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Sunday, November 13, 2005


THE OPEN 2005 CHELTENHAM
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
GREATWOOD HURDLE DAY, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

ANOTHER RECORD CROWD



A new attendance record for today’s final day of The Open was seen, with a crowd of 17,545 present, up 1,370 on the 16,175 last year while 15,871 came in 2003.

Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s Managing Director, said: “It is tremendous to have had records crowds again on all three days of The Open which is going from strength to strength.


“The biggest increase was seen today which is very heartening. The Open 2005 has been a great meeting, with the quality of the racing very high and fields with plenty of strength in depth.”

SATURDAY’S RECORD CROWD

Yesterday’s attendance came to 29,770 - a new record figure for Paddy Power Gold Cup day.


Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s managing director, said yesterday: “This was another very good crowd total - we are delighted with it and how day has gone - the racing was terrific.


“The final day of The Open tomorrow has excellent races and we are hoping for another thrilling day.”

2004 - 29,524
2003 - 28,455
2002 - 28,092
2001 - 27,870.

2000 - 25,666
1999 - 24,921.


RECORD COUNTRYSIDE DAY ATTENDANCE ON FRIDAY

Friday saw a crowd of 19,994 - a record attendance for Countryside Day at Cheltenham.


The previous record was 19,725 in 2004.


Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s Managing Director, said then: “Countryside Day continues to grow at Cheltenham and it was a fantastic achievement for us to have created a new attendance record today, especially considering that the weather was not so great.


“The range of entertainments before racing proved popular and we hope the next two days of the meeting are just as successful.”


LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF
THE OPEN 2005

1st 2nd 3rd
Martin Pipe 5 4 3
Philip Hobbs 3 2 3
Jonjo O’Neill 3 - 3
Nicky Henderson 1 2 -
Francois Doumen FR 1 - 1
Enda Bolger IRE 1 - -
Michael Hourigan IRE 1 - -
Eric McNamara IRE 1 - -
Paul Nolan IRE 1 - -
Robert Stronge 1 - -
Charles Byrnes IRE - 2 -
Paul Nicholls - 1 2
Alan King - 1 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - 1 1
Tom George - 1 -
Arthur Moore IRE - 1 -
Nicky Richards - 1 -
Brendan Powell - 1 -
Charlie Swan - 1 -
Tom Hogan IRE - - 2
Tony Martin IRE - - 1
Nick Williams - - 1


LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE END OF
THE OPEN 2005
1st 2nd 3rd
Timmy Murphy 4 2 1
Richard Johnson 3 2 2
Tony McCoy 3 1 2
Brian Harding 1 1 -
Marcus Foley 1 1 -
Denis O’Regan 1 - 1
Brian Byrnes 1 - -
John Cullen 1 - -
Mr J T McNamara 1 - -
Mr Robert Quinn 1 - -
Shane Walsh 1 - -
Paddy Brennan - 1 1
Carl Llewellyn - 1 1
Tom Scudamore - 1 1
Robert Thornton - 1 1
Andrew Tinkler - 1 -
David Casey - 1 -
Martin Ferris - 1 -
Mr Robbie McCarthy - 1 -
John Levins - 1 -
Davy Russell - 1 -
Charlie Studd - 1 -
Ruby Walsh - - 2
Mr Aidan Fitzgerald - - 1
Dave Flannery - - 1
Mr Tom Greenall - - 1
Tom Malone - - 1
Graham Lee - - 1
Arne Duchene - - 1


OPEN DINNER AWARDS

Two awards were made at The Open Dinner held at Cheltenham Racecourse last night - to champion jockey Tony McCoy and recently retired rider Jim Culloty.


McCoy, champion jockey for the 10th time last season, said when asked whether he would give anybody else a chance at the championship: “I am giving them a chance this season - I am struggling a bit.


“I am obviously very lucky because JP (McManus - his retaining owner) has got some nice young horses and he wants me to go and ride them - that’s my job - and I want to ride them.


“The idea is to get as many to The Festival (at Cheltenham in March ) as we can. I want to ride as many as possible beforehand and that means going to Ireland a bit more.


“If you have been have been lucky enough to have had lots of winners from an early stage, you always want that to continue - I suppose it is the fear of failure. So as much as you are enjoying the winners, the fear of losing keeps you going.


”I happy going racing every day as long I am riding winners and am lucky enough to ride good horses which I get lots of. If I wasn’t getting to ride as many winners then I wouldn’t do it because I wouldn’t enjoy it.”


Culloty, who is taking out a trainer’s licence shortly, received a special achievement award from Cheltenham’s Chairman, Lord Vestey.


He said: “The one regret when I gave up riding was that I would miss riding Best Mate. I thought there might be another Gold Cup in him.


“On Tuesday last week when I was at home in Ireland watching At The Races from Exeter, my biggest regret was not being there to say goodbye to him because he was a good old friend to me.


“The most memorable of Best Mate’s Gold Cup successes was the third one because he was making history and the second was the most impressive because it was fast ground and the key to the horse was fast ground. The first and the third were both on good to soft ground which shows just how good a horse he was.


“He was perfect in every way and had the heart, the mentality and ability to go with it - he had it all.”


Race 1 WINNER’S QUOTES
The Gideon Kasler Novices’ Hurdle

BLACK JACK ACE FOR JONJO


Black Jack Ketchum maintained his unbeaten record when brushing aside 17 rivals to land the first race on day three of Cheltenham’s Open meeting.


Trained by Jonjo O’Neill and ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy, six-year-old Black Jack Ketchum flew the second-last to take up the running, and, despite a minor stumble on landing over the final hurdle, ran on well to defeat Powerstation and Massini’s Maguire by two and a half lengths and three lengths.


Bookmakers joined a lengthy queue of admirers and installed the gelding favourite for the Royal And SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle held at the Cheltenham Festival. Paddy Power were shortest, at 8-1, while Sean Graham, Ladbrokes and Cashmans all went 10-1.


O’Neill said Sandown’s £50,000 Anglo Irish Bank Tolworth Hurdle (January 7) would be on Black Jack Ketchum’s schedule, and added: “He was very novicey at Uttoxeter [on his previous outing], but he was very good today. He jumped well all the way. I was pleasantly surprised, although he’s done a lot of schooling at home.


“I’d have been delighted [to have finished in the first four] - it looked a good race on paper. I hope I have a couple of better ones at home, but I doubt it.”

Black Jack Ketchum was previously owned by John Magnier and was ridden by his son JP to land a couple of bumpers in the summer of 2004. He missed last season because of a virus in O’Neill’s yard and now runs in the colours of Gay Smith.



GOING

After the first race, the Gideon Kasler Novices’ Hurdle, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Paddy Brennan, rider of The Squatter, said: “Dead.”

Wayne Hutchinson, rider of Almutasader, said: “Good to soft.”

Tom Doyle, rider of The Spoonplayer, said: “The same as yesterday - hard work.”

Paul Carberry, rider of Naples, said: “Tacky.”

Noel Fehily, rider of Alphabetical, said: “Very dead, very tacky.”

Kenny Johnson, rider of Iloveturtle, said: “Good to soft - dead in places.”

Jodie Mogford, rider of Too Posh To Share, said: “Good to soft - a little bit dead.”

