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Wednesday, December 3, 2008



ASCOT TEAMS UP WITH BETFAIR IN FAR-REACHING KING GEORGE SPONSORSHIP SIGNIFICANT SEVEN-FIGURE, FIVE YEAR DEAL ANNOUNCED




Ascot today announces Betfair, the world-leading betting company, as the new sponsor of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which will be run for £1,000,000 for the first time in 2009 (£850,000 in 2008).

The sponsorship will run initially for five years as the centerpiece of a wide-reaching commercial partnership between the two parties.

‘The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair)’ is the headline agreement in a substantial seven-figure deal over five years that Ascot and Betfair believe will develop into a wider commercial relationship. Ascot’s late July meeting will now be presented as the ‘Betfair Weekend featuring The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.’

Ascot Chief Executive, Charles Barnett, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Betfair in this exciting agreement primarily, of course, through their sponsorship of our premier race, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the highlight of what will now be Betfair Weekend at Ascot.

“The King George will be worth £1,000,000 for the first time in 2009, something which we have aspired to for some time and are now able to deliver as a direct result of this partnership.”

Elaborating on the additional aspects of the new association, Barnett explained: “Starting this coming February, Betfair will also be sponsoring our most valuable steeplechase, the Betfair Ascot Chase, and there will be annual branding around the site including stalls branding on the Friday of Royal Ascot.

“These additional strands to the partnership are just two illustrations of why this agreement is significantly more than traditional race sponsorship.”

The Betfair Ascot Chase, run this year as the Commercial First Ascot Chase and won by Kauto Star, will complement the Betfair Chase, run at Haydock in November, and is likely to form part of the Betfair Million bonus in future seasons.


Betfair’s Director of Horseracing, Stephen Burn, looked to the future and further commercial benefits for both the exchange and Ascot: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Ascot on this ground-breaking agreement, especially as it will take us up to and beyond the course's historic tercentenary in 2011.


“The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the world's great races and, while its sponsorship is the cornerstone of this initiative, there are considerable further elements to our partnership as Charles alludes to and we are looking forward to working with Ascot, and its other partners, to find new ways of integrating our cutting-edge technology. We also have the opportunity to create a ‘Betfair Lounge’ on site at Ascot.


“Across the world, Betfair is working with racing industries to help attract new customers and revenue streams to the sport. We are confident that this Ascot partnership will be a blueprint for how racecourses and Betfair can work together for the benefit of each other and our customers.”



BETFAIR’S NEW ASSOCIATION WITH ASCOT GOES FAR BEYOND THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES




Betfair’s excellent progress as a worldwide brand took a significant step forward today (Wednesday, December 3) with the announcement of a five-year deal with Ascot, Britain’s highest-profile racecourse.

The substantial seven-figure sponsorship revolves around Britain’s top international race, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, whose value has been boosted from £850,000 to £1 million for 2009, but also involves much else to push the Betfair brand.


Stephen Burn, Betfair’s Director of Horseracing, explained at the media launch at Corrigan’s in London’s Mayfair district: “We are very pleased that Ascot understand our business and are keen to work with us in a way that we have been hoping to work with racing for a such a long time - the Ascot executive has been very forward thinking.


“We don’t want to just attach our name to the King George, we desire a more deep-rooted and fundamental partnership with racing, to try and bring new customers to Ascot and the sport as well as maintaining existing ones.


“Our first ever-market at Betfair was the Epsom Oaks in 2000 and 36 people bet on that market and it is real tribute to our customers that within 10 years Betfair is able to do a headline deal such as this.


“The credit should go to our customers who have voted with their wallets to bet on racing in a different way.


“Betfair will continue to grow and we are really excited about what we can do for racing through the Ascot partnership.


“Now nearly half of Betfair’s customers come from outside the UK and the Australian team have worked pretty closely with us to sort out the Ascot deal. There is something called Royal Ascot in the city in Melbourne and we will bring over Australian customers and clients, particularly for Royal Ascot.


“It will be interesting how we can attract more people internationally to bet on Ascot and British racing. We are not obliged to make Levy payments on our international business but we continue to do so. This year we will pay approaching £2 million in voluntary payments to the Levy. So it can be frustrating to hear from time to time that Betfair is not doing enough to support British racing above what we are obliged to do.


“This sponsorship with Ascot now makes us easily the second-biggest sponsor in British racing with only the tote putting more money directly into sponsorship.”

Charles Barnett, Ascot’s Chief Executive, added: “ I am delighted to announce Betfair as the new sponsor of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot’s premier race which is regularly rated within the top three races worldwide.


“The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) is a headline agreement over five years which Ascot and Betfair believe will develop into a wider commercial relationship.


“Ascot’s late July meeting will be now be presented as the Betfair weekend, featuring the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) which will be worth £1 million for the first time in 2009, something we have aspired to for some time but are now able to deliver because of this new partnership.


“Today’s announcement is far more wide-reaching than the King George announcement - starting this coming February Betfair will be sponsoring our most valuable steeplechase, the £150,000 Betfair Ascot Chase.

“In the same way that you have seen pennants and boarding marking our association with other annual partners at Ascot, there will be annual Betfair branding around the racecourse throughout the year including stalls branding on the Friday of Royal Ascot.


“I am delighted to welcome Betfair as partners today and long forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

The Ascot sponsorship, the biggest in British Flat racing, will involve the establishment of Betfair lounges at Ascot where new and existing Betfair customers can experience the thrill of betting on horseracing.


The Betfair education trailer will be inside Ascot at all the Berkshire course’s fixtures to assist racegoers.


Betfair’s corporate entertaining at Ascot will involve boxes in prominent positions.


The international appeal of Ascot and Royal Ascot will be leveraged by Betfair to build its racing custom worldwide.


The Betfair Ascot Chase will be used to augment the Betfair Million bonus which kicks off with the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November.


HISTORY OF THE KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (SPONSORED BY BETFAIR)

The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a relatively new event in the racing calendar, having been first run in 1951.


However, despite its youth, the mile and a half contest quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious middle distance events in the world and regularly attracts the very best horses from Europe and further afield.

Being open to three-year-olds and upwards, the King George presents the first major opportunity for the cream of the Classic generation to take on the best older horses.


The first running was called the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Festival of Britain Stakes because of the 1951 Festival of Britain, held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in south London. It was the richest-ever race run in Britain, worth £25,322 to the winner, and attracted a very strong field, including three British Classic winners that year and six French raiders, with 19 runners in all lining up, still the biggest field to have gone to post.


