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Friday, March 13, 2009


THE FESTIVAL, CHELTENHAM
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
TOTESPORT GOLD CUP DAY, FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

THE WINNER-KAUTO STAR (FR)


9 b g Village Star (FR) - Kauto Relka (FR) (Port Etienne (FR))
Form: 211/1F2353/112-21F/111111-211122-1U11
Owner: Clive Smith Trainer: Paul Nicholls Breeder: Mme H Aubert Jockey: Ruby Walsh

KAUTO STAR, a Grade Three winner over hurdles at Auteuil in France, has developed into a chaser of the very highest class with six straight wins in the 2006/2007 season, including a stunning Grade One four-timer, culminating in an impressive totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup victory, though last season did not go quite as smoothly. He made his British debut at Newbury in December, 2004, in an extended two and a quarter mile novice chase, and produced a fine performance, gaining an emphatic nine-length victory over Grade One Irish Champion Hurdle winner Foreman. Things did not go to plan next time in a three-runner race at Exeter in January, 2005, when he fell two out with the race at his mercy. After being remounted, he just failed to reel in the winner, but it came to light afterwards that the horse had injured his near-hind leg, and he was forced to miss the rest of the season. Kauto Star reappeared in November, 2005, turning in an excellent comeback effort to chase home Monkerhostin in the Grade Two William Hill Gold Cup Chase at Exeter. He improved on that run when landing the Grade One Tingle Creek Trophy Chase at Sandown over two miles the following month, staying on in fine style to score by a length and a half from Ashley Brook. The Grade One Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival in March was Kauto Star's next port of call but, after tracking the leaders in the early stages, he took off too early at the third fence and hit the deck. He returned to action in the 2006/2007 season at Aintree in October, 2006, over two and a half miles in the Grade Two bonusprint.com Old Roan Chase and romped home by 21 lengths. He then defeated the best three-mile chasers around when easily taking the Betfair Chase at Haydock a month later by 17 lengths from Beef Or Salmon before showing himself to be one of the most adaptable top-class chasers of recent times when cruising to a seven-length victory over Voy Por Ustedes in the Grade One Tingle Creek Chase over two miles at Sandown a fortnight later. Clive Smith's gelding evoked memories of Desert Orchid as he went directly from that triumph to capture the 2006 King George VI Chase over three miles at Kempton on Boxing Day. Ruby Walsh sat tight to survive a last fence blunder and the pair finished eight lengths clear of the chasing Exotic Dancer. Another final fence error made life more difficult again for the pair in the Grade Two Aon Chase at Newbury, but he rallied to hold the determined challenge of L'Ami by a neck. A hot favourite for the 2007 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, he didn't disappoint. Ruby Walsh struck the front with two fences left and, despite hitting the last hard, Kauto Star stormed up the hill to prevail from Exotic Dancer by two and a half lengths. Kauto Star thus collected the Betfair Million bonus by winning at Haydock, Kempton Park and Cheltenham. The £1-million incentive was offered by the betting exchange for winning the Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase or the Lexus Chase and the totesport Gold Cup, though the conditions have changed this season. Last season he followed the same path as he did in the 2006/07 campaign by starting off in the bonusprint.com Old Roan Chase over two and a half miles at Aintree, finding Monet's Garden a length and a half too strong when conceding a stone to him. He won the 2007 Betfair Chase for a second year running in good style by half a length from Exotic Dancer and went on to win the Stan James King George VI Chase again, scoring easily by 11 lengths from Our Vic. He dropped back to two miles, five and a half furlongs in the Commercial First Chase at Ascot in February but that proved no problem and he won by eight lengths from Monet’s Garden. The chance of winning a second Betfair Million bonus was lost in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March when his stable companion Denman proved seven lengths too strong. Kauto Star’s jumping was not as fluent as usual and a bad mistake two out cost him victory in Aintree’s totesport Bowl Chase the following month when Our Vic was a nose too good. He had a long break and reappeared in the Grade One Jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in Northern Ireland on November 1 when he won unchallenged but then unseated jockey Sam Thomas at the last fence in the Betfair Chase at Haydock 17 days later. Normal service was resumed at Kempton on Boxing Day, when he won his third King George VI Chase - this time by 10 lengths from Albertas Run - and he has been given a break until the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. He won that championship race in great style today, becoming the first horse ever to regain the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Race Record - Starts: 31; 1st: 18; 2nd: 7; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,562,331

CLIVE SMITH
Clive Smith is a true jumping enthusiast who first went to Cheltenham in 1974 and has made a significant investment in his string of horses in recent years. A former Surrey golf captain, he was busy building golf courses, including Windlemere, Hawthorn Hill (now Birds Hill) and Pine Ridge, when first breaking into racehorse ownership in 1987 with Hawthorn Hill Lad, trained by Jenny Pitman.The owner then had a brief spell with David Elsworth before having horses with Martin Pipe for 12 years, but took the decision to switch his string to another Somerset-based handler, Paul Nicholls, in the summer of 2003. Jump racing's newest superstar, Kauto Star, bought for 400,000 euros, is owned by Smith while the 2005 John Smith's Grand National runner-up, Royal Auclair, also sports his colours. He also owns the brilliant two-mile chaser Master Minded, winner of a second successive Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday. He bid up to 500,000gns at Doncaster Sales in May, 2004, for the record-priced Garde Champetre, who was eventually sold to J P McManus for 530,000gns. Kauto Star has since confirmed himself one of the most exciting and talented chasers of recent times, with a track record that includes three King George VI Chase victories and a success in the 2007 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. He also landed his owner the £1 million Betfair Million bonus after that success. Smith is also believed to have collected around £100,000 in winning bets after his charge's 2007 Cheltenham victory, while Kauto Star also topped the Order Of Merit - designed to reward horseracing excellence and participation - netting his connections a further £200,000 in total. A former executive with Ford and Chrysler who lives at Wentworth in Surrey, Smith is well known in the golfing world as the founder of the Lagonda Trophy, which attracts an international field of top amateurs, has been won by Lee Westwood and Luke Donald and is in its 33rd year. He is also a vintage car enthusiast and owns a 1928 and 1930 Lagonda. He has had a tremendous time this year as Master Minded won the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and Kauto Star has triumphed again in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.
totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup victories: 2007 KAUTO STAR, 2009 KAUTO STAR

PAUL NICHOLLS
Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out in racing as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 on Broadheath and a year later on Playschool. Nicholls partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, struggling always to keep his weight down, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. He started out at Paul Barber's Manor Farm with eight horses. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers' championship over a number of years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, Nicholls claimed his first title the following season, being responsible for 148 winners and gaining over £2.4 million in prize money. He retained the title the next season with 124 successes and nearly £2,950,000 in prize money. The hugely talented Kauto Star was the stable's flag-bearer, with victories in the bonusprint.com Old Roan Chase at Aintree, the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, Sandown's Tingle Creek Chase, the King George VI Chase at Kempton, Newbury's AON Chase and the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Kauto Star thus became the first horse to land the Betfair Million, the huge bonus put by the leading betting exchange to a horse successful in the Betfair Chase, King George VI Chase and totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Last season Kauto Star’s halo slipped slightly but Nicholls also trained his conqueror in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, the mighty Denman, and ended up champion trainer again with 151 winners and over £4 million in prize money. Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Another high point in his training career came at the 1999 Cheltenham Festival when he captured the major chase on each of the three days - Flagship Uberalles scored in the Irish Independent Arkle Chase, Call Equiname in the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following day and, best of all, See More Business took the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Nicholls has trained 20 Cheltenham Festival winners in total, and was the most successful trainer at The Festival in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. His 1,000th British winner came when Noble Action won at Folkestone on November 15, 2004. This season he has taken all before him, winning a series of big races with the likes of Kauto Star, who won his third King George VI Chase, Neptune Collonges, who landed the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown and Master Minded, who won his second Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday. Kauto Star was the fourth totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup winner for the trainer today and his fifth winner of the 2009 Festival.

totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup victories: 1999 SEE MORE BUSINESS, 2007 KAUTO STAR, 2008 DENMAN, 2009 KAUTO STAR

RUBY WALSH
Ruby Walsh is associated with the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. Born May 14, 1979, and based in Co. Kildare, Ireland, he is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer and television pundit. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. He secured his first success under Rules aboard Siren Song at Gowran Park on July 25, 1995, and followed in his father's footsteps when capturing the Irish amateur riders’ championship at the age of 19 while still studying for his Leaving Certificate. He was crowned champion Irish National Hunt jockey in his first season as a professional (1998/99) and has taken the title a further times (2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08). Walsh has won the John Smith's Grand National twice on Papillon in 2000 and Hedgehunter five years later. He was leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival for a third time (he also took the accolade in 2004 and 2006) last season with three wins aboard Fiveforthree in the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle, Celestial Halo in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and Master Minded in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase. Through his associations with Nicholls and Mullins, he has partnered many of the best jumpers of recent years including Kauto Star, on whom he won the 2007 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. He has had seven winners at this year’s Cheltenham Festival - a record after Kauto Star became the first horse to regain the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup today and his other winners include Master Minded, scoring for a second time in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase
totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup victories: 2007 KAUTO STAR, 2009 KAUTO STAR.



KAUTO STAR THE COMEBACK KING

For Muhammad Ali, regaining titles was like shelling peas. Boxing is the great comeback sport, after all. In motor racing, it comes with the territory too, as Jim Clark (one comeback) and Jackie Stewart (two comebacks) found. In golf and tennis, hardly a day passes without somebody somewhere regaining something. But in National Hunt racing, regaining a title (as opposed to retaining one) has proved fearsomely difficult.


Okay, Red Rum did it in the Grand National; retained his title in 1974, then regained it three years later. But Red Rum was different gravy, and you have to go back to 1871 and The Lamb to find another horse to make a similar comeback.


In the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, it had not happened until Kauto Star managed it in style today - the first time in 85 runnings.


Kauto Star won his initial totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup two years ago and last year was second to his stablemate Denman in one of the classic confrontations. He was the comeback king today by 13 lengths.


Plenty have retained the crown - Best Mate (twice), L’Escargot (once), Arkle (twice), Cottage Rake (twice), Golden Miller (four) - but none before had regained it.


The closest previously in the last 50 years, in terms of placing, was Mill House, who was second to Arkle in 1965. Mill House had won the Gold Cup in 1963, was beaten into second the following year (five lengths adrift). In 1965, though, Mill House was 20 lengths behind an imperious Arkle. So, if we are going to be pedantic (and why waste an opportunity?) that doesn’t make Mill House the closest to regaining the crown.


In 1991, the redoubtable Desert Orchid was third in his attempt to regain the crown he had won in 1989, but was closer than Mill House, being just 15 lengths behind the winner, Garrison Savannah. Back in 1973, L’Escargot was even nearer to regaining the title he had won in 1970 and 1971, the Dan Moore-trained horse finishing fourth, just over 11 lengths behind The Dikler.


The horse that has come closest though (and it takes us full circle) is See More Business, who gave trainer Paul Nicholls his first Gold Cup win in 1999. The following year the horse came close to retaining his title, finishing a six-length fourth to Looks Like Trouble, but was then denied a first attempt to regain the title by the cancellation of The Festival in 2001 due to the outbreak of foot and mouth. Despite the advancing years (he was now 12) See More Business returned to The Festival in 2002 and proved that age is no obstacle in finishing third, just nine and three-quarter lengths behind Best Mate.



Fourth race
totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup
Initial quotes
HAPPY CONNECTIONS

Clive Smith, the owner of winner Kauto Star, said: “I'm absolutely staggered. What a wonderful performance - the best he has ever run. With Master Minded winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase as well, It's hard to take in all of these things but's it's lovely and I can't believe it.


"I felt that Kauto Star was in great, great form. Paul and Ruby both said to me that this was the best he's ever been. The best race of his career, the best of his life, and my life.


"Ruby made a good point the other week when he said that all of these horses who haven't regained their crown have all been injured at some time and this one hasn't been injured at all."

Ruby Walsh, the winning jockey, said: "He's the greatest horse I have ever ridden - two miles, three miles, now two Gold Cups - he's a wonderful horse.


"He travelled super all of the way and I was getting to the front sooner than I wanted to and I planned to follow Christian until the second last fence but pinged four out, pinged three out, pinged two out - I love him”.


Paul Nicholls, the winning trainer, said: “"He's fit, he's fresh and he was never going to get beat today. But what a race Denman ran - Paul and Harry let me get on with him and two weeks ago you would have drawn stumps. He's just come right and it's just come right - he will be back next year. It was a massive effort and I so proud of him.


"I have learnt that we have to keep Kauto Star fresh, he was very fit and the ground came right - he's a very, very good horse.


"I never had any doubt really about Kauto Star winning but you have to be careful and everyone has looked after him. When he's right, he's awesome and, if we can look after him, he will be back next year.

Sam Thomas, the rider of second Denman, said: “It was absolutely incredible. He gave me just as good a ride today as he did 12 months ago. He jumped so well and he will win it next year.”

Harry Findlay, joint owner of Denman, commented: "It was down to Paul Barber that he ran today and he was adamant that we could get a run into him. He's been proved right as usual. I am delighted to have the tank back. Welcome back tank! See you next year guys!

