Thursday, January 14, 2010
MASTER MINDED HEADS 24 ENTRIES FOR SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE – 43 IN RYANAIR CHASE
KING CONSIDERING VOY POR & CRICK OPTIONS
Master Minded is among 24 entries for the Grade One Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and aiming to become only the second horse to win the £320,000 two-mile championship three times, following Badsworth Boy in the 1980s. The seven-year-old is one of five entries for champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls along with Free World, I’msingingtheblues, Takeroc and Twist Magic.
A strong Irish entry of seven includes the 2009 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy victor Forpadydepasterer as well as Big Zeb, who was travelling well when falling four out last year, the 2006 victor Newmill and Tranquil Sea, already a winner at Cheltenham this season following his victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup on November 14. The smart novice chaser Sizing Europe has also been given an entry.
Well Chief, the 2004 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy victor and twice runner-up in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, has been entered by David Pipe.
Voy Por Ustedes is no stranger to Festival glory having captured both the 2006 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy and the 2007 Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. Alan King’s charge has been entered once more for the latter contest and is also one of 43 entries for the Grade One Ryanair Chase, in which he finished second last year as the odds-on favourite.
The Sir Robert Ogden-owned nine-year-old was sixth on his latest start in the Grade One Lexus Chase over three miles at Leopardstown on December 29. King is yet to decide whether his charge will contest the two-mile Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase, staged over an extra five furlongs and worth a record £250,000 in 2010.
The Barbury Castle trainer revealed today: “Voy Por Ustedes came back A-one from his run in Ireland and in all likelihood will go to the Game Spirit Chase (two miles & a furlong) at Newbury next month. We will have a look at our options based on what he does there.
“We have given him entries in both the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase, so at this stage he could go for either race.”
King has also entered Oh Crick in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. The seven-year-old triumphed in the Grade Three Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase at The Festival in March and added a further big-race success in the Grade Three Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree the following month.
King commented: “Oh Crick had a fantastic time last spring and we have given him an entry in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. He may run in one of those races at Kempton this weekend and then go to Ascot for the Victor Chandler Chase. We will take a view after that. I would be surprised if he is a Queen Mother horse but the stage of the season we are at, we just thought he was due an entry.”
Also among the 43 entries for the Ryanair Chase are the Queen’s Barbers Shop, the 2008 RSA Chase victor Albertas Run and Poquelin, successful over the course and distance in the Boylepsorts.com Gold Cup last month.
SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE TOTAL ENTRIES
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
24 29 25 30 29 19 25 23 32 25
2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
22 28 19 17 21 15 16 24 20 15
SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
7 5 5 12 11 5 8 6 5 5
2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
3 5 2 4 3 0 1 4 2 2
RYANAIR CHASE NUMBER OF ENTRIES
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
RYANAIR CHASE 43 48 57 46 54 39 First run in 2005
RYANAIR CHASE IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
RYANAIR CHASE 18 13 18 15 16 10 First run in 2005
THE SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE
Class 1, Grade 1, 2m, £320,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.20pm, Cheltenham, Wednesday, March 17, 2010. For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 10 - horses which are not qualified for a rating in GB, IRE or FR may also be entered & such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 10 would merit a minimum rating of 130 (the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final). Weights: 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Entries closed January 12, entries revealed January 14 (24 entries), scratchings deadline February 16, £16,000 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage March 11. Final 48-hour declaration stage, 10am, March 15. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, January 12.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
0112 1U BARKER (IRE) 9 Eamonn Duignan Willie Mullins IRE
FF1 214 BIG ZEB (IRE) 9 Patrick Joseph Redmond Colm Murphy IRE
04 F231 CORNAS (NZ) 8 The Gascoigne Brookes Partnership III Nick Williams
P11F1 2 FIEPES SHUFFLE (GER) 10 Stall Jenny Mario Hofer GER
111 21F FIX THE RIB (IRE) 7 A Dean Gary Moore
221 222 FORPADYDEPLASTERER (IRE) 8 Goat Racing Syndicate Tom Cooper IRE
2332 22 FREE WORLD (FR) 6 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls
100 411 GOLDEN SILVER (FR) 8 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
1102 63 I'MSINGINGTHEBLUES (IRE) 8 John Hales Paul Nicholls
121212 KALAHARI KING (FR) 9 Joanna Morgan Ferdy Murphy
64U5 34 LORD HENRY (IRE) 11 Karola Vann Philip Hobbs
63 4255 MAHOGANY BLAZE (FR) 8 Lorna Berryman Nigel Twiston Davies
2/111 13 MASTER MINDED (FR) 7 Clive Smith Paul Nicholls
46 4224 NEWMILL (IRE) 12 Mary Hayes John Murphy IRE
3F211 5 OH CRICK (FR) 7 David Sewell Alan King
12230 1 PETIT ROBIN (FR) 7 Mr & Mrs John Poynton Nicky Henderson
5104 45 SANTA'S SON (IRE) 10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
5 41111 SIZING EUROPE (IRE) 8 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Henry de Bromhead IRE
2350P0 TAKEROC (FR) 7 Sandra Giles Paul Nicholls
51 0020 TARTAK (FR) 7 Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd Tom George
56 2112 TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) 8 Nelius Hayes/Dermot Cox Edward O'Grady IRE
F6F1 31 TWIST MAGIC (FR) 8 Barry Fulton Tony Hayward Michael Lynch Paul Nicholls
3121 36 VOY POR USTEDES (FR) 9 Sir Robert Ogden Alan King
F3//2 132 WELL CHIEF (GER) 11 David Johnson David Pipe
BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES IN THE SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE
Paul Nicholls (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded)
Willie Mullins IRE
Alan King (2007 Voy Por Ustedes)
Tom Cooper IRE
Henry de Bromhead IRE
Nicky Henderson (1992 Remittance Man)
Philip Hobbs (2002 Flagship Uberalles)
Mario Hofer GER
Colm Murphy IRE
John Murphy IRE (2006 Newmill)
Edward O’Grady IRE
Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase – Analysis
Master Minded is already firmly ensconced in the exclusive ranks of history’s outstanding two-mile chasers but the Clive Smith-owned seven-year-old will attempt to carve his name among the all-time greats, should he land a third consecutive victory in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday, March 17.
