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Monday, January 7, 2002



43 GO FOR GOLD

Queen Mother Attracts Record 32 Entries


All of the anticipated star names are among the 43 entries for the 2002 TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP announced today, with the level of entries five higher than last year.


Frances Crowley’s stable star Sackville, one of eight Irish-trained entries, is vying for favouritism in ante-post markets alongside the Pertemps King George VI Chase runner-up Best Mate.

Another Irish star, Florida Pearl, who beat Best Mate in the Kempton showpiece on Boxing Day, bids to do even better than his 2000 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup second and 1999 third, while the King George third Bacchanal provides further representation from the Boxing Day race as does the sole French-trained entry, First Gold.


Neither Martin Pipe nor Nicky Henderson, who are the Festival’s most successful trainers with 25 and 24 wins respectively, have managed to land the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and each has six entries this year. Cyfor Malta and the progressive Shooting Light look to represent Pipe’s strongest chances while the Henderson team includes Bacchanal and Marlborough, winner of the ‘substitute’ Gold Cup at Sandown in April.


Florida Pearl, winner of the 1997 Weatherbys Champion Bumper and 1998 Royal & SunAlliance Chase, Bacchanal, who landed the 2000 Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle, and Marlborough, who won the 2000 William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase, are among plenty of previous National Hunt Festival winners engaged.


Both of the previous Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, See More Business (1999) and Looks Like Trouble (2000), are entered as is Lord Noelie, successful in the 2000 Royal & SunAlliance Chase, Alexander Banquet, the 1998 Weatherbys Champion Bumper scorer, Commanche Court, who took the JCB Triumph Hurdle in 1997, What’s Up Boys, who landed the 2000 Coral Cup, and the winner of the last three Cathcart Challenge Cups - Cyfor Malta (1998) and Stormyfairweather (1999 and 2000).


The Martell Grand National winner Red Marauder, who had been mooted as a possible Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup candidate, has not been entered although his stablemate and full-brother Red Striker is engaged.


There are a record 32 QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE entries, and these include Edredon Bleu and Flagship Uberalles, who fought out a great finish to the 2000 renewal. Best Mate has been entered in the two-mile championship as well as the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.


Other leading lights include Fadalko, winner of the Grade 1 Mumm Melling Chase at Aintree in April, the Irish-trained duo Knife Edge and Native Upmanship, Wahiba Sands, successful on his last two starts at Ascot, and Latalomne, 18-length winner of the Ernst & Julio Gallo Trophy Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on November 16.

Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham Racecourse’s Managing Director, said: “The countdown to the 2002 National Hunt Festival gets under way with the announcement of the first entries - for the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and Queen Mother Champion Chase. It’s great to be back on the road towards what we hope will be a thrilling Festival.


“Prize money at the National Hunt Festival has for the first time topped £2 million, meaning that the average value per race is now over £100,000.”



NATIONAL HUNT FESTIVAL 2002
CHELTENHAM

TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002
Old Course


2.00 Gerrard Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2m 0.5f £90,000
2.35 Irish Independent Arkle Chase 2m £125,000
3.15 SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE 2m 0.5f £270,000
3.55 William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase 3m 0.5f £70,000
4.30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase 3m 0.5f £40,000
5.05 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final 3m 1.5f £50,000

Total £645,000



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2001
Old Course


2.00 Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle 2m 5f £90,000
2.35 QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE 2m £220,000
3.15 Coral Eurobet Cup (Handicap Hurdle) 2m 5f £70,000
3.55 Royal & SunAlliance Chase 3m 0.5f £125,000
4.30 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 4m £40,000
5.05 Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase 2m 4.5f £70,000
5.40 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (NH Flat Race) 2m 0.5f £30,000

Total £645,000



THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2001
New Course


2.00 JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f £90,000
2.35 Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle 3m £125,000
3.15 TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP 3m 2.5f £300,000
3.55 Christie’s Foxhunter Chase 3m 2.5f £40,000
4.30 Cheltenham Grand Annual Handicap Chase 2m 0.5f £60,000
5.05 Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase 2m 5f £70,000
5.40 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f £55,000

Total £740,000


RECORD TOTAL PRIZE MONEY IN 2002 OF £2,030,000
(£125,000 more than the £1,905,000 due to have been offered last year)



NUMBER OF ENTRIES

TOTAL ENTRIES




QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

2002 - 32
2001 - 25
2000 - 22
1999 - 28
1998 - 19
1997 - 17
1996 - 21
1995 - 15
1994 - 16
1993 - 24
1992 - 20
1991 - 15
1990 - 15


TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

2002 - 43
2001 - 38
2000 - 44
1999 - 46
1998 - 38
1997 - 44
1996 - 38
1995 - 35
1994 - 46
1993 - 31
1992 - 25
1991 - 29
1990 - 32



IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES




QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

2002 - 5
2001 - 5
2000 - 3
1999 - 5
1998 - 2
1997 - 4
1996 - 3
1995 - 0
1994 - 1
1993 - 4
1992 - 2
1991 - 2
1990 - 2


TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

2002 - 8
2001 - 13
2000 - 9
1999 - 7
1998 - 6
1997 - 8
1996 - 7
1995 - 6
1994 - 7
1993 - 6
1992 - 2
1991 - 3
1990 - 2



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*
* (equal highest)



LEADING NATIONAL HUNT FESTIVAL TRAINERS
(numbers of winners)




2001
cancelled

2000
Nicky Henderson 4

1999
Paul Nicholls 3

1998
Martin Pipe 4

1997
Martin Pipe 4

1996
Ferdy Murphy 2
Edward O’Grady IRE
Martin Pipe

1995
David Nicholson 3

1994
David Nicholson 2
Edward O’Grady IRE
Martin Pipe

1993
Nicky Henderson 2
Martin Pipe
Nigel Twiston-Davies

1992
Nicky Henderson 2
David Nicholson
Simon Sherwood

1991
Martin Pipe 3

1990
Nicky Henderson 2

1989
Toby Balding 2
John Edwards
David Elsworth
Josh Gifford
Martin Pipe

1988
Josh Gifford 3

1987
Toby Balding 2
Nicky Henderson
Fred Winter

1986
Nicky Henderson 3

1985
Nicky Henderson 3

1984
Michael Dickinson 3

1983
Michael Dickinson 3

1982
Michael Dickinson 2
Fulke Walwyn

1981
Peter Easterby 3

1980
John Edwards 2
Edward O’Grady IRE
Bob Turnell
Fred Winter



GOING AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL SINCE 1981



YEAR/ TUESDAY / WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY

2001 cancelled

2000 /Good / Good, Good to Firm in places /Good to Firm,Good in places


1999 /Good to Soft,Soft in places/ Good to Soft,Good in places/ Good to Soft,


1998 / Good to Soft/ Good/ Good

1997 /Good /Good, Good to Firm in places/ Good, Good to Firm in places


1996 / Good to Soft/ Good to Soft,Good in places/ Good


1995 /Soft/ Soft/ Soft

1994 /Good, Soft in places/ Good to Soft/ Good, Good to Soft in places


1993 /Ch: Good, Good to Firm in places Hdle: Good to Firm,Good in places/ Good to Firm/ Good to Firm
.

