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Sunday, November 12, 2006


THE OPEN 2006 - GREATWOOD HURDLE DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

CROWD SLIGHTLY DOWN TODAY BUT RECORD OVERALL ATTENDANCE AT THE OPEN 2006


Today’s crowd came to 17,214, slightly down on last year’s record figure of 17,545. The 2004 figure for the corresponding day was 16,175 while 15,871 attended in 2003.


There was a record crowd on both of the first two days of The Open 2006, with 30,072 attending on Paddy Power Gold Cup yesterday and 21.505 attending on Friday, Countryside Day.

The overall attendance figure at The Open 2006 was 68,791 - a new record. The previous record attendance for the three days of The Open was 67,309 last year.


Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s Managing Director, said: “The record high-level crowd we have seen over the three days included many people who were attending The Open for the first time.


“This is most encouraging as it promises much for the future.”


IT’S AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE OF ANOTHER TIP-TOP RESULT FOR CHELTENHAM

Three memorable days of racing at The Open played out in front of big crowds were completed today.


Highlights included a fifth victory over Cheltenham’s Sporting Index cross-country course for Spot Thedifference and rider John Thomas McNamara in the Sporting Index Chase on Friday and a fabulous four-timer for Ruby Walsh on Saturday.


Walsh’s exqusitiely-timed victory on Tipperary All Star in the Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle was a masterly display of timing, but it was matched by Tony McCoy on Exotic Dancer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. Cheltenham provided the perfect theatre stage on which these two great jockeys could perform at the peak of their skills.


Today’s victory tremendous victory by top-weight Detroit City in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle will be remembered as another significant moment during the 2006/07 jumping season, as he is now disputing favouritism for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle in March.


At The Open’s conclusion, Cheltenham’s managing director, Edward Gillespie, said: “We have been blessed with three fabulous days of high-class jump racing played out in generally fine weather. Record crowds have attended and The Open continues to go from strength to strength.


“We are indebted to our sponsors, led by Paddy Power, whose ongoing support of Cheltenham and the great sport of Jump racing is very much appreciated and has meant continued increases in prize money.


“I would also like to express our gratitude to Channel 4 and Racing UK for their excellent coverage of the action, and thank racegoers for creating such a great atmosphere.

“The efforts of our staff to provide such good ground have been rewarded with outstanding racing and we now look forward to the two-day Boylesports International, which has much increased prize money for the feature events, on December 8 and 9.”

LEADING TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS AT THE OPEN 2006

TRAINER 1ST 2ND 3RD
Paul Nicholls 4 2 -
Philip Hobbs 3 1 -
Enda Bolger IRE 2 - 1
Jonjo O’Neill 1 2 -
David Pipe 1 2 1
Charles Egerton 1 1 -
Alan King 1 - 2
Michael Halford IRE 1 - -
Jessica Harrington IRE 1 - -
Charlie Mann 1 - -
Tony Martin IRE 1 - -
Ian Williams 1 - -
Nigel Twiston-Davies - 2 1
Nicky Henderson - 1 2
Brendan Duke - 1 -
Tom George - 1 -
Malcolm Jefferson - 1 -
Oliver McKiernan IRE - 1 -
Gary Moore - 1 -
Seamus Mullins - 1 -
Tom Taaffe IRE - 1 -
Henry De Bromhead IRE- - 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
John Quinn - - 1

JOCKEY 1ST 2ND 3RD
Ruby Walsh 6 3 1
Richard Johnson 3 - -
Tony McCoy 2 3 -
Mr J T McNamara 2 - -
Noel Fehily 1 1 2
Timmy Murphy 1 1 2
Robert Thornton 1 - 2
Robert Colgan 1 - -
David Dennis 1 - -
Mr David England - 1 1
Tony Evans - 1 -
Conor O’Dwyer - 1 -
Darren O’Dwyer - 1 -
Wayne Kavanagh - 1 -
Fergus King - 1 -
Jason Maguire - 1 -
Davy Russell - 1 -
Tom Scudamore - 1 -
Andrew Tinkler - 1 -
Mick Fitzgerald - - 3
Mr Sam Jones - - 2
Brian Byrnes - - 1
Miss Nina Carberry - - 1
Dougie Costello - - 1
Graham Lee - - 1
Denis O’Regan - - 1


THE OPEN 2006 - ON FIRST TWO DAYS

Friday, November 10 - Countryside Day
Race Winner Trainer JockeySP
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 Fehily16/1
Beards Jewellers Cup RUBBERDUBBER Charles EgertonTony McCoy 5/2F
Sporting Index Chase SPOT THEDIFFERENCE Enda Bolger IREMr J T McNamara 5/1
Royal Bank of Canada Cnd Jks H Hdl AFTER MIDNIGHT Tony Martin IRERobbie Colgan9/2JF
Steel Plate & Sections Novices’ Chase STANDIN OBLIGATION David Pipe Timmy Murphy4/6F

Saturday, November 11 - Paddy Power Gold Cup Day
Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Nov Hdl KATCHIT Alan King Robert Thornton 7/4F
Jim Brown Memorial Novices Chase DENMAN Paul NichollsRuby Walsh 4/6F
Letheby & Christopher Nov Hcp Hurdle TIPPERARY ALL STAR Michael Halford IRE Ruby Walsh2/1F
Paddy Power Gold Cup EXOTIC DANCER Jonjo O’Neill Tony McCoy16/1
Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle STAR DE MOHAISON Paul NichollsRuby Walsh6/4F
Servo Computer Services Trophy MY WILL Paul NichollsRuby Walsh 9/2CF


FIRST RACE TRIUMPH MEANS GOOD START FOR JOHNSON


Richard Johnson, having his first winner of The Open 2006, was delighted with the Philip Hobbs-trained Fair Along who produced an exciting front-running display to score in the £45,000 Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase on his fencing debut.


The jockey said: “That was very, very good. Fair Along is not the biggest but he makes up for it by being very brave. He is also very intelligent and knows exactly what he is doing - It was a good effort.”

Johnson rides hot favourite Detroit City in the day’s feature, the £65,000 Greatwood Hurdle.


He said: “He has got a great chance. He did nothing wrong all last year and we are hoping for the best today. He won the Cesarewitch very impressively last time out.


“The ground is tacky - on the soft side - and Detroit City struggled a bit on his first run last season but probably he wasn’t right then.

“If he copes with the ground, he has a great chance.”


