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Saturday, December 20, 2003



Attendance over the two days of the Cantor Index Christmas Meeting has held up extremely well given the weather conditions, with a slight increase to 21,294 this year compared with 21,153 in 2002.

“This is the third year of a meeting that is really beginning to establish itself as an important and popular part of the busy Christmas period. Much credit for that must go to the title sponsors, Cantor, who have worked closely with us to promote and shape the format of the two days.

“Attendance over the whole year at Ascot is up from 560,511 to 576,354 on 2002 which was a record in itself. We will not beat it next year as we plan to relocate our post-September fixtures to begin the main phase of our £180-million redevelopment but it gives us something to aim at for the future,” said Nick Smith, Head of Public Relations for Ascot Racecourse.



The five-year-old Krach, representing the J P McManus/Francois and Thierry Doumen connections of Baracouda, looked an exciting prospect for the future after justifying 11/10 favouritism in the opening John Lewis Memorial Novices’ Hurdle with a 10-length victory.

“He is such a baby, my only worry today was lack of experience,” said trainer Francois Doumen. “I can’t wait to see him over fences because that is what he was made for but he is too green to go chasing at the moment.

“J P wanted to let him grow and save him for later - today is later! I haven’t decided anything in the future, I wanted to see him today first. All my horses have a break in January and we might look at something at the end of January or in February.”

Doumen has walked the Kempton course in preparation for First Gold’s possible tilit in the King George VI Chase. “The ground is still only good there and we need all the rain we can have,” said Doumen. “But the course is level and in perfect condition and so far the plan is Kempton although I will keep discussing things with J P McManus.”


The going on the hurdles course is now


after the first race.

This is very much in line with the jockeys’ descriptions afterwards.

Though winning rider Thierry Doumen called it ‘good to soft,’, Colin Bolger on the runner-up said it was ‘on the soft side of good,’, Ruby Walsh said that it was ‘on the heavy side of soft,’ and Richard Johnson called it ‘soft to heavy.’



“If that didn’t stir your heart, you are in the wrong game,” declared Mark Pitman after Hot Shots, running from 8lb out of the handicap, had got the better of a splendid struggle with Upgrade to take the Cantor Mobile Handicap Chase and reverse recent form with Bleu Superbe in the process.

Afterwards the trainer explained that he had “given rather different orders to Jim (Culloty) today, than I did to Timmy (Murphy) last time,” emphasising to Culloty that “there are four front-runners and you have got to tuck in with them; you won’t be able to come from behind and catch them.”

Hot Shots still had a bit to find against Upgrade turning for home, but he stuck to his task with a will, landed just in front at the last and ran all the way to the line to win by half a length.

“He is a much, much better horse going right-handed. For some reason when we run him the other way round he just can’t put the race together,” said Pitman.

“He landed a bit flat footed over the last, but he got away from it well and Jim said that he really tried for him and ran his heart out.”

The next target may well be the Victor Chandler Chase here next month, but as things stand even with his 4lb penalty from this success, he will still be 11lb out of the handicap proper.

“But he was a long way out of the handicap here and we shall just have to see how many of the top weights come out between now and the next meeting,” said the trainer.


The official going on the Chase Course was changed after the second race to


The Hurdles Course going had been changed after the first race to


cantorsport.co.uk SILVER CUP


Teenager Jamie Moore bagged the biggest success of his career to date when partnering the Martin Pipe-trained Horus to take the £50,000 cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup under a canny ride to beat Behrajan by a length and a half.

“I never felt in doubt and he was going away again at the end,” said 18-year-old Moore. “I always travelled very well and he picked up. He needed to be woken up but it is very holding ground out there. It was very good of the boss to put me up.”

“This is my first winner at Ascot and my biggest success so far,” added Moore, who turned professional after this year’s Martell Cognac Grand National.

“Martin is at home having some champagne!” said assistant trainer Chester Barnes. “He has a terrible cold and is on antibiotics, the horse is feeling much better than Martin.”

Owner-breeder Brian Kilpatrick was full of praise for the winner rider and said: “Jamie is a very, very good jockey and has ridden a bit for me before.”

Horus is quoted at 33/1 for the Martell Cognac Grand National with Paddy Power.

cantorsport.co.uk SILVER CUP CHASE


Behrajan put up a cracking performance first time out this season as he tried to repeat last year’s success in the cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup Handicap Chase, before having to give best by a length and a half to the lightly-weighted Horus.

“Liverpool is the long term aim again (Behrajan was tenth in the Martell Grand National last season),” declared Simon Marsh, one of the eight-year-old’s owners.

“I don’t know what the plans are, but there are plenty of options along the way. The Welsh National would come too quickly, but he is in the Tote Classic Chase at Warwick (on January 10) and that could be a possibility.

“When he won this race last year he had had the benefit of a previous run that season, so to run as well as he did first time out was a magnificent effort”

Agent David Minton, who was responsible for the purchase of Behrajan, related that the horse has had a small wind operation in the summer. “It was just to tighten up his palate a little, and Richard (Johnson) was thrilled with him,” he said.