Tony McCoy, rider of Black Jack Ketchum, said: “A little bit better than yesterday - marginally.”

Mark Bradburne, rider of Sidcup’s Gold, said: “Good to soft - up the straight it’s okay.”



RACE 2 PADDYPOWERPOKER.COM HANDICAP HURDLE
WIN QUOTES

HORDAGO LOVES THE OPEN

For the second year running, Hordago won at this meeting, this time getting the better of Il Duce by a head in a marvellous finish. Last season he won the Abacus Global Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.


Winning trainer Eric McNamara was not present today but winning owner Seamus Braddish said: “We knew that if he was there when turning in, he would stay on up the hill.


“He has come on a lot this season and we are very pleased with his progress.


“He seems to like Cheltenham - hopefully he’ll be back again for the Coral Cup at The Festival in March. It was a close finish and hopefully the handicapper won’t be too hard on us.


“I have four horses but he’s our best horse.”

Winning rider Brian Byrnes, who was also in the saddle at last year’s Open, said: “I was born on February 1, 1981 at Rathkeely in County Limerick. My biggest win came on Strangely Brown last year in a Grade Three race.”


Race 2 PLACED QUOTES
paddypowepoker.com HURDLE

MIXED EMOTIONS FOR KING

Seasonal debutant Il Duce ran a fine race when finishing second to Hordago, beaten a head, but a blunder at the last hurdle may well have cost him the race. The Chocolate Thornton-ridden five-year-old had moved steadily into contention running down the hill and was edging ahead of the eventual winner as they ran to the last, but Il Duce landed awkwardly and lost momentum.


Trainer Alan King was in no doubt that the mistake had affected the result, and said: “I’m delighted, but also bloody disappointed too, because if he’d jumped the last he’d have won.


“I’ve no plans for him - I just wanted to get this run out of the way.”

Jane Williams, who owns third horse Dom D’Orgeval - trained by her husband, Nick - was more than happy with the five-year-old’s effort and nominated Newbury’s Gerry Fielden Hurdle, run at the Hennessy meeting, as a new target.


Williams said: “That was a fantastic run. It was his first outing for eight months and he’ll improve for it. He had a wonderful season last year, but he had been on the go for 12 months and we decided to give him a good break.


“He’s one of the kindest horses you could ever hope to meet. A child could ride him. He always tries so hard.”


Race 3 WINNER’S QUOTES
INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ CHASE


ACCORDION STARS

County Wexford trainer Paul Nolan is hoping to be back at Cheltenham in March for the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy after Accordion Etoile won the Grade Two Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase.


Fourth in last season’s Champion Hurdle, Accordion Etoile made his chasing debut at Limerick last month when finishing second to Watson Lake, a winner again yesterday. With that experience behind him, six-year-old Accordion Etoile overcame a couple of mistakes before wearing down Tamarinbleu for a short-head victory.


Nolan, who trains “60 to 70 horses”, said: “I was delighted with the way our horse ran against Watson Lake on ground he wouldn’t like. I know Accordion Etoile was getting 15lb then, but I think our fellow’s growing up more and was very good today.


“He was a bit short at the last today, and gave Tamarinbleu two or three lengths, but still got back up at him. I think he’ll be better over fences. My horses have been under a bit of a cloud, but he’s just so classy he still runs well. He’ll improve from that and I hope he’ll be back here in March.


“On the ground we get at home we had to go over fences because we’re not going to beat Brave Inca, Harchibald and horses like that. More than likely we’ll give him a break now.”

Bookmakers were united in making Accordion Etoile favourite for the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy. He is a 5-1 shot with Sean Graham, Paddy Power, Bet 365 and Boylesports, a 6-1 shot with Ladbrokes and Totesport and 7-1 with Cashmans.



RACE 3 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ CHASE
PLACED QUOTES

TAMARINBLEU DELIGHTS CONNECTIONS

Tamarinbleu may have gone down by a short-head to Accordion Etoile in a thrilling finish in which the runner-up looked like he might have done enough, but Martin Pipe was extremely gracious in defeat.


He said: “I am delighted with that and it was a great first run over fences. It was a tough ask taking on Accordion Etoile who is an experienced top-class horse and we were terribly wrong at the weights on hurdle ratings - our fellow was rated 145 over timber, while Accordion Etoile was 160.


“It was a great run and he jumped well and there was a short-head in it but that is the way that it goes. Early on he was a bit novicey but then the winner wasn’t perfect at the last and I don’t think that really made any difference to the result.


“Tamarinbleu’s owner is Arthur White whose first winner was Beau Ranger, who won the Paddy Power Gold Cup so easily [in 1987].”

Tamarinbleu is a best-priced 12/1 for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase with totesport (from 20/1), Cashmans (introduced into the betting) and bet365, while Paddy Power make him a 10/1 chance (from 25/1).



RACE 4 GREATWOOD HANDICAP HURDLE
WIN QUOTES

LINGO OVERCOMES 680 DAYS OFF

Lingo had not been seen on a racecourse for 680 days but still managed to put in a fine performance to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle by three and a half lengths.


Winning trainer Jonjo O’Neill said: “He jumped and travelled well and did everything right. I am very pleased with the way that he did the job.


“He’s a real nice horse but we got the virus last year and we decided to pull the plug - it was a difficult decision for everyone but we had a lot of young horses and we didn’t want to risk them. The owners and the staff were quite patient.


“He’s a 140 horse today really and the handicapper will put him up 4 or 5lb - we will wait and see about the Champion Hurdle as it’s a big jump from 140 to 165+.


“He quickened up well and we’ve always thought that he was a nice horse - there’s no doubt about that.”

Winning rider Tony McCoy declared: “We have been doing a lot of schooling him at home, trying to teach him to race at speed because he has not had much experience. It is a brilliant training performance.


“He only carried 10st 6lb and so he has to improve a lot. Accordion Etolie carried the same when winning this race last year and he was fourth in the Champion Hurdle. Lingo is a handicapper.

“JP (McManus) is a great owner and a great man to ride for. It is great that Jonjo is getting some good horses for him to enjoy.”

Winning owner J P McManus added: “I had a little bet [Channel 4 reported one bet of £100,000 each-way was seen in the betting ring from an un-named individual] and the price doesn’t matter now.

“This horse has had problems, but nothing like a leg. He was all set to go to the Festival last year but went wrong before the race on the Saturday and then before a race at Liverpool his blood wasn’t right.


“Last December Jonjo decided that his horses weren’t right and to give them time out.


“That tested Jonjp but he took a responsible decision and the horses have come out all the better for it - it helps you to appreciate wins more and keeps you humble.


“You have to celebrate all the winners because some day will be your last.


“It’s a long way from a handicap to Champion Hurdle class but he could do no more than what he’s done today and I hope that he will be a runner at this stage.

“Rooster Booster [a subsequent Champion Hurdle winner] won this race but I think that he carried a bit more than the 10st 6lb that Lingo carried [Rooster Booster won this race off a mark of 11st 12lb].”

Paddy Power cut Lingo to 9/1 from 33/1 for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle, while totesport go 12/1 from 25/1.



