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Friday, December 19, 2003



CANTOR INDEX CHRISTMAS MEETING
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
ASCOT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19



FOURTH RACE QUOTES
CANTOR SPORT LONG WALK HURDLE

BARACOUDA BECOMES FIRST THREE-TIME CANTOR SPORT LONG WALK WINNER

Baracouda, the best staying hurdler of recent years, contributed another chapter to his remarkable story of success when winning the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle by 30 lengths for an unprecedented third victory in the race.


Baracouda has never won by as far in his 14 previous successes and rider Thierry Doumen said: “He’s a wonderful horse and I think every ride on this horse has been fantastic and will always be irreplaceable in my memory. There’s no point in putting any pressure on him because you know he’s going to stay on all the way. Horses are always going to come back to you and he can go on any type of ground - he’s just a fantastic horse and you always know he has enough in reserve to finish with.”

Winning trainer Francois Doumen added: “Returning after this summer, he had strengthened, filled out and was more manoeuvrable in his head as well as courageous in a finish - he has never been better.


“We decided to keep him over hurdles because we didn’t see anything threatening him so why not choose the easier programme and save the horse. We’ve schooled him over fences, that wouldn’t be a problem in the future and it’s another string to our bow.


“The Stayers’ Hurdle is his target but I don’t know what before then. He goes well fresh although I did nearly run him off topweight in a handicap last year. It all depends on the ground and his preparation - I can’t foresee what will happen in February.”

The Martin Pipe-trained Mr Cool, seemingly the stable’s second string behind Deano’s Beeno, made much of the running and Doumen added: “Pipe is a clever guy and I was prepared for everything - the one I wouldn’t expect is the logical one.”

PLACED QUOTES RACE FOUR
CANTOR SPORT LONG WALK HURDLE


“WHAT A VERY GOOD HORSE”


Martin Pipe’s travelling head lad Craig Wylie was in no doubt about the quality of Baracouda after the stable’s duo of Mr Cool and Deano’s Beano had finished second and third to JP McManus’ star in the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle.


“Our pair are very good horses and yet Baracouda made them look almost ordinary, that just shows how talented he is,” he said.


“Mr Cool ran a cracking race and just for a moment, about three out when he was still going well and quite a long way in front and Tom had a quick look round, it looked as if he might pull of a surprise,” he said. “In the end, though, Baracouda was simply too good for them.


“The guv’nor had the idea of riding Deano’s Beeno differently this time and not making the running on him as we have often done. It didn’t work, but it was worth a try.”

THE CANTOR SPORT LONG WALK HURDLE ROLL OF HONOUR (1965-2002)

3m 1½f Hurdle, Grade One, Ascot, Friday, December 19

Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2003 BARACOUDA 8-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 2/7F
2002 DEANO’S BEENO 10-11-07 Axom Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 14/1
2001 BARACOUDA 6-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 2/5F
2000 BARACOUDA 5-11-07 Roger Barby Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 11/4
1999 ANZUM 8-11-07 Old Foresters P’ship 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 Mike 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 Michael Williams 7/2
1983 CRIMSON EMBERS 8-10-11 Pam 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 Tom 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 Tom 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 Cantorsport.co.uk 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, this top hurdle race was run as a handicap, becoming a conditions event after that date 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 to score by a comfortable eight lengths.


John Cherry became the first 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, also landing 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 1980, preventing a John Cherry hat-trick, and went on to win the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Others to capture both races are Highland Abbe, Crimson Embers, Princeful, Anzum and Baracouda.


Staffordshire-based trainer 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 staying event came in 1989 when the Jenny Pitman-trained 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 finish 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.


It did not prove to be third time lucky for Deano’s Beeno in 2000, as he finished runner-up yet again, this time to the runaway victor Baracouda, trained by Francois Doumen in France and partnered by his son Thierry. Baracouda’s success was the first for an overseas-trained horse in the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle.


In 2001, Baracouda became the second dual winner of the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle, beating Ballet-K by 24 lengths and J P McManus’s gelding went on to win the Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival the following March.


Last season Baracouda was 4/11 favourite to become the first horse to win the contest three times, but the veteran Deano’s Beeno finally proved successful at his fourth attempt, making all and holding on by a length under an inspired ride from Tony McCoy. The runner-up went on to win the Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle for a second time in March, 2003.


Deano’s Beeno, appearing in the race for the fifth time, and Baracouda, after his third victory on his fourth outing in the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle, face each other again today, with the latter enjoying an easy success, thus becoming the only horse to win three Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdles.

THE LADBROKE HURDLE

Class A, Listed Race, Total Prize Fund £100,000, 2.20pm, Ascot, Saturday, December 20, 2003, 2m ½f. For 4yo & upwards Rated 0-150. Penalties: after December 6, 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 11st 12lb). Entries closed December 3 (53 entries), five-day confirmation stage December 15 (28 confirmed), final declaration stage 10.15am, December 19 (19 declared).


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer Jockey
*1) 256-011 MUGHAS (IRE) 4-12-03 B Winfield, C Fenton & A Longman Alan King -
2) 6050-13 MONKERHOSTIN (FR) 6-11-12 Martin St Quinton Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
3) 13250-5 BENBYAS 6-11-10 C H Stephenson & Partners Declan Carroll J Levins (7)
4) 2010P-01 REGAL EXIT (FR) 7-11-10(inc 6lbs)Brian Buckley Nicky Henderson Marcus Foley
5) 2145-1P VISIBILITY (FR) 4-11-07v Jim Weeden Martin Pipe Tony McCoy
6) 60-1111 OVERSTRAND (IRE) 4-11-07 F F Racing Services Partnership IV Mary Reveley Barry Geraghty
7) 112////-1 TOM PADDINGTON 8-11-06 Martin & Mary Wilson (Camp Farm Racing) Hughie Morrison Jim Culloty
8) 212-R MAN O'MYSTERY (USA) 6-11-06 Ecurie Pharos Paul Webber Tom Doyle
9) F40-30F OVER THE FIRST (IRE) 8-11-05 Trotters Ind Trading Syndicate Charlie Swan IRE Seamus Durack
10) 14-1022 PUCK OUT (IRE) 5-11-02 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE David Casey
11) 1350-3 SAINTSAIRE (FR) 4-11-02 Anthony Speelman Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald
12) 36-11133 THESIS (IRE) 5-11-02 The 1961 Partnership Venetia Williams Brian Crowley
13) 04355-2 SUD BLEU (FR) 5-11-01 Barry Marshall & Terry Warner Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh
14) 551-511 VANDAS CHOICE (IRE) 5-11-00 J Petterson Lucy Normile Tony Dobbin
15) 11-6333 CITA VERDA (FR) 5-11-00 Ray & Anita Anderson Green Peter Monteith Wilson Renwick
16) 04141/-4 REIZIGER (FR) 7-10-11 D Jones & B Thomas Philip Hobbs Andrew Tinkler(5)
17) 141-2542 SHALAKO (USA) 5-10-09 D J Jones Philip Hobbs Paul Flynn
18) 11-62312 PIRANDELLO (IRE) 5-10-09 Quicksilver Racing Partnership Kim Bailey James Davies (5)
19) 630P-0 TURBO (IRE) 4-10-05 Peter Richardson Toby Balding Ben Hitchcott


