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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Having failed to make the frame in the past two renewals of the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, the Irish domination of the hurdling showpiece looks set to return with a vengeance in this year’s contest, with Irish trainers being responsible for 21 of the 34 entries for the highlight of the first day of The Festival on Tuesday, March 16.
Heading the challenge from across the Irish Sea is the Noel Meade-trained Go Native, who is seeking a second win at The Festival having triumphed in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last season. The seven-year-old has already plundered two of Britain’s top hurdling prizes this season, following up a comfortable victory in the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle in November with a hard-fought success over Starluck in the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton the following month.
Solwhit was third behind Go Native at Newcastle but the Charles Byrnes-trained six-year-old recorded a third Grade One victory when defeating the 2007 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle victor Sublimity in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle. Both horses are set to re-oppose in this weekend’s Irish Champion Hurdle, where they could meet the progressive Donnas Palm, who landed the Grade Two Tara Hurdle on his latest appearance.
Voler La Vedette has been forced to miss her intended engagement in the Irish Champion Hurdle but the talented six-year-old, a 13-length winner over Go Native in a Grade Three Hurdle at Down Royal in November, may bid to become the first mare to land the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle since Flakey Dove in 1994.
A trio of entries from the stable of Willie Mullins includes last season’s David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle heroine Quevega, while Philip Fenton has given an entry to the exciting novice Dunguib, who sauntered to a 10-length success in last year’s Weatherbys Champion Bumper and was an equally impressive winner of the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle on his latest start.
The home defence is set to be headed by last year’s JCB Triumph Hurdle winner Zaynar, who has posted two impressive Grade Two victories so far this season including a facile six-length verdict in the Unicoin Homes Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham’s Boylesports International in December.
A horse with a 100 per cent record at Cheltenham this season is Khyber Kim, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. The eight-year-old came with a tremendous run from way off the pace to land the Greatwood Hurdle at The Open in November and then successfully stepped up in class to land one of the leading trials for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, the Boylesports.com International, in December when he had Celestial Halo, Medermit, Punjabi and Ebadiyan in arrears. If successful on March 16, Khyber Kim would collect a £200,000 bonus from Boylesports for winning both the Boylesports.com International and the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle.

As well as Zaynar, Nicky Henderson could also be represented by last year’s winner Punjabi as well as Binocular, who was a close third in the same race. The latter, owned by J P McManus, was fifth behind Go Native on his seasonal return in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle but ran a better race to be third behind the Noel Meade-trained gelding at Kempton, when he went down by just over a length in total.
Frank Berry, racing manager to J P McManus, reported: “Binocular is still on course for the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on February 6 and Nicky is very happy with him at the moment. He came out of the Christmas Hurdle in good shape and I thought that he ran a cracker there – he wasn’t beaten too far and it was a much better performance than Newcastle.
“We didn’t have any real excuses at Kempton so he has a little to find on Go Native on the formbook. We will get Sandown out of the way before focusing on The Festival but he looks in good form at the moment and we couldn’t be happier with him.”
The famous green and gold silks, carried to victory in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle on three occasions by the mighty Istabraq, may also be sported by French import Rock Noir, who recently joined the stable of Jonjo O’Neill after rattling off five consecutive wins at Auteuil for Marcel Rolland last year. On his latest start, the five-year-old got the better of Jumbo Rio in a thrilling finish to the Grade One Prix Renaud du Vivier in November.
Berry added: “Rock Noir hasn’t been back in training for very long and we would need to get a run into him before Cheltenham before deciding whether to go for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle. He has settled in well at Jonjo’s but we haven’t got any firm plans for him at the minute.
“His form in France is very good and it will be interesting to see how he stacks up against the English horses when he does run.”
Other notable contenders include last year’s runner-up Celestial Halo, who is set to start in Sunday’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, the 2008 champion Katchit, and Medermit, who found only Go Native a neck too strong in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.


2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
34 34 38 28 35 35 48 44 40 47
2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
33 41 44 50 66 24 42 50 37 38

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
21 15 19 17 13 12 13 12 12 11
2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
7 6 10 14 12 6 9 14 5 6


1. The Champion Hurdle was inaugurated in 1927, with a value to the winner of £365. The race was abandoned in 1931 due to persistent frost, in 1943 and 1944 because of the Second World War, and in 2001 because of foot and mouth disease.

2. There have only been two sponsors of this great race since its inception. This statistic conceals a dramatic turn of events in 1990, when a major banking group, whose intended sponsorship was to raise the added value of the race by 66 per cent to £120,000, withdrew before its first running. The Smurfit Group stepped in at that point and has remained a loyal sponsor ever since. In 2009, the race will have total prize money of £370,000. Kappa was added to the title in 2006 to reflect the company’s new corporate identity.

3. The largest field has been 24 (1964 and 1991) and the smallest three (1932). The first five runnings of the race saw a total of only 24 runners between them. The current safety limit is 28.

4. The Champion Hurdle is a contest for multiple winners. Peter Easterby won the race most often as a trainer, with five victories from three horses, Saucy Kit (1967), Night Nurse (1976 and 1977) and Sea Pigeon (1980 and 1981). Vic Smyth and Fred Winter both had four wins. Nicky Henderson has also had four victories with See You Then (1985, 1986 and 1987) and Punjabi (2009) and is the most successful current trainer. A further five trainers have captured the hurdling crown on three occasions.

5. Among jockeys, Tim Molony won the race most often with four victories, on Hatton’s Grace (1951) and Sir Ken (1952, 1953 & 1954). Fred Winter, Jimmy Uttley, Steve Smith Eccles and most recently Charlie Swan were each successful three times.

6. The most successful owner is still Dorothy Paget, who won the race four times thanks to Insurance (1932, 1933), Solford (1940) and Distel (1946).

7. Istabraq, successful in the three Champion Hurdles from 1998 to 2000, was retired after failing to become the first horse to win the race four times in 2002. The four other three-time winners are Hatton’s Grace (1949-51), Sir Ken (1952-54), Persian War (1968-70) and See You Then (1985-87).

8. The race has been won seven times by entires, but only twice by mares - Dawn Run (1984) and Flakey Dove (1994).

9. Four greys have won, the most recent being Rooster Booster in 2003. The others were Kribensis in 1990, Victor Norman in 1936, and Our Hope in 1938. Only one roan horse has won the Champion Hurdle, Anzio in 1962.

10. Istabraq’s success in 2000 in a time of 3 minutes 48.1 seconds beat the previous Champion Hurdle record time, set by Make A Stand in 1997, of 3 minutes 48.4 seconds.

