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Thursday, April 7, 2005



Class A, Grade 3, Handicap Chase, Total Prize Fund £700,000. 4.10pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 9, 2005. Four miles and four furlongs (over the Grand National course). For 6-y-o and upwards which are allotted a rating of 110 or more by the Senior BHB NH Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 6. Horses, which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at January 26, may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances to February 6 would merit a minimum rating of 110. The bottom-weighted horse, Toulouse-Lautrec, is rated 109. To qualify horses must have run at least three times in Steeple Chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Turf Authority up to and including February 6. At the Handicapper's discretion such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the Senior BHB NH Handicapper shall be final. Entries closed January 26, entries revealed January 27 (152 entries), first forfeit stage February 22 (130 remained), second forfeit stage March 22 (107 remain), five-day confirmation stage April 4 (85 remain - weights raised 3lb), final declaration stage 10.00am, April 7 (40 runners and four reserves). Form figures supplied by Weatherbys. May not include some overseas form.

Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer/Probable Jockey
1)F4/422F-0P LE COUDRAY (FR) 11-11-12 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE/Conor O‘Dwyer
2)302-132334 ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 8-11-10 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls/Christian Williams
3)0004-3F00 MONTY'S PASS (IRE) 12-11-06 Dee Racing Syndicate Jimmy Mangan IRE/Barry Geraghty
4)34F-0002 FONDMORT (FR) 9-11-06 Bill Brown Nicky Henderson/Mick Fitzgerald
5)126PF32 TAKE THE STAND (IRE) 9-11-05 The Courters Peter Bowen/Leighton Aspell
6)12P-25P0 BALLYCASSIDY (IRE) 9-11-05 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar Peter Bowen/Seamus Durack
7)P4P/21-U42P BALLYBOUGH RASHER (IRE) 10-11-04 B D R Partnership Howard Johnson/Alan Dempsey
8)232120F RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 10-11-04J P McManus Christy Roche IRE/Mr Alan Crowe
9)216F-56 BINDAREE (IRE) 11-11-03 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies/Carl Llewellyn
10)P51-04540 AMBERLEIGH HOUSE (IRE) 13-11-03 Halewood International Ltd Ginger McCain/Graham Lee
11)1F-024061 HEDGEHUNTER (IRE) 9-11-01 Trevor Hemmings Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh
12)0/P3010-122 FOLY PLEASANT (FR) 11-11-00 Nick Shutts Karen Marks/Andrew Thornton
13)43-0450P00 ASTONVILLE (FR) 11-10-13 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore/James Davies
14)1/66F-540 AD HOC (IRE) 11-10-12 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls/Joe Tizzard
15)31111//-51P HEROS COLLONGES (FR) 10-10-11 John Hales Paul Nicholls/JP McNamara
16)00-460343 GLENELLY GALE (IRE) 11-10-11 Frank Bradley Arthur Moore IRE/Mr Tom Greenall
17)5P-554310 IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 11-10-11 David Johnson Martin Pipe/Timmy Murphy
18)411/12-4 CLAN ROYAL (FR) 10-10-11 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Tony McCoy
19)13-4P5S341 NIL DESPERANDUM (IRE) 8-10-11 Mike Shone Frances Crowley IRE/Jim Culloty
20)15F-0541P JOLY BEY (FR) 8-10-10 David Dunsdon Nick Gifford/Mr David Dunsdon
21)115103-05 JAKARI (FR) 8-10-10 The Earl Cadogan Henry Daly/Richard Johnson
22)13//-3P340 FRENCHMAN'S CREEK 11-10-09 Rory Sweet & Panda Christie Hughie Morrison/Jimmy McCarthy
23)P132F6-020 IZNOGOUD (FR) 9-10-09 County Stores & Avalon Surfacing Martin Pipe /Tom Scudamore
24)31-120500 POLAR RED 8-10-08 Lady Clarke Martin Pipe/Tom Malone
25)1354432 DOUBLE HONOUR (FR) 7-10-08 The 4th Middleham Partnership Philip Hobbs/Paddy Brennan
26)12/315-11 FOREST GUNNER 11-10-07 John Gilsenan Richard Ford/Carrie Ford
27)41F-1P235 COLNEL RAYBURN (IRE) 9-10-07 Thatch (Ferns) Racing Syndicate Paul Nolan IRE/Paul Carberry
28)1UP-012P JUST IN DEBT (IRE) 9-10-07 Bill Hazeldean Martin Todhunter/Tony Dobbin
29)55-101141 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (IRE) 12-10-07 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE/Robbie Power
30)6603021 INNOX (FR) 9-10-06 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR/Robert Thornton 31)4621122 STRONG RESOLVE (IRE) 9-10-06 Fair City Flyers Lucinda Russell/Peter Buchanan
32)F132/5-4 SHAMAWAN (IRE) 10-10-06 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Shay Barry
33)11/1P3-44 LORD ATTERBURY (IRE) 9-10-06 David Johnson Martin Pipe/Mark Bradburne
34)0P133F0B EUROPA 9-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Ferdy Murphy/Jason Maguire
35)3P1P0 MERCHANTS FRIEND (IRE) 10-10-06 Magic Moments Charlie Mann/Noel Fehily
36)-05443 SIMPLY GIFTED 10-10-06 Steve Hammond Jonjo O'Neill/Brian Harding
37)4-60200 ARCTIC COPPER (IRE) 11-10-06 Grand Alliance Racing Club Noel Meade IRE/Davy Russell
38)62-4120P0 TURNIUM (FR) 10-10-06 Fergus Wilson Michael Scudamore/Jim Crowley
39)22-00310 MARCUS DU BERLAIS (FR) 8-10-05 Marcus Beresford Arthur Moore IRE/Barry Cash
40)11024644 L'AVENTURE (FR) 6-10-05 Chris Harriman Paul Nicholls/Bobby McNally

Reserve One 121P-05P NATIVE EMPEROR 9-10-05 J C, J R and S R Hitchins Jonjo O'Neill/
Reserve Two 1U11/54-6 A PIECE OF CAKE (IRE) 12-10-05 Lightbody Celebration Cakes Ltd Jim Goldie/
Reserve Three 1132-2P1 LONGSHANKS 8-10-04 Alan Halsall Kim Bailey/
Reserve Four P502/-0P SUPREME GLORY (IRE) 12-10-04 Chris Moorsom Pat Murphy/

The three horses withdrawn today were
FIRST GOLD (FR) 12-11-11 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR
LORD NOELIE (IRE) 12-10-10 Executive Racing Bridget Nicholls/
HUNTERS TWEED 9-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Peter Beaumont


At today’s 48-hour declaration stage for Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National, 82 horses were declared.

42 horses were eliminated as 40 is the maximum safety factor for the four and a half mile spectacular.

However, four of those, Native Emperor, A Piece Of Cake, Longshanks and Supreme Glory are on the reserve list, and in that order, they would get a run in the race in the event of any of the 40 declared being withdrawn before the 9.30 deadline tomorrow morning.

Owners of eliminated horses will have their entry fees returned, and ante-post punters will have their stake money returned.


KICKING King and Best Mate could stage a showdown in November after Aintree and Haydock Park Racecourses joined forces to create a new weekend racing festival for the 2005/6 National Hunt season.

The Haydock highlight on the first day of the two-day “North West Masters”, staged on Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 November, is the £150,000 Betfair Chase, which becomes only the third Grade 1 steeplechase over three miles or more in Britain.

The new three-mile chase has been created to give top steeplechasers an early season target, and Henrietta Knight, trainer of three-times Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate, and Tom Taaffe, handler of Kicking King who was successful in the 2005 Gold Cup last month, are already contemplating the Betfair Chase for their stars.

Henrietta Knight said today: “We will certainly look at Haydock's new race when choosing an early season target for Best Mate. Haydock is a magnificent jumping track and, provided the ground is right, Best Mate could well be there.”

Best Mate missed going for a fourth successive Cheltenham Gold Cup because he failed to recover in time from a virus.

County Kildare-based Tom Taaffe said: “This is a race that we will definitely look at for Kicking King. Of course, we’ll be keeping our options open, but £150,000 over three miles looks most interesting.”

The leading betting exchange Betfair is offering a £250,000 bonus if a horse wins the Haydock Park race, follows up in the Stan James King George VI Steeplechase at Christmas and completes the hat-trick in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in the spring.

Josh Apiafi, director of field marketing at Betfair, which sponsors the Betfair Bowl at this year’s John Smith’s Grand National meeting, said: “Betfair is delighted to extend its sponsorship of jump racing by backing this new major event in the racing calendar.

