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Wednesday, November 8, 2006



DAVID PIPE'S HOPES FOR THE OPEN




David Pipe

Born on February 7, 1973, David Pipe is the son of 15-times champion jump trainer Martin Pipe. He took over the reins at Pond House in Somerset following the retirement of his father on the last day of the 2005/2006 jump season - Saturday, April 29.


The 33-year-old made the best possible start to his training career under rules when getting on the scoresheet with his first runner, Standin Obligation, in a three mile and one furlong novice chase at Kelso on May 9, 2006.

Our Vic landed the Grade Two bet 365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in October on his seasonal return to provide David with his biggest win to date.


David will be hoping to match the phenomenal achievements of his father, who totally revolutionised jump racing in Britain with his new approach to training racehorses.


Martin Pipe came to dominate the sport, having started his training career in 1977, re-writing the record books with his incredible tally of winners. He sent out 230 winners during the 1990/91 season, only to break that total when landing 243 successes in the 1999-2000 campaign.


Along with his 15 trainers championships, Martin Pipe also saddled 34 winners at the Cheltenham Festival over the years, taking the Champion Hurdle twice with Granville Again (1993) and Make A Stand (1997).


He won the Grand National with Miinnehoma in 1994, took the Welsh National on five occasions and landed the Paddy Power Gold Cup an amazing eight times, with Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998 & 2002), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001), Celestial Gold (2004) and Our Vic (2005).

David Pipe started out riding in point-to-points in 1992, going on to record 22 wins over the next five seasons, plus two under rules, which included victory aboard Bonanza Boy in the Ludlow Gold Cup.

After finishing as a rider, he had spells with Michael Dickinson in the US, Criquette Head-Maarek in France and Joey Ramsden in South Africa, before setting up as a point-to-point trainer, handling the likes of Horus, Lord Atterbury and Celestial Gold, who went on to have successful careers under Rules when transferred to his father’s yard.


Based at Purchas Farm, a mile away from his father’s Pond House, he sent out 164 point-to-point winners over six seasons, with Well Armed successful 15 times.


Having acted in an assistant trainer capacity to his father for the past few seasons, David now has the chance to make his own mark in the training ranks.


David has the support of leading owner David Johnson as he bids to bring the trainers’ title back to Pond House, following the success of West Country neighbour Paul Nicholls last season. So far this season, David Pipe has sent out 32 winners (up to Tuesday, November 7).


ACAMBO (GER)
5 gr g Acambaro (GER) - Artic Lady (FR) (No Pass No Sale)
Form: 11350-1

Acambo, recruited from the Flat in Germany, made the best possible start to his hurdling career, winning on his debut in a maiden event at Taunton over two miles and a furlong in November 2005, and following up the next month over a furlong less in handicap company at Windsor.


On his third start he finished third behind the high-class Straw Bear in a novice event at Leicester (Jan 06), and then ran fifth to the useful Crow Wood in a competitive handicap at Musselburgh (Feb 06), both over two miles.


After finishing unplaced behind Desert Quest in the Grade Three Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle at The Festival in March, Acambo regained the winning thread with a fine success in the two-mile Grade Three Betfred Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on May 6, keeping on in game fashion to deny Irish challenger Callow Lake by a length and a half.
He is entered in the £65,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saunday.

David Pipe said: “He was Dad’s last winner and is in his 10 to follow. Acambo has summered well and filled out.


“He is going well at home but is rated 136 after his win in the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock.


“He will need to improve on that to be able to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, for which he has a racing weight, at Cheltenham on Sunday.”



COMMERCIAL FLYER (IRE)
7 ch g Carroll House - Shabra Princess (Buckskin (FR))
Form: 420-23111115-1PP-

It took Commercial Flyer six races to get off the mark over hurdles, capturing a two mile and one furlong handicap at Newton Abbott in March, 2005.


However, once he had got his head in front, he ran up a sequence of five successive victories inside a month, culminating with victoryin a three mile and three furlong event at Perth on April 22, 2005. He was unable to land a sixth straight victory when fifth at Sandown a day later.

Commercial Flyer was not seen again until the following February, when he embarked on a chasing career. He made a very impressive fencing debut at Taunton over an extended two miles and seven furlongs, beating Blue Business by an easy four lengths, having jumped immaculately throughout.


On the back of that success, Commercial Flyer was pitched straight into Grade One company for his second chase outing, in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at The Festival (March, 2006). However, he did not jump or travel with any fluency and was pulled up behind Star De Mohaison.

