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Saturday, December 13, 2003


TRIPLEPRINT MEETING 2003
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13



EXCELLENT CROWD

Today’s crowd at Cheltenham came to 11,372, up 221 on last year’s figure of 11,151.


But for the closure of the Courage Enclosure ( for building work), the crowd would have been higher.


Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s Managing Director, said: “The Tripleprint Meeting has gone very well, with fabulous racing over the two days.”

SWITCH TO THE NEW COURSE

Cheltenham will use the New Course for the first time this season at the December 31/January 1 Meeting.


It had been due to be used for the Tripleprint Meeting but lack of rain beforehand meant the action was switched to the Old Course.


Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, explained: “The rain we have had this week has meant that we can prepare the New Course for the New Year Meeting.”

FESTIVAL SELLING WELL

The Courage Enclosure for the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival in March will sell out this week as there are only 200 tickets left. The Tattersalls Enclosure will be the next to sell out on the same day, with 3,500 tickets still available.



INITIAL TRIPLEPRINT QUOTES


MICK FITZGERALD AND NICKY HENDERSON COMPLETE TRIPLEPRINT DOUBLE

Mick Fitzgerald and Nicky Henderson won the Tripleprint Gold Cup for the second successive year, taking this year’s running with Iris Royal after success with Fondmort in 2002.


Fitzgerald commented: “He is an absolute legend of a horse - such a star.


“At the second last, he did what Fondmort did last year at the last - unbelievable. It is a great feeling.


“Irish Royal had been in front a while and it was hard work there - as soon as the other horse came, he picked up - thank god.


“He has really tried for me. We had gone steady and I knew something would be coming so I kicked at the second last to try and run the steam out of them.”


Nicky Henderson said: “We did have two bows. This horse was never the second string - it was going to be a close call (with Fondmort who bypassed the Tripleprint and is an intended runner in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day).


“It was a lovely race for him with this weight. It was a great performance - I thought we had got caught.


“For a little horse, you will not see anything better, he is a most athletic, gorgeous little person - all heart - and he has started the year really well.”

RECORD IN TRIPLEPRINT

Mick Fitzgerald (Iris Royal)
1996 P Big Matt
1997 5 Fine Thyne
1999 P Stormyfairweather
2002 1 FONDMORT
2003 1 IRIS ROYAL

Nicky Henderson (Iris Royal)
1992 4 Freeline Finishing
1993 3 Freeline Finishing
1996 P Big Matt
1999 P Stormyfairweather
2002 1 FONDMORT
2003 1 IRIS ROYAL


RACE FIVE TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP
WIN QUOTES

HENDERSON WINS TRIPLEPRINT FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

Nicky Henderson was successful in the Tripleprint Gold Cup for the second year running when Iris Royal got the battle of a tremendous battle with Risk Accessor by a head - the master of Seven Barrows won last year with Fondmort, who is being aimed at the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.


Henderson said: “That was great stuff - lovely. I bring the deputy, although he wasn’t really the deputy, and he wins [Henderson had thought about running Fondmort as well].


“Paul Nicholls said to me at Newbury last week when I was trying to work out what was going to happen with the King George, whether he would run Strong Flow, ‘you’ll win the Tripleprint with Iris Royal anyway - he must have been impressed when this fellow beat Le Roi Miguel at Ascot last time and thought that form was good enough here.


“ Iris Royal is a brave little horse. That’s three out of three for the season with him which is great as I couldn’t do anything with him at the backend of last year when he lost it altogether.


“He’s not very big, he wouldn’t be 16 hands, and Mick [Fitzgerald, winning rider] said he’s something else to ride. He’s not put a foot wrong in his three starts this season and at the second last Mick wanted it long - he could be on your head a horse this size.


“The runner-up helped him dig in and Iris Royal was very brave and a great little jumper.


“He’s better off in anything when under 11st rather than more than this weight. 11st 10lb next year wouldn’t be great.”

Speaking about Fondmort, who won last month’s Paddy Power Gold Cup here at Prestbury Park, Henderson continued: “Fondmort is great and in fantastic form. I’ve got the first calculation right [winning here], let’s hope it continues.


“Fondmort worked this morning and it was the first time that I was able to have a proper work morning on grass.”

Following the 20/1 success of Got One Too earlier this afternoon, Irish Royal completed a 167/1 double for Henderson.


PLACED QUOTES RACE FIVE
TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP

NO COMPLAINTS FROM McMANUS

“I wouldn’t say he was unlucky, would simply say that we were beaten by a better horse,” said JP McManus after his Risk Accessor had been beaten a head by Iris Royal in a tremendous finish to the Tripleprint Gold Cup.


“And certainly this was better than when he ran here last time,” added McManus as he looked back to the Paddy Power Gold Cup last month when Risk Accessor fell at the second last when going very well.


“I would not say that he has to stick to this distance, either,” Mc Manus added. “He was second in the Grand Annual (over two miles) in March and I think he relaxes so well that it would be worth trying him over three miles.”
In that he was supported by Frank Berry, his racing manager, who was confident that Risk Accessor would stay that far.


Timmy Murphy, who rode the runner-up, was cautioned by the stewards for using his whip without giving the horse time to respond.


Nicky Richards reported Tony Dobbin as saying that “they did not go fast enough” for third placed Telemoss. “I thought that he was going best of all starting down the hill, but he landed a bit flat footed over the second last and I thought he might be swallowed up for third up the hill.


“But he stuck on well and he could well move up to three miles now, with a race like the Racing Post Chase the sort of race to look at.


“Considering that this was only his fifth chase and his first run for ten months, that was a pretty good way to start. He jumped really well, especially for a horse with his limited experience, and it is good to be in big races like this with a chance.”

WINNING QUOTES RACE SIX
TOTE BULA HURDLE

25-1 RIGMAROLE WRAPS UP 428-1 THORNTON TREBLE

Rigmarole, successful at 33-1 in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at the last meeting, moved up in class for the Tote Bula Hurdle and came home at 25-1 to complete a 428-1 treble for his rider Robert (“Chocolate”) Thornton, who was earlier successful on Crystal d’Ainay and Trouble at Bay.


And now he will be trained for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle for which his odds were drastically cut. He is a top priced 25-1 (from 40) with Cashmans, at 16-1 (from 33) with Paddy Power and as low as 14-1 with Coral (from 33) and Ladbrokes.


“Sometimes horses improve so much they just keep surprising you,” said the winner’s trainer Paul Nicholls, “and he really is improving. I cannot understand how Perouse has improved so much this week, and when I looked at Rigmarole in the paddock beforehand I felt that I had never seen him look better.


“I was worried that the ground would be too soft for him and the fact that they went no pace was no help to him either. At one time I was sure that he wouldn’t go in the soft, but then last season he could not win off a mark of 111 either. It is just a case of him improving so rapidly.


“I tried all week to persuade Ruby (Walsh) to ride him, but he chose in the end to stay with (runner-up) Davenport Milenium. It is very difficult for him to try to keep everyone happy.


“I want to run Sporazene in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, so this fellow may run in the £100,000 Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot next weekend. He does not get a penalty for that and when a horse is improving so much with plenty of activity, maybe the best thing is to keep them on the go in case they flatten out on you.”


TOTE BULA HURDLE
ROOSTER BOOSTER QUOTES


RACE SIX
TOTE BULA HURDLE

SECOND AND THIRD BOTH STILL ON COURSE FOR
SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE

Irish trainer Willie Mullins was far from despondent after Davenport Milenium had found just Rigmarole too good in the Tote Bula Hurdle.


He said: “I’m absolutely delighted - he idled in front having to make the running on ground that probably wouldn’t see him at his best.”

Last time the runner-up was fourth in a Grade One hurdle over half a mile further than today’s contest. “There was no race over two miles in Ireland at that time,” explained Mullins. “I’m still eyeing the Smurfit Champion Hurdle [at Cheltenham in March] and today’s run wouldn’t put me off.”

