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Monday, January 21, 2002



LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES




GREAT YORKSHIRE CHASE (DONCASTER, SATURDAY)
6 Moor Lane, 8 Frenchman's Creek, Heidi III, Red Striker, Tresor De Mai, 9 Valigan, 10 Strong Paladin, 12 Ackzo, 14 Iris Bleu, Phar From A Fiddle, Raffles Rooster, 16 Berlin Blue, Cadougold, Carbury Cross, Ceanannas Mor, Gentle Rivage, Granit D'Estruval, Native Wit, 20 The Quads, Weaver George, 25 Ever Blessed, Kit Smartie, 33 Bank Avenue, Nosam

IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE TROPHY (CHELTENHAM MARCH 12th)
5 Barton, Moscow Flyer, Seebald, 7 Fondmort, 12 Blue Royal, 14 Armaturk, Europa, Il'Athou, Mantles Prince, Royal Auclair, Youlneverwalkalone, 16 Copeland, Grimes, Hit and Run, Mr Cool, 20 Asador, Dark'n Sharp, Mont Misere, 25 Bar

TOTE GOLD TROPHY (NEWBURY, FEBRUARY 9)
4 Marble Arch, 7 Got On Too, 8 Regal Exit, Valiramix, 10 Dark Shell, In Contrast, 12 Brother Joe, Copeland, Fait Le Jojo, The Gatherer, 14 Lady Boston, Magnus 14-1, TikramTysou, 16 Beneyas, Ilmamar, Image De Marque II, Joe Cullen, Lord Brex, Salamah, Westender, 20 Belle D'Anjou, Darapour, Dibea Times, Exit Swinger, First Ballot, Hors La Loi III, Mr Cool, Rooster Booster, Telemoss, 25 Bar

TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 14)
6 Best Mate, Looks Like Trouble, 7 Sackville, 8 Bacchanal, 10 First Gold, Florida Pearl, Lord Noelie, Shooting Light, 12 Behrajan, 14 Marlborough, 16 Alexander Banquet, Cyfor Malta, 25 Foxchapel King, Whats Up Boys, 33 Ad Hoc, Commanche Court, Rince Ri, Shotgun Willy, 40 Kingsmark, Legal Right, Sleeping Night, Tiutchev, Toto Toscato, 50 Bar

QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 13)
5-2 Edredon Bleu, 7-2 Flagship Uberalles, 8 Fadalko, 12 Knife Edge, Latalomne, Native Upmanship, 14 Tiutchev, 16 Direct Route, Wahiba Sands, 20 Eskleybrook, Turgeonev, 33 Cenkos, Exit Swinger, Exit To Wave, Get Real, Ilnamar, Redemption, Rockforce, 40 Bar

SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 12)
2 Istabraq, 3 Valiramix, 4 Landing Light, 14 Brother Joe, Geos, 16 Bilboa, Marble Arch, Ned Kelly, 20 Arctic Owl, 25 Ansar, Rodock, 28 Azertyuiop, 33 Grimes, Hors La Loi III, Liss A Paoraigh, Magnus, Westender, Youlneverwalkalone, 40 Milligan, Regal Exit, The French Furze, Ulundi, 50 Bar

JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (CHELTENHAM, MARCH 14)
10 Londoner, 12 Tempo D'or, 14 Burning Impulse, 16 Heezapistol, Prizeman, 20 Le Roi Miguel, 25 Domirome, Green Ideal, Kelami, Newhall, Quazer, Sonevafushi, Turtleback, 33 Derivative, Find the King, Greenhope, Hernandita, Hyderabad, Live the Dream, Rigmarole, Saddlers Wings, Scolardy, Sud Bleu, Trained Bythe Best, Volano, 40 Mambo, Mujalina, Santenay

BONUSPRINT STAYERS' HURDLE (CHELTENHAM MARCH 14)
Evens Baracouda, 4 Jair Du Cochet, 6 Bannow Boy, 7 Limestone Lad, 12 Liss A Paoraigh, 16 Brother Joe, Deano's Beeno, 20 Rodock, 25 Boss Doyle, Historic, Hors La Loi III, It Takes Time, Magnus, Rostropovich, Teaatral, 33 Be My Royal, Bounce Back, Carlovent, First Ballot, Havre De Thaix, Montalcino, Spendid, Telemoss, 40 Bar

RANDOMBET LINCOLN HANDICAP (DONCASTER MARCH 23)
14 Midshipman, Nimello, Nose The Trade, The Judge, 16 Duke of Modena, Faithful Warrior, Highland Reel, Putre Pekan, 20 Atlantic Ace, Attache, Danelor, I Cried For You, Island Light, Pietro Siena, Pulau Tioman, Scotty's Future, Smirk, 25 Bomb Alaska, Calcutta, Indian Plume, Inspector General, Lord Protector, Lots of Love, Mutawaqed, Nashaab, Norton, One More Round, Soller Bay, Thihn, True Night, Welsh Wind, Zucchero, 33 Bar

MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL (AINTREE, APRIL)
16 Papillion, 20 Beau, Behrajan, Supreme Glory, 25 Alexander Banquet, Commanche Court, Foxchapel King, Paris Pike, Red Striker, Smarty, 33 Ackzo, Amberleigh House, Bindaree, Blowing Wind, Browjoshy, David's Lad, Earthmover, Ever Blessed, Frantic Tan, Inis Cara, Kingsmark, Lyreen Wonder, Mely Moss, Montifault, Moral Support, Narrow Water, Red Marauder, Royal Tommy, Samuel Wilderspin, Streamstown, Take Control, The Last Fing, 40 Gower-Slave, Meadowbank, Paperising, Rathbawn Prince, Satchmo, Supreme Charm, 50 Bar



MACAIRE IS AFTER CHELTENHAM PRIZES




Tempo d'Or, trained in South-West France by Guillaume Macaire, is set to line up in the Grade Two Wragge & Co Finesse Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday en route for a tilt at the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival.


Macaire won Saturday's £25,000 race with Jair Du Cochet 12 months ago and the trainer said today: "The plan is to run on Saturday. I have seen the entries and, although I don't know all the horses, I am not tense as his ability is huge.


"I think he will probably go straight to the Festival after this race, it is just a matter of timing because I don't believe we would be able to get another race into him

"It is impossible to compare him with Jair Du Cochet who is a real galloper. Tempo d'Or keeps it all inside himself, he has a real turn of foot but in the morning he is sleeping all the time. He is no morning glory! But he knows where the winning post is which is all that matters.


"I think that it is an advantage in the JCB Triumph Hurdle if you can save yourself for the finish. He is a very experienced and serious horse - he has run seven times for six wins and even won two chases and can go on all terrains and adapt to every different kind of racing."

The four-year-old, who won at Chepstow on December 27, is already disputing favouritism for the JCB Triumph Hurdle in some ante-post lists.


The French trainer is building up a strong team for the National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham on March, 12, 13 & 14. He has high hopes for the unbeaten Japhet in the £125,000 Royal & SunAlliance Chase, entries for which were announced today. Stable companion Heros Collonges, a facile winner at Kempton on Saturday and owned by John Hales, is entered in the same race over three miles and one furlong.


Macaire, who schooled Japhet this morning, said: "I think he is really exceptional. He has won three times over hurdles, four chases and three on the Flat. He will run at Newbury on February 9 and may have another outing before the Cheltenham Festival. I have seen a Grade Two for him at Kempton later in February but I may change my plans as things go on.


"Heros Collonges will be entered in different races - the worst thing would be if they fought out a finish together. Only if Mr Hales especially wants to run him in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase would he go there. Mr Hales loves the electric atmosphere of the Festival and I also have the Cathcart in mind as well for the horse."

Jair Du Cochet, who won at Haydock on Saturday, is being aimed at the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival.


Macaire commented: "I am very pleased with him and confident of the future. He will go for the Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle and probably run in the Rendlesham Hurdle at Kempton on February 23 - the only prep race I can find for him. He was ready on Saturday but is able to improve for the race - he was not ready when beaten in October."

He has entered Imlight and Mont Misere in The Irish Independent Arkle Chase over two miles at the Festival but has made no decisions yet.


There was an excellent entry of 52 for The Irish Independent Arkle Chase today and the newspaper backed the contest for the first time in 2000 when it was won by Nicky Henderson's Tiutchev, while last year's renewal was unfortunately cancelled.


This year the sponsor is very pleased to see the record number of entries from Ireland (15).


Barry Brennan, of The Irish Independent, said: "We are delighted with the 52 entries for The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase, which contain quality contenders from both sides of the Irish Sea.

"It is particularly pleasing to see that the number of Irish entries has increased substantially from our first year of sponsorship two years ago. A superb contest looks guaranteed.


"We are planning to launch a version of The Irish Independent in the UK, which will be printed in the UK, and our sponsorship at Cheltenham will certainly help us to raise our profile ahead of its launch."



SUPREME GLORY HEADS FOR MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL




Pat Murphy revealed today that Coral Eurobet Welsh National hero Supreme Glory will be entered for the Martell Grand National on Wednesday, the closing date for the £500,000 chase which takes place at Aintree on Saturday, April 6, 2002.


This season Supreme Glory has won two of his three starts, on his November seasonal debut in a Stratford handicap chase and the Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27 when he proved two lengths too good for the previous year's winner Jocks Cross.


The trainer said today: "Everything is going according to plan and Supreme Glory will be a definite entry for the Martell Grand National on Wednesday."

Murphy explained that he has thought of the Supreme Leader gelding as a typical Martell Grand National horse for some time.


He declared: "From 12 months ago I've been training Supreme Glory for Aintree this year - the plan always had been that we would skip the Welsh National last season because I thought it came a year too soon for him.


"It was very much always in our minds that it would be this season that he would run in the Welsh National and then go to Aintree."

Supreme Glory has gone up 20lb in the handicap this season, including 8lb for his Welsh National victory, to a mark of 142, but Murphy believes that there is still more to come from the nine-year-old.


"My own feeling at the start of the season was that the horse could improve to be a sort of 150-rated horse and he's certainly on track for that. I mean he's only had 15 races in his life this horse - so he is still improving.

"He's a horse who has always taken time to get over his races and hence he hasn't run very much. But after the Welsh National he literally would have been ready to run again a week later. It amazes me, knowing the horse, that he took the race so well."

Asked where racegoers will get the next opportunity to see his stable star in action, Murphy explained that he is having difficulties deciding the target

"The next run is a real dilemma - I haven't discussed it with the owner yet but I've got half-a-mind to enter him in the AON Chase at Newbury (on Saturday, February 9).

"Between now and Aintree, I'm not necessarily looking for a race that he can win - I'm looking for a race to run him in. The De Vere Gold Cup (at Haydock on Saturday, February 23) is the obvious race, but being rated 142, it means he's going to have a big weight at Haydock and probably a maximum field around what is a fairly tight track.


"So the Aon Chase with four, five or six runners - even though he wouldn't win it - might actually be a better race to run him in so I am personally looking at that one at the moment."

Entries for the world's most famous jump race, the Martell Grand National, close at noon this Wednesday, January 23, and, in a change to the normal practice, the entries will be released the following day.




FANTASTIC NOVICE CHASES IN PROSPECT AT CHELTENHAM




The ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE and THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY CHASE, the National Hunt Festival’s two championship novice chases for which entries are released today, are both shaping into particularly exciting prospects this year.


The £125,000 Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase, run over two miles on Tuesday, March 12, has 57 entries including Barton, the 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle winner who has made an outstanding start over fences, Seebald, one of Martin Pipe’s eight entries who completed a seven-timer at Warwick on Saturday, January 12, Nicky Henderson’s pair Fondmort and Blue Royal, Armaturk and St Pirran from Paul Nicholls’ stable and Truckers Tavern, an easy winner at Newcastle last Wednesday for Ferdy Murphy.


There is a particularly strong overseas challenge including, from France, Guillaume Macaire’s pair Imlight and Mont Misere, and no less than 15 Irish-trained entries - a new record. These include Jessica Harrington’s exciting Moscow Flyer, along with J P McManus’s pair Youlneverwalkalone and Grimes, both trained by Christy Roche.