19 declared
*2nd preference - also in the 1.55pm at Warwick tomorrow
Weights raised 13lb - Mughas ignored with the weights rise being based on no 2) Monkerhostin


HOW THE LADBROKE BETTING HAS MOVED

There are four losers in the sponsors’ book for tomorrow’s £100,000 guaranteed Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle. Sucesss for Overstrand, Tom Paddington, Sud Bleu and Saintsaire will see them on the wrong side, but victory for any of the other 15 runners will see the bookmakers whooping with joy at Rayners Lane.


“When we opened the book on December 11 far and away the most popular horse was Overstrand,” said spokesman Balthazar Fabricius. “At the time he was 6-1 joint favourite, but he was then the only horse backed and at one stage he was down to 4-1. He then eased back to 5-1 and is now favourite at 9-2.


“Tom Paddington has been popular at 7-1 and is now into 5-1 after one bet of £1,000 each way at the opening price, and we laid another bet of £1,000 each way over Sud Bleu at 11-1. He is now a 7-1 chance.


“The biggest mover among those who opened at higher prices has been Saintsaire, who has come in from 16-1 to 7-1, and Mughas has been popular at 10-1.” The Ladbroke, however, is a second preference race for Mughas, whose first choice target tomorrow is the Stan James Hurdle at Warwick.



Current Ladbroke prices for The Ladbroke are: 9-2 Overstrand, 5 Tom Paddington, 7 Saintsaire and Sud Bleu, 10 Mughas, 12 Monkerhostin and Puck Out, 14 Vandas Choice, 16 Shalako, 20 Pirandello, Regal Exit, Thesis and Visibility, 25 Benbyas and Over The First, 33 Cita Verda, Reiziger and Turbo, 40 Man o’Mystery.


19 GO IN THE LADBROKE

Tomorrow’s £100,000 Ladbroke Hurdle promises to be an ultra-competitive affair with 19 overnight declarations for the extended two-mile handicap.


With Rigmarole taken out, the weights are now headed on 12st 3lb by Mughas, for whom this race is a second preference after a handicap hurdle at Warwick. If Mughas does not participate, it will be Monkerhostin - a winner for new trainer Philip Hobbs at Newbury - who will head the handicap on 11st 12lb.


Hobbs is also represented by Reiziger, who was fourth after a long lay-off at Sandown earlier this month, and Shalako, who finished second at Cheltenham last week.


Most of the big stables are represented with Tony McCoy set to partner the Martin Pipe-trained Visibility, a winner at Ascot last month before pulling up at Cheltenham.


The in-form Nicky Henderson stable, successful 12 months ago with Chauvinist, has the gambled-on Saintsaire, a top juvenile last season and the mount of Mick FitzGerald, and the seven-year-old Regal Exit, a five-length winner at Doncaster last weekend who will be ridden by Marcus Foley.


In Rigmarole’s absence, Paul Nicholls will rely on Sud Bleu who finished a good second at Newbury three weeks ago. The winner that day was the Hughie Morrison-trained Tom Paddington, who bids to emulate his brother Marble Arch, winner of the inaugural Ladbroke at Ascot two years ago.


The sponsor’s favourite after the declaration stage is the Mary Reveley-trained Overstrand, the 9/2 market leader on the back of four unbeaten runs this year.


There are two runners from Ireland, the Charlie Swan-trained Over The First, who switches back to hurdles after having an unsuccessful couple of runs in chases, and Puck Out, who has been second on his last two runs for trainer Christy Roche.


Lucy Normile’s Scottish stable had a big pay day when Vandas Choice scored at Down Royal last month and the five-year-old bids for an even bigger victory, while the Peter Monteith-trained Cita Verde also makes the journey from Scotland.


Pirandello was beaten a neck at Huntingdon last week, Benbyas is likely to be fitter for his first run at Wetherby a fortnight ago, Thesis has been third on his last two runs for Venetia Williams, Turbo appears on the back of his November Handicap win on the Flat while Man O’Mystery also boasts useful form on the level but refused to take part in the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock in May.





THE LADBROKE HURDLE
ROLL OF HONOUR(1987-2002)

2m ½f Handicap Hurdle, Ascot, Saturday, December 20
Previously run at Leopardstown in January, up to & including 2000

Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2002 CHAUVINIST 7-10-00 Bunny & Nick Roberts Nicky Henderson Norman Williamson 15/2

2001 MARBLE ARCH 5-10-11 Martin & Mary Wilson & Rory Sweet, Hughie Morrison Norman Williamson 7/1

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

HISTORY OF THE LADBROKE -
EUROPE’S PREMIER HANDICAP HURDLE

The £100,000 Ladbroke Hurdle, hosted by Ascot for the third time this year, is one of the richest and most competitive handicap hurdles in Europe.


For the first 14 years of its existence, The Ladbroke was held at Leopardstown Racecourse on the outskirts of Dublin and was traditionally 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 trainer David Elsworth and jockey Colin Brown. The 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 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 trainer Jenny Pitman and jockey 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.


The Ladbroke consolidated its position as Europe’s best handicap hurdle with its move to Ascot in 2001, with the inaugural running in Britain going to a home-based trainer in Hughie Morrison, who saddled the Williamson-ridden Marble Arch to beat Fait Le Jojo by three-quarters of a length.

The winner went on to run a blinder in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival the following March, finishing three lengths runner-up to Hors La Loi III.