“To celebrate the first running of the new Grade 1 race, we are offering the connections of any horse that wins the 2005 Betfair Chase, the 2005 Stan James King George, and the 2006 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup a bonus of £250,000.”

Adam Waterworth, Haydock Park’s managing director, explained that the racecourse was going all out to attract the very best horses.

“Haydock Park and Aintree are creating a major new highlight for the National Hunt season in the North West Masters. This is fantastic news for the sport,” he said.

“Our principal new race is a superb opportunity for the best steeplechasers in Britain, Ireland and France. Thanks to our sponsors Betfair, we are able to offer prize money of £150,000, as well as a quarter of million pound bonus.”

The feature races at Aintree on day two of the North West Masters will be the £100,000 totesport Becher Chase and the £50,000 totesport Grand Sefton Chase.

The totesport Becher Chase, run over three miles and three furlongs and founded in 1992, is used as a stepping stone to the John Smith's Grand National, while the totesport Grand Sefton Chase, resurrected in 2003, gives horses a chance of racing over the Grand National fences at the shorter trip of two miles, five and a half furlongs.

Charles Barnett, Aintree's managing director, declared: “We are extremely pleased to have joined forces with Haydock Park for an unusual North West 'double-header'. The Sunday at Aintree promises to be a great day with two races over the National fences, the totesport Grand Sefton Chase and the totesport Becher Chase.”


Today’s crowd of 26,950 was another Aintree Thursday record - last year’s attendance was 26,200.

Aintree’s Managing Director Charles Barnett said: “It has been a great first day’s racing watched by another record crowd.

“We look forward to bumper crowds on Friday and Saturday.”


The totejackpot paid £ 54,282.10 to a £ 1 stake today, while the toteplacepot dividend was £ 115.60. Today’s on-course totepool turnover was £ 966,397.90 compared with on-course turnover in 2004 of £ 1,037,434.50.


1st 2nd 3rd
Tony Dobbin 3 - -
Tony McCoy 1 3 -
Robert Thornton 1 2 1
Graham Lee 1 - 1
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 1 - -
Timmy Murphy - 1 -
Mr Tom Weston - 1 -
Barry Geraghty - - 2
Paul Carberry - - 1
Tom Scudamore - - 1
Mr Colman Sweeney - - 1


1st 2nd 3rd
Nicky Richards 3 - -
Alan King 1 2 1
Howard Johnson 1 - 1
Mouse Morris IRE 1 - -
Robert Waley-Cohen 1 - -
Peter Bowen - 1 -
Georgie Browne - 1 -
Francois Doumen FR - 1 -
Keith Reveley - 1 -
Martin Weston - 1 -
Eric McNamara - - 1
Paul Nicholls - - 1
Michael Scudamore - - 1
Tom Taaffe IRE - - 1
Ian Williams - - 1


Saturday’s John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle has attracted nine top-class hurdlers including Smurfit Champion Hurdle third Brave Inca, who also won last year’s Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Philip Hobbs-trained Rooster Booster is attempting to capture this prestigious prize at the fourth time of asking, having finished runner-up to Rhinestone Cowboy last year and filled the same position behind Sacundai in 2003. That year’s Smurfit Champion Hurdle hero was also fourth to Ilnamar in 2002.

Howard Johnson’s Inglis Drever is dropping back to two and a half miles having won the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on his last start at Prestbury Park on March 17, when three lengths too powerful for the great Baracouda, while Accordion Etoile was fourth in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle having provided Irish handler Paul Nolan with his first victory at Cheltenham in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle in November.

Should Inglis Drever prevail in this Grade One event, he will secure the BHB’s Order Of Merit - he currently heads the leaderboard on 78 points, eight points clear of nearest rival Azertyuiop with Crystal D’Ainay third on 63 points.

Other starters to have run in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle are Macs Joy (fifth), trained by Jessica Harrington, the Jonjo O’Neill -trained Intersky Falcon (sixth) and the John Queally-trained Al Eile (seventh).

The field is completed by Blue Canyon, a winner of two Grade Two events on his last two starts at Haydock Park and Fontwell Park for French trainer Francois Doumen, and Jonjo O’Neill’s other contestant Exotic Dancer, who has yet to win in this country and was a well-beaten seventh in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.


The Looking Good contest to find the most stylish racegoer will be the highlight of Ladies Day tomorrow at Aintree.

The contest, which has already attracted more than 300 advance entries, is open to both male and female racegoers (over 18) with a passion for fashion!

And the bait is a fantastic platinum Jaguar X-Type, which goes to the winner, who will also receive a trip to Ireland courtesy of Stena Line and a couture outfit made to measure by Philip Armstrong.

Would-be contestents, who will parade in front of a trio of judges, must register next to the Aintree Winner’s Enclosure by noon on Friday, and the management team will be on hand to explain the format of the contest.

The final five will each be allowed a guest for entry to a VIP area prior to the final judging at 4.30pm, after which the winner will be presented with the keys to the Jaguar X-Type, which has a sporty leather trim interior. There will a fabulous goodie bag for the runners-up.


Beachcomber Bay, who runs in today’s John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (3.45pm) for Irish trainer Ivan Keeling, has refused to drink the local water since his arrival on Merseyside so Derek Thompson, Aintree’s Stable Manager, has been forced to provide the choosy equine visitor with bottled water!

In other stable news, there are 40 Irish horses who have already arrived and more are coming in tonight. “This is the most horses that I have seen from Ireland for years - they are great friends,” said Thompson.

Champion trainer Martin Pipe’s horses have just arrived at the racecourse, while Francois Doumen, Peter Bowen and Lucinda Russell have based their horses in the stables at Haydock Park racecourse.

Thompson, who is no stranger to very long hours during the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting, had a relatively early finish last night by his standards. “This is the best year that I have had - I was home by 10pm last night and I didn’t have to get back in until just after 5am!” he laughed.


The RSPCA is urging all those involved with the John Smith’s Grand National to be realistic as far as their horses’ capabilities are concerned.

The society stresses that horses should not be asked to face tasks they cannot cope with, and its equine consultant David Muir says: “it can be a difficult decision for a jockey to pull up a tired or non-responsive horse as he has to balance his duty to the owner and trainer with racing’s ‘non-triers’ rules and the horse’s welfare. In these circumstances the welfare of the racehorse must be the priority.

The society is very pleased with the alterations which have been made at Becher’s Brook after the number of fallers there last year. Following its suggestions the design of the Brook has been changed, so that horses should no longer fall back into the channel on the landing side.


Nicky Richards, trainer of the winner Monet’s Garden, said: “It wasn’t the plan at the start of the season not to run him at Cheltenham, but it just worked out like that.

“When we ran him in the Cleeve Hurdle there, he just did not quite seem to stay round there so we decided to come here nice and fresh and well, and here we are.

“I am very proud to be standing here in the Aintree winner’s enclosure - this is the place to be.

“Monet’s Garden won’t run again this season. He’ll be wrapped in May and start again next autumn somewhere nice and quiet, maybe up in Scotland.”

Winning jockey Tony Dobbin said: “We have always loved this horse and were very pleased with him when he won at Windsor, but he then disappointed at Cheltenham, maybe that race came a bit quickly for him.

“Then the second time he went there he did not stay and the course does not seem to suit him, but I wasn’t too disappointed with him when he was beaten after that at Kempton.

“Today he became too keen when Westender refused and Rule Supreme was brought down, and I had to get him back to me and he did it well.”


Trainer Nicky Richards said: “At the start of the season the idea was to give this horse four or five races this season to toughen him up. At Kempton it was really the first time he had really dug in, he had looked the first horse beaten.

“He answered all the questions Tony asked today, and he is going to make a lovely chaser. He has not schooled over fences, but he has done plenty of jumping and I don’t think it is going to be a problem.

“I took him out of Punchestown yesterday, we had thought of taking him there, but that is it for the season and he will be put out in the field now.

“I am still not sure if he stays around Cheltenham, but there are plenty of other nice races, and it has not been a bad year for him.”

Richards has Jazz d’Estruval entered in the Grade 2 John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree tomorrow, but he added: “At the moment he is a doubtful runner, he wants really soft ground so we will see what the jockeys say when they ride the chase course and see what the weather brings tonight.

“He is firing on all cylinders, and if he does not run here, he could go to Perth, but he is an injury prone horse and there is always next year.”

Race One: John Smith’s and Batleys Liverpool Hurdle
Placed Quotes:


Irish raider Tumbling Dice who finished third in the John Smith’s and Batleys Liverpool Hurdle, will now go straight over fences.

