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Saturday, November 19, 2011






            Today saw just under 11,000 racegoers flock to Haydock Park to see a piece of jump racing history - a fourth win in the Betfair Chase for Kauto Star who was greeted as a hero by the enthusiastic crowd around the winner’s enclosure.

            Regular racegoers at Haydock Park could not remember scenes of enthusiasm like those that greeted Kauto Star’s return in triumph.

            Dickon White, Managing Director of Haydock Park Racecourse, was thrilled at the biggest attendance at the course for a jump fixture in the last five years.

            He said: “We had great advance sales of approaching 7,000 and then lots more people paid on the day to see this tremendous day of jump racing.

            “Everyone here today will never forget Kauto Star’s victory over Long Run in what was a thrilling renewal of the Betfair Chase.

            “We could not have wished for a better quality Betfair Chase, with the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner (Long Run) and the third (Kauto Star) in the field alongside other very good chasers.”







The going at Haydock Park for day two of the Betfair Chase Festival remains:



GoingStick readings taken at 7.00am today:

Chase Course: 6.2

Hurdle Course: 6.0


            For the final three races (the betfair.com/paulnicholls “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle, the Betfair Chase and the Betfair Multiples Handicap Chase), bends will be moved in by six yards to provide fresh ground.

            Kirkland Tellwright, Clerk of the Course at Haydock Park, commented: “Conditions were dry overnight and the going remains Good to Soft.

            “There is an outside chance of a light shower, but I think we can probably reckon on the weather staying dry for Betfair Chase Day.”



            Eight of last 15 Cheltenham Gold Cup winners lost on their reappearance according to research carried out by Timeform.

            Long Run is currently the 11/10 favourite to win the Betfair Chase with Betfair – but the record of Gold Cup winners on their reappearance may make favourite backers think twice before getting stuck in.

            That’s because of the last 15 Gold Cup winners, only seven were successful first time out the following season. Further analysis of the statistics makes for even grimmer reading for would-be Long Run supporters.

            Excluding the two who pulled up (Master Oats and Cool Dawn) first time out on their reappearance, the Gold Cup victors ran to an average Timeform rating 9.5lb below their Cheltenham winning form.

            Granted, a few of those winners won with plenty to spare, such as Imperial Commander in the Betfair Chase last year.

            But the fact is that five ran 19lb or more below their Cheltenham form (as well as two being pulled up) and only two of the 15 actually improved upon their Gold Cup winning form on their reappearance, 1999 hero See More Business in winning the Charlie Hall and 2007 winner Kauto Star in defeat in the Old Roan when failing by only a length and a half to give Monet’s Garden 14lb.



2010/11 - Imperial Commander WON (21lb below Cheltenham)

2009/10 - Kauto Star WON (6lb below Cheltenham)

2008/9 - Denman RUNNER-UP (23lb below Cheltenham)

2007/8 - Kauto Star RUNNER-UP (13lb above Cheltenham)

2006/7 - War Of Attrition WON (6lb below Cheltenham)

2005/6 - Kicking King RUNNER-UP (10lb below Cheltenham)

2004/5 - Best Mate WON (6lb below Cheltenham)

2003/4 - Best Mate RUNNER-UP (19lb below Cheltenham)

2002/3 - Best Mate WON (2lb below Cheltenham)

2001/2 - Foot and Mouth. No Gold Cup winner.

2000/1 - Looks Like Trouble WON (20lb below Cheltenham)

1999/00 - See More Business WON (1lb above Cheltenham)

1998/9 - Cool Dawn PULLED UP

1997/8 - Mr Mulligan RUNNER-UP (5lb below Cheltenham)

1996/7 - Imperial Call FOURTH (20lb below Cheltenham)

1995/6 - Master Oats PULLED UP


To win the Betfair Chase – the sponsors bet (prices taken at 09.45am on Saturday, November 19): 11/10 Long Run, 5/1 Diamond Harry, 13/2 Kauto Star, 7/1 Weird Al, 17/2 Time For Rupert, 109/1 Pure Faith.



LONG RUN (FR)                        196

WEIRD AL (IRE)                        182

KAUTO STAR (FR)                    182

DIAMOND HARRY                     179

TIME FOR RUPERT (IRE)           176

NACARAT (FR)              175

PURE FAITH (IRE)                     147



Race 3 - 1.20pm Betfair Hairy Mo Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

7          HERON REEF (IRE) (Self Certificate, Blood Analysis Not Normal)



            Long Run, who was as short as 10/11 for the Betfair Chase at Monday’s five-day confirmation stage, can now be backed at 6/5 with the sponsor Betfair. Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, who makes his seasonal reappearance today, was available at evens yesterday and 11/10 earlier this morning before settling on his current odds.

            Second best in Betfair’s market is Diamond Harry, who currently trades at 5/1. The eight-year-old, who will be making his first appearance since winning the Hennessy Gold Cup almost a year ago, began the week as an 8/1 chance.

            Kauto Star, winner of the Betfair Chase in 2006, 2007 and 2009, started the week as an 8/1 hope and is currently trading at 13/2.

            Weird Al, winner of the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last month, began the week at 8/1 and is now 13/2 while Time For Rupert, the runner-up that day, has seen some support as he is now 8/1, having begun the week as an 11/1 hope. Outsider Pure Faith is currently 94/1.

            Betfair spokesman Tony Calvin commented: “Long Run was on offer at 8/11 this time a week ago but opposition to him sees the Gold Cup winner edging towards 5/4, with the prospect of getting bigger.

            “It could well be the case that punters are waiting for the in-running market. Long Run could well drift in running and it should be remembered that he was as big as 10/1 in running when he won the Gold Cup.

            “With such strong opposition in today’s race from Diamond Harry, Kauto Star, Weird Al and Time For Rupert, it should prove to be an eventful in-running market on the Betfair Chase.”

            To win the Betfair Chase, Betfair bet (prices correct at 11.35 on Saturday, November 19: 6/5 Long Run, 5/1 Diamond Harry, 13/2 Kauto Star, 13/2 Weird Al, 8/1 Time For Rupert, 94/1 Pure Faith



12.15pm Betfair Hurdle

4          FIRST FANDANGO (Going)



            The racing pages of today’s newspapers are dominated by articles looking forward to the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park.

            The three-mile Grade One chase, worth £200,000, gets front-page treatment in all three racing pullouts, in The Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Star.

            Templegate’s lead tipping article in The Sun begins “Diamond Harry is a gem of a bet to topple Long Run in the Betfair Chase”, while on pages two & three racing correspondent Claude Duval concentrates on Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run’s comeback.

            Duval reports Robert Waley-Cohen, Long Run’s owner and father of the horse’s amateur rider Sam, as saying: “I’d love to see Long Run being hailed at the same level as Arkle and Desert Orchid. It’s a big ask but he is still only rising seven.”

            Sam Waley-Cohen commented on that: “I’ve heard Dad make those those comparisons. Racing needs its flag-bearers and Long Run has attracted great public interest. But being honest, he has a a long way to go to reach those two.

            “But Long Run is more mature and bigger and stronger than last year. Nicky (Henderson) says he has grown an inch and it has been easier to try and iron out his Froggy moments.”

            Newsboy in the Daily Mirror goes for Long Run but reveals that Nicky Henderson is afraid of Kauto Star’s challenge.

            The Starform pullout features ex-jockey Mick Fitzgerald, best known for his long association with the Henderson stable, and it is no surprise which horse he has plumped for. He writes: “Long Run can make life expensive for his betting exchange detractors when he reappears in the £200,000 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park today.”

            Inside, Tony Lewis reported Henderson’s five winners at Haydock and Ascot yesterday as well as looking forward to the Betfair Chase.

            The Daily Mail’s Marcus Townend, like Lewis, was at Haydock yesterday and he reflected on trainer Donald McCain’s hopes with Weird Al in the Betfair Chase. McCain said: “I think this place should suit Weird Al. I thought he was quite impressive at Wetherby....”

            The Mail also has what it terms an exclusive from Paul Nicholls but the champion trainer’s thoughts on Kauto Star’s chance in the big race at Haydock Park are widely reported elsewhere too.