Davenport Milenium is now 12/1 (from 16/1) with Cashmans and Paddy Power and 14/1 (from 20/1) with Coral for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.


Jacqui O’Neill, wife of trainer Jonjo O’Neill, had to rush off to saddle a horse in today’s concluding contest after their Hasty Prince had finished third. Owner Keith Sobey, representing the F F Racing Services Partnership III, said: “That was a very good performance. Tony [McCoy, jockey] said that he got a bit stuck in the ground going up the hill and that on good ground he would be there or thereabouts.”

“Rigmarole put in a stunning performance and Hasty Prince is still being aimed at the Champion Hurdle, where on good ground he’d have an each-way chance.”


ROOSTER BOOSTER FINE BUT NOT SUITED BY SPRINT FINISH

Richard Johnson said after Rooster Booster, the Smurfit Champion Hurdle winner, had finished fifth on his first start of the season: “I think the horse is in great form - it was a sprint - end of story.”

Philip Hobbs, Rooster Booster’s trainer, commented: “There was no pace and it ended up a sprint which was totally against us really. Richard said Rooster Booster felt in terrific form, was very well in himself and will come on for that effort. The mistake at the last did not help. There will be another day which is the main thing.


“We have had a fairly clear run with him this year. He was ready to run at Kempton at the end of October but the ground was firm. The Fighting Fifth was the next possibility but that did not suit all of us. He coughed a few times about three weeks ago and missed a bit of work but he worked very well before this race.


“I would have thought that he would probably run in the Christmas Hurdle (at Kempton on Boxing Day). There is not much else to run him in anyway - he has won at Kempton before though maybe it is not his ideal track because it is a bit tight.

“He is one horse that you wouldn’t want to be wrapping up in cotton wool like some of these other high-class horses because he is very tough and very sound.


“I just said to Sarah (his wife) just now that we ran Do L’Enfant D’Eau earlier in the afternoon and we could have run him instead here and had a pacemaker which probably would have been a sensible thing to do. But it is all very well thinking of these things afterwards!”


RACE ONE TRIPLEPRINT JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE
WIN QUOTES

WINNER NOW FAVOURITE FOR JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE

After Trouble At Bay won this afternoon’s opener by seven lengths from odds-on favourite Tamarinbleu, both the Tote and Paddy Power made the three-year-old favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, back here at Prestbury Park in March.


The Tote go as short as 7/1 (from 16/1), while Paddy Powere are 8/1 (from 20/1). Ladbrokes were less optimistic about his chances, going 14/1 from 25/1.


Winning trainer Alan King said: “You might not see Trouble At Bay again until the Triumph Hurdle.


“In an ideal world he would have one more run beforehand, if not he’ll go straight there.


“I was desperate to run him today to see if he went on this softer ground. He’ll be better on quick ground, but this was a competitive race.”

Asked if his other JCB Triumph Hurdle candidate Howle Hill was as good as this winner, the trainer was giving nothing away.


“We’ll have to wait and see - I know who’s better at home!” he continued. “Howle Hill has suffered a little setback but it’s nothing too serious - he’s just pulled a muscle and hopefully you’ll see him around Christmas or the New Year.


“When Howle Hill got beaten at Huntingdon he did stay the trip, he’d never encountered ground like that before. He was also giving the winner a lot of weight.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE ONE
TRIPLEPRINT JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE

PIPE “NOT DISAPPOINTED”

“I am not disappointed, even though he has been beaten,” declared Martin Pipe after his odds on Tamarinbleu had gone down by seven lengths to Trouble at Bay in the Tripleprint Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle and was pushed out in the betting for JCB Triumph Hurdle from 10-1 to 14-1 by Ladbrokes.


“He has run a good race and jumped well in what was only his second run. That was the first time he has been in a fight and he will have learned a lot from the experience. As well as that, he was trying to give the winner 4lb, so I think he has run well.”

Pipe inevitably was not to be drawn about Triumph plans, though he said that he has far fewer juvenile hurdlers than in past years. “People are trying to discourage them and there are far fewer races for three-year-olds,” he said.


WINNING QUOTES RACE TWO
JET UK “RELKEEL” HURDLE

KING’S FIRST CHELTENHAM DOUBLE

Having won the opener with Trouble at Bay, Alan King and Robert Thornton went on to complete a 15.5-1 double when Crystal d’Ainay got the better of a sustained battle with Sh Boom to take the Jet UK “Relkeel” Hurdle. This was the trainer’s first Cheltenham double. “I have always found winners a bit hard to come by here,” he said.


KIng has now won with ten of his last 22 runners, which he puts down to having “a team of happy, healthy horses with splendid staff and jockeys riding in fine form.


“I was very keen to try to win this race as I was with Relkeel for all his career with David Nicholson and I trained him when he won the Bula for the third time, so I very much wanted to have a runner in it.


“Because this horse won over fences in France as a three-year-old when he was trained by Guillaume Macaire, we cannot go novice chasing with him. I think for the moment we will bring him back here for the Spa Hurdle over three miles on New Year’s Day and I am pretty confident that he will stay that trip. If that goes well we shall start to look at the (Bonusprint) Stayers’ Hurdle in March.” Paddy Power offer 20-1 about the winner for that race.


King added: “he has gone up again after having finished second to (stablemate) Mughas at Aintree when Mughas won again the other day, so I think we shall have to keep him to conditions races over hurdles.


“Though he cannot run in novice chases he is eligible for the Cathcart, so we could try that route if we have to.He is a really lovely prospect.”


RACE TWO JET U.K. “RELKEEL” HURDLE
PLACED QUOTES

SH BOOM FINDS ONE TOO GOOD

Sh Boom finished runner-up for the second time in as many outings this season as he went down by a length to Crystal D’Ainay in the Jet U.K. “Relkeel” Hurdle.


Jacqui O’Neill, representing her husband Jonjo O’Neill, trainer of Sh Boom, said: “He’s run a cracking race and I’m thrilled as Tom Kelly [owner, T.G.K. Construction Ltd] and his family are here. He’s been beaten by a better horse and I hope that he doesn’t make it three times [coming second].”

Hughie Morrison, trainer of third-placed Starzaan, commented: “He’s such an honest horse who always gives 100% and the handicapper has stuffed him.


“For a four-year-old, he’s a lovely horse who tries his heart out. He’s seriously nice.”


RACE THREE JENNY MOULD MEMORIAL HANDICAP CHASE
WIN QUOTES

SURPRISE FOR HENDERSON

Nicky Henderson was in a state of shock after Got One Too had beaten his more-fancied stable-companion Tysou to give the Seven Barrows trainer a 20/1 winner.


He said: “That fooled me as much as the owner [Sir Eric Parker & Mary Anne Parker] and my first jockey [Mick Fitzgerald, who rode the runner-up].


“He jumped absolutely brilliantly. First time out last year I thought that Got One Too was going to be an absolute superstar - however he does nothing at home.”

The fact that he had won the race in memory of Jenny Mould especially pleased Henderson, who thanked her husband Raymond. “This is a race that I take a lot of pleasure in winning,” he said. “Maybe first and second was a bit greedy though!”

The fact that Got One Too was a surprise winner was emphasised by the trainer when he added: “I thought that I was getting him ready for a race at Kempton on Boxing Day!”


LLEWELLYN OUT FOR REST OF DAY

Carl Llewellyn will not ride again after being injured when Prominent Profile fell at the second fence of the Jenny Mould Memorial Chase. “He is sore and will be out for the rest of the day,” said the horse’s trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.


Llewellyn will be replaced by Christian Williams in the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Future Champions Novices’ Chase (1.55), by Warren Marston on Redemption in the Tripleprint Gold Cup (2.30) and by Robert Biddlecombe on Champagne Harry in the Tripleprint Novices’ Hurdle (3.40).