Race 1 - Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase - Winning Quotes

IMPRESSIVE FENCING DEBUT FROM FAIR ALONG

Fair Along made an impressive debut over fences when registering a nine-length victory over 8/11 favourite Natal in the Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase for owner Alan Peterson, trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson.


Jumping superbly throughout, the four-year-old was always in command and never looked in serious danger of being overhauled.


Richard Johnson said: “That was very, very good.


“He’s not the biggest but is very brave and intelligent - he looks at what he is doing.


“That was an excellent first effort over fences. I would say the ground is tacky today and on the soft side.”

Philip Hobbs added: “He is very game.


“We thought he might not be able to run today as knocked a joint in a hind leg on Thursday and we had to declare him on Friday.


“He was still slightly lame yesterday but is fine today.


“His jumping was great - he had a look at the first couple of fences but was fine after that.


“We nearly sold him to race in the USA during the summer. He would have been ideal for jumping over there as he loves fast ground but thankfully we kept him.


“I think he will be better on good ground but as he is so game he was fine on the ground today.


“I think we will have to aim him at the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy after that.


“I don’t know what we will do in the meantime but we wouldn’t want to run him on a bog.


“An awful lot has been made of the allowances given to four-year-olds in novice chases but I sit on the race planning committee and, proportionately, four-year-olds are not winning any more races than other age groups - they need the allowance.”

Bookmakers odds for the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy next March varied from 8/1 (Paddy Power), 10/1 (Boylesports, William Hill, Ladbrokes, totesport) and 12/1 (Cashmans).




Race 1: Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase
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NICHOLLS CONSIDERS NEWBURY FOR NATAL


Odds-on backers were floored in the first when the Paul Nicholls-trained Natal was beaten fair and square by chasing debutant Fair Along.


Natal had been quoted in betting on the Cheltenham Festival’s Irish Independent Arkle Trophy, but on the evidence of today’s race the horse may well need quicker ground and a longer trip.


Nicholls alluded to that when he said: “I never felt sure he would be our Arkle horse because there was always a possibility he would need two and a half miles. The four-year-old allowance [enjoyed today by Fair Along] does make a difference, but we would only consider the Arkle if the ground was quick.


“There’s a two-and-a-half-mile novices’ chase at Newbury in two weeks’ time and we could run Natal in that if the ground is quick. If it’s soft Denman could run instead.”

Nicholls said his three winners on day two of The Open meeting had all returned home in good health.



Going remains on slow side say riders

Jockeys who took part in the opening Independent Newspapers Novices’ Chase said the ground continues to ride on the slow side of good

Tony Evans said: “It’s the same as yesterday - slightly tacky.”

Joe Tizzard: “It’s nearly soft - pretty dead.”

Ruby Walsh: “It’s very sticky.”

Choc Thornton:”It’s drying, it’s real dead and testing.”

Richard Johnson: “It’s still tacky, good to soft ground.”

Race 2: paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle
WINNER’S QUOTES

MITH HILL GOOD NEWS FOR WILLIAMS AND DENNIS

Mith Hill, a 40-1 chance, outbattled his 15 rivals in the paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle to become a welcome winner for jockey David Dennis and Ian Williams.


After greeting in his first winner for 104 days - and coming off the cold-trainers list - Alvechurch-based Williams said: “It’s been a bit cold, but I felt the temperatures were warming up when I woke this morning!

“There’s always various little reasons why horses don’t run well, but there’s been nothing specifically wrong. We haven’t had the rub of the green.


“We ran this horse at the last meeting here and he just struggled over two miles on slightly quicker ground. Slower ground and a step up in trip has suited him today, but he was a good horse on the Flat.


“I’ve nothing particular in mind for him, but the Pertemps series might suit because I think he’ll stay further.”

Dennis, who has partnered seven winners this season, said: “I haven’t had a winner for a while so that was great. He winged the second last and kept staying on and staying on, and was good again at the last.”


Race 2 - paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle - Placed Quotes

JEFFERSON SATISFIED

Trainer Malcolm Jefferson was satisfied with the effort of According To Pete, beaten a neck by Mith Hill in the paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle.


The five-year-old, partnered by Fergus Hill was disputing the lead over the last and ran on gamely, only finding the winner too good in the final few strides.


Malcolm Jefferson commented: “I thought we might win coming down the hill and he’s a grand little horse.


“He will go up in the handicap for finishing second here but he’s a nice young horse and was coming back at the winner again near the line.


“It was appropriate that he ran well today as Richard Davis (the jockey tragically killed in a fall in 1996 and after whom the Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme awards awarded at Cheltenham today are named) used to ride his dam and she liked cut in the ground as well.


“I think he will stay three miles and is a horse to have fun with.He is named after his owner, Peter Nelson.”



Race 3 - Jersey Graduation Chase - Winning Quotes

NICHOLLS AND WALSH BANDWAGON CONTINUES

Trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Ruby Walsh were on the mark again when Cornish Sett recorded a neck success over Fundamentalist in the Jersey Graduation Chase. This was Nicholls’ fourth winner of The Open and the fifth for Walsh.

The winner, the 7/4 joint favourite, took up the running approaching the last and stayed on well to repel a renewed effort from Fundamentalist.


Paul Nicholls said: “He jumped beautifully.


“Last time out he ran deplorably over hurdles and is a bit in and out.


“The step up in trip to three miles and small field helped him today.


“I think graduation chases are a great innovation for this type of horse and he needs more experience before he goes into handicaps.


“This win will have boosted his confidence and he can now go into a three-mile handicap chase. He can be a little bit idle and that is why he needs blinkers.


“All of our horses came back well after yesterday, including Taranis (who fell two out in the Paddy Power Gold Cup) and he might come back to Cheltenham next month.”

WALSH AND EVANS BANNED

Ruby Walsh and Tony Evans, riders of Cornish Sett and Fundamentalist respectively, both picked up bans for using the whip with excessive frequency after the Jersey Graduation Chase.


Ruby Walsh will be bannded for two days (November 23 & 24) and Tony Evans for one day (November 23).


Race 3: Jersey Graduation Chase
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‘SPOT ON’ SAYS TRAINER AFTER FUNDAMENTALIST’S SECOND


Fundamentalist may not have convinced everyone with his jumping in this chase, but he made Cornish Sett fight hard for victory and stepped up on the form he showed over fences last season.


His trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, was delighted with the eight-year-old’s neck defeat, and said: “That was absolutely superb. The softer ground did not help him and it’s been a long time since his last run.


