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Tuesday, December 18, 2001



LATEST SPONSORS PRICES FOR THE LADBROKE HURDLE




The Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle, 2m, Ascot, Saturday

4-Westender, 8-First Ballot, 8-Image De Marque Ii, 8-Marble Arch, 9-Regal Exit, 10-Pedro Pete, 12-Adamant Approach, 12-Exit Swinger, 12-Got One Too, 14-Rooster Booster, 16-Dibea Times, 16-Ibal, 16-Lord Brex, 16-Milligan, 16-Serenus, 16-Tikram, 20-Batswing, 25-Fait Le Jojo, 25-Mr Percy, 25-Penny Rich, 25-Romero, 33-Sir Talbot

Each Way ¼ odds a place 1,2,3,4



TOTE JACKPOT POOL TO SWELL TO £100,000 AT NEWBURY TOMORROW




The Tote Jackpot looks set to spring back into life tomorrow when a pool in excess of £100,000- making it the biggest Jackpot pool for eight weeks-will be the target for punters following the racing from Newbury.


"Tomorrows Jackpot pool will be the biggest we've had for eight weeks," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott, "and with a quality days racing at Newbury to complement the £49,856 which will already be lining the Jackpot coffers when the pool opens tomorrow, we expect to see the Jackpot break through the £100,000 barrier."

Over £20,000 was bet into the Jackpot pool this afternoon adding to the £33,842 which rolled over from yesterday to see the pool from the Musselburgh reach £55,383. One 10p unit covered Valigan the winner of the sixth leg, paying a dividend of £39,331 to a £1 stake.


Tomorrow's Jackpot is set to be the biggest since October 23rd, when the pool from the card at Wolverhampton reached £334,022.




£2M DEAL UNITES ATTHERACES WITH 12 PREMIER UK TRACKS




attheraces, the horseracing media-rights company, which launched the attheraces.co.uk website last week, today announced a £2 million marketing agreement involving THE SUPER 12 racecourses - Aintree, Ascot, Cheltenham, Doncaster, Epsom, Goodwood, Haydock, Kempton, Newbury, Newmarket, Sandown and York.


The centrepiece of the 1-year contract is sponsorship of Sandown Park's April meeting, previously associated with Whitbread. The two-day fixture will be re-launched by attheraces and Sandown Park, with the support of Channel Four Racing under the banner - THE ATTHERACES GOLD CUP CELEBRATION MEETING. This unique dual-coded celebration, which officially concludes the National Hunt winter season and sees the Flat Turf campaign take centre stage, will be revitalised via a revised racing programme.


The contract, which starts immediately, also ensure that attheraces.co.uk acquires extensive branding and exposure at all 12 racecourses. Brand awareness will vary from course to course, with attheraces.co.uk being featured on giant screens, in the paddock and on trackside banners, with extensive advertising on CCTV and within racecards. attheraces.co.uk will also undertake on and off course promotional activities and address a wider audience via press and direct mail campaigns.


The deal represents a break from the norm in that there are several innovative concepts such as commercial branding of stall handlers in addition to solus branding on starting stalls for 94 races on terrestrial TV, including Royal Ascot for the first time. In addition there are a number of new ‘spectacular branding sites' at the racecourses.


attheraces.co.uk will also be granted ‘Official Partner' status at the Martell Grand National Meeting and the Vodafone Derby Meeting, with key signage during the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot.


Chris Stoddart, CEO for attheraces, commented: "attheraces is pleased to have secured a deal with such an important group of UK racecourses. Their terrestrial and commercial strengths will bestow significant exposure on the attheraces brand."

Gavin Bisdee, Marketing Director for attheraces, added: "This exciting deal positions attheraces as the new face of horseracing and our team looks forward to maximising the unlimited opportunities it offers. We anticipate many exciting developments this year with the launch of our website,

attheraces.co.uk and our very own digital TV channel. This sponsorship will enable us to underpin our brand within racing and provides us with the necessary platform to develop our offering further afield."

Kim Deshayes, Chief Executive of THE SUPER 12, said: "THE SUPER 12 courses intend to work closely alongside attheraces to ensure their investment is maximised and that the sport of horseracing is promoted to a greater audience."

Sue Ellen, Managing Director of United Racecourses Ltd commented: "We are delighted that attheraces has decided to have their flagship event as official sponsor of Sandown Park's April two-day meeting. We look forward to developing a successful relationship with the combined objective of making horseracing more accessible and welcoming."

David Thomas, Chief Executive for Whitbread mentioned: "We saw the Gold Cup meeting rise to new levels in 2001 with two spectacular mixed days. We now feel this is the right time to take a step back and allow new blood to come in and take the meeting forward in its revised format. We wish Sandown Park and attheraces every success."



CHRISTMAS CRACKERS AT WETHERBY




All roads lead to Wetherby for the traditional two-day Christmas Meeting on Boxing Day Wednesday and Thursday (26 & 27 December). With record prize money in excess of £133,000 on offer over both days, the meeting is sure to attract several of the country's top horses as preparations are stepped up for the Cheltenham and Grand National Festivals in the Spring.


The feature race on Boxing Day is The Castleford Chase, a Limited Handicap Grade 2 contest for steeplechasers over the minimum distance of two miles. With a total prize fund of £35,000, the 'Castleford' is sure to attract a quality turn-out, with the race acknowledged as a major indicator for The Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Last year's winner, Function Dream was in the top bracket, while other winners in the last decade include horses of the calibre of Viking Flagship, Katabatic, Waterloo Boy and Nordance Prince.


The £20,000 Supermaster Handicap Chase over the extended two and a half miles is also featured on Boxing Day - a race which commemorates a former course specialist of the 1970's.


Thursday's big race is The Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase which now has £30,000 added to stakes (an increase of £5,000 over last year). This race over three miles and one furlong, synonymous with Wetherby's Christmas Meeting, is held in memory of a former clerk of the course, who officiated between 1919 and 1947.


The George Gregory Novices' Chase over two miles remembers a former senior clerk of the scales and much-respected racing official, while The Tony Dickinson Novices' Handicap Chase (extended two and a half miles), is held in memory of the former Dunkeswick trainer, whose son, Michael, is now a leading trainer in the United States.


Regular sponsors, The Rocom Group of Thorp Arch - leading suppliers of telecoms products in the U.K. - support a hurdle race on both days. Boxing Day's contest is a Handicap Hurdle race over two miles, seven furlongs, while three-year-olds are in action in The Rocom Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (two miles) on Thursday.

Racegoers can have a 'virtual' ride in the Grand National by having a go on the spectacular 'Aintree Simulator' on both days in the Tattersalls enclosure, which is also the venue for the Rodeo Bull! Children's attractions in the Course Enclosure on Boxing Day includes face painting and appearances by Smiley The Clown. Musical entertainment is provided by The Yorkshire Volunteers Brass Band and The Tony Wilson Irish Band on the opening day, while on Thursday, its the turn of The Holme Silver Band.


Racing on Boxing Day is scheduled to begin at 12.50 p.m., while the action on Thursday starts at 1.00 p.m. This popular meeting will be well attended and racegoers are advised to arrive early, particularly on Boxing Day.




TOMORROW'S JOCKEY CLUB DISCIPLINARY ENQUIRIES & APPEALS




9.30am - David Elsworth

The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club on 19th December 2001 will consider an appeal lodged by David Elsworth, a licensed trainer, against the decision of the Stewards at Newmarket on 20th October 2001 to find him in breach of Rule 220 (iii) of the Rules of Racing and guilty of improper conduct towards a member of the racecourse security staff, and impose a fine of £1,500 upon him.



