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Thursday, October 16, 2003


Watering on the Rowley Mile course will continue after racing this evening as the ground has dried out steadily during the day.

The last five furlongs will be watered tonight, with four millimetres being put on, while in the morning the ground between the 1m 4f point and the 2m 2f start (due to be raced on only in the Jockey Club Cup and Tote Cesarewitch on Saturday) will be watered.

Clerk of the Course Michael Prosser explained: "The prevailing dry and sunny weather has had an impact and the sections of the track that we will water tonight and tomorrow morning are the areas that have dried out the most.

"Our aim remains to provide decent fast ground with no jar and we have the option to water again tomorrow night."


Paddy Power is the new sponsor of The Open Meeting at Cheltenham in November, featuring the 110,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup - a 10,000 increase in prize money compared to last year.

The Paddy Power Gold Cup, run on the middle day of the three-day meeting, Saturday, November 15, is the first jump 'classic' of the 2003/04 season. The valuable handicap chase over two miles and four and a half furlongs has an illustrious history.

In addition to the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Paddy Power's sponsorship of The Open is supplemented by both the Paddy Power Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase on the Friday and the PaddyPower.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle on the Sunday. Paddy Power has a five-year agreement with Cheltenham.

Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham's Managing Director, commented: "We are thrilled to have secured this exciting new sponsorship. Paddy Power is a dynamic firm with a strong Irish heritage which sits well with the core values of this meeting."
"In Paddy Power we've found a forward-thinking partner who shares our desire to build the status of the meeting yet further and to continue the upward trend in attendances. Once again, The Open has attracted a new sponsor to Cheltenham and British racing."
Founded in 1988 as a merger of three independent bookmakers, Paddy Power is now the biggest bookmaker in Ireland with over 130 licensed betting offices. As well as shops on pretty much every high street, Paddy Power is represented at most major sporting stadia and racetracks.

Paddy Power first launched in the UK with two shops and an Internet betting service at www.paddypower.com in 2001, followed by the introduction of betting services on telephone and interactive TV.

Paddy Power is increasingly well known and liked by the UK public with 10% brand awareness - that makes Paddy Power the sixth most recognised bookmaker in Britain, behind only the established chains such as Coral and Stanley.

Next month will see the launch of a Paddy Power shop in Willesden taking the total in London to nine, with at least three more expected by Christmas and several shops in the pipeline for next spring.

The company is initially targeting the North and West of London. Key targets have naturally included traditional Irish strongholds such as Kilburn, Cricklewood and Neasden, but the company is equally committed to bring its unique brand of bookmaking to non-Irish areas such as Fulham, Putney and Ealing.

Paddy Power is a keen supporter of sport at all levels and has an extensive sponsorship portfolio which includes amongst others: Paddy Power Chase (Leopardstown), Paddy Power Greyhound Derby (Shelbourne Park), Paddy Power World Grand Prix Darts (Dublin), Snooker - Team Paddy Power (including world Champion Mark Williams), Golf - PP shops have been used at a number of European Tour courses in UK and Ireland, Rugby - Official bookmaker to Ireland squard and Football - Official bookmaker to Ireland squad.

John O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Paddy Power Bookmaker, said: "We are delighted to commit to National Hunt racing in such a high profile partnership with Cheltenham. The Paddy Power
Gold Cup is a great way for us to show Paddy Power's unique approach to betting to the racing public.
"Many racing fans in Britain are already familiar with our generous prices and customer-friendly concessions. Now with The Paddy Power Gold Cup acting as a showcase - we're confident that the word will spread even more quickly."

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday November 14, 15 & 16

The Open's three days herald the moment when National Hunt Racing takes centre stage and over 50,000 people gather to celebrate top quality steeplechasing and hurdle racing.

Each day has its very own character and together they form an irresistible package.

In recent years, more than 30 horses have travelled over from Ireland and challengers from as France, Norway and the Czech Republic have also been welcomed.

Cheltenham Countryside Raceday opens the meeting and provides a unique blend of top class racing and entertainment based around countryside activities.
There are 70 trade stands to wander around, a parade of hounds, dressage to music and the "Athens Challenge" as three-day event riders take on the Sporting Index Cross Country Course. The day concludes with Terrier Racing in the Parade Ring.

