Friday, November 12, 2010
THE OPEN 2010 - COUNTRYSIDE DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
The going at the end of day one of The Open is:
GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES
(On the Chase & Hurdles course)
The going was changed from Good, Good to Soft in places, after the running of the third race.
Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, Simon Claisse, commented: “The forecast was for us to receive three millimetres of rain this afternoon and that is what we had.
“Tonight is predicted to be dry, while tomorrow there is the chance of the odd shower which could bring between one and two millimetres of rain.”
Today’s attendance at Cheltenham Racecourse for Countryside Day, the first day of The Open, came to 19,859, 500 up as against last year’s crowd.
Edward Gillespie, Managing Director Of Cheltenham Racecourse, said: “We have had a great start to the weekend with 500 extra people coming racing this year.
“We are looking forward to the next two days, when we stage more tremendous racing watched hopefully by excellent crowds.”
PADDY FEARS RUN
Long Run is the horse the sponsor fears in tomorrow’s £150,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.35pm).
The dual Grade One winner was last seen out when third in the Grade One RSA Chase at The Festival in March and has headed the market for the Paddy Power Gold Cup since the market opened last month.
Paddy Power himself said: “Long Run would be by far and away our worst result - we would be absolutely hammered should he win tomorrow. He was 4/1 favourite when the market opened and we held the price for a long time. He is now into 100/30. Punters knew the horse was being targeted at the Paddy Power Gold Cup and latched on to him early.
“Great Endeavour is the next best-backed horse in the race and would be another real loser for us while it will be interesting to see if there is late money for Catch Me, who represents last year’s winning trainer Edward O’Grady.
“Because we are paying five places each-way on the Paddy Power Gold Cup punters might come for a few of the others, especially Poquelin who has such a good record at Cheltenham.”
There are now 19 runners in the Paddy Power Gold Cup due to the defection of Rory Boy this morning.
Latest odds from Paddy Power:
Long Run 3/1, Great Endeavour 9/2, Sunnyhillboy 8/1, Mad Max 8/1, Catch Me 8/1, Poquelin 14/1, Tchico Polos 16/1, Finger Onthe Pulse 16/1, Pigeon Island 20/1, Little Josh 20/1, Edgbriar 25/1, The Sawyer 25/1, Dancing Tornado 25/1, Can't Buy Time 33/1, Gwanako 33/1, Passato 50/1, Awesome George 50/1, Gonebeyondrecall 50/1, Door Boy 50/1
Each Way Odds - 1/4 Places 1,2,3,4,5
2.35pm Paddy Power Gold Cup
no 20 RORY BOY (USA) (Self Certificate (Other))
FESTIVAL STARS AMONG FIELD OF 18 FOR GREATWOOD HANDICAP HURDLE ON SUNDAY
This year’s £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.20pm) is set to be another superb renewal, with 18 horses declared to run in the highlight of the third and final day of The Open at Cheltenham on Sunday, November 14.
The extended two-mile contest has been a key pointer to the Stan James Champion Hurdle in recent years, with Rooster Booster succeeding in both races in the 2002/03 season, while Osana filled the runner-up spot in both contests in 2007/08.
Last year’s Greatwood Handicap Hurdle winner Khyber Kim, from the stable of Nigel Twiston-Davies, returned to Cheltenham in March and found only Binocular too strong in the 2010 Stan James Champion Hurdle before going on to Grade One glory in the John Smith’s Dick Francis Aintree Hurdle at the John Smith’s Grand National meeting.
Among those hoping to advertise their claims for The Festival is top-weight Menorah (11st 12lb), who posted a head victory over Get Me Out Of Here (11st 11lb) in the Grade One Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at this year’s Festival.
The burden of conceding weight to all 17 rivals should be not be a problem for Menorah as his trainer Philip Hobbs has sent out Rooster Booster (2002) and Detroit City (2006) to triumph under top-weight in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, while Get Me Out Of Here will be bidding to bounce back from a disappointing seasonal return in a Listed handicap hurdle at Ascot last month.
Sanctuaire (11st 7lb) also boasts winning form at The Festival, having romped to a nine-length success in the Grade Three Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle in March. The Paul Nicholls-trained four-year-old ended a superb first season when taking third behind Orsippus (11st), trained by Michael Smith, in the Grade One Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National Meeting.
Nicky Henderson will be represented by General Miller (11st 7lb), who fluffed his lines when unseating Andrew Tinkler at the first in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle before going on to post a neck verdict over Menorah in Aintree’s Grade Two John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle.
Manyriverstocross (10st 13lb), from the stable of Alan King, also enjoyed little luck at The Festival, coming home seventh in the Grade One Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle after being badly hampered at the second flight.
Paddy Brennan, who partnered Khyber Kim to glory 12 months ago, will bid for a repeat victory on the Tom George-trained Olofi (10st 7lb), fourth behind Orsippus at Aintree, while up-and-coming conditional Sam Twiston-Davies will be on board his father’s Astracad (11st 1lb), successful at Cheltenham in the Sportingbet.com Sponsors the Conditional Jockeys' Championship Handicap Hurdle at The Showcase on October 15.
Henry Brooke enjoyed the biggest success of his fledgling riding career when guiding Any Given Day (11st 8lb) to an emphatic 10-length triumph in a Listed handicap hurdle at Chepstow on October 12 and the 7lb claimer will be bidding for a first Cheltenham victory on the Donald McCain-trained five-year-old.
An interesting contender from the bottom of the handicap could be the David Pipe-trained Sure Josie Sure (10st 2lb), who beat subsequent Grade Two Elite Hurdle winner Nearby in a handicap hurdle at Perth on her latest appearance in April.
Hughie Morrison is no stranger to Cheltenham success, having saddled Frenchman’s Creek to land the Festival Handicap Chase in 2002, and the East Ilsley handler will be represented by Puzzlemaster (10st 2lb), who won a novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham’s April meeting. Fellow dual-purpose trainers John Quinn and Brian Ellison run Leslingtaylor (10st 9lb) and Bothy (10st 2lb) respectively.
Evan Williams will be doubly represented with Tarkari (10st 7lb) and expensive Flat recruit Fiulin (10st 5lb) lining up for the Glamorgan handler, while the Lucinda Rusell-trained Culcabock (10st 2lb) and Issaquah (11st 6lb), from the stable of Malcolm Jefferson, will be making their second successive appearance in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.
Irish interest is provided by the Eoin Griffin-trained St Devote (10st 2lb), who posted a comfortable victory in a Limerick handicap hurdle on his latest start in August.
PADDY POWER ODDS FOR SUNDAY’S GREATWOOD HURDLE
5/1 Sanctuaire, 6/1 Menorah; 7/1 General Miller, Get Me Out Of Here, Manyriverstocross; 8/1 Sure Josie Sure; 14/1 Olofi; 16/1 Any Given Day; 20/1 Fiulin, Orsippus; 25/1 BAR
BUMPER TOTESCOOP6 TURNOVER EXPECTED AS JUMP SEASON STEPS UP A GEAR
This weekend’s totescoop6 could be worth over £350,000 after punters failed to land the bet last Saturday which leaves a rollover of £137,988 in the win fund while the bonus pot has now risen to £59,137.
All six legs are shown live on Channel 4 tomorrow as the Jump fraternity descends on Prestbury Park for Cheltenham’s Open meeting.
Four races from Cheltenham are supplemented by two from Wetherby, with the highlight undoubtedly the Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.35pm) in which Long Run will be looking to cement his burgeoning reputation with victory in the valuable handicap chase.
“Both the win and bonus funds are slowly beginning to build up again and we are expecting a bumper totescoop6 turnover as the Jump season steps up a gear this weekend,” said totepool spokesman George Primarolo.
totescoop6 races – Saturday, 13/11/10
Leg 1: 1.55pm Cheltenham - Morson Group Handicap Chase
Leg 2: 2.35pm Cheltenham - Paddy Power Gold Cup
Leg 3: 2.55pm Wetherby
Leg 4: 3.10pm Cheltenham - Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle
Leg 5: 3.25pm Wetherby
Leg 6: 3.40pm Cheltenham - Ultima Business Solutions Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
totescoop6 rollovers – Saturday, 13/11/10
HAWKINS DISCHARGED FROM CHELTENHAM GENERAL
Amateur rider Richard Hawkins, who was unseated from Cornish Sett at the third fence in the opening Irish Times Amateur Riders Handicap Chase, has been discharged from Cheltenham General Hospital.