"It was a great run and I backed the winner in running, so I am quite happy."


FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
TOTESPORT CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

KAUTO STARS

Kauto Star created history in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup when becoming the first horse to regain Jump racing’s most coveted prize with a brilliant performance.

Kauto Star won the 2007 Gold Cup before trailing in second behind his stablemate Denman last year.

But it was a different story today as Kauto Star, sent off a well-backed 7/4 favourite, always travelled confidently and kicked clear of the field to score by 13 lengths. Denman ran an excellent race in second, two and a half lengths in front of Exotic Dancer with Neptune Collonges, a stablemate of the first two, in fourth.


“The race just went as we thought it might,” said winning trainer Paul Nicholls. “Kauto is just brilliant when he’s right, we now know he needs to run fresh and he’ll be as good next year.


“I think he’ll just have the three runs again next season - Down Royal, Kempton and then here. Kauto wasn’t right last year, we shouldn’t have run him at Ascot beforehand, and Denman was the best horse on the day.


“Denman ran a cracker today, he’s had a lot of problems that we had to get right and the ground was a bit quick for Neptune, as we feared it might be.


“I’m so proud of Kauto for coming back but I’m just as proud of Denman as well, he deserves an awful lot of credit for running as well as he did today. My Will ran a blinder as a prep for Aintree and Star De Mohaison ran a good race as well.


“Kauto Star won’t be going to Aintree but whether we run again I don’t know.”

Ruby Walsh added: “It’s a privilege to ride a horse like that - he’d be that one in a million horse for any jockey.

“He has shown he can win a Tingle Creek and King George, he just has incredible speed. He’s a wonderful horse.


“For the first circuit I was just trying to get him switched off which he did and I knew early on he was going well and better than last year.


“He jumped the fourth last and third last brilliantly. We were always travelling and after he hit the third last running I knew we were in business. I went a bit early but it didn’t matter and I had a half glance at the big screen and didn’t think anything was going to come to me so I was happy then.


“Denman ran an incredible race as well.”

Owner Clive Smith, who won Wednesday’s Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase with Master Minded, added: “I asked Ruby if I was the luckiest owner in Paul’s yard and he said I was the luckiest owner in the country!

“There’s a group of 50 of us here to support him and it’s fair to say we’ll be celebrating in the hotel tonight.”


GOLD CUP TIME

The time of the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup was 6m 44.95s


HANDICAPPER’S REACTION TO KAUTO STAR’S PERFORMANCE

The official handicapper Phil Smith's initial view of the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup is that Kauto Star put up a "stunning performance that was roughly on a par with Master Minded last year."

Paul Struthers, media relations manager for the British Horseracing Authority, reported that the handicapper cannot find fault with the race and with AP McCoy confirming that Exotic Dancer ran up to his best, a rating somewhere in the 180s beckons the history-making Paul Nicholls’ horse.




Winner’s press conference - the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup

RUBY WALSH
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


On the race itself:
“From the go, he [Kauto Star] was just travelling where I wanted him to be, behind Neptune and just inside Denman. He jumped super all the way and travelled really, really well. I didn’t really want to be in front. I hadn’t planned to be in front as early as I was, but when he pinged four out I just had to sit beside Neptune. Then he flew three out and Denman carried me round to the straight and I thought well I have to go now, I’m committed.


“He was spectacular two out and thankfully there was a stride there for the last. It’s not very usual for him to be spot on, but he pinged it. Listen, he’s an incredible horse and it was an incredible performance.


“He travelled a lot better this year. Lot fresher, a lot sharper. Paul has changed his routine, with regard to races. It’s a big call and it seems to have worked out. He has the power in him to stand out a long way when he jumps. You don’t want to use it too often because it takes it out of him.”

On Denman:
“I think the second [Denman] deserves as much credit. Two weeks ago he was only fifty-fifty to run. I was surprised to see Denman there. I rode him at Kempton a few weeks ago and he was so lacklustre. I didn’t expect him to run that well. I think he’s run an outstanding race.”

On riding seven winners at this Festival:
“I just hope I don’t wake up and it’s Tuesday morning. That’s all I’m hoping - that it’s actually real. It’s been an incredible week. If you think from the first race, when Kempes stepped out at the first hurdle chance gone, fall at the third in the Arkle chance gone, Celestial Halo gets beaten a neck and you think, ‘Jesus is it going to be one of those weeks - but it’s just turned around.


“I’m just really lucky to be riding for two phenomenal trainers like Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins.”



Winner’s press conference - the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup

PAUL NICHOLLS
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


“Obviously Kauto’s run an absolutely blinding race and probably done what Ruby and I thought he might on the day. But Denman, I’m very proud of him. Two weeks ago, as you know, there was a chance of him not running. But he’s improved enormously and for him to run like that performance reflects brilliantly on the horse and the team for getting him here. He’ll be a force to be reckoned with next year. That was a huge run from him because it’s not been easy at all.


“I don’t know if you noticed in the paddock, I had a sheet on everything but him. He’s gone a bit light. I think if the owners agree to it we’ll probably rough him off now and bring him back next year and start off from scratch.


“Yes, Sam was [under orders to ride Denman with more restraint]. The way the prep’s gone with him, he was only going to finish if he was ridden sensibly. Last year was a one-off blitz and it got to the bottom of him and I don’t want to see that happen to him again. He [Sam Thomas] has ridden him really well today and it’s paid off.


“Neptune’s run a blazing round in fourth. A course like this doesn’t really suit him. Softer ground would help him. And My Will in fifth - what a fantastic National trial. That’ll be something to see in three weeks time.


“I enjoyed watching the race today, because I just thought that Kauto was going to do what he did. I had every confidence with him. The prep’s gone right, everything’s gone right and I was just looking forward to him doing what he did.


“Believe me, he’s as good as he’s ever been. We thought that at the start of the season, then I made a pig’s ear of running him at Haydock.


“He’s always been really, really good [as a jumper] but he just lacked concentration. The sheepskin noseband has made a huge difference, helping his concentration. He was a bit exuberant before and there was perhaps a lack of respect for the fences, but today he was at his very, very best.


“He definitely won’t go to Aintree. I’ll discuss with the owner Clive [Smith] what we’re going do.”



Race 4 - totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup

CONNECTIONS SO PROUD OF DENMAN

Denman went down fighting in his bid to secure a second successive win in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.


The 2008 hero, so disappointing on his comeback at Kempton last month, showed all his old sparkle and jumping ability as chased home stablemate Kauto Star by 13 lengths. Denman had been restricted to just one run since his success in this contest last year, having undergone treatment for an irregular heartbeat in the autumn.

An emotional Sam Thomas, his jockey, said of the 7/1 chance: “I couldn’t be happier with the way he has run.


“Paul has done a great job to get him back here today to run so well.”

Harry Findlay, Denman’s co-owner, was overjoyed to see his horse put up such a good performance.

“He’s back!” was Findlay’s initial reaction.


“The horse has run a blinder. Today, it turned into a two and a half mile race with the slow early pace. He’s a certainty for the race next year!

“His rivalry with Kauto Star has been great for the sport. Let us hope they can both come back for more fireworks next year!”

Denman’s other co-owner Paul Barber was also thrilled to see Denman showing his old sparkle once again.


He said: “I am emotionally drained.


“To come back like that, and he has come back from a long way away, is truly wonderful. I nearly want to sit down and cry. The horse has come back from a very deep hole.


“Three weeks ago we were very close to taking him out of this year’s race but 10 days ago he schooled and we knew then he was on the way back. Since then, he has really blossomed.


“I am so chuffed. It was a great performance. The crowd gave him a great reception when he came back.”



Fourth race - The Totesport Gold Cup
Placed quotes

GRAND NATIONAL NOW BEING CONSIDERED AFTER STERLING EFFORT FROM EXOTIC DANCER

Exotic Dancer and AP McCoy spoiled the chances of another trifecta for trainer Paul Nicholls in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup when staying on in the closing stages to be third.


Barry Simpson, racing manager to the horse’s owner Sir Robert Ogden, said: “He’s run a very, very good race and everything has gone right during the race. There are no excuses. He jumped well and travelled well. We keep on coming up against these horses are they are very, very hard to beat but this horse is exceptional and we’re thrilled with his performance.”

He added: “I think we certainly have to talk about the National. We will see how he comes out of this race. A steady pace and lobbing along likes he does could suit him at Aintree. I think jumped as well as he has ever done today.”

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill agreed with Simpson, saying: “He jumped and travelled well and has come up against two very good horses today.
“We are very lucky to have him. He is a great horse in his own right.”
Neptune Collonges, third last year, blazed the trail for much of the race and capitulated to his stable companions at the second last, eventually settling for fourth.


Owner John Hales said: ‘I don’t know about times but it’s better ground than last year and I think we’ve run slower. I don’t think he went as fast as Fitzy (Mick Fitzgerald) went last year. But he’s run well and the best horse won the race.”


BARBERS WILL BE BACK FOR GOLD NEXT YEAR

There was no fairytale success for the Queen’s Barber Shop in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup with the seven-year-old dropping back to finish seventh.


But he looks set to return to Cheltenham in a year’s time when trainer Nicky Henderson feels he will have had more time to mature.


“He jumped and travelled well but I think he is still just a little bit weak,” said Henderson. “I don’t see why he can’t come back here in 12 months’ time with another year on his back.”

Trainer Paul Nicholls was just one horse shy of emulating Michael Dickinson’s achievement in 1983 of saddling the first five home in the Gold Cup.


Nicholls had the first (Kauto Star), second (Denman), fourth (Neptune Collonges) and fifth (My Will) and Dickinson said: “Four in the first five, I’m very pleased for him. He’s a very good trainer.”


JOCKEYS’ REACTION AFTER THE GOLD CUP

Barry Geraghty, rider of seventh placed Barbers Shop, said: “He just needs another year, when we came to the top of the hill he just didnt have enough. He’s only seven and will improve.”

Robert Thornton, rider of Halcon Genelardais who pulled up, said: “He just wasn’t happy at any point.”

Paddy Brennan, rider of 10th Knowhere, said: “He just wasn’t good enough.”

Tom Scudamore, rider of eighth Madison du Berlais, said: “ We were obviously beaten by a great horse, I had a good ride for a bit, but unfortunately it wasn’t our day. He wasn’t good enough in the end.”

Nick Scholfield, rider of fifth My Will, said: “ He ran a great race. He ran his heart out.”

Graham Lee, rider of sixth Roll Along, said: “He ran very well.”

Seamus Durack, rider of Snoopy Loopy who was pulled up, said: ”He fell into a complete hole. We were going brilliantly but then all of a sudden it changed. We climbed the last two having jumped well. I don’t really know what happened.”


AIR FORCE ONE UNSUITED BY THE TRACK

Air Force One, a 16/1 chance, proved a disappointment in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, finishing in 12th place.


Mann said: “He doesn’t like the track here.


“I doubt we will run him here again and will look at running him on flatter tracks. He could go to Punchestown.”


STAR SMASHES BOOKIES

Kauto Star defied history and came back to reclaim his totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup crown on Friday afternoon to put the punters in front at the end of the Festival.


Paul Nicholls’ brilliant gelding was always going well and loomed up to join his stablemates Denman and Neptune Collonges three out before galloping away in great style to score by 13 lengths.


The well-backed favourite went off at 7/4 and it was a terrible result for the bookies, who have paid out about £20 million on the race.


“Kauto might be a star to punters but he’s taken us to the cleaners,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.


Kauto Star is 5/2 to make it three Gold Cups next year, with Denman next in the market at 7/2.


totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup - sponsors bet: 5/2 Kauto Star, 7/2 Denman, 10 bar.

1/4 1-2-3

KAUTO STAR SMASHES BOOKIES FOR MULTI-MILLION POUND GOLD CUP HIT

Kauto Star was the toast of punters, according to Ladbrokes, as his totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup victory smashed the bookmaking industry for a record-breaking £10 million.


The King of Cheltenham stormed to a thrilling victory and handed bookies their worst single result at the Festival for years as a record £80 million was wagered on the feature race of the Festival.


Ladbrokes offered a stand-out top price of 9/4 about Kauto Star on Gold Cup day - a price that sent the firm into meltdown on the busiest day of the year so far.


Spokesman David Williams said: "Kauto Star has brought us crashing to our knees. He has emptied our satchels and given punters the best result at Cheltenham in many years. We'll be paying out until Easter.


"We dared to believe he was beatable and took a chance by offering the top price. It's a decision that could haunt us for a long long time."

With Ruby Walsh claiming a seventh Festival win on board Kauto Star, bookies are leaving the Cotswolds battered and bruised.

"Ruby has done more damage to us than any other jockey in Festival history. There's not much more we can do other than grit our teeth and salute him as a Festival hero."


ATTENDANCE ON TOTESPORT GOLD CUP DAY

Today’s crowd numbered 64,908 which contrasts well with the 2008 and 2009 figures.


Following the abandonment on Wednesday last year, there were nine races in 2008 when 66,437 attended. The 2007 crowd came to 65,921.