1.30pm - Luke Dace / Keltic Heritage (IRE)

The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club on 19th December 2001 will consider an appeal lodged by Luke Dace, the trainer of Keltic Heritage (ire), against the decision of the Stewards at Exeter on 23rd November 2001, to find that the winner, ridden by Matthew Batchelor, did not improve its placing as a result of the interference with Keltic Heritage (IRE) and to leave the placings unaltered.


In Absence - Robert Alner

The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club will hold an enquiry on 19th December 2001 to consider whether or not Robert Alner, a licensed trainer, has committed a breach of Rules 35 (ii) and 36 (i) (b) of the Rules of Racing, in respect of the record of vaccinations in the passport of Gotham (IRE) when presented for inspection prior to the gelding's running in the Weatherbys 'Stars of Tomorrow' Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race at Wincanton on 10th November.

This matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Wincanton Stewards following their enquiry of the same day, on account of Mr Alner's three previous offences within the last twelve months under these rules.


In Absence - John Spearing / Queen's Pageant

The Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club will hold an enquiry on 19th December 2001 into a report that QUEEN'S PAGEANT, trained by John Spearing, was unruly and refused to enter the stalls in the Royal Windsor Stakes (Showcase Handicap) at Windsor on 8th November 2001. The matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Windsor Stewards following their enquiry of same date.




CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING BOOSTS ASCOT'S NATIONAL HUNT SEASON




FEATURING THE LADBROKE

The exciting new two-day Cantor Index Christmas Meeting, on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22, was officially launched at Ascot Racecourse on September 20.


This thrilling meeting becomes a Friday and Saturday fixture for the first time this year, following the transfer of Ascot's January Friday card to create a major pre-Christmas racing attraction.

Cantor Index sponsored the one-day Christmas raceday in 2000 and Ascot is delighted that they have extended their support to the title sponsorship of the new two-day event.


The total prize money on offer at the inaugural two-day 2001 Cantor Index Christmas Meeting will be £370,000, compared to £155,000 for the corresponding one-day fixture last year.

The £100,000 Ladbroke will be run at Ascot for the first time, following 14 years as one of the premier handicap hurdles in Europe when staged at Leopardstown in Ireland, and it forms the centrepiece of the very high-profile Christmas meeting. A strong entry of 36 has been received, including five from the record-breaking Martin Pipe stable headed by Westender, the ante-post favourite with the sponsors.


The £50,000 Tote Silver Cup Handicap Chase, a leading pointer to the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and won last year by the top-class Legal Right, is increasing in profile every year and provides a major chase on the same day as The Ladbroke.


The £55,000 Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle is the highlight of the first day and sees the leading staying hurdlers in action. The 18 entries include last year's winner Baracouda who was recently successful in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Hurdle at Ascot while Bannow Bay and Catch Ball have been entered from Ireland.

"This is a major new National Hunt Meeting and a valuable addition to the racing calendar," commented Douglas Erskine-Crum, Chief Executive at Ascot Racecourse. "We are delighted that Cantor Index have extended their sponsorship portfolio here and we are confident that the meeting will quickly establish itself as an international celebration of jump racing.

"The acquisition of The Ladbroke is a major boost to the National Hunt season at Ascot and with The Tote Silver Cup going from strength to strength every year, our winter programme has never been stronger."

CANTOR INDEX'S
STRONG COMMITMENT




In addition to the title sponsorship of this new two-day major National Hunt meeting, Cantor Index will continue their existing sponsorship of the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle, the feature race on the Friday.

Also Cantor will sponsor the £25,000 Cantor Sport Novices' Chase over two and a half miles on the Saturday for the first time.

This venture further enhances Cantor's already-strong commitment to horseracing and extends strong bonds with Ascot.


The meeting breaks new ground with three major betting organisations sharing the stage to produce a valuable and competitive racing bonanza at an ideal time of the year for racegoers.


Lee Amaitis, Operations CEO for Cantor Fitzgerald International, commented: "The extension of our December fixture to two days makes the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting one of the leading National Hunt fixtures of the season.

"With a strong and varied 12-race card, it is a significant addition to the Christmas calendar.


"We are confident that Ascot will make a great success of The Ladbroke and that the race will continue to be an international tradition through the support of owners and trainers from Ireland.

"We would like to extend our thanks to the Tote for their continued support of the Tote Silver Cup Handicap Chase and to all the other race sponsors."



PRIZE MONEY BOOST FOR THE 2001
CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING


£370,000 ON OFFER

The prize money on offer at Ascot's Cantor Index Christmas Meeting, on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22, has risen to £370,000.


Following the initial announcement about the new two-day meeting's boosted prize money, extra money has been injected into three races. On the Friday card, the first day of the meeting, the MITIE Group ‘National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle has had £5,000 added to its purse, as have two events on the Saturday, the Glenmore Investments Novices' Hurdle and the Santa Claus Handicap Chase.


There are now a total of four £15,000 races, one at £20,000 and three at £25,000 supporting the feature races:

The £55,000 Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle (Friday)
The £50,000 Tote Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Saturday)
The £100,000 Ladbroke (Saturday)


Ascot Racecourse Chief Executive, Douglas Erskine-Crum, speaking to leading Irish trainers near Dublin and in Co. Tipperary while on a delegation to Ireland with representatives of Cantor and Ladbrokes in early November, said: "We felt that a meeting of this stature deserved increased prize money for the supporting races as an incentive to owners and trainers both here in Ireland and at home."

On the forthcoming 15th running of The Ladbroke, to be staged for the first time at Ascot this year, Douglas Erskine-Crum added:

"The Ladbroke was an institution in Ireland and was one of the races that British trainers regularly targeted.

"The fact that it is genuinely international, often a showdown between Ireland and Britain, has always been one of its major strengths and we hope that Irish trainers will continue to support it and maintain the rivalry and tradition of the race at its new home.


"Irish participation adds another dimension to National Hunt racing in Britain and, with the support of Irish trainers, we hope to see the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting quickly establish itself as a major event in the jumping calendar and one of the highlights of the festive period.

"We believe that we are providing competitive prize money, a varied card, including a high-quality three-mile chase in the Tote Silver Cup, and in addition, we will provide transport, or an allowance towards the cost of travel, for horses trained abroad."
ORDER OF RUNNING
CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING


FIRST DAY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2001


TIME RACE AGE ADDED PM DISTANCE


1.00 pm The MITIE Group ‘National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class C) 4+ £15,000 2M 4F


1.30 pm The Christmas Handicap Hurdle (Class E) 4+ £10,000 2M 4F


2.05 pm The Yuletide Novices' Handicap Steeple Chase (Class C) 5+ £15,000 2M


2.40 pm The Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle (Class A) (Grade One) 4+ £55,000* 3M 1½F
BBC TV


3.10 pm The PML Handicap Chase (Class B) 4+ £25,000 2M 3½F
BBC TV


3.40 pm The Gerrard Novices' Hurdle (Class A) (Grade Two) 4+ £20,000* 2M ½F
BBC TV (Registered as the Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle)


SECOND DAY - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2001

TIME RACE AGE ADDED PM DISTANCE


1.00 pm The Glenmore Investments Novices' Hurdle (Class C) 5+ £15,000 3M


1.30 pm The Cantor Sport Novices' Chase (Class A) (Grade Two) 5+ £25,000* 2M 3½F
BBC TV (Registered as the Noel Novices' Chase)

2.00 pm The Tote Silver Cup Handicap Chase 5+ £50,000* 3M ½F
BBC TV (Class B) (Listed Race)

2.35 pm The Ladbroke Hurdle (Class B) 4+ £100,000* 2M ½F
BBC TV

3.10 pm The Santa Claus Handicap Chase (Class B) 5+ £25,000 2M


3.40 pm The Brunswick Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Class B) 4-6 £15,000 2M ½F

* Total Prize Fund
ASCOT CELEBRATES HALF A MILLION RACEGOERS IN 2001 - WITH A SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS BONUS FOR THE LUCKY PERSON

Ascot is set to create a modern-day European record for paying racegoers attending a racecourse during one year - with the 500,000th racegoer of 2001 expected to pass through the turnstiles on the Friday of the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting!