Timmy Murphy, who fell at the same fence on Kandjar d’Allier, and Ruby Walsh, who came to grief two out on Santenay when in second place, were both none the worse for their falls and all set to ride in the next race.


RACE FOUR DONCASTER BLOODSTOCK SALES FUTURE CHAMPIONS NOVICES’ CHASE
PLACED QUOTES

PIPE PLEASED WITH RUNNER-UP

Although Isard III was 13 lengths adrift of winner Buckby Lane, Martin Pipe still felt that he had run well after he had got the better of a duel for second place with favourite Simply Supreme by a head.


The champion trainer said: “It’s great to be second. He’s run well and franked the form of Puntal [stable companion who beat the winner by 20 lengths at Newbury last month]. It’s this horse’s first time around Cheltenham, which is a stiff course to jump and he’s done it well.”

Sue Smith, trainer of Simply Supreme, commented: “He’s put in a great round and he wants to step up in trip now - but we couldn’t bypass this, could we?”


WINNING QUOTES RACE FOUR
DONCASTER BLOODSTOCK SALES FUTURE CHAMPIONS NOVICES’ CHASE

WALSH’S FIRST FOR WEBBER

Ruby Walsh rode his first winner for Paul Webber when Buckby Lane readily outran Isard III to take the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Future Champions Novices’ Chase. “Ruby has had a few rides for us, but that is the first time he has been on a winner,” said the trainer’s wife Fiona.


“Ruby said that he was foot perfect all the way round and some of the others made mistakes,” added Mrs Webber. “He has always been a good jumper as Jane (Starkey, whose mother owns the winner) took him cubbing quite a lot before he started running over hurdles and he learned a lot doing that.


“This was the first real plan for his novice chase season and we haven’t really looked beyond this race. I am sure he will stay further than this (two and a half miles) as he really does keep galloping.”

Mrs Webber did not commit the horse to the Royal & Sun Alliance Novices’ Chase here in March, but with that race an obvious possibility Cashmans offer 25-1 about the winner.


In order to be eligible for the race, the contenders had to be bought at a Doncaster Sales auction, and Buckby Lane, whose sire was runner-up in the Champion Hurdle, cost 10,500 guineas when he went through the ring there.



RACE SEVEN TRIPLEPRINT NOVICES’ HURDLE
WIN QUOTES

COMPLY OR DIE TAKES CONCLUDING EVENT

Comply Or Die’s victory in today’s concluding event gave champion trainer Martin Pipe his second success of the Tripleprint Meeting, while it was champion jockey Tony McCoy’s third victory.


Pipe said: “Comply Or Die is a nice young horse and I’m very pleased. He jumped well and stayed well. He’s a nice sort and a young chaser in the making.


“We’ll look after him and give him all the time to grow and mature. I got him from Tom Costello.


“He was second last time when he fluffed one of the jumps but this was a tough contest and he had it all to do to beat a horse rated 92 off the Flat [Bosham Mill].”

GOING NEWS AT 11AM

There were seven millimetres of rain between 4.30am and 10am this morning, so that the going on all parts of the course is now

GOOD TO SOFT.


“I think that it may ride a bit easier than that,” said clerk of the course Simon Claisse, “and it is remarkable considering how much rain there has been in nearby places that we have not had more than those seven millimetres.

“There were 30 mills in Cardiff and 15 at Lord Vestey’s estate near Stow.

The rain has stopped towards the end of the morning and we are promised a bright afternoon.”


BETTING NEWS

Telemoss has very much caught the public fancy in the Tripleprint Gold Cup (2.30pm) with Cashmans’, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes all reporting good money for him. Cashmans have cut the Northern challenger from 8-1 to 13-2, Ladbrokes have brought him in from 8-1 to 6-1 and Paddy Power from 15-2 to 13-2. Powers have also done business over outsider Indian Scout from 16-1 to 14-1.


There is a variety of opionion about the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Future Champions Novices’ Chase (1.55pm) with Ladbrokes reporting money for Blood Sub (4-1 from 9-2) and Isard III (3-1 from 7-2), and Powers having cut Buckby Lane from 13-2 to 4-1.


In the Tote Bula Hurdle (3.05pm) Cashmans have cut Spirit Leader from 11-2 to 9-2, having laid him from 10-1 to 7-1 earlier in the week and Powers have shortened Rooster Booster from 5-6 to 4-5. They have trimmed Bosham Mill from 2-1 to 7-4 in the Tripleprint Novices’ Hurdle (3.40pm).


Yesterday’s six winning favourites were greeted with gloom by the bookmakers with Ladbrokes Balthazar Fabricius describing it as “absolutely terrible. Following 10 out of 20 winning favourites at the Festival in March Cheltenham has very much been the punters’ place. But we shall come back and try again.”

Charles Lee of Paddy Power agreed that “we have had better days, but luckily it was not that busy a day and a fairly early start. The punters have to win sometimes and they will have got some ammunition to come back with today.



RECORD TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP FIELD

A record field of 17 horses goes to post for today’s running of the £100,000 Tripleprint Gold Cup.


This historic extended two mile four furlong contest was first run in 1963 and before today, the most runners to have lined up was 15 twice. This number first competed in 1980, when Bryan Smart, who now trains in North Yorkshire, rode the Jenny Pitman-trained Bueche Giorod to glory. There were again 15 contestants for the next renewal in 1982 (the 1981 heat was abandoned), when John Francome, now a pundit for Channel 4 Racing and successful author, was first past the post on the Fred Winter-trained Observe.


14 runners have lined-up for the Tripleprint Gold Cup on three occasions. The first time was for the inaugural running when Toss Taaffe was in the plate on Limeking to land a successful Irish raid for trainer Danny Morgan. Five years later Tassilo saw off 13 rivals to land this prestigious prize for handler Fulke Walwyn in the hands of Aly Branford. The last time that 14 horses competed was in 1978, when Anthony Webber rode The Snipe to become the longest-priced winner in the history of the race at 20/1 for father and trainer John Webber.


There were 13 contestants for both the 1983 and 1998 renewals of the Tripleprint Gold Cup. On the first occasion Fifty Dollars More was another scorer for Fred Winter, this time under a fine ride from Richard Linley. The 1998 heat went to Northern Starlight, trained by Martin Pipe and ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy.


The Tripleprint Gold Cup has now attracted double-figure fields in 21 of the 35 runnings (including today).



PAST TOTE BULA HURDLE HEROES ON PARADE

Today sees two former winners of the Tote Bula Hurdle on parade before this year’s renewal of the top hurdle.


The horses are the ever-popular Relkeel, a triple winner of the race in 1997, 1998 and 1999, and Large Action, victorious in 1994 and 1996. The Jet U.K. “Relkeel” Hurdle , named in honour of Relkeel, takes place at 12.50pm.



BOOK SIGNINGS

Those seeking a Christmas present for a racing fan should head to the Arke bookshop at Cheltenham Racecourse where John Oaksey will be signing copies of his autobiography “Mince Pie For Starters.” and Jenny Pitman will be available to sign copies of her latest novel “The Dilemma.”


LOTS OF LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS AT THE
RACING POST SHOPPING VILLAGE

Anyone wanting to find Christmas gifts could well get some inspiration in the Racing Post Shopping Village, which is situated below the paddock in its usual place. This offers over 50 stalls selling a wide range of clothing and lots of other festive gifts.

There is an added incentive to stock up on presents today as the racecard contains a £5 voucher that can be redeemed against all purchases over £50 in the Racing Post Shopping Village.



ROOSTER BOOSTER PACKAGE

Quite appropriately, on the day last season’s Smurfit Champion Hurdle victor Rooster Booster is due to make his seasonal reappearance in the Tote Bula Hurdle, over 500 people have already taken advantage of the Rooster Booster package.