11. Dessie Hughes, who trained Hardy Eustace to win in 2004 and 2005, is only the fourth person to have both ridden and trained a Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle winner, having partnered Monksfield in 1979. The others to have achieved this double were Fred Winter, Fred Rimell and Gerry Wilson.

Class 1, Grade One, £370,000 Total Prize Fund. Cheltenham, 3.20pm, Tuesday, March 16. For four-year-olds and upwards which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the senior BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and taking account of races run up to and including March 9 - 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 9 would merit a minimum rating of 130 - the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final), two miles & half a furlong. Weights: 4yo: 11st 3lb; 5yo+: 11st 10lb; fillies & mares allowed 7lb. Entries closed January 19, entries revealed January 20 (34 entries). Scratchings deadline February 16, £18,500 supplementary stage & six-day confirmation stage March 10, final declaration 10.00am, March 14. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, January 18.

Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
2131/4-6 AL EILE (IRE) 10 Michael Ryan John Queally IRE
340123- AMERICAN TRILOGY (IRE) 6 Fulton,Donlon,Kilduff & Scott-MacDonald Paul Nicholls
22-0115 BAHRAIN STORM (IRE) 7 Patrick Sweeney Pat Flynn IRE
1/113-53 BINOCULAR (FR) 6 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
3004-60 BLUE BAJAN (IRE) 8 Dr John Hollowood Andrew Turnell
1155-24 CAPE TRIBULATION 6 David Abell Malcolm Jefferson
2120-12 CELESTIAL HALO (IRE) 6 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
1U/4/-434 DE VALIRA (IRE) 8 D Mac A'Bhaird James Morrissey IRE
200-111 DONNAS PALM (IRE) 6 Grand Alliance Racing Club Noel Meade IRE
11-D111 DUNGUIB (IRE) 7 Daniel Harnett/Mrs E A Lawlor Philip Fenton IRE
2r-435P EBADIYAN (IRE) 5 Rita Shah Oliver Brady IRE
FIULIN 5 R J H Geffen Evan Williams
1-41211 GO NATIVE (IRE) 7 Docado Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
1211-13 HURRICANE FLY (IRE) 6 George Creighton & Rose Boyd Willie Mullins IRE
221123 JUMBO RIO (IRE) 5 Patrick Wilmott Edward O'Grady IRE
KARGALI (IRE) 5 Margaret Comer Luke Comer IRE
3460-42 KATCHIT (IRE) 7 D S J P Syndicate Alan King
500-511 KHYBER KIM 8 Caroline Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
1125-33 MEDERMIT (FR) 6 The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership Alan King
425-525 MUIRHEAD (IRE) 7 Mrs Pat Sloan Noel Meade IRE
1-21123 NOBLE PRINCE (GER) 6 Des Sharkey Paul Nolan IRE
1F31-24 PUNJABI 7 Raymond Tooth Nicky Henderson
0/311-30 QUEVEGA (FR) 6 Hammer & Trowel Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
310-010 RAISE YOUR HEART (IRE) 7 Gaeltacht Gang Syndicate Joanna Morgan IRE
211-111 ROCK NOIR (FR) 5 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
6 ROYAL AND REGAL (IRE) 6 Brian Comer Luke Comer IRE
11-1131 SOLWHIT (FR) 6 Top Of The Hill Syndicate Charles Byrnes IRE
143-122 STARLUCK (IRE) 5 Andrew Wates Alan Fleming
2140-22 SUBLIMITY (FR) 10 Bill Hennessy Robbie Hennessy IRE
044011 THOUSAND STARS (FR) 6 Hammer & Trowel Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
1106-1 TORPHICHEN 5 Thomas Barr Edward O'Grady IRE
15-1111 VOLER LA VEDETTE (IRE) 6 Mrs M Brophy Colm Murphy IRE
420-046 WON IN THE DARK (IRE) 6 Gerard Crehan Sabrina Harty IRE
111-11 ZAYNAR (FR) 5 Men In Our Position Nicky Henderson

34 Entries
21 Irish-trained


3 Entries
Nicky Henderson (1985, 1986 & 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi)
Noel Meade IRE
Willie Mullins IRE

2 Entries
Luke Comer IRE
Alan King (2008 Katchit)
Paul Nicholls
Edward O’Grady IRE

1 Entry
Oliver Brady IRE
Charles Byrnes IRE
Philip Fenton IRE
Alan Fleming
Pat Flynn IRE
Sabrina Harty IRE
Robbie Hennessy IRE
Malcolm Jefferson
Joanna Morgan IRE
James Morrisey IRE
Colm Murphy IRE (2006 Brave Inca)
Paul Nolan IRE
Jonjo O’Neill
John Queally IRE
Andy Turnell
Nigel Twiston-Davies
Evan Williams

Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle - Analysis

The £370,000 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the first day of The Festival and the 2010 renewal has attracted 34 initial entries, of which a record 21 are trained in Ireland.

Defending his crown in the hurdling showpiece is Punjabi, who won by a neck from Celestial Halo in 2009 with Binocular a head back in third. Punjabi and Binocular form two thirds of the formidable trio entered by Nicky Henderson, with last year’s JCB Triumph Hurdle victor Zaynar another possible starter for Seven Barrows. If the Smufit Kappa Champion Hurdle were to go to a Henderson-trained runner in 2010, it would make him the joint most successful trainer ever in the contest with five victories, alongside Peter Easterby.

Heading the 21 Irish-trained entries is Go Native, last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle hero who is unbeaten on his last two outings in Grade One company, with victories in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Go Native’s trainer Noel Meade could also be represented by Donnas Palm, successful on his last three starts in lesser company and Muirhead, who chased home the Oliver Brady-trained Ebadiyan in a Listed contest at Naas yesterday.

Solwhit has won four of his last five starts, all of which have come in Grade One company, with his most recent triumph coming in the December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29, when he had the 2007 Champion Hurdle victor Sublimity in second and Hurricane Fly, a leading novice last season, back in third. The mare Voler La Vedette has landed five of her last six starts and had Go Native behind her when winning at Down Royal in November. She represents the Colm Murphy stable, successful with Brave Inca in 2006. Another possible female starter is Quevega, successful in the Grade Two David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at The Festival last season.

Probably the most intriguing entry is Dunguib. An outstanding winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival in 2009, the seven-year-old has recorded three effortless victories over hurdles this season. If he were to line up, he would be aiming to become the first novice to succeed since Alderbrook in 1995. However, connections have stated that his more likely target at The Festival is the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

One horse who seems totally at home around Cheltenham is Khyber Kim. The eight-year-old, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, came with a tremendous run from off the pace to land the Greatwood Hurdle at The Open on November 15 and returned to Cheltenham the following month to collect the Grade Two Boylepsports.com International, when he again came with a perfectly timed challenge and had Celestial Halo, last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up Medermit, Punjabi and Ebadiyan behind him.