Badsworth Boy, successful in 1983, 1984 and 1985, is the only horse to have completed a hat-trick of wins in the Grade One race.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Master Minded, one of 24 entries for the two-mile steeplechase championship, slammed the Alan King-trained 2007 champion Voy Por Ustedes by 19 lengths for a breathtaking first victory in the race two years ago. He proved seven lengths too good for Well Chief in the 2009 renewal.
Well Chief, one of the few remaining links to the fantastic era of Moscow Flyer (successful in 2003 & 2005), Azertyuiop (2004), Flagship Uberalles (2002) et al, finished runner-up for the second time in the Seasons Holidays Champion Chase last season, having chased home Moscow Flyer in 2005. However, David Pipe’s charge overturned the champion at Prestbury Park in November when winning the inaugural Connaught Chase over the course and distance, with Master Minded two places behind.
Well Chief was subsequently third to the Nicholls-trained Twist Magic in the Grade One Keith Prowse Hospitality Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on December 5, and had to settle for second behind the Nicky Henderson-trained Petit Robin in the Grade Two williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton later that month.
A powerful Irish hand includes the Colm Murphy-trained Big Zeb, who fell four out in last year’s contest and then failed by only a head to overhaul Master Minded in the Grade One Kerrygold Champion Chase at Punchestown in April. The nine-year-old was below par when fourth to Twist Magic in the Tingle Creek last time.
Sizing Europe is an exciting entry. Henry de Bromhead’s talented novice chaser won the Grade One AIG Europe Champion Hurdle last season and is unbeaten in four starts over fences this term.
In November, Tranquil Sea became the first Irish-trained winner of the Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup for 19 years. Edward O’Grady’s charge could line up alongside the 2009 Grade One Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy victor Forpadydeplasterer, trained by Tom Cooper.
Barker defeated Forpadydeplasterer to win the Grade One Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase at Punchestown in April. His trainer, Willie Mullins, has also entered Golden Silver who saw off Tranquil Sea to win the Grade One Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown in December.
Newmill won the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2006 for trainer John Murphy and the 12-year-old could make his fifth appearance in the race.
The German-trained entry for this year’s race is the Mario Hofer-trained Fiepes Shuffle. The 10-year-old fell at the first in the 2008 renewal but showed his class later that year when defeating Petit Robin to win the Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase.
Returning to the British-based contingent, the Ferdy Murphy-trained Kalahari King built upon his Arkle second last season when winning the Grade One John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree the following month.
Oh Crick, one of two King-trained entries, won the Grade Three Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup at The Festival last term, while the Nicholls-trained quintet of entries is completed by Takeroc, I’msingingtheblues and Free World, who sports the Master Minded colours of Clive Smith. Nicholls has won the race four times, with Call Equiname (1999), Azertyuiop and Master Minded.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Mahogany Blaze split Well Chief and Master Minded in the Connaught Chase. The remaining entries are Cornas, Fix The Rib, Lord Henry, Santa’s Son and the Grade Two winner, Tartak.
SEASONS HOLIDAYS 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. The race was first sponsored in 2007 and Seasons holidays has been the backer since then.
2. The race’s roll of honour includes plenty of 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), Moscow Flyer (2003 and 2005) and Master Minded (2008 and 2009).
3. Irish-trained runners have a good record in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, winning 19 of the 50 runnings. Newmill, trained by John Murphy and ridden by Andrew McNamara, was the most recent Irish-trained scorer in 2006.
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, Paul Nicholls (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop and the 2008 & 2009 winner Master Minded) has the best record.
5. Flyingbolt was the shortest-priced winner when succeeding at 1/5 in 1966, while Another Dolly, who was awarded the 1980 race at odds of 33/1, provided the biggest upset.
6. Pat Taaffe is the most successful rider with five wins, while Ruby Walsh (Azertyuiop 2003 and Master Minded 2008 and 2009) and Barry Geraghty (Moscow Flyer 2003 and 2005) are the only current jockeys to have landed more than one Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase.
7. The oldest horse to have triumphed was the 12-year-old Skymas in 1977, while the youngest victor was Master Minded, who was just five when winning for the first time in 2008.
8. A small but select field usually lines up for the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. The largest field was in 1999 when 13 runners went to post, one while only five runners lined up in 1985, 1972, 1968, 1964, 1963 and 1961.
9. The most successful owners are George Ansley, who enjoyed three wins with Fortria (1960 and 1961) and Straight Fort (1970), and Doug Armitage who had three victories with Badsworth Boy (1983, 1984 and 1985).
10. Michael Dickinson trained the winner for three consecutive years with Rathgorman (1982) and Badsworth Boy (1983 & 1984). His mother Monica had taken charge of the training operation for Badsworth Boy’s final success in 1985.
11. In 1986, the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Buck House subsequently met with that year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup heroine Dawn Run in a special match race at Punchestown in April, 1986. It was Dawn Run who prevailed by two and a half lengths.
