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Saturday, November 11, 2006



THE OPEN 2006 - PADDY POWER GOLD CUP DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

CROWD


Today's attendance came to 30,072 - a new record for Paddy Power Gold Cup day at Cheltenham.


The previous record was 29,770 last year.


Attendance figures 1999-2006.


2006 - 30,072
2005 - 29,770
2004 - 29,524
2003 - 28,455
2002 - 28,092
2001 - 27,870
2000 - 25,666
1999 - 24,921


SHOWERS FORECAST TONIGHT

Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse said showers of rain are expected at the course overnight.


Claisse said: “I’m leaving the ground as good to soft, soft in places. The forecast is for a couple of millimetres of rainfall tonight and a dry day tomorrow.


“We will do our normal reparations tonight and tomorrow morning and will move the hurdle rail out two yards.”


QUINN TRIO BID TO DEFY DETROIT

Malton trainer John Quinn holds the strongest hand numerically in tomorrow’s feature race at The Open, the £65,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, but the Philip Hobbs-trained Detroit City looks the horse to beat.


Undeterred by the presence of Detroit City, Quinn has declared three runners for the race, including last Saturday’s Wincanton winner Crow Wood, who carries a 6lb penalty for that victory. Dougie Costello retains the ride on Crow Wood, whose defeat of Champion Hurdle hope Desert Quest in the Elite Hurdle makes him an intriguing contender for tomorrow’s race.


Quinn, who runs Rust En Vrede in today’s Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at the Open, will also saddle Aleron and Caraman in tomorrow’s feature event. Aleron, the mount of Russ Garritty, has gone up 1lb to a rating of 135 following his good second at Bangor last month - he won a valuable handicap hurdle at Market Rasen on his previous outing - while Caraman scored at Bangor in October but a subsequent 12lb rating rise proved too much for him at Stratford where he was unplaced.


Detroit City’s ability and versatility has been gloriously evident during the past eight months, a period in whch he has won the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, followed up with a Grade 1 victory at Aintree and then took one of Flat racing’s most prestigious handicaps, the totesport Cesarewitch at Newmarket.


Tomorrow’s race is a step on the way to March’s Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle for the four-year-old - Hobbs and owner Terry Warner have already scooped that race with Rooster Booster.

Hobbs has also declared O’Toole, the mount of Darren O’Dwyer who won a conditional jockeys’ hurdle on the horse at Cheltenham’s October meeting, while Brighton trainer Gary Moore also plans to run two, Verasi and Ameeq - the latter will be ridden by Ruby Walsh.


Two horses trained in Ireland have been declared - the Noel Meade-trained Sweet Wake was last seen at Cheltenham in March, when he started favourite for the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He finished fifth, but close behind winner Noland in that event, while the Jessica Harrington-trained The Last Hurrah was recently in action in the William Hill Handicap Hurdle at Ascot in which he finished fourth.



LEADING TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS AFTER DAY TWO

TRAINER 1ST 2ND 3RD
Paul Nicholls 3 1 -
Enda Bolger IRE 2 - 1
Jonjo O’Neill 1 1 -
David Pipe 1 1 -
Charlie Egerton 1 1 -
Alan King 1 - 1
Charlie Mann 1 - -
Tony Martin IRE 1 - -
Michael Halford IRE 1 - -
Nicky Henderson - 1 1
Brendan Duke - 1 -
Tom George - 1 -
Philip Hobbs - 1 -
Oliver McKiernan IRE - 1 -
Seamus Mullins - 1 -
Tom Taaffe IRE - 1 -
Nigel Twiston-Davies - 1 -
Shane Donohoe IRE - - 1
Richard Fahey - - 1
Tom Hogan IRE - - 1
Eric McNamara IRE - - 1
Carl Llewellyn - - 1
Ferdy Murphy - - 1
Jeff Pearce - - 1
Brendan Powell - - 1
Charlie Swan IRE - - 1

JOCKEY 1ST 2ND 3RD
Ruby Walsh 4 1 1
Tony McCoy 2 2 -
Mr J T McNamara 2 - -
Noel Fehily 1 1 2
Timmy Murphy 1 1 1
Robert Thornton 1 - 1
Robert Colgan 1 - -
Mr David England - 1 -
Conor O’Dwyer - 1 -
Darren O’Dwyer - 1 -
Wayne Kavanagh - 1 -
Jason Maguire - 1 -
Davy Russell - 1 -
Andrew Tinkler - 1 -
Mick Fitzgerald - - 2
Mr Sam Jones - - 2
Brian Byrnes - - 1
Miss Nina Carberry - - 1
Graham Lee - - 1


Race 1: Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle
WINNER’S QUOTES

KATCHIT KEEPS CATCHIN’ KING OUT

Marlborough-based trainer Alan King has underrated Katchit in the past, but the three-year-old keeps proving him wrong.


After Katchit under jockey Choc Thornton had ended Freeze The Flame’s winning run and made his own score three from four, King said: “I’ll have to start taking him seriously after this. He stood off a long way at the last, but he’s loved jumping from the start and that makes such a difference with these juvenile hurdlers.


“He wasn’t the most talented horse on the Flat - he was rated 82 and I thought that was too high, but he’s loved the jumping from day one. I never thought he would be this good.


“I was going to make hay while we could, because I felt when the better horses came out he’d be struggling, but I might have to reassess him a bit. He takes racing awfully well - after he ran at Wetherby I thought this would come too soon, but he was so fresh the next morning and didn’t lose any weight.”

King has other potentially useful juvenile hurdlers in the yard, but as the trainer points out: “They haven’t all gone and proved themselves yet. My Petra is two from two, Pouvoir is nice but fell at Aintree, while Urban Tiger disappointed at Warwick but was a sick horse when he got home, while Katchit has gone and done it.”

Bookmakers were impressed with Katchit’s performance, and after Racing UK gave out Boylesports prices for the JCB Triumph Hurdle in March the layer was knocked over. Boylesports now offer Katchit at 16-1 jt-favourite with Tritonix. That price is also offered by Blue Square, Sean Graham and William Hill, while Coral go 20-1 and totesport rate King’s horse a 33-1 shot. Paddy Power, however, make him 14-1 favourite.



Race 1 - Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle - Ground

GROUND ON THE SLOW SIDE SAY JOCKEYS

Jockeys were unanimous in opinion that the ground was riding on the slow side for the second day of The Open 2006, Paddy Power Gold Cup day.


Tony McCoy, rider of Freeze The Flame (2nd) said: “It’s just dead.”

Mark Bradburne, rider of Is It Me (9th), said: “Tacky and soft.”

Robert Thornton, rider of Katchit (1st), said: “Soft ground, especially for these Flat-bred horses.”

Philip Hide, rider of Marc Of Brilliance (4th), said: “Tacky.”

Noel Fehily, rider of Total Victory (7th): “Very dead.”

Jamie Moore, rider of Decree Nisi (6th), said: “I wasn’t here yesterday, but it is tacky today.”

Denis O’Regan, rider of Keel (pulled-up), said: “If it was in Ireland, we would call it holding ground.”

Tony Evans, rider of Pigeon Island (5th), said: “Soft.”

Tom Scudamore, rider of Prince Ary (8th), said: “Dead.”


Race 2 - Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase - Winning Quotes

DENMAN TWO OUT OF TWO OVER FENCES

Denman, runner-up in last season’s Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival, maintained his unbeaten record over fences when landing the Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase by three-quarters of a length from Don’t Push It. The winner, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Ruby Walsh, was prominent throughout and stayed on well to repel the strong late challenge from Don’t Push It. The 4/6 favourite also survived a stewards’ enquiry, having drifted to his left after the last. The stewards’ judged the interference to be accidental.