Williamson notched up a three-timer in The Ladbroke last season, partnering the Nicky Henderson-trained novice Chauvinist to win well by 15 lengths from 19 other hurdlers.


THE cantorsport.co.uk SILVER CUP
ROLL OF HONOUR (1965-2002)

3m 110yds Handicap Chase, Ascot, Saturday, December 20, 2003

Year Winner Age/Wgt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2002 BEHRAJAN 7-11-12 The Behrajan Partnership Henry Daly Richard Johnson 7/1
2001 SHOOTING LIGHT 8-11-06 John Brown & Mick BlackburnMartin Pipe Tony McCoy 5/2F
2000 LEGAL RIGHT 7-12-00 Russell McAllister Jonjo O’Neill Norman Williamson 7/1
1999 TRESOR DE MAI 5-11-01 Joe Moran 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 cantorsport.co.uk SILVER CUP

The cantorsport.co.uk 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, the race was won by perhaps 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 success 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, who handed over the training licence to his son Nick earlier this year, had a very good record at the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting at Ascot, managing to capture no less than four renewals of the cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup. He is the most successful trainer in the contest’s history. The first of his winners came in 1980 when the New Zealand-bred Henry Bishop won under Bob Champion. Gifford enjoyed three further successes with Door Latch (1985 & 1986) and Ballyhane (1988), all of whom carried the famous black and scarlet cap silks of the late Jim Joel.

Michael Dickinson’s domination of National Hunt racing in the early 1980s also extended to the cantorsport.co.uk 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.


The 2000 renewal saw an impressive seasonal debut from Legal Right, who defied 12st as he came home 15 lengths clear of Royal Predica while in 2001 the champion trainer/jockey combination of Martin Pipe and Tony McCoy gained their second success when Shooting Light beat Siberian Gale by 11 lengths. The pair had previously scored with Tresor De Mai in 1999. McCoy was also successful on the John O’Shea-trained Go Ballistic three years earlier.

In 2002 Behrajan made much of the running under Richard Johnson to prevail in an exciting finish by a neck from Exit To Wave and defied top weight of 11st 12lb.



FREE FESTIVE FUN

Father Christmas, ‘Alpine Run' mini ski slope and snowboard simulator
among the many attractions at this year's Cantor Index Christmas Meeting!

The Cantor Index Christmas Meeting provides the perfect opportunity for families to start their Yuletide celebrations early. For people looking for any excuse to abandon the traditional last minute Christmas shopping and get into the seasonal spirit, Ascot's premier jump meeting is the perfect opportunity!

This year's entertainment programme, most of which takes place tomorrow, is bigger and better than ever before, with a whole host of additional activities guaranteed to get everyone in a festive mood.


Some of the highlights include:

* A visit to the racecourse by Father Christmas on both Friday and Saturday, who will arrive on his sleigh before taking up residence in the ‘Winter Wonderland' grotto – where all children can get a free gift.

* Ascot Brass Band, the Maidenhead Citadel Salvation Army band and local community singers will be performing traditional Christmas carols over the weekend.


* The John Nike Sports centre will be bringing a mini ski slope to the Grandstand lawns, with professional instructors on hand to provide advice to beginners.


* The Lawn Bar is transformed into a ‘Festive Fun Zone' for younger racegoers, including games, entertainers, karaoke, face painters, a Christmas decorations workshop, a snowboard simulator and carousel ride.


* A traditional fayre will offer mulled wine, mince pies, arts & crafts stalls and a charity raffle in aid of the NSPCC.


With all of the entertainment, provided absolutely FREE, the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting is fantastic value for money. All accompanied children aged 16 and under are admitted FREE of charge.


There's no better way to start your Christmas celebrations!

Saturday 20th
Gates Open 11.00am
First Race 12.45pm
Members Enclosure £22
Grandstand & Paddock £16
Silver Ring £8
Information and Bookings – 01344 876 876 or www.ascot.co.uk



WINNING QUOTES RACE ONE
MITIE GROUP NATIONAL HUNT MAIDEN HURDLE

TRABOLGAN OFF THE MARK

Trabolgan, who came to grief first time out over hurdles at Aintree almost a month ago, made no mistake with a clear cut defeat of Yardbird at 1-2 in the Mitie Group Novices’ Hurdle.


His trainer Nicky Henderson, though, felt at one stage of the race that the horse “might be remembering Liverpool and he was a bit green and novicey early on. But he is still only a baby and I am convinced he is a really nice horse.”

Trablogan, never far behind the leaders, rather lost his place with a mistake four from home, but was soon back on an even keel and led at the second last before winning by seven lengths.


Henderson also reported his King George V1 Chase candidate Fondmort as being “in really good form” in advance of his Kempton bid. “He will work tomorrow, and so will Geos, but he was a bit stiff when I pulled him out of the Bula Hurdle last weekend so we will have to see how he is before deciding about the Christmas Hurdle.”

This has been an emotional week for the trainer, whose father died on Tuesday evening.

“He did an awful lot for racing in general and for us in particular and I am quite sure what he would have wanted is for us to get on with the job and have as many winners as we can. I am sure he is up there watching us, probably on Attheraces with the Queen Mother !”

Henrietta Knight, trainer of the runner-up Yardbird, said: “He’s only four, so I am thrilled with that and he’s going to win a lot of races. They were a good bunch of horses, the winner is very useful and there was a long way back to the third.”

SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
PML HANDICAP HURDLE

TRIX IS MASTER

Master Trix made an impressive seasonal reappearance when, having his first start since Aintree in April, he ran out a seven-length winner of the PML Handicap Hurdle under Timmy Murphy.


“We’ve always liked him and he was entitled to run well on his form,” said winning trainer Mark Pitman, having his third success of the week.


“He was third here in a novice hurdle last year, then second to Saitensohn at Newbury before beating Desmond Tutu. He ran in the EBF Final at Sandown but made a mistake at the first so his race was over and then like a lot of mine he wasn’t right at Aintree.


“He’ll defintely be going chasing it’s just a matter of when. He could run over fences at Wincanton on Boxing Day and he’s in at Chepstow the following day. His jumping was really good today - Timmy said that whenever he squeezed the horse followed through.”

Murphy was one of seven jockeys to receive a 19-day ban for taking the wrong course at Ludlow yesterday and he announced that he would be appealing.