Race 4 PLACED QUOTES
GREATWOOD HANDICAP HURDLE

Phar Bleu to stay over hurdles

Phar Bleu made his debut for trainer Paul Nicholls today, following his close-season switch from the yard formerly run by Georgie Browne, who is now Nicholls’ partner.


After Phar Bleu had finished third in this highly-competitive handicap hurdle, Nicholls said: “We’re obviously delighted with that, but we thought he’d run well because he’s been doing everything right at home. For a four-year-old that is quite a hard race to win.


“We’ve been deliberating between us all whether to stay hurdling or go chasing and I just asked Ruby [Walsh] that question. He said stay hurdling this season so I hope we can win a decent handicap hurdle somewhere. At the start of the season I said to Georgie the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury could be the race for him and that might be the sort of race he could run tidy in.”

Asked whether he felt his horses had been running below their best, Nicholls said: “Everyone says that when a few get beaten and I asked Ruby the same question, but he said look at the horses and the races they’ve been in. There have been reasons and excuses - you get runs like that.”

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ string has been in very good form, and he was pleased with runner-up Tramontana, who was having his first outing for 715 days. Twiston-Davies said: “We’re very pleased with that. He had a leg problem, but he’s fine now. I’ve no idea what we’ll do with him next.”


Race 5 WINNER’S QUOTES
JERSEY HANDICAP CHASE

Big Bannow proves easy winner

Bannow Strand, an enormous horse standing well over 17 hands high, made a successful debut in this handicap chase, and must rank as one of the easiest winners at The Open meeting.


The five-year-old became Martin Pipe’s fifth winner at the meeting - he also trained third home Mark Equal - but the champion trainer was in no mood to talk up his giant horse.


Pipe said: “He hasn’t shown us he’s a good horse. He’s won a small race, not a good race. He’s a big horse who’s needed time.”

Jockey Timmy Murphy had his rivals’ moves covered running down the hill, and with no fences to jump in the home straight (fences 4, 5, 6 & the last) - they were omitted because of a low sun - he had only to coast home to win by eight lengths. Asked if Murphy’s biggest problem was the fear of winning too far, Pipe said: “His biggest problem was the fences, and he made a few mistakes.”

Bannow Strand raced unsuccessfuly over hurdles last year, and owner David Johnson said: “He won a point-to-point in Ireland, but we ran him over hurdles to see if he was quick enough and he was just too big. He just needed time. He’s still learning.”

Philip Hobbs said of runner-up Shalako: “We have run our usual race and come up against a very well handicapped horse.”

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse commented: “We took the four fences out in the interests of safety of the riders and horses - we cannot take any chances.


“We had a problem yesterday and last year and we will review the times of chases at this meeting for next year.”


LEADING CONTENDER FOR FESTIVAL BUMPER

Leading Contender justified 15/8 favouritism in the concluding Festival Of Food Bumper to send punters home in a good mood, battling on to deny Tokala by a length and a quarter.


Winning trainer Philip Hobbs said: “He has always gone well at home - he wouldn’t be the quickest but he’s got lots of stamina.


“Once they went past the last set of wings he was always going to win as he stays on so well - the runner-up did give us a fright though!

“One thing that he does do is stay and he’ll stick to bumpers this season. We’ll definitely think about the Cheltenham Festival bumper and as he copes with soft ground and has won at Chepstow, and has stamina, we’ll think about the bumper there on Welsh National Day.


“He ran 36 days ago but this race wouldn’t have wanted to have come any sooner and Chepstow will allow us some time.


“I’ll be fortunate if I’ve got a better bumper horse than this but I haven’t done a lot with a lot of them and we’ll see.”

Sarah Hobbs, the trainer’s wife added: “He’s got a wonderful attitude and is so laid back.”

Brendan Powell, trainer of the runner-up, said: “He’s tough and honest but Charlie [Studd] said the ground was a bit dead for Tokala. He jumps well at home so he’ll go straight over hurdles now. There will be better horses coming out now in bumpers and he’s got penalties.”


RUBY WALSH

Ruby Walsh gave up his last two rides on Dantes Reef in the Jersey Handicap Chase and Kaldouas in the concluding Festival Of Food Bumper.


He hurt his ankle but is reportedly okay.



Claisse retains a sunny disposition

Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse was a happy man at the conclusion of The Open, and summed it up by saying: “We’ve never had so many runners over these three days, the track has held up well, the racing has been competitive and we’ve had record attendances on all three days.”

Claisse’s biggest problem revolved around the sun, which helped bring crowds to the track, but created visibility problems for jockeys as it set along the home straight.


“We always know that if it’s not cloudy we have a sunlight issue at this time of year,” said Claisse. “People ask why we haven’t had problems historically, and I suppose we’re more safety conscious these days. Rider and horse safety is the top priority, but we’re trying to put on the feature race at a time to suit broadcasters and when it maximises betting turnover.

“We also want to suit the sponsor so there are a number of things to take into account. We also want to run a chase before the bumper [to allow time to remove hurdles from the bumper track].


“After our experiences last year, when fences were missed out of the home straight, I looked back over 10 years of racing to see how many times we had had the problem and it was very rare. By the law of averages, we shouldn’t have expected anything untoward.”

Looking ahead to Cheltenham’s December Meeting, Claisse said: “We’re now going to change courses - the Old course has had five days of racing so it is now going to be dismantled and we’ll be repairing damage to the turf in the next week. Then we take down all the rails and start preparing the New course for the next meeting on December 9 and 10.

“There’s plenty to do. This meeting is the second biggest one of the season for us, but the meeting in December has some terrific racing when the feature will be the Robin Cook Memorial Gold Cup, sponsored by totesport.”


THE OPEN AWARDS 2005 - SPONSORED BY PADDY POWER

This year, in association with sponsor Paddy Power, Cheltenham is honouring the individual who is considered to have made the most outstanding contribution each day to the 2005 Open Meeting.


A panel of racing journalists will select the nominations for the daily award and racegoers then have the opportunity to decide the winner by texting their vote. Each day, after the fourth race, contenders will be announced over the public address, through tv screens on the racecourse, and on Open Radio (87.7FM). Votes can be registered from 3.30pm-5.00pm today.

To vote all you have to do is text Chelt along with a selection a, b or c to 81025 and there is no limit of texts per person.


Everyone texting a vote will be entered into a prize draw to enjoy a VIP trip to the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on December 27. The fabulous prize includes: Transport for two to Dublin, Reserved enclosure badges, Three-course lunch in the Paddy Power suite with complimentary bar and a free £100 bet on the Paddy Power Handicap Chase.




TIMMY MURPHY WINS SATURDAY’S DAILY AWARD

Timmy Murphy was Saturday’s daily award winner - his three successes included Our Vic in the feature Paddy Power Gold Cup, Not Left Yet in the opening Racing UK Novices’ Handicap Hurdle and Standin Obligation in the Lombard Properties Handicap Hurdle.

The other two nominations were Tony McCoy for a brilliant ride on Innox in the Servo Computer Services Trophy Handicap Chase and Francois Doumen, for an excellent training performance in saddling the same horse to win on his first start in Britain this year.


Spot Thedifference was Friday’s daily award winner after winning his fourth cross-country race at Cheltenham in the last two seasons. The 12-year-old stayed on well to beat Lord Jack by two and a half lengths in the Sporting Index Chase and justifiably was rewarded for his efforts by the public.