Other interesting contenders include the 2008 Smurfit Champion Hurdle hero Katchit, who could bid to follow in the footsteps of Comedy Of Errors (1973 and 1975) by attempting to regain his crown and Starluck, last year’s JCB Triumph Hurdle fourth who went down by a short-head when a fast-finishing second behind Go Native in the Christmas Hurdle.


2009-WINNER-PUNJABI 6-11-10 Owner-Raymond Tooth; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-22/1
2ND-Celestial Halo 5-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-17/2
3RD-Binocular 5-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-6/4 Fav
23 ran, Time-4m 0.90s; Dist- nk, hd

2008-WINNER-KATCHIT 5-11-10 Owner-D S J P Syndicate; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-10/1
2ND-Osana 6-11-10 Owner-Thomas Barr; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-9/2
3RD-Punjabi 5-11-10 Owner-Raymond Tooth; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-25/1
15 ran, Time-4m 8.10s; Dist-1, 5 2/1 Fav Sizing Europe (14th)

2007-WINNER-SUBLIMITY 7-11-10 Owner-Bill Hennessy; Trainer-John Carr IRE; Jockey-Philip Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Brave Inca 9-11-10 Owner-Novices Syndicate; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/2
3RD-Afsoun 5-11-10 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-28/1
10 ran, Time-3m 55.70s; Dist-3, nk 6/4 Fav Detroit City (6th)

2006-WINNER-BRAVE INCA 8-11-10 Owner-Novices Syndicate; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Macs Joy 7-11-10 Owner-Mac’s J Racing Syndicate; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-13/2
3RD-Hardy Eustace 9-11-10 Owner-Lar Byrne; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-11/2
18 ran. Time-3m 50.00s; Dist-1, 3½

2005-WINNER-HARDY EUSTACE 8-11-10 Owner-Lar Byrne; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-
7/2 Jt Fav
2ND-Harchibald 6-11-10 Owner-Des Sharkey; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-7/1
3RD-Brave Inca 7-11-10 Owner-Novices Syndicate; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Barry Cash; SP-10/1
14 ran, Time-3m 51.50s; Dist-nk, nk 7/2 Jt Fav Back In Front (9th)

2004-WINNER-HARDY EUSTACE 7-11-10 Owner-Lar Byrne; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-33/1
2ND-Rooster Booster 10-11-10 Owner-Terry Warner; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-11/8 Fav
3RD-Intersky Falcon 7-11-10 Owner-Interskyracing.com & Jacqui O’Neill; Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Liam Cooper; SP-8/1
14 ran, Time-3m 54.50s; Dist-5, 4

2003-WINNER-ROOSTER BOOSTER 9-12-00 Owner-Terry Warner; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-9/2
2ND-Westender 7-12-00 Owner-Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Rodi Greene; SP-33/1
3RD-Rhinestone Cowboy 7-12-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-5/2
Fav 17 ran, Time-3m 54.70s; Dist-11, 3

2002-WINNER-HORS LA LOI III 7-12-00 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Dean Gallagher; SP-10/1
2ND-Marble Arch 6-12-00 Owner-Martin Wilson, Rory Sweet and Mary Wilson; Trainer-Hughie Morrison; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-25/1
3RD-Bilboa 5-11-09 Owner-Jorg Vasicek; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-14/1
15 ran, Time-3m 53.80s; Dist- 3, ½ 2/1 Fav Istabraq (pu)

2001 Cancelled

2000-WINNER-ISTABRAQ 8-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-8/15 Fav
2ND-Hors La Loi III 5-12-00 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Dean Gallagher; SP-11/1
3RD-Blue Royal 5-12-00 Owner-Lynn Wilson; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-16/1
12 ran, Time-3m 48.10s; Dist-4, nk

1999-WINNER-ISTABRAQ 7-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-4/9 Fav
2ND-Theatreworld 7-12-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Tommy Treacy; SP-16/1 3RD-French Holly 8-12-00 Owner-Kieran Flood; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-11/2
14 ran, Time 3m 56.7s; Dist-3½, 2½

1998-WINNER-ISTABRAQ 6-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-3/1 Fav
2ND-Theatreworld 6-12-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Tommy Treacy; SP-20/1
3RD-I’m Supposin 6-12-00 Owner-Nicholas Cooper; Trainer-Richard Rowe; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-6/1
18 ran, Time 3m 49.1s; Dist-12, 1

1997-WINNER-MAKE A STAND 6-12-00 Owner-Peter Deal; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/1
2ND-Theatreworld 5-12-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-33/1
3RD-Space Trucker 6-12-00 Owner-Elaine Queally; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-John Shortt; SP-9/2
17 ran, Time-3m 48.4s, Dist-5, ¾ 7/2 Fav Large Action (pu)

1996-WINNER-COLLIER BAY 6-12-00 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Jim Old; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-9/1
2ND-Alderbrook 7-12-00 Owner-Ernie Pick; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-10/11 Fav
3RD-Pridwell 6-12-00 Owner-Jones, Berstock and Fleet Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Chris Maude;
SP-33/1 16 ran, Time-3m 59.0s, Dist-2½, 6

(Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle since 2006, Smurfit Champion Hurdle 1991-2005, Waterford Crystal Champion Hurdle 1978-1990,
no sponsor before 1978)
Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Rn
2009 Punjabi 6-11-10 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson Raymond Tooth 22/1 23
2008 Katchit 5-11-10 Robert Thornton Alan King D S J P Syndicate 10/1 15
2007 Sublimity 7-11-10 Philip Carberry John Carr IRE Bill Hennessy 16/1 10
2006 Brave Inca 8-11-10 Tony McCoy Colm Murphy IRE Novices Syndicate 7/4F 18
2005 Hardy Eustace 8-11-10 Conor O’Dwyer Dessie Hughes IRE Lar Byrne 7/2JF 14
2004 Hardy Eustace 7-11-10 Conor O’Dwyer Dessie Hughes IRE Lar Byrne 33/1 14
2003 Rooster Booster 9-12-00 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Terry Warner 9/2 17
2002 Hors La Loi III 7-12-00 Dean Gallagher James Fanshawe Paul Green 10/1 15
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Istabraq 8-12-00 Charlie Swan Aidan O’Brien IRE J P McManus 8/15F 12
1999 Istabraq 7-12-00 Charlie Swan Aidan O’Brien IRE J P McManus 4/9F 14
1998 Istabraq 6-12-00 Charlie Swan Aidan O’Brien IRE J P McManus 3/1F 18
1997 Make A Stand 6-12-00 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe Peter Deal 7/1 17
1996 Collier Bay 6-12-00 Graham Bradley Jim Old Wally Sturt 9/1 16
1995 Alderbrook 6-12-00 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey Ernie Pick 11/2 14
1994 Flakey Dove 8-11-09 Mark Dwyer Richard Price John Price 9/1 15
1993 Granville Again 7-12-00 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe Eric Scarth 13/2 18
1992 Royal Gait 9-12-00 Graham McCourt James Fanshawe Sheikh Mohammed 6/1 16
1991 Morley Street 7-12-00 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding Michael Jackson Bloodstock Ltd 4/1F 24
1990 Kribensis 6-12-00 Richard Dunwoody Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 95/40F 19
1989 Beech Road 7-12-00 Richard Guest Toby Balding Tony Geake 50/1 15
1988 Celtic Shot 6-12-00 Peter Scudamore Fred Winter David Horton 7/1 21
1987 See You Then 7-12-00 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Stype Wood Stud Ltd 11/10F 18
1986 See You Then 6-12-00 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Stype Wood Stud Ltd 5/6F 23
1985 See You Then 5-12-00 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Stype Wood Stud Ltd 16/1 14
1984 Dawn Run 6-11-09 Jonjo O’Neill Paddy Mullins IRE Charmian Hill 4/5F 14
1983 Gaye Brief 6-12-00 Richard Linley Mercy Rimell Sheikh Ali Abu Khamsin 7/1 17
1982 For Auction 6-12-00 Mr Colin Magnier Michael Cunningham IRE F Heaslip 40/1 14
1981 Sea Pigeon 11-12-00 John Francome Peter Easterby Pat Muldoon 7/4F 14
1980 Sea Pigeon 10-12-00 Jonjo O’Neill Peter Easterby Pat Muldoon 13/2 9
1979 Monksfield 7-12-00 Dessie Hughes Des McDonogh IRE Dr Michael Mangan 9/4F 10
1978 Monksfield 6-12-00 Tommy Kinane Des McDonogh IRE Dr Michael Mangan 11/2 13
1977 Night Nurse 6-12-00 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby Reg Spencer 15/2 10
1976 Night Nurse 5-12-00 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby Reg Spencer 2/1F 8
1975 Comedy Of Errors 8-12-00 Ken White Fred Rimell Ted Wheatley 11/8F 13
1974 Lanzarote 6-12-00 Richard Pitman Fred Winter Lord Howard de Walden 7/4 7
1973 Comedy Of Errors 6-12-00 Bill Smith Fred Rimell Ted Wheatley 8/1 8
1972 Bula 7-12-00 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter Bill Edwards-Heathcote 8/11F 12
1971 Bula 6-12-00 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter Bill Edwards-Heathcote 15/8F 9
1970 Persian War 7-12-00 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies Henry Alper 5/4F 14
1969 Persian War 6-12-00 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies Henry Alper 6/4F 17
1968 Persian War 5-11-12 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies Henry Alper 4/1 16
1967 Saucy Kit 6-12-00 Roy Edwards Peter Easterby K F Alder 100/6 23
1966 Salmon Spray 8-12-00 Johnnie Haine Bob Turnell Mrs John Rogerson 4/1 17
1965 Kirriemuir 5-12-00 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn Mrs Dorothy Beddington 50/1 19
1964 Magic Court 6-12-00 Pat McCarron Tommy Robson J McGhie 100/6 24
1963 Winning Fair 8-12-00 Mr Alan Lillingston George Spencer IRE George Spencer 100/9 21
1962 Anzio 5-11-12 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn Sir Thomas Ainsworth 11/2 14
1961 Eborneezer 6-12-00 Fred Winter Ryan Price Dr B N Pajgar 4/1 17
1960 Another Flash 6-12-00 Bobby Beasley Paddy Sleator IRE J J Byrne 11/4F 12
1959 Fare Time 6-12-00 Fred Winter Ryan Price Gerry Judd 13/2 14
1958 Bandalore 7-12-00 George Slack Stan Wright Mrs Dorothy Wright 20/1 18
1957 Merry Deal 7-12-00 Grenville Underwood Arthur Jones Arthur Jones 28/1 16
1956 Doorknocker 8-12-00 Harry Sprague Charlie Hall Clifford Nicholson 100/9 14
1955 Clair Soleil 6-12-00 Fred Winter Ryan Price Gerry Judd 5/2F 21
1954 Sir Ken 7-12-00 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson Maurice Kingsley 4/9F 13
1953 Sir Ken 6-12-00 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson Maurice Kingsley 2/5F 7
1952 Sir Ken 5-11-12 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson Maurice Kingsley 3/1F 16
1951 Hatton’s Grace 11-12-00 Tim Molony Vincent O’Brien IRE Mrs Harry Keogh 4/1 8
1950 Hatton’s Grace 10-12-00 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O’Brien IRE Mrs Harry Keogh 5/2F 12
1949 Hatton’s Grace 9-12-00 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O’Brien IRE Mrs Harry Keogh 100/7 14
1948 National Spirit 7-12-00 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth Len Abelson 6/4F 12
1947 National Spirit 6-12-00 Danny Morgan Vic Smyth Len Abelson 7/1 13
1946 Distel 5-11-10 Bobby O’Ryan Charlie Rogers IRE Dorothy Paget 4/5F 8
1945 Brains Trust 5-11-10 Fred Rimell Gerry Wilson F Blakeway 9/2 16
1943-44 No Race
1942 Forestation 4-11-00 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth Vic Smyth 10/1 20
1941 Seneca 4-11-00 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth Sir Malcolm McAlpine 7/1 6
1940 Solford 9-12-00 Sean Magee Owen Anthony Dorothy Paget 5/2F 8
1939 African Sister 7-12-00 Keith Piggott Charles Piggott H Brueton 10/1 13
1938 Our Hope 9-12-00 Perry Harding Roderic Gubbins Roderic Gubbins 5/1 5
1937 Free Fare 9-12-00 Georges Pellerin Ted Gwilt Ben Warner 2/1F 7
1936 Victor Norman 5-11-00 Frenchie Nicholson Morgan Blair Michael Stephens 4/1 8
1935 Lion Courage 7-12-00 Gerry Wilson F Brown R Fox Carlyon 100/8 11
1934 Chenango 7-12-00 Danny Morgan Ivor Anthony Pete Bostwick 4/9F 5
1933 Insurance 6-12-00 Billy Stott Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 10/11F 5
1932 Insurance 5-12-00 Ted Leader Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 4/5F 3
1931 No race
1930 Brown Tony 4-11-00 Tommy Cullinan Jack Anthony Mrs J de Selincourt 7/2 5
1929 Royal Falcon 6-12-00 Dick Rees Bob Gore Miss Williams-Bulkeley 11/2 6
1928 Brown Jack 4-11-00 Bilby Rees Aubrey Hastings Major Harold Wernher 4/1 6
1927 Blaris 6-12-00 George Duller Bill Payne Mrs H Hollins 11/10F 4

