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Thursday, March 16, 2006


THE FESTIVAL 2006
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, THURSDAY, MARCH 16



Race 1 Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase
Winner’s quotes

Reveillez for Fanshawe

Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe teamed up with owner JP McManus and jockey Tony McCoy to win the opening race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, the Jewson Novices’ Handicap, with Reveillez, the 9/2 favourite who had been backed from 6/1 at which price a £100,000 bet was struck with bookmaker Freddie Williams on course.


This was in marked contrast to Fanshawe’s fortunes on the first day, when one of his horses, Bayard, had to be put down through injury.


Reveillez was sixth in last year’s Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle, then began chasing in January and won his latest start at Folkestone last month. Fanshawe said: “I always thought this horse would improve for better ground. He got beaten twice in a bog at Exeter and Leicester, but came good at Folkestone and is a different horse on this ground. He kept getting muck in his throat and an infection in his chest so we couldn’t run him before Christmas.


“Enda Bolger [the Limerick-based trainer who handles many of JP McManus’s horses] schooled him in the summer, and if they jump well for Enda they’ll jump well back here. Steve Smith-Eccles has done the schooling on him.


“The pressure’s off, because my wife Jacko rides him every day and it’s bad enough running him in a Flat race let alone a two-and-a-half-mile novices’ chase.”

“It’s marvellous to have a winner for JP because he hasn’t had the best of meetings so far. I like to bask in the glory of Cheltenham, so don’t want to think about Aintree yet.”

McCoy, partnering his first winner for his retained owner at The Festival, said: “Obviously, I wanted to win the Champion Hurdle, but the thing I came here to do was ride a winner for JP. He puts such a lot into the game and the loss of No Where To Hyde [who died yesterday] will have ruined his meeting.


“Full marks to the trainer, because on the horse’s previous three runs I couldn’t have the horse, but he’s got him right and knows more than I do.”



EXTRA FIRST RACE QUOTES
JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE

J P DELIGHTED
Winning owner J P McManus was delighted with the result of Thursday’s opener, the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase, as Reveillez gave him his first winner of The 2006 Festival.


It was also the initial winner that Tony McCoy, McManus’s retained rider, has ridden for his boss at The Festival.


McManus shook his jockey’s hand just before the winning combination entered the winner’s enclosure and exchanged a few words but afterwards did not want to divulge what they were.


However, the owner, a shrewd punter, admitted that he had a “little” wager on Reveillez. He said: “I could not let Reveillez go unbacked at 6/1. I had been a bit worried when I read The Daily Telegraph this morning with A P saying that Reveillez’s jumping could be better but that probably improved the horse’s price.”

TONY McCOY (JOCKEY)
“This means a lot. It’s my first Festival winner for J P and to be honest that’s what I wanted more than anything - I’ve already been placed on Fota Island, Foreman and Straw Bear this week. I’m pleased this horse won because his jumping had been average to start off with and it was only his fourth run over fences.

“I was a little bit cagey about whether he’d be up for it but I got such a clear run early on. I was fourth all the way and travelling well and had a great view of the fences. He never touched a twig.

“James Fanshawe has got improvement out of him - on his last run at Folkestone he couldn’t win this race, so fair play to the trainer. I’m just delighted for JP.”

JAMES FANSHAWE (TRAINER)
“You have to jump the fences to win - it might have looked easy but I jumped every fence with him. There was added pressure today because he’s ridden out every day by my wife Jacko and I wasn’t looking forward to the next few days if things didn’t go well today. I always felt he would definitely improve on this better ground and he’s got better with racing.”

NICKY HENDERSON (TRAINER OF THE SECOND COPSALE LAD)
“We got beat by a well-handicapped horse but at least he’s an English-handicapped horse - I think it’s the first handicap this week the Irish haven’t won!

“He’s run a great race and done absolutely nothing wrong. I’ve seen my horse jump better before but they went very quick on this ground. His jumping was tested today and we might just want to step up to three miles to help him travel a bit better. He’s done well to finish where he has - that race was very competitive.”



FIRST RACE PLACED QUOTED
JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE

DICE COULD HAVE BIG PRIZE IN HIM

Trainer Tom Taaffe will pick Tumbling Dice’s next target with care after the seven-year-old finished just over ten lengths behind facile winner Reveillez when third in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase.


“I’ll be having a good think about where we go now because if I get it right there’s nice race in him,” said Taaffe. “We have a few options - there’s a very valuable three-mile novices’ handicap at Punchestown, there’s Aintree and a novices’ race at Fairyhouse. Novices have also run well in the Irish National before but the trip would be new territory for him.


“I was delighted with how he went today, he ran every bit as well as in the Coral Cup last year. He jumped superbly and I thought he really wanted better ground.


“The winner’s a smart horse and has probably landed the punt of the week and fair dos to his connections.”


Race 1 - Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase - Ground

GROUND AFTER FIRST RACE - JOCKEYS’ REACTION

Ruby Walsh, rider of Cornish Sett: “Good”

Paddy Brennan, rider of Hors La Loi III: “Really good ground.”

Tony Dobbin, rider of Turpin Green: “Fast side of good.”

Rodi Greene, rider of Whispered Secret: “On the quick side of good.”

Liam Heard, rider of Le Volfoni: “Good, nice ground.”

David Casey, rider of Garde Champetre: “Good.”

Tony McCoy, rider of Reveillez (the winner): “Good.”





FIRST RACE RESULT

2pm JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE
Listed race (Class 1) 2m 5f New Course £80,000 guaranteed For 5yo+ Weights highest weight 11st 10lb Weights raised 8lb Minimum weight 10st 4lb Penalties after Feb 26, a winner of a chase 4lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 10lb) Celtic Son’s handicap mark 146 Entries 118 pay £90 Confirmed 61 pay £270 Penalty Value 1st £45,616; 2nd £17, 112; 3rd £8,568; 4th £4,272; 5th £2,144; 6th £1,072

1 REVEILLEZ (J P McManus) James Fanshawe 7-10-11 Tony McCoy 9/2f
2 COPSALE LAD (Swallow Partnership) Nicky Henderson 9-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 8/1
3 TUMBLING DICE (IRE) (Mrs John Donegan) Tom Taaffe IRE 7-11-01 Barry Geraghty 14/1
4 DIRECT FLIGHT (IRE) (Top Flight Racing) Noel Chance 8-10-04 Paul Carberry 25/1
5 TURPIN GREEN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Richards 7-11-07 Tony Dobbin 5/1
6 HORS LA LOI III (FR) (Paul Green) Paul Nicholls 11-11-07 Paddy Brennan
7 CORNISH SETT (IRE) (Peter Hart) Paul Nicholls 7-11-08 Ruby Walsh
8 KASTHARI (IRE) (Elliott Brothers) Howard Johnson 7-11-01 Graham Lee
9 NO FULL (FR) (Patrick Delaney Jnr) Paul Webber 5-10-04 Tom Doyle
10 WHISPERED SECRET (GER) (David Manasseh And Dan Levine) Martin Pipe 7-11-06 Rodi Greene
11 IDOLE FIRST (IRE) (Venetia Williams) Venetia Williams 7-10-09 Alan O'Keeffe
12 CHILLING PLACE (IRE) (Mike Tuckey) Philip Hobbs 7-11-05 Richard Johnson
13 GARDE CHAMPETRE (FR) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 7-10-13 David Casey
14 CELTIC SON (FR) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 7-11-10 Timmy Murphy
F LE VOLFONI (FR) (Million In Mind Partneship) Paul Nicholls 5-10-09 Liam Heard (5)
F PREACHER BOY (Hunt & Co (Bournemouth) Ltd) Ron Hodges 7-10-09 Jim Crowley
U DEMI BEAU (Cunningham Racing) Evan Williams 8-10-13 Christian Williams
P STANCE (Neil Jones) Gary Moore 7-10-06 Jamie Moore

Non-runners: Bold Bishop, Black Apalachi
18 ran:
Time:5m 02.92s
Distances: 1 1/4, 9, sh, 7, 1 3/4, 1, sh, 15, ½, 18, 3 ½, 29, 4
Breeder: Mrs A Yearly
Breeding: gr g First Trump - Amalancher (USA)
Tote: Win; £5.20 Places; £2.10, £2.00, £2.30, £4.90 Exacta; £478.93

Winning Trainer: JAMES FANSHAWE Date of birth:6/8/62 Trains: Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of first licence:1990 Previous Occupation: Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Major flat wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (3) Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait, 2002 Hors La Loi III), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez) Other Major NH Wins: Kingwell Hurdle (2002 Hors La Loi III) First Winner for J P McManus: Reveillez (Jeff Banks Port Of Call Introductory Novices’ Hurdle, Windsor, Nov 20, 2004) Horses in Training (1990-2005): 32:51:78:71:82:76:62:59:58:65:98:87:84: 110: 106; 105 Number of Winners (Jumps 2001/02-2004/05): 3; 1; 1; 7 Wins this season: 6