Supreme Court was victorious under Charlie Elliott in the inaugural running, defeating Zucchero by three-quarters of a length and maintaining his unbeaten record as a three-year-old.


A year later Tulyar became the first of 13 Derby winners to go on and win the King George in the same year, despite Charlie Smirke putting up 2lb overweight, with a neck victory over Gay Time.


The following year, Pinza, another Derby winner who gave Gordon Richards his first success in the Epsom Downs Classic at the 28th attempt, was triumphant by a comfortable three lengths.


Queen Elizabeth II secured the contest named in honour of her parents when Aureole triumphed in the heavy ground that prevailed in 1954, while Vimy, trained in France by Alec Head, became the first overseas winner in 1955.

Italy's greatest-ever horse Ribot was the facile winner in 1956. Trained by Ugo Penco and ridden by Enrico Camici, Ribot defeated High Veldt by five lengths at Ascot enabling him to continue his unbeaten run which ultimately resulted in 16 straight victories. In addition to his King George victory, Ribot also landed two renewals of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, the other top European mile and a half all-aged contest.

Ballymoss provided the great Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien with the first of his three King George victories in 1958 and then won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


The first half of the 1960s came to be dominated by horses trained in France and Ireland. Right Royal V and Match III were triumphant for France in 1961 and 1962 respectively, while Nasram II gave the French another win in 1964. Ireland enjoyed two successes during this period, both trained by Paddy Prendergast, in Ragusa (1963) and Meadow Court (1965).


Lester Piggott still holds the record number of King George wins for a jockey and the great rider recorded the first of his seven wins aboard Meadow Court. Piggott followed up in 1966 on Aunt Edith, the first filly to win the King George and the first of three consecutive wins for Newmarket trainer Noel Murless. The Murless hat-trick was completed by Busted (1967) and Royal Palace (1968).

Park Top's last-to-first victory gave Piggott his third King George victory in 1969 and the following year the
jockey claimed his greatest win in the race when Nijinsky, who subsequently completed the Triple Crown, defeated the previous year's Derby winner Blakeney by an effortless two lengths.


Mill Reef was the impressive six-length victor in 1971, while 1972 saw his great rival Brigadier Gerard record his only victory over a mile and a half as he defeated Parnell by a length and a half.


The admirable French-trained filly Dahlia became the first dual King George winner when she was successful in 1973 and 1974, with Australian Bill Pyers in the saddle for her first triumph when she came from last to first, and Lester Piggott aboard for the second.

Her owner, the flamboyant Texan Nelson Bunker Hunt, had not been keen to run in 1973, as Dahlia had only appeared in the Irish Oaks the week before and was a three-year-old filly running against the colts. Her trainer, Maurice Zilber, thought otherwise: “I declared her, anyway. Then I phoned him and said, ‘She has to run’. Bunker Hunt said, ‘Give me half an hour and I'll phone you back’. He phoned back and said, ‘If you run her and she wins, okay. If she gets beaten, I will take all my horses away from you’. I said, `Fine, but get on a plane. This may be your first and last chance to meet the Queen of England’.”

Dahlia attempted the treble in 1975 but had to be satisfied with third place in what was described by many as the "Race of the Century". Grundy, who had landed the Derby and Irish Derby earlier in the season, and Bustino, the previous year's St Leger hero, fought out a tremendous battle up the home straight with the Peter Walwyn-trained Grundy just managing to prevail by half a length, setting a race record time of 2 minutes 26.98 seconds, which still stands today.


Over the next few years, the best winners included in 1977 The Minstrel, successful earlier in the Derby, who showed all of his renowned courage to deny Orange Bay by a short-head.

Troy in 1979 was another Derby winner to go on to glory at Ascot, defeating Gay Mecene by a length and a half.

Two years later the great Shergar followed in the footsteps of Nijinsky, Grundy, The Minstrel and Troy by completing the treble of the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and King George when he was the facile four-length winner.


Teenoso, the previous year's Derby winner, put up a brave pillar to post performance under Lester Piggott in 1984 to give the jockey his final King George triumph.


Dancing Brave showed himself in 1986 to be an outstanding performer with his victory over Shadari and Triptych with Shahrastani, who defeated him at Epsom in the Derby, back in fourth.


Reference Point (1987), Nashwan (the shortest-priced winner at 2-9 in 1989) and Generous (by seven lengths - the greatest winning margin - in1991) continued the good run of Derby winners in the King George.


Godolphin enjoyed the first of its five King George triumphs in 1995 when Lammtarra, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Frankie Dettori, prevailed in a thrilling finish by a neck from Pentire.

Lammtarra was undefeated in his four-race career and won the Epsom Derby, King George and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the same season, only the second horse after Mill Reef to capture those three top races.


Pentire gained compensation for his narrow defeat of 1995 when he triumphed in 1996, defeating Derby winner Shaamit in the process. Pentire's victory heralded a period of King George history when the older horses would reign supreme.


Godolphin's Swain became the second horse to win twice, being successful in 1997, when ridden by John Reid, and in 1998, with Frankie Dettori up. His victory in 1998, over Derby scorer High-Rise, at the age of six means he is also the oldest horse to ever have won the King George.

It was to be three consecutive wins for Godolphin when Daylami was the impressive five-length winner from his stable companion Nedawi in 1999, giving Frankie Dettori his third King George triumph.

Montjeu's win in 2000 was certainly the easiest of Michael Kinane's five successes as the Sadler's Wells colt, trained in France by John Hammond, defeated Fantastic Light by an effortless length and three quarters. Kinane had to work harder a year later when Galileo, the first Epsom Derby winner to land the Ascot race since Lammtarra, came home two lengths clear of Fantastic Light, who gained his revenge later in the season when placings were reversed in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Golan won on his seasonal reappearance in 2002 while a year later the Irish-trained Alamshar was the impressive three and a half length victor, with Godolphin's Sulamani taking second place. Godolphin's fifth victory came in 2004, when Doyen followed up on his earlier Ascot success in the Hardwicke Stakes with a three-length defeat of Hard Buck. The runner-up was trained in the USA by Kenny McPeek, further emphasising just how international the King George has now become.


The 2005 race was run at Newbury while Ascot was undergoing redevelopment and was won by Azamour, a second King George win for Irish trainer John Oxx and a fifth for jockey Michael Kinane.


Heart's Cry, second in the 2005 Japan Cup and winner of the 2006 Dubai Sheema Classic, played his part in one of the most memorable finishes to the King George in recent memory in 2006. A protracted battle saw the five-year-old Japanese runner finish a length third to 2005 Arc winner Hurricane Run, with Dubai World Cup victor Electrocutionist splitting the pair.


