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Thursday, March 15, 2007



The going will remain unchanged overnight heading into the final day of The Festival.

The going remains:


There is a chance of a very small amount of rain overnight.

Rails will be moved this evening to provide fresh ground for the racing tomorrow.


totepool turnover rose for the third consecutive day at The Festival 2007.

A total of £2,431,717 was bet with totepool today, compared to £2,368,815 last year. This is an increase of £63,000 or 3 per cent.

Damian Walker of totepool said: “This is good news once again for the tote.

“Our turnover figures have increased for each day of The Festival so far and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.”


The totejackpot was not won today. There was £2 remaining going into the fifth leg but that went down.

A total of £342,451 rolls forward to tomorrow.

Damian Walker said: “The totejackpot rolls over to tomorrow and I would expect half a million to be in the pool by tomorrow.”


Today’s crowd came to 55,023 - an increase of 61 on the 2006 figure of 54,962.

Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s Managing Director, commented: “It was great to hear so many people say the meeting stepped up a gear today and we now look forward to welcoming even larger crowd to the climax of The Festival tomorrow.”



Heather Atkinson, the first winner of the Award for 'The Outstanding Contribution made by a Lady to Jump Racing', received her award from champion jockey Tony McCoy today.

Heather, the Senior Nurse in the Jockeys' Hospital at Cheltenham Racecourse for over 30 years, was the clear choice of the judging panel made up of Zara Phillips, Clare Balding and Gee Bradburne.

She emerged victorious from a shortlist that also included Henrietta Knight, Venetia Williams, Dinah Nicholson, Carrie Humble (founder of the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre), Nina Carberry and Helen Donnelly (a key member of stable staff in several yards over the past 18 years).

Edward Gillespie, Managing Director of Cheltenham, said: “I am thrilled that Heather has been chosen as the first winner of this award. She is one of the few people who work here to pre-date my arrival, and generations of jockeys have benefited from her skill and her cheerful, calm and professional manner.”

Heather Atkinson commented: “I'm absolutely overwhelmed to have been chosen as the winner of this award. I was flattered and amazed to have been nominated but when I heard the shortlist I thought there was no chance that the judges would choose me.

“The last 30 years or so has flown by and I'm lucky to have worked with a wonderful bunch of Jump jockeys and the great team of medical staff at the racecourse.

“It has been a great day for me. I am not normally used to all this attention because I work behind the scenes.

“The jockeys are much better looked after these days. They are very hard nuts, extremely brave and very strong. I admire them tremendously. When they come into us, understandably they are frustrated to be there and they tend to swear quite a lot but they are good patients and comply with what we want them to do.”

Heather Atkinson background

Heather Atkinson, the Senior Nurse and Nursing Co-ordinator in the Jockeys' Hospital at Cheltenham Racecourse, first worked at the racecourse in the 1972/73 season. Apart from a brief gap looking after her young children in the mid 1970s, she has been there ever since, not missing a Festival since 1981, the year of Sea Pigeon's second Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle victory. This year's meeting (Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16) will be the 29th Festival at which Heather has been attending to injured jockeys, and whilst these days the jockeys hospital is full of the latest medical technology, staffed by a large team of expert doctors and nurses, Heather tells a slightly different story of her early days at Cheltenham. Apparently, there were three old cast iron bedsteads, which had to be kept warm with hot water bottles so that the jockeys didn't add frostbite to their list of ailments! Heather's first memory, as far as jockeys are concerned, is of Terry Biddlecombe hobbling around on a pair of wooden crutches, but among current senior pilots she nominates Mick Fitzgerald and Carl Llewellyn as favourites, although keen to stress that all of the jockeys are unfailingly helpful and polite! Of the jockeys now retired, Heather does confess to a soft spot for Steve Smith-Eccles, who always managed to make her smile. Almost all of the great Jump jockeys of the last 35 years have had cause to be grateful for the patient professionalism of Heather Atkinson. Her skill, dedication and service over so many years truly makes her a thoroughly well deserved first winner of the award to mark The Outstanding Contribution made by a Lady to Jump Racing.


After scouting over 1,000 ladies entering the racecourse, Chanelle McCoy, George Davies and Gemma Lambert met and judged the winners at the inaugural Ladies Day at Cheltenham.

The best dressed woman was Rebecca Gorton, 27, from Newnham, Gloucestershire. The wife of the general manager of Broughtons, the Bentley dealers in Cheltenham, she was delighted to receive her prizes.

“I have never won anything before and I am so excited. I will have to find someone to look after our two children for our weekend away.”

She wins a pair of return flights plus four-star accommodation for a weekend break anywhere on the Ryanair network provided by the official racecourse airline , Ryanair, £580 to spend at Hobbs in Cheltenham during a VIP visit, a £300 shopping voucher for Cheltenham boutique Feva, £320 to splash out at Cocoon and £300 to spend at Forever Classic.

The prizes for the woman with the best coat went to 41-year-old Anita Greenwood from Accrington. She gains a £280 Hobbs shopping voucher and £320 to spend at Cocoon.

Amanda Rolls, 42, from near Stow-on-the-Wold, was judged to have the best shoes. She picked the first and third in the first race and also wins £270 in Hobbs vouchers and £300 from Viyella.

The best accessories were worn by Anne Tarent, 55, from Bury St Edmunds, who is a regular racegoer and welcomed the first Ladies Day at Cheltenham. Her prizes are £300 from Feva and the same amount from Forever Classic.


Chanelle McCoy is the wife of champion jockey Tony McCoy.

Emma Lambert is the Accessories Designer at Hobbs

George Davies is the designer of Per Una at Marks & Spencer.

Photographs are available from artportraits - 01242 220011 - www.artportrait.co.uk



A maximum field of 24 will go to post for tomorrow’s Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, including Whyso Mayo and First Down Jets, first and second last year.

The Christie’s Foxhunter Chase and Aintree’s John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase are pinnacles for the point-to-point and hunter chase fraternity. Unlike conventional amateur chases, the runners can be trained by one-horse, unlicensed trainers and owner/riders regularly take part. Their horses go hunting in order to qualify to run in hunter chases.

For those who go point-to-pointing in Britain and Ireland, it is a dream merely to take part in the Christie’s - it is their equivalent of the totesport Gold Cup.

Whyso Mayo fulfilled that dream for owner/breeders Edward and Kathleen O’Driscoll last year. The Raymond Hurley-trained 10-year-old later scored at the Punchestown Festival and has won two hunter chases this season. He is the bookmakers’ firm favourite to win back-to-back runnings.

First Down Jets, trained by Liam Burke, was a length behind Whyso Mayo last year - he is back for another crack, as is Telemoss (sixth last year), Drombeag (ninth), Cobreces (12th) and Foly Pleasant (15th).

Horses from across the Irish Sea filled the first five places last year, but Britain has some strong contenders this year, notably Bica and Patches. Bica, the mount of Sam Waley-Cohen, has won hunter chases at Wetherby and Kelso this year, while Patches, who will be ridden by Britain’s reigning women’s point-to-point champion Rachael Green, has scored in ladies’ open races at Larkhill and Milborne St Andrew.

This is a race in which small trainers take on giants of jump racing. Jonjo O’Neill has entered Knife Edge as well as Drombeag, while farrier Philip Kirby, who runs Waking Ned, and Suzy Bull, responsible for Honourable Spider, train just four horses each.

Two former Martin Pipe runners come to the race on a roll, so watch out for old favourites Carryonharry (trained by Emma Leppard) and Control Man (Stuart Robinson).


One of Ireland’s banker bets for the 2007 Cheltenham Festival will line up in the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase tomorrow.

Whyso Mayo, trained by Raymond Hurley for Edward and Kathleen O’Driscoll, won the race last year and is unbeaten in three runs since - he was a 20-1 shot last year, but will be a short-priced favourite this time.

However, the 10-year-old has never been the most fluent jumper, and clouted a couple of fences on his way to victory last year. Rider Damian Murphy, 32, is fully aware of the problems he faces in bidding for a follow-up win.

Murphy says: “He’s a horse that really makes you think. You cannot relax on him, but that said, when it comes to jumping it’s best to let him get over in his own way. He could do anything, but that’s the way he is. He’s a hard ride, but a very good one.

“Winning last year was a dream come true, but there’s definitely more pressure this time. He’s one of the Irish bankers, he seems in good form and the ground should not be a problem.

“Last year no one gave us a chance, but we quietly fancied our chances if he could get round. Don’t forget he came here last year having run just three times over track fences - he’s gained good experience since then.”



The going for day three of The Festival 2007 is:

GOOD TO SOFT (New Course)

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, said: “Today we move on to the New Course and the going is good to soft.

“I removed the soft in places from the going description yesterday afternoon.

“There are a few marginal places coming down the hill where it may still be soft but these could well have gone before racing today and we could see some good patches creeping in as the day progresses.