Paul Nicholls said: “It’s all very well winning on the bridle but he needed a proper race. He’s learned an awful lot today. It is all very well winning on the bridle and doing nothing but he has had to get his head down today.


“His debut win over fences at Exeter brought him on but today he has had a real race.


“He was a bit novicey at times with his jumping today and idled in front but he will keep improving with his racing.


“He is still amazingly green really and will now hopefully run again at Newbury in a fortnight’s time.


“Although he does tend to idle in front, he will only learn when he is racing as he does nothing at home.


“Today will have taught him more than last time as he has had a race. He tends to switch off in front and needs to race.


“He just needs to keep racing to bring him on.”

Reaction from bookmakers in relation to the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the Festival next Mark was varied. Denman is 4/1 (from 5/1) with Paddy Power, 9/2 (from 5/1) with Betfred, Blue Square and Stan James, 5/1 (all unchanged) with William Hill, Boylesports and Cashmans while totesport and Ladbrokes are trading at 6/1 both (unchanged).



Race 2: Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase
PLACED QUOTES

PUSH IT MAKES DENMAN WORK

Odds-on Denman duly won, but the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Don’t Push It put up a fight before succumbing by three-quarters of a length - a further 17 lengths back in third was Il Duce.


Lightly-raced Don’t Push It, who carries the colours of JP McManus, scored on his chasing debut at Stratford recently, but this was a tougher test with Denman in the field. O’Neill said: “They’re two very good horses - I’m really delighted with my fellow. He made a mistake three out and I wish he hadn’t, but otherwise he’s run well and is a horse to look forward to.”

Don’t Push It looks keen to get on with the job, and O’Neill said: “He’s by Old Vic. He’s been in training for three years and that was only his fourth run. He’s behaved great today, despite the crowds and everything, so I’m hoping he’s settling down. We’ll have a look at him in the morning, but we haven’t got any plans.”

The stewards judged that Don’t Push It was hampered on the run-in by Denman but judged it accidental and did not improve Denman’s placing. They therefore left the placings unaltered.


Bookmakers shortened Don’t Push It for next year’s Royal And SunAlliance Chase back at Cheltenham in March - Coral cut him from 25-1 to 14-1, totesport make him a 16-1 chance, while Paddy Power offer half those odds.


Il Duce was outclassed by the first two, but trainer Alan King said: “I’m very happy with him - they were two bloody good horses in front. He doesn’t stand a lot of racing so I’ll probably give him a month off, then think about running him over three miles.”


Race 3: Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
WINNER’S QUOTES

RUBY SPARKLES ON STAR

Ruby Walsh gave a brilliant display of tactics and timing when winning this novices’ hurdle on the Michael Halford-trained Tipperary All Star.


It’s one thing sitting with a double handful five lengths behind the leader at the second-last, but Walsh was 20 lengths and still only mid-division at that stage of the race. He nursed his partner closer to the action rounding the final bend and then beat Bonchester Bridge and Classic Croco by four lengths and 14 lengths.


Walsh said: “It’s great when a plan works out like that. It’s satisfying, but relieving. He has to be ridden like that because although he’s got plenty of pace we’ve had to get his confidence back. Mick has done a great job on him.”

The ‘Mick’ in question is Michael Halford, who, it was announced earlier this week, is to take delivery of 15 yearlings from HH The Aga Khan. It will be the first time Halford has trained for The Aga Khan, one of the world’s leading owner/breeders.


Halford admitted he’s looking forward to next spring, when Tipperary All Star could tee up a great period for the yard by winning the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle - Paddy Power quote him at 33-1 for that race, while William Hill rate him a 25-1 chance behind 12-1 favourite Kicks For Free.


Halford said of Walsh: “He’s a wonderful rider - he rode the horse that way at Punchestown and when he came into the [parade] ring today he said ‘why change anything?’ He has stronger nerves than I have.

“It was a great ride, but the horse always promised to be good. He was a Listed horse on the Flat and to say I’ve been disappointed with him would be an understatement, but it’s taken a long time for him to get it together.


“He’s got everything and had all the right ingredients to go hurdling, but he got a fright first time out under Paul Carberry at Naas when he missed the second hurdle and Paul said he didn’t take another breath until he got into the straight. Hopefully he can go on from here and Ruby suggests a race at Ascot before Christmas, but I’d like to come back in March [for the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’] if he keeps progressing.”


Race 3 - Letheby And Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle - Placed Quotes

POSSIBLE QUICK REAPPEARANCE FOR BONCHESTER BRIDGE

Nicky Henderson, trainer of Bonchester Bridge, the four-length runner-up behind facile winner Tipperary All Star in the Letheby And Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, was left wondering whether to run the mare again next week.


The master of Seven Barrows said: “That’s what you get for taking on Irish handicappers!

“She has been only been beaten four lengths and there was 14 lengths back to the third, so is definitely going to go up in the weights.


“She is entered up next week (twice at Leicester on Monday and at Folkestone on Tuesday) and I may well try and run her again if I can, before she is raised by the handicapper.”


Race 4 - Paddy Power Gold Cup - Winning Quotes

EXOTIC DANCES HOME

Exotic Dancer caused a 16/1 upset when collecting the feature of The Open, the £110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup. Owned by Sir Robert Ogden, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and partnered by Tony McCoy, the six-year-old was still at the rear at the top of the hill but came with a strong late run to challenge Vodka Bleu at the last and went away to win by three lengths from that rival with New Alco half a length back in third.


Tony McCoy commented: “He jumped brilliantly all the way.


“I told Sir Robert Ogden that he was very disappointing and just didn’t finish his race at Carlisle last time and that is why I decided just to ride him today to get him round - if it all went wrong it would be my fault!

“I don’t think it was a great ride - I think it just happened. He was more relaxed today.


“It’s always easy on the right horse!”

Jonjo O’Neill added: “He’s a funny old horse. We always thought he was good but he’s proved disappointing and frustrating - this was only his second win for us.


“He’s had a few problems and fractured his pelvis last year and we left him for the season after that.

“This year he is a stronger horse but is still a bit of a character;.


“When he’s good, he’s good - it’s just that he is not always on a going day.


“Although he only ran at Carlisle five days ago, he ran a funny sort of race that day and didn’t take anything out of himself. He was fresh and well so we thought it was worth coming here today. Tony has given him a wonderful ride.”

Looking ahead to the future, O’Neill added: “I don’t know where he will go next. We will look at the programme book and we could come back to Cheltenham next month (for the £150,000 Boylesports.com Gold Cup on December 9) - we will have to see what the handicapper does.”


MORE PADDY POWER GOLD CUP QUOTES

Tony McCoy, partnering his fourth Paddy Power Gold Cup winner, said after his decisive victory on Exotic Dancer: “Before I went out I talked to Sir Robert Ogden, the horse’s owner, and told him I was very disappointed when I rode Exotic Dancer at Carlisle on Monday. The horse did not finish his race.

“I said I was going to ride him now to run well. I said if I give him a bad ride, I’d accept that for him to finish. I don’t think I gave him a good ride just now - it just happened for him.


“He relaxed today - in the three-runner race at Carlisle the other day he was keen. I put him in my 10 to follow in the Telegraph because I thought there was a nice race in him.


“It is easy when you are on the right horse.”

His other Paddy Power Gold Cup winners have been Cyfor Malta (1998), Lady Cricket (2000) and Shooting Light (2001).