"It was a world class race and to come so close with a horse who had travelled all the way from Japan was one of the greatest thrills that any owner would wish for," owner Terruya Yoshida said after the race. “In Japan, the King George is recognised as one of the most prestigious and important races in the global calendar and we'll be back!" Heart’s Cry was watched by 10 million people on the Green Channel at home in spite of the race going off close to midnight there.


Dylan Thomas proved the top middle-distance performer of his generation in 2007 with an authoritative four-length victory over Youmzain. The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, who had already been successful in the 2006 Irish Derby, went on to victories at the highest level in the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in which he once again got the better of the Youmzain.


Duke Of Marmalade was the top European older horse of 2008 - he recently received the Cartier Racing Award for this category - and he showed talent and resolution when battling back to regain the lead from Papal Bull in the final furlong of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The victory was his fourth of five consecutive Group One successes and the only one over 12 furlongs.



KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES FACTS & FIGURES (SPONSORED BY BETFAIR)

♦ Britain's top middle-distance race for three-year-olds and older horses is a relatively new race, being first run in 1951.


♦ The prestigious race was initiated to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1851 Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace and the 1951 Festival of Britain. In the first year, it was called the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Festival of Britain Stakes.


♦ That first running saw Supreme Court beat a terrific field that included the winner of the French Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Tantieme), Derby victor (Arctic Prince), French Derby and St Leger winner (Scratch II), 1,000 Guineas heroine (Belle of All), 2,000 Guineas scorer (Ki Ming) and Washington International Stakes winner (Wilwyn).


♦ Prize money in 1951 amounted to total stakes of £30,000, with £20,000 added including a piece of plate presented by Their Majesties and £5,000 by the Jockey Club.


♦ The 1951 winner received £25,322 and 10 shillings. The 2008 running carried a record £850,000 in total prize money, up £100,000 from last year, with the winner receiving £482,545.


♦ A course record was set in the first running when Supreme Court won in a time of 2m 29.4 seconds.


♦ In 1975 there was what is still remembered as the race of the 20th century, when Grundy beat Bustino by half a length in an epic encounter up the home straight. Grundy set a race record time of 2m 26.98 seconds, which still stands today.


♦ The Minstrel’s victory in 1977 helped Irish-based Vincent O'Brien collect the British trainers’ title despite his horses winning only 18 races.


♦ Similarly in 2001, Galileo’s success in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes enabled Aidan O’Brien to become the first Irish-based trainer to capture the British trainers’ title since Vincent O’Brien, even though he only won 20 races during that year. The master of Ballydoyle emulated the feat this year and last year. Dylan Thomas helped the trainer to another title in 2007, one of O’Brien’s 18 victories throughout the campaign in Britain. Duke Of Marmalade’s victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes was one of the trainer’s 20 successes in Britain during 2008.


♦ Lammtarra’s victory in 1995 was the middle leg of a rare treble. He had won the Derby at Epsom Downs and went on to take the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October on his only three starts that year. The last horse to win these three races was Mill Reef in 1971. Lammtarra, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, retired unbeaten.


♦ French-trained horses have won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 10 times, most recently with Hurricane Run in 2006. Dahlia, trained by Maurice Zilber, was the first dual winner in 1973 and 1974. The only other horse to win the race twice is Swain, successful in 1997 and 1998.


♦ Irish-trained horses have triumphed 11 times, most recently with Duke Of Marmalade in 2008.


♦ There has been one Italian-trained victor in the shape of the great Ribot, who was the facile winner in 1956.


♦ Jockeys Michael Kinane and Frankie Dettori have great records in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with five and four wins apiece respectively. The Irishman tasted success with Belmez (1990), King’s Theatre (1994), Montjeu (2000), Galileo (2001) and Azamour (2005). He also was second on Classic Cliche (1996) and Pilsudski (1997). Dettori triumphed on Lammtarra (1995), Swain (1998), Daylami (1999) and Doyen (2004). Johnny Murtagh moved up to three winners after his success on Duke Of Marmalade in 2008 - his other two successes came through Dylan Thomas (2007) and Alamshar (2003).


♦ The most successful jockey of all time in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is Lester Piggott. The ‘Long Fellow’ was victorious seven times on Meadow Court (1965), Aunt Edith (1966), Park Top (1969), Nijinsky (1970), Dahlia (1974), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1984).


♦ The late Dick Hern and Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor have the best training records in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Hern recorded five victories with Brigadier Gerard (1972), Troy (1979), Ela-Mana-Mou (1980), Petoski (1985) and Nashwan (1989) while bin Suroor’s five winners so far have come courtesy of Lammtarra (1995), Swain (1997 & 1998), Daylami (1999) and Doyen (2004). Henry Cecil has trained three winners, Reference Point (1987), Belmez (1990) and King’s Theatre (1994), as has Sir Michael Stoute (Shergar (1981), Opera House (1993) and Golan (2002)) and Aidan O’Brien (Galileo (2001), Dylan Thomas (2007) and Duke Of Marmalade (2008)).


♦ The Queen has had one victory in the race named in honour of her parents. Aureole came home in front in 1954, while her French Oaks winner Highclere was second in 1974, chasing home another great filly in Dahlia.


♦ The 2001 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the 51st renewal, saw Galileo become the first Epsom Derby (and three-year-old) winner to win the Ascot contest since Lammtarra in 1995. Aidan O’Brien’s colt fought out a tremendous finish with Godolphin’s Fantastic Light, who was runner-up for the second successive season. Fantastic Light gained his revenge on Galileo when taking the Irish Champion Stakes in another thrilling finish later in the year, which helped him to go on and claim his second World Racing Series Championship.


♦ Besides Galileo and Lammtarra, other Epsom Derby heroes to have gone on to success at Ascot in the same season are Generous (1991), Nashwan (1989), Reference Point (1987), Shergar (1981), Troy (1979), The Minstrel (1977), Grundy (1975), Mill Reef (1971), Nijinsky (1970), Pinza (1953) and Tulyar (1952). Teenoso (1984) and Royal Palace (1968) were victorious at Ascot the year after winning at Epsom.


♦ Pawneese (1976) is the only Epsom Oaks winner to have gone on to win at Ascot in the same season. Time Charter (1983) scored at Ascot the year after her success in the Oaks. Dahlia recorded the first of her two wins in 1973 after capturing the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.