Recent winners of this two-mile novice event have often gone on to greater things with Flagship Uberalles and Tiutchev, successful in 1999 and 2000, both among the leading contenders for the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March.


The £125,000 Royal & SunAlliance Chase, run on Wednesday, March 13, has 82 entries, no less than 21 more than in 2001. Barton has also been given the option of this longer event with his possible rivals including three from France, Guillaume Macaire’s pair Japhet and Heros Collonges, plus the Francois Doumen-trained Innox.


The record 24-strong entry from across the Irish Sea includes Colonel Braxton, a leading novice hurdler last season who finished second to Give Over at Leopardstown on December 28, Oa Baldixe, an eight-length winner at Fairyhouse on January 5, Takagi,a seven-length winner at Naas on January 6, while an intriguing entry is the Dermot Weld-trained Ballyconnell, who is unraced under Rules, but successful in Irish point-to-points in the autumn.


The home defence includes Nicky Henderson’s Artic Jack, Cornish Gale and Valley Henry from Paul Nicholls’ stable, Maximize, winner of the Grade 1 Pertemps Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, Silver Streak and Gola Cher, who finished first and second in a novices’ chase at Cheltenham on December 14, plus a seven-strong contingent from Martin Pipe including Carryonharry and Royal Auclair.


The Royal & SunAlliance Chase has been a particularly strong pointer to the future in recent years. The 1998 race went to Florida Pearl, who has since been placed in two Tote Cheltenham Gold Cups and won this season’s Pertemps King George VI Chase, the 1999 winner Looks Like Trouble won the following year’s Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup while Lord Noelie, successful in the 2000 renewal, is a leading contender for chasing’s Blue Riband this year.


Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s Managing Director, said: “The novice chases at the National Hunt Festival are stepping stones to the future as well as championship events in their own right and it is especially pleasing that previous winners of the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy and Royal & SunAlliance Chase look set to bid for further glory in March in both the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.


“We are delighted by the number of entries from Britain, France and Ireland and this must augur well for steeple chasing at the highest level in years to come.”



CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2002 ANALYSIS OF ENTRIES




NUMBER OF ENTRIES


THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE

2002 - 57
2001 - 51
2000 - 47
1999 - 58
1998 - 51
1997 - 46
1996 - 30
1995 - 30
1994 - 28
1993 - 29
1992 - 42


ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE

2002 - 82
2001 - 61
2000 - 84
1999 - 88
1998 - 75
1997 - 81
1996 - 61
1995 - 54
1994 - 65
1993 - 43
1992 - 77

IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES

THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE

2002 - 15
2001 - 12
2000 - 9
1999 - 17
1998 - 11
1997 - 6
1996 - 8
1995 - 7
1994 - 4
1993 - 5
1992 - 7


ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE

2002 - 24
2001 - 11
2000 - 12
1999 - 16
1998 - 13
1997 - 7
1996 - 10
1995 - 8
1994 - 14
1993 - 6
1992 - 8

Irish-trained successes at the Cheltenham Festival

2001 - cancelled
2000-3
1999-5
1998-4
1997-3
1996-7*
1995-4
1994-3
1993-6
1992-2
1991-2
1990-2
1989-0
1988-1
1987-1
1986-4
1985-2
1984-4
1983-5
1982-6
1981-3
1980-4
1979-5
1978-6
1977-7*
1976-5
1975-5
1974-5
1973-3
(*Joint-highest number at the Festival in its present format - all-time record 8 in 1958)


Martin Pipe’s Entries


THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE

2002 - 8
2001 - 7
2000 - 7
1999 - 6
1998 - 5
1997 - 4
1996 - 1
1994 - 1
1993 - 1
1992 - 3
1991 - 2


ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE

2002 - 7
2001 - 8
2000 - 13
1999 - 10
1998 - 10
1997 - 6
1996 - 3
1995 - 4
1994 - 4
1993 - 3
1992 - 6




THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY



Class A, Grade One, Total Prize Fund £125,000, Cheltenham, Tuesday, March 12, 2002, two miles. For novice 5yo & upwards. Weights: 5yo 11st 3lb; 6yo & upwards 11st 8lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb. Entries closed January 16, entries revealed January 21 (57 entries), forfeit stage February 19, five-day confirmation stage March 7, final declaration stage 10.15am March 11. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Friday, January 18, 2002. May not include some overseas form.


3//5141-4 ANOTHER RALEAGH (IRE) 8 Andrew Wates Albert Ennis
11-3121 ARMATURK (FR) 5 B C Marshall Paul Nicholls
1110/-1 ASADOR (FR) 6 Darren Mercer Paul Nicholls
112U31 ASSESSED (IRE) 8 Festival Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
4-21111 BARTON 9 Sir Stan Clarke Tim Easterby
1B3-3001 BATSWING 7 Ashley Carr Brian Ellison
02-FFU3 BE MY ROYAL (IRE) 8 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
1210-34 BIG-AND-BOLD (IRE) 6 Alix Stevenson Ger Lyons IRE
11/103/0- BLUE ROYAL (FR) 7 Lynn Wilson Nicky Henderson
232143 BOUNCE BACK (USA) 6 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe
3210-22 CHICUELO (FR) 6 Belinda Harvey Ian Williams
6111-B2 COLONEL BRAXTON (IRE) 7 Sue Magnier Dessie Hughes IRE
635053- COPELAND 7 Dr David & Heather Silk Martin Pipe
2F3/-114 DANTES BANK (IRE) 10 Annette McMahon Annette McMahon IRE
11316-F DARK'N SHARP (GER) 7 Ascot Five Plus One Richard Phillips
114/-116 DEMASTA (NZ) 11 Michael Buckley Nicky Henderson
154024 EI EI 7 Mrs S M Richards Michael Chapman
1112-13 EUROPA 6 Brian Stewart-Brown Tom Tate
2P-1P11 FONDMORT (FR) 6 W J Brown Nicky Henderson
6233/22-P GIGOLO GERRY (IRE) 9 Nicholas Cooper Richard Rowe
111223 GRIMES 9 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
242-P21 GUNNERBLONG 9 Mrs John Lee David Gandolfo
11FF0-12 HARVIS (FR) 7 Peter Richardson & J M Kinnear Venetia Williams
0243P-1 HIT AND RUN (FR) 7 Gerry Scanlon & Miss J Kirk Martin Pipe
416220 HOT SHOTS (FR) 7 Jill Eynon & Robin Eynon Mark Pitman
3P-1342 IBIS ROCHELAIS (FR) 6 Andrew Wates Albert Ennis
1P0-111 IL'ATHOU (FR) 6 Lady Thompson Simon Sherwood
11-14F1 IMLIGHT (FR) 6 Ying Shen Guillaume Macaire FR
21140- IZNOGOUD (FR) 6 County Stores-Avalon Surfacing Martin Pipe
6P111-P JANITURE (FR) 5 Malcolm Pearce & Gerry Mizel Paul Nicholls
2-2P JARDIN DE BEAULIEU (FR) 5 Mr & Mrs John Poynton Ian Williams
F135/5-3 JARRO (FR) 6 Mrs David Thompson Venetia Williams
164-2 JEAN D'AUTEUIL (FR) 6 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
35-213 JIMMY TENNIS (FR) 5 Derek and Jean Clee Venetia Williams
41-224F JUST OUR JOB (IRE) 7 Peter Thompson Dessie Hughes IRE
121P-1 KADARANN (IRE) 5 Notalotterry Paul Nicholls
4-523P4 KRABLOONIK (FR) 8 Deborah Potter Seamus Mullins
41-13r5 MACS GILDORAN 8 Margaret McManus Willie Mullins IRE
3-46621 MANTLES PRINCE 8 Sunrise Syndicate Pat Hughes IRE
2/1- MONT MISERE (FR) 6 A Chiche Guillaume Macaire FR
21-F111 MOSCOW FLYER (IRE) 8 Brian Kearney Jessica Harrington IRE
1023-12 MR COOL 8 Nick Mills Martin Pipe
1106/0-1 PHARIWARMER (IRE) 8 J P McManus Arthur Moore IRE
2P331-1 POLIANTAS (FR) 5 Mark Tincknell Paul Nicholls
0P-6222 RED GUARD 8 L A Hooper Josh Gifford
13-1132 REGAL VENTURE (IRE) 7 Sean Mulryan Michael O'Brien IRE
P-30414 REIZIGER (FR) 6 D Jones & B Thomas Philip Hobbs
111122 RETURNING 6 Harold Winton Henrietta Knight
1115-F1 ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 5 Clive Smith Martin Pipe
200-212 ROYAL JAKE (IRE) 8 Gerard Callaghan Noel Meade IRE
0/1112//-4 ROYAL SIGNATURE (IRE) 8 Seamus Ross Ted Walsh IRE
6P-1135 SANDY DUFF 8 Michael Watt Paul Webber
111111 SEEBALD (GER) 7 The Macca & Growler Partnership Martin Pipe
10/0-141 SILENCE REIGNS 8 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
14-1U23 ST PIRRAN (IRE) 7 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
1-11 TRUCKERS TAVERN (IRE) 7 Mrs M B Scholey Ferdy Murphy
F1-3221 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 8 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE

57 Entries,
15 Irish-trained,
2 French-trained



THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE FACTS AND FIGURES



1. The Arkle Challenge Trophy was inaugurated in 1969, after Arkle's three wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (1964-6). In its first year, the race was worth £1,365, and won by Chatham (10/1), trained by Fred Rimell and ridden by Terry Biddlecombe. The 2002 running has total prize money of £125,000. Previously, it was known as the Cotswold Chase.

2. The Irish Independent Arkle Chase has always been a fiercely contested event, and the following have gone on to other Championship victories at the Cheltenham Festival:
1995 Klairon Davis (Queen Mother Champion Chase winner 1996)
1991 Remittance Man (Queen Mother Champion Chase winner 1992)
1989 Waterloo Boy (2nd Queen Mother Champion Chase 1990, 1991 and 3rd 1992)
1978 Alverton (Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup winner 1979).
Alverton is the only horse to have won both The Irish Independent Arkle Chase and Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.


3. The lowest number of runners has been 8 (1982), the highest 19 (1987).


4. The Irish Independent Arkle Chase has seen several trainers and jockeys run up strings of wins. Peter Easterby won it three times - with Alverton 1978, Clayside 1981 and Ryeman 1983 - as has Nicky Henderson with Remittance Man 1991, Travado 1993 and Tiutchev in 2000. Martin Pipe notched up two successive wins with Or Royal in 1997 and Champleve in 1998. Among jockeys, only Jamie Osborne has won it three times, and that was a hat-trick between 1992 and 1994 on Young Pokey, Travado, and Nakir for three different trainers, Oliver Sherwood, Nicky Henderson and Simon Christian. Tony McCoy has won the Arkle twice on Champleve and Or Royal for Martin Pipe (1997 and 1998) and the trainer/jockey combination will be hoping for a third win this year with Pipe having eight entries.


5. Irish trainers have won The Irish Independent Arkle Chase eight times, including two of the last six runnings with Klairon Davis (1995) and Ventana Canyon (1996).


6. The longest-priced winner of The Irish Independent Arkle Chase is Gala's Image, successful in 1987 at 25/1, while Pendil (1972) and Chinrullah (1979) are the shortest- priced winners at 10/11. Five other favourites have won - Canasta Lad (1974), Clayside (1981), Bobsline (1984), Remittance Man (1991) and Klairon Davis (1995).


7. The Irish Independent, which backed the Arkle Chase for the first time in 2000, is only the race’s third sponsor. Guinness sponsored the contest from 1994 until 1999, having taken over from Waterford Castle, who had supported since the first sponsored renewal in 1991.


8. The fastest time for the two miles of The Irish Independent Arkle Chase was 3m 46.5s by Tiutchev in 2000, beating the previous best of 3m 52.5s set by Or Royal in 1997.


9. Until 1980, The Irish Independent Arkle Chase was always run on the Wednesday of the National Hunt Festival. It now takes place on the opening day, Tuesday.





THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY CHASE


Analysis

The 2002 renewal of the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy has attracted an entry of 57, six up on last year and the second highest total since 1992. In addition there is a strong Irish entry of 15, which has only been bettered once since 1993, as well two challengers from France.