“I’m delighted - he’ll come on a lot. I felt he was spot on [at the fences]. The commentator kept saying he made mistakes, but he just nudged the second-last. He was nearly perfect.

“I haven’t got a clue where he’ll go next - I just wanted to get this one out the way.”

Jockey Tony Evans added: “Fundamentalist has jumped more or less foot perfect at every one of the fences and run all the way to the line. He will come on for the run, we have had a clear run and he has retained his ability.”


The third horse, It Takes Time, was dismounted by jockey Timmy Murphy
after pulling up and did not return to the winner’s enclosure, but was later reported to be none the worse for his exertions.



Race 4: Greatwood Handicap Hurdle
WINNER’S QUOTES

DETROIT MOTORS HOME TO SET UP SMURFIT KAPPA CHAMPION HURDLE BID

An awesome performance by a horse of enormous potential - that was the story of the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, today’s £65,000 feature.


Four-year-old Detroit City conceded weight to useful rivals, yet ground them into submission to score by an easy 14 lengths and three lengths from Ameeq and Caraman. The Philip Hobbs-trained winner took the JCB Triumph Hurdle at last season’s Cheltenham Festival and is now favourite or vying for that position on betting for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle in March.


He is now 4-1 joint-favourite with last year’s winner Brave Inca with totesport and Paddy Power - the latter firm offered 6-1 immediately after today’s race but was soon on the retreat. Ladbrokes make the grey 4-1 favourite ahead of 5-1 Brave Inca, but Boylesports and Sean Graham make the Irish horse 4-1 ahead of 5-1 Detroit City. Blue Square offers 9-2 on Hobbs’ horse.


There has been speculation that Detroit City, who is owned by Terry Warner, could prove better over distances beyond two miles, but today’s race means Britain has a top-notch prospect for races at the minimum distance. Hobbs is now eyeing the £200,000 Boylesports.com International at Cheltenham next month (December 9) for Detroit City, and said: “I’m sure he will stay further, but if he’s effective at two miles then for the moment we stay at that trip because of the Champion Hurdle.


“I was a bit concerned the ground was too soft for him today, and did discuss with Terry taking the horse out of the race. We’ve never run him on ground this soft so we had to run to find out how he would cope. It wasn’t a problem so that’s ground sorted out..


“I hoped he would win like that because he’s improved from last year. He’s done everything so much better this autumn and won the Cesarewitch which was a good performance in itself. We thought he’d improved, but it’s good to come to the races and see them do it.


“He’s got the size to be a chaser, but we won’t worry about that for now. See You Then was the last five-year-old to win the Champion Hurdle, so the statistics are against us, but this horse was probably the best Triumph Hurdle winner we’ve seen for some time.”

Hobbs and Warner have already won a Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle with Rooster Booster who also won the Greatwood Hurdle under top-weight in 2002 before his triumph in the 2003 hurdling championship Asked to compare the two horses, Hobbs said: “They are totally different. Rooster Booster needed holding up and an enormous amount of pace, whereas this horse is more of a staying type.”

Winning rider Richard Johnson, like Hobbs enjoying an 8.5/1 double on the day, said: “It was brilliant. I was a bit worried there was no pace in the race.


"Jamie Spencer when he rode him at Newmarket said he might have found it easier if he'd been a bit handier so I thought I'd just let him bowl along.

"He has galloped away from them very easily. I let him stride down the hill and he obviously stays very well - to be honest I never felt like I was getting to the bottom of him, which was very nice.''


Race 4 - Greatwood Hurdle - Placed Quotes

MOORE AND QUINN TEAMS PLEASED

Connections of the placed horses in the Greatwood Hurdle were satisfied with the performances of their horses.


David Wilson, assistant trainer to Gary Moore, said of Ameeq, beaten 14 lengths into second behind Detroit City: “He’s run a very good race on ground softer than he likes.


“We expected Detroit City to be the main danger and we’re very pleased with the effort of our horse.


“I would hope there would be a nice handicap in him on faster ground, as he will be better on that.”

John Quinn, trainer of the third Caraman and the fourth Aleron, was simply in awe of the winner Detroit City.


Quinn said: “I think we’ve seen a Champion Hurdle winner today - to make all with top weight on that ground was amazing.


“My two are fair handicappers and both nice horses.


“I am just pleased that we have picked up some decent prize money today.”



GREATWOOD HURDLE BACKGROUND

Barbury Castle Estate generously sponsors the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle which is named after the racehorse rehabilitation charity which is based on the outskirts of Marlborough, Wiltshire. Prize money this year has risen to £65,000 from £50,000.


Greatwood is based at Rainscombe Hill Farm, located on the A345 just two miles south of Marlborough in Wiltshire. Founded in 1990, Greatwood is a charity that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes ex-racehorses. Greatwood supports horseracing and encourages all others that love the sport to help us succeed in our work.

The majority of owners and trainers will do their best to ensure that their horses go on to good homes following their retirement from racing - with some going on to successfully compete in other equestrian disciplines.

Greatwood is the safety net for horses that may fall on hard times in their retirement. Greatwood retains ownership of every horse which goes to its new home on 'permanent loan' with regular welfare checks throughout its life.


Greatwood Horse Power

For those horses that cannot be ridden due to temperament or injury, Greatwood has developed a new use for them - as therapy horses for children with special needs, within the Horse Power Programme.


The Horse Power Programme aims to develop and improve life skills by means of interaction with the horses. A set of structured multi-sensory activities are designed especially for children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.


Each six-week programme includes learning skills such as communication, relationship building, personal responsibility and teamwork. Activities for the children include horse care and grooming.


By considering the children’s individual needs and providing life skills programmes in a caring, calming and supportive environment, the programme helps them develop the capabilities they need for a fruitful and positive life - just as Greatwood has done for horses since 1990.


Down to Earth

As well as running the Horse Power Programme, Greatwood is also involved in the Down to Earth project - a bio-diversity project that allows children, especially those with special needs and from urban areas, to study conversation and nature.


The project creates ideal conditions for indigenous birds such as the skylark and tree sparrow as well as bumble bees, butterflies and small mammals.

Children can explore these natural habitats and learn about the creatures they support, while experiencing the open space and stunning views that the countryside has to offer.


It therefore serves as both an environmental scheme and educational resource.



Race 5 - Gideon Kasler Novices’ Hurdle - Winning Quotes

MAGUIRE BRINGS UP 66/1 TREBLE FOR HOBBS AND JOHNSON

Massini’s Maguire brought up a 66/1 treble for trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson on the final day of The Open 2006 when collecting the Gideon Kasler Novices’ Hurdle.


