is considering the paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle for his seven-year-old, who was ridden today by Darren O’Dwyer.
From Dawn To Dusk made a slight mistake at the last, but Hobbs said: “I don’t think it stopped him - he kept running.
“Darren’s been with us for 18 months and is a good lad. He won on the horse at Worcester and kept the ride as a result.
“We might have to run the horse again on Sunday, because the handicapper will put him up loads as a result.”
Eric McNamara is a regular visitor to Cheltenham from his yard in Ireland, and his Secret Squirrel ran a good race to take third. McNamara said: “Secret Squirrel is a very inexperienced horse, but he jumped well. He was 7lb out of the handicap, which probably made a difference, but he’s a chaser in the making. If you look at the size of him you can see he’ll be better at that game next season.
“He’s schooled well and jumps great.”
Race 6: Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase
STANDIN DISH FIRST CHELTENHAM VICTORY FOR DAVID PIPE
David Pipe landed his first Cheltenham winner as a licensed trainer when Standin Obligation won this novices’ chase - ironically the same horse had been the final Cheltenham winner for Pipe’s father, Martin, who retired in April.
Seven-year-old Standin Obligation picked up a couple of chases in the early summer and put that experience to good use today - he idled running to the last, but when joined by runner-up Openide found plenty more to repel that challenger. Timmy Murphy was ultra cool in nudging the winner home by a length, while Oodachee was 19 lengths further back in third.
Pipe said: “He jumped superbly and, while we could have done with a lead, we had to do the donkey work in a small field. Nothing else wanted to go on and he jumped and stayed well - and Timmy set a proper gallop.
“We had a couple of blips with Standin Obligation last year when the horses were under the weather, but since then he’s been very good and is efficient and neat over a fence. He goes on any type of ground.”
Martin Pipe, who now acts as assistant to his son, said: “Standin Obligation was my last ever winner at Cheltenham and he was David’s first winner under rules, which means he is very special. It’s a great thrill for us all.
“I get up at the same time each morning and still am involved, but the pressure’s all on David now, not me, so I’m much more relaxed.”
Bookmakers shortened Standin Obligation for next year’s Royal And Sunalliance Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival - Sean Graham, totesport and Paddy Power all offer 12-1 about Pipe’s horse, Ladbrokes offer 14-1 while Cashmans make him a16-1 shot. In contrast William Hill go 10-1.
GOING NEWS AT 10.00AM
The going for the opening day of The Open 2006 is:
Chase & Hurdles Course: GOOD - GoingStick Reading 7.5
Cross County Course: GOOD - GoingStick Reading 8.5
(Any reading between 7 and 9 is GOOD on the GoingStick).
Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, commented: “We had no rain last night and today is forecast to be dry.
“Tonight, we are expected to receive between 4 and 5 millimetres of rain while tomorrow should be a dry day.
“There could then be an odd shower on Saturday night into Sunday.
“The Chase & Hurdles course has been watered twice in the last two weeks with an inch of water applied in total. There has also been some selective watering on the Cross Country course, which has had a total of 3 millimetres of water applied.”
There has been plenty of action on the opening day of The Open 2006 with several firms reporting brisk trade.
In the opening paddypower.com Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (1.20pm), the sponsors have cut Darby Wall to 9/2 (from 5/1), No Guarantees to 5/1 (from 11/2) and Aristoxene to 10/1 (from 12/1). Exstoto is also proving popular and is now 4/1 (from 6/1) with totesport, 9/2 (from 6/1 with Boylesports) and 4/1 (from 5/1) with both Coral and Blue Square.
Second-favourite Kalderon is proving popular in the Anglo Irish Bank Private Banking Novices’ Hurdle (1.55pm) and is now 5/2 (from 3/1) with Paddy Power, totesport and Coral, and 11/4 (from 7/2) with Boylesports. Paddy Power have eased the favourite Cuan Na Grai to 11/8 (from 5/1).
The two Pricewise horses, Rubberdubber and Medison, are attracting plenty of support in the Beards Jewellers Cup (2.30pm), with Rubberdubber cut to 3/1 (from 7/2) with Paddy Power and Boylesports, 3/1 (from 100/30) with Blue Square and 100/30 (from 7/2) with Coral. Medison is 6/1 (from 13/2) with Paddy Power and Boylesports and 11/2 (from 13/2) with Coral. Outsider Dubai Bound is now 25/1 (from 40/1) with Blue Square and 22/1 (from 40/1) with Coral.
The Sporting Index Chase (3.05pm) is the quietest race of the day so far, although Boylesports have trimmed the favourite Royal Auclair to 6/4 (from 7/4).