The Rooster Booster Package, which must be booked in advance, offers £50 of value for £40 with racegoers receiving Tattersalls admission, a racecard, £16 worth of Tote betting vouchers, £16 of food and refreshment vouchers along with a special Cheltenham gift.

ROLL OF HONOUR FOR THE
TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP

YEAR HORSE AGE/WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2003 Iris Royal 7-10-13 Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 7/1 17
2002 Fondmort 6-10-05 Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 5/1 9
2001 Abandoned
2000 Go Roger Go 6-11-00 Edward O’Grady (IRE) Norman Williamson 7/1 12
1999 Legal Right 6-10-13 Jonjo O’Neill Richard Johnson 6/1 9
1998 Northern Starlight 7-10-01 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 15/2 13
1997 Senor El Betrutti 8-11-03 Sue Nock Graham Bradley 9/1 9
1996 Addington Boy 8-11-10 Gordon Richards Tony Dobbin 7/4 10
1995 Abandoned
1994 Dublin Flyer 8-10-02 Tim Forster Brendan Powell 100/30 11
1993 Fragrant Dawn 9-10-02 Martin Pipe Declan Murphy 14/1 11
1992 Another Coral 9-11-04 David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 11/2 10
1991 Kings Fountain 8-11-10 Kim Bailey Anthony Tory 7/4 8
1990 Abandoned
1989 Clever Folly 9-10-04 Gordon Richards Neale Doughty 4/1 6
1988 Pegwell Bay 7-10-13 Tim Forster Brendan Powell 7/2 10
1987 Bishops Yarn 8-10-07 Toby Balding Richard Guest 100/30 5
1986 Oregon Trail 6-10-07 Simon Christian Ronnie Beggan 3/1 6
1985 Combs Ditch 9-11-09 David Elsworth Colin Brown 13/2 7
1984 Beau Ranger 6-9-10 John Thorne John Hurst 8/1 10
1983 Fifty Dollars More 8-11-10 Fred Winter Richard Linley 3/1 13
1982 Observe 6-10-11 Fred Winter John Francome 11/2 15
1981 Abandoned
1980 Bueche Giorod 9-10-00 Jenny Pitman Bryan Smart 14/1 15
1979 Father Delaney 7-10-10 Peter Easterby Alan Brown 12/1 12
1978 The Snipe 8-10-00 John Webber Anthony Webber 20/1 14
1977 Even Melody 8-11-02 Neville Crump Colin Hawkins 8/1 11
1976 Abandoned
1975 Easby Abbey 8-11-10 Peter Easterby Ron Barry 5/1 9
1974 Garnishee 10-10-06 Tom Jones David Mould 12/1 9
1973 Pendil 8-12-07 Fred Winter Richard Pitman 8/11 8
1972 Arctic Bow 7-10-12 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell 9/2 11
1971 Leap Frog 7-12-01 Tom Dreaper (IRE) Val O’Brien 3/1 12
1970 Simian 8-11-08 Auriol Sinclair David Moore 4/1 7
1969 Titus Oates 7-11-13 Gordon Richards Ron Barry 9/4 11
1968 Tassilo 10-10-01 Fulke Walwyn Aly Branford 8/1 14
1967 Abandoned
1966 The Laird 5-10-09 Bob Turnell Jeff King 13/2 8
1965 Flyingbolt 6-12-06 Tom Dreaper (IRE) Pat Taaffe 5/2 11
1964 Flying Wild 8-10-06 Dan Moore (IRE) Tommy Carberry 100/8 7
1963 Limeking 6-10-12 Danny Morgan (IRE) Toss Taaffe 100/9 14


ROLL OF HONOUR FOR
THE TOTE BULA HURDLE

YEAR HORSE AGE/WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN

2003 Rigmarole 5-11-04 Paul Nicholls Robert Thornton 25/1 7
2002 Rooster Booster 8-11-04 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 11/8 9
2001* Valiramix 5-11-04 Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 1/2 4
2000 Geos 5-11-04 Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 14/1 8
1999 Relkeel 10-11-08 Alan King Richard Johnson 13/2 7
1998 Relkeel 9-11-08 David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 8/1 5
1997 Relkeel 8-11-00 David Nicholson Richard Johnson 8/1 8
1996 Large Action 8-11-08 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 5/4 7
1995 Abandoned
1994 Large Action 6-11-04 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 8/11 8
1993 Staunch Friend 5-11-08 Mark Tompkins Declan Murphy 6/1 7
1992 Halkopous 6-11-02 Mark Tompkins Adrian Maguire 8/1 6
1991 Royal Derbi 6-11-08 Neville Callaghan Declan Murphy 9/2 5
1990 Abandoned
1989 Cruising Altitude 6-11-04 Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 8/11 8
1988 Condor Pan 5-11-02 Jim Bolger IRE Charlie Swan 12/1 8
1987 Pat’s Jester 4-11-02 Dick Allan Peter Niven 11/2 8
1986 Floyd 6-11-02 David Elsworth Colin Brown 7/2 8
1985 Corporal Clinger 6-11-02 Martin Pipe Paul Leach 20/1 9
1984 Browne’s Gazette 6-11-04 Monica Dickinson Mr Ronnie Beggan 7/2 5
1983 Amarach 5-11-06 Roger Fisher Jimmy Duggan 7/2 9
1982 Ekbalco 6-11-10 Roger Fisher Jonjo O’Neill 2/1 5
1981 Abandoned
1980 Bird’s Nest 10-11-06 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell 5/2 7
1979 Celtic Ryde 4-11-03 Peter Cundell Martin O’Halloran 11/4 5
1978 Bird’s Nest 8-11-06 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell evens 5
1977 Bird’s Nest 7-11-06 Bob Turnell Andy Turnell 11/4 10
1976 Abandoned
1975 Sea Pigeon 5-11-02 Gordon Richards Jonjo O’Neill 5/1 7
1974 Comedy Of Errors 7-11-10 Fred Rimell Ken White 6/4 4
1973 Comedy Of Errors 6-11-12 Fred Rimell Bill Smith 2/5 5
1972 Bula 7-11-12 Fred Winter Paul Kelleway 8/13 8
1971 Canasta Lad 5-11-08 Peter Bailey Jeff King 5/1 8
1970 Pendil 5-11-08 Fred Winter Paul Kelleway 7/2 6
1969 Celtic Gold 7-12-01 Arthur Stephenson Stan Murphy 9/2 7
1968 Solway Sands 4-11-06 J McMurchie Brian Fletcher 33/1 7
1967 Abandoned
1966 Sempervivum 8-11-11 Fulke Walwyn Willie Robinson 8/11 4
1965 Salmon Spray 7-12-01 Bob Turnell Johnny Haine 3/1 5
1964 Magic Court 6-12-01 Tommy Robson Pat McCarron 4/7 6
1963 Scottish Memories 9-11-11 A Thomas C Finnegan 6/4 7

* run at Newbury
FIRST RACE RESULT

12.15pm THE TRIPLEPRINT JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE
Class B, £17,500 Added. For 3yo, 2m 1/2f. Weights: 11st. Penalties: a winner of a Class E to G hurdle 3lb; of a Class A to D hurdle 7lb. Allowances: fillies 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £11,086.69; 2nd: £4,205.30; 3rd: £2,102.65; 4th: £955.75; 5th: £477.88; 6th: £286.73

