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Wednesday, February 24, 2010



ALL THE NEWS FROM TODAY'S PAUL NICHOLLS STABLE VISIT




Paul Nicholls today hosted a media day in the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival and over 90 turned up to see him parade some 25 horses including Kauto Star and Denman who are going head to head again in the £475,000 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.


He plans to run five horses in chasing’s championship race, with Taranis, Tricky Trickster and My Will joining the two stable stars, while What A Friend, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, will be targeted instead at Aintree and Punchestown.


The trainer said: “I wasn’t too perturbed with what happened the other day at Newbury to Denman. Horses are not going to win every time. I was very happy with his run apart from the mistake he made four out where he slipped on landing. He would have won otherwise.


“I have looked at the recordings and he was in exactly the same place in the AON as he was when he won the Hennessy. If he had made the same mistake in the Hennessy, he would not have won the Hennessy. He was nowhere near ready the other day and that will have woken him up. You don’t want them at their very best in trial races.


“If you had seen him do a racecourse gallop at Exeter before the Hennessy, you would not have thought he’d win an egg and spoon race, let alone the Hennessy. Those sorts of days bring them along.


“Since Newbury, we have got a different horse. He has been tanking along and he worked great this morning - he will have three weeks of seriously hard graft now. Anyone who writes him off, writes him off at their peril.

“All this nonsense about whether Tony McCoy is capable of riding him is the biggest load of twaddle I have heard in all my years in racing. He is champion jockey and will ride him well in the Gold Cup. He was unlucky the other day.”

Turning to the reigning champion Kauto Star, he commented: “He is well forward in his coat. As last year, once he had won the King George we decided that he did not need to run again before the Gold Cup. He goes really well when he is very, very fit and very, very fresh.


“He improved a lot from the Betfair Chase to the King George. Ruby (Walsh) said Kauto Star needed it at Haydock and he was phenomenal again at Kempton. I think the King George was as good a run as he has ever put up.


“He looks fantastic - we are very, very happy with his progress. He did a nice bit of work this morning and it is now a question of fine tuning him.


“Ruby came over on Saturday and schooled him and the other main Cheltenham challengers. He was happy with them.”

Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991.

He started out in racing as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury - in 1986 on Broadheath and a year later on Playschool, both sent out by Devon trainer David Barons.

Nicholls partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, struggling always to keep his weight down, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram.

Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. He started out at Paul Barber's Manor Farm with eight horses.

Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers' championship over a number of years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, Nicholls claimed his first title the following season, being responsible for 148 winners and gaining over £2.4 million in prize money.

He retained the title the next season with 124 successes and nearly £2,950,000 in prize money. The hugely talented Kauto Star was the stable's flag bearer, with victories in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree, the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, Sandown's Tingle Creek Chase, the King George VI Chase at Kempton, Newbury's AON Chase and the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Kauto Star thus became the first horse to land the Betfair Million, the huge bonus put by the leading betting exchange for success in the Betfair Chase, King George VI Chase and totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

In the 2007/08 season, Kauto Star was runner-up in the Gold Cup but Nicholls also trained his conqueror, the mighty Denman, and ended up champion trainer again with 151 winners and over £3.6 million in prize money.

In the 2008/09 season, Nicholls was champion again with his best tally yet of 155 winners and just under £3.5million in prize money. That season, Kauto Star landed a third King George VI Chase and became the first horse to reclaim the Gold Cup when defeating Denman by 13 lengths.

Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006.

Another high point in his training career came at the 1999 Cheltenham Festival when he captured the major chase on each of the three days Flagship Uberalles scored in The Irish Independent Arkle Chase, Call Equiname in the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following day and, best of all, See More Business took the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Nicholls has trained 25 Cheltenham Festival winners in total, and was the most successful trainer at The Festival in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2009, as well as Kauto Star’s triumph, he saddled Master Minded to a second win in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, while Big Buck’s captured the staying hurdlers’ crown when wining the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Other highlights at The Festival so far include Azertyuiop’s victories in The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy and the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase,

Paul is currently the second most successful current trainer at The Festival behind Nicky Henderson and is sixth on the all-time list. He is the most successful current handler in totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup with four victories and if he were to land the 2010 renewal, he would join the late Tom Dreaper, trainer of the legendary Arkle, as the race’s winning most handler. His feat in 2009 of saddling the winners of the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup had only been achieved once before (by Jim Dreaper in 1975).


His 1,000th British winner came when Noble Action won at Folkestone on November 15, 2004. This season he has saddled Denman to land a second Hennessy Gold Cup under top-weight, while Kauto Star became the first horse to win the King George VI Chase for a fourth consecutive year.


PAUL NICHOLLS’ 25 SUCCESSES AT THE FESTIVAL

totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
1999 See More Business 9-12-00 Mick Fitzgerald Paul Barber & John Keighley 16/1
2007 Kauto Star 7-11-10 Ruby Walsh Clive Smith 5/4F
2008 Denman 8-11-10 Sam Thomas Paul Barber & Maggie Findlay 9/4
2009 Kauto Star 9-11-10 Ruby Walsh Clive Smith 7/4F

Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
1999 Call Equiname 9-12-00 Mick Fitzgerald Mick Coburn, Paul Barber, Colin Lewis 7/2
2004 Azertyuiop 7-11-10 Ruby Walsh John Hales 15/8
2008 Master Minded 5-11-10 Ruby Walsh Clive Smith 3/1
2009 Master Minded 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh Clive Smith 4/11F