To celebrate this amazing feat, Ascot and Ladbrokes, sponsors of The £100,000 Ladbroke on the Saturday, have teamed up to provide the wonderful prize of a £1,000 FREE BET on The Ladbroke for the racegoer lucky enough to be the 500,000th through the turnstiles.


The other prizes going to the 500,000th Ascot racegoer of the year are two Ascot Annual Members badges for 2002, a luxury hamper and a case of champagne.


GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT AT ASCOT - FREE GIFTS FOR CHILDREN AT SANTA'S GROTTO
The Festive Spirit will be well and truly in the air at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting with a number of seasonal activities happening.


On the Saturday, Santa Claus himself will be flying in on his sleigh and taking up residence in his "Winter Wonderland" grotto.

Children will be able to visit Santa and collect a free Christmas gift.


Other attractions in the Christmas theme include carol singers, entertainers and live music.


ADMISSION PRICES
Members' Enclosure: £17
Grandstand & Paddock: £12
Accompanied Children Under 16: FREE

The gates open at 11am on both days, with the first race at 1pm.


Advance bookings can be made by telephoning 01344 876 876 or by visiting either www.ascot-authority.co.uk or www.discover-racing.com
ASCOT TO PRESENT
CHEQUE FOR OVER £100,000
TO SSAFA - FORCES HELP


The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - Forces Help (SSAFA - Forces Help) will be presented with a cheque for over £100,000 at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting.


SSAFA - Forces Help was Ascot's annual charity during the year 2001 and its purpose is to provide assistance to both past and present servicemen and their families.


At the launch of SSAFA - Forces Help appeal on Victor Chandler Chase Day at Ascot on Saturday, January 13, Lord Hartington, Her Majesty's Representative and Chairman at Ascot, emphasised the vital role that SSAFA - Forces Help plays.


Lord Hartington said: "The work our forces do should never be forgotten. The importance of the support that SSAFA provides for both current and past servicemen and women in terms of welfare, financial support and friendship cannot be praised highly enough."

Throughout the year, the leading multinational flooring company Amtico has backed the SSAFA - Forces Help campaign, including through their sponsorship of the Listed Amtico European Breeders' Fund Valiant Stakes at Ascot in August.


THE CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING FACTS & FIGURES

* A Christmas fixture has been held at Ascot since 1965 - the year National Hunt racing was first held at the Royal course.


* Among current trainers, Josh Gifford has saddled the greatest number of victors at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting - 12 in total. The Findon handler's first win at the fixture came with Kybo back in 1977 while his latest was with Kurakka in 1998. Gifford is closely pursued by Nicky Henderson with 11 winners, David Elsworth with 10 and Matin Pipe on seven.


* Kybo proved to be a real star at this fixture for Josh Gifford. After opening Gifford's account in 1977, he went on to score again at the meeting in 1978 and in 1980.


* Arkle, the greatest steeplechaser of all time, recorded the final victory of his career at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting when landing the Tote Silver Cup in 1966. The great horse, burdened with 12st 7lb, won in a canter despite conceding 35lb to the runner-up Sunny Bright.


* In addition to Arkle, two other winners of the Tote Silver Cup have also won the Blue Riband of steeplechasing, the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. Midnight Court triumphed at Ascot in 1977 prior to going on to success at Cheltenham the following spring while 20 years later in 1997/98 Cool Dawn landed the same two races.


* John Dunlop had a rare National Hunt winner at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting in 1997, when he sent out Wahiba Sands to victory in the Kennel Gate Novice Hurdle. Wahiba Sands was subsequently sold for 105,000gns the following summer to David Johnson and was sent to Martin Pipe, for whom he recently landed the First National Gold Cup at Ascot.


* Tony McCoy is the leading current jockey at the meeting with eight winners in total. He is followed by Mick Fitzgerald who has had seven victories and Norman Williamson with five triumphs.


* French maestro Francois Doumen got off the mark at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting last season with a double courtesy of Ben Ewar and Baracouda.


* Friday's feature race, the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle, was won by subsequent Grand National winner Royal Athlete in 1989. The Jenny Pitman-trained gelding provided something of a shock on both occasions, starting at 33/1 for the Long Walk Hurdle and 40/1 for the Grand National six years later.


* John Cherry, trained in Newmarket by Tom Jones is, to date, the only dual-winner of the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle.


* Deano's Beeno, trained by Martin Pipe, has finished runner-up in the last three runnings of the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle behind Princeful (1998), Anzum (1999) and Baracouda (2000).


* Door Latch, owned by the late Jim Joel and trained by Josh Gifford, is the only horse to win two Tote Silver Cups - which he did in 1985 and 1986.

* During the 14 years that The Ladbroke was run at Leopardstown, it was only won by the favourite on two occasions - Barnbrook Again (5/2) in 1987 and Graphic Equaliser (5/1) in 1998.


* The two biggest shocks in The Ladbroke came with the 25/1 shots Anusha (1995) and Archive Footage (1999).


* The Paddy Mullins-trained Redundant Pal is the only horse to have triumphed in two Ladbrokes - recording back-to-back victories in 1989 and 1990.


* In addition to Paddy Mullins, the only other man to have trained more than one Ladbroke winner is Arthur Moore, who scored with Roark (1988) and Graphic Equaliser (1998).


* The largest-ever field for The Ladbroke was when 27 runners went to post for the 1990 renewal.


* Archive Footage (1999) was the easiest winner of The Ladbroke, scoring by nine lengths while Master Tribe (1997) prevailed by just a neck.


* Two British-trained horses were triumphant in The Ladbroke when it was run at Leopardstown - David Elsworth's Barnbrook Again (1987) and Jenny Pitman's Master Tribe (1997).


* Barnbrook Again (1987) and Archive Footage (1999) share the record for the highest weight carried to victory in The Ladbroke - both shouldered 11st 8lb.


* No meeting was held in 1991 & 1976 due to frost, snow claimed the fixture in 1981, waterlogging halted the 1968 meeting while the foot and mouth epidemic forced the abandonment of the fixture in 1967.

PETER SCUDAMORE VERSUS RICHARD PITMAN AT THE CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING

BBC Television's National Hunt racing pundits Richard Pitman and Peter Scudamore both have ridden winners at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting, though some years ago.

The big question to be answered is who was the most successful in the two traditional feature races, the Tote Silver Cup and the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle, which have been run since 1965.

First of all a bit of background on the two men. Richard Pitman, broadcaster and author, began his riding career at John Roberts' yard in Prestbury near Cheltenham Racecourse, having been born on January 21, 1943, within half a mile of the famous National Hunt track.

It was at the yard that he met his now ex-wife Jenny Pitman, who became famous as the first woman trainer to win the Grand National with Corbiere in 1983, and with whom he had two sons, Mark and Paul. While Jenny no longer trains, Mark is now a successful trainer in Lambourn.

In 1964 Richard wrote to Fred Winter, who offered him a position, and he went to work at the famous Uplands yard in Lambourn. This was the start of a successful career for Richard and by the end of the 1971/72 season he had achieved well over 200 winners and was now first jockey for Winter.

Strangely for a jockey who was to go on and partner 470 winners over jumps, including the 1974 Champion Hurdle on Lanzarote and finish runner-up twice in the jockeys' championship, he will always be remembered for his defeat on the gallant top-weight Crisp in the 1973 Grand National when they were caught by the great Red Rum in the last few agonising strides.

Indeed 1973 had not been a good year for Pitman as he was earlier beaten on Pendil by The Dikler in much the same manner in the other big chase of the season, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.