Behrajan looked like being swept aside when the apparently cruising Horus came alongside after the second last fence, but as ever he refused to lay down and made the winner work hard for his success.

He was given a quote of 33-1 for the National and 40-1 for the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup by Paddy Power.



Brian Crowley achieved his biggest success when winning The Ladbroke which has £100,000 in prize money.

He said: “Thesis has loads of pace and we knew he would get there - whether he went on the ground or not was another thing - but he had the ability.

“He has improved a lot from last season and he jumped great. Turning for home I was delighted. I could not see that a whole lot from behind coming through.

“Fitzy (Mick Fitzgerald on Sainsaire) started to scrub and I knew I had him covered. After the second last, I had Sud Bleu to beat and made the best of our way home.

“I won the Welsh National on Jocks Cross (2000) which was my biggest win prior to today.”

Some compare his riding style to that of the recently-retired Norman Williamson.

Crowley reacted: “Norman was a great influence on me - he has been a great help to me all the time I have been at Venetia Williams’.”



“We had always felt that he wanted drier ground than this, and as we got nearer the course driving through the rain the telephone calls to to those of the owners who live in the North were becoming increasingly ‘oh dear, oh dear,’ “ said a delighted Venetia Williams after Thesis had stormed home from Sud Bleu and Saintsaire in The Ladbroke.

“I thought he had some sort of a chance beforehand, but even though he was going very well turning for home I was never tempted to think he had it sewn up. I don’t think like that until they are past the post, but in view of how well he had run against Tom Paddington and Sud Bleu at Newbury and the fact that they were both well fancied made me feel we had prospects of something.

“I bought him out of Jamie Osborne’s stables at the horses in training sale last year for 20,000-something guineas. He was a bit disappointing last season for us, though one race at Taunton in which we were second to a horse of Martin Pipe’s whom Tony McCoy had rejected to ride Thesis did look a bit better when that winner, Well Chief, went on to be second in the Triumph.

“And in fairness to the horse, he was still weak last season and he has strengthened up a lot this time.

“I had him entered in the novice hurdle here yesterday in the race which was won by Perle de Puce, but I thought that looked a hot race and that we might be better off in this big handicap. You don’t get many chances to run in a £100,000 race off 10st 4lb (which was Thesis’ Ladbroke weight when the trainer made her decision.)”

Coincidentally, the same train of thought prompted last year’s The Ladbroke result when Nicky Henderson decided to run Chauvinist in that race rather than in the previous day’s novice race.

“I don’t know what we shall do with him now, but I think the handicapper will make him pay for this, so it looks as if we shall be going back into the novices.” The trainer would not, however, be drawn into saying that Thesis would be entered for Cheltenham.



Both Sud Bleu and Saintsaire, who respectively finished second and third behind Thesis in the £100,000 Ladbroke Hurdle, could meet again in the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury in February.

Sud’s Bleu’s trainer Paul Nicholls reported: “The aim is the Tote Gold Trophy and I slightly wonder if he would be better suited there than on deeper ground at this track.

“The flatter course at Newbury will help him and there is a nice race in him.”

Nicky Henderson was delighted with Saintsaire’s run and said: “He kept at it very well and ran a good race. He’s in the Pierse Hurdle (for which he is 9/1 from 12/1 with Paddy Power) and the Tote Gold Trophy and all of these will have to meet again somewhere.

“He gives the impression he doesn’t like the ground but he kept going on it today and he has proved wrong all the people that have said he didn’t stay.”

THE cantorsport.co.uk NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 2)


Supreme Prince delighted Philip Hobbs by winning the cantorsport.co.uk Novices’ Chase by two lengths, to give the Somerset trainer a boost.

“He’s done well enough but is still a big green baby,” said Hobbs. “Paul (Flynn) felt that he did not jump so well because he was looking out in front.

“He undoubtedly stays three miles but can get a bit keen so we came back to this trip for the time being. He’ll definitely go back up to three miles one day but I’m not sure when.

“I’m very relieved to have this success and a winner at Hereford today as some of my horse have undoubtedly been out of form but they seem fine at home.”

Seamus Mullins was very happy with the chasing debut of runner-up See You Sometime, who looked a possible winner as he landed fractionally in front over the last, only to find Supreme Prince too strong and go down by two lengths.

“I was delighted with that, though I am sick as a pig that he did not win,” he said. “I think that maybe the wetter ground suited Philip(Hobbs)’ horse better than mine, as we would probably have liked it a bit more on the dead side.

“Although this was his first run for eight months, he is not a difficult horse to train, apart from his leg problems, and he has always been a good jumper. I am very pleased with that run, though I wish he had won!”



Refinement, winner of his first bumper at Bangor just over two months ago, had no difficulty in adding to his gains in the Ascot Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Liam Cooper always had him on the heels of the leaders on the inside of the field and Refinement pulled readily clear through the final furlong to beat Corrib Eclipse by four lengths.