Ryanair Chase
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2005 Thisthatandtother 9-11-03 Ruby Walsh Graham Roach 9/2
2007 Taranis 6-11-00 Ruby Walsh Mrs A B Yeoman & C R Whittaker 9/2

The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
1999 Flagship Uberalles 5-11-00 Joe Tizzard Elisabeth Gutner & Michael Krysztofiak 11/1
2003 Azertyuiop 6-11-08 Ruby Walsh John Hales 5/4F

RSA Chase
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2006 Star De Mohaison 5-10-08 Barry Geraghty Sir Robert Ogden 14/1
2007 Denman 7-11-04 Ruby Walsh Harry Findlay & Paul Barber 6/5F

Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2004 Sporazene 5-10-13 Ruby Walsh Ged Mason & David Jackson 7/1J
2006 Desert Quest 4-10-10 Ruby Walsh Margaret Findlay 4/1J
2009 American Trilogy 5-11-00 Ruby Walsh Fulton, Donlon, Kilduff & Scott-MacDonald 20/1

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Handicap Chase)
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2004 St Pirran 9-10-01 Ruby Walsh Graham Roach 4/1F
2007 Andreas 7-10-11 Robert Thornton Trevor Hemmings 12/1

Christie's Foxhunter Chase
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2004 Earthmover 13-12-00 Miss Rilly Goschen Roger Penny 14/1
2005 Sleeping Night 9-12-00 Mr Colman Sweeney D J & F A Jackson 7/2F

Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2006 Noland 5-11-07 Ruby Walsh John Hales 6/1

JCB Triumph Hurdle
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2008 Celestial Halo 4-11-00 Ruby Walsh The Stewart Family 5/1

Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2009 Chapoturgeon 5-10-11 Timmy Murphy David Johnson 8/1

Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Year Horse Age/Wgt Jockey Owner SP
2009 Big Buck’s 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh The Stewart Family 6/1

PAUL NICHOLLS ENTRIES AT THE FESTIVAL SO FAR

Tuesday, March 16

Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Ghizao
Pepe Simo

Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy
Tataniano
The Nightingale
Woolcombe Folly

Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle
Celestial Halo

Wednesday, March 17

140th Year of The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Massasoit

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
Ghizao
Najaf

RSA Chase
The Nightingale

Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase
Free World
Master Minded
Twist Magic

Thursday, March 18

Ryanair Chase
Chapoturgeon
Gwanako
Herecomesthetruth
Poquelin

Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Big Buck's

Friday, March 19

JCB Triumph Hurdle
Advisor
Pistolet Noir

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Najaf
River D'Or

totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup
Denman
Kauto
My Will
Taranis
Tricky Trickster
What A Friend



THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINERS OF ALL-TIME AT THE FESTIVAL
40 Fulke Walwyn (Winners from 1946-86)
34 Nicky Henderson (1985- )
34 Martin Pipe (1981-2006)
28 Fred Winter (1970-88)
26 Tom Dreaper IRE (1946-71)
25 PAUL NICHOLLS (1999- )
25 Fred Rimell (1948-81)
23 Vincent O’Brien IRE (1948-59)
23 Bob Turnell (1956-80)
22 Ivor Anthony (1930-52)¬
19 George Beeby (1930-59)
18 Edward O’Grady IRE (1974- )
17 David Nicholson (1986-99)
16 Jonjo O’Neill (1991- )
15 Harry Brown (1920-38)
15 Tom Coulthwaite (1911-36)
15 Tom Rimell (1927-49)
15 Willie Mullins IRE (1995- )
14 Dan Moore IRE (1953-79)
13 Jack Anthony (1929-50)
13 Tim Forster (1963-98)
13 Peter Easterby (1967-86)
12 John Edwards (1969-94)
12 Tom Jones (1965-78)
(Current trainers in bold) (NB Trainers of some of the earliest winners were not recorded)

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT TRAINERS AT THE FESTIVAL
34 Nicky Henderson
25 PAUL NICHOLLS
18 Edward O'Grady IRE
16 Jonjo O’Neill
15 Willie Mullins IRE
11 Philip Hobbs
11 Alan King
10 Nigel Twiston-Davies
9 David Elsworth
8 Ferdy Murphy
7 Howard Johnson
7 Henrietta Knight
7 Arthur Moore IRE
6 Francois Doumen FR
6 Jessica Harrington IRE
6 Mouse Morris IRE
6 Oliver Sherwood
5 Enda Bolger IRE
5 Dessie Hughes IRE
5 Aidan O’Brien IRE
5 Venetia Williams


THE THOMAS PINK LEADING TRAINER AWARD AT THE FESTIVAL
(1999 – 2009)

2009: PAUL NICHOLLS (5)
2008: PAUL NICHOLLS (3)
2007: PAUL NICHOLLS (4)
2006: PAUL NICHOLLS (3)
2005: Howard Johnson (3)
2004: PAUL NICHOLLS (4)
2003: Jonjo O’Neill (3)
2002: Martin Pipe (3)
2001: Cancelled
2000: Nicky Henderson (4)
1999: PAUL NICHOLLS (3)
DENMAN (IRE)
10 ch g Presenting - Polly Puttens (Pollerton)
Form: 11112/11111/1111/22F-1U Owners: Paul Barber & Margaret Findlay Breeder: Colman O'Flynn

Born on April 17, 2000, Denman was bred by haulage contractor Colman O’Flynn at his farm close to Fermoy in Co Cork after a liaison between his mare Polly Puttens and the stallion Presenting at the neighbouring Rathbarry Stud. Denman was due to be sold at the 2004 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale but was spun for his wind and immediately afterwards had a hobday operation.