Secret Squirrel has been nibbled at in the Royal Bank Of Canada Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (3.40pm) and is now 9/1 (from 11/1) with Boylesports and totesport, 10/1 (from 12/1) with Coral and 8/1 (from 11/1) with Blue Square. Longshot Treaty Flyer is 33/1 (from 50/1) with Coral.
Favourite Standin Obligation has come into 8/13 (from 4/7) with Coral in the concluding Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase (4.10pm), while Openide is into 15/2 (from 7/1) with Boylesports and Crossbarry Boy is 20/1 (from 33/1) with the same firm.
LEADING TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS AFTER DAY ONE
TRAINER 1ST 2ND 3RD
Enda Bolger IRE 2 - 1
Charlie Egerton 1 - -
Charlie Mann 1 - -
Tony Martin IRE 1 - -
David Pipe 1 - -
Brendan Duke - 1 -
Philip Hobbs - 1 -
Oliver McKiernan IRE - 1 -
Paul Nicholls - 1 -
Tom Taaffe IRE - 1 -
Nigel Twiston-Davies - 1 -
Shane Donohoe IRE - - 1
Richard Fahey - - 1
Nicky Henderson - - 1
Eric McNamara IRE - - 1
Charlie Swan IRE - - 1
JOCKEY 1ST 2ND 3RD
Mr J T McNamara 2 - -
Robert Colgan 1 - -
Noel Fehily 1 1 -
Tony McCoy 1 - -
Timmy Murphy 1 - -
Mr David England - 1 -
Conor O’Dwyer - 1 -
Darren O’Dwyer - 1 -
Davy Russell - 1 -
Ruby Walsh - 1 1
Mick Fitzgerald - - 2
Brian Byrnes - - 1
Miss Nina Carberry - - 1
Mr Sam Jones - - 1
RACE ONE RESULT
1.20pm THE PADDYPOWER.COM AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP CHASE
Class 3, 3m 1/2f Old Course, £17,500 guaranteed for 4yo+ Rated 0-135; Minimum weight: 10st; Penalties: after October 28th, a winner of a chase 7lb, Fool On The Hill’s Handicap Mark 135; Entries: 23 pay £85; Penalty Value: 1st £10,503.50, 2nd £3,281.25, 3rd £1,639.75, 4th £820.75, 5th £409.50, 6th £206.50
1 DARBY WALL (Matthew Cahill) Enda Bolger IRE 8-11-01 Mr J T McNamara 6-1
2 NO GUARANTEES (Mrs M Slade and G MacEchern) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-10-06 Mr David England 4-1CF
3 EXSTOTO (J D Clark and Partners) Richard Fahey 9-10-06 Mr Sam Jones 4-1CF
4 ARISTOXENE (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 6-11-04 Mr Jamie Snowden
5 FOOL ON THE HILL (Louisville Syndicate) Philip Hobbs 9-11-05 Mr Josh Guerrie
6 LE JAGUAR (The Connaught “Le Jaguar” Syndicate) Paul Nicholls 6-10-07 Mr C Dailly
7 MARTHA'S KINSMAN (Barlow, Hartley and Brereton) Henry Daly 7-10-05 Mr P Callaghan
U1 WHITFORD DON (R Owens) Kahlil Burke 8-10-04 Mr Colin Motherway
P8 HOT WELD (S Hubbard Rodwell) Ferdy Murphy 7-11-06 Mr Richard Harding
F YES MY LORD (David Johnson) David Pipe 7-10-05 Mr James O'Farrell 4-1CF
Distances: Neck, 5L, 1 1/4L, 12L, 2 1/2L, 2 1/2L
Breeder: M Cahill
Breeding: Beveled (USA) - Nikkis Pet
Tote Win: £7.30; Places: £2.30, £1.90, £2.00; Exacta: £33.40
Winning Trainer: Enda Bolger Born: April 21, 1963 Based: Howardstown House, Bruree, County Limerick, Ireland Cheltenham Festival Winners (2): Christies Foxhunter (1996 Elegant Lord), Sporting Index Cross Country Handicap Chase (2005 Spot Thedifference) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (1999 Elegant Lord) Big Race Wins Include: Sporting Index Cross Country Chase (2004 Spot Thedifference) Winners in Britain (2003/2004-2005/06): 0; 3; 2 Wins in Britain this Season: 1
Winning Jockey: John Thomas McNamara Born: April 8, 1975 Riding Weight: 10st 6lb Background: Leading Irish amateur and point-to-point rider. Rode Samuel Wilderspin to victory in Thomas Pink Amateur Chase at Cheltenham in November 2001. Nephew of Limerick trainer Andrew McNamara. First Winner: Quiet City (Clonmel, September 19, 1991, Tipperary INH Flat Race) Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): National Hunt Chase (2002 Rith Dubh), Sporting Index Chase (2005 Spot Thedifference) Big Race Wins Include: Tote Scoop 6 Lanzarote Hurdle (2003 Non So), Sporting Index Cross Country Chase (2004, 2005 Spot Thedifference) La Touche Cup (2004 Spot The difference, 2005 Good Step) Wins In Britain (2001/02-2005/06): 2; 2; 0; 4; 4 Wins in Britain this Season: 1