            Chris McGrath, The Independent’s racing correspondent, starts his main article with ”Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, but not half as uneasy as the one that has to wear a moustache as well. Stylish in all he does, Sam Waley-Cohen must be experiencing considerable aesthetic distress since nobly donating his upper lip to “Movember”.” McGrath goes for Diamond Harry.

            In The Guardian, both Chris Cook and Will Hayler lead off with the Betfair Chase. The former turns his attention first to Kauto Star - “When trainers of exceptional horses say they are “taking it one race at a time”, there is usually a long-term plan which they are unwilling to share. But in the case of Kauto Star it is the literal truth and is likely to remain so from now to the end of his racing career, which may very well arrive soon after the 3.05pm today when he lines up for the Betfair Chase at Haydock.”

            Hayler is another journalist who fancies Diamond Harry. He puts the case against Long Run and then says “In contrast, Diamond Harry has an excellent record when fresh, and is also unbeaten in two previous visits to the track.”

            Rob Wright in The Times belives Long Run can outclass his opponents this afternoon , saying it will be disappointing if the horse cannot make a winning return to action today, while correspondent Alan Lee reports comments from Kauto Star’s owner Clive Smith.

            The Daily Telegraph’s main headline in the racing pages is “Long Run to buck the trend”, with Marcus Armytage quoting research from Timeform that Cheltenham Gold Cup winners do not have a good record first time out the following season. In the same paper, Tony McCoy, the 16-time champion jump jockey, calls Grandouet in Haydock’s opening race his best chance of a winner today.

            The Daily Express’s Patrick Weaver concentrates on Henderson’s return to form and looks to both Grandouet and Long Run succeeding.

            Rodney Master, the Racing Post’s Lambourn correspondent, pens the Today’s Big Talking Point column in racing’s daily paper and welcomes the reappearance of Long Run in a race to savour.     





12.50pm Alvin Morris "Million in March" Polyflor Sales Handicap Hurdle 2m

DESERT CRY (IRE) (NYPD Racing) Donald McCain 5-11-12 Jason Maguire 11/2

1.20pm Betfair Graduation Chase 2m

NADIYA DE LA VEGA (FR) (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 5-11-00 A P McCoy 11/2

1.55pm Junior Betfair Novices' Chase 2m 6f

MR MOONSHINE (IRE) (Sue Smith) Sue Smith 7-11-09 Henry Oliver 11/4

2.30pm timeform.betfair.com Novices' Hurdle (Registered As the Newton Novices' Hurdle) (Listed) 2m

MOLOTOF (FR) (Simon Munir) Nicky Henderson 4-11-08 A P McCoy 8/15 Fav

3.05pm TLC Alvin Morris LVT 'Fixed Brush' Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

SUPER DUTY (IRE) (Brannon, Dick, Hernon & Holden) Donald McCain 5-11-5 Jason Maguire 4/7 Fav

3.40pm Polyflor Covering the World 'Junior' Standard Open NH Flat Race 1m 5f

CHANCERY (USA) (Hollowdean) David O'Meara 3-10-12 Denis O'Regan 4/1







Race 1 - Betfair Hurdle - Winning Quotes


            Trainer Nicky Henderson, who saddles favourite Long Run in today’s feature Betfair Chase, made a perfect start to the day when Grandouet was the comfortable winner of the opening Betfair Hurdle. This victory followed five for Henderson yesterday.

            The four-year-old was held up in the early stages by A P McCoy but began to make very smooth progress as the field entered the straight. The 8/13 favourite  took up the lead after the second last and quickened impressively for a facile eight-length triumph, after being heavily eased down on the run-in, over Marsh Warbler.

            The master of Seven Barrows said: “That’s the start we wanted today although we still have other fish to fry. A P said the way the race was run today was right up his street.

            “The plan was to go for the Elite and then come here. If he hadn’t messed up at Wincanton (Grandouet was travelling strongly when falling two out) then he would be two out of two this season.

            “We still have a nice four-year-old on our hands but it is always difficult for four-year-olds and it is now going to be difficult for him.

            “I suppose we will now have to look at the Bula (International) at Cheltenham (December 10) for him now as there isn’t really anywhere else to go. He actually ran a good race in the Triumph last and if we go to Cheltenham early this season, we will find out of he actually acts round there rather than having to wait until March. The other option would be the Christmas Hurdle but A P is likely to have another friend going there.

            “If he doesn’t like Cheltenham, we will have to find another option, although if we go to Aintree that will mean having to step up to two and a half miles.

            “He has a good turn of foot and jumps well. He will jump a fence one day. He has a good attitude to life.”

            A P McCoy added: “It was a big confidence booster for him - he jumps pretty well on the whole. He scuffed the last a bit. Such as easy win is great for him after his heavy fall last time out.” 

            Paddy Power now go 12/1 (from 25/1) about Grandouet for the Champion Hurdle, while William Hill offer 14/1 from 20/1.



AP McCoy, rider of the 8/13 favourite and winner Grandouet, said: “It is good to soft and a bit dead.”

Danny Cook, partner of the eight length second Marsh Warbler, said: “Good to soft, but lovely jumping ground.”

Ruby Walsh, jockey of third Domtaline, thought the going as “The same as yesterday.”

Aidan Coleman, jockey of Rigidity, said: “For me it rode on the slow side of good and maybe a bit dead.”

Henry Oliver, rider of No Planning, said: “Good.”




£40,000 guaranteed. For: 4yo. Weights: 10st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class 2 weight-for-age hurdle, or of a Class 1 handicap hurdle 4lb; of a Class 1 weight-for-age hurdle 8lb. Allowances: fillies 7lb. Penalty value 1st £25,024.00 2nd £7,392.00 3rd £3,696.00 4th £1,848.00 5th £924.00 6th £464.00

1) GRANDOUET (FR) (Simon Munir) Nicky Henderson 4-11-06 A P McCoy 8/13 Fav

2) MARSH WARBLER (Dan Gilbert & Kristian Strangeway) Brian Ellison 4-11-06 Danny Cook 9/1

3) DOMTALINE (FR) (John & Barbara Cotton) Paul Nicholls 4-10-12 Ruby Walsh 11/4

4) RIGIDITY (Pearn’s Pharmacies) Tim Vaughan 4-10-12 Aidan Coleman

5) NO PLANNING (A W Muir) Sue Smith 4-10-12 Henry Oliver

5 ran

Non runner: FIRST FANDANGO (Going)

Distances: 8, 1, 7, 8

Breeder: Dominique Le Baron

Breeding: b/br g Al Namix (FR) - Virginia River (FR) (Indian River (FR) 

Tote Win: £1.70 Places: £1.10; £2.80;  Exacta: £4.00


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 1992. Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2011 Spirit Son), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2010 General Miller), totepool Manifesto Novices’ Chase (2010 Mad Max), John Smith’s Mares Only Open NHF (2008 Carole’s Legacy), John Smith’s 250th Anniversary 4YO Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Binocular), totepool Handicap Chase (2008 Oedipe), John Smith’s Fox Hunter’s Chase (2007 Scots Grey), betafir.com Handicap Chase (1985 Green Bramble, 2004 Lord Of The River), John Smith’s Champion NH Flat Race (1987 Rustle), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1988 Rustle), John Smith’s Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man), John Smith’s Topham Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long, 2006 Liberthine), matalan.co.uk Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1991 Sparkling Flame, 2003 Irish Hussar, 2010 Burton Port), John Smith’s Extra Smooth H’cap Hurdle (1995 Thinking Twice) Cheltenham Festival wins (39): totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2011 Long Run), Coral Cup (2010 Spirit River), Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown), County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Byrne Group Plate (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine, 2006 Non So), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Stan James Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), sportingbet.com Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), The Irish Independent Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Stan James Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular),JCB Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar, 2010 Soldatino), Stewart Family Spinal Research H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), RSA Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2011 Bobs Worth) Number of Winners (1982/83-2010/11): 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; 115; 136; 153; Wins this Season: 38


Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy OBE  Date of Birth: 04/05/74 Background: Tony McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of his era and many would argue the greatest of all time. McCoy started out with Billy Rock then tried his luck as a Flat jockey with Jim Bolger. Since growing too heavy and turning to jump racing he has not looked back. He was champion conditional rider in Britain in 1994/5 when attached to Toby Balding's Hampshire yard and took his first senior title in 1995/96 season with 174 wins. His domination has brought 16 consecutive jump jockey's titles. McCoy broke Peter Scudamore's record of 221 wins in the 1997/8 season with 253 successes and broke his own record for the fastest 200 winners in the 1999/2000 season, ending up with 245 successes. In 2001/02 he beat by 20 the record of 269 winners in any season set by Sir Gordon Richards. He has passed the double century mark five times. He had a fairytale 1998 Cheltenham Festival, riding a record five winners, and also rode a rare double the previous year on Make A Stand in the Champion Hurdle (for his boss Martin Pipe) and Mr Mulligan in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. McCoy added a second Champion Hurdle when successful on Brave Inca in 2006. In April, 2004, he left Martin Pipe's stable after accepting a reportedly huge offer from J P McManus and rides for McManus's principal trainer in Britain, Jonjo O'Neill. McCoy, O'Neill and McManus teamed up to capture the Irish Grand National with Butler's Cabin in April 2007. McCoy cracked a vertebra in a terrible fall Warwick in January, 2008, but was back in winning action with Albertas Run at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His wife Chanelle gave birth to their daughter Eve in late 2007. Tony was awarded an MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2010 he was also the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - the only person in racing to achieve this feat. 1000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999 2000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Corporate Player, Wincanton, January 17, 2004 3000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Restless D’Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009  First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92, Legal Steps (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (25) Ryanair Chase (2010 & 2011 Albertas Run), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2009 Wichita Lineman), RSA Chase (2008 Alberta’s Run), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), Stan James Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 2006 Brave Inca, 2010 Binocular), totesport 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), Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), Byrne Group Plate (1999 Majadou), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2007 Wichita Lineman), Jewson Novices’ Chase (2011 Noble Prince) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5).Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith's Grand National (2010 Don’t Push It), John Smith’s Handicap Chase (2009 Don’t Push It), Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2007 Reveillez), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2010 Albertas Run, 1996 Viking Flagship), John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle (2010 Ringaroses), John Smith’s 250th  Anniversary 4yo Hurdle (1996 Zabadi, 1999 Hors La Loi III, 2008 Binocular), Barton & Guestier Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Fataliste), John Smith’s Top Novices Hurdle (2006 Straw Bear), John Hughes Trophy Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (1998 Boss Doyle, 2005 Like-A-Butterfly), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell), Martell Cognac Handicap Hurdle (1996 Top Spin, 2003 Carlovent) John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2006 Refinement), Chivas Regal Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), John Smith’s Red Rum Handicap Chase (2003 Golden Alpha, 2005 Fota Island), Betfair Bowl Chase (2004 Tiutchev, 2007 Exotic Dancer), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (2004 Well Chief), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2005 Genghis, 2009 Sunnyhillboy), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2006 Foreman) Wins 1994/5-2010/11: 74; 175; 189; 253; 186; 245; 191; 289; 257; 209; 199; 178; 184; 140; 186; 195; 218 Wins this season: 143






Race 2 - Listen To Timeform Radio Handicap Hurdle - Winning Quotes


            Any Given Day continued the rich run of form of the Donald McCain stable when defying top weight to take the Listen To Timeform Radio Handicap Hurdle in the hands of five pound claimer Henry Brooke.

            The six-year-old, returned at 11/1, overhauled longtime leader Wyse Hill Teabags approaching the final flight. The latter battled gamely on the run-in but could not get past Any Given Day who scored by half a length. The first two home came close together on the run-in, but after a stewards’ enquiry, the placings remained unaltered.

            Donald McCain said: “He is a wonderful little horse. He may not be the best horse around, but you will not find one tougher.

            “He was in really great nick today and was even kicking out when we were saddling him up. He is only a little horse and really shouldn’t be winning with big weights like that. Henry’s five pound claim was a big help.

            “Last season he also won first time in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow and if you get in a scrap with him, you know you are going to come out second best.

            “There is just something likeable about him. We bought him off the Flat from David Simcock and he really liked him too. He is just tough - and that is what this game is about.”

            Looking ahead to the future, Any Given Day is likely to remain over hurdles for the time being. The trainer continued: “We have schooled him over fences and he jumped fine.

            “He is just so brave - with his size, he is probably a bit too brave. I had a word with Tim (Leslie, owner) and we decided to keep him over hurdles this season. We had talked about the Relkeel at Cheltenham for him, although I’m not sure if he is still eligible for that.”


Second place quotes

second race - Listen To Timeform Radio Handicap Hurdle


            Jim Goldie, trainer of the runner-up Wyse Hill Teabags, felt his horse should have been awarded the race by the stewards who decided to leave the placings unaltered after Any Given Day held on by half a length in the £35,000 Listen To Timeform Radio Handicap Hurdle.

            He said: “Wyse Hill Teabags ran terrific - I am chuffed with him. I would have settled with that before racing.

            “But we went very close, with the other horse leaning on us. The winner Any Given Day, a tough horse, was definitely leaning on us.

            “But that’s racing and hopefully Wyse Hill Teabags will improve again.

            “Pokfulham (who refused to race under Lucy Alexander) has his own ways - we will probably give him a rest now.”




£35,000 guaranteed. For: 4yo+. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after November 12th, each hurdle won 7lb. Penalty value 1st £22,743.00 2nd £6,678.00 3rd £3,339.00 4th £1,669.50


1) ANY GIVEN DAY (IRE) (Tim Leslie) Donald McCain 6-11-07 Henry Brooke (5) 11/1

2) WYSE HILL TEABAGS (Mr & Mrs Philip Smith) Jim Goldie 6-10-07 Richie McGrath 5/1

3) ATTAGLANCE (H Young, G Eifert, R Snyder) Malcolm Jefferson 5-10-00 Dougie Costello 12/1

4) ARTHURIAN LEGEND (R T Kanter & A J Scrimgeour) Philip Hobbs 6-10-05 Tom O'Brien

5) GET ME OUT OF HERE (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 7-11-08 A P McCoy

6) HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) (Mrs Julian Blackwell) Venetia Williams 4-10-11 Aidan Coleman

7) HARRY HUNT (Arion Racing) Graeme McPherson 4-9-12 Tom Molloy (3)

8) CLOUDY TOO (IRE) (Formulated Polymer Products Ltd) Sue Smith 5-10-00 Henry Oliver

9) INDIAN DAUDAIE (FR) (Timeform Betfair Racing Club & Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 4-10-09 Ruby Walsh 5/2 Fav

10) RANJOBAIE (FR) (Seasons Holidays) Venetia Williams 6-9-13 Robert Dunne (5)

RR) POKFULHAM (IRE) (Ambrose Turnbull) Jim Goldie 5-9-08 Lucy Alexander (7)

F 4) WESTLIN' WINDS (IRE) (The Go 90 Partnership) Brian Ellison 5-10-00 Sam Twiston-Davies


12 ran

Distances: ½, 2, 1¾, 1¾, 1¾, 11, 1½, 6, 42

Breeder: Ralph & Helen O'Brien

Breeding: gr g Clodovil (IRE) - Five Of Wands (Caerleon (USA))

Tote Win: £11.30; Places: £3.00; £1.70; £3.50; Exacta: £68.20


Winning Trainer: DONALD MCCAIN Born: March 13, 1970 Based: Bankhouse, Cholmondley, Cheshire  Background: Donald McCain Jnr is the son of Ginger McCain, trainer of the legendary Red Rum, the only horse to win the John Smith’s Grand National three times (1973, 1974 and 1977) and also Amberleigh House, the 2004 victor. Donald learnt to ride on his sister Joanne’s pony Gambol and rode in his first race on the Flat aged 15 (his father told a few white lies so he could ride) at Haydock Park. He subsequently became a jump jockey, firstly as an amateur and then a professional, riding around 40 winners under Rules. He rode several times over the Grand National fences, finishing fifth aboard Harley in the 1992 Fox Hunters’ Chase and 17th on Sure Metal in the 1996 Grand National. He also spent time working in the stables of Luca Cumani, Sir Michael Stoute and Oliver Sherwood. Donald subsequently became assistant trainer to his father at Bankhouse Stables at Cholmondeley in Cheshire and played a significant role in Amberleigh House’s Grand National victory in 2004. He was expected to take over the licence from his father at the start of the 2006/7 jump season, but had to wait until June, 2006, before he was able to train in his own name as he needed to complete the appropriate British Horseracing Authority courses. Wife Sian trains point-to-pointers Date of First Trainer’s Licence: June 2006 First Winner as a Licenced Trainer: Bearaway, Newton Abbot, June 8, 2006 Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Peddlers Cross), David Nicholson Mares Hurdle (2008 Whiteoak), Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Handicap Chase (2007 Cloudy Lane, 2010 Ballabriggs) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2011 Ballabriggs), John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle (2010 Peddlers Cross) Big Race Wins: Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (2006 Ebony Light, 2009Cloudy Lane), Altcar Novices' Chase (2009 Will Be Done), Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle (2010 Peddlers Cross), Prestige Novices' Hurdle (2010 Wymott), Scottish Champion Hurdle (2010 Overturn), Galway Hurdle (2010 Overturn), Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (2010 Any Given Day), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2010 Peddlers Cross), bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (2011 Weird Al) Wins (2006/07-20010/11): 40; 58; 62; 88; 100;  Wins This Season: 55