Following on from the successes of Or Royal (1997) and Champleve (1998), Champion trainer Martin Pipe seems keen to land his third Irish Independent Arkle as he entered more horses for the contest than ever before. They are Bounce Back, Copeland, Hit And Run, Iznogoud, Jean d’Auteuil, Mr Cool, Royal Auclair and Seebald.

Seebald, owned by footballers Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman, is currently
challenging for favouritism in the ante-post market. He is undefeated over fences and has rattled up seven wins already this season, including two victories at Cheltenham, in the Thwaites Smooth Beer Novices’ Chase at the October meeting and the Grade Two Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase at The Open in November, where he had Armaturk, Sandy Duff and Fondmort behind him.

He also beat Returning, St Pirran and Krabloonik when winning the Grade Two Cantor Sport Novices’ Chase at Ascot in December. The pick of the Nicholashayne handler’s other entries would appear to be the five-year-old Royal Auclair, who had the Grade Two Rising Stars Novices’ Chase at Chepstow in November at his mercy when he fell five out. He subsequently went on to defeat St Pirran at Exeter in December.


Nicky Henderson will be bidding for his fourth Irish Independent Arkle and he has three entries - Blue Royal, Demasta and Fondmort. Blue Royal ran the race of his life when he was third to the mighty Istabraq in the 2000 Smurfit Champion Hurdle although he has not been seen out since pulling a back muscle at Punchestown in May, 2000.

The New Zealand-bred Demasta won two novice events over the summer at Newton Abbott and Market Rasen before running disappointingly in a valuable handicap at the latter track in July. At this stage, Fondmort is probably Henderson’s strongest hope following his wins at Kempton (twice, including the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase) and Sandown (in the Grade Two Extraman Trophy). His one defeat came behind Seebald in the Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham’s Open meeting, when he was pulled up after blundering badly two out.


Another trainer with a good hand is Paul Nicholls, successful in 1999 with Flagship Uberalles, who has seven entries this time around - Armaturk, Asador, Janiture, Kadarann, Poliantas, Silence Reigns and St Pirran.

Since finishing second to Seebald at Cheltenham in November, Armaturk has gone on to land a novice chase at Newbury in very impressive fashion where he had Red Guard, Europa and Krabloonik all behind him. Silence Reigns has won two novice chases at Chepstow while Asador was seventh in the 2000 JCB Triumph Hurdle and won his only start over fences at Newton Abbott in December. Janiture and Poliantas are two French imports. Janiture disappointed on his British debut at Chepstow while Poliantas has yet to start this side of the English Channel.


The 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle winner Barton appears to have made a successful transition from hurdles to the larger obstacles. After going down to October Mist on his debut over fences at Wetherby in November, Tim Easterby’s charge has gone on to win four times, including the Grade Two ‘Dipper’ Novices’ Chase at Newcastle on his latest start. His target at the National Hunt Festival has yet to be decided and he has also been entered for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


Another interesting entry (also entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase) is the Ferdy Murphy-trained Truckers Tavern. Murphy has made no secret of his high regard for the seven-year-old, who won three Irish point-to-points and remains undefeated over fences following two authoritative victories at Ayr and Newcastle.


Similarly, Il’Athou has done nothing wrong over fences so far this season, winning all of his three starts and Simon Sherwood’s French import was a convincing winner of the Grade Two Victor Chandler Novices’ Chase at Ascot on January 12.


Of the record 15 entries hailing from Ireland, the leading hope would appear to be Moscow Flyer, trained by Jessica Harrington. The eight-year-old was a very useful hurdler and benefited twice last season from Istabraq falling, in the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Grade One Shell Hurdle at Leopardstown in April. His chasing career began with a fall five out when he was travelling very well in a beginners’ chase at Fairyhouse.

Since then he has not looked back with wins at Down Royal, in the Grade Three Craddockstown Novices’ Chase at Punchestown (where he had Grimes behind him) and most recently in the Grade One Denny Gold Medal Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day when he had Youlneverwalkalone in second and Just Our Job in fourth.


Ireland’s other main hope would appear to be Colonel Braxton, who also holds an entry in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase. A Grade One winner over hurdles, the Dessie Hughes-trained gelding was brought down on his fencing debut at Fairyhouse before finishing a promising second to Give Over in the Grade Three William Neville & Sons Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.


There are also two French challengers from Guillaume Macaire - Imlight and Mont Misere. The half-bred Imlight won a chase at Auteuil on November 25 while Mont Misere has shown useful form over hurdles.



Breakdown of Entries per Trainer and Past Successes in The Irish
Independent Arkle Trophy Chase



8 Entries
Martin Pipe (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve)

7 Entries
Paul Nicholls (1999 Flagship Uberalles)

3 Entries
Nicky Henderson (1991 Remittance Man,
1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev)
Willie Mullins IRE
Venetia Williams

2 Entries
Albert Ennis
Dessie Hughes IRE
Guillaume Macaire FR
Christy Roche IRE
Ian Williams

1 Entry
Michael Chapman
Tim Easterby
Brian Ellison
David Gandolfo
Josh Gifford (1990 Comandante)
Jessica Harrington IRE
Philip Hobbs IRE
Pat Hughes IRE
Henrietta Knight
Ger Lyons IRE
Annette McMahon IRE
Noel Meade IRE
Arthur Moore IRE
(1982 The Brockshee, 1995 Klairon Davis)
Seamus Mullins IRE
Ferdy Murphy
Michael O’Brien IRE
Richard Phillips
Mark Pitman
Richard Rowe
Simon Sherwood
Tom Tate
Ted Walsh IRE
Paul Webber



IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES FOR THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY CHASE



112U31 ASSESSED (IRE) 8 b g Montelimar-Tax Code (Workboy)
Owner: Festival Syndicate Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
A winner of a Thurles bumper last season, the Willie Mullins-trained Assessed won a maiden hurdle on his second outing at Gowran Park in May, beating Wimbledon by 12 lengths. Later the same month he won a handicap hurdle at Navan, this time proving three lengths too good for Some Buck. He then made the perfect start to his chasing career, winning a beginners’ contest at Thurles on November 8 by seven lengths from Kilcash Castle. After three defeats over the bigger obstacles, he gained his second chasing success on his last start at Punchestown on January 9, beating Royal Jake by eight lengths in a novices’ event. Also entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


02-FFU3 BE MY ROYAL 8 b g Be My Native - Royal Rehearsal (Pamroy)
Owner: Violet O’Leary Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
Be My Royal was able to win three times over hurdles, including the Grade 3 Stayers’ Novices’ Hurdle at Thurles in December 2000, where he proved far too good for Trevino, beating her by 20 lengths. He almost won at the highest level over timber, finishing two lengths runner-up to Colonel Braxton in last season’s Grade 1 Champion Novices’ Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April. His chasing career has not been brilliant so far - he failed to finish on his first three attempts this season but his most recent effort at Punchestown on January 8 was more encouraging when he came third behind Mantles Prince in a beginners’ chase. Also entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


1210-34 BIG-AND-BOLD 6 b g Legal Circles - Kodak Lady (Entre Nous)
Owner: Mrs Alix Stevenson Trainer: Ger Lyons IRE
Another entry not to have won yet over fences, Big-And-Bold has one bumper and one hurdle victory to his name. The latter came in a novices’ event at Leopardstown in January when he beat For Paddy’s Day by six lengths. After being well beaten on a step up to Grade 2 company over hurdles, the six-year-old finished a close third, half-a-length behind Royal Jake, on his debut over fences at Fairyhouse in December. He was 24 lengths adrift behind Give Over at Leopardstown in a Grade 3 novices’ contest on his last appearance on a racecourse. Also entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


6111-B2 COLONEL BRAXTON (IRE) 7 b g Buckskin-Light The Lamp (Miner’s Lamp)
Owner: Sue Magnier Trainer: Dessie Hughes IRE
Always destined to be a chaser, Colonel Braxton was top class over hurdles where his three wins included the Grade 1 Champion Novices’ Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April and a Grade 2 novices’ hurdle at Leopardstown two months earlier. Brought down on his chasing debut, trainer Dessie Hughes was more than pleased on his only subsequent outing over fences when finishing runner-up to Give Over in a Grade 3 novices’ chase at Leopardstown on December 28, reasoning that there should be quite a bit of improvement yet. Also entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


2F3/-114 DANTES BANK (IRE) 10 br g Phardante - Break The Bank (Gala Performance)
Owner: Annette McMahon Trainer: Annette McMahon
Owned and trained by County Limerick-based Annette McMahon, the lightly-raced Dantes Bank has won on three occasions. This season he has taken novice chases at Thurles in November and at Cork last month. On his latest outing Dantes Bank was 25 lengths fourth in the Grade Three AIB Greenmount Park Novice Chase at Limerick on Boxing Day.


111223 GRIMES 9 b g Reprimand - Diva Maddona (Chief Singer)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Christy Roche
Grimes is having his second spell over fences. He initially went chasing in the 1998/99 season, where his best effort came when following home Flagship Uberalles in the Grade One Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree. The following season he was initially campaigned over fences, but then reverted to hurdles and last season ran exclusively over timber. In August connections took advantage of his favourable mark over fences when he landed the Galway Plate under 10st 1lb. He has been placed on all his starts since then, although he was soundly beaten behind Moscow Flyer last time out at Punchestown.


41-224F JUST OUR JOB (IRE) 7 b g Jolly Jake - Kristellita (Crystal Palace)
Owner: Peter Thompson Trainer: Dessie Hughes
Just Our Job has only joined Dessie Hughes relatively recently, having previously been handled by Michael Hourigan. Over hurdles, he won four times and in April he landed a Flat maiden at Listowel. His chasing career began at Clonmel on December 8 when he went down by a head to Copernicus in a beginners chase. He followed that by finishing fourth to Moscow Flyer in the Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase at Leopardstown on December 26. Most recently, he fell at the fifth in a novice chase at Punchestown on January 9 won by Royal Jake.


41-13r5 MACS GILDORAN 8 b g Gildoran - Shamrock Bridge (Golden Love)
Owner: Margaret McManus Trainer: Willie Mullins
Began the season as one of the brightest chasing hopes in Ireland after some very good form in bumpers and novice hurdles. His career over fences got off to a good start when he landed a beginners’ chase at Navan in impressive fashion on October 18. Since then he has proved a little disappointing. He was a well-beaten third in the Grade One Pierse Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on December 2 and then ran out when seeming to have every chance in a novice chase at Navan on December 15. He was well behind in fifth on his latest start in the Grade Three Grade Three William Neville & Sons Novice Chase at Leopardstown on December 28. Also entered for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


3-46621 MANTLES PRINCE 8 ch g Emarati - Miami Mouse (Miami Springs)
Owner: Sunrise Syndicate Trainer: Pat Hughes
Began his career on the Flat with Geoff Lewis in Britain before joining Pat Hughes. A very decent hurdler on his day and enjoyed his greatest success when landing the valuable Ladbroke Hurdle at Leopardstown in January, 2000. His chasing career began at Cork on December 16, when he finished sixth to Dantes Bank. He was then second to Carmelite in a beginners’ chase at Cork on January 5 and three days later he got off the mark over fences when winning a novice chase at Punchestown by an impressive seven lengths.


21-F111 MOSCOW FLYER (IRE) 8 b g Moscow Society - Meelick Lady (Duky)
Owner: Brian Kearney Trainer: Jessica Harrington
A very useful hurdler who twice benefited from the last flight fall of Istabraq when winning the Grade Two December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Grade One Shell Hurdle, also at Leopardstown, last season. The eight-year-old commenced his career over fences at Fairyhouse in October where he looked to be hacking up but came to grief five out but has more than made amends by winning three times since. On November 9, he was the facile winner of a beginners’ chase at Down Royal and followed that with another convincing victory in the Grade Three Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown on November 17. His latest success over fences was his best to date when two lengths too good for Youlneverwalkalone in the Grade One Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.