He also failed to sparkle on his final outing the following month at Aintree, in the Grade Two John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase over three miles and a furlong, pulling up behind his Cheltenham conqueror, but he remains a horse of huge potential.


Commercial Flyer has two entries at The Open, in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Servo Computer Services Handicap Chase, both on Saturday.


David Pipe commented: “We have not decided yet whether he runs at The Open or not. He in the Paddy Power but would only go there if anything goes wrong with either Vodka Bleu or Tamarinbleu.


“He is rated 144 which is high enough for one novice chase win but he has summered extremely well.”

JOAACI

David Pipe said: “Joaaci is very lightly raced and has some good form but last season did not go according to plan. He was brought down at Warwick and then fell at Haydock.


“We hope to run him in the Servo Computer Services Handicap Chase over three miles, three furlongs at Cheltenham on Saturday.”


LOUGH DERG (FR)
6 b g Apple Tree (FR) - Asturias (FR) (Pistolet Bleu (IRE))
Form: 11521/514601/2F123PF-

Lough Derg made a promising start to his career when scoring by a distance on his debut in a juvenile novices’ hurdle at Newbury in November, 2003. He duly followed up at Warwick the following January, and, after two reversals, rounded off a good debut season with a six-length victory over Zimbabwe in a two mile, one furlong juvenile event at Cheltenham.


The 2004/05 season saw Lough Derg win twice more at Cheltenham, firstly with an eight-length defeat of the well-regarded Exotic Dancer in the Relkeel Hurdle (December) over an extended two miles, five furlongs. He again ended his season on a high at Prestbury Park the following April when defying top-weight to defeat Unleash by two and a half lengths in a handicap over the same distance.


Lough Derg returned to Cheltenham for his chasing debut at last year’s Open when he was a staying-on second to Crozan in the Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase. A fall in a Grade Two event at Newbury was followed by success in an Exeter beginners’ chase over just short of three miles in December, but jumping errors surfaced on each of his next three starts, including when pulled up behind Star de Mohaison in the Grade One Royal & SunAlliance Chase at The Festival.


Lough Derg returns to hurdles for his seasonal bow in the Listed Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle over three miles, one and a half furlongs at Cheltenham on Saturday.


David Pipe declared: ““The owner wants to run him over hurdles and he will either go for the very competitive Lombard Properties Handicap at Cheltenham on Saturday or wait for Ascot the following weekend.


“He is rated 151 over hurdles which is a big ask but we will see how he gets on. Lough Derg will go back to fences one day.”

PRINCE ARY
3 b g Desert Prince (IRE) - Aryaf (CAN) (Vice Regent (CAN))

Unraced over hurdles, Prince Ary won on the Flat when trained by Barry Hills over 10 furlongs at Windsor in August and finished third over the same course and distance behind the useful Abhisheka on October 16 - his most recent outing. Rated 80 on the level, he looks a potentially smart recruit. He is entered in the Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

David Pipe commented: “He has not been with us for long. He has come from the Flat with Barry Hills and is fit. He schooled this morning and jumps well. The race he runs in at Cheltenham on Saturday, the Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle, must be the hottest three-year-old hurdle so far but Prince Ary goes nicely.”

STANDIN OBLIGATION (IRE)
7 ch g Pierre - Clonroche Floods (Pauper)
Form: 11-111P01-11
Standin Obligation is a very promising recruit to the chasing ranks, having landed both starts over fences in novice company with ease. A comfortable three-length victory on his fencing debut at Kelso in May, over three miles and a furlong, was followed by an 18-length romp at Wetherby over a furlong and a half less on June 1, jumping fluently on both occasions.


A three-time point-to-point winner in Ireland, he ran up a sequence of five wins on the bounce over hurdles in 2005 after arriving at Martin Pipe’s stable, culminating in a length and a half success in the Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, over three miles and one and a half furlongs (November, 05). He disappointed on his next two out outings, but returned to winning ways back at Cheltenham, with a comprehensive seven-length triumph over Rimsky under top-weight in a three-mile handicap hurdle in April.


He is entered in the Steel Plate & Sections Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

David Pipe said: “Standin Obligation was Dad’s last winner at Cheltenham and my first winner as a trainer so he will always have a special place in my heart.


“All he has done is improve. He has won his two starts over fences and has been very impressive.


