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Monday, March 3, 2003



HOBBS UNVEILS STRONG CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL TEAM




Philip Hobbs has risen to the top as a jump trainer since retiring from a career in the saddle which brought 160 successes,
He took out a training licence in August, 1985, at Bilbrook near Minehead in Somerset, and has not looked back. He now has a three-figure team at the same yard and last season notched up 119 winners, one short of his own record of 120 victories achieved in the 1999/2000 season.
This campaign has already brought 104 successes and Hobbs looks set to achieve a personal best score.

Alongside a string of big-race victories, including the Hennessy Gold Cup, Tingle Creek Chase, Racing Post Chase and Thomas Pink Gold Cup, Hobbs has had five National Hunt Festival successes, two of which came last year.
Moody Man and Rooster Booster were victorious in the 1990 and 2002 renewals of the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle respectively, Kibreet took the 1996 Grand Annual Chase, What's Up Boys captured the 2000 Coral Eurobet Cup and, most memorably, Flagship Uberalles won last year's Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Hobbs is set to saddle another strong Cheltenham team this year and paraded some of his likely runners at a Cheltenham Racecourse media event at his stables today.

"I would have a similarly-strong team to last year's for the Festival. But if someone said to me now that we could have one winner at the Festival, then I would plump for that and be well happy.
"I know we had two winners last year but it is very difficult to think that you can have a winner at all to be honest because it is so competitive."

Last season he took charge of Flagship Uberalles who made a good start by winning Sandown's Grade One Tingle Creek Chase by four lengths from Edredon Bleu in December, 2001.

The chaser was then triumphant in last year's Queen Mother Champion Chase, proving three lengths too strong for Native Upmanship.
Flagship Uberalles has not won in two starts this season and was last seen out when pulled up in the three-mile Pertemps King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
The nine-year-old was then bought by legendary Irish owner J P McManus and Hobbs has primed his charge try and retain his crown in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The trainer said: "There was a bigger experiement in the King George than the three miles. If you look back over his form over the last few years, he never runs well if he reappears quickly. To run him on the King George was a bit of a wing and prayer job anyway. I don't think we are any further forward about whether he would get the trip. The main reason he did disappoint is he won't run two good races close together. He nearly fell in the Tingle Creek and then went for the King George. He has had a good long break and hopefully he will go there fresh again and produce his best.

"The race looks very strong this year but he is in very good form at the moment and I am very happy with him. Ideally, we want good to soft for him."

Last season Rooster Booster was successful in the final race of the Festival, the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle, beating The Gatherer by one and a quarter lengths, and this term the nine-year-old has done nothing but improve, making him a serous contender for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle.

His four victories in as many starts during the current campaign include two successes at Prestbury Park, in the £50,000 Rehabilitation Of Racehorses Handicap Hurdle in November and the Grade Two £75,000 Victor Chandler Bula Hurdle the following month. Rooster Booster won the Agfa Hurdle at Sandown in February, accounting for Self Defense by half a length.

Hobbs said: "Rooster Booster has had a terrific season and his owner Terry Warner said to me yesterday that if the horse goes and gets beat in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle then so be it because we have had a fantastic time anyway. It would be absolutely brilliant if he could win.

"He has a good attitude about him and his preparation has gone very well - we are very happy with him because he is in very good order.
"The likely ground at the moment is not going to be in his favour - he will manage but he would cope with softer ground better than all of them. He will like the strong pace and stays very well. The ones who would be suited by at least good to soft are him, Flagship Uberalles and One Knight in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase. Faster ground would help others, In Contrast, Spectrometer in the Coral Cup and Brother Joes in the Bonusprint Stayer's Hurdle. So whichever way the ground goes, it is not going to suit all our horses."

In Contrast will join stable-companion Rooster Booster in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle. The Be My Native gelding was a revelation over timber last season. In addition to finishing the two-length third to Like-A-Butterfly in the Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival, he won four novice hurdles, including the Grade Two Martell Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree. He has not got his head in front so far this term, but put up his best performance last time when the six-length fourth behind Spirit Leader in the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury in February.

Hobbs said: "If the ground was fast, he would have an outside chance. He will go novice chasing next season."

The trainer feels that Brother Joe, who carries the colours of champion owner Sir Robert Ogden, could surprise. The New Zealand-bred unseated Ruby Walsh in last year's Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle and this championship race is the target again.
Brother Joe proved he still has plenty of ability by winning the Grade Two John Smith's Hurdle at Wetherby in November, beating Boss Doyle by 15 lengths, though he has disappointed since
Hobbs said: "Fast ground would help him and he's possibly better fresh. You would not think on form lines that he would beat Baracouda but at his best he is a very, very good horse. So I wouldn't dismiss him. He has serious place prospects on fast going - he has not had his ground all season."

The trainer is set to be represented by Double Honour, winner of two of his three starts this season, in either the Coral Cup or the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle
"He won very well twice and I think his third at Kempton may turn out to be all right - the first two may be pretty good. Maybe he wasn't quite at his best - Richard Johnson thought he might not have been - I don't know.

"I think he will run over two miles and five furlongs on the Wednesday but I am not sure in which race yet. He is a handicap mark of 127 in the Coral Cup which might be attractive. We will decide nearer the time."

Peter McNeile, the Commercial Manager of Cheltenham Racecourse, reported that the ground is currently good at Cheltenham, with a few good to firm patches.


He said: "Last year during February we had 59 millimetres of rain and this time, including the watering last week, we have had 29 millimetres.

"The watering has ceased and the forecast for this week is mainly dry, with about 12 millimetres of rain forecast in the middle of the week. The long range forecast for the Festival week is for more dry weather. Given the shortage of rainfall, the decision to water was a sensible call.
"As far as tickets go, Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup day (March 13) is completely sold out. We still have availability of Club tickets for the Wednesday (March 12) and for Club and Tattersalls on the Tuesday (March 11).


Philip Hobbs has got the following pencilled in for Festival runs


Tuesday, March 11

Smurfit Champion Hurdle - Rooster Booster (Richard Johnson), In Contrast

Pertemps Final - Surprising (Richard Johnson)



Wednesday, March 12

Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle - Double Honour?(Richard Johnson), Supreme Prince (Paul Flynn)
Hobbs said: "Supreme Prince is unbeaten so far. He won his bumper last season and then three hurdles this season. I was initially a bit disappointed that he scraped home at Wincanton last time out but the second has run well at Ascot since. He will need at least good to soft ground at Cheltenham. He is more of a potential chaser and I would be very concerned if the ground was fast - I don't think he would run in those circumstances."

Royal & SunAlliance Chase - One Knight (Richard Johnson)
Hobbs said: "He won the Persian War Novices Hurdle last year and all his chases except for the one at Newbury where he made one or two mistakes. He has won his last couple of chases very easily and he seems in good form. He stays very well and his jumping is essentially very good and he would have a realistic chance. We will just have to wait and see what the ground is - he needs it on the soft side. He is potentially very good."

Queen Mother Champion Chase - Flagship Uberalles (Richard Johnson)

Coral Cup -Double Honour?, Bow Strada (if fast ground), Spectrometer, Under The Sand (if soft ground)
Hobbs remarked: "Bow Strada definitely wants fast ground. He has not run for sometime but is nicely in the handicap. He has won a novice chase this season and he will hopefully win another. But he might have a chance in the Coral Cup on quicker ground. Spectrometer will be suited by fast ground and the two miles five furlongs might suit him better than two miles. He has shot up in the weights because he has been improving and there might be some more improvement to come. Under The Sand was very disappointing at Kempton 10 days ago - I really don't know why. It certainly wasn't the longer trip. He is in the Imperial Cup on Saturday and we may run him there or else in the Coral Cup or the County Hurdle."

Mildmay Of Flete - Arlequin De Sou (Paul Flynn), Wave Rock? (if fast ground) (Richard Johnson)
Hobbs said: "Arlequin De Sou is in the Mildmay of Flete with 9st 1lb at the moment. He has won around Cheltenham a couple times of before and he might run."

Weatherbys Champion Bumper - Widemouth Bay (Richard Johnson)
Hobbs declared: "I think Richard (Johnson) thought when Widemouth Bay dead-heated at Ludlow that he gave the horse too much to do. But Widemouth Bay was very impressive first time out and he would be definitely prefer faster ground. He is a nice horse but whether he is good enough for Cheltenham bumper I am not quite sure."


Thursday, March 13

JCB Triumph Hurdle - Andy Gin (Richard Johnson)
Hobbs explained: "He has only won a small race at Exeter but all the ratings have come out quite well - the second horse of Martin Pipe's has won at Leicester very easily. He is a very tough horse and wouldn't be without a chance. He won three races in France on the Flat and the stiff track will suit him. I would have preferred to have run him more than once over hurdles."

Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle - Brother Joe

Grand Annual Chase - Wave Rock? (if soft ground) (Richard Johnson)
Hobbs said: "Wave Rock was fifth in the Grand Annual last year. He will be one of the outsiders but he always seems to run well at Cheltenham."

Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle - Phardante Flyer (if fast ground), Bell d'Anjou, Under The Sand.

Hobbs said: "Phardante Flyer was fourth three years ago in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Festival and then won the novice hurdle at Aintree. He had one or two problems but he is sound and well again but hasn't run for 15 months. The plan is run him in the County Hurdle and, back to his best, he would have an each-way chance on fast ground. He will go novice chasing after May 1."

BROTHER JOE (NZ)
9 ch g Hula Town (NZ) - Olivia Rose (NZ) (Travolta (FR)) Owner: Sir Robert Ogden
Form: 55F1/123U723-16P Cheltenham Entries: Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle
The versatile Brother Joe was beaten a short head in the New Zealand St Leger and finished third in the 2001 Tote Ebor Handicap at York on the Flat.

He has shown a similar level of ability over hurdles, winning three times in the 1999/2000 campaign, once the following season, and began last term with a five-length success in the Thwaites Smooth Beer Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham in the October.

He went back to Prestbury Park to finish second to It Takes Time in the valuable Tote Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle the following month and returned after a break to finish third behind subsequent Smurfit Champion Hurdle winner Hors La Loi III in the Grade Two Axminster Carpets Hurdle at Wincanton in the February.

A frustrating performance in last year's Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle, where jockey Ruby Walsh was ejected at the third hurdle, was followed by seventh in the Grade One Martell Aintree Hurdle at Aintree in April. He rounded off the campaign with a couple of placed efforts - second behind Spendid in the Grade Two Weatherbys Hurdle at Ascot on April 13, and third to It Takes Time at Sandown two weeks later.

A demolition job of a high-class field in the Grade Two John Smith's Hurdle, where he was 15 lengths too strong for Boss Doyle, began Brother Joe's 2002/03 campaign in November, but he was then beaten over 20 lengths by Bacchanal in the Grade Two Cantor Sport Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury four weeks' later. On his last start, he was pulled up in a Grade One contest at Ascot in December.


DOUBLE HONOUR (FR)
5 gr g Highest Honor (FR) - Silver Cobra (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA)) Owner: The 4th Middleham Partnership Form: -113 Cheltenham Entries: Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices' Hurdle, Coral Cup, Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle
Double Honour is the highest-rated ex-Flat horse that Philip Hobbs has ever trained, having previously been based with Mark Johnston, for whom possibly his best effort came when the one and a half length runner-up to Persian Punch in the 2001 Group Two Goodwood Cup.

He made a winning bow over hurdles at Huntingdon on January 15, easily justifying favouritism to beat Keltic Bard by five lengths in a novices' event. He then followed up 12 days later in another novices' hurdle at Exeter, this time proving 17 lengths too strong for River Bann.

The five-year-old then sustained his first defeat over obstacles on his last start, finishing the eight-length third behind Foreman in a novices' hurdle at Kempton last month.
Philip Hobbs believes that his charge could turn into a candidate for next year's Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle in time.


FLAGSHIP UBERALLES (IRE)
9 br g Accordion - Fourth Degree (Oats) Owner: J P McManus Form: P/1244/112-4P
Cheltenham Entries: Queen Mother Champion Chase
Philip Hobbs took charge of Flagship Uberalles last season and the eight-year-old put in a brilliant performance on his debut for the new trainer when winning Sandown's Grade Two Tingle Creek Chase by four lengths from Edredon Bleu in the December.

Following a soft palate operation early in 2002, the Accordion gelding then ran in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, in which he had previously finished third to Edredon Bleu in 2000. He put in a scintillating round of jumping to win by three lengths from Native Upmanship.

He rounded off a brilliant season by finishing the runner-up to Cenkos in the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Celebration Chase at Sandown in April.

This season has not gone so smoothly although the nine-year-old remains on course to defend his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown this month. On his seasonal bow in the Tingle Creek Chase, he stumbled badly on landing at the fifth obstacle, where any chance of winning was effectively ended and he finished fourth. On his last start in the Pertemps King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, he was pulled up by Richard Johnson in an uncharacteristic disappointing performance.

Flagship Uberalles was then purchased by legendary Irish owner J P McManus, after his former American owners decided travelling to Britain to watch their star perform was becoming too difficult.