Tom Taaffe, who trains Tumbling Dice, said: “He schooled over fences as a three-year-old and he jumps well.

“He has taken in Kempton and Cheltenham en route and he is so tough. It was his first attempt at the trip, and, while he was not good enough on the day, he has done us proud.

“He comes from the same family as Remittance Man and Treble Bob, so he has chasing written all over him, and I cannot wait for him to go over fences.”

Tony McCoy, who rode runner-up Mr Ed, said: “He was slow at the second last, and if he had winged that hurdle we might well have won. He handled that soft going, but he will definitely be better on better ground.”



After the first race, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Tony Dobbin, rider of winner Monet’s Garden, said: “Soft.”

Alan O’Keeffe, rider of Idole First, said: “Good to soft, soft in places.”

Mick Fitzgerald, rider of Dancing Bay, said: “Slow.”

Timmy Murphy, rider of Korelo, said: “Soft, good to soft.”

Tony McCoy, rider of Mr Ed, said: “On the slow side definitely.”

Barry Geraghty, rider of Tumbling Dice, said: “Softish and it will get softer as it goes on.”

Willie Mullins, trainer of favourite Rule Supreme, who was hampered and lost his rider Ruby Walsh when Westender refused, said: “Ruby said that he was a length clear to the side of Westender who suddenly went over to his right and collided with him. He did something similar here last year.” Walsh walked into the weighing room saying that he was alright, as did Tom Scudamore, Westender’s rider.


Graham Lee, who rode Grey Abbey to his all the way success, was enjoying better luck than he had done in the first race when he and Gralmano fell at the third last.

“I feel a lot better now,” he said.

“He is a tremendous old horse and to go that gallop all the way and then keep it up was quite remarkable.

“He is a joy to ride and has been very good to me.”


Retirement for Grey Abbey was put on hold by owners, Steve and Ken Roper and Norman Furness as they digested the grey’s fantastic all-the-way success in the Betfair Bowl.

Steve Roper, who describes himself as “a poor dairy farmer”, said: “I know the Scottish National is only nine days away, but he won it last year and if he comes out of this race OK he could well go to Ayr.”

Grey Abbey picks up a 5lb penalty for the £ 120,690 Gala Casinos-sponsored Ayr marathon, bringing his weight up to a massive 12st 3lb.

Roper, who bought Grey Abbey for only 12,000gns at Doncaster Sales, said: “He is a family horse, and he has loved Ayr since he was a youngster, so why not have a go.

“He banged his leg in the Pillar Chase at Cheltenham and we contemplated retirement, but it didn’t bother him today. He is a dream horse.”



Grey Abbey put in a superb round of jumping to win the Betfair Bowl by 12 lengths from First Gold.

Ray Hawkey, trainer Howard Johnson’s father in law and assistant trainer, said: “I would say you wouldn’t know if we’ll retire him now - we’ll see how he is in the morning.

“As for whether he’ll run in the Scottish Grand National, we’ll see entirely how the horse is and it will be up to Howard and ground permitting, of course.

“The ground was too fast for him in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and it was perfect today. He jumped fantastic and people responded to him like Desert Orchid.

“Howard made the decision to run him in this rather than the Grand National on the ground today - if it had been any better, he wouldn’t have run. This horse has to have soft ground.

“He didn’t like the National fences that we put up at home. Howard turned around and said he doesn’t go over the fences and there is no point going. You don’t go to the expense of putting up two fences to then ignore how he performs over them!”

Second race places
The Betfair Bowl


Francois Doumen, trainer of second-placed First Gold, said: “He would have had a better chance of beating the winner on much softer ground, he would have had an easier time of it in behind the winner – he is getting lazier as he gets older. There is nothing more to say than well done to the winner.”

First Gold won this race twice, in 2001 and 2003, and was also second last year.

Alan King, trainer of third placed Crystal D’Ainay, said: “I am very pleased and relieved as I was extremely disappointed with him at Cheltenham.

“That is it for the season; I think he goes best when fresh. We will give him a good break, and then perhaps bring him in early and nudge him towards the ‘Charlie Hall’ at Wetherby.

“If he is doing all right, I think we will stick to fences, but I wouldn’t want to cast it in stone.”


Tony Dobbin was suspended for one day, (Monday April 18) for using his whip with excessive frequency on Monet’s Garden in the John Smith’s And Batleys’ Liverpool Hurdle. Tony McCoy was cautioned for using his whip in the incorrect place on the runner-up Mr Ed.


After completing a 24-1 double when Faasel followed up his and Tony Dobbin’s first race success with Monet’s Garden, their trainer Nicky Richards paid tribute to the winner by saying: “some people were questioning him after he had been beaten at Cheltenham, but to me he battled all the way up the hill. I think the winner of that race is a very good horse and that ours is too.

“It is very good to be here, but you have got to have the horses to go for races like these, and I am lucky enough to have been able to bring four nice horses to the races today.

“I know he cost a lot of money but that did not pressure on me. Mr (Jim) Ennis (the winner’s owner) gave me a lot of money to spend and thank God we chose the right one.

“That will be it for the season. We’ll put him away now and come back in the autumn, maybe for one of the big races then; he will tell us what sort of level he should be at.”

Faasel’s jockey Tony Dobbin said: “I have ridden him all the season and he won three minor races very easily as he should have, but when I asked him to pick up he did not pick up immediately.

“I think I should have won on him against Mephisto at Kelso -- I did not sleep for two nights after that -- and he obviously needs the visor which he wore for the first time at Cheltenham.

“I think he galloped right to the line at Cheltenham and was just beaten by a better horse on the day.

“He is some sort of horse to look forward to for next season and maybe to run over fences, maybe aiming for the Arkle. He is a serious, serious horse and will go on any track.”

Race Three: John Smith’s Anniversary Novices’ Hurdle
Winner’s Quotes:

Faasel, runner-up to Penzance in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, went one better in the £ 120,000 John Smith’s Anniversary Four-Year-Old Hurdle, prompting Nicky Richards to dream of Smurfit Champion Hurdle glory at Cheltenham next year.

Richards, celebrating his biggest success as a trainer and topping up the celebrations from Monet’s Garden in the opener, said: “This game is all about highs and lows. Today has been a very special day, but the day One Man was killed here is one I’ll never forget. It was devastating.”

Faasel, who battled on well to hold off Phar Bleu under a determined ride from Tony Dobbin, won’t race again this season.

Richards added: “Owner Jim Ennis would love to run him in the Chester Cup, but his blood was not as good going into this race as it was before Cheltenham and I think the horse deserves a break.

“He was a Group horse on the Flat in Ireland, but Kevin Prendergast, his trainer, advised us to put a visor on him at Cheltenham and it definitely helps.

“It is not that he is ungenuine - I have never doubted his courage, but it helps him concentrate at the business end.

“I think he can grow a bit more yet and he’ll be an even better horse next year, but I won’t kill him before Christmas as I think he could develop into a Champion Hurdle prospect.”

Dobbin, who described Faasel as “as good a juvenile hurdler as I’ve ridden”, added: “He is a serious horse, and, while there were no excuses when Penzance beat us at Cheltenham, I needed my arse kicked for getting beat by Mephisto at Kelso.

“I made the mistake of making my move too soon - had I waited longer I would definitely have won, and I didn’t sleep for two days as I was that annoyed

“Faasel is definitely Champion material, and I am sure that is the route we will take next year, but I promise you that if we ran him in the Arkle he would take a hell of a lot of beating. He’s that good.”

Paddy Power quote Faasel at 20-1 for next year’s Champion while totesport go 16/1.



Georgie Browne was extremely proud of Phar Bleu after he had beaten home all bar favourite Faasel in the £120,000 John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle.

The trainer said: “I’ll probably give him a pop over fences before turning him away and he might go chasing next season.

“He hasn’t had a saddle on for more than a year and he’s not done too bad. One more horse like him would be nice.”

Irish trainer Eric McNamara, responsible for third-placed Strangely Brown, commented: “He ran well in the Triumph Hurdle and that form is very solid. I would like to think that he is the best of the Irish novices but he keeps finding a couple of the English horses too good.

“I would think that he’ll go to Punchestown especially if the ground is on the soft side and hopefully some of the English will stay away - preferably the two in front of him today! He will stay over hurdles next season and a shade over two miles might be better for him - two and a half miles would probably suit.”

Timmy Murphy, rider of Miss Academy, was found guilty of improper riding concerning the use of the whip from the second-last hurdle in the light of Instruction H9. They ruled that he had used his whip with excessive force and suspended him for two days on Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19.


