Saturday, November 13, 2010
THE OPEN 2010 - PADDY POWER GOLD CUP DAY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
LIGHT RAIN FORECAST OVERNIGHT
Clerk of the course Simon Claisse reports that light rain is due to fall at Cheltenham ahead of the third and final day of the Open Meeting.
After a dry and bright Saturday, showers could hit the course in the early hours, although no significant change to conditions is expected.
Claisse said: “We are forecast two - three millimeters of rain overnight but I think the ground will remain good to soft, good in places, although if we get any more rain than is forecast that could change.”
Fresh ground will also be available to runners in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle on Sunday afternoon.
Claisse added: “We are going to move the hurdles rail out three yards ahead of racing tomorrow and we will move the rails on the chase course bends as necessary.”
EARLY WINNING QUOTES FROM THE PADDY POWER GOLD
Sam Twiston-Davies, the winning rider on Little Josh, said: “It’s unbelievable and obviously thanks to everybody at home and all of the people who have helped me out.
“Most of all, I have to thank this fellow here (Little Josh) - he was class. He came up long, short - he did everything spot on today.
“You can trust him with your life - and he will try his best for you. He surprised me once or twice because I was thinking maybe I was a little bit too long, but he is class.
“He is a great horse and hopefully he will progress further.”
Nigel Twiston-Davies, the winning trainer, said: “The jockey was superb. That was really, really good and I am so proud of him. Strong men don’t do emotions!
“It’s amazing, quite amazing and I feel sorry for Paddy (Brennan) but he can’t ride both, can he?
“I thought Little Josh was a big price today. I didn’t back him myself, which was stupid, but it’s a very competitive race.
“I hope that he can be another Imperial Commander. Probably not, but we are hoping.
“I couldn’t fault Sam - he was absolutely perfect - what a front-running ride. He went out there, made the horse’s mid up, gave him a breather down the back and then kicked on at the top of the hill - just perfection.
“Little Josh ran very well two weeks ago and we put him in the race because we thought that he had a chance. It was absolutely superb and I think that he will obviously stay three miles on better ground as well. The world is his oyster.
“We will come back for the next big handicap at The International, we hope, and then we have got to start thinking about the Ryanair Chase and that kind of race if he wins that.
“I can’t believe Sam and I am going to get him DNA tested because I can’t be the father of him! He certainly doesn’t get it from me.
“It’s very special - Cheltenham is our local track but we can’t overtake what happened on Gold Cup day here. Baby Run is my horse, so I got the prize money, which was even better!”
TWISTON-DAVIES - KING IN THE PADDY POWER GOLD CUP
Nigel Twiston-Davies was the most successful current trainer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup before today, with two successes - Imperial Commander in 2008 and Tipping Tim in 1992.
He increased his lead over other current trainers with a tremendous third victory today through 20/1 chance Little Josh, ridden by his 18-year-old son Sam.
However, Twiston-Davies senior still has some way to go to catch Martin Pipe who managed eight Paddy Power Gold Cup winners during his training career.
Little Josh is the highest-priced Paddy Power Gold Cup winner since 33/1 chance Senor El Betrutti, another horse trained near Cheltenham, scored in 1997. He is the third horse to succeed at 20/1, after Red Candle in 1972 and Richard Of Bordeaux in 1963.
Little Josh is the 15th eight-year-old to triumph in the 51 runnings of the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
Twiston-Davies senior is enjoying his best start to a season, with Little Josh being his 61st success of 2010/2011.
Race 4 - Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase
LITTLE JOSH CREATES BIG RECEPTION FOR SAM
The Cotswold village of Naunton will be celebrating tonight following another memorable big-race triumph for thbe racing yard run by Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Little Josh, an eight-year-old who carried the colours of owner Tony Bloom, led throughout to land the £150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup at odds of 20/1, and to complete the Twiston-Davies family’s delight he was ridden by Nigel’s 18-year-old son, Sam. It was a third win in the contest for the yard, which also sent out Tipping Tim to win in 1992 and Imperial Commander in 2008.
Often a reserved man, Twiston-Davies Snr did not hold back in his praise for the ride Sam gave Little Josh, who beat Dancing Tornado and favourite Long Run by two and three-quarters of a length and two lengths.
The trainer said: “For a young man aged 18 and two weeks to come out and kick a horse into every fence like that takes some balls. A lot of people would doubt you could make all round there, but he did, and he jumped from fence to fence, putting in some pretty big leaps.
“It was a good front-running ride. He gave him a little bit of a breather going down the back and then kicked again and everyone else was struggling. Quite superb. It’s twice as good when my son is riding - it has to be. I feel sorry for Paddy [stable jockey Paddy Brennan] but he can’t ride two horses, and having won the Cathcart Chase at the Festival on Pigeon [Island] he had to ride him.
“He [Sam] did everything right and it was there for all to see. When they make the running like that you think, ‘will he last’, but the boy knows more than I do.
“There’s so much more responsibility when your son is riding. If Paddy rides you say, ‘well there you are’, but when your son rides it’s different. Owners are kind enough to let him ride their horses, but if he mucks up I feel responsible. When it goes right there’s nothing better.
“It’s been great to win the Paddy Power in the past, but when your son is on board it goes to the top of the pile.
“We’ll probably come back for the former Boylesports race [now known as the December Gold Cup] at the next meeting here and Sam will keep the ride. It’s early days for the horse and he wasn’t carrying much weight - Imperial Commander was well up the weights and I don’t think he’s as good as him, but where there’s life there’s hope.
“The horse has jumped quite poorly in the past, so I just said to Sam, ‘keep asking and asking him at the fences’ and he did. I’ve not seen anyone throw a horse at a fence like he did. His win on Baby Run at the Festival [in the Christies’ Foxhunter Chase] probably just tops this because he’s my horse.”
The winning jockey said: “He’s an unbelievable horse and he likes to be ridden in that way. He jumps and travels so well. I was a bit surprised at the last because I thought Long Run or one of the Irish horses would come to get me but all I had to do was kick for home. I’m enjoying every minute, and want to ride as many winners as possible.”
Race four - PADDY POWER GOLD CUP
TORNADO DANCES HOME FOR SECOND PLACE
Adrian Heskin marked himself down as a young jockey to follow when winning the bet365 Gold Cup in April and he again earned plenty of praise from trainer Michael Hourigan as he steered Dancing Tornado into second place in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
The young Irishman took his time aboard the nine-year-old and weaved his way through to only lose out to the front-running Little Josh by two and three-quarter lengths.
Hourigan said: “He has ridden exactly the way I told him to and deserves plenty of credit for that.
“Adrian is a promising young fellow and I have been saying that for a year and a half.
“The horse can take quite a pull so we decided to hold him up and we knew they would go off fast in front here.
“He has ran well, jumped well and I think we will bring him back here next month for the equivalent race.”
Race 4 - Paddy Power Gold Cup - Placed Quotes
NO EXCUSES FROM HENDERSON AND WALEY-COHEN
Trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Sam Waley-Cohen offered no excuses after Long Run, the strongly-backed 2/1 favourite (from 7/2 in the morning), could fare no better than third in the Paddy Power Gold, beaten four and three-quarter lengths by Little Josh.
Waley-Cohen said: “There are no excuses - we were beaten fair and square on the day.
“He jumped well for the most part. Although he did get close to a couple, that’s the nature of a race like this.
“We were simply beaten by a better horse and hats off to the winner.”
Henderson, who also saddled the fourth home Mad Max, added: “They have both run great races although obviously we got beat.
“They both had big weights and it was a typical cut and thrust handicap chase.
“I don’t see any reason to change the plan with Long Run and he will go to Kempton for the King George now, although I doubt Kauto Star will be quaking in his boots.
“You might just say that Long Run has shown his best form on flatter tracks, although that might be clutching at straws.
“We didn’t really have a plan for Mad Max after today. He probably would have preferred better going and has finished quite tired.
“They should both improve a bit for that, although I’m not going to say they will improve by two stone because obviously they won’t.”
PADDY POWER REACTION TO GOLD CUP RESULT
Commenting on the 20/1 success of Little Josh in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Paddy Power himself said: “Nigel Twiston-Davies owed us a result in the Paddy Power Gold Cup having previously saddled two very well-backed winners.