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy Date of Birth: 04/05/74 First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92 (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger. Cheltenham Festival Wins: (17) GRAND ANNUAL CHASE (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (1997 Make A Stand, 2006 Brave Inca), TOTE GOLD CUP (1997 Mr Mulligan), CATHCART CHASE (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair) Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), VINCENT O’BRIEN COUNTY HURDLE (1998 Blowing Wind), GERRARD SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Hors La Loi III), THE MILDMAY OF FLETE CHALLENGE CUP HCAP CHASE (1999 Majadou), QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (2000 Edredon Bleu), WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (2003 Liberman), JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (2006 Reveillez) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5). Other major wins: KING GEORGE VI CHASE (2002 Best Mate), SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL (1997 Belmont King), REHEARSAL CHASE (1996 Belmont King), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2000 Lady Cricket, 2001Shooting Light), PILLAR PROPERTY CHASE (1999 Cyfor Malta), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP CHASE (1998 Northern Starlight), EXTRAMAN HENRY VIII NOVICES’ CHASE (1998 Dines), MILDMAY & CAZALET HCAP CHASE (1999 Eudipe), LONG DISTANCE HURDLE (1999 Galant Moss, 2003 Deano’S Beano, 2004 Baracouda), SCILLY ISLES NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Upgrade, 2003 Tarxien), FIRST NATIONAL GOLD CUP H’CAP CHASE (2000 Upgrade, 2001 Wahiba Sands), CHALLOW HURDLE (2001 Classified), GAME SPIRIT CHASE (2002 Lady Cricket), TOTE GOLD TROPHY (2002 Copeland), LONG WALK HURDLE (2002 Deano’s Beeno, 2004 Baracouda), RENDLESHAM HURDLE (2003 Deano’s Beano), RITZ CLUB ASCOT CHASE (2003 Tiutchev), CLEEVE HURDLE (2003 Classified), SUNDERLANDS IMPERIAL CUP (2003 Korelo), FINALE JUVENILE HURDLE (2004 Phar Bleu), POWERS GOLD CUP (2005 Like-A-Butterfly), SCOTTISH CHAMPION HURDLE (2005 Genghis), PETERBOROUGH CHASE (2005 Impek), FELTHAM NOVICES’ CHASE (2005 Darkness), DECEMBER FESTIVAL HURDLE (2005 Brave Inca), AIG EUROPE CHAMPION HURDLE (2006 Brave Inca) Winners 1994/5-2004/05:74,175, 189,253,186,245,191, 289, 257, 209, 199 Wins this season: 163




THE FESTIVAL 2006
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, THURSDAY, MARCH 16

SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
RYANAIR CHASE

FITZGERALD AND HENDERSON SO FOND OF MORT

Trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Mick Fitzgerald were full of praise for Fondmort after the Cheltenham specialist landed his biggest career success in the Ryanair Chase.


“He means everything to me,” said Fitzgerald. “He’s one of those people you’d like to be and you’d pull yourself out of a hospital bed to ride him. He may not be the best I’ve ridden but he’s one of my favourite horses of all time.


“AP (McCoy on Impek) was trying to pull up the race to suit his horse but I wasn’t having that and kicked on quite early because I knew that there were doubts about Impek’s stamina. I was running on empty at the end but we were in front by then.”

Henderson added: “He mightn’t be a Best Mate or an Arkle but he loves Cheltenham, he’s a different horse here to everywhere else. I don’t know why some horses like certain courses so much, it’s like he has home games and away games - he plays his home games here.


“You never give up with this horse, he doesn’t know how to put a foot wrong and his jumping is ridiculously accurate. He’s won a Paddy Power and whatever here but he really deserved the Festival win.


“We had to get a run into him behind Our Vic at Lingfield last time on atrocious ground and I wasn’t too concerned about taking the winner on again at Cheltenham.


“He might run over two and a half miles at Aintree but I don’t know, it’s not Cheltenham.”

EXTRA QUOTES - RYANAIR CHASE - FONDMORT

Fondmort collected his fourth course and distance success when gamely winning the Ryanair Chase this afternoon.

His victory equalled the score at this year’s Festival to seven wins each for the British-trained and Irish-trained horses.



MICK FITZGERALD (JOCKEY)

“What can I say about this horse? He’s just unbelievable!

“Me and the boss both thought in our heart of hearts that Fondmort was the one to get out us out of trouble this week. He just never lets you down.

“He got beat by a very good horse in this race last year and ran the race of his life then - there was nothing of the quality of Thisthatandtother in today.”


NICKY HENDERSON (TRAINER)

“He’s a very, very special and loves this place more than anything else in the world. His whole performance was unreal.

“We struggled to win a hurdle race with him but we learned years ago he’s as tough as you can get.

“He’s a different horse round here. He loves the place and he loves the atmosphere - it’s like a home match for him!

“The bigger the day the bigger the horse. And when he gets in a fight he’ll fight his way out of it.

“In the last few days I’ve never known him to be in better form. You can never be confident at Cheltenham but I have to say I was extra hopeful.”


Race 2 - Ryanair Chase - Placed Quotes

KNIGHT NOT HAPPY

Henrietta Knight was left fuming after Impek finished third in the Ryanair Chase.


The West Lockinge handler was unhappy with the starting procedure, which saw Impek become very wound-up while she was unable to get to the start and try to placate him.


She said: “I usually go down to the start with him but took a long time to get there today as I wanted a bucket of water to take down to keep him cool.

“I had trouble finding a bucket and had to borrow one from the catering staff.


“We had to go down to the start cross-country and by the time I was there, he had already thrown Tony (McCoy) off once and his brain had gone.


“He was very upset and worked up at the start and the starter would not wait for him, despite Tony pleading with him to wait while I tried to calm the horse down.


“I am very unhappy with the way the starter has handled this today and I think overall the starting procedures have been very bad this week for what is a championship meeting - I shall be speaking to the stewards.


“It takes a lot to make me angry, but this incident really has.


“He has run a good race considering and will now go to Aintree, for either the Melling Chase or the Betfair Bowl. Tony thinks he will get three miles.”


LACDOUDAL PLEASES CONNECTIONS

Roger Skan, owner of the second Lacdoudal, said: “I was not excited today, I’d really written him off because the papers - what do they know? - had hardly mentioned him but look what he’s done.


“Another 100 yards and he would have beaten the lot of them and look at the the names in the race.


“After last year when he was second in the Jewson it would have been nice to win but being second is just as good I’m telling you.”

Trainer Philip Hobbs added: “With another 100 yards he would have done it and has finished like a train.


“Last time in the Racing Post Chase he ran his only bad race but today he has done us proud.”





SECOND RACE RESULT

2.35pm RYANAIR CHASE
Grade 2 (Class 1) 2m 5f New Course £150,000 guaranteed For 5yo+ Weights 5yo 10st 9lb; 6yo+ 11st Penalties after September 30, 2004, a winner of a Grade 2 chase 3lb; of a Grade 1 chase 5lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 54 pay £175 First forfeit 39 pay £350 Confirmed 17 pay £175 Penalty value 1st £85,530; 2nd £32,085; 3rd £16,065; 4th £8,010; 5th £4,020; 6th £2,010

1 FONDMORT (FR) (Bill Brown) Nicky Henderson 10-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 100/30jf
2 LACDOUDAL (FR) (Carol Skan) Philip Hobbs 7-11-00 Richard Johnson 20/1
3 IMPEK (FR) (Jim Lewis) Henrietta Knight 10-11-03 Tony McCoy 100/30jf
4 MY WILL (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-11-03 Ruby Walsh
5 HAND INN HAND (Patrick Burling Developments Ltd) Henry Daly 10-11-00 Robert Thornton
6 HI CLOY (IRE) (Mrs S McCloy) Michael Hourigan IRE 9-11-05 Andrew McNamara
7 CALLING BRAVE (IRE) (Sir Robert Ogden) Nicky Henderson 10-11-00 Marcus Foley
8 SEE YOU SOMETIME (J Meaden) Seamus Mullins 11-11-03 Andrew Thornton
9 OUR VIC (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 8-11-05 Timmy Murphy
F SIR OJ (IRE) (Brian Keenan) Noel Meade IRE 9-11-03 Paul Carberry
P ARMATURK (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Paul Nicholls 9-11-00 Christian Williams

11 ran:
Time: No official time
Distances: 1 1/4, hd, 9, 1 1/4, 2 ½, 17, 2 ½, dist
Breeder: Hubert Carion
Breeding: b g Cyborg (FR) - Hansie (FR)
Tote: Win; £3.90 Places;£1.80, £5.30, £1.80 Exacta; £91.10