“I hold my hands up but everybody makes a mistake,” said Murphy. “And 19 days is a month’s wages for one mistake. I will definitely be appealing.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE TWO
PML HANDICAP HURDLE

GROUND MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Bell Lane Lad may have been no match for Master Trix in the PML Handicap Hurdle, going down by seven lengths, but he still beat the others decisively and put behind him a dismal effort at Folkestone last time.


His trainer Alan King blames that flop entirely on the ground. “It was far too soft for him, he was really only just about happy in the conditions here, but he has run a sound race,” he said.


King is very unhappy that if he decided to run Mughas inThe Ladbroke Hurdle here tomorrow the four-year-old would have to carry 12st 3lb. His first preference for the horse is at Warwick, but having been told that the course there was unraceable yesterday and that two degrees of frost are expected overnight, he declared Mughas for Ascot as a standby.


But instead of his top weight going up to 11st 12lb, Mughas is ignored for the purposes of raising the weights as the Ascot race is his second preference, and second top weight Monkerhostin (a definite Ascot starter) goes up to 11st 12lb with Mughas put the 5lb above him as he was in the original handicap.


So if Warwick is abandoned, King would have to saddle Mughas with 12st 3lb at Ascot and this he has no intention of doing.


Gary Moore was very pleased with the effort of his Going Global, who finished third under top weight of 11st 12lb, but is resigned to the fact that the horse “is in the grip of the handicapper.


“He obviously can’t win from where he is in the handicap, and I would have loved to run him in The Ladbroke tomorrow but he was 12lb out of the handicap (before the weights were raised 13lb),” he said.


Although Going Global is not a very big horse, Moore thinks that he would well jump a fence in time. His sire, Bob Back, gets plenty of winners over fences and this may prove to be the route for him. “He jumps hurdles well and certainly did so there,” he said.




WINNING AND PLACED QUOTES RACE THREE
PML NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE

BALLYROBERT COMPLETES THE HAT TRICK

Following wins at Towcester and Newbury, Ballyrobert completed the hat trick when getting the better of King’s Travel, to whom he was conceding 17lb, by a length and a half.


“He is a really improving horse, he keeps going up the handicap and I am wondering if I might up him in trip,” said the six-year-old’s trainer Nick Gaselee.


“He jumped well apart from when he pecked a bit at the last and he was giving the winner a lot of weight,” the trainer added.


“I saw him win a point-to-point in Northern Ireland last spring when I was out there visiting my son James, who was stationed there,” he recalled. “He belonged to Wilson Dennison, with whom I was staying, and who later sent him to Doncaster sales.


“He did not make his reserve there and Wilson then sent him down to me. I formed the Saxon Partnership, who now own him and I wish I was one of them. Mind you, when I was setting up the partnership I was trying to find as many as I could without getting involved myself !

“It all just shows the merits of loyalty to The Queen. If James had not been in the army, I would not have been visiting him and then I would not have seen the horse and eventually bought him.”

Carl Johnston, owner of the runner-up King’s Travel, said: “He’s gone up 16lb for his last win, which was a lot, and has run well but the winner looks a good horse. He’s only as good as he is and I don’t know where he’ll go, he might pick up a couple of places here and there.”



WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE
DEREK HANKINSON HANDICAP CHASE

JAKARI’S PROGRESS CONTINUES

The lightly-raced and progressive Jakari brought his score to four wins from his last five starts when he made just about all the running to take the Derek Hankinson Handicap Chase from Kock de la Vesvre.


Neither owner Lord Cadogan nor trainer Henry Daly was at Ascot, but the stable’s travelling head lad Shan Harrison said that the winner “is an improving horse, who jumps well.”

Harrison was not aware of what plans Daly might have for the winner, but said that as the six-year-old has now won at Cheltenham and Ascot there wasn’t much chance of going low profile with him.


The only blot on Jakari’s copybook this year came at the Grand National meeting at Aintree when he was pulled up and officially excused for that failure because he was not suited by the ground.


Although the going that day was officially good, many felt it to be considerably softer than that.




SIXTH RACE QUOTES
THE SCANMOOR CONSTRUCTION KENNEL GATE NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 2)

HENDERSON UNVEILS NEW PERLER

Perle De Puce, who only arrived from France at Nicky Henderson’s stable two weeks ago, sprang a 33/1 surprise to defeat a high-class field in the concluding Grade 2 Scanmoor Construction Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle.


“I’ve only had the filly for less than a fortnight and when I schooled her over hurdles she broke about four of them so I’m a bit bemused,” said Henderson.
“But she was very fit when she arrived with me and she had a fair old session with Yogi Breisner in the indoor school last week.

“The whole plan was to get some black type so she could go to (owner) Robert (Waley-Cohen)’s for breeding because he is building up a quite a serious band of jumping mares.”

Waley-Cohen added: “She won on the Flat, was fifth in a Listed race then won a novice and handicap hurdle in France before coming third in a Listed hurdle.

“But unless they are really top class there is nowhere really to go after four so she ran out of opportunities in France but we were not quite expecting her to run so well today!”

Winning rider Mick FitzGerald added: “She’s done it very nicely, travelled well and responded when I asked her for an effort despite having an awkward head carriage.”

Perle De Puce is as short as 12/1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March with Cashmans with runner-up Lingo still the 8/1 joint favourite with Paddy Power.


Jonjo O’Neill, trainer of Lingo, was delighted with his horse’s second. “That was a good little race and he’s run very well, though the winner looks like a very decent mare,” he said. “He jumped a bit novicey in the early stages but he would have learned a lot from that.”

O’Neill added about Iris’s Gift, runner-up in the Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle in March: “I hope he’ll be able to have one run and then go to Cheltenham again, but I have no idea where that is and it’s possible he could go straight there.”

GOING CHANGE

The going tomorrow at Ascot is now officially Good after it was changed from Good, good to firm in a few places.




GOING NEWS AT 10 AM



The going for the first day of the Cantor Index Christmas meeting is predominantly

GOOD,

though there are a few GOOD TO FIRM patches on parts of the course.




“The forecast is for a largely dry day, but there may be some drizzle overnight and more persistent rain through the afternoon tomorrow. That could amount to as much as five millimetres,” said clerk of the course Nick Cheyne.



BETTING NEWS

A horse described in the Racing Post as “one to be wary of”, having “completely failed to live up to promise of 2002 bumper starts” and having had a breathing problem has been all the rage in the offices this morning.