“Long Run was battered like a North Sea cod by punters, who could well be eating fish and chips instead of caviar tonight.”
Today’s attendance at Cheltenham Racecourse on Paddy Power Gold Cup day came to 29,371.
Edward Gillespie, Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, said: “We are delighted that virtually 30,000 people turned up to see a fantastic day’s racing.”
2.35pm PADDY POWER GOLD CUP CHASE (GRADE THREE)
£150,000 guaranteed, 2m 4f 110y. For 4yo+ Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after October 31st, a winner of a chase 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse's weight above 11st 12lb) Poquelin's Handicap Mark 164 Entries 53 pay £225 Confirmed 26 pay £ 525 Penalty value 1st £85,515.00 2nd £32,085.00 3rd £16,065.00 4th £8,010.00 5th £4,020.00 6th £2,010.00
1 LITTLE JOSH (IRE) (Tony Bloom) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-5 Sam Twiston-Davies (3) 20/1
2 DANCING TORNADO (IRE) (JP McManus) Michael Hourigan IRE 9-9-13 Adrian Heskin (5) 20/1
3 LONG RUN (FR) (Robert Waley-Cohen) Nicky Henderson 5-11-1 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (5) 2/1f
4 MAD MAX (IRE) (Carole Skipworth & Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 8-11-5 Barry Geraghty 15/2
5 POQUELIN (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 7-11-7 Ian Popham (5)
6 GREAT ENDEAVOUR (IRE) (David Johnson) David Pipe 6-10-4 Timmy Murphy
7 SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 7-9-12 Richie McLernon (3)
8 EDGBRIAR (FR) (D Allen) Paul Webber 8-10-7 Dominic Elsworth
9 PIGEON ISLAND (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-10-0 Paddy Brennan
10 CATCH ME (GER) (J O’Shea) Edward O'Grady IRE 8-10-5 Andrew McNamara
11 PASSATO (GER) (D Ponting) Jo Davis 6-10-1 Jamie Moore
12 FINGER ONTHE PULSE (IRE) (JP McManus) Tom Taaffe IRE 9-10-11 Tony McCoy
13 THE SAWYER (BEL) (D Fear) Bob Buckler 10-10-1 Nathan Sweeney (7)
F2out GWANAKO (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 7-10-10 Nick Scholfield
F4out TCHICO POLOS (FR) (Chris Giles) Paul Nicholls 6-11-1t Noel Fehily
P DOOR BOY (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 7-10-0 Brian Hughes
P AWESOME GEORGE (Gwen Meacham) Alan King 6-9-11 Charlie Huxley (3)
P CAN'T BUY TIME (IRE) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 8-10-7 Dougie Costello
Non-runner: 20 Rory Boy (self certificate - other; 18 Gonebeyondrecall
Distances: 2 3/4, 2, 12, 6, 2 1/4, 3 3/4, 4 1/2, 1 1/2, 1 1/2, 14, 5, 6
Breeding: ch g Pasternak - Miss Top (IRE)
Totes: Win: £22.90 Places: £3.60, £4.60, £1.40, £2.00 Exacta: £732.90
Winning Trainer: NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES Based: Grange Hill Farm, Naunton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Date of birth: 16/5/57 Background: Rode as an amateur for Fred Winter, Fred Rimell and Kim Bailey. The Gloucestershire handler combined training as a permit-holder with his farming interests throughout the 1980s, having his first winner with Last Of The Foxes, who he also rode, at Hereford in March, 1982, before the agricultural recession prompted him to make training his full-time profession. He took out a full training licence in 1989, recording his first win as a public trainer in December of that year with Babil at Newbury. Born on May 16, 1957, as an amateur jockey Twiston-Davies rode 17 winners under Rules and gained a further 17 point-to-point victories, and served as assistant trainer to Richard Head and Fred Rimell. A childhood neighbour and friend of Peter Scudamore, he went into partnership with the former champion jump jockey to set up stables at Grange Hill Farm, Naunton, Gloucestershire, although Scudamore is no longer involved in the venture. Twiston-Davies has adopted and developed the pioneering techniques of Martin Pipe, such as interval training and regular blood tests for his string, enabling him to rapidly raise his profile among the training ranks. An essentially shy man, he momentarily shocked Des Lynam after Earth Summit’s Grand National success in 1998 by telling the BBC presenter in front of millions of viewers “I don’t do interviews”. Trained his 1,000th winner at Stratford in October 2006. Big Race Wins Include: John Smith’s Grand National (1998 Earth Summit, 2002 Bindaree), Albert Bartlett (Bristol) (1998 Bosuns Mate, 1999 Bindaree), Albert Bartlett (River Don) Novices' Hurdle (2008 Battlecry), Bet365 Gold Cup (2000 Beau), Boylesports.com International (2009 Khyber Kim), Challow Novices' Hurdle (1999 King's Road, 1999 Bindaree), Champion Irish National Hunt Flat Race (1998 King's Road), Charlie Hall Chase (1992 Tipping Tim, 1994 Young Hustler, 2005 & 2007 Ollie Magern), Christmas Hurdle (1997 Kerawi), Classic Chase (2005 Baron Windrush), Cleeve Hurdle (1998 Mistinguett), Dovecote Novices' Hurdle (2008 Pigeon Island), Elite Hurdle (2000 Mister Morose), Feltham Novices' Chase (1992 Dakyns Boy, 2004 Ollie Magern), Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2010 Baccalaureate), Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2009 Khyber Kim), Haydock Park Gold Cup (2001 Frantic Tan), Hennessy Gold Cup (2000 King's Road), Heroes Handicap Hurdle (2000 Rubhahunish), Hyde Novices' Hurdle (2007 Razor Royale), Kingmaker Novices' Chase (1996 Arctic Kinsman), Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle (2000 Rubhahunish), Letheby & Christopher Cotswold Chase (2008 Knowhere), Long Walk Hurdle (1993 Sweet Duke, 1996 Ocean Hawk), November Novices' Chase (1997 Queen Of Spades, 1998 Mister Morose, 2004 Fundamentalist), Old Roan Handicap Chase (2008 Knowhere), Paddy Power Gold Cup (1992 Tipping Tim, 2008 Imperial Commander, 2010 Little Josh), Persian War Novices' Hurdle (2003 Champagne Harry, 2004 Knowhere, 2005 Rimsky), Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (1995 Earth Summit), Punchestown Gold Cup (1998 Mahler), Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (1995 Sweet Duke, 2000 Beau), Rising Stars Novices' Chase (1994 Sweet Duke, 2000 Bindaree), Scilly Isles Novices' Chase (1993 Young Hustler, 1998 Jack Doyle), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1994 Corrouge, 2000 Mister Morose), Scottish Grand National (1992 Captain Dibble, 1994 Earth Summit, 2009 Hello Bud), Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase (2003 Shardam), totesport.com Becher Chase (1993 Indian Tonic, 1995 Young Hustler, 1998 Earth Summit), Towton Novices' Chase (2005 Ollie Magern), Wayward Lad Novices' Chase (2007 Mahogany Blaze), Welsh National (1997 Earth Summit, 2003 Bindaree), West Yorkshire Hurdle (2006 Redemption, 2008 Pettifour), Winter Bumper (1998 Frantic Tan), Worcester Novices' Chase (1991 Captain Dibble, 1998 Ocean Hawk) Cheltenham Festival wins (13): totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2010 Imperial Commander), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2010 Pigeon Island), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2010 Baby Run), Ryanair Chase (2009 Imperial Commander), 139th Year Of The National Hunt Chase (2009 Tricky Trickster), William Hill NH Chase (1992 Tipping Tim), Royal & SunAlliance Hdle (1993 Gaelstrom, 2004 Fundamentalist), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (1993 Young Hustler), Letheby & Christopher Supreme H (1994 Arctic Kinsman), JCB Triumph Hurdle (1998 Upgrade), Pertemps Final H’cap Hurdle (2000 Rubhahunish, 2008 Ballyfitz) Wins (1982/3-2008/09): 0, 0, 4, 4, 1, 3, 2, 8, 19, 31, 76, 72, 81, 74, 52, 69, 65, 87, 47, 35, 31, 79 ; 69; 59; 60; 87; 83; 70; Wins this Season: 61
Winning Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Born: October 15, 1992 Background: son of Gold Cup and Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies - turned professional on April 17, 2010. At age 16, in May, 2009, he won the Irish Champion Hunter Chase at Punchestown aboard Baby Run. Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2010 Baby Run) Other big race wins: Paddy Power Gold Cup (2010 Little Josh) First Winner under Rules: Baby Run, Magnus All-croft Memorial Hunters’ Chase, Ludow, February 18, 2009 Wins (2008/09-2009/10): 2; 15; Wins This Season: 38
Race 1 - JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
SAM THE MAN IN PREP FOR JCB’S FESTIVAL HURDLE
Making his debut in Britain after three runs in France, Sam Winner proved far too good for his rivals in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial.