The feature race is the Sporting Index Cross Country Steeplechase with its natural hedges, timber and banks. It is all in aid of the Countryside Alliance and British Eventing's Hunt For Gold, raising funds to send the British 3 day event team to Athens for the Olympics.

This is Cheltenham's first great occasion of the season with a crowd of 25,000 expected to witness racing of the very highest quality.

Paddy Power will sponsor the first classic steeplechase of the season for the first time in 2003, which has increased by 10% in value to 110,000.

Other major races on the day are the 40,000 Open Trophy Handicap Chase and the 40,000 Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle.

The day gets underway with a parade of past champions, interviews with leading contenders and a chance to browse around the many trade stands.

The 50,000 Greatwood Hurdle was won by subsequent Smurfit Champion Hurdle victor Rooster Booster in 2002. This Listed contest regularly attracts leading hurdlers and heads another strong card featuring British and Irish contenders.
Sunday also features the 35,000 Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase over two miles, won by subsequent dual Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Best Mate in 2000 and 25,000-added Paddy Power.com Intermediate Handicap Hurdle

This day also allows the racecourse to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Cheltenham Ladies College. The parade ring will be transformed into a hockey pitch before racing as the Ladies College, past and present, takes on Club 16-24. It promises to be a day to remember.


Paddy Power is delighted to announce the formal linking of their new sponsorship of the Paddy Power Open at Cheltenham with The Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown, by offering an incentive package to owners, trainers and stable staff who take part in both meetings.

Any UK trained horse running in the Paddy Power Open (November 14th - 16th) and then going on to any race on Paddy Power Chase Day at Leopardstown (December 27th) will be eligible for the following benefit package:

1,000 (Euros) travel allowance for the horse
Top class hotel accommodation for owner + partner
Top class hotel accommodation for trainer + partner
Accommodation adjacent to the racecourse for the groom
150 euro (Euro) Christmas gift for the groom

The cost of the package is being shared equally by Paddy Power and Leopardstown Racecourse. John O'Reilly, chief executive of Paddy Power commented:
"One of our major objectives at Paddy Power is to make National Hunt racing more enjoyable and accessible to the public - and if by linking Leopardstown and Cheltenham we can increase the profile of both events in a way that benefits racing, then we're very happy."
In total, there is 340,000 (Euro) (240,000) on offer in prize funds across the 7 races on Paddy Power Chase Day. In the past the number of UK trainers coming to Leopardstown for this meeting has been limited but Matt O Dwyer, General Manager of Leopardstown racecourse believes this incentive will encourage trainers to re-think their Christmas plans:
"We are delighted to join with our long standing sponsor Paddy Power in offering this incentive. This is a great challenge for UK trained horses to come and take on some of the best Irish horses, and compete for the substantial prize funds on Paddy Power Chase Day. This additional competition will add to the excitement for race fans on what is already a key fixture in the sporting diary"

This year sees the 44th renewal of the first major contest of the National Hunt season, the Paddy Power Gold Cup. The race, run under its present title for the first time this year, was known at the Thomas Pink Gold Cup from 2000-2002 while Whitbread under the Mackeson brand and then subsequently Murphys, backed the first 40 years.

Since the inaugural race in 1960, the contest has been won by Irish-trained horses on four occasions. Fortria won the first running and was successful for a second time two years later in 1962. The Irish had to wait for more than a decade for a further winner which came in the shape of Skymas in 1973 and Bright Highway was the last successful horse from the Emerald Isle in 1980.

Over the course of three days of The Open last season, there were three Irish-trained winners, Dermot Weld's Mutakarrim took the Gerrard Wealth Management Novices' Hurdle with Denis Murphy's Super Fellow capturing the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase on the opening day while the Tony Martin-trained Classic Note landed the Charles Benson Novices' Handicap Hurdle on the second day. There were two Irish successes in 2001 and four in 2000.