This display earned him a 12-1 quote for the Festival Bumper at Cheltenham from Cashmans behind 4-1 market leader Martinstown.

Refinement is trained by Jonjo O’Neill for Michael Tabor, who has always had the odd jumper although his big time attention nowadays is focused on the Flat. When asked recently how many horses he had for the owner,O’Neill replied: “not enough !”

Jamie Poulton, trainer of runner-up Corrib Eclipse, said: “What a ridiculous price he was, we got on each way at 50s and he had won well at Worcester.

“He is the best potential jumper I have trained and we are in a quandary as to what to do with him. I’ve schooled him and he jumps very well, but he’ll probably have one more run in a bumper and we’ll see how he does.”


Having walked the track, clerk of the course Nick Cheyne says that the going is now


on the chase course and


on the hurdles track.

“We have had more than four millimetres of rain and the chase course has held up very well, but the hurdles course will be more testing,” said Cheyne.


The going for the second day of the Cantor Index Christmas meeting remains


overnight, but this is very likely to be changed after clerk of the course Nick Cheyne has walked the track. He anticipates that he will have completed this by about 11am.

“We had four millimetres of rain up to 10am this morning, and I shall amend the going description after I have walked the course and seen what effect that and any subsequent rain may have had.”


Punters have been getting involved at both ends of the market in the day’s big race, The Ladbroke, with Tom Paddington and Man O’Mystery among those most in demand.

Tom Paddington is now just about favourite with Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler, Paddy Power and William Hill at 4-1, having been backed from 9-2 with the sponsors and from 11-2 with Chandlers and Hills.

All three firms report good interest in Man O’Mystery, who was the race’s rank outsider at 40-1 overnight but has now come in to 16-1 with Ladbrokes and Chandlers and to 14-1 with Hills. Powers have cut him from 33-1 to 16-1. Those who have backed him are clearly hoping that the horse will consent to start.

Powers, who also report The Ladbroke interest in Shalako (16-1 to 12-1), have done business in the opening John Lewis Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (12.45) over favourite Krach, who is now at 11-8 from 13-8.

In the Cantor Mobile Handicap Chase (1.15) Powers have also trimmed Got One Too from 11-8 to 5-4, and they have tightened up Behrajan in the
cantorsport.co.uk Handicap Chase (1.45) from 9-2 to 4-1.

The Dublin firm is also offering a Ladbroke special and will return stakes if your selection is second to an Irish-trained winner.


The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Ascot Racecourse’s nominated charity for 2003, will be presented with a cheque for £251,812.91 this afternoon.

Lord Hartington, Her Majesty’s Representative and Chairman of Ascot Racecourse, will make the cheque presentation to Sir Christopher Kelly, Chairman of the NSPCC, in the Winners’ Enclosure after the first race.

Since Lord Hartington launched the appeal in January a wide range of racecourse activities have taken place, including a reception and dinner in the Royal Box the evening before the opening day of Royal Ascot and a charity race at the September Festival.

Speaking of this year’s charity appeal, Lord Hartington said: “It gives everyone at Ascot tremendous satisfaction that this year’s appeal has been such a success and I would like to extend sincerest thanks to all the racegoers and participants in the many and varied functions and activities who have contributed to raising this fantastic total.

“The work of the NSPCC, both locally and nationally, for children who suffer abuse, deserves support. We are very pleased that we have been able to make such a substantial contribution to their funds which will assist them in their invaluable work in many different fields.”

Jeny Dougan, Senior Development Manager in Sport at the NSPCC, said: “We have had a wonderful year working with Ascot and all their supporters to help raise such a great amount to help children. The horse racing community has once again shown tremendous commitment and enthusiasm in getting behind the NSPCC’s FULL STOP campaign.”

The NSPCC’s purpose is to end cruelty to children. Its vision is of a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential.

The charity seeks to achieve cultural, social and political change – influencing legislation, policy, practice, attitudes and behaviours and delivering services for the benefit of children and young people.


3m 1½f Hurdle, Grade One - run yesterday

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


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 faced each other again yesterday, with the latter enjoying an easy success, thus becoming the only horse to win three Cantor Sport Long Walk Hurdles.
Doumen said following yesterday’s success: “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.

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
2003 THESIS 5-11-02 The 1961 Partnership Venetia Williams Brian Crowley 33/1

2002 CHAUVINIST 7-10-00 Bunny & Nick Roberts Nicky Henderson Norman Williamson 15/2

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

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

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.

Brian Crowley, who learnt a lot about race riding from Norman Williamson, rode a cool race in 2003 on the Venetia Williams-trained Thesis to defeat a strong field at the rewarding odds of 33/1.

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
2003 HORUS 8-10-01 Brian Kilpatrick Martin Pipe Jamie Moore 11/2
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.

Behrajan attempted the double this year but, after making the running, was beaten into second by the Martin Pipe-trained Horus.