Jockey Noel Fehily barely had to move as the French-bred gelding carried Angela Yeoman’s colours to victory by 15 lengths, and trainer Paul Nicholls said: “He’s been really good at home and we’ve liked him from day one and it was just a matter of getting him strong enough and forward enough to run today.
“He’s having a good blow, which is a good sign, but he’s been an awesome jumper since he first came in. He had three runs at Auteuil and if they can jump round there it’s good form.
“The best thing is he finished racing over there in April and had a good summer break at grass. Until you run them, you don’t know how good they are, but we’ve got a better idea now. The hurly-burly of the JCB Triumph Hurdle isn’t going to worry him because he’s a big horse and he jumps well. What I wouldn’t do is risk him on fast ground, but we’ll run him while we can.
“Anthony [Bromley, the bloodstock agent] knows the sort we like - he bought him for us knowing he would make a chaser one day.
“I was very impressed with that and I like him an awful lot. He’s 16.2hh now - a great big horse. He had good form at Auteuil, which is what you want. Ruby rang me this morning and I asked him what my best chance of the day was and he said, from the ones that he had ridden, Sam Winner.”
Noel Fehily added: “He feels like a very nice horse. They went a very strong gallop early doors and I let him take his time early. He has made up the ground so easily and galloped all the way to the line. He’s entitled to be favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after that.”
Sam Winner is the 7/1 ante-post favourite with Paddy Power for the JCB Triumph Hurdle in March.
RACE ONE - JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE TRIAL
GRAND RESULT FOR HENDERSON
Nicky Henderson was delighted with the performance of runner-up Grandouet after he disappointed on his British debut at Wetherby.
Tony McCoy’s mount hit the front far too early on that occasion and faded to fifth, but was ridden with much more restraint on this occasion to finish 15 lengths adrift of the successful Sam Winner.
Henderson said: “That was much better and I am pleased with him.
“I misread the instructions the first time when he came over from France and we got the tactics wrong.
“He has ran a good race and is a speedy sort so we will look at the Adonis Hurdle and going to Aintree rather than coming back here for the Festival.”
Henderson also saddled the 11/4 favourite Titan De Sarti, who finished fifth under Barry Geraghty.
The trainer added: “He was very green. He hit the second flight and Barry said it got very tight in there but he will have learned a lot.”
Race 1 - JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial - Ground
GROUND A BIT DEAD, SAY JOCKEYS
Following the running of the first race on day two of The Open, the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial, the following jockeys gave their opinion as to the state of the going.
Brian Harding, rider of Mason Hindmarsh (14th), said: “It’s good to soft and also a bit dead in places.”
Brian Hughes, rider of Pena Dorada (9th), said: “Very dead ground.”
Wayne Hutchinson, rider of Gulf Punch (11th), said: “I would say it’s generally good to soft, although it is riding a bit dead.”
Felix de Giles, rider of Tatispout (12th), said: “It’s good to soft but it’s also very gluey. It’s hard work out there.”
The official going description is Good to Soft, Good in places.
Race two - ULTIMA FRONTFUNNER IN IT SOLUTIONS NOVICES’ CHASE
PRINCE RULES IN DRAMATIC CLIMAX
Wayward Prince maintained his unbeaten record over fences as he followed up his recent Huntingdon success in the Ultima Frontrunner in IT Novices’ Chase.
Ian Williams’ six-year-old was a Grade One winner over hurdle at Aintree last season and is set to take high rank in the novice chase division after his four-and-a-half-length triumph under Dougie Costello.
Wayward Prince disputed the lead for much of the three-mile test and was left clear at the head of affairs at the second-last fence when Chicago Grey fell upsides.
Williams said: “I was initially disappointed with his jumping but Dougie came back in and said they just weren’t going fast enough or him.
“He doesn’t want to be in front too long which is why Dougie had a look over his shoulder coming down the hill. He didn’t want to commit too early.
“He has got some way to go to be the finished article, and it is nice when it is like that.
“I do think there is still room for improvement with his jumping but he has done what he has needed to.
“We want to end up in the RSA Chase and he has now been around the track, jumped adequately and enjoyed himself so there is a lot to look forward to.”
Paddy Power left Wayward Prince unchanged at 16/1 for the RSA Chase next March.
Costello commented: “I was just saying to Richard (Johnson) as we were trotting down that I felt that I was going half-speed - like second gear - but it’s because he has such a high cruising speed and he idles.
“I was trying to go quick enough but not get there too soon, so I had to kick on three fences out and I was waiting for a bit of company at the same time.
"I still felt that I had the beating of the horse that fell at the second last and that I was only getting into third or fourth gear. He just has such a high cruising speed.”
Race 2 - Ultima Frontrunner In IT Solutions Novices’ Chase - second quotes
BALTHAZAR A BETTER PROSPECT OVER FENCES
Connections were delighted with the performance of Balthazaar King following the six-year-old’s second in the Ultima Frontrunner In IT Solutions Novices’ Chase over an extended three miles.
Partnered by Richard Johnson, Balthazar’s Gift was prominent throughout the race and kept on to take second, beaten four and a half lengths by Wayward Prince.
Sarah Hobbs, wife of trainer Philip Hobbs, said: “We are delighted with him.
“Richard Johnson says the horse is respecting his fences much better than he respected his hurdles and it looks as if chasing has been the making of him.
“I thought that was a very good performance today, especially as he was giving 3lb to the winner.
“I am not sure what the plans are for him now as he has already been quite busy this season.”
Race 2 - Ultima Frontrunner in IT Solutions Novices’ Chase
WILLIAMS SUFFERS SUSPECTED FRACTURE
Jockey Christian Williams suffered a suspected fractured left arm when falling from Beshabar in the Ultima Frontrunner in IT Solutions Novices’ Chase.
Williams, 27, who was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital by ambulance within minutes of the fall, was in contention and lying fourth at the second-last fence when leader Chicago Grey fell and sprawled. The Tim Vaughan-trained Beshabar was seriously impeded, and, while he kept his feet, Williams was jettisoned from the saddle and landed heavily.
Beshabar was unscathed, while Gordon Elliott, who trains Chicago Grey, said both his horse and jockey Davy Condon were uninjured.
Williams’ career nearly ended prematurely in September 2006 when he suffered a severe shoulder injury that damaged nerves and ligaments. He missed the rest of that season and subsequently broke a leg not long after returning to the saddle, but he has consistently fought off injuries and returned to the top of his game, proving popular with many leading trainers.
Race 3 - Morson Group Handicap Chase - Winning Quotes
MIDNIGHT CHASE CONTINUES CHELTENHAM LOVE AFFAIR
Midnight Chase continued his love affair with Cheltenham when making every yard of the running to collect the Grade Three Morson Group Handicap Chase in the hands of Dougie Costello, giving the rider a 28.25/1 double following the success of Wayward Prince in the previous race.
The winner, returned at 8/1, has now won three out of his five starts at Cheltenham and a return to Prestbury Park is very much on the cards.
Trainer Neil Mulholland said: “That was superb. He was very brave and gutsy. Once he gets into a rhythm out in front, he is hard to get by. He just loves it here.
“He was put up 9lb for his last win and we were hoping the handicapper had got it right, but he just keeps improving.
“We will keep him in the grade where he can win although we don’t know how good he is. We will just play it by ear, but we would like to keep him at Cheltenham as he goes so well here - he likes the undulations and the fences.