GILLESPIE DELIGHTED WITH HISTORY-MAKING FESTIVAL

The popularity of the Cheltenham Festival and, in particular, totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, remained as strong as ever, with a bumper crowd in attendance at Prestbury Park to watch Kauto Star make history by becoming the first horse to regain his Gold Cup crown after winning in 2007 and finishing second to stable-mate Denman last year.


Managing Director of Cheltenham, Edward Gillespie, said at the end of the final day: ‘It’s been a wonderful Festival with 26 top-class races, many thrilling finishes and great champions.


‘We’ve seen Ruby Walsh break the record by riding seven winners this week and he was only a neck away from winning all four major championship races. Kauto Star making history in such style and Paul Nicholls training the first, second, fourth and fifth in the totesport Gold Cup along with some real equine stars throughout the week have all contributed to an amazing Festival.


‘We’ve been delighted that fans of National Hunt racing have continued to come to Cheltenham in their droves and enjoyed a week of magical racing.’


FINAL TWO GUINNESS AWARDS

The fourth and final Guinness Award of the 2009 Festival went to Ruby Walsh, who has enjoyed a record seven winners at the meeting culminating in his magnificent win on Kauto Star in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup today. The two other nominees were Paul Nicholls, Kauto Star’s trainer, and jockey Davy Russell, successful on Weapon’s Amnesty in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.


Nigel Twiston-Davies, who trains not far from Cheltenham, gained the Guinness Award for Thursday, March 12. The three nominations for the Guinness Award for the best performance on Day Three of The Festival were Ruby Walsh, who won the Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle on Big Buck’s, the horse’s trainer Paul Nicholls who also sent out the first winner Chapoturgeon, and Nigel Twiston-Davies, who saddled Imperial Commander to victory in the Grade One Ryanair Chase.


CITROËN LEADING JOCKEY

Ruby Walsh, with an amazing seven winners over the four days, won the Citroën Leading Jockey Award.


No jockey in recent times has managed more than five winners at The Festival. Barry Geraghty had five in 2003, with Tony McCoy (1998) and Jamie Osborne (1992) enjoying the same number.



CITROËN LEADING TRAINER

Paul Nicholls also eclipsed recent records by saddling five winners during The Festival, with his winners including Master Minded in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, Big Buck’s the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Kauto Star the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The previous best was four.



TOTE TURNOVER

Today’s on-course Tote cash turnover was £2,997,484, down 11.9 per cent on the same day in 2007. Figures are not comparable with 2008 because nine races were run on that day.


Today’s tote Placepot pool of £1,076,553 was the highest ever at any race meeting and the first to reach seven figures.



CITROËN LEADING JOCKEY - FINAL STANDINGS

Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd
Ruby Walsh 7 2 1
Barry Geraghty 3 1 1
Tony McCoy 1 1 2
Timmy Murphy 1 1 1
Davy Russell 1 1 1
Paddy Brennan 1 - 1
Paddy Flood 1 - 1
Wayne Hutchinson 1 - 1
Mr Will Biddick 1 - -
Mr Richard Burton 1 - -
Miss Nina Carberry 1 - -
Paul Carberry 1 - -
Mr Jamie Codd 1 - -
Aidan Coleman 1 - -
Felix de Giles 1 - -
Tom O’Brien 1 - -
Mr Brian O’Connell 1 - -
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 1 - -
Robert Thornton - 3 2
Mrs Rose Dobbin - 1 1
Dominic Elsworth - 1 1
Robbie Power - 1 1
Mr Danny Cook - 1 -
Seamus Durack - 1 -
Noel Fehily - 1 -
Graham Lee - 1 -
Daryl Jacob - 1 -
Richard McGrath - 1 -
Mr J T McNamara - 1 -
Richie McLernon - 1 -
Mr Derek O’Connor - 1 -
Michael O’Connor - 1 -
Tom Scudamore - 1 -
Sam Thomas - 1 -
Miss Charlotte Tizzard - 1 -
Liam Treadwell - 1 -
Richard Johnson - - 3
Alain Cawley - - 1
Jack Doyle - - 1
Johnny Farrelly - - 1
Marcus Foley - - 1
Andrew McNamara - - 1
Emmet Mullins - - 1
Mr Kevin Power - - 1
Pat Smullen - - 1
Mr Sam Twiston-Davies - - 1

CITROËN LEADING TRAINER - FINAL STANDINGS

Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
Paul Nicholls 5 3 -
Nicky Henderson 3 1 3
Willie Mullins IRE 3 - 2
Venetia Williams 2 2 -
Nigel Twiston-Davies 2 - 2
Alan King 1 4 3
Jonjo O’Neill 1 2 1
Enda Bolger IRE 1 1 1
Charles Byrnes IRE 1 - -
Tom Cooper IRE 1 - -
Sheila Crow 1 - -
Philip Fenton IRE 1 - -
Noel Meade IRE 1 - -
Mick Quinlan 1 - -
John Quinn 1 - -
Tom Taaffe IRE 1 - -
David Pipe - 2 1
Tony Martin IRE - 1 1
Ferdy Murphy - 1 1
Nick Williams - 1 1
Jessica Harrington IRE - 1 -
Charlie Mann - 1 -
Neil Mulholland - 1 -
Tom Mullins IRE - 1 -
Lucinda Russell - 1 -
Charles St V Fox - 1 -
Tim Vaughan - 1 -
Lucy Wadham - 1 -
Philip Hobbs - - 3
Dessie Hughes IRE - - 1
Henrietta Knight IRE - - 1
Emma Lavelle - - 1
Arthur Moore IRE - - 1
Paul Nolan IRE - - 1
Eamon O’Connell IRE - - 1
Dermot Weld IRE - - 1






TUESDAY’S WINNERS

1.30pm WILLIAMHILL.COM SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
GO NATIVE (Docado Syndicate) Noel Meade IRE 6-11-7 Paul Carberry 12/1
2.05pm IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY (GRADE ONE)
FORPADYDEPLASTERER (Goat Racing Syndicate) Tom Cooper IRE 7-11-7 Barry Geraghty 8/1
2.40pm WILIAM HILL TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE THREE)
WICHITA LINEMAN (J P McManus) Jonjo O’Neill 8-10-9 Tony McCoy 5/1 fav
3.20pm SMURFIT KAPPA CHAMPION HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
PUNJABI (Raymond Tooth) Nicky Henderson 6-11-10 Barry Geraghty 22/1
4.00pm GLENFARCLAS HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE (CROSS COUNTRY)
GARDE CHAMPETRE (J P McManus) Enda Bolger IRE 10-11-12 Miss Nina Carberry 7/2
4.40pm DAVID NICHOLSON MARES’ HURDLE (GRADE TWO)
QUEVEGA (Hammer & Trowel Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-3 Ruby Walsh 2/1 fav

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS

1.30pm 139th YEAR OF THE NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP
TRICKY TRICKSTER (Million In Mind Partnership) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-11 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 11/1
2.05pm BALLYMORE PROPERTIES NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
MIKAEL D’HAGUENET (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-7 Ruby Walsh 5/2 fav
2.40pm RSA CHASE (GRADE ONE)
COOLDINE (Violet O’Leary) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-4 Ruby Walsh 9/4 fav
3.20pm SEASONS HOLIDAYS QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (GRADE ONE)
MASTER MINDED (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh 4/11 fav
4.00pm CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE THREE)
NINETIETH MINUTE (Dermot Cox) Tom Taaffe IRE 6-10-3 Paddy Flood 14/1
4.40pm FRED WINTER JUVENILE NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE THREE)
SILK AFFAIR (L Mulryan & M Fahy) Mick Quinlan 4-10-4 Tom O’Brien 11/1
5.15pm WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER NH FLAT RACE (GRADE ONE)
DUNGUIB (Daniel Harnett & Mrs E Lawlor) Philip Fenton IRE 6-11-5 Mr Brian O’Connell 9/2

THURSDAY’S WINNERS

1.30pm JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (LISTED)
CHAPOTURGEON (David Johnson) Paul Nicholls 5-10-11 Timmy Murphy 8/1
2.05pm PERTEMPS FINAL (LISTED HANDICAP HURDLE)
KAYF ARAMIS (Isobel Phipps Coltman) Venetia Williams 7-10-5 Aidan Coleman 16/1
2.40pm RYANAIR CHASE (GRADE ONE)
IMPERIAL COMMANDER (Our Friends In The North) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-10 Paddy Brennan 6/1
3.20pm LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
BIG BUCK’S (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh 6/1
4.00pm FREDDIE WILLIAMS FESTIVAL PLATE HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE THREE)
SOMETHING WELLS (Favourites Racing XVIII) Venetia Williams 8-10-7 Mr Will Biddick 33/1
4.40pm FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP HANDICAP CHASE (AMATEURS)
CHARACTER BUILDING (Mrs E Wright) John Quinn 9-11-12 Mr Jamie Codd 16/1

FRIDAY’S WINNERS

1.30pm JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
ZAYNAR (Men In Our Position) Nicky Henderson 4-11-0 Barry Geraghty 11/2
2.05pm VINCENT O’BRIEN HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE THREE)
AMERICAN TRILOGY (Fulton, Donlon, Kilduff & Scott-MacDonald) Paul Nicholls 5-11-0 Ruby Walsh 20/1
2.40pm ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
WEAPON’S AMNESTY (Gigginstown House Stud) Charles Byrnes IRE 6-11-7 Davy Russell 8/1
3.20pm TOTESPORT CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (GRADE ONE)
KAUTO STAR (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 9-1-10 Ruby Walsh 7/4 fav
4.00pm CHRISTIES FOXHUNTER CHASE CHALLENGE CUP (AMATEURS)
CAPPA BLEU (Mr & Mrs William Rucker) Sheila Crow 7-12-0 Mr Richard Burton 11/2
4.40pm MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE
ANDYTOWN (Lizzie & Richard Kelvin Hughes) Nicky Henderson 6-11-5 Felix De Giles 25/1
5.15pm JOHNNY HENDERSON GRAND ANNUAL CHASE CHALLENGE CUP (GRADE THREE)
OH CRICK (David Sewell) Alan King 6-10-0 Wayne Hutchinson 7/1


QUEEN ARRIVES TO CHEERS FROM CROWD

HM The Queen received a rousing reception on her arrival at Prestbury Park to watch her seven-year-old Barbers Shop line-up for the feature race on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Totesport Gold Cup.


Preceded by her daughter the Princess Royal and grand-daughter Zara Phillips, who arrived by Range Rover from their nearby home at Gatcombe Park, the Queen arrived at Cheltenham racecourse by helicopter shortly before midday.

Racegoers packed the concourse around the entrance to the Royal Box where the royal guest of honour was greeted by the Chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse, Lord Vestey, and his wife Lady Vestey, the sister of three-time Gold Cup-winning trainer Henrietta Knight.


Wearing a russet red coat and hat, the Queen stopped to wave to the crowds before entering the Royal Box and reappearing on the balcony overlooking the paddock with Lord Vestey as the National Anthem was played.


The colour of the Queen’s outfit will have pleased punters who opted for the 8/1 available with Blue Square. They had made the likelihood of the royal owner/breeder sporting a blue ensemble 7/4 favourite. The red option attracted even more generous odds with SkyBet, who offered 10/1.


Totesport, sponsor of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, are offering 20/1 about trainer Nicky Henderson receiving a knighthood if Barbers Shop should return victorious today. Victory for the Saddlers Hall gelding would mark a notable double for The Queen, who watched her two-year-old colt Free Agent win the Chesham S
takes at last year’s Royal Ascot meeting.


FIRST RACE WINNING QUOTES
JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (GRADE 1)

ZAYNAR TRIUMPHS

totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup day began with a superb renewal of the JCB Triumph Hurdle that saw the greys Zaynar (11/2) and Walkon (4/1 fav) fight out a brilliant finish. A bold leap of the final hurdle enabled Zaynar see off his rival by three quarters of a length under Barry Geraghty.


“Barry said didn’t want to be in front when Ebadiyan ran out but the horse is tough and Barry gave him a very positive ride.” said winning trainer Nicky Henderson. “Zaynar might be short of natural pace but has always been a very good jumper. It was a tough test for young horses and I feel sorry for Kingy (Walkon’s trainer Alan King) because they were two tough horses who gave everything.


“Zaynar has always threatened to do this but we just didn’t know what would happen when he got into a battle. It’s only his third run over hurdles and his fifth in all and it was a big question to ask a baby at the last like that.


“I think you can safely say that’s it’s for the year. Aintree’s not his track, he won’t run on the flat and he’ll be a very nice horse for next year.


“The cheekpieces were Barry’s idea. We put them on once at home and they help him through his races.


"In fairness those two horses came from that Newbury race. That looked like the best race earlier in the year and it has turned out that it was .

"You would probably say that he might be looking at further than two miles one day but he's going to grow up and he has only had five or six races in his life. It's a good way to start the day but there is still a bit of pressure to come later.“


“I thought Zaynar was my best chance of the week and it rode like a good race and the formbook said it was,” said Geraghty. “He's very tough. When Oliver Brady's horse ran out at the second last I was left in front, which wasn't ideal but he was only ever doing enough.

"Walkon has run a cracker and he came for me but he was always finding. He hasn't had that much experience but he had a lot in the tank.