This is Touch Closer, bottom weight (9lb below any other runner) in the PML Handicap Hurdle (1.30pm) and backed off the boards through the day. Victor Chandler had him in at 25-1, then cut him to 14-1 and after a further rush have cut him to 8-1, but both Hills and Ladbrokes are even lower. Hills have cut him from 25-1 to 7-1 and Ladbrokes, having offered 33-1 when the offices opened, laid him at 20-1 and 14-1 and now also have him at 7-1. Nor does it end there as Cashmans have slashed the six-year-old from 28-1 to 8-1 and Paddy Power have him at the same price from 25-1. In the same race, Powers also report interest in Premier Estate, who is at 5-1 from 11-2.


The withdrawal of Devon View from the Derek Hankinson Handicap Chase (3.10pm) has meant a new book and a 25p in the £ deduction. In the new market, the popular choice has been Multeen Prince, who has come in from 5-2 to 2-1 with Chandler, while Ladbrokes have cut him from 11-4 to 15-8 and Powers from 5-2 to 7-4. Avalanche has been in demand with Cashmans from 7-1 to 11-2.


Ladbrokes also report money for Widemouth Bay, who has been trimmed from 5-1 to 9-2 in the closing Scanmoor Construction Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle (3.40pm). In the same race Powers have cut Erics Charm from 7-1 to 6-1 and Cashmans have brought Lingo in by ba point from 7-1.


Cashmans have also tightened up Baracouda in the Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdle (2.40pm) and now quote him at 1-4 from 2-7.




FIRST RACE RESULT
1.00pm THE MITIE GROUP “NATIONAL HUNT”
MAIDEN HURDLE

Class D, £10,000 Added. For 4yo+ which have not run in a flat race, or more than four INH Flat races, 2m 4f. Weights: 11st. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £7,475; 2nd: £2,300; 3rd: £1,150; 4th: £575

1) TRABOLGAN (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 5-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 1/2 Fav
2) YARDBIRD (Gilco) Henrietta Knight 4-11-00 Jim Culloty 10/1
3) BISON KING (Evelyn Hankinson) Charles Egerton 6-11-00 Tony McCoy 10/1
4) BAY KENNY (I F W Buchan) Kim Bailey 5-10-09 Des Flavin (5)
5) TANNERS COURT (Claire Dyson) Claire Dyson 6-10-07 Miss Claire Dyson (7)
6) ROWLEY HILL (J E Brown & Mrs S Faccenda) Alan King 5-11-00 Jimmy McCarthy
7) CASTLEMORE (Castlemore Securities Limited) Philip Hobbs 5-11-00 Richard Johnson
8) MAJOR EURO (Jumbo Frost) Simon Gilmore 6-10-11 Jamie Moore (3)
9) LUXEMBOURG (Lorna Berryman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-11-00 Carl Llewellyn
10) WAKEUP SMILING (The Wakeup Partnership) Emma Lavelle 5-11-00 Barry Fenton
11) FROZEN ASSETS (The Nicky Watts Partnership) Mark Pitman 6-11-00 Timmy Murphy
12) SAUCYNORWICH (Mrs Richard Tice) Jonny Portman 5-11-00 Joe Tizzard
13) TERRIBLE TENANT (Ian Bare) Seamus Mullins 4-11-00 Andrew Thornton
PU) TWELI (Mrs A M Riney) Ian Wood 6-10-11 David Crosse (3)

14 ran
Non-Runner: Beau Coup (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: 7, 12, 3/4, 16, 3 1/2, 11, 15, 18, 1, nk, 20, 2 1/2
Breeder: Michael Lysaght Breeding: b g King’s Ride - Derrella (Derrylin)
Tote Win: £1.60 Places: £1.20; £1.90; £2.00 Exacta: £5.30

Winning trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous occupation/ apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78 Wins (1982/3--2002/03):40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 93, 69 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84, 91, 115, 114, 116 Aintree Festival wins: Mumm Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man), Mumm Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame), John Hughes Memorial Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long) Cheltenham Festival wins: (25) County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich), Stayers (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough) Other major wins include: Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), BMW Handicap Chase (1998 Big Matt), West Yorkshire Hurdle (1999 Silver Wedge), Gerry Feilden Hurdle (1999 Bacchanal), Tote Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), AON Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Ladbroke Hurdle (2002 Chauvinist), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort) Wins Ths Season: 36

Winning Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald Date/place of birth: Cork, 10/05/1970 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (11) CATHCART CHASE: (1994 Raymylette, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), WILLIAM HILL NATIONAL HUNT CHASE (1995 Rough Quest, 2000 Marlborough), JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Tiutchev), BONUSPRINT STAYERS’ HURDLE (2000 Bacchanal), CORAL CUP (2003 Xenophon) Aintree Festival Wins: MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL CHASE (1996 Rough Quest), MARTELL AINTREE HURDLE (Bimsey 1997), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (1995 Thinking Twice), MARTELL CUP CHASE (2000 See More Business), CHIVAS REGAL HANDICAP CHASE (2001 Kingsmark) Other Big Race Wins: VICTOR CHANDLER CHASE (Big Matt 1996), AGFA DIAMOND CHASE (1996 Amtrak Express), MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE HURDLE (1998 Hidebound), TOTE LANZAROTE HCAP HURDLE (1999 Tiutchev), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN GAME SPIRIT CHASE (1999 Celibate), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PENDILNOVICES’ CHASE (1999 Makounji), WEEKENDER DOVECOTE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Premier Generation), VOICE NEWSPAPER ADONIS JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), CHARLIE HALL CHASE (1999 and 2000 See More Business), ROSSINGTON MAIN NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Dusk Duel), AON CHASE (2000 See More Business), TOTE GOLD TROPHY HCAP HURDLE (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), DESERT ORCHID H’CAP CHASE (2000 Fadalko), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (2003 Fondmort) Number of Wins (1995/96-2002/03): 68; 82; 102; 121; 107; 78; 109; 77 Wins This Season: 32

SECOND RACE RESULT

1.30pm THE PML HANDICAP HURDLEClass D, £10,000 Added. For 5yo+ Rated 0-115, 2m 4f. Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after December 6, a winner of a hurdle 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £7,117.50; 2nd: £2,190; 3rd: £1,095; 4th: £547.50