He went into training with former jockey Adrian Maguire in Ireland and won his only point-to-point start at Liscarroll on March 20, 2005. Owner Paul Barber and trainer Paul Nicholls were impressed and bought the gelding privately, reportedly for £82,000, and he has never finished out of the first two in 17 completed starts.

His debut season in Britain produced four straight wins, scoring in novice hurdles at Wincanton in October and November, 2005, and landing the Grade One Challow Hurdle at Cheltenham in January, 2006, as well as collecting a minor event at Bangor the following month. His only defeat that season came when second in the 2006 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

His novice chasing career began at Exeter in October, 2006, with an easy victory over 2005 JCB Triumph Hurdle victor Penzance and was followed by a three quarters of a length verdict over Don't Push It in the Jim Brown Memorial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham the following month.

Denman comfortably saw off three rivals to land the Grade Two Berkshire Novices' Chase at Newbury in December and returned to the course for a facile success in a three-mile event in February, 2007. He extended his winning sequence to five with an emphatic success at The Festival in the 2007 RSA Chase, slamming Snowy Morning by 10 lengths

Nicknamed ‘The Tank’, he began the 2007/08 season in December with a foot-perfect display to win the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury under top-weight, ridden by Sam Thomas, and then travelled to Ireland for the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown later that month, when he proved too good for rivals Mossbank, The Listener and Beef Or Salmon.

He returned to Newbury in February, 2008, easily accounting for three rivals in the Grade Two Aon Chase. The 2008 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup was billed as a match between Denman and his stable companion, the reigning champion Kauto Star. Denman was an awesome sight as he took up the running a long way from home and powered clear of his rival for a seven-length success.

Denman missed the first half of the 2008/09 season after being treated for a fibrillating heart and made his belated comeback at Kempton on February 17 when - sent off at 8/11 - he trailed in 23 lengths behind Madison Du Berlais.

But the chaser is a champion with true courage and he returned to something nearer his best in the 2009 totesport Gold Cup, staying on to take second, 13 lengths behind the brilliant winner, Kauto Star. Denman then went to Aintree for the totesport Bowl but was never travelling on the tight track and took a crashing fall two fences from home.

Denman faced a formidable task on his first start of the 2009/10 season as he lined up for the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury under top-weight of 11st 12lb. The remarkable gelding repeated the feat of two years earlier with a second triumph in the race as he defeated subsequent Grade One winner What A Friend by three and a half lengths, despite conceding 22lb to that rival.

In the AON Chase at Newbury on February 13, Denman was not in the same formidable form. A mistake four out cost him the lead and as he attempted to reassert, the 10-year-old blundered at the next fence, unseating new jockey Tony McCoy.


He is after his second totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 19, the fourth and final day of the 2010 Cheltenham Festival.


Race Record: Starts: 19; Wins: 14; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £904,074

KAUTO STAR (FR)
10 b g Village Star (FR) Kauto Relka (FR) (Port Etienne (FR))
Form: 211/1F2353/112/21F/111111/211122/1U111-11 Owner: Clive Smith Breeder: Mme H Aubert

A Grade Three winner over hurdles at Auteuil when trained in France, Kauto Star has developed into one of the greatest chasers the sport has ever known since arriving at Paul Nicholls’ stables in 2004. His six straight wins in the 2006/2007 season included a stunning Grade One four timer that culminated in an impressive totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup victory. Last season he became the first horse ever to regain the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and this term he enjoyed another slice of history as the first to win four consecutive renewals of the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton Park.


He made his British debut at Newbury, in December, 2004, with an emphatic victory over Grade One Irish Champion Hurdle winner Foreman in a novice chase. On his next start, at Exeter in January, 2005, he fell two out with the race at his mercy. After being remounted, he just failed to reel in the winner, but it came to light afterwards that the horse had injured his near hind leg and he was forced to miss the rest of the season.

Kauto Star reappeared in November, 2005, turning in a fine comeback effort to chase home Monkerhostin in the Grade Two William Hill Gold Cup Chase at Exeter. He improved on that run to win the Grade One Tingle Creek Trophy Chase over two miles at Sandown the following month. The Grade One Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival in March was Kauto Star's next port of call but, after tracking the leaders in the early stages, he took off too early at the third fence and hit the deck.

He returned to action in the 2006/2007 season at Aintree in October, 2006, over two and a half miles in the Grade Two Old Roan Chase and romped home by 21 lengths. A month later, he defeated the best three mile chasers around when easily taking the Betfair Chase at Haydock by 17 lengths, before showing himself to be one of the most adaptable top class chasers of recent times when cruising to a second victory in the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase over two miles at Sandown a fortnight later. Clive Smith's gelding evoked memories of Desert Orchid as he went directly from that triumph to capture the 2006 King George VI Chase over three miles at Kempton on Boxing Day. Ruby Walsh sat tight to survive a last fence blunder and the pair finished eight lengths clear of the chasing Exotic Dancer. Another final fence error made life more difficult again for the pair in the Grade Two Aon Chase at Newbury, but he rallied to hold the determined challenge of L'Ami by a neck. A hot favourite for the 2007 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, he did not disappoint. Ruby Walsh struck the front two fences out and, despite hitting the last hard, Kauto Star stormed up the hill to prevail comfortably from Exotic Dancer. Kauto Star thus collected the Betfair Million bonus by winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock, the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park and the totesport Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

The 2007/08 campaign also began with the Old Roan Chase at Aintree, but the champion found conceding a stone to the talented Monet's Garden just a length and a half beyond him. He improved for the run to land the 2007 Betfair Chase for a second year running by half a length from Exotic Dancer and went on to win the King George VI Chase again, scoring by 11 lengths from Our Vic. He dropped back to two miles, five and a half furlongs in the Commercial First Chase at Ascot in February but that proved no problem and he won by eight lengths from Monet’s Garden. The chance of winning a second Betfair Million bonus was lost in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in March when his stable companion Denman proved seven lengths too strong. Kauto Star’s jumping was not as fluent as usual and that theme continued at Aintree the following month when a bad mistake two out cost him victory by a nose in the totesport Bowl which was won by Our Vic.