“We won’t know what the handicapper is going to do with him until Tuesday. If we go over 150, that makes things interesting.”
Despite quotes from bookmakers, one race the eight-year-old is not likely to go for this season is the John Smith’s Grand National.
Mulholland continued: “It is doubtful he will go for the Grand National this year, although he might have an entry. We have got his confidence back with his jumping this year and I wouldn’t want him to go and fall at Aintree.”
Dougie Costello added: “He is just a specialist round here. We were idling all of the way and the ground is probably the slowest that I have ridden him on. He hasn’t got that spring in his step and he is a bit more careful. But he hits the hill here and he just finds an extra gear.
“After today, Neil is a serious trainer for me. He has done marvellous with this horse - I was down at his yard schooling him on Thursday and he looks a picture. It’s all down to Neil and the lads in the yard - it’s brilliant.”
Midnight Chase runs in the colours of Lady Hilda Clarke, widow of Northern Racing founder Stan Clarke, who owned the 1997 Grand National winner Lord Gyllene.
Lady Clarke said: “That was marvellous, Stan would have loved this.”
Race 3 - Morson Group Handicap Chase
CURRENCY COULD BE VALUE IN THE NATIONAL
Locally-trained Any Currency is giving his owners some Cheltenham fun, but he could be heading to Aintree in April.
Fourth in last season’s National Hunt Chase at The Festival, Any Currency put up another good effort today when finished runner-up to Midnight Chase in the Morson Group Handicap Chase.
Trainer Martin Keighley, who trains just a few miles from Cheltenham at Condicote, said: “He just stays and stays, and has run his heart out today. He jumped well and the cheekpieces helped him travel a little better.
“He really winged the last and I thought we might catch the leader, who had just made a mistake, but he [Midnight Chase] found a bit more.
“He was only beaten four lengths at the Festival and he got that close by staying on. Softer ground helped today and the further the better.
“The owners [a syndicate called Cash Is King] are keen to think about the National this season, and while he’s got a rating of 132 and you probably need one of about 140 to get a run it’s possible we could aim for that.
“We might come back here to run again, but I’ll talk to the syndicate, which is headed by Mark Boothroyd of Seven Day Catering, sponsors of our yard.”
Race three - MORSON GROUP HANDICAP CHASE
THIRD PLACE QUOTES
ROYAL ASCOT WINNER TAKES THIRD
Royal Ascot winner Junior reverted to fences after his Flat heroics and put in a stellar performance to take third behind all-the-way winner Midnight Chase.
David Pipe’s seven-year-old scooped the Ascot Handicap back in June before going on to finish second at Glorious Goodwood.
He was already a two-time winner over fences, though, and returned to that discipline under Tom Scudamore.
Scudamore had his mount up with the pace throughout and only lost second place on the testing run to the line.
Pipe said: “He has put in a good performance and he should improve for the outing.
“He does stay really well and there will be plenty of decent handicaps he can go for this season.
“I have not had a chance to talk to Tom yet and see what he thinks but I imagine we will keep running him over both hurdles and fences.”
Race 5 - JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON HANDICAP HURDLE
CANDLISH STRIKES AGAIN
Jennie Candlish saddled her second Cheltenham winner as Cross Kennon returned to the track and claimed the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle.
The six-year-old was fourth in the Pertemps Final in March and was again given a patient ride by Alan O’Keeffe on his return.
The well-backed 9/2 joint favourite cut through the pack running down the hill and asserted after the final flight to score by three lengths.
Candlish said: “There is no way when he ran at Lingfield off a handicap mark of 72 that I thought he would be winning on Paddy Power Gold Cup day.
“He keeps surprising me all of the time and he suits our regime. We turf him out in the field which is why he looks like a Shetland pony and he does get spoilt rotten.
“We are only a small yard and to come to places like this is the aim.
“He will probably have a break now and we will then look at giving him one run before returning to Cheltenham for The Festival.
“We have always viewed him as a four-mile chaser and that will be his game ultimately.”
Race 5 - Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle
O’KEEFFE ALWAYS CONFIDENT
Favourite backers may have had their hearts in their mouths as the 9/2 joint market leader Cross Kennon still had plenty of ground to make up coming to the final flight in the Listed Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle, but there were no such doubts for jockey Alan O’Keeffe. The pair stayed on well on after the last to overhaul Viking Blond and register a comfortable three-length victory.
O’Keeffe said: “I was aways pretty confident as he was going well coming down the hill the last time.
“He has come from behind but that is just the way you have to ride him - you have to come from the back.
“I didn’t want to hit the front too soon as he can stop when he hits the front. You have to let him travel and get happy - you can’t rush him early doors and all he does is stay.
“We were a bit worried that the ground wasn’t soft enough but it is riding pretty dead.
“It’s a good training performance - he started off at Lingfield on a mark of 61 and he has gone up 60lb. It’s a good performance to get back here to win.
“They went a good gallop and I knew the one thing that this lad will do is gallop up the hill, like he did in the Pertemps Final, when he didn’t get enough luck in running and the ground was a bit quick for him.
“He will be a nice staying chaser for the future.”
Race 6 - Ultima Business Solutions Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
DEVIL LEAVES IT LATE
Day two of The Open finished with Devil To Pay getting up close home to take the Ultima Business Solutions Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
Several horses held chances at the final flight but the 7/1 shot Devil To Pay, partnered by Charlie Huxley, kept on strongly after the last to overhaul Crystal Rock, who had looked the likely winner turning for home with top-weight Ballybriggan a further two and three-quarter lengths back in third.
Successful trainer Alan King said: “He ran well behind a decent one of Venetia’s at Bangor last season and we wanted to keep him a novice for this season, so we just gave him some spins on the Flat at Newbury and Goodwood before putting him away for a summer break.
“This horse doesn’t want to hit the front too soon so has to be ridden like that. I don’t know where he goes next.
“The landlord (Nigel Bunter) owns a share in him which is good news.”
John Quinn, trainer of third-placed Ballybriggan, commented: “He had a lot of weight and ran a good race.
“He’ll stay hurdling for now but he’s had a hard enough race, so we’ll give him a break and look for something over two and a half miles.”
THOMAS PINK LEADING JOCKEY AWARD
STANDINGS AFTER DAY TWO
JOCKEY 1st 2nd 3rd
Dougie Costello 2 - 2
Richard Johnson 1 2 -
Noel Fehily 1 1 2
Joe Tizzard 1 1 1
Barry Geraghty 1 1 -
Mr James Banks 1 - -
David Bass 1 - -
Charlie Huxley 1 - -
Will Kennedy 1 - -
Alan O’Keeffe 1 - -
Sam Twiston-Davies 1 - -
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen - 1 1
Paddy Brennan - 1 -
Miss Nina Carberry - 1 -
Tom David - 1 -
Adrian Heskin - 1 -
Tony McCoy - 1 -
Conor O’Farrell - 1 -
Andrew Lynch - - 1
Jamie Moore - - 1
Mr Derek O’Connor - - 1
Tom Scudamore - - 1
Paul Townend - - 1
Christopher Ward - - 1
THOMAS PINK LEADING TRAINER AWARD
STANDINGS AFTER DAY TWO
TRAINER 1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Henderson 2 2 1
Alan King 2 - -
Philip Hobbs 1 2 -
Colin Tizzard 1 1 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies 1 1 1
Paul Nicholls 1 - 1
Jennie Candlish 1 - -
Neil Mulholland 1 - -
Paul Webber 1 - -
Ian Williams 1 - -
David Pipe - 2 1
Enda Bolger IRE - 1 -
Michael Hourigan IRE - 1 -
Martin Keighley - 1 -
Tim Vaughan - 1 -
Henry De Bromhead IRE - - 1
Robin Dickin - - 1
Terence O’Brien IRE - - 1
Mick Quinlan - - 1
John Quinn - - 1
Lucy Wadham - - 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
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
SECOND DAY WINNERS
12.50pm JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Grade Two)
SAM WINNER (FR) (Angela Yeoman) Paul Nicholls 3-10-12 Noel Fehily 4/1
1.20pm Ultima Frontrunner in IT Solutions Novices' Chase
WAYWARD PRINCE (TJ & Mrs H Parrott) Ian Williams 6-11-4 Dougie Costello 9/4f
1.55pm Morson Group Handicap Chase
MIDNIGHT CHASE (Lady Clarke) Neil Mulholland 8-11-9 Dougie Costello 8/1
2.35pm Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase (Grade Three)
LITTLE JOSH (IRE) (Tony Bloom) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-5 Sam Twiston-Davies (3) 20/1
3.10pm Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle (Listed)
CROSS KENNON (IRE) (P & Mrs G Clarke) Jennie Candlish 6-10-11 Alan O'Keeffe 9/2jf
3.40pm Ultima Business Solutions Novices' Handicap Hurdle
DEVIL TO PAY (Horace 5) Alan King 4-10-6 Charlie Huxley (3) 7/1
POSSIBLE LANDMARKS TODAY
Today sees the 51st running of the £150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup.
