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Friday, December 5, 2003



INFORMATION ON CHELTENHAM'S TRIPLEPRINT MEETING




PAST TOTE BULA HURDLE HEROES ON PARADE
Saturday will see two former winners of the Tote Bula Hurdle on parade before this year's renewal of the contest.

The two horses on parade will be the ever-popular Relkeel, a triple winner of the race in 1997, 1998 and 1999, and Large Action, victorious in 1994 and 1996. The Jet U.K. "Relkeel" Hurdle , named in honour of Relkeel, takes place at 12.50pm.


BOOK SIGNINGS
Those seeking a Christmas present for a racing fan should head to the Arke bookshop at Cheltenham Racecourse where on the Friday Henrietta Knight will be on hand to sign copies of "Best Mate - Chasing Gold" and John Oaksey will be signing copies of his autobiography "Mince Pie For Starters."
On Saturday, Jenny Pitman will be available to sign copies of her latest novel "The Dilemma."

LOTS OF LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS AT THE RACING POST SHOPPING VILLAGE
Anyone after Christmas gifts at Cheltenham over the two days of the Tripleprint Meeting could well find some inspiration in the Racing Post Shopping Village, which will be situated below the paddock in its usual place. This will offer over 50 stalls selling a wide range of clothing and lots of other festive gifts.
There is an added incentive to stock up on presents on the Friday, as that day's racecard will contain a £5 voucher that can be redeemed against all purchases over £50 in the Racing Post Shopping Village.


ROOSTER BOOSTER PACKAGE
Quite appropriately, on the day last season's Smurfit Champion Hurdle victor Rooster Booster is due to make his seasonal reappearance in the Tote Bula Hurdle, around 500 people have already taken advantage of the Rooster Booster package.
The Rooster Booster Package, which must be booked in advance, offers £50 of value for £40 with racegoers receiving Tattersalls admission, a racecard, £16 worth of Tote betting vouchers, £16 of food and refreshment vouchers along with a special Cheltenham gift.

Anyone wishing to book the package for Tripleprint Gold Cup day has until Saturday, December 6, to make their purchase. The telephone booking line is 01242 226226 and the ticket office will be open on Saturday, December 6.


FINAL CHANCE TO BUY REDUCED PRICE FESTIVAL TICKETS
Saturday, December 6, is the last date when tickets for the 2004 National Hunt Festival can be purchased at a reduced rate.

For those booking on or before Saturday, the prices are as follows:
Club: £57 (Tuesday & Wednesday), £60 (Thursday)
Tattersalls: £28 (Tuesday & Wednesday), £30 (Thursday)
Courage: £13 (Tuesday & Wednesday), £20 (Thursday)
Some 65,000 people have already purchased tickets for the 2004 National Hunt Festival.


For further information, please contact Peter McNeile, Cheltenham's Commercial Manager, on 01242 537600 or 07850 091523

CHELTENHAM'S TRIPLEPRINT MEETING

Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 13, 2003

ORDER OF RUNNING (OLD COURSE)

First Day - Friday, December 12
Time Race Distance Prize Money
12-35pm The Ian Williams' Owners Novices' Chase 3m abt 1 f £20,000 added
* 1-10pm The C.F.R. Group (Electrical Services) Showcase Handicap Hurdle 2m abt f £25,000 added
* 1-45pm The Club 16-24 Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase 2m abt 4 f £15,000 added
* 2-20pm The Tripleprint Chase (Handicap) 3m abt 1 f £40,000 guaranteed
* 2-55pm The Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) 3m abt 1 f £18,000 added
* 3-25pm The European Breeders Fund National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m abt f £15,000 added
On the day £133,000

Second day - Saturday, December 13
Time Race Distance Prize Money
12-10pm The Tripleprint Juvenile Novices' Hurdle 2m abt f £17,500 added
12-50pm The Jet U.K. "Relkeel" Hurdle 2m abt 5f £20,000 added
1-25pm The Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase Abt 2m £22,000 added
* 1-55pm The Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Future Champions Novices' Chase 2m abt 4 f £50,000 guaranteed
* 2-30pm The Tripleprint Gold Cup (A Showcase Handicap Chase) 2m abt 4 f £100,000 guaranteed
* 3-05pm The Tote Bula Hurdle 2m abt f £75,000 guaranteed
* 3-40pm The Tripleprint Novices' Hurdle 3m abt 1 f £30,000 guaranteed
On the day £314,500