“The forecast is for a more cloudy day with temperatures of around 12 Celsius. We could see some light rain around 4 or 5pm but this is unlikely to make any difference to the going.”

Once again, the rails will be moved after racing to provide fresh ground for tomorrow.


Day three of The Festival opens with Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2.00pm), where the Len Lungo-trained Rasharrow is into 16/1 (from 25/1) with totesport, Boylesports and Stan James, 18/1 (from 22/1) with Coral, 16/1 (from 22/1) with William Hill and 16/1 (from 25/1) with Stan James. Coral have also trimmed favourite King Revo to 9/2 (from 5/1) while New Little Bric is proving popular but holding firm at 5/1 with Ladbrokes and is into 9/2 (from 11/2) with William Hill. Stan James have seen money for Vic Venturi (14/1 from 16/1), Bob Hall (14/1 from 20/1), Pole Star (25/1 from 33/1) and L’Antartique (25/1 from 33/1).

In the Ryanair Chase (2.35pm), Monet’s Garden is 5/2 (from 11/4) with William Hill, Cashmans and Paddy Power, while he is into 5/2 (from 3/1) with Ladbrokes, who report both Our Vic (100/30 from 3/1) and Racing Demon (5/1 from 9/2) to be weak in the market. Racing Demon is also out to 6/1 (from 5/1) with Paddy Power.

In the big race of the day, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3.15pm), Black Jack Ketchum is into 2/1 (from 9/4) with Paddy Power while outsider Fire Dragon is now 66/1 (from 150/1) with totesport and Stan James, and 100/1 (from 150/1) with Ladbrokes, having been put up by the Henry Rix tipping line. In the same contest, Mighty Man is now 4/1 (from 11/2) with Stan James and 4/1 (from 5/1) with Boylesports.

A few horses have come in for support in the Racing Post Plate (4.00pm) with Moncadou being the best-backed and he is now 6/1 (from 7/1) with Paddy Power, 6/1 (from 8/1) with Stan James, 6/1 (from 9/1) with Coral and 11/2 (from 8/1) with William Hill. Ladbrokes also report good support for Moncadou but are holding firm at 6/1. totesport and Boylesports have cut Tikram to 10/1 (from 14/1) while the same horse is into 11/1 (from 14/1) with William Hill. Idole First is now 16/1 (from 25/1) with totesport.

Hot favourite Gungadu is out to 7/4 (from 6/4) with Paddy Power in the National Hunt Chase (4.40pm) while there has been money for Garde Champetre, with totesport reporting the Jonjo O’Neill-trained eight-year-old to be their best-backed horse of The Festival so far and he is into 14/1 (from 22/1) with the Wigan-based firm. The same horse is into 14/1 (from 20/1) with Paddy Power while Ladbrokes report each-way money for Hordago at 50/1.

The Jonjo O’Neill-trained Rhinestone Cowboy is now 10/1 (from 14/1) in the concluding Pertemps Final (5.20pm) with Boylesports.

In other news, William Hill have cut Tony McCoy to 4/1 (from 7/1) to be top jockey at The Festival.


Race 1 - 2.00pm Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase
7 Flintoff (Ground)

Race 3 - 3.15pm Ladbrokes World Hurdle
13 Asian Maze (Vet’s Certificate)

Race 4 - 4.00pm Racing Post Plate
24 Mr Boo (Vet’s Certificate)

Race 5 - 4.40pm National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
1 Blue Splash (Vet’s Certificate)


The going has changed ahead of the first race and is now:

(On the New Course)


Trainer Robert Alner has warned that The Listener may not take his chance in tomorrow’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, due to the drying ground.

The Dorset handler said: “Any rain will be welcome.

“It will be unfortunate if he can’t run because his whole season has been geared around running him in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he does like soft ground.

“At the moment it is 60-40 against him running.

“We just hope there is some rain.

“If it is genuine good ground, or on the soft side he should be fine. I will walk the course track tomorrow before racing.”


Chocolate Thornton’s memorable season gained added sweetness when he won the Guinness Festival Award on day two of the meeting.

Thornton’s victory on Voy Por Ustedes in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase clinched the public vote in a three-way battle for the day’s Guinness honours.

Judges Tanya Stevenson, Alan Lee and David Ord nominated three contenders - Thornton, trainer Alan King (who won the first day’s award) and Harry Findlay, joint-owner of Royal & SunAlliance winner Denman - and the jockey came out on top.

Anyone who would like to vote for their Guinness Festival Award winner today should listen out for the nominated contenders whose names will be announced over tannoys, on Festival Radio (87.7FM), on racecourse TV screens and on Cheltenham’s official microsite.

They should then text Festival, followed by A, B or C to 80818. Votes can be registered between 4pm and 7pm, although for Friday’s competition votes must be cast between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Everyone texting a vote will be entered into a daily prize draw to win a trip to the Punchestown Festival, including return flights and an overnight stay at the luxurious Killashee House Hotel.

The Guinness Festival Awards have been a part of the meeting for 11 years and are designed to honour the person who makes the most outstanding contribution to the occasion in the first three races each day.



Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
ANGLO IRISH BANK SUPREME NOV. HURDLE Ebaziyan Willie Mullins IRE Davy Condon 40/1
THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE My Way De Solzen Alan King Robert Thornton 7/2
SMURFIT KAPPA CHAMPION HURDLE Sublimity John Carr IRE Philip Carberry 16/1
WILLIAM HILL TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE Joes Edge Ferdy Murphy Davy Russell 50/1
SPORTING INDEX HANDICAP CHASE Heads Onthe Ground Enda Bolger IRE Miss Nina Carberry 5/2 F
FRED WINTER JUVENILE H’CAP HURDLE Gaspara David Pipe Andrew Glassonbury 9/2JF


Race Winner Trainer Jockey SP
BALLYMORE PROPERTIES NOVICE HURDLE Massini’s Maguire Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 20/1
ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE CHASE Denman Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 6/5F
SEASONS HOLIDAYS Q. MOTHER CH. CHASE Voy Por Ustedes Alan King Robert Thornton 5/1
CORAL CUP Burntoakboy Dr Richard Newland Sam Jones 10/1
FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR H’CAP CHASE Cloudy Lane Donald McCain Jnr Mr Richard Burton 15/2F
WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER Cork All Star Jessica Harrington IRE Barry Geraghty 11/2



Trainer Ferdy Murphy - who sprang a 50/1 surprise with Joes Edge in Tuesday’s William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase - enjoyed his second success at this year’s Festival when 20/1 shot L’Antartique landed the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase under Graham Lee.

“I knew our horse stayed and I said to Graham that they might go too fast early on. I said he’d have to sit and suffer and Graham did just that and kept his cool,” said Murphy.

“He won a bumper first time out for Tony Mullins and is a very high-class horse. He has been hesitant with his jumping but Graham has done a lot of work and got it right.

"He's a nice horse and we've brought him to get the experience into him nicely. We won a race [here] in 1980 for the owners with Anaglogs Daughter. It's fantastic."

Lee added: “He’s got a lot of natural ability and put in a good run behind Dom D’Orgeval at Hexham. I’d have liked to have been a lot handier but the pace was ferocious and his jumping held up well. He came with such a run, I probably got there a bit soon, and when I've landed he's idled. They went some gallop and I wanted to be a lot handier than that. But he jumped impeccably. Happy days!"

Owner Tony Durkan: "It's 27 years since Anaglogs Daughter won here (in the 1980 Arkle Chase). She was beaten in the Champion Chase the following year. This is a good horse and Ferdy said that there was a big one in him. He's a lovely horse and we hope he can go on to better things."

Mary Durkan added: "It's just so exciting! Last time I was three months pregnant - now I have a 27-year-old!"


Connections of Bob Hall and Wee Robbie were both more than satisfied with the performances of their charges in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase, the opening race on day three of The Festival.

The Jonjo O’Neill-trained Bob Hall stayed on well at the finish to go down by two lengths.

Frank Berry, racing manager to owner J P McManus, said: “He ran a cracker and jumped like a buck.

“We were hoping for a good run as he had been working well. He has been better since having a breathing operation.

“We were just beaten by a better horse on the day.”

Two and a half lengths back in third was Wee Robbie and his trainer Nick Gifford said: “I’m chuffed to bits.

“He really jumped and travelled well today. He was just beaten by two better horses.

“Wee Robbie has been a bit of a slow learner but has improved all season.

“He should make up into a good staying chaser for next season. I have no plans for him at the moment.”


Jockeys who rode in the opening race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival were almost unanimous in describing the ground on the New Course as ‘good to soft’.

Graham Lee, who rode the winner, L’Antartique, said: “It’s a fraction slower than on the other course, I’d call it good to soft.”

Noel Fehily, second on Bob Hall: “It’s lovely ground, on the slow side of good.”

Leighton Aspell, third on Wee Robbie: “It’s good to soft.”

Keith Mercer, fourth on Rasharrow: “It was good ground I thought. My horse really wants good or quick ground and he loved it.”