The red-hot favourite for the feature contest is Long Run, set to be partnered by amateur Sam Waley-Cohen. One statistic he has to overcome is the fact that none of the previous 50 winners have been partnered by an amateur.
Long Run is also a five-year-old and in the previous 50 years only one horse from the age group has prevailed - Cyfor Malta in 1998.
On the plus side, favourites have a relatively good recent record in the Paddy Power Gold Cup with five of the last 10 winning, including Tranquil Sea last year.
Nigel Twiston-Davies is the only current trainer to have won the Paddy Power Gold Cup on more than one occasion, having scored with Tipping Tim in 1992 and Imperial Commander in 2008. This year he saddles Little Josh and Pigeon Island.
Tony McCoy is by far and away the most successful current jockey in the Paddy Power Gold Cup with four previous successes. Today he takes the mount on Finger Onthe Pulse. The only other current jockey to have enjoyed more than one previous Paddy Power Gold Cup victory is Timmy Murphy, who landed back to back renewals on Celestial Gold in 2004 and Our Vic in 2005. Today he will be aboard the likely second favourite Great Endeavour.
Last year Tranquil Sea became the first Irish-trained winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup since Bright Highway in 1980. Tranquil Sea’s trainer Edward O’Grady and jockey Andrew McNamara are today represented by Catch Me.
Looking for John Smith’s Grand National clues at Cheltenham today? Then look no further than race three on the card, the Morson Group Handicap Chase. Two of the past three winners of the Aintree spectacular competed in this race - Comply Or Die was pulled up in the 2007 renewal prior to winning at Aintree in 2008, while last year Don’t Push It was beaten half a length at Cheltenham before going on to give Tony McCoy a memorable victory at Aintree in April this year.
PADDY POWER CUT LONG RUN TO 100/30
The money continues to pour in for Long Run, the favourite for today’s feature Paddy Power Gold Cup, and Paddy Power now go 100/30 about the Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old.
Paddy Power himself said: “The deluge of money continues to come for Long Run.
“We held out at 7/2 for most of this morning but have been forced to cut him to 100/30 due the sheer weight of money.”
DRY AND BRIGHT, SO BRING ON THE RACING
A blue sky and bright sunshine has teed up the prospect of a fabulous day at Cheltenham racecourse.
Clerk of the course Simon Claisse reported there was no rain at the venue overnight.
He said: “The going remains ‘good to soft, good in places’ and we are now expecting a dry and bright day. The GoingStick reading was 7.6 at 6am.”
JOE ON CUE FOR THE GUINNESS
Jockey Joe Tizzard will be in the winner’s enclosure at 12.25pm today to collect a ‘Guinness Moment’ award on behalf of the team behind Cue Card.
Four-year-old Cue Card’s impressive victory in the Grade 2 Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle was rated by racegoers as the top performance on day one of The Open, and his jockey will pick up a trophy in recognition of the feat.
A panel of journalists shortlisted three contenders for Friday’s ‘Guinness Moment’ - Cue Card, Lacdoudal, who bravely held off Garde Champetre to win the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Steeplechase, and Nicky Henderson, who saddled a double with Dave’s Dream and Aegean Dawn.
The three nominations were announced over the public address system and racegoers had the final say by choosing the outright winner via mobile phone texts.
To vote for the winner of today’s ‘Guinness Moment’ listen out for the nominations and then text ‘Moment’ with a selection of A, B or C to 80818 (texts cost £1 plus the usual carrier tariff).
One voter will be randomly chosen each day to receive a pair of tickets for the Saturday card at Cheltenham’s December meeting, The International.
CUE CARD KNOWS HE IS THE NEW KID TO NOTE
Cue Card was soaking up the adulation at Colin Tizzard’s yard in Dorset this morning following his mightily impressive Cheltenham victory yesterday.
Tizzard’s son Joe, who rides Cue Card, said: “I gave him a pat this morning and he seemed fine. He had his head over the stable door looking for attention - he’s loving every minute of it. He’s that sort of horse, but he’s always been that way - he’s not a cocky horse, but he has that sort of aura about him.
“He’ll have a quiet day today, and probably just be led out for a pick of grass, tomorrow he’ll go on the horse walker and on Monday he’ll be quietly ridden.
“We’re steadily progressing the standard of horses in the yard, but Cue Card could be a once-in-a-lifetime horse. It’s a privilege to have him and very exciting.”
Asked whether his father had spoken of future plans, and whether the horse might go for the Stan James Champion Hurdle or Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival back at Cheltenham in March, Joe said: “The only thing we’re confident about is that we will keep him to two miles. We haven’t decided where to run him next and will just see how he is over the next few weeks. He’s only four and we don’t want to run the guts out of him.”
Reflecting on yesterday’s victory in the Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, Joe said: “Every race is a stepping stone, and I wanted him to ping the last and get away from it as part of that education. He’s progressing all the time and I think he can get better.
“After he won a bumper at Fontwell last year, people questioned whether we should go for the [Weatherbys] Champion Bumper [which Cue Card won] at the Festival, but we knew we had something special on our hands.”
CARD ON CUE IN THE PAPERS
Cue Card earned all the plaudits on day one of The Open meeting as the Weatherbys Champion Bumper winner maintained his unbeaten record with an impressive win for trainer Colin Tizzard and his son and jockey Joe.
The four-year-old stormed home from a field brimming with future talent in the Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle and The Sun’s Claude Duval leads the paper’s racing pullout by writing “Cue Card trumped his rivals with a breathtaking display”.
The country’s leading tabloid also tip Sunnyhillboy in today’s feature event, the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with tipster Templegate (Steve Jones) fancying Jonjo O’Neill’s runner and also giving praise to Irish raider Catch Me.
Fifteen-times champion jockey Tony McCoy believes he has an each-way chance in the race aboard previous Cheltenham Festival winner Finger Onthe Pulse and in his Daily Telegraph column nominates the well-backed favourite, Long Run, as the horse to beat.
In the same publication, Marcus Armytage, reflects on Cue Card’s eight-length triumph and writes, “Cue Card began to deliver on the promise he made in winning the Festival Bumper last March when he came clear of Dunraven Storm in the Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle”.
Lee Mottershead in the Racing Post adds that, “If something looks too good to be true, so the saying goes, it usually is, but Cue Card, a ridiculously easy winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and now unbeaten in four starts, might just be the exception”.
The Daily Mail gave just three paragraphs to the horse’s performance with the majority of space being used by tipster Sam Turner, who nominates David Pipe’s Great Endeavour as the horse to follow in the day’s main event.
Opposing views come from Bev Swingell in the Daily Express with Nicky Henderson’s Mad Max the selection, while Patrick Weaver comments that, “The owners on racing’s Rich List have been queuing up to buy Cue Card since he won the Bumper at the Festival in March - yesterday we were reminded why”.
Andy Stephens in the Times writes: “Colin Tizzard is familiar with juggling acts but the Dorset handler, who daily mixes training almost 60 horses with milking 250 cows, has his work cut out with Cue Card. Should he restrict the hottest young property in jump racing to novice events for the rest of the season or fast-track him to the Champion Hurdle?.”