* Channel 4 Televised Races

MEETING PRIZE MONEY £447,500

THE TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP
Class A, Grade Three, £100,000 Total Prize Fund, 2.30pm Cheltenham, Saturday, December 13, 2003, 2m about 4 1/2f (Old Course). For 5yo & upwards. Penalties: after November 29, a winner of a Class C steeple chase 4lb; of a Class A or B steeple chase 6lb. No penalty to increase a horse's weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed November 26, entries revealed December 1 (43 entries), weights released December 3, five-day confirmation stage Monday, December 8, final declaration stage 10.15am December 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Thursday, December 4, 2003.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
22F21-4 SEEBALD (GER) 8-11-12 The Macca & Growler Partnership Martin Pipe
1F022-1 FONDMORT (FR) 7-11-11 Bill Brown Nicky Henderson
2P/14U-5 CYFOR MALTA (FR) 10-11-09 David Johnson Martin Pipe
0P/4220- FOLY PLEASANT (FR) 9-11-06 Jim Lewis & Friends Henrietta Knight
11123-2 IMPEK (FR) 7-11-01 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight
312405-2 GEOS (FR) 8-11-01 Thurloe Finsbury Nicky Henderson
U6/11P-5 ESKLEYBROOK 10-11-00 Victor Gethin Nigel Twiston-Davies
306/1-44 YOUNG SPARTACUS 10-10-13 Bart Hellyer Henry Daly
32162-F IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 9-10-12 David Johnson Martin Pipe
111/440- ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 6-10-12 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls
121F2-3 TARXIEN 9-10-12 Brian Kilpatrick Martin Pipe
3F332U- DARK'N SHARP (GER) 8-10-11 Ascot Five Plus One Richard Phillips
42100-5 ARMATURK (FR) 6-10-11 Barry Marshall Paul Nicholls
11115-3 HAND INN HAND 7-10-10 Patrick Burling Developments Ltd Henry Daly
41F1F-5 ADAMANT APPROACH (IRE) 9-10-10 Greenstar Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
0/1F121-P IRISH HUSSAR (IRE) 7-10-09 Major Christopher Hanbury Nicky Henderson
3314P-P3 BALLINCLAY KING (IRE) 9-10-08 Ian Guise, Brian Leatherday & Nicola Spence Ferdy Murphy
1PP2-11 IRIS ROYAL (FR) 7-10-07 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
111-F21 KADOUN (IRE) 6-10-07 J P McManus Michael O'Brien IRE
F5F4-UP1 REDEMPTION 8-10-07 John Duggan & Michael Purtill Nigel Twiston-Davies
2132U0/- BANKER COUNT 11-10-06 Mrs Hector Brown Venetia Williams
413443 EI EI 8-10-05 Susan Richards Michael Chapman
P/F2P13-P IL'ATHOU (FR) 7-10-04 Lady Thompson Simon Sherwood
1/430-530 TRESOR DE MAI (FR) 9-10-02 Joe Moran Martin Pipe
23-161F RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 8-10-02 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
0/12U10- GOT ONE TOO (FR) 6-10-02 Sir Eric Parker & Mary Anne Parker Nicky Henderson
3/4P421-0 MASTER TERN (USA) 8-10-01 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
1123-25 JOLY BEY (FR) 6-10-01 David Dunsdon Nick Gifford
513F-14 BEACHCOMBER BAY (IRE) 8-10-00 Lobby Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
1414-11 CAMERON BRIDGE (IRE) 7-10-00 The Country Side Philip Hobbs
44/1114- TELEMOSS (IRE) 9-10-00 Ashleybank Investments Limited Nicky Richards
R5-0000 CREGG HOUSE (IRE) 8-9-12 Kathleen Kennedy Shane Donohoe IRE
4012-14 BACK ON TOP (IRE) 9-9-11 Sue Magnier John Hassett IRE
131UP-12 CLAYMORE (IRE) 7-9-9-11 Brian Stewart-Brown Oliver Sherwood
3/36000- BLOWING WIND (FR) 10-9-09 Peter Deal Martin Pipe
2-1P52P MR BAXTER BASICS 12-9-07 P Ryan Venetia Williams
P/11U0-5 HALEXY (FR) 8-9-06 Sir Robert Ogden Jonjo O'Neill
3/2P231-5 MIDLAND FLAME (IRE) 8-9-05 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
/P1/5//P-P STORMYFAIRWEATHER (IRE) 11-9-04 Bridget Hanbury Nicky Henderson
1P//12F-3 INDIAN SCOUT (IRE) 8-9-04 Indian Scout Partnership Ben De Haan
2312U-6 NOMADIC 9-9-03 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
013-412 STAR CLIPPER 6-8-12 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
FPU-2540 WAVE ROCK 8-8-11 Sterling Racing Syndicate Philip Hobbs

43 entries
8 Irish-trained


RECORD OF TRAINERS WITH ENTRIES IN THE TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP (SINCE 1989)

Michael Chapman (Ei Ei)
No previous runners

Henry Daly (Hand Inn Hand, Young
Spartacus)
No previous runners

Ben De Haan (Indian Scout)
No previous runners

Shane Donohoe IRE (Cregg House)
No previous runners

Nick Gifford (Joly Bey)
No previous runners

John Hassett IRE (Back On Top)
No previous runners

Nicky Henderson (Fondmort, Geos, Got One Too, Irish Hussar, Iris Royal,
Stormyfairweather)
1992 4 Freeline Finishing
1993 3 Freeline Finishing
1996 P Big Matt
1999 P Stormyfairweather
2002 1 FONDMORT

Philip Hobbs (Cameron Bridge, Wave Rock)
1989 P Joint Sovereignty
1997 3 Bells Life
1998 4 Dr Leunt
1998 6 Stormy Passage
1999 4 Stormy Passage
2000 4 In The Blood
2002 7 Wave Rock

Henrietta Knight (Foly Pleasant, Impek,
Midland Flame)
2002 2 Foly Pleasant

Noel Meade IRE (Beachcomber Bay,
Nomadic, Star Clipper)
2000 P Hill Society

Willie Mullins IRE (Adamant Approach)
2002 8 Killultagh Storm

Ferdy Murphy (Ballinclay King)
1993 P Brandeston

Paul Nicholls (Armaturk, Royal Auclair)
1998 3 Mr Strong Gale
1999 3 Irbee
2000 8 Soldat
2002 5 Fadalko