“The plan is to run him in the Steel Plate & Sections Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.”


TAMARINBLEU (FR)
6 b g Epervier Bleu - Tamainia (FR) (Lashkari)
Form: 12300-102024-2510-

Tamarinbleu scored first time out over hurdles in November, 2003 and went on to finish a respectable ninth behind Made In Japan in the 2004 Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival.


He began the 2004/05 campaign with victory in the competitive Listed Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle at Sandown over an extended two miles, and went on to finish second over two and a half miles at Aintree and fourth to Rooster Booster over two miles and half a furlong at Sandown.


Sent chasing last term, Tamarinbleu ran a cracker on his fencing debut when mugged on the line by Accordion Etoile in the two-mile Grade Two Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in November, 2005.


He landed a two-mile contest at Ludlow in January, beating Jacks Craic by an easy 14 lengths - an effort made to look even better by the runner-up’s subsequent victory in the Grade Three Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree - and rounded off last term with ninth place behind Voy Por Ustedes in the Grade One Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy at The Festival in March.


Tamarinbleu is entered in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.


David Pipe remarked: “He goes for the Paddy Power Gold Cup. He has only won three races but runs well when fresh.


“He did everything bar win at The Open last year and was run off his feet in the Arkle at The Festival. The longer trip of the Paddy Power Gold Cup will suit him.”

Martin Pipe is putting £400 of a £500 charity bet provided by Paddy Power on Tamarinbleu, with a £100 reverse forecast with Vodka Bleu.


VODKA BLEU (FR)
7 b g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Viva Vodka (FR) (Crystal Glitters (USA))
Form: 11U-325053-P11612112311//

Vodka Bleu landed his first two starts in bumpers in early 2003 but then took a while to get his act together over hurdles, before scoring twice at Worcester and Newton Abbott in June, 2004.


Sent chasing in August, 2004, Vodka Bleu quickly made up into a useful performer up to three miles. He scored by 23 lengths on his fencing debut, over an extended two and a half miles at Huntingdon, and went on to win four more times, including at the 2004 Open in the Jim Brown Memorial Novices’ Chase over the same trip.

Vodka Bleu defeated Fundamentalist on his last start in a Grade Two novice chase at Newbury over two and a half miles in November, 2004 and has been off the track for the past two years through injury.


Vodka Bleu is entered in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.


David Pipe explained: “He has a nice low weight and is our number one hope for the Paddy Power, all being well.

“He has been off for two years as he banged a tendon and we gave him the time he needed to recover.


“He had a gallop at Exeter Racecourse last week and went very well. He has always been a good jumper and showed that again when schooled this week.”

Owner David Johnson’s retained rider Timmy Murphy will take the mount.


David Pipe is having £400 of his £500 charity bet provided by Paddy Power on Vodka Bleu and a £100 reverse forecast with his other intended runner - Tamarinbleu.


The latest Paddy Power betting on the £110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup is