The other two nominations were Mr Robert Quinn, Martin Pipe’s amateur, who survived a life-threatening injury to give Getoutwhenyoucan a peach of a ride in the paddypower.com Amateur Rider’s Handicap Chase, and Brian Harding, who was no less impressive in guiding Bold Bishop to success in the Beards Jewellers Cup.


TODAY’S NOMINATIONS

Today’s three nominations are Jonjo O’Neill, trainer of first race winner Black Jack Ketchum and Lingo, successful in the feature Greatwood Hurdle, Accordion Etoile, winner of the Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase and Brian Byrnes, rider of Hordago, who won the paddypowerpoker.com Handicap Hurdle.



Varley JETS in to gain Richard Davis Award

Former Flat jockey Neil Varley is at Cheltenham today to receive the prestigious Richard Davis Award, given in memory of the late jockey who died in a fall at Southwell in 1996.


The award, which is sponsored by Griffins, the Newbury-based accountants and business development consultants, is presented annually by the Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme (JETS) to the jockey who has shown the most initiative and effort in developing a second career after their race-riding days are over.


Varley, 33, who rode 82 winners from 1,400 rides, has set up a landscape gardening business since retiring from the saddle. He said: “I was hammering up and down the country for one ride, and I thought to myself: ‘Why?’. All I knew was horses and I had no idea what else I could do with my life. When you’re not riding winners regularly your self esteem is low anyway and you’re on a slippery slope.


“So I rang JETS, talked to them about my plans and they helped get my Royal Horticultural Society courses going. I’ve also done courses in garden design and spraying pesticides.


“When I quit the saddle I set up working in gardens locally, but I put my business cards around and that’s when Juddmonte Farms at Cheveley got in touch and now I look after their grounds.”

Varley will receive his award today in Cheltenham’s winner’s enclosure. Presenting it will be Terry Boothby of Griffins and Richard Davis’s parents, Ann and John.


Runner-up to Varley is Frazer Houston, who is now working as an equine dentist, while the special recognition award goes to John Bryan, who has also set up a garden landscape business.



LLEWELLYN EYES HENNESSY

Jockey Carl Llewellyn is hoping Redemption can make amends for a fall at Cheltenham yesterday by winning Newbury’s Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (November 26).


The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Redemption came down at the second-last when close on the heels of eventual winner Our Vic in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, and Llewellyn admitted: “It was gutting. He was going pretty well and while you’re never sure how much he’ll find I thought I was going as well as the winner. There was a long way to go and things can change up the hill, but he is an exceptional traveller during a race.


“We’re thinking of going for the Hennessy now. It’s a flat track and the last time he won over fences was at Newbury. He’s on quite a good handicap mark over fences - on the big off-chance that he got round and I stayed on he’d take some beating.”

Asked about the low sun that led to some comments after the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Llewellyn said: “It was horrendous. We said it was too dangerous to race, but they made the decision to go ahead. As we turned into the straight none of us could see any of the fences.”

Looking ahead to his rides at Cheltenham today, Llewellyn said: “Jeremy Cuddle Duck (1.05) is a four-year-old who’s done nothing wrong so far and won nicely at Liverpool last time, but he’s got to step up a gear today for a very hot race. Va Vavoom (2.05) is a long way behind the others on hurdle ratings, but this is a novices’ chase and he jumps very well.


“Tramantano (2.40) hasn’t run for a long time, but he beat the useful Sporazene on his latest start. He’s very good, but has had an injury since he last raced and he might be a bit rusty. Gazump (3.15) is a nice horse on his day. Possibly his best form has been on faster ground, while I know very little about Reach For The Top (3.50) who I ride in the bumper.”



GOING

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, reports that the ground remains Good to soft.


He said: “The course is retaining its moisture and not drying out much.


“We are forecast a dry bright sunny day today and have had no rain overnight.


“All of the hurdle rail has been moved out.”


BETTING

Boylesports report each-way support for Il Duce in the paddypowerpoker.com Handicap Hurdle (1.35pm). The five-year-old is now 14/1 (from 20/1).


They have seen three horses backed in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.40pm) - Self Defense is 10/1 (from 12/1), Phar Bleu 8/1 (from 9/1) and Power Elite 100/30 (from 4/1).


The Irish firm also reports money for Bannow Strand, who is 13/8 (from 15/8) in the penultimate Jersey Handicap Chase (3.15pm).


Power Elite and Self Defense have also been supported with totesport - the former is 100/30 (from 4/1), while Self Defense is 10/1 (from 12/1).


Bannow Strand is another to have been backed with totesport - Martin Pipe’s charge is 6/4 (from 13/8).


Cash has come for two horses with the same firm in the paddypowerpoker.com Handicap Hurdle (1.35pm). The Market Man is 3/1 (from 4/1), while Valley Ride is 14/1 (from 20/1).


In the same event, sponsor Paddy Power reports money for top-weight Penneyrose Bay, who is 9/2 (from 5/1) and Irish raider Hordago who is 12/1 (from 16/1).


Paddy Power is another layer which has trimmed Power Elite and Self Defense. Power Elite is 7/2 (from 4/1), while the latter is 10/1 (from 11/1). In the same race the Irish bookie has cut Mighty Man from 10/1 to 8/1.


Once again Bannow Strand has been backed - this time with Paddy Power - he is 6/4 (from 7/4).


The same company has seen support for Leading Contender in the concluding Festival Of Food Bumper - Philip Hobbs’s youngster is 15/8 (from 2/1).



THE OPEN 2005 CHELTENHAM
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
GREATWOOD HURDLE DAY, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

FIRST RACE RESULT
1.05pm GIDEON KASLER NOVICES’ HURDLE

Class B, £15,000 Added. For 4yo+, 2m 5f. Weights:11st. Penalties: a winner of a Class D to G hurdle 5lb; of a Class A to C hurdle 8lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £10,897.62; 2nd: £3,219; 3rd: £1,609.50; 4th: £805.62; 5th: £401.94; 6th: £201.84

1) BLACK JACK KETCHUM (IRE) (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-05 Tony McCoy 13/2
2) POWERSTATION (IRE) (Fat Frog Syndicate) Charles Byrnes IRE 5-11-00 Davy Russell 11/1
3) MASSINI'S MAGUIRE (IRE) (Alan Peterson ) Philip Hobbs 4-11-00 Richard Johnson 4/1
4) NEPTUNE COLLONGES (FR) (John Hales) Paul Nicholls 4-11-05 Ruby Walsh 11/4 Fav
5) THE SPOONPLAYER (IRE) (Band Syndicate) Henry De Bromhead IRE 6-11-08 Tom Doyle
6) CIRCASSIAN (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 4-11-00 Graham Lee
7) NAPLES (Kieran McQuinn) Noel Meade IRE 6-11-08 Paul Carberry
8) THE SQUATTER (IRE) (V Clifford) V Clifford IRE 6-11-00 Paddy Brennan
9) ALMUTASADER (Wally Sturt) Jim Old 5-11-00 Wayne Hutchinson
10) ROBERT (IRE) (K F Mcnulty) Dessie Hughes IRE 6-11-08 David Casey
11) ALPHABETICAL (IRE) (Hugh Villiers) Charlie Mann 6-11-00 Noel Fehily
12) TOO POSH TO SHARE (Osborne & Miss T Stoneham) David Wintle 7-10-07 Jodie Mogford
13) SEOMRA HOCHT (IRE) (Mrs M Monaghan) William O'Brien IRE 8-11-00 John Cullen
14) FLASH CUMMINS (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 5-11-0 Timmy Murphy
15) SIDCUP'S GOLD (IRE) (Simon Gegg) Matt Sheppard 5-11-00 Mark Bradburne
16) JOE MCHUGH (IRE) (Sally Morgan & Richard Prince) Charlie Mann 6-11-00 K G Tobin
17) ILOVETURTLE (IRE) (J E Reed) Michael Chapman t5-11-00 Kenny Johnson
PU) JEREMY CUDDLE DUCK (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-11-08 Carl Llewellyn