1106/0-1 PHARIWARMER (IRE) 8 b g Phardante - Arabian Sands (Pollerton)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Arthur Moore
A fair handicap hurdler on his day, Phariwarmer was off the track from May, 2000, until last month with leg trouble. He made his debut over fences at Leopardstown on December 29 and immediately got off the mark, accounting for Beausheram by half-a-length. Also entered for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


13-1132 REGAL VENTURE (IRE) 7 b g Erdelistan - Misty Venture (Foggy Bell)
Owner: Sean Mulryan Trainer: Michael O'Brien
Relatively lightly-raced gelding who managed to win a maiden hurdle at Navan last season. Has been campaigned over fences this season and won his first two starts at Listowel and Limerick in September and October. Subsequently finished third to Michael Mor in the Grade Three Irish Field Novice Chase at Punchestown in November and on January 13 he was second to Silver Steel in a novice chase at Leopardstown.


200-212 ROYAL JAKE (IRE) 8 b g Jolly Jake - Wee Mite (Menelek)
Owner: Gerard Callaghan Trainer: Noel Meade
A winner of two races so far in his career, a maiden hurdle at Down Royal in April 2000 and a beginners chase at Fairyhouse last month. This season is Royal Jake’s first over fences and he made a promising debut over the larger obstacles when four lengths second to Moscow Flyer in a beginners chase’ at Down Royal in November. He built on that effort when running out the half-length winner of a beginners chase’ at Fairyhouse on December 12 where he may well have benefited from the early exit of Colonel Braxton. On his most recent start he was a staying-on second to Assessed in a novice chase at Punchestown on January 9.


0/1112//-4 ROYAL SIGNATURE (IRE) 8 b g Royal Fountain - Lovely Snoopy (Phardante)
Owner: Seamus Ross Trainer: Ted Walsh
Appeared to be a promising sort in the 1998/99 season when he won a bumper, a maiden hurdle and a novice hurdle in impressive fashion. During that season he was also runner-up to Winter Garden in the Grade Three Festival Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. He did not reappear on the racecourse until January 8 this year and, considering that fact, ran well to finish fourth to Mantles Prince in a novice chase at Punchestown. Also entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.


F1-3221 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 8 b g Montelimar - In My Time (Levmoss)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Christy Roche
Touted as a superstar in the making during the 1999/2000 season when he won a bumper and three novice hurdles in effortless fashion. His run of success came to end in the 2000 Gerrard Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival, when he was third to Sausalito Bay. Had a rather patchy time over hurdles last season, although he did manage two successes, in the Grade One Hattons Grace Hurdle (defeating Moscow Flyer) and the Grade Three Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park. This season his attention has been shifted to fences. He started at 4/6 and was beaten 10 lengths by Topacio on his chasing debut in a beginners’ chase at Fairyhouse on December 1 before finishing second to Mosocw Flyer (beaten 2 lengths) in the Grade One Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. It was third time lucky over fences when he got off the mark in a beginners’ chase at Navan on January 12, winning comfortably by 14 lengths. Also entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.




FRENCH-TRAINED ENTRIES FOR THE 2002 IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY



11-14F1 IMLIGHT (FR) 6 b g Lights Out - Star Dancer (Mitsoupam)
Owner: Ying Shen Trainer: Guillaume Macaire
A non-thoroughbred, the six-year-old Imlight has won on five occasions. He won two chases at Vichy in August, 2000, and a chase at Compiegne in October, 2001. In between that, he landed a 1m 5f handicap on the Flat at Longchamp under Oliver Peslier in April, 2001. His latest start saw him take a chase at Auteuil on November 25, 2001, where he prevailed by five lengths.


2/1- MONT MISERE (FR) 6 b g Mont Basile - Pique Flamme (Lou Piguet)
Owner: A Chiche Trainer: Guillaume Macaire
Won the Grand Prix Estel (a four-year-olds’ hurdle) at Strasbourg in September, 2000, by nine lengths. The season prior to that, he was third in the Prix Mon Romain at Bordeaux Le Bouscat in March, 2000.



Previous results
THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY CHASE




2001 - Cancelled

2000-WINNER-TIUTCHEV 7-11-08 Owner-The Liars Poker Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey- Mick Fitzgerald; SP-8/1
2ND-Cenkos 6-11-08 Owner-Judy Stewart; Trainer-Oliver Sherwood; Jockey-David Casey; SP-10/1
3RD-Decoupage 8-11-08 Owner-Decoupage Partnership; Trainer-Charles Egerton; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-7/4 Fav 12 ran, Time-3m 46.5s Dist-8, 8

1999-WINNER-FLAGSHIP UBERALLES 5-11-00 Owner-Elizabeth Gutner & Michael Krysztofiak Racing; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-11/1
2ND-Tresor De Mai 5-11-00 Owner-Joe Moran; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-14/1
3RD-Nipper Reed 9-11-8 Owner-Graham Piper; Trainer-Rod Simpson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP- 10/1 14 ran, Time-3m 58.1s Dist-2½, 14 4/1 Fav His Song (5th)

1998-WINNER-CHAMPLEVE 5-11-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-13/2
2ND-Hill Society 6-11-08 Owner-Pat Garvey; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey- Richard Dunwoody; SP-8/1
3RD-Mandys Mantino 8-11-08 Owner-John Plackett ; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Philip Hide; SP- 25/1 16 ran Time-3m 55.1s Dist-sh, 1½ 11/2 Fav Kadastrof (10th)

1997-WINNER-OR ROYAL 6-11-08 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-11/2
2ND-Squire Silk 8-11-08 Owner-Robert Ogden; Trainer-Andrew Turnell; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-11/2
3RD-Celibate 6-11-08 Owner-Stamford Bridge Partnership; Trainer-Charlie Mann; Jockey-Jamie Railton; SP-13/2 9 ran Time-3m 52.5s Dist-½,6 11/10 Fav Mulligan (f)

1996-WINNER-VENTANA CANYON 7-11-08 Owner-Philip Myerscough; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-7/1
2ND-Arctic Kinsman 8-11-08 Owner-Rosie Hambro and D Milne; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-13/2
3RD-Super Coin 8-11-08 Owner-George and Joan Brookes; Trainer-Richard Lee; Jockey-Pat McLoughlin; SP-66/1 16 ran, Time-4m 0.5s, Dist-20, 8 7/2 Fav Draborgie (p.u.)

1995-WINNER-KLAIRON DAVIS 6-11-08 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Francis Woods; SP-7/2 fav
2ND-Sound Man 7-11-08 Owner-David Lloyd; Trainer-Edward O'Grady lRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-6/1
3RD-Camitrov 5-11-00 Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Simon Christian; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-16/1 11 ran, Time-4m 7.2s, Dist-½, 9

1994-WINNER-NAKIR 6-11-08 Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Simon Christian; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-9/1
2ND-Baydon Star 7-11-08 Owner-Shirley Robins; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Southolt 6-11-08 Owner-Geoff Hubbard; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey- David Bridgwater; SP-33/1 10 ran, Time-4m 4s, Dist-8, 1½

1993-WINNER-TRAVADO 7-11-08 Owner-Mrs Michael Ennever; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-5/1
2ND-Wonder Man 8-11-08 Owner-Shirley Robins; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-7/2
3RD-Sybillin 7-11-08 Owner-Marquesa de Moratalla; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-4/5 Fav 8 ran, Time-3m 56.6s, Dist-1, 20

1992-WINNER-YOUNG POKEY 7-11-08 Owner-Maurice Oberstein; Trainer-Oliver Sherwood; Jockey- Jamie Osborne; SP-4/1
2ND-Tinryland 8-11-08 Owner-Michael Buckley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-5/1
3RD-Space Fair 9-11-08 Owner-Osborne House Ltd; Trainer-Richard Lee; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-11/1 11 ran, Time-4m, Dist-3 ½,2 3/1 Fav Deep Sensation (4th)

1991-WINNER-REMITTANCE MAN 7-11-08 Owner-Jim Collins; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey- Richard Dunwoody; SP-85/40 Fav
2ND-Uncle Ernie 6-11-08 Owner-A F Budge (Equine) Ltd; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey- Mark Dwyer SP-5/2
3RD-Redundant Pal 8-11-08 Owner-Peter O'Neill; Trainer-Paddy Mullins IRE; Jockey-Conor O'Dwyer; SP-16/1 14 ran, Time-3m 55s, Dist-6,6

1990-WINNER-COMANDANTE 8-11-08 Owner-Maurice Pinto; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Peter Hobbs; SP-9/2
2ND-Kiichi 5-11-00 Owner-Michael Smurfit; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Brendan Sheridan; SP-12/1
3RD-Young Snugfit 6-11-08 Owner-John Poynton; Trainer-Oliver Sherwood; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-9/2 14 ran, Time-3m 53.2s, Dist-1,nk 4/1 Fav Celtic Shot (6th)

1989-WINNER-WATERLOO BOY 6-11-08 Owner-Michael Deeley; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey- Richard Dunwoody; SP-20/1
2ND-Southern Minstrel 6-11-08 Owner-Hathaway Roofing Ltd; Trainer-Arthur Stephenson; Jockey-Chris Grant; SP-9/1
3RD-Sabin Du Loir 10-11-08 Owner-Brian Kilpatrick; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-5/4 Fav 14 ran, Time-4m 1.3s, Dist-½,1

1988-WINNER-DANISH FLIGHT 9-11-08 Owner-A F Budge (Equine) Ltd; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-11/2
2ND-Abbey Glen 6-11-08 Owner-Mrs G T McKey; Trainer-Pat Hughes IRE; Jockey-Frank Berry; SP-11/4 Fav
3RD-Barnbrook Again 7-11-08 Owner-Mel Davies; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Simon Sherwood; SP-7/2 12 ran, Time-4m 15.55, Dist-2,8

1987-WINNER-GALA'S IMAGE 7-11-08 Owner-Sheikh Ali Abu Khamsin; Trainer-Mercy Rimell; Jockey-Richard Linley; SP-25/1
2ND-AIlten Glazed 10-11-08 Owner-Mrs W Widdall; Trainer-Mick Naughton; Jockey-Chris Grant; SP-16/1
3RD-First Bout 6-11-08 Owner-Wharton Shober; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Steve Smith Eccles; SP-11/4 Fav 19 ran, Time-3m 58.85, Dist-¾,2

1986-WINNER-OREGON TRAIL 6-11-08 Owner-Henry Ponsonby; Trainer-Simon Christian; Jockey- Ronnie Beggan; SP-14/1
2ND-Charcoal Wally 7-11-08 Owner-J W Mursell; Trainer-Ron Hodges; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-11/1
3RD-Desert Orchid 7-11-08 Owner-Richard Burridge; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Colin Brown; SP-11/2 14 ran, Time-3m 53.3s, Dist-¾,8 11/4 Fav Berlin (5th)

1985-WlNNER-BOREEN PRlNCE 8-11-08 Owner-William Lenehan; Trainer-Andrew McNamara lRE; Jockey-Niall Madden; SP-15/2
2ND-Buck House 7-11-08 Owner-Mrs Seamus Purcell; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey- Tommy Carmody; SP-100/30 Fav
3RD-Very Promising 7-11-08 Owner-Jean Maunders; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-5/1 16 ran, Time-3m 54.7s, Dist-2,1



THE 2000 IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY CHASE RESULT IN DETAIL



Class A, Grade 1, 2.35pm Tuesday, March 14, 2000, total prize fund £115,000, two miles, for novice five-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 5-y-o: 11st 3lb, 6-y-o and up:11st 8lb, mares allowance 5lb. Entries closed January 19, 2000 (47 entries), entries released Monday, January 24, forfeit stage February 22 (28 entries), five day declaration stage March 9 (20 entries). Overnight declarations (12 runners).