Class C, £10,000 Added. For 4yo+, 3m. Weights: 11st. Penalties: a winner of a Class D to G hurdle 6lb; of 2 hurdles, or of a Class A to C hurdle 10lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £6,906.25; 2nd: £2,125; 3rd: £1,062.50; 4th: £531.25

1) KRACH (J P McManus) Francois Doumen FR 5-11-00 Thierry Doumen 11/10 Fav
2) MATERIAL WORLD (Southern Bloodstock) Suzy Smith e5-10-10 Colin Bolger (5) 12/1
3) RED DEVIL ROBERT (Barry Marshall & Paul Barber) Paul Nicholls 5-11-00 Ruby Walsh
4) MISTER FLINT (Alan Peterson) Philip Hobbs 5-11-00 Richard Johnson
5) RIDEAWAY ROSE (G Waterman) Chris Down 7-10-09 Joe Tizzard
6) DOOBERRY FIRKIN (S Osborne) Sue Gardner 5-10-07 Miss Lucy Gardner (7)
7) DEUX BONS AMIS (Celtic Racing) Philip Hobbs 5-11-00 Paul Flynn

7 ran
Non-Runner: Rodber (Ground)
Distances: 10, 16, dist, 25, 1 3/4, dist
Breeder: Yves d’Armaille
Breeding: b g Lute Antique (FR) - Voilette (FR) (Brezzo (FR))
Tote Win: £2.10 Places: £1.40; £2.60 Exacta:£14.00

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): 3

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): 3



Class B, £50,000 Total Prize Fund. For 5yo+, 2m. Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after December 13, a winner of a chase 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750

1) HOT SHOTS (Jill & Robin Eynon) Mark Pitman 8-10-00 Jim Culloty 9/1
2) UPGRADE (Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst) Martin Pipe 6-10-05 Tony McCoy 13/2
3) BLEU SUPERBE (Peter Deal, Tony Hirschfield & J Tyndall) Venetia Williams 8-10-00 Brian Crowley
4) CENKOS (Judy Stewart) Paul Nicholls 9-11-12 Ruby Walsh
5) GOT ONE TOO (Sir Eric & Mary Anne Parker) Nicky Henderson 6-10-05 Michael Fitzgerald 11/10 Fav
PU) KANDJAR D'ALLIER (Let’s Live Racing) Milton Harris 5-10-00 Ollie McPhail

6 ran
Distances: 1/2, 7, 26, 3/4
Breeder: Brigitte Ricous
Breeding: b g Passing Sale (FR) - Uguette IV (FR) (Chamberlin (FR))
Tote Win: £8.20 Places: £2.30; £1.80 Exacta: £37.80

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: 16

Winning Jockey: James Hugh Culloty Born: December 18, 1973 Racing Weight: 10st Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Lord Noelie), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (2002, 2003 Best Mate) Big Race Wins: PETERBOROUGH CHASE (1998, 1999 and 2000 Edredon Bleu, 2002 Best Mate), NOVEMBER NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Best Mate), SCILLY ISLES NOVICES’ CHASE (2001 Best Mate), HALDON GOLD CUP (2001 Best Mate), MARTELL MERSEY NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Best Mate), MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL (2002 Bindaree) Number of Wins (1995/96-2002/03): 40; 32; 31; 34; 42; 43; 51; 56 Wins This Season: 28



Class A, Listed Race, £50,000 Total Prize Fund. For 5yo+, 3m 110yds Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after December 13, a winner of a chase 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750

1) HORUS (Brian Kilpatrick) Martin Pipe 8-10-01 Jamie Moore (3) 11/2
2) BEHRAJAN (The Behrajan) Henry Daly 8-11-12 Richard Johnson 11/4 Fav
3) DEAR DEAL (J A G Meaden) Colin Tizzard t10-10-00 Joe Tizzard 20/1
4) TRESOR DE MAI (Joe Moran) Martin Pipe 9-10-05 Rodi Greene
5) IMPEK (Jim Lewis) Henrietta Knight 7-11-11 Jim Culloty
6) AD HOC (Sir Robert Ogden) Paul Nicholls 9-11-06 Ruby Walsh
PU) IZNOGOUD (Country Stores-Avalon Surfacing) Martin Pipe 7-10-05 Tony McCoy
PU) ROYAL PREDICA (Peter Deal, J Dale, Allan Stennett) Martin Pipe t9-10-06 Tony Dobbin

8 ran
Distances: 1 1/2, 25, 1 3/4, 8, nk
Breeder: Brian Kilpatrick Breeding: b g Teenoso (USA) - Jennie’s First (Idiot’s Delight)
Tote Win: £6.50 Places: £2.00; £1.50; £4.60 Exacta: £19.90