Born in Hereford on June 13, 1958, Peter Scudamore rode between 1978-1993. During that period he achieved 1,678 wins and landed the jump jockeys' title on no less than eight occasions. His best season was 1988/89 with 221 victories, where he was 129 wins clear of his closest rival Mark Dwyer.

Scudamore's first triumph came on Monty's Reward at Mucklestone point-to-point on April 30, 1977, and he was off the mark under Rules when partnering Toby Balding's Rolyat at Exeter on August 31, 1978.

On March 2, 1985, he began an association that would have a major effect on his career. The horse he won on that day was Hieronymous - trained by Martin Pipe. Over the years the duo went on to enjoy 792 successes together, with the likes of Carvill's Hill and Granville Again among them.

The biggest successes were his victories in the Champion Hurdle on Celtic Shot in 1988 and Granville Again in 1993. The curtain came down on his career at Ascot on April 7, 1993, when he was successful on Sweet Duke for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Scudamore now splits his time between being assistant trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies, a pundit on BBC television and writing for the Daily Mail. So now back to the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting.


Richard Pitman goes into an immediate lead as he rode a winner of the Tote Silver Cup, Soloning in 1972, while Peter Scudamore drew a blank in that prestigious handicap chase.

Soloning also gave Pitman a victory in the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle in 1973, a race he had captured on Minute Gun when it was run for the first in 1965.

Scudamore was successful on Out Of The Gloom in 1996, leaving Pitman the clear winner of the riding honours at this meeting.


THE CANTOR SPORT
LONG WALK HURDLE



Class A, Grade One, £55,000 Total Prize Fund, Ascot, Friday, December 21, 2001, 3m 1½f. For 4-y-o & upwards. Weights: 11st 7lb each. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb. Entries closed December 5 (18 entries), five-day confirmation stage December 15 (7 remain), final declaration stage 10.15am, December 20. Form figures correct up to and including December 16, 2001.





Form Horse Trainer Owner Age/Wt
11-1 Baracouda (FR) Francois Doumen FR J P McManus 6-11-07
2321 Bounce Back (USA) Martin Pipe Belinda Harvey 5-11-07
2-54 Carlovent (FR) Martin Pipe Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham 6-11-07
43-7 Concert Pianist Peter Winkworth Ms J P Segal 6-11-07
1P-3 First Ballot (IRE) David Elsworth Jeff Smith 5-11-07
-3F1 Historic (IRE) Tom George Mrs R E R Rumboll 5-11-07
9-46 Ballet-K Jim Neville Gallagher Enterprises Ltd 7-11-02


7 entries remain
1 French-trained

THE CANTOR SPORT LONG WALK HURDLE ROLL OF HONOUR
(1965-2000)


3m 1½f Hurdle, Grade One, Ascot, Friday, December 21


Year Winner Age/Wgt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2000 BARACOUDA 5-11-07 Roger Barby Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 11/4
1999 ANZUM 8-11-07 The Old Foresters Partnership Alan King Richard Johnson 4/1
1998 PRINCEFUL 7-11-07 Robert Hitchins Jenny Pitman Richard Dunwoody 11/4F
1997 PADDY'S RETURN 5-11-07 Paddy O'Donnell Ferdy Murphy Norman Williamson 8/1
1996 OCEAN HAWK 4-11-07 Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 7/1
1995 SILVER WEDGE 4-11-07 Shirley & Bill Robins Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 7/1
1994 HEBRIDEAN 7-11-07 Peter Deal David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 100/30
1993 SWEET DUKE 6-11-07 Andy Mavrou Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 7/2
1992 VAGOG 7-11-07 M A Swift Martin Pipe Martin Foster 15/2
1991 Abandoned due to frost
1990 FLOYD 10-11-07 M V Walsh David Elsworth Graham Bradley 10/1
1989 ROYAL ATHLETE 6-10-08 Gary Johnson Jenny Pitman Dean Gallagher 33/1
1988 FRENCH GOBLIN 5-11-01 Maurice Pinto Josh Gifford Peter Hobbs 3/1
1987 BLUFF COVE 5-10-08 Dickins Ltd Reg Hollinshead Richard Dunwoody 14/1
1986 OUT OF THE GLOOM 5-10-08 Paul Green Reg Hollinshead Peter Scudamore 4/1
1985 MISTY DALE 7-10-08 David Rose Jenny Pitman Phil Tuck 9/4F
1984 KRISTENSON 7-10-08 Ursula Fantasia Roger Fisher M Williams 7/2
1983 CRIMSON EMBERS 8-10-11 Mrs S W Smart Fulke Walwyn Stuart Shilston 14/1
1982 MAYOTTE 7-10-11 B Davies Richard Holder Paul Richards 15/8F
1981 Abandoned due to snow
1980 DERRING ROSE 5-11-11 Peter Savill Fred Winter John Francome 7/1
1979 JOHN CHERRY 8-10-11 Milton Ritzenberg Harry Thomson Jones Steve Smith Eccles 6/1
1978 KELSO CHANT 6-11-07 Mrs M Richardson Jumbo Wilkinson Steve Charlton 10/1
1977 JOHN CHERRY 6-10-11 Milton Ritzenberg Harry Thomson Jones Steve Smith Eccles 11/8F
1976 Abandoned due to frost
1975 LANZAROTE 7-12-05 Lord Howard de Walden Fred Winter John Francome 4/9F
1974 GO BINGO 5-11-12 Guy Reed Sam Hall David Munro 9/4
1973 SOLONING 8-11-08 Mrs C Thornton Fred Winter Richard Pitman 9/2
1972 HIGHLAND ABBE 6-11-12 Mrs K Hankey Les Kennard Mr R Smith 11/1
1971 ST PATRICK'S BLUE 6-11-12 P Aunger David Tatlow Bill Smith 7/2F
1970 ROUGE AUTUMN 6-10-05 Bryan Jenks Fred Rimell Ken White 9/2F
1969 CANDID CAMERA 6-10-06 R F P Ross Ted Goddard Joe Guest 100/8
1968 Abandoned due to waterlogging
1967 Abandoned due to foot and mouth epidemic
1966 SIR EDWARD 6-10-09 R Heaton Ryan Price Josh Gifford 7/2F
1965 MINUTE GUN 8-10-04 Bill Shand Kydd Bill Shand Kydd Richard Pitman 100/8

Race run as a handicap prior to 1971
HISTORY OF THE CANTOR SPORT LONG WALK HURDLE
Along with the Tote Silver Cup, the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle has been a regular feature at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting since National Hunt racing commenced at the Royal Course in 1965.


Prior to 1971, the contest was run as a handicap, becoming a conditions event after that and being upgraded to Grade One status in 1990. Over the years, outstanding hurdlers have made their mark in the race. In 1975 the great Lanzarote, winner of the 1974 Champion Hurdle, defied 12st 5lb as he came home to win by a comfortable eight lengths.


John Cherry became the first, and to date, only dual winner of the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle when he was successful in 1977 and 1979. Owned by American Milton Ritzenberg and trained in Newmarket by Tom Jones, John Cherry was a very useful dual-purpose horse, having also landed the Cesarewitch, Chester Cup and Newbury Autumn Cup on the Flat.


The wayward but talented Derring Rose gave the current British Horseracing Board chairman Peter Savill success in the race in 1980, preventing a John Cherry hat-trick, and went on to win the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Others to win both races are Highland Abbe, Crimson Embers, Princeful and Anzum.


Staffordshire-based Reg Hollinshead achieved a memorable back-to-back double when he sent out both Out Of The Gloom (1986) and Bluff Cove (1987) to victory.


The biggest upset in this prestigious conditions staying event came in 1989 when Jenny Pitman's Royal Athlete romped home to victory under Dean Gallagher at 33/1. Of course this was not to be the only time that the Roselier gelding caused an upset - in 1995 he landed the Grand National at odds of 40/1.