Five horses have won the now Paddy Power Gold Cup twice. Fortria was the first, then Gay Trip completed the double in 1969 and 1971, with his victory in the 1970 Grand National in between. Half Free was successful in 1984 and the following year, while Bradbury Star achieved this magnificent feat for Findon-based handler Josh Gifford in 1993 and 1994. Cyfor Malta, the 1998 winner, triumphed four years later in 2002.

Martin Pipe is the leading current trainer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, having saddled six winners - Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998 & 2002), Lady Cricket (2000) and Shooting Light (2001).

Despite the competitiveness of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, it is not a race for outsiders, with 26 of the 43 runnings having been won by horses returned at odds of 15-2 or less. However, the overall record of favourites is also not that great, with only 11 having been successful, the latest being Shooting Light in 2001. The shortest-priced winner in the history of this prestigious contest was Dunkirk who went off the 11-10 favourite in 1965, while the two longest-priced horses were Chatham (1970) and Senor El Betrutti (1997), both returned at 33-1.

The incomparable Arkle made his British racecourse bow in the Honeybourne Chase on the Saturday of The Open Meeting 41 years ago. It was a fantastic day for Arkle's trainer and jockey, Tom Dreaper and Pat Taaffe, who, following Arkle's impressive destruction of the opposition by 20 lengths, went on to land the Mackeson Gold Cup with Fortria.

Best Mate, hero of the last two Tote Cheltenham Gold Cups, won the second chase of his career at The Open 2000, while last season's Smurfit Champion Hurdle victor Rooster Booster defied top weight to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle in 2002. The 2001 Greatwood Hurdle winner Westender was second to Rooster Booster in the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle.

Josh Gifford is the only man to have both ridden and trained a winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, partnering Charlie Worcester to victory in 1967 and training Bradbury Star for his brace of successes in 1993 and 1994.


The highlight of the Sunday (November 16) card at Cheltenham is the Listed 50,000 Greatwood Hurdle, a very competitive handicap hurdle run over an extended two miles.

For the past two seasons, the valuable contest has proved to be a great pointer to future success at the very highest level.
Last season the Greatwood Hurdle was landed by subsequent Smurfit Champion Hurdle victor Rooster Booster who defied top weight of 11st 12lb to deny Quazar by nine lengths, while the 2001 victor Westender has finished second at the last two National Hunt Festivals, chasing home Like-A-Butterfly in the 2002 Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle and Rooster Booster in the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle.

This year the race honours the leading centre for the rehabilitation of racehorses, Greatwood, which is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire. The horse welfare connection with this race is not new.
The contest was sponsored in 2000 by Direct Answers, enthusiastic supporters of horse welfare, while in 2001 and 2002, still supported by Direct Answers, it was known as the Rehabilitation Of Racehorses Hurdle.
This year the Barbury Castle Estate in Wiltshire will be supporting the race and it will be run as the Greatwood Hurdle.

The Work Of Greatwood
Greatwood was established 13 years ago in Devon and is currently based at Rainscombe Hill Farm, Marlborough, Wiltshire.

The vital work carried out by Greatwood falls into five distinct categories: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining, Rehoming and Care For Life.

RESCUE .The majority of owners and trainers ensure the future care of their horses. However, a significant number slip through the system and finish up in the wrong hands, the beginning of a downward spiral to misery and neglect. We are their safety net.

REHABILITATION. On arrival at Greatwood, the horse is settled in and encouraged to interact with other horses and people. It is important for them to gain relationships. Dental work, back treatment and freeze marking follow. Time and patience is essential.

RETRAINING. Most ex-racehorses have much to offer in other fields, such as show jumping, eventing, dressage or simply as happy hackers. After a period of rehabilitation, each horse is carefully assessed to find its natural aptitude. It is then retrained accordingly.

REHOMING. Great care is taken to team the right horse with the right person and the facilities offered by the new carer are inspected.

CARE FOR LIFE. Greatwood retains ownership of every horse, which goes to its new home on "permanent loan", and regular visits are made by Greatwood staff to each horse, thus ensuring CARE FOR LIFE.

Greatwood is approved by the International League for the Protection of Horses and the British Horseracing Board and is a member of the National Equine Council.