12. The Irish Independent Arkle Chase is a good guide for future success in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. Voy Por Ustedes (2007), Azertyuiop (2004), Moscow Flyer (2003 and 2005), Flagship Uberalles (2002), Klairon Davis (1996) and Remittance Man (1992) all won the novices’ event before their Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase victory.
PREVIOUS RESULTS - SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE
2009-WINNER-MASTER MINDED 6-11-10 Owner-Clive Smith; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/11 Fav
2ND-Well Chief 10-11-10 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-12/1
3RD-Petit Robin 6-11-10 Owner-Mr & Mrs John Poynton; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-12/1
12 ran, Time-3m 59.50s, Dist-7, 2
2008-WINNER-MASTER MINDED 5-11-10 Owner-Clive Smith; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-3/1
2ND-Voy Por Ustedes 7-11-10 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Fair Along 6-11-10 Owner-Alan Peterson; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
8 ran, Time-3m 55.80s, Dist-19, 16
2007-WINNER-VOY POR USTEDES 6-11-10 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-5/1
2ND-Dempsey 9-11-10 Owner-Tracy Brown; Trainer-Carl Llewellyn; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-20/1
3RD-River City 10-11-10 Owner-Sarah Rowley-Williams; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-33/1
10 ran, Time-3m 53.88s, Dist-1.5, 5 Evens Fav Well Chief (Fell)
2006-WINNER-NEWMILL 8-11-10 Owner-Mary Hayes; Trainer-John Murphy IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-16/1
2ND-Fota Island 10-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-4/1
3RD-Mister McGoldrick 9-11-10 Owner-Richard Longley; Trainer-Sue Smith; Jockey-Dominic Elsworth; SP-50/1
12 ran, Time-3m 51.50s, Dist-9, 1.5 2/1 Fav Kauto Star (Fell)
2005-WINNER-MOSCOW FLYER 11-11-10 Owner-Brian Kearney; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-6/4 Fav
2ND-Well Chief 6-11-10 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-7/2
3RD-Azertyuiop 8-11-10 Owner-John Hales; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-2/1
8 ran, Time-3m 54.30s, Dist-2, 13
2004-WINNER-AZERTYUIOP 7-11-10 Owner-John Hales; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-15/8
2ND-Flagship Uberalles 10-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey; Richard Johnson; SP-14/1
3RD-Tiutchev 11-11-10 Owner-The Liars Poker Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-16/1
8 ran, Time-3m 54.10s, Dist-9, 1.5 5/6 Fav Moscow Flyer (UR)
2003-WINNER-MOSCOW FLYER 9-12-00 Owner-Brian Kearney; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Native Upmanship 10-12-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-12/1
3RD Cenkos 9-12-00 Owner-Judy Stewart; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/1
11 ran, Time-3m 53.70s, Dist-7, 3
2002-WINNER-FLAGSHIP UBERALLES 8-12-00 Owner-Elizabeth Gutner & Michael Krysztofiak Racing; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Native Upmanship 9-12-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-9/1
3RD-Cenkos 8-12-00 Owner-Judy Stewart; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-66/1
12 ran, Time-4m 7.70s, Dist-3, 0.5
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-1.25, 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, 0.5 5/2 Fav Strong Promise (5th)
SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE
ROLL OF HONOUR
(Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase since 2007, Queen Mother Champion Chase 1980-2006, previously National Hunt Two Mile Champion Chase from when first run in 1959)
Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2009 Master Minded 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Clive Smith 4/11F 12
2008 Master Minded 5-11-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Clive Smith 3/1 8
2007 Voy Por Ustedes 6-11-10 Robert Thornton Alan King Sir Robert Ogden 5/1 10
2006 Newmill 8-11-10 Andrew McNamara John Murphy IRE Mary Hayes 16/1 12
2005 Moscow Flyer 11-11-10 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington IRE Brian Kearney 6/4F 8
2004 Azertyuiop 7-11-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls John Hales 15/8 8
2003 Moscow Flyer 9-12-00 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington IRE Brian Kearney 7/4F 11
2002 Flagship Uberalles 8-12-00 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Elizabeth Gutner/Michael Krysztofiak 7/4F 12
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Edredon Bleu 8-12-00 Tony McCoy Henrietta Knight Jim Lewis 7/2 9
1999 Call Equiname 9-12-00 Mick Fitzgerald Paul Nicholls Mick Coburn,Paul Barber,Colin Lewis 7/2 13
1998 One Man 10-12-00 Brian Harding Gordon Richards John Hales 7/2 8
1997 Martha’s Son 10-12-00 Rodney Farrant Tim Forster Paddy Hartigan/Michael Ward-Thomas 9/1 6
1996 Klairon Davis 7-12-00 Francis Woods Arthur Moore IRE Chris Jones 9/1 7
1995 Viking Flagship 8-12-00 Charlie Swan David Nicholson Roach Foods Ltd 5/2F 10
1994 Viking Flagship 7-12-00 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson Roach Foods Ltd 4/1 8
1993 Deep Sensation 8-12-00 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford Robin Eliot 11/1 9
1992 Remittance Man 8-12-00 Jamie Osborne Nicky Henderson Jim Collins Evs F 6
1991 Katabatic 8-12-00 Simon McNeill Andrew Turnell Pell-Mell Partners 9/1 7
1990 Barnbrook Again 9-12-00 Hywel Davies David Elsworth Mel Davies 11/10F 9
1989 Barnbrook Again 8-12-00 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth Mel Davies 7/4F 8
1988 Pearlyman 9-12-00 Tom Morgan John Edwards Valerie Shaw 15/8F 8
1987 Pearlyman 8-12-00 Peter Scudamore John Edwards Valerie Shaw 13/8F 8
1986 Buck House 8-12-00 Tommy Carmody Mouse Morris IRE Mrs Phil Purcell 5/2 11
1985 Badsworth Boy 10-12-00 Robert Earnshaw Monica Dickinson Doug Armitage 11/8 5
1984 Badsworth Boy 9-12-00 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson Doug Armitage 8/13F 10
1983 Badsworth Boy 8-12-00 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson Doug Armitage 2/1 6
1982 Rathgorman 10-12-00 Kevin Whyte Michael Dickinson J Lilley 100/30 9