RACE TWO RESULT
1.55pm THE ANGLO IRISH PRIVATE BANKING NOVICES’ HURDLE
Class 1, Grade 2, 2m 1/2f Old Course, £35,000 guaranteed for 4yo+; Weights: 11st; Penalties: a winner of a Class 4 hurdle 4lb; of a Class 1 to 3 hurdle 7lb; Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb; Entries: 16 pay £160; Penalty Value: 1st £19,957, 2nd £7,486.50, 3rd £3,748.50, 4th £1,869, 5th £938, 6th £469
1 MOON OVER MIAMI (Mrs A Fulton & M Lynch) Charlie Mann 5-11-04 Noel Fehily 16-1
2 WAR GENERAL (Gigginstown House Stud) Tom Taaffe IRE 5-11-07 Conor O'Dwyer 16-1
3 MILL HOUSE GIRL (Charles Harte) Shane Donohoe IRE 5-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 20-1
4 ORPEN WIDE (Andy and Bev Wright) Michael Chapman 4-11-07 Richard Johnson
5 OFAREL D'AIRY (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 4-11-00 Ruby Walsh
6 CUAN NA GRAI (J Brennan) Paul Nolan IRE 5-11-07 John Cullen 7-4F
7 KALDERON (Miss M Masterson) Tom Hogan IRE 6-11-07 Tony McCoy
8 HIPPODROME (J Atkinson & R Plersch) Rod Simpson 4-11-00 James Davies
9 JABO (David Mason) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-11-00 Tony Evans
Distances: 1l, 2l, 1l, 6l, 21l, 2l, 18l, Dist
Breeder: R Kuhne
Breeding: Dashing Blade - Miss Esther (GER)
Tote Win: £18.80; Places: £3.50, £2.60, £2.90; Exacta: £334.00
Winning Trainer: Charlie Mann Born: April 3, 1958 Based: Whitcoombe House Stables, Upper Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of first licence: August 1, 1993 Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Novices’ H’cap Chase (2004 Keltic Bard) Big Race Wins: Charisma Gold Cup (1995, General Rusty), Grand Pardubice (1995, Its A Snip), Mitsubishi Shogun Game Spirit Chase (1999 Celibate), BMW Chase (1999, Celibate) Horses in Training (1994-2005): 10; 25; 32; 34; 48; 44; 50; 64; 72; 63; 64; 58 Number of Winners (1993/94-2005/06): 15; 16; 17; 24; 25; 37; 20; 43; 35; 27; 37; 26; 23 Wins this Season: 12
Winning Jockey: Noel Fehily Date Of Birth: December 24, 1974 Based: c/o Charlie Mann, Whitcoombe Stables, Maddle Road, Upper Lambourn, Berkshire Background: Stable jockey to Charlie Mann and named as Jonjo O’Neill’s second jockey in November 2005. Riding Weight: 9st 9lb First Winner: Ivy Boy, Plumpton, November 16, 1998 Big Race Wins: Ashelybank Investments Future Champions Novices’ Chase (Keltic Bard 2004); Britannia Building Society English Summer National (2005 Rheindross); totesport Lanzarote Hurdle (2006 Buck Whaley (dead-heated with Rayshan)) Number of Wins (1998/99-2005/06): 13; 16; 42 (Top conditional rider of 2000/01); 36; 35; 52; 56; 52 Wins This Season: 29
RACE THREE RESULT
2.30pm THE BEARDS JEWELLERS CUP (HANDICAP CHASE)
Class 2, 2m Old Course, £30,000 guaranteed for 4yo+; Minimum weight: 10st; Penalties: after October 28th, a winner of a chase 5lb, Oneway’s Handicap Mark 155; Entries: 15 pay £130; Penalty Value: 1st £18,789, 2nd £5,550, 3rd £2,775, 4th £1,389, 5th £693, 6th £348
1 RUBBERDUBBER (Mr & Mrs Peter Orton) Charles Egerton 6-10-08 Tony McCoy 5-2F
2 ARMATURK (Trevor Hemmings) Paul Nicholls 9-11-11 Ruby Walsh 7-2
3 TYSOU (W Brown) Nicky Henderson 9-11-03 Mick Fitzgerald 10-1
4 MEDISON (David Johnson) David Pipe 6-10-00 Timmy Murphy
5 BAMBI DE L'ORME (Mr & Mrs John Poynton) Ian Williams 7-10-08 David Dennis
6 LOCKSMITH (David Johnson) David Pipe 6-10-11 Rodi Greene
7 NYRCHE (Tony Fisher & Jeni Fisher ) Alan King 6-11-10 Robert Thornton
8 DUBAI BOUND (XXL Syndicate) Andrew Lee IRE 7-9-09 Andrew Lynch
9 ONEWAY (Mark Rimell) Mark Rimell 9-11-12 Richard Johnson
Distances: 3l, 1 1/4l, 3/4l, 1l, 14l, 10l, 9l, short head
Breeder: Susan Orton
Breeding: Teenoso (USA) - True Clown
Tote Win: £3.20; Places: £1.60, £1.70, £3.00; Exacta: £12.30