Another of Flagship Uberalles's 13 wins came in the 2000 Tingle Creek Chase, which was rescheduled at Cheltenham.


IN CONTRAST (IRE)
7 b or br g Be My Native (USA) - Ballinamona Lady (IRE) (Le Bavard (FR))
Owner: Peter Emery and A StapleForm: 10/211F311-3F34
Cheltenham Entry: Smurfit Champion Hurdle
In Contrast was travelling well when falling in the novices' hurdle won by Hitman at Ascot in the January of 2002. He had previously won two decent similar events - the Eagle Pest Control/EBF National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in December, beating Robber Baron by two and a half lengths, and an extended two-mile event at Newbury later in the same month, when giving Isio 6lb and a three-length beating. In Contrast had been one of the previous season's top bumper performers, winning two National Hunt Flat Races at Cheltenham.

He then made his debut at the National Hunt Festival last March, putting in a brave performance to go down by two lengths in third to Like-A-Butterfly in the Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

In Contrast then rounded off last season, in which he firmly established himself as one of the leading novices, by winning the Grade Two Martell Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April, when eight lengths too strong for Westender, and the Teletronics Systems National Hunt' Auction Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham later the same month.

This season he was third to Intersky Falcon on his seasonal bow in the Grade Two John James McManus Memorial Hurdle at Tipperary in October, before taking a tumble behind stable-companion Rooster Booster in the Rehabilitation Of Racehorses Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham the following month.

In Contrast returned to Prestbury Park in December to finish the eight and a half length third to Eternal Spring in the Concord Jubilee Filing Products Relkeel' Hurdle. The seven-year-old was then given a mid-season break before finishing the six length fourth to Spirit Leader in the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury on his most recent start last month.


ROOSTER BOOSTER (GB)
9 gr g Riverwise-Came Cottage (Nearly A Hand)
Owner: Terry Warner Form: P/5542214-1111
Cheltenham Entry: Smurfit Champion Hurdle

Rooster Booster has shown consistent form throughout his hurdling career, finishing in the first five on 22 of his 27 starts for Philip Hobbs, a record which encompasses six victories including last season's Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival.

Prior to the Festival success, he found Copeland too good twice, finishing runner-up to Martin Pipe's charge in both the £110,000 Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury in February, 2002, and in the Letheby & Christopher Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham a fortnight earlier.


He then gained the most important success of his career to date at the Festival, where he was a length and a quarter too strong for The Gatherer.

This season the nine-year-old has done nothing but improve, which for a nine-year-old is a remarkable achievement. He won his seasonal debut in a hurdle at Kempton in October under a very confident ride from Norman Williamson to beat Mr Cool by seven lengths, and then followed up in the Rehabilitation Of Racehorses Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham the following month, denying Quazar by nine lengths.

He then gained his second consecutive success at Prestbury Park, taking the Grade Two Victor Chandler Bula Hurdle in December, when beating Landing Light by two and a half lengths. The four-timer was completed on his last start in Sandown's Agfa Hurdle last month, this time getting the better of Self Defense by half a length. These four seasonal victories mean that Rooster Booster is among the market leaders for the 2003 Smurfit Champion Hurdle.




FINAL FESTIVAL ENTRIES ANNOUNCED




The entries for the final four races to close at Cheltenham's National Hunt Festival, which takes place next week from March 11 to 13, are revealed today. The NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP, WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER, CHRISTIE'S FOXHUNTER CHASE and CATHCART CHASE CHALLENGE CUP all promise to contribute towards an outstanding Festival.


There are a record 71 entries for the four-mile National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup, the longest race at the Festival, with Ireland supplying no less than 24 of those engaged. Among those expected to play a big part are the Martin Pipe-trained Stormez, Ask Henry and Joly Bey from Paul Nicholls' stable, the Henrietta Knight-trained Lucky Bay and any of the six entries from Jonjo O'Neill, trainer of last year's winner Rith Dubh.


The Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper has been one of the great success stories of recent years at the National Hunt Festival. Run for the first time in 1992, it has attracted many performers who have gone on to excel at future Festivals. Last year's winner Pizzaro is ante-post joint favourite for the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle, runner-up Rhinestone Cowboy heads the Smurfit Champion Hurdle betting and the third Back In Front is market leader for the Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices' Hurdle.


Irish-trained horses have won eight of the ten runnings to date and account for 21 of the 46 entries in 2003. Willie Mullins, who has amazingly won the race four times before, has four entries including Davenport Democrat, who bounced back from a disappointing debut to score at Fairyhouse on February 22 and Royal Alphabet, who has not run since winning at Galway in August.


There looks to be a strong domestic team including Best Mate's brother Cornish Rebel, who scored by 11 lengths on his debut at Newbury, the Nicky Henderson-trained Back To Ben Alder, a 13-length winner at Kempton in January, and Martin Pipe's duo Liberman and Vodka Bleu.


There are a record 41 entries in the Christie's Foxhunter Chase, including the season's hunter chase star Kingscliff, trained in Dorset by Sally Alner. Last year's first and third, Last Option and Torduff Express, could do battle again while the 10 Irish hopes includes Sheltering, a winner at Leopardstown on February 9.


The Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase continues to go from strength to strength and this year has 46 entries including many high-class performers with other entries, among them Keen Leader, Valley Henry, Hand Inn Hand, Barton, Seebald, Le Coudray and Racing Post Chase winner La Landiere. The Queen, who will be at Cheltenham on Thursday, March 13, the day the Cathcart takes place, has First Love entered while there are 10 entries from Ireland and one from Germany, the Christian von der Recke-trained Barito.


COMPARISON OF ENTRIES 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 71 61 58 44 41 42 48 47 50
Weatherbys Champion Bumper 46 46 56 55 52 42 * * 47
Christie's Foxhunter Chase 41 35 36 34 35 28 28 27 28
Cathcart Chase Challenge Cup 46 42 54 46 57 36 26 26 36

IRISH-TRAINED ENTRIES 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup 24 17 19 10 11 10 10 7 13
Weatherbys Champion Bumper 21 14 18 21 18 8 * * 14
Christie's Foxhunter Chase 10 4 5 4 6 8 6 4 6
Cathcart Chase Challenge Cup 11 4 8 11 6 3 3 4 5

*Five-day closing in 1996 and 1997

Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham's Managing Director, commented: "With just over a week to go until the 2003 National Hunt Festival, we have some outstanding races in prospect following the publication of the final entries. We are especially pleased to see that last year's first three home in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper are each set to bid for major honours at this year's Festival."

CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE WINS MONOPOLY VOTE

There's just over a week to go to the start of the National Hunt Festival and news comes that the world's greatest board game is being customised specially for Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

The announcement of news of a unique Gloucestershire Monopoly game takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse - one of the favourites to land the coveted ‘Mayfair' square ( 400 to buy), along with Highgrove and the Forest of Dean.


Bowler-hatted Monopoly Moguls will break the news at 10.30am on Tuesday, March 4, at the Winning Post of the home of National Hunt racing.


They will have with them giant property cards of likely inclusions on the board including one of Prestbury Park and one of Highgrove in royal blue Mayfair colours with a giant question mark. They will also have giant coloured dice. Assemble at The Hall of Fame and ask for Peter McNeile if you want to attend.


After making the announcement the Moguls will then begin a tour of the county taking in Stroud, Tewkesbury, Cirencester and Gloucester to poll the public on suggestions for inclusion on the new board.

Monopoly Mogul David Sommer says: "The game will reflect the hearts and minds of Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds."

Other landmarks set to replace celebrated squares like ‘Mayfair', ‘Park Lane', ‘Trafalgar Square' and ‘Old Kent Road':

Gloucester Cathedral, Kingsholm (home of Gloucester rugby), Tewkesbury Abbey, Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury, Parish Church in Cirencester

Railway slots ( 200 to buy): Bourton Model Railway or the Cheltenham Racecourse Station, receiving Festival visitors for the first time this year.


To replace government square of Whitehall' ( 140 to buy): 1 Billion GCHQ.


In all 33 county favourites will take price of place on the customised board. The board will be produced by London-based Winning Moves UK, who have the official licence from Monopoly owners Hasbro to make regional variations of the trading board game.


The Forest of Dean is both a strong ‘Mayfair' contender and an ‘Old Kent Road' (cheapest square - 60 to buy) one too.

Why? Because it's an area of great natural beauty and to give it the cheapie ‘Old Kent Square' would discourage the building of hotels and homes. David adds: "The investment potential is not so hot that means the Forest would remain green!"

The game will hit shop shelves later in the year in time for this Xmas (2003).

Monopoly is played in 26 different languages (including Welsh!) and sold in 80 different countries. It is estimated ‘Go' has been passed approximately 13,000 MILLION times since the game was first invented by out of work heating engineer Charles B. Darrow in Pennsylvania in the US in 1934.

He made so much money real dollars that is, not Monopoly money that he never had to work again and retired to spend his days growing orchids.


David adds: "Monopoly outsells just about every other board game in the world by a huge margin and is certainly one of the most remarkable business stories of all time. We're confident this success will continue in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire."

Peter McNeile, Commercial Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse, comments, "On Tuesday, March 11, the first of 150,000 spectators will pass Go as the tapes go up for the Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Some will re-mortgage, others will go to Jail, but the biggest and most appropriate winner at the Festival is the Chance card!"

Monopoly chiefs are interested to hear of suggestions for Monopoly squares. They are also interested to know if any Gloucs. roads share the same name as on the original board Mayfair, Old Kent Road etc. Email: gloucs@gbcoms.com

Issued by gb publicity ltd on behalf of Winning Moves UK

BONUS SCHEMES

During the past few years, the dominance of the National Hunt Festival has been demonstrated by a rising number of bonus schemes that reward winning horses taking in specific races or types of race at courses around the country and are then successful in nominated races at the Festival. Still relevant bonus schemes in operation this season include:

Peterhouse Group Charlie Hall Chase (Wetherby, November 2)
Winner: Marlborough. A bonus of 50,000 goes to the Peterhouse Group Charlie Hall Chase winner if going on to take the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. Marlborough is on course to attempt the double.


Gerrard Wealth Management Novice Hurdle Series (November 15 - February 23)
Any horse winning one of the five two-mile novice hurdle Pattern events sponsored by Gerrard and then the Gerrard Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Festival will receive double the prize money for the two races for their owner and trainer. The three winners (Sandown on January 5 and Wetherby on February 2 were abandoned) are Mutakarrim (Cheltenham, November 15), Kopeck (Ascot, December 23), and Puntal (Kempton, February 21). Mutakarrim and Kopeck are entered in the Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices' Hurdle.


Robert Clarkson Memorial Bumper (Leopardstown, January 26)
Winner: Storm Boxer. A 65,000 euros bonus will be paid to the owner of the Robert Clarkson Memorial Bumper winner if successful in Cheltenham's Weatherbys Champion Bumper. Final Act is entered to complete the double.


Aon Chase (Newbury, February 8)
Winner: Valley Henry. Sponsors Aon offer a bonus of 100,000 if the winner of the Aon Chase goes on to win the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Paul Nicholls-trained Valley Henry looks set to bid for the double.


Aon Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Newbury, February 8)
Winner: Cornish Rebel. Sponsors Aon offer a bonus of 75,000 if the winner of the Aon Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race goes on to win the Weatherbys Champion Bumper. The Paul Nicholls-trained Cornish Rebel is ante-post favourite to complete the double.


Amlin Plc Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (Ascot, February 15)
Winner: Keen Leader A 100,000 bonus is offered by Amlin Plc if the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase goes on to win the Royal & SunAlliance Chase. Ascot winner Keen Leader is entered in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Chase.


Sunderlands Imperial Cup (Sandown, March 8)
A bonus of 60,000 is offered to the owner of the Sunderlands Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle winner if successful in any race at the Festival. The bonus was won by Olympian in 1993 and Blowing Wind in 1998, both trained by Martin Pipe.


Plumpton bonus
Any winner of a maiden or novice chase at Plumpton this season is eligible for a 25,000 bonus if successful at the National Hunt Festival.