Kauto Star had a long break and reappeared in the Grade One Jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in Northern Ireland on November 1, 2008, when he won unchallenged. He then unseated Sam Thomas at the last fence in the Betfair Chase at Haydock 17 days later. Normal service was resumed at Kempton on Boxing Day, when he won his third King George VI Chase by 10 lengths from Albertas Run. He was rested before returning to Cheltenham and an historic second victory in the 2009 totesport Gold Cup, beating Denman by 13 lengths in tremendous style

As in the past, Kauto Star was a little rusty for his reappearance this season. That came in the Betfair Chase but the champion was still able to win, albeit by only a nose, from Imperial Commander - his third success in the race. He then added a fourth King George VI Chase with as stunning a performance as one could wish to see. Kauto Star jumped exquisitely and drew clear down the finishing straight for a 36-length romp. Kauto Star has his 10th birthday on March 19 - totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup day - and is aiming to become the fifth horse to win the chasing’s championship race three times.

Race Record - Starts: 33; 1st: 20; 2nd: 7; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £2,012,654


ADVISOR (FR)
4 gr g Anabaa (USA) – Armilina (FR) (Linamix (FR))
Jump Form: 11 Owner: The Royal Ascot Racing Club Breeder: Kilboy Estate
John Warren, acting on behalf of the Royal Ascot Racing Club, purchased Advisor as a yearling for 120,000 euros at the Arqana sale at Deauville, France, in August, 2007. The grey Anabaa gelding was sent into training with Michael Bell at Newmarket and won a Windsor maiden as a three-year-old in April, 2009, his sole success from nine starts on the Flat. But Advisorshowed plenty of promise in those races, earning a rating of 81, and it was decided to send him to Paul Nicholls to try hurdling.
Advisor turned up at Newbury on December 16, for his first start over hurdles and was sent off a 7/1 shot. Clearly relishing the soft conditions, Advisor survived a last flight blunder as he stayed on resolutely for a six-length victory over Rougham. His latest outing came in a two-mile juvenile novices’ hurdle at Ascot on January 23, and he delivered another victory. Advisor, this time the odds-on favourite, took up the running two flights from home and was driven out for a three-length success over Barwell Bridge. He goes for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
Race Record (Jump): Starts: 2; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £10,141

AL FEROF
Entered in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, the five-year-old Dom Alco gelding has won two of his three starts in bumpers, most recently at Newbury on February 13. He started out in Irish point-to-points, winning a maiden on his second start.


ALFIE SHERRIN
Entered in the Pertemps Final, the lightly-raced seven-year-old son of Kayf Tara has won on three of his four starts.


BIG BUCK’S (FR)
7 b/br g Cadoudal (FR) – Buck´s (FR) (Le Glorieux)
Form: 53/6U3440016/12121301-U1111-11 Owner: The Stewart Family Breeder: Henri Poulat
French import Big Buck’s boasted a decent level of form over hurdles in his native country and his two best performances came in his final two runs for his previous connections, winning a Grade Two contest at Auteuil in May, 2007, before returning to the same venue to finish second to Good Bye Simon in the Grade One Prix Alain du Breil a month later.

He joined the powerful Paul Nicholls yard for the start of the 2007/08 season and was successful on his first start in Britain, beating Barbers Shop by a neck in a Newbury beginners’ chase at the start of December. He returned to the Berkshire course for his subsequent two starts in novice chases, coming second to Moon Over Miami at the end of December prior to beating Kruguyrova the following month. Kruguyrova re-opposed in the Grade Two Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick two weeks later, when the Charles Egerton-trained mare gamely prevailed from Ring The Boss, with Big Buck’s a further four lengths back in third.
Big Buck’s headed for the Jewson Novices´ Handicap Chase at The Festival in 2008, finishing seventh. He then triumphed over an extended three miles in the Grade Two John Smith´s Mildmay Novices´ Chase at Aintree’s Grand National meeting in April, when RSA Chase victor Albertas Run was back in third.

The 2008/09 season began with a tilt at the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup Chase at Newbury on November 29, as Big Buck’s aimed to become the first five-year-old to win the race. He was staying on well in third under Sam Thomas but blundered badly at the final fence, unseating his jockey.
That prompted Nicholls to return Big Buck’s to the smaller obstacles in the Unicoin Homes Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Despite shouldering top-weight, he travelled supremely well under Ruby Walsh and stayed on in the closing stages for a length and three quarter success over Don’t Push It.

Suitably impressed, connections let Big Buck’s return to Cheltenham for the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day, January 24. On heavy ground, Big Buck’s once again forged clear up the hill to inflict a four-length defeat on Punchestowns. He renewed rivalry with Nicky Henderson’s charge in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at The Festival in March and took the staying hurdlers’ crown with a length and three quarter success over that foe. He then rounded off a remarkable season with a three and a quarter length victory over Mighty Man in the Grade Two Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree in April.