It relies heavily on voluntary contributions. Details of how to contribute money to Greatwood and other ways to become involved with it can be found on the website, www.racehorsesgreatwood.org

Greatwood, Rainscombe Hill Farm, Clench Common, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 4DT. Telephone 01672 514535 Fax 01672 514408 E-mail info@racehorsesgreatwood.org


Champion jockey Tony McCoy will present the Kieran Kelly Memorial Award, a silver tankard, to the first jockey to ride their first Cheltenham winner at The Open.
Regarded by many as one of Ireland's finest up and coming talents Kieran Kelly rode his first jumps winner at Dundalk in September 1993 turning professional in October 2000. In March 2002 he fulfilled his ambition of riding a Festival winner when partnering the Dessie Hughes trained Hardy Eustace to victory in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle. Tragically five months later, at the age of 25, he died following a fall at Kilbeggan Racecourse.
Kieran Kelly is sadly missed, but always remembered for his brave and talented ride on Hardy Eustace.

The unique race reading talent of Peter Bromley will be commemorated during a race on Paddy Power Gold Cup Day, Saturday November 15th. The voice of BBC radio's racing commentary for more than 40 years until his retirement two years ago, Peter died in June at the age of 74. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for 15 months.

Bromley, who gave his first BBC radio commentary at Newmarket on May 13, 1959, called home the winners of 202 Classics and will also be associated by many with Red Rum's three Grand National triumphs in the 1970s. He numbers Arkle's three Gold Cup victories amongst his favourite race commentaries.

Bromley was synonymous with the BBC's coverage of racing on radio - his strong voice and powerful delivery were the hallmarks of commentaries on what is now Radio 5 Live, and set the benchmark for commentators in the sport.

Saturday and Sunday of the Open coincide with the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup in Australia. The gates will open early for those who have booked in advance to Club & Tattersalls for the 9am kick off. The Winged Ox Bar on level 2 of the main Grandstand will be open from then, and the match will be shown on all televisions including the big screens.

Paddy Power is taking over sponsorship of a great race with an illustrious history. The two mile, five and a half furlong Paddy Power Gold Cup was first run in 1960 and the race has seen many well-known chasers in action.

Last year Cyfor Malta, a horse whose great potential has been dogged by injury problems, stormed back to the form he had shown in his younger days with a second win in the Paddy Power Gold Cup - four years after his initial success in the first big handicap of the season.
This made him the fifth horse to win the chase on two occasions, following Fortria (1960 and 1962), Gay Trip (1969 and 1971), Half Free (1984 and 1985) and Bradbury Star (1993 and 1994).

Martin Pipe, responsible for Cyfor Malta, has the most tremendous record, having won the Paddy Power Gold Cup six times, with Beau Ranger (1987), Challenger Du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001) and Cyfor Malta (2002).

Shooting Light was brilliantly ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy to defeat 13 talented chasers in 2001.

Lady Cricket was impressive when scoring by 10 lengths from stable companion Exit Swinger in 2000 with another five lengths back to third in the 15-strong field.
The enigmatic Challenger Du Luc scored a cheeky head success over Strong Promise in 1996, while in 1987 Beau Ranger came home 15 lengths in front under Mark Perrett.

One of the best performances since the inaugural running came in 1965 from Dunkirk, who carried a massive 12st 7lb to victory and there have plenty of other memorable renewals.
The Paddy Power Gold Cup has been won by Irish-trained horses on four occasions. Fortria took the initial running and was successful for a second time two years later in 1962.
The Irish had to wait for more than a decade for a further winner which came in the shape of Skymas in 1973 and Bright Highway was the last successful horse from the Emerald Isle in 1980, when winning by seven lengths.

Gay Trip's two victories formed part of Fred Rimell's extraordinary training feat when he sent out the winner four years in a row. Jupiter Boy in 1968 and Chatham in 1970 completed Rimell's quartet.