1981 Drumgora 9-12-00 Frank Berry Arthur Moore IRE D Monahan 25/1 9
1980 *Another Dolly 10-12-00 Sam Morshead Fred Rimell Ian Urquhart 33/1 7
1979 Hilly Way 9-12-00 Mr Ted Walsh Peter McCreery IRE J W Sweeney 7/1 9
1978 Hilly Way 8-12-00 Tommy Carmody Peter McCreery IRE J W Sweeney 7/1 10
1977 Skymas 12-12-00 Mouse Morris Brian Lusk IRE Mathew Magee 7/2 8
1976 Skymas 11-12-00 Mouse Morris Brian Lusk IRE Mathew Magee 8/1 7
1975 Lough Inagh 8-12-00 Sean Barker Jim Dreaper IRE A Martin 100/30 8
1974 Royal Relief 10-12-00 Bill Smith Edward Courage Edward Courage 6/1 6
1973 Inkslinger 6-12-00 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore IRE Mrs M Jenney 6/1 6
1972 Royal Relief 8-12-00 Bill Smith Edward Courage Edward Courage 15/8 5
1971 Crisp 8-12-00 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter Sir Chester Manifold 3/1 8
1970 Straight Fort 7-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE George Ansley 7/4F 6
1969 Muir 10-12-00 Ben Hannon Tom Dreaper IRE Waring Willis 15/2 11
1968 Drinny’s Double 10-12-00 Frank Nash Bob Turnell Paul Mellon 6/1 5
1967 Drinny’s Double 9-12-00 Frank Nash Bob Turnell Paul Mellon 7/2 8
1966 Flyingbolt 7-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE Mrs Jean Wilkinson 1/5F 6
1965 Dunkirk 8-12-00 Dave Dick Peter Cazalet Bill Whitbread 8/1 6
1964 Ben Stack 7-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE Anne, Duchess of Westminster 2/1 5
1963 Sandy Abbot 8-12-00 Stan Mellor George Owen Mrs J D McKechnie 5/1 5
1962 Piperton 8-12-00 Dave Dick Archie Thomlinson Archie Thomlinson 100/6 7
1961 Fortria 9-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE George Ansley 2/5F 5
1960 Fortria 8-12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE George Ansley 15/8F 7
1959 Quita Que 10-12-00 Bunny Cox Dan Moore IRE Mrs D R Brand 4/9F 9
*Another Dolly finished second to Chinrullah, who was subsequently disqualified after failing a post-race urine test
THE 2009 SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE RESULT IN DETAIL
£320,000 guaranteed, 2m Old Course, For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 4; horses which are not qualified a rating in GB, Ireland or France may also be entered; such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 4 would merit a minimum rating of 130; the decision of the BHA Handicapper shall be final. Wweights 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 29 pay £380 1st Forfeit 20pay £760 Confirmed 14 pay £380 Penalty Value 1st £182,432, 2nd £68,48, 3rd £34,272, 4th £17,088, 5th £8,576, 6th £4,288
1 MASTER MINDED (FR) (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh 4/11F
2 WELL CHIEF (GER) (David Johnson) David Pipe 10-11-10 Timmy Murphy 12/1
3 PETIT ROBIN (FR) (Mr & Mrs John Poynton) Nicky Henderson 6-11-10 Barry Geraghty 12/1
4 NEWMILL (IRE) (Mary Hayes) John Murphy IRE 11-11-10 Robbie Power 100/1
5 SCOTSIRISH (IRE) (Double R Stables Llc Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-10 Paul Townend 40/1
6 MAHOGANY BLAZE (FR) (Lorna Berryman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-10 Paddy Brennan 40/1
7 ASHLEY BROOK (IRE) (Elizabeth Ellis) Kevin Bishop 11-11-10 Richard Johnson 66/1
8 SANTA'S SON (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 9-11-10 Denis O'Regan 33/1
9 MARODIMA (FR) (Mark & Lavinia Sherwood) Rebecca Curtis 6-11-10 Nick Scholfield 100/1
F 4 OUT BIG ZEB (IRE) (Patrick Joseph Redmond) Colm Murphy IRE 8-11-10 Robert Thornton 12/1
F 2 OUT TWIST MAGIC (FR) (Barry Fulton, Tony Hayward & Michael Lynch) Paul Nicholls 7-11-10 Sam Thomas 16/1
F last BRIAREUS (Miss E Lambourne) Andrew Balding 9-11-10 Tony McCoy 16/1
12 ran Distances: 7, 2, 1 1/2, 5, 7, 11, 15, dist Time: 3m 59.50s
Breeder: Marie-Christine-Gabeur Breeding: b g Nikos - Haute Tension (FR) Totes: Win: £1.40 Places: £1.10, £2.60, £2.20 Exacta: £7.30
Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born in Olveston, Bristol, on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first title in the 2005/06 season, and followed up in the following campaign, with the hugely-talented Kauto Star being the flag-bearer with victories in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree, the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, Sandown’s Tingle Creek Chase, the King George VI Chase at Kempton, Newbury’s AON Chase and the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. He also trains Denman, who defeated stablemate Kauto Star in the 2008 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Paul Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Another highpoint in his training career came at the 1999 Cheltenham Festival, as he captured the major chase on each of the three days - Flagship Uberalles scored in the Irish Independent Arkle Chase, Call Equiname in the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following day and, best of all, See More Business took the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Nicholls was the most successful trainer at The Festival in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Cheltenham Festival Wins (21): JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), The Irish Independent Arkle Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business, 2007 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran, 2007 Andreas), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), RSA Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman) 1000th Domestic Winner: Noble Action (Bumper, Folkestone, November 15, 2004) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2007/08): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in prize money in a season); *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 133
Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Background: Ruby (short for Rupert) is associated with the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. He is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer and television pundit. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. He in his father's footsteps when capturing the Irish amateur riders’ championship (1996-97) at the age of 19 while still studying for his Leaving Certificate. He was crowned champion Irish National Hunt jockey in his first season as a professional (1998/99) and has taken the title a further five times (2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/08). Walsh has won the John Smith's Grand National twice - in 2000 aboard Papillon, trained by his father, and the Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter in 2005. He followed Papillon's Aintree triumph with an Irish Grand National victory aboard his father's Commanche Court but surpassed that achievement in the 2004/2005 season when his John Smith's Grand National success aboard Hedgehunter was augmented by wins in the Welsh National (Silver Birch) and Irish Grand National (Numbersixvalverde). He narrowly missed out in that season's Scottish Grand National when his mount, Cornish Rebel, finished a short-head second to Joes Edge. In the 2007/08 season he was leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival for a third time (he also took the accolade in 2003 and 2007) with three wins. First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (21): David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (2009 Quevega), Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Fiveforthree, 2009 Mikael D’Haguenet), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire), RSA Chase (2007 Denman, 2009 Cooldine), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2007 Kauto Star) 1,000th Winner in Ireland: Rare Article, Smirnoff (Mares) Maiden Hurdle, Thurles, May 4, 2008 (became only the second jockey to complete the feat after Charlie Swann) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2007/08): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69; 73; 69; Wins in Britain This Season: 60
THE RYANAIR CHASE
Class 1, Grade 1, 2m 5f, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.40pm, Cheltenham, Thursday, March 18, 2010. For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 11 - horses which are not qualified for a rating in GB, IRE or FR may also be entered & such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 11 would merit a minimum rating of 130 (the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final). Weights: 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Entries closed January 12, entries revealed January 14 (43 entries), scratchings deadline February 16, £11,500 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage March 12. Final 48-hour declaration stage, 10.00am, March 16. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, January 12.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
03-P136 ALBERTAS RUN (IRE) 9 Trevor Hemmings Jonjo O'Neill
15//11-FP ARAN CONCERTO (IRE) 9 John Corr Noel Meade IRE
1/210-43 BARBERS SHOP 8 The Queen Nicky Henderson
0112-1U BARKER (IRE) 9 Eamonn Duignan Willie Mullins IRE
1F2-F40 CHAPOTURGEON (FR) 6 David Johnson Paul Nicholls
1110-31 CONSIGLIERE (FR) 7 E A P Scouller David Pipe
121-11P DEEP PURPLE 9 Paul Green Evan Williams
113-412 DEUTSCHLAND (USA) 7 Allan McLuckie Willie Mullins IRE
221-222 FORPADYDEPLASTERER (IRE) 8 Goat Racing Syndicate Tom Cooper IRE
1/0411/-3 GLENCOVE MARINA (IRE) 8 John Brennan Willie Mullins IRE
100-411 GOLDEN SILVER (FR) 8 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
125F-U0 GWANAKO (FR) 7 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
111P-1U HERECOMESTHETRUTH (IRE) 8 Paul Barber & Maggie Findlay Paul Nicholls
161-P25 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (IRE) 9 Our Friends in the North Nigel Twiston-Davies
13/4/-12P IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) 10 Mrs B Mulryan/Mrs Noeleen Mccreevy Dessie Hughes IRE
04-1030 J'Y VOLE (FR) 7 Hammer & Trowel Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
36/111/1- JACK THE GIANT (IRE) 8 Hanbury Syndicate Nicky Henderson
11-3213 JONCOL (IRE) 7 Kay Browne Paul Nolan IRE
43-3U24 MADE IN TAIPAN (IRE) 8 Frances Duffin/Sean Corby Tom Mullins IRE
12235-3 MASSINI'S MAGUIRE (IRE) 9 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs
111-12P MASTER MEDIC (IRE) 9 Pell-mell Partners Robert & Sally Alner
46-4224 NEWMILL (IRE) 12 Mary Hayes John Murphy IRE
P4-61r0 OUR VIC (IRE) 12 David Johnson David Pipe
13606-4 PABLO DU CHARMIL (FR) 9 Joe Moran David Pipe
140-P55 PANJO BERE (FR) 7 Paul Chapman & Elizabeth Kiernan Gary Moore
12230-1 PETIT ROBIN (FR) 7 Mr & Mrs John Poynton Nicky Henderson
1133-12 PLANET OF SOUND 8 Charles Lloyd-Baker Philip Hobbs
300-121 POQUELIN (FR) 7 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
3/1122-1 PUNCHESTOWNS (FR) 7 Judy Wilson Nicky Henderson
31414-1 RARE BOB (IRE) 8 D A Syndicate Dessie Hughes IRE
32-2245 SCHINDLERS HUNT (IRE) 10 Slaneyville Syndicate Dessie Hughes IRE
54-3543 SCOTSIRISH (IRE) 9 Double R Stables Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
1F3-132 SIEGEMASTER (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Dessie Hughes IRE
0-61103 SNOWY MORNING (IRE) 10 Quayside Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
02021-F SOMETHING WELLS (FR) 9 Favourites Racing XVIII Venetia Williams
2350P0- TAKEROC (FR) 7 Sandra Giles Paul Nicholls
51-0020 TARTAK (FR) 7 Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd Tom George
105151 THE FONZE (IRE) 9 J A Dunphy Eoin Doyle IRE
2345-24 TIDAL BAY (IRE) 9 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
56-2112 TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) 8 Nelius Hayes/Dermot Cox Edward O'Grady IRE
3121-36 VOY POR USTEDES (FR) 9 Sir Robert Ogden Alan King
41P-251 WATCH MY BACK 9 Tony Ambler Ferdy Murphy
11112-1 WILL BE DONE (IRE) 9 Mr & Mrs R N C Hall Donald McCain Jnr
BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES IN THE
Willie Mullins IRE
Paul Nicholls (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis)
Nicky Henderson (2006 Fondmort)
Dessie Hughes IRE
David Pipe (2008 Our Vic)
Robert & Sally Alner
Thomas Cooper IRE
Eoin Doyle IRE
Donald McCain Jnr
Noel Meade IRE
Tom Mullins IRE
John Murphy IRE
Paul Nolan IRE
Edward O’Grady IRE
Nigel Twiston-Davies (2009 Imperial Commander)
Ryanair Chase – Analysis
This year’s Grade One Ryanair Chase, which carries record prize money of £250,000, has attracted a superb entry of 43.