£370,000 guaranteed, 2m 1/2f Old Course, 4yo+ 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 3; horses which are not qualified a rating in GB, Ireland or France may also be enetered; such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 3 would merit a minimum rating of 130; the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Weights 4yo 11st 2lb; 5yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entire 34 pay £430 1st Forfeit 29 pay £860 Confirmed 24 pay £430 Penalty Value 1st £210,937; 2nd £79,143; 3rd £39,627; 4th £19,758; 5th £9,916; 6th £4,958

1 PUNJABI (Raymond Tooth) Nicky Henderson 6-11-10 Barry Geraghty 22/1
2 CELESTIAL HALO (IRE) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 5-11-10 Ruby Walsh 17/2
3 BINOCULAR (FR) (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 5-11-10 Tony McCoy 6/4F
4 CRACK AWAY JACK (Gdm Partnership) Emma Lavelle 5-11-10 Noel Fehily 16/1
5 MUIRHEAD (IRE) (Mrs Pat Sloan) Noel Meade 6-11-10 Davy Condon 33/1
6 KATCHIT (IRE) (DSJP Syndicate) Alan King 6-11-10 Robert Thornton 12/1
7 SNAP TIE (IRE) (Diana Whateley) Philip Hobbs 7-11-10 Richard Johnson 40/1
8 JERED (IRE) (J P McManus) Noel Meade IRE 7-11-10 David Casey 33/1
9 HARDY EUSTACE (IRE) (Lar Byrne) Dessie Hughes IRE 12-11-10 Paddy Flood 100/1
10 WON IN THE DARK (IRE) (Gerard Crehan) Sabrina Harty IRE 5-11-10 Davy Russell 33/1
11 OSANA (FR) (Thomas Barr) David Pipe 7-11-10b1 Andrew McNamara 13/2
12 WHITEOAK (IRE) (Brendan Rchardson) Donald McCain Jnr 6-11-3 Jason Maguire 16/1
13 BLUE BAJAN (IRE) (Dr John Hollowood) Andrew Turnell 7-11-10 Graham Lee 80/1
14 SENTRY DUTY (FR) (Peter Spiller) Nicky Henderson 7-11-10 Andrew Tinkler 33/1
15 SUBLIMITY (FR) (Bill Hennessy) Robert Hennessy IRE 9-11-10 Philip Carberry 20/1
16 ALPH (Andy Chard, Boris Thompson, Alan Jackson) Roger Teal 12-11-10 Colin Bolger 250/1
17 HARCHIBALD (FR) (Des Sharkey) Noel Meade IRE 10-11-10 Paul Carberry 33/1
18 BRAVE INCA (IRE) (Novices Syndicate) Colm Murphy IRE 11-11-10 David Elsworth 25/1
19 ASHKAZAR (FR) (David Johnson) David Pipe 5-11-10b1 Timmy Murphy 14/1
20 EBAZIYAN (IRE) (Peter Garvey) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-10 Paul Townend 50/1
21 RIVER LIANE (FR) (Valerie Courtney) Tom Cooper IRE 5-11-10 Niall Madden 125/1
PU BEF 3 OUT CYBERGENIC (FR) (Judith Wilson) Paul Murphy 11-11-10 Keith Mercer 250/1
F 3 OUT OTHERMIX (FR) (Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd) Tom George 5-11-10 Paddy Brennan 100/1

23 ran Non-runner: 20 Sizing Europe (vet’s certificate) Time: 4m 0.9s
Distances: nk, hd, 2 1/4, 2 3/4, nk, 8, 3 1/4, 1/2, 3, 3/4, 3 1/4, 3 1/4, 5, 14, 7, 3/4, 5, 14, 7, 3/4, 3 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 10
Breeder: Capt. J Wilson Breeding: b g Komaite (USA) - Competa Totes: Win: £25.80; Places: £6.20; £3.00; £1.60; Exacta: £247.90

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer's licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1990. Cheltenham Festival wins (32): County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), Racing Post Plate (2006 Non So), Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope) Number of Winners (1982/83-2007/08): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; Wins this Season: 85

Winning Jockey: Barry Geraghty Born: September 16, 1979 Background: Barry Geraghty is one of six children from a "horse-mad" family that hails from Drumree in Co Meath. His father ‘Tucker' was a useful amateur and trains a few horses in addition to his riding school and livery yard while his brother Ross, who won the 2002 Irish National on The Bunny Boiler, and sister Jill, an amateur, are both jockeys. Geraghty has a background in pony racing, riding his last winner in that sphere in September, 1996, before becoming apprenticed to Noel Meade that month and having his first ride in October, 1996. He has twice been champion jump jockey in Ireland in the seasons 1999/2000 and 2003/04. Voted RTE Sports Personality of the year by Irish television viewers in 2003. Took up the offer of becoming Nicky Henderson’s number one jockey following the retirement of Mick Fitzgerald at the end of the 2007/08 season, and he now divides his time between Britain and Ireland. Based: Drumree, County Meath, Ireland First Winner: Stagalier (EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, Down Royal, January 29, 1997) Achievements: Champion jockey in Ireland in 1999/2000 and 2003/04 Cheltenham Festival Wins (15): Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (2009 Punjabi), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2008 Finger OnThe Pulse), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (2002 Moscow Flyer, 2009 Forpadydeplasterer), William Hill Trophy Chase (2003 Youlneverwalkalone), Pertemps Final (2003 Inching Closer), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2003, 2005 Moscow Flyer), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope), County Hurdle (2003 Spirit Leader), bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2005 Kicking King), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison), Coral Cup (2006 Sky’s The Limit), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2007 Cork All Star) Other Big Race Wins: Grand National (2003 Monty’s Pass) Wins in Britain (2001/02-2007/08): 4; 26; 13; 10; 8; 1; 1; Wins in Britain this Season: 42


Nick Gifford is considering pitching the lightly-raced novice Nomecheki against seasoned campaigners in the £70,000 Blue Square Handicap Chase (3.25pm) over an extended two miles at Doncaster on Saturday, February 6.

The West Sussex handler is hoping to get a run into the Stewart Family-owned French import, a 12/1 shot with sponsor Blue Square, before aiming him at one of several potential targets at the Cheltenham Festival in March, and the lucrative contest could fit the bill.

Gifford revealed today: “The Blue Square Handicap Chase is an option for Nomecheki. There are options galore and it is one that I’m looking at. He is still a novice, so I’ve got to run it through with Andy (Stewart), but he will be entered in quite a lot of places and we will have a look at Doncaster.