Cue Card is as short as 7/4 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and is a general 25/1 chance for the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
The Times’ Rob Wright plumps for Great Endeavour in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and states, “David Pipe has some way to go to emulate his father Martin’s feats in the Paddy Power Gold Cup but can get the ball rolling by saddling his first winner in the prestigious handicap with Great Endeavour”.
Chris Cook in the Guardian picks up on Timeform giving Cue Card a rating of 156 and adds “as the horse is just a four-year-old he is sure to improve before March”, while Will Hayler fancies Long Run to oblige as favourite in the Paddy Power.
David Yates, Newsboy in the Daily Mirror, does not agree and argues, “Great Endeavour’s last run resulted in victory in the Byrne Group Plate and this improving chaser, who receives 16lb from his market rival, can put his knowledge of the course to good use.”
The Daily Star features Mark Winstanley tipping Great Endeavour with former jockey Mick Fitzgerald fancying Long Run, and the paper’s correspondent, Tony Lewis, penning “Joe Tizzard has more Cue Power than Ronnie O’Sullivan now and he looks set to enjoy the biggest break of his life”.
Captain Wessex in the Western Daily Press selects Finger Onthe Pulse in the same race with the Press Association’s chief racing correspondent Tom Peacock popping up in the paper with his assertion that, “Cue Card offered yet more evidence he is the horse of the Tizzard family’s lifetime with another wide-margin victory”.
Another local publication, the Gloucestershire Echo, led their back page with Cue Card’s scintillating success and Racing Editor Jonathan Herbert observes “Rising star Cue Card will have one more run at Cheltenham before next year’s Festival following his impressive success”.
Herbert also picks up on the success of Solihull-based owners, Roger and Carol Skan, after their blue silks were carried to success by both Lacdoudal and Rustarix on the opening afternoon.
BANS FOR TWO AMATEURS ON OPENING DAY
Two amateur jockeys picked up bans on the opening day of The Open following their rides in the Irish Times Amateur Riders Handicap Chase.
Tom Cheesman was suspended for two days following his ride on Notabotheronme, who finished seventh. It was held by the stewards that Cheesman had used his whip when out of contention. The dates of the ban will be notified at a later date.
David Pritchard, who partnered Earth Planet to finish eighth, was also found to have used his whip when out of contention. He received a one-day ban, the date of which will be notified at a later date.
TODAY’S PADDY POWER MARKET MOVERS
LONG RUN STILL AVAILABLE AT 7/2
Race 2 - 1.20pm Ultima Frontrunner In IT Solutions Novices’ Chase
7 Cannington Brook - now 8/1 (from 16/1)
Race 3 - 1.55pm Morson Group Handicap Chase
6 Ogee - now 8/1 (from 9/1)
Race 4 - 2.35pm Paddy Power Gold Cup
Paddy Power himself said: “Long Run has been battered like a North Sea cod, but we are still the best price in the village at 7/2.
“We are going five places on the Paddy Power Gold Cup and we expect some of the bigger-priced horse to attract attention because of this generous initiative.”
Race 5 - 3.10pm Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle
11 Ackertac - now 5/1 (from 11/2)
Race 6 - 3.40pm Ultima Business Solutions Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
7 Bold Addition - now 5/1 (from 13/2)
FIRST DAY CROWD UP YESTERDAY
Yesterday’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 had a great start to the weekend yesterday with 500 extra people coming racing.
“We are looking forward to today and tomorrow, when we stage more tremendous racing watched hopefully by excellent crowds.”
TOTEPOOL TURNOVER AHEAD YESTERDAY
Yesterday’s on-course totepool cash betting turnover at Cheltenham came to £441,000, up six per cent on last year’s Friday figure.
12.50pm JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE TRIAL
(REGISTERED AS THE PRESTBURY JUVENILE HURDLE) (GRADE TWO)
£25,000 guaranteed, 2m 110y. For 3yo Weights 10st 12lb Penalties a winner of a Class 4 hurdle 4lb; of a Class 1 to 3 hurdle 8lb Allowances fillies 7lb Entries 24 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 SAM WINNER (FR) (Angela Yeoman) Paul Nicholls 3-10-12 Noel Fehily 4/1
2 GRANDOUET (FR) (Simon Munir) Nicky Henderson 3-11-6 Tony McCoy 8/1
3 PLAN A (IRE) (Liam Mulryan) Mick Quinlan 3-10-12 Jamie Moore 12/1
4 HORATIO CAINE (FR) (Jane Williams) Nick Williams 3-10-12 Daryl Jacob
5 TITAN DE SARTI (FR) (Michael Buckley) Nicky Henderson 3-10-12 Barry Geraghty 11/4f
6 KALAMILL (IRE) (R Davies) Shaun Lycett 3-10-12t Sam Twiston-Davies
7 TWO KISSES (IRE) (B McNamee, J Mould, J Warner, L Brewin) Brendan Powell 3-10-9 Aidan Coleman
8 ZAKEETA (IRE) (B Fillery) Oliver Sherwood 3-10-9 Leighton Aspell
9 PENA DORADA (IRE) (Elaine Burke) Elaine Burke 3-11-2 Brian Hughes
10 PALAWI (IRE) (Bob McMillan) John Quinn 3-11-2 Dougie Costello
11 GULF PUNCH (John Gwynne) Milton Harris 3-10-9p Wayne Hutchinson
12 TATISPOUT (FR) (Sheila Lockhart) Charlie Longsdon 3-10-5 Felix De Giles
13 ARCHITRAVE (Pearn’s Pharmacies Ltd) Tim Vaughan 3-11-6 Richard Johnson
14 MASON HINDMARSH (I Clements) Karen McLintock 3-11-6 Brian Harding
15 GREEN ART (IRE) (Six Of The Very Best) Tracey Barfoot-Saunt 3-10-12 Mr Geoff Barfoot-Saunt
15 ran Distances: 15, 9, hd, 8, 2 1/2, hd, 12, 1/2, 3/4, 7, 9, 17, 3/4, dist
Breeder: Ecurie Winning Breeding: b g Okawango (USA) - Noche (IRE)
Totes: Win: £5.10 Places: £2.10, £2.50, £3.90 Exacta: £38.30
Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born in Olveston, Bristol, on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first title in the 2005/06 season. Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Cheltenham Festival Wins (27): Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sanctuaire), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009 & 2010 Big Buck’s), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2009 Chapoturgeon), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business, 2007 & 2009 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran, 2007 Andreas), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trilogy), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2009/10): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in prize money in a season);155*;115* *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 48