4/1 Taranis
5/1 Vodka Bleu (from 6/1)
10/1 Copsale Lad
10/1 Kandjar D'Allier
12/1 Chilling Place
14/1 Tamarinbleu (from 12/1)
14/1 Knowhere
14/1 Graphic Approach
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THE PADDY POWER GOLD CUP
Class 1, Grade 3, £110,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.40pm, Cheltenham, Saturday, November 11. For four-year-olds and upwards, two miles, four and a half furlongs. Penalties - after October 28, a winner of a Class 1 or 2 chase 6lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Entries closed Ocotber 25, entries revealed October 26 (55 entries), weights revealed November 1, five-day confirmation stage November 6 (28 remain), final declaration stage 10.00am, Novwmber 10. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, November 5.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
4B131P- FONDMORT (FR) 10-11-12 Billy Brown Nicky Henderson
2/31123-1 IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) 6-11-11 (6lb ex) Sean Mulryan Michael O'Brien IRE
0/001P5- THEREALBANDIT (IRE) 9-11-07 David Johnson David Pipe
3103/53- CONTRABAND 8-11-07 David Johnson David Pipe
11FF6-1 SIR OJ (IRE) 9-11-07 Brian Keenan Noel Meade IRE
1U111-1 TARANIS (FR) 5-11-04 Mrs A B Yeoman & C R Whittaker Paul Nicholls
125U2-1 TOO FORWARD (IRE) 10-11-02 T L Gibson & D Mathias Carl Llewellyn
24/2510- TAMARINBLEU (FR) 6-11-02 The Arthur White Partnership David Pipe
115/1PP- COMMERCIAL FLYER (IRE) 7-10-13 David Johnson David Pipe
35435- MARIAH ROLLINS (IRE) 8-10-13 Paul Murphy Nicky Henderson
3/12123- COPSALE LAD 9-10-12 Swallow Partnership Nicky Henderson
43643-42 GROUND BALL (IRE) 9-10-11 J P McManus Charlie Swan IRE
13410U- BILLYVODDAN (IRE) 7-10-09 Trevor Hemmings Henry Daly
03/331F- EXOTIC DANCER (FR) 6-10-08 Sir Robert Ogden Jonjo O'Neill
3U/2163- GRAPHIC APPROACH (IRE) 8-10-08 Mr & Mrs Peter Orton Charles Egerton
3P13P-2 TUMBLING DICE (IRE) 7-10-08 Mrs John Donegan Tom Taaffe IRE
51U025- KELREV (FR) 8-10-08 Len Jakeman, Flintham, King & Roberts Venetia Williams
125F01-U CHILLING PLACE (IRE) 7-10-08 Mike Tuckey Philip Hobbs
11/P-11 KNOWHERE (IRE) 8-10-07 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
2FU-1621 NAYODABAYO (IRE) 6-10-06 D Tumman & R F Bloodstock Evan Williams
101-401 CALATAGAN (IRE) 7-10-05 Mr & Mrs J M Davenport Malcolm Jefferson
3P0410- KANDJAR D'ALLIER (FR) 8-10-05 Let's Live Racing Alan King
6/121PP- BANNOW STRAND (IRE) 6-10-05 David Johnson David Pipe
112311/- VODKA BLEU (FR) 7-10-03 David Johnson David Pipe
21226-2 NEW ALCO (FR) 5-9-13 D McGowan And S Murphy Ferdy Murphy
1F24-15 TIGHE CASTER 7-9-12 Don Jones Peter Bowen
P3-241P ANOTHER JOKER 11-9-08 Joanna Needham John Needham
30-3111 BUTLER'S CABIN (FR) 6-9-05 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
28 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage 4 Irish-trained

THE GREATWOOD HANDICAP HURDLE
Class 1, Grade 3, £65,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.45pm, Cheltenham, Sunday, November 12. For four-year-olds and upwards, two miles and half a furlong. Penalties - after October 28, a winner of a Class 1 to 3 hurdle 6lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Entries closed Ocotber 25, entries revealed October 27 (40 entries), weights revealed November 1, five-day confirmation stage November November 6 (20 remain), final declaration stage 10.00am, Novwmber 10. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, November 5.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
1/1P505- ARCALIS 6-11-12 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
1111- DETROIT CITY (USA) 4-11-04 Terry Warner Philip Hobbs
13410-21 CROW WOOD 7-11-00 (4lb ex) Marie Taylor John Quinn
6/31111- NOLAND 5-10-13 John Hales Paul Nicholls
31131/- MEPHISTO (IRE) 7-10-13 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
12033-3 JAZZ MESSENGER (FR) 6-10-12 R S T Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
0505-02 CARACCIOLA (GER) 9-10-10 Piers Pottinger Nicky Henderson
0-21111 CUAN NA GRAI (IRE) 5-10-09 John Brennan Paul Nolan IRE
30U0-16 MAHOGANY BLAZE (FR) 4-10-08 Lorna Berryman Nigel Twiston-Davies
1156- SWEET WAKE (GER) 5-10-07 High Street Ceathar Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
11350-1 ACAMBO (GER) 5-10-06 David Johnson David Pipe
1-136P1 O'TOOLE (IRE) 7-10-06 Mrs L R Lovell Philip Hobbs
1F-0212 ALERON (IRE) 8-10-05 Grahame Liles John Quinn
11035-0 VERASI 5-10-05 F Ledger J Bateman Gary Moore
2150r5- ALL STAR (GER) 6-10-02 Lynn Wilson, Nick Wilson, Martin Landau Nicky Henderson
01-1324 THE LAST HURRAH (IRE) 6-9-13 Mrs A Gurney Jessica Harrington IRE
3100-04 NAWAMEES (IRE) 8-9-11 Paul Stamp Gary Moore
0U32-10 CARAMAN (IRE) 8-9-11 Alan Mann John Quinn
4-112 AMEEQ (USA) 4-9-09 C E Stedman Gary Moore
31150- TARLAC (GER) 5-9-08 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
20 six-day confirmations 4 Irish-trained



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

Our Vic provided Martin Pipe with his eighth Paddy Power Gold Cup success last year when the seven-year-old, partnered by Timmy Murphy, came home two and a half lengths clear of Monkerhostin.