Robert Waley-Cohen, owner and trainer of the successful Katarino, said “Wasn’t that wonderful? I loved every minute of it, though it was a bit worrying when Sam (the winning rider and the owner’s son) nearly came off at the Canal Turn.

“It was thrilling that he was able to do exactly what I had told him to, which was one thing that I could never manage as I was either being run away with or I was too slow.

“And then he kept riding the horse out, keeping him balanced and running.

“My wife was watching and making a lot of noise and now she is on the telephone talking to Jessica (the owner-trainer’s daughter), who did not want him to run because she was afraid that he might get hurt again.”


Paul Carberry will not be riding again today. He has a bruised leg, aggravating an old injury. He will be replaced by Robbie Power on Junior Fontain in the fifth race.

Fourth Race Winner
Fox Hunters’ Chase

Robert Waley-Cohen, owner and trainer of Katarino, who rode in the race three times, the first in 1977 and his best effort was when finishing fourth on Barouche, said: “That was absolutely fantastic, and I bred the jockey too! We bought him at Nick Henderson’s stable as a three-year-old, I think the people who had him thought he was too small to be a chaser.

“He won at Newbury on my 50th birthday, he has won the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and a Grade 1 at Punchestown. He then ran into breathing problems and had a series of operations, but when Norman Williamson rode him at Newbury he said the horse roared like a lion all the way round.

“He has broken down three times, and when he ran in the 2003 National, he was badly injured, we think by a nail in a shoe – he was taken to the veterinary college in Liverpool and they did a great job saving him.”

Waley-Cohen’s son Sam said: “He gave me a great ride, there was a hairy moment at the Canal Turn, I was more off than on, but in a race like the Foxhunters’ you need a bit of luck and we had it today and he has come out on top.”

Race Four: John Smith’s Foxhunters Chase
Placed Quotes:


Caught At Dawn might have been a 25-1 no-hoper for the John Smith’s Fox Hunters Chase, but he belied those odds when finishing a cracking second behind fellow veteran Katarino.

Worcestershire permit holder Martin Weston, whose son Tom rode Caught At Dawn, said: “That was fantastic. We were planning to run him in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham, but he knocked himself in his previous race at Hereford and we could not get him ready in time.

“He has only been back in work for a fortnight, and I did not think he would be quite straight enough for this, but he has run out of skin. Now we will look at the Cheltenham April meeting.”

Weston jnr said: “I had a great ride - it was really good fun. He was a bit outpaced early on but from the Canal Turn he was running on all the way. I thought that the winner might be getting a bit tired, but my fellow didn’t have a lot left at the end either and we were beaten by a better horse on the day.”

Colman Sweeney, who rode third-placed Montifault, said: “Paul (Nicholls) told me to jump the first three and then get a position. He made a really good jump at the Canal Turn and again three out, and I thought then that he would go very close, but he just couldn’t find any more after the last.”


Mr Tom Oates, rider of Coole Abbey, and Mr Harry Fowler, rider of Gatsby, were both found in breach of Rule 28 and fined £ 250 after the Starter reported that the pair had disobeyed his instructions.

Mr Paul Morris, rider of Epsilo De La Ronce, was found guilty of improper riding concerning the use of the whip from the last fence in the light of Instruction H9. He was cautioned as to future use of the whip.



After the £ 35,000 John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Sam Waley-Cohen, rider of winner Katarino, said: “Soft patches but it rode fairly consistently and there is a fair covering of grass.”

Brian Hassett, rider of Left To Himself, said: “A bit dead.”

Andrew Glassonbury, rider of Venn Ottery, said: “Soft.”

Tom Weston, rider of Caught At Dawn, said: “Good.”

Pauline Robson, rider of Star Jack, said: “Absolutely brilliant - on the softer side of good.”

Marcus Gorman, rider of Cape Stormer, said: “Holding.”

Mark Walford, rider of Guignol Du Cochet, said: “Slightly on the softer side of good.”

William O’Sullivan, rider of Arctic Times, said: “Easing to soft.”

J P O’Farrell, rider of Promalee, said: “Good to soft.”

Adrian Wintle, rider of Mazileo, said: “Good to soft and a bit dead in places as you go out on to the course.”

Paddy Kinsella, rider of Mazileo, said: “On the soft side of good.”

William Hill, rider of No Retreat, said: “Soft.”

Tom Messenger, rider of Red Guard, said: “Pluggy.”


Tony McCoy, who rode Fota Island to victory, said; “I thought the handicapper had been very hard on him for his win at Cheltenham, but he was all out to win there so I expect he won’t go up very much for this, so I suppose the handicapper was about right.

“I got there pretty early on him, but he had made a couple of mistakes early on, and then when I pulled him to the outside and he saw more daylight it seemed to boost his confidence. Maybe I should have started him off on the outside.

“In view of those mistakes I decided that I ought to be near the front so that if he made another he would not have to recover and make ground as well; I would have a position if he did make another mistake.”

Reflecting on his three seconds earlier in the day, McCoy said; “I have ridden three horses who have been second, but have probably run the best races of their lives in the process. I don’t like being second but you have to accept it.”



Fota Island defied a 12lb rise by the handicapper for his win in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival to win by a length from Kadount.

Winning trainer Mouse Morris said: “This ground was still a bit tacky for him today - he is a good horse on good ground. This ground was very borderline for him and he wouldn’t be at his best on it. I would say that that was a good run considering.

“Punchestown will depend on the horse. He has won two big races now and we’ll see how he comes out of this - we’ll keep all options open.”

Asked if he had considered taking Moscow Flyer on tomorrow, Morris replied: “No, keep him low! I would rather win in little company than come second with the big boys.

“He had a fair hike in the weights but he won well at Cheltenham.

“He wouldn’t get further than two miles - he went up the hill well at Cheltenham but he only had 10st on his back there.”

Winning owner J P McManus added: “That was pleasing - I thought that he would run well but not enough to back him.”


Nicky Richards and Tony Dobbin completed a 364.6-1 treble with Turpin Green, but the trainer had been hopeful rather than confident before the race. “I thought on a line through Faasel and Mephisto that Mephisto might carry a few too many guns for us, but it didn’t turn out like that.

“They didn’t go very fast, but my lad stays really well and it all worked out really well for him, ending up in a decent victory.

“Anything like this is a big bonus for him as he is a lovely big horse who will make a super chaser.”

Race Six: John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle
Winner’s Quotes:


Nicky Richards won’t forget April 7 in a hurry - having hit the jackpot with Faasel and Monet’s Garden earlier - a 364.6/1 treble -, he topped up the celebrations when saddling Turpin Green to complete the hat-trick in the John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle. All three Penrith winners were ridden by Tony Dobbin.

Turpin’s Green was cheered home by the bookmakers, who had taken a bit of a pasting up until then, but as the 14-1 chance beat off the challenge of Mephisto (5-6) - rated the banker by many punters - and galloped six lengths clear of My Way de Solzen, with the favourite only third, there were a string of smiling faces in the ring.

Richards said: “What a day. We fancied the other two, but we had a line of form to Mephisto through Faasel, and I thought the favourite might hold too many guns.

“However, I knew my lad would stay, and, though I feared a slow-run race might not to play to our strengths, it all worked out well.

“Everything is a bonus for Tupin Green, who will make a super chaser next season. That will be his game.”

Sixth Race Second & Third
Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.

Alan King said of My Way De Solzen: “He has run well, especially as he did not scope as well as he had before Cheltenham. It was not enough to stop us running, but he was probably a shade below his best.

Graham Wylie, owner of third placed Mephisto, said: “Graham (Lee) said the horse had a breathing problem two out and he has gone to report that (to the stewards). He said he was just filling his lungs, and he may have swallowed his tongue, because he made a huge gurgling noise. It was a pity, because Graham said he thought he would win half the track, so we will have to get him home and have a look at him.”



Seamus Durack walked back into the weighing room after being unseated on Forager at the sixth obstacle. Asked if he was alright, he replied: “Yes grand.”


Sarah Hobbs, wife of trainer Philip, said: “Chilling Place seems fine - Richard thought that he had gone lame but we don’t know what happened - it’s a complete mystery,” after the six-year-old had been pulled up quickly before the fourth fence.


Alan King had planned to run Senorita Rumbalita in the bumper at Cheltenham but, as he said, “she got ballotted out, which looks as if it has turned out to be a blessing,” after she had got the better of Accordello.

“She had won at Newbury and been just beaten at Cheltenham over a mile and a half, and I had been very pleased with her build-up for this race. The horses have been running well all day and it was nice to end it with a winner.