"He battled really well and I knew he stay. I was waiting for something to come to me because I knew that he would close down. The cheekpieces helped him travel.

"This is only his sixth time at a racecourse and he probably doesn't know much about racing. He's dead genuine."

Zaynar is owned by a partnership including bookmaker Victor Chandler, who said: “We lost Tiger Eye, who was third favourite for the 1000 Guineas, and it's mostly the same group of owners so we are absolutely thrilled.

"Barry and Nicky decided to try him with the cheekpieces and they were right. The horse was absolutely great. I am sure we won't be 12/1 for next year's Champion Hurdle and I will start backing him now!"


Race 1 - JCB Triumph Hurdle - Placed Quotes

NO WALKON EXCUSES

MOURAD TEAM PLEASED

STARLUCK COULD HEAD TO AINTREE OR PUNCHESTOWN

Trainer Alan King has endured something of a frustrating Festival and this continued into the final day when 4/1 favourite Walkon took the runner-up spot in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.


King, who has now had four second-placed horses at this year’s Festival, said: “He ran a hell of a race, like most of our team have this week.


“I thought we might win coming to the last but to be fair to the winner, he has picked up again after the last.


“I am very pleased, although I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t a bit frustrated.


“I see no reason why he shouldn’t go to Aintree.”

Paddy Teahon, owner of third-placed Mourad said: “That was tremendous. Ruby Walsh said before he went out he was going to ride him from behind and then creep through coming up the hill and that’s what he did. He said if he’s jumped the last a bit better he would have been closer but it didn’t make the difference between winning and losing.

“He’s a serious horse and we’re looking forward to next year already. We’ll leave him now for this season.”

Trainer Alan Fleming, whose charge Starluck was beaten for the first time when finishing fourth was nonetheless delighted with his performance and said: “I’m absolutely chuffed. He really is a little star. There was always a little doubt in my mind about the hill and he just didn’t quite handle it but he might next year when he’s a bit stronger. We’re really, really happy and looking forward to going to either Aintree or Punchestown and a flatter track.”

John Cullen, rider of the well-supported Ebadiyan who ran out before the second last, said: “There was no interference, he just took it into his head to run out.”


GOING AFTER THE FIRST

Timmy Murphy. rider of fourth placed Starluck, said: “It is on the slow side of good.”

Paul Townend, partner of Art Sleuth, said: “It is just a little bit dead.”

John Cullen, rider of Ebadiyan, said: “It is gorgeous ground.”

Andrew McNamara, rider of Jumbo Rio, reported the ground to be a “Little bit dead.”

A P McCoy, rider of Lethal Weapon, described the going as “Good.”

Sam Thomas, rider of Stow, said: “It is the same as yesterday, just a little bit on the easy side.


Davy Russell, rider of Tharawat, described the going as “Just on the slow side of good.”

Wayne Hutchinson, rider of Trenchant, thought the ground “On the slow side of good.”

Jamie Moore, rider of Tyrells Wood, said: “It hasn’t changed from yesterday.”


Second race
Winner’s quotes - the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle

AMERICAN DREAM RIDE FOR WALSH

Ruby Walsh has never had a Cheltenham Festival like it. Nor has any other jockey in recent times. American Trilogy’s impressive victory in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle brought Walsh his sixth win of this year’s Festival.


“Riding six winners here is not something that you ever think that you are going to do but I am just a very lucky man to be able to ride for such great people in Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls. They are champion trainers in their respective countries and it's an honour to be able to ride for the two of them,” said an ebullient Walsh

“I have never had so many days when things just keep going right for me - something always goes wrong. It's all gone right so far this week and let's just hope it can continue for another hour,” added the jockey.


American Trilogy was also the fourth winner of The 2009 Festival for trainer Paul Nicholls, who was quick to give credit to his all-conquering jockey.


“Ruby been confident all week American Trilogy would run well if the ground was decent. He got off him at Ascot last time and said, ‘If we get him right we can win the County Hurdle with him. Back in trip and with better ground, he’s just the right sort - and Ruby’s been proved right again,” said the trainer.


Nicholls stressed that it had taken some time to get to know the horse and that when he ran at Ascot in February conditions were against him. “All winter we have run him on the wrong ground. I knew that he had been keeping a lot to himself and so we put the blinkers on him at Ascot but it just all went wrong - he ran too free, the ground was too bad and it was too far for him,” said Nicholls.


“It takes you a while to know a horse. In the last three weeks he’s done more work than probably anything. He’s just grafted and grafted and grafted. We’ve really got into him and got him fit and - bingo.”

Nicholls expects the horse will now go to Aintree for the two-mile novice hurdle. “He’s still a novice - we wouldn’t want to go in a handicap I wouldn’t think. Then he’ll go chasing with him,” said Nicholls

The champion trainer added: "The horses are well and they all seem in good order. It's great to be here and we are having an absolutely amazing week."


Race 2 - Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle - Placed Quotes

STRADBROOK AND TRUCKER TEAMS PLEASED

Runner-up Stradbrook belied his 66/1 SP to take second place in the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle, 11 lengths adrift of runaway winner American Trilogy.


Frank Berry, Racing Manager to owner J P McManus, said: “He disappointed at Sandown on Saturday and we are not sure why, but he came out of the race in great form and we decided to have another go here.


“They went a good gallop which suited him today and I should think he will keep going in these sort of handicaps.


“Kandari (5th) also ran a blinder while Sunnyhillboy (25th) jumped great but just didn’t get home for whatever reason.”

Trainer Philip Hobbs was satisfied with the effort of 17/2 chance Cockney Trucker, who was a further three and a quarter lengths back in third.


The Minehead handler said: “I am delighted. He has run well.


“Ideally, better ground and a bit further would have suited him better today.


“He has not been too busy this season as we have been waiting for the better ground with him and we will look for something else for him now.”



Race 3 - Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle - Winning Quotes

AMNESTY GIVES BYRNES FIRST FESTIVAL SUCCESS

Trainer Charles Byrnes was overjoyed to register his first success at The Festival when Weapon’s Amnesty just held by a diminishing half a length from the favourite Pride Of Dulcote in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.


The winner looked to have the race sewn up after the last but idled in front as the runner-up found a second wind.


The winner, an 8/1 chance, carried the colours of Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud and was partnered to victory by Davy Russell.


Byrnes said: “It’s fantastic to have my first winner at the festival.


“I have been second twice in this race before (Powerstation in 2006 and Liskennett in 2008) and to win is just unbelievable feeling.


“The horse had the form and has been working exceptionally well.


“He was just idling in front today. He is an out and out stayer and a real three mile horse.


“He will jump a fence and I would imagine that will be next season.”

Successful jockey Davy Russell added: "I knew that I didn't want to get there too early but he's slow and I couldn't stop him. I was hoping that someone would come to me, not too close to the line so they wouldn't fly by me.


"He's a good horse. He wasn't doing a stroke in front and it's great. I was definitely on the best horse in the race and I didn't want to hit the front too soon. If you look at the replay then you'll see him pricking his ears and looking up to the crowd. I was hoping that Ruby would come to me sooner rather than later and that he would help me to the line.


"We ran him over a shorter trip a Leopardstown and he ran very lazily and stayed on really well. He won his maiden over three miles so I knew that stamina wouldn't be a problem. Being by Presenting, I knew that he would handle the better ground as well

"Charles has done a fantastic job with this horse because he is not the easiest horse to train - he's a big-framed horse and a chaser in the making.

"When you have to wait until the last day of The Festival to have a winner, it's a long time. I had a couple of lovely rides earlier in the week and they all have been knocking on the door and hitting the goalpost.”


Third race - The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Placed quotes

SCHOOL’S OUT AS PUPILS HAVE HALF-DAY TO WATCH THE MIDNIGHT CLUB

Students at Cistercian College in Roscrea, Ireland enjoyed a half-day off school to follow the exploits of the CCR Racing Club’s runner The Midnight Club, who finished third in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Trainer Willie Mullins said: ‘I was delighted with him. Two or three times in the last few furlongs I thought he might just get there. He ran his heart out.

‘I’ll be looking at the four-mile chase for him next year as he gallops all day and he’s won a point-to-point so he has plenty of experience. That’s the route he’ll be taking next season.’

Owner Graham Wylie watched On Raglan Road battle home for fourth and was pleased with the six-year-old’s performance after a disrupted winter.


He said: ‘Denis said he felt a little bit weak coming into the last but he’ll be a lovely horse for next season. I think the Festival has come just a little bit too soon for some of our horses. They were held up with the snow and frost up north and they’ve come down the hill cruising and turned in and not found much.’

Ruby Walsh almost conjured up his seventh winner of this year’s Cheltenham Festival on Pride of Dulcote in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase. Weapon’s Amnesty had struck late to go over a length clear, but in a final-furlong surge the Walsh-driven horse reduced the deficit to just half a length.


For owner Angela Yeomans, it was a second visit to the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure in just two years. Taranis won the Ryanair Chase two years ago.


"Wasn’t it marvellous, I was thrilled to bits with him. Wait till next year when he goes chasing," said Yeomans, who currently has four horses in training and lives at Dulcote
Trainer Malcolm Jefferson was far from disillusioned by the run of Cape Tribulation in fifth. “You’d love to win but I’m not too disappointed,” said Jefferson. “He ran ga blinder but I just don’t know whether he got up that hill, he did everything right and jumped well but they go a strong pace here over three miles here and maybe he has a bit too much speed. I might pull him back to two and a half miles at Liverpool.”


Placed quotes - the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

AMERICAN DREAM RIDE FOR WALSH

Ruby Walsh almost conjured up his seventh winner of this year’s Cheltenham Festival on Pride of Dulcote in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase. Weapon’s Amnesty had struck late to go over a length clear, but in a final-furlong surge the Walsh-driven horse reduced the defecit to just half a length.


For owner Angela Yeomans, it was a second visit to the Cheltenham winners’ enclosure in just two years, Taranis, who won the Ryanair chase two years ago.


“Wasn’t it marvellous, I was thrilled to bits with him.Wait till next year when he goes chasing,” said Yeomans, who currently has four horses in training. Yeomans lives at Dulcote



Fifth race - The Christie’s Foxhunter Steeple Chase
Winner’s quotes

IRISH-BRED CAPPA BLEU OVERCOMES ILLNESS TO LAND THRILLING FIRST WIN UNDER RULES

Shrewsbury-based Sheila Crow, who trains 16 horses, celebrated her first win in Cheltenham’s Christie’s Foxhunter as leading amateur Richard Burton drove the lightly-raced Cappa Bleu to an impressive 12-length victory.


“He came over from Ireland at the end of September but he was really ill when he arrived as he was suffering from seasickness,’ explained the delighted trainer. ‘He spent 10 days in the vet hospital and at one stage we were worried he wouldn’t make it but it just shows what a heart he’s got to get over it. He’s never looked back and he’s a very exciting horse.


"He's a very good horse and he was given a super ride. He's very uncomplicated and he's happy at home in whatever he does.


"He looks as if he could be a Gold Cup horse, with a bit of luck."

William Rucker, who also owns talented chaser State Of Play, co-owns the seven-year-old son of Pistolet Bleu with his wife Angela, who is herself a successful amateur rider,

“This is wonderful, it’s the first time we’ve ever had a runner in the Foxhunter. I think we’re going to have to look into building a sideboard for the trophy,’ he joked. ‘Angela would quite like to ride Cappa Bleu in the hunt race at the Worcestershire (point-to-point) but I think there will be other plans for him now.”

Burton, who has been successful twice in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Festival, praised a superb first run under rules from Cappa Bleu.


He said: “He’s got so much stamina and he travelled really well. He just kept finding a bit extra and was fantastic. He’s very classy and gives you so much confidence.


“He's a very special horse and it was such a good effort. He was a bit free in the middle part of the race and that trip is probably far enough for him at the moment but he has stayed on well.


“You are nervous when you sit on a horse but you get on him and you just exude confidence. He's very classy and I don't know where he is going next but they will have some fun with him.”


Race 6 - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle - Winning Quotes

HENDERSON’S “DARK HORSE” PREVAILS

Andytown gave Nicky Henderson his third winner of The Festival 2009 when landing the inaugural running of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Felix de Giles, who was enjoying his first Festival success. It was Festival win number 34 for Henderson, which rather ironically given the race title means he has now equalled the number of winners trained at The Festival by Martin Pipe.


The winner, a 25/1 chance, saw off the challenge of 100/1 outsider Midnight Chase to prevail by nine lengths. Andytown is a graduate of the Brightwells sale held at Cheltenham in April, 2007, when he was sold for £40,0000.


Henderson said: “To be honest, this horse was bought as a chaser but absolutely hated jumping fences.

“We ran him twice over fences but he absolutely hated it which is surprising as he is built, bred to be and looks like a chaser.


“When we schooled him back over fences and he was much happier. He was my ‘dark horse’ of the week really. The only problem is now his mark over hurdles will have gone up! Nobody’s complaining though.


“The ground and trip were just right for him today and Felix has ridden him very well. It is also great for his owners Richard and Lizzie Kelvin Hughes who have been big investors in Jump racing and this is their first win at the festival.”

Felix de Giles, the successful rider, commented: "It's my first winner here at The Festival so I'm delighted.