After losing consciousness, he was initially treated on course and in the jockeys hospital at the racecourse. He regained consciousness before being taken to Cheltenham General.
RICHARD HAWKINS TO HOSPITAL
Amateur rider Richard Hawkins, knocked unconscious when unseated at the third from Cornish Sett in the opening race today, the Irish Times Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, has been taken to Cheltenham General Hospital for further assessment.
He was treated on the course at Cheltenham and then was moved to the jockeys’ hospital at the track for more treatment.
He regained consciousness before being taken to Cheltenham General.
THOMAS PINK LEADING JOCKEY AWARD
STANDINGS AFTER DAY ONE
JOCKEY 1st 2nd 3rd
Richard Johnson 1 1 -
Joe Tizzard 1 1 -
Mr James Banks 1 - -
David Bass 1 - -
Barry Geraghty 1 - -
Will Kennedy 1 - -
Miss Nina Carberry - 1 -
Tom David - 1 -
Conor O’Farrell - 1 -
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen - 1 -
Noel Fehily - - 2
Andrew Lynch - - 1
Mr Derek O’Connor - - 1
Paul Townend - - 1
Christopher Ward - - 1
THOMAS PINK LEADING TRAINER AWARD
STANDINGS AFTER DAY ONE
TRAINER 1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Henderson 2 - -
Philip Hobbs 1 1 -
Colin Tizzard 1 1 -
Alan King 1 - -
Paul Webber 1 - -
David Pipe - 2 -
Enda Bolger IRE - 1 -
Tim Vaughan - 1 -
Henry De Bromhead IRE - - 1
Robin Dickin - - 1
Paul Nicholls - - 1
Terence O’Brien IRE - - 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - - 1
Ian Williams - - 1
FIRST DAY WINNERS
1.15pm Irish Times Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase
RUSTARIX (FR) (Carol Skan) Alan King 9-9-13 Mr James Banks (7) 14/1
1.50pm Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices' Hurdle (Grade Two)
CUE CARD (Jean Bishop) Colin Tizzard 4-11-7 Joe Tizzard 8/13f
2.25pm paddypower.com Handicap Chase
DAVE'S DREAM (IRE) (David Murdoch & Jenny Murdoch) Nicky Henderson 7-11-5 Barry Geraghty 100/30f
3.00pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
LACDOUDAL (FR) (Carol Skan) Philip Hobbs 11-10-10 Richard Johnson 9/2
3.35pm Arkle Bookshop Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
1 AEGEAN DAWN (Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 5-11-0 David Bass (3) 6/4f
4.05pm Steel Plate and Sections Novices' Chase
TIME FOR RUPERT (IRE) (Littlecote Racing Partnership) Paul Webber 6-11-2 Will Kennedy 7/2
Race 1 - Irish Times Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase - Winning Quotes
RUSTARIX HANDS BANKS FIRST CHELTENHAM SUCCESS
Rustarix put up a determined performance to land the first race on Countryside Day at The Open, the Irish Times Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, handing his rider James Banks a first Cheltenham success.
From the final bend, the only possible winners looked to be Rustarix and the eventual runner-up Swing Bill. Despite Swing Bill looking to be travelling the better, it was Rustarix who secured the best jump at the last and the nine-year-old stayed on dourly to record a length success. The winner was returned at 14/1.
Winning trainer Alan King said: “I am very pleased. It’s nice to be back at Cheltenham with a winner.
“James has given him a corking ride and I am very pleased for him, He is a big asset to us at home. He has been with us around three years and works away grand. With Choc (Robert Thornton) being off, it has given opportunities to other riders in the stable as this horse could have gone for an ordinary handicap.
“I thought the Pipe horse (Swing Bill) had the better of us three out, but the further they went, the further we were going to win by. I don’t know where we will go next, we will have a look at what the handicapper does.”
Banks, 26, added: “It’s nice to ride a winner for my boss and I am very pleased with that. I got him into a nice rhythm - there is always a good bit of pace on in these races - so I just settled him.
“He gave me when I asked for it and took me into the race lovely. It’s brilliant stuff.
“It’s good to get back to the drawing board with the horses and they are starting to find a good bit of form. They look so much better and they feel better.
“This is my first winner at Cheltenham although I have ridden here before, including at the Hunter Chase Evening in May. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I ride in points to points, mainly for Peter Hobbs and I rode 10 winners for him last season.”
Race 1 - Irish Times Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase
GROUND ON EASY SIDE, SAY AMATEUR RIDERS
Following the opening race at the 2010 Open Meeting, the amateur riders who took part said the ground was generally on the easy side of good.
Winning rider James Banks, who partnered Rustarix, said: “It’s riding a little bit dead, but it’s good, good to soft ground. There’s no heavy in it - it’s really good jumping ground.”
Sam Waley-Cohen, who rode runner-up Swing Bill, said: “It’s good to soft, and maybe slightly on the quicker side of that.”
Derek O’Connor, who was third on Knowhere, said: “It’s yielding, a little on the dead side, but with a lovely covering of grass.”
David Pritchard said: “It’s riding soft, or good to soft, but my horse didn’t travel particularly well on it.”
Tom Cheesman said: “It’s good ground, but maybe a bit tacky.”
Tom Cannon said: “It’s good, good to soft in places.”
Mickey Fogarty said: “It’s lovely. I’d call it on the soft side of good.”
Josh Guerriero said: “It’s good ground with a few soft patches, but it’s very good.”
Will Biddick said: “It’s good, good to soft.”
Race 2 - Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle
TIZZARD MARKS YOUR CARD; ‘CUE IS SPECIAL’
A sight to gladden the hearts of Jump-racing fans came at Cheltenham this afternoon when four-year-old Cue Card retained his unbeaten record in exciting fashion.
Owned by East Sussex-based Jean and Bob Bishop, Cue Card is based with the Tizzard family in Dorset, where he is trained by Colin and ridden by son Joe.
After winning the Grade Two Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle by eight lengths, Joe Tizzard said: “He is a machine. Today is the first time that they have gone a real gallop and he has switched off lovely. He didn’t really take the bridle up until jumping the second last and then he came hard on it.
“He made one mistake, but it’s only his second run over hurdles and he has never been that quick before in a hurdle race.
“He’s quick, he’s a star. I think for now he’s a two-miler - good two-milers need
to stay, and he does that, but for now I think we should remain at this trip.”
Colin Tizzard described Cue Card as “a serious machine” and added: “That’s everything we hoped for. It was a very different race from his previous one [at Aintree last month when he fought Joe for most of the trip]. They went off fast today and he didn’t pull - a fast-run two miles seems ideal and he jumps well and stays up this hill.
“I had concerns on the last bend, because Joe started to move on him for the first time ever. He didn’t go past Dunraven Storm that easily, but in the end he won by eight lengths. Joe asked him and he found more, so he’s starting to settle.
“The only negative we could take from Aintree was that he pulled too hard, but we fitted a dexter bit today to make it a bit easier. The pace was the biggest factor, however.
“He’s only four and we’ve got to look after him, so I would think one more run around Christmas, probably back here because it’s not too far to drive and they do a nice meal! We need to keep something back for the spring.
“I think that he had a hard enough race today and my responsibility is not to overdo this chap. He’s a four-year-old and we need him for the spring races. I don’t see why we won’t give him one more run before Christmas and then he will have six or so weeks not racing in the cold of the winter and come back for The Festival - he will remain at two miles and so there are two races he can go for.
“He has always been a good jumper and the Champion Bumper form is absolutely rock solid - even the horse that finished 20th has won in an ordinary race. Everything has won and he beat them hollow. It’s not me pretending that he is a good horse, he is a serious machine.
“I’ll never have another one this good - he’s special. He can jump, he can stay and he settles - everything about him is brilliant. “
Asked if the Stan James Champion Hurdle could be Cue Card’s Cheltenham Festival target (he is a top-priced 3/1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, and as short as 7/4 with Paddy Power for that race), Tizzard said: “Arkle was only a young horse when he won the Gold Cup, so it wouldn’t be the stupidest thing in the world. I’m not saying he’s Arkle.”