1) TROUBLE AT BAY (Nigel Bunter) Alan King 3-11-03 Robert Thornton 9/2
2) TAMARINBLEU (The Arthur White Partnership) Martin Pipe 3-11-07 Tony McCoy 4/7 Fav
3) PILGRIMS PROGRESS (P A Newey) Philip Hobbs 3-11-00 Richard Johnson 25/1
4) AFTER EIGHT (Let’s Live Racing) Milton Harris 3-11-07 Timmy Murphy
5) JESSIE MACDOUGALL (Four For Fun) Dr Philip Pritchard 3-10-09 Mark Bradburne
6) BARNEYS LYRIC (Mr & Mrs Peter Orton) Nigel Twiston-Davies 3-11-03 Carl Llewellyn
7) HIGH ACTION (C N Barnes) Ian Williams 3-11-00 Ruby Walsh
8) YOUR ADVANTAGE (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 3-11-00 Tony Dobbin
PU) PILCA (Emince Grise Partnership) Martin Pipe 3-11-07 Todd Balfour
PU) FREE WILLIE (David Johnson) Martin Pipe v1 3-11-00 Rodi Greene
PU) COCTAIL LADY (Oak Green Racing Partnership) Brendan Duke t3-11-02 David Crosse

11 ran Non-Runners: Mondul (2nd preference), Zimbabwe (2nd preference)
Distances: 7, 16, 5, 7, 5, 10, 4
Breeder: Patrick Stephens
Breeding: b g Slip Anchor - Fight Right (FR)
Tote Win: £5.60 Places: £1.60; £1.10; £2.20 Exacta: £11.10

Winning Trainer: ALAN KING Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Big Race Wins: Bula Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Long Walk Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Jim Ford Challenge Cup (2000 Spendid) Number of horses in training (2000-2003): 65; 51; 56; 74 Number of Winners (1999/2000-2002/03): 27; 18; 34; 40 Wins this season: 22

Winning Jockey: Robert Thornton Date of birth: 14/7/78 Wins (1995/96-2002/03): 3; 30; 71; 37; 23; 40; 56; 50 Cheltenham Festival wins: (2) FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP CHASE (King Lucifer 1997), STAKIS CASINOS FINAL (Pharanear 1997) Big Race Wins: MARTELL FOXHUNTERS’ CHASE (Blue Cheek 1997), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (Shankar 1997), MICHAEL PAGE GROUP KINGMAKER NOVICES’ CHASE (Flagship Uberalles 1999), MONEY STORE RENDLESHAM HCAP HURDLE (1999 Pharanear), SPORTING INDEX CHASE (2002 Famfoni) Wins this Season: 45




SECOND RACE RESULT

12.50pm THE JET UK “RELKEEL” HURDLE
Class B, £20,000 Added. For 4yo+, which prior to June 1, 2002, had not won a chase or hurdle, 2m 5f. Weights: 10st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class C weight-for-age hurdle, or of a Class B handicap hurdle 3lb, of 2 such hurdles or of a Class B weight-for-age hurdle, or of a Class A handicap hurdle 6lb; of 2 such hurdles or of a Class A weight for age hurdle 9. Allowances: fillies & mares 5lb.Penalty Values: 1st: £12,122; 2nd: £4,598; 3rd: £2,299; 4th: £1,045; 5th: £522.50 ; 6th: £313.50

1) CRYSTAL D'AINAY (Tony & Jeni Fisher) Alan King 4-10-12 Robert Thornton 2/1 Fav
2) SH BOOM (T G K Constructiuon Ltd) Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-12 Tony McCoy 9/4
3) STARZAAN (Ben Arbib) Hughie Morrison 4-10-12 Ruby Walsh
4) DO L'ENFANT D'EAU (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 4-11-01 Richard Johnson
5) GLENMOSS TARA (West Coast Fiddlers) Nicky Richards 5-10-07 Tony Dobbin
6) PATRIARCH EXPRES (A P Muir) Geoff Harker 6-10-12 Niall Hannity
7) GIGS BOUNTY (J Barson) Mark Pitman 5-10-12 Timmy Murphy

7 ran
Distances: 1, 8, 14, 6, 2, dis
Breeder: S Milaveau
Breeding: b g Saint Preuil (FR) - Guendale (FR)
Tote Win: £3.10 Places: £1.80; £1.80 Exacta: £5.90

Winning Trainer: ALAN KING Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Big Race Wins: Bula Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Long Walk Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Jim Ford Challenge Cup (2000 Spendid) Number of horses in training (2000-2003): 65; 51; 56; 74 Number of Winners (1999/2000-2002/03): 27; 18; 34; 40 Wins this season: 23

Winning Jockey: Robert Thornton Date of birth: 14/7/78 Wins (1995/96-2002/03): 3; 30; 71; 37; 23; 40; 56; 50 Cheltenham Festival wins: (2) FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP CHASE (King Lucifer 1997), STAKIS CASINOS FINAL (Pharanear 1997) Big Race Wins: MARTELL FOXHUNTERS’ CHASE (Blue Cheek 1997), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (Shankar 1997), MICHAEL PAGE GROUP KINGMAKER NOVICES’ CHASE (Flagship Uberalles 1999), MONEY STORE RENDLESHAM HCAP HURDLE (1999 Pharanear), SPORTING INDEX CHASE (2002 Famfoni) Wins this Season: 46


THIRD RACE RESULT

1.25pm THE JENNY MOULD MEMORIAL HANDICAP CHASE
Class B, £22,000 Added. For 5yo+ Rated 0-145, 2m. Minimum weight: 10st. Penalties: after December 3, a winner of a Chase 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £13,525.60; 2nd: £5,130.40; 3rd: £2,565.20; 4th: £1,166; 5th: £583; 6th: £349.80

1) GOT ONE TOO (Sir Eric & Mary Anne Parker) Nicky Henderson 6-11-02 Andrew Tinkler (5) 20/1
2) TYSOU (Bill Brown) Nicky Henderson 6-11-05 Mick Fitzgerald 9/2
3) WAHIBA SANDS (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 10-11-12 Rodi Greene 25/1
4) TANGO ROYAL (Brian Kilpatrick) Martin Pipe t7-10-13 Tony McCoy
5) CAMERON BRIDGE (The Country Side) Philip Hobbs 7-11-05 Richard Johnson
F 2 OUT) SANTENAY (The Hon Mrs Townshend) Paul Nicholls 5-11-05 Ruby Walsh 2/1 Fav
F2) KANDJAR D'ALLIER (Let’s Live Racing) Milton Harris 5-11-09 Timmy Murphy
F2) PROMINENT PROFILE (The Son Partnership) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-10-00 Carl Llewellyn
PU BEF 7) LATALOMNE (Alderclad Roofing/K M Everitt) Brian Ellison b9-11-03 James Davies (5)
UR8) NO VISIBILITY (David Moon) Robert Alner 8-11-05 Robert Walford (3)

10 ran
Distances: 18, 18, 6, dist
Breeder: Christopher Ranson Breeding: ch g Green Tune (USA) - Gloria Mundi (FR)
Tote Win: £20.60 Places: £4.00; £2.40; £5.50 Exacta: £85.40

Winning trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous occupation/ apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78 Wins (1982/3--2002/03):40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 93, 69 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84, 91, 115, 114, 116 Cheltenham Festival wins: (25) County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich), Stayers (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough) Other major wins include: Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), BMW Handicap Chase (1998 Big Matt), West Yorkshire Hurdle (1999 Silver Wedge), Gerry Feilden Hurdle (1999 Bacchanal), Tote Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), AON Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort), Ladbroke Hurdle (2002 Chauvinist), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort) Wins Ths Season: 29

Winning Jockey: Andrew Charles Tinkler Born: May 3, 1985 Based: c/o Nicky Henderson, Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Wins (2002/03): 6 Riding Weight: 9st 3lb Wins this Season: 19


FOURTH RACE RESULT

1.55pm THE DONCASTER BLOODSTOCK SALES FUTURE CHAMPIONS NOVICES’ CHASE
Class B, £50,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+ sold under the hammer in the 3-4yo store horse section of the 2000 and 2001 Doncaster Bloodstock Spring Sales, 2m 4½f . Weights: 11st. Penalties: after April 26, 2003, a winner of a Class D to H chase 5lb; of 2 chases or of a Class A to C chase 8lb. Allowances: mares 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £29,000; 2nd: £11,000; 3rd: £5,500; 4th: £2,500; 5th: £1,250; 6th: £750