“Who knows where we are really - he has been hit heavily for winning at Plumpton last time. Winning two little small-runner races at Plumpton is one thing but a big field handicap will be an entirely different proposition.

“Ideally, I would like to give him one run before Cheltenham, just to give him experience because he is a very lightly-raced horse. He will probably have several entries at The Festival. I should think he will certainly be entered in the Grand Annual and the Arkle. There are other races to look at as well, like the Festival Plate and the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase.”

Nomecheki has won all five of his completed starts, having fallen twice. His two victories in this country have both come this season at Plumpton over two miles and a furlong. Most recently, Nomecheki recovered from a slip at the second last to collar I have Dreamed in the last stride on January 3.

Giffford said: “He jumped the second-last fine but slipped on landing and lost his hind legs. Luckily he got his momentum up but I think it was more the horse in front idling that gave us a chance to get back at him and win.”

A high-class 32-strong entry for the Blue Square Handicap Chase is headed by the Ferdy Murphy-trained Kalahari King, winner of the Grade One Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree in April. The gelding’s stablemate, Beggar’s Cap, could also go to post.

Also engaged in the lucrative contest is last year’s winner, the Paul Nicholls-trained I’msingingtheblues. The trainer’s classy contingent also includes Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase victor Chapoturgeon, Take The Breeze and Blue Square’s 8/1 co-favourite of four, Free World.

The Colin Tizzard-trained Oiseau De Nuit, who defeated the Charlie Mann-trained Moon Over Miami when winning a two-mile handicap chase at Ffos Las on January 17, is also an 8/1 co-favourite, as are Cornas, from the Nick Williams yard and potential Irish raider An Cathaoir Mor from the Henry de Bromhead stable.

Cornas defeated Or Bleu to win a two and a quarter-mile graduation chase at Exeter in December and was previously third behind the Gary Moore-trained Fix The Rib at Ascot in November. The latter fell behind Petit Robin in the Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last month, in which I’msingingtheblues was third and last year’s Blue Square Handicap Chase runner-up Doctor David was sixth.

An Cathaoir Mor boasts high-class form in novice company, having finished a close third behind Captain Cee Bee at Naas in December and then defeating Nicanor at Fairyhouse on January 17. The other Irish entry is the Tommy Stack-trained Grade Three winner Perce Rock.

The Tom George-trained Tartak ran better than the bare result suggests when seventh behind Kauto Star in the Grade One King George VI Chase over three miles in December.

Oh Crick, trained by Alan King, saw off Moon Over Miami to win the Grade Three Johnny Henderson Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival in March. King has also entered Tarotino.

County Durham trainer Howard Johnson has entered Santa’s Son and Lennon, while David Pipe’s hand consists of Consigliere and Leo’s Lucky Star.

Also among the entries are Lord Henry, Andreas, Panjo Bere and Sa Suffuit.

The Blue Square Handicap Chase is the feature contest on a fantastic six-race card sponsored exclusively by Blue Square.

Racing at Doncaster on Saturday, February 6, commences at 1.55pm with the £4,000 Bet On Football At BlueSquare.com Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two miles and also features the £20,000 Pick A Winner With Blue Square Icard Handicap Hurdle (2.55pm) over two miles, three and a half furlongs, and the £20,000 Bluesquare.com Handicap Chase (4pm) over four miles.

Blue Square Prices: 8/1 An Cathaoir Mor, 8/1 Cornas, 8/1 Free World, 8/1 Oiseau De Nuit, 10/1 Take The Breeze, 10/1 I’msingingtheblues, 10/1 Kalahari King, 10/1 Oh Crick, 10/1 Leo’s Lucky Star, 12/1 Nomecheki, 12/1 Perce Rock, 12/1 Sa Suffit, 12/1 Pepsyrock, 14/1 Beggars Cap, 14/1 Consigliere, 14/1 My Moment, 16/1 Fix The Rib, 16/1 Chapoturgeon, 16/1 Lennon, 16/1 Tartak, 16/1 Tarotino, 16/1 Lord Henry, 16/1 Santa’s Son, 16/1 Song Of Songs, 20/1 Andreas, 20/1 Doctor David, 20/1 Moon Over Miami, 20/1 Panjo Bere, 25/1 Lorient Express, 25/1 Almaydan, 33/1 Noble Request, 33/1 Russian Flag

Each-way 1/4 - 1,2,3,4

All quoted


Hennessy heads to Doncaster for the £90,000 Listed Sky Bet Chase over three miles on Saturday, January 30, with trainer Warren Greatrex looking for a big run from last season’s Grade Three Sandown Gold Cup winner.

The nine-year-old, who has been allotted 10st 11lb in the handicap and is a 16/1 shot with sponsor Sky Bet, has not run since winning the historic extended three miles, five furlongs contest at Sandown Park in April. Injury and the inclement weather have kept Greatrex’s charge off the course but the trainer is hoping the Sky Bet Chase will be the first step towards this season’s John Smith’s Grand National.

The Upper Lambourn handler said: “Hennessy’s big target right now is the Sky Bet Chase. He is in good form and I would like him to run well in that to make sure he gets in the Grand National. I have decided, just from the way things have gone this winter, that it’s probably the right time to have crack at Aintree with him. His profile would suggest that he is in the right sort of area to be having a go at that.

“He just wrenched a muscle in his back that held him up a bit and then he was due to run on New Year’s Day but I wasn’t happy about running him on ground that I felt was just a bit frozen in places, so we decided not to risk him.

“He wouldn’t want bottomless ground but at Doncaster the ground seems to be better than anywhere else. Three miles around there - it seems like a nice race in which to bring him back. He runs well fresh, so I would expect a big run and that will set him up for a couple of things later in the year, with the National the main aim.

“We know he stays, he jumps well, Doncaster is a big galloping track and although it’s probably his minimum trip, it looks like the right place to start him off at.”

Sky Bet maintained the David Pipe-trained Seven Is My Number and the Nicky Henderson-trained Duc De Regniere as its 7/1 joint favourites after the pair were allotted 11st 7lb.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Taranis, and Calgary Bay from the Henrietta Knight yard, head the handicap jointly on 11st 12lb.

County Durham trainer Howard Johnson could saddle last season’s Grade Two-winning novice Killyglen (11st 10lb), while North Yorkshire-based Ferdy Murphy has entered William Hill Trophy runner-up New Alco (11st 1lb) and Venetia Williams may be represented by Grade Three Freddie Williams Festival Plate hero Something Wells (11st 9lb).

Trainer John Quinn’s Character Building has 11st 4lb, while the progressive Exmoor Ranger, trained by Victor Dartnall, has been saddled with 11st 1lb.