Bob Bishop said he and his wife had turned down big-money offers for Cue Card, but he emphasised: “He’s not for sale. It’s been an exciting summer and there’s been a lot of interest in him, but if I said he was for sale I’d have a divorce on my hands. This is the best horse we’ve owned in 26 years and we’ve owned a lot, but this is special. We were always apprehensive but we were confident and that was a great thrill”
Race 2 - Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle - Placed Quotes
HOBBS SALUTES WINNER
Trainer Philip Hobbs was pleased with the performance of runner-up Dunraven Storm, who was beaten eight lengths by the facile winner Cue Card in the Grade Two Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle but finished 10 lengths clear of the third, Ballyadam Brook.
The Minehead handler commented: “When he came back in, Richard (Johnson, jockey) said it felt like Cue Card had only joined the race at the second last! The winner must be an exceptional horse as some of the others behind us are pretty good too.
“Our horse has run well and I’m very happy with him. He is a lovely horse and will jump fences next year.
“We could meet the winner back at The Festival in March, but we will try and avoid him before that.”
Race 3 - paddypower.com Handicap Chase - Winning Quotes
DREAM COULD RETURN TO CHELTENHAM NEXT MONTH
Dave’s Dream made a very pleasing seasonal reappearance when taking the two-mile paddypower.com Handicap Chase by eight lengths.
The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old, who won the Imperial Cup at Sandown in 2009, was firmly in command rounding the final bend and kept on resolutely to reward favourite backers with a 100/30 success in the £40,000 race.
A return to Cheltenham on December 11 for the £150,000 December Gold Cup (formerly the Boylesports Gold Cup) over two miles and five furlongs is now on the cards with Henderson believing that the horse now wants further than two miles.
The master of Seven Barrows said: “For a horse who is just coming out of his novice (season) to come into a handicap first time out, that was a good performance.
“We were suspicious about his wind last year. We never heard anything desperately rasping but it was just a hunch and the wind operation has probably helped. He looked better there - he has won an Imperial Cup, so he has never been a mug - and I always thought that he might need a bit further than this.
“I just pray that the handicapper doesn’t murder him. That was impressive but I don’t know what he has beaten, so we will just have to wait and see.
“It might be that he is best fresh but what I am almost certain of is that he needs to go up in trip. I suppose the race that used to be the Boylesports Gold Cup would now be an obvious target for him.”
Barry Geraghty added: “It was good and it is great to be back here. He jumped brilliantly - he didn’t travel that well, but he ground it out and he stays well. He winged the last two fences and he jumps very well.
“He has had a few wind problems and he was good today but he will probably improve for further.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Paddy Power Gold Cup, Henderson saddles both the favourite Long Run and the well-supported Mad Max.
The trainer continued: “Long Run and Mad Max are both, touch wood, in great nick and everything has been going well all week. They have worked and schooled and finished their preps. They actually had a spin together but that wasn’t to find out who was best!
“Dave’s Dream is terribly good at telling you where he is - he screams all morning - and he would tell you if he wasn’t right straightaway. You would like to think that the other two are in good form.
“They are different types of horses - one’s huge and one is not quite so big - and I think that you would find that the support in the yard would be very split.”
Race 3 - paddypower.com Graduation Chase
GRAND RUN SUITS VAUGHAN
After Grand Lahou had finished runner-up in the paddypower.com Graduation Chase, trainer Tim Vaughan said: “It’s great to be at Cheltenham on a big day like this and with a horse that puts up such a good run - although I’d love to be in the winner’s spot. We’ve got two big guns out tomorrow [Architrave and Beshabar in Cheltenham’s first two races] and if they run anything like Grand Lahou I’ll be over the moon.”
“As he settles he’ll get further than two miles, but he’s been a very gassy horse at home, and at the track he tends to get wound up before the start.
“He was very much calmer today and that’s given him a chance to run his race.
“The fitter they get the calmer they get and that’s been the case with him, but a stiff two miles seems to suit.
“Tom [David, who rode Grand Lahou] said he jumped super today, which was good to hear because when he’s got one wrong in the past he’s really got it wrong.
“He bolted up in his first race for us, and we went to a £30,000 race at Ffos Las in the summer when I thought he had a great chance, but he tipped up three out when travelling well. He learned a lot from that and hopefully there’s a big handicap in him one day.”
Paul Nicholls, trainer of third-placed Rivaliste, said: “Very happy with that first run of the season. He jumped great, which he didn’t do on his previous outing - that’s just how you want to start things off.”
Race 4 - Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase
LACDOUDAL HEADS GARDE IN GLENFARCLAS THRILLER
Game 12-year-old Lacdoudal beat off a sustained challenge from cross-country star Garde Champetre to land today’s Glenfarclas Steeplechase by a neck.
The winner was completing a first double for owners Roger and Carol Skan, who had seen their colours carried to victory by Alan King-trained Rustarix in the opener.
Lacdoudal, who is trained by Philip Hobbs, last won in 2006 when successful in Sandown’s Betfred Gold Cup, and he has that race - now renamed the Bet 365 Gold Cup - on his agenda.
Hobbs said: “I should think he’ll come back here for the [Glenfarclas-sponsored] cross-country race in December, but he wouldn’t want the ground too soft. I’d imagine we’d aim for that, the cross-country race at the Festival and the Bet 365 in the spring.
“We ran out of other options for Lacdoudal, so thought we’d try the cross-country route. He was third here in March and this is his second run over those fences. It was unexpected to beat Garde Champetre, but we’re delighted.”
Carol Skan said: “It’s the first time we’ve had two winners on the same afternoon after 20 years as owners, and Cheltenham is the place to do it. We won the Cathcart with La Landiere some years ago, which was fantastic, and we’ve had other winners here, but this is the first double. We’ll sleep well tonight.”
Richard Johnson, the winning jockey, said: “Lacdoudal ran really to finish third here at The Festival. He always tries and he really enjoys that sort of different race out there.
“He almost jumped the Canal Turn fence too well because I landed a bit far the other side. He always tries and you can’t ask for much more than that.
“He has had a couple of injuries and there are not many horses who keep coming back like he does.”
Race 4 - Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase - Placed Quotes
BOLGER GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT
Trainer Enda Bolger, who has won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase for five of the last six years, had to settle for second this year when Garde Champetre went down by a neck to Lacdoudal.
Garde Champetre, partnered by Nina Carberry and the winner of this race last year, came with his customary run from off the pace but was never quite able to get to the winner who kept finding a bit more. Bolger was also responsible for the fourth Freneys Well and Heads Onthe Ground, who finished last of the nine finishers.
Bolger said: “I’m very happy. Nina has delivered the horse perfectly as she always does but he could just not get to Lacdoudal. There are no excuses.
“Lacdoudal is a good horse, having won a Whitbread, and it is great that horses like him are now going for these sort of races.
“I’m chuffed to bits with all my runners and there will always be another day.”
Nina Carberry added: “It was a bit slippy out there today and we were trying to give almost a stone to a good horse who ran well at Cheltenham last time.”
Prior to the running of the fourth race, the going was changed to:
CROSS COUNTRY COURSE: Good, Good to Firm in places
CHASE AND HURDLES COURSE: Good to Soft, Good in places
Race 5 - Arkle Bookshop Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle -
SO EASY FOR DAWN
Trainer Nicky Henderson maintained his dominance of the Arkle Bookshop Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle - a race he has won for the past two years - when Aegean Dawn was a very easy three-and-a-half length winner of the 2010 renewal in the hands of David Bass.
The five-year-old picked up longtime leader Dynaste with consummate ease after the last and rewarded favourite backers at 6/4, having been at prices as high as 4/1 this morning.
Nicky Henderson said: “He is a lovely horse who came to us from Robert and Sally Alner, who had him for the last two seasons. I’m very lucky to have been allowed to train him. They made him and have handed me the finished article, although having said that I don’t think he’ll totally be the finished article until he goes over fences.
“Paul Murphy (owner) bred this horse and also has Mad Max (who runs in tomorrow’s Paddy Power Gold Cup) with us. Paul is an absolute star and I’m delighted he has finally had a winner at Cheltenham.”