THE 133RD YEAR OF THE NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP
Class B, 45,000 total prize fund. Cheltenham, Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Four Miles. For novice five-year-olds & upwards. To be ridden by amateur riders. Weights: 5-y-o 10st 11lb; 6-y-o & upwards 11st 7lb; mares allowed 5lb. Penalties: a winner of a steeple chase prior to April 28, 2002, 4lb; a winner of a steeple chase after April 27, 2002, 4lb; of two such races 7lb. Entries closed February 26 (71 entries), entries announced March 3, five-day entries March 8, declarations to run by 10.15am, March 11. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are corrrect up to and including the racing of Friday, February 28, 2003.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
1P2-F ALEXANDER MILENIUM (IRE) 7 Miriam O'Callaghan Willie Mullins IRE
00F0-06 ALL BUT (IRE) 11 James Clements James Clements IRE
111P-21 ANOTHER GENERAL (IRE) 8 Paul Duffy, Alan Beard, Brian Beard Richard Phillips
2212 ASK HENRY (IRE) 7 Marianne Barber Paul Nicholls
UU53 BALLYBAY DEMENSE (IRE) 7 Luke Dace Luke Dace
P10/-21 BALLYBROPHY (IRE) 8 Keith Berry Simon Sherwood
2U5U BALLYCONNELL (IRE) 7 Robert Sinclair Dermot Weld IRE
P/22- BALLYDAY DAZY (IRE) 10 J Walsh Philip Rothwell IRE
2/-0 BONNY BOY (IRE) 8 David Rees David Rees
100011 BORORA KING (IRE) 7 KKC Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
F41-3F4 CANON BARNEY (IRE) 8 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
321/P4-4 CHRISTY'S PRIDE (IRE) 11 Bill Hinge Colin Weedon
211F32 CLONMEL'S MINELLA (IRE) 12 John Nallen Michael Hourigan IRE
6U5122 DARK ROOM (IRE) 6 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
053-51P2 DEALER DEL 9 Hazel Leeves Chris Down
4U-P11 DIONN RIGH (IRE) 8 Gordon Brown/Bert Watson Howard Johnson
421P-F DRAGON HUNTER (IRE) 8 J Douglas & T Davis Charles Egerton
11-11P2 DRUID'S GLEN (IRE) 7 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
63-3221 DUNOWEN (IRE) 8 Trish Hyde Timmy Hyde IRE
02 EVEN MORE (IRE) 8 G Keirle Robert Alner
U021PP FINIANS IVY (IRE) 8 Edward Campbell Tony Martin IRE
F1P1/-P2 FULL MINTY 8 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
F-14313 HAUT CERCY (FR) 8 The Wiggin Partnership Henry Daly
21-2231 HEDGEHUNTER (IRE) 7 Niall Quaid Willie Mullins IRE
352-114 HERSOV (IRE) 7 Michael Watt Nicky Henderson
3-24424 HIGH COTTON (IRE) 8 Richard Burridge, H Burridge, J H W Lloyd David Elsworth
5P1133 I'VEHADIT (IRE) 9 David Pim Dessie Hughes IRE
2F3F0P IRA HAYES (IRE) 8 J J Brennan John Codd IRE
2123111 JOLY BEY (FR) 6 Million In Mind Partnership (12) Paul Nicholls
14-1112 JUNGLE JINKS (IRE) 8 Mary and Susan Hatfield Gary Moore
11P-1P1 JURANCON II (FR) 6 David Johnson Martin Pipe
355111 JUST MAYBE (IRE) 9 W E Prichard Venetia Williams
22P-11F KEMAL'S COUNCIL (IRE) 7 Bateman, Gilruth, Milward & Singleton Jonjo O'Neill
2-5222F KILLULTAGH THUNDER (IRE) 7 Rose Boyd Willie Mullins IRE
33F5U54 KITTENKAT 9 Piers Butler Richard Mitchell
6021-23 LANMIRE GLEN (IRE) 6 Edward A O'Connell Enda Bolger IRE
206405 LORD EDWARDS ARMY (IRE) 8 P M Brady Paddy Mullins IRE
0-12113 LORD JACK (IRE) 7 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Richards
1-42PF2 LORD RAPIER 10 J A S Hardcastle Denis Caro
P-F2215 LUCKY BAY (IRE) 7 Executive Racing Henrietta Knight
24U241 MACKINUS (IRE) 7 Patrick McGrath Pat Fahy IRE
1210F0- MAJED (FR) 7 Sandicroft Stud II Martin Pipe
05 MONTEMOSS (IRE) 6 Mark Rimell Mark Rimell
55//0-212F MOORLANDS AGAIN 8 Lynda Williams Colin Tizzard
64//P-644 MR MILLER (IRE) 11 Pat & Peter Flaherty Oliver Sherwood
215541 MYSTIC LORD (IRE) 6 John Corr Noel Meade IRE
42112P NATIVETRIAL (IRE) 8 Mrs P Dodd, Mr & Mrs Mark Hunter Charlie Mann
1 ONLY ONCE 8 Ashleybank Investments Limited Len Lungo
123 OVER THE STORM (IRE) 6 Hogarth Racing Henrietta Knight
0013P4 PANCHOVILLAS GLEAM (IRE) 9 B Cantwell Dermot Day IRE
521251 PAXFORD JACK 7 Ruth Nelmes Milton Harris
112142 POLAR CHAMP 10 The Reims Partnership Martin Pipe
3FF3BP PONTIUS 6 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
56200P PRINCESSE GREC (FR) 5 The Honfleur Syndicate Dr Philip Pritchard
132132 PUTSOMETNBY (IRE) 7 Getjar Limited Jonjo O'Neill
12214-4 RULE SUPREME (IRE) 7 John Lynch Willie Mullins IRE
3F3F33 RUNNING MACHINE (IRE) 6 Andrew Cohen Alex Hales
0-3FP1P RUSSELL HOUSE (IRE) 7 Mrs L Field Alan King
2-F3313 SEA DRIFTING 6 Mr & Mrs S Giles & Mr & Mrs J Taqvi Kevin Morgan
31U2151 SHARDAM (IRE) 6 Howard Parker Nigel Twiston-Davies
6P SIR CUMFERENCE 7 Richard Lissack Henrietta Knight
110111 STORMEZ (FR) 6 David Johnson Martin Pipe
2-FF342 SUDDEN SHOCK (GER) 8 Darren Mercer Jonjo O'Neill
301215 SUPER FELLOW (IRE) 9 P M Dwyer Denis Murphy IRE
5-503P0 TOTHEROADYOUVGONE 9 Noel Glynn Noel Glynn IRE
3BU3-43 TUESDAY (IRE) 8 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
3U1F TURN TWO (IRE) 6 Anna Foxe Noel Meade IRE
VERCHOYLES LAD (IRE) 6 J Stanley John Carr IRE
P1 WHAT ODDS (IRE) 7 Dee Racing Syndicate Tom Geraghty IRE
455342 WHEREAREYOUNOW (IRE) 6 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
23-3421 YOUNG OTTOMAN (IRE) 7 D G Staddon Victor Dartnall

71 entries
24 Irish-trained

Facts and figures:

1. The National Hunt Chase has been run more times than any other race at the Festival, and is the 133rd year in 2003. Until the 1930s only the Grand National was more important than the National Hunt Chase in the jump calendar. The race had been run at a number of venues until it became a part of the new two-day National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham in 1911. It had also been run at Cheltenham in 1904 and 1905.


2. The four-mile National Hunt Chase is the longest race run at the Festival.


3. The race is usually one of the best supported at the Festival, with very competitive fields each year. The largest post-war field size is 37 (1948) and the smallest 13 (1993). There is now a safety limit of 26, which was reached last year.


4. Flimsy Truth, a 33/1 chance, set a record post-war time of 8 mins 11.09 secs in 1998 but that was beaten by Relaxation in 2000, who scored in 8 mins 0.60s.


5. Flimsy Truth is not the longest-priced post-war winner - that honour goes to Topsham Bay, successful at 40/1 in 1990. Castledermot, 6/4 favourite in 1949, is the shortest- priced.


THE NATIONAL HUNT CHALLENGE CUP CHASE

Analysis


The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup is run over four miles, making it the longest race run at the National Hunt Festival and there are are a record 71 entries engaged - ten more than last year. There are 24 entries from Ireland, another record.

Stormez, trained by Martin Pipe, is the current ante-post favourite, having been one of the most progressive horses of the current campaign and has won seven races this season. At Cheltenham's Open Meeting in November he defeated seasoned rivals to land the Listed Intervet Trophy over an extended three miles, three furlongs. Trainer Martin Pipe could also be represented by the progressive looking Jurancon II, Majed and Polar Champ.


Jonjo O'Neill was triumphant in last year's renewal with Rith Dubh and this time around the master of Jackdaws Castle has six entries to choose from - Canon Barney, Dark Room, Druid's Glen, Kemal's Council, Putsometnby and Sudden Shock. Canon Barney had useful form in Ireland and looks as if a step up in trip may suit while Dark Room, Druid's Glen and Kemal's Council have looked progressive in novice company this season. Putsometnby had shaped well on his two starts in handicaps since arriving from Ireland while Sudden Shock has yet to translate his useful hurdles form over fences.


The strong challenge from Ireland includes the likes of Alexander Milenium - a useful bumper performer last season, Noel Meade's progressive novice Borora King and the Dermot Weld-trained Ballyconnell, formerly a top point-to-pointer in Ireland. Rule Supreme was a decent novice hurdler last season (finishing second to Davenport Milenium on one occasion) and shaped with considerable promise on his chasing debut when fourth in a Grade Three event at Leopardstown in January. I'vehadit was a Grade Three winner earlier this season and looks as if stamina is his strong point.

Super Fellow, trained by Denis Murphy, is already a Cheltenham winner having been successful in the Steel Plate & Sections Novices' Chase at the Open Meeting while Turn Two took a beginners' chase at Naas in decisive fashion at Naas in early February. What Odds, also entered for the Christie's Foxhunter Chase, was a game winner of a Fairyhouse hunter chase on February 22.


Other interesting entries include Richard Phillips' Another General, a useful novice hurdler last season who won a good novice chase at Doncaster last time out. Ask Henry, a half-brother to his stable companion Valley Henry, has shown good form in novice chases this season and should appreciate the step up in trip while Dionn Righ, trained by Howard Johnson, has won two staying novice chases at Sedgefield this season and looks sure to get the trip. Henrietta Knight's Lucky Bay was triumphant in a Grade Two novice chase at Newbury in Newbury and had previously been just touched off by Super Fellow at the Open Meeting.


Another horse with Cheltenham experience is the Milton Harris-trained Paxford Jack, who came home in front in the 50,000 Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Future Champions Novices' Chase on December 14. Len Lungo's Only Once, a winning point to pointer in Ireland last season, put himself in the frame for this contest when winning over 3m 3f at Sedgefield in January while Victor Dartnall nominated Young Ottoman for this race after winning over 3m 2f at Plumpton on February 10.


Previous results
NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP

2002-WINNER-RITH DUBH 10-11-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O'Neill; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-10/1
2ND-Timbera 8-12-00 Owner-Mrs J M Breen; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Mr Davy Russell; SP-8/1
3RD-Silver Steel 7-12-00 Owner-Thomas Harty; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Mr Alan Crowe; SP-12/1
26 ran, Time 8m 46.40s; Dist-hd, 13 6/1 Fav Mister Bigtime (8th)

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-RELAXATION 8-12-00 Owner-Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey and Mrs Vicky Wiggin; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Mr Mark Bradburne; SP-8/1
2ND-Inch Rose 6-11-13 Owner-E Hunston, P White and Mrs V Griffiths; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Mr Tommy Doyle; SP-9/1
3RD-Mister One 9-12-07 Owner-Colin Tizzard; Trainer-Colin Tizzard; Jockey-Mr J D Moore; SP-11/2
21 ran, Time-8m 0.60s, Dist-6, 5 4/1 Fav Fandango De Chassy (PU)

1999-WINNER-DEEJAYDEE 7-12-00 Owner- Mrs M Devine; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Mr Tony Martin; SP-13/2
2ND-Riot Leader 9-12-07 Owner-Mrs & Mrs D A Gamble; Trainer-Tom George; Jockey-Mr Alan Dempsey; SP-10/1
3RD-Spot Thedifference 6-12-04 Owner-Mrs S Bolger; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr Paul Moloney; SP-13/2 21 ran, Time-8m 33.7s, Dist-nk, 6 6/1 Fav Derrymore Mist (4th)

1998-WINNER-WANDERING LIGHT 9-12-7 Owner- Anne Duchess of Westminster; Trainer-Tim Forster; Jockey-Mr Rupert Wakley; SP-10/1
2ND-Thatswhatithought 6-12-0 Owner-Mrs Miles Valentine; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Mr Ruby Walsh;
SP-20/1
3RD-Torduff Express 7-12-7 Owner-Two Plus Two; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Mr Joe Tizzard; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time-8m 21.1s, Dist-16, 7 100/30 Fav Farfadet V (b.d.)

1997-WINNER-FLIMSY TRUTH 11-12-07 Owner-Martin Weston; Trainer-Martin Weston; Jockey-Mr Mike Harris; SP-33/1
2ND-Vol Par Nuit 6-12-04 Owner-D O McIntyre; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Mr Thierry Doumen;SP-13/2
3RD-Robsand 8-12-00 Owner-Sir Brian McGrath; Trainer-Toby Balding; Jockey-Mr Andrew Balding; SP-9/1
23 ran, Time-8m 11.09s, Dist-1 , 27 6/1 Fav Random Harvest (p.u.)

1996-WINNER-LOVING AROUND 8-11-13 Owner-Lord Tavistock; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP-10/1
2ND-Fellow Countryman 9-12-07 Owner-A D Wardall; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Mr Marcus Armytage; SP-10/1
3RD-Class of Ninetytwo 7-12-07 Owner-Lord Cadogan; Trainer-Tim Forster; Jockey-Mr Jim Culloty; SP-3/1 Fav
22 ran, Time-8m 34.7s, Dist-13, 6

1995-WINNER-FRONT LINE 8-12-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O'Neill; Jockey-Mr John Berry; SP-7/1
2ND-Keano 6-12-00 Owner-Midavon Partnership; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Mr Sean Mulcaire; SP-8/1
3RD-Lacken Cross 7-12-04 Owner-John J Howlett; Trainer-Aidan O'Brien IRE; Jockey-Mr Henry Cleary; SP-7/1 25 ran, Time-8m 55.5s, Dist-dist, 7 13/2 Fav Extra Special (p.u.)