Tom Malone: “Good to soft - it’s beautiful.”

Liam Heard: “It’s on the dead side of good, but not bad at all.”

Andrew McNamara: “I’d say it’s much like yesterday. It’s still on the soft side of good, and with a couple of proper soft patches.”

Liam Treadwell: “It’s just on the soft side of good - a bit dead in spots, but nice.”

Robbie Power: “It’s good or just on the slow side of good.”

Davy Russell: “It’s a little bit dead.”

Timmy Murphy: “It’s dead.”


Race 2 - Ryanair Chase Quotes


Trainer Paul Nicholls registered his 100th success of the season with 9/2 shot Taranis in the £175,000 Grade Two Ryanair Chase.

The winner had a neck to spare over Our Vic in a thrilling finish with Billyvoddan half a length back in third.

Nicholls said: “That was good. We’ve had this race in mind for him since the autumn and running him at Sandown over hurdles last time has worked out perfectly.

“He is a horse that just idles and pricks his ears when he is front and I was slightly concerned when Crozan fell and he was left in front. But Ruby (Walsh) has given him a great ride and he has kept on well. When they were catching him at the finish, it was more a case of him just idling rather than the others making ground.

“We have always thought he was good horse - the fact that he had top weight in the Paddy Power Gold Cup as a five-year-old tells you that. I still think he may have been unlucky in that race as he was travelling very well when he fell two out.

“I think he may well get three miles next year. I don’t know if there is anything else suitable for him this season.”

Ruby Walsh added: "He was pulling up mad with me in front - he had loads left! He's only a six-year-old. It was a cracking run in the Paddy Power, giving Exotic Dancer 10lb. He's a grand horse. He had his ears pricked the whole way up. He did that with me at the second last in the Paddy Power and ended up falling over on his head. But on the whole he's a wonderful jumper.”

Owner Angela Yeoman said: “It's been Paul's plan [all season] and I'm thrilled to bits. That really is fantastic. He's run well here before, but he's such a baby that I thought with all those other good horses there wasn't a chance. Incredible - I couldn't watch. I was too busy walking around in front of everybody else. It's absolutely brilliant."


The team of David Pipe and David Johnson were left to ponder whether they should have run Our Vic in the totesport Gold Cup after their gelding finished late and fast to be second in this shorter race.

Our Vic was off the bit from some way out, but produced a strong late rattle to go down by a neck to Taranis.

David Pipe said: “He ran well, but couldn’t go the pace early on until staying up the hill. He might have got there if it had been further, but he’s run three good races in succession and that’s a plus.”

Asked if he regretted not going for the totesport Gold Cup, Pipe said: “No - if you can’t win the Ryanair you won’t win the Gold Cup,” however, owner David Johnson was less sure.

Johnson said: “He’s run a great race once again. He jumped a bit big early on and lost a couple of lengths and that may have been the difference. He couldn’t go the pace early, but he stayed on - I’m wondering whether we’ve chosen the right race, but I’m pleased to have come second to a good horse and Timmy has given him a fine ride.”

Johnson added that Well Chief was unscathed after his fall in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase yesterday.

Trainer Nicky Richards, said of fourth-placed Monet’s Garden, the 7-4 favourite: “That was a bit disappointing. After about the third fence going down the back straight he wasn’t going with his usual zest and he was about the first one beaten.

“He jumped super, but that didn’t make much difference - he’s best fresh and needs a bit of time between races. This is a very good horse and will win a top race next year.”

Richards is looking forward to running Turpin Green in tomorrow’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and said: “He’s been very unlucky not to have won a Grade 1 - I think he’ll run a very big race tomorrow. I know it was a very muddling race when he beat Exotic Dancer at Carlisle in November, and he’d have a right chance if you took that form literally.”




Inglis Drever became the fourth dual winner of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle when adding today’s race to the one he won in 2005 - he missed the 2006 running through injury.

Trainer Howard Johnson said the Northumberland Plate - aka The Pitmen’s Derby - is now on the eight-year-old’s agenda. Johnson said: “When I bought him I always wanted to win the Pitmen’s Derby at Newcastle. I may run him in that and then turn him away - and Graham [Wylie, the horse’s owner] would be right up for it, too.”

Inglis Drever was under pressure at the top of the hill, but led at the final bend. Johnson said: “He’s a horse that tends to come on and off the bridle, but I said to Paddy as soon as you come down that hill and get a bit of light he’ll pick up.

“I want to give all credit to Ginny Wright who works for me and does him in the yard. He’s a funny little horse, because some days he won’t swim and some days he won’t go on the scales and he’ll just stop along the road, but that’s the way he likes to be. Ginny’s done him right on the button. She’s a brilliant lass with horses.

“We haven’t had a racecourse gallop with the horses because it’s been so wet - we’ve just done them at home, but I knew when he was 495 kilos last week I had him right. When he won two years ago he was about the same.

“It’s nice to come down here and win two out of the last three runnings [his No Refuge was unplaced last year]. As you know, he was injured last year after falling [in a race at Chepstow]. I would say out of all the horses I’ve trained that this horse, Grey Abbey and Direct Route have been the best. After today, this horse is probably number one.

“In the last season or two, I’ve bought too many ex-Flat horses and they need good ground - that’s maybe why we just haven’t clicked lately, but luckily the weather’s come right for this meeting. I also want to give credit to Alec Dent, my head lad. I said to him, I’ll look after you if we have a winner at Cheltenham, and I will.

“This makes it all worthwhile. Hopefully, he might come back next year before he gets too old like me."

Andrea Wylie, joint owner with her husband Graham,added: “I think I'm more exhausted than the horse through jumping up and down! We were worried about Paddy because he had a fall yesterday but he's OK. This was more nerve-racking than last time and to do it twice is unbelievable.”

Jockey Paddy Brennan, overjoyed at the success, said: “Unbelievable! I've never felt as much pressure as I felt today, because I knew how good he was, and Howard Johnson and Graham Wylie knew how good he was. It's some relief, and he's some horse. It's some training performance to get him back to this level. Horses were coming to me, but I felt he'd pull out more and more.”


Henry Daly had no excuses after Mighty Man finished a gallant second to Inglis Drever in a great finish to the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

“He ran very well but just found one better, I can’t say a lot more than that,” said Daly.

The seven-year-old’s owner-breeder Joss Hanbury added: “He maybe lost his place a bit on the back straight but we’re delighted with that run. If he comes out of this OK he’ll go to Aintree.”

Lesley Field, who co-owned third-placed Blazing Bailey, said: “I can’t believe how well he has run to finish behind two great champions. What more can you ask for? It’s safe to say he’ll stay hurdling.”

United ran an excellent race to come fourth. “Leighton (Aspell) said he was in top gear all the way round and she’s run a brilliant race but was not quite good enough on the day,” said trainer Lucy Wadham.

“She’s had a hard race today so we’ll have to see how she comes out of this. If she’s OK we’ll think about Punchestown. If they run a mares’ race here next year that would be ideal for her.”


Trainer Jonjo O’Neill was in philosophical mood after 2/1 favourite Black Jack Ketchum fell at the third flight in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

O’Neill said: “Obviously, it was disappointing - what can I say? We can’t do anything about it.

“He came here in great shape, we were very happy with him, he schooled great the other morning and unfortunately he fell today.

“But that’s the game we’re in - we have got to accept these things. Life goes on - A P (Tony McCoy - his rider) is OK, the horse is OK and we can try again.”


HOWARD JOHNSON: “After he was injured at Chepstow (when falling in December, 2005) he was pin-fired and came back in great condition - he’s very tough.

“He had improved since the Cleeve Hurdle but we were unable to get a racecourse gallop into him with the recent wet weather and so we took him down to Denys Smith’s to give him and Tidal Bay a gallop, as his gallops were not so wet as mine.

“Inglis Drever is up there with the best horses I have trained. Inglis Drever, Grey Abbey and Direct Route would be the best three horses I have trained.

“He will never go chasing now. You don’t need to send a dual World Hurdle over fences. He could maybe go to Aintree, but not to Punchestown as he doesn’t like going right-handed.

“It has always been an ambition of mine and Mr Wylie to have a runner in the Northumberland Plate and he could go there this year. I’m not sure what his rating is - I’ll have to ask Sir Mark Prescott (Inglis Drever’s former trainer)!

“Paddy has given him a great ride. He had a fall yesterday and I asked him whether he felt 110 percent today and he said he was 140 percent fit!

“I haven’t said much about Inglis Drever in the build-up to Cheltenham. Like my former boss Arthur Stephenson, I think you can say too much. I’m not anti-social!

“It was unfortunate Black Jack Ketchum fell so early. I never like to see horses fall but fortunately horse and jockey were fine”

GRAHAM WYLIE: “I think this victory was more special than the first time, as Inglis Drever had come back from injury.

“I would like to thank Howard Johnson and Paddy Brennan - a great trainer and a great jockey.