“That is the finish of her season. She has schooled well over hurdles and she’ll start in a maiden hurdle next season.

“I think she is a really nice filly and there aren’t many I would swop her for. I think she could be pretty good.”

Race Seven: John Smith’s HBLB Mares’ Only Standard Open NH Flat Race
Winner’s Quotes:


Bargain-buy filly Senorita Rumbalita had the 14-strong Let’s Get Ready To Rumble Partnership roaring themselves hoarse when she romped home for Alan King and ‘Choc’ Thornton in the John Smith’s HBLB Mares Only Standard Open NH Flat Race.

Bought for 10,000gns at Doncaster Sales by Anthony Bromley and David Minton, who also purchased two previous winners on the card in Katarino and Turpin Green, Senorita Rumalita has an enthusiastic band of owners that include John Maxe, the Jockey Club PR Director,.

Maxe said: “We started the partnership with a good bumper horse called Ready To Rumble, and, though the next one was a slow one, we fell in love with this filly and needed to find a name worthy of her looks.

“We looked at several and, though she was the cheapest, she stood out and Alan has done a brilliant job.

“However, sharing a winner with your mates is what makes this really special. Nine of the boys are here today, and two of them have just told me that this was the best day of their lives.”

Reflecting on the purchase, King said: “Senorita Rumbalata actually failed the vet at Doncaster, but Alan Walter, who had her, assured us that nothing was wrong with the filly so we took her home, got our vet to give her the once over and he was happy to give the green light.

“She has always had so much natural ability, and she won first time out in the mile and a half bumper at Newbury. People claimed that the race was no good, but the first two home and finished first and second here, so this has silenced a few.

“We gave her a break after she was beaten at Cheltenham, and, though I was revving up the boys to run her in the Festival Bumper at Cheltenham, she was ballotted out, which was probably a blessing in disguise as she came here fresh.

“Now we will put her away until next season when she will go hurdling. We have already schooled her and she jumps well.”

Seventh Race Runner-up
Mares’ Only Flat race.

Trainer Keith Reveley said of Accordello: “She ran a smashing race, I thought she was going to do it - she ran out of her skin and we can ask no more than that. Timmy (Murphy) said that if he had got a longer lead up the straight it would have helped, but she has done her mother (Marello) proud, and she must be the best maiden bumper around! At least she has got some Listed black type.


Overnight rain which has continued through Thursday morning has changed the ground for the first day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, and, speaking from the Canal Turn as he walked the Aintree track, clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch called the going:

GOOD TO SOFT - SOFT in places on all courses

Tulloch said: “We had seven millimetres of rain from Wednesday afternoon and another 0.75mm this morning, and, though the Mildmay Course is OK, I may well have to change the National course to Soft - Good to Soft in places.


Aintree clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch has changed the official going on both the John Smith’s Grand National course and the Hurdles course to

SOFT - GOOD TO SOFT in places.

Further rain this morning has eased the going and the Mildmay Course is now

GOOD TO SOFT - SOFT in places.

Tulloch said: “It could well ride better, and, while the forecast for today (Thursday) and tomorrow is a mixture of sunshine and showers, the weathermen are predicting that it will dry out on Friday afternoon and a much better day is forecast for Saturday.”


The going on all three courses has been changed to


after the fourth race.


The versatile Rule Supreme, who switches regularly between hurdles and fences, is running over timber in the John Smith’s and Batleys Liverpool Hurdle and many Paddy Power punters are confident that he will land the spoils. He has been backed from 3-1 to 5-2 and, depending on how he fares, could be the firm’s best or worst result of the week.

In contrast to the money for him, there is no interest at all in Westender, who was fourth at Cheltenham when Rule Supreme was third to Inglis Drever, and he has wandered out from 7-2 to 5-1, while Coral report support for Mr Ed, who has been trimmed from 18-1 to 14-1.

Grey Abbey has also been in demand with Powers for the Betfair Bowl Chase (2.35) and has been brought in from 3-1 to 11-4, but Crystal d’Ainay is on the slide and out from 7-1 to 9-1.

Those, and there are a fair few of them, who think that Faasel should have won at Cheltenham, have their chance to recoup losses in the John Smith’s Anniversary Four-Year-Old Novices’ Hurdle and plenty have decided to do so; Powers have reduced his odds from 3-1 to 11-4, and in the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (3.45) they have had enough interest in Katarino to trim him by half a point to 9-2.

Coral have been very busy in the John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (4.20), cutting Kadount from 6-1 to 5-1, and Old Marsh and Island Faith from 22-1 to 20-1 and 16-1 respectively.

The Tote’s big horse for money has been Mephisto, who has been shortened from 6-4 to 5-4 in the John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (4.55).


Class A, Grade Two, £ 60,000 Guaranteed, 3m 1/2f. For 4yo+. Weights: 4yo 10st 8lb; 5yo+ 11st 2lb. Penalties: after September 30, 2003, a winner of a Class B weight-for-age hurdle or a Class A handicap hurdle 4lb; of a Class A w-f-a hurdle 8lb (half-penalties for wins achieved in novice hurdles in GB/IRE). Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £ 34,800; 2nd: £ 13,200; 3rd: £ 6,600; 4th: £ 3,000; 5th: £ 1,500; 6th: £ 900 SP/Betfair SP

1) MONET'S GARDEN (David Wesley Yates) Nicky Richards 7-11-10 Tony Dobbin 11/2 7.21
2) MR ED (Gwilym Morris) P Bowen p7-11-02 Tony McCoy 14/1 18.1
3) TUMBLING DICE (Mrs John Donegan) Tom Taaffe IRE 6-11-02 Barry Geraghty 14/1 16.74
4) IDOLE FIRST (Direct Sales UK Ltd) Venetia Williams 6-11-06 Alan O'Keeffe 10.94
5) DANCING BAY (Elite Racing Club) Nicky Henderson 8-11-02 Mick Fitzgerald 12.76
6) KORELO (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 7-11-02 Timmy Murphy 5.94
F 3 OUT) GRALMANO (Colleorton Moor Racing) Kevin Ryan 10-11-10 Graham Lee 234.54
HMPRD & UR 2) RULE SUPREME (John Fallon) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-10 Ruby Walsh 2/1 Fav 3.41
REF 2) WESTENDER (Matt Archer & the late Jean Broadhurst) Martin Pipe b9-11-06 Tom Scudamore 8.89

9 ran
Breeder: William Delahunty Breeding: gr g Roselier (FR) - Royal Remainder (IRE)
Tote Win: £ 5.10 Places: £ 1.70; £ 2.60; £ 3.20 Exacta: £ 88.60
Dist: 1, 10, 4, dist, dist

Wining trainer: Nicky Richards Born: February 25, 1956 Based: Greystoke Stables Ltd, The Old Rectory, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria Other major wins: Becher Chase (1999 Feels Like Gold), John Smith’s & Batleys Liverpool Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden) Number of Winners (1998/99-2003/04): 15; 29; 18; 25; 36; 38 Horses in Training (1999-2005): 53; 50; 46; 40; 49; 50; 50 Wins This Season: 46

Winning Jockey: Tony Dobbin Date of Birth: 01/05/72 Apprenticeship: served with Jonjo O’Neill First Winner: 19/05/90, Hamilton Park (Stay Awake) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) County Hurdle (1994 Dizzy and 2000 Master Tern), Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final (2002 Freetown) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (1997 Lord Gyllene), John Hughes Trophy Hcap Chase (1999 Listen Timmy), John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle (2001 Crazy Horse), Scottish & Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2001 Barton), John Smith’s Hcap Chase (2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Limerick Boy), John Smith’s & Batleys Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden) Other Big Race Wins: Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup (1994 One Man), Premier Long Distance Hurdle (1996 Better Times Ahead), Becher Chase (Into the Red 1996), Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle (2000 Spirit of Park) Number of Wins (1991/92-2003/04): 14; 23; 45; 57; 67; 73; 53; 62; 72; 84; 109; 109; 89 Wins This Season:105

Class A, Grade Two, £ 150,000 Guaranteed, 3m 1f. For 5yo+. Weights: 5yo 10st 7lb; 6yo+ 11st 2lb. Penalties: after September 30, 2003, a winner of a Class C weight-for-age chase or a Class B handicap chase 4lb; of a Class B w-f-a chase or a Class A handicap chase 6lb; of a Class A w-f-a chase 10lb (half-penalties for wins achieved in novice hurdles in GB/IRE). Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £ 87,000; 2nd: £ 33,000; 3rd: £ 16,500; 4th: £ 7,500; 5th: £ 3,750; 6th: £ 2,250 SP/Betfair SP