Winning Jockey: Henry Brooke Based: c/o Donald McCain, Cholmondeley, Malpas, Cheshire Background: Born in Yorkshire, started off in point-to-points with Karen Walton. Also rode out for Guillame Macaire in France. Became conditional jockey for Donald McCain for the 2010/2011 season. First Ride Under Rules: Roman Bury (7th), TurfTV Standard National Hunt Flat Race, Market Rasen, April 26, 2008 First Winner: Farmer Frank, Geostar Hunters’ Chase, Market Rasen, May 16, 2010 Big Race Wins Include: Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (2010 Any Given Day) Wins (2010-2011): 17; Wins This Season: 21







Race 3 - Betfair Hairy Mo Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race - Winning Quotes


            Benign Dictator made the perfect start to his career when taking the Betfair Hairy Mo Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race in the hands of Jack Doyle.

            Diocles had taken up the running entering the final quarter mile but was unable to hold off the challenge of the winner in the final furlong and it was Makari who mounted the biggest challenge to the winner, with half a length separating the first two home. The winner was a well-supported 9/2 chance.

            Winning trainer Emma Lavelle said: “Benign Dictator is a lovely, lovely horse. He is a big and rangy sort and wouldn’t want the ground any livelier than it was today.

            “At home, he had shown us everything you would want to see. He is just so big and strong, we got to the stage where we either had to run him or back off for a while.

            “There are no immediate plans for him. We will give him a nice long break after that. I doubt he would go to any of the big festivals later in the season as he is still only four and doesn’t want his head wrecked.

            “We were hopeful about his chances today. When I saw his price falling, it seemed other people were hopeful too!”


More winning quotes - third race

Betfair Hairy Mo Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race


            Nick Mustoe, owner of the the Emma Lavelle-trained winner Benign Dictator, said: “The stable is flying and we have some lovely, young horses and we are going good.

            “It was a big ask for a young four-year-old today but we have always thought a lot of him. He galloped last week and we thought that we had to go to the races with him or back off and he did it very well. He looked green so it looks like there is more to come, which is very exciting.



            “I do most of my business in Ireland and we tend to look for a big stamp of a horse that looks good. Hopefully, they don’t turn out to be slowboats and can be be good horses.

            “I have tried buying four-year-olds but I am a great believer in the sooner, the better, so I only buy three-year-olds now and very rarely run them until they are four or five. I am very happy that they take a year or two.

            “I think that’s the trick with buying bumper horses because, if you wait until they shine on the point-to-point circuit or win a bumper, it can add another nought to their value and someone else has got a bigger cheque book than me. So I buy them young and wait.

            “Benign Dictator was my pick at Goffs last year - he was absolutely gorgeous - and he was the one I wanted. We got him for what I thought was a reasonable price at the time and we always thought he would go well. Today has proved that.”




£7,000 guaranteed. For: 4-6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing except NH/INH Flat Races or French AQPS Flat Races. Weights: 11st. Penalties: a winner of a race 7lb; of 2 races 10lb; of 3 races 14lb. Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb. Penalty value 1st £4,548.60 2nd £1,335.60 3rd £667.80 4th £333.90

1) BENIGN DICTATOR (IRE) (N Mustoe) Emma Lavelle 4-11-00 Jack Doyle 9/2

2) MAKARI (Mark Rimell) Mark Rimell 4-11-00 Aidan Coleman 28/1

3) DIOCLES (IRE) (LGM Racing) Donald McCain 5-11-07 Adrian Lane 13/8 Fav



4) HERECOMESTHEHOLLOW (IRE) (The Hollow Partnesrship) Nigel Twiston-Davies 5-11-00 Sam Twiston-Davies

5) BALINROAB (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Jonjo O'Neill 4-11-00 A P McCoy

6) FORRESTERS FOLLY (Tim Leadbeater) Alan King 5-10-11 Danny Mullins (3)

7) GRANVILLE ISLAND (IRE) (P and Mrs G A Clarke) Jennie Candlish 4-11-07 Alan O'Keeffe

8) MITCHELL'S WAY (Ontoawinner 2) Alan Swinbank 4-11-00 Dougie Costello

9) KING OF THE WOLDS (IRE) (Malcolm Jefferson) Malcolm Jefferson 5-11-00 Denis O'Regan

9 ran

Non runner: HERON REEF (IRE) (Self Cert - blood analysis not normal)

Distances: ½, 1½, 4, 8, 1½, 1½, 3½, 4

Breeder: R McCarthy

Breeding: b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Old Moon (IRE) (Old Vic)

Tote Win: £4.90 Places: £2.00; £11.70; £1.20; Exacta: £205.50

Winning Trainer: EMMA LAVELLE Born: April 16, 1973 Based: Cottage Stables, Hatherden, Andover, Hampshire Background: father owned horses with Toby Balding. Having spent a couple of school holidays with Henrietta Knight Emma started working for Toby Balding as a racing secretary. From there she went to work for the National Trainer’s Federation in London, before returning to Balding to become his pupil assistant and then assistant for 5 years. Also spent a season in Belmont, New York working for Claude McGaughey, prior to taking out her own licence in 1998. Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Bouggler) Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Hurdle (2010 Pause And Clause), Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Crack Away Jack) First Cheltenham Festival Winner: Crack Away Jack, Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle, March 11, 2008 Big Race Wins: Leamington Novices' Hurdle (2007 Labelthou), Rendlesham Hurdle (2007Labelthou), Sharp Novices' Hurdle (2003 Self Defense), Warfield Mares' Hurdle (2008 Labelthou), Winter Novices' Hurdle (2006 Labelthou), Realtime Radio @ williamhill.co.uk Hurdle (2008 Crack Away Jack) Wins (1998/99-2010/11): 2; 3; 11; 10; 17; 13; 19; 30; 28; 20; 29; 28; 30; Wins this Season: 15

Winning Jockey: Jack Doyle Background: Son of Thurles trainer Pat Doyle and former point-to-point jockey in Ireland. Former Conditional at Alan King’s stable, now primarily associated with Emma Lavelle Jack is one of the tallest jockeys in the weighing room, standing at 6' 2". First Winner Under Rules: Corrieann, Wexford, August 27, 2005 (Tote Ireland Mares I.N.H. Flat Race) First Winner in Britain: Here’s Johnny, Sandown, November 5, 2005, (Barry Dennis Standard National Hunt Flat Race) Big Race Wins Include: Midlands Grand National (2009 Russian Trigger); Realtime Radio @ williamhill.co.uk Hurdle (2008 Crack Away Jack) Wins (2005/06-2010/11): 3; 0; 17; 39; 33; 27; Wins This Season: 14







Race 4 - timeform.betfair.com On Your Smartphone Handicap Chase

 - Winning Quotes





            Trainer Brian Ellison has the John Smith’s Grand National as the long-term aim after Neptune Equester registered a gutsy success in the three-and-a-half mile timeform.betfair.com On Your Smartphone Handicap Chase.

            The eight-year-old, partnered by Danny Cook, was delivered perfectly to overhaul longtime leader Morning Moment after the last and went on to score by two lengths. He was returned at 9/2.

            Brian Ellison said: “That was brilliant.

            “He has always been one of my favourites. He is still a bit inexperienced and just does enough.