Winning Trainer: Charles Egerton Based: Heads Farm Stables, Chaddleworth, Newbury, Berkshire Cheltenham Festival Winners (2): Capel Cure Sharp Supreme (1997 Shadow Leader), Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Shamayoun) Aintree Festival wins: betfair.com Handicap Chase (1995 Flashthecash), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2000 Teaatral) Big Race Winners: Totesport Sandown Hcap Hurdle (1999 Teaatral), Totesport Gold Trophy Handicap Hurdle (1999 Decoupage), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2005 Darkness) Horses in Training (1992-2005): 10; 22; 41; 46; 44; 33; 31; 31; 46; 53; 41; 44; 24; 41 Number of Winners (1991/92-2005/06): 4; 15; 26; 15; 13; 17; 15; 20; 18; 15; 16; 14; 17; 23; 21 Wins this Season: 8
Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy Date of Birth: 04/05/74 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92 (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger. Cheltenham Festival Wins: (18) Grand Annual Chase (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 2006 Brave Inca), Tote Gold Cup (1997 Mr Mulligan), Cathcart Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair) Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Vincent O’brien County Hurdle (1998 Blowing Wind), Gerrard Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), the Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup Hcap Chase (1999 Majadou), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5). Other major wins: King George Vi Chase (2002 Best Mate), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King), Paddy Power Gold Cup (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light), Pillar Property Chase (1999 Cyfor Malta), Tripleprint Gold Cup Chase (1998 Northern Starlight), Extraman Henry Viii Novices’ Chase (1998 Dines), Mildmay & Cazalet Hcap Chase (1999 Eudipe), Long Distance Hurdle (1999 Galant Moss, 2003 Deano’S Beano, 2004 Baracouda), Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (2000 Upgrade, 2003 Tarxien), First National Gold Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Upgrade, 2001 Wahiba Sands), Challow Hurdle (2001 Classified), Game Spirit Chase (2002 Lady Cricket), Tote Gold Trophy (2002 Copeland), Long Walk Hurdle (2002 Deano’s Beeno, 2004 Baracouda), Rendlesham Hurdle (2003 Deano’s Beano), Ritz Club Ascot Chase (2003 Tiutchev), Cleeve Hurdle (2003 Classified), Sunderlands Imperial Cup (2003 Korelo), Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2004 Phar Bleu), Powers Gold Cup (2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2005 Genghis), Peterborough Chase (2005 Impek), Feltham Novices’ Chase (2005 Darkness), December Festival Hurdle (2005 Brave Inca), AIG Europe Champion Hurdle (2006 Brave Inca)Aintree Festival Wins: Mumm Melling Chase (1996 Viking Flagship), Glenlivet Anniversary Hurdle (1996 Zabadi, 1999 Hors La Loi III), Barton & Guestier Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Fataliste), John Smith’s Top Novices Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear), John Hughes Trophy Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell), Martell Cognac Handicap Hurdle (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent) John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2006 Refinement), Chivas Regal Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island), Martell Cognac Cup Chase (2004 Tiutchev), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (2004 Well Chief), John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2006 Foreman) Winners 1994/5-2005/06: 74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209, 199; 178 Wins this Season: 88
RACE FOUR RESULT
3.05pm THE SPORTING INDEX CHASE (CROSS COUNTRY CHASE)
Class 2, 3m 7f Cross Country Course, £35,000 guaranteed for 5yo+ which, after August 1st, 2004, have been placed first, second or third in a chase (hunters’ chase included), or have won two open chases at point-to-point meetings (it is a condition of this race that horses are to be schooled over the cross country course prior to running); Weights: 5yo 10st 9lb; 6yo+ 10st 10lb; Penalties: after August 1st, 2004, a winner of a Class 5 chase 3lb; of a Class 4 chase 6lb; of a Class 3 chase 9lb; of a Class 1 or 2 chase 12lb; Allowances: mares 7lb; Entries: 20 pay £170; Penalty Value: 1st £21,920.50, 2nd £6,475, 3rd £3,237.50, 4th £1,620.50, 5th £808.50, 6th £406