Winning trainer: MARTIN CHARLES PIPE Date of birth: 29/5/45 Date of first licence: 1977 Previous occupation: Amateur rider, shop manager for father, bookmaker David Pipe. Aintree Festival wins: Martell Top Novices’ Hurdle (1991 Granville Again, 1996 Tragic Hero, 1998 Fataliste), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (1992 Cyphrate), Martell Cup Chase (1991 Aquilifer), Martell Noblige H’cap Hurdle (1990 Sayparee, 1991 Trefelyn Cone, 1997 Cadougold), Martell Mildway Novices’ Chase (1995 Banjo, 1997 Cyborgo), Martell Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (1993 Lemon’s Mill, 1994 Cyborgo, 1996 Silver Shred, 2002 Classified), Martell Topham Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), Martell Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell, 2002 Ilnamar), Martell XO 4-Y-O Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), Martell Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), Martell Handicap Hurdle (2001 Carlovent) Cheltenham Festival wins: (30) JCB Triumph Hurdle (1981 Baron Blakeney, 1995 Kissair), Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle (1994 Balasani, 1996 Cyborgo), Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 1993 Granville Again), Coral Eurobet Cup (2002 Ilnamar, 1997 Big Strand, 1993 Olympian), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (1991 Rolling Ball, 1992 Miinnehoma), Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (1991 Omerta, 2003 Royal Predica), Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle (1989 Sayfar's Lad, 1990 Regal Ambition), Gerrard Supreme Hurdle (1989 Sondrio, 1999 Hors La Loi III), Cathcart (1991 Chatam, 1996 Challenger Du Luc, 1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair), Irish Independent Arkle (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve), Mildmay of Flete (1997 Terao, 1999 Majadou, 2000 Dark Stranger, 2002 Blowing Wind), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (1998 Blowing Wind), Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman) Other major wins: Welsh National (1993 Riverside Boy, 1992 Run For Free, 1991 Carvill's Hill, 1988 & 1989 Bonanza Boy), Scottish Grand National (1993 Run For Free), Paddy Power Gold Cup (1987 Beau Ranger, 1996 Challenger Du Luc, 1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001 Shooting Light, 2002 Cyfor Malta), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (1991 Chatam, 1988 Strands Of Gold), Whitbread Gold Cup (1995 Cache Fleur), Tote Gold Trophy (1997 Make A Stand), Tripleprint Gold Cup (1993 Fragrant Dawn, 1998 Northern Starlight), Long Walk Hurdle (1992 Vagog, 2002 Deano’s Beeno), cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup (2001 Shooting Light, 2003 Horus) Wins (1974/75-2002/03): 1, 5, 5, 2, 6, 12, 14, 20 23, 32, 51, 79, 106, 129, 208, 224, 230, 224, 194, 126, 137, 176, 212, 208, 187, 243, 168, 235, 190 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 28, 38, 65, 60, 62, 108, 107, 131, 120, 81, 122, 66, 91, 94, 106, 136, 146, 103, 140, 165 Wins This Season: 94

Winning Jockey: Jamie Edward Moore Born: January 31, 1985 Based: Woodingdean, Brighton, East Sussex Number of Wins 2002/3: 16 First Winner: Stormy Skye (Guy Fawkes Amateur Riders’ Classified Stakes, Nottingham, November 5, 2001) Big Race Wins: cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup (2003 Horus) Wins This Season: 23


Class A, Listed Race, Showcase Handicap, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ Rated 0-150, 2m 110yds Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after December 6, a winner of a Class C hurdle 4lb; of a Class A or B hurdle 6lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Penalty Values: 1st: £58,000; 2nd: £22,000; 3rd: £11,000; 4th: £5,000; 5th: £2,500; 6th: £1,500

1) THESIS (The 1961 Partnership) Venetia Williams 5-11-02 Brian Crowley 33/1
2) SUD BLEU (Barry Marshall & Terry Warner) Paul Nicholls 5-11-01 Ruby Walsh 7/1
3) SAINTSAIRE (Anthony Speelman) Nicky Henderson 4-11-02 Mick Fitzgerald 7/1
4) MONKERHOSTIN (Martin St Quinton) Philip Hobbs 6-11-12 Richard Johnson 33/1
5) VISIBILITY (Jim Weedon) Martin Pipe v1 4-11-07 Tony McCoy
6) CITA VERDA (Ray & Anita Anderson Green) Peter Monteith 5-11-00 Wilson Renwick
7) OVERSTRAND (F F Racing Services Partnership IV) Mary Reveley 4-11-07 Barry Geraghty 9/2 Jt Fav
8) SHALAKO (D J Jones) Philip Hobbs 5-10-09 Paul Flynn
9) REIZIGER (D Jones & B Thomas) Philip Hobbs 7-10-06 Andrew Tinkler (5)
10) BENBYAS (C H Stephenson & Partners) Declan Carroll 6-11-03 Johnny Levins (7)
11) PIRANDELLO (Quicksilver Racing Partnership) Kim Bailey 5-10-09 J P McNamara
12) PUCK OUT (J P McManus) C Roche IRE 5-11-02 David Casey
13) REGAL EXIT (Brian Buckley) Nicky Henderson 7-11-10 Marcus Foley
F 3 OUT) TOM PADDINGTON (Martin & Mary Wilson (Camp Farm Racing)) Hughie Morrison 8-11-06 Jimmy Culloty 9/2 Jt Fav
PU) VANDAS CHOICE (J Petterson) Lucy Normile 5-11-00 Tony Dobbin
PU) MAN O'MYSTERY (Ecurie Pharos) Paul Webber 6-11-06 Tom Doyle
PU) OVER THE FIRST (Trooters Ind Trading Syndicate) Charlie Swan IRE 8-11-05 Seamis Durack