1) BUCKBY LANE (Mrs P Starkey) Paul Webber 7-11-00 Ruby Walsh 13/2
2) ISARD III (Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II) Martin Pipe 7-11-00 Tony McCoy 4/1
3) SIMPLY SUPREME (Trevor Hemmings) Sue Smith 6-11-00 Warren Marston 7/2 Fav
4) TOLLBRAE (Ronnie Bartlett) Nicky Henderson 6-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald
5) THE PENNYS DROPPED (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-00 Seamus Durack
6) MISTER MAGPIE (Timothy Chick) Tom George 7-11-00 Robbie McNally
F12) MAJORITY VERDICT (Gibson, Goddard, Hamer, Hawkes) Henry Daly 7-11-05 Richard Johnson
PU) HALF AN HOUR (C W Lane) Alan King 6-11-00 Robert Thornton
PU) BLOOD SUB (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-00 Tony Dobbin
PU) ALPINE SLAVE (Althea Gifford) Nick Gifford 6-11-00 Christian Williams

10 ran Non-Runner: Gielgud (Ground)
Distances: 13, hd, 11, dist, dist
Breeder: Mrs E C York Breeding: b g Nomadic Way (USA) - Buckby Folly
Tote Win: £7.60 Places: £1.90; £2.80; £1.80 Exacta: £40.20

Winning Trainer: PAUL WEBBER: Based: Cropredy Lawn, Mollington, Banbury, Oxfordshire Big Race Wins: Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (1999 Hoh Express), Martell Red Rum Limited Hcap Chase (1999 Flying Instructor, 2000 Jungli) Horses in Training (1996-2003): 31; 46; 49; 52; 50; 55; 60; 55 Number of Winners (1995/96-2002/03): 13; 27; 14; 32; 29; 28; 33; 19 Wins This Season: 24

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Cheltenham Festival Wins (3): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop Other Big Race Wins: MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL (2000 Papillon) (His first National ride); MARTELL MELLING CHASE (2001 Fadalko), HEINEKEN GOLD CUP (1999 Imperial Call), INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER NOVICES’ CHASE (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother), Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2002/03): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Rides regularly for Paul Nicholls.British Wins This Season: 24

FIFTH RACE RESULT
2.30pm THE TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP
Class A, Grade Three, £100,000 Total Prize Fund, 2m 4 1/2f (Old Course). For 5yo & upwards. Penalties: after November 29, a winner of a Class C steeple chase 4lb; of a Class A or B steeple chase 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £58,000; 2nd: £22,000; 3rd: £11,000; 4th: £5,000; 5th: £2,500; 6th: £1,500

1) IRIS ROYAL (Sir Robert Ogden) Nicky Henderson 7-10-13 Mick Fitzgerald 7/1
2) RISK ACCESSOR (J P McManus) Christy Roche IRE t8-10-08 Timmy Murphy 10/1
3) TELEMOSS (Ashleybank Investments Limited) Nicky Richards 9-10-06 Tony Dobbin 5/1
4) ROYAL AUCLAIR (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls t6-11-01 Christian Williams (3) 33/1
5) IT TAKES TIME (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 9-11-04 Tony McCoy
6) ARMATURK (Barry Marshall) Paul Nicholls 6-11-00 Robbie McNally (3)
7) BALLINCLAY KING (Ian Guise, Brian Leatherday & Nicola Spence) Ferdy Murphy 9-10-11 Niall Mulholland (3)
8) KADOUN (J P McManus) Michael O'Brien IRE v1 6-10-08 Mr Denis Cullen (5)
9) YOUNG SPARTACUS (Bart Hellyer) Henry Daly 10-11-05 Mark Bradburne
10) EI EI (Susan Richards) Michael Chapman 8-10-08 Lee Vickers (3)
11) ADAMANT APPROACH (Greenstar Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-02 Ruby Walsh
12) ESKLEYBROOK (Victor Gethin) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-11-01 Robert Biddlcombe (5)
BD 12) HAND INN HAND (Patrick Burling Developments Ltd) Henry Daly 7-11-02 Richard Johnson 7/2 Fav
F 2 OUT) REDEMPTION (John Duggan & Michael Purtill) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-13 Warren Marston
F12) INDIAN SCOUT (Indian Scout Partnership) Ben De Haan 8-10-09 James Davies (5)
PU) BANKER COUNT (Mrs Hector Brown) Venetia Williams 11-10-05 Sam Thomas (7)
PU) FOLY PLEASANT (Jim Lewis & Friends) Henrietta Knight t9-11-12 Robert Thornton

17 ran Non-Runner: Master Tern (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: hd, 13, 1 1/2, 12, 8, 6, 5, 6, 10, 3/4, dist
Breeder: J & Mrs Desnouin Breeding: b g Garde Royale - Tchela (FR)
Tote Win: £6.70 Places: £2.00; £2.60; £2.10; £7.40 Exacta: £69.90

Winning trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous occupation/ apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78 Wins (1982/3--2002/03):40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 93, 69 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84, 91, 115, 114, 116 Cheltenham Festival wins: (25) County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich), Stayers (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough) Other major wins include: Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), BMW Handicap Chase (1998 Big Matt), West Yorkshire Hurdle (1999 Silver Wedge), Gerry Feilden Hurdle (1999 Bacchanal), Tote Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), AON Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Ladbroke Hurdle (2002 Chauvinist), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort) Wins Ths Season: 30

Winning Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald Date/place of birth: Cork, 10/05/1970 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (11) CATHCART CHASE: (1994 Raymylette, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), WILLIAM HILL NATIONAL HUNT CHASE (1995 Rough Quest, 2000 Marlborough), JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Tiutchev), BONUSPRINT STAYERS’ HURDLE (2000 Bacchanal), CORAL CUP (2003 Xenophon) Other Big Race Wins: MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL CHASE (1996 Rough Quest), MARTELL AINTREE HURDLE (Bimsey 1997), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (1995 Thinking Twice), MARTELL CUP CHASE (2000 See More Business), CHIVAS REGAL HANDICAP CHASE (2001 Kingsmark), VICTOR CHANDLER CHASE (Big Matt 1996), AGFA DIAMOND CHASE (1996 Amtrak Express), MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE HURDLE (1998 Hidebound), TOTE LANZAROTE HCAP HURDLE (1999 Tiutchev), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN GAME SPIRIT CHASE (1999 Celibate), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PENDILNOVICES’ CHASE (1999 Makounji), WEEKENDER DOVECOTE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Premier Generation), VOICE NEWSPAPER ADONIS JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), CHARLIE HALL CHASE (1999 and 2000 See More Business), ROSSINGTON MAIN NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Dusk Duel), AON CHASE (2000 See More Business), TOTE GOLD TROPHY HCAP HURDLE (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), DESERT ORCHID H’CAP CHASE (2000 Fadalko), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (2003 Fondmort) Number of Wins (1995/96-2002/03): 68; 82; 102; 121; 107; 78; 109; 77 Wins This Season: 29