1 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (J P McManus) Enda Bolger IRE 13-11-08 Mr J T McNamara 5-1
2 STAR PERFORMANCE (Mrs C McKiernan) Oliver McKiernan IRE 11-10-10 Davy Russell 14-1
3 BUAILTES AND FADAS (J P McManus) Enda Bolger IRE 11-11-05 Miss Nina Carberry 9-1
4 NATIVE JACK (G Burke/R Bagnall/N O’Farrell/K Sexton) Philip Rothwell IRE 12-11-08 John Cullen
5 ROYAL AUCLAIR (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 9-11-08 Joe Tizzard 13-8F
6 EAST LAWYER (Champneys Partnership) Charles Egerton 7-11-05 Noel Fehily
7 BRAVERY (Gigginstown House Stud) Charlie Swan IRE 7-11-05 Conor O’Dwyer
8 IVOIRE DE BEAULIEU (I Todd, F Murphy, C Leigh, S Holman) Ferdy Murphy 10-11-08 Alan O'Keeffe
9 RUNNING HOT (C Newman) Nigel Hawke 8-10-10 Jamie Snowdon
10 HAPPY HUSSAR (Mrs T Pritchard) Dr Philip Pritchard 13-11-02 Dr Philip Pritchard
F4 PLUM'TEE (M Carteaud) Guillaume Macaire FR 11-11-05 Jacques Ricou
F4 INNISFREE (Coleman, Country Syndicate) John Carr IRE 8-11-02 Tom Ryan
P OL' MAN RIVER (Philip Stevenson) Charlie Longsdon 6-10-10 Sean Quinlan
P PENALTY CLAUSE (J Roundtree) Paul Howling 6-10-13 Adrian Scholes
Winning Trainer: Enda Bolger Born: April 21, 1963 Based: Howardstown House, Bruree, County Limerick, Ireland Cheltenham Festival Winners (2): Christies Foxhunter (1996 Elegant Lord), Sporting Index Cross Country Handicap Chase (2005 Spot Thedifference) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (1999 Elegant Lord) Big Race Wins Include: Sporting Index Cross Country Chase (2004, 2005 Spot Thedifference) Winners in Britain (2003/2004-2005/06): 0; 3; 2 Wins in Britain this Season: 2
Winning Jockey: John Thomas McNamara Born: April 8, 1975 Riding Weight: 10st 6lb Background: Leading Irish amateur and point-to-point rider. Rode Samuel Wilderspin to victory in Thomas Pink Amateur Chase at Cheltenham in November 2001. Nephew of Limerick trainer Andrew McNamara. First Winner: Quiet City (Clonmel, September 19, 1991, Tipperary INH Flat Race) Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): National Hunt Chase (2002 Rith Dubh), Sporting Index Chase (2005 Spot Thedifference) Big Race Wins Include: Tote Scoop 6 Lanzarote Hurdle (2003 Non So), Sporting Index Cross Country Chase (2004, 2005 Spot Thedifference) La Touche Cup (2004 Spot Thedifference, 2005 Good Step) Wins In Britain (2001/02-2005/06): 2; 2; 0; 4; 4 Wins in Britain this Season: 2
RACE FIVE RESULT
3.40pm THE ROYAL BANK OF CANADA CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE
Class 3, 2m 5f Old Course, £15,000 guaranteed for 4yo+ Rated 0-120; Minimum weight: 10st; Penalties: after October 28th, a winner of a hurdle 7lb, Champagne Harry’s Handicap Mark 120; Allowances: riders who, prior to November 7th, 2006, have not ridden more than 20 winners under any Rules of Racing 3lb; more than 10 such winners 5lb; any such winner 7lb; those riding for their own stable allowed an additional 3lb; Entries: 49 pay £75; Penalty Value: 1st £9,394.50, 2nd £2,775, 3rd £1,387.50, 4th £694.50, 5th £346.50, 6th £174
1 AFTER MIDNIGHT (Where Is Paddy Syndicate) Tony Martin IRE 4-9-13 Robert Colgan 9-2JF
2 FROM DAWN TO DUSK (C Lloyd-Baker) Philip Hobbs 7-10-10 Darren O'Dwyer 9-2JF
3 SECRET SQUIRREL (Aidan Ryan) Eric McNamara IRE 5-9-11 Brian Byrnes 13-2
4 BUACHAILL EILE (CCK Syndicate) Eric McNamara IRE 6-10-11 David Flannery 14-1
5 DOC ROW (David Johnson) David Pipe 6-11-04 Paddy Merrigan
6 PRESTBURY KNIGHT (Cheltenham Racing Ltd) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-10-10 Marc Goldstein
7 NOBLE BILY (Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds II) David Pipe 5-10-10 Robbie Quinn