1992 /Good / Good / Good


1991 /Good to Soft/ Good to Soft / Good


1990 / Good to Firm / Good / Good to Firm


1989 / Good to Soft/Soft / Soft / Heavy


1988 / Soft / Heavy / Soft


1987 / Good / Good / Good/Good to Soft


1986 / Good to Soft / Good / Good


1985 / Good / Good / Good


1984 / Good / Good / Good


1983 / Good to Soft / Good to Soft / Good to Soft


1982 / Heavy / Heavy / Heavy


1981 / Heavy / Soft / Soft




Martin Pipe's entries




The Queen Mother Champion Chase

2002 - 4
2001 - 1
2000 - 2
1999 - 3
1998 - 2
1997 - 1
1996 - 1
1995 - 1
1994 - 1

The Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup

2001 - 6
2001 - 4
2000 - 4
1999 - 9
1998 - 4
1997 - 2
1996 - 6
1995 - 2
1994 -11



Martin Pipe's 25 winners
at the Cheltenham Festival



2000
Dark Stranger-Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup

1999
Hors La Loi III - Citroen Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Majadou - Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup

1998
Champleve - Guinness Arkle Chase
Unsinkable Boxer - Unicoin Homes Gold Card Final (Handicap Hurdle)
Cyfor Malta - Catchcart Challenge Cup Chase
Blowing Wind - Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle

1997
Or Royal - Guinness Arkle Challenge Trophy
Make A Stand - Smurfit Champion Hurdle
Big Strand - Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
Terao - Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

1996
Cyborgo - Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle
Challenger Du Luc - Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase

1995
Kissair - Daily Express Triumph Hurdle

1994
Balasani - Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle

1993
Granville Again - Smurfit Champion Hurdle
Olympian - Coral Cup

1992
Miinnehoma - Sun Alliance Chase

1991
Chatam - Cathcart Chase
Omerta - Kim Muir Handicap Chase
Rolling Ball - Sun Alliance Chase

1990
Regal Ambition - Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle

1989
Sayfar's Lad - Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle
Sondrio - Trafalgar House Supreme Novices' Hurdle

1981
Baron Blakeney - Daily Express Triumph Hurdle

Martin Pipe is the most successful current trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, with Nicky Henderson next on 24 victories and Edward O’Grady in third place on 15 successes.





THE TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP


Class A, Grade One, Total Prize Fund £300,000 Cheltenham, Thursday, March 14, 2002., 3m 2.5f. For 5yo & upwards. Weights: 5yo 11st 4lb; 6yo & upwards 12st. Allowances: mares 5lb. Entries closed January 2, entries released January 7 (43 entries), forfeit stage February 19, five-day confirmations March 9, overnight stage, 10.15am March 13. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys may not include some overseas racing and are correct up to and including the racing of Friday, January 4, 2002.

P521-05 AD HOC (IRE) 8 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
512/32-3 ALEXANDER BANQUET (IRE) 9 Mrs Noel O'Callaghan Willie Mullins IRE
21/PU-14 ARCTIC CAMPER 10 Lady Harris Venetia Williams
11F0-13 BACCHANAL (IRE) 8 Lady Lloyd-Webber Nicky Henderson
121-121 BANKER COUNT 10 Pam Brown Venetia Williams
13-3321 BEHRAJAN (IRE) 7 The Behrajan Partnership Henry Daly
112-122 BEST MATE (IRE) 7 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight
24/251-6 BOBBY GRANT 11 John Thompson Peter Beaumont
2P-5530 COMMANCHE COURT (IRE) 9 Dermot Desmond Ted Walsh IRE
11/11//3-1 CYFOR MALTA (FR) 9 David Johnson Martin Pipe
21U-534 FIRST GOLD (FR) 9 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR
212-311 FLORIDA PEARL (IRE) 10 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
P2-6111 FOXCHAPEL KING (IRE) 9 Sir Tony O'Reilly Mouse Morris IRE
2P/102-0 GO BALLISTIC 13 Sheila Lockhart Henrietta Knight
113-310 HATI ROY (IRE) 9 Ann Humphries Henrietta Knight
133-404 HINDIANA (FR) 7 Paul Green Ferdy Murphy
630111- IKRENEL ROYAL (FR) 6 Lynn Wilson Nicky Henderson
0310-12 KINGSMARK (IRE) 9 Sir Robert Ogden Martin Todhunter
1/13-415 LEGAL RIGHT (USA) 9 Russell McAllister Jonjo O'Neill
31P11/1- LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE (IRE) 10 Tim Collins Noel Chance
1/4U2-F4 LORD NOELIE (IRE) 9 Executive Racing Henrietta Knight
1F2112//- LORD OF THE RIVER (IRE) 10 Brian Stewart-Brown Nicky Henderson
216/111- MARLBOROUGH (IRE) 10 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
2/1133- MODULOR (FR) 10 Fergus Wilson trainer to be decided
02512P MOSCOW EXPRESS (IRE) 10 John Corr Frances Crowley IRE
5PPPP-5 NO RETREAT (NZ) 9 Mark & A N Harris Brian Baugh
1111/-2P PARIS PIKE (IRE) 10 Major & Mrs Ivan Straker Ferdy Murphy
U55P-20 RATHBAWN PRINCE (IRE) 10 Tom Culhane Dessie Hughes IRE
1152-0P RED STRIKER 8 Norman Mason Norman Mason
3U/1-444 RINCE RI (IRE) 9 Frank Moriarty Ted Walsh IRE
11-1313 SACKVILLE (IRE) 9 Seamus O'Farrell Frances Crowley IRE
1515-FP SEE MORE BUSINESS (IRE) 12 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
350-111 SHOOTING LIGHT (IRE) 9 John Brown & Mick Blackburn Martin Pipe
11312-3 SHOTGUN WILLY (IRE) 8 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
1/1131/-2 SIBERIAN GALE (IRE) 10 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
1213-24 SLEEPING NIGHT (FR) 6 David Jackson Mary Reveley
112/P1/5- STORMYFAIRWEATHER (IRE) 10 Bridget Hanbury Nicky Henderson
5130-36 TAKE CONTROL (IRE) 8 David Johnson Martin Pipe
061U5-3 TIUTCHEV 9 The Liars Poker Partnership Nicky Henderson
221133/- TOTO TOSCATO (FR) 8 Lady Hilda Clarke Martin Pipe
224UFP- TRESOR DE MAI (FR) 8 Joe Moran Martin Pipe
1112-14 WHAT'S UP BOYS (IRE) 8 R J B Partners Philip Hobbs
B0-1435 YOU'RE AGOODUN 10 Jeff Lammiman Martin Pipe
43 Entries
8 Irish-trained
1 French-trained



Breakdown of Entries per Trainer and Past Successes in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup


6 Entries
Nicky Henderson
Martin Pipe

4 Entries

Henrietta Knight

3 Entries

Paul Nicholls (1999 See More Business)

2 Entries

Frances Crowley IRE
Willie Mullins IRE
Ferdy Murphy
Jonjo O’Neill
Ted Walsh IRE
Venetia Williams

1 Entry

Peter Beaumont
Brian Baugh
Noel Chance (2000 Looks Like Trouble, 1997 Mr Mulligan)
Henry Daly
Francois Doumen FR (1994 The Fellow)
Philip Hobbs
Dessie Hughes IRE
Norman Mason
Mouse Morris IRE
Mary Reveley
Martin Todhunter



TOTE BETTING ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 4


Sackville 7-1
Bacchanal 8-1
Best Mate 8-1
First Gold 9-1
Florida Pearl 10-1
Looks Like Trouble 10-1
Lord Noelie 10-1
Shooting Light 10-1
Cyfor Malta 14-1
Marlborough 14-1
Behrajan 16-1
Alexander Banquet 20-1
Gingembre 20-1
Shotgun Willy 25-1
What’s Up Boys 25-1
Ad Hoc 33-1
Beau 33-1
Commanche Court 33-1
Foxchapel King 33-1
Kingsmark 33-1
Rince Ri 33-1
Go Ballistic 40-1
Legal Right 40-1
E/W 1/4 odds 1,2,3




THE TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP
Analysis


With more than two months still to go, anticipation is already high ahead of the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, the ultimate aim for any staying chaser, run on Thursday, March 14.