18 ran
Distances: 2.5, 3, 9, 6, .75, 3.5, 11, 2, .5, 12, 16, 1.25, 7, 1.75, nk, dist
Breeder: E Morrissey Breeding: b g Oscar (IRE) - Cailin Supreme (IRE)
Tote Win: £7.00 Places: £2.40; £3.40; £2.30 Exacta: £101.50

Winning trainer: JONJO O’NEILL Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Career: former National Hunt jockey Cheltenham Festival wins: (10) Pertemps Final (1991 Danny Connors, 2003 Inching Closer, 2004 Creon); National Hunt Chase (1995 Front Line, 2002 Rith Dubh, 2003 Sudden Shock, 2004 Native Emperor); Vincent O’Brien County H’cap Hurdle (2000 Master Tern), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope), bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift) Horses in Training (1996-2005): 53; 59; 59; 78; 78, 75, 98, 90, 95; 94 Number of Winners (1995/96-2004/05): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114; 102; 96 Other Big Race Wins: Tripleprint Gold Cup (1999 Legal Right), Totesport Silver Cup (2000 Legal Right), Totesport Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle (2002 Native Emperor), Kingwell Hurdle (2003 Rhinestone Cowboy), Challow Hurdle (2002 Coolnagorna), Reynoldstown Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Welsh National (2002 Mini Sensation), Totesport Becher Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Edward Hanmer Chase (2003 Keen Leader) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s V.S. Hcap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross, 2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock); John Smith’s XO Anniversary 4YO Hurdle (2002 Quazar), Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2003 Clan Royal), John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Iris’s Gift), John Smith’s Champion Standard National Hunt Flat Race (2003 Classic Native), John Smith’s Laurel Pub Company Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy) Wins this season: 50

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy Date of Birth: 04/05/74 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92 (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger.Cheltenham Festival Wins: (15) GRAND ANNUAL CHASE (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (1997 Make A Stand), TOTE GOLD CUP (1997 Mr Mulligan), CATHCART CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair) Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), VINCENT O’BRIEN COUNTY HURDLE (1998 Blowing Wind), GERRARD SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Hors La Loi III), THE MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP HCAP CHASE (1999 Majadou), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Edredon Bleu), WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (2003 Liberman)) Other major wins: KING GEORGE VI CHASE (2002 Best Mate), SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL (1997 Belmont King), REHEARSAL CHASE (1996 Belmont King), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light), PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE (1999 Cyfor Malta), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP CHASE (1998 Northern Starlight), EXTRAMAN HENRY VIII NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Dines), MILDMAY & CAZALET HCAP CHASE (1999 Eudipe), GROSVENOR CASINOS LONG DISTANCE HURDLE (1999 Galant Moss), SCILLY ISLES NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Upgrade), FIRST NATIONAL GOLD CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Upgrade), LONG WALK HURDLE (2002 Deano’s Beeno) Winners 1994/5-2004/05:74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209, 199 Wins this season: 97

SECOND RACE RESULT

1.35pm paddypower.com INTERMEDIATE HANDICAP HURDLE
Class C, £25,000 Added. For 4yo+ rated 0-135 which prior to April 25, 2004, had not won a hurdle. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after November 5, a winner 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £19,493.58; 2nd: £5,758.13; 3rd: £2,879.06; 4th: £1,441.09; 5th: £718.99; 6th: £361.05

1) HORDAGO (IRE) (S Braddish) Eric McNamara IRE p5-10-01 Brian Byrnes (7) 12/1
2) IL DUCE (IRE) (Mrs Peter Prowintiong ) Alan King 5-11-07 Robert Thornton 12/1
3) DOM D'ORGEVAL (FR) (Jane Williams) Nick Williams 5-10-10 Paddy Brennan 25/1
4) MANX ROYAL (FR) (James & Atoinette Kennedy) Martin Pipe 6-11-09 Tom Scudamore 33/1
5) CHERUB (GER) (Atlantic Joinery Lmited) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-07 Tony Dobbin
6) CANTGETON (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 5-11-04 Timmy Murphy
7) MILLANYMARE (IRE) (V Walsh) Tony Martin IRE 6-10-05 Davy Russell
8) SCREENPLAY (The Horse Players) Sheena West 4-10-06 Jamie Goldstein
9) PENNEYROSE BAY (Sir Christopher Wates) Jonathan Geake 6-11-07 P C O'Neill (5) 11/2 JF
10) RIGHTS OF MAN (IRE) (Mrs A McCarthy) Davy Fitzgerald IRE 6-10-09 John Cullen
11) SALUT SAINT CLOUD (A Grinter) Gary Moore 4-11-06 Brian Crowley
12) JOCKSER (IRE) (The D M L Partnership) Seamus Mullins 4-10-02 Richard Young (3)
13) RORY SUNSET (IRE) (Eddie Kavanagh) Charlie Swan IRE 7-10-04 David Casey
14) HABITUAL DANCER (The Country Stayers) Jedd O'Keeffe 4-10-11 Brian Harding
15) ALAGON (IRE) (ROA Red Alligator Partnership) Ian Williams v5-10-07 Graham Lee
16) CROIX DE GUERRE (IRE) (Jack Joseph) Philip Hobbs b5-11-11 Richard Johnson
17) URBAN (IRE) (J P McManus) Joe Crowley IRE 4-10-11 Tony McCoy
18) VALLEY RIDE (IRE) (George Ward) Colin Tinkler 5-11-09 Tom Doyle
19) WALTZING BEAU (David Cliff & Philippa Cunes) Brendan Powell 4-10-13 Johnny Levins (5)
20) PRETTY STAR (GER) (Exterior Profiles Ltd) Alan King 5-11-03 Wayne Hutchinson
F 2 OUT) NIPPY DES MOTTES (FR) (Paul Green) Paul Nicholls t4-10-02 Ruby Walsh 11/2 JF
PU) OWENNACURRA BOBBY (IRE) (Mrs B E Walsh)h Tommy Cooper IRE p5-10-13 Paul Carberry
PU) DIEGO CAO (IRE) (Vetlab Supplies Ltd) Gary Moore 4-11-06 Sam Thomas