8 CHAMPAGNE HARRY (Raymond Mould & G MacEchern ) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-06 Bernie Wharfe
9 BURNTOAKBOY (Peirce Molony, John Murphy) Michael Cunningham IRE 8-11-06 Joey Elliott
10 LANKAWI (Jill Day) Peter Bowen 4-11-02 Tom O'Brien
11 BALLITO (George Stanley) John Carr IRE 7-11-01 Tom Ryan
12 TREATY FLYER (Dianne Murphy) Pat Murphy 5-11-06 Robert Lucey-Butler
13 SUNDAY CITY (R Greenway) Donald McCain Jnr 5-11-07 Tom Greenway
14 VINGIS PARK (Nick Viney) Victor Dartnall 8-11-03 James White
15 WATER PISTOL (Mrs S Richards) Michael Chapman 4-9-09 Jay Pemberton
16 ALPHABETICAL (Hugh Villiers) Charlie Mann 7-10-00 Kevin Tobin
17 ASK THE UMPIRE (Craig Davies) Norman Berry 11-11-01 Liam Heard
18 PAGAN MAGIC (M Brennan) Tom McCourt IRE 5-11-09 Andrew Lynch
19 ARGENTO (I Whistondale) Dr Philip Pritchard 9-10-03 Keiran Burke
P CURRAGH VIEW (G Deren) Evan Williams 6-11-02 Nick Williams
Winning Trainer: Tony Martin Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): Coral Cup (2003 Xenophon), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Reserve Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (1999 Extra Stout), John Smith’s Extra Cold H’cap Hurdle (2000 Ross Moff) Other major wins: The Sporting Index Cross Country Chase (1998 and 1999 Linden’s Lotto), Totesport Northern National Hcap Chase (1999 Hollybank Buck), Crowther Homes Swinton Hcap Hurdle (1999 She’s Our Mare), totesport Cambridgeshire (1999 She’s Our Mare), Thyestes Chase (2006 Dun Doire) Number of Winners in Britain (2001/02-2005/06): 1; 2; 0; 1; 5 Wins in Britain this Season: 3
Winning Jockey: Robert Colgan Wins in Britain (2002/03-2005/06): 1; 0; 0; 1 Wins in Britain this Season: 1
RACE SIX RESULT
4.10pm THE STEEL PLATE AND SECTIONS NOVICES’ CHASE
Class 2, 3m 1/2f Old Course, £20,000 guaranteed for 5yo+; Weights: 5yo 10st 13lb; 6yo+ 11st; Penalties: after April 29th, 2006, a winner of a Class 3 to 6 chase 5lb; of two chases or of a Class 1 chase or 2 chase 8lb; Allowances: mares 7lb; Entries: 12 pay £100; Penalty Value: 1st £12,526, 2nd £3,700, 3rd £1,850, 4th £926, 5th £462, 6th £232
1 STANDIN OBLIGATION (David Johnson) David Pipe 7-11-08 Timmy Murphy 4-6F
2 OPENIDE (Brendan Duke Racing) Brendan Duke 5-11-07 Noel Fehily 8-1
3 OODACHEE (Modreeny Syndicate) Charlie Swan IRE 7-11-08 Ruby Walsh
4 CANNON FIRE (M Haines) Evan Williams 5-10-13 Paul Moloney
5 CROSSBARRY BOY (Pagan Syndicate) John Joseph Murphy IRE 7-11-00 Eddie Power
6 LAGO D'ORO (Lady Maria Coventry) Dr Philip Pritchard 6-10-07 James Davies
F PATSY HALL (C Byrne) Michael Cunningham IRE 6-11-05 Robert Power
Distances: 1l, 19l, 11l, 15l, 29l
Breeder: Mrs S Flood
Breeding: Pierre - Clonroche Floods
Tote Win: £1.70; Places: £1.30, £2.50; Exacta: £6.00
Winning Trainer: David Pipe Background: Son of Martin Pipe and former point-to-point trainer who took over at Pond House following the retirement of his father First Trainer’s Licence: May 2006 First winner under Rules: Standin Obligation in the Persimmon Homes Novices’ Chase at Kelso, May 9, 2006 - his first runner under Rules First Cheltenham Winner: Standin Obligation in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase, on November 10, 2006 Big Race Wins: Charlie Hall Chase (2006 Our Vic) Wins this Season: 35
Winning Jockey: Timothy James Murphy Date of birth: August 20, 1974 First winner: Gayloire (Kilmuckridge point to point, Co Wexford) General: Rode the last ever winner over jumps at Nottingham - Dominie (29/2/96) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (6) Mildmay of Flete Chase (1997 Terao, 2004 Tikram), Vincent O’brien County Hcap Hurdle (1999 Sir Talbot, 2005 Fontanesi), Pertemps Final (2004 Creon), Irish Independent Arkle (2005 Contraband) Aintree Festival Wins: Cordon Bleu Hcap Hurdle (1999 Kinnescash), Unwins Wine Group Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Al Eile), Scottish & Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2005 