Paul Murphy added: “Last year, I had seven runners with Nicky and they all won and so far this year we have a 100 per cent record with four winners from four runners. I leave all the decisions to him - that’s what he is paid for.
“Robert (Alner) always thought a lot of this horse and it was Sally Alner who asked that we send him to Nicky. They did so well with him and have kept in touch about his progress. In fact, I spoke to Robert just before today’s race.
“I am delighted to have finally got a winner at Cheltenham. We have had them all over the place but not here.”
Jockey David Bass, who was also enjoying a first Cheltenham victory, said: “He is a big baby and I didn’t want to be in front too soon. Fortunately, it all worked out in the end.
“I was very lucky not to get brought down at one point.”
Race 5 - Arkle Bookshop Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
DYNASTE LOOKS A WINNER WAITING TO HAPPEN
Dynaste could not match winner Aegean Dawn in this conditional jockeys’ hurdle, but the pair were well clear of their other rivals.
The David Pipe-trained Dynaste was ridden by Conor O’Farrell, an Irishman who has joined Pond House this season. Pipe said: “We bought the horse for €8,000 in France and he’s proving a cheap buy.
“We’ve liked him from the beginning and he’ll make a nice chaser one day. He’s big enough. Conor is our new conditional and he seems a good lad.”
Trainer Robin Dickin was pleased with the effort of his mare Entertain Me, who finished third at 33/1 under Christopher Ward.
Dickin said: “She went up 10lb for winning nicely at Aintree in June, but she’s still a novice, which is exciting. Christopher had his first ride on her at Aintree, and won, and now they’ve both had their first taste of Cheltenham.
“It was a pretty fast and furious race to ride in and he did a good job. The mare’s won on good ground, but she’d be a stamina horse, because she’s by Kadastrof, who I used to train. All his progeny are triers.”
Dickin said his stable star, Restless Harry, will run in the Ascot Hurdle a week on Saturday and then come to Cheltenham in December for the Relkeel Hurdle.
Race 6 - Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase
RUPERT’S CHELTENHAM AFFAIR COUNTS AGAIN
High-class hurdler Time For Rupert made a successful debut over fences when taking the closing race on day one of The Open.
The Paul Webber-trained six-year-old, who was runner-up in last year’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle, jumped well under jockey Will Kennedy and powered clear of runner-up Hell’s Bay on the run-in.
Webber, who had said on his website that his finger nails would be chewed in advance of the race, said: “I was half inclined to sneak off to Bangor, but this brave team [his owners, the Littlecote Racing Partnership], said ‘no, we’ve made a plan to go to Cheltenham and get our practice in early, we’ll stick with it’.
“He just loves running round here - that’s the key to him. Horses like that are difficult to get hold of, but he loves coming here, so we probably won’t go anywhere else.
“I was so lucky to buy him here at the breeze-up sale three years ago, when we had one last bid, otherwise he would have gone to Paul Nicholls. We’re so lucky to have him - he’s a special horse.
“We’ve been to Towcester, where they’ve been very helpful, schooling him over seven fences a couple of times, and Yogi Breisner gave him a lesson, but the horse has always had a good eye.
“He jumped well today - he launched himself a little bit at the ditch down the back, but otherwise he and Will were spot on. We’ll just run him here as often as we can, so back here in December is the plan. I didn’t want to run him over three miles today because I was afraid he would get tired. He’s a stayer, but he’s shown a bit more speed at home this year.
“The RSA Chase is the yellow brick road - we’ve just got to avoid the potholes along the way.”
Paddy Power makes Time For Rupert 6/1 favourite for the RSA Chase from 12/1.
ALL SET FAIR FOR CRACKING START TO THE OPEN
A generally bright and breezy morning following a dry night teed up expectations for a cracking day one of Cheltenham’s Open meeting.
The going on Countryside Day is officially:
Good, good to soft in places on the CHASE and HURDLE courses
Good to firm, good in places on the CROSS-COUNTRY course
The forecast is for a dry Friday morning, but turning to showers during the afternoon and evening.
Saturday is expected to be dry.
Showers are expected to return on Sunday.
Cheltenham’s clerk of the course, Simon Claisse, said: “Since the October meeting we’ve spiked and rolled the ground and moved the rails and hurdles. We also put a bit of water on the old course last week to prevent it from getting too firm.
“Last weekend we had 43mm of rain between Friday and Monday, but the rain forecast for Tuesday and Thursday of this week did not materialise to any great degree.
“We’re looking forward to a fantastic meeting - Cue Card today [who runs in the Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle at 1.50pm], and the Paddy Power Gold Cup tomorrow are but two really exciting elements to whet the appetite.
TOP-CLASS FLAT RACERS THE SEED FOR JUMPING’S FUTURE
Some top-class Flat racers were among a stellar parade of jumping stallions who lined up at Cheltenham today.
Circling the winner’s enclosure in front of a large and appreciative audience were 13 sires, including past winners of such Group 1 events as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, St Leger, Ascot Gold Cup, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prix Ganay, Hong Kong Vase, Dubai Sheema Classic, Canadian International, German Derby and Dewhurst Stakes.
Organised by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and backed by British Bloodstock Marketing, the European Breeders’ Fund and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, this annual event is a proven method for showing stallions to current and prospective mare owners ahead of the breeding season which opens in February. Commentaries by Henry Beeby and Stephen Hadley gave an insight to each stallion’s racing record and the achievements of their offspring.
And for those racegoers who prefer punting to producing foals there were also some clues to possible winners today.
Dr Massini, who stands near Bridgend at the Dunraven Stud, is responsible for Pocket Aces (2.25pm), Midnight Legend (Pitchall Farm Stud, Warwickshire) and Tobougg (East Burrow Farm, Devon) sired Max Bygraves and Boogie Dancer (both 3.35pm), while Black Sam Bellamy (Shade Oak Stud, Shropshire) fathered The Giant Bolster (4.05pm).
Black Sam Bellamy’s oldest progeny are only five, and he could, in time become a champion sire. There is a family precedent, for his full brother, Galileo, recently took the British and Irish Flat sires’ title for the second time.
Fame by family association seems to be Black Sam Bellamy’s forte, for his half-brother is the mighty Sea The Stars, who is now attempting to carve out his own stud career at the Aga Khan’s Giltown Stud in Ireland.