1 TIUTCHEV 7-11-08 (The Liars Poker Partnership) Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 8/1
2 CENKOS (FR) 6-11-08 (Mrs Judy Stewart) Oliver Sherwood David Casey 10/1
3 DECOUPAGE 8-11-08 (Decoupage Partnership) Charles Egerton Norman Williamson 7/4 Fav
4 RATHBAWN PRINCE (IRE) 8-11-08 (Tom Culhane) Dessie Hughes IRE Kieran Kelly 20/1
5 BELLATOR (t) 7-11-08 (Peter Richardson) Venetia Williams Richard Johnson 5/1
6 WAHIBA SANDS 7-11-08 (David Johnson) Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 9/2
7 SLANEY NATIVE (IRE) 7-11-08 (David Nugent) Jessica Harrington IRE Paul Moloney 25/1
8 WAKEEL (USA) 8-11-08 (M Chavoush) Mark Pitman Carl Llewellyn 33/1
9 LA BRIGANTINE (IRE) (b, t) 7-11-03 (b, t) (Bob Buckler) Bob Buckler Brendan Powell 200/1
UR 5 FADALKO (FR) 7-11-08 (Robert Ogden) Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard 16/1
F 3 out FROZEN GROOM (FR) 5-11-03 (Des Sharkey) Noel Meade IRE Barry Geraghty 10/1
BD 3out COMMANCHE COURT (IRE) 7-11-08 (Dermot Desmond) Ted Walsh IRE Ruby Walsh 16/1

12 ran
Totes: Win £8.00; Places £2.00, £2.70, £1.60; Exacta £67.00
Distances: 8, 8, 5, ¾, hd, 2, 2, dist Time: 3m 46.40s (record)
Breeder: Exors of the late Mrs D M de Rothschild in Britain

Winning Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald Date/place of birth: Cork, 10/05/1970 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (7) CATHCART CHASE: (1994 Raymylette, 1999 Stormyfairweather), WILLIAM HILL NH CHASE (1995 Rough Quest), ELITE RACING CLUB TRIUMPH HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE (2000 Tiutchev). Other Big Race Wins Include: VICTOR CHANDLER CHASE (Big Matt 1996), AGFA DIAMOND CHASE (1996 Amtrak Express), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN GAME SPIRIT CHASE (1999 Celibate), AON CHASE (2000 See More Business), TOTE GOLD TROPHY HCAP HURDLE (2000 Geos).


Winning trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON
Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous occupation/ apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78
General: Champion trainer twice (1985/6 and 1986/7) Wins (1982/3,1997/98):40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54 Number of horses in training (1984-99): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84 Cheltenham Festival wins: (21) County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich), Stayers (1989 Rustle), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 Stormyfairweather), Supreme H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino) Other major wins include: Desert Orchid South Western Pattern Chase (1992 Remittance Man), Plymouth Gin Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Long Distance Hurdle (1995 Conquering Leader), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), BMW Handicap Chase (1998 Big Matt), Mitie Group Kennel Gate Hurdle (1998 Hidebound), Tote Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 Geos)





THE ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE



Class A, Grade 1, 3.55pm, Wednesday March 13, 2002, total value £125,000, three miles and about one furlong, for five-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 5-y-o: 10st 8lb, 6-y-o and up: 11st 4lb: mares allowance 5lb. Entries closed January 16, 2002 (82 entries), entries released, Monday, January 21, forfeit stage February 19. Five-day confirmation stage Friday, March 8, overnight declaration stage Tuesday, March 12. (Form correct up to Friday, January 18, 2002).



201-3P1 ALTAPETER 7 J Hey Peter Beaumont
16-2F11 ARTIC JACK (FR) 6 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
112U31 ASSESSED (IRE) 8 Festival Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
042412 BADGER'S WOOD (IRE) 7 John J Brennan Pat Sinnott IRE
1-1F121 BALLYBOUGH RASHER (IRE) 7 Comtake-Welding Engineering Specialists Howard Johnson
BALLYCONNELL (IRE) 6 Michael Smurfit Dermot Weld IRE
4-21111 BARTON 9 Sir Stanley Clarke Tim Easterby
02-FFU3 BE MY ROYAL (IRE) 8 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
1210-34 BIG-AND-BOLD (IRE) 6 Mrs Alix Stevenson Ger Lyons IRE
232143 BOUNCE BACK (USA) 6 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe
133-111 CARRYONHARRY (IRE) 8 Drs David Silk J Castro M Gillard P Walker Martin Pipe
15/11-31 CHIVES (IRE) 7 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
6111-B2 COLONEL BRAXTON (IRE) 7 Sue Magnier Dessie Hughes IRE
0-03F12 COPERNICUS 7 Brian Keogan Pat Hughes IRE
P-53111 CORNISH GALE (IRE) 8 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
46-3412 CRUISE THE FAIRWAY (IRE) 6 R J T 290 Limited Brendan Powell
2443/11- DEAR DEAL 9 J A G Meaden Colin Tizzard
111-11F DIRECT ACCESS (IRE) 7 Ashleybank Investments Limited Len Lungo
41F605 DOUBLE BOGEY BLUES (IRE) 6 F-One Syndicate Mouse Morris IRE
2U4222 ERRAND BOY 8 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
1112-13 EUROPA 6 Brian Stewart-Brown TomTate
32/1//3-15 FATHER MCCARTEN (IRE) 9 Malcolm C Denmark Mark Pitman
11123-34 FREETOWN (IRE) 6 Miss S Blumberg & R Nairn Len Lungo
44-1221 FROSTY CANYON 9 Mrs P Sherwood Paul Webber
1141-143 GARRUTH (IRE) 8 Paul K Barber Paul Nicholls
34/-2U2F GENTLE RIVAGE (FR) 8 Geoffrey & Donna Keeys Nigel Twiston-Davies
05211U GIVE OVER (IRE) 9 Eileen Queally Eddie Hales IRE
00/P/- GO MAN (IRE) 8 J E Potter Richard Lee
1212-12 GOLA CHER (IRE) 8 Fred & Susan Welch Alan King
042226 GULSHAN 8 Jenny Powell Nigel Twiston-Davies
534-116 HARBOUR PILOT (IRE) 7 Kays Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
3221/2-3 HAUT CERCY (FR) 7 The Wiggin Partnership Henry Daly
23111 HEROS COLLONGES (FR) 7 John Hales Guillaume Macaire FR
22-2435 HIGH COTTON (IRE) 7 Richard Burridge David Elsworth
0212-P1 HISTORG (FR) 7 Jim McCarthy Ferdy Murphy
012-21F HUSSARD COLLONGES (FR) 7 N W A Bannister Peter Beaumont
200-212 IFNI DU LUC (FR) 6 P J White Nicky Henderson
512F32 INNOX (FR) 6 Marquise de Moratalla Francois Doumen FR
21140- IZNOGOUD (FR) 6 County Stores-Avalon Surfacing Martin Pipe
11-1111 JAPHET (FR) 5 J C Audry Guillaume Macaire FR
164-2 JEAN D'AUTEUIL (FR) 6 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
35-213 JIMMY TENNIS (FR) 5 Derek and Jean Clee Venetia Williams
331F JOUR J (FR) 5 Stef Stefanou Martin Pipe
2U KILBREADY BOY (IRE) 7 Lawrence Wells Lawrence Wells
P-23F22 LAMBRINI PRINCE 8 Halewood International Ltd Lisa Williamson
11/P0P2//- LORD JIM (IRE) 10 Mrs S Y Thomas Ron Hodges
41-13r5 MACS GILDORAN 8 Margaret McManus Willie Mullins IRE
1111U4 MAN ON THE HILL (IRE) 8 David Johnson Ferdy Murphy
4-21115 MANX MAGIC (USA) 9 J P Kennedy Martin Pipe
6-21211 MAXIMIZE (IRE) 8 Lady Vestey Henrietta Knight
05-U116 MICHAEL MOR (IRE) 8 K L M Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
20-3322 MISTER BIGTIME (IRE) 8 Jean R Bishop Richard Rowe
PF-PP04 MONIFETH MAN (IRE) 7 David Lloyd Mouse Morris IRE
00-003 NEVER COMPROMISE (IRE) 7 Dermot Desmond Ted Walsh IRE
01-41 NEVER WONDER (IRE) 7 Ever The Optimists Mark Bradstock
2/P-P462 NO DISCOUNT (IRE) 8 Thomas Bailey Ted Walsh IRE
0/0F6/4-1 NO FORECAST (IRE) 8 Andrew L Cohen Alex Hales
00-2F21 OA BALDIXE (FR) 8 The High Street Racing Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
2/0P-643 PEMBROKE SQUARE (IRE) 7 Fraser Miller Paul Ritchens
221144 PHAR FROM A FIDDLE (IRE) 6 Judy Stewart Paul Nicholls
1106/0-1 PHARIWARMER (IRE) 8 J P McManus Arthur Moore IRE
0//-1 RICHTER SCALE (IRE) 8 Decoupage Partnership Charles Egerton
3-11F23 RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 7 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
1115-F1 ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 5 Clive D Smith Martin Pipe
0/1112//-4 ROYAL SIGNATURE (IRE) 8 Seamus Ross Ted Walsh IRE
33/40/-01F SANTABLESS (IRE) 9 Southern Brick & Tile Co Ltd Henrietta Knight
5F12P2 SCORING PEDIGREE (IRE) 10 Wilsford Racing Partnership Seamus Mullins
5F11F1 SILVER STEEL 7 Thomas Harty Christy Roche IRE
5-52411 SILVER STREAK (IRE) 8 Mrs Timothy Pilkington Josh Gifford
3-11U34 SOUTHERN STAR (IRE) 7 Southern Brick & Tile Co Ltd Henrietta Knight
213-1131 SPRING MARGOT (FR) 6 Sir Robert Ogden Venetia Williams
45-3U31 TAKAGI (IRE) 7 D Cox Edward O'Grady IRE
12P56-5 TEAATRAL 8 Bernard Gover Bloodstock Trading Ltd Charles Egerton
2131-23 THE EXTRA MAN (IRE) 8 Extraman Ltd Mick Ryan
PP-1422 TIK-A-TAI (IRE) 7 The Chamberlain Addiscott Partnership Oliver Sherwood
1-11 TRUCKERS TAVERN (IRE) 7 Mrs M B Scholey Ferdy Murphy
3F TRUSTING TOM 7 T P Radford Chris Bealby
22121-P TYNEANDTHYNEAGAIN 7 Norman Mason Norman Mason
134-11F VALLEY HENRY (IRE) 7 Paul K Barber Paul Nicholls
1222F1 WICKED CRACK (IRE) 9 L Queally Eddie Hales IRE
4-40411 WOODENBRIDGE NATIF (IRE) 7 Woodenbridge Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
F1-3221 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 8 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE

82 entries
24 Irish-trained entries
3 French-trained entries



Breakdown of Entries per Trainer and Past Successes in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase



7 Entries
Martin Pipe (1991 Rolling Ball, 1992 Miinnehoma)

4 Entries
Henrietta Knight (2000 Lord Noelie)
Noel Meade IRE
Paul Nicholls

3 Entries
Willie Mullins IRE (1998 Florida Pearl)
Ferdy Murphy
Christy Roche IRE
Ted Walsh IRE

2 Entries
Peter Beaumont
Charles Egerton
Eddie Hales IRE
Nicky Henderson
Len Lungo
Guillaume Macaire FR
Mouse Morris IRE
Nigel Twiston-Davies (1993 Young Hustler)
Venetia Williams

1 Entry
Chris Bealby
Mark Bradstock
Henry Daly
Francois Doumen FR
Tim Easterby
David Elsworth (1981 Lesley Ann)
Josh Gifford (1989 Envopak Token, 1995 Brief Gale)
Alex Hales
Ron Hodges (1997 Hanakham)
Dessie Hughes IRE
Pat Hughes IRE (1985 Antarctic Bay)
Howard Johnson
Alan King
Richard Lee
Ger Lyons IRE
Norman Mason
Arthur Moore IRE
Seamus Mullins
Edward O’Grady IRE
Mark Pitman
Brendan Powell
Paul Ritchens
Richard Rowe
Mick Ryan
Oliver Sherwood (1988 The West Awake)
Pat Sinnott IRE
Sue Smith
Tom Tate
Colin Tizzard
Paul Webber
Dermot Weld IRE
Lawrence Wells
Lisa Williamson



THE ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE
Analysis




The Royal & SunAlliance Chase has proved an unrivalled route to success at the highest level in recent years. The 1998 winner Florida Pearl has been placed in two Tote Cheltenham Gold Cups and won this season’s Pertemps King George VI Chase while Looks Like Trouble, winner of the novices’ event in 1999, landed the following year’s Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and the 2000 winner Lord Noelie is prominent in the betting for chasing’s Blue Riband in March.