1994-WINNER-CHRISTMAS GORSE 8-12-04 Owner-David Stoddart; Trainer-Nick Gaselee; Jockey-Mr Marcus Armytage; SP-14/1
2ND-Extra Special 9-12-00 Owner-Robert Ogden; Trainer-Gordon Richards; Jockey-Capt Adam Ogden; SP-25/1
3RD-Nearly Splendid 9-12-04 Owner & Trainer-Roy Stevens; Jockey-Mr Tom Greed; SP-14/1
19 ran Time-8m 36.8s, Dist-3 , 4 11/4 Fav Front Line (p.u.)

1993-WINNER-USHERS ISLAND 7-12-04 Owner-Bob Bowden; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Mr Noel Wilson;SP-15/2
2ND-Claxton Greene 9-12-07 Owner-Mrs M A Bisgrove; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Mr Marcus Armytage; SP-100/30 Fav
3RD-Travelling Wrong 7-12-07; Owner-Roscoe Harvey; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr John Durkan; SP-11/2 13 ran, Time-8m 23.5s, Dist-sh, 1

1992-WINNER-KEEP TALKING 7-12-07 Owner-Jim Joel; Trainer-Tim Thomson Jones; Jockey-Mr Marcus Armytage;
SP-5/2 Fav
2ND-High Peak 8-12-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP-13/2
3RD-Belmount Captain 7-12-07 Owner-R J Lavelle; Trainer-Toby Balding; Jockey-Mr Robert Alner; SP-8/1
24 ran, Time-8m 22.2s, Dist-4, 7

NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP (AMATEUR RIDERS) ROLL OF HONOUR

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2002 Rith Dubh 10-11-11 Mr J T McNamara Jonjo O'Neill J P McManus 10/1 26
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Relaxation 8-12-00 Mr Mark Bradburne Henry Daly Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey/Vicky Wiggin 8/1 21
1999 Deejaydee 7-12-00 Mr Tony Martin Michael Hourigan IRE Mrs M Devine 13/2 21
1998 Wandering Light 9-12-07 Mr Rupert Wakley Tim Forster Anne Duchess of Westminster 10/1 24
1997 Flimsy Truth 11-12-07 Mr Micky Harris Martin Weston Martin Weston 33/1 23
1996 Loving Around 5-11-06 Mr Philip Fenton Edward O'Grady IRE Lord Tavistock 10/1 22
1995 Front Line 8-12-07 Mr John Berry Jonjo O'Neill J P McManus 7/1 25
1994 Christmas Gorse 8-12-04 Mr Marcus Armytage Nick Gaselee David Stoddart 14/1 19
1993 Ushers Island 7-12-04 Mr Noel Wilson Howard Johnson Bob Bowden 15/2 13
1992 Keep Talking 7-12-07 Mr Marcus Armytage Tim Thomson Jones Jim Joel 5/2F 24
1991 Smooth Escort 7-12-00 Mr Tony Martin Di Haine A F Budge (Equine) Ltd 7/1 18
1990 Topsham Bay 7-12-00 Mr Paul Hacking David Barons Michael Marsh 40/1 25
1989 Boraceva 6-12-07 Mr Seamus Mullins Toby Balding Duke of Atholl 4/1F 21
1988 Over The Road 7-12-04 Mr Tom Costello Terry Casey John Upson 10/1 28
1987 Mighty Mark 8-12-07 Mr Jimmy Walton Frank Walton Frank Walton 8/1 30
1986 Omerta 6-12-07 Mr Lorcan Wyer Homer Scott IRE Mrs J McMorrow 9/4F 22
1985 Northern Bay 9-12-04 Mr Tony Fowler Tom Bill Twycross Frozen Food Centre Ltd 12/1 20
1984 Macks Friendly 7-12-07 Mr Willie Mullins Paddy Mullins IRE John Mulhern 11/4 18
1983 Bit Of A Skite 7-12-00 Mr Frank Codd Edward O'Grady IRE J P McManus 5/1F 29
1982 Hazy Dawn 7-12-07 Mr Willie Mullins Paddy Mullins IRE R Daniels 8/1 26
1981 Lucky Vane 6-12-07 Mr Stephen Bush Toby Balding Bridget Swire 13/1 21
1980 Waggoners Walk 11-12-04 Mr Tony Fowler Caroline Mason George Mason 10/1 23
1979 Artic Ale 8-12-00 Mr John Fowler Dan Moore IRE Anthony Robinson 20/1 25
1978 Gay Tie 5-11-09 Mr John Fowler Mick O'Toole IRE Dr P Morrissey 10/1 17
1977 Alpenstock 10-12-04 Mr Dick Saunders Stan Mellor Harron Thompson 14/1 21
1976 Sage Merlin 8-12-07 Mr Peter Greenall Jack Hardy John Bingham 5/2F 22
1975 Abandoned (course waterlogged)
1974 Mr Midland 7-12-04 Mr Mouse Morris Edward O'Grady IRE B Naughton 7/2 17
1973 Foreman 7-12-01 Mr Bill Shand Kydd Tom Jones R Dean 11/2F 25
1972 Charley Winking 7-12-00 Mr Derrick Scott Leslie Scott Leslie Scott 20/1 23
1971 Deblin's Green 8-11-07 Mr Derek Edmunds George Yardley George Yardley 9/2F 20
1970 Domason 7-12-01 Mr Robert Alner Harry Dufosee Harry Dufosee 10/1 18
1969 Lizzy The Lizard 10-12-00 Mr Grant Cann Tony Hartnoll Tony Hartnoll 10/1 35
1968 Fascinating Forties 9-11-07 Mr Michael Dickinson George Owen Lord Leverhulme 9/1 22
1967 Master Tammy 9-11-07 Mr Brian Fanshawe George Guilding George Guilding 100/7 24
1966 Polaris Missile 7-11-09 Mr John Thorne John Thorne John Thorne 100/6 29
1965 Red Vale 11-12-00 Mr George Small Albert Piper Mrs C Smith 100/8 26
1964 Dorimont 10-12-01 Mr Charles Vaughan Tom Taaffe IRE M A Walshe 4/1 30
1963 Time 8-12-00 Mr Ian Balding Willie Stephenson John Cheatle 8/1 35
1962 Go Slow 7-12-07 Mr George Small Albert Piper Mrs I R Millar 10/1 26
1961 Superfine 8-12-04 Sir William Pigott-Brown Frank Cundell I Kerwood 10/1 33
1960 Proud Socks 8-12-00 Mr H Thompson Vivian Bishop Vivian Bishop 100/6 22
1959 Sabaria 8-12-00 Mr John Lawrence Bob Turnell Bob Turnell 5/2F 17
1958 Spud Tamson 7-12-04 Mr Geordie Dun Tommy Dun Mrs T D C Dun 13/2 28
1957 Kari Sou 8-12-00 Mr Alan Lillingston Archie Thomlinson Archie Thomlinson 100/6 24
1956 Rosana III 7-12-00 Mr G Everitt G Everitt G Everitt 9/1 22
1955 Reverend Prince 9-12-00 Mr C Pocock P Dufosee P Dufosee 33/1 26
1954 Quare Times 8-12-04 Mr Bunny Cox Vincent O'Brien IRE Mrs R Smyth 5/2F 26
1953 Pontage 7-12-04 Mr Bunny Cox Dan Moore IRE Lady Honor Svejdar 9/4F 22
1952 Frosty Knight 6-12-00 Mr Charles Straker Ian Straker Ian Straker 15/2 19
1951 Cushendun 6-12-04 Mr Peter Chisman Bobby Renton Lurline Brotherton 10/1 18
1950 Ellesmere 7-12-07 Mr Atty Corbett Ken Cundell Lord Bicester 100/30F 26
1949 Castledermot 7-12-07 Lord Mildmay Vincent O'Brien IRE Mrs Harry Keogh 6/4F 17
1948 Bruno II 8-12-03 Major Guy Cunard William Anstruther-Gray William Anstruther-Gray 20/1 37
1947 Maltese Wanderer 8-12-03 Major Dermot Daly Tom Yates G J Wells 6/1 20
1946 Prattler 11-12-03 Major Dermot Daly Tom Yates E Manner 33/1 20

THE WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (A STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE)
Grade 1, Class A, Wednesday, March 12, 2003, total prize fund 40,000, two miles and about half a furlong, for four, five and six-year-olds only which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except National Hunt Flat races or Irish National Hunt Flat races. Horses are not to have run in more than four National Hunt Flat races and, before February 23, 2003, must have been placed first, second, third or fourth in such a race. Weights: 4-y-o: 10st 12lb, 5-y-o and 6-y-o: 11st 6lb, fillies and mares allowance 5lb. Entries closed February 26 (46 entries), entries released, Monday, March 3. Form figures correct up to Friday, February 28.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
1 AMORELLO 5 Erik Thorbek Nicky Henderson
10- ARDYNE BRIDGE (IRE) 5 Wannabees Syndicate John Murphy IRE
1 BACK TO BEN ALDER (IRE) 6 Bridget Hanbury Nicky Henderson
1-114 BE FAIR 5 Mrs Edward Cantillon Don Cantillon
1-40 BOLD BISHOP (IRE) 6 Mrs Gay Smith Jonjo O'Neill
1 BOURBON MANHATTAN 5 Susan and Vanessa Clinton Alan King
1 CELTIC SON (FR) 4 Desmond Dundon Eric McNamara IRE
1 CLASSIC NATIVE (IRE) 5 Ray & Sue Dodd Partnership Jonjo O'Neill
1 CORNISH REBEL (IRE) 6 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
1 CROSSBOW CREEK 5 Mercy Rimell Mark Rimell
01 DAVENPORT DEMOCRAT (IRE)5 Miriam O'Callaghan Willie Mullins IRE
3 DEMPSEY (IRE) 5 Tracey Brown Mark Pitman
4 DESERT ARC (IRE) 5 D J Deer Jonjo O'Neill
1 DIZZY'S DREAM (IRE) 5 Kevin O'Sullivan Noel Meade IRE
43- DONIE DOOLEY (IRE) 5 Julie Martin Paul Dalton
1-25 DOORS TO MANUAL (FR) 5 Gigginstown House Stud Charles O'Brien IRE
411 FAIRWOOD PRESENT (IRE) 5 R J Bagnall Philip Rothwell IRE
1 FLEXIBLE ACTION (IRE) 5 Liam Gleeson John Kiely IRE
10 GENERALS LASTSTAND (IRE)5 Rhona Alexander Georgina Browne
43-1 GOVAMIX 5 Sean Mulryan Dermot Weld IRE
01-26 HE'S THE BOSS (IRE) 6 M J Hallett Bob Buckler
12 KAHUNA (IRE) 6 Roisin Sheehy Eamon Sheehy IRE
2/1-53 KILDARE (IRE) 6 Cathal M Ryan Dessie Hughes IRE
1 KIM FONTAINE (FR) 5 B Doyle Willie Mullins IRE
10-20 LADY FAUSTUS 6 D J Deer Jonjo O'Neill
21-12 LIBERMAN (IRE) 5 David Johnson Martin Pipe
LORD BUCKINGHAM 5 Mrs Hugh Maitland-Jones Nicky Henderson
362 MALAGA BOY (IRE) 6 Alvin Trowbridge Colin Tizzard
11 MCGRUDERS CROSS (IRE) 5 Leonard Kinsella Tony Mullins IRE
2 MEMBERS ONLY 4 John J Murphy John Murphy IRE
21 MILLER'S BAY 5 Carfield Partners Henrietta Knight
0222 MOVE YOURSELF (IRE) 6 Mike Futter Peter Henley IRE
1 MR BABBAGE (IRE) 5 George Creighton Willie Mullins IRE
2-110 PATRIARCH EXPRESS 6 A P Muir Geoff Harker
13 ROCK GARDEN (IRE) 4 Fulke Johnson Houghton Fulke Johnson Houghton
1 ROYAL ALPHABET (IRE) 5 Ballylinch Stud Willie Mullins IRE
1 STORM BOXER (IRE) 5 Mrs H Mullins Paddy Mullins IRE
THAMES (IRE) 5 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
5114 THE JOKER (IRE) 5 J Killen Joe Magee IRE
22 TRABOLGAN (IRE) 5 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
1 TRIPLE RUM (IRE) 6 Ann M Donnelly James Leavy IRE
05 VICTORY GUNNER (IRE) 5 Ron Bartlett Jim Neville
1 VODKA BLEU (FR) 4 David Johnson Martin Pipe
4-21 WATSON LAKE (IRE) 5 John Corr Noel Meade IRE
11 WIDEMOUTH BAY (IRE) 5 R J B Partners Philip Hobbs
61 ZUM SEE (IRE) 4 Alex Syndicate Noel Meade IRE

46 entries
21 Irish-trained entries

THE WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER Analysis

Pizarro's success for Edward O'Grady in last year's Weatherbys Champion Bumper meant that eight of the 10 runnings of this Grade 1 contest have been won by Irish-trained runners.