♦ The 2002 winner Golan took the race on his seasonal debut.


♦ The 2005 renewal was run at Newbury while Ascot was being redeveloped.


♦ The Japanese Racing Association in 2008 started a system which gives the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner and runner-up automatic invitations to run in the Japan Cup in November.




BOYLESPORTS.COM GOLD CUP WEIGHTS REVEALED - O’GRADY HOPING SKY CAN FLY HIGH AT CHELTENHAM ONCE AGAIN




Meeting - Boylesports International, Cheltenham Racecourse
Dates - Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13
First race - 12.10pm Friday & 12.15pm Saturday
Tickets available from www.cheltenham.co.uk or by calling 08445 793 003.

ISDN facilities are available for radio interviews if required

Weights are revealed today for the £150,000 Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2.30pm), run over two miles and five furlongs on the second day of the Boylesports International at Cheltenham, Saturday, December 13.


The Irish have landed the valuable handicap chase on six occasions, most recently with Sir Oj three years ago. Edward O’Grady sent out the penultimate Irish-trained winner Go Roger Go in 2000 and hopes to be represented this year with Sky’s The Limit (10st 1lb), who is currently a 16/1 chance with Boylesports. The seven-year-old is no stranger to success at Cheltenham, having triumphed under joint top-weight in the Coral Cup at The Festival in 2006. Last season he proved he had a high level of ability over fences with Grade One wins at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse, while on his only start this year he took third place behind Noland and Finger Onthe Pulse in a Grade Three handicap chase at Down Royal on November 1

Edward O’Grady revealed today: “It depends on how he works at the weekend, but I would like to run Sky’s The Limit in the Boylesports.com Gold Cup.


“We were very happy with his run first time out this season at Down Royal but then he unfortunately had to miss his next intended start at Cheltenham.


“So we would like to bring him back to Cheltenham for the Boylesports.com Gold Cup but we just need to see how he gets on at the weekend. He seems to go on most types of ground.”


There are three other Irish-trained contenders including Finger Onthe Pulse (10st 4lb), victorious in last season’s Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase at The Festival, the Willie Mullins-trained Scotsirish (10st 2lb) and Notable D'Estruval (9st 2lb) from the yard of Arthur Moore.


Heading the handicap is the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Exotic Dancer (11st 12lb), successful in this contest two years ago. The eight-year-old is a four-time winner at Cheltenham and also finished runner-up to Kauto Star in the 2007 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.


There is certainly no stopping the Nicky Henderson stable at present and the Seven Barrows handler could be represented by recent Ascot scorer Jack The Giant (11st 1lb), 2005 Royal & SunAlliance Chase victor Trabolgan (10st 5lb) who could make his first racecourse appearance in over three years, Barbers Shop (10st 4lb), who is owned by The Queen, and the mare My Petra (10st 1lb) victorious on both her starts so far this season.


Imperial Commander (10st 6lb and the 3/1 favourite with Boylesports) was a most impressive winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup at The Open on November 15 and he could attempt to become only the fourth horse to land the two Cheltenham contests in the same season following on from Pegwell Bay (1988), Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Exotic Dancer (2006). His trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies could also run Battlecry (10st) and Patman Du Charmil (9st 2lb).


The Boylesports.com Gold Cup is one of the few major prizes over jumps to have eluded champion trainer Paul Nicholls. His seven entries this year include Big Buck’s (10st 13lb), who parted company with Sam Thomas at the last fence when still in contention in last week’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, the 2008 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy third Noland (10st 13lb) who created a favourable impression when winning on his seasonal reappearance at Down Royal, Oslot (10st 9lb), Nozic (10st 7lb), Gwanako (10st 5lb), Paddy Power Gold Cup sixth Silverburn (9st 11lb) and New Little Bric (9st 8lb).

Other interesting contenders include Possol (9st 11lb) from the Henry Daly yard and an impressive winner at Haydock on November 25 and Paddy Power Gold Cup third Private Be (9st 6lb), trained by Philip Hobbs.

The Boylesports.com Gold Cup forms part of a superb seven-race card at Cheltenham on Saturday, December 13. The card also features the £200,000 Boylesports.com International (3.05pm), the third richest hurdle race in Britain and Ireland and a leading trial for the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle.


Friday’s highlight is the £100,000 Listed Boylesports.com Cashback Chase (1.55pm) over an extended three miles, one furlong. The competitive seven-race card also includes the Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase (1.20pm) and the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (12.45pm) over three miles, a qualifier for the Pertemps Hurdle Final at The Festival in March.




LATEST PRICES FROM BOYLESPORTS
Imperial Commander 3/1, Barbers Shop 6/1, Silverburn 6/1, Jack The Giant 9/1, My Petra 10/1, Noland 10/1, Possol 10/1, Finger On The Pulse 12/1, L'Antartique 14/1, Three Mirrors 14/1, Big Buck's 16/1, Private Be 16/1, Sky's The Limit 16/1, New Little Bric 20/1, Nozic 20/1, Oslot 20/1, Scotsirish 20/1, Exotic Dancer 20/1, Lord Henry 20/1, Ring The Boss 20/1, Battlecry 20/1, Maljimar 20/1, Piraya 20/1, Yes Sir 20/1, Regal Heights 25/1, Gwanko 25/1, Il Duce 25/1, I'm So Lucky 25/1, Oceanos Des Obeaux 25/1, Acambo 33/1, Aces Four 33/1, Pur De Sivola 33/1, Gold Medallist 33/1, Oh Crick 33/1, Stan 33/1, The Hairy Lemon 33/1, Trabolgan 33/1, Abragante 33/1, Billyvodan 40/1, Crozan 40/1, Frankie Figg 40/1, Mister Mcgoldrick 40/1, Notable D'Estruval 40/1, Patman Du Charmil 40/1, Santa’s Son 40/1, Nation State 40/1

Each-Way: 1/4 the odds - 1, 2, 3, 4

THE BOYLESPORTS.COM GOLD CUP
Class 1, Grade 3, £150,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.30pm, Cheltenham, Saturday, December 13, 2008. For four-year-olds and upwards. Two miles and five furlongs (New Course). Penalties: after November 29, a winner of a chase 5lb - no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 2lb. Entries closed November 25, entries revealed November 26 (47 entries), weights revealed December 3. Five-day confirmation stage Monday, December 8. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, December 11. Maximum field size 17, plus 2 reserves. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Monday, December 1.