The current campaign has seen Big Buck’s continue to dominate the staying hurdler division. He kicked off the campaign with a seven-length beating of Lough Derg in the Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on November 28 and saw off Karabak to land the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle at the same venue on December 29.
He goes for a second successive victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at The Festival on day three, Thursday, March 18.
Race Record: Starts: 26; Wins: 11; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £521,069



CELESTIAL HALO (IRE)
6 b g Galileo (IRE) – Pay The Bank (High Top)
Jump Form: 1212/2120-124 Owner: The Stewart Family Breeder: Roncon,Churchtown Bloodstock & Lane Ltd
A Flat recruit from Barry Hills’ yard, Celestial Halo ran once as a two-year-old before winning first time out as a three-year-old. Probably his most notable performance on the level was when finishing seventh behind Lucarno in the 2007 Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

He made a first appearance for his new connections in a juvenile hurdle at Newbury at the end of December, 2007, spreadeagling the field to win by 16 lengths. He was duly sent off a warm order for his subsequent start in a novice hurdle at Doncaster at the start of February but he found another useful Flat performer, Sentry Duty, seven lengths too strong.
In the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the 2008 Festival, Ruby Walsh ditched the hold-up tactics that had contributed to his Doncaster defeat and attempted to make all of the running with Celestial Halo. Franchoek challenged Walsh’s mount with two flights left but Celestial Halo stayed on resolutely up the Cheltenham hill to prevail by two and a quarter lengths, giving owner Andy Stewart his first Festival success.

Celestial Halo finished that season at Aintree in April, when he once again adopted a front-running role in the John Smith’s 4-Y-O Hurdle but could not repel the challenge of Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up Binocular, who triumphed by seven lengths.

It was the same outcome when the pair re-opposed on Celestial Halo’s seasonal reappearance in the Boylesports.com International, held at Ascot on December 20, following the abandonment of Cheltenham a week earlier, with Binocular winning by four and a half lengths.

Celestial Halo enhanced his 2009 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle claims in the Listed totepool Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on January 31, when he tracked the front-running Osana before taking the lead approaching the second last, defeating the 2008 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle runner-up by three and a half lengths.
In the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle that March, Celestial Halo took up the running three from home and, after being headed at the last by Punjabi, battled dourly to the line, only failing by a neck to overhaul the new champion. At Aintree the following month, the gelding put in a rare below-par effort when well beaten behind Solwhit in the Grade One Aintree Hurdle.

Celestial Halo kicked off the 2009/10 season with an easy victory in the Grade Two Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on November 7 but then finished runner-up for the second year in a row when beaten by Khyber Kim in the Boylesports.com International at Cheltenham on December 12.

Celestial Halo’s most recent start saw him finish nine lengths fourth behind Solwhit in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 24 and he now attempts to go one better in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 16.

Jump Race Record: Starts: 11; Wins: 4; 2nd: 5; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £312,168

CHAPOTURGEON
He is entered three times at The Festival and the six-year-old grey has yet to win in three handicap chases this season. His biggest triumph came at The Festival last year when successful in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase.


FISTRAL BEACH
The seven-year-old has never been out of the first three in 10 starts, winning twice, coming second seven times and third once. He won a Kempton handicap chase on his most recent start in January and is entered in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase.


GHIZAO
The six-year-old son of Tiger Hill won two bumpers early this season and then progressed to hurdles, winning on his second attempt over obstacles at Taunton in January. Entered in the Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.

MASSASOIT
The eight-year-old Supreme Leader gelding won a beginners’ chase at Fakenham in January and was then a close third in a Sandown Park handicap chase. He is entered in the National Hunt Chase.


MASTER MINDED (FR)
7 b g Nikos – Haute Tension (FR) (Garde Royale)
Form: 14P1F1F/2U1112/111-131 Owner: Clive Smith Breeder: Marie-Christine Gabeur
Bought by Clive Smith, owner of Kauto Star, from Guillaume Macaire’s stable in France, Master Minded had his first run for his new owner under the French trainer’s banner, finishing second with Ruby Walsh up in the Grade One Gras Savoye Cinema Prix Ferdinand Dufaure, the country’s most prestigious novice chase.

He had his first start for Paul Nicholls at Exeter in December, 2007, when he went off the odds-on favourite in a graduation chase. However, he blundered badly at the third fence and unseated his rider. He soon made amends when easily landing a handicap chase at Sandown at the start of January, 2008, when he produced a foot perfect display of jumping.

That victory earned Master Minded quotes for the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and those odds were cut significantly after his next start, when he came home a most impressive winner of the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury in February, beating reigning champion chaser Voy Por Ustedes by five lengths.

He built on that impressive performance at the 2008 Festival, when he produced a sensational display of jumping to become the first five-year-old to triumph in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, slamming Voy Por Ustedes by 19 lengths and becoming the highest-rated jumper in training with a BHA rating of 186.

Master Minded made the step up to two and a half miles for the Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, but a mistake at the penultimate fence cost him momentum and he laboured home 18 lengths behind Voy Por Ustedes.
Master Minded enjoyed a perfect campaign in 2008/2009, winning each of his four starts. A comfortable victory in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 6, came under Tony McCoy, and he warmed up for The Festival with an effortless victory in the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on January 17, when he disposed of his four rivals under regular jockey Ruby Walsh, registering a 16-length triumph.