Pipe will be aiming to equal that record this year, having sent out the last three winners of the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Gay Trip won the Grand National in 1970, in between his Cheltenham successes, and other Paddy Power Gold Cup winners, Red Candle (1972), Bachelor's Hall (1977) and Bright Highway (1980), also proved their stamina when subsequently capturing the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Two and a half mile specialists like the dual-winner Half Free, handled by Fred Winter who trained three winners of the race, and Dublin Flyer (1995) have triumphed, while Skymas (1973) won the two-mile Queen Mother Champion Chase twice.

Norman Williamson on the Venetia Williams-trained The Outback Way held off Stormy Passage to win the 1999 race by a neck, becoming the most successful current jockey, having also ridden Multum In Parvo to glory nine years earlier but then Tony McCoy took his score to two when successful on Lady Cricket in 2000 - having partnered Cyfor Malta to his first triumph in 1998 - and went on to secure a third success the following year on Shooting Light.

McCoy therefore joined Richard Linley and Richard Dunwoody who both achieved three victories in the race during their riding careers, as the most successful jockeys.

Linley was victorious on Fifty Dollars More in 1982 and Half Free in 1984 and 1985, while Dunwoody gained his wins on Very Promising in 1986, Another Coral in 1991 and Challenger Du Luc in 1996.

The popularity of Cheltenham's Open Meeting increases each year with the Irish. One of the great strengths of the three days is the relationship that draws Irish-trained horses and racegoers.
Both Cheltenham and Paddy Power are keen to continue this tradition. Last year there were 54 Irish runners over the three days, including three winners.

What they now want is an Irish victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with the last one having come 23 years ago. In the 1990s Toranfield (1991) and Second Schedual (1994) came second and Anabatic was fourth in 1996 while Feathered Leader finished third in 2000.

Cheltenham, Saturday, November 15, 2m 4f 110yds, 110,000 total prize fund
Year Name Age/Wgt Jockey Trainer Owner Ran SP
2002 CYFOR MALTA 9-11-09 Barry Geraghty Martin Pipe David Johnson 15 16-1
2001 SHOOTING LIGHT 8-11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe John Brown/Michael Blackburn 14 9-4F
2000 LADY CRICKET 6-10-13 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 15 5-1F
1999 THE OUTBACK WAY 9-10-00 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams Seasons Holidays 14 9-1
1998 CYFOR MALTA 5-11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 3-1F
1997 SENOR EL BETRUTTI 8-10-00 Jamie Osborne Susan Nock Gerard Nock 9 33-1
1996 CHALLENGER DU LUC 6-10-02 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe David Johnson 12 7-1
1995 DUBLIN FLYER 9-11-08 Brendan Powell Tim Forster John Sumner 12 4-1JF
1994 BRADBURY STAR 9-11-11 Philip Hide Josh Gifford J Campbell 14 5-1
1993 BRADBURY STAR 8-11-08 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford J Campbell 15 13-2
1992 TIPPING TIM 7-10-10 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies Jenny Mould 16 11-2F
1991 ANOTHER CORAL 8-10-01 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Michael Deeley 15 15-2
1990 MULTUM IN PARVO 7-10-02 Norman Williamson John Edwards Alan Parker 13 12-1
1989 JOINT SOVEREIGNTY 9-10-04 Graham McCourt Philip Hobbs G J Giddy 15 10-1
1988 PEGWELL BAY 7-11-02 Peter Scudamore Tim Forster A K Barlow 13 6-1
1987 BEAU RANGER 9-10-02 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe White Bros Ltd 14 13-2
1986 VERY PROMISING 8-11-13 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Paul & Jenny Green 11 7-1
1985 HALF FREE 9-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 9-2
1984 HALF FREE 8-11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 10 5-2F
1983 POUNENTES 6-10-06 Neale Doughty Billy McGhie Billy McGhie 9 7-1
1982 FIFTY DOLLARS MORE 7-11-00 Richard Linley Fred Winter Ali Abu Khamsin 11 11-1
1981 HENRY KISSINGER 7-10-13 Paul Barton David Gandolfo J J Mansworth 11 5-1
1980 BRIGHT HIGHWAY 6-11-01 Gerry Newman Michael O'Brien IRE George Strawbridge 15 5-1F
1979 MAN ALIVE 8-10-09 Ron Barry Gordon Richards J Ennis 11 6-1
1978 BAWNOGUES 7-10-07 Craig Smith Martin Tate Mrs H Lawler 11 5-1
1977 BACHELOR'S HALL 7-10-06 Martin O'Halloran Peter Cundell Peter & Karyl Harris 16 11-2F
+1976 CANCELLO 7-11-01 Dennis Atkins Neville Crump W V Burdon 13 4-1
1975 CLEAR CUT 11-10-09 David Greaves Maurice Camacho J W Hemingway 13 13-2
1974 BRUSLEE 8-10-07 Andy Turnell Michael Scudamore Mrs D Rees-Davies 11 2-1F
1973 SKYMAS 8-10-05 Stan Murphy Brian Lusk IRE Matt Magee 15 7-1
1972 RED CANDLE 8-10-00 Jimmy Fox Ricky Vallance Mrs C O'Shea 11 20-1
1971 GAY TRIP 9-11-03 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell A J Chambers 10 8-1
1970 CHATHAM 6-10-03 Ken White Fred Rimell C Knott 17 33-1
1969 GAY TRIP 7-11-05 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell A J Chambers 14 8-1
1968 JUPITER BOY 7-10-03 Eddie Harty Fred Rimell J E Liley 13 9-1
1967 CHARLIE WORCESTER 10-10-11 Josh Gifford Ryan Price Dorothy Price 13 7-1
1966 PAWNBROKER 8-11-09 Paddy Broderick Arthur Stephenson E W Cliff-McCulloch 5 7-2
1965 DUNKIRK 8-12-07 Bill Rees Peter Cazalet Bill Whitbread 8 11-10F
1964 SUPER FLASH 9-10-05 Stan Mellor Frank Cundell A H Wood 9 8-1
1963 RICHARD OF BORDEAUX 8-10-05 Bobby Beasley Fulke Walwyn J Schilizzi 20 20-1
1962 FORTRIA 10-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 25 5-1F
1961 SCOTTISH MEMORIES 7-10-12 C Finnegan Arthur Thomas G B Sanderson 17 9-2
1960 FORTRIA 8-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE G Ansley 19 8-1
+ Held at Haydock Park