SIXTH RACE RESULT

3.05pm THE TOTE BULA HURDLE
Class B, £75,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+, 2m 1/2f. Weights: 11st. Penalties: after September 30, 2002, a winner of a Class B weight-for-age hurdle or a Class A handicap hurdle 4lb; of a Class A weight-for-age hurdle 8lb (half penalties for wins achieved in novices’ hurdles in Great Britain and Ireland). Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) RIGMAROLE (Mr & Mrs Mark Woodhouse) Paul Nicholls 5-11-04 Robert Thornton 25/1
2) DAVENPORT MILENIUM (Miriam O‘Callaghan) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-00 Ruby Walsh 11/1
3) HASTY PRINCE (F F Racing Services Partership III) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-00 Tony McCoy
4) FLAME CREEK (Martin Wesson Partners) Noel Chance 7-11-08 Seamus Durack
5) ROOSTER BOOSTER (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 9-11-08 Richard Johnson 8/13 Fav
6) SPIRIT LEADER (Dill Thompson) Jessica Harrington IRE 7-10-11 Mick Fitzgerald
7) THE FRENCH FURZE (Jim Ennis) Nicky Richards 9-11-08 Tony Dobbin

7 ran Non-Runner: Specular (Vet’s Certificate)
Distances: 1, 1 3/4, 1, 1 1/4, hd, 20
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Breeding: b g Fairy King (USA) - Cattermole (USA)
Tote Win: £18.20 Places: £4.30; £3.30 Exacta: £144.90

Winning trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Date of first trainer’s licence: 01/11/91 Previous Occupation: professional jockey 1980-89. Rode 130 winners including Hennessy Gold Cup (1986 & 87), Irish Gold Cup (1988), Welsh Grand National (1987) Wins (1992/3--2002/03): 20,29,28,53,56,82,110,71, 83, 136, 152 Horses in training (1997-2003): 52, 60, 66, 65, 78, 105, 106 Aintree Festival wins: Calling Wild (1998 Chivas Regal Amateur Novices’ Chase), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2002 Armaturk), Martell Cup Chase (2000 See More Business), Martell Melling Chase (2001 Fadalko), Martell Foxhunters (2002 Torduff Express) Other big race wins: Desert Orchid H’cap Chase (2000 Fadalko, 2002 Valley Henry), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (2000 Rockforce), Mitsubishi Shogun Game Spirit Chase (2000 Flagship Uberalles), Aon Chase (2000 See More Business, 2001 Shotgun Willy, 2003 Valley Henry), Scottish Champion Hcap Hurdle (1999 Fadalko), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1995 Captain Khedive, 1999 Fadalko, 2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother) William Hill Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1998 Lake Kariba and 1999 Flagship Uberalles), Charlie Hall Chase (1999 and 2000 See More Business), King George VI Chase (1997, 1999 See More Business), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King, 1997 and 1998 See More Business), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Pillar Chase (1998, 2001 See More Business), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1993 See More Indians), attheraces Gold Cup (2001 & 2003 Ad Hoc), Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Tote Bula Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (4) Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname), Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business) Wins This Season: 66

Winning Jockey: Robert Thornton Date of birth: 14/7/78 Wins (1995/96-2002/03): 3; 30; 71; 37; 23; 40; 56; 50 Cheltenham Festival wins: (2) FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP CHASE (King Lucifer 1997), STAKIS CASINOS FINAL (Pharanear 1997) Big Race Wins: MARTELL FOXHUNTERS’ CHASE (Blue Cheek 1997), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (Shankar 1997), MICHAEL PAGE GROUP KINGMAKER NOVICES’ CHASE (Flagship Uberalles 1999), MONEY STORE RENDLESHAM HCAP HURDLE (1999 Pharanear), SPORTING INDEX CHASE (2002 Famfoni), TOTE BULA HURDLE (2003 Rigmarole) Wins this Season: 47

SEVENTH RACE RESULT
3.40pm THE TRIPLEPRINT NOVICES’ HURDLE
Class A, Grade Three, £30,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+, 3m 1 1/2f. Weights: 11st. Penalties: a winner of a Class D hurdle 4lb, of a Class A to C hurdle 7lb.Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £17,400; 2nd: £6,600; 3rd: £3,300; 4th: £1,500; 5th: £750; 6th: £450

1) COMPLY OR DIE (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 4-11-04 Tony McCoy 2/1 Fav
2) PHAR FROM FROSTY (Sandra Roe) Charles Egerton 6-11-04 Andrew Tinkler 9/2
3) CHAMPAGNE HARRY (Gavin MacEchem) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-07 Robert Biddlecombe 8/1
4) WINTERTIDE (J E Brown) Charlie Mann 7-11-07 David Crosse
5) THIEVES'GLEN (Panda Christie & Stephanie Gore) Hughie Morrison 5-11-00 Timmy Murphy
6) KEEPERS MEAD (J C Browne) Robert Alner 5-11-04 Robert Walford
7) RED EMPEROR (Mrs T Pritchard) Dr Philip Pritchard 9-11-00 Dr Philip Pritchard
PU) FORBEARING (A J Lomas) Martin Pipe 6-11-00 Todd Balfour
PU) BOSHAM MILL (GPS Racing) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-04 Tony Dobbin

9 ran
Distances: 3, 10, 2, 1/2, 18, dist
Breeder: Martin Dibbs Breeding: b g Old Vic - Madam Madcap
Tote Win: £3.00 Places: £1.60; £2.00; £1.10 Exacta: £20.10

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. Aintree Festival wins: Cheltenham Festival wins: (30) JCB Triumph Hurdle (1981 Baron Blakeney, 1995 Kissair), Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle (1994 Balasani, 1996 Cyborgo), Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 1993 Granville Again), Coral Eurobet 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), Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle (1989 Sayfar's Lad, 1990 Regal Ambition), Gerrard Supreme 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), Mildmay of Flete (1997 Terao, 1999 Majadou, 2000 Dark Stranger, 2002 Blowing Wind), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (1998 Blowing Wind), Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman) Other major wins: 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), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (1991 Chatam, 1988 Strands Of Gold), Whitbread Gold Cup (1995 Cache Fleur), Tote Gold Trophy (1997 Make A Stand), Tripleprint Gold Cup (1993 Fragrant Dawn, 1998 Northern Starlight), Long Walk Hurdle (1992 Vagog, 2002 Deano’s Beeno), Martell Top Novices’ Hurdle (1991 Granville Again, 1996 Tragic Hero, 1998 Fataliste), Martell Maghull Novices’ Chase (1992 Cyphrate), Martell Cup Chase (1991 Aquilifer), Martell Noblige H’cap Hurdle (1990 Sayparee, 1991 Trefelyn Cone, 1997 Cadougold), Martell Mildway Novices’ Chase (1995 Banjo, 1997 Cyborgo), Martell Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (1993 Lemon’s Mill, 1994 Cyborgo, 1996 Silver Shred, 2002 Classified), Martell Topham Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), Martell Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Martell Aintree Hurdle (1998 Pridwell, 2002 Ilnamar), Martell XO 4-Y-O Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), Martell Novices’ Hcap Chase (1999 Royal Predica), Martell Handicap Hurdle (2001 Carlovent) Wins (1974/75-2002/03): 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 Number of horses in training (1984-2003): 28, 38, 65, 60, 62, 108, 107, 131, 120, 81, 122, 66, 91, 94, 106, 136, 146, 103, 140, 165 Wins This Season: 89

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: (14) GRAND ANNUAL CHASE (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve), 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: 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), MUMM MELLING CHASE (Viking Flagship 1996), GLENLIVET ANNIVERSARY HURDLE (Zabadi 1996, Hors La Loi III 1999), BARTON & GUESTIER NOVICES’ HURDLE (1998 Fataliste), JOHN HUGHES TROPHY CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Northern Starlight), MUMM MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Boss Doyle), BELLE EPOQUE SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), MARTELL AINTREE HURDLE (1998 Pridwell), BARTON & GUESTIER HANDICAP HURDLE (1996 Top Spin, 2001 Carlovent), CHIVAS REGAL NOVICES’ HCAP CHASE (1999 Royal Predica) Winners 1994/5-2002/03:74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257 Wins this season: 125