There are 43 engaged in this year’s renewal, including the two previous winners Looks Like Trouble (2000) and See More Business (1999).


Looks Like Trouble has not raced since winning the James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase at Down Royal in November, 2000, by 15 lengths from Dorans Pride and is pencilled in to make his reappearance in Wincanton’s John Bull Chase on January 19.


See More Business, who is now 12 and won the Pillar Property Chase at Cheltenham last January, was pulled up on his latest outing in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27.


Paul Nicholls, See More Business’s trainer, has two other entries. Ad Hoc looked an outstanding prospect when winning the Whitbread Gold Cup at Sandown in April by 19 lengths although has yet to fulfill that promise in two starts this year while Shotgun Willy, who as a novice won Newbury’s Aon Chase in February, finished a good third to Sackville in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in November.


Sackville, who since came third in last month’s Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown, is one of eight Irish-trained entries. Florida Pearl, winner of the Punchestown event, is another of the party and heads to Cheltenham with better than ever credentials following his Pertemps King George VI Chase triumph on Boxing Day.


Willie Mullins’ charge finished third in the 1999 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and second in the following year’s renewal. His stablemate Alexander Banquet adds further weight to the Irish team following his third in the Ericsson Chase on Leopardstown on December 28 with the winner that day, Foxchapel King, and fifth-placed Rince Ri along with Moscow Express, who was pulled up, all holding the Cheltenham entry.


The 2000 Irish Grand National winner Commanche Court, trained like Rince Ri by Ted Walsh, and last year’s Irish National runner-up Rathbawn Prince complete the Irish contingent.


Francois Doumen, who sent out The Fellow to take the 1994 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, provides the sole French-trained entry, First Gold. The nine-year-old was an impressive winner of last season’s Pertemps King George VI Chase and Martell Cup at Aintree and Doumen feels his charge may have been ring rusty when only fourth to Florida Pearl at Kempton on Boxing Day.


Among the rising stars are Henrietta Knight’s pair Best Mate and Lord Noelie. The former finished second to Florida Pearl in the King George VI Chase while Lord Noelie already boasts a National Hunt Festival victory having beaten Alexander Banquet in the 2000 Royal & SunAlliance Chase. Knight is also represented by the 1999 Gold Cup runner-up Go Ballistic and the mare Hati Roy, winner of the Intervet Trophy in November at Cheltenham’s Open meeting.


Despite 24 Festival victories, Nicky Henderson has not yet won chasing’s Blue Riband. He has six entries this year including Marlborough, winner of the Tote Gold Trophy at Sandown in April, a substitute for the abandoned Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Henderson’s squad is further enhanced by King George VI Chase third Bacchanal, winner of the 2000 Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle, dual Cathcart Chase winner Stormyfairweather, former two-mile specialist Tiutchev, Lord Of The River, who has not run since finishing second in the 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Chase, and Ikrenel Royal, an impressive winner on his sole British start at Sandown in April.


Martin Pipe’s 25 Festival successes also do not include a Gold Cup and he has six chances to put that right. The Thomas Pink Gold Cup winner Shooting Light looks to be improving rapidly while Cyfor Malta seemed back to his best when winning a Newbury handicap chase under top weight on December 1. Pipe’s team is completed by the solid handicappers Take Control, Tresor De Mai and You’re Agoodun along with Toto Toscato, who has yet to run for the champion trainer since moving from Alan King’s yard.


Banker Count, who has shown rapid improvement for Mick Easterby, has now joined Venetia Williams, who has also entered the Rehearsal Chase winner Arctic Camper.


The Hennessy Gold Cup winner What’s Up Boys already boasts a Festival victory, in the 2000 Coral Cup, and the form of his Newbury win has since been franked by the runner-up Behrajan, an impressive winner of Wetherby’s Rowland Meyrick Chase on December 27.


The Jonjo O’Neill-trained Siberian Gale defied a lay-off of nearly two years to come an excellent second to Shooting Light in the Tote Silver Cup at Ascot on December 23, a race his stablemate Legal Right won 12 months earlier.


Paris Pike, the 2000 Scottish National winner, is held in the highest regard by trainer Ferdy Murphy, who has also entered Hindiana while the French import Sleeping Night shaped with enormous promise on his first start for Mary Reveley in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.


The line-up is completed by the 2000 Tommy Whittle Chase winner Bobby Grant, Kingsmark, who beat Banker Count in this season’s Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase, Red Striker, who was travelling well in the Rowland Meyrick Chase before making a mistake, French import Modulor, who has yet to race in Britain, and the Brian Baugh-trained No Retreat, who will need to show considerable improvement.




IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES FOR THE 2002 TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP


512/32-3 ALEXANDER BANQUET (IRE) 9 b g Glacial Storm-Black Nancy (Monksfield)
Owner: Mrs Noel O’Callaghan Trainer: Willie Mullins
If he runs at Cheltenham this year, Alexander Banquet will be making his fourth appearance at the National Hunt Festival. In 1998 he was a decisive winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and 12 months later was defeated for the first time in his career when seventh to Barton in the Royal and SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle. At the 2000 Festival, he had progressed to jumping fences and was the staying-on second to Lord Noelie in the Royal and SunAlliance Chase, with the ground was a little too fast for him. Injury restricted Alexander Banquet to two outings last season, but he ran well on both occasions, finishing third in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and second to stablemate Florida Pearl in the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown. His seasonal reappearance on December 28 saw him put up a promising effort when third to Foxchapel King in the Grade Two Ericsson Chase.


2P-5530 COMMANCHE COURT (IRE) 9 ch g Commanche Run-Sourceress (Fabulous Dancer)
Owner: Dermot Desmond Trainer: Ted Walsh
He scored at the 1997 Cheltenham Festival when triumphant in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best chasers in Ireland with victories in the 2000 Irish Grand National and the 2000 Heineken Gold Cup at Punchestown. His best performance last season came when he second to Young Spartacus under 11st 10lb in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton in February. The nine-year-old's latest outing was in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on December 1 when he finished a never-dangerous ninth. Also holds an entry for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.


212-311 FLORIDA PEARL (IRE) 10 b g Florida Son-Ice Pearl (Flatbush)
Owner: Violet O’Leary Trainer: Willie Mullins
Will be making his third appearance in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and his fifth visit to the National Hunt Festival if he lines up again this season. He won the 1997 Weatherbys Champion Bumper, the 1998 Royal & SunAlliance Chase and on his two starts in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, he finished third to See More Business in 1999 and second to Looks Like Trouble in 2000. Other highlights of his career include a hat-trick of successes in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown (1999, 2000, 2001). This season he has had three starts, looking a little disappointing on his seasonal debut when a well-beaten third behind Foxchapel King in the James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase at Down Royal in November. He put that run behind him when going on to score on December 9 with a short-head defeat of Native Upmanship in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase. On his latest start he probably put up a career-best performance (and gained his seventh Grade 1 victory) when triumphant in the Pertemps King George VI Chase at Kempton. He has often dismissed as a doutful stayer, but after his Kempton win trainer Willie Mullins said that he still believed the horse could win the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.