Theatrical Moment, currently a 9/1 chance for trainer Jonjo O’Neill, has been given 11st 1lb, while the Charlie Longsdon-trained Far More Serious has 10st 3lb.

Tatenen (11st 7lb), I’m So Lucky (10st 8lb) and According To Pete (10st 10lb) are each towards the top of the Sky Bet market.

Sky Bet Chase – sponsors bet:
7/1 Seven Is My Number, Duc de Regniere, 9/1 Theatrical Moment, 10/1 Exmoor Ranger, 11/1 Far More Serious, 12/1 Tatenen, According To Pete, I’m So Lucky, 14/1 Calgary Bay, Kicks For Free, Jaunty Flight, Trabolgan, Killyglen, Khachuturian, Something Wells, 16/1 Massini’s Maguire, Nenuphar Collonges, Strawberry, Hennessy, Piraya, Mount Sandel, Private Be, West End Rocker, 20/1 Taranis, Gone To Lunch, Character Building, Ouzbeck, New Alco, Alderburn, Battlecry, Boychuk, Au Courant, Pretty Star, Zitenka, Pablo du Charmil, 25/1 Beat The Boys, Regal Heights, Lacdoudal, Pocket Aces, Irish Raptor, From Dawn To Dusk, Nozic, The Vicar, Oscar Park, Palypso de Creek, Lorum Leader, Mill Side, My Will, 33/1 Our Vic, Bible Lord, Auroras Encore, Tamarinbleu, Turpin Green, Always Waining, Or Jaune, Briery Fox, Idle Talk, Boomshakalaka, Wee Robbie, Flake, Quatrrocento, 40/1 Brooklyn Brownie, Ollie Magern, 50/1 Pak Jack, Captain Americo, Description, 100/1 Kilkenny All Star

Each-way terms: 1/4 odds first 4 places

Class 1, three miles, Listed Handicap Chase, £90,000 total prize fund. 3.25pm,Doncaster, Saturday, January 30, 2010. For five-year-olds and upwards Rated 0-155. Penalties, after January 17, a winner of a steeplechase 5lb. Entries closed at noon on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Revealed at noon on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 (67 entries). Weights published Wednesday, January 20, 2010. Declarations to be made by 10am on Thursday, January 28, 2010. Form Figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, January 18, 2010.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
204-P01 CALGARY BAY (IRE) 7-11-12 Camilla Radford Henrietta Knight
112/14P/- TARANIS (FR) 9-11-12 Angela Yeoman Paul Nicholls
2030-20 TAMARINBLEU (FR) 10-11-11 The Arthur White Partnership David Pipe
P4-61r0 OUR VIC (IRE) 12-11-11 David Johnson David Pipe
50F2-30 OLLIE MAGERN 12-11-10 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies
11P1-2P KILLYGLEN (IRE) 8-11-10 D McCammon Howard Johnson
1P00-60 NOZIC (FR) 9-11-10 S Mcvie Paul Nicholls
02021-F SOMETHING WELLS (FR) 9-11-09 Favourites Racing XVIII Venetia Williams
13606-4 PABLO DU CHARMIL (FR) 9-11-09 Joe Moran David Pipe
553-205 MY WILL (FR) 10-11-09 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
235-5132 DUC DE REGNIERE (FR) 8-11-07 Sir Peter & Lady Gibbings Nicky Henderson
FP-1P1P BEAT THE BOYS (IRE) 9-11-07 New Club Ladies Nigel Twiston-Davies
111411 SEVEN IS MY NUMBER (IRE) 8-11-07 David Johnson David Pipe
P2-205P GONE TO LUNCH (IRE) 10-11-07 Grant Lever Jeremy Scott
F2-5U36 TATENEN (FR) 6-11-07 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
12235-3 MASSINI'S MAGUIRE (IRE) 9-11-05 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs
1223-52 KICKS FOR FREE (IRE) 9-11-04 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
143301- CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) 10-11-04 Mrs E Wright John Quinn
063-460 NENUPHAR COLLONGES (FR) 9-11-03 Top Brass Partnership Alan King
6FF-1FU BIBLE LORD (IRE) 9-11-02 M Tedham Andrew Turnell
14/1311- JAUNTY FLIGHT 8-11-02 Peter Deal Oliver Sherwood
0/1P025/- NEW ALCO (FR) 9-11-01 D McGowan & S Murphy Ferdy Murphy
1FU55P- OUZBECK (FR) 8-11-01 Axom VII Emma Lavelle
F1F-001 EXMOOR RANGER (IRE) 8-11-01 The Rangers Partnership Victor Dartnall
26P/0U-P REGAL HEIGHTS (IRE) 9-11-01 Janet Heler Tom George
10-4411 THEATRICAL MOMENT (USA) 7-11-01 Masterson Holdings Limited Jonjo O'Neill
3063-40 LACDOUDAL (FR) 11-10-13 Carol Skan Philip Hobbs
133-011 STRAWBERRY (IRE) 9-10-13 Paul Murphy Nicky Henderson
01-R405 AURORAS ENCORE (IRE) 8-10-12 Alicia Skene & Billl Skene Sue Smith
0P-F11P POCKET ACES (IRE) 8-10-11 The Encore Partnership III Richard Rowe
F0/1651- HENNESSY (IRE) 9-10-11 Malcolm Denmark Warren Greatrex
UP06-40 TURPIN GREEN (IRE) 11-10-11 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
21F0-P0 BROOKLYN BROWNIE (IRE) 11-10-10 Mrs K Gaffney & J Stevenson Malcolm Jefferson
1/1///P6-4 TRABOLGAN (IRE) 12-10-10 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
1114-55 ACCORDING TO PETE 9-10-10 P Nelson Malcolm Jefferson
F000-33 PIRAYA (FR) 7-10-09 Terry Neill David Pipe
3300-22 ALDERBURN 11-10-09 Mrs D Flory Henry Daly
2500-PB I'M SO LUCKY 8-10-08 Sandra Brookhouse David Pipe
U01-4U5 IRISH RAPTOR (IRE) 11-10-08 Caroline Beresford-Wylie Nigel Twiston-Davies
31/21-30 FROM DAWN TO DUSK 11-10-07 Charles Lloyd-Baker Philip Hobbs
51-63F3 BOYCHUK (IRE) 9-10-07 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
P2F112- MOUNT SANDEL (IRE) 9-10-07 Stephen Dartnell Oliver Sherwood
P2P1-54 AU COURANT (IRE) 10-10-07 Michael Buckley Nicky Henderson
5P0-P22 BATTLECRY 9-10-07 Trevor Hemmings Nigel Twiston-Davies
r321P-0 THE VICAR (IRE) 7-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
550U0F ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) 9-10-06 Mr & Mrs Peter James Douglas Peter Bowen
P52-022 PRIVATE BE 11-10-06 David & Daphne Walsh Philip Hobbs
225-325 PRETTY STAR (GER) 10-10-06 Lottie Hayman-Joyce & H J Racing Venetia Williams
1116-46 OR JAUNE (FR) 8-10-05 Fontwell Park Partnership Gary Moore
21-PP1F ZITENKA (IRE) 8-10-05 Jennifer Pallister Tim Easterby
212P-00 WEST END ROCKER (IRE) 8-10-05 Barry Winfield & Tim Leadbeater Alan King
126/-121 FAR MORE SERIOUS (IRE) 10-10-03 Neysauteur Partnership Charlie Longsdon
01P6-14 PALYPSO DE CREEK (FR) 7-10-03 Alan Halsall Charlie Longsdon
0-22U13 KHACHATURIAN (IRE) 7-10-03 Brendan Richardson and Jon Glews Donald McCain Jnr
0/-P220P PAK JACK (FR) 10-10-03 The Pak Jack Partnership Richard Phillips
/PU-40 OSCAR PARK (IRE) 11-10-02 George Ward David Arbuthnot
324-512 LORUM LEADER (IRE) 9-10-01 Dr Richard & Laura Newland Dr Richard Newland
0312-00 BRIERY FOX (IRE) 12-10-01 Vicky Reed, Helen Plumbly, Jane Trafford Henry Daly
2354-31 MILL SIDE 10-10-01 The TWT Group Sue Smith
4030-U6 IDLE TALK (IRE) 11-10-00 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain Jnr
3300U-0 BOOMSHAKALAKA (IRE) 10-10-00 The Cigar Bar Partnership Nicky Henderson
30/13P/-F WEE ROBBIE 10-9-13 P Betts (Holdings) Ltd Nick Gifford
4-36531 FLAKE 10-9-11 Keith Nicholson Sue Smith
1P5021 QUATTROCENTO (FR) 6-9-10 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar Peter Bowen
15-313F DESCRIPTION (IRE) 8-9-08 J Stephenson Sue Smith
10-32F6P CAPTAIN AMERICO (IRE) 8-9-07 M Tedham Andrew Turnell
234-216 KILKENNY ALL STAR (IRE) 9-9-03 The McGoldrick Partnership Sue Smith