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous Occupation/Apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78 Cheltenham Festival wins (29): County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort) Other major wins include: Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette, 2003 Iris Royal), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt, 2004 Isio, 2006 Tysou), Agfa Diamond Chase (1996 Amtrak Express), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), BMW Handicap Chase (1998 Big Matt), West Yorkshire Hurdle (1999 Silver Wedge), Gerry Feilden Hurdle (1999 Bacchanal), Totesport Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 and 2004 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), AON Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Ladbroke Hurdle (2002 Chauvinist), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort), Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough), Vodafone Gold Cup (2004 Isio), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (2005 Trabolgan), Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2005 Blue Shark) Horses in Training (1984-2005): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84, 91, 115, 114, 116, 113, 105 Number of Winners (1982/83-2004/05): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53 Wins this Season: 70

Winning Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald Date/place of birth: Cork, 10/05/1970 First Winner Under Rules (Britain): Lovers Secret, Ludlow, December 20, 1988 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (13) CATHCART CHASE: (1994 Raymylette, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), WILLIAM HILL TROPHY CHASE (1995 Rough Quest, 2000 Marlborough), JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Tiutchev), LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE (2000 Bacchanal), CORAL CUP (2003 Xenophon), ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE (2005 Trabolgan), RYANAIR CHASE (2006 Fondmort) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2000 (4), 1999 (4). Other Big Race Wins: MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL CHASE (1996 Rough Quest), MARTELL AINTREE HURDLE (Bimsey 1997),, MARTELL CUP CHASE (2000 See More Business), CHIVAS REGAL HANDICAP CHASE (2001 Kingsmark), MARTELL COGNAC MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE (2003 Irish Hussar), VICTOR CHANDLER CHASE (Big Matt 1996, Isio 2004), AGFA DIAMOND CHASE (1996 Amtrak Express), MITIE GROUP KENNEL GATE HURDLE (1998 Hidebound), TOTE LANZAROTE HCAP HURDLE (1999 Tiutchev), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN GAME SPIRIT CHASE (1999 Celibate), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PENDIL NOVICES’ CHASE (1999 Makounji), WEEKENDER DOVECOTE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Premier Generation), VOICE NEWSPAPER ADONIS JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Katarino), CHARLIE HALL CHASE (1999 and 2000 See More Business, 2002 Marlborough), ROSSINGTON MAIN NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Dusk Duel), AON CHASE (2000 See More Business), TOTE GOLD TROPHY HCAP HURDLE (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), DESERT ORCHID H’CAP CHASE (2000 Fadalko), TOTE GOLD TROPHY CHASE (2001 Marlborough), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (2003 Fondmort), FIRST NATIONAL GOLD CUP (2003 Iris Royal), HENNESSEY COGNAC GOLD CUP (2005 Trabolgan), TINGLE CREEK TROPHY CHASE (2005 Kauto Star), FINALE JUVENILE HURDLE (2005 Blue Shark) Number of Wins (1995/96-2004/05): 68; 82; 102; 121; 107; 78; 109; 77; 51; 65 Wins This Season: 49



THE FESTIVAL 2006
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, THURSDAY, MARCH 16

Race 3 - Ladbrokes World Hurdle - Initial Winning Quotes

HE DID IT MY WAY

The feature contest of day three of The Festival, the £230,000 Ladbrokes Hurdle went to My Way De Solzen for trainer Alan King and jockey Robert Thornton.


The winner held on by a head from Irish raider Golden Cross to record a memorable neck success in the premier contest for three-mile hurdlers.


Alan King commented afterwards: “Apart from the last few strides, it was very smooth all the way round.


“He’s jumped brilliantly and I’m happy for all the team - this is just wonderful.


“I was worried about the ground before racing and while I thought it was quicker than ideal, there was no jar and it was not so bad that I never considered not running him.


“This is a seriously good horse. I wouldn’t have swapped him for anything going into the race and I’m not just saying that now.


“He’s a delight to train as he is so straightforward. It was also nice to see ‘Chocolate’ outriding the Flat jockey [Johnny Murtagh].”

Looking ahead to the future, King added: “I don’t know where we go from here. He could run again this season, maybe at Punchestown, if the ground was right.


“In time, he is going to make one hell of a three-mile chaser although I don’t know if that will be next year. We will sit down and discuss it over the summer.


“He was bought by Anthony Bromley when he only had two runs, one of which was a second to Ambobo.”

Bookmaker reaction varied. My Way De Solzen is available for next year’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle at 8/1 (William Hill), 10/1 (Stan James) and 5/1 (Boylesports).



MORE THIRD RACE QUOTES
LADBROKE WORLD HURDLE

JOCKEY UNSURE BUT NOT THE TRAINER

Robert Thornton, jockey of My Way de Solzen, was unsure about running the Ladbroke World Hurdle winner: “The ground was quicker than ideal, but he’s handled it well and the jumping was awesome. When I walked the course before I was wondering about running him, but Alan was never in doubt.”

Alan King, trainer of My Way de Solzen, said: “Choc [Robert Thornton] said to me, ‘Are you sure you want to run?’ I said I didn’t think it was quick enough to take him out. That’s the great thing with Choc, the horses always come first.


“I think I’d have been shot [by the owners] if I’d taken him out. If he had been racing tomorrow [Friday] though there could have been a problem. He certainly wouldn’t have come if it had got faster.”

Neither King nor Thornton was worried about My Way de Solzen and Golden Cross racing close together after the last. “I could hear them slapping and kicking behind me, but I didn’t think there was a problem,” said Thornton. King agreed: “There was no stewards, (inquiry) called, was there?”

King hasn’t mapped out any further races this reason for My Way de Solzen yet. “We’ve got lots of options, the weather is the key,” he said. He will not necessarily stay with three-mile events. “He’s not a slow horse and I wouldn’t have my doubts about bringing him back to two and a half miles. He’s a seriously good horse,” he said.


My Way de Solzen is likely to eventually go chasing, but King ruled out any attempt at the Arkle. “ We could only consider that if the ground was heavy and it never is here. If and when he goes chasing, it will be over two and a half miles plus.”

King praised the quartet of owners, headed by Jerry Wright. “There are very good friends and were instrumental in helping me set up on my own six years ago”


MORE QUOTES FROM THE
LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE


JERRY WRIGHT (JOINT-OWNER OF THE WINNER MY WAY DE SOLZEN)

“This is unbelievable! We were worried about the ground and Alan was deliberating over whether to run him but he’s done it well. Choc knew he’d have to make use of him on this ground but he stays and stays and it was a tremendous ride.”


ROBERT THORNTON (JOCKEY ON THE WINNER)

“That’s brilliant! He handled the ground but he’s not at his best on that surface. I could hear them all slapping and kicking behind me up the hill and it was just a case of keeping my head down and keep on going. It’s been a fantastic week.”


JOHNNY MURTAGH (JOCKEY ON THE SECOND GOLDEN CROSS)

“I’m sick. I haven’t felt as sick in a long time. I thought I had it - I jumped the last well and really thought this horse was going to win.

“He’s a great horse and didn’t miss one hurdle. Every time I asked him he jumped well. I’m very disappointed he didn’t come out on the right side of the photo.”


J P McMANUS (OWNER OF THE FIFTH BARACOUDA)

“Tony (McCoy)said he thought he ran his heart out. He could have done with them going a stride faster but I think it’s obvious he’s past his best now.”


FRANCOIS DOUMEN (TRAINER OF THE FIFTH BARACOUDA)

“He ran well today but would have preferred softer ground. I would hate to make a decision on his future now. We’ll look at things tomorrow. It’s the first time he hasn’t finished in the first two and I feel sorry.”


Race 3 Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Runner-up quotes

Golden takes silver

After Golden Cross and jockey Johnny Murtagh had been beaten a mere head into second in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, Curragh trainer Michael Halford said: “It’s so near yet so far - there’s a world of difference in finishing second, but I was thrilled with the horse and the jockey.


“It was a great effort on both their parts, and while I’d have been thrilled if he’d won it was a great effort and there are no hard luck stories. Johnny said in another few strides he might have got there. One had to come out the wrong side and it was a pity it was him.”

Golden Cross had chased home Brave Inca and Macs Joy earlier this season and Halford was considering a Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle challenge, but he said: “The plan was always to come here, so the races he had fitted in because he needed runs. We wanted to run him over three miles at Christmas, but he didn’t scope well, so we waited.


“We did think about a Champion Hurdle challenge, because he had improved on his Flat form, and if the ground had come up testing then maybe, but he needed to finish closer in the AIG Hurdle than he did. The Champion was just a precaution in the back of my head - it was my intention to come here.”