Al Eile), Betfair Bowl (2006 Celestial Gold) Other major wins: Agfa Diamond Hcap Chase (1999 Clever Remark); Ascot totesport Chase (2006 Our Vic); Betfair Bowl (2006 Celestial Gold); Betfred Celebration Chase (2005 Well Chief); Charlie Hall Chase (2006 Our Vic); Commhoist Logistics Champion Hurdle Trial (2006 Al Eile); Ericsson Chase (2002 Beef Or Salmon); Faucets For Mira Showers Silver Trophy Chase (2006 Our Vic); Game Spirit Chase (2006 Don’t Be Shy); Hennessy Gold Cup (2004 Celestial Gold); Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (2004 Contraband, 2005 Racing Demon); Irish Hennessy Gold Cup (2003 Beef Or Salmon); John Smith’s Hurdle (2006 Redemption); Old Roan Chase (2005 Impek); Paddy Power Gold Cup (2004 Celestial Gold, 2005 Our Vic); Pillar Property Chase (1998 See More Business); Pricewaterhousecoopers Ascot Hurdle (1998 Juyush); Rehearsal Chase (1998 See More Business); Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (2004 Our Vic); Rising Stars Novices’ Chase (2005 Celtic Son); Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Nous Voila); Sunderlands Imperial Cup (2005 Medison); Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2003 Macs Joy); Tolworth Hurdle (2005 Marcel); Victor Chandler Chase (2005 Well Chief) Number of Wins (1995/96-2005/2006): 26; 28; 60; 73; 64; 54; 98; 42; 57; 142; 87 Wins This Season: 43
PEARLY JACK AND MADDEN SET FOR AINTREE REUNION
Irish trainer Davy Fitzgerald revealed today that Tote Munster National winner Pearly Jack will contest the Grade Three £100,000 totesport.com Becher Chase at Aintree on Sunday, November 19, when he will be partnered by John Smith's Grand National-winning jockey Niall "Slippers" Madden.
The County Limerick handler reported: "Pearly Jack is an intended runner in a hurdle race at Limerick on Sunday as a prep for the totesport.com Becher Chase the following weekend.
"Niall (Madden) tells me he'll ride him at Aintree. That is the plan and hopefully he can take the ride. He was pleased with the horse last time and he's a great man to have on board - it's important to have him."
Madden, who partnered Numbersixvalverde to victory in this year's John Smith's Grand National at Aintree, was aboard Pearly Jack in the tote Munster National at Limerick on October 8, when the eight-year-old held his old rival Star Clipper by a length and a half, and reversed the result of the same race 12 months earlier.
Fitzgerald said: "I was over the moon with his win in the Tote Munster National - it was long overdue.
"Deep down we always thought he might just make into an Aintree horse, so we'll see how we get on in the totesport.com Becher Chase.
"We're hoping to go for the John Smith's Grand National in April but it's a little bit of an unknown. You go to Aintree with a horse and you have to see how he takes to it.
"We're going there because we think his style of jumping will suit the place. Everyone who's ridden him has said the same, so fingers crossed for a clear round."
While Fitzgerald feels the famous fences will pose no problem to Pearly Jack, he has slight reservations about the three and a quarter mile trip.
He commented: "They say two and a half mile horses are tailor-made for the Grand National, and that's the long-term aim, but the trip just may not suit him this time. He's been running over three miles, but in an ideal world, going a good gallop, two and half miles or two miles, five furlongs is his distance.
"We're a bit in the dark trip-wise but we're going there in good form and we'll see how we get on. He goes on any ground."
The totesport.com Becher Chase, a recognised John Smith's Grand National trial, is one of two races to be run over the world famous Grand National course on Sunday, November 19 - the second day of the North West Masters - the other being the £60,000 totepool Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over two miles, five and a half furlong.