The 6/1 shot travelled well throughout the two mile, five furlong contest and faced a challenge from 11/10 favourite Wichita Lineman on the run-in, but was always holding that rival and went on to win by half a length.


Philip Hobbs said: “I am very pleased he has won a decent race at last as he had been placed many times.


“The race he won at Chepstow first time out was an egg and spoon affair and then he was second in the Persian War at the same course.


“He is a bit of a hard ride and in the past we have hung on to him and then come late, but today we really committed him and he stayed on well.


“I think he will be a better horse over fences but I don’t think that will be until next season as he’s still only five.”

Bookmakers rate Massini’s Maguire at 14/1 (Cashmans, Sean Graham), 16/1 (William Hill) and 20/1 (Ladbrokes, Paddy Power) for the race formerly known as the Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival next March.



Race 6: TIGER DEVELOPMENTS OPEN BUMPER
WINNER’S QUOTES

CORK STARS - NEXT STOP THE FESTIVAL

On a day when any number of Cheltenham Festival clues were revealed, the last-race bumper victory of Cork All Star was among the most pertinent.


Owned by Cathal Ryan and trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington, Cork All Star is now unbeaten in three bumpers. All roads lead towards the Weatherby’s Champion Open Bumper held at the Festival in March, said the trainer.


Not that Cork All Star’s breeding made him a natural for this sphere, for he is by the stallion Fasliyev, a crack juvenile for Aidan O’Brien, but hardly a leading sire of jumpers.


Harrington added: “Cathal bred him and sent him to every sale - a foal sale, a yearling sale, a breeze-up and no one wanted him. When he came to me he had already had one wind operation, but I realised it hadn’t worked and so we carried out another one.


“He won first time out at Cork and then we took him to Galway, and people said he won’t get up the hill. Yet he won there very easily, so I said okay, let’s go to Cheltenham and see what we have got.


“He’s only four so I should think he will stick to bumpers and go hurdling next season. The Champion Bumper would be the next step and he will probably have a break now and come straight here in March.


“Ruby rode him out for me here yesterday, and when he got off he said, if he was any more laid back he’d stand still.”

Sean Graham now make Cork All Star 8-1 favourite for the Weatherby’s Champion Open Bumper, while Cashmans offer 10-1.



PHILIP HIDE ‘MUCH BETTER’, SAYS COURSE DOCTOR

Jockey Philip Hide, who took a heavy fall at Cheltenham yesterday, was today reported to be “much better” by course doctor Sue Smith.


Dr Smith, who also acts as intensive care consultant at Cheltenham General Hospital where Hide is being treated, said: “I’ve seen Philip this morning and he’s much better and completely conscious.


“He’s improved greatly from yesterday - he’s stable and causing no concern, but he has a fractured pelvis which will need surgery. He will be operated on by a pelvic surgeon to stabilise the injury, probably in Gloucester or Bristol.


“He’s had a preliminary CT of his pelvis, the pictures will be reconstructed into 3-D and then the pelvic surgeon will decide the appropriate time to operate.”

The jockey also took a blow to the head, but Dr Smith said: “He had concussion and was very confused after the fall, but the brain scan was normal.”

Dr Smith added that Hide’s stay in hospital will be determined by the type of surgery his pelvis needs. “This type of injury requires prolonged recovery and a long period of non-weight bearing on the injured side,” she said.


Hide was swiftly attended to by Cheltenham Racecourse’s medical team following his fall from Hatch A Plan in the Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.



PADDY POWER BETTING NEWS

In the paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (1.35pm), Pedrobob is into 11/4 (from 4/1) with the sponsors while According To Pete is now 9/2 (from 11/2). The third horse coming in for support is Backbord, who has been cut to 13/2 (from 8/1).

Sweet Wake, the selection of Pricewise in the Racing Post is proving popular with punters in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.45pm) but Paddy Power are currently holding Noel Meade’s charge at 5/2. Paddy Power will generously pay out if your selection finishes second to the favourite Detroit City in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.


The other horse being backed with Paddy Power today is Massini’s Maguire in the Gideon Kasler Novices’ Hurdle (3.20pm) and the Philip Hobbs-trained gelding is now 13/2 (from 15/2).


OTHER FIRMS’ BETTING NEWS

Today has been generally quiet in the offices.


totesport report money for According To Pete in the paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (1.35pm) and is now 9/2 (from 11/2). Boylesports have reduced Pedrobob to 11/4 (from 100/30) in the same contest. William Hill have also seen support for the top weight Zipalong Lad but are holding firm at 28/1.


Both the favourite Detroit City and second favourite Sweet Wake are attracting support in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.45pm) with both William Hill and Boylesports. The latter have reduced Detroit City to 5/4 (from 11/8) in the reformed market after Crow Wood and Acambo were announced as non-runners.

Finally, totesport have clipped Wichita Lineman to 11/10 (from 11/8) in the Gideon Kasler Novices’ Hurdle (3.20pm).



AWARDS AT THE OPEN 2006 DINNER LAST NIGHT

Mick Fitzgerald was given a special award for his contribution to racing at Cheltenham by Lord Vestey, Chairman of the racecourse, at last night’s Open 2006 Dinner. The leading jump jockey is retiring at the end of the season.



Tony McCoy, champion jockey last jump season, and Paul Nicholls, champion trainer, were also honoured at the occasion which was attended by over 300 people.



GOING NEWS AT 10.00am

Following a dry night, the going has changed to:

GOOD TO SOFT

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, reported: “Following a dry night, we have now removed the soft in places part from the going description.


“We will be moving the rail out on the hurdles course for a mile to provide better ground.


“Today is forecast to be dry.”

PHILIP HIDE
Philip Hide, injured in a fall in yesterday’s Letheby And Christopher Novices’ Hurdle when his mount Hatch A Plan threw him into a running rail, has received a clear brain scan.


The extent of his pelvic and hip injuries is still being assessed.


HURDLE COURSE RAIL MOVEMENTS


Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Director Of Racing and Clerk of the Course, said: “What we have done overnight and this morning is move about a mile of hurdle rail.


“All round the turns, we have moved it left-handed by two or three yards so they are on fresh ground.


“Down the straight, we have moved the rail right-handed by a yard or two so the ground that was really cut up on the inside is now on the other side of the rail.