Golden Cross suffered an overreach cut to his near foreleg, and Halford said: “We won’t know how bad it is until we clean it up, but I don’t think it’s serious. If it’s okay he could go for the two-and-a-half miler at Aintree, or maybe go to Punchestown.”

Commenting further on Murtagh - who said later he did not envisage riding over hurdles again this season - Halford said: “Johnny puts his heart and soul into everything and he doesn’t like being second. He said at Christmas he didn’t want to ride over hurdles again, but we had a chat and a few days later he changed his mind and was only too willing to carry on.”


THIRD RACE RESULT

3.15pm LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE
Grade 1 (Class 1) 3m New Course £230,000 guaranteed For 4yo+11st 1lb; 5yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 50 pay £265 First forfeit 36 pay £530 Confirmed 25 pay £265 Penalty value 1st £131,146; 2nd £49,197; 3rd £24,633; 4th £12,282; 5th £6,164; 6th £3,082

1 MY WAY DE SOLZEN (FR) (Ben Winfield, A Longman, J Wright & C Fenton) Alan King 6-11-10 Robert Thornton 8/1
2 GOLDEN CROSS (IRE) (P Johnson) Michael Halford IRE 7-11-10 Johnny Murtagh 5/1
3 MIGHTY MAN (FR) (Joss Hanbury) Henry Daly 6-11-10 Richard Johnson 4/1f
4 FIRE DRAGON (IRE) (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-10 Tony Dobbin 33/1
5 BARACOUDA (FR) (J P McManus) Francois Doumen FR 11-11-10 Tony McCoy 9/2
6 EMOTIONAL MOMENT (IRE) (Watercork Syndicate) Tom Taaffe IRE 9-11-10 Ruby Walsh
7 STARZAAN (IRE) (Ben Arbib) Hughie Morrison 7-11-10 Paul Carberry
8 PATRIARCH EXPRESS (A Muir) Sue Smith 9-11-10 Dominic Elsworth
9 AMBOBO (USA) (Sean Mulryan) Arnaud Chaille-Chaille FR 6-11-10 Barry Geraghty
10 IT'S JUST HARRY (James Blackshaw) Charles Egerton 9-11-10 Paddy Brennan
11 WESTENDER (FR) (Matt Archer & The Late Jean Broadhurst) Martin Pipe 10-11-10 Timmy Murphy
12 CRYSTAL D'AINAY (FR) (Tony Fisher & Jeni Fisher) Alan King 7-11-10 Wayne Hutchinson
13 NO REFUGE (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 6-11-10 Graham Lee
14 ATTORNEY GENERAL (IRE) (Wally Sturt) Jim Old 7-11-10 Jason Maguire
15 DAVENPORT MILENIUM (IRE) (P M Racing Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 10-11-10 David Casey
16 BLUE CANYON (FR) (J P McManus) Francois Doumen FR 8-11-10 Conor O'Dwyer
17 MISTANOORA (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-10 Carl Llewellyn
F SH BOOM (T G K Construction Ltd) Steve Brookshaw 8-11-10 Liam Heard
P MILLENIUM ROYAL (FR) (J Vasicek) Francois Doumen FR 6-11-10 Mick Fitzgerald
P HOLY ORDERS (IRE) (A McLuckie) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-10 Davy Condon - fractured left hind leg (humanely put down)

Non-runners: Royal Paradise, Asian Maze
20 ran:
Time: 5m 36.39 (Race record: previous best 5m 36.60 recorded by Bacchanal in 2000)
Distances: hd, 4, 3, 2 ½, 1 1/4, 7, 5, 5, 1 3/4, sh, 7, 2 ½, dist, 3, 3, 12
Breeder: C Ricous-Guerin & Jacques Guerin
Breeding: b g Assessor (IRE) - Agathe de Solzen (FR)
Tote: Win; £8.20 Places; £3.00, £2.10, £2.20 Exacta; £30.10

Winning Trainer: ALAN KING Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): William Hill National Trophy Handicap Chase (2004 Fork Lightning), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance), Irish Independent Arkle Trophy (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen) Big Race Wins: Bula Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Long Walk Hurdle (1999 Anzum, 2005 My Way De Solzen), Jim Ford Challenge Cup (2000 Spendid), Cleeve Hurdle (2004 Crystal d’Ainay), Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), National Spirit Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen) Horses in Training (2000-2005): 65; 51; 56; 74; 85; 123 Number of Winners (1999/2000-2004/05): 27; 18; 34; 39; 47; 66 Wins this Season: 55

Winning Jockey: Robert Thornton Date of birth: 14/7/78 First Winner Under Rules: K C’s Dancer (Cheltenham, October 25, 1995) Background: Joined David Nicholson as an amateur in 1995 and was crowned Champion Conditional in 1998. Wins (1995/96-2004/05): 3; 30; 71; 37; 23; 40; 56; 50; 73; 97 Cheltenham Festival wins: (8) FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP CHASE (King Lucifer 1997), PERTEMPS FINAL (Pharanear 1997), WILLIAM HILL TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE (2004 Fork Lightning, 2005 Kelami), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Moulin Riche), Irish Independent Arkle Trophy (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen) Aintree Festival wins: MARTELL FOXHUNTERS’ CHASE (Blue Cheek 1997), CORDON BLEU HANDICAP HURDLE (Shankar 1997), SEFTON NOVICES’ HURDLE (2002 Stromness), PREMIER CONVENIENCE STORES TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE (2004 Royal Shakespeare); JOHN SMITH’S MARES ONLY NH FLAT RACE (2005 Senorita Rumbalita) Big Race Wins: VICTOR CHANDLER CHASE (1999 Call Equiname), CORALPOKER.COM KINGMAKER NOVICES’ CHASE (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2005 Kadount, 2006 Voy Por Ustedes), RENDLESHAM HURDLE (1999 Pharanear, 2005 Crystal D’Ainay), SPORTING INDEX CHASE (2002 Famfoni), WRAGG & CO FINESSE JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE (2003 Moneytrain), TOTE BULA HURDLE (2003 Rigmarole), ADONIS JUVENILE HURDLE (2004 Trouble At Bay), CLEEVE HURDLE (2004 Crystal D’Ainay), AGFA DIAMOND HANDICAP CHASE (2005 Innox), AGFA HURDLE (2005 Self Defense), TOTESPORT LONG WALK HURDLE (2005 My Way De Solzen), NATIONAL SPIRIT HURDLE (My Way De Solzen) Wins this Season: 67




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FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
RACING POST PLATE

DOUBLE FOR HENDERSON AND FITZGERALD

Mick Fitzgerald and Nicky Henderson, successful in the Ryanair Chase with Fondmort, completed a 64/1 double when Non So came home in front in the Racing Post Plate.


“This horse deserves a good win as he took a terrible fall in the First National Bank at Windsor,” said Henderson. “He was meant to go to Newbury for the Vodafone but the ground was too fast and I was nevous about running him but this is Cheltenham. Because of the ground I was surprised that Mick chose him over my other two yesterday.


“Winning this was just rewards for Non So but Sainsaire didn’t deserve the terrible fall he took at the last. It was a horrible fall but fortunately he got up alright. Perhaps the trip was a bit far for him.”

Fitgerald added: “I knew what I had underneath me but it is a long way home, this track is much stiffer than the Old Course and I let the others come back to me rather than chasing them.


“Winning here is so satisfying, especially when it is for the boss because Cheltenham means everything to him.”


MORE QUOTES - RACING POST PLATE - NON SO

MICK FITZGERALD (JOCKEY)

“Nicky Henderson has proved yet again what a fantastic trainer he is for the big day. He’s looked after this fellow and knew he had Non So right for today.

“He’s been very unlucky and has twice fallen when he would have won big prizes. I knew what I had underneath me today.

“There was plenty of time to let Saintsaire come back to me rather than go chasing him. Every winner you ride here is a big one and it’s very satisfying.”

NICKY HENDERSON (TRAINER)

“I was trying to watch Non So and Saintsaire at the same time - luckily he’s alright after his fall. We threw three at that and they all ran fantastic races. Mick chose the right one.”


Race 4 - Racing Post Plate - Placed Quotes

WILLIAMS AND EGERTON PLEASED

Both Venetia Williams and Charles Egerton expressed their satisfaction with the performances of Kelrev and Graphic Approach, who finished second and third respectively in the Racing Post Plate.


Williams said of the 50/1 runner-up: “I am delighted with that performance. I think he has run up to his best off that mark.


“It has been suggested that he is maybe better over two miles, but he has shown today that two and a half is more his trip.”

Egerton said of Graphic Approach: “I delighted with him, he’s run a great race.


“He made a couple of mistakes at crucial stages of the race and although he might well have finished a bit closer if he had jumped better, I don’t think he would have beaten the winner.”