23 ran Non-Runner: The Market Man
Distances: hd, 8, 1.5, 2.5, .75, .75, .75, hd, 1.25, 1, .75, 2.5, 7, 3, 3, 2, 4, 14, 3.5
Breeder: Airlie Stud Breeding: gr g Highest Honor (FR) - Mirmande
Tote Win: £15.20 Places: £3.60; £2.90; £9.30; £7.10 Exacta: £271.10

Winning trainer: Eric McNamara Based: Beechmount, Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland
Big Race Wins: Prix Alain du Breil (2005 Strangely Brown) First Cheltenham Winner: Hordago (abacusglobal.com Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, Cheltenham, November 12, 2004)

Winning Jockey: Brian Byrnes Born: February 1, 1981 Background: works for Irish trainer Eric McNamara First winner in Britain: Hordago (abacusglobal.com Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, Cheltenham, November 12, 2004) Wins in Britain (2004-05): 1


THIRD RACE RESULT

2.05pm INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ CHASE
Class A, Grade Two, £40,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+, 2m. Weights: 4yo 10st 7lb; 5yo+ 11st 5lb. Penalties: after April 23, 2005, a winner of a Class D chase 4lb; of a Class A to C chase 6lb. Allowances: filies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £22,808; 2nd: £8,556; 3rd: £4,284; 4th: £2,136; 5th: £1,072; 6th: £536

1) ACCORDION ETOILE (IRE) (Banjo Syndicate) Paul Nolan IRE 6-11-05 John Cullen 5/2F
2) TAMARINBLEU (FR) (The Arthur White Partnership) Martin Pipe 5-11-05 Tony McCoy 3/1
3) ALBUHERA (IRE) (David & F A Jackson) Paul Nicholls t7-11-05 Ruby Walsh 9/2
4) DAVENPORT DEMOCRAT (IRE) (P M Racing Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-11 Paul Carberry
5) CHILLING PLACE (IRE) (Mike Tuckey) Philip Hobbs 6-11-09 Richard Johnson
6) MASTER OFTHE CHASE (IRE) (Thomas Keane) Charlie Swan IRE 7-11-11 David Casey
7) VA VAVOOM (IRE) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-09 Carl Llewellyn
8) ONLY FOR GOLD (Juro Antiques) Dr Philip Pritchard 10-11-05 Jodie Mogford
UR1) MATTYS JOY (IRE) (Brandy And Baileys Syndicate) Daniel Loughnane IRE p6-10-12 Davy Russell
PU) DABUS (J C Greenway) Michael Chapman 10-11-05 Kenny Johnson

10 ran
Distances: sh, 6, 7, .5, 26, 4, dist
Breeder: John McKeever Breeding: b g Accordion - Royal Thimble (IRE)
Tote Win: £3.40 Places: £1.70; £1.70; £1.90 Exacta: £13.40

Winning trainer: Paul Nolan Based: Toberona House, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland Background: father was a sheep farmer; Paul played hurling for Wexford team that beat Cork in 1992 junior all-Ireland final but injuries curtailed this love; he then joined Jim Bolger and subsequently worked for a vet; began training point-to-pointers before taking out a licence under Rules; currently trains 60 horses Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2005 Dabiroun) First Winner at Cheltenham: Accordion Etoile (Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, November 14, 2004) Big Race Wins Include: Bank Of Ireland ‘For Auction’ Novice Hurdle (2003 Accordion Etoile); Galway Hurdle (2004 Cloone River); Woodlands Park 100 Poplar Square Chase (2004 Colnel Rayburn); Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2004 Say Again), Independent Novices’ Chase (2005 Accordion Etoile)

Winning Jockey: John Cullen Background: A former successful rider on the South-Eastern Irish point-to-point circuit. Champion Irish conditional rider in 2000/2001. Broke a bone in his neck in a fall at Kilbeggan in September, 2002, returning to the saddle just before Christmas after spending three months with his head in a halo brace. Wins in Britain (2002/03-2004/05): 1; 0; 2 First Winner at Cheltenham: Accordion Etoile (Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, November 14, 2004) Big Race Wins Include: Say Again (2002 Galway Hurdle), Greatwood Hurdle (2004 Accordion Etoile), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (2005 Accordion Etoile) First Double as a Professional: Roscommon, August 21, 2000, Palouse and Miles Byrne First Winner under Rules: Colonel George (James Brennan Memorial Handicap Hurdle, Wexford, May 28, 1999).



FOURTH RACE RESULT
2.40pm GREATWOOD HANDICAP HURDLE

Class A, Grade Three, £50,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+, 2m 1/2f. Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after October 29, a winner of a Class A to C hurdle 6lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Penalty Values: 1st: £28,510; 2nd: £10,695; 3rd: £5,355; 4th: £2,670; 5th: £1,340; 6th: £670

1) LINGO (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-10-06 Tony McCoy 5/1
2) TRAMANTANO (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-10-00 Carl Llewellyn 50/1
3) PHAR BLEU (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 4-10-02 Ruby Walsh 8/1
4) ADAMANT APPROACH (IRE) (Greenstar Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 11-10-00 David Casey 25/1
5) HOWLE HILL (IRE) (Mrs J Brown, R Benton, R Devereux, R Lucas) Alan King 5-10-05 Robert Thornton
6) HANDY MONEY (William Dixon) Alan King 8-10-0o Wayne Hutchinson
7) DALARAM (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 5-10-4 Graham Lee
8) FAIT LE JOJO (FR) (M Ephgrave) Liam Corcoran 8-10-01 (5lb ow) Howard Ephgrave (5)
9) MIGHTY MAN (FR) (Joss Hanbury) Henry Daly 5-10-05 Sam Thomas
10) WESTENDER (FR) (Matt Archer & The Late Jean Broardhurst) Martin Pipe b9-11-09 Tom Scudamore 11) DON'T BE SHY (FR) (David Kinsella) Martin Pipe 4-10-06 Timmy Murphy
12) SELF DEFENSE (Fraser Miller Racing) Emma Lavelle 8-11-05 Barry Keniry
13) BORORA (Mrs E M Clarke) Richard Lee 6-10-00 Tom Doyle
14) ROOSTER BOOSTER (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 11-11-12 Richard Johnson
15) POWER ELITE (IRE) (Des Sharkey) Noel Meade IRE 5-10-06 Paul Carberry 7/2 Fav
16) DARRIAS (GER) (Peter Heard) Paul Nicholls t4-9-10 (3lb ow) Liam Heard (7)
17) FONTANESI (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 5-9-13 Tom Malone (3)
18) YES SIR (IRE) (Ms Y M Hill) Peter Bowen 6-11-05 Waren Marston
19) EYE CANDY (IRE) (Sandra McCarthy) Sandra McCarthy IRE 4-9-07 P Kinsella (7)

19 ran Non-Runners: Admiral (Vet’s Certificate), Fenix (Vet’s Certificate)
Dist: 3.5, 1.25, .5, nk, 3, 1.5, .5, 2, 2, 1.5, hd, sh, 20, 4, 2, 5, .5, 11
Breeder: Francis Montauban Breeding: b g Poliglote - Sea Ring (FR)
Tote Win: £6.80 Places: £2.20; £10.90; £2.50; £4.70 Exacta: £414.80