Michael O'Brien IRE (Kadoun)
1996 6 Anabatic

Jonjo O'Neill (Halexy, Master Tern)
1998 5 All The Aces
1999 1 LEGAL RIGHT

Richard Phillips (Dark'n Sharp)
No previous runners

Martin Pipe (Blowing Wind, Cyfor Malta, It Takes Time, Seebald, Tarxien, Tresor De Mai)
1989 5 Rusch De Farges
1992 F Milford Quay
1993 1 FRAGRANT DAWN
1996 7 All For Luck
1997 2 Challenger Du Luc
1998 1 NORTHERN STARLIGHT
1999 5 Northern Starlight
2000 6 Exit Swinger
2000 7 Blowing Wind
2002 4 Cyfor Malta
2002 9 Exit Swinger

Nicky Richards (Telemoss)
1998 F Addington Boy

Christy Roche IRE (Risk Accessor)
2002 3 Youlneverwalkalone

Oliver Sherwood (Claymore)
1994 P Coulton

Simon Sherwood (Il'athou)
No previous runners

Nigel Twiston-Davies (Eskleybrook,
Redemption)
1991 5 Tipping Tim
1992 3 Tipping Tim
1993 2 Young Hustler
1994 7 Tipping Tim
1998 P Queen Of Spades

Venetia Williams (Banker Count, Mr Baxter
Basics)
1999 2 Nordance Prince
2000 9 Samakaan
2002 6 Golden Goal

RECORD OF SELECTED CURRENT JOCKEYS IN THE TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP (SINCE 1989)
David Casey
1999 F Dawn Leader
2002 8 Killultagh Storm

Barry Cash
2000 F Lyreen Wonder

Jim Culloty
2002 2 Foly Pleasant

Alan Dempsey
2000 2 Robbo

Tony Dobbin
1996 1 ADDINGTON BOY
1998 F Addington Boy
2000 P Hill Society

Rodney Farrant
1998 4 Dr Leunt

Barry Fenton
1999 F Sir Dante

Mick Fitzgerald
1996 P Big Matt
1997 5 Fine Thyne
1999 P Stormyfairweather
2002 1 FONDMORT

Russ Garrity
1991 P Nos Na Gaoithe
1992 P Nos Na Gaoithe

Rodi Greene
2002 9 Exit Swinger

Richard Guest
2000 5 Red Marauder
ALSO 1987 Bishops Yarn - WON

Richard Johnson
1997 9 Kadi
1998 U Potter's Bay
1999 1 LEGAL RIGHT
2000 9 Samakaan
2002 7 Wave Rock

Carl Llewellyn
1992 3 Tipping Tim
1993 2 Young Hustler
1998 P Queen of Spades
1999 6 Chief's Song
2000 3 Conor Macleod

Warren Marston
1993 10 Another Coral

Jimmy McCarthy
2000 7 Blowing Wind

Tony McCoy
1997 2 Challenger Du Luc
1998 1 NORTHERN STARLIGHT
1999 5 Northern Starlight
2000 6 Exit Swinger
2002 4 Cyfor Malta

Richard McGrath
1998 5 All The Aces

Timmy Murphy
2000 8 Soldat

Conor O'Dwyer
2002 3 Youlneverwalkalone

Andrew Thornton
1999 4 Stormy Passage
2000 P Or Royal

Robert Thornton
1997 7 Destin D'Estruval

Joe Tizzard
1998 3 Mr Strong Gale
1999 3 Irbee

Glenn Tormey
1997 3 Bells Life

Ruby Walsh
2002 5 Fadalko

TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP HISTORY

The Tripleprint Gold Cup was introduced in 1963, three years after the successful Mackeson Gold Cup (now the Paddy Power Gold Cup) which is held the previous month.
Originally under the sponsorship of Massey Ferguson, the valuable and prestigious handicap chase had a number of sponsors before settling down with its current title in 1992.
George Ward, chairman of the Grunwick Group, commented: "The Tripleprint Gold Cup is the perfect sponsorship for the Grunwick Group because the race and the two-day meeting are firmly identified with the brand name Tripleprint."
The Irish took the first three runnings, thanks to the efforts of Limeking, Flying Wild and Flyingbolt.

The late Bob Turnell had two successes as a trainer, the first with The Laird in 1966 when the jockey was Jeff King. The Laird went on to be second in the 1968 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.
His second winner, Arctic Bow, was ridden by his son Andy Turnell and they easily beat Soloning by six lengths for owner Jim Joel.

"Arctic Bow was a pretty good horse and I thought that he'd win the Grand National. He was ante-post favourite for that race but, after winning a prep race two or three weeks beforehand at Wincanton, he suffered from a heart-attack and dropped dead," recalled the winning rider who now trains.

Fulke Walwyn, one of the greatest-ever jump trainers, captured the 1968 running with Tassilo, while the admirable Titus Oates, trained by Gordon Richards and ridden by Ron Barry, defied 11st 13lb in 1969. Richards also trained Clever Folly (1989) and Addington Boy (1996).
Leap Frog was another Irish winner in 1971 off 12st 1lb, after earlier in that year running second to L'Escargot in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Fred Winter gained the first of his three Tripleprint Gold Cup wins courtesy of the great Pendil in 1973. His other training successes were with Observe in 1982 and Fifty Dollars More the following season.