TODAY’S PADDY POWER
1.15pm Irish Times Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase
2 Theatrical Moment (6/1 from 7/1)
3 Knowhere (6/1 from 7/1)
2.25pm paddypower.com Handicap Chase
3 Rivaliste (4/1 from 9/2)
11 Star Of Germany (25/1 from 40/1)
3.00pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
2 Joe Lively (5/1 from 6/1)
3.35pm Arkle Bookshop Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
17 Aegean Dawn (9/4 from 4/1)
4.05pm Steel Plate & Sections Novices’ Chase
5 Mr Thriller (7/2 from 9/2)
FIRST RACE RESULT
1.15pm IRISH TIMES AMATEUR RIDERS' HANDICAP CHASE
£14,000 guaranteed, 3m 110y, For 4yo+ Rated 0-140 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after October 30th, each chase won 7lb Richard's Sundance's Handicap Mark 140 Entries 21 pay £ 70 Penalty value 1st £8,402.80 2nd £2,625.00 3rd £1,311.80 4th £656.60 5th £327.60 6th £165.20
1 RUSTARIX (FR) (Carol Skan) Alan King 9-9-13 Mr James Banks (7) 14/1
2 SWING BILL (FR) (David Johnson & Martin Pipe) David Pipe 9-10-11 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 7/1
3 KNOWHERE (IRE) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 12-11-9 Mr Derek O'Connor 7/1
4 NOUN DE LA THINTE (FR) (Let’s Live Racing) Venetia Williams 9-10-1 Mr Jack Sherwood (7)
5 QHILIMAR (FR) (White of Coventry & Stephen Dunn) Alan Jones 6-10-12b Mr Will Biddick
6 QUATTROCENTO (FR) (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar) Peter Bowen 6-10-8v Mr Mickey Fogarty 11/2f
7 NOTABOTHERONME (IRE) (J Mutch) Philip Hobbs 8-9-8p Mr Tom Cheesman (7)
8 EARTH PLANET (IRE) (Roger Penny) Paul Nicholls 8-10-9t Mr David Prichard (5)
9 RICHARD'S SUNDANCE (IRE) (Elizabeth & Sara Vernon) Victor Dartnall 8-11-12 Mr Joshua Guerriero
10 MARTYS MISSION (IRE) (The Stewart Family) Richard Rowe 8-10-8 Mr Tom Cannon (5)
11 THEATRICAL MOMENT (USA) (Mastersons Holdings Ltd) Jonjo O'Neill 7-11-11 Mr Alan Berry
UR3rd CORNISH SETT (IRE) (Peter Hart) Caroline Keevil 11-10-2 Mr Richard Hawkins (7)
Distances: 1, 1 1/2, 1 1/2, 1/2, 2 1/4, 8, sh, 1 1/4, 6, 28
Breeder: Gheorghe Codre
Breeding: b g Housamix (FR) - Star Of Russia (FR)
Totes: Win: £17.30 Places: £5.20, £2.10, 2.60 Exacta: £119.70
Winning Trainer: ALAN KING Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Background: Born into a farming family in Lanarkshire on December 13, 1966, Alan King was a member of a local pony club and also competed on the show jumping circuit before joining David Nicholson as an amateur jockey in 1985, having previously worked for John Wilson in his native Scotland. Alan managed to finish third in a couple of hunter chases, but soon realised that race riding was not for him and served as long-time assistant to Nicholson, from whom he took over the licence at Jackdaws Castle stables near Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire on December 3, 1999. He only had to wait until the following day for Mini Moo Min to provide him with a first success at Towcester. In that rookie season, Alan also saddled Relkeel to take a third totesport Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham a week after breaking his duck, and the following weekend captured the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot with Anzum, one part of a four-timer. He also sent out Go Ballistic to finish second to See More Business in the Stan James King George VI Chase at Kempton. Alan was only based at Jackdaws Castle, then owned by Colin Smith, until the end of the 1999/2000 season, as there was only a year by year lease available. At that juncture, he moved to the Barbury Castle estate near Marlborough, Wiltshire, which was bought by one of his principal owners, Nigel Bunter, and the trainer has since gone from strength to strength. Cheltenham Festival Wins (11): Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2009 Oh Crick), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Nenuphar Collonges), Peter O’Sullevan National Hunt Chase (2008 Old Benny), Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (2008 Katchit), William Hill National Trophy Handicap Chase (2004 Fork Lightning), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance, 2007 Katchit), Arkle Challenge Trophy (2006 Voy Por Ustedes, 2007 My Way De Solzen), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (2007 Voy Por Ustedes) Big Race Wins: Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2004 Trouble At Bay, 2005 Penzance), Albert Bartlett (Bristol) (2007 Nenuphar Collonges), Albert Bartlett (Spa) Novices' Hurdle (2008 Nenuphar Collonges), Altcar Novices' Chase (2000 Toto Toscato, 2007 My Way De Solzen), Amlin 1965 Chase (2007 Howle Hill), Ascot Chase (2009 Voy Por Ustedes), Boylesports.com International Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Champion Hurdle Trial (2010 Medermit), Classic Chase (2008 D'Argent), Cleeve Hurdle (2004 Crystal d'Ainay, 2007 Blazing Bailey), Desert Orchid Chase (2006 & 2007 Voy Por Ustedes), Dipper Novices' Chase (2007 My Way De Solzen), Dovecote Novices' Hurdle 2006 Senorita Rumbalita, 2009 Trenchant), Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2007 Katchit, 2008 Franchoek, 2009 Walkon), Future Champions Finale Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2007 Franchoek, 2008 Walkon), Henry VIII Novices' Chase (2008 Araldur), Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle (2008 Medermit), Kingmaker Novices' Chase (2005 Kadount, 2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Kingwell Hurdle (2008 Katchit), Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle (2008 Blazing Bailey), Long Walk Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Long Walk Hurdle (2005 My Way De Solzen), National Spirit Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen), Noel Novices' Chase (1999 Toto Toascato), Prestbury Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2006Katchit, 2007 Franchoek), Relkeel Hurdle (2003 Crystal d'Ainay, 2007 Pouvoir), Rendlesham Hurdle (2005 Crystal d'Ainay), Rising Stars Novices' Chase (2001 Gola Cher),Towton Novices' Chase (2006 Halcon Genelardais), Welsh National (2006 Halcon Genelardais), Winter Novices' Hurdle (2008 Junior, 2009 Manyriverstocross), Number of Winners (1999/2000-2009/10): 27; 18; 34; 39; 47; 66; 63; 92; 128; 136; 76; Wins this Season: 11
Winning Jockey: Mr James Banks Born: November 16, 1983 Background: Based with Alan King, Banks rides as an amateur over jumps and on the Flat, as well as riding in point to points for Peter Hobbs. First Jumps winner: Only Dreams, Wincanton, November 19, 2009 First Flat winner: Hit The Switch, Southwell, November 24, 2009 Wins (2002/03-2009/10): 0; 0; -; -;-; -; 0; 1 Wins this season: 2
SECOND RACE RESULT
1.50pm CHELTENHAM COLLECTION SHARP NOVICES' HURDLE (GRADE TWO)
£25,000 guaranteed, 2m 110y. For 4yo+ Weights 11st Penalties a winner of a Class 4 hurdle 4lb; of a Class 1 to 3 hurdle 7lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 13 pay £125 Penalty value 1st £14,252.50 2nd £5,347.50 3rd £2,677.50 4th £1,335.00 5th £670.00 6th £335.00
1 CUE CARD (Jean Bishop) Colin Tizzard 4-11-7 Joe Tizzard 8/13f
2 DUNRAVEN STORM (IRE) (Karola Vann) Philip Hobbs 5-11-7 Richard Johnson 5/1
3 BALLYADAM BROOK (IRE) (William Horgan) Terence O'Brien IRE 6-11-7 Paul Townend
4 OWEN GLENDOWER (IRE) (The Ten From Seven) Nicky Henderson 5-11-7 Barry Geraghty
5 KING OF THE NIGHT (GER) (Mr & Mrs G Calder) Paul Nicholls 6-11-7 Noel Fehily
6 MASKA PONY (IRE) (Mrs J Gray) George Moore 6-11-7 Graham Lee
7 FAR AWAY SO CLOSE (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Paul Nolan IRE 5-11-7 Davy Russell
Non-runner: 8 Valid Point (self certificate- bruised foot)
Distances: 8, 10, 6, 15, nk, 28
Breeder: R Crellin
Breeding: b g King’s Theatre (IRE) - Wicked Crack (IRE)
Totes: Win: £1.60 Places: £1.40, £2.30 Exacta: £4.40
Winning Trainer: COLIN TIZZARD Based: Venn Farm, Milborne Port, Sherborne, Dorset Background: Colin was born in 1956 as the second son of farmers Leslie and Marjorie Tizzard at Venn Farm, Milborne Port. He grew up on the family farm as a country boy enjoying hunting, shooting and fishing. He was a member of the Pony Club before riding with some success in point-to-points and later under-rules as an amateur jockey. Dairy farming and horses are his passions and fortunately he has so far made a success of both enterprises. In 1995 he started training two point-to-point horses for his son Joe to ride and has since built up his string to be one of the leading yards in the south west. Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2010 Cue Card) Major Wins Cheltenham Collection Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Cue Card), Albert Bartlett (Bristol) (2006 Flight Leader), Feltham Novices' Chase (2007 Joe Lively), Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase (2009 Joe Lively), Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase (2008 Joe Lively), Worcester Novices' Chase (2007 Joe Lively) Number of Wins (2001/02-2008/09): 13; 9; 22; 19; 24; 20; 28; 19; Wins This Season: 17