Garvivonnian became the first Irish-trained winner of the totesport.com Becher Chase 12 months ago, while other winners include John Smith's Grand National winners Earth Summit (1998) and Amberleigh House (2001), as well as horses that finished in the first five in the Aintree spectacular, such as Young Hustler (1995), Into The Red (1994 & 1996), Samlee (1997), Feels Like Gold (1999) and Clan Royal (2003).
The fantastic six-race card forms the second and concluding day of the two-day North West Masters, which also incorporates fantastic racing at Haydock Park on Saturday, November 18, when the feature event is the £200,000 Betfair Chase.
The North West Masters, inaugurated in 2005, is an innovative concept that sees the North West's two major racetracks - Haydock Park and Aintree - join forces to stage a weekend of fantastic racing.
The Betfair Chase is the first leg of the ground-breaking Betfair Million, which offers a generous £1 million bonus to any horse that wins three of the season's most prestigious Grade One three-mile chases - the Betfair Chase followed by either the Stan James King George VI Chase at Kempton or the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over the Christmas period and then adds the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
Saturday's card at Haydock also features the £100,000 Betfair Handicap Hurdle (2.20pm) over two miles, seven and a half furlongs and commences at 1.20pm with the £35,000 Listed Pontin's Holidays Newtown Novices' Hurdle, with the first three races live on the BBC.
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REGION HOPING FOR FURTHER SUCCESS
The 2005 North West Masters attracted nearly 20,000 visitors into the region with research showing that over £1.7million was spent by racegoers attending the meeting. Saturday's racing at Haydock Park saw over 12,000 people packed into its stands - the biggest jumping attendance for over 20 years - with Aintree attracting over 7,000 visitors, despite only passing a midday inspection.
Martin King, Director of Tourism at The Mersey Partnership, said: "The North West Masters event last year proved a resounding success and I'm confident that this year's will prove to be even bigger and better. I see the Masters as becoming another major fixture in Merseyside's incredible calendar of festivals and events."
After the racing at Haydock on the Saturday, the first day will be celebrated with a FREE star studded music event in conjunction with Wish FM, featuring a performance by X-Factor star Andy Abraham, in Victoria Square, St. Helens town centre which will coincide with the town's spectacular Christmas lights switch-on.
Bus services link the racecourse directly to St. Helens town centre courtesy of Mersey Travel. Further information is also available by going to www.visitliverpool.com/northwestmasters
Note to editors:
The North West Masters is delivered by Aintree and Haydock Park Racecourses, sponsored by The Mersey Partnership, St. Helens Council and Sefton Council with support from Merseytravel, Liverpool Culture Company and European Regional Development Fund.
The Mersey Partnership (TMP) is a unique alliance representing over 420 businesses across the Liverpool City Region. These include household names like Littlewoods and Royal & SunAlliance. Its members represent manufacturing and trading companies, six local authorities, government agencies, universities, media organisations and professional agencies who are all working together for the future economic growth of Merseyside. Its mission is to build a dynamic team to champion the Merseyside advantage campaigning for the Liverpool City Region as a great place, to live, work, invest and visit generating greater returns for all. It has three areas of activity: Economic Development - co-ordinating Merseyside's economic development activity through the Action Plan for the City Region 2002 - 2005; Investment - bringing new business into Merseyside and encouraging growth in existing businesses; Tourism - promoting Merseyside's tourism assets to increase visitor numbers and grow the economic benefit to the Liverpool City Region. TMP is supported by the European Regional Development Fund under the Objective One programme for Merseyside.
Sefton is to the north of Liverpool and as well as being home to the world-famous Grand National steeplechase it has 22 miles of coastline and one of the last red squirrel colonies in England. The classic seaside resort of Southport is at its heart featuring exclusive shopping on Lord Street and the oldest surviving iron pier in the country. The North West Masters will further enhance the region's reputation for holding prestigious sporting events. Sefton's Aintree Racecourse is the ideal venue to partner Haydock for this important new event in the racing calendar. www.visitsouthport.com
St.Helens has become a destination of choice thanks to its first rate sporting offer, world class heritage, award winning venues, glorious countryside, and vibrant nightlife. A highly accessible location at the heart of the region's motorway network and midway between Liverpool and Manchester, also makes St.Helens the perfect base for exploring the rest of the North West. The North West Masters is part of a year-round programme of unique, regionally significant events hosted in St.Helens, that includes Truckfest North West, the Eclectica Music Festival, and one of the largest Continental Markets in the UK. www.visitsthelens.com