“The ground has dried out quite a lot overnight - we have had a strong breeze. I have given it as good to soft and in the odd place there is a bit of good ground creeping in. I think it will not be quite so tacky as yesterday.


“The chase course is in good nick and we have not had to move any rail.”


THE OPEN 2006 - GREATWOOD HURDLE DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

RACE ONE RESULT
1.05pm THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ CHASE

Class 1, Grade 2, 2m Old Course, £45,000 guaranteed, for 4yo+; Weights: 4yo 10st 7lb; 5yo+ 11st 5lb; Penalties: after April 29th, 2006, a winner of a Class 3 chase 4lb; of a Class 1 or 2 chase 6lb; Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb; Entries: 11 pay £210; Penalty Value: 1st £25,659, 2nd £9,625.50, 3rd £4,819.50, 4th £2,403, 5th £1,206, 6th £603

1 FAIR ALONG (Alan Peterson) Philip Hobbs 4-10-07 Richard Johnson 10/3
2 NATAL (Monica Hackett) Paul Nicholls 5-11-05 Ruby Walsh 8/11F
3 PENZANCE (Elite Racing Club) Alan King 5-11-05 Robert Thornton
4 PATMAN DU CHARMIL (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-10-07 Tony Evans
5 CHARLIES DOUBLE (The Highly Hopeful Club) John Best 7-11-05 Joe Tizzard
U 3 out CALLOW LAKE (Coirle Forde) Jessica Harrington IRE 6-11-09 Andrew Leigh

6 ran
Distances: 9l, 9l, 9l, distance
Breeder: Gestut Harzburg
Breeding: Alkalde (GER) - Fairy Tango (FR)
Tote Win: £4.30; Places: £2.10, £1.30; Exacta: £11.50

Winning Trainer: Philip Hobbs Based: Sandhill, Bilbrook, Minehead, Somerset Date of Birth: 26/7/55 Riding Career: Professional NH 1975-86, rode 160 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: August 1, 1985 Wins this season: Cheltenham Festival Wins (10): Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1990 Moody Man, 2002 Rooster Booster), Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap (1996 Kibreet), Coral Cup H’cap Hurdle (2000 What’s Up Boys, 2004 Monkerhostin), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made In Japan, 2006 Detroit City) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Topham Chase (1997 Bells Life, 2001 Gower-Slave), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1996 Pleasure Shared), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (1996 Pleasure Shared), John Smith’s Extra Cold H’cap Hurdle (1999 Papo Kharisma), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Phardante Flyer, 2001 Ilico II, 2002 In Contrast), John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (2000 Bells Life), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex, 2006 Detroit City), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2001 What’s Up Boys), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2006 Wellbeing) Other major wins: Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase (1989 Joint Sovereignty), William Hill Handicap Hurdle (1998 Polar Prospect), Racing Post Chase (1999 Dr Leunt, 2002 Gunther McBride, 2005 Farmer Jack), Edinburgh Woollen Mill Champion Novices’ Chase (1999 Bouchasson), Hennessy Gold Cup (2001 What’s Up Boys), Totesport Becher Chase (1997 Samlee), Rehabilitation Of Racehorses H’cap Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Vodafone Gold Cup (2005 Supreme Prince), Haldon Gold Cup (2005 Monkerhostin), Concord At jet.com Juv Nov’s Hurdle (2005 Fair Along), Anglo Irish Bank Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Boychuk) Horses in Training (1990-2005): 44; 53; 60; 52; 47; 65; 72; 80; 81; 81; 82; 99; 108; 112; 112; 105 Number of Winners (1990/91-2005/06): 33; 51; 37; 64; 86; 77; 64; 71; 84; 120; 82; 119; 134; 121; 121; 112 Winners this Season: 44

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77, Madley, Hereford Background: Parents Keith and Sue have a farm in Madley. Joined David Nicholson, aged 16 First winner 30 April 1994, Rusty Bridge, Exeter Cheltenham Festival wins: (12) Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Dark Stranger, 2003 Young Spartacus), Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup (2000 Looks Like Trouble), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), County Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & Sunalliance Chase (2003 One Knight), Cathcart Chase (2003 La Landiere), Coral Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), Jcb Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made in Japan, 2006 Detroit City) Leading Rider At the Festival: 2002 (2). Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Midnight Legend, 2000 Phardante Flyer, 2002 In Contrast, 2005 Mighty Man), Belle Epoque Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Forest Ivory), Martell Cup Chase (1998 Escartefigue), Heidsieck Monopole Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1999 Spendid, 2001 What’s Up Boys), Sportsman Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex, 2006 Detroit City), John Hughes Trophy Chase (2001 Gower-Slave) Red Rum Handicap Chase (2002 Dark N’ Sharp), John Smith’s And Flixton Conservative Club Liverpool Hurdle (2006 Mighty Man) Other Big Race Wins: Aon Chase (2004, Shooting Light, 2005 Farmer Jack), BMW Chase (2003 Flagship Uberalles), Bonusprint.com Gold Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), Bula Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Haldon Gold Cup (2005 Monkerhostin), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (2004 Florida Pearl), James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase (2000 Looks Like Trouble), Pendil Novices’ Chase (2003 Hand Inn Hand), Pillar Property Chase (2003 Behrajan), Racing Post Chase (2000 Gloria Victis, 2001 Young Spartacus, 2002 Gunter Mcbride, 2005 Farmer Jack), Rendlesham Hurdle (2004 Monkerhostin), Red Square Vodka Champion Hurdle Trial (2004 Rooster Booster), Tingle Creek Trophy (2000 Flagship Uberalles), Tote Silver Cup (2002 Behrajan), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2003 in Contrast), Welsh National (1999 Edmond) Number of Wins (1993/94-2005/2006): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147; 186; 135; 167 Wins This Season: 68


RACE TWO RESULT
1.35pm THE PADDYPOWERPOKER.COM INTERMEDIATE HANDICAP HURDLE
Class 3, 2m 5f Old Course, £25,000 guaranteed, for 4yo+ Rated 0-135 which, prior to April 24th, 2005, had not won a hurdle; Weights raised: 5lb; Minimum weight: 10st; Penalties: after November 4th, a winner of a hurdle 7lb, Zipalong Lad’s Handicap Mark 130; Entries: 29 pay £125; Penalty Value: 1st £15,657.50, 2nd £4,625, 3rd £2,312.50, 4th £1,157.50, 5th £577.50, 6th £290