Pendil won back-to-back King George VI Chases at Kempton Park in 1972 and 1973, and was just caught by The Dikler in the 1973 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. He is the only winner of the Tripleprint Gold Cup to have also won the other feature race at the Tripleprint Meeting, the Tote Bula Hurdle, which he did in 1970.
Jenny Pitman had plenty of top chasers during her time as a trainer and she was successful with Bueche Giorod in the Tripleprint Gold Cup in 1980. She won two Tote Cheltenham Gold Cups, with Burrough Hill Lad in 1984 and Garrison Savannah in 1991.

Another charismatic retired trainer, David Nicholson, was responsible for sending out Another Coral to victory in the 1992 Tripleprint Gold Cup. The nine-year-old received a marvellous ride from Richard Dunwoody to get the better of Second Schedual by five lengths.
Norman Williamson, who recently retired from the saddle after a highly-successful career and is now in demand for his services as a broadcaster, was in the plate on Go Roger Go, the most recent Irish-trained winner of the Tripleprint Gold Cup in a marvellous finish in 2000.

Mick Fitzgerald is the most recent jockey to have been victorious in this valuable and exciting handicap chase, partnering the Nicky Henderson-trained Fondmort to a six-length success over Foly Pleasant last year.

Fondmort became only the seventh horse to win both legs of Cheltenham's Autumn Double, the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Tripleprint Gold Cup, albeit in different seasons, when he was given another magnificent ride by Fitzgerald to land the first-named contest last month by eight lengths from Poliantas.

Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Pegwell Bay (1988) are the only two horses to have landed Cheltenham's Autumn Double of the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Tripleprint Gold Cup in the same season. Fondmort is set to try and join them this year when he tries to be the first dual winner of the Tripleprint Gold Cup.


TOTE BULA HURDLE HISTORY

The Tote Bula Hurdle was run as the Cheltenham Trial Hurdle until 1977 when the name was changed to reflect Bula's victories at Cheltenham. It has alway been one of the leading examinations for the Champion Hurdle which is staged in March at the Cheltenham Festival.

Scottish Memories won the initial running in 1963 while the next two went to winners of the Champion Hurdle, Magic Court and Salmon Spray.

Fulke Walwyn saddled the Willie Robinson-ridden Sempervivum to take the 1966 renewal and, earlier that year, the eight-year-old had finished the runner-up to Salmon Spray in the Champion Hurdle.
Pendil was another high-class performer to win the Bula Hurdle. He was successful in 1970 for trainer Fred Winter and went to even greater heights over fences, capturing the feature chase at this meeting, the Tripleprint Gold Cup, three years later.

Bula, the racehorse after whom this prestigious event is named, was another success for Winter, prevailing in 1972 by one and a half lengths from the Peter Bailey-trained Canasta Lad, who had himself won the 1971 heat. The great Bula, who was ridden by Paul Kelleway, won the Champion Hurdle in 1971 and 1972.

Bula's owner Captain Edwards-Heathcote is still winning races at Cheltenham, having experienced success with Village King in the 2002 Golden Miller Handicap Chase.

Fred Rimell trained Comedy Of Errors to win the Bula Hurdle two years running in 1973 and 1974. Comedy Of Errors was also a dual Champion Hurdle winner (1973 and 1975). Bill Smith rode Comedy Of Errors on three of those four successes.

The great hurdler Bird's Nest was the first horse to win the Bula Hurdle three times, being successful in 1977, 1978 and 1980.

Bob Turnell saddled Bird's Nest to the first two of his successes, with son Andy in the saddle. Andy Turnell went on to complete the three-timer in the saddle and was also the trainer in 1980, following his father's death.

"Bird's Nest was a very good horse around Cheltenham but his joints weren't the best and I don't think that he was ever at his best for the Champion Hurdle (he finished the runner-up to Night Nurse in 1976, fifth to the same horse the following year, seventh to Monksfield in 1978, fifth to Monksfield again in 1979 and third to Sea Pigeon in 1980)," commented Andy Turnell.

"The Bula Hurdle came earlier in the season and, if he had reproduced that form at Cheltenham in March, I think he would have won a Champion Hurdle."
The other three-time winner was Relkeel, who gained successive victories in the Tote Bula Hurdle in 1997 and 1998 for trainer David Nicholson The Relkino gelding went on to complete his hat-trick in 1999, when under the care of Nicholson's former assistant Alan King, and now has a race named after him on the Saturday of this meeting.

Adrian Maguire announced his retirement at the end of October last year, when a neck injury, the latest in a catalogue of injuries sustained over the years, was deemed too dangerous for him to continue riding.

Maguire had two successes in the Tote Bula Hurdle. The first came on the Mark Tompkins-trained Halkopous in 1992 and, six years later, he followed up when partnering Relkeel to the second leg of that horse's magnificent hat-trick.

The Nicky Henderson-trained Geos won the Tote Bula Hurdle in 2000, when beating Barton by six lengths, and was subsequently successful in Kempton's Christmas Hurdle later in the same month and finished fourth to Hors La Loi III in the 2002 Smurfit Champion Hurdle at Prestbury Park.