This year 21 of the 46 entries hail from the Emerald Isle, including Davenport Democrat, Kim Fontaine, Mr Babbage and Royal Alphabet from Willie Mullins' County Carlow training centre. Mullins has won four of the last six runnings courtesy of Wither Or Which (1996), Florida Pearl (1997), Alexander Banquet (1998) and Joe Cullen (2000).


Davenport Democrat easily justified favouritism when winning by four lengths in a Fairyhouse bumper on February 22, having been well beaten by the Noel Meade-trained Dizzy's Dream on his racecourse bow at Leopardstown earlier in the month, while Kim Fontaine surprised connections when winning on soft ground on his only start in a Thurles bumper in January.


Mr Babbage also won his sole start in a Clonmel bumper last month and the Mullins quartet is completed by Royal Alphabet, a horse described as having ‘serious gears' after his winning debut on his only start in a Galway bumper in August.


The home-based team includes the Paul Nicholls-trained Cornish Rebel, who is the current ante-post favourite on the strength of his 11-length demolition of a high-class bumper field at Newbury on February 8. He is a full-brother to last year's Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Best Mate.


Champion trainer Martin Pipe has still to win this contest and he is represented by the David Johnson-owned pair of Liberman and Vodka Bleu, who was due to have run at Haydock on Saturday.


Liberman won two bumpers in Ireland for Paddy Mullins, the father of Willie, before joining Pipe and finishing a length runner-up to this year's Smurfit Champion Hurdle ante-post favourite Rhinestone Cowboy on his British debut in the Betfair Open Bumper at Cheltenham in November. Vodka Bleu has yet to run for his new connections, having won a Leopardstown bumper in January for Eddie Hales.


Nicky Henderson stated that he "hadn't got a better bumper horse" after Back To Ben Alder won his only start by 13 lengths at Kempton in January. The Seven Barrows trainer has also entered Amorello, the winner of a mares' only bumper at Taunton the same month, Trabolgan, runner-up on both his bumper outings, Lord Buckingham, who was due to have made his debut at Newbury on Saturday, and Thames, who was entered to make his debut against Vodka Bleu at Haydock the same afternoon.


Mark Pitman supplied the last British-based winner of this contest when Monsignor denied Golden Alpha by one and a half lengths in 1999. This year he relies upon Dempsey, who made an encouraging racecourse debut when third, after being checked on the home turn, behind Chelsea Bridge and Trabolgan in a Kempton bumper on February 22.


Facts and Figures:
1. The Weatherbys Champion Bumper, run for the first time in 1992, is the second-newest race at the meeting after the Coral Cup which was introduced the following year.


2. The first winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper was Montelado, who achieved what is thought to be the unique feat of winning two consecutive Festival races. The Bumper, now run on Wednesday, was originally the last race of the Festival. Montelado went on to win the opening race of the 1993 Festival, the Trafalgar House Supreme Novices' Hurdle, a contest now sponsored by Gerrard Wealth Management

3. Irish-trained runners have a great record in the race, accounting for eight of the ten winners.
Willie Mullins has incredibly saddled four of the last six winners. The two horses to have kept the trophy at home were Dato Star in 1995 and Monsignor, who sprang a 50/1 surprise in 1999.


Previous Results
WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER

2002-WINNER-PIZARRO 5-11-06 Owner-Edward Wallace; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-14/1
2ND-Rhinestone Cowboy 6-11-06 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Jonjo O'Neill; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Back In Front 5-11-06 Owner-Nelius Hayes; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-12/1 23 ran, Time-4m 0.70s; Dist-nk, 3

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-JOE CULLEN 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Mullins; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-14/1
2ND-Inca 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Be My Royal 5-11-06 Owner-Mrs Violet O'Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr James Nash; SP-16/1 17 ran, Time-3m 41.20s, Dist-3 , 2

1999-MONSIGNOR 5-11-06 Owner-Malcolm Denmark; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-50/1
2ND-Golden Alpha 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2
3RD-Canasta 5-10-13 Owner-Southern Brick & Tile Co./D S Arnold; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Liam Corcoran; SP-25/1 25 ran, Time-3m 54.8s, Dist-1 , 11/4 Fav Biliverdin (15th)

1998-WINNER-ALEXANDER BANQUET 5-11-06 Owner-M Swarbrick; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Ruby Walsh; SP-9/1
2ND-Joe Mac 4-10-12; Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Conor O'Dwyer; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Frantic Tan 6-11-06; Owner-The Bunkers Hill Mob; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1 25 ran, Time-3m 45.7s, Dist-2 , 7

1997-WINNER-FLORIDA PEARL 5-11-06 Owner-Violet O'Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-6/1
2ND-Arctic Camper 5-11-06 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP- 16/1
3RD-All The Colours 4-10-12 Owner-Pat Byrnes; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP- 8/1 25 ran, Time-3m 45.1s, Dist-5, 2 4/1 Fav Dawn Leader (13th)

1996-WINNER-WITHER OR WHICH 5-11-06 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-11/4
2ND-Alzulu 5-11-06 Owner-D Buckle; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Peter Niven; SP-25/1
3RD-Mighty Moss 5-10-13 Owner-Ken Hutsby; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Fred Hutsby; SP-33/1 24 ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-2, 3 9/4 Fav Andanito (4th)

1995-WINNER-DATO STAR 4-10-12 Owner-Kath Riley & Joe Donald; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-7/2
2ND-Red Blazer 4-10-12 Owner-Tom Shrimpton; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jamie Osborne SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Skehanagh Bridge 6-11-06 Owner-David Pim; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-12/1 21 Ran, Time-4m 02.2s. Dist-1 , 3

1994-WINNER-MUCKLEMEG 6-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Aries Girl 5-11-03 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-5/1
3RD-Go Ballistic 5-11-03 Owner-Sheila Lockhart; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Robert Massey; SP-16/1 25 Ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-3, 15

1993-WINNER-RHYTHM SECTION 4-10-11 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Homer Scott IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Heist 4-11-02 Owner-Mrs G Matthews; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-9/4 Fav
3RD-Winter Belle 5-11-13 Owner-John Muldoon; Trainer-Paddy Prendergast IRE; Jockey-John Shortt; SP-7/1 24 Ran, Time-3m 45.2s, Dist- , 1

1992-WINNER-MONTELADO 5-11-13 Owner-Ollie Hannon; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-8/1
2ND-Tiananmen Square 4-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Mr Tim Hyde; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Maneree 5-11-08 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Neville Callaghan; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-7/1 23 Ran, Time-3m 58.2s, Dist-12, 10

THE CHRISTIE'S FOXHUNTER CHASE CHALLENGE CUP
Class B, Total Prize Fund 40,000. Cheltenham, Thursday, March 13, 2003, three miles & about two-and-a-half furlongs. For five-year-olds & upwards which since December 31, 2000, & before February 23, 2003, have been placed first or second on two occasions in a hunters' steeple chase in Great Britain or Ireland or have won two Open steeple chases at Point-to-Point Meetings (i.e. Gentlemens, Ladies or Mixed Open Races) in Great Britain or Ireland or have won one Open steeple chase at a Point-to-Point Meeting in Great Britain or Ireland and have been placed first or second in a hunters' steeple chase. Weights: 5-y-o 11st 4lb; 6-y-o & up 12st; mares allowed 5lb. Entries closed February 26 (41 entries), entries revealed March 3, five-day entries March 8, declarations to run by 10.15am Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are corrrect up to and including the racing of Friday, February 28. Does not include point-to-point form.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
634405- ARAMINTA 9 Mrs A J Higgins Laura Pomfret
06/0341- BACKSHEESH (IRE) 8 Grant Tuer Grant Tuer
PF4//P/-1P BELVENTO (IRE) 11 Jean Plackett Josh Gifford
1P66-121 BRIGHT APPROACH (IRE) 10 J H Burbidge Ollie Bush
P//PP/2-6P BROWN ESQUIRE 12 Gerry Dewhurst Gemma Dewhurst
042-5P0 CELTIC SEASON 11 Richard West Chris Loggin
523-142 COUNTY DERRY 10 G T Lever Jeremy Scott
02P-213 DAMIENS PRIDE (IRE) 13 Sarah Batchelor Sarah Batchelor
333/40-2 DORANS PRIDE (IRE) 14 Tom Doran Michael Hourigan IRE
2P3-P11 EARTHMOVER (IRE) 12 Roger Penny Paul Nicholls
P164-2P FAIR WIND (IRE) 11 Rachel Bartlett Rachel Bartlett
1P//4P//-P FALSE TAIL (IRE) 11 Mike Futter Jim Lambe IRE
203-423 FAMILY BUSINESS (IRE) 7 P J Finn David Pipe
3/152U/0- GALWAY (IRE) 10 The "Yes" - "No" - "Wait"Sorries Marilyn Scudamore
55/P/P15- GAROLO (FR) 13 Susie Samworth Georgina Browne
4B5/521- GENERAL WOLFE 14 Mark Gichero Tim Dennis
6/P//1-2123 JABIRU (IRE) 10 Mary Sanderson Mary Sanderson
F141F-3 JOE BLAKE (IRE) 8 R A Bartlett Ian Ferguson IRE
1 KINGSCLIFF (IRE) 6 Arnold Sendell Sally Alner
6-43332 LAST OPTION 11 Robin Tate Robin Tate
431-P53 MR DOW JONES (IRE) 11 Mrs L A Goldsworthy Keith Goldsworthy
PP/P1-25 MR SMUDGE 11 C Marriott Fran Marriott
0/0/PP/2-1 MULLENSGROVE 9 David Lowe David Lowe
3//P320-P NAHTHEN LAD (IRE) 14 J A Danahar John Danahar
213P0F- OUR BOY (IRE) 8 Denis Reddan James Cromwell IRE
11046-P PHILTRE (IRE) 9 J D Callow Helen Needham
23-1302 POLARIS FLAME (IRE) 10 Mrs M E Foster Denise Foster IRE
4//F6P/11- QUETAL (IRE) 10 K J Kitching Laura Young
3060///-UF RED BROOK LAD 8 Charles Fox Charles Fox
2U41-11 SHELTERING (IRE) 11 Adair Catherwood Edward O'Grady IRE
P4/5213- SON OF ANSHAN 10 Grant Tuer Grant Tuer
1126UP- SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (IRE) 10 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
633/F1/2- STARPATH (NZ) 11 John Boulter John Boulter
0/0/2-126 STORM CASTLE (IRE) 11 Noel Cronin Julie Wickens
2122-2U4 TEAM CAPTAIN 9 P J Hickman Chris Down
44-2210 THE WIPPER (IRE) 7 W F Casey Sean Aherne IRE
2131-21 TORDUFF EXPRESS (IRE) 12 Two Plus Two Paul Nicholls
31/2/11-P TRADE DISPUTE (IRE) 11 Grant Tuer Grant Tuer
43-2334 VIADUCT (IRE) 7 Ivor Kingston Ivor Kingston IRE
UP2/-P10 VITAL ISSUE (IRE) 11 P S Johnson Tim Bryce
P1 WHAT ODDS (IRE) 7 Dee Racing Syndicate Tom Geraghty IRE

41 entries
10 Irish-trained

CHRISTIE'S FOXHUNTER CHASE
Analysis


The 2003 renewal of the Christie's Foxhunter Chase has attracted a record entry of 41, of which 10 come from Ireland, another best.


Heading the entries and the current ante-post favourite is Kingscliff, trained by Robert Alner's wife Sally. The six-year-old Toulon gelding won his only hunter case to date in facile fashion, defeating Family Business by 30 lengths in the Stewart Tory Memorial Trophy Hunters' Chase at Wincanton on February 6. He qualified for the Christie's Foxhunter Chase by winning a point-to-point at Milborne St Andrew on February 16. Last season he won his two pointing starts in and looks a potential hunter chase superstar in the making.


Sheltering has been the leading hunter chaser in Ireland for the last few seasons and seems to be as good as ever this year with victories at Punchestown and Leopardstown. However, Sheltering has run in the Christie's Foxhunter Chase twice before (2000 & 2002) and has not yet managed to get any further than the seventh fence.

Also featuring strongly among the entries from across the Irish Sea are Joe Blake, who was fourth last year, What Odds - an impressive winner at Fairyhouse on February 22 - and the veteran Dorans Pride, who chased home Sheltering last time out.

If Dorans Pride were to run, it would the 1995 Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle winner's seventh appearance at the National Hunt Festival. Spot Thedifference was a useful handicapper in the past few seasons and could be an interesting proposition.


Last Option recorded a famous victory in the 2002 Christie's Foxhunter Chase for Yorkshire-based Robin Tate and his daughter Fiona Needham. The 11-year-old has run three times in 2003, putting in his best performance when second last time out to Coole Out at Musselburgh on February 12. Other horses that ran in the contest last year and are entered again this year include Torduff Express (third), Joe Blake (fourth), County Derry (fifth), Fair Wind (sixth), Philitre (11th) and Sheltering (unseated rider).