1 MITH HILL (Paul Vogt) Ian Williams 5-10-12 David Dennis 40-1
2 ACCORDING TO PETE (P Nelson) Malcolm Jefferson 5-10-12 Fergus King (3) 6-1
3 THE SPOONPLAYER (Band Syndicate) Henry De Bromhead IRE 7-11-05 Denis O'Regan 33-1
4 FROM DAWN TO DUSK (Charles Lloyd-Baker) Philip Hobbs 7-10-01 Darren O'Dwyer (7) 5-1
5 NINE O (Seamus Braddish) Seamus Braddish IRE 9-10-01 Andrew Leigh (5)
6 UNJUST LAW (The Dover Street Boys) Nicky Henderson 5-11-10 Mr Tom Greenall
7 PEDROBOB (Barry Connell) Tony Mullins IRE 8-11-11 Tony McCoy 9-4F
8 SCRIBANO EILE (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-9-09 Mr David England (5)
9 BACKBORD (Mr & Mrs J Timmons) Lucy Wadham 4-10-10 Leighton Aspell
10 MARS ROCK (John Nicholls Trading Ltd) Venetia Williams 6-10-03 Paul O'Neill (3)
11 ARMARIVER (Bunty Millard) Paul Nicholls 6-11-07 Ruby Walsh
12 COLLINE DE FLEURS (The Wheels Have Come Off) Jim Old 6-11-02 Jason Maguire
13 ZIPALONG LAD (Walters Plant Hire Limited) Helen Lewis 6-11-12 Mick Fitzgerald
14 LYES GREEN (P Gardner) Oliver Sherwood 5-11-02 Timmy Murphy
15 JONTYS'LASS (Minster Commercial Leasing Ltd) Andy Crook 5-10-08 Dougie Costello (3)
P GIDAM GIDAM (Jennifer Woodward & Caroline Lawson) John Mackie 4-10-11 Phil Kinsella (5)

16 ran
Distances: Neck, 1 3/4l, head, 1 3/4l, 1 1/4l, short head, short head, 13l, 2 1/2l, 6l, 3l, 25l, 1/2l, 15l
Breeder: Floors Farming, HMH Management Ltd and John Warren
Breeding: Daylami (IRE) - Delirious Moment (IRE)
Tote Win: £74.20; Places: £9.40, £2.00, £5.00, £2.10; Exacta: £421.50

Winning Trainer: Ian Williams Born: June 27, 1968 Based: Hob Hill Farm, Alvechurch, Worcs. Background: rode as an amateur, previously assistant to Jenny Pitman (1988 to 1991), Martin Pipe (August 1991 to December 1991), Francois Doumen FR (January 1992 to May 1996) Date of First Trainer’s Licence: August 1996 Big Race Wins: Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Brewster), Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Brewster) Horses in Training (1998-2005): 31; 40; 49; 50; 65; 68; 67; 66 Number of Winners (1996/97-2005/06): 5, 14, 31, 42, 42, 48, 51, 50, 40, 28 Wins this Season: 7

Winning Jockey: David Dennis Born: 07/08/79 First Winner: Vallingale, Exeter, October 6, 1999 Big Race Wins: Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase (Kingsmark 2000, 2001 & 2002), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (Brewster 2004), Stanjames.com Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Brewster 2004) Number of Wins (1999/2000-2005/06): 3; 35; 36; (3rd in conditional jockey championship); 36; 34; 40; 17 Wins This Season: 7


RACE THREE RESULT
2.10pm THE JERSEY GRADUATION CHASE
Class 2, 3m 1/2f Old Course, £25,000 guaranteed, for 5yo+ which have not won more than two chases; Weights: 5yo 10st 13lb; 6yo+ 11st; Penalties: a winner of a Class 3 chase 4lb; of two chases or of a Class 1 or 2 chase 7lb; Allowances: mares 7lb; Entries: 17 pay £125; Penalty Value: 1st £15,657.50, 2nd £4,625, 3rd £2,312.50, 4th £1,157.50, 5th £577.50

1 CORNISH SETT (Peter Hart) Paul Nicholls 7-11-07 Ruby Walsh 7-4JF
2 FUNDAMENTALIST (Gripen) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-07 Tony Evans 2-1
3 IT TAKES TIME (David Johnson) David Pipe 12-11-07 Timmy Murphy 7-4JF
4 JALOUX D'ESTRUVAL (Lady Maria Coventry) Dr Philip Pritchard 9-11-07 Rodi Greene

4 ran
Non Runners: Idle Talk (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: Neck, Distance, 15l
Breeder: J F C Maxwell
Breeding: Accordion - Hue ‘N’ Cry (IRE)
Tote Win: £2.70; Exacta: £6.70

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: 34

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: 28


RACE FOUR RESULT
2.45pm THE GREATWOOD HANDICAP HURDLE
Class 1, Grade 3, 2m 1/2f Old Course, £65,000 guaranteed, for 4yo+; Weights Raised: 8lb; Minimum Weight: 10st; Penalties: after October 28th, a winner of a Class 1 to 3 hurdle 6lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb), Detroit City’s Handicap Mark 148; Entries: 40 pay £90; Confirmed: 20 pay £210; Penalty Value: 1st £37,063, 2nd £13,903.50, 3rd £6,961.50, 4th £3,471, 5th £1,742, 6th £871

1 DETROIT CITY (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 4-11-12 Richard Johnson 6-5F
2 AMEEQ (C Stedman) Gary Moore 4-10-03 Ruby Walsh 8-1
3 CARAMAN (Alan Mann) John Quinn 8-10-02 Dougie Costello (3) 50-1
4 ALERON (Grahame Liles) John Quinn 8-10-13 Russ Garritty
5 MAHOGANY BLAZE (Lorna Berryman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-10-11 Mr David England (5)
6 VERASI (F Ledger, J Bateman) Gary Moore 5-10-08 Eamon Dehdashti (5)
7 O'TOOLE (Mrs L Lovell) Philip Hobbs 7-10-07 Darren O'Dwyer (7)
8 SWEET WAKE (High Street Ceathar Syndicate) Noel Meade IRE 5-11-01 Denis O'Regan
9 THE LAST HURRAH (Mrs A Gurney) Jessica Harrington IRE 6-10-02 Andrew Leigh (5)

9 ran
Non Runners: Crow Wood (Ground), Acambo (Vet’s Certificate), Caracciola (Ground)
Distances: 14l, 3l, 2 1/2l, 1l, 1/2l, 6l, short head, 8l
Breeder: E J Kelly
Breeding: Kingmambo (USA) - Seattle Victory (USA)
Tote Win: £2.10; Places: £1.30, £1.90, £8.60; Exacta: £10.50