Race 4: Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase
PLACED QUOTES

VODKA KEEPS PIPE STABLE IN TOP SPIRITS

Maintaining continuity is the watchword at Pond House Stables following the retirement of trainer Martin Pipe, and the yard’s wonderful Paddy Power Gold Cup record was given another endorsement by Vodka Bleu.


Following an injury layoff of 714 days the odds were against Vodka Bleu, who was sent off the 4-1 favourite and finished three-lengths second to Exotic Dancer and half a length ahead of third-placed New Alco.


David Pipe said: “He’s run a fantastic race and it looked like he was going to win turning for home, but then you could just see AP creeping closer - the winner has improved from his Carlisle run [on Monday].


“It’s pleasing to see the horse back on the track. He jumped brilliantly for Timmy [Murphy]. He’s in the Hennessy Gold Cup [for which he is 10-1 with William Hill and 12 with totesport], but we’ll see how he is in the morning.”


Ferdy Murphy, who trains New Alco, said: “He wants three miles and stayed on all the way to the line. A stronger gallop would have suited him.


“We can now play in the big handicaps if the handicapper doesn’t do anything stupid. There’s the William Hill here in March and the Grand Sefton at Aintree. He’s not big, but he jumps and Graham [Lee] said he is there when you want him. I wouldn’t mind having a few more like him, small as he is.”


Jonjo O’Neill, who trained the winner and fourth, Butler’s Cabin, said of the latter: “He ran a blinder, a nice race. I’m very happy with him.”


Race 5: Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle
WINNER’S QUOTES

EASY WINNER MOHAISON BRINGS UP WALSH TREBLE

Ruby Walsh completed a short-priced treble on day two of The Open at Cheltenham when Star De Mohaison continued his winning sequence.


Winner last year of the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at The Festival, and subsequently an easy winner at Aintree, Star De Mohaison was dropped into this handicap hurdle for an oh-so-easy seasonal-debut victory.

Trainer Paul Nicholls frequently switches horses between hurdles and fences to take advantage of favourable handicap marks, and after Star De Mohaison was denied a recent run at Wetherby in the Charlie Hall Chase today’s contest provided a logical step towards Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup.


Nicholls said: “We planned to ride him on the outside today because the ground on the hurdle track is definitely better out wide. He’s done it nicely, but he’s been working well at home and we came here confident of a good run.


“I’ll have to talk to Barry [Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden] but the Hennessy (at Newbury) is the plan.”

Simpson confirmed that would be the next step, and said: “A lot of the horses at the top of the handicap in the Hennessy are likely to come out, but this horse has the stature to carry weight, and if we are to come back here for the totesport Gold Cup in March with a realistic chance he’s got to prove he can do it in races like the Hennessy.”

Paddy Power and Ladbrokes both make Star De Mohaison an 8-1 chance for Newbury, totesport offers 6-1, Blue Square and William Hill go 5-1 while Betfred offers 4-1.



Race 5 - Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle - Placed Quotes

MULLINS PLEASED

Trainer Seamus Mullins was very pleased with the effort of runner-up Jockser, beaten eights lengths by Star de Mohaison in the Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle.


The Amesbury handler said: “I’m very pleased.


“I thought the ground may have been a bit too sticky for him today but he’s a brave little animal and is very consistent.


“We had been think of talking him to Newbury in a fortnight for a Pertemps qualifier but we might have to miss that now as he had quite a hard race today.


“Wayne Kavanagh rode a great race. He’s very brave and rode the perfect waiting race.”

“The horses are in great form at the moment.”

The third horse, Calusa Charlie, finished very tired and was taken straight back to the stables but is fine.



Race 6 - Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase

WILL ROUNDS OFF BRILLIANT DAY FOR NICHOLLS AND WALSH

The 9/2 co favourite My Will rounded off a brilliant day for the trainer/jockey combination of Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh after the six-year-old recorded a half-length success over Idle Talk in the £60,000 Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase, the final race on Paddy Power Gold Cup day.

This was the fourth winner of the afternoon for Walsh, registering a 67.75/1 four-timer and the third for Nicholls, forming the final leg of 22/1 treble.


Idle Talk, one of the other 9/2 co favourites, looked to have snatched the race from the front, but My Will came with a sustained run to wear the leader down after the last.

Paul Nicholls said: “It’s great that My Will has got his head in front and deserved this as he’s been so consistent. His owner Andy Stewart also deserved this as he’s been very patient.


“We were thinking that he might run in the Hennessy in a fortnight but that might come a bit quick for him.


“In any case, there are plenty of races for him, including a decent race here at Cheltenham next month (the £100,000 Boylepoker.com Handicap Chase, 3m 1 ½f, Friday, December 8).


“I think he needs three miles threse days. He showed last season that he was able to stay and is stronger this season.


“As I said in my Racing Post column today, My Will had never been better. It’s been a great day.”


Race 6: Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase
PLACED QUOTES

IDLE TALK’S PLEASING RETURN

Idle Talk, trained at Slad in Gloucestershire by Tom George, made a highly-satisfactory seasonal debut when finishing second to My Will in this valuable staying handicap chase.


The seven-year-old was beaten half a length by the winner, but reversed Scottish National places with Run For Paddy who had to settle for third in this race. Last season Idle Talk took second in the Royal And SunAlliance Chase behind Star De Mohaison, and he could meet that rival again in the Hennessy Gold Cup, held at Newbury in two weeks’ time.


George said: “That was a very pleasing first run of the season - don’t get me wrong, he was pretty fit and he did it well. It opens up a lot of opportunities for the season. We’re thinking of the Hennessy and the Welsh National.


“Jason [Maguire] was pleased with the horse, but disappointed not to win. He said he idled a tiny bit going into the last and would have been better with a bit of company, and then Ruby came along [on the winner]. You want Ruby on your side, not against you, on these occasions.”


THE OPEN 2006 - WINNERS SO FAR

Friday, November 10 - Countryside Day

Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
paddypower.com Am Rds Hcp Chs DARBY WALL Enda Bolger IRE Mr J T McNamara 6/1
Anglo Irish Private Banking Nov Hdl MOON OVER MIAMI Charlie Mann Noel Fehily 16/1
Beards Jewellers Cup RUBBERDUBBER Charles Egerton Tony McCoy 5/2F
Sporting Index Chase SPOT THEDIFFERENCE Enda Bolger IRE Mr J T McNamara 5/1
Royal Bank of Canada Cnd Jks H Hdl AFTER MIDNIGHT Tony Martin IRE Robbie Colgan 9/2JF
Steel Plate & Sections Novices’ Chase STANDIN OBLIGATION David Pipe Timmy Murphy 4/6F

RECORD COUNTRYSIDE DAY CROWD

Yesterday saw a crowd of 21,505 - a record attendance for Countryside Day at Cheltenham. The previous record for the first day of The Open was 19,994 in 2005.


PHILIP HIDE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

Philip Hide, who had a bad fall from Hatch A Plan in the Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, has been taken to Cheltenham General Hospital for assessment of head and leg injuries.


GOING NEWS AT 10.00AM

Following 4.6 millimetres of rain overnight, the going has changed and is now:

GOOD TO SOFT,
SOFT IN PLACES

on the Chase and Hurdles course.



PADDY POWER MARKET MOVERS

The J P McManus-owned Don’t Push it is proving popular against the 4/7 favourite Denman in the Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase (1.30pm) and is now 7/2 (from 5/1).


In the Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2.05pm), Irish raider Tipperary All Star is 5/2 (from 3/1) and Barman, from the Irish stable of Eric McNamara, is 8/1 (from 10/1).