David Elsworth's grand old servant Floyd was the first horse to win the contest when it was upgraded to Grade One status in 1990 and the last decade has seen tremendous finishes.

Probably the most stirring came in the 1998 renewal when a protracted battle between Princeful and Deano's Beeno saw the former just prevail under Richard Dunwoody by half a length. Deano's Beeno had to settle for second place again in 1999, when Anzum came through with one of his customary strong runs.


Last year did not prove to be third time lucky for Deano's Beeno, as he finished runner-up yet again, this time to the runaway victor Baracouda, trained by Francois Doumen and partnered by his son Thierry. Baracouda's success was the first for an overseas-trained horse in the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle.

THE TOTE SILVER CUP

Class A, Listed Race, £50,000 Total Prize Fund, Ascot, Saturday, December 22, 2001, 3m ½f. For 5-y-o & upwards. Penalties: after December 15, a winner of a Class D to H steeplechase 3lb; a winner of a Class A to C steeple chase 5lb. Five-day entry stage December 17 (20 entries), final declaration stage 10.15am, December 21. Form figures correct up to and including December 16, 2001.


Horse Trainer Owner Age
Kingsmark (IRE) Martin Todhunter Sir Robert Ogden 8
Upgrade Martin Pipe Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst 7
Young Spartacus Henry Daly Bart Hellyer 8
Shooting Light (IRE) Martin Pipe John Brown & Michael Blackburn 8
Ad Hoc (IRE) Paul Nicholls Sir Robert Ogden 7
Arctic Camper Venetia Williams Lady Harris 9
Dusk Duel (USA) Nicky Henderson Anthony Speelman 6
You're Agoodun Martin Pipe Jeff Lammiman 9
Siberian Gale (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill J P McManus 9
Red Striker Norman Mason Norman Mason 7
Celibate (IRE) Charlie Mann Stamford Bridge Partnership 10
Tresor De Mai (FR) Martin Pipe Joe Moran 7
Gower-Slave Philip Hobbs Bob Bevan 9
Goguenard (FR) Nicky Henderson Trevor Hemmings 7
Gadz'art (FR) Alan King Michael Gates 7
Cadougold (FR) Martin Pipe David Johnson 10
Spanish Main (IRE) Nigel Twiston-Davies C B Sanderson 7
Mr Frangipani (IRE) Nicky Richards Ashleybank Investments Ltd 10
Blanville (FR) Martin Pipe P A D Scouller 12
Gulshan Nigel Twiston-Davies Jenny Powell 7

20 Five-Day Entries

THE TOTE SILVER CUP
ROLL OF HONOUR (1965-2000)


3m 110yds Handicap Chase, Ascot, Saturday, December 22

Year Winner Age/Wgt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2000 LEGAL RIGHT 7-12-00 Russel McAllister Jonjo O'Neill Norman Williamson 7/1
1999 TRESOR DE MAI 5-11-01 Joe Morman Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 10/1
1998 TORDUFF EXPRESS 7-10-00 Two Plus Two Paul Nicholls Norman Williamson 9/2
1997 COOL DAWN 9-10-05 Dido Harding Robert Alner Andrew Thornton 5/2F
1996 GO BALLISTIC 7-10-00 Sheila Lockhart John O'Shea Tony McCoy 4/1F
1995 UNGUIDED MISSILE 7-10-08 David Harrison Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 7/2F
1994 RAYMYLETTE 7-10-09 Lady Lloyd-Webber Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 3/1JF
1993 YOUNG HUSTLER 6-11-10 Gavin MacEchern Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 11/8F
1992 CAPTAIN DIBBLE 7-10-01 Mrs R Vaughan Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 7/1
1991 Abandoned due to frost
1990 MAN O'MAGIC 9-11-10 James Greig Kim Bailey Mark Perrett 5/1
1989 SOLIDASAROCK 7-10-00 Les Randall Reg Akehurst Luke Harvey 33/1
1988 BALLYHANE 7-10-04 Jim Joel Josh Gifford Peter Hobbs 13/8JF
1987 CAVVIES CLOWN 7-10-11 Mrs J Ollivant David Elsworth Ross Arnott 10/1
1986 DOOR LATCH 8-11-01 Jim Joel Josh Gifford Richard Rowe 6/1
1985 DOOR LATCH 7-10-02 Jim Joel Josh Gifford Richard Rowe 11/4
1984 CANNY DANNY 8-11-08 Petre Norton Jimmy FitzGerald Mark Dwyer 6/4F
1983 THE MIIGHTY MAC 8-11-10 Jane Lane Michael Dickinson Mr Dermot Browne 13/8F
1982 CAPTAIN JOHN 8-11-13 F Emari Michael Dickinson Robert Earnshaw 11/8F
1981 Abandoned due to snow
1980 HENRY BISHOP 7-11-00 Sir R Wates Josh Gifford Bob Champion 7/1
1979 RAFFI NELSON 6-10-01 Mrs P Fry Nicky Henderson Steve Smith Eccles 5/2F
1978 GRAND CANYON 8-11-01 D Samuel Derek Kent Ron Barry 15/8F
1977 MIDNIGHT COURT 6-12-00 Olive Jackson Fred Winter John Francome 6/5F
1976 Abandoned due to frost
1975 WHAT A BUCK 8-10-04 Lord Vestey David Nicholson Jeff King 9/2
1974 ROUGH HOUSE 8-10-07 Mrs R Brown Fred Rimell John Burke 11/1
1973 MOCHARABUICE 10-10-06 Mrs R Carew Pole Tim Forster Graham Thorner 7/1
1972 SOLONING 7-10-12 Mrs C Thornton Fred Winter Richard Pitman 6/1JF
1971 SPANISH STEPS 8-12-01 Edward Courage Edward Courage Bill Smith 4/1F
1970 GLENCARAIG LADY 6-11-13 P Doyle Francis Flood IRE Bobby Coonan 4/1JF
1969* STRAIGHT FORT 6-12-00 George Ansley Tom Dreaper IRE Pat Taaffe 7/2
1968 Abandoned due to waterlogging
1967 Abandoned due to foot and mouth epidemic
1966 ARKLE 9-12-07 Anne, Duchess Of Westminster Tom Dreaper IRE Pat Taaffe 1/3F
1965 VULTRIX 7-12-01 H Dare Frank Cundell Stan Mellor 6/4F

* Run over 2m in 1969 HISTORY OF THE TOTE SILVER CUP

The Tote Silver Cup was initially run in 1965, the year that National Hunt racing first came to Ascot, and went to the Frank Cundell-trained Vultrix, partnered by Stan Mellor. Since then, the contest has established itself as one the most prestigious mid-season handicap chases.


Twelve months on from the inaugural running, the race was won by the greatest of them all - the immortal Arkle. Anne Duchess of Westminster's star put up a truly spectacular performance under Pat Taaffe as he shouldered a record 12st 7lb to victory - conceding 35lb to the runner-up Sunny Bright as he made all to win in a canter.


Other notable weight carrying performances include the 11st 13lb which the brilliant Irish mare Glencaraig Lady, heroine of the 1972 Cheltenham Gold Cup, shouldered to victory in 1970 and the 12st 1lb which Edward Courage's Spanish Steps was triumphant under in 1971. Midnight Court made light of his 12st in 1977 and went on to triumph in the Cheltenham Gold Cup later that season. Twenty years later, Cool Dawn followed in the footsteps of Fred Winter's charge, winning at Ascot in December en route to victory in the 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup.


Josh Gifford has a very good record at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting at Ascot and the Findon handler has managed to capture no less than four renewals of the Tote Silver Cup, making him the most successful trainer in the contest's history. The first of Gifford's quartet of winners came in 1980 when the New Zealand-bred Henry Bishop won under Bob Champion. In the 1980s Gifford enjoyed three further successes in the Tote Silver Cup with Door Latch (1985 & 1986) and Ballyhane (1988), all of whom carried the famous colours, black and scarlet cap, of the late Jim Joel.