Winning Trainer: Philip Hobbs Based: Sandhill, Bilbrook, Minehead, Somerset Date of Birth: 26/7/55 Riding Career: Professional NH 1975-86, rode 160 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: August 1, 1985 Wins this season: Cheltenham Festival Wins (10): Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1990 Moody Man, 2002 Rooster Booster), Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap (1996 Kibreet), Coral Cup H’cap Hurdle (2000 What’s Up Boys, 2004 Monkerhostin), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made In Japan, 2006 Detroit City) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Topham Chase (1997 Bells Life, 2001 Gower-Slave), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1996 Pleasure Shared), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (1996 Pleasure Shared), John Smith’s Extra Cold H’cap Hurdle (1999 Papo Kharisma), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Phardante Flyer, 2001 Ilico II, 2002 In Contrast), John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (2000 Bells Life), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex, 2006 Detroit City), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2001 What’s Up Boys), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2006 Wellbeing) Other major wins: Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase (1989 Joint Sovereignty), William Hill Handicap Hurdle (1998 Polar Prospect), Racing Post Chase (1999 Dr Leunt, 2002 Gunther McBride, 2005 Farmer Jack), Edinburgh Woollen Mill Champion Novices’ Chase (1999 Bouchasson), Hennessy Gold Cup (2001 What’s Up Boys), Totesport Becher Chase (1997 Samlee), Rehabilitation Of Racehorses H’cap Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Vodafone Gold Cup (2005 Supreme Prince), Haldon Gold Cup (2005 Monkerhostin), Concord At jet.com Juv Nov’s Hurdle (2005 Fair Along), Anglo Irish Bank Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Boychuk) Horses in Training (1990-2005): 44; 53; 60; 52; 47; 65; 72; 80; 81; 81; 82; 99; 108; 112; 112; 105 Number of Winners (1990/91-2005/06): 33; 51; 37; 64; 86; 77; 64; 71; 84; 120; 82; 119; 134; 121; 121; 112 Winners this Season: 45

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77, Madley, Hereford Background: Parents Keith and Sue have a farm in Madley. Joined David Nicholson, aged 16 First winner 30 April 1994, Rusty Bridge, Exeter Cheltenham Festival wins: (12) Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Dark Stranger, 2003 Young Spartacus), Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup (2000 Looks Like Trouble), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), County Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & Sunalliance Chase (2003 One Knight), Cathcart Chase (2003 La Landiere), Coral Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), Jcb Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made in Japan, 2006 Detroit City) Leading Rider At the Festival: 2002 (2). Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Midnight Legend, 2000 Phardante Flyer, 2002 In Contrast, 2005 Mighty Man), Belle Epoque Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Forest Ivory), Martell Cup Chase (1998 Escartefigue), Heidsieck Monopole Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1999 Spendid, 2001 What’s Up Boys), Sportsman Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex, 2006 Detroit City), John Hughes Trophy Chase (2001 Gower-Slave) Red Rum Handicap Chase (2002 Dark N’ Sharp), John Smith’s And Flixton Conservative Club Liverpool Hurdle (2006 Mighty Man) Other Big Race Wins: Aon Chase (2004, Shooting Light, 2005 Farmer Jack), BMW Chase (2003 Flagship Uberalles), Bonusprint.com Gold Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), Bula Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Haldon Gold Cup (2005 Monkerhostin), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (2004 Florida Pearl), James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase (2000 Looks Like Trouble), Pendil Novices’ Chase (2003 Hand Inn Hand), Pillar Property Chase (2003 Behrajan), Racing Post Chase (2000 Gloria Victis, 2001 Young Spartacus, 2002 Gunter Mcbride, 2005 Farmer Jack), Rendlesham Hurdle (2004 Monkerhostin), Red Square Vodka Champion Hurdle Trial (2004 Rooster Booster), Tingle Creek Trophy (2000 Flagship Uberalles), Tote Silver Cup (2002 Behrajan), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2003 in Contrast), Welsh National (1999 Edmond) Number of Wins (1993/94-2005/2006): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147; 186; 135; 167 Wins This Season: 69


RACE FIVE RESULT
3.20pm THE GIDEON KASLER NOVICES’ HURDLE
Class 2, 2m 5f Old Course, £20,000 guaranteed, for 4yo+; Weights: 11st; Penalties: a winner of a Class 4 to 5 hurdle 5lb; of two hurdles, or of a Class 1 or 3 hurdle 8lb; Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb; Entries: 16 pay £100; Penalty Value: 1st £12,526, 2nd £3,700, 3rd £1,850 4th £926, 5th £462, 6th £232

1 MASSINI'S MAGUIRE (Alan Peterson) Philip Hobbs 5-11-05 Richard Johnson 6-1
2 WICHITA LINEMAN (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-08 Tony McCoy 11-10F
3 JUVEIGNEUR (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 9-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 20-1
4 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (Our Friends In The North) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-11-00 Tony Evans
5 PAULO DANCER (K Manley) Paul Nicholls 5-11-08 Ruby Walsh
6 MISS MITCH (Clipper Group Holdings) Robert Alner 5-10-12 Timmy Murphy
7 ACKHURST (Gordon Edwards ) Gordon Edwards 7-11-00 Mr Darren Edwards
8 BLAZING B ATMAN (P Nurcombe) Dr Philip Pritchard 13-11-00 Dr Philip Pritchard

8 ran
Distances: 1/2l, 6l, 2l, 24l, Distance, 4l, 6l
Breeder: G Quirk
Breeding: Dr Massini (IRE) - Molly Maguire (IRE)
Tote Win: £7.80; Places: £1.60, £1.10, £3.00; Exacta: £18.90