There are 82 entries this year, no less than 21 more than in 2001, and the race promises to be one of the highlights of the National Hunt Festival.


Guillaume Macaire, who is based at Les Mathes in south-west France, provides this year’s current ante-post favourite Japhet, winner of a four-year-olds’ chase at Auteuil on November 1. Macaire has also entered Heros Collonges, a six-year-old who won a handicap chase at the same fixture.


Martin Pipe has seven entries, including the ex French-trained Bounce Back, who finished third in a Wincanton novices’ chase on January 10, Carryonharry, who is unbeaten in three starts this season, Iznogoud, who defied his name to win last season’s Tolworth Hurdle but has yet to go chasing in Britain, Jean D’Auteuil finished second on his chasing debut at Taunton on November 29, Jour J, a winner in France in November fell on his British debut at Newbury on January 9, Manx Magic won the Steel Plate and Sections Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on November 16 and Royal Auclair beat St Pirran over an extended two miles at Exeter in December.


Nicky Henderson is represented by Artic Jack, who advertised his wellbeing with a victory at Ascot on Saturday, January 12, and the mare Ifni Du Luc, who finished second in a Kempton novices’ handicap chase on December 27.


Paul Nicholls has a strong team including Cornish Gale, a winner three times this season including in the IFTE Plc Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in November, Garruth, who was bought for 175,000gns at Doncaster in May and has yet to significantly recoup any of that outlay but did pick up £4,000 for scoring at Plumpton on November 25, Phar From A Fiddle, who scored on his chasing debut at Cheltenham on October 31, and Valley Henry, who had won both his starts over fences before falling when still in contention in the Grade 1 Pertemps Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.


The Feltham form is well represented by the winner Maximize, owned by Lady Vestey, wife of Cheltenham’s chairman, the runner-up Innox, who was beaten two and a half lengths and represents French trainer Francois Doumen, fourth-placed Man On The Hill and High Cotton, who carries the Desert Orchid colours of Richard Burridge and was fifth of the five finishers.


Maximize is trained by Henrietta Knight, who is further represented by Chives, who beat Tik-A-Tai by four lengths at Stratford on December 29, Santabless, who beat one other finisher at Taunton on December 13, and Southern Star, a winner at Cheltenham on October 31 who was beaten six lengths by Silver Streak back at Prestbury Park on December 14.


Heading a strong team of northern-trained possibles is Barton, who also has an Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase entry. Tim Easterby's charge, who landed the Dipper Novices' Chase at Newcastle earlier this month in scintillating style by 30 lengths from Sue Smith’s Errand Boy, already boasts a success at the National Hunt Festival - in the 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle.


Altapeter, a 12-length winner at Wetherby on January 3, represents Peter Beaumont while Direct Access, who lost his unbeaten record over fences with a fall behind Silver Streak at Cheltenham last month, has been entered by Scottish-based Len Lungo along with Freetown. Truckers Tavern, a facile winner at Newcastle on January 16, has also been entered in the Irish Independent Arkle Chase by Ferdy Murphy.


Frosty Canyon, from Paul Webber’s Banbury stable, enters calculations following his three-length defeat of Cruise The Fairway at Newbury on January 9, while Alan King’s Gola Cher also ran behind Silver Streak at Cheltenham last month but was only beaten a length and three quarters when giving 3lb.


There is a particularly strong entry of 24 - a record - from across the Irish Sea. Top-class novice hurdler Colonel Braxton, trained by Dessie Hughes, went down by a neck to Give Over at Leopardstown on December 28, when the pair were more than three and a half lengths clear of third-placed Assessed. Big-And-Bold finished fourth in the three-mile contest, Macs Gildoran was fifth, Harbour Pilot sixth and Silver Street appeared destined for second at best when falling at the last.


Oa Baldixe was an eight-length winner at Fairyhouse on January 5, Be My Royal, another top hurdler last season, completed for the first time over fences when third at Punchestown on January 8, Phariwarmer won a beginners’ chase at Leopardstown on December 29 for J P McManus and Arthur Moore, Woodenbridge Natif took a handicap at the south Dublin course three days earlier, Takagi beat Badger’s Wood by seven lengths at Naas on January 6 and Youlneverwalkalone, who also has a Smurfit Champion Hurdle entry, justified odds-on favouritism when winning at Navan on Janaury 12. Dermot Weld has entered Ballyconnell, the only entry yet to run under Rules, but a three-time winner in Irish point-to-points in the autumn.



ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE FACTS AND FIGURES



1. The Royal & SunAlliance Chase had a slight name change again in 1998, having been run as the Royal SunAlliance Chase for the first time in 1997. But Sun Alliance, which merged with Royal Insurance in 1996, is among Cheltenham's longest-running sponsors. The Sun Alliance Chase was run for 23 years and Sun Alliance sponsored at Cheltenham for 26 years altogether. From 1971-3, the Foxhunters Chase was titled the "Sun Alliance & London Foxhunters".


2. Sun Alliance & London was the first sponsor outside racing to embrace commercial sponsorship at the National Hunt meeting. Only the Tote precedes them. Before 1974 the race was titled the Broadway Novices’ Chase and the Totalisator Champion Novices’ Chase.


3. Since 1960, five horses have won both the Royal & SunAlliance Chase and Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. They are:
1963 Arkle (Gold Cup 1964-6)
1974 Ten Up (Gold Cup 1975)
1979 Master Smudge (Gold Cup 1980 on the disqualification of Tied Cottage)
1990 Garrison Savannah (Gold Cup 1991)
1999 Looks Like Trouble (Gold Cup 2000)
To this list might be added the name of Tied Cottage, winner of the Sun Alliance Chase in 1976 and the Tote Gold Cup in 1980, before subsequent disqualification.


4. The biggest field for the race has been 30, in 1986, and the smallest eight, in 1993.


5. The Royal & SunAlliance Chase is as difficult to win as The Irish Independent Arkle Chase. Only Fred Winter won it more than twice as a trainer with three victories; Killiney (1973), Pengrail (1975) and Brown Chamberlin (1982).


6. Irish-trained winners number seven since 1964, with 1998’s winner Florida Pearl producing the first Irish-trained success since Antarctic Bay in 1985.


7. The most successful jockey in the Royal & SunAlliance has been Peter Scudamore, who notched up a hat-trick of wins from 1991 to 1993 with Rolling Ball, Miinnehoma and Young Hustler. The latter two went on to further big-race success, with Miinnehoma winning the 1994 Martell Grand National. Richard Dunwoody won the race on Hanakham (1997) and Florida Pearl (1998).


8. The longest-priced winner since 1964 is Canny Danny in 1983 at 33/1, with Killiney the shortest- priced at 8/15 in 1973.


9. The fastest running of the race was by Lord Noelie in 2000 at 6 mins 5.3, beating the previous best of 6 mins 6.6s set by Miinnehoma in 1992.




IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES IN THE ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE



112U31 ASSESSED (IRE) 8 b g Montelimar-Tax Code (Workboy)
Owner: Festival Syndicate Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
A winner of a Thurles bumper last season, the Willie Mullins-trained Assessed won a maiden hurdle on his second outing at Gowran Park in May, beating Wimbledon by 12 lengths. Later the same month he won a handicap hurdle at Navan, this time proving three lengths too good for Some Buck. He then made the perfect start to his chasing career, winning a beginners’ contest at Thurles on November 8 by seven lengths from Kilcash Castle. After three defeats over the bigger obstacles, he gained his second chasing success on his last start at Punchestown on January 9, beating Royal Jake by eight lengths in a novices’ event. Also entered in the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase.


042412 BADGER’S WOOD 7 b g Husyan - Orient Conquest (Dual)
Owner: John J Brennan Trainer: Pat Sinnott IRE
Unable to win a bumper, Badger’s Wood was successful on two occasions over timber, winning a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse in February, 2001, and a handicap hurdle at Listowel two months later. A winner of a beginners’ chase at the fourth time of asking at Navan on December 22, accounting for Mr Ventura by 20 lengths, the Husyan gelding was seven lengths second to Takagi at Naas on January 6.


BALLYCONNELL 6 b g Insan - Stormy Skies (Strong Gale)
Owner: Michael Smurfit Trainer: Dermot Weld IRE
Yet to race under Rules, Ballyconnell won two point-to-points in Antrim in October - a maiden at Mid Antrim and the Future Champions Final at East Antrim. The following month the son of Insan gained his third point-to-point victory in a winners of two contest where he was ridden with supreme confidence to deny Lobbingalong by a neck on the line.


02-FFU3 BE MY ROYAL 8 b g Be My Native - Royal Rehearsal (Pamroy)
Owner: Violet O’Leary Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
Be My Royal was able to win three times over hurdles, including the Grade 3 Stayers’ Novices’ Hurdle at Thurles in December 2000, where he proved far too good for Trevino, beating her by 20 lengths. He almost won at the highest level over timber, finishing two lengths runner-up to Colonel Braxton in last season’s Grade 1 Champion Novices’ Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April. His chasing career has not been brilliant so far - he failed to finish on his first three attempts this season but his most recent effort at Punchestown on January 8 was more encouraging when he came third behind Mantles Prince in a beginners’ chase. Also entered in the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase.


1210-34 BIG-AND-BOLD 6 b g Legal Circles - Kodak Lady (Entre Nous)
Owner: Mrs Alix Stevenson Trainer: Ger Lyons IRE
Another entry not to have won yet over fences, Big-And-Bold has one bumper and one hurdle victory to his name. The latter came in a novices’ event at Leopardstown in January when he beat For Paddy’s Day by six lengths. After being well beaten on a step up to Grade 2 company over hurdles, the six-year-old finished a close third, half-a-length behind Royal Jake, on his debut over fences at Fairyhouse in December. He was 24 lengths adrift behind Give Over at Leopardstown in a Grade 3 novices’ contest on his last appearance on a racecourse. Also entered in the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase.


6111-B2 COLONEL BRAXTON (IRE) 7 b g Buckskin-Light The Lamp (Miner’s Lamp)
Owner: Sue Magnier Trainer: Dessie Hughes IRE
Always destined to be a chaser, Colonel Braxton was top class over hurdles where his three wins included the Grade 1 Champion Novices’ Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April and a Grade 2 novices’ hurdle at Leopardstown two months earlier. Brought down on his chasing debut, trainer Dessie Hughes was more than pleased on his only subsequent outing over fences when finishing runner-up to Give Over in a Grade 3 novices’ chase at Leopardstown on December 28, reasoning that there should be quite a bit of improvement yet. Also entered in the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase.


0-03F12 COPERNICUS 7 b g Polish Precedent-Oxslip (Owen Dudley)
Owner: Brian Keogan Trainer: Pat Hughes IRE
After falling on his chasing bow in November, the Pat Hughes-trained Copernicus made amends in fine style, winning a beginners’ chase at Clonmel on December 8, by four-and-a-half lengths from Just Our Job. On his most recent outing he was placed second, beaten six lengths, behind Ellenjay in a Grade 3 novices’ chase at Limerick on Boxing Day. Before going over the bigger obstacles Copernicus won three novice hurdles.


41F605 DOUBLE BOGEY BLUES 6 b g Celio Rufo - Belmount Star (Good Thyne)
Owner: F-One Syndicate Trainer: Mouse Morris IRE
The Mouse Morris-trained Double Bogey Blues was no great shakes over hurdles, although he did win the Matterhorn Hurdle at Thurles in November, beating Willoughby Joe by 14 lengths in the process. On his two outings to date over fences he has been beaten 38 lengths or more each time and presumably significant progress is expected for him to be entered here.


05211U GIVE OVER (IRE) 9 b g Lord Americo - Romany River (Over The River)
Owner: Eileen Queally Trainer: Eddie Hales IRE
Give Over was unplaced in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at the 2000 National Hunt Festival on one of his two previous appearances at Prestbury Park. A handicapper over hurdles, he has thrived since going fencing this term. He won a beginners’ chase, over 3m 1f, at the third time of asking at Fairyhouse on December 12, and followed up 16 days later beating Colonel Braxton by a neck in a Grade 3 novices’ chase at Leopardstown over a furlong less. On his last start Conor O’Dwyer was unfortunately unseated at the first obstacle.