“I didn’t panic today - that’s just how he runs. I just hoped he would be in contention coming down the hill the final time.

“Inglis Drever is just so tough. He is just the sort of racehorse that I like as he always sticks his neck out and enjoys his racing.

“Previously my best season was two years ago when we had 36 winners but Inglis Drever has just given us our 36th winner this season.

“Having had three winners at The Festival two years ago, I think it was good in some ways to have no winners last year as it made us appreciate just how special it is to have a winner here.”


Jockey Timmy Murphy was handed a four-day suspension after being found guilty of using his whip when out of contention aboard Over The Creek in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

The ban runs from Monday to Thursday, March 26-29.




The Venetia Williams-trained Idole First, winner of the 2005 Coral Cup, bagged a second Festival victory when landing the Racing Post Plate under Alan O’Keeffe.

“I’m a bit short of words,” said a delighted Williams. “His jumping slightly went to pieces on his last run but had schooled well since. I had a lot more confidence after I saw him jump the first OK - I was pretty hopeful that he’d at least run his race. He travelled well throughout. He's been a superstar and Alan's given him a great ride.

“His owners are pretty Cheltenham focussed and the plan had always been to come here - but that doesn’t mean you’ll win.”

O’Keeffe added: “Everything went well and it worked out pretty smoothly. I’ve won six on him and he always tries his heart out. The atmosphere and crowd on a day like this always get him going.

“He travelled and jumped. He has a tendency to just be a bit slow at jumping but today he did everything right. I was pretty hopeful coming here. It's a good training performance and the owners have been very loyal to me in letting me keep the ride, so thanks to them.

"It didn't feel like they went that quickly but he travelled and jumped and when they do that it's easy. I knew coming down the hill he'd quicken up well and he just took off from there."

Daly ponders his options - laughing or crying!

It was enough to fulfill the most pessimistic thoughts of the late Captain Tim Forster - three runners and all narrowly beaten.

It was left to his successor at Downton Hall Stables, Henry Daly, to embrace the emotions of being so near yet so far from a winner at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival.

After Billyvoddan had finished third in the Ryanair Chase and Mighty Man had taken second in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle it was the turn of Palarshan to hit the woodwork when finishing runner-up to Idole First in the Racing Post Plate.

Daly could at least take comfort in a fine training performance in getting Palarshan back on track after a break of 728 days. He said of the former Grand Annual Chase winner: “He’s run an absolute blinder and I’m mortified for him that he’s been beaten.

“He just was not fit enough [to have a preparatory run], it’s as simple as that. He just wasn’t ready to run, but there was so little that he could run in. The way the programme book is it’s all geared into this meeting.”

Daly added that Billyvoddan is not a certain runner in the John Smith’s Grand National, despite a reduction in his price for that race following his good effort today. He said: “I just don’t know at this stage. The Melling Chase is the obvious race for him, but his owner is keen to go for the National so we’ll talk to Trevor [Hemmings] and Mick [Meagher] and go from there.”

Richard Johnson, who rode all three of Daly’s runners, has been suspended for three days - 26, 27 and 28 March - for using his whip with excessive frequency on Mighty Man.




Butler’s Cabin, a 33/1 shot, provided trainer Jonjo O’Neill with his fifth success in the National Hunt Chase when prevailing by three quarters of a length in the colours of J P McManus under amateur Alan Berry.

There was a moment of concern when the winner collapsed on the way to the winner’s enclosure although it is believed that he is fine and is receiving treatment in the stables.

Jonjo O’Neill said: “Butler's Cabin just got a bit staggery after the race, but he seems fine now and has gone back to the stables.

“Alan gave him a brilliant ride. He did everything right. The horse jumped well and travelled through the race.

“Garde Champetre was very disappointing. He didn't jump, he didn't do anything. He's a bit of a character!"

Alan Berry added: “The horse just gave me everything today and was just exhausted following the race.

“My instructions were to hold him up and then go for it turning in - easy instructions!

“I was just riding him back in when he just stopped. I think he was just very tired and I got off him.

“I will back here tomorrow to ride Knife Edge in the Foxhunter Chase.”

When asked if he had backed the winner, winning owner J P McManus quipped: “Did you see the price?

“I literally had buttons on him.”


After Character Building had finished second, beaten three quarters of a length, under Derek O’Connor in this the longest race at the Festival, trainer John Quinn said: “I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t disappointed to be so narrowly beaten, but I’m delighted with the horse.

“This was the plan and it nearly came off. He’s won over two and a half miles and three miles two furlongs, and now he’s just been chinned over four miles, so he’s versatile and jumps. He’s had a hard race and we’re not greedy people so he might not run again this season.”

Trainer Michael Phillips from Feathard was back in the winner’s enclosure with third-placed Countess Trifaldi following Powerstation’s second spot in yesterday’s Coral Cup.

Phillips said of Countess Trifaldi, a 100-1 shot: “I’m delighted with her. She’s flattered to deceive all season - she was always a good mare, but she’s been wrong, other than one good run at Galway when she was fifth to Gazza’s Girl. She’s been sick since then, but showed me on Sunday that she was coming right and we decided to bring her over.”

Phillips had a poignant tale about the mare, and one that reveals why she will never be sold by owner Cliff Wilkinson. He said: “She was born on the night that Cliff’s son, Tom, was killed in a car crash here in England. She’s got real sentimental value for that reason.

“She’s one of 15 horses that I train in Tipperary.”


Swift Thyne was humanely put down after falling in the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup.

The horse was sedated and treated for some time for what is thought to have been a spinal injury and there will be a full post-mortem.




A partnership that was reformed earlier this year struck at the Cheltenham Festival today when Oscar Park won the final race on day three of the meeting.

Owner George Ward, a major sponsor of races through his Grunwick Group - which includes names like Bonusprint and Tripleprint - asked trainer David Arbuthnot to train from his Uplands Stables in Compton after Colin Tinkler opted to look for his own yard.

Oscar Park’s victory in the Pertemps Final was a first at the Festival for Ward, whose decision to re-engage Arbuthnot was vindicated.

Ward said: “I’ve had winners at Cheltenham, but never at the Festival. It’s a great feeling and a fantastic experience. I’ve been trying for this over many years and it’s been well worth the wait. David used to be my original trainer, and it’s great to have him back.”

“I'm never had such joy! It's fantastic to win here. [Tom] Doyle is a good jockey and I felt if the horse had it, he would have it. I'm so pleased for the horse because he had a terrible crashing fall at Haydock earlier this year, so it's lovely to see him win.”

Arbuthnot, who was also welcoming a first Festival success, said: “George got me started and had horses with me for 12 years in my early days. I was fairly confident today, but was becoming less so as the ground dried up - he’s best with some cut.

“His bravery has got him there, as you could see when the other horse [Material World] came at him - she wouldn’t have got so close on softer ground. Tom Malone gave him a very good ride - we discussed a plan and Tom followed it to the letter.

“This is my third runner for George since I started there in the middle of January. I moved my horses from Saxon Gate into Uplands just before February, and now have 45 in training of which 20 are for George.”

Tom Doyle added “That's brilliant - there's no feeling like it! It what every jockey works for and wants to do. The race went really well - he travelled really sweetly. I was afraid that maybe I'd kicked on a little soon, but when the second horse got to me, he just kept picking up and picking up. He's so tough - he's a real tough horse. What he lacks in ability he makes up for in heart. If every horse had as a big heart it would be an easy game, that's for sure.”

Suzy Smith, trainer of runner-up Material World, said: “She just never fails to get into the shake-up. Colin [Bolger] said she was hanging a little, which was a pity and it meant he couldn’t drive her out as much as possible.

“She’ll go to Aintree again and we’ll see what the handicapper does.”