16 ran
Non-Runners: Mughas (2nd preference), Turbo (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: 2, 1 1/4, 16, 6, 8, 3, 3/4, 1/2, 3 1/2, 5, 5, 6
Breeder: Mull Enterprises Ltd Breeding: ch g Definite Article - Chouette (Try My Best (USA))
Tote Win: £42.50 Places: £6.70; £2.30; £2.60; £5.00 Exacta: £389.00

Winning trainer: VENETIA MARY WILLIAMS Trains at Aramstone, Kings Caple, Hereford Date of birth: May 10, 1960 Riding career: 10 NH winners as an amateur 1986-88 Date of first trainer’s licence: 1995, previously assistant John Edwards (1986-93), Martin Pipe (1993-4), six months with Colin Hayes (Australia), J Fulton (USA) and Barry Hillls Wins (1996/6--2002/03): 7, 33, 45, 74, 74, 63, 55, 78 Number of horses in training (1998-2003): 52; 73; 71; 73; 89; 87 Cheltenham Festival wins: (1) Grand Annual Challenge Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Samakaan) Aintree Festival Winners: Martell VS Hcap Chase (1999 Edelweis Du Moulin), Martell Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2001 Montalcino), Martell Novices’ Handicap Chase (2002 Spring Margot) Big race wins: Badger Beer Chase (1998 Teeton Mill), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (1998 Teeton Mill), King George VI Chase (1998 Teeton Mill), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (1999 Teeton Mill), Cleeve Hurdle (1999, 2000, 2001 Lady Rebecca), Peter Marsh Limited Hcp Chase (1999 General Wolfe), Thomas Pink Gold Cup Handicap Chase (1999 The Outback Way), First National Bank Gold Cup Handicap Chase (1999 Nordance Prince), Unicorn Handicap Chase (2000 The Outback Way), Towton Novice Chase (2000 Arctic Camper), Victor Chandler Handicap Chase (2000 Nordance Prince), Haldon Gold Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Bellator), Ladbroke Hurdle (2003 Thesis) Other details: Won Group Three Ormonde Stakes (1998 Stretarez) with her first runner on the Flat. Wins This Season: 47

Winning Jockey: Brian Crowley Born: April 9, 1981 Based: c/o Venetia Williams, Aramstone, Kings Capel, Hereford Riding Weight: 9st 9lb First Winner: Tipperary, May 22, 1997, Making The Cut Big Race Wins: Welsh National (2000 Jock’s Cross), Martell Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2001 Montalcino), Ladbroke Hurdle (2003 Thesis) Number of Wins (1999/2000-2002/03): 12; 27; 12; 48 Wins This Season: 18



Class A, Grade Two, £50,000 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+, 3m 110yds Weights: 4yo 10st 7lb; 5yo+ 11st 4lb. Penalties: after April 26, 2003, a winner of a Class D chase 4lb; of a Class A to C chase 6lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £17,400; 2nd: £6,600; 3rd: £3,300; 4th: £1,500

1) SUPREME PRINCE (Karola Vann) Philip Hobbs 6-11-08 Paul Flynn 9/4
2) SEE YOU SOMETIME (J AG Meaden) Seamus Mullins 8-11-04 Joe Tizzard 13/2
3) ONE NATION (The Earl Cadogan) Henrietta Knight 8-11-08 Jim Culloty
PU BEF 2 OUT) LILIUM DE COTTE (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 4-10-07 Mick Fitzgerald 4/7 Fav
Joe Tizzard 1 1

4 ran
Non-Runners: Gielgud (Vet’s Cetificate), Tikram (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: 2, 8
Breeder: R Kidd Breeding: b g Supreme Leader - Strong Serenade (IRE) (Strong Gale)
Tote Win: £3.50 Exacta: £18.30