            “Danny is a great rider and gets on really well with the horse - he gets him jumping really well.

            “I have always thought that he is a Grand National horse and that is the long-term plan.

            “We will freshen him up after that as he has had quite a hard race today. These staying chases are gruelling races.

            “I don’t have any immediate plans. We could maybe look for something at Christmas for him.

            “Hopefully, he can win again to help him get into the National.”




1.55pm timeform.betfair.com ON YOUR SMARTPHONE HANDICAP CHASE 3m 4f

£25,000 guaranteed. For: 4yo+ Rated 0-130. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after November 12, each chase won 7lb. Penalty value 1st £16,245.00 2nd £4,770.00 3rd £2,385.00 4th £1,192.50

1) NEPTUNE EQUESTER (Koo’s Racing Club) Brian Ellison 8-11-12 Danny Cook 9/2

2) MORNING MOMENT (C Flinton, R Lloyd, G Bailey) Caroline Bailey 9-11-01 Tom Messenger 8/1

3) GURTACRUE (IRE) (William & Angela Rucker) Evan Williams 6-11-04 Paul Moloney 7/1

4) EYRE SQUARE (IRE) (John Wade) Keith Reveley 8-11-03 James Reveley 100/30 Fav

5) SEIZE (V R Vyner-Brooks) James Moffatt 9-10-05 Brian Hughes

6) YOU KNOW YOURSELF (IRE) (Sue Smith) Sue Smith 8-11-05 Shane Byrne (3)

7) ACCORDING TO PETE (P Nelson) Malcolm Jefferson 10-11-08 Harry Haynes (3)

PU BEF 17) SUN TZU (IRE) (L H & Mrs T Evans) Peter Bowen 7-11-11 Tom O'Brien

UR 18) JAUNTY JOURNEY (Colin Roberts) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-11 Sam Twiston-Davies

DNF) STAR BEAT (Blyth, Buttery, Tanfield and Wilson) Kate Walton 8-11-07 Richie McGrath

10 ran

Distances: 2, 6, 5, 2¼, ½, 79

Breeder: Joanna Daniell

Breeding: b g Sovereign Water (FR) - All Things Nice (Sweet Monday)

Tote Win: £5.60; Places: £1.80; £2.40; £2.50; Exacta: £43.70


Winning Trainer: BRIAN ELLISON Born: June 28, 1952 Based: Spring Cottage Stables, Langton Road, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire Background: The son of a Tyneside ship builder, Brian was originally obsessed with football. Was told that he was too short for a professional career so he decided to become a jockey, despite the fact that he had never sat on a horse before. Left school at 15 to work for Harry Blackshore before becoming conditional jockey for Mr R. Lambe. In a long career as a  jockey (1968-1989), Brian’s greatest success came when he defeated the mighty Tingle Creek in a handicap chase at Worcester in 1976. Started training jump horses in 1989, having previously been with Nigel Tinkler, Don Eddy and Jimmy Fitzgerald.  Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Beefeater Restaurants Handicap Hurdle (2004 Batswing), John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle (2004 Zibeline) Other Big Race Wins Include: Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2010 Marsh Warbler) Number of Jumps Wins (1990/91-2010/11): 3; 3; 3; 2; 0; 10; 11; 8; 8; 7; 20; 20; 7; 15; 11; 3; 10; 6; 4; 16; 21; Wins This Season: 17


Winning Jockey: Danny Cook Background: formerly a conditional rider with Barry Leavy, whom he joined in May, 2004. Became an amateur in Britain for David Pipe before becoming his conditional jockey in 2009. Now rides primarily for Brian Ellison. Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Byrne Group Plate (2010 Great Endeavour) First Winner: Debbie (Bet365 Call 0800 322365 Novices’ Hurdle, Hereford, October 17, 2004) Number of Wins (2001/2002-2010/11): 0; 0; 0; 3; 0; 4; 22; 25; 18; Wins This Season: 15






Race 5 - betfair.com/paulnicholls “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle (Grade Three) - Winning Quotes



            A year ago Grands Crus was the impressive winner of the betfair.com/paulnicholls “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle


and this time around it was another David Pipe-trained grey who landed the odds in the Grade Three event as Dynaste sauntered to an eight-length success in the hands of three-pound claimer Conor O’Farrell.

            Dynaste was always towards the head of affairs in the three-mile contest and kicked on into a clear leading rounding the final bend. None of his 19 rivals ever came close to challenging him and at the finish he had eight lengths to spare over Benny Be Good with former Welsh National winner Synchronised staying on late to take third, a further three-quarters of a length adrift.

            David Pipe was not present today but winning owner John White said: “I am absolutely delighted.

            “I though the ground might be a bit fast for him today but he has coped with it fine. I am chuffed to bits.

            “He has come back a stronger horse than he has was last year. It will be up to David where he goes next but the plan was to go chasing with him after he had one outing over hurdles this season.

            “I thought Conor rode him superbly. He won on him at Taunton last season and the two of them get along very well.”

            Conor O’Farrell added: “There has been a few grey days lately! He was very impressive today - he has strengthened up an awful lot over the summer and come back a better horse than he was last year.

            “I always felt that he would be at his best over this trip and he might embark on a chasing career now. It’s up to David and the owners but he is an exciting horse to look forward to wherever he goes.

            “It is going superbly - the horses are in great form and long may it continue.”

            David Pipe, who is at Ascot today, told Channel 4: “That was superb and Conor has given him a great ride.

            “I thought that they went plenty quick enough early on but he has kept going. It’s great for the owners, John White and his family, who have horses with Dad for years - Beau Ranger was a good horse for them.

            “This horse is going to go up in the handicap now and he might go for a conditions hurdle somewhere or go novice chasing.”


FIFTH RACE - The betfair.com/paulnicholls “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle


            Synchronised, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and ridden by Tony McCoy, finished strongly to take third  in the betfair.com/paulnicholls “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle.

            Last season’s Welsh National winner is likely to go for the Chepstow race again.

            O’Neill said: “He loves racing but is just slow. A P said he could lay up but Synchronised just keeps going.

            “He will probably go for the Welsh National again but he is on a high mark this time and he is not that big.

            “He just wants the ground really soft to slow the others up.”




2.30pm betfair.com/paulnicholls 'FIXED BRUSH' HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) 3m

£75,000 guaranteed. For 4yo+. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after November 12, each hurdle won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £42,712.50 2nd £16,027.50 3rd £8,025.00 4th £3,997.50 5th £2,010.00 6th £1,005.00

1) DYNASTE (FR) (A J White) David Pipe 5-10-13 Conor O'Farrell (3) 7/1

2) BENNY BE GOOD (John Wade) Keith Reveley 8-11-04 James Reveley 20/1

3) SYNCHRONISED (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 8-11-08 A P McCoy 25/1

4) ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) (Scotch Piper Syndicate) Donald McCain 7-10-07 Henry Brooke (5) 16/1

5) CAPE TRIBULATION (J David Abell) Malcolm Jefferson 7-11-11 Denis O'Regan

6) SA SUFFIT (FR) (Alba-Eire Syndicate) James Ewart 8-10-10 Brian Hughes

7) SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 8-10-07 Maurice Linehan (10)

8) AIBREAN (IRE) (Patricia Duffin) Stuart Crawford IRE 7-10-06 S Crawford (5)

9) LOS NADIS (GER) (Ian Dalgleish) Jim Goldie 7-10-03 Lucy Alexander (7)

10) REINDEER DIPPIN (Sandgrounders) Donald McCain 9-10-10 Adrian Lane

11) KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE) (W F Trueman) George Charlton 8-11-12 Jan Faltejsek

12) E MAJOR (Sir Evelyn De Rothschild) Renee Robeson 6-10-06 Jimmy McCarthy

13) ROBINSON COLLONGES (FR) (Mr & Mrs G Calder) Paul Nicholls 6-10-11 Ruby Walsh 5/1 Fav

14) GLOBAL POWER (IRE) (It Wasn’t Us) Oliver Sherwood 5-10-10 Leighton Aspell

15) RIVAL D'ESTRUVAL (FR) (Mr & Mrs Raymond Anderson Green) Pauline Robson 6-10-08 Timmy Murphy

16) KAYF ARAMIS (John Goodman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-10-10 Sam Twiston-Davies