"I won in him here at The Open and he's a funny old horse because he doesn't seem to travel particularly strongly and always finishes nicely."



Seventh race
Winner’s quotes - the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase

OH CRICK ON CUE

Trainer Alan King was on course for setting a new and unwanted record at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, having saddled four seconds and three thirds before he finally broke his 2009 duck in the last race of this year’s Festival, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase.


“They’ve run bloody marvellous, but I just thought it was going to be one of those years,” said King, after Oh Crick had just got the better of the Charlie Mann-trained Moon Over Miami in a protracted dual up the final hill.


"You need everything to go right to be able to win here and we have had one or two who have been a tad unlucky. I had just about given up before this fella.


“But it was no good feeling grumpy, the horses were running well and the owners were having a wonderful time,” said the trainer.


The victory was also King’s 700th in his career, the same horse having been responsible for this 500th success two seasons ago. It was also his 11th winner at the Festival.


Stable jockey Robert Thornton could not do the weight on Oh Crick, which provided the opportunity for Wayne Hutchinson to celebrate a first Cheltenham Festival win.


"It's amazing, absolutely amazing. I am sure everybody says the same thing but I am speechless. You dream it as a kid and you still do when you get here but you have to believe that it will happen - it seems to happen to everyone else bar you,” said the jockey.


"We have got out of jail in the end. Alan's horses have been running well all week and we have got there at last," he added.



Race 7 - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase - Placed Quotes

MANN PLEASED WITH MIAMI

Moon Over Miami came very close to giving trainer Charlie Mann his first winner at The Festival when going down by three-quarters of a length to Oh Crick in the Johhny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase, the concluding contest of The Festival 2009.


The Upper Lambourn handler said: “He ran a great race.


“All credit must go to my assistant Jeremy Young who has done a lot of work with this horse. He just lost his way his bit, had problems with bleeding and was a bit of a thinker. We sent him to a health farm and Jeremy has been riding him out every day - he has done a great job with him.


“We will now have a look at Aintree.”



THE QUEEN AND RACING

The Queen went very close to landing her first winner at The Festival when Barbers Shop was narrowly defeated in the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase last year. The same horse is set to represent the Queen in today’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. The late Queen Mother had one Festival success, with Antiar taking the 1965 Spa Hurdle (a race no longer run). She also saw her horses run well in defeat on several occasions, with Game Spirit finishing a gallant third in the 1974 Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Captain Christy and runner-up in the Champion Chase the following year. Makaldar took the runner-up spot in the 1967 Champion Hurdle.


It was actually in Jump racing that the Queen had her first involvement in racing. While still Princess Elizabeth she jointly-owned Monaveen with the Queen Mother. Trained by Peter Cazalet, Monaveen enjoyed his biggest success in the 1949 Queen Elizabeth Chase at the now-defunct Hurst Park.


On the death of her father, King George VI, the Queen inherited the Flat racing and breeding operations of her father. Her first runner in her own right was Astrakhan, a wedding present from the Aga Khan, who finished second at Ascot on October 7, 1949. Up until the death of the Queen Mother on March 30, 2002, the Queen did not own any Jump horses with her interest focused on Flat racing.


The Queen has enjoyed considerable success on the Flat. She almost had a Derby winner in her Coronation year, 1953, when Aureole took the runner-up spot behind Pinza. The same horse went on to land the 1954 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot before embarking on a successful career at stud, while the first of her five English Classic winners came with Carrozza in the 1957 Oaks.


The Queen enjoyed further Classic success with Pall Mall taking the 1958 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket while probably the most famous horse to carry her colours was the great Dunfermline. In the Silver Jubilee year of 1977, the Dick Hern-trained filly won the Oaks at Epsom and claimed the notable scalp of subsequent dual Arc de Triomphe victor Alleged, who she outstayed to collect the St Leger at Doncaster.

Highclere was another fine filly owned by the Queen, winning the 1974 1,000 Guineas and French Oaks. More recently, she came close to winning a second Oaks in 2001 when Flight Of Fancy finished the length and a quarter runner-up behind Imagine.


The Derby and Royal Ascot are the two meetings the Queen always attends. At Royal Ascot, she has enjoyed no less than 20 wins, most recently with the promising Free Agent taking the Chesham Stakes in 2008. Free Agent is a candidate for Classic success in 2009 along with the unbeaten Enticement, a leading fancy for the Oaks.


The Queen’s previous visit to the Cheltenham Festival was in 2003.




Race 6 - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle - Winning Quotes

HENDERSON’S “DARK HORSE” PREVAILS

Andytown gave Nicky Henderson his third winner of The Festival 2009 when landing the inaugural running of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Felix de Giles, who was enjoying his first Festival success. It was Festival win number 34 for Henderson, which rather ironically given the race title means he has now equalled the number of winners trained at The Festival by Martin Pipe.


The winner, a 25/1 chance, saw off the challenge of 100/1 outsider Midnight Chase to prevail by nine lengths. Andytown is a graduate of the Brightwells sale held at Cheltenham in April, 2007, when he was sold for £40,0000.


Henderson said: “To be honest, this horse was bought as a chaser but absolutely hated jumping fences.

“We ran him twice over fences but he absolutely hated it which is surprising as he is built, bred to be and looks like a chaser.


“When we schooled him back over fences and he was much happier. He was my ‘dark horse’ of the week really. The only problem is now his mark over hurdles will have gone up! Nobody’s complaining though.


“The ground and trip were just right for him today and Felix has ridden him very well. It is also great for his owners Richard and Lizzie Kelvin Hughes who have been big investors in Jump racing and this is their first win at the festival.”

Felix de Giles, the successful rider, commented: "It's my first winner here at The Festival so I'm delighted.

"I won in him here at The Open and he's a funny old horse because he doesn't seem to travel particularly strongly and always finishes nicely."




Race 7 - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase - Placed Quotes

MANN PLEASED WITH MIAMI

Moon Over Miami came very close to giving trainer Charlie Mann his first winner at The Festival when going down by three-quarters of a length to Oh Crick in the Johhny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase, the concluding contest of The Festival 2009.


The Upper Lambourn handler said: “He ran a great race.


“All credit must go to my assistant Jeremy Young who has done a lot of work with this horse. He just lost his way his bit, had problems with bleeding and was a bit of a thinker. We sent him to a health farm and Jeremy has been riding him out every day - he has done a great job with him.


“We will now have a look at Aintree.”


GOING NEWS AT 10AM

After a dry night, today’s going has changed from Good to Soft to:

Good to Soft, Good in Places

“The ground is good in just a few places and we are forecast for a dry day that will be cloudy with sunny spells and a temperature of 12 or 13 degrees,” said Cheltenham’s clerk of the course Simon Claisse.


“We have seven or eight yards of fresh ground all the way round the chase course and the circuit is actually 35 yards shorter. The totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup is the first chase today.


“We’re delighted with how the week has gone, the racing has been fantastic and the medical team has been brilliant.”


CARBERRY AND GREENALL REMAIN IN HOSPITAL

Jockeys Paul Carberry and Oliver Greenall remain in Cheltenham General Hospital after being injured in falls yesterday.


“Dr Sue Smith, who was our senior racecourse medical officer yesterday, is also the consultant in the intensive care unit at Cheltenham General Hospital and she saw both Ollie and Paul this morning,” said Claisse. “They are both remaining in hospital but are talkative and in good spirits.


“Both have punctured lungs and Paul has a tear in his liver and Ollie has a splenic rupture.”


THE QUEEN LEADS THE COVERAGE

The Queen, who arrives at Cheltenham at 12 noon today to watch her horse Barbers Shop run in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, has taken The Cheltenham Festival off the sports pages in today’s papers. The Sun has run with the story of the punter who will win £413,000 for a £10 bet if the Queen’s horse win. The headline ‘Punter’s £400k Queen Elizabet’ is not one of the great Sun headlines; first impressions being that the Queen herself has had the bet!

Minor celebs (relative to the Queen, that is) noted at yesterday’s proceedings included most of the Tottenham football team, including racing enthusiast and manager, Harry Redknapp. The Daily Mirror spotted former Brookside star Claire Sweeney wearing a fur coat, and three other women wearing fur hats, which provided the excuse for a headline of ‘The Cheltenham Furstival’.

The Gold Cup inevitably dominates the sports pages, with Kauto Star’s attempt to become the first horse to regain the Gold Cup leading much of the coverage. Mick Fitzgerald in The Star is a confident Kauto fan and the Irish Independent headlines its supplement ‘Star Turn’ which speaks for itself. Alan Lee in The Times is also a Kauto fan, as is Sue Montgomery in The Independent and, if you’re still dithering, Eamonn Holmes, one of the Daily Mail’s celebrity tipsters, has also picked Kauto Star, although whether that’s a good omen...


Newsboy in The Mirror has selected Albertas Run, as has Chris McGrath in The Independent, while Jim McGrath in the Daily Telegraph and Ron Cox in The Guardian both fancy Exotic Dancer. The Daily Express has swum against the tide with a headline ‘Braveheart [Denman] Ready To Retain Crown’. The paper was probably not delighted when co-owner Harry Findlay’s column appeared in the Guardian this morning. Findlay, a celebrated gambler, admitted that he hadn’t backed Denman.


Free Bets are advertised everywhere: Coral and William Hill are giving away £2 bets in The Star and the Daily Mirror respectively, which makes Ladbroke’s offer in The Sun, for a free £1 bet look a little parsimonious. Ladbrokes, presumably, are calculating that having advertised in the biggest selling daily paper, the take-up will be that much greater. In fairness to Ladbrokes, we should add they are offering free £30 bets too, in The Independent amongst others (if you spend £10 first).



EACH-WAY INTEREST IN EXOTIC

Punters looking to take on the favourite Kauto Star in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.20) are siding with Exotic Dancer. The Jonjo O’Neill-trained horse, who was fifth behind Denman last year and second in 2007, has been supported each-way with Boylesports and totesport, the race sponsor now offering only 8/1 against the horse, 11/1 having been available earlier.


Totesport report little interest in Denman, but have found that betting without the top three - Kauto Star, Denman and Neptune Collonges - has proved very popular.

“Roll Along and Miko de Beauchene have been backed each way in that market. Punters like the idea that they could finish sixth in the Gold Cup and still be collecting,” said George Primarolo of totesport.


Support for the Alan King-trained Walk On in the opener, the JCB Triumph Hurdle (1.30) has been solid. Paddy Power and totesport have shortened the horse half a point to 9/2 favourite, while William Hill are now as short as 4/1.


In the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (2.05), Paddy Power now have Dave’s Dream as short as 9/2 favourite, from 5/1. The Nicky Henderson-trained hurdler is well ahead of the handicapper, but his last outing was just five day ago when he won the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown. Connections stand to win a £75,000 bonus should the horse win the County Hurdle too.


It was on Pride of Dulcote at the Cheltenham Open Meeting in November that Ruby Walsh suffered a very unpleasant fall. Walsh is back on board the horse for the first time since in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2.40) and the horse is proving very solid with Paddy Power, now at 100/30 from 7/2. Totesport have also seen some support for Alpha Ridge in the same race, 8/1 from 9/1

Boylesports have seen some money for Always Right in the Christie Foxhunters Chase (4.00), the John Wade trained chaser in to 25/1 from 33/1.


David Pipe has seven runners in the race named after his father, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle (4.40), including the current favourite Big Eared Fran (down to 9/2 from 5/1 with William Hill), but much interest is in the Pricewise selection Carrickboy.


Venetia Williams’ horses have been flying this week (two wins, two seconds) and Carrickboy, available earlier at 25/1, is now only 16/1 with totesport.



THREE WINS NEEDED FOR IRISH TO BEAT RECORD


After a successful first two days of the Festival, which saw eight of the 13 races fall to Irish-trained horses, Paul Nicholls, Venetia Williams, John Quinn and Nigel Twiston-Davies combined to create a shut-out for the visitors on Thursday.


The home team looks to have the advantage again today, with the main challenge coming from Paul Nicholls’ Ditcheat stable in the feature race, the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Last year’s first three home, Denman, Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges, all re-oppose with other main contenders being Jonjo O’Neill’s Exotic Dancer, the David Pipe-trained Hennessy Gold Cup winner Madison du Berlais and Barbers Shop, owned by HM The Queen, who will be in attendance at Prestbury Park today.


Today’s action kicks off with the JCB Triumph Hurdle in which leading lights appear to be the British-trained quartet Master Of Arts, Walkon, Zaynar and Starluck. For the first time, the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle will not be the closing race of the Festival and will be run at 2.05pm, featuring Saturday’s Imperial Cup winner Dave’s Dream, who will be chasing the valuable £75,000 bonus from bookmaker Paddy Power if he can land the 2m1f event.


The Mouse Morris-trained Browns Baily is many punters’ idea of a likely Irish winner on the final day in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle but the Irish will need three winners today if they are to better their record of 10 victories set in 2006 when Morris’s War Of Attrition led the raiding party to claim the Gold Cup.