Winning Trainer: Philip Hobbs Based: Sandhill, Bilbrook, Minehead, Somerset Date of Birth: 26/7/55 Riding Career: Professional NH 1975-86, rode 160 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: August 1, 1985 Wins this season: Cheltenham Festival Wins (10): Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1990 Moody Man, 2002 Rooster Booster), Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap (1996 Kibreet), Coral Cup H’cap Hurdle (2000 What’s Up Boys, 2004 Monkerhostin), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made In Japan, 2006 Detroit City) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Topham Chase (1997 Bells Life, 2001 Gower-Slave), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1996 Pleasure Shared), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (1996 Pleasure Shared), John Smith’s Extra Cold H’cap Hurdle (1999 Papo Kharisma), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Phardante Flyer, 2001 Ilico II, 2002 In Contrast), John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (2000 Bells Life), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex, 2006 Detroit City), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2001 What’s Up Boys), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2006 Wellbeing) Other major wins: Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase (1989 Joint Sovereignty), William Hill Handicap Hurdle (1998 Polar Prospect), Racing Post Chase (1999 Dr Leunt, 2002 Gunther McBride, 2005 Farmer Jack), Edinburgh Woollen Mill Champion Novices’ Chase (1999 Bouchasson), Hennessy Gold Cup (2001 What’s Up Boys), Totesport Becher Chase (1997 Samlee), Rehabilitation Of Racehorses H’cap Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Vodafone Gold Cup (2005 Supreme Prince), Haldon Gold Cup (2005 Monkerhostin), Concord At jet.com Juv Nov’s Hurdle (2005 Fair Along), Anglo Irish Bank Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Boychuk) Horses in Training (1990-2005): 44; 53; 60; 52; 47; 65; 72; 80; 81; 81; 82; 99; 108; 112; 112; 105 Number of Winners (1990/91-2005/06): 33; 51; 37; 64; 86; 77; 64; 71; 84; 120; 82; 119; 134; 121; 121; 112 Winners this Season: 46

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77, Madley, Hereford Background: Parents Keith and Sue have a farm in Madley. Joined David Nicholson, aged 16 First winner 30 April 1994, Rusty Bridge, Exeter Cheltenham Festival wins: (12) Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Dark Stranger, 2003 Young Spartacus), Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup (2000 Looks Like Trouble), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), County Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & Sunalliance Chase (2003 One Knight), Cathcart Chase (2003 La Landiere), Coral Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), Jcb Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made in Japan, 2006 Detroit City) Leading Rider At the Festival: 2002 (2). Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Midnight Legend, 2000 Phardante Flyer, 2002 In Contrast, 2005 Mighty Man), Belle Epoque Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Forest Ivory), Martell Cup Chase (1998 Escartefigue), Heidsieck Monopole Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1999 Spendid, 2001 What’s Up Boys), Sportsman Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex, 2006 Detroit City), John Hughes Trophy Chase (2001 Gower-Slave) Red Rum Handicap Chase (2002 Dark N’ Sharp), John Smith’s And Flixton Conservative Club Liverpool Hurdle (2006 Mighty Man) Other Big Race Wins: Aon Chase (2004, Shooting Light, 2005 Farmer Jack), BMW Chase (2003 Flagship Uberalles), Bonusprint.com Gold Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), Bula Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Haldon Gold Cup (2005 Monkerhostin), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (2004 Florida Pearl), James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase (2000 Looks Like Trouble), Pendil Novices’ Chase (2003 Hand Inn Hand), Pillar Property Chase (2003 Behrajan), Racing Post Chase (2000 Gloria Victis, 2001 Young Spartacus, 2002 Gunter Mcbride, 2005 Farmer Jack), Rendlesham Hurdle (2004 Monkerhostin), Red Square Vodka Champion Hurdle Trial (2004 Rooster Booster), Tingle Creek Trophy (2000 Flagship Uberalles), Tote Silver Cup (2002 Behrajan), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2003 in Contrast), Welsh National (1999 Edmond) Number of Wins (1993/94-2005/2006): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147; 186; 135; 167 Wins This Season: 70

RACE SIX RESULT
3.55pm THE TIGER DEVELOPMENTS OPEN BUMPER
Class 1, Listed, 2m 1/2f Old Course, £15,000 guaranteed, for 4-6yo which have not run under any recognized Rules of Racing, except NH/NH Flat races; Weights: 11st; Penalties: a winner of a NH/NH Flat race 4lb; of two such races 7lb; of three such races 10lb; Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb; Entries: 22 pay £75; Penalty Value: 1st £8,553, 2nd £3,208.50, 3rd £1,606.50, 4th £801, 5th £402, 6th £201

1 CORK ALL STAR (Cathal Ryan) Jessica Harrington IRE 4-11-07 Ruby Walsh 7-2
2 AN ACCORDION (Brian Kilpatrick) David Pipe 5-11-00 Tom Scudamore 16-1
3 BATTLECRY (Hamsard Ltd) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-10-13 Mr David England (5) 9-1
4 LEADING AUTHORITY (R Tizzard) Colin Tizzard 5-11-04 Joe Tizzard
5 THE PIOUS PRINCE (Len Lungo Racing Limited) Len Lungo 5-11-04 Timmy Murphy
6 SNAP TIE (Mrs D Whateley) Philip Hobbs 4-11-04 Richard Johnson 3-1F
7 STRAWBERRY (Dr R Jowett) Seamus Mullins 5-10-02 Wayne Kavanagh (5)
8 TRUCKERS DELIGHT (Barry Connell) Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-11 Mr Barry Connell (7)
9 DOUBLE EAGLE (Dr G Thelwall Jones) Donald McCain Jnr 4-11-04 Jason Maguire
10 GRECIAN GROOM (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 4-11-07 Tony McCoy
11 LIAM MELLOWS (Liam Mulryan) John Joseph Murphy IRE 6-10-07 Eddie Power (7)

11 ran
Non Runners: Sirnando (Ground)
Distances: 4l, 6l, 3/4l, 13l, 1 1/2l, 4l, short head, 6l, Distance, Distance
Breeder: Cathal Ryan
Breeding: Fasliyev (USA) - Lucky State (USA)
Tote Win: £4.20; Places: £2.20, £3.20, £3.00; Exacta: £88.80

Winning Trainer: Jessica Harrington Age: 58 Based: Commonstown Stables, Moone, County Kildare, Ireland Background: Former three-day-event rider, competed for Ireland at the Olympics. Date of First Licence: 1989 Cheltenham Festival Wins (5): Grand Annual Hcap Chase (1999 Space Trucker), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (2002 Moscow Flyer), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2003 & 2005 Moscow Flyer), County Hurdle (2003 Spirit Leader) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2004 & 2005 Moscow Flyer) Big Race Wins: Royal Bond Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Moscow Flyer), Evening Herald Champion Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Moscow Flyer), Morgiana Hurdle (2000 Moscow Flyer), William Hill Handicap Hurdle (2002 Spirit Leader), Totesport Gold Trophy (2003 Spirit Leader), Tingle Creek Chase (2003 & 2004 Moscow Flyer), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2004 Macs Joy), Pierse Hurdle (2006 Studmaster) Wins in Britain (2001/02-2005/06): 1; 5; 2; 4; 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: 29



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