1) MASTER TRIX (Patrick Bancroft) Mark Pitman 6-11-09 Timmy Murphy 10/1
2) BELL LANE LAD (Jack McGrath) Alan King 6-10-10 Richard Johnson 5/1 Jt Fav
3) GOING GLOBAL (Allen House Partnership) Gary Moore 6-11-09 Jamie Moore (3) 9/1
4) WHO CARES WINS (The B C W Partnership) John Jenkins 7-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald
5) TOUCH CLOSER (C N Barnes) Alan Swinbank 6-10-01 Jim Crowley
6) ODAGH ODYSSEY (Richard Lavelle) Emma Lavelle 9-11-03 Tony McCoy 5/1 Jt Fav
7) ICARE D'OUDAIRIES (Anthony Knott) Colin Tizzard 7-11-06 Joe Tizzard
8) JAYBEEDEE (Mrs C AT Swire & G D W Swire) Kim Bailey 7-10-13 Des Flavin (5)
9) PREMIER ESTATE (Jacky Field) Richard Rowe 6-10-12 Barry Fenton
10) FARD DU MOULIN MAS (Mrs Merrick Francis) Merrick Francis 10-11-09 Brian Crowley
11) REGAL VISION (The Whitcommbe Partnership) Charlie Mann 6-10-10 Steven Craine (7)
12) WATER SPORTS (John Duggan) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-11-02 Carl Llewellyn
13) CAPRIOLO (S J Kingshott) Pat Murphy p7-10-13 Leighton Aspell
14) EAST HILL (Leon Best) Toby Balding 7-11-05 Tom Best (5)
15) CULLIAN (The Cullinan Partnership) Dina Smith b1 6-11-00 Marcus Foley

15 ran
Non-Runners: Wild Romance (Ground), Top Of The Left (Ground)
Distances: 7, 3 1/2, 5, 3 1/2, 11, 3, 3, 2 1/2, 4, 1/2, 9, 1, 20, 20
Breeder: J Sinnott Breeding: b g Lord Americo - Bannow Drive (IRE) (Miner’s Lamp)
Tote Win: £12.00 Places: £3.90; £2.10; £2.50 Exacta: £92.10

Winning trainer: Mark Pitman: Weathercock House, Upper Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire
Cheltenham Festival Wins: (2) Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1999 Monsignor), Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Monsignor) Other major wins: Worcester Novices’ Chase (1999 Connor Macleod), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup Handicap Chase (1999 Ever Blessed), Sun ‘King of the Punters’ Tolworth Hurdle (2000 Monsignor) Horses in Training (1999-2003):
28; 80; 83; 82; 70 Wins (1997/98-2002/03): 6; 25; 36; 29; 25; 9 Wins This Season: 15

Winning Jockey: Timothy James Murphy Date of birth: August 20, 1974 First winner: Gayloire, Kilmuckridge point to point (Co Wexford) General: Rode last ever winner over jumps at Nottingham - Dominie (29/2/96) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (2) MILDMAY OF FLETE CHASE (1997 Terao), VINCENT O’BRIEN COUNTY HCAP HURDLE (1999 Sir Talbot) Aintree Festival Wins: CORDON BLEU HCAP HURDLE (1999 Kinnescash) Other major wins: REHEARSAL CHASE (1998 See More Business), PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE (1998 See More Business), PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS ASCOT HURDLE (1998 Juyush), AGFA DIAMOND HCAP CHASE (1999 Clever Remark) Number of Wins (1995/96-2002/2003): 26; 28; 60; 73; 64; 54; 98; 42 Wins This Season: 29

THIRD RACE RESULT

2.05pm THE PML NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASEClass D, £10,000 Added. For 4yo+ Rated 0-110, 2m. Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after December 6, a winner of a chase 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £6,695; 2nd: £2,060; 3rd:£1,030; 4th: £515

1) BALLYROBERT (The Saxon Partnership) Nick Gaselee 6-11-08 Andrew Thornton 5/6 Fav
2) KING'S TRAVEL (C Johnston) Jimmy Frost 7-10-05 Jimmy McCarthy 4/1
3) REGAL ACT (M Rowland, B Beacham) Charlie Mann 7-11-09 David Crosse (3) 5/1
F1) TOSAWI (Exors of the late S J Norman) Ron Hodges 7-11-10 Joe Tizzard
F8) ACERTACK (Keith Hunter) Richard Rowe 6-10-03 Barry Fenton

5 ran
Distances: 1 1/2, dist
Breeder: Martin Cullinane Breeding: b or br g Bob’s Return (IRE) - Line Abreast (High Line)
Tote Win: £1.70 Places: £1.50; £1.40 Exacta: £3.30

Winning trainer: NICK GASELEE Based: Saxon Cottage, Upper Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 30/1/39 Date of first licence: 1976 Previous occupation: Journalist, amateur rider, assistant to Fulke Walwyn Wins (1982/3-2002/03): 21, 16, 15, 26, 18, 24, 13, 19, 19, 15, 13, 19, 17, 14, 12, 4, 12, 7, 9, 16, 7, 5 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 44, 37, 38, 38, 35, 40, 44, 42, 32, 30, 28, 32, 28, 25, 23, 22, 20, 16, 13 Big Race Wins Include: Mitsubishi Shogun Tingle Creek H’Cap Chase (1986 Berlin), Mandarin H’cap Chase (1990 Party Politics), Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (1986 Berlin), Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (1984 Duke Of Milan), Galloway Braes Novices’ Chase (1980 Doddington Park), Greenalls Grand National Trial (1993 Party Politics), Rehearsal Chase (1993 Party Politics) Aintree Festival wins: Martell Grand National (1992 Party Politics) Cheltenham Festival wins: (2) Cathcart (1988 Private Views), National Hunt Chase (1994 Christmas Gorse) Wins This Season: 4

Winning Jockey: Andrew Thornton Date of birth: 28/10/72 Apprenticeship: Arthur Stephenson - started as an amateur First winner: Wrekin Hill (Sedgefield - 23/11/91) Wins: (1991/2-2002-2003) 10; 26,18,26,52,38,80,47,66,54, 54, 62 Cheltenham Festival wins: (3) WILLIAM HILL NATIONAL HUNT CHASE (Maamur 1996), ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE HURDLE (French Holly 1998), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (Cool Dawn 1998) Other big race wins: KING GEORGE VI CHASE (See More Business 1997), BETTERWARE CUP (Cool Dawn 1998), DESERT ORCHID SOUTH WESTERN PATTERN CHASE (Super Tactics 1998), PERTEMPS CHRISTMAS HURDLE (French Holly 1998), PRESTIGE NOVICES’ HURDLE (Kates Charm 1999) Wins this Season: 71