P2-6111 FOXCHAPEL KING (IRE) 9 b g Jolly Jake-Monatrim (Le Moss)
Owner: Sir Tony O’Reilly Trainer: Mouse Morris
Already a Cheltenham winner, having landed the 2000 Intervet Trophy at the Open meeting. He was then slightly disappointing for the remainder of last season but his three wins this campaign have proved that he has made the successful transition from handicap to Pattern race company. The first of this season’s wins came at Limerick in the Munster National where he put up a tremendous weight-carrying performance under 12st. He followed that up by winning Northern Ireland’s best chase, the James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase, at Down Royal where he had Florida Pearl back in third. His good run of form continued over Christmas when he was successful in the Grade 2 Ericsson Chase at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival on December 28 when he had Native Upmanship, Alexander Banquet and Rince Ri behind him.


32512P MOSCOW EXPRESS (IRE) 10 ch g Moscow Society-Corrielek (Menelek)
Owner: John Corr Trainer: Frances Crowley
Enjoyed the biggest success of his career when defeating Florida Pearl and Dorans Pride in the Grade 1 Power Gold Label Tote Gold Cup at Fairyhouse last April. Prior to that, his best performances came when winning the 1999 Galway Plate. So far this season he has had nine outings, winning a chase at Killarney in July and the Grade 2 Morris Oil Chase at Clonmel in November. The ten-year-old did not show a great deal on his latest run, pulling up in the Ericsson Chase at Leopardstown on December 28.


U55P-20 RATHBAWN PRINCE (IRE) 10 ch g All Haste - Ellis Town (Camden Town)
Owner: Tom Cullhane Trainer: Dessie Hughes
Has won ten races during his career - three bumpers, two hurdles, three chases and two Flat races. Over fences, his best effort came when taking the Isuzu Chase at Down Royal in November, 2000. The ten-year-old has also put up some good performances at Cheltenham, finishing fourth to Tiutchev in the 2000 Irish Independent Arkle Chase and seventh to Hors La Loi III in the 1999 Gerrard Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He has run twice this season, finishing second to David’s Lad in the Irish Grand National and ninth behind Grimes in the Galway Plate. He usually needs good ground to be seen at his best.


3U/1-444 RINCE RI (IRE) 9 ch g Orchestra - Mildred’s Ball (Blue Refrain)
Owner: Frank Moriarty Trainer: Ted Walsh
In 1999 and 2000 landed one of Ireland‘s best chases, the Ericsson Chase at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, and also lifted the Grade 1 Power Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April, 1999. On his one visit to Cheltenham, Rince Ri was still very much in contention when unseating Ruby Walsh three fences from the finish in the 2000 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. So far this season, he appears to be taking a while to find his form, finishing fourth on his three outings. He put up a fair performance on his seasonal reappearance when fourth under 12st over an inadequate 2m at Naas. He followed that up with a disappointing effort when he trailed in last behind Florida Pearl in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown, where he made a number of jumping errors. Most recently, he put up a better performance when fourth to Foxchapel King in the Ericsson Chase at Leopardstown on December 28.


11-1313 SACKVILLE (IRE) 9 b g Satco - Sackville Street (Ete Indien)
Owner: Seamus O’Farrell Trainer: Frances Crowley
Ireland’s leading hope for the 2002 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup and the ante-post favourite in the bookmakers’ lists has to date won 16 races - two bumpers, five hurdle races and nine chases. As a hurdler, he enjoyed his finest hour when taking the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in April, 2000. Last season, his novice chase year, brought seven wins, with the most valuable successes coming in the Grade 1 Pierse Drinmore Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse, the Grade 2 Dr P J Moriarty Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown and the Captain Christy Novices’ Handicap Chase at Leopardstown. He also gained some experience of Cheltenham when he landed the Steel Plate & Sections Novices’ Chase at the Open meeting in November, 2000. This season, he started off by defeating Limestone Lad in the Grade 1 Power Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in May and next appeared at Punchestown in October, where he was third over an inadequate two miles. His next outing saw him take on the best British chasers in the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on November 3, where he stayed on resolutely to defeat Sleeping Night by two lengths. On his latest outing Sackville was third to Florida Pearl in the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December, where trainer Frances Crowley reported that the horse had found the 2m 4f inadequate. Sackville was due to run in the Ericsson Chase at Leopardstown on December 28 but missed that engagement due to a cold.




FRENCH-TRAINED ENTRY FOR THE 2002 TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP


21U-534 FIRST GOLD (FR) 9 b g Shafoun - Nuit D’Or (Pot d’Or)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Francois Doumen
First Gold first came to the attention of the British racing public with a stunning 10-length success in the Pertemps King George VI Chase at Kempton in December, 2000, which saw him become ante-post favourite for the 2001 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. His second British appearance, by which time he had been bought privately by J P McManus from the Marquesa de Moratalla, saw him surprisingly beaten by the novice Shotgun Willy in the AON Chase at Newbury. Connections however remained upbeat that the horse needed the run and were not unduly concerned. Their confidence was justified when the Shafoun gelding ran out an easy winner of the Martell Cup at Aintree. Last season ended in something of an ante-climax for First Gold when he unseated Thierry Doumen in the Tote Gold Trophy Chase at Sandown. This season began with First Gold being no match for Kotkijet in the Grand-Steeplechase de Paris, although it later transpired that he had lost a shoe during the race. His two British efforts this season have been rather lacklustre. At Newbury on December 1 he was a one-paced third to Historic in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury but many believed that that outing was just to put him spot on for Kempton. However, First Gold could not win the King George for a second time and came home a rather remote fourth. Connections stated after Kempton that they believe the horse now takes longer to get fully fit.




TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP FACTS



1. The Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain. The total prize money for the 2002 running will be a record £300,000.


2. The first Cheltenham Gold Cup was a three-mile Flat race in 1819, won by a Mr Bodenham’s Spectre. The chase as we now know it was introduced in 1924, and won that year by Red Splash. The winning prize money was just £700.


3. Golden Miller holds the record for the most Gold Cup victories, with five consecutive wins from 1932-36. The race is fiercely competitive - so much so that the last horse to win twice was L’Escargot in 1970 and 1971.


4. Golden Miller’s owner, Dorothy Paget, is also the most successful owner in the race, with an amazing seven victories, with Roman Hackle (1940), Mont Tremblant (1952) adding to Golden Miller’s five wins.


5. The most successful trainer is Tom Dreaper, who won five Gold Cups with three separate horses, namely Prince Regent (1946), Arkle (1964-66) and Fort Leney (1968).


6. Tony McCoy’s Smurfit Champion Hurdle/Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup double in 1997 on Make A Stand and Mr Mulligan was the 11th time that the big-race double has been achieved by one jockey in the same year. The other jockeys to have achieved the feat were Dick Rees (1929), Tom Cullinan (1930), Ted Leader (1932), Bill Stott (1933), Gerry Wilson (1935), Aubrey Brabazon (1949 and 1950), Tim Molony (1953), Fred Winter (1961) and Norman Williamson (1995).


7. Alderbrook and Master Oats in 1995 enabled Norman Williamson and Kim Bailey to join a very select group of jockey and trainer partnerships who have won both the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup in the same year. The other partnerships were Tom Cullinan and Jack Anthony in 1930, Ted Leader and Basil Briscoe in 1932, Bill Stott and Basil Briscoe in 1933, and Aubrey Brabazon and Vincent O’Brien in both 1949 and 1950.