Winning Jockey: Noel Fehily Date Of Birth: December 24, 1974 Based: c/o Charlie Mann, Whitcoombe Stables, Maddle Road, Upper Lambourn, Berkshire Background: Fehily is stable jockey to Charlie Mann, having returned there after a brief spell as second jockey to Jonjo O’Neill from November, 2005. Having gained experience on the point-to-point circuit and in hunter chases in his home country, he began riding in Britain as an amateur and gained his first success on Ivy Boy at Plumpton on November 16, 1998. He rode 12 winners in that first campaign and turned professional after two successes in 1999/2000, which he ended with a score of 17. The best horses Fehily has partnered include Moon Over Miami, Run For Paddy, Albertas Run, Refinement, Butler’s Cabin and Air Force One, on whom he won the biggest success of his career in the Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown in 2008. First Winner: Ivy Boy, Plumpton, November 16, 1998 Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2008 Silver Jaro) First Cheltenham Festival Winner: Silver Jaro, Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle, March 14, 2008 Other Big Race Wins: JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (2010 Sam Winner), Anglo Irish Private Banking Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Moon Over Miami); Ashelybank Investments Future Champions Novices’ Chase (Keltic Bard 2004); Summer National (2005 Rheindross, 2009 Fire And Rain); Kingmaker Novices' Chase (2009 Gauvain); totesport Lanzarote Hurdle (2006 Buck Whaley (dead-heated with Rayshan)), Lightning Novices' Chase (2008Wee Robbie), November Novices' Chase (2007 Moon Over Miami); Punchestown Champion Novice Chase (2008 Air Force One), John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Bouggler), John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle (2007 Two Miles West), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2007 Alberta’s Run) Number of Wins (1998/99-2009/10): 13; 16; 42 (Top conditional rider of 2000/01); 36; 35; 52; 56; 52; 75; 65; 89; 56; Wins This Season: 19
1.20pm ULTIMA FRONTRUNNER IN IT SOLUTIONS NOVICES' CHASE
£15,000 guaranteed, 3m 110y. For 5yo+ Weights 10st 13lb 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 mares 7lb Entries 16 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 WAYWARD PRINCE (TJ & Mrs H Parrott) Ian Williams 6-11-4 Dougie Costello 9/4f
2 BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) (The Brushmakers) Philip Hobbs 6-11-7 Richard Johnson 16/1
3 CANNINGTON BROOK (IRE) (KSB Bloodstock & Celia Djivanovic) Colin Tizzard 6-10-13 Joe Tizzard 13/2
4 BERTIES DREAM (IRE) (Half A Keg Syndicate) Paul Gilligan IRE 7-10-13 Andrew Lynch
5 BILLIE MAGERN (Roger Nicholls) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-7 Paddy Brennan
6 WOLF MOON (IRE) (Louise Jones) Martin Keighley 7-10-13 Wayne Hutchinson
BD2out BESHABAR (IRE) (Margaret Findlay) Tim Vaughan 8-10-13 Christian Williams
F2out CHICAGO GREY (IRE) (John Earls) Gordon Elliott IRE 7-11-7t Davy Condon
Non-runner: Strategic Approach (vet certificate - bruised foot)
Distances: 4 1/2, 4, 22, 4 1/2, 3/4
Breeder: M Kilroe
Breeding: b g Alflora (IRE) - Bellino Spirit (IRE)
Totes: Win: £3.30 Places: £1.60, £3.50, £1.90 Exacta: £50.80
Winning Trainer: IAN WILLIAMS Born: June 27, 1968 Based: Dominion Racing Stables, Alvechurch, Worcs. Background: Son of Devon trainer Billy Williams, Ian initially studied accountancy at college prior to a brief stint working for William Hill bookmakers. He spent three years working as an assistant for Jenny Pitman (1988-1991) prior to a six-month spell at Martin Pipe’s stable in late 1991. Moved on to Francois Doumen in January 1992 and enjoyed four years at the French trainer’s yard. Returned back to Britain and set up on his own in August, 2006. Date of First Trainer’s Licence: August 1996 Other Big Race Wins: Albert Bartlett (Bristol) (2004 Brewster), Challow Novices' Hurdle (2004 Brewster), Hyde Novices' Hurdle (1999 Majestic, 2004 Brewster), Towton Novices' Chase (2010 Weird Al), John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Wayward Prince), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2007 Bambi De L’Orme) Number of Winners (1996/97-2009/10): 5, 14, 31, 42, 42, 48, 51, 50, 40, 28, 19; 20; 14; 35; Wins this Season: 11
Winning Jockey: Dougie Costello Born: March 4, 1983 Background: Hails from Galway. Briefly based with Mary Reveley but moved to Martin Todhunter in the spring of 2004 and then joined Malton trainer John Quinn. Moved to Shropshire trainer Heather Dalton at the end of April 2006 and now rides mainly for John Quinn, Ian Williams and Neil Mulholland. First Winner in Britain: York Rite, Bangor, August 1, 2003, Bettisfield Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle First career Double: Sedgefield, July 26, 2004 (Magic Box and Super Lucky at combined odds of 441-1) Other Notable Wins: Durham National (2005 Prince Of Slane); Elite Hurdle (2006 Crow Wood; 2007 King’s Quay); North Yorkshire Grand National (2006 Prince Of Slane); Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2007 Leslingtaylor), John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Wayward Prince), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2007 Kings Quay), Old Roan Chase (2010 Monet’s Garden) Number of Wins (2003/04-2009/10): 3; 16; 23; 30; 35; 32; 38 Wins This Season: 25
1.55pm MORSON GROUP HANDICAP CHASE
£50,000 guaranteed, 3m 3f 110y. For 4yo+ Weight raised 1 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after November 6th, a winner of a chase 5lb Tricky Trickster's Handicap Mark 149 Entries 22 pay £250 Penalty value 1st £28,505.00 2nd £10,695.00 3rd £5,355.00 4th £2,670.00 5th £1,340.00 6th £670.00
1 MIDNIGHT CHASE (Lady Clarke) Neil Mulholland 8-11-9 Dougie Costello 8/1
2 ANY CURRENCY (IRE) (Cash Is King) Martin Keighley 7-10-9 Noel Fehily 6/1f
3 JUNIOR (Middleham Park Racing LI) David Pipe 7-10-11 Tom Scudamore 12/1
4 BLUESEA CRACKER (IRE) (Note The Link Syndicate) James Motherway IRE 8-11-4 Andrew McNamara 20/1
5 FROM DAWN TO DUSK (Charles Lloyd-Baker) Philip Hobbs 11-11-10 Richard Johnson
6 LEAD ON (IRE) (B Peppiatt) Philip Hobbs 9-10-10 Tom O'Brien
7 OGEE (Sir Evelyn de Rothschild) Renee Robeson 7-11-5 Jimmy McCarthy
8 BALLYFITZ (Fred Mills & Wayne Mills) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-10-12 Sam Twiston-Davies (3)
9 ERIC'S CHARM (FR) (Martin St Quinton) Oliver Sherwood 12-11-9 Leighton Aspell
10 WIND INSTRUMENT (IRE) (Elizabeth Pearce) Alan King 9-10-3 Wayne Hutchinson
11 RAZOR ROYALE (IRE) (Colin Cornes) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-9 Paddy Brennan
12 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) (Patricia Thompson) John Quinn 10-11-3 Tony McCoy
P NEW ALCO (FR) (Ferdy Murphy) Ferdy Murphy 9-11-2 Graham Lee
P GENTLE RANGER (IRE) (S Clifford) David Pipe 8-10-11 Johnny Farrelly
P GILES CROSS (IRE) (KCMS Partnership) Victor Dartnall 8-10-11 Timmy Murphy
P ZACHAROVA (IRE) (The Leadenhall Partnership) Venetia Williams 7-10-3 Aidan Coleman
P TRICKY TRICKSTER (IRE) (Chris Giles) Paul Nicholls 7-11-12 Sam Thomas
Non-runner: 17 Qhilimar (self certificate - not eaten up)
Distances: 8, 1, 20, 10, 5, 10, 8, 7, 1, 5, dist
Breeder: Conkwell Grange Stud Ltd
Breeding: b g Midnight Legend - Yamrah
Totes: Win: £7.10 Places: £2.30, £2.00, £2.70, £3.20 Exacta: £31.10
Winning Trainer: NEIL MULHOLLAND Based: Sunnyside Stables, Burlescombe, Tiverton, Devon; Background: Born in Ulster, Served a three year apprenticeship with Aidan O’Brien before switching codes to become a National Hunt jockey, riding for trainers such as Eamonn Sheehy, Colm Murphy and Edward O’Grady and finishing second in the Irish champion conditional championship. After 56 successes in Ireland, he came to England in January, 2003, and was initially based with Ferdy Murphy, but a heavy fall at Wetherby in March, 2004, resulted in a shattered leg and broken cheekbone kept him on the sidelines for nine months. He subsequently moved on to Micky Hammond, Alan and Lucy Normile and Sandy Forster before becoming Paul Keane’s retained jockey in 2006. Took out a trainer’s licence in May, 2008, after Keane decided that he “wanted to see the world”. First Winner: Winsley Hill, Morgan Timber Novices’ Hurdle, Uttoxeter, June 8, 2008 Big Race Wins: Morson Group Handicap Chase (2010 Midnight Chase) Wins (2008/09-2009/10): 16; 18; Wins This Season: 13