2m 5f New Course, £80,000 guaranteed, For 5yo+ Weights highest weight 11st 10lb Minimum Weight 10st 4lb Penalties after February 25, a winner of a chase 4lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 10lb) New Little Bric’s Handicap Mark 146 Entries 109 pay £90 Confirmed 65 pay £270 Penalty Value 1st £45,616; 2nd £17,112; 3rd £8,568; 4th £4,272; 5th £2,144; 6th £1,072

1 L'ANTARTIQUE (FR) (Mary Durkan) Ferdy Murphy 7-10-11 Graham Lee 20/1
2 BOB HALL (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-10-09t Noel Fehily 10/1
3 WEE ROBBIE (P H Betts (Holdings) Ltd) Nick Gifford 7-10-13 Leighton Aspell 20/1
4 RASHARROW (IRE) (Ashleybank Investments Limited) Len Lungo 8-10-10 Keith Mercer 14/1
5 VIC VENTURI (IRE) (J Dunne) Philip Fenton IRE 7-10-12 Andrew McNamara 14/1
6 KINGS ADVOCATE (IRE) (Conor Clarkson) Tom Taaffe IRE 7-10-12 Barry Geraghty
7 NEW LITTLE BRIC (FR) (Kathy Stuart) Paul Nicholls 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh 7/2f
8 MILAN DEUX MILLE (FR) (Fergus & Judith Wilson) David Pipe 5-10-13 Tom Malone (3)
9 FLYING ENTERPRISE (IRE) (Malcolm Edwards) Venetia Williams 7 -10-09 Liam Treadwell (3)
10 DICTUM (GER) (Camilla & Rosie Nock) Susan Nock 9-10-12 Tom Scudamore
11 KNIGHT LEGEND (IRE) (Martin St Quinton) Jessica Harrington IRE 8-11-03 Robert Power
12 AZTEC WARRIOR (IRE) (Mrs T Radford) Henrietta Knight 6-11-01 Davy Russell
13 PHAR BLEU (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-10-09 Liam Heard (3)
F three out CHIEF YEOMAN (B Moore & E Stevens) Venetia Williams 7-10-12 Sam Thomas
F 14th LIMITED EDITION (IRE) (Malcolm Denmark) Carl Llewellyn 9-10-13 Mick Fitzgerald
U 11th POLE STAR (Paul Green) Evan Williams 9-11-01p Paul Moloney
P TORA BORA (GER) (David Johnson) Brendan Powell 5-10-12p Timmy Murphy
P KING REVO (IRE) (J P McManus) Pat Haslam 7-10-10 Tony McCoy
P DESERT AIR (JPN) (Belinda Harvey) David Pipe 8-10-09 Andrew Glassonbury (5)

19 ran
Non-runner: 7 Flintoff (ground)
Distances: 2, 2 1/2, 4, 1 1/4, 1, 1, 3 1/2, 3, 8, 3 1/2, 8, 3
Breeder: T Picard & Phillipe de Maeseneire
Breeding: b g Cyborg (FR) - Moomaw
Totes: Win: £26.20 Places: £4.10; 3.10; 4.90; £2.90 Exacta: £316.50

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 (7): Walwyn Muir (1996 Stop The Waller, 2006 You’re Special), Elite Triumph Hurdle (1996 Paddy’s Return), Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle (1998 French Holly), National Hunt Chase (2006 Hot Weld), William Hill Trophy (2007 Joe’s Edge), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2007 L’Antartique) Aintree Festival Wins include: John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (2001 Ballinclay King), John Smith’s Novices’ Handicap Chase (2005 Joes Edge) Other major wins: Ballymore Properties Champion Stayers Hurdle (2005 Carlys Quest), Christmas Hurdle (1998 French Holly), Hennessy Gold Cup (1992 Sibton Abbey), Long Walk Hurdle (1997 Paddy’s Return), Prix La Barka (1999 French Holly), Rowland Meyrick Chase (2004 Truckers Tavern, 2006 Leading Man), Sporting Index Chase (2001 Paddy’s Return), Scottish Grand National (2000 Paris Pike, 2005 Joes Edge), Tolworth Hurdle (1998 French Holly) Number of Winners (1997/98-2005/06): 27; 40; 34; 41; 68; 43; 31; 55; 45 Wins this Season: 46

Winning Jockey: Graham Lee Born: December 16, 1975 Background: Irish pony-racing circuit, left school at 15 to join handler Noel Meade. Five rides for Meade then joined Dessie McDonogh in County Meath. Ger Lyons then obtained Lee a position with Mary Reveley when he was 17. Began riding out for Bill Haigh, before joining Malcolm Jefferson. He is now stable jockey to Howard Johnson, for whom he rode 35 winners in 2003/4. Number of Wins (1993/94-2005/06): 6; 20; 11; 16; 21; 24; 28; 25; 58; 66; 94; 100; 108 First Winner: Navan, November 7, 1992, Blushing Pearl Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), Royal & Sunalliance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2007 L’Antartique) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2005 (3). Big Race Wins: Ascot Hurdle (2005 No Refuge); Ballymore Properties Long Distance Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever), Charlie Hall Chase (2003 Ballybough Rasher; 2004 Grey Abbey); Elite Hurdle (2005 Royal Shakespeare); Finesse Juvenile Hurdle (2005 Akilak); John Smith’s West Yorkshire Hurdle (2003 Gralmano, 2005 Inglis Drever) Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Inglis Drever, 2005 No Refuge); Peterborough Chase (2006 Racing Demon), Peter Marsh Chase (2005 Lord Transcend); Pillar Propery Chase (2005 Grey Abbey); Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Royal Rosa); Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (2006 LeadingMan); Scottish Grand National (2004 Grey Abbey); Stanleybet Handicap Hurdle (2005 Coat Of Honour); Tote Exacta Premier Kelso Hurdle (2003 Covent Garden), totesport Classic Chase (2004 Southern Star); Towton Novices’ Chase (2007 Heltornic); Winter Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Inglis Drever) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Beefeater Restaurants Handicap Hurdle (2004 Zibeline), John Smith’s Grand National (2004 Amberleigh House), Betfair Bowl (2005 Grey Abbey) Wins This Season: 73


2m 5f New Course, £175,000 guaranteed, For 5yo+ Weights 5yo 10st 8lb; 6yo+ 11st Penalties after September 30, 2005, a winner of a Grade Two Chase 3lb; of a Grade One Chase 5lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 46 pay £200 First Forfeit 39 pay £400 Confirmed 19 pay £200 Penalty Value 1st £99,785; 2nd £37,432.50; 3rd ££18,742.50; 4th £9,345; 5th £4,690; 6th £2,345

1 TARANIS (FR) (Mrs A Yeoman & C Whittaker) Paul Nicholls 6-11-00t Ruby Walsh 9/2
2 OUR VIC (IRE) (David Johnson) David Pipe 9-11-05 Timmy Murphy 7/2
3 BILLYVODDAN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Henry Daly 8-11-00b Richard Johnson 20/1
4 MONET'S GARDEN (IRE) (David Yates) Nicky Richards 9-11-05 Tony Dobbin 7/4f
5 RACING DEMON (IRE) (Mrs T Radford) Henrietta Knight 7-11-03 Graham Lee
6 HI CLOY (IRE) (Mrs S McCloy) Michael Hourigan IRE 10-11-05 Andrew McNamara
7 THISTHATANDTOTHER (IRE) (Graham Roach) Paul Nicholls 1-11-00 Sam Thomas
8 TOO FORWARD (IRE) (T Gibson & D Mathias) Carl Llewellyn 11-11-00 Paul Moloney
F four out CROZAN (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 7-11-00b1 Mick Fitzgerald

9 ran
Distances: nk, 1/2, 3 1/2, 3/4, 7, hd, 28
Breeder: P de Maleissye Melun
Breeding: ch g Mansonnien (FR) - Vikosa (FR)
Totes: Win: £5.70 Places: £1.90; £1.90; £4.30 Exacta: £26.90

Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Date of first trainer’s licence: 01/11/91 Previous Occupation: Professional jockey 1980-89. Rode 130 winners including Hennessy Gold Cup (1986 & 87), Irish Gold Cup (1988), Welsh Grand National (1987) Cheltenham Festival Wins (15): Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman) Other big race wins: Aon Chase (2000 See More Business, 2001 Shotgun Willy, 2003 Valley Henry, 2007 Kauto Star), Betfair Chase (2006 Kauto Star), Betfred Gold Cup (2001 & 2003 Ad Hoc), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Neptune Collonges), Bula Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman), Charlie Hall Chase (1999 and 2000 See More Business), totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek, 2007 Ladalko), Desert Orchid H’cap Chase (2000 Fadalko, 2002 Valley Henry), Feltham Novices’ Chase (1993 See More Indians), Game Spirit Chase (2000 lagship Uberalles, 2005 Azertyuiop), Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole), Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (1995 Captain Khedive, 1999 Fadalko, 2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother), King George VI Chase (1997, 1999 See More Business, 2006 Kauto Star), Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (2000 Rockforce), Scottish Champion Hcap Hurdle (1999 Fadalko), Rehearsal Chase (1996 Belmont King, 1997 and 1998 See More Business), Pendil Novices’ Chase (2006 Napolitain, 2007 Natal), Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel), Pillar Chase (1998, 2001 See More Business), Scottish Grand National (1997 Belmont King), Tingle Creek Chase (2005 Kauto Star), Tolworth Hurdle (2003 Thisthatandtother, 2006 Noland, 2007 Silverburn), totesport.com becher Chase (2006 Eurotrek), Vodafone Gold Cup (2006 Cornish Sett), Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch, 2005 L’Aventure), William Hill Haldon Gold Cup Chase (1998 Lake Kariba, 1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2004 Azertyuiop), Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (2007 Gungadu) 1000th Domestic Winner: Noble Action (Bumper, Folkestone, November 15, 2004) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2005/06): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148 Wins this Season: 100

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (13): Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Monet’s Garden) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2007 Denman) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2004 (3), 2006 (3). Other Big Race Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2000 Papillon (His first National ride), 2005 Hedgehunter); Betfair Chase (2006 Kauto Star), Betfred Gold Cup (2003 Ad Hoc); Challow Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Cornish Rebel, 2006 Denman); Stan James Christmas Hurdle (2005 Feathard Lady); totesport Classic Chase (2006 Eurotrek) December Festival Hurdle (2006 Brave Inca), Dipper Novices’ Chase (2005 My Will); Feltham Novices’ Chase (2003 Strong Flow); Game Spirit Chase (2004, 2005 Azertyuiop); Greatwood Hurdle (2003 Rigmarole); Haldon Gold Cup (2004 Azertyuiop); Heineken Gold Cup (1999 Imperial Call, 2000 Commanche Court); Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (2003 Strong Flow); Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (2003 Thisthatandtother); Independent Newspaper Novices’ Chase (2002 Azertyuiop, 2003 Thisthatandtother); Irish Grand National (2000 Commanche Court, 2005 Numbersixvalverde); King George VI Chase (2006 Kauto Star); Kingwell Hurdle (2004 Rigmarole); Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Be Be King); Old Roan Chase (2006 Kauto Star); Peterborough Chase (2004 Le Roi Miguel); Racing Post Chase (2004 Marlborough); Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (2007 New Little Bric); Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2003 Le Roi Miguel); Tied Cottage Chase (2007 Nickname); Tingle Creek Trophy (2002 Cenkos, 2006 Kauto Star); Tolworth Hurdle (2006 Silverburn), Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (2005 Hoo La Baloo); Coral Welsh National (2004 Silver Birch) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2005/06): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69 Other Details: Son of Ted Walsh, former leading Irish amateur rider who is now a trainer and broadcaster in Ireland. Divides his time riding for Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. Wins in Britain This Season: 63


3m New Course, £250,000 guaranteed For 4yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the Senior BHB Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 8; horses which are not qualified a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered; such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 8 would merit a rating of 130; the decision of the Senior BHB Handicapper shall be final; Weights 4yo 11st; 5yo+ 11st 10lb; Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 35 pay £285 First Forfeit 31 pay £570 Second Forfeit 1 pay £12,500 Confirmed 21 pay £285 Penalty Value 1st £149,027.48; 2nd £55,904.90; 3rd £27,991.66; 4th £13,956.62; 5th £7,004.45; 6th £3,502.22

1 INGLIS DREVER (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 8-11-10 Paddy Brennan 5/1
2 MIGHTY MAN (FR) (Joss Hanbury) Henry Daly 7-11-10 Richard Johnson 10/3
3 BLAZING BAILEY (Three Line Whip) Alan King 5-11-10 Robert Thornton 8/1
4 UNITED (GER) (R Holt) Lucy Wadham 6-11-03 Leighton Aspell 22/1
5 KASBAH BLISS (FR) (Henri de Pracomtal) Francois Doumen FR 5-11-10 Arnaud Duchene
6 STRANGELY BROWN (IRE) (We Didn’t Name Him Syndicate) Eric McNamara IRE 6-11-10 David Casey
7 NATAL (FR) (Monica Hackett) Paul Nicholls 6-11-10t Ruby Walsh
8 LABELTHOU (FR) (Gdm Partnership) Emma Lavelle 8-11-03 Barry Fenton
9 LOUGH DERG (FR) (W Frewen) David Pipe 7-11-10v Tom Scudamore
10 OVER THE CREEK (David Johnson) David Pipe 8-11-10p Timmy Murphy
11 FIRE DRAGON (IRE) (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-10b Noel Fehily
12 OVERSTRAND (IRE) (Dr Richard Newland & Laura Newland) Dr Richard Newland 8-11-10 Sam Jones
13 TEMOIN (The Unemployables) Nicky Henderson 7-11-10b1 Mick Fitzgerald
F third BLACK JACK KETCHUM (IRE) (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 8-11-10 Tony McCoy 2/1f

14 ran
Non-runner: 13 Asian Maze (vet’s certificate)
Distances: 3/4, 4, 9, 3, 8, 7, 2 1/2, 9, 3/4, 4, 17, dist
Breeder: R McAlpine and D Pickering
Breeding: b g In The Wings - Cormorant Creek
Totes: Win: £6.00 Places: £1.90; £1.90; £3.00 Exacta: £14.90

Winning Trainer: HOWARD JOHNSON Based: White Lea Farm, Crook, County Durham Born: August 11, 1953, Barnard Castle Date of First Licence: 7th July 1986 Previous Occupation: worked for Arthur Stephenson, Roy Johnson Cheltenham Festival wins (5): National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase (1993 Ushers Island), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2005 & 2007 Inglis Drever) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (1995 Morceli, 1998 Direct Route), John Smith’s Red Rum Chase (1997 Down The Fell), John Smith’s Topham Chase (1996 Joe White), John Smith’s Melling Chase (1999 and 2000 Direct Route), Betfair Bowl (2005 Grey Abbey) Other major wins: Ballymore Properties Long Distance Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever), Blue Square Speed Dial 64555 Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Charlie Hall Chase (2003 Ballybough Rasher, 2004 Grey Abbey), Dipper Novices’ Chase (1995 Morceli), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), John Smith’s Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever), Lonesome Glory Hurdle (1993 Dance Of Words), Pillar Property Chase (2005 Grey Abbey), Peter Marsh Chase (2005 Lord Transcend), Scottish National (2004 Grey Abbey), Stanleybet Handicap Hurdle (2005 Coat Of Honour), Tingle Creek Chase (1998 Direct Route), VC Casino.com Long Distance Hurdle (2006 Ingis Drever) Number of Winners (1988/9-2005/06): 14, 14, 10, 21, 19, 32, 32, 35, 23, 27, 18, 19, 13, 15, 33, 41, 68, 58 Wins this Season: 44

Winning Jockey: Paddy J Brennan Born: Ardrahan, Galway, April 13, 1981 Riding Weight: 9st 7lb Background: Spent one summer at Gerry Stack’s Co. Kildare yard, aged 14. Apprenticed to Jim Bolger for five years, riding eight winners. Secured a position with Paul Nicholls, before moving to Philip Hobbs. Appointed as retained rider for the powerful Howard Johnson/Graham Wylie team in May 2006. Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2006 Shamayoun), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2007 Inglis Drever) First Winner: Ivory Isle (Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap, Gowran Park, August 12, 1998) Number of Wins (2000/01-2005/06): 3; 9; 15; 19; 67* (*Champion Conditional Jockey); 60 Wins This Season: 67 First Winner after riding out 3lb claim: French Executive (Sky Bet Sussex National, Plumpton, November 21, 2004) Last Winner with 3lb claim: Rollo (williamhill.com Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, Exeter, November 19, 2004) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase (Ashley Brook 2005), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2006 Wellbeing) Other Big Race Wins: Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (2005 Hakim); intercasino.co.uk Molyneux Novices’ Chase (2006 Lennon); Sea Pigeon Handicap Hurdle (2002 Benbyas); Wensleydale Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Degas Art)


2m 5f New Course, £100,000 guaranteed For 5yo+ Minimum Weight 10st Penalties after February 25, a winner of a Class 3 chase 3lb; of a Class 1 or 2 chase 6lb (no penalty to increase a horses weight above 11st 12lb) Armaturk’s handicap mark 155 Entries 80 pay £115 Confirmed 44 pay £345 Penalty Value 1st £57,020; 2nd £21,390; 3rd £10,710; 4th £5,340; 5th £2,680; 6th £1,340

1 IDOLE FIRST (IRE) (D And J Racing) Venetia Williams 8-10-07 Alan O'Keeffe 12/1
2 PALARSHAN (FR) (Summer Wellesley) Henry Daly 9-10-05p Richard Johnson 28/1
3 MARIAH ROLLINS (IRE) (Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 9-10-07 Mick Fitzgerald 20/1
4 LE VOLFONI (FR) (A Banks) Paul Nicholls 6-11-02 Joe Tizzard 16/1
5 SLIM PICKINGS (IRE) (Doubtful Five Syndicate) Tom Taaffe IRE 8-10-11 Barry Geraghty 33/1
6 REVEILLEZ (J P McManus) James Fanshawe 8-11-02t Noel Fehily
7 MADISON DU BERLAIS (FR) (Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds II) David Pipe 6-11-09 Tom Scudamore
8 IRON MAN (FR) (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar) Peter Bowen 6-10-00 Wayne Hutchinson
9 HAKIM (NZ) (T Siviter) John Spearing 13-10-00 Seamus Durack
10 ROMAN ARK (Richard Collins) Malcolm Jefferson 9-11-00 Fergus King
11 VODKA BLEU (FR) (David Johnson) David Pipe 8-10-13 Timmy Murphy
12 TIKRAM (Mike Charlton & Rodger Sargent) Alan King 10-10-08b Robert Thornton
13 ARMATURK (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Paul Nicholls 10-11-12 Sam Thomas
14 MONCADOU (FR) (J P McManus) Thierry Doumen FR 7-10-04t ow1 Tony McCoy
15 BOLD BISHOP (IRE) (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill 10-10-12p Richard McGrath
16 LIVINGSTONEBRAMBLE (IRE) (Favourites Racing) Willie Mullins IRE 11-10-12 Davy Condon
17 NO FULL (FR) (Patrick Delaney Jnr) Paul Webber 6-10-02 Andrew Tinkler
18 KILL DEVIL HILL (IRE) (Giginstown House Stud) Paul Nolan IRE 7-11-03 Conor O'Dwyer
19 OPERA MUNDI (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Paul Nicholls 5-10-07 Ruby Walsh 7/2f
20 NYCTEOS (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-10-00 Liam Heard (3)
U 11th GRAPHIC APPROACH (IRE) (Mr & Mrs Peter Orton) Charles Egerton 9-10-09b1 Paddy Brennan
P KELREV (FR) (Len Jakeman, Flintham, King & Roberts) Venetia Williams 9-9-13 Liam Treadwell (3)
P BIG ROB (IRE) (Pat Betts) Brendan Powell 8-10-01 ow1 Leighton Aspell

23 ran
Non-runner: 24 Mr Boo (vet’s certificate)
Distances: 4, 1 1/4, hd, 3/4, 1/2, 2 1/2, 3, nk, 1 1/2, 4, 1/2, 1/2, 3/4, 3, 5, 1/2, hd, 9, 12
Breeder: Ralph Alfandari
Breeding: b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Sharon Doll (IRE)
Totes: Win: £16.50 Places: £3.90; £9.10; £4.10; £5.30 Exacta: £589.80

Winning Trainer: VENETIA MARY WILLIAMS Trains at Aramstone, Kings Caple, Hereford Date of birth: May 10, 1960 Riding career: 10 NH winners as an amateur 1986-88 Date of first trainer’s licence: 1995, previously assistant John Edwards (1986-93), Martin Pipe (1993-4), six months with Colin Hayes (Australia), J Fulton (USA) and Barry Hillls Cheltenham Festival wins (3): Grand Annual Challenge Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Samakaan), Coral Cup (2005 Idole First), Racing Post Plate (2007 Idole First) Aintree Festival Winners: betfair.com Handicap Chase (1999 Edelweis Du Moulin), Citroen C4 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2001 Montalcino), John Smith’s Novices’ Handicap Chase (2002 Spring Margot), John Smith’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Limerick Boy), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2004 His Nibs) John Smith’s Novices’ Chase (2006 Mon Mome) Big race wins: Badger Beer Chase (1998 Teeton Mill), Hennessy Gold Cup (1998 Teeton Mill), King George VI Chase (1998 Teeton Mill), Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (1999 Teeton Mill), Cleeve Hurdle (1999, 2000, 2001 Lady Rebecca), Peter Marsh Limited Hcp Chase (1999 General Wolfe, 2007 The Outlier), Thomas Pink Gold Cup Handicap Chase (1999 The Outback Way), First National Bank Gold Cup Handicap Chase (1999 Nordance Prince), Unicorn Handicap Chase (2000 The Outback Way), Towton Novice Chase (2000 Arctic Camper), Victor Chandler Handicap Chase (2000 Nordance Prince), Haldon Gold Cup H’cap Chase (2000 Bellator), Ladbroke Hurdle (2003 Thesis), Eider Chase (2007 Nil Desperandum) Other details: Won Group Three Ormonde Stakes (1998 Stretarez) with her first runner on the Flat Number of Winners (1996/6-2005/06): 7, 33, 45, 74, 74, 63, 55, 78, 89, 80, 77 Wins this Season: 70

Winning Jockey: Alan Christopher O’Keeffe Riding Weight: 9st 5lb Background: 120 successes in pony races in Ireland, before moving to Britain. Cheltenham Festival Wins: (2) Coral Cup (2005 Idole First), Racing Post Plate (2007 Idole First) Other Big Race Wins: Sporting Index Handicap Cross Country Chase (2005 Ivoire De Beaulieu) First Flat Winner: Bold Amusement (Amateur Riders’ Handicap, Ayr, September 20, 2001) Wins 2002/03-2005/06: 21; 25; 30; 17 Wins This Season: 9


4m 1f, £50,000 guaranteed, For 5yo+ Weights 5yo 10st 11lb; 6yo+ 11st 7lb Penalties a winner of a chase prior to April 30, 2006, 4lb; a winner of a chase after April 29, 2006, 4lb; o two such races 7lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries 58 pay £75 Confirmed 36 pay £175 Penalty Value 1st £30,010; 2nd £9,375; 3rd £4,685; 4th £2,345; 5th £1,170; 6th £590

1 BUTLER'S CABIN (FR) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 7-12-00p Mr Alan Berry 33/1
2 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) (Mrs E Wright) John Quinn 7-12-00 Mr Derek O'Connor 7/1
3 COUNTESS TRIFALDI (IRE) (C Wilkinson) Michael Phillips IRE 7-11-00 Mr Colman Sweeney 100/1
4 HIGH COTTON (IRE) (Richard Burridge, H Burridge J Lloyd) Keith Reveley 12-11-07 Mr David Thomas 50/1
5 TOBAR ISAUN (IRE) (Falco Super Team Syndicate) Paul Roche IRE 8-11-11 Mr David Roche
6 HORDAGO (IRE) (S Braddish) Eric McNamara IRE 7-11-11p Mr Brian Hassett
7 PETERTHEKNOT (IRE) (Valerie Courtney) Thomas Cooper IRE 9-11-07 Mr Mikey O'Connor
8 BALLYTRIM (IRE) (Violet O’Leary) Willie Mullins IRE 6-11-11 Mr Jamie Codd
9 GARDE CHAMPETRE (FR) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 8-11-11p Mr J T McNamara
10 THE REVEREND (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 7-11-11 Mr Mark O'Hare
F two out GUNGADU (Margaret Findlay & Paul Barber) Paul Nicholls 7-12-00 Mr Jamie Snowden 2/1f
F three out NOT LEFT YET (IRE) (David Johnson) David Pipe 6-11-11 Mr Darren Edwards
F three out NINE DE SIVOLA (FR) (The Dprp Sivola Partnership) Ferdy Murphy 6-11-07 Mr Richard Harding
F three out MIKO DE BEAUCHENE (FR) (Andrew Wiles) Robert Alner 7-11-11 Mr Michael Miller
U three out BENGO (IRE) (Willsford Racing Incorporated) Ben De Haan 7-11-07 Mr Felix De Giles
F 15th MAC THREE (IRE) (Moira McGrath) Noel Meade IRE 8-11-11 Miss Nina Carberry
F 17th FAIR QUESTION (IRE) (The Merseyclyde Partnership) Venetia Williams 9-12-00 Mr William Biddick
F 20th SWIFT THYNE (IRE) (Thoroughbred Ladies) Tom George 7-11-11 Mr Shane Byrne
U first WOODSTOCK LASS (IRE) (Noelle Lavery) Frances Slevin 8-11-00tp Mr David Cullen

19 ran
Non-runner: 1 Blue Splash
Distances: 3/4, 10, 8, 10, 6, 2, 12, 2 1/2, dist
Breeder: Chris Buckley
Breeding: b g Poliglote - Strictly Cool (USA)
Totes: Win: £45.10 Places: £10.50; £2.90; £45.50 Exacta: £461.30

Winning Trainer: JONJO O’NEILL Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Career: former National Hunt jockey Cheltenham Festival Wins (12): Pertemps Final (1991 Danny Connors, 2003 Inching Closer, 2004 Creon); National Hunt Chase (1995 Front Line, 2002 Rith Dubh, 2003 Sudden Shock, 2004 Native Emperor, 2007 Butler’s Cabin); Vincent O’Brien County H’cap Hurdle (2000 Master Tern), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum) Aintree Festival wins: betfair.com Handicap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross, 2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock, 2006 Refinement), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Quazar), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Iris’s Gift, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), John Smith’s Champion Standard National Hunt Flat Race (2003 Classic Native), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), S&N Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy) Other Big Race Wins: Ballymore Properties Champion Stayers’ Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Black Jack Ketchum), Challow Hurdle (2002 Coolnagorna, 2006 Wichita Lineman), Christmas Hurdle (2002 & 2003 Intersky Falcon), Cleeve Hurdle (2006 Fire Dragon), Edward Hanmer Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Emo Oil Champion Hurdle (2003 Quazar), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), Greatwood Hurdle (2005 Lingo), John James McManus Memorial Hurdle (2002 & 2003 Intersky Falcon), Kingwell Hurdle (2003 Rhinestone Cowboy), Paddy Power Champion INH Flat Race (2005 Refinement), Paddy Power Gold Cup (2006 Exotic Dancer), Punchestown Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle (2002 Quazar), Reynoldstown Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Swinton Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), Tommy Whittle Chase (2003 Keen Leader), Tripleprint Gold Cup (1999 Legal Right), Totesport Becher Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Totesport Silver Cup (2000 Legal Right), Totesport Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle (2002 Native Emperor), Welsh National (2002 Mini Sensation) Horses in Training (1996-2006): 53; 59; 59; 78; 78, 75, 98, 90, 95; 94; 78 Number of Winners (1995/96-2005/06): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114; 102; 96; 105 Wins this Season: 111

Winning Jockey: Alan Berry Background: amateur rider. Son of Frank Berry, former Irish champion jockey and J P McManus’s racing manager - he has been with Jonjo O’Neill since 2002 Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): National Hunt Challenge Cup (2007 Butler’s Cabin) Riding Weight: 10 st 7lb First Winner Over Hurdles: Bowling Green (Exeter Racecourse Conference Centre Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle, September 28, 2004) First Winner Under Rules: New Time (Reject Prejudice Standard National Hunt Flat Race, Stratford, September 12, 2004) Wins 2005/2006: 5 Wins This Season: 10


3m New Course, £70,000 guaranteed, Class 1, For 5yo+ which have either started, as defined in the Orders and Rules of racing, in a Pertemps Hurdle Race (Qualifier) since the start of the current season, or any horses which were eliminated from a qualifier having been declared to run under the provisions of Order 124 (ii) at the declaration stage in such a race (in the event of the abandonment of a qualifier, any horse which had been declared to run in that race under Order 124 (ii), or any horse entered to run if the time of the abandonment was prior to the declaration stage, will be qualified to enter the final) Minimum Weight 10st Penalties after February 25, a winner of a hurdle 4lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb) Millenium Royal’s Handicap Mark 157 Entries 71 pay £80 Confirmed 41 pay £240 Penalty Value 1st £39,914; 2nd £14,873; 3rd £7,497; 4th £3,738; 5th £1,876; 6th £938

1 OSCAR PARK (IRE) (George Ward) David Arbuthnot 8-10-09t Tom Doyle 14/1
2 MATERIAL WORLD (Southern Bloodstock) Suzy Smith 9-10-09e Colin Bolger (3) 14/1
3 ADAMANT APPROACH (IRE) (Greenstar Syndicate) Willie Mullins 13-10-13 Mr Patrick Mullins (7) 16/1
4 MISTANOORA (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-10-00b Tony Evans 33/1
5 OSTFANNI (IRE) (Ian Hall Racing) Martin Todhunter 7-10-00 Graham Lee
6 DESERT TOMMY (All Adda Winna Racing Club)) Evan Williams 6-9-09v1 Sam Jones (5)
7 MONOLITH (Elite Racing Club) Len Lungo 9-10-04 Keith Mercer
8 JUST BETH (Joe Fierro) Joe Fierro 11-9-09 Derek Laverty (5)
9 RHINESTONE COWBOY (IRE) (Sue Magnier) Jonjo O'Neill 11-11-09 Mr J P Magnier (3)
10 JOCKSER (IRE) (The D M L Partnership) Seamus Mullins 6-9-09 Wayne Kavanagh (5)
11 MAGNIFICO (FR) (Nick Shutts) Karen Waldron 6-9-11tv1 Andrew Glassonbury (5)
12 FREETOWN (IRE) (S Blumberg & R Nairn) Len Lungo 11-10-03b Ruby Walsh
13 JULIUS CAESAR (Jack Coupe & John Thompson) Howard Johnson 7-10-00 Paddy Brennan
14 ATTORNEY GENERAL (IRE) (Wally Sturt) Jim Old 8-10-08tp Jason Maguire
15 REFINEMENT (IRE) (Michael Tabor) Jonjo O'Neill 8-10-13b Mr Alan Berry (5)
16 ROWLEY HILL (Mrs J Brown & Mrs S Faccenda) Alan King 9-10-02b Robert Thornton
17 ARRAYOU (FR)(J P Ledwidge) Oliver Sherwood 6-10-00v Leighton Aspell
18 KADOUN (IRE) (J P McManus) Michael O'Brien IRE 10-11-05 Tony McCoy 13/2f
19 THE LAST CAST (D Barrie) Evan Williams 8-9-09b1 Tom Messenger (5)
20 MILLENIUM ROYAL (FR) (J Vasicek) Francois Doumen FR 7-11-09 Arnaud Duchene (3)
21 HIRVINE (FR) (Mrs L Greenway) Donald McCain Jnr 9-10-05b Tony Dobbin
22 HIS NIBS (IRE) (John Galvanoni) Alan King 10-10-05 Wayne Hutchinson
P NIRVANA DU BOURG (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 6-10-00b Marcus Foley
F fifth CLOUDY BAYS (IRE) (Cloudy Bay Syndicate)Charles Byrnes IRE 10-10-02p Davy Russell

24 ran
Distances: 1/2, 3 1/2, 1/2, 3 1/2, 3 1/2, 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, 4, 1, 2 1/2, 1 3/4, 5, 2 1/2, 1 1/4, 7, 19, 6, 11, 29
Breeder: Mrs B Byrne
Breeding: b g Oscar (IRE) - Parkavoureen
Totes: Win: £19.90 Places: £4.60; £3.40; £4.00; £9.90 Exacta: £229.30

Winning Trainer: David Arbuthnot Date of Birth: 7/3/53 Took over: from Colin Tinkler as trainer to George Ward at Uplands Stables in Compton, Berkshire in January 2007 Other Information: Arbuthnot rented Uplands Stables from Ward between 1985 and 1990 Riding Career: One Point-to-Point winner Previous occupation: Assistant trainer for 7 years to Fulke Johnson Houghton Date of first trainer’s licence: January 1981 - George Ward was his first owner Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Pertemps Final (2007 Oscar Park) Big Race Wins (Flat): Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (1991 Rinja), Lincoln (2002 Zucchero) Wins over Jumps (2002/03-2005/06): 2; 0; 0; 0 Wins This Season: 1

Winning Jockey: Tom Doyle Born: February 8, 1980 Based: Stanford In The Vale, Faringdon, Oxfordshire First Winner: Blackburn, Drumree (Pro/Am) I.N.H. Flat Race, Fairyhouse, November 5, 1997 Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Pertemps Final (2007 Oscar Park) Aintree Festival Wins: Martell Red Rum Limited Hcap Chase (2004 Tidour) Other Big Race Wins: Tote Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Patricksnineteenth 2004), Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Buckby Lane 2005), Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase (2006 Jack The Giant) Number of Wins (1999/00-2005/06): 12; 21; 25; 28; 49; 51; 56 Wins This Season: 21



NB Prize money determines the standings in the event of a tie.

Trainer 1st PM 2nd 3rd
Alan King 2 £305,092.66 - 1
Paul Nicholls 2 £239,469 1 1
Ferdy Murphy 2 £108,856 - -
Philip Hobbs 1 2 -
Willie Mullins IRE 1 1 1
David Pipe 1 1 1
Howard Johnson 1 1 -
Jonjo O’Neill 1 1 -
David Arbuthnot 1 - -
Enda Bolger IRE 1 - -
John Carr IRE 1 - -
Jessica Harrington IRE 1 - -
Donald McCain Jnr 1 - -
Dr Richard Newland 1 - -
Venetia Williams 1 - -
Henry Daly - 2 1
Nicky Henderson - 1 4
Colm Murphy IRE - 1 1
Michael Phillips IRE - 1 1
Gordon Elliott IRE - 1 -
James Leavy IRE - 1 -
Carl Llewellyn - 1 -
Gary Moore - 1 -
John Quinn - 1 -
Suzy Smith - 1 -
Noel Chance - - 2
Oliver Brady IRE - - 1
Nick Gifford - - 1
Tony Mullins IRE - - 1
Edward O’Grady IRE - - 1
Nicky Richards - - 1



Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Ruby Walsh 2 2 -
Robert Thornton 2 - 1
Richard Johnson 1 3 1
Paddy Brennan 1 1 -
Tom Doyle 1 - 1
Barry Geraghty 1 - 1
Mr Alan Berry 1 - -
Mr Richard Burton 1 - -
Miss Nina Carberry 1 - -
Philip Carberry 1 - -
Davy Condon 1 - -
Andrew Glassonbury 1 - -
Sam Jones 1 - -
Graham Lee 1 - -
Alan O’Keeffe 1 - -
Davy Russell 1 - -
Mick Fitzgerald - 2 4
Noel Fehily - 3 -
Mr Derek O’Connor - 2 -
Colin Bolger - 1 -
Jason Maguire - 1 -
Timmy Murphy - 1 -
Denis O’Regan - 1 -
Miss Pauline Ryan - 1 -
Leighton Aspell - - 1
Tony Dobbin - - 1
Tony McCoy - - 1
Andrew McNamara - - 1
Niki O’Shea - - 1
Mr Ross O’Sullivan - - 1
Tom Scudamore - - 1
Mr Colman Sweeney - - 1
Sam Thomas - - 1
Mr Patrick Mullins - - 1

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