Winning trainer: PHILIP HOBBS Based: Sandhill, Bilbrook, Minehead, Somerset Date of Birth: 26/7/55 Riding Career: Professional NH 1975-86, rode 160 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: August 1, 1985 Wins this season: Cheltenham Festival wins: (7) Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1990 Moody Man, 2002 Rooster Booster), Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap (1996 Kibreet), Coral Cup H’cap Hurdle (2000 What’s Up Boys), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight) Aintree Festival wins: Martell Topham Chase (1997 Bells Life, 2001 Gower-Slave), Martell Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1996 Pleasure Shared),, Barton & Guestier Hcap Hurdle (1999 Papo Kharisma), Martell Top Novices’ Hurdle (2000 Phardante Flyer, 2001 Ilico II, 2002 In Contrast), Martell Fox Hunters’ Chase (2000 Bells Life), Martell XO 4yo Hurdle (2000 Lord Brex), Martell Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2001 What’s Up Boys) Wins (1990/91-2002/03): 33; 51; 37; 64; 86; 77; 64; 71; 84; 120; 82; 119; 134 Horses in training (1990-2003): 44; 53; 60; 52; 47; 65; 72; 80; 81; 81; 82; 99; 108; 112 Other major wins:Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase (1989 Joint Sovereignty), William Hill Handicap Hurdle (1998 Polar Prospect),, Racing Post Chase (1999 Dr Leunt, 2002 Gunther McBride), Edinburgh Woollen Mill Champion Novices’ Chase (1999 Bouchasson), Hennessy Gold Cup (2001 What’s Up Boys), Tote Becher Chase (1997 Samlee), Rehabilitation Of Racehorses H’cap Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster) Wins this season: 74

Winning Jockey: Paul William Flynn Born: March 19, 1979 Based: Leaze Cottage, Billbrook, Minehead, Somerset Riing Weight: 9st Cheltenham Festival Wins: (1) CORAL CUP H’CAP HURDLE (2000 What’s Up Boys) Number of Wins (1998/99-2002/03): 6; 41; 32; 26; 41 Major Wins Include: Hennessy Gold Cup (2001 What’s Up Boys) Wins This Season: 25



Class H, £10,000 Added. For 4-6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, expect NH/INH Flat races, 2m 110yds Weights: 11st. Penalties: a winner of a NH/INH Flat race 4lb; of 2 such races 7lb; of 3 such races 10lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £7,231.25; 2nd: £2,225; 3rd: £1,112.50; 4th: £556.25

1) REFINEMENT (Michael Tabor) Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-13 Liam Cooper 3/1
2) CORRIB ECLIPSE (M Ioannou) Jamie Poulton 4-10-13 Colin Bolger (5) 25/1
3) ONLY WALLIS (D J Hinks) Colin Tizzard 6-11-00 Joe Tizzard 33/1
4) TWENTY DEGREES (W E Baird) Gary Moore 5-10-11 Alan Day (7)
5) RAMBLING MINSTER (The Lingdale Optimists) Mary Reveley 5-11-04 Ruby Walsh
6) VISTA VERDE (Mrs L Field) Alan King 5-11-00 Richard Johnson
7) GOOD SAMARITAN (Malcolm Denmark) Mark Pitman 4-11-00 Seamus Durack
8) SPECIAL CONQUEST (F G Matthews) Seamus Mullins 5-10-13 Richard Young (5)
9) MAJOR CATCH (Martin & Valerie Slade) Nick Gifford 4-11-00 Barry Geraghty
10) LADY HARRIET (The Bradbourne Partnership) Nick Gifford 4-10-02 Derek Laverty (7)
11) KELTIC ROCK (D J Erwin Bloodstock & Tony Geake) Toby Balding 4-10-04 S Elliott (10)
12) CAPTAIN MURPHY (M H Walton) Alistair Charlton 5-11-00 Tony McCoy
13) GAELIC FLIGHT (Top Flight Racing 3) Noel Chance 5-11-00 Tom Doyle
14) DARJEELING (D V Gardner) Sue Gardner 4-10-02 Miss Lucy Gardner (7)
15) CRUISING CLYDE (Edward Retter) Edward Retter 4-10-07 Miss Sarah Gaisford (7)
16) MY TRUE LOVE (Surerak Ins Cons (Racing) & Mrs S Rowe) Rodney Baker 4-11-00 Vince Slattery
17) THE THUNDERER (Tom Wilson) Nicky Henderson 4-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 5/2 Fav
18) FIELD OF BLUE (A G Russell) Peter Winkworth 4-10-11 Ron Flavin (3)
19) LOUP DU SUD (Stewart Pike) Stewart Pike 4-11-00 Ben Hitchcott
20) MEVAGISSEY (Miss V A Cunningham) Jim Boyle 6-11-00 Paul Flynn

20 ran
Non-Runner: Rue Du Rivoli (Ground), Blazing Guns (Ground)
Distances: 4, 2 1/2, 2, 3/4, 3, 1 1/4, 1 1/4, 1/2, 13, 10, 1/2, 1 1/2, 7, 1/2, 3/4, dist, dist, 1, dist
Breeder: Michael Tabor Breeding: b f Oscar (IRE) - Maneree (Mandalus)
Tote Win: £4.70 Places: £2.30; £10.00; £8.60 Exacta: £120.30