The champion was imperious once more at Cheltenham as he landed a second successive victory in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, defeating runner-up Well Chief by seven lengths. But things were not quite as comfortable for Master Minded on his final start of the 2008/09 season at Punchestown in April. Sent off the 30/100 favourite, Walsh’s mount was forced to dig deep into his reserves to repel Big Zeb by a head in a thrilling contest for the Kerrygold Champion Chase.

Master Minded reappeared this season in the Connaught Chase at Cheltenham on November 15. The champion was below his best as he finished third, four lengths behind the victorious Well Chief, although Master Minded was conceding 10lb to that top-class rival.
He returned to winning ways in the Grade Two Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on February 13. Master Minded had finished a place behind Mahogany Blaze in the Connaught Chase but, despite once again conceding 10lb to that rival, Nicholls’ charge reversed placings with a comprehensive 13–length triumph.

The trainer said: “He ran so badly at Cheltenham at the start of the season that it was obvious there was something wrong. We sent him to Newmarket and found out that he had a fractured rib. We gave him time to get over that - he had six weeks not being ridden and did 15 miles a day on the walkers.
“We kept him ticking over. Originally, I did not think I would run him before Cheltenham - I didn’t think there would be enough time but he was progressing so nicely that we were able to run him at Newbury the other day. He showed all his old form and jumped very well except for trying to demolish the last. He won very, very nicely. He looks great.

”I don’t think we ever had him right last spring, even though he won at Cheltenham and Punchestown.”
He goes for a third consecutive victory in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday, March 17.

Race Record: Starts: 19; Wins: 11; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £891,998

NAJAF
This former French hurdler won on his first British start earlier this month at Exeter and could go for the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle or the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.


PEPE SIMO
The six-year-old won three novice hurdles before being outclassed in the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. He is entered in Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle.


POQUELIN (FR)
7 bl g Lahint (USA) – Babolna (FR) (Tropular)
Jump Form: 31361/394U01/11387-121 Owner: The Stewart Family Breeder: Georges Sandor & Eric Becq
Poquelin made his debut on the Flat at Chantilly as a two-year-old, finishing fourth for trainer Francois de Chevigny. A total of 10 starts on the level yielded a victory at Compiegne in March, 2006, while his final outing in that sphere saw him fill the runner-up berth behind the high-class Boris De Deauville in the Group Three Prix de Guiche two months later. Having transferred to Ditcheat that summer, Poquelin made his British debut at Aintree in October, finishing third in a juvenile novice hurdle. He then got off the mark in a similar event over two miles at Kempton in December.
After finishing third to Punjabi in the Grade Two Adonis Hurdle over that same course and distance in February, Poquelin came home sixth to Katchit in the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival. Poquelin rounded out his season with success at Ayr that April. He remained over hurdles for the 2007/08 season but, after a decent third on his return in the Grade Two Elite Hurdle at Wincanton in November, he failed to score in any of his next four starts before retuning to peak form with a victory at Sandown in April. That was to be his final start over hurdles as May, 2008, saw him cruise to victory in a Newton Abbot novices’ chase.
After a summer of rest, he went to Cheltenham’s Showcase in October and landed the University of Gloucestershire Novices’ Chase but was beaten into third at Ascot the following month. His next start came in March at The Festival when eighth to Oh Crick in the Grade Three Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase and he was then seventh to the same rival in the Grade Three Red Rum Handicap Chase over two miles at Aintree in April.
The 2009/10 season began in October with a second consecutive success at The Showcase, as he landed the zeturf.com handicap over two and a half miles by a length from Gaelic Flight. Poquelin returned to Cheltenham in November for the Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup at The Open and was a fine second to Tranquil Sea. His latest outing was also at Prestbury Park and yielded a seven-length victory in the two mile, five furlong Grade Three boylesports.com Gold Cup. Poquelin’s target at The Festival is the Ryanair Chase.

Race Record (Jump): Starts: 19; Wins: 7; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £218,166

QOZAK
The six-year-old won a Taunton handicap hurdle on January 21 in good style and ran sixth two days later in a better race at Ascot. He has the choice of Coral Cup or the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle.


RIVALISTE
Unlucky not to be unbeaten in two British starts, he could line up in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase.


TARANIS (FR)
9 ch g Mansonnien (FR) - Vikosa (FR) (Nikos)
Jump Form: 3313/1U111/1F3112/14P/1Owner: Angela Yeoman Breeder: Pierre De Maleissye Melun
Taranis joined the Paul Nicholls stable following two promising runs over hurdles at Auteuil for previous handler Guillaume Macaire, including a four-length third to subsequent stable companion Star De Mohaison in November, 2004. He made an impressive winning debut for new connections when romping to a 13-length success in a Wincanton novices’ hurdle in January, 2005, but could only take third in a similar contest at Hereford the following month.
Sent chasing for the 2005/06 season, Taranis enjoyed an almost faultless first campaign over fences, beginning with a facile victory in a novices’ handicap chase at Newbury in November. He unseated Christian Williams early on in a Doncaster novices’ chase on his next appearance but went on to record comfortable wins at Ludlow and Wincanton prior to another easy success in a novices’ handicap chase at Cheltenham in April, 2006.
He opened his account for the 2006/07 campaign with victory in a Listed handicap hurdle at Chepstow in October but fell at the penultimate fence, when lying in second, in the Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham’s Open meeting that November. Taranis returned to Cheltenham the following month for the Grade Three Boylesports.com Gold Cup, in which he stayed on his feet to come home third, and he returned to the winner’s enclosure with a gutsy half-length verdict over Whispered Secret in a Grade Three handicap chase at Sandown in February, 2007.
Taranis enjoyed the biggest success of his career to date at the 2007 Festival, when he repelled the late challenge of Our Vic to take the Ryanair Chase, then run as a Grade Two contest. He ended his season with another excellent performance, this time in Grade One company when taking the runner-up spot behind course specialist Monet’s Garden in the Melling Chase at Aintree’s Grand National meeting.
After posting a first Grade One victory with a front-running success in the Down Royal Champion Chase in November, 2007, Taranis returned to the smaller obstacles for a valuable fixed brush handicap hurdle at Haydock but he couldn’t take advantage of a hurdle mark 27lb lower than his chase rating and came home fourth behind Millenium Royal.
Taranis was pulled up after breaking down with a leg injury in the 2007 King George VI Chase at Kempton and missed the whole of the 2008/09 campaign. He returned to action with a stunning victory under Nick Scholfield in the Grade Two Argento Chase at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, January 30, when he defied an absence of 766 days to beat Carruthers comfortably by six lengths.
He is one of the trainer’s five contenders in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Race Record: Starts: 19; Wins: 10; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £381,874