LEADING TRAINERS AT THE TRIPLEPRINT MEETING 2003

1st 2nd 3rd
Martin Pipe 2 3 2
Nicky Henderson 2 1 1
Paul Nicholls 2 1 -
Alan King 2 - 1
Philip Hobbs 1 1 1
Venetia Williams 1 - 1
Robert Alner 1 - -
Peter Bowen 1 - -
Paul Webber 1 - -
Patrick Haslam - 1 1
Jonjo O’Neill - 1 1
Henry Daly - 1 -
Charles Egerton - 1 -
Henrietta Knight - 1 -
Willie Mullins IRE - 1 -
Christy Roche IRE - 1 -
Shane Donohoe IRE - - 1
Hughie Morrison - - 1
Nicky Richards - - 1
Sue Smith - - 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - - 1


LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE TRIPLEPRINT MEETING 2003

1st 2nd 3rd
Tony McCoy 3 3 3
Robert Thornton 3 1 1
Ruby Walsh 2 2 1
Richard Johnson 1 2 1
Mick Fitzgerald 1 1 1
Andrew Tinkler 1 1 -
Sam Thomas 1 - -
Andrew Thornton 1 - -
Jim Culloty - 1 -
Timmy Murphy - 1 -
Christian Williams - 1 -
Robert Biddlecombe - - 1
Brian Crowley - - 1
Tony Dobbin - - 1
Rodi Greene - - 1
Warren Marston - - 1
D F O’Regan - - 1


THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY




CHELTENHAM, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2003



2:30pm £100,000 Tripleprint Gold Cup Showcase Handicap (Class A) Grade 3 2m 4.5f (5yo+)

GOING: GOOD TO SOFT

BP= best price offered by Coral Eurobet, Blue Square, Tote, Stanleybet, Bet365 & William Hill

1) 0P/4220- FOLY PLEASANT (FR) 9-11-12 (Jim Lewis & Friends) Henrietta Knight/Robert Thornton
Always runs well in these sort of events at Prestbury Park but it looks as if the handicapper has got the measure of him He runs off a mark of 155 today, having previously won off a highest mark of 148.

BP= 25/1 Tote

2) U6/11P-50 ESKLEYBROOK 10-11-06 (Victor Gethin) Nigel Twiston-Davies/Robert Biddlecombe (5)
Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge won off a similar rating at Sandown in February but he was reluctant to race and well beaten last week at the same venue. A watching brief is recommended.

BP= 100/1 Bet365

3) 306/1-44 YOUNG SPARTACUS 10-11-05 (Bart Hellyer) Henry Daly/Mark Bradburne
This one ran well to finish fourth in last month's Paddy Power Gold Cup especially as he reportedly spread one plate and lost another. Might get a place. He will come on for that race and is he one worry is that his trainer also saddles a more fancied contestant with leading rider Richard Johnson on board.
BP= 14/1 Blue Square

4) 32162-F IT TAKES TIME (IRE) 9-11-04 (David Johnson) Martin Pipe/Tony McCoy
Well backed for the Paddy Power Gold Cup and could go off a generous price here. Fell at the second last in that contest when disputing third place but whether he would have won is another matter.

BP= 9/1 Blue Square & Tote

5) 111/440- ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 6-11-04 (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls/Christian Williams (3)
Royal Auclair is a horse with potential but he has never won on his first start of the campaign. Worth watching for later in the campaign.

BP= 33/1 generally except Coral Eurobet & Bet365

6) 42100-5 ARMATURK (FR) 6-11-03 (Barry Marshall) Paul Nicholls/Robbie McNally (3)
Had a spin over hurdles at Chepstow last month which should put him spot on for this. However a mark of 146 is plenty high enough for a horse who has never won in handicap company.

BP= 50/1 Tote & Bet365

7) 11115-3 HAND INN HAND 7-11-02 (Patrick Burling Developments Ltd) Henry Daly/ Richard Johnson
Another one who started the campaign over timber. Clearly a high-class chaser in the making having finished fifth in the Irish Independent Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival, but he is plenty short enough in price for his first start against the seasoned campaigners.

BP= 9/2 Coral Eurobet

8) 41F1F-5 ADAMANT APPROACH (IRE) 9-11-02 (Greenstar Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh
Any Willie Mullins representative in this country demands respect (remember Be My Royal in last year's Hennessy Gold Cup) but his last start was disappointing after falling two out when going well previously in a Grade One chase at Fairyhouse.

BP= 16/1 generally except Blue Square and Stanleybet

9) 3314P-P3 BALLINCLAY KING (IRE) 9-11-00 (Ian Guise, Brian Leatherday & Nicola Spence) Ferdy Murphy/Neil Mulholland (3)
Ballinclay King's win at Cheltenham in January was off a mark 10lb less than this. The recent rain will help his chances.

BP= 18/1 generally except Blue Square and William Hill

10) 1PP2-11 IRIS ROYAL (FR) 7-10-13 (Sir Robert Ogden) Nicky Henderson/Mick Fitzgerald
This horse has gone up 5lb in the handicap for winning last month's First National Gold Cup at Ascot. This could be overcome and apart from the fact that Fondmort's defection from this was in favour of a tilt at the King George, could it also be that trainer Nicky Henderson believes this one to be a genuine contender for the Tripleprint?
BP= 15/2 Coral Eurobet

11) 111-F21 KADOUN (IRE) 6-10-13 (J P McManus) Michael O'Brien IRE/Mr Denis Cullen (5)
Kadoun's victory in a Grade Three event at Naas is quite difficult to weigh up but he ran well in a handicap at Galway before that and an amateur rider is no concern as he partnered him in both those starts and takes off a valuable 5lb.

BP= 8/1 generally

12) F5F4-UP1 REDEMPTION 8-10-13 (John Duggan & Michael Purtill) Nigel Twiston-Davies/Carl Llewellyn
Redemption comfortably won at Newbury on November 28, although this is an entirely different proposition as he has been raised 11lb in the weights on to a mark 4lb above he has ever won off before. Needs career best effort here.
BP= 10/1 Coral Eurobet, Bet365 & William Hill

13) 2132U0/- BANKER COUNT 11-10-12 (Mrs Hector Brown) Venetia Williams/Sam Thomas (7)
A horse which has not raced for 609 days. A fine chaser two years ago with four victories, this is a tough task but trainer Venetia Williams is excellent at getting then ready first time out and the rider of the moment is on him.

BP= 50/1 generally except Stanleybet

14) 4134430 EI EI 8-10-11 (Susan Richards) Michael Chapman/Lee Vickers (3)
Ei Ei ran a brilliant race to finish third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. This was his best ever effort but for a horse who was beaten 23 lengths, a drop of 2lb ny the handicapper does not appear that generous. Could run into a place again.

BP= 80/1 Tote

15) 23-161F RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 8-10-08 (J P McManus) Christy Roche IRE/Timmy Murphy
The saying forgive a horse a poor run,' comes to mind with this one and he didn't even run badly last time, going down at the second last in the Paddy Power Gold Cup when still going well. Backed for that race by shrewd connections and it would be no shock if he wins today.

BP= 15/2 Tote & Bet365

16) NON RUNNER

17) 44/1114- TELEMOSS (IRE) 9-10-06 (Ashleybank Investments Limited) Nicky Richards/Tony Dobbin
Unable to run this season so far as he needs soft ground. Backed earlier in the week and the ground has come right. However, all the value has gone now.

BP= 7/1 Coral Eurobet

18) 1P//12F-3 INDIAN SCOUT (IRE) 8-10-00 (Indian Scout Partnership) Ben De Haan/James Davies (5)
Technically just out of the handicap but good claimer James Davies compensates with 5lb off. Made a very good seasonal debut at Wetherby last month when beaten in closing stages in race over three miles one furlong and this shorter trip should suit. Should go close.

BP= Indian Scout 14/1 generally except Stanleybet

SUMMARY
This is a very open race and it might be worth taking a chance YOUNG SPARTACUS each-way.


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