Geos filled the same position in this year's Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham's National Hunt Festival in March, having three months earlier finished a creditable two-length third in the most recent winner, the Philip Hobbs-trained Rooster Booster, of the Tote Bula Hurdle.
Rooster Booster also lined-up at the National Hunt Festival, and took the hurdling crown, the Smurfit Champion Hurdle. His jockey, Richard Johnson, is the most successful current rider in the Tote Bula Hurdle, while Jamie Osborne and Andy Turnell, now trainers, have also had three victories in the race.


THE TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP - FACTS & FIGURES
* The Tripleprint Gold Cup usually takes place over two miles and five furlongs on the New Course at Cheltenham. This year, because of the lack of rain, the handicap chase is being run over two miles and four and a half furlongs on the Old Course at Cheltenham

* There have been 34 runnings, the first in 1963. Frost intervened in 2001, 1995 and 1976, snow in 1990 and 1981, while the 1967 running was lost due to the foot and mouth epidemic.


* Limeking, trained in Ireland by Danny Morgan, won the inaugural running, defeating Flying Wild by two lengths.


* In all, there have been five Irish-trained winners of the Tripleprint Gold Cup. The victories of Limeking (1963), Flying Wild (1964) and Flyingbolt (1965) ensured that the first three runnings all went to Ireland. However, no horse hailing from the Emerald Isle was successful between Leap Frog (1971) and Go Roger Go, victorious in 2000.


* Arkle, the greatest steeplechaser of all time and triumphant in the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times, suffered a rare reversal in the 1964 Tripleprint Gold Cup. Anne Duchess of Westminster's charge was saddled with the burden of 12st 10lb (which included a 3lb penalty for winning the Hennessy just seven days beforehand) and finished a staying-on third behind the useful Irish mare Flying Wild (receiving 32lb) and Buona Notte (receiving 26lb).


* The highest weight ever carried to victory in the Tripleprint Gold Cup was the 12st 7lb shouldered by Pendil in 1973. Other notable weight-carrying performances were Flyingbolt with 12st 6lb in 1965 and Leap Frog with 12st 1lb in 1971. Pendil is the only horse to have also won the other major race at the Tripleprint Meeting, the Tote Bula Hurdle, which he did in 1970.


* In addition to holding the weight-carrying record for the Tripleprint Gold Cup, Pendil also has the distinction of being the shortest-priced winner, being returned at 8/11.


* Nine favourites or joint-favourites have won the Tripleprint Gold Cup - Flyingbolt (1965, 5/2), Titus Oates (1969, 9/4), Leap Frog (1971, 3/1), Arctic Bow (1972, 9/2), Pendil (1973, 8/11), Fifty Dollars More (1983, 3/1), Oregon Trail (1986, 3/1), Kings Fountain (1991, 7/4) and Addington Boy (1996, 7/4).


* A fancied horse - if not the favourite - usually wins the Tripleprint Gold Cup. 27 victors have been returned at single-figure odds. There have not been any huge shocks in the Tripleprint, with the longest-priced victor being the 20/1 chance The Snipe (1978).


* Female trainers have saddled the Tripleprint winner three times - Auriol Sinclair with Simian (1970), Jenny Pitman with Bueche Giorod (1980) and, most recently, Susan Nock with Senor El Betrutti (1997).


* The late Gordon Richards and Fred Winter have been the most successful trainers in the history of the Tripleprint Gold Cup with three winners. Richards sent out Titus Oates (1969), Clever Folly (1989) and Addington Boy (1996) while Winter had Pendil (1973), Observe (1982) and Fifty Dollars More (1983).


* Among current trainers, Martin Pipe is the winning-most with two Tripleprint triumphs - Fragrant Dawn (1993) and Northern Starlight (1998).


* Brendan Powell is the only jockey to have ridden more than one Tripleprint winner - Pegwell Bay (1988) and Dublin Flyer (1994).


* Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Pegwell Bay (1988) are the only two horses to have landed Cheltenham's Autumn Double of the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Tripleprint Gold Cup in the same season.


* Five other horses have won both handicap chases but in different years. Fondmort took this year's Paddy Power and the Tripleprint last season, while Dublin Flyer (PP 1995, T 1994), Another Coral (PP 1991, T 1992), Beau Ranger (PP 1987, T 1984) and Fifty Dollars More (PP 1982, T 1983) also achieved double glory.


* No horse has won the Tripleprint Gold Cup twice.