FOURTH RACE RESULT

4pm RACING POST PLATE
Grade 3 (Class 1) 2m 5f New Course, £75,000 guaranteed For 5yo+ Weights raised 3lb Minimum weight 10st Penalties after Feb 26, a winner of a class 3 chase 3lb; of a class 1 or 2 chase 6lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb) Le Passing’s handicap mark 146 Entries 108 pay £95 Confirmed 50 pay £280 Penalty value 1st £42,765; 2nd £16,042.59; 3rd £8,032.50; 4th £4,005; 5th £2,010; 6th £1,005

1 NON SO (FR) (ROA Dawn Run Partnership) Nicky Henderson 8-11-03 Mick Fitzgerald 14/1
2 KELREV (FR) (Len Jakeman, Flintham, King & Roberts) Venetia Williams 8-11-01 Sam Thomas 50/1
3 GRAPHIC APPROACH (IRE) (Mr & Mrs Peter Orton) Charles Egerton 8-11-06 Tony McCoy 11/1
4 ROMAN ARK (Richard Collins) Malcolm Jefferson 8-10-12 Graham Lee 33/1
5 WINDSOR BOY (IRE) (Byrne Bros (Formwork) Ltd) Martin Pipe 9-10-03 Andrew Glassonbury (7) 12/1
6 EAST TYCOON (IRE) (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 7-10-09 Brian Harding
7 LE PASSING (FR) (The Hon Mrs Townshend & J Townshend) Paul Nicholls 7-11-12 Joe Tizzard
8 CHAUVINIST (IRE) (Bunny Roberts & Nick Roberts) Nicky Henderson 11-11-02 Marcus Foley
9 BILLYVODDAN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Henry Daly 7-11-07 Richard Johnson
10 TAMANGO (FR) (The Brushmakers) Philip Hobbs 9-11-00 Paddy Brennan
11 TANGO ROYAL (FR) (Brian Kilpatrick) Martin Pipe 10-11-01 Rodi Greene
12 BRONZESMITH (Mrs M Ash) John Ryall 10-10-04 Owyn Nelmes (3)
13 NAPOLITAIN (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 5-11-01 Ruby Walsh
14 VANDAS CHOICE (IRE) (J Petterson) Lucinda Russell 8-10-12 Peter Buchanan (3)
15 CAMDEN TANNER (IRE) (Famous Lads Syndicate) Robert Tyner IRE 10-10-09 Davy Russell
16 LOCKSMITH (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 6-11-11 Jamie Moore
17 REDEMPTION (Michael Purtill) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11-11-00 Carl Llewellyn
18 GREEN BELT FLYER (IRE) (Green Belters Syndicate) Jessica Harrington IRE 8-11-06 Tom Treacy
F SAINTSAIRE (FR) (Anthony Speelman) Nicky Henderson 7-10-10 Andrew Tinkler
F EURO LEADER (IRE) (John Cox) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-08 David Casey
F ROSS RIVER (Seamus Ross) Tony Martin IRE 10-10-10 Paul Carberry 5/1f
P ROYAL HECTOR (GER) (Three Counties Racing 2) Jonjo O'Neill 7-10-11 Robert Thornton
P BANNOW STRAND (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 6-11-04 Timmy Murphy
U TOO FORWARD (IRE) (T Gibson & D Mathias) Mark Pitman 10-11-04 Tony Dobbin

24 ran:
Time: No official time
Distances: 9, 7, hd, ½, 1 1/4, 2, nk, 6, 1, 1 ½, 2 ½, nk, 2, 3 ½, 16, 13, 2
Breeder: Ecurie di Tullio
Breeding: b g Definite Article - Irish Woman (FR)
Tote: Win; £16.50 Places; £3.30, £18.90, £2.90, £11.10 Exacta; £848.50

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth:10/12/50 Date of first licence: July (1978) Previous Occupation/Apprenticeship: Amateur jockey, assistant to Fred Winter 1975-78 Cheltenham Festival wins (30): County (1997 Barna Boy, 1993 Thumbs Up), Kim Muir (1990 Master Bob, 2002 The Bushkeeper, 2005 Juveigneur), Racing Post Plate - formerly Mildmay (1985,1986 The Tsarevich, 2005 Liberthine, 2006 Non So), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Cathcart (1994 Raymylette, 1990 Brown Windsor, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), Supreme Novices H (1986 River Ceiriog, 1992 Flown), Queen Mother (1992 Remittance Man), Arkle (1991 Remittance Man, 1993 Travado, 2000 Tiutchev), Smurfit Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then),Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan) Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort) Major wins: Mumm Melling Chase (1992 Remittance Man), John Smith’s MILDMAY NOVICES’ CHASE (1991 Sparkling Flame, 2003 Irish Hussar), John Hughes Memorial Chase (1990 Wont Be Gone Long), Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1993/94/95 Travado), First National Bank Gold Cup (1994 Raymylette, 2003 Iris Royal), Peterborough Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 1993 & 1995 Travado), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1991 Mutare, 1997 Fiddling The Facts), Victor Chandler Chase (1996 Big Matt, 2004 Isio, 2006 Tysou), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1986 River Ceiriog), Totesport Gold Trophy Hcap Hurdle (1998 Sharpical, 2000 and 2004 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), AON Chase (2002 Bacchanal), Tripleprint Gold Cup (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), Ladbroke Hurdle (2002 Chauvinist), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2003 Fondmort), Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough), Vodafone Gold Cup (2004 Isio), Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (2005 Trabolgan), Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2005 Blue Shark) Horses in Training (1984-2005): 56, 45, 56, 66, 76, 67, 66, 72, 71, 71, 65, 64, 69, 80, 83, 84, 91, 115, 114, 116, 113, 105 Number of Winners (1982/83-2004/05): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53 Wins this Season: 71

Winning Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald Date/place of birth: Cork, 10/05/1970 First Winner Under Rules (Britain): Lovers Secret, Ludlow, December 20, 1988 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (14) CATHCART CHASE: (1994 Raymylette, 1999 and 2000 Stormyfairweather), WILLIAM HILL TROPHY CHASE (1995 Rough Quest, 2000 Marlborough), JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (1999 Katarino), QUEEN MOTHER (1999 Call Equiname), TOTE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (1999 See More Business), IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY NOVICES’ CHASE (2000 Tiutchev), LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE (2000 Bacchanal), CORAL CUP (2003 Xenophon), ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE (2005 Trabolgan), RYANAIR CHASE (2006 Fondmort), Racing Post Plate (2006 Non So) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2000 (4), 1999 (4). Other Big Race Wins: MARTELL GRAND NATIONAL CHASE (1996 Rough Quest), MARTELL AINTREE HURDLE (Bimsey 1997), MARTELL CUP CHASE (2000 See More Business), VICTOR CHANDLER CHASE (Big Matt 1996, Isio 2004), TOTE LANZAROTE HCAP HURDLE (1999 Tiutchev), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN GAME SPIRIT CHASE (1999 Celibate), MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PENDIL NOVICES’ CHASE (1999 Makounji), WEEKENDER DOVECOTE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Premier Generation), VOICE NEWSPAPER ADONIS JUVENILE NOVICES’ HURDLE (1999 Katarino), CHARLIE HALL CHASE (1999 and 2000 See More Business, 2002 Marlborough), ROSSINGTON MAIN NOVICES’ HURDLE (2000 Dusk Duel), AON CHASE (2000 See More Business), TOTE GOLD TROPHY HCAP HURDLE (2000 Geos, 2001 Landing Light), DESERT ORCHID H’CAP CHASE (2000 Fadalko), TOTE GOLD TROPHY CHASE (2001 Marlborough), TRIPLEPRINT GOLD CUP (2002 Fondmort, 2003 Iris Royal), PADDY POWER GOLD CUP (2003 Fondmort), FIRST NATIONAL GOLD CUP (2003 Iris Royal), HENNESSEY COGNAC GOLD CUP (2005 Trabolgan), TINGLE CREEK TROPHY CHASE (2005 Kauto Star), FINALE JUVENILE HURDLE (2005 Blue Shark) Number of Wins (1995/96-2004/05): 68; 82; 102; 121; 107; 78; 109; 77; 51; 65 Wins This Season: 50
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Race 5 Letheby & Christopher National Hunt Chase (amateur riders)
Winner’s quotes

Harding completes remarkable double

Amateur rider Richard Harding and trainer Ferdy Murphy completed a Cheltenham Festival double when Hot Weld won the Letheby & Christopher National Hunt Chase.


Twenty-four hours earlier they had combined to land the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase with You’re Special - remarkably both horses started at 33-1!

Harding, 24, who was booked for both horses through Irish agent Tom O’Mahony, is the younger brother of Brian, who won the Queen Mother Champion Chase on One Man. Richard Harding, who works for Liam Burke, said: “I’d not sat on either horse before I came over here. I spoke to Brian last night and he was pleased for me. I watched his victory on One Man on the television, and never thought I’d be here. To ride two winners is unreal.”