Michael Dickinson's domination of National Hunt racing in the early 1980s also extended to the Tote Silver Cup and the Harewood-handler recorded back-to-back victories with Captain John (1982) and The Mighty Mac (1983). The former went on to become one of Dickinson's first five home in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup, finishing second to Bregawn.


In more recent years, notable winners of the event include the tremendously tough Young Hustler (1993), who provided the combination of Nigel Twiston-Davies and Carl Llewellyn with their second triumph in the race following the victory of Captain Dibble 12 months earlier.


Last year's renewal saw an impressive seasonal debut from Legal Right, who defied 12st as he came home 15 lengths clear of Royal Predica.

THE LADBROKE


Class B, Total Prize Fund £100,000, Ascot, Saturday, December 22, 2001, 2m ½f. For 4yo & upwards rated 0-155. Penalties: after December 8, a winner of a Class C hurdle race 4lb; of a Class A or B hurdle race 6lb (no penalty to increase a horse's weight above 12st). Entries closed December 5 (36 entries), five-day confirmation stage December 17 (22 remain), final declaration stage 10.15am, December 21. Form figures correct up to and including December 16, 2001.



Form Horse Trainer Owner Age/Wgt
122- Mr Percy (IRE) Josh Gifford Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son 10-12-00
-120 Milligan (FR) Venetia Williams George Leatham 6-11-12
4F2/ Sir Talbot Jim Old Wally Sturt 7-11-11
1111 Westender (FR) Martin Pipe Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst 5-11-10
5-PF Penny Rich (IRE) Tom Hogan IRE C P McGuinness 7-11-05
P-55 Rooster Booster Philip Hobbs Terry Warner 7-11-04
1P-4 Dibea Times (FR) Malcolm Jefferson Ray & Anita Anderson Green 4-11-00
2/6- Regal Exit (FR) Nicky Henderson Brian Buckley 5-10-13
F-31 Exit Swinger (FR) Martin Pipe Sandicroft Stud Syndicate 6-10-13
1112 Image de Marque II (FR) Martin Pipe David Johnson 5-10-12
-534 Serenus (USA) David Elsworth Bill, Mark & Shirley Robins 8-10-11
2-24 Ibal (FR) Dina Smith Tony Hayward and Barry Fulton 5-10-11
1-01 Marble Arch Hughie Morrison M S Wilson, R Sweet & Mrs Mary Wilson 5-10-11
1/2- Lord Brex (FR) Philip Hobbs Terry Warner 5-10-09
-111 Got One Too (FR) Nicky Henderson Mary-Anne Parker & Sir Eric Parker 4-10-07
2124 Romero Emma Lavelle Fraser Miller 5-10-06
1P-3 First Ballot (IRE) David Elsworth Jeff Smith 5-10-06
3P-6 Pedro Pete Nicky Henderson Thurloe Thoroughbreds VII 4-10-05
6-832 Fait Le Jojo (FR) Philip Hobbs Jay Dee Bloodstock Limited 4-10-04
-152 Adamant Approach (IRE) Willie Mullins IRE Greenstar Syndicate 7-10-03
3-37 Batswing Brian Ellison Ashley Carr 6-10-02
16-22 Tikram Gary Moore Mike Charlton & Rodger Sargent 4-9-10


22 Entries remain
2 Irish-trained

Ladbrokes Betting on 17/12/01

4-Westender, 6-First Ballot, 8-Image De Marque II, 8-Marble Arch 9-Regal Exit, 12-Got One Too, 12-Adamant Approach, 12-Pedro Pete, 14-Rooster Booster, 16-Dibea Times, 16-Exit Swinger, 16-Ibal, 16-Milligan, 16-Tikram, 16-Lord Brex, 20-Batswing, 25-Fait Le Jojo, 25-Mr Percy, 25-Penny Rich, 25-Romero, 25-Serenus, 33-Sir Talbot
THE LADBROKE
ROLL OF HONOUR
(1987-2000)


2m Handicap Hurdle, Ascot, Saturday, December 22
Previously run at Leopardstown in January, up to & including 2000


Year Winner Age/Wgt Owner Trainer Jockey SP

2000 MANTLES PRINCE 6-9-12 R J McSharry Pat Hughes IRE Fran Berry 12/1

1999 ARCHIVE FOOTAGE 7-11-08 Michael Smurfit Dermot Weld IRE David Evans 25/1

1998 GRAPHIC EQUALISER 6-10-00 BRASK Syndicate Arthur Moore IRE Conor O'Dwyer 5/1F

1997 MASTER TRIBE 7-10-04 Jebel Ali Racing Stables Jenny Pitman Norman Williamson 18/1

1996 DANCE BEAT 5-9-12 Mrs E Queally Jessica Harrington IRE Anthony Powell 12/1

1995 ANUSHA 5-10-02 G A Hoggard Michael Hourigan IRE Shane Broderick 25/1

1994 ATONE 7-10-08 Robert Sinclair Bunny Cox IRE Kevin O'Brien 10/1

1993 GLENCLOUD 5-10-13 D Tierney Noel Meade IRE Gerry O'Neill 20/1

1992 HOW'S THE BOSS 6-10-02 Edward Farrell John Brassill IRE Jason Titley 20/1

1991 THE ILLIAD 10-10-13 Elizabeth Furlong Andy Geraghty IRE Pat McWilliams 7/1

1990 REDUNDANT PAL 7-11-05 P S O'Neill Paddy Mullins IRE Conor O'Dwyer 20/1

1989 REDUNDANT PAL 6-10-00 P S O'Neill Paddy Mullins IRE P Kavanagh 16/1

1988 ROARK 6-11-01 P Leeper Arthur Moore IRE Tom Taaffe 5/1

1987 BARNBROOK AGAIN 6-11-08 Mel Davies David Elsworth Colin Brown 5/2F
A HISTORY OF THE LADBROKE -
EUROPE'S PREMIER HANDICAP HURDLE


The £100,000 Ladbroke Hurdle is one of the richest and most competitive handicap hurdles in Europe. Ascot hosts the great race for the first time on Saturday, December 22, 2001.


For the first 14 years of its existence, The Ladbroke was held at Leopardstown racecourse on the outskirts of Dublin, the first major betting event of the new year, taking place in early January. Usually run at a scorching pace, it invariably produces an exciting finish.


There was a British success in the inaugural running of The Ladbroke in 1987 when Barnbrook Again was successful for David Elsworth and Colin Brown. The Nebbiolo gelding, who would progress to land the 1990 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, carried 11st 8lb to victory - the joint record weight-carrying performance.


Two years later in 1989 Redundant Pal was successful in The Ladbroke under 10st for legendary Irish trainer Paddy Mullins. Despite having to carry 11st 5lb the following season, Redundant Pal recorded his second triumph in The Ladbroke to become the contest's only dual winner.


The 1991 renewal of The Ladbroke saw one of the most amazing betting coups of all time. The Illiad, owned by Elizabeth Furlong, wife of Irish millionaire, carpet dealer and poker champion Noel Furlong and trained by Andy Geraghty, defeated Bawnmore Lad by two-and-a-half lengths at 7/1. One bet alone was said to have netted the Furlongs £400,000.


Six years later there was a second British victory when Master Tribe, formerly a useful Flat performer for Con Collins in Ireland, romped home for Jenny Pitman and Norman Williamson at 18/1.


Other notable winners in the 1990s included Archive Footage, who equalled Barnbrook Again's weight-carrying performance of 11st 8lb in 1999, while the last renewal of The Ladbroke at Leopardstown in January 2000 fell to the Pat Hughes-trained Mantles Prince.