ROLL OF HONOUR FOR THE TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP

YEAR HORSE AGE/WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2002 Fondmort 6-10-05 Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 5/1 9
2001 Abandoned
2000 Go Roger Go 6-11-00 Edward O'Grady (IRE) Norman Williamson 7/1 12
1999 Legal Right 6-10-13 Jonjo O'Neill Richard Johnson 6/1 9
1998 Northern Starlight 7-10-01 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 15/2 13
1997 Senor El Betrutti 8-11-03 Sue Nock Graham Bradley 9/1 9
1996 Addington Boy 8-11-10 Gordon Richards Tony Dobbin 7/4 10
1995 Abandoned
1994 Dublin Flyer 8-10-02 Tim Forster Brendan Powell 100/30 11
1993 Fragrant Dawn 9-10-02 Martin Pipe Declan Murphy 14/1 11
1992 Another Coral 9-11-04 David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 11/2 10
1991 Kings Fountain 8-11-10 Kim Bailey Anthony Tory 7/4 8
1990 Abandoned
1989 Clever Folly 9-10-04 Gordon Richards Neale Doughty 4/1 6
1988 Pegwell Bay 7-10-13 Tim Forster Brendan Powell 7/2 10
1987 Bishops Yarn 8-10-07 Toby Balding Richard Guest 100/30 5
1986 Oregon Trail 6-10-07 Simon Christian Ronnie Beggan 3/1 6
1985 Combs Ditch 9-11-09 David Elsworth Colin Brown 13/2 7
1984 Beau Ranger 6-9-10 John Thorne John Hurst 8/1 10
1983 Fifty Dollars More 8-11-10 Fred Winter Richard Linley 3/1 13
1982 Observe 6-10-11 Fred Winter John Francome 11/2 15
1981 Abandoned
1980 Bueche Giorod 9-10-00 Jenny Pitman Bryan Smart 14/1 15
1979 Father Delaney 7-10-10 Peter Easterby Alan Brown 12/1 12
1978 The Snipe 8-10-00 John Webber Anthony Webber 20/1 14
1977 Even Melody 8-11-02 Neville Crump Colin Hawkins 8/1 11
1976 Abandoned
1975 Easby Abbey 8-11-10 Peter Easterby Ron Barry 5/1 9
1974 Garnishee 10-10-06 Tom Jones David Mould 12/1 9
1973 Pendil 8-12-07 Fred Winter Richard Pitman 8/11 8
1972 Arctic Bow 7-10-12 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell 9/2 11
1971 Leap Frog 7-12-01 Tom Dreaper (IRE) Val O'Brien 3/1 12
1970 Simian 8-11-08 Auriol Sinclair David Moore 4/1 7
1969 Titus Oates 7-11-13 Gordon Richards Ron Barry 9/4 11
1968 Tassilo 10-10-01 Fulke Walwyn Aly Branford 8/1 14
1967 Abandoned
1966 The Laird 5-10-09 Bob Turnell Jeff King 13/2 8
1965 Flyingbolt 6-12-06 Tom Dreaper (IRE) Pat Taaffe 5/2 11
1964 Flying Wild 8-10-06 Dan Moore (IRE) Tommy Carberry 100/8 7
1963 Limeking 6-10-12 Danny Morgan (IRE) Toss Taaffe 100/9 14

ROLL OF HONOUR FOR THE TOTE BULA HURDLE

YEAR HORSE AGE/WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2002 Rooster Booster 8-11-04 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 11/8 9
2001* Valiramix 5-11-04 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 4
2000 Geos 5-11-04 Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 14/1 8
1999 Relkeel 10-11-08 Alan King Richard Johnson 13/2 7
1998 Relkeel 9-11-08 David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 8/1 5
1997 Relkeel 8-11-00 David Nicholson Richard Johnson 8/1 8
1996 Large Action 8-11-08 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 5/4 7
1995 Abandoned
1994 Large Action 6-11-04 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 8/11 8
1993 Staunch Friend 5-11-08 Mark Tompkins Declan Murphy 6/1 7
1992 Halkopous 6-11-02 Mark Tompkins Adrian Maguire 8/1 6
1991 Royal Derbi 6-11-08 Neville Callaghan Declan Murphy 9/2 5
1990 Abandoned
1989 Cruising Altitude 6-11-04 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 8/11 8
1988 Condor Pan 5-11-02 Jim Bolger IRE Charlie Swan 12/1 8
1987 Pat's Jester 4-11-02 Dick Allan Peter Niven 11/2 8
1986 Floyd 6-11-02 David Elsworth Colin Brown 7/2 8
1985 Corporal Clinger 6-11-02 Martin Pipe Paul Leach 20/1 9
1984 Browne's Gazette 6-11-04 Monica Dickinson Mr Ronnie Beggan 7/2 5
1983 Amarach 5-11-06 Roger Fisher Jimmy Duggan 7/2 9
1982 Ekbalco 6-11-10 Roger Fisher Jonjo O'Neill 2/1 5
1981 Abandoned
1980 Bird's Nest 10-11-06 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell 5/2 7
1979 Celtic Ryde 4-11-03 Peter Cundell Martin O'Halloran 11/4 5
1978 Bird's Nest 8-11-06 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell evens 5
1977 Bird's Nest 7-11-06 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell 11/4 10
1976 Abandoned
1975 Sea Pigeon 5-11-02 Gordon Richards Jonjo O'Neill 5/1 7
1974 Comedy Of Errors 7-11-10 Fred Rimell Ken White 6/4 4
1973 Comedy Of Errors 6-11-12 Fred Rimell Bill Smith 2/5 5
1972 Bula 7-11-12 Fred Winter Paul Kelleway 8/13 8
1971 Canasta Lad 5-11-08 Peter Bailey Jeff King 5/1 8
1970 Pendil 5-11-08 Fred Winter Paul Kelleway 7/2 6
1969 Celtic Gold 7-12-01 Arthur Stephenson Stan Murphy 9/2 7
1968 Solway Sands 4-11-06 J McMurchie Brian Fletcher 33/1 7
1967 Abandoned
1966 Sempervivum 8-11-11 Fulke Walwyn Willie Robinson 8/11 4
1965 Salmon Spray 7-12-01 Bob Turnell Johnny Haine 3/1 5
1964 Magic Court 6-12-01 Tommy Robson Pat McCarron 4/7 6
1963 Scottish Memories 9-11-11 A Thomas C Finnegan 6/4 7

* run at Newbury



TREBLE FOR MULLEN AT NAD AL SHEBA




Richard Mullen enjoyed a successful evening riding a treble at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday. His first came in the Um Khanoor Thoroughbred Maiden over 1,700 metres with Tropical Star.