FOURTH RACE RESULT

2.40pm THE CANTOR SPORT LONG WALK HURDLEClass A, Grade One, £70,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, 3m 1½f. Weights: 11st 7lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb.Penalty Values: 1st: £40,600; 2nd: £15,400; 3rd:£7,700; 4th: £3,500; 5th: £1,750; 6th: £1,050

1) BARACOUDA (J P McManus) Francois Doumen FR 8-11-07 Thierry Doumen 2/7 Fav
2) MR COOL (Nick Mills) Martin Pipe 9-11-07 Tom Scudamore 10/1
3) DEANO'S BEENO (Axom) Martin Pipe b11-11-07 Tony McCoy
4) BEYOND CONTROL (Anthony Knott) Colin Tizzard 8-11-07 Joe Tizzard
5) TEAATRAL (Bernard Gover Bloodstock Trading Ltd) Charles Egerton 9-11-07 Richard Johnson
6) SPRINGFIELD SCALLY (Mrs A M Hall) Steve Gollings 10-11-07 Jim Culloty

6 ran
Distances: 30, 5, 14, 21, 27
Breeder: R Dupuis Breeding: b g Alesso (USA) - Peche Aubar (FR) (Zino)
Tote Win: £1.30 Places: £1.02; £3.50 Exacta: £3.40

Winning trainer: FRANCOIS DOUMEN Date Of Birth: 11/6/40. Date Of First Trainer’s Licence: 1977 Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship (trainers) with father, Jean, who trained for James Hennessy at Maisons-Lafitte. Riding Career: Amateur 1956-70, rode more than 100 Flat winners including the Prix Georges Courtois, at Deauville in 1969/70. Big Race Wins Include: King George VI Chase (1987 Nupsala, 1991 & 1992 The Fellow, 1994 Algan, 2000 First Gold), Racing Post H’cap Chase (1995 Val d’Alene), Grande Steeplechase de Paris (1991 The Fellow, 1994 Ucello II, 1995 Ubu III), Grande Course De Haies D’Auteuil (1992 & 1993 Ubu III), Prix Heros XII (1992 The Fellow, 1993 Ucello II), Pertemps Recruitment Partnership Feltham Novices’ Chase (1997 Djeddah), Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (1997 Djeddah), Wragge & Co Finesse Four-Year-Old Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), Axminster 100 Kingwell Hurdle (2000 Hors La Loi III), Voice Newspaper Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Snow Drop), Long Walk Hurdle (2000 Baracouda, 2001 Baracouda, 2003 Baracouda), Capel Cure Sharp Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Ben Ewar), Martell Cup Chase (2001 First Gold), The Glenlivet 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2001 Bilboa) Cheltenham Festival wins: (4) Tote Gold Cup (1994 The Fellow), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2000 Snow Drop), Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle (2002, 2003 Baracouda) Horses in Training (1999-2002): 83; 104; 102; 119 Number of Winners in Britain (1998/99-2002/03): 3; 5; 9; 9; 4 Wins This Season (In Britain): 2

Winning Jockey: Thierry Doumen Cheltenham Festival wins: (3) JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (2000 Snow Drop), BONUSPRINT STAYERS’ HURDLE (2002, 2003 Baracouda) Aintree Festival wins include: MARTELL CUP CHASE (2001 First Gold), THE GLENLIVET 4-Y-O NOVICES’ HURDLE (2001 Bilboa) Big Race Wins: KING GEORGE VI CHASE (2000 First Gold), WRAGGE & CO CAPEL CURE SHARP NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Ben Ewar), LONG WALK HURDLE (2000 Baracouda, 2001 Baracouda, 2003 Baracouda), FINESSE FOUR-YEAR-OLD HURDLE (1999 Hors La Loi III), KINGWELL HURDLE (2000 Hors La Loi III) Other Details: Son of trainer Francois Doumen, to whom he is stable jockey. Turned professional on March 31, 1998. Now also a trainer in France. Number of Wins in Britain (1999/2000-2002/03): 4; 9; 9; 5 Wins This Season (In Britain): 2


FIFTH RACE RESULT

3.40pm THE DEREK HANKINSON HANDICAP CHASE
Class C, Showcase Handicap, £20,000 Total Added. For 5yo+ Rated 0-135, 2m 3½f. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after December 6, a winner of a chase 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £13,812.50; 2nd: £4,250; 3rd:£2,125; 4th: £1,062.50

1) JAKARI (The Earl Cadogan) Henry Daly 6-11-09 Richard Johnson 7/4 Fav
2) KOCK DE LA VESVRE (O P Dakin) Venetia Williams 5-10-10 Sam Thomas (7) 10/1
3) AVALANCHE (The Downhill Partnership) John Best 6-10-13 Mark Bradburne
4) MULTEEN RIVER (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 7-11-02 Liam Cooper
5) HARVIS (Peter Richardson) Toby Balding 8-10-13 Barry Fenton
6) WAVE ROCK (Sterling Racing Syndicate) Philip Hobbs b8-10-11 Timmy Murphy
7) STORMYFAIRWEATHER (Bridget Hanbury) Nicky Henderson 11-11-04 Mick Fitzgerald

7 ran Non-Runner: Devon View (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: 6, 1 3/4, 4, 13, 13, 17
Breeder: Pierre Hoyeau Breeding: b g Apeldoorn (FR) - Tartifume II (FR) (Mistigri)
Tote Win: £2.60 Places: £2.10; £4.20 Exacta: £26.90

Winning trainer: HENRY DALY Based: Downton Hall Stables, Ludlow, Shropshire Horses in Training (1999-2003): 50; 50; 51; 50; 50 Number of Winners (1998/99-2002/03): 35; 38; 25; 28; 28 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Novices’ Chase (2000 Relaxation), Mildmay Of Flete Challenge Cup Chase (2003 Young Spartacus), Grand Annual Chase (2003Palarshan) Big Race Wins Include: Sun ‘King of the Punters’ Tolworth Hurdle (1999 Behrajan), Mildmay & Cazalet Handicap Chase (2000 Lancastrian Jet), Tote Exacta Long Distance Hurdle (2000 Behrajan), cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup Chase (2002 Behrajan) Wins This Season: 22