Murphy commented: “People have crabbed the horse a bit, but he’s a good-ground horse. He was second to Gold Medallist at Kempton last year and the winner was out on his feet, so we knew we had a good horse.


“This year the ground’s been soft, but he got his ground at Musselburgh and won a distance. He stays, he gallops and he had a good man on top, so how much more do you want? Howard [Johnson] did it for the north last year, so now it’s our turn.


“I’ve had a Festival double before (1996) with Paddy’s Return, who won the Triumph Hurdle, and Stop The Waller who won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir. We also won the Royal & SunAlliance with French Holly, so we’ve had a few Festival winners.


“Dudley Moffatt [the former trainer] bred this horse and he’s got a full sister for sale. We’ll have to go up there and have a look at her.


“Richard is a good kid this fellow, isn’t he? He’ll be getting a few offers now. When the other horse came alongside I thought he might struggle a bit, but the jockey used his head and kept a little bit back.”


FIFTH RACE PLACED QUOTES
LETHEBY & CHRISTOPHER NATIONAL HUNT CHASE

AHERNE DELIGHTED WITH SECOND

The fast-finishing 40/1 shot Beantown may have just failed to catch Hot Weld in the Letheby & Christopher National Hunt Chase but County Waterford trainer Sean Aherne was still delighted by the eight-year-old’s run.


“It’s a bit special to have been so close,” said Aherne. “Especially as his owner Eoin Barry went to school with me, the rider has been with me since he was a child and the horse was bred in Tallow, where we are based.


“I wasn’t that surprised at how well he ran because all he does is stay so four miles was right up his street and he made up plenty of ground from the last.”

J P McManus, owner of third-placed 7/2 favourite Far From Trouble, said: “We were third best, he was beaten by two better horses, what more can I say.”


FIFTH RACE RESULT

4.40pm LETHEBY & CHRISTOPHER NATIONAL HUNT CHALLENGE CUP
(Class 2) (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase) 4m 1f New Course £50,000 guaranteed For 5yo+ Weights 5yo 10st 11lb; 6yo+ 11st 7lb Penalties a winner of a chase prior to April 24, 2005, 4lb; a winner of a chase after April 23, 2005, 4lb; of 2 such races 7lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 50 pay £80 Confirmed 36 pay £170 Penalty value 1st £30,010; 2nd £9,375; 3rd £4,685; 4th £2,345; 5th £1,170; 6th £590

1 HOT WELD (S Hubbard Rodwell) Ferdy Murphy 7-11-11 Mr Richard Harding 33/1
2 BEANTOWN (IRE) (Eoin Barry) Sean Aherne IRE 8-11-07 Mr Paul Tobin 40/1
3 FAR FROM TROUBLE (IRE) (J P McManus) Christy Roche IRE 7-11-11 Mr J T McNamara 7/2f
4 WOLF CREEK (IRE) (Warren Syndicate) Edward O'Grady IRE 6-11-11 Miss Nina Carberry 10/1
5 WITHOUT A DOUBT (Malcolm Denmark) Mark Pitman 7-11-11 Mr Tom O'Brien 20/1
6 THEATRE KNIGHT (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 8-11-11 Mr Mark O'Hare
7 BRIGADIER BROWN (IRE) (E Duignan) John Murpy IRE 9-11-07 Mr Michael Hickey
8 HOLEY MOLEY (IRE) (D Wilson) Roy Wilson IRE 9-11-07 Mr William Rankin
9 DANCER LIFE (POL) (Terry Reffell) Evan Williams 7-11-11 Mr Nicky Williams
10 HIGH COTTON (IRE) (Richard Burridge, H Burridge, J Lloyd) Keith Reveley 11-11-07 Mr David Thomas
11 BLUE BUSINESS (Angela Tincknel) Paul Nicholls 8-11-07 Mr Colman Sweeney
12 STEPPES OF GOLD (IRE) (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-07 Mr Robert Widger
13 LAGO D'ORO (Lady Maria Coventry) Dr Philip Pritchard 6-11-00 Dr Philip Pritchard
F ARDAGHEY (IRE) (D & S Goodman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-11 Mr David England
F BASILEA STAR (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 9-11-11 Mr Robert Quinn - deceased
F MILLENAIRE (FR) (The Risky Partnership) Jonjo O'Neill 7-12-00 Mr Kevin Power -deceased
U MR BABBAGE (IRE) (George Creighton) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-11 Mr Jamie Codd - deceased
P DOLMUR (IRE) (Sean Murphy) Ferdy Murphy 6-11-11 Mr Tom Greenall
P HAZELHALL PRINCESS (IRE) (L O’Hara) John Brennan IRE 7-11-07 Mr Colin Motherway
P ILOVETURTLE (IRE) (J Reed) Michael Chapman 6-11-07 Mr David Dunsdon
P MAGE D'ESTRUVAL (FR) (Robert Kirkland) Henry Daly 6-11-11 Mr Paul Callaghan
P MONTY BE QUICK (J Castle) Chub Castle 10-11-11 Mr Nick Pearce

Non-runners: Deltic Arrow
22 ran:
Time: No official Time
Distances: nk, 1, 3 ½, 6, 6, 1, 1 3/4, 6, ½, 7, ½, 10
Breeder: Cartmel Bloodstock
Breeding: b g Weld - Deb’s Ball
Tote: Win; £34.70 Places; £8.30, £9.20, £2.20 Exacta; £735.30

Winning Trainer: FERDY MURPHY Trains at West Witton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire Riding career: Professional 1966-82; rode about 100 winners Date of first licence: 1990 Cheltenham Festival Wins: (5) Walwyn Muir (1996 Stop The Waller, 2006 You’re Special), Elite Triumph Hurdle (1996 Paddy’s Return), Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle (1998 French Holly), Letheby & Christopher National Hunt Chase (2006 Hot Weld) Other Major Wins include: John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2001 Ballinclay King) Tolworth Hurdle (1998 French Holly), Hennessy Gold Cup (1992 Sibton Abbey), Long Walk Hurdle (1997 Paddy’s Return), Christmas Hurdle (1998 French Holly), Sporting Index Chase (2001 Paddy’s Return), Scottish Grand National (2000 Paris Pike, 2005 Joes Edge) Rowland Meyrick Chase (2004 Truckers Tavern) Ballymore Properties Champion Stayers Hurdle (2005 Carlys Quest) Horses in Training (1995-2005): 25, 37, 40, 38, 55, 58, 106, 121, 116, 97; 66 Number of Winners (1997/98-2004/05): 27; 40; 34; 41; 68; 43; 31; 55 Wins this Season: 38

Winning Jockey: Richard Harding Background: Brother of jockey Brian Harding who partnered One Man to success in the 1998 Queen Mother Champion Chase Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (2006 You’re Special), Letheby & Christopher National Hunt Chase (2006 Hot Weld) First Win: Winter Star, Musselburgh, 18/12/05 Wins In Britain This Season: 3




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Race 6 - Pertemps Final - Winning Quotes

KADOUN SPRINGS 50/1 SHOCKER IN PERTEMPS FINAL

Kadoun sprung a 50/1 shock when landing the concluding heat of day three, the £60,000 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle for owner J P McManus, trainer Michael O’Brien and jockey Tom Ryan. This was a first Festival success for Ryan.

The result was somewhat bittersweet for McManus, who lost his Olaso in the same race, after that horse fractured a canon bone and had to be humanely put down.


The winning owner, successful earlier in the afternoon with Reveillez, commented afterwards: “I have mixed feelings after the race as losing Olaso was a sad end to what has been a great day.


“Horses are my life, so to lose one is always sad. This has put a real dampener on proceedings.


“I thought that Olaso had a bit of a squeak. He wants his own space in a race and has stayed on well at the finish. Tom Ryan has given him an excellent ride.”

This was the owner’s second big-priced winner in this race following the 50/1 success of Creon two years ago.


McManus added: “I had a little bit on him. You never have enough on them when they win!

“I don’t know where we go from here - I’d forgotten he was in this race!”


Race 6 - Pertemps Final - More Winning Quotes

TOM RYAN - THE WINNING JOCKEY

“He was unreal. He felt super and really travelled today. Michael O’Brien has done a great job.

“The horse has been bouncing at home this past week.

“They didn’t go a mad pace in the race - he just jumped and galloped and travelled.

“At the top of the hill, he was the only one going really well.

“It’s unbelievable to have a Cheltenham winner but I have to go home now - I’m riding at Down Royal tomorrow!”