Torduff Express won the Martell Foxhunters Chase at Aintree last year and has been in good form again this season, winning on his last start at Fontwell on February 17.

Trainer Paul Nicholls could also rely on Earthmover, who began his career in hunter chases and point-to-points and, during his previous spell in this field, was successful in the 1998 renewal of the Christie's Foxhunter. After a period of running in handicaps, Earthmover has now retuned to hunter chases and won both his starts at Wetherby and Chepstow this year.


The Tuer family are always to be respected in hunter chases and they have three entries in this race. Backsheesh won his last start of 2002 in impressive fashion while Son Of Anshan was third behind Torduff Express in the Martell Foxhunters at Aintree last season. Trade Dispute is a very useful performer on his day, as he showed when third to Cavalero in this race in 2000, but has had a few training problems and was pulled up on his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby.


Finally General Wolfe was a decent handicap chaser on his day for both Tim Forster and Venetia Williams. Now under the care of Walter Dennis' son Tim, the 14-year-old could still be a force to be reckoned with, as last season he showed he was by no means a back number.


Facts & Figures
1. The Foxhunter Chase is one of the oldest races at the Festival. The first running in 1904 was won by the 6/4 favourite Palmy Boy, owned and ridden by Mr J Widger. It is now the richest and most prestigious hunter chase of the season.


2. In 2003, Christie's, the international auctioneers and valuation experts, will be sponsoring the race for the 25th year (including the 2001 cancelled contest).


3. Since 1946 five horses have won the Foxhunter Chase twice although no horse has won it three times. The Callant won in 1956 and 1957, Whinstone Hill in 1958 and 1960, Colledge Master in 1961 and 1962, Double Silk in 1993 and 1994 and Fantus, winner in 1995 and 1997.


4. Caroline Beasley became the first female jockey to win a race at the Cheltenham Festival when successful on Eliogarty in the 1983 Christie's Foxhunter Chase. Since then the race has been won three times by women - Katie Rimell on Three Counties in 1989, Polly Curling on Fantus in 1995 and Fiona Needham last year on Last Option.


Previous Results
CHRISTIES FOXHUNTER CHASE

2002-WINNER-LAST OPTION 10-12-00 Owner/Trainer-Robin Tate; Jockey-Mrs Fiona Needham; SP-20/1
2ND-Gunner Welburn 10-12-00 Owner-William Ritson; Trainer-Caroline Bailey; Jockey-Mr Rowan Cope; SP-8/1
3RD-Torduff Express 11-12-00 Owner-Two Plus Two; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Miss Polly Gundry; SP-10/1 20 ran, Time-7m 1.60s, Dist- , 11/4 Fav Horus (PU)

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-CAVALERO 11-12-00 Owner-John Manners; Trainer-John Manners; Jockey-Mr Alex Charles-Jones; SP-16/1
2ND-Real Value 9-12-00 Owner-Alan Cowing; Trainer-Di Grissell; Jockey-Mr Ben Hitchcott; SP-8/1
3RD-Trade Dispute 8-12-00 Owner-Grant Tuer; Trainer-Edwin Tuer; Jockey-Mr Grant Tuer; SP-9/1
24 ran, Time-6m 36.60s, Dist- , 1 3/1 Fav Mighty Moss (5th)

1999-WINNER-CASTLE MANE 7-12-00 Owner-Charles Dixey; Trainer-Caroline Bailey; Jockey-Mr Ben Pollock; SP-9/2
2ND-Elegant Lord 11-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP-3/1 Fav`
3RD-Last Option 7-12-00 Owner-Robin Tate; Trainer-Robin Tate; Jockey-Mrs Fiona Needham; SP-20/1 24 ran, Time-6m 50.7s; Dist-13, 1

1998-WINNER-EARTHMOVER 7-12-00 Owner-Roger Penny; Trainer-Richard Barber; Jockey-Mr Joe Tizzard; SP-3/1
2ND-Stay In Touch 8-12-00 Owner-Barry Brazier; Trainer-John Costello IRE; Jockey-Mr Dermot Costello; SP- 10/1
3RD-Flashing Steel 13-12-00 Owner-Charles Haughey; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP-33/1 11 ran, Time-6m 46s, Dist-18, 5 5/4 Fav Elegant Lord (5th)

1997-WINNER-FANTUS 10-12-00 Owner-John Keighley; Trainer-Richard Barber; Jockey-Mr Tim Mitchell; SP-10/1
2ND-Cab On Target 11-12-00 Owner-N Hurst; Trainer-Mary Reveley; Jockey-Mr Stephen Swiers; SP-4/1 Fav
3RD-What A Hand 9-12-00 Owner-F A Bonsal; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP-6/1 18 ran, Time-6m 44.5s, Dist-1 , 11

1996-WINNER-ELEGANT LORD 8-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr Enda Bolger; SP-3/1 Fav
2ND-Cool Dawn 8-12-00 Owner-Dido Harding; Trainer-Robert Alner; Jockey-Miss Dido Harding; SP-9/2
3RD-Kerry Orchid 8-12-00 Owner-Peter Curling; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP- 12/1 17 ran, Time-6m 51.0s, Dist-6,7

1995-WINNER-FANTUS 8-12-00 Owner-John Keighley; Trainer-Richard Barber; Jockey-Miss Polly Curling; SP-8/1
2ND-Holland House 9-12-00 Owner-Edward Knight; Trainer-Patrick Chamings; Jockey-Mr Charlie Vigors; SP- 50/1
3RD-Elegant Lord 7-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr Tony Martin; SP-13/8 Fav 13 ran, Time-7m 7.7s, Dist-20, 8

1994-WINNER-DOUBLE SILK 10-12-00 Owner & Trainer-Reg Wilkins; Jockey-Mr Ron Treloggen; SP-2/5 Fav
2ND-Teaplanter 11-12-00 Owner-Richard Russell; Trainer-Caroline Saunders; Jockey-Mr Richard Russell; SP-7/2
3RD-Once Stung 8-12-00; Owner-Johnny Greenall; Trainer-Peter Cheesbrough; Jockey-Mr Johnny Greenall; SP-7/1 5 ran, Time-6m 44.5s, Dist-5, dist

1993-WINNER-DOUBLE SILK 9-12-00 Owner & Trainer-Reg Wilkins; Jockey-Mr Ron Treloggen; SP-12/1
2ND-Kerry Orchid 5-11-04 Owner-Peter Curling; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Tony Martin; SP-11/2 Fav
3RD-Once Stung 7-12-00; Owner-Johnny Greenall; Trainer-Peter Cheesbrough; Jockey-Mr Johnny Greenall; SP-8/1 18 ran, Time-6m 40.1s, Dist-1 , 5

1992-WINNER-RUSHING WILD 7-12-00 Owner-John Keighley; Trainer-Richard Barber; Jockey-Mr Justin Farthing; SP-9/1
2ND-Ardesee 12-12-00 Owner-M Rodway; Trainer-David Wintle; Jockey-Mr J Wintle; SP-100/1
3RD-Federal Trooper 11-12-00 Owner-Peter Bonner; Trainer-Denis McCarthy; Jockey-Mr Tim McCarthy; SP-12/1 24 ran, Time-6m 55.8s, Dist-25, 2 5/2 Fav Dun Gay Lass (11th)

CHRISTIE'S FOXHUNTER CHASE ROLL OF HONOUR
(Christie's Foxhunter Chase 2002-1979, 1978-1974 no sponsor, 1973-72 "Sun Alliance and London" Foxhunter Challenge Cup)

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2002 Last Option 10-12-00 Mrs Fiona Needham Robin Tate Robin Tate 20/1 20
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Cavalero 11-12-00 Mr Alex Charles-Jones John Manners John Manners 16/1 24
1999 Castle Mane 7-12-00 Mr Ben Pollock Caroline Bailey Charles Dixey 9/2 24
1998 Earthmover 7-12-00 Mr Joe Tizzard Richard Barber Roger Penny 3/1 11
1997 Fantus 10-12-00 Mr Tim Mitchell Richard Barber John Keighley 10/1 18
1996 Elegant Lord 8-12-00 Mr Enda Bolger Enda Bolger J P McManus 3/1F 17
1995 Fantus 8-12-00 Miss Polly Curling Richard Barber John Keighley 8/1 13
1994 Double Silk 10-12-00 Mr Ron Treloggen Reg Wilkins Reg Wilkins 2/5F 5
1993 Double Silk 9-12-00 Mr Ron Treloggen Reg Wilkins Reg Wilkins 12/1 18
1992 Rushing Wild 7-12-00 Mr Justin Farthing Richard Barber John Keighley 9/1 24
1991 Lovely Citizen 8-12-00 Mr Willie O'Sullivan Eugene M O'Sullivan IRE Eugene J O'Sullivan 14/1 18
1990 Call Collect 9-12-00 Mr Ray Martin John Parkes James Clements 7/4F 15
1989 Three Counties 12-12-00 Miss Katie Rimell Mercy Rimell Katie Rimell 6/1 16
1988 Certain Light 10-12-00 Mr Paul Hacking Jean Campbell Jean Campbell 10/1 9
1987 Observe 11-12-00 Mr Charlie Brooks Fred Winter R Bott (Wigmore St) Ltd 14/1 14
1986 Attitude Adjuster 6-12-00 Mr Ted Walsh Mouse Morris IRE Sue Magnier 10/1 14
1985 Elmboy 7-12-00 Mr Alan Hill Norman Mawle Norman Mawle 10/1 17
1984 Venture To Cognac 11-12-00 Mr Oliver Sherwood Fred Winter Nat Sherwood 7/1 21
1983 Eliogarty 8-12-00 Miss Caroline Beasley Barry Kelly IRE Caroline Beasley 3/1F 16
1982 The Drunken Duck 9-12-00 Mr Brod Munro-Wilson Brod Munro-Wilson Brod Munro-Wilson 12/1 19
1981 Grittar 8-12-00 Mr Dick Saunders Frank Gilman Frank Gilman 12/1 17
1980 Rolls Rambler 9-12-00 Mr Oliver Sherwood Fred Winter B Braziel 9/4 7
1979 Spartan Missile 7-12-00 Mr John Thorne John Thorne John Thorne 9/4F 10
1978 Timmie's Battle 7-12-00 Mr Peter Greenall Arthur Stephenson G Deverell 7/2 17
1977 Long Lane 9-11-11 Mr Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd 9/4F 16
1976 False Note 10-11-09 Mr Bryan Smart John Horton John Horton 11/4F 16
1975 Real Rascal 12-11-10 Mr George Hyatt Barbara Surman Barbara Surman 8/1 16
1974 Corrie Burn 8-12-00 Mr Ian Williams George Fairbairn Joanna Fairbairn 20/1 16
1973 Bullocks Horn 10-12-00 Lord Oaksey Bob Turnell Mrs E Barker 5/1 20
1972 Credit Call 8-12-00 Mr Chris Collins Arthur Stephenson Chris Collins 7/4F 9
1971 Hope Again 9-11-07 Mr Richard Smith Denis Windell Denis Windell 16/1 18
1970 Highworth 11-11-07 Mr R H Woodhouse R H Woodhouse R H Woodhouse 15/2 13
1969 Queens Guide 8-11-07 Mr G Wade Willie Wade Willie Wade 10/1 10
1968 Bright Beach 8-11-11 Mr Charlie Macmillan Geordie Dun Geordie Dun 5/1 12
1967 Mulbarton 11-12-00 Mr Nick Gaselee I H Pattullo I H Pattullo EvsF 13
1966 Straight Lady 10-11-07 Mr Richard Shepherd William Shepherd William Shepherd 100/8 21
1965 Woodside Terrace 12-11-07 Mr R Woodhouse R Woodhouse R Woodhouse 33/1 19
1964 Freddie 7-11-07 Mr Alan Mactaggart Reg Tweedie Reg Tweedie 1/3F 10
1963 Grand Morn II 9-12-00 Mr R Bloomfield G Shepheard G Shepheard 15/2 20
1962 Colledge Master12-12-00 Mr Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan 9/2 17
1961 Colledge Master11-12-00 Mr Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan 7/2 17
1960 Whinstone Hill 11-12-00 Mr Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis 11/8F 15
1959 Some Baby 10-12-00 Mr John Thorne Tim Rootes Tim Rootes 100/8 15
1958 Whinstone Hill 9-12-00 Mr Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis 7/1 16
1957 The Callant 9-12-00 Mr John Scott-Aiton Stewart Wight C D Scott 10/11F 9
1956 The Callant 8-12-00 Mr John Scott-Aiton Stewart Wight C D Scott 11/8F 17
1955 Abandoned (snow)
1954 Happymint 9-12-00 Mr Danny Moralee Stewart Wight Danny Moralee 7/1 21
1953 DH Dunboy II 9-12-00 Mr Charlie Scott P Bruce Miss P Bruce 3/1F 22
1953 DH Merry 13-12-00 Mr Gay Kindersley Alec Kerr John Baillie 100/7 22
1952 Parasol II 7-12-00 Mr Ivor Kerwood A Walton A Walton 8/1 19
1951 Halloween 6-12-00 Mr Dickie Smalley Bill Wightman Captain Dick Smalley 11/8F 26
1950 Greenwood 13-12-00 Mr John Stuart-Evans J T Evans J T Evans 100/7 25
1949 Abandoned (frost)
1948 State Control 8-12-00 Mr Harry Llewellyn Harry Llewellyn Harry Llewellyn 7/2F 38
1947 Lucky Purchase 9-12-00 Mr John Nichols Sidney Banks Sidney Banks 7/1 26
1946 Iloilo 9-12-00 Mr Harry Freeman-Jackson Harry Freeman-Jackson Mrs Harry Freeman-Jackson 6/1 16