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
2353-23 EXOTIC DANCER (FR) 8-11-12 Sir Robert Ogden Jonjo O'Neill
36/111-1 JACK THE GIANT (IRE) 6-11-01 Hanbury Syndicate Nicky Henderson
121301-U BIG BUCK'S (FR) 5-10-13 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
1//1132-1 NOLAND 7-10-13 John Hales Paul Nicholls
241F/P5- ACES FOUR (IRE) 9-10-11 The DPRP Aces Partnership Ferdy Murphy
U515-5P MISTER MCGOLDRICK 11-10-11 Richard Longley Sue Smith
121-164 OSLOT (FR) 6-10-09 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
22112/-U NOZIC (FR) 7-10-07 Sam Mcvie Paul Nicholls
03/114-1 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (IRE) 7-10-06 Our Friends in the North Nigel Twiston-Davies
U/11640- L'ANTARTIQUE (FR) 8-10-06 Mary Durkan Ferdy Murphy
45321-U GWANAKO (FR) 5-10-05 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
/1221/1//- TRABOLGAN (IRE) 10-10-05 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
21P32-2 LORD HENRY (IRE) 9-10-04 Karola Vann Philip Hobbs
2215-12 FINGER ONTHE PULSE (IRE) 7-10-04 Conor Clarkson Tom Taaffe IRE
24121-2 BARBERS SHOP 6-10-04 The Queen Nicky Henderson
126P-0U REGAL HEIGHTS (IRE) 7-10-04 Janet Heler Donald McCain Jnr
301-0U42 SCOTSIRISH (IRE) 7-10-02 Double R Stables LLP Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
11544-3 SKY'S THE LIMIT (FR) 7-10-01 Raymond Rooney Edward O'Grady IRE
2PP2-P4 IL DUCE (IRE) 8-10-01 Liz Prowting Alan King
22P0-11 MY PETRA 5-10-01 Mr & Mrs Richard Kelvin Hughes Nicky Henderson
14332-2 BATTLECRY 7-10-00 Trevor Hemmings Nigel Twiston-Davies
06P21-5 THREE MIRRORS 8-9-13 Sean Murphy Ferdy Murphy
133-4F0 PIRAYA (FR) 5-9-12 Terry Neill David Pipe
5114-2P STAN (NZ) 9-9-11 Paul Beck Venetia Williams
22-2F11 I'M SO LUCKY 6-9-11 Sheila Brookhouse David Pipe
13P/P40-P BILLYVODDAN (IRE) 9-9-11 Trevor Hemmings Henry Daly
6/2314-6 SILVERBURN (IRE) 7-9-11 Paul Green Paul Nicholls
2321-01 POSSOL (FR) 5-9-11 Neville Statham Henry Daly
P6321F0 YES SIR (IRE) 9-9-10 Yvonne Hill & Tom Healy Peter Bowen
P6/1F6-P ACAMBO (GER) 7-9-08 David Johnson David Pipe
10/4P5P-5 NEW LITTLE BRIC (FR) 7-9-08 Kathy Stuart Paul Nicholls
2U41U-0 MALJIMAR (IRE) 8-9-06 Jane Williams Nick Williams
1/B0P-432 PRIVATE BE 9-9-06 David and Daphne Walsh Philip Hobbs
4123-U2 OCEANOS DES OBEAUX (FR) 6-9-05 Mike Tuckey Philip Hobbs
1P0-105 SANTA'S SON (IRE) 8-9-05 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
14110-6 THE HAIRY LEMON 8-9-05 The Hairy Lemon Partnership Alan King
2032-124 RING THE BOSS (IRE) 7-9-04 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs
4/000F-5 CROZAN (FR) 8-9-02 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
34016-0 NOTABLE D'ESTRUVAL (FR) 7-9-02 P J Mccarthy Arthur Moore IRE
2620-PP PATMAN DU CHARMIL (FR) 6-9-02 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
121F4-4P PUR DE SIVOLA (FR) 5-9-01 Thurloe 50 Alan King
22105-5 GOLD MEDALLIST 8-9-00 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
10P56-0 ABRAGANTE (IRE) 7-8-13 David Johnson David Pipe
110-1423 OH CRICK (FR) 5-8-11 David Sewell Alan King
F133-F3 FRANKIE FIGG (IRE) 6-8-08 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
3651-04 NATION STATE 7-8-02 J D Brownrigg Gary Moore
335-111 ACCORDING TO PETE 7 NQ* Peter Nelson Malcolm Jefferson

47 entries
4 Irish-trained

* Not qualified as race conditions stipulate that a horse must have run three times over fences to be eligible. According To Pete has only run twice over fences.




NUMIDE TARGETS THE LADBROKE AT ASCOT ON DECEMBER 20




NUMIDE TARGETS THE LADBROKE AT ASCOT ON DECEMBER 20

The Ladbroke, the joint richest handicap hurdle in Britain with £150,000 in prize money, has received a very strong entry of 56 including eight who are unbeaten this season.


Among those with a perfect record this campaign is Numide who captured the £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham last month on his seasonal debut.


The five-year-old is being aimed at The Ladbroke, which takes place at Ascot on Saturday, December 20, according to trainer Gary Moore who has made three entries in total.


The Sussex-based handler commented: “Numide will be my number one for The Ladbroke which has been the plan since Cheltenham all being well. Harry Tricker and Wingman might have chances in the race too but Numide is the definite runner at the moment.


“He came out of the Greatwood fine but I have not done a great deal with him since. I will step up his training now with under three weeks to go before The Ladbroke.


“Hopefully, the ground at Ascot will get as soft as it was at Cheltenham. Numide does need soft ground - he has the ability to quicken out of soft ground which a lot of other horses haven’t got. That is what makes him so good in soft ground.


“Wingman ran a good race to be sixth in the Greatwood but he is only a 1lb lower in the handicap since then so it is going to be tough for him still. He runs this Saturday and we will see how he gets on.


“The handicapper put up Numide 8lb for his win which I thought was a bit hard because it should have been less on a line through King’s Revenge (third) who is a great benchmark as he has not won a race for nearly two years because he is so consistent. I thought the handicapper would put Numide up 5lb so 8lb was more than enough.”

Ladbrokes have opened betting and Numide is the 6/1 joint-favourite. Aigle D’Or, trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by J P McManus, was beaten a head by Numide at Cheltenham on November 16 when he gave away 16lb and on current ratings is 2lb better off. The weights for The Ladbroke will be revealed on Wednesday, December 10.