Winning trainer: JONJO O’NEILL Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Career: former National Hunt jockey Cheltenham Festival wins: (10) Pertemps Final (1991 Danny Connors, 2003 Inching Closer, 2004 Creon); National Hunt Chase (1995 Front Line, 2002 Rith Dubh, 2003 Sudden Shock, 2004 Native Emperor); Vincent O’Brien County H’cap Hurdle (2000 Master Tern), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope), bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift) Horses in Training (1996-2005): 53; 59; 59; 78; 78, 75, 98, 90, 95; 94 Number of Winners (1995/96-2004/05): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114; 102; 96 Other Big Race Wins: Tripleprint Gold Cup (1999 Legal Right), Totesport Silver Cup (2000 Legal Right), Totesport Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle (2002 Native Emperor), Kingwell Hurdle (2003 Rhinestone Cowboy), Challow Hurdle (2002 Coolnagorna), Reynoldstown Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Welsh National (2002 Mini Sensation), Totesport Becher Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Edward Hanmer Chase (2003 Keen Leader) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s V.S. Hcap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross, 2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock); John Smith’s XO Anniversary 4YO Hurdle (2002 Quazar), Cordon Bleu Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2003 Clan Royal), John Smith’s Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Iris’s Gift), John Smith’s Champion Standard National Hunt Flat Race (2003 Classic Native), John Smith’s Laurel Pub Company Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy) Wins this season: 51

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy Date of Birth: 04/05/74 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92 (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger.Cheltenham Festival Wins: (15) GRAND ANNUAL CHASE (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (1997 Make A Stand), TOTE GOLD CUP (1997 Mr Mulligan), CATHCART CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair) Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), VINCENT O’BRIEN COUNTY HURDLE (1998 Blowing Wind), GERRARD SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Hors La Loi III), THE MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP HCAP CHASE (1999 Majadou), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Edredon Bleu), WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (2003 Liberman)) Other major wins: KING GEORGE VI CHASE (2002 Best Mate), SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL (1997 Belmont King), REHEARSAL CHASE (1996 Belmont King), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light), PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE (1999 Cyfor Malta), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP CHASE (1998 Northern Starlight), EXTRAMAN HENRY VIII NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Dines), MILDMAY & CAZALET HCAP CHASE (1999 Eudipe), GROSVENOR CASINOS LONG DISTANCE HURDLE (1999 Galant Moss), SCILLY ISLES NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Upgrade), FIRST NATIONAL GOLD CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Upgrade), LONG WALK HURDLE (2002 Deano’s Beeno) Winners 1994/5-2004/05:74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209, 199 Wins this season: 98


FIFTH RACE RESULT

3.15pm JERSEY HANDICAP CHASE
Class D,£15,000 Added. For 5yo+ rated 0-125, 2m. Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after November 5, a winner of a Chase 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £10,803.67; 2nd: £3,191.24; 3rd: £1,595.63; 4th: £798.68; 5th: £398.48; 6th: £200.10

1) BANNOW STRAND (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 5-10-06 Timmy Murphy 11/8F
2) SHALAKO (USA) (D J Jones) Philip Hobbs 7-11-03 Richard Johnson 7/1
3) MARK EQUAL (Heeru Kirpalani Racing) Martin Pipe 9-11-03 Tom Scudamore 20/1
4) DANTES REEF (IRE) (T McGoldrick) Tony Martin IRE 9-11-12 Tony McCoy 14/1
5) THE VILLAGER (IRE) (John Tainton & Graham Townsend) Tom George 9-11-06 Sam Thomas
6) COSMOCRAT (Mike Shone) Richard Lee 7-11-04 Tom Doyle
7) MEGGIE'S BEAU (IRE) (T England) Venetia Williams 9-10-03 Lee Stephens (5)8) MOORLANDS AGAIN (W J Odell) Matt Sheppard t10-11-01 Mark Bradburne
9) CETTI'S WARBLER (Mrs P Robeson) Pauline Robeson 7-10-11 Jimmy McCarthy
10) PRINCE OF PLEASURE (IRE) (Home & Dry Syndicate) D Broad IRE 11-11-03 R J Molloy (5)
11) CHRISTOPHER (Allan Stennett) Philip Hobbs 8-11-12 Paddy Brennan
12) CHARGING (IRE) (E Duignan) John Murphy IRE 9-10-08 Paul Carberry
13) ACERTACK (IRE) (Keith Hunter) Richard Rowe 8-9-11 4lb ow Brian Byrnes (7)
PU) NEWRATKING (IRE) (Happy Dozen Syndicate) Charles Byrnes IRE 9-10-0 Alan O'Keeffe
PU) GAZUMP (FR) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-09 Carl Llewellyn
PU) ALL SONSILVER (FR) (Peter Kelsall) Peter Kelsall 8-10-08 Vince Slattery

16 ran Non-Runners: Melford (Ground), Dix Villez (Vet’s Certificate), Penthouse Minstrel (Vet’s Certificate), Thalys (Ground)
Distances: 8, 6, 3, 1.25, .5, 6, 3.5, 1.25, hd, 4, 28, 11
Breeder: W E McCluskey Breeding: b g Luso - Bid For Fun
Tote Win: £2.50 Places: £1.20; £2.00; £4.10; £3.10 Exacta: £16.20

Winning trainer: MARTIN CHARLES PIPE Date of birth: 29/5/45 Date of first licence: 1977 Previous occupation: Amateur rider, shop manager for father, bookmaker David Pipe Cheltenham Festival wins: (34) JCB Triumph Hurdle (1981 Baron Blakeney, 1995 Kissair), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1994 Balasani, 1996 Cyborgo), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 1993 Granville Again), Coral Cup (2002 Ilnamar, 1997 Big Strand, 1993 Olympian), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (1991 Rolling Ball, 1992 Miinnehoma), Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (1991 Omerta, 2003 Royal Predica, 2004 Maximize), Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle (1989 Sayfar's Lad, 1990 Regal Ambition), Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1989 Sondrio, 1999 Hors La Loi III), Cathcart (1991 Chatam, 1996 Challenger Du Luc, 1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair), Irish Independent Arkle (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief, 2005 Contraband), Mildmay of Flete (1997 Terao, 1999 Majadou, 2000 Dark Stranger, 2002 Blowing Wind), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (1998 Blowing Wind, 2005 Fontanesi), Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman) Other major wins: John Smith’s Grand Nationaal (1994 Miinnehoma), Welsh National (1993 Riverside Boy, 1992 Run For Free, 1991 Carvill's Hill, 1988 & 1989 Bonanza Boy), Scottish Grand National (1993 Run For Free), Paddy Power Gold Cup (1987 Beau Ranger, 1996 Challenger Du Luc, 1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001 Shooting Light, 2002 Cyfor Malta, 2004 Celestial Gold), Hennessy Gold Cup (1991 Chatam, 1988 Strands Of Gold), betfred Gold Cup (1995 Cache Fleur, 2004 Puntal), Totesport Gold Trophy (1997 Make A Stand, 2002 Copeland), Tripleprint Gold Cup (1993 Fragrant Dawn, 1998 Northern Starlight), Long Walk Hurdle (1992 Vagog, 2002 Deano’s Beeno), cantorsport.co.uk Silver Cup (2001 Shooting Light, 2003 Horus), Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (2004 Our Vic) Wins (1974/75-2004/05): 1, 5, 5, 2, 6, 12, 14, 20 23, 32, 51, 79, 106, 129, 208, 224, 230, 224, 194, 126, 137, 176, 212, 208, 187, 243, 168, 235, 190, 175, 193 Number of horses in training (1984-2005): 28, 38, 65, 60, 62, 108, 107, 131, 120, 81, 122, 66, 91, 94, 106, 136, 146, 103, 140, 165, 165, 158 Wins This Season: 61