THE CATHCART CHALLENGE CUP CHASE
Grade 2, Class A, Thursday, March 13, 2003, total prize fund 80,000, two miles about five furlongs, for five-year-olds and upwards which, before April 29, 2001, had not won a chase. Weights: 5-y-o: 10st 8lb, 6-y-o and up: 11st: mares allowance 5lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class A to C chase 3lb, or before April 28, 2002, a winner of a Class B weight-for-age chase 7lb, or before April 28, 2002, a winner of a Class A weight-for-age chase 12lb. Horses qualifying for more than one penalty will incur the higher penalty only. Entries closed February 26, 2003 (46 entries), entries released, Monday, March 3. Form figures from Weatherbys correct up to Friday, February 28, but does not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
31-3421 ARMATURK (FR) 6 Barry Marshall Paul Nicholls
10-4012 BACK ON TOP (IRE) 9 Sue Magnier John Hassett IRE
560-421 BARITO (GER) 6 Gestut Karlshof Christian von der Recke GER
1101-03 BARTON 10 Sir Stanley Clarke Tim Easterby
111-121 BYRON LAMB 6 Edward Melville Nicky Richards
5-1P11P CHICUELO (FR) 7 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe
15-4212 COLONEL BRAXTON (IRE) 8 Sue Magnier Dessie Hughes IRE
2P6P31 COME IN MOSCOW (IRE) 7 John J Murphy John Murphy IRE
53111-P CORNISH GALE (IRE) 9 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
311-3F3 DARK'N SHARP (GER) 8 Ascot Five Plus One Richard Phillips
221-221 FIRST LOVE 7 The Queen Nicky Henderson
53-31F0 FONDMORT (FR) 7 Bill Brown Nicky Henderson
5-31111 HAND INN HAND 7 Patrick Burling Developments Ltd Henry Daly
311140 HORUS (IRE) 8 Brian Kilpatrick Martin Pipe
0P-3111 IBAL (FR) 7 Tony Hayward and Barry Fulton Dina Smith
1P-F2P1 IL'ATHOU (FR) 7 Lady Thompson Simon Sherwood
11P/-12F INDIAN SCOUT (IRE) 8 Indian Scout Partnership Ben De Haan
1022-21 IRIS ROYAL (FR) 7 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
210-1F1 IRISH HUSSAR (IRE) 7 Christopher Hanbury Nicky Henderson
312F-P5 IZNOGOUD (FR) 7 County Stores-Avalon Surfacing Martin Pipe
511P-PP JURALAN (IRE) 8 Hogarth Racing Henrietta Knight
0/4/13-25 KATARINO (FR) 8 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
1F-F111 KEEN LEADER (IRE) 7 Mrs Adair Catherwood Jonjo O'Neill
111111 LA LANDIERE (FR) 8 Carol Skan Richard Phillips
2//-F111F LE COUDRAY (FR) 9 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
13r5-1P MACS GILDORAN 9 Margaret McManus Willie Mullins IRE
13-4P42 MASTER TERN (USA) 8 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
35-1225 MONTREAL (FR) 6 David Johnson Martin Pipe
03212-P NOBLE JUSTICE (IRE) 7 Fieldspring Racing Ron Hodges
3/-2312U NOMADIC 9 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
464-U06 OA BALDIXE (FR) 9 High Street Racing Syndicate Noel Meade IRE
21-2126 POLIANTAS (FR) 6 Mark Tincknell Paul Nicholls
000-120 REGAL EXIT (FR) 7 Brian Buckley Nicky Henderson
1F2-402 RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 8 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
F111-44 ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 6 Clive D Smith Martin Pipe
122-222 SEEBALD (GER) 8 Macca & Growler Partnership Martin Pipe
12-F132 SHAMAWAN (IRE) 8 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
0/1412P- SILENCE REIGNS 9 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
1U53-12 SILVER STEEL 8 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE
004-131 STARS OUT TONIGHT (IRE) 6 Jim Lewis Henrietta Knight
B2-1121 TARXIEN 9 Brian Kilpatrick Martin Pipe
2-142F4 THARI (USA) 6 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
0-11321 THE VILLAGER (IRE) 7 Sylvia Tainton Denis Caro
11-1141 VALLEY HENRY (IRE) 8 Paul Barber Paul Nicholls
5-1F121 VOL SOLITAIRE (FR) 5 Barry Marshall Paul Nicholls
320-131 YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE)9 J P McManus Christy Roche IRE

46 entries
11 Irish-trained entries
1 German-trained entry

THE CATHCART CHALLENGE CUP
Analysis


Champion trainer Martin Pipe has a tremendous record in the Cathcart Challenge Cup, having won the race four times - with Chatam in 1991, Challenger Du Luc five seasons later, Cyfor Malta in 1998 and last year with Royal Auclair.


The latter, who was one and a half lengths too strong for the Paddy Mullins-trained Cregg House in 2002, is again among this year's 46 entries, who include seven from Pipe's powerful Nicholashayne-based training operation.


Pipe's other entries, all of whom hold alternative engagements at the Festival, include Tarxien, who has won three of his four chase starts including the IFTE plc Novices' Chase at Cheltenham in November, Seebald, the runner-up in last year's Irish Independent Arkle Chase, and Iznogoud, who filled the same position in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase last March.


The septet is completed by Chicuelo, a beaten favourite in this season's Thomas Pink Gold Cup who has subsequently scored twice, Horus, a top-class hunter chaser when trained by Pipe's son, David, who won the Lombard Properties Handicap Chase at Prestbury Park in December, and Montreal, who was third in last year's Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle at the Festival.


Nicky Henderson has also this race on four occasions. After Brown Windsor scored in 1990, Stormyweather was successful four years later and Stormyfairweather completed the four-timer by winning in both 1999 and the following season.


The Seven Barrows trainer's six entries consist of Fondmort, this season's Tripleprint Gold Cup hero at Cheltenham in December, the Queen's First Love, who got off the mark over fences at Folkestone last month, and Katarino, the 1999 winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.


Iris Royal won a novices' event at Newbury last time, Irish Hussar has won two of his three starts over the bigger obstacles, falling on the other occasion, while Regal Exit reverted to hurdles last time in the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury after winning one of two starts over fences at Ludlow.


Irish-trained horses account for 11 of this year's entries. The last winner of this event to hail from the Emerald Isle was Second Schedual, who struck for Arthur Moore 10 years ago.


Christy Roche is responsible for four of the Irish entries. Silver Steel was third in last year's National Hunt Chase at the Festival, Le Coudray has won three times this season including two Grade One novice chases at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, Youlneverwalkalone was the winner of a valuable handicap chase on his last start at Leopardstown in January and Risk Accessor has not won this season but finished seven lengths runner-up in a chase at Clonmel on his last start in February.


The international flavour could be increased by the participation of the Christian von der Recke-trained Barito, who became the first German winner of a chase in Britain when taking a novices' chase at Plumpton on January 13.


Facts and Figures:
1. The race is named after Frederick Cathcart, the driving force behind the first National Hunt Festival. He was clerk of the course and chairman at Cheltenham from 1908-34. Frederick Cathcart also devised the Cheltenham Gold Cup as the centrepiece of the Festival. The Cathcart Challenge Cup was created in 1938 by Pratt & Company, who then managed Cheltenham, to recognise Frederick Cathcart's contribution to the course.


2. The Cathcart traditionally attracts a small, select field. The largest since the Second World War was 14 in 1946. The smallest field was four in 1973, 1987 and 1994. But since the latter date the average number of runners is just short of ten.


3. The smallish fields usually produce a fairly short-priced winner, the shortest of which was Scottish Memories at 4/9 in 1965. The longest-priced winner was Observer Corps in 1989 at 66/1.


Previous Results
CATHCART CHALLENGE CUP CHASE

2002-WINNER-ROYAL AUCLAIR 5-11-10 Owner-Clive D Smith, Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-2/1Fav
2ND-Cregg House 7-11-03 Owner-Kathleen Kennedy; Trainer-Paddy Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-33/1
3RD-Davids Lad 8-11-03 Owner-Eddie Joe's Racing Syndicate; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-5/1 11 ran, Time-5m 16.95s; Dist-1 , 7

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-STORMYFAIRWEATHER 8-11-12 Owner-Bridget Hanbury; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-11/2
2ND-Fadalko 7-11-03 Owner-Robert Ogden; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-10/1
3RD-Majadou 6-11-03 Owner-Chris, Basil and Rosie Batterham II; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-4/1 8 ran, Time-5m 4.0s, Dist-1 , 8 7/4 Fav Castle Sweep (6th)

1999-WINNER-STORMYFAIRWEATHER 7-11-03 Owner-Bridget Hanbury; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-9/1
2ND-Niki Dee 9-11-00 Owner-George Dilger; Trainer-Peter Beaumont; Jockey-Robbie Supple; SP-14/1
3RD-Edelweis Du Moulin 7-11-03 Owner-Robert Ogden; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-5/1 10 ran, Time-5m 14.3s, Dist-2, hd 11/4 Fav Dr Leunt (5th)

1998-WINNER-CYFOR MALTA 5-10-08 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-9/4 Fav
2ND-Dr Leunt 7-11-03 Owner-Peter Emery; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-15/2
3RD-Mahler 8-11-03 Owner-English Badminton Partnership; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Chris Maude; SP-25/1 8 ran, Time-5m 5.3s, Dist-3 , 2

1997-WINNER-SPARKY GAYLE 7-11-03 Owner-Ray and Anita Anderson Green; Trainer-Colin Parker; Jockey-Brian Storey; SP-3/1 Fav
2ND-Major Bell 9-11-03 Owner-Ian Middlemiss; Trainer-Alastair Whillans; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-5/1
3RD-Or Royal 6-11-03 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-4/1
10 ran, Time-5m 5.3s, Dist-4, 2

1996-WINNER-CHALLENGER DU LUC 6-11-03 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-David Bridgwater; SP-10/1
2ND-Air Shot 6-11-00 Owner-Mrs Peter Prowting; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
3RD-Feel The Power 8-10-07 Owner-Martyn Booth; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-10/1 11 ran, Time-5m 13.7s, Dist-8, hd 7/2 Fav Morceli (7th)

1995-WINNER-COULTON 8-11-07 Owner-Martin St Quinton; Trainer-Oliver Sherwood; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP- 11/2
2ND-Sullane River 7-10-12 Owner-Sean Lucey; Trainer-David McGrath IRE; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-10/1
3RD-Gaelstrom 8-10-12 Owner-Jenny Powell; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-David Bridgwater; SP-9/4 Fav 11 ran, Time-5m 25.9s, Dist-hd,10

1994-WINNER-RAYMYLETTE 7-11-00 Owner-Lady Lloyd-Webber; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-7/4
2ND-Buckboard Bounce 8-11-03 Owner & Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-3/1
3RD-Commercial Artist 8-11-03 Owner-Michael O'Neill; Trainer-Victor Bowens IRE; Jockey-Colin Bowens; SP-14/1 4 ran, Time-5m 17.4s, Dist- , 13/8 Fav Hawthorn Blaze (4th)

1993-WINNER-SECOND SCHEDUAL 8-11-03 Owner-Hugh McMahon; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-6/1
2ND-General Idea 8-11-07 Owner-Michael Smurfit; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Brendan Sheridan; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Armagret 8-11-03 Owner-Miss T Longstaff; Trainer-Jumbo Wilkinson; Jockey-Derek Byrne; SP-11/2 7 Ran, Time-5m 10s, Dist-hd, 6

1992-WINNER-REPEAT THE DOSE 7-11-00 Owner-Andrew Wates; Trainer-Tim Etherington; Jockey-Mark Richards; SP-14/1
2ND-Toranfield 8-11-07 Owner & Trainer-Fran Lennon IRE; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-5/1
3RD-My Young Man 7-11-03 Owner-Georgina Tulloch; Trainer-Charlie Brooks; Jockey-Graham Bradley; SP-15/8 Fav 7 Ran, Time-5m 19.1s, Dist-1 , 2

CATHCART CHASE CHALLENGE CUP ROLL OF HONOUR
(Hunter Chase from 1975 to 1978)


Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2002 Royal Auclair 5-10-11 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe Clive Smith 2/1F 11
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Stormyfairweather 8-11-12 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Bridget Hanbury 11/2 8
1999 Stormyfairweather 7-11-03 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Bridget Hanbury 9/1 10
1998 Cyfor Malta 5-10-08 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe David Johnson 9/4F 8
1997 Sparky Gayle 7-11-03 Brian Storey Colin Parker Ray and Anita Anderson Green 3/1F 10
1996 Challenger Du Luc 6-11-03 David Bridgwater Martin Pipe David Johnson 10/1 11
1995 Coulton 8-11-07 Jamie Osborne Oliver Sherwood Martin St Quinton 11/2 11
1994 Raymylette 7-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Lady Lloyd-Webber 7/4 4
1993 Second Schedual 8-11-03 Adrian Maguire Arthur Moore IRE Hugh McMahon 6/1 7
1992 Repeat The Dose 7-11-00 Mark Richards Tim Etherington Andrew Wates 14/1 7
1991 Chatam 7-11-00 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe Dr Brendan Nolan 3/1 6
1990 Brown Windsor 8-11-03 John White Nicky Henderson Bill Shand Kydd 13/8F 8
1989 Observer Corps 8-11-00 Tom Morgan John Edwards Glynne Clay 66/1 9
1988 Private Views 7-11-00 Brendan Powell Nick Gaselee David Stoddart 7/1 8
1987 Half Free 11-11-12 Peter Scudamore Fred Winter Sheikh Ali Abu Khamsin 5/4F 4
1986 Half Free 10-11-08 Simon Sherwood Fred Winter Sheikh Ali Abu Khamsin 11/8F 6
1985 Straight Accord 10-11-08 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn Nick Paravicini 15/2 8
1984 The Might Mac 9-11-08 Mr Dermot Browne Michael Dickinson Jane Lane 4/7F 7
1983 Observe 7-11-08 John Francome Fred Winter Tony Gretton 1/2F 7
1982 Dramatist 11-11-08 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn Basil Thwaites 15/8 6
1981 Lord Greystoke 10-11-06 Neale Doughty Gordon Richards R Etherington Jnr 7/2 8
1980 King Weasel 8-11-09 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby Mrs D Grant 5/2 6
1979 Roller Coaster 6-11-09 John Francome Fred Winter Mrs M Lewis 6/4 5
1978 Abandoned (snow)
1977 Rusty Tears 6-12-00 Mr Niall Madden Edward O'Grady IRE Mrs T McCoubrey 7/4F 9
1976 Mickley Seabright 8-12-00 Mr Peter Brookshaw Fred Rimell Peter Brookshaw 6/4F 13
1975 Abandoned (course waterlogged)
1974 Soothsayer 7-11-03 Richard Pitman Fred Winter Mrs M Scott 11/8F 7
1973 Inkslinger 6-12-04 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore IRE Mrs M Jenney 21/20F 4
1972 Soloning 7-12-01 Richard Pitman Fred Winter Mrs C Thornton 6/5F 8
1971 The Laird 10-12-04 Jeff King Bob Turnell Jim Joel 2/1 5
1970 Garrynagree 7-11-03 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE Mrs R W Whineray 2/1 6
1969 Kinloch Brae 6-12-04 Tim Hyde Willie O'Grady IRE Anne, Duchess of Westminster 3/1F 8
1968 Muir 9-11-12 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE Waring Willis 10/11F 8
1967 Prince Blarney 7-11-08 Ron Barry John Barclay Mrs M Blair 100/8 5
1966 Flying Wild 10-11-03 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore IRE Raymond Guest 5/4JF 6
1965 Scottish Memories 11-11-08 Bobby Beasley Paddy Sleator IRE George Sanderson 4/9F 5
1964 Panisse 9-11-12 Michael Scudamore Willie Stephenson George Keeling 7/2 10
1963 Some Alibi 8-12-01 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn Basil Samuel 9/4F 13
1962 Hoodwinked 7-12-01 David Nicholson Neville Crump Lady Joicey 8/1 8
1961 Quita Que 12-11-03 Willie Robinson Dan Moore IRE Mrs D R Brand 8/11F 7
1960 Dove Cote 10-11-08 Mick Batchelor Stewart Wight Mrs M Milne Green 2/1F 8
1959 Gallery Goddess 8-11-03 Fred Winter Charlie Mallon Mrs Douglas Collins 11/2 7
1958 Quita Que 9-11-08 Bunny Cox Dan Moore IRE Mrs D R Brand 10/11F 7
1957 Rose's Quarter 10-12-04 Dave Dick George Beeby George Ansley 3/1 7
1956 Amber Wave 8-11-08 Michael Scudamore Geoffrey Champneys G N Clark 6/1 10
1954 Royal Approach 6-11-13 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE Lord Bicester 10/11F 6
1953 Arctic Gold 8-11-08 Glen Kelly Gerald Balding John Hay Whitney 4/1 10
1952 Coolrock 7-11-13 Bryan Marshall Fulke Walwyn Mrs N Furlong 11/8F 5
1951 Semeur 5-11-05 Bryan Marshall Fulke Walwyn Dorothy Paget 11/8F 10
1950 River Trout 7-12-01 Martin Molony Ginger Dennistoun L E Hamson 8/13F 10
1948 Jack Tatters 10-12-03 Bryan Marshall Fulke Walwyn Dorothy Paget 9/2 13
1947 Abandoned (snow and frost)
1946 Leap Man 9-12-00 Bryan Marshall Fulke Walwyn Mrs G Colmore 100/7 14

INDEX TO ENTRIES FOR THE FOUR RACES WHICH CLOSED ON FEBRUARY 26

ALEXANDER MILENIUM (IRE) 1
ALL BUT (IRE) 1
AMORELLO 2
ANOTHER GENERAL (IRE) 1
ARAMINTA 3
ARDYNE BRIDGE (IRE) 2
ARMATURK (FR) 4
ASK HENRY (IRE) 1
BACK ON TOP (IRE) 4
BACK TO BEN ALDER (IRE) 2
BACKSHEESH (IRE) 3
BALLYBAY DEMENSE (IRE) 1
BALLYBROPHY (IRE) 1
BALLYCONNELL (IRE) 1
BALLYDAY DAZY (IRE) 1
BARITO (GER) 4
BARTON 4
BE FAIR 2
BELVENTO (IRE) 3
BOLD BISHOP (IRE) 2
BONNY BOY (IRE) 1
BORORA KING (IRE) 1
BOURBON MANHATTAN 2
BRIGHT APPROACH (IRE) 3
BROWN ESQUIRE 3
BYRON LAMB 4
CANON BARNEY (IRE) 1
CELTIC SEASON 3
CELTIC SON (FR) 2
CHICUELO (FR) 4
CHRISTY'S PRIDE (IRE) 1
CLASSIC NATIVE (IRE) 2
CLONMEL'S MINELLA (IRE) 1
COLONEL BRAXTON (IRE) 4
COME IN MOSCOW (IRE) 4
CORNISH GALE (IRE) 4
CORNISH REBEL (IRE) 2
COUNTY DERRY 3
CROSSBOW CREEK 2
DAMIENS PRIDE (IRE) 3
DARK'N SHARP (GER) 4
DARK ROOM (IRE) 1
DAVENPORT DEMOCRAT (IRE) 2
DEALER DEL 1
DEMPSEY (IRE) 2
DESERT ARC (IRE) 2
DIONN RIGH (IRE) 1
DIZZY'S DREAM (IRE) 2
DONIE DOOLEY (IRE) 2
DOORS TO MANUAL (FR) 2
DORANS PRIDE (IRE) 3
DRAGON HUNTER (IRE) 1
DRUID'S GLEN (IRE) 1
DUNOWEN (IRE) 1
EARTHMOVER (IRE) 3
EVEN MORE (IRE) 1
FAIR WIND (IRE) 3
FAIRWOOD PRESENT (IRE) 2
FALSE TAIL (IRE) 3
FAMILY BUSINESS (IRE) 3
FINIANS IVY (IRE) 1
FIRST LOVE 4
FLEXIBLE ACTION (IRE) 2
FONDMORT (FR) 4
FULL MINTY 1
GALWAY (IRE) 3
GAROLO (FR) 3
GENERALS LASTSTAND (IRE) 2
GENERAL WOLFE 3
GOVAMIX 2
HAND INN HAND 4
HAUT CERCY (FR) 1
HEDGEHUNTER (IRE) 1
HERSOV (IRE) 1
HE'S THE BOSS (IRE) 2
HIGH COTTON (IRE) 1
HORUS (IRE) 4
I'VEHADIT (IRE) 1
IBAL (FR) 4
IL'ATHOU (FR) 4
INDIAN SCOUT (IRE) 4
IRA HAYES (IRE) 1
IRIS ROYAL (FR) 4
IRISH HUSSAR (IRE) 4
IZNOGOUD (FR) 4
JABIRU (IRE) 3
JOE BLAKE (IRE) 3
JOLY BEY (FR) 1
JUNGLE JINKS (IRE) 1
JURALAN (IRE) 4
JURANCON II (FR) 1
JUST MAYBE (IRE) 1
KAHUNA (IRE) 2
KATARINO (FR) 4
KEEN LEADER (IRE) 4
KEMAL'S COUNCIL (IRE) 1
KILDARE (IRE) 2
KILLULTAGH THUNDER (IRE) 1
KIM FONTAINE (FR) 2
KINGSCLIFF (IRE) 3
KITTENKAT 1
LADY FAUSTUS 2
LA LANDIERE (FR) 4
LANMIRE GLEN (IRE) 1
LAST OPTION 3
LE COUDRAY (FR) 4
LIBERMAN (IRE) 2
LORD BUCKINGHAM 2
LORD EDWARDS ARMY (IRE) 1
LORD JACK (IRE) 1
LORD RAPIER 1
LUCKY BAY (IRE) 1
MACKINUS (IRE) 1
MACS GILDORAN 4
MAJED (FR) 1
MALAGA BOY (IRE) 2
MASTER TERN (USA) 4
MCGRUDERS CROSS (IRE) 2
MEMBERS ONLY 2
MILLER'S BAY 2
MONTEMOSS (IRE) 1
MONTREAL (FR) 4
MOORLANDS AGAIN 1
MOVE YOURSELF (IRE) 2
MR BABBAGE (IRE) 2
MR DOW JONES (IRE) 3
MR MILLER (IRE) 1
MR SMUDGE 3
MULLENSGROVE 3
MYSTIC LORD (IRE) 1
NAHTHEN LAD (IRE) 3
NATIVETRIAL (IRE) 1
NOBLE JUSTICE (IRE) 4
NOMADIC 4
OA BALDIXE (FR) 4
ONLY ONCE 1
OUR BOY (IRE) 3
OVER THE STORM (IRE) 1
PANCHOVILLAS GLEAM (IRE) 1
PATRIARCH EXPRESS 2
PAXFORD JACK 1
PHILTRE (IRE) 3
POLAR CHAMP 1
POLARIS FLAME (IRE) 3
POLIANTAS (FR) 4
PONTIUS 1
PRINCESSE GREC (FR) 1
PUTSOMETNBY (IRE) 1
QUETAL (IRE) 3
RED BROOK LAD 3
REGAL EXIT (FR) 4
RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) 4
ROCK GARDEN (IRE) 2
ROYAL ALPHABET (IRE) 2
ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) 4
RULE SUPREME (IRE) 1
RUNNING MACHINE (IRE) 1
RUSSELL HOUSE (IRE) 1
SEA DRIFTING 1
SEEBALD (GER) 4
SHAMAWAN (IRE) 4
SHARDAM (IRE) 1
SHELTERING (IRE) 3
SILENCE REIGNS 4
SILVER STEEL 4
SIR CUMFERENCE 1
SON OF ANSHAN 3
SPOT THEDIFFERENCE (IRE) 3
STARPATH (NZ) 3
STARS OUT TONIGHT (IRE) 4
STORM BOXER (IRE) 2
STORM CASTLE (IRE) 3
STORMEZ (FR) 1
SUDDEN SHOCK (GER) 1
SUPER FELLOW (IRE) 1
TARXIEN 4
TEAM CAPTAIN 3
THAMES (IRE) 2
THARI (USA) 4
THE JOKER (IRE) 2
THE VILLAGER (IRE) 4
THE WIPPER (IRE) 3
TORDUFF EXPRESS (IRE) 3
TOTHEROADYOUVGONE 1
TRABOLGAN (IRE) 2
TRADE DISPUTE (IRE) 3
TRIPLE RUM (IRE) 2
TUESDAY (IRE) 1
TURN TWO (IRE) 1
VALLEY HENRY (IRE) 4
VERCHOYLES LAD (IRE) 1
VIADUCT (IRE) 3
VICTORY GUNNER (IRE) 2
VITAL ISSUE (IRE) 3
VODKA BLEU (FR) 2
VOL SOLITAIRE (FR) 4
WATSON LAKE (IRE) 2
WHAT ODDS (IRE) 1, 3
WHEREAREYOUNOW (IRE) 1
WIDEMOUTH BAY (IRE) 2
YOULNEVERWALKALONE (IRE) 4
YOUNG OTTOMAN (IRE) 1
ZUM SEE (IRE) 2

============KEY===========
1. National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
2. Weatherbys Champion Bumper
3. Christie's Foxhunter Chase
4. Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase
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