The in-form Henderson has a strong hand, with his other entries being easy Ascot winner Sentry Duty, who beat King’s Revenge by six lengths on November 1, French Opera , a faller on his chasing debut but successful in an Aintree handicap hurdle in October, and Blue Shark who has been off the course for three years but is talented performer. The trainer is seeking his third victory in The Ladbroke after success for Jack The Giant last year and Chauvinist in 2002.

Two of champion trainer Paul Nicholls’ four entries for The Ladbroke have unblemished records this season, novice Tchico Polos, who has made all to win easily at both Chepstow (October 11) and Wincanton (November 8), and Take The Breeze, who gained a Sandown handicap on November 8.

The handler’s other two entries are Font, twice a winner this season and second to Alfie Flits in a Listed Haydock novices’ hurdle on November 22, and Five Dream, fourth to Crackaway Jack in a Chepstow handicap hurdle on his seasonal debut in October.


Four-year-old River Liane, a winner of a Listed hurdle at Naas on November 8 on his return to action, is one of nine Irish entries. No Irish-trained horse has won The Ladbroke since the race was switched from Ireland to England in 2001.

David Pipe, on the other hand, won with Acambo during his first season in 2006 and his father was successful the two previous years with Desert Air and Tamarinbleu.

The trainer has the very useful Ashkazar, successful in last season’s Imperial Cup at Sandown and the other 6/1 joint-favourite with Ladbrokes, engaged this year as well as Mamlook and Acambo.


Art Professor, a winner of an Ascot handicap hurdle on November 21 on his only start this year, comes from Venetia Williams’ stable which was responsible for The Ladbroke winner Thesis in 2003.


Irish Legend, successful on his two starts this season at Bangor and Chepstow, and Motive, from Howard Johnson’s stable, are the other two unbeaten horses this season. County Durham-based Johnson and owners Andrea and Graham Wylie also have Arcalis, who has not raced since April, 2007 and is one of the likely top-weights, and Gringo, second to Take The Breeze at Sandown in November, in The Ladbroke.


West Country handler Philip Hobbs can pick between recent easy Exeter winner Belcantisa, Newbury victor Hector’s Choice, Hibiki who was a short-head second to Art Professor at Ascot, and recent Newbury third Prince Taime.

Ascot races on both Friday, December 19 (first race 12.45pm) and Saturday, December 20 (first race 12.30pm), with excellent contests on both days including the Grade One BGC Long Walk Hurdle, three Grade Twos and one Listed race beside The Ladbroke.


LADBROKES OPENING PRICES
THE LADBROKE, ASCOT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
Ashkazar 6/1, Numide 6/1, Aigle D'Or 8/1, Sentry Duty 8/1, Psycho 10/1, River Liane 12/1, Khyber Kim 14/1, Tchico Polos 14/1, Sky Hall 16/1, Sunnyhillboy 16/1, Alsadaa 20/1, Art Professor 20/1, Belcantista 20/1, Blue Shark 20/1, Cuan Na Grai 20/1, Five Dream 20/1, Gloucester 20/1, Take The Breeze 20/1, Wingman 20/1, Acambo 25/1, European Dream 25/1, Font 25/1, French Opera 25/1, Gay Sloane 25/1, Hector's Choice 25/1, Hibiki 25/1, Mamlook 25/1, Mourne Rambler 25/1, Noble Alan 25/1, Prince Taime 25/1, Group Captain 33/1, Harry Tricker 33/1, Hernando Royal 33/1, Irish Legend 33/1, King's Revenge 33/1, Right Or Wrong 33/1, Sanglote 33/1, Sole Bonne Femme 33/1, Spear Thistle 33/1, Squadron 33/1, Arcalis 40/1, Folk Tune 40/1, Gringo 40/1, Leamington Lad 40/1, Motive 40/1, Weather Front 40/1, Approved Force 50/1, Red Admiral 50/1, Riguez Dancer 50/1, Songe 50/1, Stripe Me Blue 50/1, Annie's Answer 66/1, Hue 66/1, Matuhi 66/1, Cnoc Moy 100/1, Good Spirit 100/1

1/4 odds 1,2,3,4

20 FOR BGC LONG WALK HURDLE

A cracking renewal of the Grade One £100,000 Grade One BGC Long Walk Hurdle (1.40pm) is in prospect at Ascot on Saturday, December 20, with 20 entries having been received.


Duc de Regniere could not have been more impressive when collecting the Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on November 29, when he overcame Mobaasher, Pettifour and Blazing Bailey. The six-year-old is one of three entries for the red-hot Nicky Henderson stable alongside stable companions Afrad and Punchestowns, who caught the eye when successful under top-weight in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last month.


Last year Lough Derg scored a famous front-running victory and is a possible starter once again this year while other interesting contenders include last season’s Triumph Hurdle runner-up Franchoek, Elusive Dream, a Grade Two winner at Aintree last season and Fair Along, a Listed winner at Cheltenham last month.

There are two decent mares entered in Kruguyrova, who finished second to Tidal Bay in the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham last season and One Gulp, who recorded a decisive success in a Listed mares’ event at Kempton in November.