With its move to Ascot for 2001, hopes are high that The Ladbroke will consolidate its position as Europe's predominant handicap hurdle and remain a target for British and Irish trainers alike.
CURRENT JOCKEYS' WINNING
RECORDS AT THE CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING

WINNER TRAINER OWNER SP
Thierry Doumen (2)
2000 CAPEL CURE SHARP NOVICES HDL Ben Ewar Francois Doumen FR Tony Richards 7/1
2000 CANTOR INDEX LONG WALK HDL Baracouda Francois Doumen FR Roger Barby 11/4

Noel Fehily (1)
2000 ARCHMOLD HANDICAP CHASE Celibate Charlie Mann Stamford Bridge Partnership 10/3

Mick Fitzgerald (7)
1993 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Billy Bathgate Nicky Henderson Michael Buckley 7/1
1994 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Raymylette Nicky Henderson Lady Lloyd-Webber 3/1JF
1997 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Celibate Charlie Mann Stamford Bridge Partnership 8/1
1998 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Get Real Nicky Henderson Pioneer Heat-Treatment 2/1F
1998 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Hidebound Nicky Henderson Bill & Shirley Robins 10/3
1999 MARCHPOLE HANDICAP CHASE Get Real Nicky Henderson Pioneer Heat-Treatment 2/1F
1999 BRUNSWICK KNIGHTS ROYAL HDL Blue Royal Nicky Henderson Lynn Wilson 13/8

Jimmy Frost (1)
1989 HSS HIRE SHOPS HURDLE Forest Sun Toby Balding Salehurst Paper Co Ltd 7/2

Dean Gallagher (1)
1989 YOUNGMANS LONG WALK HURDLE Royal Athlete Jenny Pitman Gary Johnson 33/1

Philip Hide (1)
2000 JOHN BOWLER KNIGHTS ROYAL HDL Mr Markham Josh Gifford Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son 9/2

Richard Johnson (2)
1999 CANTOR INDEX NOVICES CHASE Toto Toscato Alan King Hilda Clarke 5/1
1999 CANTOR FITZGERALD LONG WALK HDL Anzum Alan King The Old Foresters Partnership 4/1

Carl Llewellyn (5)
1992 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Captain Dibble Nigel Twiston-Davies Mrs R Vaughan 7/1
1993 LONG WALK HURDLE Sweet Duke Nigel Twiston-Davies Andy Marvou 7/2
1993 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Young Hustler Nigel Twiston-Davies Gavin MacEchern 11/8F
1996 LONG WALK HURDLE Ocean Hawk Nigel Twiston-Davies Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst 7/1
1996 KNIGHTS ROYAL HURDLE Mistinguett Nigel Twiston-Davies John Duggan 11/2

Adrian Maguire (4)
1994 KNIGHTS ROYAL HURDLE Relkeel David Nicholson Brigadier Roscoe Harvey 1/8F
1994 LONG WALK HURDLE Hebridean David Nicholson Peter Deal 10/3
1996 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Storm Alert David Nicholson Dawn Perrett 3/1
1998 KNIGHTS ROYAL HURDLE Toto Toscato David Nicholson Hilda Clarke 10/11F

Chris Maude (1)
1993 NOEL NOVICES CHASE Easy Buck Nick Gaselee The Burford Laundry Co Ltd 8/1

Tony McCoy (8)
1995 MITIE GROUP KENNEL NOVICES HDL Call Equiname Paul Nicholls Mick Coburn, Barber, Lewis 7/4F
1995 KNIGHTS ROYAL HURDLE Pridwell Martin Pipe Malcolm Jones 6/1
1996 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Go Ballistic John O'Shea Sheila Lockhart 4/1F
1996 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Make A Stand Martin Pipe Peter Deal 8/13F
1997 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Wahiba Sands John Dunlop Lord Swaythling 5/4F
1999 TOTE SILVER CUP HANDICAP CHS Tresor De Mai Martin Pipe Joe Moran 10/1
2000 MITIE GROUP NOVICES CHASE Galant Moss Martin Pipe Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterman II 7/2
2000 BRUNSWICK KNIGHTS ROYAL HDL Valiramix Martin Pipe Jim Weeden 5/4F

Tim Reed (1)
1984 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Chrysaor Simon Christian P J Fahey 8/1

Andrew Thornton (1)
1997 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Cool Dawn Robert Alner Dido Harding 5/2F

Norman Williamson (5)
1994 NOEL NOVICES CHASE Book Of Music Kim Bailey Dee Lousada 13/2
1997 SMURFIT LONG WALK HURDLE Paddy's Return Ferdy Murphy Paddy O'Donnell 8/1
1998 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Torduff Express Paul Nicholls Two Plus Two 9/2
1999 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Monsignor Mark Pitman Malcolm Denmark 8/15F
2000 TOTE SILVER CUP HANDICAP CHS Legal Right Jonjo O'Neill Russell McAllister 7/1
CURRENT TRAINERS' WINNING RECORDS AT THE CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING (SINCE 1965)

WINNER JOCKEY OWNER SP
Robert Alner (1)
1997 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Cool Dawn Andrew Thornton Dido Harding 5/2F

Alan Bailey (1)
1986 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Molojec Sharon Murgatroyd Mrs P Cox 16/1

Kim Bailey (2)
1990 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Man O'Magic Mark Perrett James Greig 5/1
1994 NOEL NOVICES CHASE Book Of Music Norman Williamson Dee Lousada 13/2

Toby Balding (3)
1980 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Botanist Mr S Bush H Gray 4/1
1983 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Sanhedrin Simon Sherwood D S Thorne 7/2
1989 HSS HIRE SHOPS HURDLE Forest Sun Jimmy Frost Salehurst Paper Co Ltd 7/2

Alistair Charlton (1)
1988 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Ida's Delight P Dennis Alistair Charlton 8/1

Francois Doumen FR (2)
2000 CAPEL CURE SHARP NOVICES HDL Ben Ewar Thierry Doumen Tony Richards 7/1
2000 CANTOR INDEX LONG WALK HDL Baracouda Thierry Doumen Roger Barby 11/4

Simon Dow (1)
1997 BOOK OF MUSIC NOVICES CHASE Chief's Song Richard Dunwoody Anne Devine 2/1

John Dunlop (1)
1997 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Wahiba Sands Tony McCoy Lord Swaythling 5/4F

Tim Easterby (1)
1996 BOOK OF MUSIC NOVICES CHASE Simply Dashing Richard Dunwoody Steve Hammond 13/8F

David Elsworth (10)
1980 KILLINEY NOVICES CHASE Acrow Lad Steve Jobar W De Vigler 25/1
1980 HSS HIRE SHOPS HURDLE Heighlin Steve Jobar Cwmbran Ltd 6/4
1984 KILLINEY NOVICES CHASE Buckbe Colin Brown Dick Tory 4/1
1985 KILLINEY NOVICES CHASE Desert Orchid Colin Brown Richard Burridge 5/4F
1986 KILLINEY NOVICES CHASE Cavvies Clown Ross Arnott Mrs J Ollivant 11/2
1986 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Desert Orchid Colin Brown Richard Burridge 7/2F
1987 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Cavvies Clown Ross Arnott Mrs J Ollivant 10/1
1988 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Brandon Pier Sarah Lawrence Geoffrey Greenwood 6/1
1990 YOUNGMANS LONG WALK HURDLE Floyd Graham Bradley M V Malsh 10/1
1993 KNIGHTS ROYAL HURDLE Absalom's Lady Paul Holley Whitcombe Manor Racing Stables Ltd 13/8F

Roger Fisher (1)
194 LONG WALK HURDLE Kristenson M Williams Ursula Fantasia 7/2

Jimmy FitzGerald (1)
1984 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Canny Danny Mark Dwyer P Norton 6/4F