Martin Pipe’s superb record had previously seen him win the Paddy Power Gold Cup with Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998 & 2002), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001) and Celestial Gold (2004).

However, Pipe will not be adding to that tally this year, having announced his retirement from the training ranks on the final day of last season. It will be up to his son David, who has taken over the reins at Pond House in Somerset, to continue the family tradition in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
In 2002 the Pipe-trained Cyfor Malta, a horse whose racing career had been dogged by injury problems, stormed back to the form he had shown in his younger days with a second win in the Paddy Power Gold Cup - four years after his initial success in the first big handicap chase of the season.
This made him the fifth horse to win the race twice, following Fortria (1960 and 1962), Gay Trip (1969 and 1971), Half Free (1984 and 1985) and Bradbury Star (1993 and 1994).

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

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

One of the best performances since the inaugural running came in 1965 from Dunkirk, who carried a massive 12st 7lb to victory and there have been plenty of other memorable renewals.
The Paddy Power Gold Cup has been won by Irish-trained horses on four occasions. Fortria took the initial running and was successful for a second time two years later in 1962.
The Irish had to wait for more than a decade for a further winner, which came in the shape of Skymas in 1973, and Bright Highway was the last successful horse from the Emerald Isle in 1980, when winning by seven lengths.

Gay Trip's two victories formed part of Fred Rimell's extraordinary training feat when he sent out the winner four years in a row. Jupiter Boy in 1968 and Chatham in 1970 completed Rimell's quartet. Gay Trip won the Grand National in 1970, in between his Cheltenham successes
Celestial Gold proved his stamina with a subsequent one and a half length victory over Ollie Magern in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, which saw him become the fourth horse, along with Red Candle (1972), Bachelor's Hall (1977) and Bright Highway (1980), to add the Newbury prize to his Cheltenham victory.

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

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

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

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

The popularity of Cheltenham's Open Meeting increases each year with the Irish. One of the great strengths of the three days is the relationship which draws Irish-trained horses and racegoers.
Both Cheltenham and Paddy Power are keen to continue this tradition. Last year there were 61 Irish-trained runners over the three days, including four winners.

What they now want is an Irish victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with the last one having been achieved 26 years ago. In the 1990s Toranfield (1991) and Second Schedual (1994) came second and Anabatic was fourth in 1996, while Feathered Leader finished third in 2000.


THE PADDY POWER GOLD CUP CHASE
(Grade 3 Handicap) (2m 4f 110yds), £110,000 total prize fund, Saturday, November 11, 2006
Year Name Age/Wgt Jockey Trainer Owner Ran SP
2005 OUR VIC 7-11-07 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe David Johnson 18 9-2F
2004 CELESTIAL GOLD 6-10-02 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe David Johnson 14 12-1
2003 FONDMORT 7-10-13 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Bill Brown 9 3-1F
2002 CYFOR MALTA 9-11-09 Barry Geraghty Martin Pipe David Johnson 15 16-1
2001 SHOOTING LIGHT 8-11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe John Brown/Mike Blackburn 14 9-4F
2000 LADY CRICKET 6-10-13 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 15 5-1F
1999 THE OUTBACK WAY 9-10-00 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams Seasons Holidays 14 9-1
1998 CYFOR MALTA 5-11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 3-1F
1997 SENOR EL BETRUTTI 8-10-00 Jamie Osborne Susan Nock Gerard Nock 9 33-1
1996 CHALLENGER DU LUC 6-10-02 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 7-1
1995 DUBLIN FLYER 9-11-08 Brendan Powell Tim Forster John Sumner 12 4-1JF
1994 BRADBURY STAR 9-11-11 Philip Hide Josh Gifford J Campbell 14 5-1
1993 BRADBURY STAR 8-11-08 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford J Campbell 15 13-2
1992 TIPPING TIM 7-10-10 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies Jenny Mould 16 11-2F
1991 ANOTHER CORAL 8-10-01 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Michael Deeley 15 15-2
1990 MULTUM IN PARVO 7-10-02 Norman Williamson John Edwards Alan Parker 13 12-1
1989 JOINT SOVEREIGNTY 9-10-04 Graham McCourt Philip Hobbs G J Giddy 15 10-1
1988 PEGWELL BAY 7-11-02 Peter Scudamore Tim Forster A K Barlow 13 6-1
1987 BEAU RANGER 9-10-02 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe White Bros Ltd 14 13-2
1986 VERY PROMISING 8-11-13 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Paul & Jenny Green 11 7-1
1985 HALF FREE 9-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 9-2
1984 HALF FREE 8-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 5-2F
1983 POUNENTES 6-10-06 Neale Doughty Billy McGhie Billy McGhie 9 7-1
1982 FIFTY DOLLARS MORE 7-11-00 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 11 11-1
1981 HENRY KISSINGER 7-10-13 Paul Barton David Gandolfo J J Mansworth 11 5-1
1980 BRIGHT HIGHWAY 6-11-01 Gerry Newman Michael O’Brien IRE George Strawbridge 15 5-1F
1979 MAN ALIVE 8-10-09 Ron Barry Gordon Richards Jim Ennis 11 6-1
1978 BAWNOGUES 7-10-07 Craig Smith Martin Tate Mrs H Lawler 11 5-1
1977 BACHELOR’S HALL 7-10-06 Martin O’Halloran Peter Cundell Peter & Karyl Harris 16 11-2F
+1976 CANCELLO 7-11-01 Dennis Atkins Neville Crump W V Burdon 13 4-1
1975 CLEAR CUT 11-10-09 David Greaves Maurice Camacho J W Hemingway 13 13-2
1974 BRUSLEE 8-10-07 Andy Turnell Michael Scudamore Mrs D Rees-Davies 11 2-1F
1973 SKYMAS 8-10-05 Stan Murphy Brian Lusk IRE Matt Magee 15 7-1
1972 RED CANDLE 8-10-00 Jimmy Fox Ricky Vallance Mrs C O’Shea 11 20-1
1971 GAY TRIP 9-11-03 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell A J Chambers 10 8-1
1970 CHATHAM 6-10-03 Ken White Fred Rimell C Knott 17 33-1
1969 GAY TRIP 7-11-05 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell Tony Chambers 14 8-1
1968 JUPITER BOY 7-10-03 Eddie Harty Fred Rimell J E Liley 13 9-1
1967 CHARLIE WORCESTER 10-10-11 Josh Gifford Ryan Price Dorothy Price 13 7-1
1966 PAWNBROKER 8-11-09 Paddy Broderick Arthur Stephenson E W Cliff-McCulloch 5 7-2
1965 DUNKIRK 8-12-07 Bill Rees Peter Cazalet Bill Whitbread 8 11-10F
1964 SUPER FLASH 9-10-05 Stan Mellor Frank Cundell A H Wood 9 8-1
1963 RICHARD OF BORDEAUX 8-10-05 Bobby Beasley Fulke Walwyn J Schilizzi 20 20-1
1962 FORTRIA 10-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 25 5-1F
1961 SCOTTISH MEMORIES 7-10-12 C Finnegan Arthur Thomas G B Sanderson 17 9-2
1960 FORTRIA 8-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 19 8-1
+ Held at Haydock Park
THE paddypower.com AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP CHASE (3m 110yds), Friday, November 10
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2005 Getoutwhenyoucan 5-10-11 5-2F Martin Pipe Mr Robert Quinn 9
2004 Smile Please 12-10-06 16-1 Matt Sheppard Mr Lee Stephens 12
2003 Itsonlyme 10-10-08 11-2 Venetia Williams Mr Sam Thomas 8
2002 Iris Bleu 6-11-03 6-1CF Martin Pipe Mr Gordon Elliott 11
2001 Samuel Wilderspin 9-12-00 10-1 Richard Lee Mr John McNamara 11
2000 Royale De Vassy 6-10-07 10-1 Venetia Williams Mr Frank Windsor Clive 13
1999 Star Traveller 8-11-00 5-4F Henry Daly Mr Tom Scudamore 5
1998 Tamarindo 5-11-11 9-2 Martin Pipe Mr Ashley Farrant 6
1997 Hillwalk 11-10-07 8-1 Roger Curtis Mr Rupert Wakley 5
1996 Dancing Vision 6-10-01 4-1 Eric McNamara IRE Mr J T McNamara 6
1995 Beatson 6-11-06 2-1F Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Mark Rimell 5
1994 Buckshot 6-11-06 16-1 Josh Gifford Mr D Breen 9
1993 Squire Jim 9-11-06 9-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Mark Rimell 6
1992 Captain Frisk 9-11-06 15-8F Kim Bailey Mr Marcus Armytage 7
1991 Far Senior 5-12-03 4-5F Kim Bailey Mr Marcus Armytage 7
1990 Senator Of Rome 7-11-07 2-1 Toby Balding Mr Seamus Mullins 3
Race run over 2m 4f 110yds in 1996.

THE padypowerpoker.com HURDLE (Intermediate Handicap Hurdle) (2m 5f), Sunday, November 12
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2005 Hordago 5-10-01 12-1 Eric McNamara Brian Byrnes 23
2004 Team Tassel 6-11-00 7-2F Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 17
2003 Blue Away 5-10-03 10/3 Pat Hughes IRE Timmy Murphy 9
2002 Tucacas 5-11-02 5-2F Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 12
2001 See You Sometime 6-10-13 12-1 Seamus Mullins Joe Tizzard 11
2000 The Extra Man 6-10-02 10-1 Mick Ryan Robert Thornton 20
1999 Heros Fatal 5-10-13 7-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 11
1998 Lady Rebecca 6-10-13 5-2F Venetia Williams Shane Kelly 13

FACTS ABOUT PADDY POWER GOLD CUP AND THE OPEN

This year sees the 47th renewal of the first major contest of the National Hunt season, the Paddy Power Gold Cup. The race, run under its present title for the first time in 2003, was known as the Thomas Pink Gold Cup from 2000-2002 while Whitbread, under their Mackeson brand and then subsequently Murphys, backed the first 40 runnings.

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

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Over the three days of The Open last season, there were four Irish-trained winners from 61 runners - 30 more than in 2004 - including Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase victor Accordion Etoile, who had also won at the meeting the previous year in the Greatwood Hurdle.

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

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Martin Pipe, now retired, has been the leading trainer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, having saddled an amazing eight winners - Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998 & 2002), Lady Cricket (2000) , Shooting Light (2001), Celestial Gold (2004) and Our Vic (2005). No current trainer has landed the prize more than once.

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Despite the competitiveness of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, it is not a race for outsiders. 31 of the 46 runnings of the contest have been won by horses returned at odds of 15/2 or less. However, the overall record of favourites is not that great, with only 13 having been successful during the history of the race, though four of the last six runnings have gone to the market leaders, with the latest being Our Vic last year. The shortest-priced winner in the history of this prestigious contest was Dunkirk who went off the 11/10 favourite in 1965, while the two longest-priced horses were Chatham (1970) and Senor El Betrutti (1997), both returned at 33/1.

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

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The incomparable Arkle made his British racecourse bow in the Honeybourne Chase on the Saturday of The Open meeting 44 years ago. It was a fantastic day for Arkle’s trainer and jockey, Tom Dreaper and Pat Taaffe, who, following Arkle’s impressive destruction of the opposition by 20 lengths, went on to land what is now the Paddy Power Gold Cup with Fortria.
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Best Mate, the latest horse to win three totesport Cheltenham Gold Cups, won the second chase of his career at The Open 2000, while the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle victor Rooster Booster defied top weight to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle in 2002. The 2001 Greatwood Hurdle winner Westender was second to Rooster Booster in the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle.

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

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


PIPE LEADS THE WAY AT THE OPEN
Martin Pipe, who retired at the end of last season, is the leading trainer at The Open, with 51 successes since 1990, recording his best-ever tally of seven in 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Among his victories were eight winners of the feature Paddy Power Gold Cup - Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998 & 2002), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001), Celestial Gold (2004) and Our Vic (2005).

His son David, who took over the licence at Pond House, will be trying to get his first winners on the board this year.

Nigel Twiston-Davies, with 16 victories to his name, is the winning-most current trainer at The Open, followed by Nicky Henderson (13 wins) and champion jump trainer Paul Nicholls (12 wins).


Leading Trainers at The Open since 1990
Martin Pipe 51
Nigel Twiston-Davies 16
Nicky Henderson 13
Paul Nicholls 12
Philip Hobbs 11
Venetia Williams 7
Kim Bailey 6
Tony Martin IRE 6
Oliver Sherwood 5

MARTIN PIPE’S RECORD IN THE PADDY POWER GOLD CUP
Year/Position Horse Jockey SP
2005-1 OUR VIC Timmy Murphy 9/2 Fav
2005-13 Therealbandit Tony McCoy 12/1

2004-1 CELESTIAL GOLD Timmy Murphy 12/1
2004-5 It Takes Time Jamie Moore 25/1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1996-1 CHALLENGER DU LUC Richard Dunwoody 7/1

1994-10 Errant Knight Richard Dunwoody 9/1

1992-F Milford Quay Peter Scudamore 9/1

1991-6 Anti Matter Peter Scudamore 6/1

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

1989-7 Beau Ranger Peter Scudamore 5/1 Fav

1987-1 BEAU RANGER Mark Perrett 13/2

THE OPEN 2006 - ORDER OF RUNNING


Friday, Saturday & Sunday November 10th, 11th & 12th
Cheltenham (Old Course)

First Day - Friday November 10 - Countryside Day
Time Race Prize Money Distance
* 1.20pm paddypower.com Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase £17,500 3m 1/2 f
* 1.55pm Anglo Irish Private Banking Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) £35,000 2m 1/2 f
* 2.30pm Beards Jewellers Cup (Handicap Chase) £30,000 2m
* 3.05pm Sporting Index Chase (Cross Country Course) £35,000 3m 7f
3.40pm Royal Bank Of Canada Conditional Jockeys’ H’cap H £15,000 2m 5f
4.10pm Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase £20,000 3m 1/2 f



Second Day - Saturday November 11 - Paddy Power Gold Cup Day
Time Race Prize Money Distance
12.55pm Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (Gr 2) £30,000 2m 1/2f
1.30pm Jim Brown Memorial Novices' Chase £20,000 2m 4 1/2f
* 2.05pm Letheby & Christopher Novices’ Handicap Hurdle £15,000 2m 1/2 f
* 2.40pm Paddy Power Gold Cup (Handicap Chase) £110,000 2m 4 1/2f
* 3.10pm Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle £50,000 3m 1 1/2f
* 3.45pm Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase £60,000 3m 3 1/2f



Third Day - Sunday November 12 - Greatwood Hurdle Day
Time Race Prize Money Distance
* 1.05pm Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase (Grade 2) £45,000 2m
* 1.35pm paddypowerpoker.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle £25,000 2m 5f
* 2.10pm Jersey Graduation Chase £25,000 3m 1/2f
* 2.45pm Greatwood Handicap Hurdle £65,000 2m 1/2f
3.20pm Gideon Kasler Novices' Hurdle £20,000 2m 5f
3.55pm Tiger Developments Open Bumper £15,000 2m 1/2f

* Channel 4 Televised Races



RECORD AUDIENCE OF 402,000 WATCHES EUROPEAN SUCCESS AT 23RD BREEDERS' CUP




At The Races, the UK and Ireland's most watched horse racing channel, is celebrating record daily reach ratings for coverage of the 23rd Breeders' Cup.


Over 402,000 different individuals (BARB) tuned in to the channel during the course of the day and most were rewarded by watching Frankie Dettori spearhead the European challenge at Churchill Downs, winning on the ever impressive Ouija Board in the Filly and Mare Turf before guiding Red Rocks to victory in the Turf race.


The audience, which represents a 12% increase on last year's Breeders' Cup figures, is particularly impressive considering the prime-time competition that the Breeders' Cup faced on Saturday night.


At The Races' online offering, attheraces.com, also had cause for celebration as traffic to both the dedicated William Hill sponsored Breeders' Cup microsite and the main website was up 100% compared with 2005. There were 1.7 million page impressions on Saturday alone.

Visitors to the website were able to take advantage of a free to access, dedicated Breeders' Cup microsite where users could view every past Breeders' Cup race and see a specially recorded 60 minute Breeders' Cup preview programme presented by Dave Compton, Jason Weaver and Barry Faulkner.

Attheraces.com has enjoyed an enormously successful year and now has approaching 450,000 monthly unique users and over 33 million monthly page impressions.


Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of At The Races, said: "We are naturally delighted with the record audience figures for the channel for this year's Breeders' Cup. It certainly helped that Europe was well represented and our congratulations go to connections of both Ouija Board and Red Rocks. With our recently announced long-term reciprocal agreement with market leading US horseracing channel, TVG, set to bring yet more top-quality US racing onto At The Races, the channel is well placed to capitalise on this success."

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