Race 6 Pertemps Final (handicap hurdle)
Placed quotes

Second again for Rathkeale stable

Eric McNamara, who trains at Rathkeale in County Limerick, could be forgiven a sense of deja vu after Hordago finished second in the Pertemps Final. Twenty-four hours earlier McNamara had stood in the same place after Strangely Brown took the runner-up spot in the Coral Cup.


Brian Byrnes, a 5lb conditional jockey who works for McNamara, rode both horses. McNamara said of Hordago: “He ran a fine race - he’s won here twice before and we were hoping he could do it again, but he was outstayed from the last home.


“He just seems to come alive here and bounces into form, but there was just one too good for him today. He’ll go to Aintree or Punchestown, although I suppose he’ll go up a few pounds in the handicap.”

Charlie Swan, who trained third-placed Oodachee, also had the handicap in mind when analysing his horse’s performance. On his previous outing Oodachee had finished third to Attorney General and Fire Dragon at Cheltenham in December, a performance that saw him rise in the ratings. Swan said: “He’s had three runs and three places at Cheltenham, and it’s just unfortunate that the horses that beat him the last time have dragged him up the handicap.


“The weights have beaten us today, but he was given a super ride and we’ve no complaints. If the ground doesn’t get firm he’ll be out again some time in the near future.”






STATEMENT FROM CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE

Following five equine fatalities today, Cheltenham’s Managing Director Edward Gillespie, commented: “We went into this year’s Festival having had over 800 runners over eight fixtures at Cheltenham during the season and not a single fatality, which makes this week’s seven fatalities all the more regrettable.


“We send our sympathy to the horses’ connections and will continue to undertake a veterinary review on every single injury and fatality that takes place at Cheltenham. There has been no pattern between the seven fatalities although all but one was associated with a fall.”


THE FESTIVAL 2006
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, THURSDAY, MARCH 16

CROWD

Today’s attendance was 54,962, marginally up on the 2005 figure of 54,817.




tote Turnover

Today’s on-course cash tote turnover was £2,359,022

This compares to £2,342,965 in 2005 - an increase of just over £16,000.



THE FESTIVAL 2006
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, THURSDAY, MARCH 16

RACING POST FESTIVAL JOCKEYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

AT THE END OF DAY THREE

JOCKEY 1st 2nd 3rd

Tony McCoy 2 2 4
Mick Fitzgerald 2 2 1
Ruby Walsh 2 2 -
Barry Geraghty 2 1 1
Paul Carberry 2 - -
Robert Thornton 2 - -
Mr Richard Harding 2 - -
Paddy Brennan 1 - 1
Andrew McNamara 1 - -
Davy Russell 1 - -
Tom Ryan 1 - -
Brian Byrnes - 2 -
Richard Johnson - 1 2
Mr J T McNamara - 1 1
Mr William Biddick - 1 -
Tony Dobbin - 1 -
Tom Doyle - 1 -
Jason Maguire - 1 -
Johnny Murtagh - 1 -
Sam Thomas - 1 -
Mr Paul Tobin - 1 -
Miss Nina Carberry - - 2
David Casey - - 1
Dominic Elsworth - - 1
Marcus Foley - - 1
Carl Llewellyn - - 1
Timmy Murphy - - 1
Conor O’Dwyer - - 1


RACING POST FESTIVAL TRAINERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

AT THE END OF DAY THREE

TRAINER 1st 2nd 3rd

Nicky Henderson 2 2 1
Paul Nicholls 2 1 1
Ferdy Murphy 2 - -
Alan King 2 - -
Charles Egerton 1 - 2
Joe Crowley IRE 1 - -
James Fanshawe 1 - -
Tony Martin IRE 1 - -
Noel Meade IRE 1 - -
Colm Murphy IRE 1 - -
John Murphy IRE 1 - -
Michael O’Brien IRE 1 - -
Edward O’Grady IRE 1 - -
Philip Rothwell IRE 1 - -
Eric McNamara IRE - 2 -
Venetia Williams - 2 -
Enda Bolger IRE - 1 1
Sean Aherne IRE - 1 -
Tom George - 1 -
Nick Gifford - 1 -
Michael Halford IRE - 1 -
Jessica Harrington IRE - 1 -
Philip Hobbs - 1 -
Mouse Morris IRE - 1 -
Nicky Richards - 1 -
Ted Walsh IRE - 1 -
Paul Webber - 1 -
Sue Smith - - 2
Henry Daly - - 1
Thierry Doumen FR - - 1
Dessie Hughes IRE - - 1
Henrietta Knight - - 1
Jonjo O’Neill - - 1
Martin Pipe - - 1
Christy Roche IRE - - 1
Charlie Swan IRE - - 1
Tom Taaffe IRE - - 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - - 1
Nick Williams - - 1


THE FESTIVAL 2006
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
CHELTENHAM, THURSDAY, MARCH 16


Famous five memories at Cheltenham

The team that orchestrated one of Cheltenham’s most famous moments returns to the course today.


Trainer Michael Dickinson and four of the grooms responsible for the first five in the 1983 totesport Gold Cup will be at the course for a ceremony that recognises their incredible achievement.


The grooms are: John Boy Davies (Bregawn, 1st), Ian Hutchinson (Captain John, 2nd), George Foster (Wayward Lad, 3rd), Robert Earnshaw (who looked after and rode Silver Buck, 4th), Steve Hardy (Ashley House, 5th). Regretfully, Earnshaw, who is stewarding at Hexham today, is unavailable for the reunion.


Recently the feat was voted the greatest training performance of all time by readers of The Racing Post, and the paper will make an award in recognition of that to Dickinson in the winner’s enclosure at 1.30pm. Brough Scott, editorial director at the Racing Post, the official racing and betting paper of the Cheltenham Festival, will make the presentation.


Dickinson, who trained in Yorkshire at the time of the race, now plies his trade in the United States, where he has become a leading trainer of Flat horses. He said: “I’m going to be really proud. We have all kept in touch over the years, but we haven’t got together for some time.


“Twenty-three years ago none of us knew what was happening to us - it was all over so quickly - so to come back onto this hallowed ground will be really special.”

Dickinson admitted: “I put that team under a lot of pressure to do the job well - and they put me under a lot of pressure, but that probably made us successful. We will also be joined by Anthony Stirk, who was the vet at the yard, and Chris Pimlott, who was really, really important and kept morale up during the bad times.”

Of the grooms, Davies now works for Godolphin, Hutchinson farms in Yorkshire, Foster assists trainer John Gosden, while Hardy is employed as head groom by Sir Robert Ogden.

The finishing order in the 1983 totesport Gold Cup was: 1. Bregawn (Graham Bradley, 100-30f), 2. Captain John (David Goulding, 11-1), 3. Wayward Lad (Jonjo O’Neill, 6-1), 4. Silver Buck (Robert Earnshaw, 5-1), 5. Ashley House (Dermot Browne, 12-1).



Harbour Pilot heads
hunters’ field

Harbour Pilot, who was placed in two totesport Cheltenham Gold Cups and regularly plied his trade in Grade 1 events, heads a maximum field of 24 for tomorrow’s Christie’s Foxhunter Chase.


The 11-year-old, who will be ridden by ace Irish amateur Nina Carberry, won a point-to-point at Tinahely in January, and qualified for tomorrow’s race when second to General Montcalm at Leopardstown last month. General Montcalm has since been ruled out of a rematch through a back injury, although Harbour Pilot’s trainer, Noel Meade, believes his horse will improve.


“He didn’t work particularly well before that race, but we had to run him to get qualified,” said Meade, Ireland’s reigning champion trainer.


Top trainers Jonjo O’Neill (Drombeag), Willie Mullins (Bothar Na) and Nicky Richards (Telemoss), hope to beat Meade’s horse, while a string of small stables are pitching for the prize, too. The Christie’s Foxhunter Chase is the pinnacle for point-to-point yards and the riders who regularly participate between the flags

Runners from these smaller yards include Bedtime Boys (trained by Holly Campbell in Leicestershire and ridden by stockbroker Joe Docker), Cobreces (trained by his one-horse owner, Lucia Borradaile, in Dorset and ridden by Nicky Henderson’s assistant trainer, Jamie Snowden), Raregem (trained in Cornwall by farmer Mike Biddick and ridden by his son Will, who was second in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase on Mon Mome yesterday), and Caught At Dawn.


The latter was second in last year’s John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase at Aintree. He is trained in Worcestershire by Martin Weston (who saddled Flimsy Truth to win the 1997 Letheby & Christopher NH Chase) and will be ridden by his son, Tom.




LOOKING AHEAD TO FRIDAY

Richard Johnson, rider of Monkerhostin in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, said today: “It looks very open.

“My horse is in good form, loves Cheltenham, the trip shouldn’t be a problem given how he ran at Sandown, so he has ticks in all the right boxes. He definitely deserves to take his chance.”