Winning Jockey: Timothy James Murphy Date of birth: August 20, 1974 First winner: Gayloire, Kilmuckridge point to point (Co Wexford) General: Rode the last ever winner over jumps at Nottingham - Dominie (29/2/96) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (6) MILDMAY OF FLETE CHASE (1997 Terao, 2004 Tikram), VINCENT O’BRIEN COUNTY HCAP HURDLE (1999 Sir Talbot), PERTEMPS FINAL (2004 Creon), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE (2005 Contraband), COUNTY HURDLE (2005Fontanesi) Other major wins: REHEARSAL CHASE (1998 See More Business), PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE (1998 See More Business), PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS ASCOT HURDLE (1998 Juyush), AGFA DIAMOND HCAP CHASE (1999 Clever Remark); REYNOLDSTOWN NOVICES’ CHASE (2004 Our Vic), Irish Hennessy Gold Cup (2003 Beef OR Salmon), Ericsson Chase (2002 Beef Or Salmon), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2004 Celestial Gold), Hennessy Gold Cup (2004 Celestial Gold) Number of Wins (1995/96-2004/2005): 26; 28; 60; 73; 64; 54; 98; 42; 57; 143 Wins This Season: 42



SIXTH RACE RESULT
3.50pm FESTIVAL OF FOOD BUMPER

Class A, Listed Race, £15,000 Added. For 4-6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing except NH/INH Flat taces, 2m 1/2f. Weights: 11st. Penalties: a winner of NH/INH Flat race 4lb; of 2 such races 7lb; of 3 such races 10lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £9,793.18; 2nd: £3,673.73; 3rd: £1,839.44; 4th: £917.15; 5th: £460.29; 6th: £230.15

1) LEADING CONTENDER (IRE) (Joanna Peppiatt) Philip Hobbs 4-11-04 Richard Johnson 15/8F
2) TOKALA (J Daniels) Brendan Powell 4-11-00 Charlie Studd (7) 20/1
3) MIDNIGHT GIFT (IRE) (Eithne Thompson) Tom Hogan IRE 5-10-11 Mr Aidan Fitzgerald 50/1
4) GO SILVER BULLET (FR) (D Brennan Accountants Syndicate) Charlie Swan IRE 4-11-04 David Casey
5) MOLOSTIEP (FR) (Camilla & Rosie Nock) Susan Nock 5-11-00 Warren Marston
6) BRISCOE PLACE (IRE) (Mrs J Doyle) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-04 Tony McCoy
7) KALDOUAS (FR) (John Hales) Paul Nicholls 4-11-00 Paddy Brennan
8) SLICK (FR) (Riverwood Racing II) Nicky Henderson 4-11-04 Andrew Tinkler
9) MALT DE VERGY (FR) (Ashleybank Investments Limited) Len Lungo 5-11-04 Gary Berridge (3)
10) REACH FOR THE TOP (IRE) (Jim Lewis) Henrietta Knight 4-11-00 Carl Llewellyn
11) ROTHBURY (Alistair) Alistair Charlton 5-10-11 Michal Kohl (3)
12) LIMESTREAM (IRE) (W Hennessy) John Carr IRE 5-10-07 Philip Carberry
13) GO COMMERCIAL (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 4-11-00 Timmy Murphy
14) ASUDO (IRE) (D J & S A Goodman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-10-11 Steven Crawford (7)
15) STAR SHOT (IRE) (Robert Kirkland) Paul Webber 4-11-04 Tom Doyle
16) BAMBY (IRE) (Susan Granger) David Wintle 5-10-07 Jodie Mogford
17) CROSSING (James Fitzpatrick) William Fitzpatrick IRE 4-10-07 J P Sullivan (7)
18) BUTSADTOHAVETOGO (IRE) (M F Glynn) Alan Jones 5-11-00 Marcus Foley
19) MARS ROCK (FR) (John Nicholls (Trading) Ltd) Venetia Williams 5-11-04 Sam Thomas

19 ran Non-Runner: Un Hinged (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: 1.25, 4, .75, 7, 1.25, 2, 1.5, nk, 1.25, 3.5, 4, nk, 10, 5, 8, .75, 1.25, 25
Breeder: Noel Walsh Breeding: b g Supreme Leader - Flair Dante (IRE)
Tote Win: £3.00 Places: £1.50; £5.50; £11.50 Exacta: £41.90

Winning trainer: PHILIP HOBBS Based: Sandhill, Bilbrook, Minehead, Somerset Date of Birth: 26/7/55 Riding Career: Professional NH 1975-86, rode 160 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: August 1, 1985 Wins this season: Cheltenham Festival wins: (9) Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1990 Moody Man, 2002 Rooster Booster), Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap (1996 Kibreet), Coral Cup H’cap Hurdle (2000 What’s Up Boys, 2004 Monkerhostin), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made In Japan)) Wins (1990/91-2004/05): 33; 51; 37; 64; 86; 77; 64; 71; 84; 120; 82; 119; 134; 121; 121 Horses in training (1990-2005): 44; 53; 60; 52; 47; 65; 72; 80; 81; 81; 82; 99; 108; 112; 112; 105 Other major wins:Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase (1989 Joint Sovereignty), William Hill Handicap Hurdle (1998 Polar Prospect), Racing Post Chase (1999 Dr Leunt, 2002 Gunther McBride, 2005 Farmer Jack), Edinburgh Woollen Mill Champion Novices’ Chase (1999 Bouchasson), Hennessy Gold Cup (2001 What’s Up Boys), Totesport Becher Chase (1997 Samlee), Rehabilitation Of Racehorses H’cap Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Vodafone Gold Cup (2005 Supreme Prince) Wins this season: 58

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77 First winner 30 April 1994, Rusty Bridge, Exeter Number of Wins (1993/94-2004/2005): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147; 186; 135 Cheltenham Festival wins: (11) BONUSPRINT STAYERS’ HURDLE (1999 Anzum), MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Dark Stranger, 2003 Young Spartacus), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (2000 Looks Like Trouble), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2002 Flagship Uberalles), COUNTY HURDLE (2002 Rooster Booster), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (2003 Rooster Booster), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2003 One Knight), Cathcart Chase (2003 La Landiere), CORAL CUP (2004 Monkerhostin), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made In Japan) Other big race wins: JAMES NICHOLSON WINE MERCHANT CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Looks Like Trouble), WELSH NATIONAL (1999 Edmond), RACING POST CHASE (2000 Gloria Victis, 2001 Young Spartacus, 2002 Gunter McBride, 2005 Farmer Jack), TOTE SILVER CUP (2002 Behrajan), betfair.com RENDLESHAM HURDLE (2004 Monkerhostin), HENNESSY COGNAC GOLD CUP (2004 Florida Pearl) Wins This Season: 83


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