1) GREY ABBEY (The Roper Family & Norman Furness) Howard Johnson 11-11-12 Graham Lee 7/2 4.98
2) FIRST GOLD (J P McManus) Francois Doumen FR b12-11-02 Tony McCoy 3/1 Fav 4.27
3) CRYSTAL D'AINAY (Tony & Jeni Fisher) Alan King 6-11-02 Robert Thornton 7/1 8.6
4) THISTHATANDTOTHER (Graham Roach) Paul Nicholls 9-11-12 Ruby Walsh 6.78
5) JIM (Mrs P J Conway) Jim Dreaper IRE 8-11-08 Robbie Power 26.14
PU BEF 2 OUT) OUR VIC (Dacid Johnson) Martin Pipe 7-11-07 Timmy Murphy 8.06
PU BEF 13) SIR REMBRANDT (Alan Hordle) Robert Alner -11-08 A Thornton 8.29
PU BEF 12) TIUTCHEV (The Liars Poker Partnership) Martin Pipe tv1 12-11-12 Richard Johnson 32.58

8 ran
Breeder: Francis Small Breeding: gr g Nestor - Tacovaon
Tote Win: £ 3.80 Places: £ 1.90; £ 1.70, £ 2.60 Exacta: £ 10.00
Dist: 12, 17, 2½, 26

Winning Trainer: Howard Johnson Based: White Lea Farm, Crook, County Durham Born: August 11, 1953, Barnard Castle Date of First Licence: 7th July 1986 Previous occupation: worked for Arthur Stephenson, Roy Johnson Wins (1988/9-2003/04): 14,14,10,21,19,32,32,35,23,27,18,19,13,15, 33, 41 Number of horses in training (1990-2005): 40, 32, 33, 55, 63, 70, 47, 53, 56, 51, 46, 48, 40, 36, 78, 145 Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1995 Morceli, 1998 Direct Route), John Smith’s Red Rum Chase (1997 Down The Fell), John Smith’s Topham Chase (1996 Joe White), John Smith’s Melling Chase (1999 and 2000 Direct Route), Betfair Bowl (2005 Grey Abbey) Cheltenham Festival wins: (4) National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase (1993 Ushers Island), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever) Other major wins: Lonesome Glory Hurdle (1993 Dance Of Words), Dipper Novices’ Chase (1995 Morceli), Mitsubishi Shogun Tingle Creek Chase (1998 Direct Route), Charlie Hall Chase (2003 Ballybough Rasher, 2004 Grey Abbey), Scottish National (2004 Grey Abbey), Pillar Property Chase (2005 Grey Abbey) Wins This Season: 67

Winning Jockey: Graham Lee Born: December 16, 1975 Background: Irish pony-racing circuit, left school at 15 to join handler Noel Meade. Five rides for Meade then joined Dessie McDonogh in County Meath. Ger Lyons then obtained Lee a position with Mary Reveley when he was 17. Began riding out for Bill Haigh, before joining Malcolm Jefferson. He is now stable jockey to Howard Johnson, for whom he rode 35 winners in 2003/4. Number of Wins (1993/94-2003/04): 6; 20; 11; 16; 21; 24; 28; 25; 58; 66; 94 First Winner: Navan, November 7, 1992, Blushing Pearl Cheltenham Festival Wins (3): Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever) Big Race Wins: Winter Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Inglis Drever); Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Inglis Drever); totesport Classic Chase (2004 Southern Star); Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Royal Rosa); Charlie Hall Chase (2003 Ballybough Rasher; 2004 Grey Abbey); Scottish Grand National (2004 Grey Abbey) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle (2004 Batswing), John Smith’s Grand National (2004 Amberleigh House), Betfair Bowl (2005 Grey Abbey) Wins This Season: 95


Class A, Grade One, £ 120,000 Guaranteed, 2m 1/2f. For 4yo. Weights: 11st. Allowances: fillies 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £ 69,600; 2nd: £ 26,400; 3rd: £ 13,200; 4th: £ 6,000; 5th: £ 3,000; 6th: £ 1,800 SP/Betfair SP

1) FAASEL (Jim Ennis) Nicky Richards v4-11-00 Tony Dobbin 11/4 Fav 3.94
2) PHAR BLEU (Judy Stewart) Georgie Browne 4-11-00 Tony McCoy 11/1 14.5
3) STRANGELY BROWN (We Didn’t Name Him Syndicate) Eric McNamara IRE 4-11-00 Paul Carberry 7/1 8.77
4) MISS ACADEMY (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 4-10-07 Timmy Murphy 20.34
5) DABIROUN (Donal O’Gorman) Paul Nolan IRE 4-11-00 John Cullen 7.26
6) KARELIAN (John Duddy) Kevin Ryan 4-11-00 Carl Llewellyn 11.63
7) COURANT D'AIR (J T Billson) Lucinda Featherstone 4-11-00 J P McNamara 848.63
8) CERIUM (Barry Fulton, Tony Hayward, S Fisher, Liam Brady) Paul Nicholls 4-11-00 Ruby Walsh 4.87
9) NOBLE REQUEST (Karola Vann) Philip Hobbs 4-11-00 Paul Flynn 150.69
PU BEF 3 OUT) PROTECTIVE (Peter Onslow) James Given 4-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 377.61
PU BEF 3 OUT) MOTIVE (Andrea & Graham Wylei) Howard Johnson 4-11-00 Graham Lee 44.78
PU BEF 3 OUT) L'OUDON (Gerry Mizel & Terry Warner) Paul Nicholls 4-11-00 Barry Geraghty 15.76

12 ran Non-Runner: Admiral (Ground)
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited Breeding: b g Unfuwain (USA) - Waqood (USA)
Tote Win: £ 3.00 Places: £ 1.80; £ 2.70; £ 2.00 Exacta: £ 34.10
Dist: 7, 9, 5, 8, 12, 5, 11, 3

Wining trainer: Nicky Richards Born: February 25, 1956 Based: Greystoke Stables Ltd, The Old Rectory, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria Other major wins: Becher Chase (1999 Feels Like Gold), John Smith’s & Batleys Liverpool Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Faasel) Number of Winners (1998/99-2003/04): 15; 29; 18; 25; 36; 38 Horses in Training (1999-2005): 53; 50; 46; 40; 49; 50; 50 Wins This Season: 47

Winning Jockey: Tony Dobbin Date of Birth: 01/05/72 Apprenticeship: served with Jonjo O’Neill First Winner: 19/05/90, Hamilton Park (Stay Awake) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) County Hurdle (1994 Dizzy and 2000 Master Tern), Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final (2002 Freetown) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (1997 Lord Gyllene), John Hughes Trophy Hcap Chase (1999 Listen Timmy), John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle (2001 Crazy Horse), Scottish & Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2001 Barton), John Smith’s Hcap Chase (2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Limerick Boy), John Smith’s & Batleys Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Faasel) Other Big Race Wins: Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup (1994 One Man), Premier Long Distance Hurdle (1996 Better Times Ahead), Becher Chase (Into the Red 1996), Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle (2000 Spirit of Park) Number of Wins (1991/92-2003/04): 14; 23; 45; 57; 67; 73; 53; 62; 72; 84; 109; 109; 89 Wins This Season:106

Class B, £ 35,000 Guaranteed. 2m 5 1/2f. For 6yo+, which hold a hunters’ certificate issued during the current season by any recognised hunt and which, between, January 1, 2003 and April 1, 2005 inclusive, have won wither a chase or an open point-to-point (gentlemens, ladies and mixed open race) in GB/IRE. Weights: 12st. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £ 20,300; 2nd: £ 7,700; 3rd: £ 3,850; 4th: £ 1,750; 5th: £ 875; 6th: £ 525 SP/Betfair SP