8. Dawn Run is the only horse to have won both the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup. She was successful in 1984 and 1986 respectively.


9. The longest-priced winner of the Gold Cup is Norton’s Coin, who started at 100/1 in 1990, while the shortest-priced winner was Arkle, the 1/10 favourite in 1966.


10. The last grey Gold Cup winner was Desert Orchid in 1989.


11. The Tote have sponsored the Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1980 and the present contract includes the 2005 running.


12. In the Gold Cup's history only five horses have won more than once, and the most recent of them was L'Escargot in 1970 and 1971. The others were Easter Hero (1929/30), Golden Miller (1932/33/34/35/36), Cottage Rake (1948/49/50) and Arkle (1964/65/66). Their successes were all in consecutive years.

13. The last 20 runnings have seen seven 9-year-olds, six 8-year-olds, five 10-year-olds and two seven-year-olds be successful. The last horses over the age of 10 to win was 12-year-old What A Myth in 1969.


14. Only four of the last 20 favourites in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup have justified the market confidence - Master Oats in 1995, Desert Orchid in 1989, Dawn Run in 1986 and Bregawn in 1983. The last three favourites have reached the frame - See More Business was fourth in 2000, Florida Pearl third in 1999 and Dorans Pride third in 1998.


15. The two Irish-trained winners in the last 20 runnings were Imperial Call in 1996 and Dawn Run ten years before that. Irish-trained horses did better between 1946 and 1977 when 16 successes were achieved. The only French–trained winner was The Fellow in 1994 while there has also been a Welsh-trained victor in Norton’s Coin (1990).




Previous results - TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP


2001-Cancelled

2000-WINNER-LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE 8-12-00 Owner-Tim Collins; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-9/2
2ND-Florida Pearl 8-12-00 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-9/2
3RD-Strong Promise 9-12-00 Owner-Exors of the Late Geoff Hubbard; Trainer-Chris Kinane; Jockey- Robert Thornton; SP-20/1 12 ran, Time-6m 30.3s, Dist-5, nk 9/4 Fav See More Business (4th)

1999-WINNER-SEE MORE BUSINESS 9-12-00 Owner-Paul Barber and John Keighley; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-16/1
2ND-Go Ballistic 10-12-00 Owner-Sheila Lockhart; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP- 66/1
3RD-Florida Pearl 7-12-00 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-5/2 Fav 12 ran, Time-6m 41.9s, Dist-1, 17

1998-WINNER-COOL DAWN 10-12-00 Owner-Hon. Dido Harding; Trainer-Robert Alner; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-25/1
2ND-Strong Promise 7-12-00 Owner-Geoff Hubbard; Trainer-Geoff Hubbard; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-14/1
3RD-Dorans Pride 9-12-00 Owner-Tom Doran; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-9/4 Fav 17 ran, Time-6m 39.7s, Dist-1¾, hd

1997-WINNER-MR MULLIGAN 9-12-00 Owner-Michael and Gerry Worcester; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey- Tony McCoy; SP-20/1
2ND-Barton Bank 11-12-00 Owner-Jenny Mould; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-David Walsh; SP-33/1
3RD-Dorans Pride 8-12-00 Owner-Tom Doran; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Shane Broderick; SP-10/11 4 ran, Time-6m 35.5s, Dist-9, .5 4/1 Fav Imperial Call (pu)

1996-WINNER-IMPERIAL CALL 7-12-00 Owner-Lisselan Farms Ltd; Trainer-Fergie Sutherland IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-9/2
2ND-Rough Quest 10-12-00 Owner-Andrew Wates and Lady Wates; Trainer-Terry Casey; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-12/1
3RD-Couldnt Be Better 9-12-00 Owner-Dick Whittle; Trainer-Charlie Brooks; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-11/110 ran, Time-6m 42.5s Dist-4,19 11/8 Fav One Man (6th)

1995-WINNER-MASTER OATS 9-12-00 Owner-Paul Matthews; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-100/30 Fav
2ND-Dubacilla 9-11-09 Owner-Henry Cole; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Dean Gallagher; SP-20/1
3RD-Miinnehoma 12-12-00 Owner-Freddie Starr; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-9/1 15 ran, Time-6m 56.20s Dist-15,15

1994-WINNER-THE FELLOW 9-12-00 Owner-Marquesa de Moratalla; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Adam Kondrat; SP-7/1
2ND-Jodami 9-12-00 Owner-John Yeadon; Trainer-Peter Beaumont; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Young Hustler 7-12-00 Owner-Gavin MacEchern; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-20/1 15 ran, Time-6m 40.6s Dist-1.5,4

1993-WINNER-JODAMI 8-12-00 Owner-John Yeadon; Trainer-Peter Beaumont; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-8/1
2ND-Rushing Wild 8-12-00 Owner-Hunt & Co (Bournemouth) Ltd; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-11/1
3RD-Royal Athlete 10-12-00 Owner-Garry & Libby Johnson; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Ben de Haan; SP-66/1 16 ran, Time-6m 34.7sDist-2, 7 5/4 Fav The Fellow(4th)

1992-WINNER-COOL GROUND 10-12-00 Owner-Whitcombe Manor Racing Stables Ltd; Trainer-Toby Balding; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-25/1
2ND-The Fellow 7-12-00 Owner-Marquesa de Moratalla; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Adam Kondrat; SP-7/2
3RD-Docklands Express 10-12-00 Owner-R H Baines; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Mark Perrett; SP-16/1 8 ran, Time-6m 47.5s, Dist-sh, 1 Evens Fav Carvill's Hill(5th)

1991-WINNER-GARRISON SAVANNAH 8-12-00 Owner-Autofour Engineering; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Mark Pitman; SP-16/1
2ND-The Fellow 6-12-00 Owner-Marquesa de Moratalla; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Adam Kondrat SP-28/1
3RD-Desert Orchid 12-12-00 Owner-Richard Burridge; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-4/1 14 ran, Time-6m 49.8s, Dist-sh,15 5/2 Fav Celtic Shot(7th)

1990-WINNER-NORTON'S COIN 9-12-00 Owner-Sirrell Griffiths; Trainer-Sirrell Griffiths; Jockey-Graham McCourt; SP-100/1
2ND-Toby Tobias 8-12-00 Owner-Elizabeth Hitchins; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Mark Pitman; SP-8/1
3RD-Desert Orchid 11-12-00 Owner-Richard Burridge; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-10/11 Fav 12 ran, Time-6m 30.9s, Dist-¾,4

1989-WINNER-DESERT ORCHID 10-12-00 Owner-Richard Burridge; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Simon Sherwood; SP-5/2 Fav
2ND-Yahoo 8-12-00 Owner-Alan Parker; Trainer-John Edwards; Jockey-Tom Morgan; SP-25/1
3RD-Charter Party 11-12-00 Owner-Jenny Mould; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-14/1 13 ran, Time-7m 17.6s, Dist-1.5,8

1988-WINNER-CHARTER PARTY 10-12-00 Owner-Claire Smith; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-10/1
2ND-Cavvies Clown 8-12-00 Owner-Mrs J Ollivant; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Simon Sherwood; SP-6/1
3RD-Beau Ranger 10-12-00 Owner-White Bros (Taunton) Ltd; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-33/1 15 ran, Time-6m 58.9s, Dist-6,10 100/30 Fav Playschool (pu)