Tropical Star, a son of Machiavellian, previously with Godolphin, was having his third run of the season for Wickham, who opened her account with the win. Tropical Star was always prominent throughout the race with the field being taken along by the Paul Hanagan-ridden Majaarat with Peladito and Seb Sanders tracking. Approaching the 800 metre bend Majaraat ran wide and Peladito briefly took the lead, until Tropical Star led just after the 800 metre pole and ran on to cross the line six lengths clear of Peladito with Majaarat staying on for third.

Mullen said after the race, "He has the ability it is just a case of trying to get it out of him. It was a great training performance by Jaci (Wickham), with all the schooling at home. He is a frustrating horse, last week he was second and so we knew he had the ability, we just have to get his brain in gear. He wandered around a bit when he hit the front but he is an exciting prospect to have in the yard."

Mullen's second win of the evening came in the fourth race, the Hamadiyah Thoroughbred Handicap over 1,600 metres with the Doug Watson-trained Janadel.

The son of Machiavellian raced in 3rd until the straight with the Mazin Al Kurdi-trained My Pleasure leading the 13 runners around the home turn. Ocean of Storms, who missed, the break began to run on from the 400 metres mark.

Mullen got to work on Janadel who closed the gap to My Pleasure, under Ted Durcan, with every stride and got up to win by three quarter of a lengths from My Pleasure and Ocean of Storms in third.


The third leg of the Mullen treble came in the last when the Watson-trained Outsmarted ran clear of the field to win the Al Surra Thoroughbred Handicap over 1,800 metres. The race was taken along by the Seb Sanders-partnered Lewa Dance who led until Outsmarted took up the running and went clear to win by five lengths. Asood ran on for second with Valdancer in third.


Big Easy, made all to comfortable win the opening race, the Al Khazna Conditions race for Purebred Arabians over 1,300 metres. Trained by Satish Seemar and ridden by Durcan, the top weight and race favourite broke well and stayed at the head of affairs.

Al Kurdi's Mushaagib, under Gary Hind, came with a challenge into the straight but never got near enough to be a danger and Big Easy crossed the line ahead of Mushaagib and Sousoff over nine lengths back in third.



Al Kurdi claimed the third race of the evening, the Khor Khawair Thoroughbred Handicap over 1,200 metres with the John Panas-partnered Outlaw.

Official Flame played up in the stalls and was withdrawn, and as the race started it was the Allan Smith-trained Mardoof and the Willie Supple-trained Medraar who disputed the lead, Outlaw was always prominent with the race favourite Mr Magistrate going well in mid-division, under Durcan.

Outlaw began to make steady progress to lead 100 metres from the line and kept on to win by three quarters of a length from the fast finishing Mr Magistrate with Mahfooth in third.

Litigado gave Paddy Rudkin his first win of the evening in the Kalba Thoroughbred Handicap over 2,000 metres, under Hanagan. The field were led along by Litigado who was second into the straight with West Order taking up the running. Litigado reclaimed the lead 400 metres from home and battled hard to the line denying the Durcan-partnered Afghan who was challenging to the finish.

NAD AL SHEBA
Thursday, December 4th, 2003
Weather: Fine. Dirt. Track: Fast.

Key: The figures beside the race conditions (ie 00-80) are for horses rated in that division and these figures are in pounds. The UAE Dirham (Dhs) is fixed at US$3.68. All races on dirt.


Race One. The Khaznah. Purebred Arabians 1,300m. 4YOs & Up Conditions
Prizemoney: Dhs25,000. 1st: Dhs16,250. 2nd: Dhs5,000. 3rd: Dhs2,500.

4th: Dhs1,250

1. BIG EASY (US) 57.5kgs
1997 b h Burning Sand – Refleksja (Gwydion)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Bobby Hurst
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan
2. MUSHAAGIB (US) 53.5kgs
1994 ch h Magus – Ten Cents Akiss (Sambor)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Ronald Scott
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: G Hind
3. SOUSOFF (FR) 53.5kgs
1998 ch g Sousse – Menine (Magnate)
Owner: Al Reef Stables
Breeder: Jean-Marc de Watrigant
Trainer: J Bittar. Jockey: S O'Gorman
Then came (in order): Basilic de Ghazal (FR), Al Qanas (FR), Kardillan (FR), Croixnoire (US), Djezebel (US), Wathik (FR) 9 ran. Margins: 1 ½, 9 ½, nk. Time:1m 27.54s