THE PADDY POWER AMATEUR RIDERS' HANDICAP CHASE Cheltenham, Friday, November 14, 3m 110yds 20,000 added
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2002 Iris Bleu 6-11-03 6-1CoF Martin Pipe Mr Gordon Elliott 11
2001 Samuel Wilderspin 9-12-00 10-1 Richard Lee Mr John McNamara 11
2000 Royale De Vassy 6-10-07 10-1 Venetia Williams Mr Frank Windsor Clive 13
1999 Star Traveller 8-11-00 5-4F Henry Daly Mr Tom Scudamore 5
1998 Tamarindo 5-11-11 9-2 Martin Pipe Mr Ashley Farrant 6
1997 Hillwalk 11-10-07 8-1 Roger Curtis Mr Rupert Wakley 5
1996 Dancing Vision 6-10-01 4-1 Eric McNamara IRE Mr J T McNamara 6
1995 Beatson 6-11-06 2-1F Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Mark Rimell 5
1994 Buckshot 6-11-06 16-1 Josh Gifford Mr D Breen 9
1993 Squire Jim 9-11-06 9-2 Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Mark Rimell 6
1992 Captain Frisk 9-11-06 15-8F Kim Bailey Mr Marcus Armytage 7
1991 Far Senior 5-12-03 4-5F Kim Bailey Mr Marcus Armytage 7
1990 Senator Of Rome 7-11-07 2-1 Toby Balding Mr Seamus Mullins 3
Race run over 2m 4f 110yds in 1996.