Francis Flood IRE (1)
1970 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Glencaraig Lady Bobby Coonan P Doyle 4/1F

Nick Gaselee (1)
1993 NOEL NOVICES CHASE Easy Buck Chris Maude The Burford Laundry Co Ltd 8/1

Josh Gifford (12)
1977 SGB HIRE SHOP HURDLE Kybo Gerry Enright Isidore Kerman 13/2
1978 SGB HIRE SHOP HURDLE Kybo Bob Champion Isidore Kerman 11/4F
1980 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Henry Bishop Bob Champion Sir R Wates 7/1
1980 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Kybo Bob Champion Isodore Kerman 14/1
1985 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Door Latch Richard Rowe Jim Joel 11/4
1986 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Door Latch Richard Rowe Jim Joel 6/1
1988 YOUNGMANS LONG WALK HURDLE French Goblin Peter Hobbs Maurice Pinto 3/1
1988 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Ballyhane Peter Hobbs Jim Joel 13/8JF
1989 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Propero Charlie Burnett-Wells Mrs S A Willis 11/1
1992 ROVACABIN NOEL NOVICES CHASE Retail Runner Declan Murphy Maurice Pinto 9/2
1997 JOHN BOWLER KNIGHTS ROYAL HDL Mr Markham Philip Hide Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son 9/2
1998 BOOK OF MUSIC NOVICES CHASE Kurakka Richard Dunwoody Mrs M C Sweeney 7/2

Gardie Grissell (1)
1983 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Iden Green Richard Rowe P E Hannaford 5/2JF



Nicky Henderson (11)
1979 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Raffi Nelson Steve Smith Eccles Mrs P Fry 5/2F
1984 HSS HIRE SHOPS HURDLE See You Then John Francome The Stype Woods Stud Ltd 11/10F
1985 HSS HIRE SHOPS HURDLE First Bout Steve Smith Eccles Wharton Shober 5/1
1989 PETER COX NOVICES CHASE The Proclamation Richard Dunwoody Michael Buckley 5/2
1990 ROVACABIN NOVICES CHASE Remittance Man Richard Dunwoody Jim Collins 2/1
1993 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Billy Bathgate Mick Fitzgerald Michael Buckley 7/1
1994 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Raymylette Mick Fitzgerald Lady Lloyd-Webber 3/1JF
1998 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Get Real Mick Fitzgerald Pioneer Heat-Treatment 2/1F
1998 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Hidebound Mick Fitzgerald Bill & Shirley Robins 10/30
1999 MARCHPOLE HANDICAP CHASE Get Real Mick Fitzgerald Pioneer Heat-Treatment 2/1F
1999 BRUNSWICK KNIGHTS ROYAL HDL Blue Royal Mick Fitzgerald Lynn Wilson 13/8

Philip Hobbs (1)
1987 PETER COX NOVICES CHASE Bonanza Boy Peter Hobbs S Dunster 6/4F

Reg Hollinshead (2)
1986 LONG WALK HURDLE Out Of The Gloom Peter Scudamore Paul Green 4/1
1987 YOUNGMANS LONG WALK HURDLE Bluff Cove Richard Dunwoody Dickins Ltd 14/1

Alan King (2)
1999 CANTOR INDEX NOVICES CHASE Toto Toscato Richard Johnson Hilda Clarke 5/1
1999 CANTOR FITZGERALD LONG WALK HDL Anzum Richard Johnson The Old Foresters Partnership 4/1

Charlie Mann (2)
1997 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Celibate Mick Fitzgerald Stamford Bridge Partnership 8/1
2000 ARCHMOLD HANDICAP CHASE Celibate Noel Fehily Stamford Bridge Partnership 10/3

Ferdy Murphy (1)
1997 SMURFIT LONG WALK HURDLE Paddy's Return Norman Williamson Paddy O'Donnell 8/1

Pat Murphy (1)
1992 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Viceroy Jester Mr Charlie Burnett-Wells Frank Broom 14/1

Paul Nicholls (2)
1995 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Call Equiname Tony McCoy Mick Coburn, Barber, Lewis 7/4F
1998 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Torduff Express Norman Williamson Two Plus Two 9/2

Susan Nock (1)
1995 NOEL NOVICES CHASE Senor El Betrutti Graham Bradley Gerald Nock 66/1

Jonjo O'Neill (1)
2000 TOTE SILVER CUP HANDICAP CHS Legal Right Norman Williamson Russell McAllister 7/1

John O'Shea (1)
1996 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Go Ballistic Tony McCoy Sheila Lockhart 4/1F

Martin Pipe (7)
1985 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL Ribobelle Miss H Handel T M Chandler 10/1
1992 YOUNGMANS LONG WALK HURDLE Vagog Martin Foster M A Swift 15/2
1992 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Cyphrate Peter Scudamore Alias Smith & Jones Racing 9/2
1995 KNIGHTS ROYAL HURDLE Pridwell Tony McCoy Malcolm Jones 6/1
1996 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Make A Stand Tony McCoy Peter Deal 8/13F
1999 TOTE SILVER CUP HANDICAP CHS Tresor De Mai Tony McCoy Joe Moran 10/1
2000 MITIE GROUP NOVICES CHASE Galant Moss Tony McCoy Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II 7/2
2000 BRUNSWICK KNIGHTS ROYAL HDL Valiramix Tony McCoy Jim Weeden 5/4F

Mark Pitman (1)
1999 MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE NOV HDL Monsignor Norman Williamson Malcolm Denmark 8/15F

Chris Popham (1)
1987 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Panto Prince Brendan Powell Mrs L M Warren 2/1F

Mick Ryan (1)
1987 HSS HIRE SHOPS HURDLE Osric Graham McCourt Richard Scott 11/4F

Oliver Sherwood (3)
1987 HAMPTON COURT HANDICAP HDL The Processor Mr D Benneyworth J B Hurst 7/4F
1994 KENNEL GATE CASTLE NOV HDL Berude Not To Jamie Osborne G Addiscott 10/11F
1995 LONG WALK HURDLE Silver Wedge Jamie Osborne Shirley & Bill Robins 7/1

Simon Sherwood (1)
1995 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Front Street Jamie Osborne Jean Bishop 11/8F

Andy Turnell (1)
1989 FROGMORE HANDICAP CHASE Blueberry King Luke Harvey Pell-mell Partners 13/2

Nigel Twiston-Davies (5)
1992 SGB HANDICAP CHASE Captain Dibble Carl Llewellyn Mrs R Vaughan 7/1
1993 LONG WALK HURDLE Sweet Duke Carl Llewellyn Andy Mavrou 7/2
1993 BETTERWARE CUP HANDICAP CHS Young Hustler Carl Llewellyn Gavin MacEchern 11/8F
1996 LONG WALK HURDLE Ocean Hawk Carl Llewellyn Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst 7/1
1996 KNIGHTS ROYAL HURDLE Mistinguett Carl Llewellyn John Duggan 11/2

GOING AT THE CANTOR INDEX
CHRISTMAS MEETING (1965-2000)


2000: Heavy
1999: Soft
1998: Good to Soft
1997: Good to Soft
1996: Good to Firm
1995: Good
1994: Good
1993: Good to Soft
1992: Soft
1991: Abandoned due to frost
1990: Good to Firm
1989: Good
1988: Good to Firm
1987: Good to Soft
1986: Good
1985: Good
1984: Good to Soft
1983: Good To Firm
1982: Good to Soft
1981: Abandoned due to snow
1980: Good
1979: Yielding
1978: Good
1977: Good
1976: Abandoned due to frost
1975: Good
1974: Good
1973: Good
1972: Yielding
1971: Good
1970: Good
1969: Good
1968 Abandoned due to waterlogging
1967 Abandoned due to foot and mouth epidemic
1966: Heavy
1965: Heavy


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