Winning trainer: JONJO O’NEILL Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Career: former National Hunt jockey Cheltenham Festival wins: (7) Pertemps Final (1991 Danny Connors, 2003 Inching Closer); National Hunt Chase (1995 Front Line, 2002 Rith Dubh, 2003 Sudden Shock); Vincent O’Brien County H’cap Hurdle (2000 Master Tern), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope) Aintree Festival wins: Martell V.S. Hcap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross), Martell Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock); Martell XO Anniversary 4YO Hurdle (2002 Quazar), Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon) Horses in Training (1996-2003): 53; 59; 59; 78; 78, 75, 98, 90 Number of Winners (1995/96--2002/03): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114 Other Big Race Wins: Tripleprint Gold Cup (1999 Legal Right), Tote Silver Cup (2000 Legal Right), Tote Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle (2002 Native Emperor), Kingwell Hurdle (2003 Rhinestone Cowboy), Challow Hurdle (2002 Coolnagorna), Reynoldstown Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Welsh National (2002 Mini Sensation), Tote Becher Chase (2003 Carbury Cross) Wins this season: 57

Winning Jockey: Liam Philip Cooper Number of Wins in 2001/2002 to 2002/03: 42 (Runner-up in conditional jockeys’ championship, 5 behind winner Henry Oliver); 48. Nephew of former jockey David Goulding.Big Race Wins: Martell VS Handicap Chase (2002 Carbury Cross), Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), Tote Bookmakers Hurdle (2002 Native Emperor), Tote Becher Chase (2003 Carbury Cross) Wins This Season: 28

1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Henderson 2 - 1
Francois Doumen FR 2 - -
Mark Pitman 2 - -
Martin Pipe 1 2 1
Venetia Williams 1 1 1
Henry Daly 1 1 -
Jonjo O’Neill 1 1 -
Nick Gaselee 1 - -
Philip Hobbs 1 - -
Henrietta Knight - 1 1
Paul Nicholls - 1 1
Jimmy Frost - 1 -
Alan King - 1 -
Seamus Mullins - 1 -
Jamie Poulton - 1 -
Suzy Smith - 1 -
Colin Tizzard - - 2
John Best - - 1
Charles Egerton - - 1
Charlie Mann - - 1
Gary Moore - - 1
Oliver Sherwood - - 1

1st 2nd 3rd
Mick Fitzgerald 2 - 1
Thierry Doumen 2 - -
Richard Johnson 1 2 -
Liam Cooper 1 1 -
Jim Culloty 1 1 1
Brian Crowley 1 - 1
Jamie Moore 1 - 1
Paul Flynn 1 - -
Timmy Murphy 1 - -
Andrew Thornton 1 - -
Colin Bolger - 2 -
Tony McCoy - 1 3
Joe Tizzard - 1 2
Ruby Walsh - 1 1
Jimmy McCarthy - 1 -
Tom Scudamore - 1 -
Sam Thomas - 1 -
Mark Bradburne - - 1
David Crosse - - 1



1.45pm £50,000 CANTORSPORT.CO.UK SILVER CUP 3m 110yds

Going - Good

BP= best odds offered by Coral Eurobet, Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanleybet, Bet 365 & William Hill

1)61150- BEHRAJAN (The Behrajan) Henry Daly 8-11-12 Richard Johnson
Front-running chaser who improved last season and won this race and then took the Pillar Property Chase at Cheltenham before running fifth in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. But could make no impression in the Martell Gramd National. This is his first race since.

BP= 4/1 Coral Eurobet, Ladbrokes, Stanleybet & William Hill

2)1123-21 IMPEK (Jim Lewis) Henrietta Knight 7-11-11 Jim Culloty
A very classy two mile chaser who won at his first attempt at three miles at Sandown last time out. He won there easily and is going to be hard to beat here.

BP= 5/2 Bet365

3) 233U1-6 AD HOC (Sir Robert Ogden) Paul Nicholls 9-11-06 Ruby Walsh
Very useful chaser at his best. Won was the Whitbread last season and he stays very well. Could only finish fifth in this race two years ago.
BP= 5/1 Bet365

4)10P-0 ROYAL PREDICA (Peter Deal, J Dale, Allan Stennett) Martin Pipe t9-10-06 Tony Dobbin
Won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival first time out for a tear but has shown no form since.

BP= 28/1 Coral Eurobet & Tote

5)430-530 TRESOR DE MAI (Joe Moran) Martin Pipe 9-10-05 Rodi Greene
Likes Ascot, having won three times at the Royal course. Stepping back up to three miles for the first time for over a year. He is fit after three runs this season and could prove to be good value.

BP= 10/1 generally except Blue Square

6) 5U05-00 IZNOGOUD (Country Stores-Avalon Surfacing) Martin Pipe 7-10-05 Tony McCoy
On his form the season before last, he would have a chance but recent form is not encouraging.

BP=7/1 generally except Blue Square and Bet365

7)1406P-2 HORUS (Brian Kilpatrick) Martin Pipe 8-10-04 Jamie Moore (3)
Beaten easily by Kingscliff here last time out and the third has not franked the form.

BP= 9/2 Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Bet365 & William Hill

8)22U-125 DEAR DEAL (J A G Meaden) Colin Tizzard t10-10-00 Joe Tizzard
Novice chaser who has a tough task.

BP= 25/1 Blue Square, Bet365 & William Hill

TRESOR DE MAI looks the value in this fascinating race.

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