Paddy Power with be paying FIVE PLACES to a QUARTER the odds in the feature £110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.40pm) where Copsale Lad is 6/1 (from 8/1). Pricewise selection Knowhere is 10/1 (from 12/1) and Tumbling Dice, the only Irish-trained runner and bidding to become the first winner from the Emerald Isle since Bright Highway in 1980, is now 12/1 (from 14/1). Vodka Bleu is now 4/1 clear favourite from 9/2.


Joacci, put up by Pricewise, is now 9/2 (from 6/1) in the concluding Servo Computer Services Trophy (3.45pm).


OTHER FIRMS MARKET MOVERS

Don’t Push It is now 3/1 (from 4/1) with Boylesports in the Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase (1.30pm).

In the third race of the afternoon, the Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2.05pm), Irish raider Tipperary All Star is attracting significant support and is now 5/2 (from 3/1) with Blue Square and Boyesports, 5/2 (from 7/2) with William Hill. Boylesports have also seen each-way money for Barman, who is into 8/1 (from 9/1).


Horses attracting support in the big race of the day, the £110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.40pm) include the favourite Vodka Blue who opened at 14/1 with William Hill and his been backed down all week. Today, he is into 4/1 (from 9/2) with William Hill and also Boylesports. Copsale Lad is the one for money with totesport and is now 6/1 (from 8/1), with Boylesports now 13/2 (from 15/2) about the same horse. Others attracting support with Boylesports are Taranis at 5/1 (from 11/2) and Kandjar d’Allier at 9/1 (from 10/1).


Some outsiders are being nibbled at in the Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle (3.10pm), including His Nibs, who is now 14/1 (from 16/1) with Blue Square and Jockser who is into 16/1 (from 22/1) with the same firm. Calusa Charlie is into 28/1 (from 40/1) with totesport in the same contest. Favourite Star De Mohaison is now 7/4 (from 15/8) with Boylesports.


Pricewise selection Joacci is proving popular in the concluding Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase (3.45pm) and is now 5/1 (from 13/2) with Blue Square and 5/1 (from 11/2) with William Hill. Outsider Baron Windrush has been reduced to 22/1 (from 28/1) with Blue Square and 20/1 (from 28/1) with William Hill. My Will is into 9/2 (from 6/1) with Blue Square and 5/1 (from 11/2) with Boylesports. Boylesports have also cut Idle Talk to 5/1 (from 11/2).



DANCER MUST IMPROVE TO WIN PADDY POWER GOLD CUP, SAYS McCOY

Champion jockey Tony McCoy rides Exotic Dancer for trainer Jonjo O’Neill in today’s big race, the Paddy Power Gold Cup, but the 11-time title holder admits the horse needs to improve on his latest start.


McCoy told Open Radio’s Luke Harvey: “He ran terrible at Carlisle [on Monday] when he was very keen and it was a bit of a farce of a race, but he didn’t keep going as well as we hoped. If it hadn’t been for that you would probably have given him an each-way chance in today’s race.


“Hopefully, he’ll run a good race and with lots of runners there should be a good pace - it’s a very open contest and I don’t think there’s a future star by any means.”

McCoy knows plenty about the Pond House team under trainer David Pipe - he rode for Pipe’s father, Martin, for many years - and he does not ignore the chance of Vodka Bleu, despite the horse coming back from a two-year layoff.


The champion said: “Coming out of there [Pond House] I wouldn’t be worried about his fitness, but I do wonder whether he’s good enough. That said he has some good form and beat Fundamentalist at Newbury when he last ran which is pretty solid.”

Of the topweight, McCoy said: “Taranis won a handicap hurdle off a good mark at Chepstow and was very impressive when he won at Cheltenham in the spring, but I’d be worried the ground would be too soft. When I first saw the weights I thought he had a fair chance on good going, but now the weights have gone up it will be tough on this ground.”


THE OPEN 2006 - PADDY POWER GOLD CUP DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

RACE ONE RESULT
12.55pm THE RYMAN THE STATIONER JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE
Class 1, Grade 2, 2m 1/2f Old Course, £30,000 guaranteed for 3yo; Weights: 10st 12lb; Penalties: a winner of a Class 4 hurdle 4lb; of a Class 1 to 3 hurdle 8lb; Allowances: fillies 7lb; Entries: 21 pay £140; Penalty Value: 1st £17,106, 2nd £6,417, 3rd £3,213, 4th £1,602, 5th £804, 6th £402

1 KATCHIT (D S J P Syndicate) Alan King 3-11-06 Robert Thornton 7-4F
2 FREEZE THE FLAME (Matthew Green & The Outlaws) Charlie Egerton 3-11-06 Tony McCoy 3-1
3 CHEVELEY FLYER (The Cheveley Red Syndicate Lion) Jeff Pearce 3-11-02 Timmy Murphy 20-1
4 MARC OF BRILLIANCE (D Hunnisett) Gary Moore 3-11-06 Philip Hide
5 PIGEON ISLAND (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 3-10-12 Tony Evans
6 DECREE NISI (Five Star Partnership) Liam Corcoran 3-10-12 Jamie Moore
7 TOTAL VICTORY (Borg Syndicate) Tom Hogan IRE 3-11-06 Noel Fehily
8 PRINCE ARY (Mrs Belinda Harvey & Andrew Black) David Pipe 3-10-12 Tom Scudamore
9 IS IT ME (J Billson) Paul Blockley 3-11-06 Mark Bradburne
P KEEL (Sean Murphy) Anthony Mullins IRE 3-10-12 Denis O’Regan

10 ran
Distances: Neck, 11l, 5l, 1 1/4l, 8l, head, 8l, 1 1/4l
Breeder: D Burke
Breeding: Kalanisi (IRE) - Miracle
Tote Win: £2.70; Places: £1.30, £1.60, £3.10; Exacta: £5.60

Winning Trainer: Alan King Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): William Hill National Trophy Handicap Chase (2004 Fork Lightning), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance), Arkle Challenge Trophy (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen) Aintree Festival Wins: Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Stromness), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2002 Spendid), John Smith’s HBLB TBA Mares’ Only NH (2005 Senorita Rumbalita), John Smith’s Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (2006 Pangbourne) Big Race Wins: Bula Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Long Walk Hurdle (1999 Anzum, 2005 My Way De Solzen), Jim Ford Challenge Cup (2000 Spendid), Cleeve Hurdle (2004 Crystal d’Ainay), Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), National Spirit Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen) Horses in Training (2000-2005): 65; 51; 56; 74; 85; 123 Number of Winners (1999/2000-2005/06): 27; 18; 34; 39; 47; 66; 63 Wins this Season: 19

Winning Jockey: Robert Thornton Date of birth: 14/7/78 First Winner Under Rules: K C’s Dancer (Cheltenham, October 25, 1995) Background: Joined David Nicholson as an amateur in 1995 and was crowned Champion Conditional in 1998. Cheltenham Festival wins: (8) Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase (King Lucifer 1997), Pertemps Final (Pharanear 1997), William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase (2004 Fork Lightning, 2005 Kelami), Jcb Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Moulin Riche), Irish Independent Arkle Trophy (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen) Aintree Festival Wins: Martell Foxhunters’ Chase (Blue Cheek 1997), Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (Shankar 1997), Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Stromness), Premier Convenience Stores Top Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Royal Shakespeare); John Smith’s Mares Only Nh Flat Race (2005 Senorita Rumbalita), John Smith’s Champio Nstandard Open Nh Flat Race (2006 Pangbourne) Big Race Wins: Victor Chandler Chase (1999 Call Equiname), Coralpoker.com Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2005 Kadount, 2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Rendlesham Hurdle (1999 Pharanear, 2005 Crystal D’ainay), Sporting Index Chase (2002 Famfoni), Wragg & Co Finesse Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Moneytrain), Tote Bula Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (2004 Trouble At Bay), Cleeve Hurdle (2004 Crystal D’ainay), Agfa Diamond Handicap Chase (2005 Innox), Agfa Hurdle (2005 Self Defense), Totesport Long Walk Hurdle (2005 My Way De Solzen), National Spirit Hurdle (My Way De Solzen) Wins (1995/96-2005/06): 3; 30; 71; 37; 23; 40; 56; 50; 73; 97; 73 Wins this Season: 37