Race Two. The Um Khanoor. Thoroughbreds 1,700m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up Maiden
Prizemoney: 25,000. 1st: Dhs16,250. 2nd: Dhs5,000. 3rd: Dhs2,500. 4th: Dhs1,250
1. TROPICAL STAR (IRE) 56kgs
2000 b g Machiavellian – Tropical (Green Desert)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Trainer: Jaci Wickham. Jockey: R Mullen
2. PELADITO (ARG) 58kgs
1999 b c Candy Stripes – Melenita (Farnesio)
Owner: Ziad Galadari
Breeder: El Turf
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders
3. MAJAARAT (IRE) 58kgs
1998 ch h Bering – Massaraat (Nureyev)
Owner: Mohammed Nayamat
Breeder: Sheikh Moahmmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: P Hanagan
Then came (in order): Warpedsenseofhumour (USA), Bitter Chill (USA), Almaram (USA), Desert Glow (IRE), Mr Hand (ARG), Prince of Austria (USA), Aumont (USA), Mr Albanello (ARG), Albadou (FR), Kayd (FR), Instinto (ARG) 14 ran. Margins: 6, Ύ, 4 Time: 1m 45.16s
Race Three. The Khor Khawair. Thoroughbreds 1,200m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up
55-85
Prizemoney: Dhs30,000. 1st: Dhs19,500. 2nd: Dhs6,000. 3rd: Dhs3,000. 4th: Dhs1,500
1.OUTLAW (GB) 51kgs
1999 b g Danehill – Sabaah Elfull (Kris)
Owner: Mohammed Juma Al Nabooda
Breeder: Raffin Stud
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: J Panas
2. MR MAGISTRATE (AUS) 61.5kgs
1997 b g Danewin – Wild Thunder (Our Poetic Prince)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Alex Cheung & Sunny Yam Investment Co
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
3. MAHFOOTH (USA) 62kgs
1997 ch h Diesis – Certainly Am (Affirmed)
Owner: Bouresly Racing Syndicate
Breeder: Fred Seitz & William Sorren
Trainer: R Alford. Jockey: B Doyle
Then came (in order): Medraar (GB), Holy Pole (USA), Mardoof (GB), Flower State (GB), Qixl (NZ), Rich Pickins (USA), Piccatune (GB). 10 ran W/D Official Flame (USA) N/R Maroc (BRZ). Margins: Ύ, nk, hd Time: 1m 12.19s

Race Four. The Hamadiyah. Thoroughbreds 1,600m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up 55-85
Prizemoney: Dhs30,000. 1st: Dhs19,500. 2nd: Dhs6,000. 3rd: Dhs3,000. 4th: Dhs1,500
1. JANADEL (IRE) 56kgs
1999 b c Machiavellian – Insijaam (Secretariat)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: R Mullen
2. MY PLEASURE (GB) 51kgs (-2.5kgs)
1996 b g Cadeaux Genereux – Raknah (Night Shift)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: D Fox
3. OCEAN OF STORMS (IRE) 56kgs
1995 b or br h Arazi – Moon Cactus (Kris)
Owner: The Ramscam Syndicate
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum
Trainer: C Wroe. Jockey: D O'Donohoe
Then came (in order): Delude (IRE), Next Knight (USA), Dubai Vision (FR), Prado's Wish (USA), Umm Al Qawain Star (USA), Mr Padilla (ARG), Shaard (IRE), Fatek (IRE), Broche (USA), Mubaah (GB). 13 ran. Margins: Ύ, 3 Ύ, 1 ½. Time: 1m 38.50s

Race Five. The Kalba. Thoroughbreds 2,000m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up 50-75 Prizemoney: Dhs50,000. 1st: Dhs32,500. 2nd: Dhs10,000. 3rd: Dhs5,000. 4th: Dhs2,500
1. LITAGADO (ARG) 52kgs
1996 br g Kitwood – Licitada (Cinco Grande)
Owner: Ronald Arculli
Breeder: Vacacion
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: P Hanagan
2. AFGHAN (USA) 58.5kgs
1998 ch g Hennessy – Affirm the Gold (Golden Act)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Marvin Little Jr & James Iselin
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
3. WEST ORDER (USA) 55kgs
1998 ch h Gone West – Irish Order (Irish River)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Haras du Mezeray
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: R Moore
Then came (in order): Emteyez (GB), Deodatus (USA), Burnt Ember (USA), Muthaaber (GB). 7 ran. Margins: ½, 1, 2 1/4 Time: 2m 05.84s

Race Six. The Al Surra. Thoroughbreds 1,800m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up 50-75
Prizemoney: Dhs20,000. 1st: Dhs13,000. 2nd: Dhs4,000. 3rd: Dhs2,000. 4th: Dhs1,000
1. OUTSMARTED (USA) 53kgs
1999 ch c Out of Place – Smarten Wild (Smarten)
Owner: Mohammed bin Rashid Belhoul
Breeder: Newport Farm
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: R Mullen
2. ASOOD (GB) 58.5kgs
1996 b g Machiavellian – Six Nations (Danzig)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
3. VALDANCER (IRE) 56kgs
2000 b c Groom Dancer – Valdara (Darshaan)
Owner: Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: P Hanagan
Then came (in order): Classicist (USA), Hudood (USA), Lanzador (ARG), Lewa Dance (USA), Sole (BRZ), Mr Spa (ARG), Rajjaaf (GB), Rahn (GB), Machynleth (GB) - DNF. 11 ran N/R: Baynunah (USA). Margins: 5, 5 ½, 1 Ό. Time: 1m 52.51s


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