Winning Jockey: Dougie Costello Born: March 4, 1983 Background: Hails from Galway. Briefly based with Mary Reveley but moved to Martin Todhunter in the spring of 2004 and then joined Malton trainer John Quinn. Moved to Shropshire trainer Heather Dalton at the end of April 2006 and now rides mainly for John Quinn, Ian Williams and Neil Mulholland. First Winner in Britain: York Rite, Bangor, August 1, 2003, Bettisfield Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle First career Double: Sedgefield, July 26, 2004 (Magic Box and Super Lucky at combined odds of 441-1) Other Notable Wins: Morson Group Handicap Chase (2010 Midnight Chase); Durham National (2005 Prince Of Slane); Elite Hurdle (2006 Crow Wood; 2007 King’s Quay); North Yorkshire Grand National (2006 Prince Of Slane); Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2007 Leslingtaylor), John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Wayward Prince), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2007 Kings Quay), Old Roan Chase (2010 Monet’s Garden) Number of Wins (2003/04-2009/10): 3; 16; 23; 30; 35; 32; 38 Wins This Season: 26
3.10pm JARDINE LLOYD THOMPSON HANDICAP HURDLE (LISTED)
£25,000 guaranteed, 3m 1f 110y. For 4yo+ Weight raised 2 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after November 6th, a winner of a hurdle 6lb Sir Harry Ormesher's Handicap Mark 145 Entries 25 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 CROSS KENNON (IRE) (P & Mrs G Clarke) Jennie Candlish 6-10-11 Alan O'Keeffe 9/2jf
2 VIKING BLOND (FR) (Caroline Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-10-10 Paddy Brennan 13/2
3 BACKBORD (GER) (Mr & Mrs J Timmons) Lucy Wadham 8-10-7t Dougie Costello 14/1
4 RASLAN (D Reid) David Pipe 7-11-9tv Danny Cook (3)
5 ACKERTAC (IRE) (Mark Aspey & Steve Catton) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-10-6 Sam Twiston-Davies (3) 9/2jf
6 SIR HARRY ORMESHER (David Sewell) Alan King 7-11-9 Charlie Huxley (3)
7 SUPERCEDE (IRE) (T Howley Jnr) Gordon Elliott IRE 8-11-4tb Timmy Murphy
8 OUR BOMBER HARRIS (Phil Fry) Paul Nicholls 6-10-13 Noel Fehily
9 QUICKBEAM (IRE) (Mandy Coughlan & T James) Venetia Williams 8-10-11 Aidan Coleman
F at last MAUCAILLOU (GER) (G Murtagh, J Whitney) Martin Keighley 7-10-11 Wayne Hutchinson
F2out PISTOLET NOIR (FR) (The Roy & Stewart Families) Paul Nicholls 4-11-1b1 Ian Popham (5)
P IS IT ME (USA) (G Thompson & C Leech) Sophie Leech 7-9-11t Richie McLernon (3)
P NOZIC (FR) (Coral Racing Ltd) Nick Gifford 9-11-7t Liam Treadwell
Distances: 3, 1, 6, 1 1/4, 13, 1, 4, dist
Breeder: Cora Cronin
Breeding: b g Craigsteel - Gaelic Million (IRE)
Totes: Win: £5.00 Places: £2.10, £2.60, £4.80 Exacta: £34.20
Winning Trainer:-Name: Candlish, Jennie Based: Basford Grange Racing Stables, Basford, Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire Background: Started out training just one Arabian horse, but soon earned a reputation as an up and coming trainer, winning 50 Arabian races before taking out a thoroughbred trainer’s licence in November 2002. Sent out her first winner with only her second runner. Notable wins include: Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle (2010 Cross Kennon) First Winner (Jumps): Black Bullet, Northern Racing Handicap Chase, Newcastle, November 15, 2002. First Winner (Flat): Kenny The Truth, betdirect.co.uk New Site Banded Stakes, Southwell, March 14, 2004 Jumps Winners (2002/03-2009/10): 3; 2; 9; 7; 2; 9; 6; 9 Wins this season: 5
Winning Jockey: Alan Christopher O’Keeffe Background: 120 successes in pony races in Ireland, before moving to Britain. Cheltenham Festival Wins: (2) Coral Cup (2005 Idole First), Racing Post Plate (2007 Idole First) Other Big Race Wins: Sporting Index Handicap Cross Country Chase (2005 Ivoire De Beaulieu), Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle (2010 Cross Kennon) First Flat Winner: Bold Amusement (Amateur Riders’ Handicap, Ayr, September 20, 2001) Wins (2002/03-2009/10): 21; 25; 30; 17; 13; 10; 6; 9; Wins This Season: 6
3.40pm ULTIMA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS NOVICES' HANDICAP HURDLE
£10,000 guaranteed, 2m 110y. For 3yo+ Rated 0-125 Weight raised 1 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after November 6th, each hurdle won 7lb Ballybriggan's Handicap Mark 124 Entries 35 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 DEVIL TO PAY (Horace 5) Alan King 4-10-6 Charlie Huxley (3) 7/1
2 CRYSTAL ROCK (IRE) (Bridget Hanbury) Nicky Henderson 5-11-5 Barry Geraghty 10/1
3 BALLYBRIGGAN (IRE) (Stewart Andrew & Jim Shaw) John Quinn 6-11-12 Dougie Costello 8/1
4 BOLD ADDITION (FR) (Sue Craven) Paul Nicholls 5-11-5 Noel Fehily 5/1f
5 KHAYAR (IRE) (Margaret Wilmott) Eric McNamara IRE 4-10-3 Robert Jones (7)
6 NODFORMS VIOLET (IRE) (Charlie Kerr) Karen McLintock 6-11-7 Graham Lee
7 CAUGHT BY WITNESS (IRE) (Nic Allen) Milton Harris 5-11-7 Richie McLernon (3)
8 WILD DESERT (FR) (Whites of Coventry & Stephen Dunn) Alan King 5-10-9 Wayne Hutchinson
9 LUCAINDUBAI (IRE) (R Gambarini) Evan Williams 4-11-11 Paul Moloney
10 BESIDE THE FIRE (The Con Club) Colin Tizzard 5-10-10 Aidan Coleman
11 BALLINTENI (David Cohen) Colin Tizzard 8-10-13 Joe Tizzard
12 ROBAIN (FR) (Joanna Peppiatt) Philip Hobbs 5-11-2 Tom O'Brien
13 BEIDH TINE ANSEO (IRE) (Ian Miller) Lucinda Russell 4-11-8p Campbell Gillies
14 VERTUEUX (FR) (John Rutter) Tony Carroll 5-10-8 Lee Edwards (5)
15 AMERICAN WORLD (FR) (JP McManus) Brendan Powell 6-11-4 Tony McCoy
16 HIGHLAND LOVE (John & Susan Robertson) Jedd O'Keeffe 5-11-0 Brian Harding
F RAJAMAND (FR) (GDM Partnerships) Warren Greatrex 4-11-0 Paddy Brennan
P MARK OF LOVE (IRE) (7 Day Catering Ltd) Martin Keighley 6-10-3 Sam Twiston-Davies (3)
P CAPTAIN SULLY (IRE) (The Cotswold Partnership) Jim Wilson 5-10-8 Dominic Elsworth
Distances: sh, 2 3/4, nk, 5, 2, 1/2, hd, 4 1/2, 2 1/2, 6, 14, 3/4, 5, 2 3/4, 11
Breeder: G Russell
Breeding: b g Red Ransom (USA) - My Way (IRE)
Totes: Win: £9.40 Places: £2.60, £2.10, £2.80, £1.80 Exacta: £80.60
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: 15
Winning Jockey: Charlie Huxley Based: c/o Alan King, Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Swindon, Wilts. Background: Grandfather Roy Edwards won 1967 Champion Hurdle on Saucy Kit, great aunt point-to-point trainer Sheila Crow. Rode for Heather Dalton and Michael Hourigan before coming to UK. Won novice point-to-point title in 2007, and rode over 50 flapping winners. Turned professional shortly after riding Iris De Balme to victory in the 2008 Scottish National. Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Peter O’Sullevan National Hunt Chase (2008 Old Benny) First Cheltenham Festival Winner: Old Benny, Peter O’Sullevan National Hunt Chase, March 13, 2008 First Ride in UK: King Kong (eighth), Cannons Health Club Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race, Worcester, June 22, 2005. First Winner in UK: An Capall Dubh, Jane McAlpine Memorial Hunters’ Chase, Bangor, April 22, 2006 Big Race Wins: Stop24 Kent National (2008 Iris De Balme), Coral Scottish Grand National (2008 Iris De Balme) Wins (2005/06-2009/10): 1; 0; 12; 19; 14; Wins This Season: 5
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