534-116 HARBOUR PILOT (IRE) 7 b g Be My Native-Las-Cancellas (Monksfield)
Owner: Kays Syndicate Trainer: Noel Meade IRE
Always considered to be a staying chaser in the long run, Harbour Pilot is already a Grade 1 winner over fences. He won the Pierse Drinmore Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse on December 2, by four-and-a-half lengths from Risk Accessor, having earlier won a beginners’ race at Galway in October. Having proved himself much better over fences than hurdles, he lost his unbeaten record over the bigger obstacles last time at Leopardstown on December 28, in a Grade 3 event when making a dreadful blunder at the fifth-last.


41-13r5 MACS GILDORAN 8 b g Gildoran - Shamrock Bridge (Golden Love)
Owner: Margaret McManus Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
Began the season as one of the brightest chasing hopes in Ireland after some very good form in bumpers and novice hurdles. His career over fences got off to a good start when he landed a beginners’ chase at Navan in impressive fashion on October 18. Since then he has proved a little disappointing. He was a well-beaten third in the Grade One Pierse Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on December 2 and then ran out when seeming to have every chance in a novice chase at Navan on December 15. He was well behind in fifth on his latest start in the Grade Three Grade Three William Neville & Sons Novice Chase at Leopardstown on December 28. Also entered for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase.


05-U116 MICHAEL MOR (IRE) 8 ch g Denel-Oralee (Prominer)
Owner: K L M Syndicate Trainer: Noel Meade IRE
After unseating Paul Carberry on his first outing over fences at Roscommon in October, Michael Mor, a half-brother to Promalee, won two Grade 3 novice chases at Galway later in the same month and Punchestown in November. On his last start in the Grade 1 Denny Gold Medal Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, Noel Meade’s charge finished in sixth position, beaten more than 13 lengths by Moscow Flyer.

PF-PP04 MONIFETH MAN (IRE) 7 b g Be My Native - Outdoor Ivy (Deep Run)
Owner: David Lloyd Trainer: Mouse Morris IRE
The winner of a novices’ hurdle at Leopardstown in January, 2000, has so far not set the world of Irish novice chasing on fire. The Be My Native gelding failed to finish on his first three starts over the bigger obstacles and since then has been well beaten by Mantles Prince and Youlneverwalkalone in two beginners’ chases at the beginning of January at Punchestown and Navan.


00-003 NEVER COMPROMISE (IRE) 7 br g Glacial Storm-Banderole (Hoist The Flag)
Owner: Dermot Desmond Trainer: Ted Walsh IRE
Lightly-raced Never Compromise was unable to get within 22 lengths of the winner on his four racecourse starts over hurdles. Trained by Ted Walsh, the seven-year-old made an encouraging start to his career over fences finishing third, beaten just over eight lengths, behind Assessed in a novices’ event at Punchestown on January 9. He was staying on in the two-mile contest so improvement can be expected for a step up in trip.


2/P-P462 NO DISCOUNT (IRE) 8 b g Be My Native - Flameing Run (Deep Run)
Owner: Thomas Bailey Trainer: Ted Walsh IRE
Two seasons ago No Discount finished runner-up to Monsignor in the Grade 1 Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival, and he filled the same position a month later in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. Still a maiden over fences after four outings, much his best performance came last time in a novices’ event at Punchestown on January 9, when he finished the one-and-a-half length runner-up to Wicked Crack.


00-2F21 OA BALDIXE (FR) 8 gr g Linamix - Bal D’Oa (Noir Et Or)
Owner: The High Street Racing Syndicate Trainer: Noel Meade IRE
A Group 3 winner on the Flat for French trainer Pascal Bary, Oa Baldixe was also a high-class performer over hurdles winning the Grade 3 ‘Monksfield’ Novices’ Hurdle at Navan in November, 1999. Having finished second twice on his first three outings over fences (falling on the other occasion), the eight-year-old came good on his last outing beating Be My Better Half by eight lengths in a beginners’ chase at Fairyhouse on January 5.


1106/0-1 PHARIWARMER (IRE) 8 b g Phardante - Arabian Sands (Pollerton)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Arthur Moore IRE
A fair handicap hurdler on his day, Phariwarmer was off the track from May, 2000, until last month with leg trouble. He made his debut over fences at Leopardstown on December 29 and immediately got off the mark, accounting for Beausheram by half-a-length. Also entered for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase.


3-11F23 RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 7 b g Commanche Run-Bellatollah (Bellman)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Christy Roche IRE
Risk Accessor was good enough to win two Grade 3 novice hurdles over timber, and having made a successful debut over fences in a chase at Thurles in October, he was brought over to Cheltenham to compete in the IFTE Plc Novices’ Chase at The Open in November. He was unable to justify favouritism, falling at the fourth obstacle, and on his two outings since back on home territory he has ran extremely well to be placed in Grade 1 and Grade 3 novice chases at Fairyhouse and Limerick respectively.


0/1112//-4 ROYAL SIGNATURE (IRE) 8 b g Royal Fountain - Lovely Snoopy (Phardante)
Owner: Seamus Ross Trainer: Ted Walsh IRE
Appeared to be a promising sort in the 1998/99 season when he won a bumper, a maiden hurdle and a novice hurdle in impressive fashion. During that season he was also runner-up to Winter Garden in the Grade Three Festival Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. He did not reappear on the racecourse until January 8 this year and, considering that fact, ran well to finish fourth to Mantles Prince in a novice chase at Punchestown. Also entered for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase.


5F11F1 SILVER STEEL 7 b g Shernazar - Yldizlar (Star Appeal)
Owner: Thomas Harty Trainer: Christy Roche IRE
Despite never winning a bumper and only landing a maiden over hurdles, the Christy Roche-trained Silver Steel has done particularly well over fences this season, remaining unbeaten over the larger obstacles when he has completed although he has fallen twice. The seven-year-old’s three successes have come in a chase at Thurles in December, and novice chases at Navan, later in the same month, and Leopradstown most recently on January 13.


45-3U31 TAKAGI (IRE) 7 b g Husyan-Ballyclough Gale (Strong Gale)
Owner: D Cox Trainer: Edward O’Grady IRE
Beaten only a length by City West on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse last May, Takagi then unseated Barry Geraghty on his next start in November. Another third place behind Give Over at Fairyhouse the following month preceded the seven-year-old’s first success over the bigger obstacles in a novice chase at Naas on January 6, where he defeated Badger’s Wood by seven lengths on his most recent outing. Previously he had gained one bumper and one hurdle success.


1222F1 WICKED CRACK (IRE) 9 b m King’s Ride - Mighty Crack (Deep Run)
Owner: L Queally Trainer: Eddie Hales IRE
Third behind Limestone Lad in a Grade 2 hurdle at Navan in February, Wicked Crack made the perfect start over fences this season winning a novice chase at Tipperary in October by seven lengths. The runner-up on her next three starts, including to Arctic Camper in the Grade 2 John Hughes Rehearsal Chase at Chepstow in December, she then fell at Leopardstown over Christmas but made amends on her latest outing justifying odds-on favouritism to win a novice chase at Punchestown on January 9, from No Discount.


4-40411 WOODENBRIDGE NATIF (IRE) 7 b g Be My Native - Wintry Shower (Strong Gale)
Owner: Woodenbridge Syndicate Trainer: Noel Meade IRE
Woodenbridge Natif, from the family of dual Thyestes Chase scorer Wylde Hide, was good enough to win two hurdle events, but always looked like he had the makings of a chaser - a sphere to which he has turned his hand this season. No closer than 13 lengths behind the winner on his first three outings over fences, the penny has now dropped and on his last two starts he has won handicap chases at Navan and, most recently on Boxing Day, at Leopardstown.


F1-3221 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 8 b g Montelimar - In My Time (Levmoss)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Christy Roche IRE
Touted as a superstar in the making during the 1999/2000 season when he won a bumper and three novice hurdles in effortless fashion. His run of success came to end in the 2000 Gerrard Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival, when he was third to Sausalito Bay. Had a rather patchy time over hurdles last season, although he did manage two successes, in the Grade One Hattons Grace Hurdle (defeating Moscow Flyer) and the Grade Three Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park. This season his attention has been shifted to fences. He started at 4/6 and was beaten 10 lengths by Topacio on his chasing debut in a beginners’ chase at Fairyhouse on December 1 before finishing second to Mosocw Flyer (beaten 2 lengths) in the Grade One Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. It was third time lucky over fences when he got off the mark in a beginners’ chase at Navan on January 12, winning comfortably by 14 lengths. Also entered for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase.




FRENCH-TRAINED ENTRIES IN THE ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE



23111 HEROS COLLONGES (FR) 7 b g Dom Alco - Carmen Collonges (Olmeto)
Owner: John Hales Trainer: Guillaume Macaire FR
Trained by Guillaume Macaire, the French equivalent of champion trainer Martin Pipe, Heros Collonges has had a great season, winning his last three starts over fences. He justified favouritism at Dieppe in August beating Hache Paille by 10 lengths, before just getting the better of Mayence by a head at Auteuil the following month. The seven-year-old returned to the same track on his latest start to win a valuable handicap chase by five lengths on November 1.

512F32 INNOX (FR) 6 b g Lute Antique - Savane Iii (Quart De Vin)
Owner: Marquise de Moratalla Trainer: Francois Doumen FR
A winner of the Prix Mandarin Handicap Chase at Auteuil in September, British racegoers have already seen this Francois Doumen-trained six-year-old in action twice. On December 1, he was placed third behind Katarino in a Listed novices’ chase at Newbury over two-and-a-half miles, and then when stepped up to three miles on his last start at Kempton on Boxing Day in the Grade 1 Feltham Novices’ Chase, when he finished the two-and-a-half length runner-up to Maximize.


11-1111 JAPHET (FR) 5 b g Perrault - Una Volta (Artaius)
Owner: J C Audry Trainer: Guillaume Macaire FR
Unbeaten in ten runs on the Flat, over hurdles and fences, Guillaume Macaire has described Japhet as the best horse that he has ever trained. The five-year-old won two hurdle contests at Auteuil last season, and his four victories over fences this term have all come at the same course. These include the Grade 1 Prix Maurice Gillois Grand Steeple-Chase Des 4 Ans on November 1, where he beat Sun Storm by five lengths on his most recent racecourse appearance.



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ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE



2000-WINNER-LORD NOELIE 7-11-04 Owner-Executive Racing; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP-9/2
2ND-Alexander Banquet 7-11-04 Owner-Mrs Noel O’Callaghan; Trainer-Willie Mullins; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-9/2
3RD-Toto Toscato 6-11-04 Owner-Hilda Clarke; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP- 11/1 9 ran Time-6m 5.3s Dist-1¼, Hd 7/2 Fav-Native Upmanship (4th)

1999-WINNER-LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE 7-11-04 Owner-Universal Conference & Incentive Trv Ltd; Trainer- Noel Chance; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Lord Of The River 7-11-04 Owner-Brian Stewart-Brown; Trainer-Oliver Sherwood; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-11/2
3RD-Billingsgate 7-11-04 Owner-Dr David and Mrs B Chesney; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Paul Holley; SP-25/1 14 ran Time-6m 21.5s Dist-dist, 3 5/4 Fav-Nick Dundee (fell)

1998-WINNER-FLORIDA PEARL 6-11-04 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Escartefigue 6-11-04 Owner-Darren Mercer; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-5/1
3RD-Fulip 5-10-08 Owner-Roger Barby; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Mr Thierry Doumen; SP-9/1 10 ran Time-6m 8.3s Dist-1½, 19

1997-WINNER-HANAKHAM 8-11-04 Owner-Malcolm Brereton; Trainer-Ron Hodges; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-13/2
2ND-Eudipe 5-10-08 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-4/1
3RD-Djeddah 6-11-04 Owner-Stella Elkaim; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Adam Kondrat; SP-100/30 Fav 14 ran Time-6m 8.8s, Dist-2½, 5