THE LADBROKE
Class 1, Listed Race, £150,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.15pm, Ascot, Saturday, December 20, 2008. For 4yo+ rated 0-150. Two miles. Penalties: after December 6, a winner of a hurdle 6lb. No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed December 2, entries revealed December 3 (56 entries), weights revealed December 10, five-day confirmation stage December 15, final 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am, December 18. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, December 1.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
P6/1F6-P ACAMBO (GER) 7 David Johnson David Pipe
110-2 AIGLE D'OR 5 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
12560-4 ALSADAA (USA) 5 Mrs P J Sheen Laura Mongan
110/140- ANNIE'S ANSWER (IRE) 8 R G Makin Jane Makin
11050-4 APPROVED FORCE (USA) 4 Tim Wood Lucy Wadham
465541/- ARCALIS 8 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
11263-1 ART PROFESSOR (IRE) 4 Jeremy Hancock Venetia Williams
14112- ASHKAZAR (FR) 4 David Johnson David Pipe
2332-01 BELCANTISTA (FR) 6 J P McManus Philip Hobbs
5/23311//- BLUE SHARK (FR) 6 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
414-200 CNOC MOY (IRE) 4 Mrs C Hardman Oliver Sherwood
1162P/-4 CUAN NA GRAI (IRE) 7 J J Brennan Paul Nolan IRE
3320-01 EUROPEAN DREAM (IRE) 5 You Trotters Richard Guest
31100-4 FIVE DREAM (FR) 4 Scott-Macdonald, Kilduff, Donlon & Doyle Paul Nicholls
50-0044 FOLK TUNE (IRE) 5 J N Blackburn Ferdy Murphy
42-1102 FONT 5 Mr & Mrs R Nevinson And Mr & Mrs G Mason Paul Nicholls
1/222-1F FRENCH OPERA 5 Judy Wilson & Martin Landau Nicky Henderson
220-124 GAY SLOANE (IRE) 4 Wee County Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
05-622B GLOUCESTER 5 S M Smith & Keith Hunter Michael Scudamore
F3120/-P GOOD SPIRIT (FR) 6 P And Mrs G A Clarke Jennie Candlish
1/0053-2 GRINGO 6 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
1542-03 GROUP CAPTAIN 6 Peter Webb Hugh Collingridge
310F-06 HARRY TRICKER 4 Richard Green Gary Moore
121 HECTOR'S CHOICE (FR) 4 James and Jean Potter Philip Hobbs
0225-24 HERNANDO ROYAL 5 Paul Murphy Dr Richard Newland
2110-22 HIBIKI (IRE) 4 Richard Green Philip Hobbs
1B430-0 HUE 7 Mike Ashton Brian Ellison
P440-11 IRISH LEGEND (IRE) 8 Irish Legend Racing Team Craig Roberts
1404-2 KHYBER KIM 6 Caroline Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
033-023 KING'S REVENGE 5 Ian, Jonny & Richard Kirkham Alan King
212310 LEAMINGTON LAD (IRE) 5 Three Off The Tee Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
1001-B0 MAMLOOK (IRE) 4 Peter Deal & G Lowe David Pipe
21501-0 MATUHI 5 Willsford Racing Incorporated Ben De Haan
0/0306-1 MOTIVE (FR) 7 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
14114-0 MOURNE RAMBLER (IRE) 6 Dewsweepers Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
1421-12 NOBLE ALAN (GER) 5 Craig Bennett Nicky Richards
1140-1 NUMIDE (FR) 5 H R Hunt Gary Moore
111-3 PRINCE TAIME (FR) 5 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
61F20-6 PSYCHO (IRE) 7 Exors of The Late C McClure Tony Martin IRE
341140 RED ADMIRAL (USA) 6 T A Swerling Charlie Mann
0203-20 RIGHT OR WRONG (IRE) 4 Neighbours Racing Club Noel Meade IRE
31213-2 RIGUEZ DANCER 4 Middleham Park Racing XII Patrick Haslam
3P210-1 RIVER LIANE (FR) 4 Valerie Courtney Tom Cooper IRE
23-2042 SANGLOTE (FR) 5 J J Brennan Eoin Griffin IRE
4/100-1 SENTRY DUTY (FR) 6 Peter Spiller Nicky Henderson
1-00132 SKY HALL (IRE) 5 SPK Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
F414-10 SOLE BONNE FEMME (IRE) 6 E&T Fitzpatrick Partnership Arthur Moore IRE
140-63P SONGE (FR) 4 Alan Halsall Charlie Longsdon
6/0P-411 SPEAR THISTLE 6 Tony Hayward & Sue Head Charlie Mann
01-2145 SQUADRON 4 Tony & Jeni Fisher Alan King
26210-4 STRIPE ME BLUE 6 Mrs A H Jones Peter Jones
14-311 SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) 5 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
1/3040-1 TAKE THE BREEZE (FR) 5 Mr & Mrs G Calder Paul Nicholls
42-11 TCHICO POLOS (FR) 4 Mark Tincknell & Chris Giles Paul Nicholls
106-110 WEATHER FRONT 4 Mrs N Unsworth & R Greenway Nigel Twiston-Davies
0/1310-6 WINGMAN (IRE) 6 Graham Gillespie Gary Moore

56 entries
9 Irish-trained

THE LADBROKE HURDLE ROLL OF HONOUR (1987-2007)
Ascot, Saturday, December 20, 2008
run at Sandown in 2005 (January 7, 2006) and in 2004 (January 8, 2005); run at Leopardstown in January up to & including 2000
Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2007 JACK THE GIANT 5-11-00 Hanbury Syndicate Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 9/4F
2006 ACAMBO 5-11-09 David Johnson David Pipe Timmy Murphy 7/1
2005 DESERT AIR 7-10-09 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe Tom Scudamore 25/1
2004 TAMARINBLEU 5-10-11 Arthur White Partnership Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 14/1
2003 THESIS 5-11-02 1961 Partnership Venetia Williams Brian Crowley 33/1
2002 CHAUVINIST 7-10-00 Bunny & Nick Roberts Nicky Henderson Norman Williamson 15/2
2001 MARBLE ARCH 5-10-11 Martin & Mary Wilson Rory Sweet Hughie Morrison Norman Williamson 7/1
2000 MANTLES PRINCE 6-9-12 R J McSharry Pat Hughes IRE Fran Berry 12/1
1999 ARCHIVE FOOTAGE 7-11-08 Michael Smurfit Dermot Weld IRE David Evans 25/1
1998 GRAPHIC EQUALISER 6-10-00 BRASK Syndicate Arthur Moore IRE Conor O’Dwyer 5/1F
1997 MASTER TRIBE 7-10-04 Jebel Ali Racing Stables Jenny Pitman Norman Williamson 18/1
1996 DANCE BEAT 5-9-12 Mrs E Queally Jessica Harrington IRE Anthony Powell 12/1
1995 ANUSHA 5-10-02 G A Hoggard Michael Hourigan IRE Shane Broderick 25/1
1994 ATONE 7-10-08 Robert Sinclair Bunny Cox IRE Kevin O’Brien 10/1
1993 GLENCLOUD 5-10-13 D Tierney Noel Meade IRE Gerry O’Neill 20/1
1992 HOW’S THE BOSS 6-10-02 Edward Farrell John Brassill IRE Jason Titley 20/1
1991 THE ILLIAD 10-10-13 Elizabeth Furlong Andy Geraghty IRE Pat McWilliams 7/1
1990 REDUNDANT PAL 7-11-05 P S O’Neill Paddy Mullins IRE Conor O’Dwyer 20/1
1989 REDUNDANT PAL 6-10-00 P S O’Neill Paddy Mullins IRE P Kavanagh 16/1
1988 ROARK 6-11-01 P Leeper Arthur Moore IRE Tom Taaffe 5/1
1987 BARNBROOK AGAIN 6-11-08 Mel Davies David Elsworth Colin Brown 5/2F