1987-WINNER-THE THINKER 9-12-00 Owner-T P M McDonagh Ltd; Trainer-Arthur Stephenson; Jockey- Ridley Lamb; SP-13/2
2ND-Cybrandian 9-12-00 Owner-Ian Bray; Trainer-Peter Easterby; Jockey-Chris Grant; SP-25/1
3RD-Door Latch 9-12-00 Owner-Jim Joel; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Richard Rowe; SP-9/1
12 ran, Time-6m 56.1s, Dist-1.5,2.5. 5/4 Fav Forgive `N Forget(7th)

1986-WINNER-DAWN RUN 8-11-09 Owner-Charmian Hill; Trainer-Paddy Mullins IRE; Jockey-Jonjo O'Neill; SP- 15/8 Fav
2ND-Wayward Lad 11-12-00 Owner-Shirley Thewlis; Trainer-Monica Dickinson; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-8/1
3RD-Forgive'N Forget 9-12-00 Owner-T Kilroe & Sons Ltd; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer;SP-7/2 11 ran, Time-6m 35.3s, Dist-1, 2.5

1985-WINNER-FORGIVE'N FORGET 8-12-00 Owner-T Kilroe & Sons Ltd; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-7/1
2ND-Righthand Man 8-12-00 Owner-Muriel Haggas; Trainer-Monica Dickinson; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-15/2
3RD-Earls Brig 10-12-00 Owner-Billy Hamilton; Trainer-Billy Hamilton; Jockey-Phil Tuck; SP-13/2
15 ran, Time-6m 48.3s, Dist-1.5, 2.5. 4/1 Fav Combs Ditch (7th)

1984-WINNER-BURROUGH HILL LAD 8-12-00 Owner-Stan Riley; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Phil Tuck; SP-7/2
2ND-Brown Chamberlin 9-12-00 Owner-Coral Samuel; Trainer-Fred Winter; Jockey-John Francome; SP- 5/1
3RD-Drumlargan 10-12-00 Owner-Michael Cuddy; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr F Codd; SP- 16/1 12 ran, Time-6m 41.4, Dist-3,8. 6/4 Fav Wayward Lad(pu)

1983-WINNER-BREGAWN 9-12-00 Owner-James Kennelly; Trainer-Michael Dickinson; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-100/30 Fav
2ND-Captain John 9-12-00 Owner-F Emami; Trainer-Michael Dickinson; Jockey-David Goulding; SP-11/1
3RD-Wayward Lad 8-12-00 Owner-Shirley Thewlis; Trainer-Michael Dickinson; Jockey-Jonjo O'Neill; SP- 6/1 11 ran, Time-6m 57.6s, Dist-5, 1.5

1982-WINNER-SILVER BUCK 10-12-00 Owner-Christine Feather; Trainer-Michael Dickinson; Jockey-Robert Earnshaw; SP-8/1
2ND-Bregawn 8-12-00 Owner-M Kennelly; Trainer-Michael Dickinson; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-18/1
3RD-Sunset Cristo 8-12-00 Owner-Carol Hawkey; Trainer-Raymond Hawkey; Jockey-Chris Grant; SP-100/1
22 ran, Time-7m 11.2s, Dist-2,12 11/4 Fav Night Nurse (pu)





THE QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE


Class A, Grade One, Total Prize Fund £220,000 Cheltenham, Wednesday, March 13, 2002, 2m. For 5yo & upwards. Weights: 5yo 11st 9lb; 6yo & upwards 12st. Allowances: mares 5lb. Entries closed January 2, entries released January 7 (32 entries), forfeit stage February 19, five-day confirmations March 8, overnight stage, 10.15am March 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to & including the racing of Friday, January 4, 2002.


31-3452 ALCAPONE (IRE) 8 Castleblake Racing Syndicate Mouse Morris IRE
214-04P BALLINCLAY KING (IRE) 8 I Guise, B Leatherday & N L Spence Ferdy Murphy
R44-35R BELLATOR 9 Peter Richardson Venetia Williams
112-122 BEST MATE (IRE) 7 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight
P-14444 CENKOS (FR) 8 Judy Stewart Paul Nicholls
2P-5530 COMMANCHE COURT (IRE) 9 Dermot Desmond Ted Walsh IRE
533-266 DESERT MOUNTAIN (IRE) 9 Frank Golding Paul Nicholls
421/543- DIRECT ROUTE (IRE) 11 Michael Thompson Howard Johnson
3161-12 EDREDON BLEU (FR) 10 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight132/11F- ESKLEYBROOK 9 Vic Gethin Nigel Twiston-Davies
63F-316 EXIT SWINGER (FR) 7 Sandicroft Stud Syndicate Martin Pipe
P142U-4 EXIT TO WAVE (FR) 6 Malcolm Pearce & Gerry Mizel II Peter Nicholls
112-336 FADALKO (FR) 9 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
P/1244-1 FLAGSHIP UBERALLES (IRE)8 Elizabeth Gutner&Michael Krysztofiak Racing Philip Hobbs
31132-2 GEOS (FR) 7 Thurloe Finsbury Nicky Henderson
24224-2 GET REAL (IRE) 11 Pioneer Heat-Treatment Nicky Henderson
12-3512 ICHI BEAU (IRE) 8 Fiona Butterly Ferdy Murphy
0121-54 ILNAMAR (FR) 6 Joe Moran Martin Pipe
4-2U130 KILLULTAGH STORM (IRE) 8 Rose Boyd Willie Mullins IRE
12-3111 KNIFE EDGE (USA) 7 J P McManus Michael O'Brien IRE
0111-15 LATALOMNE (USA) 8 AKV Cladding/Alderclad Roofing Brian Ellison
4P4-222 NATIVE UPMANSHIP (IRE) 9 Sue Magnier Arthur Moore IRE
11FFF4/- NORDANCE PRINCE (IRE) 11 Pinks Gym & Leisure Wear Ltd Venetia Williams
F2-4P50 RED ARK 9 Dorothy Mason Norman Mason
16-1213 REDEMPTION 7 John Duggan & Michael Purtill Paul Webber
F1/1111/- ROCKFORCE 10 Gerry Mizel Paul Nicholls
500/P-20 SEEK THE FAITH (USA) 13 Frank Matthews John O'Shea
061U5-3 TIUTCHEV 9 The Liars Poker Partnership Nicky Henderson
224UFP- TRESOR DE MAI (FR) 8 Joe Moran Martin Pipe
25-4111 TURGEONEV (FR) 7 David Sills Tim Easterby
2125-11 WAHIBA SANDS 9 David Johnson Martin Pipe
31/F11/-2 YOUNG DEVEREAUX (IRE) 9 Paul Barber,Mick Coburn,Colin Lewis 2 Paul Nicholls

32 Entries
5 Irish-trained



Breakdown of Entries per Trainer and Past Successes in the Queen Mother Champion Chase



6 Entries
Paul Nicholls (1999 Call Equiname)

4 Entries

Martin Pipe

3 Entries

Nicky Henderson (1992 Remittance Man)

2 Entries

Henrietta Knight (2000 Edredon Bleu)
Ferdy Murphy
Venetia Williams

1 Entry

Tim Easterby
Brian Ellison
Philip Hobbs
Howard Johnson
Norman Mason
Arthur Moore IRE (1996 Klairon Davis, 1981 Drumgora)
Mouse Morris IRE (1986 Buck House)
Willie Mullins IRE
Michael O’Brien IRE
John O’Shea
Nigel Twiston-Davies
Ted Walsh IRE
Paul Webber



QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE FACTS


1. The National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase was first run in 1959 and the Queen Mother’s name was added to the race title in 1980, the year of her 80th birthday.