RACE TWO RESULT
1.30pm THE JIM BROWN MEMORIAL NOVICES’ CHASE
Class 2, 2m 4 1/2f Old Course, £20,000 guaranteed for 5yo+; Weights: 10st 13lb; Penalties: after April 29th, 2006, a winner of a Class 3 to 6 chase 5lb; of two chases or a Class 1 or 2 chase 8lb; Allowances: mares 7lb; Entries: 14 pay £100; Penalty Value: 1st £12,526, 2nd £3,700, 3rd £1,850, 4th £926, 5th £462, 6th £232

1 DENMAN (Mrs M Findley & Paul Barber) Paul Nicholls 6-11-04 Ruby Walsh 4-6F
2 DON'T PUSH IT (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-04 Tony McCoy 10-3
3 IL DUCE (Mrs Peter Prowting) A King 6-11-04 Robert Thornton
4 SNAKEBITE (Malcolm Denmark) Carl Llewellyn 6-10-13 Noel Fehily
5 WOGAN (Peter Deal) Nicky Henderson 6-10-13 Mick Fitzgerald
6 PREDICAMENT (P Nurcombe) Dr Philip Pritchard 7-10-13 Tommy Phelan
P8 CLEARLY OSCAR (Seamus O’Farrell) Seamus O'Farrell IRE 7-10-13 Mr James O'Farrell

7 ran
Distances: 3/4l, 17l, 3/4l, 29l, 11l
Breeder: Colman O’Flynn
Breeding: Presenting - Polly Puttens
Tote Win: £1.60; Places: £1.20, £1.80; Exacta: £2.90

Winning Trainer: Paul Nicholls Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Date of first trainer’s licence: 01/11/91 Previous Occupation: Professional jockey 1980-89. Rode 130 winners including Hennessy Gold Cup (1986 & 87), Irish Gold Cup (1988), Welsh Grand National (1987) Cheltenham Festival Wins (13): Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison) Aintree Festival Wins Include: John Smith’s Novices’ Handicap Chase (1998 Calling Wild), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk, 2003 Le Roi Miguel), Betfair Bowl (2000 See More Business), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko), John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (2002 Torduff Express), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc), Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre, 2006 Natal), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison) Other big race wins: Desert Orchid H’cap Chase (2000 Fadalko, 2002 Valley Henry), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (2000 Rockforce),Game Spirit Chase (2000 Flagship Uberalles, 2005 Azertyuiop), Aon Chase (2000 See More Business, 2001 Shotgun Willy, 2003 Valley Henry), Scottish Champion Hcap Hurdle (1999 Fadalko), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1995 Captain Khedive, 1999 Fadalko, 2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother) William Hill Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1998 Lake Kariba, 1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2004 Azertyuiop), Charlie Hall Chase (1999 and 2000 See More Business), King George VI Chase (1997, 1999 See More Business), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King, 1997 and 1998 See More Business), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Pillar Chase (1998, 2001 See More Business), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1993 See More Indians), attheraces Gold Cup (2001 & 2003 Ad Hoc), Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), totesport Bula Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel), Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman), Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch, 2005 L’Aventure), Tingle Creek Chase (2005 Kauto Star), Tolworth Hurdle (2006 Noland), totescoop6 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King), totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Neptune Collonges), Pendil Novices’ Chase (2006 Napolitain), Vodafone Gold Cup (2006 Cornish Sett) 1000th Domestic Winner:Noble Action (Bumper, Folkestone, November 15, 2004) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Horses in Training (1997-2005): 52; 60; 66; 65; 78; 105; 106; 121; 126 Number of Winners (1992/03-2005/06): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148 Wins this Season: 31

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (11): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2004 (3), 2006 (3). Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter); Martell Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko); Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc); Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2003 Risky Reef); Martell Cognac Maghull Novices’ Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Martell Cognac Aintree Hurdle (2003 Sacundai); Citroen C4 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre); John Smith’s Nussl Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Asian Maze); Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night); John Smith’s HBLB Mares’ Only Nhf (2006 Rhacophorus), Scottish and Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2006 Asian Maze) Other Big Race Wins: Heineken Gold Cup (1999 Imperial Call, 2000 Commanche Court); Irish Grand National (2000 Commanche Court, 2005 Numbersixvalverde); Tingle Creek Trophy (2002 Cenkos); Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother); Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup (2003 Strong Flow); Feltham Novices’ Chase (2003 Strong Flow); Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (2003 Thisthatandtother); Old Roan Chase (2006 Kauto Star); Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole); Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman); Betfred Gold Cup (2003 Ad Hoc); Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough); Kingwell Hurdle (2004 Rigmarole); Haldon Gold Cup (2004 Azertyuiop); Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel); Game Spirit Chase (2004, 2005 Azertyuiop); Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch);Dipper Novices’ Chase (2005 My Will); Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (2005 Hoo La Baloo); Stan James Christmas Hurdle (2005 Feathard Lady); Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King); totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2005/06): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Divides his time riding for Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. Wins in Britain This Season: 24

RACE THREE RESULT
2.05pm THE LETHEBY AND CHRISTOPHER NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE
Class 3, 2m 1/2f Old Course, £15,000 guaranteed for 3yo+ Rated 0-115; Minimum weight: 10st; Penalties: after November 4th, a winner of a hurdle 7lb, Tipperary All Star’s Handicap Mark 115; 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 TIPPERARY ALL STAR (Cathal Ryan) Michael Halford IRE 6-11-12 Ruby Walsh 2-1F
2 BONCHESTER BRIDGE (Henry Ponsonby) Nicky Henderson 5-10-08 Andrew Tinkler 8-1
3 CLASSIC CROCO (Chilled Out Syndicate) Tom Hogan IRE 5-11-12 Noel Fehily 33-1
4 BARMAN (Darragh O’Sullivan) Eric McNamara IRE 7-10-04 Brian Byrnes (5) 7-1
5 ROYAL RHYTHM (John Joseph Muphy) John Joseph Murphy IRE 4-10-09 Eddie Power (7)
6 MR MAXIM (G Doel) Liam Corcoran 4-11-02 Jamie Moore
7 SANDY'S LEGEND (Eatonfield Racing Limited) Lisa Williamson 4-10-13 Tom Scudamore
8 CREINCH (Pet Necessities Partnership) Milton Harris 5-11-05 Tony Evans
9 REFLECTOR (Trevor Hemmings) Henrietta Knight 5-10-13 Timmy Murphy
10 FREELOADER (Enda Huntson) Richard Fahey 6-11-12 Padge Whelan
11 THE REAL DEAL (Jane Williams) Nick Williams 5-11-01 David Dennis
12 GO FREE (W Baddiley) John O'Shea 5-11-02 Wayne Kavanagh (5)
13 THEATRE DIVA (Ludlow Racing Partnership) Henry Daly 5-10-10 Mr P Callaghan (7)
14 LITTLE JIMBOB (Dale Scaffolding Co Limited) Richard Fahey 5-11-02 Robert Thornton
F1 HATCH A PLAN (Hamilton-Fairley Racing) Amanda Hamilton-Fairley 5-10-12 Philip Hide
P QUAI DU ROI (Fergal Gaughran) Tom McCourt IRE 4-11-11 Niall Madden
P NORBORNE BANDIT (G S Racing Club) Adrian McGuinness IRE 5-11-03 Jason Maguire
P ELEAZAR (Robinson, Redman, Phillipps And Eddis) Lucy Wadham 5-11-07 Richard Johnson
P ALMANSHOOD (Mary Roche) Pat Gilligan 4-11-03 Tony Dobbin
P RUST EN VREDE (Alan Mann) John Quinn 7-10-10 Graham Lee