1996-WINNER-NAHTHEN LAD 7-11-04 Owner-Jim Shaw; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Warren Marston; SP-7/1
2ND-Mr Mulligan 8-11-04 Owner-Michael Worcester; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-11/8 Fav
3RD-Do Rightly 7-11-04 Owner-J M Fitzpatrick; Trainer-Mark Bradstock; Jockey-Paul Holley;SP-40/1 13 ran, Time-6m 22.3s, Dist-8,28

1995-WINNER-BRIEF GALE 8-10-13 Owner-Carrie Zetter; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Philip Hide; SP- 13/2
2ND-Harcon 7-11-04 Owner-Mrs P J Conway; Trainer-Jim Dreaper IRE; Jockey-Kevin O’Brien; SP- 6/4 Fav
3RD-Banjo 5-10-08 Owner-Darren Mercer; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody;SP-11/4 13 ran, Time-6m 28.7s, Dist-9,15

1994-WINNER-MONSIEUR LE CURE 8-11-04 Owner-Hector Brown; Trainer-John Edwards; Jockey-Peter Niven; SP-15/2
2ND-Martomick 7-10-13 Owner-Richard Shaw; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Dean Gallagher;SP-20/1
3RD-Crystal Spirit 7-11-04 Owner-Paul Mellon; Trainer-Ian Balding; Jockey-Jimmy Frost; SP-10/1 18 ran, Time-6m 18.2s, Dist-3,8 3/1 Fav One Man (9th)

1993-WINNER-YOUNG HUSTLER 6-11-04 Owner-Gavin MacEchern; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-9/4
2ND-Superior Finish 7-11-04 Owner-Drawact Ltd; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Mark Pitman;SP- 10/1
3RD-Its A Cracker 9-11-04 Owner-J P Berry; Trainer-John Berry IRE; Jockey-Mr John Berry;SP- 100/1 8 ran, Time-6m 11.9s, Dist-3, 15 7/4 Fav Barton Bank (pu)


1992-WINNER-MIINNEHOMA 9-11-04 Owner-Freddie Starr; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Bradbury Star 7-11-04 Owner-James Campbell; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-11/2
3RD-Run For Free 8-11-04 Owner-Millicent Freethy; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Jimmy Frost;SP- 11/1 18 ran, Time-6m 6.6s, Dist-1/2,10

1991-WINNER-ROLLING BALL 8-11-04 Owner-Hilda Clarke; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Esha Ness 8-11-04 Owner-Patrick Bancroft; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Michael Bowlby; SP-14/1
3RD-Whats The Crack 8-11-04 Owner-Jerry Wright; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Bruce Dowling; SP-20/1 20 ran, Time-6m 16s, Dist-2 1/2,shd

1990-WINNER-GARRISON SAVANNAH 7-11-04 Owner-Autofour Engineering; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Ben de Haan; SP-12/1
2ND-The Committee 7-11-04 Owner-Corcrain Enterprises Ltd; Trainer-Homer Scott IRE; Jockey-M Flynn; SP-20/1
3RD-Chatam 6-11-04 Owner-Brendan Nolan; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-7/2
9 ran, Time-6m 8.7s, Dist-5,2 ½ 5/4 Fav Royal Athlete (f)

1989-WINNER-ENVOPAK TOKEN 8-11-04 Owner-Frank Arthur; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Peter Hobbs; SP-16/1
2ND-Nick The Brief 7-11-04 Owner-John Upson; Trainer-John Costello IRE; Jockey-Mr Tom Costello; SP-9/2 Jt-Fav
3RD-Brown Windsor 7-11-04 Owner-Bill Shand-Kydd; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Michael Bowlby; SP-12/1 15 ran, Time-6m 28.6s, Dist-1,3/4 9/2 Jt-Fav Vulgan Warrior (pu)

1988-WINNER-THE WEST AWAKE 7-11-04 Owner-Mrs Christopher Heath; Trainer-Oliver Sherwood; Jockey-Simon Sherwood; SP-11/4 Fav
2ND-Bob Tisdall 9-11-04 Owner-Kais Al-Said; Trainer-John Edwards; Jockey-Tom Morgan; SP-4/1
3RD-Yeoman Broker 7-11-04 Owner-Heather Alwen; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Richard Rowe; SP-16/1 14 ran, Time-6m 36.6s, Dist-8,6

1987-WINNER-KILDIMO 7-11-04 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-Toby Balding; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP- 13/2
2ND-Playschool 9-11-04 Owner-Ronald Cottle; Trainer-David Barons; Jockey-Paul Nicholls; SP-6/1
3RD-Brittany Boy 8-11-04 Owner-J C Glynn; Trainer-K C Hitchmough IRE; Jockey-Tom Taaffe; SP- 20/1 18 ran, Time-6m 16.2s, Dist-7,4 9/2 Fav Tawridge (f)

1986-WINNER-CROSS MASTER 9-11-04 Owner-Harlow Bros; Trainer-Tom Bill; Jockey-Reg Crank; SP- 16/1
2ND-Strands Of Gold 7-11-04 Owner-Independent Twine Manufacturing Co Ltd; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-6/1
3RD-Stearsby 7-11-04 Owner-Terry Ramsden; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Graham Bradley;SP- 14/1 30 ran, Time-6m 16.2s, Dist-hd,4 5/2 Fav Bolands Cross (f)

1985-WINNER-ANTARCTIC BAY 8-11-04 Owner-P Meade; Trainer-Pat Hughes IRE; Jockey-Frank Berry; SP-6/4 Fav
2ND-Darc Hansel 7-11-04 Owner-Mrs G N Morris-Adams; Trainer-Nick Gaselee; Jockey-Steve Smith Eccles; SP-20/1
3RD-Zamandra 10-10-13 Owner-L M Wild; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-25/1
11 ran, Time-6m 18.4s, Dist-3,4



THE 2000 ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE RESULT IN DETAIL



Class A, Grade 1, 3.55pm, Wednesday March 15, 2000, total value £115,000, three miles and about one furlong, for five-year-olds and upwards. Weights: 5-y-o: 10st 8lb, 6-y-o and up: 11st 4lb: mares allowance 5lb. Entries closed January 19, 2000 (84 entries), entries released, Monday, January 24, forfeit stage February 22 (45 entries). Five day declaration stage March 10 (19 entries). Overnight declaration (10 declared).


1 LORD NOELIE (IRE) 7-11-04 (Executive Racing) Henrietta Knight Jim Culloty 9/2
2 ALEXANDER BANQUET (IRE) 7-11-04 (Mrs Noel O'Callaghan) Willie Mullins IRE Ruby Walsh 9/2
3 TOTO TOSCATO (FR) 6-11-04 (Hilda Clarke) Alan King Richard Johnson 11/1
4 NATIVE UPMANSHIP (IRE)7-11-04 (Sue Magnier) Arthur Moore IRE Conor O’Dwyer 7/2 Fav
5 BROWJOSHY (IRE) (b) 7-11-04 (B D L Racing) Mark Pitman Timmy Murphy 16/1
6 SOLDAT (USA) 7-11-04 (Darren Mercer) Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard 15/2
7 KING'S ROAD (IRE) (v) 7-11-04 (Mrs Nicholas Jones) Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 10/1
8 LADY CRICKET (FR) (b) 6-10-13 (David Johnson) Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 5/1
PU 7 MUSICAL SLING (IRE) 7-11-04 (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs Mr Paul Flynn 100/1

9 Ran, NR 9 Windross (Ground)
Distances: 1¼, hd, 6, 4, 5, 8, 28 Time: 6m 5.30s (record)
Tote: Win £5.60; Places £2.00, £1.80, £2.30; Exacta £22.10
Breeder: Patrick J Doyle in Ireland

Winning Jockey: Jim Culloty
Date of Birth: 18/12/1973
Cheltenham Festival wins: (1) Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2000 Lord Noelie)
Big Race Wins: INDEPENDENT INSURANCE PETERBOROUGH CHASE (1998 Edredon Bleu)


Winning trainer: HENRIETTA KNIGHT
Date of birth: 15/12/46 Trains at West Lockinge Farm, Wantage Previous occupation: Ran successful livery yard breaking in horses for Nicky Henderson, Michael Dickinson, Oliver Sherwood and Tim Forster Date of first trainers licence: July 1989 First winner: The Grey Gunner (Bangor, 18/8/89) Cheltenham Festival winners: (4) Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle (1997 Karshi), Grand Annual Chase (1998 Edredon Bleu), Queen Mother Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2000 Lord Noelie) Other major wins: Peterborough Chase (1999 Edredon Bleu), Tote Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (2000 Heart) Wins (1997/98):42 Number of Horses in training (1996-99): 64, 69, 68, 57 Other details: Finished 12th at 1973 Badminton Horse Trials; was judge at 1987 Burghley three-day event; has a Bachelor of Education (Oxford) degree in History & Biology, former teacher

Jim Culloty’s first Cheltenham Festival Winner



GREAT YORKSHIRE CHASE TOPS TWO-DAY MEETING




The Great Yorkshire Chase, Doncaster's flagship race over Jumps, heads an impressive seven-race card on Saturday - the second leg of the two-day meeting on Town moor (25 & 26 January).


First held at Doncaster in 1948, The Great Yorkshire Chase, a Showcase Handicap, is contested over three miles and now carries record prize money of £50,000 (an increase of £10,000 over last season). Last year's winner, Heidi III, now trained at Middleham by Andy Crook, could well be in the line-up again.


Total prize money on Saturday amounts to £114,000 with a strong programme also featuring The River Don Novices' Hurdle - a Grade 2 now run over the longer distance of the extended three miles - and The Mansion House Handicap Chase over the extended two miles. The Brewers Juvenile Novices' Hurdle, a race for four-year-olds over the extended two miles, should attract some useful recruits to the jumping game.


The highlight on Friday is The ‘Ernie Peterson Lifetime In Racing' Handicap Chase over the extended two miles, three furlongs, a race named in honour of Ernie Peterson who has worked in racing for well over 50 years, many of which have been spent in Yorkshire, working for several trainers, latterly for Middleham trainer, Ferdy Murphy.


Friday's programme also features a qualifying contest in this season's European Breeders Fund Novices' Hurdle Series (two and a half miles) in which the first four horses will be eligible to compete in the Final of the Series at Sandown Park in March.


Racing on Friday is scheduled to begin at 1.00 p.m., while Saturday's card starts at 12.50 p.m. The giant ToteVision Screen will be in use both days, while racegoers can have a ‘virtual' ride in the Grand National by having a go on the spectacular ‘Aintree Simulator' situated in the Tattersalls Enclosure. The popular creche facility is available during the meeting in the Family Enclosure (£1.80 per hour).




STEEPLECHASE STAR POMPEYO DEAD




Augustin Stable¹s Pompeyo, a finalist for the 2001 steeplechase Eclipse Award, was humanely destroyed Saturday, Jan. 19 due to complications from an injury sustained in September.


The 8-year-old won both of his 2001 starts, including the Grade I Royal Chase at Keeneland, and joined stablemates Lord Zada and Praise The Prince on the finalist list for the divisional championship. Eclipse Awards will be presented Feb. 18 in Miami, Fla. Pompeyo made his steeplechase debut in March 2000, and finished the year with five wins, more than $211,000 in earnings and the NSA novice championship.


Trained by Sanna Neilson, Pompeyo looked even better in 2001 ­ winning a $50,000 novice stakes at Camden, S.C. and taking the $185,875 Royal Chase in late April. Shelved for the summer in favor of the fall championship races including the Breeders¹ Cup Steeplechase, Pompeyo was kicked by another horse while training Sept. 15. Pompeyo sustained a fracture to his left elbow and a significant cut. Surgery stablized the bone, but an infection from the cut eventually damaged the joint and caused the horse's death.


Veterinarians removed a steel plate in further surgery this month, but Pompeyo's condition worsened.


"His elbow joint had deteriorated, although the original fracture had healed," Neilson said. ³The vets were hoping that when they got the plate out his condition would improve, but that was not the case."

Pompeyo, bred in Chile and imported by Augustin as a flat horse in 1998, won seven of 11 career jump starts and earned $353,280. On the flat, he won three of 15 starts (including the 1997 Chilean Derby) in his home country and one of seven in the U.S. before being converted to steeplechasing. Career totals (flat and jumps) include 11 wins in 33 starts and $528,325 in earnings.



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