2. The race’s roll of honour includes several multiple winners. Badsworth Boy (1983-85) is the only three-time winner. The double winners are Fortria (1960 and 1961), Drinny’s Double (1967 and 1968), Royal Relief (1972 and 1974), Skymas (1976 and 1977), Hilly Way (1978 and 1979), Pearlyman (1987 and 1988), Barnbrook Again (1989 and 1990), Viking Flagship (1994 and 1995).


3. Irish-trained runners have a good record in the Queen Mother Champion Chase winning 16 of the 42 runnings. Klairon Davis, trained by Arthur Moore, was the most recent winner sent over from the Emerald Isle in 1996. Moore’s father Dan trained the first winner - Quita Que in 1959 and followed up with Inkslinger in 1973.


4. Tom Dreaper has the best record of any trainer in the race winning six runnings with Fortria (1960 and 1961), Ben Stack (1964), Flyingbolt (1966), Muir (1969), and Straight Fort (1970). Of current trainers, Arthur Moore (Drumgora 1981 and Klairon Davis 1996) has the best record.


5. Flyingbolt was the shortest-priced winner when succeeding at 1/5 in 1966 while Another Dolly’s 33/1 victory in 1980 provided the race’s biggest upset.


6. Pat Taaffe is the most successful rider with five wins but no current jockey has won more than one Queen Mother Champion Chase.




QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE ANALYSIS


The 2002 renewal of the Queen Mother Champion Chase has attracted a great entry of 32. This is seven more than in 2001 and four more than the previous record which was set in 1999. Five of the entries hail from Ireland - the joint-highest total along with last year and 1999.


Heading the entries is the defending Queen Mother champion Edredon Bleu, who has had two runs already this season, winning his fourth Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon and finishing second to Flagship Uberalles in the Grade One Tingle Creek Trophy at Sandown.


Flagship Uberalles, the 1999 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy winner, is now under the care of Philip Hobbs and could not have been more impressive at Sandown. He is likely to head straight to Cheltenham.


Another horse likely to wait for the National Hunt Festival is Direct Route, who went down by the minimum distance to Edredon Bleu in the 2000 renewal, and was third to the previous year.


In addition to Edredon Bleu, the combination of Henrietta Knight and owner Jim Lewis have also entered the exciting Best Mate, although he is more likely to head for the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup following his second place in the Pertemps King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.


Paul Nicholls is the trainer with the strongest hand overall, having six entries - Cenkos, Desert Mountain, Exit To Wave, Fadalko, Rockforce and Young Devereaux. Fadalko looks to be the pick of Nicholls’ entries following his tremendous duel with Edredon Bleu at Sandown in April. Although he has been a little disappointing so far this season, Nicholls is adamant that the horse is better in the spring.


Champion trainer Martin Pipe, yet to win a Queen Mother Champion Chase, is also well represented with four entries in total - Exit Swinger, Ilnamar, Tresor De Mai and Wahiba Sands. Wahiba Sands would appear to be Pipe’s main hope following his two victories at Ascot this year, on the first occasion lowering the colours of Best Mate.


Nicky Henderson has three entries - Geos, Get Real and Tiutchev. Geos, a winner over fences in France, made his British debut over fences at Huntingdon in November, chasing home Edredon Bleu in the Peterborough Chase.

Tiutchev landed the 2000 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at the Festival but was slightly disappointing last season, managing just one win at Ascot while Get Real seems to reserve his best form for right-handed courses.


One entry that has already won at Cheltenham this year is the Brian Ellison-trained Latalomne who was successful in the Ernest & Julio Gallo Trophy by an impressive margin of 18 lengths at The Open. He was subsequently only fifth behind Flagship Uberalles in the Tingle Creek Trophy at Sandown but Ellison maintains that the gelding must have good ground.


As mentioned above, there are five Irish-trained entries - Alcapone, Commanche Court, Killultagh Storm, Knife Edge and Native Upmanship.

The two leading contenders out of this quintet appear to be Native Upmanship and Knife Edge. Native Upmanship has been second on all three of his outings so far this season, with his best effort coming when he was a fast-finishing runner-up to Florida Pearl in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in early December.

Knife Edge had his colours lowered by Killultagh Storm on his seasonal reappearance at Down Royal but has not looked back since. The Kris S gelding has gone on to win three times, most recently in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Tote Betting on Friday, January 4: 5/2 Edredon Bleu, 7/2 Flagship Uberalles, 9/1 Fadalko, 12/1 Latalomne, 12/1 Native Upmanship, 14/1 Knife Edge, 14/1 Tiutchev, 14/1 Wahiba Sands, 16/1 Direct Route, 16/1 Eskleybrook, 25/1 Bellator, 25/1 Rockforce, 50/1 Cenkos.




IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES FOR THE 2002 QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE


31-3452 ALCAPONE (IRE) 8 b g Roselier - Ann’s Cap (Cardinal Flower)
Owner: Anne Daly Trainer: Mouse Morris
Not to be confused with the famous French chaser with a similar name, Alcapone is so named due to the scar on one of his front legs. He has four career successes to date - two hurdle races and two chases - with his most important win coming in the Grade 1 Swordlestown Cup Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse in April. In that contest he comfortably defeated Native Dara by 15 lengths. On his four outings this season, his best effort probably came when he was second to Knife Edge in the Grade 3 Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown last month.


2P-5530 COMMANCHE COURT (IRE) 9 ch g Commanche Run-Sourceress (Fabulous Dancer)
Owner: Dermot Desmond Trainer: Ted Walsh
He scored at the 1997 Cheltenham Festival when triumphant in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best chasers in Ireland with victories in the 2000 Irish Grand National and the 2000 Heineken Gold Cup at Punchestown. His best performance last season came when he second to Young Spartacus under 11st 10lb in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton in February. The nine-year-old's latest outing was in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on December 1 when he finished a never-dangerous ninth. Also holds an entry for the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.


4-2U130 KILLULTAGH STORM (IRE) 8 b g Mandalus - Rostrevor Lady (Kemal)
Owner: Rose Boyd Trainer: Willie Mullins
Has six career victories to date - four over hurdles and two over fences. By far the best of his wins came in the valuable Killultagh Properties Chase at Down Royal in November when he had three lengths to spare over Arctic Copper with the odds-on Knife Edge back in third. However, Knife Edge has turned the form around twice since then.


12-3111 KNIFE EDGE (USA) 7 b g Kris S - My Turbulent Miss (My Dad George)
Owner: J P McManus Trainer: Michael O’Brien
A strong contender for Queen Mother honours, Knife Edge has looked to be a serious steeple chaser this season. He previously had high-class form over hurdles with his biggest win in the sphere coming when he won the John James McManus Memorial Hurdle, defeating Youlneverwalkalone, at Cork in October, 2000. He switched to novice chasing and won two of his three starts, including the Grade 1 Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase at Punchestown in December, 2000. Since being beaten on his seasonal debut by Killutagh Storm, Knife Edge has won three times this season, with the most recent victory coming in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.


4P4-222 NATIVE UPMANSHIP (IRE) 9 ch g Be My Native - Hi’Upham (Deep Run)
Owner: Sue Magnier Trainer: Arthur Moore
A nine-time winner to date, with his most valuable success coming in the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April, 2000. Despite a string of good efforts, he has not managed to enter the winners’ enclosure since December, 2000. On his one visit to Cheltenham, he was third behind Lord Noelie in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the 2000 National Hunt Festival. So far this season he has finished second on all of his three outings. On December 9 he was beaten just a short-head by Florida Pearl in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown and followed that up with a staying-on second behind Foxchapel King in the Ericsson Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.