20 ran
Distances: 4l,14l, 4l, 1l, 1/2l, 1 1/2l, 1 1/2l, 5l, 6l, short head, 2l, 2 1/2l, 1/2l
Breeder: Victor Reck and Horsinvest Corporation
Breeding: Highest Honor (FR) - Moucha (FR)
Tote Win: £2.90; Places: £1.40, £2.00, £6.80, £2.60; Exacta: £17.10

Winning Trainer: Michael Halford Based: Seven Springs Stables, Pollardstown, Curragh, Co Kildare, Ireland Big Race Wins: Bewleys Hotels December Festival Hurdle (2003 Golden Cross), Boyne Hurdle (2006 Golden Cross) Wins in Britain (2001/02-2005/06): 0; 0; 0; 0; 0 Wins in Britain this Season: 1

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (11): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2004 (3), 2006 (3). Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter); Martell Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko); Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc); Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2003 Risky Reef); Martell Cognac Maghull Novices’ Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Martell Cognac Aintree Hurdle (2003 Sacundai); Citroen C4 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre); John Smith’s Nussl Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Asian Maze); Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night); John Smith’s HBLB Mares’ Only Nhf (2006 Rhacophorus), Scottish and Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2006 Asian Maze) Other Big Race Wins: Heineken Gold Cup (1999 Imperial Call, 2000 Commanche Court); Irish Grand National (2000 Commanche Court, 2005 Numbersixvalverde); Tingle Creek Trophy (2002 Cenkos); Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother); Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup (2003 Strong Flow); Feltham Novices’ Chase (2003 Strong Flow); Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (2003 Thisthatandtother); Old Roan Chase (2006 Kauto Star); Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole); Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman); Betfred Gold Cup (2003 Ad Hoc); Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough); Kingwell Hurdle (2004 Rigmarole); Haldon Gold Cup (2004 Azertyuiop); Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel); Game Spirit Chase (2004, 2005 Azertyuiop); Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch);Dipper Novices’ Chase (2005 My Will); Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (2005 Hoo La Baloo); Stan James Christmas Hurdle (2005 Feathard Lady); Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King); totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2005/06): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Divides his time riding for Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. Wins in Britain This Season: 25


RACE FOUR RESULT
2.40pm THE PADDY POWER GOLD CUP CHASE
Class 1, Grade 3 Handicap, 2m 4 1/2f Old Course, £110,000 guaranteed for 4yo+; Weights: raised 8lb; Minimum Weight: 10st; Penalties: after October 28th, a winner of a Class 3 chase 3lb; of a Class 1 or 2 chase 6lb (no penalty to increase a horses’s weight above 11st 12lb), Taranis’ Handicap Mark 149; Entries: 55 pay £125; Confirmed: 28 pay £295; Penalty Value: 1st £62,722, 2nd £23,529, 3rd £11,781, 4th £5,874, 5th £2,948, 6th £1,474

1 EXOTIC DANCER (Sir Robert Ogden) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-02 Tony McCoy 16-1
2 VODKA BLEU (David Johnson) David Pipe 7-10-11 Timmy Murphy 4-1F
3 NEW ALCO (D McGowan And S Murphy) Ferdy Murphy 5-10-07 Graham Lee 16-1
4 BUTLER'S CABIN (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-9-07 Johnny Farrelly (7) 20-1
5 GRAPHIC APPROACH (Mr & Mrs Peter Orton) Charles Egerton 8-11-02 Noel Fehily
6 TAMARINBLEU (The Arthur White Partnership) David Pipe 6-11-10 Tom Scudamore
7 KANDJAR D'ALLIER (Let’s Live Racing) Alan King 8-10-13 Robert Thornton
8 NAYODABAYO (D Tumman & R F Bloodstock) Evan Williams 6-10-09 Mr Nick Williams (5)
9 TOO FORWARD (T Gibson & D Mathias) Carl Llewellyn 10-11-10 Tony Dobbin
10 CALATAGAN (Mr 7 Mrs j Davenport) Malcolm Jefferson 7-10-10 Tom Dreaper (3)
11 TUMBLING DICE (Mrs John Donegan) Tom Taaffe IRE 7-11-02 Niall Madden
12 KELREV (Len Jakeman, Flintham, King & Roberts) Venetia Williams 8-10-13 Paul O’Neill (3)
F KNOWHERE (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-01 Tony Evans
F 2 out TARANIS (Mrs A Yeoman) Paul Nicholls 5-11-12 Ruby Walsh
U 2 out TIGHE CASTER (Don Jones) Peter Bowen 7-10-06 Tom O'Brien
P COPSALE LAD (Swallow Partnership) Nicky Henderson 9-11-06 Mick Fitzgerald

16 ran
Non Runners: Chilling Place (Ground), Another Joker (Ground)
Distances: 3l, 1/2l, 3 1/2l, 2 1/2l, 3/4l, 4l, 12l, 7l, 1 1/2l, 3 1/2l, 11l
Breeder: Gaetan Gilles and Ecurie Jules Ouaki
Breeding: Turgeon (USA) - Northine (FR)
Tote Win: £14.80; Places: £2.50, £2.00, £4.20, £3.80; Exacta: £109.20

Winning Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Career: former National Hunt jockey Cheltenham Festival Wins (11): Pertemps Final (1991 Danny Connors, 2003 Inching Closer, 2004 Creon); National Hunt Chase (1995 Front Line, 2002 Rith Dubh, 2003 Sudden Shock, 2004 Native Emperor); Vincent O’Brien County H’cap Hurdle (2000 Master Tern), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum) Aintree Festival wins: betfair.com Handicap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross, 2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock, 2006 Refinement), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Quazar), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Iris’s Gift, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), John Smith’s Champion Standard National Hunt Flat Race (2003 Classic Native), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), S&N Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy) Other Big Race Wins: Tripleprint Gold Cup (1999 Legal Right), Totesport Silver Cup (2000 Legal Right), Totesport Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle (2002 Native Emperor), Kingwell Hurdle (2003 Rhinestone Cowboy), Challow Hurdle (2002 Coolnagorna), Reynoldstown Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Welsh National (2002 Mini Sensation), Totesport Becher Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Edward Hanmer Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Greatwood Hurdle (2005 Lingo), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Black Jack Ketchum), Cleeve Hurdle (2006 Fire Dragon) Horses in Training (1996-2005): 53; 59; 59; 78; 78, 75, 98, 90, 95; 94 Number of Winners (1995/96-2005/06): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114; 102; 96; 105 Wins this Season: 67

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: 89



RACE FIVE RESULT
3.10pm THE LOMBARD PROPERTIES HANDICAP HURDLE
Class 1, Listed, 3m 1 1/2f Old Course, £50,000 guaranteed for 4yo+; Weights raised: 5lb; Minimum Weight: 10st; Penalties: after November 4th, a winner of a hurdle 6lb, Attorney General’s Handicap Mark 147; Entries: 31 pay £240; Penalty Value: 1st £28,510 2nd £10,695, 3rd £5,355, 4th £2,670, 5th £1,340, 6th £670