1) KATARINO (Robert Waley-Cohen) Robert Waley-Cohen 10-12-00 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 100/30 Fav 4.75
2) CAUGHT AT DAWN (Martin Weston) Martin Weston 11-12-00 Mr Tom Weston 25/1 31.94
3) MONTIFAULT (Anne Fulton) Paul Nicholls t10-12-00 Mr Colman Sweeney 7/1 10.49
4) COOLE ABBEY (Clare Moore) Bill Amos 12-12-00 Mr Tom Oates 100
5) AN CAPALL DUBH (D Pugh) Sheila Crow 9-12-00 Mr Richard Burton 43.45
6) NO RETREAT (Mark & Amanda Harris) John Groucott 12-12-00 Mr William Hill 49.89
7) VENN OTTERY (Oliver Carter) Martin Pipe t10-12-00 Mr Andrew Glassonbury 53.44
8) STAR JACK (Ray & Anita Anderson Green) David Parker t10-12-00 Miss Pauline Robson 23.01
9) CAPE STORMER (M Goram) Carolyn Gorman b1 10-12-00 Mr Marcus Gorman 140
10) CHAMPAGNE NATIVE (Patrick Burke) David Broad IRE 11-12-00 Mr Alan Cash 275.88
11) DONNYBROOK (Bob Woodhouse) Bob Woodhouse p12-12-00 Mr Ben Woodhouse 237.28
12) CASSIA GREEN (Mrs J Greenway) Peter Morris 11-12-00 Mr David Greenway 400
13) LEFT TO HIMSELF (John Hassett) John Hassett IRE p7-12-00 Mr Brian Hassett 442
14) EPSILO DE LA RONCE (Mrs N J Roberts) Paul Morris 13-12-00 Mr Paul Morris 580
BD5) GUIGNOL DU COCHET (Steve Flook) Steve Flook 11-12-00 Mr Mark Walford 163.67
F1) BEACHCOMBER BAY (Ivan Keeling) Ivan Keeling IRE 10-12-00 Mr Jim Keeling 69.84
F13) NEVER COMPROMISE (Dermot Desmond) Ted Walsh IRE 10-12-00 Mr Derek O'Connor 9.88
F14) HOT PLUNGE (Jane Lomax) Jane Lomax 9-12-00 Mr James Owen 286.25
F14) TREMALLT (Silkword Racing Partnership) Tom George 14-12-00 Mr Tom Greenall 12.54
F3) ARCTIC TIMES (Trevor Hemmings) Eugene O'Sullivan IRE p9-12-00 Mr William O'Sullivan 31.31
F5) RED RAMPAGE (Hogarth Racing) Harry Hogarth tb10-12-00 Mr Paddy Kinsella 308.78
F7) ARCTIC CHALLENGE (T N Gittins) David Easterby 11-12-00 Mr Oliver Greenall 364.38
PU BEF 15) RED GUARD (R L Fanshawe) George Hosier 11-12-00 Mr Tom Messenger 400.43
Ref 14) MAZILEO (T J & Mrs H Parrott) Ian Williams 12-12-00 Mr Adrian Wintle 142.78
UR 1) PROMALEE (Seamus O’Farrell) Jim Lambe IRE 13-12-00 Mr James O'Farrell 251.97
UR 15) GRECO (R S R Syndicate) David Christie t8-12-00 Miss Claire Macmahon 270
UR 8) GATSBY (Jenny Powell) John Groucott 9-12-00 Mr Harry Fowler 27.32
UR13) SATCHMO (Gavin Wragg) Di Grissell 13-12-00 Mr Gavin Wragg 32.52
UR15) COBRECES (Mr & Mrs D Borradaile) Lucia Borradaile 7-12-00 Mr Jamie Snowden 9.36
UR7) GUN'N ROSES II (Lady Clarke) Paul Keane b11-12-00 Mr Daryl Jacob 10.07

30 ran
Hunt: Warwickshire Breeding: b g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Katevana (FR)
Tote Win: £ 5.10 Places: £ 3.00; £ 9.30; £ 3.70 Exacta: £ 198.00
Dist: 1½, 15, 2½, 1, 5, ½, 12, 7, 8, 7,3, 3, hd

Winning Trainer: Waley-Cohen, Robert Based: Banbury, Oxon Major Wins: John Smith’s Fox Hunters Chase (2005 Katarino) Other Details: Director, Cheltenham Racecourse. Long-standing owner with Nicky Henderson

Winning Jockey: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen Born: April 9, 1982 Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase (2005 Liberthine) Other Major Wins: John Smith’s Fox Hunters Chase (2005 Katarino) Other Details: Son of Robert Waley-Cohen, long-standing owner with Nicky Henderson and Cheltenham Racecourse Director.


Class A, Grade Three, £ 70,000 Guaranteed. 2m. For 5yo+. Minimum weight 10st. Penalties: after March 26, a winner of a chase 4lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb).Penalty Values: 1st: £ 40,600; 2nd: £ 15,400; 3rd: £ 7,700; 4th: £ 3,500; 5th: £ 1,750; 6th: £ 1,050 SP/Betfair SP

1) FOTA ISLAND (JP McManus) Mouse Morris IRE 9-11-10 Tony McCoy 100/30 Fav 4.89
2) KADOUNT (Elite Racing Club) Alan King 7-11-05 Robert Thornton 5/1 6.67
3) BAMBI DE L'ORME (Mr & Mrs John Poynton) Ian Williams 6-11-00 Barry Geraghty 10/1 12.66
4) BONUS BRIDGE (Lady Knutsford) Henry Daly 10-11-06 Mark Bradburne 129.02
5) MASTER REX (Louise Challis) Ben de Haan 10-11-05 Noel Fehily 33.77
6) OLD MARSH (Seasons And Paradise) Tony Carroll 9-10-10 Jim Culloty 19.85
7) BLEU SUPERBE (Pater Deal, Tony Hirschfield & J Tyndall) Venetia Williams 10-11-03 Sam Thomas 37.65
8) L'ANGE AU CIEL (Barry Marshall) Paul Nicholls 6-11-05 Ruby Walsh 10.4
9) GOLDEN ALPHA (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 11-11-12 Timmy Murphy 21.4
10) NON SO (ROA Dawn Run Partnership) Nicky Henderson 7-11-08 Mick Fitzgerald 13.25
FELL LAST) TOWN CRIER (Trevor Hemmings) Sue Smith 10-11-09 Dominic Elsworth 36.2
PU BEF 2 OUT) DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM (The Dream On Partnership) Paul Webber 9-10-13 Tom Doyle 31.12
PU BEF 3 OUT) CARACCIOLA (Piers Pottinger) Nicky Henderson 8-11-11 Marcus Foley15.37
PU) JUNIOR FONTAINE (W W Dennison) Arthur Moore IRE 8-10-08 Paul Carberry 18.15
PU) ISLAND FAITH (K Lee) Howard Johnson 8-10-04 Graham Lee 15.2

15 ran Non-Runner: Log On Intersky (Ground)
Breeder: E Morrissey Breeding: b g Supreme Leader - Mary Kate Finn
Tote Win: £ 3.00 Places: £ 2.00; £ 2.30; £ 3.50 Exacta: £ 13.80
Dist: 1, nk, 10, 2½, 10, nk, 10, 2, ½

Winning Trainer: Michael (Mouse) Morris Date of birth: 4/4/1951 Date of first licence: 1980 Previous occupation: Jockey, won Irish Grand National and Queen Mother Champion Chase (twice) Number of horses in training (1984-2005): 45, 45, 44, 43, 38, 30, 43, 38, 38, 36, 33, 35, 41, 38, 36, 31, 37, 34, 21, 32, 27; 23 Cheltenham Festival Wins (5): Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1990 Trapper John), Christies Foxhunter (1986 Attitude Adjuster), Queen Mother (1986 Buck House), Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1983 Buck House), Grand Annual (2005 Fota Island) Aintree Festival wins: Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle), John Smith’s Red Rum Chase (2005 Fota Island) Other major wins: Punchestown Chase (1993 Cahervillahow), Champion Novices’ Hurdle (1998 His Song), West Yorkshire Hurdle (2000 Boss Doyle), Intervet Trophy Handicap Chase (2000 Foxchapel King), Ulster Champion Chase (2001 Foxchapel King), Ericsson Chase (2001 Foxchapel King)

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy Date of Birth: 04/05/74 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92 (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger.Cheltenham Festival Wins: (15) GRAND ANNUAL CHASE (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (1997 Make A Stand), TOTE GOLD CUP (1997 Mr Mulligan), CATHCART CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair) Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), VINCENT O’BRIEN COUNTY HURDLE (1998 Blowing Wind), GERRARD SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Hors La Loi III), THE MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP HCAP CHASE (1999 Majadou), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Edredon Bleu), WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (2003 Liberman)) Other major wins: KING GEORGE VI CHASE (2002 Best Mate), SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL (1997 Belmont King), REHEARSAL CHASE (1996 Belmont King), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light), PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE (1999 Cyfor Malta), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP CHASE (1998 Northern Starlight), EXTRAMAN HENRY VIII NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Dines), MILDMAY & CAZALET HCAP CHASE (1999 Eudipe), GROSVENOR CASINOS LONG DISTANCE HURDLE (1999 Galant Moss), SCILLY ISLES NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Upgrade), FIRST NATIONAL GOLD CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Upgrade), LONG WALK HURDLE (2002 Deano’s Beeno) Winners 1994/5-2003/04:74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209 Aintree Festival Wins Include: MELLING CHASE (Viking Flagship 1996), ANNIVERSARY HURDLE (Zabadi 1996, Hors La Loi III 1999), JOHN SMITH’S NOVICES’ HURDLE (1998 Fataliste), TOPHAM CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Boss Doyle), SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), AINTREE HURDLE (1998 Pridwell), JOHN SMITH’S HANDICAP HURDLE (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent), JOHN SMITH’S RED RUM HANDICAP CHASE (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island) BETFAIR BOWL (2004 Tiutchev), MAGHULL NOVICES’ CHASE (2004 Well Chief) Wins This Season: 181