17) HIGHLAND VALLEY (IRE) (M E Thompson) Emma Lavelle 6-10-09 Jack Doyle

18) BUENA VISTA (IRE) (Matt Archer & The Late Miss Jean Broadhurst) David Pipe 10-11-06 Johnny Farrelly

PU) QUARTZ DE THAIX (FR) (ROA Arkle Partnership) Venetia Williams 7-11-03 Aidan Coleman

PU) SENTRY DUTY (FR) (Peter Spiller) Nicky Henderson 9-11-05 Jeremiah McGrath (5)

20 ran

Distances: 8, ¾, ½, 5, ½, 4½, 3, 6, 10, 3½, 4½, 4½, 23, 3¼, 2¼, 28, 22

Breeder: Paul Chartier

Breeding: gr g Martaline - Bellissima De Mai (FR) (Pistolet Bleu (IRE))

Tote Win: £7.60; Places: £2.00; £4.50; £6.30; £4.00 Exacta: £170.70


Winning Trainer: DAVID PIPE Born: February 7, 1973 Based: Pond House, Nicholashayne, Wellington, Somerset


Background: David Pipe is the son of 15-times champion jump trainer Martin Pipe. Started out riding in point-to-points in 1992, recording 22 wins, plus two under Rules, including victory aboard Bonanza Boy in the Ludlow Gold Cup. After finishing as a rider, had spells with Michael Dickinson in the US, Criquette Head-Maarek in France and Joey Ramsden in South Africa, before setting up as a point-to-point trainer, handling the likes of Horus, Lord Atterbury and Celestial Gold, who went on to have successful careers under Rules when transferred to his father’s yard. Based at Purchas Farm, a mile away from his father’s Pond House, he sent out 164 point-to-point winners over six seasons, with Well Armed successful 15 times. Took over the reins at Pond House in Somerset following the retirement of his father on the last day of the 2005/06 jump season - Saturday, April 29. First Trainer’s Licence: May 2006 First winner under rules: Standin Obligation in the ‘Persimmon Homes Novices’ Chase’ at Kelso, May 9, 2006 - his first runner under rules Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2008 Comply Or Die), totesport Bowl (2008 Our Vic, 2009 Madison Du Berlais), John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle (2011 Battle Group) Cheltenham Festival Wins (7): Byrne Group Plate (2010 Great Endeavour), Pertemps Final (2010 & 2011 Buena Vista), Ryanair Chase (2008 Our Vic), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2008 An Accordion), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurde (2007 Gaspara), Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase (2011 Junior) Big Race Wins: Paddy Power Gold Cup (2011 Great Endeavour), Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2007 Tamarinbleu), Boylesports.com International Hurdle (2007 Osana), Charlie Hall Chase (2006 Our Vic), Dipper Novices' Chase (2010 Seven Is My Number), Eider Chase (2008 Comply Or Die), Game Spirit Chase (2007 Well Chief), Haldon Gold Cup (2007 Pablo du Charmil), Hennessy Gold Cup (2008 Madison du Berlais), Holloway's Handicap Hurdle (2008 & 2009 Lough Derg, 2010 Mamlook), Imperial Cup (2007 Gaspara, 2008 Ashkazar), Kingwell Hurdle (2009 Ashkazar), Levy Board Chase (2009 Madison du Berlais), Long Walk Hurdle (2007 Lough Derg), National Spirit Hurdle (2008 & 2009 Lough Derg), Newbury Gold Cup Handicap Chase (2007 Madison du Berlais), Peter Marsh Chase (2010 Our Vic), Victor Chandler Clarence House Chase (2008 Tamarinbleu), bet365 Celebration Chase (2010 I’m So Lucky), Betfair “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle (2010 Grand Crus, 2011 Dynaste), Cleeve Hurdle (2011 Grand Crus), Midlands Grand National (2011 Minella Four Star) Wins (2006/07-20010/11): 134; 100; 76; 102; 65; Wins This Season: 39


Winning Jockey: Conor O’Farrell Based: c/o David Pipe, Pond House, Nicholashayne, Wellington, Somerset Background: Son of Kilmoganny-based trainer Seamus O’Farrell and younger brother of Irish amateur J P O’Farrell. Bizarrely, Conor did not sit on a horse until he was 15. Attended the Racing Acadamy & Centre of Excellence after a spell riding out for Joe Crowley and worked for Paddy Prendergast after graduating. Moved on to Shark Hanlon before being appointed conditional jockey for David Pipe in October, 2010. First Winner Under Rules: Miss Latina, Gowran Park, July 8, 2007 First Winner in Britain: A Little Different, Racing Post Novices' Handicap Hurdle, Perth, September 24, 2009 Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Pertemps Final (2011 Buena Vista) Big Race Wins Include: Micheal Purcell Novice Hurdle (2010 Western Leader), Midlands Grand National (2011 Minella Four Star), Betfair “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle (2011 Dynaste) Wins in Britain (2009/10-2010/11): 1; 11; Wins This Season: 20






Race six - The Betfair Chase


Ruby Walsh, the winning rider on Kauto Star, said after the horse’s fourth Betfair Chase victory before a crowd of just under 11,000 - the biggest attendance at Haydock Park for a jump fixture in the last five years: “He is just an amazing horse and it is a privilege to ride him. Paul had him spot on and I was hoping that there was one more big day in him - I am glad I am up here and not at Ascot now.

“We talked about it this morning, having breakfast, and we said ‘stuff it, we will take the bull by the horns and see how we get on’. It’s a pleasure to have won.”


Paul Nicholls, the horse’s trainer, declared: “I am speechless! That was the best day I have ever had!”


Clive Smith, the horse’s owner, commented: “He is brilliant, isn’t he. He is just as good as ever, or he appears to be. It was a wonderful, wonderful win. Everyone was so excited - they cheered him before the race and now they are really cheering him afterwards.

“He knows he is king. He just says ‘here I am’ and he is such a brilliant horse - a wonderful, wonderful talented creature.

“My heart is pumping now - it was terrifying really, but wonderful.”



Race 6 - Betfair Chase (Grade One) - Winning Quotes



            Kauto Star claimed his 15th Grade One success when landing the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase for the fourth time at Haydock Park today.

            The 11-year-old, who also won the Betfair Chase in 2006, 2007 and 2009, made virtually all the running under Ruby Walsh as he saw off all comers in the three-mile event. Last season’s Gold Cup winner Long Run, who was let down by a series of jumping errors, got closest to Kauto Star but even he could only get within eight lengths of Kauto Star.

            An ecstatic crowd gave three cheers to Kauto Star as he entered the winner’s enclosure and there was a standing ovation for the winner, a horse who can truly be described as an all-time great. One eager racegoer even shouted “Bring


on Frankel!” He was returned at 6/1 - his longest-ever SP since he arrived in Britain from France seven years ago.

            His emotional trainer Paul Nicholls said afterwards: “I think that was my best-ever winner. Kauto was just awesome today. We left no stone unturned in his preparation. Today was his Gold Cup.

            “I took some flack about running him today, but I told everyone he had never been better. Some people, not proper journalists, were saying that he should be retired but they were just talking utter bullshit. You could put a line through his run at Punchestown last season - any horse can run badly at the end of the season. Deep down I knew the horse was in great form and he looked superb today. The horse hasn’t got where he is without being fantastic.

            “Last season, he was just making a bit of a noise, which we never really found out the cause of. For whatever reason, he hasn’t made the noise at all this season.  I am just full of pride, not relief. His win today was great for racing. He just keeps coming back.

            “All those people who said he should be retired - well, I just hope they eat their words now and apologise. I absolutely love this horse and always have his best interests in mind.

            “We had always wanted to make the running with him and be positive with him. It was always the plan to go off in the lead today, we just didn’t tell everyone - we have to keep something to ourselves. I promise you though, I haven’t thought beyond today about what we will do next with him.

            “I always thought if we were going to beat Long Run, it would be today although when I saw Long Run in the paddock I thought he looked great. Kauto Star is 11 now, but horses have won good races at 12 and older. We will just take it one step at a time with him. He has had a hard race today, but like after one of his King George wins, he was hardly blowing afterwards.

            “I will never forget today, ever. Today is about Kauto Star - he showed he’s just a very, very special horse.”