TATANIANO (FR)
6 b g Sassanian (USA) – Rosa Carola (FR) (Rose Laurel)
Form: 12141-112 Owner: The Stewart Family Breeder: Carol Garmond
Tataniano won a two and a half mile maiden point-to-point as a four-year-old at Belharbour, Ireland, on February 10, 2008. Eight months later, on October 11, the bay gelding made his British debut under Rules for The Stewart Family and trainer Paul Nicholls. That Chepstow bumper success was followed by a runner-up finish behind Shalone in a two-mile, five furlong novices’ hurdle at Kempton in November. Tataniano returned to the winner’s enclosure that January with a 10-length triumph in an Exeter novices’ hurdle over two furlongs shorter. Later the same month, he was pitched into high-class novice company at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, when fourth to Diamond Harry in the Grade Two Classic Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two and a half miles. He rounded off his first campaign with an easy victory in a two-mile, one-furlong novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham in April.
The 2009/10 season began with a very comfortable win in the Best Mate Beginners’ Chase at Exeter on October 20. He then went to The Open at Cheltenham on November 15 for the Grade Two Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase. Tataniano won the two-mile contest on the bit by six lengths from Pigeon Island. He was sent off the long odds-on favourite for his most recent start in a novice chase at Newbury on January 29. Things did not go to plan as the toiling Tataniano was headed in the final 50 yards of the extended two and a quarter mile contest, finishing up a half-length second to Suntini. His target is The Irish Independent Arkle Chase if the ground is not too soft.

Race Record: Starts: 8; Wins: 5; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £47,159

THE NIGHTINGALE
Easy winner of his only chase at Fontwell, he could run in The Irish Independent Arkle Chase of the RSA Chase.


THE TOTHER ONE
He came 10th in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow and could go for the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase.


TITO BUSTILLO
Winner of three novice hurdles this season, he is entered in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle.


TRICKY TRICKSTER (IRE)
7 b g Oscar (IRE) - Pavlova (IRE) (Montelimar (USA))
Form: 422121-21 Owner: Chris Giles Breeder: Donie O'Brien
Tricky Trickster was purchased for 320,000 guineas by Paul Nicholls on behalf of Chris Giles at Doncaster’s Spring Sale in May, 2009, with the principal intention of running him in the Grand National. He started his career with a point-to-point victory at Dromahane for Denis Murphy in April, 2008, before being sold to Anthony Bromley’s and David Minton’s Highflyer Bloodstock for £40,000 at Brightwells Cheltenham April Select Sale just 11 days later.
He spent last season in the care of Nigel Twiston-Davies, racing in the colours of Bromley and Minton’s highly successful Million In Mind Partnership, and made his debut under rules in an amateur riders’ novices’ hurdle at Exeter in October, 2008, coming home fourth under Sam Drinkwater. Tricky Trickster was runner-up on his next two starts, in a Kelso novices’ hurdle and a Newbury novices’ handicap chase, before registering a first success under rules with victory in a novices handicap chase, also at Newbury, in December, 2008.
He followed up with another good effort, finding only Ping Pong Sivola 16 lengths too strong in the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham in January, and returned to Prestbury Park to record a superb success in the National Hunt Chase over four miles at The Festival in March, when he stayed on stoutly under Sam Waley-Cohen to beat Drumconvis by 10 lengths.
After being sold and joining Paul Nicholls in the summer, Tricky Trickster made his seasonal return in a novices’ hurdle at Fontwell on January 25, going down by four and a half lengths to Chamirey, but he maintained Paul Nicholls’ exceptional record in the Grade Two Aon Chase at Newbury on February 13, when getting up near the line to beat Niche Market by a short-head. He is one of the trainer’s five contenders in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Race Record: Starts: 8; Wins: 3; 2nd: 4; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £89,884