1 STAR DE MOHAISON (Sir Robert Ogden) Paul Nicholls 5-10-06 Ruby Walsh 6-4F
2 JOCKSER (The D M L Partnership) Seamus Mullins 5-10-00 Wayne Kavanagh (5) 14-1
3 CALUSA CHARLIE (Peter Luff) Brendan Powell 7-9-07 Mr Sam Jones (7) 20-1
4 KARANJA (D Staddon) Victor Dartnall 7-10-08 Noel Fehily 17-2
5 TWO MILES WEST (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-11 Tony McCoy
6 NOBODY TELLS ME (Brian Kilpatrick & Martin Pipe) David Pipe 5-10-01 Tom Scudamore
7 HORDAGO (Seamus Braddish) Eric McNamara IRE 6-10-05 Brian Byrnes (5)
8 QUICK (Kinsford Champagne Partnership) David Pipe 6-10-11 Jamie Moore
9 CARLYS QUEST (L Neville & D Abrey) Ferdy Murphy 12-11-02 Tom Dreaper (3)
10 MR ED (Gwilym Morris) Peter Bowen 8-11-10 Tom O'Brien
11 MILLIGAN (Lady Maria Coventry) Dr Philip Pritchard 11-9-11 Tommy Phelan (3)
P JUST BETH (Joe Fierro) Joe Fierro 10-10-01 Gerry Supple
P REDEMPTION (Michael Purtill) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11-11-12 T J Murphy
P BREWSTER (Mr & Mrs John Poynton) Ian Williams 9-11-08 David Dennis
P HAND INN HAND (Patrick Burling Developments Limited) Henry Daly 10-11-02 Mark Bradburne
P HIS NIBS (John Galvanoni) Alan King 9-11-01 Robert Thornton
P ATTORNEY GENERAL (Wally Sturt) Jim Old 7-11-12 Jason Maguire

17 ran
Non Runners: Ostfanni (Ground)
Distances: 8l, 3 1/2l, 3l, 14l, 20l, 10l, 21l, short head, 4l, 7l
Breeder: J Veau
Breeding: Beyssac (FR) - Belle De Mohaison (FR)
Tote Win: £2.50; Places: £1.30, £3.70, £5.40, £2.60; Exacta: £42.30

Winning Trainer: Paul Nicholls Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Date of first trainer’s licence: 01/11/91 Previous Occupation: Professional jockey 1980-89. Rode 130 winners including Hennessy Gold Cup (1986 & 87), Irish Gold Cup (1988), Welsh Grand National (1987) Cheltenham Festival Wins (13): Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison) Aintree Festival Wins Include: John Smith’s Novices’ Handicap Chase (1998 Calling Wild), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk, 2003 Le Roi Miguel), Betfair Bowl (2000 See More Business), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko), John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (2002 Torduff Express), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc), Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre, 2006 Natal), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison) Other big race wins: Desert Orchid H’cap Chase (2000 Fadalko, 2002 Valley Henry), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (2000 Rockforce),Game Spirit Chase (2000 Flagship Uberalles, 2005 Azertyuiop), Aon Chase (2000 See More Business, 2001 Shotgun Willy, 2003 Valley Henry), Scottish Champion Hcap Hurdle (1999 Fadalko), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1995 Captain Khedive, 1999 Fadalko, 2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother) William Hill Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1998 Lake Kariba, 1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2004 Azertyuiop), Charlie Hall Chase (1999 and 2000 See More Business), King George VI Chase (1997, 1999 See More Business), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King, 1997 and 1998 See More Business), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Pillar Chase (1998, 2001 See More Business), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1993 See More Indians), attheraces Gold Cup (2001 & 2003 Ad Hoc), Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), totesport Bula Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel), Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman), Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch, 2005 L’Aventure), Tingle Creek Chase (2005 Kauto Star), Tolworth Hurdle (2006 Noland), totescoop6 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King), totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Neptune Collonges), Pendil Novices’ Chase (2006 Napolitain), Vodafone Gold Cup (2006 Cornish Sett) 1000th Domestic Winner:Noble Action (Bumper, Folkestone, November 15, 2004) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Horses in Training (1997-2005): 52; 60; 66; 65; 78; 105; 106; 121; 126 Number of Winners (1992/03-2005/06): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148 Wins this Season: 32

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (11): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2004 (3), 2006 (3). Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter); Martell Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko); Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc); Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2003 Risky Reef); Martell Cognac Maghull Novices’ Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Martell Cognac Aintree Hurdle (2003 Sacundai); Citroen C4 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre); John Smith’s Nussl Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Asian Maze); Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night); John Smith’s HBLB Mares’ Only Nhf (2006 Rhacophorus), Scottish and Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2006 Asian Maze) Other Big Race Wins: Heineken Gold Cup (1999 Imperial Call, 2000 Commanche Court); Irish Grand National (2000 Commanche Court, 2005 Numbersixvalverde); Tingle Creek Trophy (2002 Cenkos); Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother); Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup (2003 Strong Flow); Feltham Novices’ Chase (2003 Strong Flow); Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (2003 Thisthatandtother); Old Roan Chase (2006 Kauto Star); Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole); Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman); Betfred Gold Cup (2003 Ad Hoc); Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough); Kingwell Hurdle (2004 Rigmarole); Haldon Gold Cup (2004 Azertyuiop); Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel); Game Spirit Chase (2004, 2005 Azertyuiop); Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch);Dipper Novices’ Chase (2005 My Will); Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (2005 Hoo La Baloo); Stan James Christmas Hurdle (2005 Feathard Lady); Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King); totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2005/06): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Divides his time riding for Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. Wins in Britain This Season: 26



RACE SIX RESULT
3.45pm THE SERVO COMPUTER SERVICES TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE
Class 1, Grade 3, 3m 3 1/2f Old Course, £60,000 guaranteed for 4yo+; Minimum Weight: 10st; Penalties: after November 4th, a winner of a chase 5lb, Lacdoudal’s Handicap Mark 156; Entries: 18 pay £280; Penalty Value: 1st £34,212, 2nd £12,834, 3rd £6,426, 4th £3,204, 5th £1,608, 6th £804

1 MY WILL (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-11-06 R Walsh 9-2CF
2 IDLE TALK (Mrs M George) Tom George 7-11-00 Jason Maguire 9-2CF
3 RUN FOR PADDY (B Perkins) Carl Llewellyn 10-10-09 Noel Fehily 8-1
4 MODEL SON (P J Hughes Developments Ltd) Frank Jordan 8-10-01 Paul O'Neill (3)
5 TRIBAL VENTURE (Hill, Tremblath, Bryan And Outhart) Philip Hobbs 8-10-00 Tom O’Brien
6 LACDOUDAL (R Skan) Philip Hobbs 7-11-12 Richard Johnson
F ROYAL EMPEROR (Widdop Wanderers) Sue Smith 10-11-06 Padge Whelan
P TAKE THE STAND (David Robbins, Frank Ridge) Peter Bowen 10-11-11 Tony McCoy
P BARON WINDRUSH (The Double Octagon Partnership) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-08 Tom Scudamore
P SIR REMBRANDT (A Hordle) Robert Alner 10-11-07 Mick Fitzgerald
P JOAACI (David Johnson) David Pipe 6-11-06 Timmy Murphy 9-2CF
P BARROW DRIVE (Anthony Lenihan) Anthony Mullins IRE 10-10-12 Denis O’Regan

12 ran
Non Runners: Joes Edge (Ground)
Distances: 1/2l, 10l, 6l, 5l, 1/2l
Breeder: Michel-Jacques Rivaillon
Breeding: Saint Preuil (FR) - Gleep Will (FR)
Tote Win: £4.70; Places: £2.30, £2.40, £2.20; Exacta: £27.20