THE PaddyPower.com HANDICAP HURDLE Cheltenham, Sunday, November 16, 2m 5f, 25,000 added
Year Winner Age/Weight SP Trainer Jockey Ran
2002 Tucacas 5-11-02 5-2F Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 12
2001 See You Sometime 6-10-13 12-1 Seamus Mullins Joe Tizzard 11
2000 The Extra Man 6-10-02 10-1 Mick Ryan Robert Thornton 20
1999 Heros Fatal 5-10-13 7-2 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 11
1998 Lady Rebecca 6-10-13 5-2F Venetia Williams Shane Kelly 13


Noel Chance
2000-U Boardroom Shuffle

Tim Easterby
2002-8 Turgeonev
1998-2 Simply Dashing

David Gandolfo
1988-5 Welsh Oak
1985-4 Henry Kissinger
1973 12 Zeus Girl

Tom George
1999-6 Tremallt

Jessica Harrington IRE
2000-P Slaney Native

Nicky Henderson
1998-U Philip's Woody
1996-6 Big Matt
1995-3 Big Matt
1995-5 Amtrak Express
1985-7 The Tsarevich
1978-2 Zongalero

Philip Hobbs
2002-3 Wave Rock
2000-10 Village King
1999-2 Stormy Passage
1998-3 Dr Leunt
1996-10 Kibreet
1994-9 Mulbank
1993-U Guiburn's Nephew
1991-F Guiburn's Nephew
1989-9 Prize Asset
1988-6 Warner For Leisure

Henrietta Knight
2002-4 Foly Pleasant
2002-F Perfect Fellow
2001-2 Foly Pleasant
1999-3 Sounds Like Fun
1996-9 Easthorpe

Arthur Moore IRE
2000-3 Feathered Leader 12/1

Mouse Morris IRE
1985-U Buck House 5/2 F

Willie Mullins IRE
2002-5 Killultagh Storm
2002-F Its Time For A Win

Ferdy Murphy
2001-P Stan's Your Man
1999-10 Addington Boy
1995-11 Postage Stamp
1993-U Brandeston Ferdy
1992-5 Brandeston
1991-P Cuddy Dale
1990-P Cuddy Dale

Paul Nicholls
2002-2 Poliantas
2001-P Dorans Gold
2000-9 Norski Lad.

1999-P Call Equiname
1997-6 Cherrynut

Susan Nock
1998-F Senor El Betrutti

Michael O'Brien IRE
1996-4 Anabatic

Jonjo O'Neill
1989-P Raise An Argument

Martin Pipe
2002-U Exit Swinger
2002-PU Chicuelo
2001-3 Exit Swinger
2001-4 Cadougold
2000-2 Exit Swinger
2000-5 Majadou
1999-4 Northern Starlight
1999-8 Majadou
1999-F Tresor de Mai
1998-4 Challenger Du Luc
1997-2 Challenger Du Luc
1997-P Terao Martin Pipe
1994-10 Errant Knight
1992-F Milford Quay
1991-6 Anti Matter
1990-6 Fu's Lady
1990-8 Wingspan
1989-7 Beau Ranger

Christy Roche IRE
2002-9 Risk Accessor

Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001-7 Bindaree
2000-12 Corniche
1999-F Mister Morose
1998-P Queen Of Spades
1998-R Pimberley Place
1994-7 Tipping Tim
1993-P Tipping Tim

Ted Walsh IRE
1998-6 Papillon
1986-F Glenrue

Dermot Weld IRE
1993-10 General Idea
1992-4 General Idea

Ian Williams
2002-7 Korakor
2001-5 Korakor

Venetia Williams
2002-6 Mr Baxter Basics
2001-10 Samakaan
2000-6 Davoski


Leighton Aspell
2000-U Boardroom Shuffle

Mattie Batchelor
2000-11 Skycab

Robert Biddlecombe
2002-4 Foly Pleasant

Paul Carberry
1995-9 Buckboard Bounce

Philip Carberry
2000-3 Feathered Leader

David Casey
2002-5 Killultagh Storm
1999-F Tresor de Mai

Liam Cooper
2002-9 Risk Accessor

Brian Crowley
2002-6 Mr Baxter Basics
2001-10 Samakaan

Jim Crowley
1999-7 Forestal

Jim Culloty
2002-F Perfect Fellow
2001-2 Foly Pleasant
1999-3 Sounds Like Fun

Alan Dempsey
2001-8 Robbo
2000-8 Robbo

David Dennis
2002-7 Korakor

Rodney Farrant
1998-3 Dr Leunt

Noel Fehily
2001-11 Celibate
2000-P Celibate

Barry Fenton
1999-4 Northern Starlight
1995-11 Postage Stamp

Mick Fitzgerald
2001-5 Korakor
1999-P Call Equiname
1998-U Philip's Woody
1996-6 Big Matt
1995-3 Big Matt
1994-8 Usher's Island