            Owner Clive Smith added: “Obviously his two Gold Cup wins were very exiting but to win the Betfair Chase for a fourth time is fantastic.

            “I must have been asked 100 times about his chance today but I just told everyone that he was fully wound up. I know Paul was pondering a bit, but I have always thought that we should go for the King George again. He is in great form and the race is five weeks away.

            “After the point we were at with him at Punchestown last season, for him to come back to his very best today is just fantastic.”

            Jockey Ruby Walsh said: “We just walked out on to the track and I went on.

            “I had them all behind me and I first of all got Time For Rupert off the bridle and then Long Run.

            “After we got after the last he was thinking about things but just kept going - I thought I would puke if he stopped halfway up the run-in.”

            In his long and distinguished career, Kauto Star has also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice (2007 and 2009) as well as Kempton’s King George VI Chase on four occasions (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). Sponsor William Hill make him 4/1 (from 16/1) for the Boxing Day showpiece this year.


Sixth race



            Nicky Henderson is the trainer of 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run who finished second to his old rival Kauto Star in today’s Betfair Chase.

            He said: “I was just saying to Robert (Waley-Cohen - the horse’s owner) that it was a bit like Long Run’s first run last year, which of course seemed to put the edge on him.

            “He did stay on but it was disappointing that he came off the bridle when he did. He jumped great until a couple of errors crept in on the far side and then all of a sudden he wasn’t going as well as he should have been.

            “He stayed on very well from there - it looked like we had half a chance approaching the last but he had done too much by then. 

            “I suspect we will be meeting Kauto Star again at Christmas (in the £180,000 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day). I think that is all we can do.

            “There is no doubt that this run will do him good. He jumped very well and then made a couple of silly errors - otherwise he was very good. I’ve got a run into him.

            “I am delighted to see that horse (Kauto Star) back - there is now all to play for. It is good for racing - it is great for us though it is disappointing to get beat. We have time to get our own back.”


            Donald McCain, trainer of the third Weird Al, said: “He has run grand. We came here not knowing that he was up to this level but he has run great.

            “There will be a long break because he is definitely a better horse fresh. We won’t be racing over Christmas - we will wait for the spring.

            “We have plenty of time to decide where we are going but at least we know he can compete at this level.

            “He would probably appreciate better ground than this so there is no great hurry. To get where he did today was magic.

            “ I think Kauto Star is a fantastic horse - I was saying before that one of the greatest races I have ever seen was this old horse and Imperial Commander here a couple of years ago - it is fantastic to see him back.”


            Nick Williams, trainer of the fourth Diamond Harry, said: “He ran well for a long way but turning in it looked like


he would not make it.

            “He just ran out of petrol after a long time off. There has been a long gap since his last race  and the injury last spring are probably factors.

            “As long as he recovers from his run here in time, we will go for the King George.”




Sam Waley-Cohen whose mount Long Run was sent of the 6/5 favourite and battled to be the eight-length second place, said: “If there is any horse you want to come second to it is Kauto Star.

“Down the back he was probably finding it hard enough to lay up and that  is probably where the chips were being laid down.

“ We are proud of Long Run - he has been beaten by a great horse but there is lot of season left. The World Cup and the Olympics are still to come.”


Timmy Murphy, who was third on Weird Al, said: “He has run a good race.”


James Reveley, fourth on Diamond Harry, said: “It was a very good race. He has come back very tired. He was just in top gear all the way. I expected him to be travelling with me but he felt like he was flat out all the way. He will come on for it but will need a big break.”


Will Kennedy, fifth on Time For Rupert, said: “It was a different ball game in a race like that to anything he has run in before. They went very strongly from the start. He will learn a lot from the race.”


Tom O’Brien, who finished sixth on Pure Faith, said: “I was a long way back and didn’t really get into it.”



            Sam Waley-Cohen, second on Long Run in today’s Betfair Chase, said: “I am disappointed but you would say that three great kings pulled it off today. Paul, Ruby and Kauto Star are great stars of the sport and they come and delivered something that you can only take your hat off to and admire.

            “Long Run had a good race. He had some very good horses in behind him and you would say that he probably needed the race, so we will go home happy enough with him. You are always disappointed when you don’t win but you have to take your hat off to the Ditcheat team - they have done an amazing job.

            “I think that you can draw comparisons with the Paddy Power Gold Cup last season. He just needed the race, maybe mentally because, at points in the race, I was asking him for things and he just wasn’t responding. Very often, that’s not physical, it’s psychological, and a question of whether he is really wound up.

            “The season will be geared around the King George and the Gold Cup, not today. That’s no disrespect to this race because it was a fantastic race and a fantastic run by Kauto Star, but you always have half an eye on the rest of the season.

            “For us, the World Cup and the Olympics are still to come in the King George and the Gold Cup. We are very pleased with Long Run, while I have a huge admiration for the whole Ditcheat team.”







£200,000 guaranteed. For 5yo+. Weights: 11st 7lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty value 1st £112,540.00 2nd £42,400.00 3rd £21,220.00 4th £10,600.00 5th £5,320.00 6th £2,660.00

1) KAUTO STAR (FR) (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 11-11-07 Ruby Walsh 6/1

2) LONG RUN (FR) (Robert Waley-Cohen) Nicky Henderson 6-11-07 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 6/5 Fav

3) WEIRD AL (IRE) (Brannon Dennis Dick Holden) Donald McCain 8-11-07 Timmy Murphy 7/1

4) DIAMOND HARRY (Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership) Nick Williams 8-11-07 James Reveley

5) TIME FOR RUPERT (IRE) (Littlecote Racing Partnership) Paul Webber 7-11-07 Will Kennedy

PU) PURE FAITH (IRE) (P Bowling, S Scott, R Harvey & Karen Bowen) Peter Bowen 7-11-07 Tom O'Brien

6 ran

Distances: 8, 2, 8, 7,

Breeder: Mme Henri Aubert         Breeding: b g Village Star (FR) - Kauto Relka (FR) (Port Etienne (FR)

Tote Win: £6.30 Places: £2.60; £1.10;  Exacta: £14.20


Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born in Olveston, Bristol, on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first title in the 2005/06 season. Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2011 Master Minded), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2011, 2010 & 2009 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2008 Forest Pennant), Littlewoods Direct Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Pierrot Lunaire), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2008 Gwanako), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk, 2003 Le Roi Miguel, 2007 Twist Magic, 2010 Tataniano), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2008 John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase), Citroen C5 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Natal, 2008 Elusive Dream)), John Smith’s Fox Hunter Chase (2002 Torduff Express), Matalan Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc, 2011 Zarkandar), Totesport Bowl (2010 What A Friend, 2000 See More Business) Cheltenham Festival Wins (30): Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sanctuaire), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009, 2010 & 2011 Big Buck’s), Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase (2009 Chapoturgeon), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo, 2011 Zarkandar), The Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business, 2007 & 2009 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran, 2007 Andreas), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trilogy), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis), Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland, 2011 Al Ferof), RSA Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman), Betfair Chase 2006, 2007, 2009 & 2011 Kauto Star), December Gold Cup (2009 & 2010 Poquelin), Challow Novices' Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman), Feltham Novices' Chase (1993 See More Indians, 2003 Strong Flow, 2008 Breedsbreeze), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (Ireland) (2009 Neptune Collonges), Hennessy Gold Cup (2003 Strong Flow, 2007 & 2009 Denman), JNWine.com Champion Chase (2007 Taranis, 2008 & 2010 Kauto Star), John Durkan Memorial Chase (2008 Noland), Kerrygold Champion Chase (2008 Twist Magic, 2009 Master Minded), King George VI Chase (1997 & 1999 See More Business, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Kauto Star), Lexus Chase (2007 Denman, 2009 What A Friend), Scilly Isles Novices' Chase (2006 Napolitain, 2007 New Little Bric, 2008 Silverburn, 2009 Herecomesthetruth), Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel), Tingle Creek Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Cenkos, 2005 & 2006 Kauto Star, 2007 & 2009 Twist Magic, 2008 & 2010 Master Minded)Victor Chandler Clarence House Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2009& 2011 Master Minded, 2010 Twist Magic), Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch, 2005 L'Aventure), First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2010/11): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in prize money in a season);155*;115*, 134* *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 52


Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Background: Ruby (short for Rupert) is associated with the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. He is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. He followed in his father's footsteps when capturing the Irish amateur riders’ championship (1996-97) at the age of 19 while still studying for his Leaving Certificate. He was crowned champion Irish National Hunt jockey in his first season as a professional (1998/99) and has taken the title a further five times (2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/08). Walsh has won the John Smith's Grand National twice. His first success came in 2000 on his first ride in the race aboard Papillon, trained by his father, less than a month after returning from a fractured leg sustained in a fall in October, 1999, in the Czech Republic. The Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter provided him with a second success in 2005. He followed Papillon's Aintree triumph with an Irish Grand National victory aboard his father's Commanche Court but surpassed that achievement in the 2004/2005 season when his John Smith's Grand National success aboard Hedgehunter was augmented by wins in the Welsh National (Silver Birch) and Irish Grand National (Numbersixvalverde). He narrowly missed out in that season's Scottish Grand National when his mount, Cornish Rebel, finished a short-head second to Joes Edge. In the 2008/09 season he was leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival for a fourth time.  First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2011 Master Minded), totesport Bowl (2010 What A Friend), John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open NHF (2009 Candy Creek), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2011, 2010 & 2009 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2008 Forest Pennant) Littlewoods Direct Imagine Appeal Top Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Pierrot Lunaire), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2008 Gwanako), John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter), John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2008 Big Buck’s), John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel, 2007 Twist Magic, 2010 Tataniano), Baltika Beer Aintree Hurdle (2002 Ilnamar, 2006 Asian Maze), Matalan Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Le Duc, 2011 Zarkandar), Citroen C5 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Garde Champetre, 2006 Natal, 2008 Elusive Dream)  Cheltenham Festival Wins (32): Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sanctuaire), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009, 2010 & 2011 Big Buck’s), David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (2009, 2010 & 2011 Quevega), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Fiveforthree, 2009 Mikael D’Haguenet), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Byrne Group Plate (2002 Blowing Wind), The Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trilogy, 2011 Final Approach), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis) , Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland, 2010 Al Ferof), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2006 Dun Doire), RSA Chase (2007 Denman, 2009 Cooldoine), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2007 & 2009 Kauto Star), Stan James Champion Hurdle (2011 Hurricane Fly) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2010/11): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69; 73; 69; 69; 69; 26 Wins in Britain This Season: 16







Race 7 - Betfair Multiples Handicap Chase - Winning Quotes


            Cappa Bleu, who enjoyed his finest hour when taking the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2009, registered his first victory since that success when taking the concluding Betfair Multiples Handicap Chase.

            The nine-year-old is trained by Evan Williams and scored in the colours of William and Angela Rucker. In a driving finish, he got the better of Tamarinbleu by a head to score at 16/1.

            Winning jockey Paul Moloney said: “Evan can train a horse can’t he! It’s brilliant for Angela and William Rucker - I have ridden for them for years and they have been so loyal to me. We have had some very good days together.

            “Martine (Cappa Bleu’s groom) deserves a good thank you because she looks after the horse and does everything with him. I think that this is the first time that I have seen her at the races, so fair play to her. It was a good team effort but Martine deserves all of the credit.

            “Everyone should watch his victory in the Foxhunter because that was the ride of the season by Richard Burton. That’s the type of horse he is - he has got a few little issues and you have to nurse him, nurse him and nurse him. I don’t think that I could give him as good a ride as Richard but I was good enough on him today.”




£30,000 guaranteed. For: 4yo+ Rated 0-145. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after November 12, each chase won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £18,768.00 2nd £5,544.00 3rd £2,772.00 4th £1,386.00 5th £693.00 6th £348.00

1) CAPPA BLEU (IRE) (William & Angela Rucker) Evan Williams 9-11-11 Paul Moloney 16/1

2) TAMARINBLEU (FR) (The Arthur White Partnership) David Pipe 11-11-08 Conor O'Farrell (3) 11/2

3) KILLYGLEN (IRE) (D L McCammon) Stuart Crawford IRE 9-11-12 A P McCoy 15/2

4) SUMMERY JUSTICE (IRE) (Mrs H Brown) Venetia Williams 7-11-07 Aidan Coleman

5) MOSTLY BOB (IRE) (Favourites Racing) Philip Hobbs 8-11-05 Tom O'Brien

6) CHIEF DAN GEORGE (IRE) (Maurice Chapman) James Moffatt 11-11-06 Brian Hughes

7) MERIGO (FR) (Mr & Mrs Raymond Anderosn Green) Andrew Parker 10-11-12 Timmy Murphy

PU) BALLYVESEY (IRE) (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar) Peter Bowen 6-10-11 Denis O'Regan

PU) CRESCENT ISLAND (IRE) (Sarah Bays, Jill Scott, Sarah MacEchern) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-12 Sam Twiston-Davies

PU) GANSEY (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Sue Smith 9-11-06 Ruby Walsh 9/4 Fav


10 ran  

Distances: hd, 6, 20, 6, 3½, 34

Breeder: Thomas O'Connor

Breeding: b g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Cappagale (IRE) (Strong Gale)

Tote Win: £18.40 Places: £4.50; £2.40; £2.60;  Exacta: £150.50


Winning Trainer: EVAN WILLIAMS Background: Dairy farmer who was nearly made bankrupt by foot and mouth outbreak in 2001 but survived to become national point-to-point champion trainer, his wife Cath trains pointers and won the season’s biggest prize in 2006, The Lady Dudley Cup, with Unmistakably Based: Aberogwrn Farm, Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Handicap Chase (2008 High Chimes) First Cheltenham Festival Winner: High Chimes, Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Handicap Chase, March 13, 2008 Big Race Wins: Charlie Hall Chase (2008 State Of Play, 2009 Deep Purple), Future Champion Novices' Chase (2009 Deep Purple), Future Champions Finale Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2003 Sunray), Hennessy Gold Cup (2006 State Of Play), Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle (2007 Deep Purple), Noel Novices' Chase (2008 Deep Purple), Prestbury Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2008 Simarian), Peterborough Chase (2009 Deep Purple), Holloway’s Hurdle (2011 Tiger O’Toole) Aintree Festival Wins: Betfair Handicap Chase (2006 State Of Play), bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (2008 State Of Play), BGC Noel Novices’ Chase (2008 Deep Purple), Airshow 100 Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (2010 Barizan) Number of Winners (2003/04-2010/11): 10; 33; 56; 67; 56; 72; 77; 90 Wins this Season: 42


Winning Jockey: Paul Moloney Born: October 17, 1978 Background: hails from New Inn, close to Ballydoyle in Co Tipperary. Formerly shared a house in Newmarket with champion Flat jockey Jamie Spencer. Was heavily involved in both hunting and show jumping and rode his first point-to-point winner at Quin in 1996 for trainer Danny O'Connell. Spent school holidays with Jim Bolger, working alongside Tony McCoy and leading Flat rider Ted Durcan, and later joined Michael Hourigan, for whom he rode his first three winners. Was one of Ireland's leading amateurs and shared the 1998/99 title with Philip Fenton. Also spent time with Christy Roche while in Ireland. Came to Britain for tuition from Yogi Breisner before turning professional and relocated to Newmarket during the 2002/2003 season when he rode mainly for Ian Williams. He enjoyed big race success at Aintree in 2007 when he rode State Of Play to victory in the Betfair.com Handicap Chase and teamed up with the same horse to secure the biggest win of his career so far in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury in November, 2007. First Winner: Vain Princess, Clonmel, June 10, 1995 Aintree Festival Wins: Betfair.com Handicap Chase (2006 State Of Play) Other Big Race Wins: Charlie Hall Chase (2008 State Of Play, 2009 Deep Purple), Future Champion Novices' Chase 2009 Deep Purple), Gowran Park Champion Chase (2000 Slaney Native), Hennessy Gold Cup (2006 State Of Play), Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle (2007 Deep Purple), Kinloch Brae Chase (2001 Slaney Native), Morgiana Hurdle (2000 Moscow Flyer), Noel Novices' Chase (2008 Deep Purple), Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (1999 Merry Gale), Holloway’s Hurdle (2011 Tiger O’Toole) Number of Wins (2003/04-2010/11): 27; 13; 30; 59; 51; 38; 60; 79; Wins This Season: 36


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