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77 Wins (1993/94-2002/2003): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147 Cheltenham Festival wins: (8 BONUSPRINT STAYERS’ HURDLE (1999 Anzum), MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Dark Stranger, 2003 Young Spartacus), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (2000 Looks Like Trouble), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2002 Flagship Uberalles), COUNTY HURDLE (2002 Rooster Booster), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight), Cathcart Chase (2003 La La Landiere) Aintree Festival wins: BARTON & GUESTIER TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE (1997 Midnight Legend, 2000 Phardante Flyer), Belle Epoque Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1997 Forest Ivory), Martell Cup Chase (1998 Escartefigue), Heidsieck Monopole Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1999 Spendid, 2001 What’s Up Boys), Glenlivet Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex), John Hughes Trophy Chase (2001 Gower-Slave) Other big race wins: JAMES NICHOLSON WINE MERCHANT CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Looks Like Trouble), WELSH NATIONAL (1999 Edmond), RACING POST TROPHY (2000 Gloria Victis, 2001 Young Spartacus, 2002 Gunter McBride), TOTE SILVER CUP (2002 Behrajan) Wins This Season: 126



SIXTH RACE RESULT
3.40pm THE SCANMOOR CONSTRUCTION KENNEL GATE NOVICES’ HURDLE

Class A, Grade Two, £25,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, 2m ½f. Weights: 11st. Penalties: a winner of a Class D hurdle 4lb; of a Class A to C hurdle 7lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £14,500; 2nd: £5,500; 3rd:£2,750; 4th: £1,250; 5th: £625; 6th: £375

1) PERLE DE PUCE (Robert Waley-Cohen) Nicky Henderson 4-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 33/1
2) LINGO (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 4-11-07 Liam Cooper 13/2
3) ERIC'S CHARM (Martin St Quinton & Peter Deal) Oliver Sherwood 5-11-04 Tony McCoy 11/1
4) SELF DEFENSE (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 6-11-07 Barry Keniry
5) ALBUHERA (David & F A Jackson) Paul Nicholls t5-11-07 Ruby Walsh 9/4 Fav
6) LIBERTY SEEKER (M Sawers) Alan Swinbank 4-11-00 Padgh Whelan
7) LOUP (Paul Green) James Fanshawe 4-11-00 Tony Dobbin
8) WIDEMOUTH BAY (Mrs J F Deithrick) Philip Hobbs 5-11-04 Richard Johnson
9) TOMFOOLARY (Mrs C H Antrobus) Jim Old 6-11-00 Mark Bradburne
PU BEF 3) XTRA (Wally Sturt) Jim Old 5-11-00 Leighton Aspell

10 ran
Distances: 1 1/4, 5, 2, 3 1/2, 13, 2 1/2, 1 1/2, dist
Breeder: Jacques Delvert Breeding: b f Snurge - Ma Puce (FR) (Tip Moss (FR))
Tote Win: £25.90 Places: £4.40; £2.50; £2.00 Exacta: £204.60

Winning trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous occupation/ apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78 Wins (1982/3--2002/03):40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 93, 69 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84, 91, 115, 114, 116 Aintree Festival wins: Mumm Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man), Mumm Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame), John Hughes Memorial Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long) Cheltenham Festival wins: (25) County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich), Stayers (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough) Other major wins include: Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), BMW Handicap Chase (1998 Big Matt), West Yorkshire Hurdle (1999 Silver Wedge), Gerry Feilden Hurdle (1999 Bacchanal), Tote Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), AON Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Ladbroke Hurdle (2002 Chauvinist), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort) Wins This Season: 37

Winning Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald Date/place of birth: Cork, 10/05/1970 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (11) CATHCART CHASE: (1994 Raymylette, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), WILLIAM HILL NATIONAL HUNT CHASE (1995 Rough Quest, 2000 Marlborough), JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Tiutchev), BONUSPRINT STAYERS’ HURDLE (2000 Bacchanal), CORAL CUP (2003 Xenophon) Aintree Festival Wins: MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL CHASE (1996 Rough Quest), MARTELL AINTREE HURDLE (Bimsey 1997), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (1995 Thinking Twice), MARTELL CUP CHASE (2000 See More Business), CHIVAS REGAL HANDICAP CHASE (2001 Kingsmark) Other Big Race Wins: VICTOR CHANDLER CHASE (Big Matt 1996), AGFA DIAMOND CHASE (1996 Amtrak Express),TOTE LANZAROTE HCAP HURDLE (1999 Tiutchev), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN GAME SPIRIT CHASE (1999 Celibate), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PENDILNOVICES’ CHASE (1999 Makounji), WEEKENDER DOVECOTE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Premier Generation), VOICE NEWSPAPER ADONIS JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), CHARLIE HALL CHASE (1999 and 2000 See More Business), ROSSINGTON MAIN NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Dusk Duel), AON CHASE (2000 See More Business), TOTE GOLD TROPHY HCAP HURDLE (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), DESERT ORCHID H’CAP CHASE (2000 Fadalko), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (2003 Fondmort) Number of Wins (1995/96-2002/03): 68; 82; 102; 121; 107; 78; 109; 77 Wins This Season: 33

LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF DAY ONE

1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Henderson 2 - -
Henry Daly 1 - -
Francois Doumen 1 - -
Nick Gaselee 1 - -
Mark Pitman 1 - -
Martin Pipe - 1 1
Jimmy Frost - 1 -
Alan King - 1 -
Henrietta Knight - 1 -
Jonjo O’Neill - 1 -
Venetia Williams - 1 -
John Best - - 1
Charles Egerton - - 1
Charlie Mann - - 1
Gary Moore - - 1
Oliver Sherwood - - 1

LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE END OF DAY ONE

1st 2nd 3rd
Mick Fitzgerald 2 - -
Richard Johnson 1 1 -
Thierry Doumen 1 - -
Timmy Murphy 1 - -
Andrew Thornton 1 - -
Liam Cooper - 1 -
Jim Culloty - 1 -
Jimmy McCarthy - 1 -
Tom Scudamore - 1 -
Sam Thomas - 1 -
Tony McCoy - - 3
Mark Bradburne - - 1
David Crosse - - 1
Jamie Moore - - 1


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