Winning Jockey: Joe Tizzard Date Of Birth: 13/12/79 Background: Joe Tizzard sprang to prominence in the 1997 John Smith's Grand National at the tender age of 17 when granted special dispensation to ride by the Jockey Club. At the time, his seven chase wins under Rules were below the threshold of 15 required to take part in the great race. Tizzard, who grew up on his parents' 350-acre dairy farm at Milborne Port near Sherborne in Dorset and first went out hunting aged six, is from a family steeped in racing. Colin, his father, rode and trained point-to-pointers and, following a brief interlude from training, started up a string again when Joe reached 16 and eligibility to ride between the flags. Pauline, Joe's mother who trains point-to-pointers, is daughter of Dick Nettley whose Loving Words ran third at 16/1 in the 1982 Grand National. An early pony club rider with the Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Hunt, Tizzard learnt the rudiments of riding through local BSJA showjumping competitions and rode 44 winners in point-to-points. His first success between the flags came aboard Qualitaire Memory in February 1996. On August 1, 1996, he became pupil assistant to Paul Nicholls. He turned professional on May 31, 1998, and in November that year, aged 18, he was appointed stable jockey to Nicholls. In March, 2002, he sustained a career threatening back injury at Hereford and was out of action for 10 months. He miraculously escaped serious injury when he fell into a bailer during the summer of 2008. He now rides for his father. First point to point winner: Qualitaire Memory (February 1996) - rode 44 winners in points in three seasons Cheltenham Festival wins: (3) Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2010 Cue Card), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (1998 Earthmover), Arkle Trophy (1999 Flagship Uberalles) Other Big Race Wins: Cheltenham Collection Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Cue Card), Albert Bartlett (Bristol) (2006 Flight Leader), Albert Bartlett (Prestige) Novices' Hurdle (2000Shotgun Willy), Aon Chase (2001 Shotgun Willy), Ascot Chase (2000 Rockforce), Berkshire Novices' Chase (2005 Albuhera), Castleford Chase (2003 Kadarann), Dovecote Novices' Hurdle (2001 St Pirran), Feltham Novices' Chase (2007 Joe Lively), Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2002 Vol Solitaire), Game Spirit Chase (2000FlagshipUberalles, 2003 Kadarann), Haldon Gold Cup (1998 Lake Kariba,1999 Flagship Uberalles), Kingmaker Novices' Chase (2001 Whitenzo), Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase (2009 Joe Lively), November Novices' Chase (1999Fadalko), Persian War Novices' Hurdle (2000 Nov Valley Henry), Rising Stars Novices' Chase (1998 Irbee), Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase (2008 Joe Lively), Tingle Creek Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles), Worcester Novices' Chase 2000 Shotgun Willy, 2007 Joe Lively) Rehearsal Handicap Chase (1998 See More Business), Jim Ford Challenge Cup (1999 Double Thriller, 2002 See More Business), Hoechst Roussel Vet Panacur Ebf Mares’ Nh Final (1999 Flagship Therese) Wins (1995/96-2009/10): 2; 11; 27; 91; 63; 50; 44; 20; 61; 58; 39; 25; 29; 15; 21; Wins This Season: 12
THIRD RACE RESULT
2.25pm paddypower.com HANDICAP CHASE
£40,000 guaranteed, 2m. For 4yo+ Rated 0-145 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after October 30th, each chase won 6lb Safari Journey's Handicap Mark 144 Entries 19 pay £200 Penalty value 1st £25,048.00 2nd £7,400.00 3rd £3,700.00 4th £1,852.00 5th £924.00 6th £464.00
1 DAVE'S DREAM (IRE) (David Murdoch & Jenny Murdoch) Nicky Henderson 7-11-5 Barry Geraghty 100/30f
2 GRAND LAHOU (FR) (Oceans Racing) Tim Vaughan 7-10-4 Tom David (7) 25/1
3 RIVALISTE (FR) (Jim Lewis) Paul Nicholls 5-11-5 Noel Fehily 7/2
4 SAFARI JOURNEY (USA) (Hill, Trembath, Bryan, Outhart) Philip Hobbs 6-11-12b Richard Johnson
5 POCKET ACES (IRE) (The Encore Partnership III) Richard Rowe 8-10-12 Leighton Aspell
6 KEELAGHAN (IRE) (Declan Arthurs/Melisa Arthurs) Tony Martin IRE 10-10-13 Tony McCoy
7 QUITO DU TRESOR (FR) (Jo Tracey) Lucinda Russell 6-11-3 Campbell Gillies
8 ROOKERY REBEL (IRE) (Threasa McAloon) Cormac Farrell IRE 8-9-11 Denis Hogan (3)
9 STAR OF GERMANY (IRE) (Roger Brookhouse) Ian Williams 10-10-5 Tom Scudamore
10 DE BOITRON (FR) (Mrs J Morgan & Mrs Lindsey Shaw) Ferdy Murphy 6-11-2 Graham Lee
11 PERCE ROCK (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 8-11-3 Richie McLernon (3)
Non-runner: 10 Tramantano (vet certificate - colic)
Distances: 8, 2 3/4, 2 3/4, 7, 5, 6, 23, 5, 11, 6
Breeder: Kenilworth House Stud Breeding: b g Anshan - Native Success (IRE)
Totes: Win: £4.00 Places: £1.90, £7.60,£1.60 Exacta: £98.70
Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer's licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1992. Cheltenham Festival wins (37): Coral Cup (2010 Spirit River), Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown), County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular),JCB Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar, 2010 Soldatino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), Racing Post Plate (2006 Non So), Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope) Other major wins include: Aon Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Ascot Chase (2001 Tiutchev), Ascot Hurdle (2008 Chomba Womba, 2009 Zaynar), Bet365 Gold Cup (1989 Brown Windsor), Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Boylesports.com International Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2008 Binocular), Charlie Hall Chase (2002 Marlborough), Christmas Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), Desert Orchid Chase (2009 Petit Robin), Elite Hurdle (2008 Chomba Womba), Feltham Novices' Chase (1990 Sparkling Flame, 1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts, 2000 Bacchanal, 2009 Long Run), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2001 Landing Light, 2008 Punjabi), Haldon Gold Cup (1993, 1994 & 1995 Travado), Hennessy Gold Cup (2005 Trabolgan), Imperial Cup (2009 Dave's Dream), Kerrygold Champion Chase (1998 Big Matt, 2000 Get Real), Lanzarote Hurdle (2003 Non So), Long Distance Hurdle (1995 Conquering Leader, 2002 Bacchanal, 2008 Duc de Regniere), Long Walk Hurdle (2008 Punchestowns), National Spirit Hurdle (1993 Flown), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Prestbury Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (1998 Katarino, 2001 Greenhope), Punchestown Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (1999 Katarino, 2007 Punjabi), Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2008 Punjabi), Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough), Relkeel Hurdle (2009 Zaynar), Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (2001 Bacchanal, 2010 Burton Port), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2000 Tiutchev), Totesport Trophy Handicap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 & 2004 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), Victor Chandler Clarence House Chase (1996 Big Matt, 2004 Isio, 2006 Tysou), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2010 Eradicate), Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (2010 Duc de Regniere) Number of Winners (1982/83-2008/09): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; 115; 136; Wins this Season: 37