THE BGC LONG WALK HURDLE
Class 1, Grade 1, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. 1.40pm, Ascot, Saturday, December 20, 2008. For 4yo+. Three miles and one furlong. Weights: 11st 7lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Entries closed December 2, entries revealed December 3 (20 entries), five-day confirmation stage December 15, final 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am, December 18. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, December 1.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
F21323/- AFRAD (FR) 7 The Not Afraid Partnership Nicky Henderson
22-0521 ATAMANE (GER) 5 Eckhard Sauren Mario Hofer GER
12411-4 BLAZING BAILEY 6 Three Line Whip Alan King
0/312-11 DUC DE REGNIERE (FR) 6 Sir Peter & Lady Gibbings Nicky Henderson
21411-3 ELUSIVE DREAM 7 Findlay & Bloom Paul Nicholls
5P20-51 FAASEL (IRE) 7 Jim Ennis Nicky Richards
3430-21 FAIR ALONG (GER) 6 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs
11234-5 FRANCHOEK (IRE) 4 J P McManus Alan King
1530-16 HILLS OF ARAN 6 David Hughes Mike Evans and Partners Keith Goldsworthy
3136-46 KAZAL (FR) 7 Joseph Comerford Eoin Griffin IRE
212125- KRUGUYROVA (FR) 5 Ronald Brimacombe Charles Egerton
0400-66 LOUGH DERG (FR) 8 W Frewen David Pipe
5041-22 MOBAASHER (USA) 5 Seasons Holidays Paul Nicholls
445/15-3 NO REFUGE (IRE) 8 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
11301-1 ONE GULP 5 Bobby McAlpine Paul Webber
2111-13 PETTIFOUR (IRE) 6 J B Pettifer Nigel Twiston-Davies
113-1 PUNCHESTOWNS (FR) 5 Judy Wilson Nicky Henderson
21640-1 SERABAD (FR) 4 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Peter Bowen
31340-2 SOUFFLEUR 5 Karen Bowen, W Bryan Mr& MrsJ Timmons Peter Bowen
311-23 SULLUMO (GER) 5 C & P Sturgeon & P & K Warren Charlie Mann

20 entries
1 German-trained
1 Irish-trained


THE BGC LONG WALK HURDLE ROLL OF HONOUR (1965-2007)
Race run as a handicap prior to 1971
Ascot, Saturday, December 20, 2008 (run at Chepstow in 2005 and Windsor in 2004)
Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2007 LOUGH DERG 7-11-07 W Frewen David Pipe Tom Scudamore 14/1
2006 MIGHTY MAN 6-11-07 Joss Hanbury Henry Daly Richard Johnson 11/8F
2005 MY WAY DE SOLZEN 5-11-07 B Windfield, A Longman, J Wright, C Fenton; Alan King Robert Thornton 12/1
2004 BARACOUDA 9-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Tony McCoy 8/13F
2003 BARACOUDA 8-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 2/7F
2002 DEANO’S BEENO 10-11-07 Axom Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 14/1
2001 BARACOUDA 6-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 2/5F
2000 BARACOUDA 5-11-07 Roger Barby Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 11/4
1999 ANZUM 8-11-07 Old Foresters P’ship Alan King Richard Johnson 4/1
1998 PRINCEFUL 7-11-07 Robert Hitchins Jenny Pitman Richard Dunwoody 11/4F
1997 PADDY’S RETURN 5-11-07 Paddy O’Donnell Ferdy Murphy Norman Williamson 8/1
1996 OCEAN HAWK 4-11-07 Matt Archer/Jean Broadhurst Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 7/1
1995 SILVER WEDGE 4-11-07 Shirley & Bill Robins Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 7/1
1994 HEBRIDEAN 7-11-07 Peter Deal David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 100/30
1993 SWEET DUKE 6-11-07 Andy Mavrou Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 7/2
1992 VAGOG 7-11-07 M A Swift Martin Pipe Martin Foster 15/2
1991 Abandoned due to frost
1990 FLOYD 10-11-07 Mike Walsh David Elsworth Graham Bradley 10/1
1989 ROYAL ATHLETE 6-10-08 Gary Johnson Jenny Pitman Dean Gallagher 33/1
1988 FRENCH GOBLIN 5-11-01 Maurice Pinto Josh Gifford Peter Hobbs 3/1
1987 BLUFF COVE 5-10-08 Dickins Ltd Reg Hollinshead Richard Dunwoody 14/1
1986 OUT OF THE GLOOM 5-10-08 Paul Green Reg Hollinshead Peter Scudamore 4/1
1985 MISTY DALE 7-10-08 David Rose Jenny Pitman Phil Tuck 9/4F
1984 KRISTENSON 7-10-08 Ursula Fantasia Roger Fisher Michael Williams 7/2
1983 CRIMSON EMBERS 8-10-11 Pam Smart Fulke Walwyn Stuart Shilston 14/1
1982 MAYOTTE 7-10-11 B Davies Richard Holder Paul Richards 15/8F
1981 Abandoned due to snow
1980 DERRING ROSE 5-11-11 Peter Savill Fred Winter John Francome 7/1
1979 JOHN CHERRY 8-10-11 Milton Ritzenberg Tom Jones Steve Smith Eccles 6/1
1978 KELSO CHANT 6-11-07 Mrs M Richardson Jumbo Wilkinson Steve Charlton 10/1
1977 JOHN CHERRY 6-10-11 Milton Ritzenberg Tom Jones Steve Smith Eccles 11/8F
1976 Abandoned due to frost
1975 LANZAROTE 7-12-05 Lord Howard de Walden Fred Winter John Francome 4/9F
1974 GO BINGO 5-11-12 Guy Reed Sam Hall David Munro 9/4
1973 SOLONING 8-11-08 Mrs C Thornton Fred Winter Richard Pitman 9/2
1972 HIGHLAND ABBE 6-11-12 Mrs K Hankey Les Kennard Mr R Smith 11/1
1971 ST PATRICK’S BLUE 6-11-12 P Aunger David Tatlow Bill Smith 7/2F
1970 ROUGE AUTUMN 6-10-05 Bryan Jenks Fred Rimell Ken White 9/2F
1969 CANDID CAMERA 6-10-06 R F P Ross Ted Goddard Joe Guest 100/8
1968 Abandoned due to waterlogging
1967 Abandoned due to foot and mouth epidemic
1966 SIR EDWARD 6-10-09 R Heaton Ryan Price Josh Gifford 7/2F
1965 MINUTE GUN 8-10-04 Bill Shand Kydd Bill Shand Kydd Richard Pitman 100/8


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