Class A, Grade Two, £ 50,000 Guaranteed. 2m 4f. For 4yo+. Weights: 4yo 10st 7lb; 5yo+ 11st. Penalties: a winner of a Class C hurdle 3lb; of a Class B hurdle 5lb; of a Class A hurdle 8lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £ 29,000; 2nd: £ 11,000; 3rd: £ 5,500; 4th: £ 2,500; 5th: £ 1,250; 6th: £ 750 SP/Betfair SP

1) TURPIN GREEN (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Richards 6-11-00 Tony Dobbin 14/1 17.14
2) MY WAY DE SOLZEN (B Winfield, A Longman, J Wright & C Fenton) Alan King 5-11-08 Robert Thornton 12/1 13.41
3) MEPHISTO (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 6-11-08 Graham Lee 5/6 Fav 2.08
4) POLE STAR (Paul Green) James Fanshawe 7-11-00 Tony McCoy 3.67
5) ONLY VINTAGE (Lady & Alice Bamford) Henrietta Knight 5-11-00 Jim Culloty 30.22
6) SOUTH BRONX (Mrs S Irwin) Sue Bradburne t6-11-00 Mark Bradburne 640.57
7) CHETWIND MUSIC (JS Racing syndicate) William Coleman O'Brien 7-11-00 John Cullen 357.36
PU 4) CHILLING PLACE (Mike Tuckey) Philip Hobbs 6-11-05 Richard Johnson 15.81
UR 6) FORAGER (Joseph Curran) Mick Ryan 6-11-03 Seamus Durack 50.44

9 ran Non-Riunner: Bagan (Ground)
Breeder: Pat Leyden Breeding: b g Presenting - Coolshamrock (IRE)
Tote Win: £ 13.40 Places: £ 2.10; £ 2.50; £ 1.10 Exacta: £ 160.10
Dist:6, 2, 9, 27, 18, dist

Wining trainer: Nicky Richards Born: February 25, 1956 Based: Greystoke Stables Ltd, The Old Rectory, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria Other major wins: Becher Chase (1999 Feels Like Gold), John Smith’s & Batleys Liverpool Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Faasel), John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Turpin Green) Number of Winners (1998/99-2003/04): 15; 29; 18; 25; 36; 38 Horses in Training (1999-2005): 53; 50; 46; 40; 49; 50; 50 Wins This Season: 48

Winning Jockey: Tony Dobbin Date of Birth: 01/05/72 Apprenticeship: served with Jonjo O’Neill First Winner: 19/05/90, Hamilton Park (Stay Awake) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) County Hurdle (1994 Dizzy and 2000 Master Tern), Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final (2002 Freetown) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (1997 Lord Gyllene), John Hughes Trophy Hcap Chase (1999 Listen Timmy), John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle (2001 Crazy Horse), Scottish & Newcastle Aintree Hurdle (2001 Barton), John Smith’s Hcap Chase (2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Limerick Boy), John Smith’s & Batleys Hurdle (2005 Monet’s Garden), John Smith’s Anniversary 4yo Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Faasel), John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Turpin Green) Other Big Race Wins: Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup (1994 One Man), Premier Long Distance Hurdle (1996 Better Times Ahead), Becher Chase (Into the Red 1996), Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle (2000 Spirit of Park) Number of Wins (1991/92-2003/04): 14; 23; 45; 57; 67; 73; 53; 62; 72; 84; 109; 109; 89 Wins This Season:107


Class A, Listed Race, £ 25,000 Guaranteed. 2m 1f. For 4-6yo mares, which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except NH/INH Flat races. Weights: 4yo 10st 8lb; 5 & 6yo 11st. Penalties: a winner of a NH/INH Flat race 4lb; of 2 such races 7lb; of a 3 such races 10lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £ 14,500; 2nd: £ 5,500; 3rd: £ 2,750; 4th: £ 1,250; 5th: £ 625; 6th: £ 375 SP/Betfair SP

1) SENORITA RUMBALITA (Let’s Get Ready To Rumble Partnership) Alan King 4-10-12 Robert Thornton 9/2 6.48
2) ACCORDELLO (Mr & Mrs W J Williams) Keith Reveley 4-10-08 Timmy Murphy 25/1 23.57
3) HELTORNIC (Stephen Molloy) Michael Scudamore 5-11-04 Tom Scudamore 12/1 14.14
4) GIOVANNA (Alder Hey ‘Imagine’ Appeal) Richard Phillips 4-11-01 Warren Marston 18.41
5) FUNNY TIMES (E Briggs) Nicky Richards 4-11-01 Tony Dobbin 5/2 Fav 4.11
6) POWERLOVE (Mark Fleming & Jane Cameron) Sue Bradburne 4-10-08 Mark Bradburne 303.39
7) GAY GLADYS (David Elsworth) David Elsworth 5-11-01 Robert Walford (3) 8.74
8) LADY ACCORD (Mrs J M Mullins) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-04 Ruby Walsh 8.87
9) TREASURED MEMORIES (Clive Story) Sandy Forster 5-11-01 Mr Clive Storey (3) 234.88
10) NEW'S FULL (Thomas Murphy) Ferdy Murphy 4-10-05 Keith Mercer (3) 290.47
11) LANGDON LANE (Mrs P Starkey) Paul Webber 4-10-08 Tom Doyle 30.34
12) GRENFELL (Jenny Powell) Richard Phillips 6-11-4 Richard Johnson 24.76
13) HIHO SILVER LINING (Lady Blyth) Hughie Morrison 4-10-08 Tony McCoy 9.93
14) SUPREME OCEAN (Norma Kelly) Noel Chance t5-11-00 Brian Crowley 49.81
15) LADY BLING BLING (Peter Jones) Peter Jones 4-10-08 Leighton Aspell 265.99
16) MAGICAL LEGEND (R H Kerswell) Brendan Powell 4-10-01 Mr W P Kavanagh (7) 279.27
17) MARTOVIC (Alan Halsall) Kim Bailey 6-11-00 J P McNamara 274.04

17 ran
Breeder: Wothersome Grange Stud Breeding: b g Alflora (IRE) - Lavenham’s Last
Tote Win: £ 6.60 Places: £ 2.40; £ 5.00; £ 3.50 Exacta: £ 120.70
Dist: ½, 15, ¾, ½, 7, 6, 2, 14, 3½, 1, 6, 16, ¾, 11, 21, 28

Winning Trainer: Alan King Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): William Hill National Trophy Handicap Chase (2004 Fork Lightning), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance) Big Race Wins: Bula Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Long Walk Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Jim Ford Challenge Cup (2000 Spendid), Cleeve Hurdle (2004 Crystal d’Ainay), John Smith’s HBLB Mares’ Only Bumper (2005 Senorita Rumbalita) Number of horses in training (2000-2005): 65; 51; 56; 74; 85; 123 Number of Winners (1999/2000-2003/04): 27; 18; 34; 40; 47 Wins this season: 60

Winning Jockey: Robert Thornton Date of birth: 14/7/78 Wins (1995/96-2003/04): 3; 30; 71; 37; 23; 40; 56; 50; 73 Cheltenham Festival wins: (6) FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP CHASE (King Lucifer 1997), PERTEMPS FINAL (Pharanear 1997), WILLIAM HILL TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE (2004 Fork Lightning, 2005 Kelami), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Moulin Riche) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (Blue Cheek 1997), Top Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Royal Shakespeare), John Smith’s HBLB Mares’ Only Bumper (2005 Senorita Rumbalita) Big Race Wins: MICHAEL PAGE GROUP KINGMAKER NOVICES’ CHASE (Flagship Uberalles 1999), MONEY STORE RENDLESHAM HCAP HURDLE (1999 Pharanear), SPORTING INDEX CHASE (2002 Famfoni), TOTE BULA HURDLE (2003 Rigmarole) Nickname: “Chocolate” Wins this Season: 93

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