Winning Jockey: Barry Geraghty Born: September 16, 1979 Background: Barry Geraghty will forever be associated with the great Moscow Flyer who provided him with his first Cheltenham Festival victory in the 2002 Arkle Chase and went on to add the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005, as well as a host of other championship races including the Grade One John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree in 2004 and 2005. Geraghty is one of six children from a "horse-mad" family that hails from Drumree in Co Meath. His father ‘Tucker' was a useful amateur and trains a few horses in addition to his riding school and livery yard while his brother Ross, who won the 2002 Irish National on The Bunny Boiler, and sister Jill, an amateur, are both jockeys. Geraghty has a background in pony racing, riding his last winner in that sphere in September, 1996, before becoming apprenticed to Noel Meade that month and having his first ride in October, 1996. He has twice been champion jump jockey in Ireland in the seasons 1999/2000 and 2003/04. It was for Moscow Flyer's trainer Jessica Harrington that he first sprang to prominence, partnering her 1998 Midlands National winner Miss Orchestra. He crowned the 2002/03 season with victory in the John Smith's Grand National aboard Monty's Pass, something which contributed to him being voted RTE Sports Personality of the year by Irish television viewers. Took up the offer of becoming Nicky Henderson’s number one jockey following the retirement of Mick Fitzgerald at the end of the 2007/08 season, and he now divides his time between Britain and Ireland. Based: Drumree, County Meath, Ireland First Winner: Stagalier (EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, Down Royal, January 29, 1997) Achievements: Champion jockey in Ireland in 1999/2000 and 2003/04 Cheltenham Festival Wins (19): Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (2009 Punjabi), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2008 Finger OnThe Pulse), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (2002 Moscow Flyer, 2009 Forpadydeplasterer), William Hill Trophy Chase (2003 Youlneverwalkalone), Pertemps Final (2003 Inching Closer), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2003, 2005 Moscow Flyer, 2010 Big Zeb), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope, 2009 Zaynar, 2010 Soldatino), County Hurdle (2003 Spirit Leader), bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2005 Kicking King), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison), Coral Cup (2006 Sky’s The Limit, 2010 Spirit River), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2007 Cork All Star) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2003 (5). Wins in Britain (2001/02-2009/10): 4; 26; 13; 10; 8; 1; 1; 65; 78; Wins in Britain this Season: 9
FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.00pm GLENFARCLAS CROSS COUNTRY CHASE
£25,000 guaranteed, 3m 7f. For 5yo+ (horses are to be schooled over the cross country course prior to running) Weights 10st 10lb Penalties after August 1st, 2008, a winner; of a Class 5 chase 3lb; of a Class 4 chase 6lb; of a Class 3 chase 9lb; of a Class 1 or 2 chase 12lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 14 pay £125 Penalty value 1st £15,655.00 2nd £4,625.00 3rd £2,312.50 4th £1,157.50 5th £577.50 6th £290.00
1 LACDOUDAL (FR) (Carol Skan) Philip Hobbs 11-10-10 Richard Johnson 9/2
2 GARDE CHAMPETRE (FR) (JP McManus) Enda Bolger IRE 11-11-8 Miss Nina Carberry 6/5f
3 SIZING AUSTRALIA (IRE) (Ann & Alan Potts) Henry De Bromhead IRE 8-11-5 Andrew Lynch 6/1
4 FRENEYS WELL (JP McManus) Enda Bolger IRE 10-11-5 Mr Alan Berry
5 MR BIG (IRE) (Mark Hunter & Hugh Villiers) Charlie Mann 9-11-5 Noel Fehily
6 JOE LIVELY (IRE) (Richard Dimond) Colin Tizzard 11-11-8 Joe Tizzard
7 LUCKY LUK (FR) (Mrs E Kellar) Kim Bailey 11-11-2 Sean Quinlan
8 CHANGING COURSE (IRE) (Ann & Alan Potts) Henry De Bromhead IRE 8-10-10 Mr Paul Power
9 HEADS ONTHE GROUND (IRE) (JP McManus) Enda Bolger IRE 13-10-10 Mr J T McNamara
PU16th FLINTOFF (USA) (Andrew Flintoff & Paul Beck) Venetia Williams 9-10-10 Aidan Coleman
Non runner: 11 PASS ME BY (vet certificate - other)
Distances: nk, 4 1/2, 18, 1, 1 3/4, 16, 18, dist
Breeder: SCEA Terres Noires
Breeding: gr g Cadoudal (FR) - Belfaster (FR)
Totes: Win: £4.60 Places: £1.60, £1.20, £1.80 Exacta: £11.80
Winning Trainer: PHILIP HOBBS Based: Sandhill, Bilbrook, Minehead, Somerset Date of Birth: 26/7/55 Background: Philip was brought up surrounded by horses. His father Tony Hobbs farmed, and had a permit to train for many years, breeding several good horses to run in the family colours. After school at Kings College, Taunton, Philip went on to Reading University and achieved a BSc honours degree. He rode at Hickstead, show jumping as a junior, and rode several point-to-point winners and winners under National Hunt rules as an amateur before turning professional at the age of 21. Rode 160 winners in a ten year career including The Black and White Gold Cup at Ascot, The Killiney Novice Chase and The Midlands Grand National on such good horses as West Tip and Artifice. Date of first Trainer’s Licence: August 1, 1985 Cheltenham Festival Wins (13): Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2010 Copper Bleu), Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Menorah), 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), Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Massini’s Maguire) Other major wins include: Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (2009 Tarablaze), Bet365 Gold Cup (2006 Lacdoudal, 2008 Monkerhostin), Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), Boylesports.com International Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster, 2006 Detroit City), Dipper Novices' Chase (2008 Lead On), Galway Plate (1998 Amlah), Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster, 2006 Detroit City), Hennessy Gold Cup (2001 What's Up Boys), Paddy Power Gold Cup (1989 Joint Sovereignty), Sharp Novices' Hurdle (2000 Reiziger, 2005 Boychuk), Tingle Creek Chase (2001 Flagship Uberalles), Welsh National (2009 Dream Alliance), Number of Winners (1990/91-2009/10): 33; 51; 37; 64; 86; 77; 64; 71; 84; 120; 82; 119; 134; 121; 121; 112; 111; 108; 103; 86; Winners this Season: 43
Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77, Madley, Hereford Background: Richard Johnson attended Belmont Abby school, the alma mater of Peter Scudamore, before leaving at 16 to take a job with then champion trainer David Nicholson. He was born and raised at Madley, Herefordshire,. where his parents have a farm. Johnson comes from racing stock as his mother Sue holds a licence to train, while his father Keith, who won the 1982 Midlands Grand National on Bridge Ash, and his grandfather Ivor were both good amateur riders. Johnson is unlucky to be riding in the same era as Tony McCoy as he has finished runner-up to his rival in the jockeys' championship on nine occasions. In 2007 he married Fiona Chance, daughter of the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Noel Chance. First winner 30 April 1994, Rusty Bridge, Exeter Cheltenham Festival wins: (15) Jewson Novices Handicap Chase (2010 Copper Bleu), Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Menorah), 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), Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Massini’s Maguire) Leading Rider At the Festival: 2002 (2). Other Big Race Wins: Bet365 GoldCup (2006 Lacdoudal, 2008 Monkerhostin), Boylesports.com Gold Cup (1999 Legal Right, 2004 Monkerhostin), Boylesports.com International Hurdle (1997 & 1999 Relkeel, 2002 Rooster Booster, 2006 Detroit City), Cleeve Hurdle (2008 Inglis Drever), Dipper Novices' Chase (2008 Lead On), Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (1998 Zafarabad), Future Champions Finale Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2007 Franchoek), Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2006 Detroit City), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup(Ireland) (2001 & 2004 Florida Pearl), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (2006 Fair Along), Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase (2003 Behrajan), Sharp Novices' Hurdle (2000 Reiziger, 2005 Boychuk), Tingle Creek Trophy (2000 Flagship Uberalles), Welsh National (1999 Edmond) Number of Wins (1993/94-2009/2010): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147; 186; 135; 167; 154; 122; 132; 160; Wins This Season: 90
FIFTH RACE RESULT
3.35pm ARKLE BOOKSHOP CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS' HANDICAP HURDLE