67 entries


Complimentary admission to Gordon & Lennox Enclosures

King Edward VII was Goodwood Racecourse’s greatest fan, referring to it fondly ‘as a garden party with racing tacked on’.

In May this year it will be 100 years since King Edward VII died and Lord March would like to remember him by holding a celebratory Garden Party on the first day of the new season, Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Racegoers will be able to enjoy ‘complimentary’ entry to the Gordon and Lennox Enclosures and attend a party any monarch would have been proud to host.

As well as seven races, there will be a wealth of entertainment but, even more importantly for newcomers to racing, they will be greeted by dozens of hosts, tipsters, actors and entertainers who will be welcoming racegoers and engaging with them in a humorous and informal way.

“Goodwood is often referred to as the most beautiful racecourse in the world and combined with the relaxed party atmosphere that exists on racedays it makes Goodwood the ideal place to combine socialising and top quality sport. It is a truly unique location, extremely chic where people like to make the effort and get dressed up for the day and I would like as many people as possible to come along and experience it at first hand,” said Lord March.

“Horse racing has taken place here for more than 200 years and in the last two decades we have created new events such as Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. What has made these events and Glorious Goodwood so successful is the unique experience and attention to detail which genuinely puts a smile on people’s faces and we want to achieve the same reaction on May 1 and make it an integral part of their social calendar for years to come,” continued Lord March.

Managing Director Rod Fabricius commented: “The role of the hosts, who will be in costume and instantly recognisable, will be to meet and greet and explain what a day out at Goodwood is all about.

“They will explain where the bars and restaurants are, where the best places are to watch the races, what to look for in the parade ring and how to put a bet on.

“There will be lots of musical and interactive entertainment but most importantly we want people who are new to racing to feel completely at ease and get the most out of the day.

“I can’t think of a better day out, sitting on the lawn on a warm summer’s day with a glass of something chilled, cheering home your winning selection and enjoying the company of family and friends.”

Marketing & PR Manager Callum MacKay added: “We are expecting a very big crowd and I would recommend that people apply for their tickets as quickly as possible as we do expect to be full on the day.

“We have chosen a Saturday because we want to engage with as wide an audience as possible and give everyone the chance to come along. There would have been no point doing this on a mid-week meeting when the majority of people are at work.

“King Edward VII was a huge fan of Goodwood and we are sure that the Garden Party of 2010 will be every bit as good as it was if not better than those held a century ago.”

Complimentary admission to the Gordon and Lennox Enclosures can be obtained by visiting the website www.goodwood.com, only one complimentary ticket per person will be allowed and can only be obtained by applying online.

Additional Information

There will be 23 race meetings in 2010

The full fixture list for 2010 is below:

Saturday, 01
Thursday, 06
Wednesday, 19
Saturday, 22
Monday, 31

Friday, 04 (Evening)
Friday, 11 (Evening)
Friday, 18 (Evening)
Thursday, 24

July – Glorious Goodwood
Tuesday, 27
Wednesday, 28
Thursday, 29
Friday, 30
Saturday, 31

Thursday, 12 (Evening)
Thursday, 26 (Evening)
Saturday, 28 August
Sunday, 29 August

Tuesday, 07
Saturday, 11
Sunday, 12
Wednesday, 22

Sunday, 10

The Goodwood Estate comprises of:

Goodwood Racecourse
Glorious Goodwood July 27 to 31

Goodwood House
The home of the Dukes of Richmond, renowned for entertaining in lavish style since the 18th century. A fantastic venue for all occasions.

Vintage at Goodwood – Celebrating 5 Decades of British Cool
The latest event to be launched at Goodwood August 13, 14 & 15

Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit
The only classic motor circuit to remain in its original form refurbished in 1998

Goodwood Festival of Speed
The world’s biggest celebration of motor sport and car culture
July 2, 3 and 4

Goodwood Revival
Outstanding historic motor racing and a magical step back in time
September 17, 18 and 19

Goodwood Road Racing Club
Membership offers special benefits and discounts for motor events at Goodwood

Golf at Goodwood
2 championship courses, the Downs Course designed by James Braid in 1914 and the Park Course both provide an excellent sporting challenge

The Kennels
Clubhouse for the golf courses and members of Goodwood clubs

Goodwood Hotel
Now back in the management of the Goodwood Estate, this 94 bedroom hotel and Health Club is the perfect base to enjoy Goodwood and Sussex

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