Winning Trainer: Paul Nicholls Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Date of first trainer’s licence: 01/11/91 Previous Occupation: Professional jockey 1980-89. Rode 130 winners including Hennessy Gold Cup (1986 & 87), Irish Gold Cup (1988), Welsh Grand National (1987) Cheltenham Festival Wins (13): Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison) Aintree Festival Wins Include: John Smith’s Novices’ Handicap Chase (1998 Calling Wild), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk, 2003 Le Roi Miguel), Betfair Bowl (2000 See More Business), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko), John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (2002 Torduff Express), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc), Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre, 2006 Natal), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison) Other big race wins: Desert Orchid H’cap Chase (2000 Fadalko, 2002 Valley Henry), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (2000 Rockforce),Game Spirit Chase (2000 Flagship Uberalles, 2005 Azertyuiop), Aon Chase (2000 See More Business, 2001 Shotgun Willy, 2003 Valley Henry), Scottish Champion Hcap Hurdle (1999 Fadalko), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1995 Captain Khedive, 1999 Fadalko, 2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother) William Hill Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1998 Lake Kariba, 1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2004 Azertyuiop), Charlie Hall Chase (1999 and 2000 See More Business), King George VI Chase (1997, 1999 See More Business), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King, 1997 and 1998 See More Business), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Pillar Chase (1998, 2001 See More Business), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1993 See More Indians), attheraces Gold Cup (2001 & 2003 Ad Hoc), Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), totesport Bula Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel), Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman), Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch, 2005 L’Aventure), Tingle Creek Chase (2005 Kauto Star), Tolworth Hurdle (2006 Noland), totescoop6 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King), totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Neptune Collonges), Pendil Novices’ Chase (2006 Napolitain), Vodafone Gold Cup (2006 Cornish Sett) 1000th Domestic Winner:Noble Action (Bumper, Folkestone, November 15, 2004) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Horses in Training (1997-2005): 52; 60; 66; 65; 78; 105; 106; 121; 126 Number of Winners (1992/03-2005/06): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148 Wins this Season: 33

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (11): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2004 (3), 2006 (3). Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter); Martell Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko); Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc); Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2003 Risky Reef); Martell Cognac Maghull Novices’ Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Martell Cognac Aintree Hurdle (2003 Sacundai); Citroen C4 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre); John Smith’s Nussl Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Asian Maze); Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2005 Sleeping Night); John Smith’s HBLB Mares’ Only Nhf (2006 Rhacophorus), Scottish and Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2006 Asian Maze) Other Big Race Wins: Heineken Gold Cup (1999 Imperial Call, 2000 Commanche Court); Irish Grand National (2000 Commanche Court, 2005 Numbersixvalverde); Tingle Creek Trophy (2002 Cenkos); Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother); Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup (2003 Strong Flow); Feltham Novices’ Chase (2003 Strong Flow); Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (2003 Thisthatandtother); Old Roan Chase (2006 Kauto Star); Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole); Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman); Betfred Gold Cup (2003 Ad Hoc); Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough); Kingwell Hurdle (2004 Rigmarole); Haldon Gold Cup (2004 Azertyuiop); Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel); Game Spirit Chase (2004, 2005 Azertyuiop); Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch);Dipper Novices’ Chase (2005 My Will); Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (2005 Hoo La Baloo); Stan James Christmas Hurdle (2005 Feathard Lady); Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King); totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2005/06): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Divides his time riding for Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. Wins in Britain this Season: 27






VALUE BETTING COLUMN every Saturday

Kempton (Polytrack) Saturday, November 11, 2006

3.15pm £8,000 TFM Networks Handicap, 10f

GOING: Standard



1) (11) -15(3)60 VAL DE LOBO Rod Millman 4-9-08 Jim Crowley
Disappointing in two efforts on turf since finishing third behind Stotsfold over the course and distance in September. Scored over 10 furlongs at Chester earlier in the season. Has claims back on this surface but has it to do under top-weight. BP= 14/1

2) (10) 03540(7) SNARK Peter Makin 3-9-04 Fergus Sweeney
Sole victory came in seven-furlong Lingfield Polytrack event last season. Fair effort when two-lengths seventh at that venue last time on second run back after a break and has tentative place claims. BP=14/1

3) (8) (4)(1)(1) KHUN JOHN Brian Meehan 3-9-04 Kevin May (7)
All three starts on Polytrack. Won last two including over the distance at Lingfield last time with three of these behind. Progressive and will be hard to beat with apprentice more than nullifying 3lb rise in weights. BP=3/1

4) (6) 5(1)5000 MA'AM Ian Wood 4-9-03 NON-RUNNER

5) (5) 6(3)2(3)(6)(5) BURGUNDY Philip Mitchell 9-9-02 Tom Queally
Unsuited by slow pace when under two lengths fifth to Khun John at Lingfield last time. Consistent sort who was a course and distance winner in June. Fair claims but does not win that often. BP=7/1

6) (7) -2(6)50 BIRKSIDE Walter Swinburn 3-9-02 Ian Mongan
Maiden after six starts. Tried from seven to 11 furlongs but never at this distance. Failed to get a clear run when staying-on seventh of 20 in mile Newmarket handicap on October 27. Interesting contender who has yet to run on Polytrack and so is worth opposing.. BP=7/2

7) (14) -(0)0(0)03 ARRY DASH Mark Wallace 6-9-01 Pat Cosgrove
Exposed performer who showed renewed form with a visor refitted for a soft ground third in 10-furlong Nottingham handicap last time. Not without place claims and has run OK on the Polytrack. BP=9/1

8 (4) -(4)3446 IMPERIAL HARRY Mick Channon 3-9--01 Jimmy Quinn
Has shown only moderate form in six starts and is still a maiden. Not seen since weakening tamely in modest nine-furlong Newcastle maiden in August. Has a lot to prove. BP= 16/1

9 (2) 250(4)0 WILLIAM'S WAY Ian Wood 4-9-01 NON-RUNNER

10 (1) 0000(3) SEKULA PATA Christain Wroe 7-8-13 Edward Creighton (3)
Classy performer in South Africa in his youth who showed his best form for a long time when a length and a half third to Khun John on October 26. Meets that opponent on the same terms given both riders' claims, and can go close again. BP=14/1

11 (13) 360(1)6(0) ODESSA STAR Jonathan Portman 3-8-13 Oscar Urbina
Course and distance winner in July and has tentative claims on best form. Well beaten in 12-furlong Wolverhampton handicap on October 29, after a lay-off. Has a lot to find on that effort. BP=14/1

12 (9) 34504/ CIRCUS DANCE Luke Comer IRE 9-8-11 Nicky Mackay
Third in 2000 French Derby but not seen since finishing 12th in Fairyhouse handicap hurdle in May 2001. Very interesting runner from Ireland for all-weather debut. BP= 66/1

13 (12) (3)140(3)0 BRIDGEWATER BOYS Kevin Ryan 5-8-11 Liam Keniry
Consistent performer on the Wolverhampton Polytrack who is coming back from a three-month break. Should strip fitter for the run. BP=16/1

14 (3) 0(4)0 BROUGHTON'S FOLLY Willie Musson 3-8-09 Brett Doyle
Best effort when staying on fourth here over a mile and a half in maiden. Possibly unsuited by soft ground at Nottingham on October 18. Something to find but lightly raced and could make the shake-up. BP=10/1

SUMMARY

Khun John has done nothing wrong, winning his last two starts in the style of a progressive individual. There may be more to come from him, but he represents little value and it could pay to follow each-way SEKULA PATA who wasn't beaten far behind the favourite when a staying-on third over 10 furlongs at Lingfield on October 26.


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