FIRST RACE RESULT

1.30pm JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
£120,000 guaranteed, 2m 1f New Course, For 4yo Weights 11st Allowances fillies 7lb Entries 83 pay £130 1st Forfeit 58 pay £260 Confirmed 35 pay £130 Penalty Value 1st £68,412, 2nd £25, 668, 3rd £12,852, 4th £6,408, 5th £3,216, 6th £1,608

1 ZAYNAR (FR) (Men In Our Position) Nicky Henderson 4-11-0 Barry Geraghty 11/2
2 WALKON (FR) (McNeill Racing) Alan King 4-11-0 Robert Thornton 4/1F
3 MOURAD (IRE) (Teahon Consulting Ltd) Willie Mullins IRE 4-11-0 Ruby Walsh 14/1
4 STARLUCK (IRE) (Andrew Wates) Alan Fleming 4-11-0 Timmy Murphy 5/1
5 TRENCHANT (Peter Harding & Stephen Williams) Alan King 4-11-0 Wayne Hutchinson
6 REVE DE SIVOLA (FR) (Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership) Nick Williams 4-11-0 Daryl Jacob
7 SIMARIAN (IRE) (Peter Conway) Evan Williams 4-11-0 Donal Fahy
8 TYRRELLS WOOD (IRE) (P Ryan) Terry Mills 4-11-0 Jamie Moore
9 JUMBO RIO (IRE) (Patrick Wilmott) Edward O'Grady IRE 4-11-0 Andrew Mcnamara
10 THARAWAAT (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE 4-11-0 Davy Russell
11 MASTER OF ARTS (USA) (Roger Brookhouse) David Pipe 4-11-0 Tom Scudamore
12 JUST ROB (Favourites Racing XXV) Ian Williams 4-11-0 David Dennis
13 SILK DRUM (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 4-11-0 Denis O'Regan
14 STOW (GSM Properties Ltd) Venetia Williams 4-11-0 Sam Thomas
15 MAIDSTONE MIXTURE (FR) (Judith Wilson) Paul Murphy 4-11-0 Richard McGrath
16 LETHAL WEAPON (IRE) (JP McManus) Christy Roche IRE 4-11-0 Tony McCoy
17 ART SLEUTH (USA) (P Purcell) Willie Mullins IRE 4-11-0t Paul Townend
Ran Out 2nd lastEBADIYAN (IRE) (Rita Shah) Oliver Brady IRE 4-11-0 John Cullen

18 ran Distances: 3/4, 2 3/4, 3 1/2, 3, 1 1/4, 13, 3 3/4, 3/4, 3 3/4, 3 3/4, 2 1/2, 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 23, 6, 19 Time: 4m 3.7s
Breeder: HH The Aga Khan’s Studs SC Breeding: gr g Daylami (IRE) - Zainta (IRE) Totes: Win: £6.30 Places: £2.00, £1.80, £3.20, £1.90 Exacta: £12.30

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer's licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1990. Cheltenham Festival wins (33): 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 Kappa Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi),JCB Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), Racing Post Plate (2006 Non So), Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope) Number of Winners (1982/83-2007/08): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; Wins this Season: 86

Winning Jockey: Barry Geraghty Born: September 16, 1979 Background: Moscow Flyer gave Geraghty his first Cheltenham Festival victory in the 2002 Arkle Chase before adding the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005. Geraghty is one of six children from a "horse-mad" family that hails from Drumree in Co Meath. His father ‘Tucker' was a useful amateur and trains a few horses in addition to his riding school and livery yard while his brother Ross, who won the 2002 Irish National on The Bunny Boiler, and sister Jill, an amateur, are both jockeys. Geraghty rode in pony races before becoming apprenticed to Noel Meade and having his first ride in October, 1996. He has twice been champion jump jockey in Ireland in the seasons 1999/2000 and 2003/04. It was for Moscow Flyer's trainer Jessica Harrington that he first sprang to prominence, partnering her 1998 Midlands National winner Miss Orchestra. He crowned the 2002/03 season with victory in the John Smith's Grand National aboard Monty's Pass, and was duly voted RTE Sports Personality of the year. He captured the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Tom Taaffe-trained Kicking King the day after Moscow Flyer's emotional second Queen Mother Champion Chase triumph. Took up the offer of becoming Nicky Henderson’s number one jockey following the retirement of Mick Fitzgerald at the end of the 2007/08 season, and he now divides his time between Britain and Ireland. Based: Drumree, County Meath, Ireland First Winner: Stagalier (EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, Down Royal, January 29, 1997) Achievements: Champion jockey in Ireland in 1999/2000 and 2003/04 Cheltenham Festival Wins (16): Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (2009 Punjabi), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2008 Finger OnThe Pulse), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (2002 Moscow Flyer, 2009 Forpadydeplasterer), William Hill Trophy Chase (2003 Youlneverwalkalone), Pertemps Final (2003 Inching Closer), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2003, 2005 Moscow Flyer), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope, 2009 Zaynar), County Hurdle (2003 Spirit Leader), bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2005 Kicking King), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star de Mohaison), Coral Cup (2006 Sky’s The Limit), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2007 Cork All Star) Leading Rider at The Festival: 2003 (5). Wins in Britain (2001/02-2007/08): 4; 26; 13; 10; 8; 1; 1; Wins in Britain this Season: 43


SECOND RACE RESULT

2.05pm VINCENT O'BRIEN COUNTY HURDLE (GRADE THREE)
£80,000 guaranteed, 2m 1f New Course, For 5yo+ Weights raised 13lb Minimum Weight 10st Penalties after February 22, a winner of a hurdle 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb) Clopf’s handicap mark 147 Entries 121 pay £95 Confirmed 83 pay £285 Penalty Value 1st £45,608, 2nd £17,112, 3rd £8,568, 4th £4,272, 5th £2,144, 6th £1,072

1 AMERICAN TRILOGY (IRE) (Fulton, Donlon, Kilduff & Scott-McDonald) Paul Nicholls 5-11-0 Ruby Walsh 20/1
2 STRADBROOK (IRE) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 7-10-1 Richie McLernon (5) 66/1
3 COCKNEY TRUCKER (IRE) (Karola Vann) Philip Hobbs 7-10-9 Richard Johnson 17/2
4 NORTONTHORPE LAD (IRE) (Don Jenkins) Alison Thorpe 7-10-10 Daryl Jacob 50/1
5 KANDARI (FR) (JP McManus) Noel Meade IRE 5-10-10 Niall Madden 14/1
6 DAVE'S DREAM (IRE) (David Murdoch) Nicky Henderson 6-11-0 Barry Geraghty 7/2F
7 ARCALIS (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 9-11-10 Denis O'Regan
8 SESENTA (IRE) (M Carroll) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-2 Paul Townend (3)
9 BEDLAM BOY (IRE) (Tony Ambler) Ferdy Murphy 8-10-12 Graham Lee
10 GLOUCESTER (S Smith & Keith Hunter) Michael Scudamore 6-10-4 John Kington (5)
11 RAISE YOUR HEART (IRE) (Gaeltacht Gang Syndicate) Joanna Morgan IRE 6-11-2 Davy Condon
12 HARPER VALLEY (IRE) (The Three Honest Men) Lucy Wadham 5-11-8 Dominic Elsworth
13 SKY HALL (IRE) (SPK Syndicate) Noel Meade IRE 6-10-6 Luke McNiff (7)
14 MOVES GOODENOUGH (D Goodenough Removals & Transport) Andrew Turnell 6-10-7 Timmy Murphy
15 GROUP CAPTAIN (Peter Webb) Hugh Collingridge 7-11-4 Richard Killoran (5)
16 SILVER JARO (FR) (Miss M Masterson) Tom Hogan IRE 6-11-3t Noel Fehily
17 CULCABOCK (IRE) (Elizabeth Ferguson) Lucinda Russell 9-10-6 Campbell Gillies (5)
18 FISHER BRIDGE (IRE) (P R Syndicate) Noel Meade IRE 6-10-9 Emmet Mullins (5)
19 LEO'S LUCKY STAR (USA) (Sheila Brookhouse) David Pipe 7-11-3t Tom Scudamore
20 AACHEN (Findlay & Bloom) Venetia Williams 5-11-7 Sam Thomas
21 WORKING TITLE (IRE) (Auld Hayes & Murphy) Nicky Henderson 7-10-11 Felix De Giles (3)
22 KHYBER KIM (Caroline Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-9 Paddy Brennan
23 RIPPLING RING (SAF) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-10-12 Nick Scholfield (3)
24 CEDRUS LIBANI (IRE) (Mr & Mrs William Rucker) Evan Williams 8-11-3 Paul Moloney
25 SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 6-10-13 Tony McCoy
26 FARRINGDON (Peter Savill) Prunella Dobbs IRE 6-11-0p Paddy Flood
27 CLOPF (IRE) (Bernard Heffernan) Edward O'Grady IRE 8-11-12 Andrew Mcnamara

27 ran Non-runner: 12 Take The Breeze (Self Certificate - lame) Totes: Win:£22.90 Places: £3.50, £19.40, £2.30, £11.50 Exacta: £2638.80
Distances: 11, 3 1/4, 1/2, hd, 3/4, 1/2, 4, 1 3/4, 1/2, nk, nse, 2 1/4, 2, 5, 2 1/4, 2 1/4, 1/2, 2 1/2, 4, hd, 2 3/4, 6, 14, 9, 2 1/4, 18
Breeder: F Teboul & E Lellouche Breeding: gr g Sendawar (IRE) - Affaire Clasee (FR)

Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born in Olveston, Bristol, on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first title in the 2005/06 season, and followed up in the following campaign. Paul Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Nicholls was the most successful trainer at The Festival in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Cheltenham Festival Wins (24): Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009 Big Buck’s), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2009 Chapoturgeon), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business, 2007 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran, 2007 Andreas), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trilogy), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman) 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 (1992/03-2007/08): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in prize money in a season); *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 136

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Background: Ruby (short for Rupert) is associated with the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. He is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer and television pundit. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. Won Irish amateur riders’ championship (1996-97) age d 19. Irish National Hunt jockey in first season as a professional (1998/99) and also 2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/08. Cheltenham Festival leading rider: 2003, 2007 and 2008. First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (23): Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009 Big Buck’s), David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (2009 Quevega), Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Fiveforthree, 2009 Mikael D’Haguenet), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran),Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trliogy), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2007 Denman, 2009 Cooldoine), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2007 Kauto Star) 1,000th Winner in Ireland: Rare Article, Smirnoff (Mares) Maiden Hurdle, Thurles, May 4, 2008 (became only the second jockey to complete the feat after Charlie Swann) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2007/08): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69; 73; 69; Wins in Britain This Season: 62


THIRD RACE RESULT

2.40pm ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES' HURDLE (GRADE ONE)
£100,000 guaranteed, 3m New Course, 4yo+ weights 4yo 10st 11lb; 5yo+ 11st 7lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 03 pay £120 1st Forfeit 70 pay £240 Confirmed 29 pay £120 Penalty Value 1st £57,010, 2nd £21,390, 3rd £10,710, 4th £5,340, 5th £2,680, 6th £1,340

1 WEAPON'S AMNESTY (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Charles Byrnes IRE 6-11-7 Davy Russell 8/1
2 PRIDE OF DULCOTE (FR) (Angela Yeoman) Paul Nicholls 6-11-7 Ruby Walsh 3/1F
3 THE MIDNIGHT CLUB (IRE) (CCR Racing Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-7 Emmet Mullins 14/1
4 ON RAGLAN ROAD (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 6-11-7 Denis O'Regan
5 CAPE TRIBULATION (David Abell) Malcolm Jefferson 5-11-7 Phil Kinsella
6 MIDNIGHT SAIL (M2C Racing Partnership) Alan King 6-11-7 Wayne Hutchinson
7 BROWNS BAILY (IRE) (R Scott) Mouse Morris IRE 7-11-7 Niall Madden
8 THETWINCAMDRIFT (IRE) (Bensaranat Club) Alan King 7-11-7 Robert Thornton
9 ON THE WAY OUT (IRE) (C Lannen, G Curran, M Curran) John Kiely IRE 6-11-7 Tom Doyle
10 BALLY SANDS (IRE) (Robin Matthew) Robin Mathew 5-11-7 Matty Roe
11 TOBY BELCH (IRE) (Strachan,Griffin, Gabb, Lewis & Lawson) Henry Daly 6-11-7 Andrew Tinkler
12 CHARIOT CHARGER (IRE) (Emma Lavelle) Emma Lavelle 5-11-7 Jack Doyle
P DEN OF INIQUITY (Malcolm Denmark) Carl Llewellyn 8-11-7 Paddy Brennan
P PICTURE IN THE SKY (IRE) (Rupert Dubai Racing) Martin Keighley 8-11-7b1 Warren Marston
P DIABLO (IRE) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-7t David England
P ALPHA RIDGE (IRE) (Jim Mernagh) Paul Nolan IRE 7-11-7 Alain Cawley
P WESTERN CHARMER (IRE) (G Burke) Dessie Hughes IRE 7-11-7 Paddy Flood

17 ran
Distances: 1/2, 2, 5, 3, 5, 10, 2 1/4, dist, 5, 27, 20
Breeder: Aaron Metcalfe
Breeding: ch g Presenting - Victoria Theatre (IRE)
Totes: Win: £10.20 Places: £3.30, £1.90, £2.90 Exacta: £45.80