Previous Results - QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE


2001- Cancelled

2000-WINNER-EDREDON BLEU 8-12-00 Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2
2ND-Direct Route 9-12-00 Owner-Michael Thompson; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-5/1
3RD-Flagship Uberalles 6-12-00 Owner-Elizabeth Gutner & Michael Krysztofiak Racing; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-11/10 Fav
9 ran, Time-3m 44.6s, Dist-sh, 6

1999-WINNER-CALL EQUINAME 9-12-00 Owner-Mick Coburn, Paul Barber and Colin Lewis; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-7/2
2ND-Edredon Bleu 7-12-00 Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP- 3/1 Fav
3RD-Direct Route 8-12-00 Owner-Chris Heron; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Norman Williamson;
SP-11/2 13 ran, Time-3m 59.2s, Dist-1¼, 3.5

1998-WINNER-ONE MAN 10-12-00 Owner-John Hales; Trainer-Gordon Richards; Jockey-Brian Harding; SP-7/2
2ND-Or Royal 7-12-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2
3RD-Lord Dorcet 8-12-00 Owner-John Hogg; Trainer-Alistair Charlton; Jockey-Brian Storey; SP- 50/1 8 ran, Time-3m 50.8s, Dist-4, 5 5/2 Fav Ask Tom (6th)

1997-WINNER-MARTHA’S SON 10-12-00 Owner-Paddy Hartigan and Michael Ward-Thomas; Trainer-Tim Forster; Jockey-Rodney Farrant; SP-9/1
2ND-Ask Tom 8-12-00 Owner-Brian Stewart-Brown; Trainer-Tom Tate; Jockey-Russ Garritty; SP- 6/1
3RD-Viking Flagship 10-12-00 Owner-Roach Foods Ltd;Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-3/1
6 ran, Time-3m 50.1s, Dist-2.5, .5 5/2 Fav Strong Promise (5th)

1996-WINNER-KLAIRON DAVIS 7-12-00 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Francis Woods; SP-9/1
2ND-Viking Flagship 9-12-00 Owner-Roach Foods Limited; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-9/4
3RD-Sound Man 8-12-00 Owner-David Lloyd; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-11/8 Fav 7 ran, Time-4m 0.4s, Dist-5, 1¼

1995-WINNER-VIKING FLAGSHIP 8-12-00 Owner-Roach Foods Ltd; Trainer- David Nicholson; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-5/2 Fav
2ND-Deep Sensation 10-12-00 Owner-Robin Eliot; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Norman Williamson;
SP-14/1
3RD-Nakir 7-12-00 Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Simon Christian; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-7/2
10 ran, Time-4m 6.30s, Dist-5, 2.5

1994-WINNER-VIKING FLAGSHIP 7-12-00 Owner-Roach Foods Ltd; Trainer- David Nicholson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-4/1
2ND-Travado 8-12-00 Owner-Mrs Michael Ennever; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Jamie Osborne;
SP-100/30
3RD-Deep Sensation 9-12-00 Owner-Robin Eliot; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-15/2 8 ran, Time-4m 0.8s, Dist-nk, 1.11/4 Fav Remittance Man (f)

1993-WINNER-DEEP SENSATION 8-12-00 Owner-Robin Eliot; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Declan Murphy;
SP-11/1
2ND-Cyphrate 7-12-00 Owner-Alias Smith & Jones Racing; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-14/1
3RD-Katabatic 10-12-00 Owner-Pell-Mell Partners; Trainer-Andy Turnell; Jockey-Simon McNeill;
SP-6/5 Fav 9 ran, Time-3m 56.3s, Dist-¾, 2

1992-WINNER-REMITTANCE MAN 8-12-00 Owner-Jim Collins; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-Evens Fav
2ND-Katabatic 9-12-00 Owner-Pell-Mell Partners; Trainer-Andy Turnell; Jockey-Simon McNeill; SP-6/1
3RD-Waterloo Boy 9-12-00 Owner-Michael Deeley; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-5/2 6 ran, Time-3m 56.5s, Dist-1, 3.5

1991-WINNER-KATABATIC 8-12-00 Owner-Pell-Mell Partners; Trainer-Andy Turnell; Jockey-Simon McNeill; SP-9/1
2ND-Waterloo Boy 8-12-00 Owner-Michael Deeley; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody SP-Evens Fav
3RD-Nos Na Gaoithe 8-12-00 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer-Peter Easterby; Jockey-Lorcan Wyer; SP-66/1 7 ran, Time-3m 55.8s, Dist-7, 6

1990-WINNER-BARNBROOK AGAIN 9-12-00 Owner-Mel Davies; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Hywel Davies; SP-11/10 Fav
2ND-Waterloo Boy 7-12-00 Owner-Michael Deeley; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-8/1
3RD-Feroda 9-12-00 Owner-N McCarthy; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Tom Taaffe; SP-9/1
9 ran, Time-3m 50.5s, Dist-.5, 7

1989-WINNER-BARNBROOK AGAIN 8-12-00 Owner-Mel Davies; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Simon Sherwood; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Royal Stag 7-12-00 Owner-Lady Harmsworth-Blunt; Trainer-Gardie Grissell; Jockey-Hywel Davies; SP-28/1
3RD-Beau Ranger 11-12-00 Owner-White Bros (Taunton) Ltd; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-11/4 8 ran, Time-4m 6s, Dist-4, 4

1988-WINNER-PEARLYMAN 9-12-00 Owner-Valerie Shaw; Trainer-John Edwards; Jockey-Tom Morgan;
SP-15/8 Fav
2ND-Desert Orchid 9-12-00 Owner-Richard Burridge; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Colin Brown; SP-9/1
3RD-Very Promising 10-12-00 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-4/1 8 ran, Time-4m 7.4s, Dist-5, 1

1987-WINNER-PEARLYMAN 8-12-00 Owner-Valerie Shaw; Trainer-John Edwards; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-13/8 Fav
2ND-Very Promising 9-12-00 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody;
SP-3/1
3RD-Desert Orchid 8-12-00 Owner-Richard Burridge; Trainer-David Elsworth; Jockey-Colin Brown; SP-9/4 8 ran, Time-3m 59.1s, Dist-nk, 3

1986-WINNER-BUCK HOUSE 8-12-00 Owner-Mrs Seamus Purcell; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE;
Jockey-Tommy Carmody; SP-5/2
2ND-Very Promising 8-12-00 Owner-Jean Maunders; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Peter Scudamore; SP-11/2
3RD-Kathies Lad 9-12-00 Owner-Joseph Clayton; Trainer-Alan Jarvis; Jockey-Steve Smith Eccles; SP-11/1 11 ran, Time-3m 55.3s, Dist-3, 8 7/4 Fav Bobsline (5th)

1985-WINNER-BADSWORTH BOY 10-12-00 Owner-D H Armitage; Trainer-Monica Dickinson;
Jockey-Robert Earnshaw; SP-11/8
2ND-Far Bridge 9-12-00 Owner-Duke of Atholl; Trainer-Toby Balding; Jockey-Brian Reilly; SP-66/1
3RD-Kyoto 7-12-00 Owner-Bryan Monkhouse; Trainer-John Jenkins; Jockey-Steve Smith Eccles; SP-66/1 5 ran, Time-3m 58.9s, Dist-10, 12 4/6 Fav Bobsline (f)


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