Russ Garrity
2002-8 Turgeonev
1992-9 Nos Na Gaoithe

Barry Gereghty

Rodi Greene
2002-U Exit Swinger
2001-3 Exit Swinger

Richard Guest
2000-4 Red Marauder
1993-9 Morley Street
1992-3 Beech Road
1988-8 Bishops Yarn

Brian Harding
1996-3 Addington Boy

Philip Hide
1998-5 Mandys Mantino
1995-10 Bradbury Star
Ben Hitchcott
2001-6 Satchmo

Tom Jenks
1999-6 Tremallt
1998-R Pimberley Place

Kenny Johnson
2002-10 Red Ark
1990-9 Captain Mor

Richard Johnson
2000-2 Exit Swinger
1999-5 Pennybridge
1997-F Destin D'Estruval

Carl Llewellyn
2001-7 Bindaree
2000-12 Corniche
1998-P Queen Of Spades
1996-8 Bavard Dieu
1993-P Tipping Tim

Jimmy McCarthy
2001-9 Eau De Cologne

Ollie McPhail
1999-9 Dr Bones

Tony McCoy
2002-PU Chicuelo
1999-8 Majadou
1997-2 Challenger Du Luc
1996-10 Kibreet
1995-6 Bavard Dieu

Warren Marston
1995-2 Egypt Mill Prince
1994-3 Egypt Mill Prince
Timmy Murphy
2002-2 Poliantas
2001-P Dorans Gold
1998-7 Danger Baby
1997-6 Cherrynut

Conor O'Dwyer
1996-7 Strong Medicine

Tom Scudamore
2001-4 Cadougold
2000-5 Majadou

Adie Smith
2000-7 Inn At The Top

Andrew Thornton
1999-2 Stormy Passage

Joe Tizzard
2000-9 Norski Lad

Rupert Wakley
2002-3 Wave Rock

Ruby Walsh
2002-F Its Time For A Win
1998-6 Papillon

Robert Widger
2000-10 Village King

Norman Williamson
2002-P Batswing
2000-6 Davoski
1998-P Bertone
1997-3 Bertone
1994-11 Kings Fountain
1992-8 Toranfield

OPEN 2003

Friday, Saturday & Sunday November 14th, 15th & 16th


(Old Course)

First Day - Friday November 14th
* 1-10 The Paddy Power Amateur Riders' Handicap Steeple Chase 3m f
* 1-45 The Blue Chip Feeds Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 2) 2m 1/2f
* 2-20 The Sporting Index Steeple Chase (a Cross Country Steeple Chase) 3m 7f
* 2-55 The Beards Jewellers Cup Handicap Steeplechase 2m
3-30 The Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Steeple Chase (Class B) 3m f
4-00 The Abacusglobal.com Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 5f

Second day-Saturday November 15th
1-00 The Peter Bromley Novices' Steeple Chase 2m 4f
1-35 The Tom Albert Mines Memorial Juvenile Novices' Hurdle Race 2m f
* 2-10 The Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle Race 3m 1 f
* 2-45 The Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 4 f
* 3-20 The Open Trophy (A Handicap Steeple Chase) 3m 3 f
* 3-50 The Western Daily Press Race Club Novices' Handicap Hurdle Race 2m f

Third day-Sunday November 16th
1-05 The Cheltenham Ladies College Novices' Hurdle Race 2m 5f
* 1-40 The Paddy Power.com Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 5f
* 2.15 The Independent Newspaper Novices Steeple Chase (Grade 2) 2m
* 2-50 The Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race (Showcase Handicap) 2m f
* 3-25 The Betfair Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 4f
4-00 The Betfair Open Bumper (a Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race) 2m f

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