Winning Trainer: CHARLES BYRNES Based: Ballingarry, Co Limerick Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Weapons Amnesty) Big Race Wins Include: Ballymore Properties Drinmore Novice Chase (2006 Cailin Alainn), Byrne Group Plc Novice Hurdle (2006 Mounthenry), Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (2006 Mounthenry), Monksfield Novice Hurdle (2005 Powerstation), Pierse Hurdle (2004 Dromlease Express), Pierse Leopardstown Chase (2004 Cloudy Bays), Powers Whiskey Novice Chase (2006 Cailin Alainn), Troytown Chase (2003 Cloudy Bays) Wins in Britain (2006/07-2007/08): 1; 3; Wins in Britain This Season: 1

Winning Jockey: Davy Russell Born: June 27, 1979 Background: David Niall Russell hails - like fellow National jockey Denis O’Regan - from Youghal in Co. Cork and progressed from pony racing to become one of Ireland’s leading point-to-point riders in recent years winning the championship in 2001 and 2002, when sharing the title with J T McNamara. The retirement of another one-time Irish point-to-point star, Adrian Maguire, saw him travel over to Britain in 2002 as stable jockey to Ferdy Murphy and he turned professional on November 12. He enjoyed his first big success when Truckers Tavern won the 2003 Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock and went on to be second to Best Mate in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Russell lost his job after 14 months as number one jockey to Murphy in January, 2004, as he also wanted to continue riding in Ireland at weekends. He returned to Ireland and had a first Cheltenham Festival success in 2006 when Native Jack won the BGC Handicap Chase and won the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase at the 2007 Festival on 50/1 chance Joes Edge. Davy finished second to Ruby Walsh in the Irish jockeys’ championship in both the 2006/07 and 2007/08 season. He has continued to have big race success on both sides of the Irish Sea, including a brace of winners at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival, Naiad Du Misselot in the Coral Cup and Tiger Cry in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase. Cheltenham Festival Wins (5): Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Weapon’s Amnesty), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (2008 Tiger Cry), Coral Cup (2008 Naiad Du Misselot), BGC Handicap Chase (2006 Native Jack), William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase (2007 Joe’s Edge) First Cheltenham Festival Ride: Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir, Toni’s Tip (6th), March 14, 2000 Other Big Race Wins: Ballymore Properties Drinmore Novice Chase (2006 Cailin Alainn), Bank Of Ireland EBF Mares Novice Chase (2006 American Jennie), Boyne Hurdle (2007 Sweet Kiln), Bula Hurdle (2004 Back In Front), Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase (2006 The Railway Man), Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Novice Chase (2007 Hear The Echo) Powers Whiskey Novice Chase (2006 Cailin Alainn), Tote Exacta Monksfield Novice Hurdle (2005 Powerstation), Wilf Dooly Chase (2007 Cloudy Bays), Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase (2007 Chelsea Harbour), Deloitte Novice Hurdle (2008 Forpadydeplasterer), Bewleys Hotels Irish Stallions European Breeders’ Fund Mares Hurdle (2008 Oscar Rebel) Eventus Marquees Champion 4YO Hurdle (2008 Won In The Dark), Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase (2008 Dix Villez) Wins in Britain (2002/3-2007/08): 22; 28; 2; 2; 2; 4; Wins in Britain This Season: 2

FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.20pm TOTESPORT CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP (GRADE ONE)
£475,000 guaranteed, 3m 2 1/2f New Course, 5yo+ which are allotted s rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head Of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 6. Weights 5yo 11st 8lb; 6yo+ 11st 10lb Aloowances mares 7lb Entries 38 pay £530 1st Forfeit 28 pay £1060 Confirmed 17 pay £530 Penalty Value 1st £270,797.50, 101,602.50, 3rd 50,872.50, 4t £25,365, 5th £12,730, 6th £6,365

1 KAUTO STAR (FR) (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 9-11-10 Ruby Walsh 7/4F
2 DENMAN (IRE) (Margaret Findlay & Paul Barber) Paul Nicholls 9-11-10 Sam Thomas 7/1
3 EXOTIC DANCER (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-10 Tony McCoy 8/1
4 NEPTUNE COLLONGES (FR) (John Hales) Paul Nicholls 8-11-10 Christian Williams
5 MY WILL (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 9-11-10 Nick Scholfield
6 ROLL ALONG (IRE) (Bryan & Philippa Burrough) Carl Llewellyn 9-11-10 Graham Lee
7 BARBERS SHOP (The Queen) Nicky Henderson 7-11-10 Barry Geraghty
8 MADISON DU BERLAIS (FR) (Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds II) David Pipe 8-11-10 Tom Scudamore
9 ALBERTAS RUN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Jonjo O'Neill 8-11-10 Dominic Elsworth
10 KNOWHERE (IRE) (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11-11-10 Paddy Brennan
11 CERIUM (FR) (Judith Wilson) Paul Murphy 8-11-10 Keith Mercer
12 AIR FORCE ONE (GER) (Brian Walsh (Co Kildare)) Charlie Mann 7-11-10 Noel Fehily
13 STAR DE MOHAISON (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Paul Nicholls 8-11-10 Timmy Murphy
P HALCON GENELARDAIS (FR) (Ian Payne & Kim Franklin) Alan King 9-11-10 Robert Thornton
P SNOOPY LOOPY (IRE) (Walters Plant Hire Ltd Egan Waste Ltd) Peter Bowen 11-11-10 Seamus Durack
P MIKO DE BEAUCHENE (FR) (Andrew Wiles) Robert & Sally Alner 9-11-10 Andrew Thornton

16 ran
Distances: 13, 2 1/2, 6, 2, nk, 9, 10, 5, 14, 1 3/4, 5, 2 3/4
Breeder: Mme Henri Aubert Breeding: b g Village Star (FR) - Kauto Relka (FR)
Totes: Win: £2.70 Places: £1.50, £3.00, £2.10 Exacta: £17.00

Winning Trainer: PAUL NICHOLLS Date of birth: 17/05/62 Based: Heighes House, Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset Background: Paul Nicholls, the son of a policeman, was born in Olveston, Bristol, on April 17, 1962, and has been training at Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, since taking out a licence on November 1, 1991. He started out as a jump jockey and twice rode the winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury, in 1986 and 1987. He partnered 130 winners between 1980 and 1989, and nominates the best horses he rode as Broadheath, Playschool and Seagram. Between 1989 and 1991, he was assistant trainer to former Devon-based David Barons, who sent out Seagram to win the 1991 Grand National at Aintree during that time. Having strongly challenged Martin Pipe for the jump trainers’ championship for several years, most notably when pushing his great rival right to the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, he claimed his first title in the 2005/06 season, and followed up in the following campaign. Paul Nicholls pulled off the amazing feat of saddling seven winners and three seconds from his 10 runners on Saturday, November 7, 1998, and made history when he became the first trainer to saddle six winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his local track, on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Nicholls was the most successful trainer at The Festival in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Cheltenham Festival Wins (25): Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009 Big Buck’s), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2009 Chapoturgeon), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (1999 See More Business, 2007 & 2009 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2004 Earthmover, 2005 Sleeping Night), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran, 2007 Andreas), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trilogy), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman) 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 (1992/03-2007/08): 20; 29; 28; 53; 56; 82; 110; 71; 83; 136; 152; 127; 152; 148*; 124*; 151* (first trainer to win more than £4 million in prize money in a season); *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 137

Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh Born: May 14, 1979 Background: Ruby (short for Rupert) is associated with the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls in Britain and Willie Mullins in Ireland. He is the son of 11-times Irish amateur champion jockey, Ted Walsh, now a trainer and television pundit. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. Won Irish amateur riders’ championship (1996-97) age d 19. Irish National Hunt jockey in first season as a professional (1998/99) and also 2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/08. Cheltenham Festival leading rider: 2003, 2007 and 2008. First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (24): Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009 Big Buck’s), David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (2009 Quevega), Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Fiveforthree, 2009 Mikael D’Haguenet), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Mildmay Of Flete (2002 Blowing Wind), Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran),Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trliogy), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis) Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland), William Hill Trophy (2006 Dun Doire), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2007 Denman, 2009 Cooldoine), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2007 & 2009 Kauto Star) 1,000th Winner in Ireland: Rare Article, Smirnoff (Mares) Maiden Hurdle, Thurles, May 4, 2008 (became only the second jockey to complete the feat after Charlie Swann) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2007/08): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69; 73; 69; Wins in Britain This Season: 63


FIFTH RACE RESULT

4.00pm CHRISTIE'S FOXHUNTER CHASE CHALLENGE CUP
£40,000 guaranteed, 3m 2 1/2f New Course, For 5yo+, which since December 1, 2006, and before March 2, 2009, have been placed first or second on two occasions in a hunters’ chase in GB or Ireland or have won two open chases at point to point meetings (ie Gentlemans Ladies or Mixed Open races) in GB or Ire or have won one open chase at a point to point meeting in GB or Ire and have placed first or second in a hunters’ chase Weights 5yo 11st 12lb; 6yo+ 12st Allowances mares 7lb Entries 43 pay £60 Confrmed 37 pay £140 Penalty Value 1st £24,008, 2nd £7,500, 3rd £3,748, 4th £1,876, 5th £936, 6th £472

1 CAPPA BLEU (IRE) (Mr & Mrs William Rucker) Sheila Crow 7-12-0t Mr Richard Burton 11/2
2 TURTHEN (FR) (Charles St V Fox) Charles St V Fox 8-12-0 Miss Charlotte Tizzard 25/1
3 BABY RUN (FR) (Nigel Twiston-Davies) Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-12-0 Mr Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1
4 AMICELLI (GER) (Lord Daresbury) Cherry Coward 10-12-0 Mr Tom Greenall 9/1
5 ROBBERS GLEN (IRE) (Val Jackson) Val Jackson 9-12-0 Mrs Val Jackson
6 SOUTHWESTERN (IRE) (The Exmoor Partners) Camilla Scott 10-12-0 Mr Neil Harris
7 CHILLING PLACE (IRE) (Michael Tuckey) Michael Tuckey 10-12-0 Mr Ben Tuckey
8 MURPHY'S CARDINAL (IRE) (Eimear Chance) Noel Chance 13-12-0 Miss Nina Carberry
9 LIMERICK BOY (GER) (Favourites Racing III) Venetia Williams 11-12-0 Mr Will Biddick
10 KINGSCLIFF (IRE) (Arnie Sendell) Marie McGuinness 12-12-0 Mr Ian Chanin
11 ALWAYS RIGHT (IRE) (John Wade) John Wade 7-12-0 Mr Chris Dawson
12 JUVEIGNEUR (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Eugene O'Sullivan IRE 12-12-0 Mr J T McNamara 7/2F
13 YOU DO THE MATH (IRE) (Charles Horton) Charlie Longsdon 9-12-0 Mr James Horton
14 CHIEF OSCAR (IRE) (R Donaldson) Brian Hamilton IRE 8-12-0 Mr Jamie Moore
15 BORDER FUSION (Crawford, Edkins, Shaw) Gary Hanmer 10-12-0 Mr Michael O'Connor
16 DUBLIN HUNTER (IRE) (Easyfix Racing Partnership) Gordon Elliott IRE 13-12-0 Mr Michael Earls
F ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 12-12-0 Mr Ian Popham
P PROUD ANDEES (IRE) (Sarah Thomas) Gary Hanmer 10-12-0 Mr Adrian Wintle
P GAELSBOB (Emma Baker) Emma Baker 12-12-0 Mr Luke Morgan
P OFAREL D'AIRY (FR) (The Hon Mrs Townshend) Paul Nicholls 7-12-0 Mr James Tudor
P CHRISTY BEAMISH (IRE) (M Mann) Sue Taylor 12-12-0 Miss Claire Allen
P MARBLEHEAD (IRE) (J Collett) Fergal O'Brien 7-12-0 Mr Mark Wall
P BUCKBY LANE (Mrs P Starkey) Jane Starkey 13-12-0 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
P BACK NINE (IRE) (Jane Western) Jane Western 12-12-0 Mr Sam Allwood

24 ran
Distances: 12, 1/2, 8, 3 3/4, 1 1/2, 6, 1 1/4, 3 1/2, 10, 3 1/2, 7, 3 1/2, 18, 3 1/4, 21
Hunt: Worcestershire
Breeding: b g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Cappagale (IRE)
Totes: Win: £6.10 Places: £2.80, £12.60, £4.60 Exacta: £220.50

Winning Trainer: Sheila Crow Based: Shrewsbury Background: Enjoyed her first Cheltenham Festival success with the Point-to-point champion Cappa Bleu in the Christie’s Foxhunter. Won her first point-point as a rider aged 16 aboard Velnus. Her daughter Lucy Walker also won a point at the age of 16, while Sheila’s granddaughter, 16-year-old A Level student Alice Walker, continued the family tradition atop Adulation in January, 2009. Son Alistair Crow was also a successful point-to-point rider.Won Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup (2009 Cappa Bleu) Wins under Rules this season: 1