Francois Doumen, trainer of L’Ami in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, said: “He’s never been better. He’s improved in every race he’s run.

“I’ve managed to get him to his peak and I’m very confident. Will he win? I don’t know, but what he’s shown should give him a good chance”


Barry Geraghty, jockey of Forget The Past in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup said: It’s a very open race, and he’s an improving horse.

“The ground will be perfect, the quicker the better and he’s got a great chance”


Eoin Griffin, trainer of Boneyarrow in the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, said: “Ideally, he wants a little more give in the ground…[the main danger] has to be Harbour Pilot - very few horses have his kind of form around here…”


RACING POST FESTIVAL JOCKEYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
AT THE START OF DAY THREE
JOCKEY 1st 2nd 3rd
Ruby Walsh 2 2 -
Barry Geraghty 2 1 -
Paul Carberry 2 - -
Tony McCoy 1 2 2
Paddy Brennan 1 - 1
Richard Harding 1 - -
Andrew McNamara 1 - -
Davy Russell 1 - -
Robert Thornton 1 - -
Mick Fitzgerald - 1 1
Mr William Biddick - 1 -
Brian Byrnes - 1 -
Tony Dobbin - 1 -
Tom Doyle - 1 -
Jason Maguire - 1 -
Mr J T McNamara - 1 -
Miss Nina Carberry - - 2
Dominic Elsworth - - 1
Marcus Foley - - 1
Richard Johnson - - 1
Carl Llewellyn - - 1
Timmy Murphy - - 1
Conor O’Dwyer - - 1

RACING POST FESTIVAL TRAINERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
AT THE START OF DAY THREE
TRAINER 1st 2nd 3rd
Paul Nicholls 2 1 1
Charles Egerton 1 - 1
Joe Crowley IRE 1 - -
Alan King 1 - -
Tony Martin IRE 1 - -
Noel Meade IRE 1 - -
Colm Murphy IRE 1 - -
Ferdy Murphy 1 - -
John Murphy IRE 1 - -
Edward O’Grady IRE 1 - -
Philip Rothwell IRE 1 - -
Enda Bolger IRE - 1 1
Nicky Henderson - 1 1
Tom George - 1 -
Nick Gifford - 1 -
Jessica Harrington IRE - 1 -
Eric McNamara IRE - 1 -
Mouse Morris IRE - 1 -
Nicky Richards - 1 -
Ted Walsh IRE - 1 -
Paul Webber - 1 -
Venetia Williams - 1 -
Sue Smith - - 2
Thierry Doumen FR - - 1
Dessie Hughes IRE - - 1
Jonjo O’Neill - - 1
Martin Pipe - - 1
Nigel Twiston-Davies - - 1
Nick Williams - - 1


7-5 TO IRELAND AFTER DAY ONE

At the halfway point of the 2006 Festival the score is seven winners to Ireland and five to Britain. The Irish raiders, which have taken the feature Smurfit Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase so far, could be on course for their best ever Festival with another dozen races to run.


The previous record was nine winners, set last year when The Festival had four days for the first time.


2006 FESTIVAL WINNERS

Tuesday
Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle - NOLAND (Paul Nicholls GB)
The Irish Independent Arkle Chase - VOY POR USTEDES (Alan King GB)
Smurfit Champion Hurdle - BRAVE INCA (Colm Murphy IRE)
William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase - DUN DOIRE (Tony Martin IRE)
Sporting Index Handicap Chase - NATIVE JACK (Philip Rothwell IRE)
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle - SHAMAYOUN (Charles Egerton GB)

Wednesday
Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle - NICANOR (Noel Meade IRE)
Royal & SunAlliance Chase - STAR DE MOHAISON (Paul Nicholls GB)
Queen Mother Champion Chase - NEWMILL (John Murphy IRE)
Coral Cup - SKY’S THE LIMIT (Edward O’Grady IRE)
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase - YOU’RE SPECIAL (Ferdy Murphy GB)
Weatherbys Champion Bumper - HAIRY MOLLY (Joe Crowley IRE)



GOING CHANGE

Today’s official going was changed before the first race to

GOOD

having previously been GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT in places

GUINNESS AWARD

Paul Carberry was the recipient of the Guinness Award for outstanding contribution to day two of The Festival.


The Irish jockey rode a double on Nicanor in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle and Hairy Molly in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Carberry said: “Nicanor was always going very easily and ran very sweet all the way round.

“I was very happy all`the way round and stayed on well to the line.”

Guinness Award Winners This Week:

Tuesday: Tony McCoy
Wednesday: Paul Carberry

The Guinness Award is presented to the individual judged to have made an outstanding contribution to each day of The Festival. The short list is drawn up by a panel of racing journalists with racegoers having the final say by voting. Details of how to vote are in the racecard.



GOING NEWS AT 10.00am

Today the action moves on to the New Course where the going is:

GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES

Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course, revealed this morning: “The good to soft in the description is limited to a few places down the hill between fences 14 and 15.


“The temperature got down to minus two (Centigrade) last night and there were some sleet flurries earlier this morning.


“The forecast is for some more sleet flurries this afternoon, while tonight the temperature is forecast to be minus two again with some light sleet or snow.”


EARLY BETTING NEWS

In the opening Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase, Ladbrokes report money for Turpin Green who is into 7/1 (from 8/1), as do Coral where he is also 7/1 (from 8/1) and Stan James who now go 13/2 (from 8/1). Others coming in for support in the opener are Tumbling Dice who is into 12/1 (from 18/1) with totesport and 14/1 (from 18/1) with William Hill. totesport also report money for Le Volfoni who is now 16/1 (from 22/1).


In the Ryanair Chase, the one to have attracted money is last year’s runner-up Fondmort who is into 11/4 (from 100/30) with totesport.


Horses for money in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle are Patriarch Express who is 11/1 (from 14/1) with Stan James and 10/1 (from 14/1) with totesport. totesport have also seen money for Johnny Murtagh’s mount Golden Cross who is now 11/2 (from 7/1).


Outsider Tango Royal has attracted money in the Racing Post Plate with Ladbrokes and is now 33/1 (from 40/1) and 25/1 (from 40/1) with Coral. Napolitain has been the one in demand with Stan James and is into 7/1 (from 10/1) while totesport have also seen money for the same horse where he is into 13/2 (from 8/1)

The Letheby & Christopher National Hunt Chase has seen support come in for Wolf Creek who is now 22/1 (from 33/1) with William Hill and 20/1 (from 33/1) with totesport.


Ladbrokes report the best-backed horse of the day to be According To Billy in the concluding Pertemps Final and the Rayners Lane firm have trimmed the Irish raider into 16/1 (from 20/1), having laid the Edward O’Grady-trained gelding to lose half a million. Others attracting money in the final heat include Oulart who is now 11/2 (from 8/1) with Stan James and 5/1 (from 6/1) with totesport. Coral report money for Irish raider Hordago who is into 10/1 (from 12/1).




FURTHER BETTING NEWS

Turpin Green continues to attract support in the opening Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase and is into 13/2 (from 15/2) with both Paddy Power and Boylesports. Boylesports also report money for Tumbling Dice who is now 12/1 (from 16/1) while Copsale Lad has seen support with Paddy Power and is now 9/1 (from 12/1).


Impek and Our Vic are slightly on the drift with Paddy Power in the Ryanair Chase with Impek out to 100/30 (from 5/2) and Our Vic now trading at 7/2 (from 3/1). Fondmort has come in half a point with the same firm and is now 3/1 (from 7/2).


Outsider Millenium Royal has attracted some each-way support with Boylesports in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and is now 25/1 (from 33/1).


In the Racing Post Plate, Napolitain is still attracting supporting and is into 7/1 (from 8/1) with William Hill, 13/2 (from 9/1) with Paddy Power and 13/2 (from 8/1) with Boylesports. Tango Royal has also attracted more money and is now 33/1 (from 50/1) with William Hill and 25/1 (from 40/1) with Boylesports, who also report support for Ross River who is into 11/2 (from 13/2).


Steppes Of Gold is coming in for support in the Letheby & Christopher National Hunt Chase and is 11/1 (from 14/1) with Paddy Power and 12/1 (from 16/1) with Boylesports. Boylesports also report money for Wolf Creek, who is into 20/1 (from 25/1).


Last year’s winner Oulart continues to see support in the Pertemps Final and is into 5/1 (from 13/2) with Boylesports and the same with Paddy Power. Boylesports have also seen money for Rooftop Protest who is 12/1 (from 16/1), Hordago (10/1 from 12/1) and Le Roi Miguel (25/1 from 40/1). Paddy Power have also shortened Hordago to 10/1 (from 12/1) and eased out Standin Obligation to 9/1 (from 7/1) and Olaso to 13/2 (from 11/2).


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