Paul Nicholls, successful in the race with Thisthatandtother (2005) and Taranis (2007), looks set to have another strong hand in this year’s renewal with Grade Three Boylesports.com Gold Cup victor Poquelin among his five entries.
The champion trainer has also entered Grade One winner Herecomesthetruth, last season’s Listed Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase winner Chapoturgeon, Takeroc and Gwanako, who was fifth in last year’s Ryanair Chase.
Imperial Commander landed the spoils in this race last year for local handler Nigel Twiston-Davies and the nine-year-old could re-oppose the second, the Alan King-trained Voy Por Ustedes, who went down by three lengths.
Nicky Henderson saddled Fondmort to victory in the 2006 Ryanair Chase and a particularly strong quartet from the master of Seven Barrows includes The Queen’s Barbers Shop, who was third behind Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Last year’s Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase third Petit Robin could step up in distance following success over two miles in the Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park in December, while the hugely talented but fragile Jack The Giant may bid to enhance his superb record over fences. Henderson has also given an entry to last year’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle runner-up Punchestowns, who made an exciting debut over fences when taking a Grade Two novice chase at Newbury at the end of November.
The only other trainer to have tasted Ryanair Chase success is David Pipe, who sent out Our Vic to victory in 2008. The veteran chaser may be joined in this year’s race by stable-companions Pablo Du Charmil and the prolific Consigliere.
The Philip Hobbs-trained Massini’s Maguire has run excellent races on both his previous appearances at The Festival, having landed what is now the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle in 2007 and been third to Cooldine in last year’s RSA Chase. Hobbs may also be represented by last season’s The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase third Planet Of Sound, who triumphed in the Grade Two Haldon Gold Cup on his seasonal return prior to taking second behind the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Albertas Run in a Grade Two Chase at Ascot in mid-November.
Deep Purple landed a brace of Grade Two contests at Wetherby and Huntingdon for Evan Williams before disappointing in the King George VI Chase, while the Tom George-trained Tartak may also drop back down in distance after taking seventh in the Boxing Day feature.
The 2008 Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase winner Tidal Bay, from the stable of Howard Johnson, may bid to improve on the fourth he took behind Imperial Commander in this race last year, while the Venetia Williams-trained Something Wells may also aim for further Festival glory, having triumphed in the Festival Plate last season.
Other notable entries include the Donald McCain-trained Will Be Done and Panjo Bere, from the yard of Gary Moore, who landed Grade Two contests last season, the Ferdy Murphy-trained Watch My Back, and Master Medic, successful in a Listed handicap chase for Robert and Sally Alner at Ascot in October.
A bumper entry of 18 from Ireland is headed by the Edward O’Grady-trained Tranquil Sea, who notched an impressive four and a half-length success over Poquelin in the Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup at The Open in November.
The progressive eight-year-old, successful in the Grade One Punchestown Novice Hurdle in 2008, was runner-up in the Grade One Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown in December, which was won by the Willie Mullins-trained Golden Silver.
Mullins is responsible for a total of seven entries and the Irish champion trainer could also run Scotsirish, who was third behind Golden Silver at Leopardstown, Grade One scorers Barker and Glencove Marina, Deutschland, Snowy Morning and the only mare among the entries, J’y Vole.
The Paul Nolan-trained Joncol stormed to a convincing victory in the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown at the start of December before being headed close home to be third in the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown later the same month, while last season’s The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase hero Forpadydeplasterer may bid for more Festival glory for Co Kerry handler Tom Cooper.
A quartet of entries from Dessie Hughes consists of last year’s third Schindler’s Hunt, who went on to be second in Grade One company at Aintree and Punchestown, John Durkan Memorial Chase runner-up In Compliance and Punchestown Champion Novice Chase victor Rare Bob. The Co Kildare handler may also be represented by recent Leopardstown handicap chase second Siegemaster, who is owned by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary.
Newmill gave trainer John Murphy the biggest success of his career when taking the 2006 Queen Mother Champion Chase, while the Irish contingent is completed by Aran Concerto, a three time Grade One winner over hurdles and fences for Noel Meade, the Tom Mullins-trained Made In Taipan and Grade Two scorer The Fonze, from the stable of Eoin Doyle.