TWIST MAGIC (FR)
8 b g Winged Love (IRE) - Twist Scarlett (GER) (Lagunas)
Jump Form: 3/316153P/12F1/11261/4F6F1-311 Owner: Barry Fulton, Tony Hayward & Michael Lynch
Breeder: Dr Georg Hastrich And Co
Twist Magic won on his third appearance over hurdles for Guillaume Macaire, taking an Auteuil contest by a neck in June, 2005, prior to joining current connections later that summer. He made his British debut when taking sixth in a Listed juvenile novices’ hurdle at Wetherby that October and scored on his next start in a Wincanton novices’ hurdle at the start of December.
After coming fifth in the Grade One Finale Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow, Twist Magic was a distant third in the Grade Two Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton and he ended his campaign with another disappointing effort when being pulled up in the Grade One 4-Y-O Anniversary Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree.
Twist Magic made an impressive debut over fences, winning a Fakenham novices’ chase in December, 2006, and he posted another excellent performance to take second behind Jack The Giant in the Grade Two Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton’s Christmas meeting.
He was disputing a close third when falling at the penultimate fence in The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at The Festival in 2007, but gained a deserved first Grade One success when beating Fair Along by five lengths in the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree’s Grand National meeting.
Having posted an easy success on his seasonal return at Kempton in November, 2007, Twist Magic completed a hat-trick of victories with a sensational success in the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown the following month as he powered to a three-length win over the previous season’s Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase victor Voy Por Ustedes.
Twist Magic failed to cement his position as the new star of the two-mile chasers as he could only take second behind Tamarinbleu in the Victor Chandler Chase and sixth behind stable companion Master Minded in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 2008 Festival. He did however end his season on a brighter note as he recorded a length and three quarter verdict over stable mate Natal in the Punchestown Champion Chase.
The 2008/09 season turned out to be something of an anticlimax for Twist Magic as he could only take fourth on his seasonal return in the Grade Two William Hill Gold Cup at Exeter in November prior to falling when lying second in the Tingle Creek Chase. He was reluctant to race before coming sixth behind Fiepes Shuffle in the Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park and again played up in the preliminaries when falling two out in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. On his final appearance of the campaign, Twist Magic put up his best performance of the season as he produced a perfect round of jumping to triumph in the Grade Two Celebration Chase at Sandown.
Twist Magic again returned to action in the Grade Two William Hill Gold Cup at Exeter on November 3, as he ran well to take third under top-weight, and he confirmed the promise of that effort as he made all of the running for a comprehensive 15-length success in the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 5. He went on to record back-to-back Grade One victories for the first time in his career as he produced another excellent round of jumping to take the Grade One Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on January 23. He runs in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival
Race Record: Starts: 25; Wins: 10; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £556,763

WHAT A FRIEND
7 b g Alflora (IRE) - Friendly Lady (New Member)
Form: 1213P/1161-21 Owner: Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson Breeder: Ollie Bush
What A Friend made his debut in a Newton Abbott bumper in May, 2007, when he landed a gamble to win comfortably for previous handler Grant Cann. He was subsequently purchased by Ged Mason and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and made his debut for Paul Nicholls in a novice hurdle at Chepstow in November, finding only Carruthers too strong after the final fence.
He returned to the Monmouthshire course the following month and recorded a comfortable two-length success over Spare Cash prior to finishing third behind Aigle D’Or in a Grade Two hurdle at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day in January. At The Festival in 2008, What A Friend was pulled up before the last in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Last season, What A Friend made a promising start to his career over fences. He defeated his Chepstow conqueror Carruthers in a beginners’ chase at Uttoxeter on October 31 and followed up with a confident display at Cheltenham, taking the Cheltenham Business Club Novices´ Chase at The Boylesports International on December 12. In the RSA Chase at The Festival, he could only manage sixth behind the winner Cooldine but ended the campaign with an easy success at Stratford in April.

What A Friend came up against stablemate Denman on his first start this season. In receipt of 22lb from the 2008 Gold Cup hero, What A friend finished three and half lengths second to the star chaser in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury in November. His most recent outing yielded a first Grade One success as he saw off Money Trix to win the Lexus Case at Leopardstown on December 29. He is likely to miss The Festival.

Race Record: Starts: 11; Wins: 6; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £169,042

WOOLCOMBE FOLLY
The narrow winner of his only novice chase at Doncaster last time out, he holds an entry in The Irish Independent Arkle Chase.



THE FESTIVAL 2010

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 16 to 19, 2010

Tuesday, March 16 (Old Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm Spinal Research Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 2m 110yds £100,000
2.05pm The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade One) 2m £150,000
2.40pm William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade Three) 3m 110yds £80,000
3.20pm Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade One) 2m 110yds £370,000
4.00pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase (Handicap) 3m 7f £50,000
4.40pm David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (Grade Two) 2m 4f £90,000
TOTAL £840,000
Wednesday, March 17 (Old Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm 140th Year of the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (Amateurs) 4m £75,000
2.05pm Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 2m 5f £100,000
2.40pm RSA Chase (Grade One) 3m 110yds £150,000
3.20pm Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade One) 2m £320,000
4.00pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 2m 5f £75,000
4.40pm Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 2m 110yds £75,000
5.15pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade One) 2m 110yds £60,000
TOTAL £855,000

Thursday, March 18 (New Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race) 2m 5f £80,000
2.05pm Pertemps Final (Listed Race) 3m £75,000
2.40pm Ryanair Chase (Grade One) 2m 5f £250,000
3.20pm Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade One) 3m £260,000
4.00pm Byrne Group Plate Handicap Chase (Grade Three) 2m 5f £80,000
4.40pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Amateurs) 3m 1f 110yds £55,000
TOTAL £800,000

Friday, March 19 (New Course)
Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle Race (Grade One) 2m 1f £100,000
2.05pm Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) 2m 1f £75,000
2.40pm Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) 3m £100,000
3.20pm totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade One) 3m 2f 110yds £475,000
4.00pm Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup (Amateurs) 3m 2f 110yds £40,000
4.40pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 110yds £50,000
5.15pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (Handicap) (Grade Three) 2m 110yds £80,000
TOTAL £920,000
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY IN 2010 OF £3,415,000
(An average of £131,346 per race)


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