£10,000 guaranteed, 2m 5f. For 4yo+ Rated 0-125 Weight raised 1 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after October 30th, each hurdle won 7lb Ponmeoath's Handicap Mark 123 Allowances riders who, prior to November 9th, 2010, have not ridden more than 20 winners under any Rules of Racing 3lb; more than 10 such winners 5lb; any such winner 7lb; those riding for their own stable allowed an additional 3lb Entries 63 pay £50 Penalty value 1st £6,262.00 2nd £1,850.00 3rd £925.00 4th £463.00 5th £231.00 6th £116.00
1 AEGEAN DAWN (Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 5-11-0 David Bass (3) 6/4F
2 DYNASTE (FR) (A White) David Pipe 4-11-5 Conor O'Farrell (3) 20/1
3 ENTERTAIN ME (Mrs A Merry) Robin Dickin 6-10-10 Christopher Ward (8) 33/1
4 SOUND STAGE (KSB Bloodstock) Caroline Keevil 7-11-12 Ian Popham 11/1
5 MAX BYGRAVES (J Perriss) Kim Bailey 7-10-7 Ed Cookson (8)
6 PHARE ISLE (IRE) (Nicholson Family, Moore, Moore & Kendrick) Ben Case 5-10-12 Peter Toole
7 CHANCE DU ROY (FR) (I Du Pre) Philip Hobbs 6-11-7 Giles Hawkins (3)
8 AMORE MIO (GER) (Chiltern Medicare, W & P Marzouk) Richard Phillips 5-11-6 Stephen O'Donovan (5)
9 BOOGIE DANCER (V Jones) Stuart Howe 6-10-13 Donal Devereux
10 SANDOFTHECOLOSSEUM (IRE) (The Old Relics Partnership) Alex Hales 5-11-2 Richie McLernon
11 MICKMACMAGOOLE (IRE) (A Turton & P Langford) Evan Williams 8-10-13 Jody McGarvey (10)
12 TARVINI (IRE) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-3 Gerald Quinn (8)
13 KING'S REVENGE (Nicholls Family) Shaun Lycett 7-11-4b Nathan Sweeney (5)
14 SCAMPI BOY (IRE) (D Carrington) Paul Webber 6-11-4 Peter Carberry (5)
15 RHUM (FR) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-11-3 Sam Twiston-Davies (3)
16 STRIPE ME BLUE (Mrs A Jones) Peter Jones 8-11-1 Danny Burton (3)
17 GLOBAL FLYER (Susan Carsberg) Caroline Bailey 6-11-1 Kyle James (3)
18 PONMEOATH (IRE) (Jolly Up Syndicate) Eric McNamara IRE 10-11-6p Robert Jones (6)
19 PRO PELL (IRE) (Julie Middleton) Gary Moore 5-10-9 Joshua Moore (6)
20 BALLY SANDS (IRE) (Robin Mathew) Robin Mathew 6-11-2p Donal Fahy
21 BLAZING BUCK (Mill House Racing Syndicate) Tony Carroll 4-11-6 Lee Edwards (3)
BD7th TURNER BROWN (IRE) (Tracey O’Hare) Michael O'Hare IRE 6-11-9 Luke McNiff (3)
F7th TRAFFIC ARTICLE (IRE) (Michael Goff) Gordon Elliott IRE 6-11-7t Eamon O'Connell
Non runner: 22 Very Edgy (vet certificate - pulled muscle)
Distances: 3 1/2, 17, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, hd, 2 3/4, 3/4, 10, 1 3/4, 3 1/2, 2, 4 1/2, 1, 14, 2 1/2, 3, 1 1/4, 1/2, 2 1/2, 1 1/2
Breeder: Paul Murphy
Breeding: b g Alflora (IRE) - Wychnor Dawn (IRE)
Totes: Win: £2.70 Places: £1.10, £3.50, £9.20, £2.70 Exacta: £45.60
Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer's licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1992. Cheltenham Festival wins (37): Coral Cup (2010 Spirit River), Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown), County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular),JCB Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar, 2010 Soldatino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), Racing Post Plate (2006 Non So), Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope) Other major wins include: Aon Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Bet365 Gold Cup (1989 Brown Windsor), Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Boylesports.com International Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2008 Binocular), Charlie Hall Chase (2002 Marlborough), Christmas Hurdle (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), Feltham Novices' Chase (1990 Sparkling Flame, 1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts, 2000 Bacchanal, 2009 Long Run), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2001 Landing Light, 2008 Punjabi), Hennessy Gold Cup (2005 Trabolgan), Imperial Cup (2009 Dave's Dream), Kerrygold Champion Chase (1998 Big Matt, 2000 Get Real), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Prestbury Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (1998 Katarino, 2001 Greenhope), Punchestown Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (1999 Katarino, 2007 Punjabi), Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2008 Punjabi), Relkeel Hurdle (2009 Zaynar), Totesport Trophy Handicap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 & 2004 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), Victor Chandler Clarence House Chase (1996 Big Matt, 2004 Isio, 2006 Tysou), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2010 Eradicate), Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (2010 Duc de Regniere) Number of Winners (1982/83-2008/09): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; 115; 136; Wins this Season: 38
Winning Jockey: David Bass Background: Conditional who started as an amateur with Richard Phillips and then moved on to the late John Manners’ stable. He rode Man From Highworth to finish 12th for Manners in the 2008 Christie’s Foxhunters Chase. He opted to turn professional and moved to Nicky Henderson’s yard in the summer of 2009. Raised in Ringstead, Northants, he attended Bishop Stopford School in Kettering. He caught the racing bug attending Oakley point-to-point as a youngster with his father and grandfather. After sitting on ponies as a child, he took up football and did not think about riding again until attending Stratford races at 16. His mother Rowena is a harp-playing vicar, while his father Philip teaches viola and violin. First winner Under Rules: Man From Highworth, Towcester, April 21, 2009 Big Race Wins Include: Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2010 Eradicate) Wins (2006/07-2009/10): 0; 0; 1; 15; Wins this season: 13
SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.05pm STEEL PLATE AND SECTIONS NOVICES' CHASE
£15,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f 110y. For 4yo+ Weights 4yo.10st 7lb; 5yo+ 11st 2lb Penalties after April 24th, 2010, a winner of a Class 3 to 6 chase 5lb; of 2 chases, or of a Class 1 or 2 chase 8lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 24 pay £75 Penalty value 1st £9,393.00 2nd £2,775.00 3rd £1,387.50 4th £694.50 5th £346.50 6th £174.00
1 TIME FOR RUPERT (IRE) (Littlecote Racing Partnership) Paul Webber 6-11-2 Will Kennedy 7/2
2 HELL'S BAY (FR) (A Fear & A Norman) Colin Tizzard 8-11-7 Joe Tizzard 33/1
3 OTHERMIX (FR) (Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd) Ian Williams 6-11-2 Noel Fehily 11/2
4 REVE DE SIVOLA (FR) (Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership) Nick Williams 5-11-2 Daryl Jacob 3/1F
5 DIVERS (FR) (The Dprp Divers Partnership) Ferdy Murphy 6-11-7 Graham Lee
6 VINO GRIEGO (FR) (C Stedman) Gary Moore 5-11-2 Jamie Moore
7 QUANTITATIVEEASING (IRE) (JP McManus) Nicky Henderson 5-11-2 Tony McCoy
8 COPPER SOUND (Michael Fitzpatrick) Michael Scudamore 6-11-2 James Davies
F THE GIANT BOLSTER (Simon Hunt) David Bridgwater 5-11-7 Rodi Greene
F2out MR THRILLER (FR) (Joe Moran) David Pipe 5-11-2 Tom Scudamore
Distances: 8, 9, 14, 10, dist, 14, 14
Breeder: Robert O’Callaghan
Breeding: ch g Flemensfirth (USA) - Bell Walks Run (IRE)
Totes: Win: £4.20 Places: £1.50, £5.10, £2.00 Exacta: £134.50
Winning Trainer: PAUL WEBBER Based: Cropredy Lawn, Mollington, Banbury, Oxfordshire (took over after father died in 1995) Big Race Wins: Imperial Cup (1997 Carlito Brigante), Pendil Novices' Chase (1997 Land Afar), Scilly Isles Novices' Chase (1999 Hoh Express, 2004 Patricksnineteenth), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2001 Ulundi), Wayward Lad Novices' Chase (1998 Hoh Express), totepool Handicap Hurdle (2009 Time For Rupert), John Smith’s Red Rum Limited Hcap Chase (1999 Flying Instructor, 2000 Jungli, 2004 Tidour) Number of Winners (1995/96-2009/10): 13; 27; 14; 32; 29; 28; 33; 19; 36; 26; 23; 11; 12; 16; 14; Wins this Season: 16
Winning Jockey: William (Will) Kennedy Background: son of Curragh trainer Vivian Kennedy. His brother, also Vivian, a conditional with Charlie Brooks, died in a fall at Huntingdon in 1988. Made headlines with a remarkable record at Perth, winning on each of his first six rides at the track. Champion conditional for the 2005/06 season. First Winner: La Luna, Kelso, October 18, 2003 First double: 16/05/05, Market Rasen (Seaniethesmuggler, Lanmire Tower) Other Big Race Wins Include: betchronicle.com Trophy Handicap Chase (2009 The Sawyer), totepool Handicap Hurdle (2009 Time For Rupert) Wins (2003/04-2009/10): 2; 11; 37; 31; 15; 27; 15; Wins This Season: 11
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