RYANAIR CHASE - Facts & Figures
1. The Ryanair Chase was introduced to The Festival in 2005. It replaced the Cathcart Chase, although the conditions of the race changed slightly with it being open to all horses rather than being restricted to first and second season chasers.
2. The first three renewals were run as Grade Two contests. It became a Grade One affair in 2008.
3. The Daily Telegraph backed the inaugural contest, with Irish airline Ryanair taking over the sponsorship for 2006. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, came close to winning his company’s money in 2008 when owning the runner-up Mossbank.
4. Fondmort, the 100/30 joint-favourite, was landing his fourth race at Cheltenham when victorious in 2006. Our Vic, successful in 2008, was winning for the third time at the course and has a further four Cheltenham placed efforts to his name, including when runner-up in the 2007 Ryanair Chase.
5. Last year’s winner Imperial Commander also boasted previous winning form at Cheltenham, with four previous successes at the course to his name including victory in the Grade Three Paddy Power Chase at The Open in November, 2008.
RYANAIR CHASE – ROLL OF HONOUR
(Ryanair Chase from 2006, Daily Telegraph Chase 2005)
Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2009 Imperial Commander 8-11-10 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies Our Friends In The North 6/1 10
2008 Our Vic 10-11-10 Timmy Murphy David Pipe David Johnson 4/1 9
2007 Taranis 6-11-00 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Mrs A B Yeoman & C R Whittaker 9/2 9
2006 Fondmort 10-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Bill Brown 100/30JF 11
2005 Thisthatandtother 9-11-03 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Graham Roach 9/2 12
RYANAIR CHASE - Past Results
2009-WINNER-IMPERIAL COMMANDER 8-11-10 Owner-Our Friends In The North; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-6/1
2ND-Voy Por Ustedes 8-11-10 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-4/5 Fav
3RD-Schindlers Hunt 9-11-10 Owner-Slaneyville Syndicate; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Paddy Flood; SP-22/1
10 ran, Time-5m 18.34s Dist-2, 0.75
2008-WINNER-OUR VIC 10-11-10 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-4/1
2ND-Mossbank 8-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-4/1
3RD-Turko 6-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/1
9 ran, Time-5m 10.24s Dist-5, 7 100/30 Fav The Listener (5th)
2007-WINNER-TARANIS 6-11-00 Owner-Mrs A B Yeoman & C R Whittaker; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-9/2
2ND–Our Vic 9-11-05 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-7/2
3RD–Billyvoddan 8-11-00 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
9 ran, Time-5m 10.60s Dist-nk, 0.5 7/4 Fav Monet’s Garden (4th)
2006-WINNER-FONDMORT 10-11-00 Owner-Bill Brown; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerlad; SP-100/30 Jt Fav
2ND-Lacdoudal 7-11-00 Owner-Carol Skan; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
3RD-Impek Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-100/30 Jt Fav
11 ran, Time-5m 3.00s Dist-1.25, hd
2005-WINNER-THISTHATANDTOTHER 9-11-03 Owner-Graham Roach; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh;
2ND-Fondmort 9-11-00 Owner-Bill Brown; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-9/1
3RD-Rathgar Beau 9-11-03 Owner-One-O-Eight Racing Club; Trainer-Eamon Sheehy IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-9/2
12 ran, Time-5m 11.90s Dist: 0.5, 2.5 7/4 Fav Our Vic (PU)
THE 2009 RYANAIR CHASE RESULT IN DETAIL
£220,000 guaranteed, For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 5. Weights 5yo 11st 9lb; 6yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 48 pay £250 1st Forfeit 35 pay £500 Confirmed 12 pay £250 Penalty Value 1st £125,422, 2nd £47,058, 3rd £23,562, 4th £11,748, 5th £5,896, 6th £2,948
1 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (IRE) (Our Friends In The North) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-10 Paddy Brennan 6/1
2 VOY POR USTEDES (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Alan King 8-11-10 Robert Thornton 4/5F
3 SCHINDLERS HUNT (IRE) (Slaneyville Syndicate) Dessie Hughes IRE 9-11-10t Paddy Flood 22/1
4 TIDAL BAY (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 8-11-10 Denis O'Regan 13/2
5 GWANAKO (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh 16/1
6 MONET'S GARDEN (IRE) (David Wesley Yates) Nicky Richards 11-11-10 Davy Condon 20/1
7 MISTER MCGOLDRICK (Richard Longley) Sue Smith 12-11-10 Dominic Elsworth 40/1
8 KNIGHT LEGEND (IRE) (Martin St Quinton) Jessica Harrington IRE 10-11-10t Andrew Leigh 100/1
PU BEF 4 OUT OUR VIC (IRE) (David Johnson) David Pipe 11-11-10b Timmy Murphy 9/1
PU BEF 2 OUT L'ANTARTIQUE (FR) (Mary Durkan) Ferdy Murphy 9-11-10 Graham Lee 33/1
Distances: 2, 3/4, 4 1/2, 1 1/2, 6, 3, 17 Time: 5m 18.34s
Breeder: Laurence J Flynn
Breeding: b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Ballinlovane
Totes: Win: £7.80 Places: £2.20, £1.10, £4.10 Exacta: £13.50