Winning Jockey: Richard Peter Lingen Burton Born: August 24, 1976 Based: Preston-On-Severn, Uffington, Shrewsbury First Winner: Fence Judge, Status: amateur rider who has won the British men’s point-to-point championship. Attended Shrewsbury School before Reading University, where he also rode out for Henrietta Knight in between lectures. Broke his leg in May 2007, but returned to race riding later that year. Cheltenham Festival Wins (3): Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup (2009 Cappa Bleu), Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase (2005 Juveigneur, 2007 Cloudy Lane)Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Fox Hunter’s Chase (2007 Scots Grey) Other Big Race Victories: Wragge & Co Hunters’ Chase (1997 Rusty Bridge); Lynx Express Hunters’ Chase (2000 Coulton) Wins (2000/01-2007/08): 4; 9; 4; 1; 5; 6; 4; 3; Wins this season: 5




SIXTH RACE RESULT

4.40pm MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS' HANDICAP HURDLE
£50,000 guaranteed, 2m 4 1/2f New Course, For 4yo Rated 0-140 Minimum Weight 10st Penalties after February 22, a winner of a hurdle 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb) Gaspara’s Handicap Mark 140 Allowances riders who, prior to March 10, 2009, have not ridden more than 20 winners under any rules of racing 3lb; more than 10 such winners 5lb; any such winner 7lb; those riding for their own stable allowed an additional 3lb Entries 215 pay £70 Confirmed 150 pay £180 Penalty Value 1st £31,310, 2nd £9,250, 3rd £4,625, 4th £2,315, 5th £1,155, 6th £580

1 ANDYTOWN (IRE) (Lizzie & Richard Kelvin Hughes) Nicky Henderson 6-11-2 Felix De Giles (3) 25/1
2 MIDNIGHT CHASE (Lady Clarke) Niall Mulholland 7-11-0 Michael O'Connor 100/1
3 BIG EARED FRAN (IRE) (Thomas Barr) David Pipe 6-11-2 Johnny Farrelly (3) 7/2F
4 FONT (Mr & Mrs R Nevison & Mr & Mrs Ged Mason) Paul Nicholls 6-10-11 Harry Skelton (3) 14/1
5 PRESENTING COPPER (IRE) (Alan Peterson) Philip Hobbs 8-11-4 Rees Flint (3) 16/1
6 COQ HARDI (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Peter Bowen 8-11-4 James Reveley 66/1
7 LEAMINGTON LAD (IRE) (Three Off The Tee Partnership) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-10-11b David England (3)
8 OSCATELLO (USA) (Rye Braune) Philip Hobbs 9-10-11 Darren O'Dwyer (3)
9 KHACHATURIAN (IRE) (Brendan Richardson & Jon Glews) Donald McCain Jnr 6-10-13 Paul Benson (3)
10 FALTERING FULLBACK (Cck Syndicate) Eric McNamara IRE 6-11-4 Alain Cawley (3)
11 PIRAYA (FR) (Terry Neill) David Pipe 6-11-9t Liam Heard
12 LITTLE SHILLING (IRE) (Optimumracing.co.uk) Tim Vaughan 7-11-2 Bernie Wharfe
13 CARACCIOLA (GER) (Piers Pottinger) Nicky Henderson 12-11-2 Richard Killoran (3)
14 MAMLOOK (IRE) (Peter Deal & G Lowe) David Pipe 5-11-5 Hadden Frost (3)
15 HANGOVER (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Conor O'Dwyer 7-11-3 Paul Townend
16 PENN DA BENN (FR) (Terry Warner) Alan King 6-11-4 Charlie Huxley (3)
17 PAUILLAC (FR) (David Johnson) David Pipe 6-11-2tp Donal Fahy
18 CARRICKBOY (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Venetia Williams 5-11-1 Aidan Coleman (3)
19 QUARTZ DE THAIX (FR) (ROA Arkle Partnership) Venetia Williams 5-11-0 Nick Scholfield
20 PRINCE DE BERSY (FR) (Chris Grant & Carl Turpin) David Pipe 6-11-0 Tom Molloy
21 CARRICK OSCAR (IRE) (Optimumracing.co.uk) Tim Vaughan 9-11-1 Gerard Tumelty
22 ACAMBO (GER) (David Johnson) David Pipe 8-11-12 John Kington
F GASPARA (FR) (P McMahon) David Pipe 6-11-12v Andrew Glassonbury

23 ran
Non-runner: 9 Buena Vista (self certificate - not eaten up)
Distances: 9, 7, 2, 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 5, 4 1/2, 1 1/4, 1 1/4, 6, 3 1/2, nse, 11/2, 1 3/4, 1 3/4, 1, 1/2, 2, 9, dist, 20
Breeder: Pat Cloke
Breeding: ch g Old Vic - Pitfire (IRE)
Totes: Win: £31.70 Places: £5.00, £14.70, £1.90, £4.50 Exacta: £2649.70

Winning Trainer: NICHOLAS (NICKY) JOHN HENDERSON Based: Seven Barrows, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Date of birth: 10/12/50 Background: The son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, Nicky attended Eton before working in the City for stockbrokers Cazenoves. Ended up in their Sydney office and rode out each morning prior to work before deciding to study farming at Cirencester. Also spent six years as an amateur, riding 78 winners including the Imperial Cup and the Foxhunters Chase at Liverpool. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In July 1978 he first took out a trainer's licence and trained from Windsor House in Lambourn. He moved to Seven Barrows in 1990. Cheltenham Festival wins (34): Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown), 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 Kappa Champion Hurdle (1985, 1986, 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi),JCB Triumph (1985 First Bout, 1987 Alone Success, 1999 Katarino, 2009 Zaynar), William Hill National Hunt H’cap Chase (2000 Marlborough), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2005 Trabolgan), Ryanair Chase (2006 Fondmort), Racing Post Plate (2006 Non So), Grand Annual Chase (2006 Greenhope) Number of Winners (1982/83-2007/08): 40, 43, 40, 46, 67, 40, 43, 41, 49, 52, 53, 48, 45, 47, 58, 54, 73, 67, 81, 92, 69, 79; 53; 85; 74; 83; Wins this Season: 87

Winning Jockey: Felix de Giles Born: February, 1989 Background: Amateur rider who graduated from pony race series. Son of Wiltshire handler Jonathan de Giles. Recruited as conditional jockey for Nicky Henderson in October 2007. Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2009 Andytown) Riding Weight: 9st 7lb First Winner Under Rules: Hunting Lodge, GNER 365 Maiden Hurdle, Huntingdon, June 8, 2006 First Ride Under Rules: Father Jim (4th), Tim Powell Maiden Hunters’ Chase, Cheltenham, April 27, 2005 Wins (2004/05-2007/08): 0; 0; 7; 25; Wins This Season: 31


SEVENTH RACE RESULT

5.15pm JOHNNY HENDERSON GRAND ANNUAL CHASE CHALLENGE CUP (GRADE THREE)
£90,000 guaranteed, 2m 1/2f New Course, For 5yo+ Minimum Weight 10st Penalties after February 22, a winner of a chase 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb) Andreas’s Handicap Mark 156 Entries 52 pay £110 confirmed 32 pay £330 Penalty Value 1st £51,309, 2nd £19,251, 3rd £9,639, 4th £4,806, 5th £2,412, 6th £1,206

1 OH CRICK (FR) (David Sewell) Alan King 6-10-0 Wayne Hutchinson 7/1
2 MOON OVER MIAMI (GER) (Mrs A Fulton & M Lynch) Charlie Mann 8-10-9 Noel Fehily 20/1
3 FRENCH OPERA (Judy Wilson & Martin Landau) Nicky Henderson 6-10-8 Marcus Foley 10/1
4 TRAMANTANO (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-10-3 Paddy Brennan 33/1
5 TIGER CRY (IRE) (C Jones) Arthur Moore IRE 11-10-12 Davy Russell
6 CALATAGAN (IRE) (Mr & Mrs J Davenport) Malcolm Jefferson 10-10-7 Phil Kinsella
7 VALAIN (IRE) (JP McManus) Charlie Swan IRE 6-10-1 David Casey
8 POQUELIN (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 6-10-12 Ruby Walsh 3/1F
9 PASCO (SWI) (Terry Warner) Paul Nicholls 6-10-11 Sam Thomas
10 I'M SO LUCKY (Sheila Brookhouse) David Pipe 7-10-13 Tom Scudamore
11 CLEW BAY COVE (IRE) (JP McManus) Colm Murphy IRE 9-10-9 Tony McCoy
12 LORIENT EXPRESS (FR) (Suzanne & Nigel Williams) Venetia Williams 10-10-5 Aidan Coleman
13 JIGSAW DANCER (IRE) (Robinson Webster Holdings Ltd) Andrew Turnell 7-10-2 Mark Grant
F PALARSHAN (FR) (Sumner Wellesley) Henry Daly 11-10-0 Andrew Tinkler
P MY PETRA (Lizzie & Richard Kelvin Hughes) Nicky Henderson 6-11-3 Barry Geraghty
P ANDREAS (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Paul Nicholls 9-11-12 Christian Williams
P PSYCHOMODO (The Arkle Bar Partnership) Brendan Powell 7-10-8 Wilson Renwick
P BEGGARS CAP (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Ferdy Murphy 7-10-0 Graham Lee

18 ran
Non-runners: 3 Perce Rock (self certificate), 7 Central House (vet certificate), 14 Chapoturgeon (ran yesterday)
Distances: 3/4, 7, 4 1/2, nse, 3/4, 4, 3.4, 10, 3 1/2, 19, 7, dist
Breeder: Jean Pierre Dubois
Breeding: ch g Nikos - Other Crik (FR)
Totes: Win:£9.10 Places: £2.50, £5.00, £3.20, £8.70 Exacta: £181.50

Winning Trainer: ALAN KING Born: December 13, 1966 Based: Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wiltshire Background: Born into a farming family in Lanarkshire on December 13, 1966, Alan King was a member of a local pony club and also competed on the show jumping circuit before joining David Nicholson as an amateur jockey in 1985, having previously worked for John Wilson in his native Scotland. Alan managed to finish third in a couple of hunter chases, but soon realised that race riding was not for him and served as long-time assistant to Nicholson, from whom he took over the licence at Jackdaws Castle stables near Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire on December 3, 1999. He only had to wait until the following day for Mini Moo Min to provide him with a first success at Towcester. In that rookie season, Alan also saddled Relkeel to take a third totesport Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham a week after breaking his duck, and the following weekend captured the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot with Anzum, one part of a four-timer. He also sent out Go Ballistic to finish second to See More Business in the Stan James King George VI Chase at Kempton. Alan was only based at Jackdaws Castle, then owned by Colin Smith, until the end of the 1999/2000 season, as there was only a year by year lease available. At that juncture, he moved to the Barbury Castle estate near Marlborough, Wiltshire, which was bought by one of his principal owners, Nigel Bunter, and the trainer has since gone from strength to strength. Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Melling Chase (2008 Voy Por Ustedes), John Smith’s Great Float Social Club Liverpool Hurdle (2008 Blazing Bailey), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-0 Hurdle (2007 Katchit), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Stromness), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2002 Spendid), John Smith’s HBLB TBA Mares’ Only NH (2005 Senorita Rumbalita), John Smith’s Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (2006 Pangbourne) Cheltenham Festival Wins (11): Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2009 Oh Crick), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Nenuphar Collonges), Peter O’Sullevan National Hunt Chase (2008 Old Benny), Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (2008 Katchit), William Hill National Trophy Handicap Chase (2004 Fork Lightning), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2005 Penzance, 2007 Katchit), Arkle Challenge Trophy (2006 Voy Por Ustedes, 2007 My Way De Solzen), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2006 My Way De Solzen), Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase (2007 Voy Por Ustedes) Big Race Wins: Bula Hurdle (1999 Relkeel), Betfair Handicap Hurdle (2006 Halcon Genelardais), Desert Orchid Chase (2006 Voy Por Ustedes), Dipper Novices’ Chase (2006 My Way De Solzen), 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), Wragge & Co Finesse Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Katchit, 2008 Franchoek, 2009 Walkon) Ryman The Stationer Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Katchit), Coral Welsh National (2006 Halcon Genelardais), Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle (2007 Francheok), Desert Orchid Chase (2007 Voy Por Ustedes), Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle (2008 Blazing Bailey), Blue Square Poker Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Junior), betinternet.com Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (2008 Araldur), Mitie Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Medermit) Number of Winners (1999/2000-2007/08): 27; 18; 34; 39; 47; 66; 63; 92; 128; Wins this Season: 112

Winning Jokey: Wayne Hutchinson Born: February 25, 1981 Based: c/o Alan King, Barbury Castle Stables, Wroughton, Wilts Background: Son of a postman, Wayne started off riding out for Stan Mellor and Jeff King before moving to Barbury Castle in mid 2002. Also rides for Jim Old and Ian Williams. Cheltenham Festival Winners (1): Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (2009 Oh Crick) Riding Weight: 9st 11lb First Winner: Whatever’s Right (Axminster 100 Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, August 7, 1998) First treble: Warwick, November 22, 205 (Petwick, Romany Dream, Siberian Highness). Big Race Wins: Coral Welsh National (2006 Halcon Genelardais) Number of Wins (2001/02-2007/08): 4; 31; 20; 38; 43; 59; 26; Wins This Season: 26





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