Winning Trainer: NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES Based: Grange Hill Farm, Naunton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Date of birth: 16/5/57 Background: Rode as an amateur for Fred Winter, Fred Rimell and Kim Bailey. The Gloucestershire handler combined training as a permit-holder with his farming interests throughout the 1980s, having his first winner with Last Of The Foxes, who he also rode, at Hereford in March, 1982, before the agricultural recession prompted him to make training his full-time profession. He took out a full training licence in 1989, recording his first win as a public trainer in December of that year with Babil at Newbury. Born on May 16, 1957, as an amateur jockey Twiston-Davies rode 17 winners under Rules and gained a further 17 point-to-point victories, and served as assistant trainer to Richard Head and Fred Rimell. A childhood neighbour and friend of Peter Scudamore, he went into partnership with the former champion jump jockey to set up stables at Grange Hill Farm, Naunton, Gloucestershire, although Scudamore is no longer involved in the venture, having teamed up with Denis Caro in 2002 and then his father Michael. Twiston-Davies has adopted and developed the pioneering techniques of Martin Pipe, such as interval training and regular blood tests for his string, enabling him to rapidly raise his profile among the training ranks. An essentially shy man, he momentarily shocked Des Lynam after Earth Summit’s Grand National success in 1998 by telling the BBC presenter in front of millions of viewers “I don’t do interviews”. Trained his 1,000th winner at Stratford in October 2006. Cheltenham Festival wins (10): Ryanair Chase (2009 Imperial Commander), National Hunt Chase (2009 Tricky Trickster), William Hill Trophy Chase (1992 Tipping Tim), Royal & SunAlliance Hdle (1993 Gaelstrom, 2004 Fundamentalist), RSA Chase (1993 Young Hustler), Letheby & Christopher Supreme H (1994 Arctic Kinsman), JCB Triumph Hurdle (1998 Upgrade), Pertemps Final H’cap Hurdle (2000 Rubhahunish, 2008 Ballyfitz) Wins (1982/3-2007/08): 0, 0, 4, 4, 1, 3, 2, 8, 19, 31, 76, 72, 81, 74, 52, 69, 65,87, 4, 35, 31, 79 ; 69; 59; 60; 87; Wins this Season: 71
Winning Jockey: Paddy J Brennan Born: Ardrahan, Galway, April 13, 1981 Background: Brennan spent the summer of 1995 working for County Kildare handler Gerry Stack before embarking on a five season apprenticeship with the leading Irish trainer Jim Bolger, for whom he rode eight winners. The first of those came on Ivory Isle at Gowran Park in August, 1998. He became too heavy and tall for the Flat and moved to Paul Nicholls' stable as a conditional jockey in 2001. He stayed there for two and a half years, riding winners for Nicholls and Jeff King, before joining Philip Hobbs in the 2003/4 season as one of that yard's conditionals. Brennan also struck up a good rapport with Ashley Brook, on whom he won the Grade One Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree in 2005, and enjoyed a first Cheltenham Festival success that year aboard Shamayoun in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Brennan was appointed as retained rider to owners Andrea and Graham Wylie for the 2006/7season after dropping by trainer Howard Johnson's County Durham yard for a cup of tea and toast. He rewarded those connections when guiding Inglis Drever to victory in the 2007 Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham - the gelding's second success in the race. Brennan, who wanted to return to the south of England, left Johnson at the end of the 2006/07 season and joined Naunton-based handler Nigel Twiston-Davies at the start of the 2007/08 campaign Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Ryanair Chase (2009 Imperial Commander), Pertemps Final (2008 Ballyfitz), Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2006 Shamayoun), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2007 Inglis Drever) First Winner: Ivory Isle (Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap, Gowran Park, August 12, 1998) Other Big Race Wins: Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (2005 Hakim); intercasino.co.uk Molyneux Novices’ Chase (2006 Lennon); Sea Pigeon Handicap Hurdle (2002 Benbyas); Wensleydale Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Degas Art) Charlie Hall Chase (2007 Ollie Magern), Boylesports.com International Hurdle (2007 Osana), Old Roan Chase (2008 Knowhere), John Smith’s Hurdle (2008 Pettifour), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2008 Imperial Commander) Number of Wins (2000/01-2007/08): 3; 9; 15; 19; 67* (*Champion Conditional Jockey); 60; 80; 104; Wins This Season: 76
TRADE FAIR TO REMAIN IN AUSTRALIA
Trade Fair, who has stood for the past four years at Tweenhills Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire, has been sold to remain in Australia, where he has been shuttling for the Southern Hemisphere season and his first crop have made a big impression.
The son of Zafonic is also responsible for the 2010 European Classic prospect Fair Trade, trained by David Elsworth, but his Northern Hemisphere shareholders have decided to accept an offer to sell him to Ted Van Heemst’s Lynward Park Stud in Western Australia.
Trade Fair was sold in a deal handled by David Redvers Bloodstock and John Chalmers Bloodstock.
David Redvers, who stood Trade Fair at Tweenhills Farm and Stud, commented: “Although I am very sorry that Trade Fair is not returning this season, we have managed to secure an excellent deal for his Northern Hemisphere shareholders and we also have an agreement from the new owners that we can lease the horse back next year should there be a demand for his services.
“He has made a bright start in Western Australia with his first runners and Absolute Pleasure, who won first time out at Ascot, Perth, looks an exciting prospect. However, although he has had plenty of winners here and has the hugely promising David Elsworth-trained runner, Fair Trade, to look forward to, he failed to produce a stakes winner with his first two-year-old crop and that was going to make promoting him very difficult this season. At the end of the day, we were made an excellent offer and it was in his shareholders’ best interests to accept.”
Tweenhills Farm and Stud is home to two highly-promising young stallions in 2010 in Lucky Story, sire of the Group 1 winner Art Connoisseur, and Sleeping Indian, whose well-received first crop of two-year-olds will run this season.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink