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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

THE FESTIVAL 2011, CHELTENHAM

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LADIES DAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

THOMAS PINK LEADING RIDER AWARD - STANDINGS AT THE END OF DAY TWO

 

Jockey    1st  2nd  3rd

Ruby Walsh    3  -  1

Richard Johnson   2  -  -

Andrew Lynch    2  -  -

Davy Russell    2  -  -

Robert Thornton   1  -  1

Graham Lee    1  -  -

Mr Derek O’Connor   1  -  -

Robbie Power    1  -  -

Paul Townend    1  -  -

Barry Geraghty    -  4  1

Tony McCoy    -  1  3

Daryl Jacob    -  1  1

Keiran Burke    -  1  -

Aidan Coleman    -  1  -

Danny Cook    -  1  -

Mr Tom David    -  1  -

Miss Nina Carberry    -  1  -

Charlie Huxley    -  1  -

Jason Maguire    -  1  -

Timmy Murphy    -  1  -

David Bass    -  -  1

Paul Carberry    -  -  1

Davy Condon    -  -  1

Adrian Heskin    -  -  1

Mr J P McKeown   -  -  1

Liam Treadwell    -  -  1

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen   -  -  1

 

 

THOMAS PINK LEADING TRAINER AWARD - STANDINGS AT THE END OF DAY TWO

 

Jockey    1st  2nd  3rd

Gordon Elliott IRE   2  1  -

Willie Mullins IRE   2  -  1

Henry de Bromhead IRE  2  -  -

Philip Hobbs    2  -  -

Alan King    1  1  1

Paul Nicholls    1  1  -

Jessica Harrington IRE   1  -  -

Arthur Moore IRE   1  -  -

Mouse Morris IRE   1  -  -

Ferdy Murphy    1  -  -

Nicky Henderson    -  4  3

Tim Vaughan    -  2  -

Enda Bolger IRE   -  1  -

Brian Ellison    -  1  -

Donald McCain    -  1  -

Colm Murphy IRE   -  1  -

Pat Rodford    -  1  -

Pat Collins IRE    -  -  1

Nick Gifford    -  -  1

Eddie Harty IRE   -  -  1

Michael Hourigan IRE   -  -  1

Noel Meade IRE   -   -  1

Richard Price    -  -  1

Michael Smith    -  -  1

Ian Williams    -  -  1

Nick Williams    -  -  1

 

 

THE FESTIVAL 2011 - WINNERS

 

Centenary Day, Tuesday, March 15

Race     Winner  Trainer  Jockey  SP Ran

Stan James Supreme Novices Hurdle AL FEROF  Paul Nicholls  Ruby Walsh  10/1 15

The Irish Independent Arkle Nov Chase  CAPTAIN CHRIS Philip Hobbs  Richard Johnson 6/1 10

Stewart Family Spinal Research Hcp Chs BENSALEM  Alan King  Robert Thornton 5/1 19

Stan James Champion Hurdle  HURRICANE FLY Willie Mullins IRE Ruby Walsh  11/4F 11

Glenfarclas Cross-Country Hcp Chase SIZING AUSTRALIA Henry de Bromhead IRE Andrew Lynch   13/2 15

David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle  QUEVEGA  Willie Mullins IRE Ruby Walsh  5/6F 14

Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase DIVERS  Ferdy Murphy  Graham Lee  10/1 20

 

Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 16

Race     Winner  Trainer  Jockey  SP Ran

National Hunt Chase   CHICAGO GREY Gordon Elliott IRE Mr Derek O’Connor 5/1F 16

Neptune Invst Mngmt Nov Hurdle FIRST LIEUTENANT Mouse Morris IRE Davy Russell  7/1 12

RSA Chase    BOSTONS ANGEL Jessica Harrington IRE Robbie Power  16/1 12

sportingbet.com Q Mother Ch Chase SIZING EUROPE Henry de Bromhead IRE Andrew Lynch  10/1 11

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle  CARLITO BRIGANTE Gordon Elliott IRE Davy Russell  16/1 22

Fred Winter Juvenile Hcp Hurdle WHAT A CHARM Arthur Moore IRE Paul Townend  9/1 23 

Weatherbys Champion Bumper  CHELTENIAN  Philip Hobbs  Richard Johnson 14/1 24

 

 

FINALLY FLOORED, BUT IRISH CELEBRATE SIX OF THE BEST

 

Guinness was briefly replaced by champagne as the national beverage of Ireland today following six consecutive winners for Irish-trained horses.

 

The six-horse accumulator paid a whopping 1,525,919/1.

 

An unprecedented through-the-card seven-timer was foiled by the Philip Hobbs-trained Cheltenian in the closing Weatherbys Champion Bumper, in which Aupcharlie was best of the Irish in third.

 

Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse rejoiced in the visitors’  brilliant successes, saying: “It’s been a fantastic day for the Irish, especially when you consider they weren’t coming here with a lot of live hopes.

 

“It’s unprecedented - they’ve had four winners in a day, but never five or six. This will encourage Irish trainers to run horses at the meeting and also encourage Irish racegoers to travel over to Cheltenham.

 

“All in all it’s been a great day’s racing with a few surprises, which is no bad thing for the meeting.

 

“It would have been great if  Irish horses had gone through the card, and many expected Willie Mullins to win the last again, but the winner, Cheltenian, was sold here at Cheltenham. His victory is a great endorsement of Brightwells Sales.”

 

 

 

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            IMPERIAL WILL HAVE TO TAKE COMMAND OF 13 RIVALS

 

 

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Imperial Commander will face previous winners Kauto Star and Denman after a final field of 14 were declared for Friday’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Nigel Twiston-Davies’ 10-year-old defeated Denman 12 months ago in the blue riband event to take his course record to six wins from 10 starts, and he has only been seen once since when winning in Grade One company at Haydock back in November.

 

Paddy Brennan will again be aboard while Sam Waley-Cohen will attempt to become the first amateur rider since Jim Wilson in 1981 to win the race. The jockey will be aboard his father Robert’s Long Run who has so far been unsuccessful in two runs at the track and bids to provide Nicky Henderson with a first Gold Cup victory. The youngster will also be bidding to become the first six-year-old to score since Mill House in 1963.

 

Paul Nicholls has won the race three times in the last four years with Kauto Star (2007 and 2009) and Denman (2008). The champion trainer returns with that duo and has his team further strengthened by the Sir Alex Ferguson-owned What A Friend, who will wear blinkers for the first time, and Neptune Collonges.

 

Jonjo O’Neill has declared Albertas Run, although he is also amongst the final declarations for Thursday’s Ryanair Chase, while Willie Mullins will bid to continue his Cheltenham winner streak with Irish Hennessy winner Kempes - the mount of Tony McCoy.

 

Ireland will also be represented by Mouse Morris’ China Rock and Noel Meade’s Lexus Chase winner Pandorama, while Ian Williams saddles the lightly-raced Weird Al.

 

Tidal Bay chased home Imperial Commander at Haydock and will reoppose with last year’s fourth place Carruthers back for another crack at the Festival highlight.

 

The field will be completed by course specialist Midnight Chase who will be bidding for his fifth win at the track under Tom Scudamore - replacing the injured Dougie Costello.

 

Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, sponsors, bet: Imperial Commander 7/2, Long Run 9/2, Kauto Star 11/2, Denman 13/2, Kempes 11/1, Pandorama 12/1, Midnight Chase 14/1, Tidal Bay 20/1, Weird Al 20/1, China Rock 25/1, What A Friend 25/1, Neptune Collonges 33/1, Albertas Run 50/1, Carruthers 66/1.

 

 

FELIX DE GILES NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED

 

Felix De Giles, whose mount Accordintolawrence fell at the third last in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital for x-rays on his right ankle.

 

The x-rays showed no serious damage, leaving the jockey with a bruised ankle.

 

 

REFUND OF ENTRANCE FEE TO OVER 250 RACEGOERS

 

Over 250 racegoers took advantage of a special offer when buying Festival tickets for today. Instead of going for a discounted deal, they chose to pay full price of £45 for Tattersalls tickets, with the proviso that they would get their money back if a female trainer sent out a winner on Ladies Day.

 

Jessica Harrington did just that with Bostons Angel in the RSA Chase. The special offer has cost Cheltenham Racecourse over £11,000.

 

 

LADIES DAY WINNERS

 

There were over 300 entries for the best-dressed awards.

 

The winners were:-

 

Best-Dressed Award - Eliza Cook from Mumbles, Swansea.

 

Best Hat - Deborah Groean from Shropshire.

 

Best Accessories - Stacie Carroll from Hardwicke in Gloucestershire.

 

 

GROUND NEWS

 

The going on the New Course, used for racing tomorrow and on Friday, is:

Good, Good to Soft in places.

 

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Director of Racing, said: “After walking the New Course this afternoon, the going is Good with some Good to Soft patches in the back straight and chute. The course is looking in good nick

 

“We are forecast a dry night and a cloudy day tomorrow with temperatures of 10 or 11 degrees. There are strong signals for significant rain on Friday morning.”

 

 

TODAY’S CROWD

 

The attendance on the second day of the 2011 Festival at Cheltenham, Ladies Day, came to 50,128 as against 50,504 last year.

 

 

First race - winner’s quotes

141st Year of the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

 

GREY START FOR BOOKIES, JOY FOR ELLIOTT AND O’CONNOR

 

Chicago Grey, 5/1 favourite for the National Hunt Chase, became a first Festival winner for trainer Gordon Elliott and crack amateur Derek O’Connor.

 

The eight-year-old, who carried the colours of John Earls, became Ireland’s fourth winner of the 2011 meeting, equal to the number of British-trained firsts, and he followed Al Ferof who won yesterday as a grey winner of the opening race.

 

O’Connor, seven times Ireland’s point-to-point champion rider, said: “It’s amazing - I’m absolutely thrilled. To carry the Irish flag into the winner’s enclosure on an Irish horse owned by friends of mine is the best feeling in the world.”

 

“I’ve been placed in this race, but never ridden the winner and feel very fortunate to have done so. Gordon first discussed coming for this race two months ago and he’s been awfully positive since.

 

“From the moment I got on the horse in the paddock I was happy. He travelled to the start very relaxed and during the race was copybook. He has a tendency to make a mistake, but he had a chance today to warm into the race and never made a mistake during the four miles.”

 

Elliott said: “We came here with a number of horses that had chances and it’s great to get a winner. It’s one of the biggest days of my career. Derek is different class and has broken every record in Ireland’s point-to-points. We were both a bit anxious but it’s worked out.”

 

Asked if Chicago Grey could be an Aintree horse next year, Elliott said: “Today was the day - we’ll get him home and think about plans, but he’s still eligible for novice chases.

 

“We came here last year and gave him a run at the track, then gave him a little break and the plan has worked out.”

     

 

More first race quotes

The 141st Year OF THE NATIONAL HUNT CHASE

 

WONDERFUL CHICAGO GREY

 

John Earls, owner of winner Chicago Grey, said: ““What a wonderful horse - he won here in October and we came back in November but he fell at the second last when we felt that if he had stood up, he possibly would have won.

 

“He was second to Time For Rupert in December and we have had such fun with this horse - he is so genuine - and everything stood up with his form today. We really fancied the horse.

 

“What can I say about Gordon Elliott? He is the second top trainer in Ireland and he’s only been in the game five years. What a wonderful, superb training performance by him.

 

“I have been friendly with Derek (O’Connor) for years and years. He is a distant friend of my son Sean and

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we wanted Derek to ride the horse. It was his first ride ever for us and his first winner as well. 

 

“In 2008, my son’s 21st birthday was here and it’s my daughter’s birthday today, so I’d better say happy birthday to Michelle.”

 

Derek O’Connor added: “This has been coming since I knew about racing  - Cheltenham is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. John Earls and, of course, Gordon and Paul Carberry have instilled faith in me over the past two months. I am just delighted to be here and I have paid them back.

 

“Paul told me exactly how the race would go from the first fence - he told me that the horse would get lazy and that’s what happened. He’s an out and out stayer who jumps from fence to fence - if you could write a way for a race to go well, that is what would happen.”

 

Gordon Elliott said: “We will enjoy tonight now! It’s probably the biggest day that I have had of my training career so far. We won the Grand National but that was unexpected and this is what it is all about.

 

“Derek gave him a great ride and there is nothing between him and the other top amateurs out there - Jamie (Codd), Robbie McNamara and John Thomas (McNamara) - AP wouldn’t have given the horse a better ride.”

 

 

TWO-DAY BAN FOR DEREK O’CONNOR

 

 

Rider Derek O’Connor, who won the National Hunt Chase on Chicago Grey, was suspended for two days after that success having been found guilty of using his whip in an incorrect place. The dates of the ban have still to be notified.

 

 

First race - The National Hunt Steeple Chase

Placed quotes

 

CLOSE BUT NOT CLOSE ENOUGH FOR VAUGHAN AND DAVID

 

 

Horses trained by two young handlers both seeking a first Festival winner locked horns up the hill but in the end it was the Gordon Elliott-trained Chicago Grey who prevailed with Tim Vaughan’s Beshabar posting a mighty effort in second.

 

Vaughan said: “The race went very well and Tom did an outstanding job. Obviously we’re devastated - we’re desperate to have a winner here and three out my heart started beating a bit faster. He had a great run through but just got beaten by a better horse.

 

“I can’t lie, I’m disappointed of course I am. I’m looking for my first Cheltenham winner but this time it was Gordon [Elliott] and I’m delighted for him. Everything went really well for us and hopefully there are plenty more races in the big fella.”

 

He added: “He travelled like a dream today and Tom got everything just right. He’s run his heart out and regrettably he didn’t quite there.”

 

Jockey Tom David, who only regained his amateur status on Saturday having previously ridden as a professional, said: “It was definitely worth returning to amateur status but it would just be nice to be returning to the winner’s spot. But, to be fair to the horse, he’s done everything right and I can’t complain. He travelled so well.”

 

Nicky Henderson, trainer of third-placed Be There In Five, said: “He ran a tremendous race and gave Sam [Waley-Cohen] a tremendous ride round. I think we’ll have to keep going with him because he’s a novice that has only won one race and been given a horrible rating of 138. It’s very high for what he’s done and he’s not going to come down now after this.”

 

Charles Byrnes, trainer of fourth-placed Alfa Beat, said :”If he’d jumped the third-last he might have finished a bit closer but he jumped all the others very well. We might run him at Punchestown and I hope he might be a Grand National horse next year.

 

 

 

JOCKEYS REPORT ON THE GOING AFTER THE FIRST

 

 

Tom David, partner of the four and a half length second Beshabar, said: “Good to soft.”

 

Sam Waley-Cohen, rider of third placed Be There In Five, said: “It is just softer than good.”

 

Robbie McNamara, partner of fourth Alfa Beat, said: “It is on the dead side of good.”

 

Nina Carberry, on board Arabella Boy, said: “It is tacky in places.”

 

Andrew Duff, rider of Captain Americo, described the going as: “Dead.”

 

Damien Murphy, rider of Double Pride, said: “On the soft side of good.”

 

Oliver Greenall, on board On His Own, said: “Good on the stand’s side and good to soft round the back. Though it is tacky all over.”

 

 

Second race - winner quote

Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle

 

FIRST LIEUTENANT TAKES CHARGE IN NEPTUNE

 

Mouse Morris returned to the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure as First Lieutenant emerged the winner from a tight photo-finish to the Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle.

 

The trainer of 2006 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition had his nerves tested as the Davy Russell-ridden winner crossed the line in unison with Rock On Ruby.

 

It required the judge to split them and it was Morris’ six-year-old who was awarded the win by a short head.

 

Rock On Ruby had to settle for second with the third-placed So Young not helped by a mistake at the final flight.

 

Morris said: “It was a very, very slow race and wasn’t a real stayers race but he still had to go and win and he had the luck of the race.

 

“He stuck his head out in the right place and he is a nice sort with a lovely temperament.

 

“It is worse watching them than riding them as when you are riding you can get down and walk away. I have got to stay with him all day!

 

“It turned into a bit of a sprint which would not suit him as he has a high cruising speed rather than a turn of foot.

 

“Davy gave him a great ride and I don’t think I have seen a rider give a winning horse a bad ride.

 

“Today was the plan so I don’t know what we will do next but chasing will certainly be his game.”

 

Boylesports quote the winner at 12/1 for next year’s RSA Chase and Paddy Power offer him at 16/1 to win a Gold Cup anytime.

 

 

Second race - The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle

Winning owner

 

FIRST BRINGS FOURTH FESTIVAL WIN FOR GIGGINSTOWN AND O’LEARY

 

Ryanair boss Micheal O’Leary, owner of Ireland’s Gigginstown House Stud and First Lieutenant, was naturally delighted with his last-gasp winner.

 

He said: “I think that’s our fourth win at the Festival but it feels just as good as the first one.

 

“Mouse [Morris] put him away at Christmas. I thought he didn’t have the experience to win here but Mouse thought he did. Davy [Russell] just gave him a peach of a ride - he said he was always going to win.

 

“He’s by Presenting and you always hope that the Presentings will improve a couple of pounds here at Cheltenham - War Of Attrition is by Presenting, Denman’s by Presenting.”

 

O’Leary, who also has Carlito Brigante in the Coral Cup and Magnanimity in the RSA Chase, added: “There’s no such thing as a bad field at the Festival. It’s very hard to win races here so you have to enjoy it when you can.

 

“The Irish are doing well but I’m pretty sure that by the end of the week the English will have beaten us and that will probably be the same when the rugby team arrives in Dublin on Saturday.”

 

 

Second race - placed quotes

Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle

 

ROCK ON RUBY GIVES BEST TO LIEUTENANT

 

Rock On Ruby was beaten a short-head by late-surging winner First Lieutentant, but trainer Paul Nicholls could take comfort in defeat.

 

Referring to Al Ferof’s win in yesterday’s Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Nicholls said: “Judging on that run we’ve got the two best English novice hurdlers.

 

“This is a nice horse and he does everything right, but he just didn’t quite have enough in the finish. He might be better suited to Aintree. Two and a half miles round there might be ideal. I’m very pleased with him.”

 

Willie Mullins, trainer of third-placed So Young, said: “He didn’t jump the last perfectly, but otherwise it was a very good run on what was only his third start over hurdles.

 

“He’ll head to Punchestown next.”

 

 

Third race - RSA Chase

Winner’s quotes

 

BOSTONS HAD ANGEL ON HIS SHOULDER

 

An emotional Elder Scouller, owner of Bostons Angel, paid tribute to his late father Philip, the breeder of the RSA Chase winner and a former amateur rider.

 

Scouller, from Oxfordshire, said: “My father passed away two years ago but he bred the horse and I’m sure he would have been kicking him on up the run-in.

 

“He’s the toughest racehorse I’ve ever known. He stays and he jumps and he just battles and battles.

 

“This is my first Festival winner and it’s a dream come true. Jessica [Harrington] has done the most amazing job.”

 

Trainer Jessica Harrington had the agony of seeing the much-fancied Oscars Well blunder at the last in the previous race to lose all chance of winning, but her luck changed emphatically in the RSA Chase.

 

She said: “He’s run a huge race. He’s tough and he stays three miles. He surprised me at Leopardstown last time when he won over 2m5f.  You can’t hit the front too soon with him. Robert [Power] said  that he didn’t mind being half a length down at the last and he gave him a great ride.

 

Harrington added: “He’s not a very good-looking horse but he’s great. I have very fond memories of this day [via her former Queen Champion chaser Moscow Flyer] and it’s all gone right today.”

 

Grand National-winning jockey Robbie Power, who was gaining his first Festival victory, said: “This lad never impresses but he just keeps doing enough and he’s really tough. It’s a relief more than anything after the last race. I thought that Oscars Well was my best chance of the week and we were terribly unlucky. I was gutted after that but I went and had a coke and a fag and Jessie told me to get over it.

 

“I thought we were going nowhere at the top of the hill but I set him alight coming down the hill and he galloped all the way to the line. He is a clever jumper and I am just over the moon. It’s great to have a Cheltenham Festival winner. Winning the Grand National was great but there was one thing missing on my CV.”

 

 

Third race - second place quote

RSA Chase

 

DREAM DELIGHTS ELLIOTT

 

Jessies Dream left trainer Gordon Elliott beaming after his tenacious second to Bostons Angel in the RSA Chase.

 

The David Johnson-owned eight-year-old had won two of his five starts over fences and headed into Cheltenham on the back of a narrow second at Leopardstown in January.

 

Timmy Murphy’s mount travelled supremely well into the closing stages and after allowing Bostons Angel to draw away after the final fence, he clawed back the deficit to finish just a neck behind the winner.

 

Elliott said: “He has ran well but has just met a better horse on the day.

 

“He was staying on to the line and has not been beaten far so I can’t complain. He has ran a cracker.

 

“There are plenty of Grade One races left this season at Fairyhouse and Punchestown and we will see how he is before looking at those.”

 

Murphy was suspended for six days by the stewards for his use of the whip after the last. The stewards found he used his whip with excessive frequency and without giving his horse time to respond. The ban is between Wednesday, March 30, and Monday, April 4.

 

 

Third race - third place quotes

RSA Chase

 

WAYWARD PRINCE A HORSE FOR THE FUTURE

 

Wayward Prince finished strongly to take third place in the RSA Chase, beaten a neck and three-quarters of a length by Bostons Angel and Jessies Dream.

 

Despite the defeat Wayward Prince’s trainer, Ian Williams, has a young horse with a bright future. He said: “We cannot be disappointed being beaten less than a length in an RSA Chase.

 

“He appreciated this ground, but they just travel a bit too quick for him on it. He’s jumped and run very well, but turning into the back straight through lack of his own pace he was struggling a bit. He stayed on and is a stayer with a very bright future.

 

“He’s an out-and-out chaser and never gives up. If he had run a length faster it would have been even better, but we’re chuffed with him. He might be a National horse one day, and certainly a horse for staying chases.

 

“He goes on quicker ground, but we’ll see how he comes out of the race and talk to the owners before deciding on other races this season.”

 

 

THIRD RACE UNPLACED QUOTES

RSA CHASE

 

RUPERT DISAPPOINTS

 

Time For Rupert, who was sent off 7/4 favourite for the RSA Chase, could finish only fifth after seemingly never travelling well in the Grade One contest.

 

“We never know instantly after a race what has happened but I think missing the experience of that third run in the Argento Chase here at the end of January may have counted. Running him against more experienced horses like Neptune Collonges that day would have taught him a lot,” said trainer Paul Webber.

 

“He missed the break today and then had a mountain to climb after that. He was always four lengths back from where we wanted to be and it’s very hard to gain the ground back in a race like that. He did well to come fifth considering how early we thought the writing was on the wall, I thought he’d end up finishing eighth or ninth.

 

“It’s been a big learning day for us and we’ll freshen him up and take him to Liverpool now. Today has been disappointing but I don’t think we’ll be too disappointed in a few months’ time.”

 

 

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Fourth race

sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase

 

EUROPE GETS SIZE OF TWO-MILE CROWN

 

Sizing Europe won today’s sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase, following up his victory last year in the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy.

 

The nine-year-old became a second winner of the week for owners Ann and Alan Potts, trainer Henry de Bromhead and jockey Andrew Lynch, who teamed up to win yesterday’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase with Sizing Australia.

 

De Bromhead, in a state of shock, said: “It’s unbelievable - after he crossed the line I turned to some poor man and said, ‘Did Sizing Europe just win the Queen Mother?’ and he said ‘Yeah’. God the horse was good, and Andrew was phenomenal.

 

“Sizing Europe has no turn of foot, he just gallops and gallops, so we agreed he had to have a strong pace - when they didn’t go quick enough Andrew took it up and it paid off. He got into a beautiful rhythm. He winged the fences, bar the second last.”

 

Sizing Europe was second to Kauto Star over three miles at Down Royal in the autumn, and De Bromhead said: “We always said the King George would be our decision maker on the subject of whether to stay at three miles, and when it was postponed [he didn’t take part in the rescheduled race following a rough trip back to Ireland] we started thinking he always performs so well at Cheltenham over two miles, let’s go for the Queen Mum.

 

“Good ground makes such a difference to him, and he’s very much more relaxed these days - he’s either dead or in a chilled-out zone. I was pretty wound up before the race, but got a bit brave and managed to watch it.

 

“All I was doing was praying, but we know he stays up the hill, all bar his run in the [2009] Champion Hurdle. He’s been unbelievable for us and I’ll be lucky to ever come across another one as good. Alan and Ann Potts have been great supporters of my yard - when they joined I’d had just three winners in my first season. We’ve gone from strength to strength.

 

“Andrew is a great horseman and a very nice guy, and he works bloody hard, driving the length and breadth of the country. Nothing is ever too much for him. It’s easy to work with a guy like that.”

     

 

 

MORE QUOTES - FOURTH RACE

QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

 

MORE FROM THE WINNER’S CONNECTIONS

 

Andrew Lynch, the winning jockey, said: “Sizing Europe jumped an awful lot better today and travelled really well. I was afraid that something would quicken up past us going up the straight but he is a hardy boyo!

 

“Henry (de Bromhead - the trainer) always said that he wanted a soundly run two-mile race and this was the only race all year round that would suit him.”

 

Henry de Bromhead added “It’s been an unbelievable week and we have been very lucky - it’s lucky to have such good horses. It was just electric, absolutely electric.

 

“Andrew gave him a savage ride again and the horse was amazing. There is a great team behind us and we are so lucky.”

 

Alan Potts, joint owner with his wife Ann, was delighted: It’s my wedding anniversary, her (Ann’s) birthday and with Australia yesterday and Europe today - tomorrow, maybe, Loosen My Load (in the Jewson Novices’ Chase)!

 

“I had to work for 50 years before I could afford the money to buy these horses. Henry is absolutely magic - we got together when he had about 10 horses and he now has about 60.

 

“We have helped him and he has helped us. We have worked together as a team and now Andrew is an essential part of that team. All I said to Andrew, and I am sure that Henry said that same, was that he knew the horse and he should just ride him.

 

“I wanted to win - and I still do - the Gold Cup. It was me who wanted to have a go over three miles but the training got interrupted by the cancellation of the King George. He travelled over and came back and he obviously couldn’t go back because he is a bad traveller. Winning this is fine - we will wait for the other race!”

 

 

The sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase - press conference

 

“SIZING EUROPE HAS BEEN A PHENOMENON”

 

Henry de Bromhead, celebrating a double at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival courtesy of Sizing Australia in yesterday’ Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase and Sizing Europe in today’s feature race, admitted that he treats Sizing Europe as one of his own children.

 

“I’m very protective of him,” said the trainer, who has three children, two-year-old twins Jack and Mia and recent arrival, Georgia. “He’s like a child to me. Just ask my wife, she’ll tell you that I spend more time with him than with anyone else.

 

“He’s been phenomenal for us. He was rated 166 over hurdles and he’s had a lot of very good days along with a few dodgy ones, but today he showed his true self.”

 

Sizing Europe missed the rescheduled King George VI Chase in mid-January after he had endured a difficult passage back to Ireland when the original meeting was lost to bad weather.

 

“We’d always said that the King George would be our decision-maker and when that was cancelled we had to rejig. He took a long time to recover from the journey home and he has only really started to thrive in the last few weeks. He jumped really well at home last Thursday,” said the trainer.

 

“Last year in the Arkle his jumping was phenomenal and Andrew [Lynch] rides him really well. He put up such a performance today. The stats on Arkle winners going on to the Queen Mother [Champion Chase] helped in making the decision to drop him back down to two miles.

 

“He was rated 160 coming into today’s race and when he’s that good over two miles I wonder if he could be that good over three miles. We’ll see about stepping him back up in trip.”

 

Looking ahead, de Bromhead added that Sizing Europe may next be seen in action in his native country: “Alan and Ann [Potts, the horse’s owners] love Punchestown so I think we’ll probably go there.”

 

De Bromhead, who previously worked in England for Robert Alner in Dorset then flat trainer Sir Mark Prescott in Newmarket, added: “Sally Alner rang me yesterday to congratulate me on [Sizing] Australia and I heard a familiar voice behind me say, ‘Well done, Henry’. It gave me a shiver down my spine and it was Sir Mark.”

After disappointing when sent off favourite for the 2008 Champion Hurdle, Sizing Europe was found to have strained his sacro-iliac joint (pelvis) and was subsequently sent to one of Ireland’s best showing and event riders, Rosemary Connors, who has put in plenty of flat work with the dual Festival winner.

 

“Mentally he loves it and physically it has turned him inside out,” admitted de Bromhead.

 

Lynch, who was also enjoying his second win of the 2011 Festival in the same colours, said: “He was so impressive today, he jumped really well, apart from one down the back. Turning in I was a bit worried that we hadn’t gone quick enough but I’m thrilled to bits: two wins from two rides so far!”

 

Lynch continued: “He idles a bit in the straight so having two fences in the straight now really helped him to focus.”

 

Asked how it felt to get the better of Ruby Walsh, who was unplaced aboard dual winner Master Minded, Lynch replied: “We all look up to Ruby but it’s nice to beat him every now and again.”

 

 

Fourth race - second place quote

sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase

 

ZEB BIG IN DEFEAT

 

Colm Murphy offered no excuses as Big Zeb came off second best in his bid to land the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second year running.

 

Barry Geraghty’s mount landed the two-mile championship event last year and took the inside route around the course as he tried to double up.

 

Sizing Europe was always just in front of him, though, and he maintained that advantage up the hill to lower the champion’s colours by five lengths.

 

Murphy said: “He has ran a blinder and the winner was very good.

 

“Barry said the ground was very dead and it was a lot quicker last year but I am delighted with the way he has ran.

 

“We will freshen him up now and then have a look at taking him to Punchestown.”

 

 

FOURTH RACE - THIRD QUOTES

sportingbet.com QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

 

HARTY HOPES TO RETURN NEXT YEAR WITH CEE BEE

 

Trainer Eddie Harty was delighted with Captain Cee Bee’s effort to finish third in the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase and hopes to come back to Cheltenham in 12 months’ time.

 

“It was a great run and we have no excuses. The ground was a bit dead but that was the same for all of them,” said Harty. “I always thought he was a champion chaser and he showed that he was right up there with them, it’s just nice to go to the last with a chance. Maybe it will be our turn next year and we’ll probably go to Punchestown next.”

 

Willie Mullins, trainer of fourth-placed Golden Silver, said: “He did everything right and has run a blinder. You’d have to be happy with that and he’ll go to Punchestown.”

 

 

MASTER MINDED - THE VERDICT

 

Master Minded, winner of the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase twice before, was sent off the 2/1 favourite but could only finish eighth after blundering two out.

 

Ruby Walsh, his rider, said: “He quickened off the bend after the others initially had a length on me but then he made the mistake.”

 

Paul Nicholls, his trainer, commented: “Probably round here he wants the pace to be a bit slower. We may try him over further next season. If he had not made the mistake, he probably would have been placed.”

 

 

FIFTH RACE WINNING QUOTES

CORAL CUP

 

CARLITO VICTORIOUS

 

Carlito Brigante made it five winners from five races for Irish raiders at Cheltenham today when easily landing the Coral Cup.

 

The winner was completing different doubles for trainer Gordon Elliott (101/1), owner Michael O’Leary and jockey Davy Russell (135/1).

 

“He’s a great little horse and it’s the first time he’s had his ground. He had a wind operation after Christmas and I think that has made a big difference as well,” said Elliott. “This was always going to be the race for Carlito Briganto and it has been a great day with not only Chicago Grey winning but Jessies Dream running a great race to be second in the RSA Chase. Michael is one of our greatest supporters.”

 

Russell added: “Everything went according to plan - he didn’t miss a hurdle, didn’t miss a beat the whole way. He’s one of last year’s good juveniles and we felt the better ground would suit him and he did it. He has been trained by a very good man with one day in mind and today’s the day.”

 

O’Leary added: “Gordon is an amazing young trainer, his first Cheltenham winner came just before 2pm today and his next one came just after 4pm. He’s certainly a trainer going the right way.”

 

 

Fifth race - second horse quotes

Coral Cup

 

BOTHY BEATS ALL BAR BRIGANTE

 

Bothy proved himself one of Britain’s best handicap hurdlers when finishing runner-up in today’s Coral Cup behind Carlito Brigante.

 

Trainer Brian Ellison said: “To be second in three big handicaps [the Greatwood Hurdle, the Totesport Trophy and Coral Cup] takes some doing. It’s unreal. He’s gone up 11lb in that time, and been beaten by Menorah and Recession Proof on his way here, and they are good horses.

 

“He just wants a bit more juice in the ground so we went for this longer race fearing the ground might dry out later in the week.

 

“He’s such a good battler who jumps for fun. It was a brilliant ride by Danny [Cook] because the horse hasn’t run over two miles, five furlongs before, and I told him to drop him in and not get carried away up front.

 

“Over two miles we’ve been up there making it, but today he was just off the pace and did everything right - we were simply beaten by a better horse. I’ve not thought about plans, but he’s only had three jump races this season and could go to Punchestown. After that he’d be due a break.”

 

Ellison’s Marsh Warbler was unplaced in yesterday’s Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, but he could run on Friday in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Ellison said: “He needed softer ground, but the time of the race was faster than the Champion Hurdle. Perhaps we should have dropped him and not been so handy. I might declare him for Friday’s race because he’s tough enough to run quickly, but he won’t take part unless we get the rain that’s forecast.”

 

 

 

Race five - third place quote

Coral Cup

 

ORSIPPUS RUNS CRACKER AT BIG ODDS

 

Trainer Michael Smith was thrilled by the effort of Orsippus after the five-year-old belied his 33/1 starting price to take third in the Coral Cup.

 

Last year’s Fred Winter Hurdle third was having his first crack at the two mile, five furlong trip and got the distance well under Davy Condon to lose out by six lengths and half a length.

 

Smith said: “I am really pleased as we have had a really tough winter up north and there have been a lot of missed opportunities.

 

“I had to run him at Kelso the last day despite the ground being unsuitable as a prep for here.

 

“He was third here last year, won a Grade One at Aintree and has again proved himself a good horse.

 

“It can be tough for these young horses in the senior ranks and the plan was to get through the year.

 

“I have had to be patient with him but he should improve for this and if he is OK we will take him to Aintree.”

 

 

Sixth race - winner quote

Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle

 

FIRST SUCCESS FOR TOWNEND

 

Paul Townend enjoyed his first winner at the Cheltenham Festival as What A Charm landed the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle in a thrilling finish to give Irish-trained horses a sixth straight success on the day at cumulative odds of 1,525,919/1.

 

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign as second jockey to Willie Mullins having ridden plenty of Grade One winners in Ireland, including aboard Hurricane Fly who took yesterday’s Champion Hurdle under Ruby Walsh.

 

What A Charm is trained by Arthur Moore and the 9/1 chance just got the better of the front-running Kumbeshwar after a tremendous battle to score by a neck.

 

Townend said: “It is unbelievable to ride a winner here and I am grateful to Arthur Moore and the owners for giving me the opportunity.

 

“I have been very lucky to ride Hurricane Fly this season and that will do me and I had a great spin off my horse to finish fourth behind him in the Champion Hurdle yesterday.

 

“It is special to ride a winner at the Festival and it tops a great year for me.”

 

Moore added: “She had to run as she was well handicapped and has really turned in her coat the last two weeks.

 

“I thought this may be a bit sharp for her but she has done it well and it is a great thrill to be here.

 

“This winner’s enclosure is a very hard place to get to. We have been lucky here in the past but were due another auccess and it is our first hurdle winner here.

 

“I was a great admirer of Fred Winter and once did evening stables with him. We came around to a hairy-looking horse and he said what do you think of him - he’s a store horse who we have just brought over from Ireland. I replied he might be all right with a bit of time and he said - that’s Sonny Somers and he’s 15 years old!

 

“He was a good friend and fantastic man so it is nice to win his race. The extra pleasure is Chris Jones is the owner and he is here again today. We’ve had four winners for him here and he is a great sport.”

 

 

Sixth race - placed quotes

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

 

KUMBESHWAR BLINDER UNDER TOP WEIGHT

Despite carrying top weight of 11st 10lb the Alan King-trained Kumbeshwar ran a blinder to finish second in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

 

What A Charm, receiving 18lb, proved just too quick from the final flight, but King was thrilled with Kumbeshwar - and also with third-placed Dhaafer and fifth Jubail, who are also trained at his Barbury Castle Stables.

 

King said: “All three have run well and I’m very proud of them. Kumbeshwar has run a hell of a race at the weights. He’s getting better all the time and is a grand horse. I see no reason why all three won’t be out again this season - Dhaafer is crying out for  two and a half miles, but that might not be until next season.

 

“We’ll see what happens to the horses who take part in the [JCB] Triumph Hurdle, but Kumbeshwar could go to Aintree for the Glenlivet Hurdle.”

 

Gordon Elliott had saddled two winners on the card, but he had to be content with fourth place thanks to 4/1 favourite Plan A. Elliott said: “He ran a great race, but was beaten by better horses. He travelled well but couldn’t quicken - we’ve no excuses.”

 

           

Seventh race - The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Winner’s quotes

 

CHELTENIAN HALTS IRISH ROMP AT CHELTENHAM

 

With six winners on the board for Ireland on Ladies Day at Cheltenham, it took the English duo of Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson to halt the whitewash by winning  the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

 

A £210,000 purchase at Brightwells’ Cheltenham Sale in November 2010, 14/1 shot Cheltenian struck by five lengths from the Welsh-trained Destroyer Deployed.

 

Trainer Philip Hobbs, who also sent out yesterday’s Arkle Chase winner Captain Chris, said: “He’s always impressed me and we were delighted when he won at Kempton.

 

“I certainly think there’s more to come. He’s definitely going to want a trip. He’s a real  tough horse. If he ends up here next March I’d say it’s almost certain he would go for either the Neptune [Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, 2m5f] or the Albert Bartlett [Novices’ Hurdle, 3m].”

 

Winning jockey Richard Johnson said: “His form was pretty strong but you never know in this race. He was very strong and galloped right to the line.

 

“There are very few form lines coming into a race like this and they can all look like superstars as most of the runners have won or finished second in decent bumpers.”

 

He added: “I was hopeful he’d run a good race off a decent pace and a stiff track was always going to suit him. He’s a really big, strong horse and before he came over to this country from Ireland he was obviously given plenty of time to mature.”

 

 

Seventh race - second pace quote

Weatherbys Champion Bumper

 

VAUGHAN OVER THE MOON WITH DESTROYER

 

Destroyer Deployed was up with the pace for much of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and only found the successful Cheltenian too good in the closing stages.

 

The Tim Vaughan-trained Destroyer Deployed, a winner of his two races en route to Cheltenham, was sent off at 66/1 for the closing event on day two of the Festival.

 

But he made a mockery of those odds by finishing a five-length second, much to the delight of Welsh trainer Vaughan.

 

Vaughan said: “I am over the moon and he is tough as teak.

 

“That was a serious run to lay up with the pace all of the way round and he has done nothing but improve since coming over from Ireland.

 

“He had won both of his races before today and has stepped up in grade.

 

“He was third in a point-to-point so we know he jumps and we’ll now give him a summer at grass and decide what to do.

 

“Al Ferof was second in this race last year and won the Supreme Novices’ yesterday so who knows what will happen.”

 

 

CLAISSE HAPPY SO FAR

 

 

Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Cheltenham Racecourse, is happy with how the ground coped with the first day of The Festival yesterday.

 

He said this morning at 9.30am: “We are getting the track back, repairing it, so we have 45 treaders out there in three teams going round.

 

“We are not moving any rails and the ground stood up really well to the racing yesterday. The grass cover was strong enough which was terrific.

 

“We have only had about four or five millimetres of rain in the last three or four weeks. We took the decision on Saturday to water the New Course (used on Thursday and Friday) and did two lots of about seven millimetres - 13 millimetres in all over the weekend.

 

“That course is in the same state as the one we are using today, good, good to soft in places. It won’t dry out too much more today so it will be fine for tomorrow and, with the prospects of some heavy rain on Friday morning, we might not be watering on Thursday evening.”

 

Claisse said the forecast was for dry weather until Friday.

 

“We have low cloud and mist at the moment but it is meant to stay dry today with temperatures rising to 10 to 11 degrees Celcius, with much the same tomorrow. Friday could be interesting with rain forecast for the morning.

 

“The crowd was great yesterday, just short of 54,000 which is as good as we have here since 2007 so we were absolutely delighted. The racing was terrific.”

 

 

 

GOING NEWS AT 10AM

 

 

The going on the Old Course, used today, remains

 

 

GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES

 

 

The GoingStick reading at 8.30am today was 7.8.

 

The New Course, used tomorrow and Friday, has changed to also be Good, Good to Soft in places, having been Good to Soft, Good in places yesterday.

 

The forecast is to be cloudy today and tomorrow with 4-5 millimetres of rain due Friday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

               

LADIES DAY MARKET MOVERS

 

 

The highlight of Ladies Day is the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase but the second day kicks off with the longest race of the entire Festival, the four-mile National Hunt Steeplechase for amateur riders.

 

Unsurprisingly, after Willie Mullins won both the Stan James Champion Hurdle and David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day, his runner in the first race today, Some Target, ridden by his son Patrick, has attracted some support in the market and was trimmed to 7/1 from 8/1 by Coral and Paddy Power, the latter also cutting Jonjo O’Neill’s Aberdale to 12/1 from 14/1. Totesport has seen money for Chicago Grey, who is now 5/1 (from 6/1), and for Pearlysteps, now in to 16/1 (from 20/1).

 

Mullins is popular again in the second race, the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, with So Young reported to be the best backed horse of the day by Totesport, with whom he is 9/4, in from 3/1. So Young is now 2/1 clear favourite with Boylesports having been cut from 11/4, and Coral has seen money for First Lieutenant, who is now 13/2 (from 8/1).

 

Time For Rupert has long been a warm favourite for the RSA Chase and Paddy Power has him at 5/2 (from 11/1), with Totesport seeing some interest in Aiteen Thirtythree, who has shortened a point to 8/1. Mikael d’Haguenet is now 8/1, from 11/1, with Coral. 

 

In the feature race, the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase, the sponsor makes last year’s winner Big Zeb 3/1 favourite. Both Somersby and Sizing Europe have been backed into 8/1 (from 9/1) with Totesport.

 

In the Coral Cup, the sponsor reports movement on three runners: Ballyhaunis (11/1 from 12/1), Carlito Brigante (20/1 from 25/1) and Lightning Strike (20/1 from 28/1). Paddy Power has Ballyhaunis at 12/1 from 16/1, while Totesport go 16/1 for Arcalis (from 20/1).

 

Potential stars of tomorrow line up in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, in which Paddy Power has Gordon Elliott’s Plan A at 6/1 (from 13/2). Fellow Irish raider What A Charm, from the Arthur Moore stable, has been the subject of a big gamble with Boylesports and is now in from 16/1 to 8/1, while Totesport has cut him to 15/2. Totesport has also had some interest in Kayef, now 20/1 from 25/1.

 

The Weatherbys Champion Bumper concludes the action on Ladies’ Day and there has been support for the Philip Rothwell-trained Divine Rhapsody, the mount of Paul Carberry, who is currently 10/1 (from 12/1) with Paddy Power and 9/1 with Totesport. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Go All The Way has come in for some support and is now 22/1 from 33/1.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY’S NON-RUNNERS

 

 

Race 1 The National Hunt Steeple Chase

 

No. 10 Glenwood Knight (Vet certificate, knocked joint)

 

Race 4 The Coral Cup

 

No. 20 Secret Dancer

No. 23 Montan (Self-certificate, bruised foot)

No. 24 Gift Of Dgab (Vet certificate, blood analysis not normal)

No. 28 County Zen (Vet certificate, lame)

 

 

RUBY TUESDAY A GIFT FOR HEADLINE WRITERS

 

Ruby Walsh’s sparkling Tuesday treble gave a boost to press coverage of the Festival’s opening day.

 

‘It’s Ruby Tuesday at Cheltenham’ is the front page headline in the Irish Independent, which devotes pages 2 and 3 to reports and pictures from Prestbury Park in addition to 12 pages of Festival coverage

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in its sports section. The Irish Independent sponsored Tuesday’s Arkle Challenge Trophy, and its racing pages include a photo of marketing manager Geoff Lyons presenting Captain Chris’s owner, Diana Whateley, with her trophy.

 

‘Caned ‘Em’, a reference to Hurricane Fly’s Stan James Champion Hurdle win, is the Sun’s headline in its racing pullout, while the Daily Mirror starts Festival coverage on page 11, referring to ‘Ruby Tuesday’, footballer Robbie Savage’s £3,000 betting coup, and including a picture of photogenic Zara Phillips. The same newspaper’s racing pullout headline - ‘Hurricane Ruby’ - sums up day one at the meeting.

 

Incidentally, several tabloid papers offer free Cheltenham bets - the  Sun lines up with Ladbrokes to offer a £1 bet in shops and £5 online, the Mirror deal involves a £1 bet in William Hill shops, while the Daily Express and Daily Star link up with Coral to offer a £5 freebie.

 

The Daily Star puts the Festival on page 9 of its news pages, with a headline dedicated to ‘Five-winner Robbie Savage’, while it’s racing special is fronted by an ebullient Ruby Walsh and the headline ‘High Flier’.

 

Excellent coverage in The Independent includes a gutsy photographic moment from the Stan James Champion Hurdle and a headline that states, ‘Flying finish a reminder that Ruby remains king of the valley’, while the Guardian’s sports pages are fronted by an excerpt from Paul Hayward’s report on day one of the meeting. ‘For all Ruby’s freshness and ingenuity in the saddle he looks like a creaky veteran - until the tapes go up’ writes Hayward.

 

The Daily Telegraph’s Ian Chadband picks up on Walsh’s battle to return to action for the Festival, quoting the jockey as saying ‘You remember lying on the floor in the gym crying from the pain when you have days like this’.

 

Alan Lee’s Festival watch in The Times picks up on Nicky Henderson’s day of seconditis (he saddled four runners-up), quoting the trainer as saying ‘At least nobody can accuse us of not trying’.

 

That comment could apply to all the newspapers in their festival coverage, and it is not only the national press that give the event a splash. The Gloucestershire Echo looks ahead to Friday, and focuses on tip-top local horse with the headline ‘Owner says Commander looks a million dollars’, a reminder of much more to come.

 

 

CHIC FRILLS A SIGN IT’S LADIES DAY

 

Fashion in a range of fabrics, designs and colours was to the fore at Cheltenham on Ladies Day, when entrants for a best-dressed competition lined up to win a range of fabulous prizes.

 

On a chilly day the conundrum of how to keep warm while revealing a fashionable outfit was solved by Vanessa Maddox from Exmoor, whose fur bolero jacket provided the warmth, but did not hide a striking purple dress and matching shoes. Vanessa, who had joined 15 female friends for a day at Cheltenham, said: “We’re in a hospitality tent, and drinking plenty of champagne, so we’re not feeling the cold. We came today because it’s a friend’s 50th birthday, and we’ve entered the competition for a bit of fun.”

 

Redditch-based Susan Hopkins was entered for the competition online by her husband Mark, who said: “She always looks good, but doesn’t believe it.” Susan’s outfit, topped off by a colourful Radley bag, was acquired, “On a shopping trip with Mark’s credit card!” The couple are regular racegoers, but Susan has never entered a racecourse competition before.

 

Michelle Lake was not going to allow an impending baby to deter her from attempting to win the best-dressed award. Dressed in a warm white coat and matching hat, Gloucesteshire-based Michelle had brought colour to her outfit with red gloves and a matching bag. She said: “I’ve never attended the Festival, although I’ve been to Cheltenham on Countryside Day. I wasn’t worried which day I came, but my partner and his mates came yesterday, so girls were excluded. They won on Hurricane Fly, I hope to win with Master Minded.”

 

Northamptonshire’s Tilly Magill was taking no chances with the chill by wearing a brilliant red, warm winter coat - borrowed from friend Sam Round, but a mean fit nonetheless.

 

Tilly has been racing at Towcester, while Sam was making her Festival debut after living in Cheltenham for seven years. She said: “I’ve seen and heard so much about the Festival, and experienced the atmosphere around the town during the meeting, so thought it was time to come along.”

 

Champagne was the internal radiator for Gloucesteshire’s Julie Richardson and friends, who were dressed for summer, but with winter coats waiting in the Gold Cup restaurant. When asked if her slinky, black dress had been specially selected for the occasion, Julie laughed and said: “I usually wear it when putting the bins out.”

 

Ladies’ day is fun and fashionable.

 

 

LADIES DAY REACTION

 

Glamour arrived at Cheltenham for Ladies Day this afternoon but the effect of the Fashion Awards received a mixed reaction from those on course.

 

Julia Olivier from Norfolk said: “Ladies day has had no effect on me whatsoever.

 

“I always come to Cheltenham for a couple of days and I haven’t done anything special in terms or my dress or makeup.

 

“Saying that, my boyfriend backed a few winners yesterday and I am wearing the coat he bought me with his winnings.”

 

Tina Taylor from Cork said: “I love the fashion and I have entered the Ladies Day competition at Punchestown for the last couple of years.

 

“I have never done any good in that which I think may be due to my thighs so I have gone for a trouser suit today, which I just as well as it’s bloody freezing!

 

“I think Ladies Days are a great way to get new people to come racing and they do encourage women.

 

“I bought this outfit in a store in Dublin last week and a Ladies Day offer will always grab my attention.”

 

Frances Buchanan from Exeter said: “Ladies Day certainly has not made any difference to me.

 

“I would be here anyway as I am a racing fan and I feel it grossly insulting that any commercial organisation feels it necessary to maintain this antediluvian attitude to women.”

 

Helen Maguire from Cheltenham said: “I am a member here so come all of the time and Ladies Day doesn’t make any difference to me.

 

“I always like to dress smart for the races but some of my girlfriends do go to a little more effort.

 

“While Ladies day doesn’t make any difference to me I do enjoy looking at all the outfits and I will probably enter the competition as the prizes are good and it does bring a bit of glitz to the day.”

 

 

FIRST RACE RESULT

 

1.30pm THE 141ST YEAR OF THE NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP

Class 2, £75,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+, 4m. Weights: 5yo 11st 5lb; 6yo+ 11st 6lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Value: 1st: £45,015; 2nd: £14,062.50; 3rd: £7,027.50; 4th: £3,517.50; 5th: £1,755; 6th: £885

 

1)  CHICAGO GREY (IRE) (John Earls) Gordon Elliott IRE t8-11-06 Mr Derek O'Connor 5/1 Fav

2)  BESHABAR (IRE) (Maggie Findlay) Tim Vaughan 9-11-06 Mr Tom David 9/1

3)  BE THERE IN FIVE (IRE) (Simon Munir) Nicky Henderson 7-11-06 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 20/1

4)  ALFA BEAT (IRE) (Barry Healy) Charles Byrnes IRE p1 7-11-06 Mr Robbie McNamara

5)  SOME TARGET (IRE) (Captain Conflict Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-06 Mr Patrick Mullins

6)  SONA SASTA (IRE) (Roger Brookhouse) David Pipe 8-11-06 Mr Jamie Codd

7)  PEARLYSTEPS (The Glazeley Partnership) Henry Daly 8-11-06 Mr Tom Greenall

8)  CARLAS DREAM (IRE) (John Place) Denis Murphy IRE 9-10-13 Mr Barry O'Neill

9)  DOUBLE PRIDE (Trevor Hemmings) Alan King p7-11-06 Mr Damien Murphy

10)  ARABELLA BOY (IRE) (Andrew Berry) Enda Bolger IRE 6-11-06 Miss Nina Carberry

11)  CHAMIREY (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Donald McCain Jnr b8-11-06 Mr Richard Harding

12)  REGAL APPROACH (IRE) (Paul Vogt) Kim Bailey p8-11-06 Mr Charlie Greene

  FELL 3RD) MAJOR MALARKEY (IRE) (Baker Dodd & Cooke) Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-06 Mr James Carroll

PU)  CAPTAIN AMERICO (IRE) (Martin Tedham) James Ewart 9-11-06 Mr Andrew Duff

PU)  ABERDALE (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Jonjo O'Neill t7-11-06 Mr Alan Berry

PU)  ON HIS OWN (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 7-11-06 Mr Oliver Greenall

 

16 ran Non-Runner: Glenwood Knight (Vet’s Certificate, Knocked Joint)

Tote Win: £5.00 Places: £2.30; £3.60; £4.40 Exacta: £59.00

Distances: 4½, 8, 3¼, 9, 4½, 13, 1¾, 8, ½, 1¾, 37  

Breeder: Mrs R H Lawlor Breeding: gr g Luso - Carrigreen Acer (IRE) (Lord Americo)

 

Winning Trainer: GORDON ELLIOTT Based: Capranny, Trim, Co Meath, Ireland Background: Former point-to-point rider. Started out at Tony Martin’s Meath stables. Moved to Martin Pipe in 2002 and rode one winner from six amateur rides. Began training in 2006 at Capranny Stables, owned by Barry Callaghan, head of the Dun Doire Syndicate. Won the John Smith’s Grand National in 2007, despite not having recorded a victory in Ireland. Is an avid follower of Australian daytime soap Home And Away. Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): National Hunt Chase (2011 Chicago Grey) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2007 Silver Birch) Big Race Wins Include: Tipperary Hurdle (2007 Salford City), totesport Ebor (2010 Dirar), Betfair iphone & Android App Hurdle (2010 Carlito Brigante), Drinmore Novice Chase (2010 Jessies Dream - his first Grade One victory), Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase (2011 Roi du Mee) Wins in Britain (2006/07-2009/10): 4; 8; 24; 36; Wins in Britain This Season: 30

 

Winning Jockey: Mr Derek O’Connor Background: Leading amateur and six-time Irish point-to-point champion rider. Has set a new record of wins in each of the past six seasons between the flags, clinching the title with a remarkable 113 successes in 2008/09. Hails from County Galway. He is associated with former top amateur turned trainer John Kiely. O’Connor’s mother was a talented rider in point-to-points for Tom Costello in the sixties under her maiden name of Jean Moore Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): National Hunt Chase (2011 Chicago Grey) Overall Champion Irish Point-to-Point Rider: 2003/04 (59 wins); 2004/05 (63); 2005/06 (72); 2006/07 (75); 2007/08 (94); 2008/09 (113) Height: 5ft 10in Big race wins: GPT Galway Handicap (2003 Rapid Deployment), Goffs Land Rover Bumper (2007 Gonebeyondrecall), Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase (2005 Coolnahilla) Wins in Britain (2003/04-2008/09): 0; 0; 0; 1; 1; 0 Wins in Britain this season: 1

 

 

SECOND RACE RESULT

 

2.05pm THE NEPTUNE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT NOVICES’ HURDLE

Grade 1, Class 1, £100,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+, 2m 5f. Weights: 4yo 10st 13lb; 5yo+ 11st 7lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Value: 1st: £57,010; 2nd: £21,390; 3rd: £10,710; 4th: £5,340; 5th: £2,680; 6th: £1,340

 

1)  FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Mouse Morris IRE 6-11-07 Davy Russell 7/1

2)  ROCK ON RUBY (IRE) (The Festival Goers) Paul Nicholls t6-11-07 Daryl Jacob 13/2

3)  SO YOUNG (FR) (Mrs M McMahon) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-07 Ruby Walsh 2/1 Fav

4)  OSCARS WELL (IRE) (Molley Malone Syndicate) Jessica Harrington IRE 6-11-07 Robbie Power

5)  MEGASTAR (Hinds, Waddingham, Arthur, Herbert, Day) Gary Moore 6-11-07 Jamie Moore

6)  MINELLA CLASS (IRE) (Deal, George, Kelvin-Hughes, Nicolson) Nicky Henderson 6-11-07 Barry Geraghty

7)  AIKMAN (IRE) (J D Gordon) James Ewart 7-11-07 Harry Haynes

8)  OHIO GOLD (IRE) (P M Warren) Colin Tizzard 5-11-07 Joe Tizzard

9)  HABBIE SIMPSON (Sandy Love) Alan King 6-11-07 Robert Thornton

10)  HIGHLAND VALLEY (IRE) (M E Thompson) Emma Lavelle 6-11-07 Jack Doyle

PU)  ACCORDINTOLAWRENCE (IRE) (Johnnie & Charlie Lightfoot) Charlie Longsdon 5-11-07 Felix De Giles

PU)  TORNADO BOB (IRE) (Diana Whateley) Donald McCain 6-11-07 Jason Maguire

 

12 ran

Tote Win: £8.00 Places: £2.10; £1.60; £1.60 Exacta: £60.10

Distances: sh, 4½, 2¼, 1½, nose, 2½, 1¼, 6, 6

Breeder: Mary O’Connor Breeding: ch Presenting - Fourstargale (Fourstars Allstar)

 

Winning Trainer: MICHAEL (MOUSE) MORRIS Date of birth: 4/4/1951 Based: Everardsgrange, Fethard, Co Tipperary Background: Michael Morris has been known as Mouse since his early days as an amateur rider. His father, Lord Killanin, competed at the Olympic Games and went on to head the International Olympic Committee. As a youngster in Ireland, Mouse showed little enthusiasm for school, preferring to spend his mornings riding out for a local trainer. Served his apprenticeship at the celebrated Frenchie Nicholson academy in Cheltenham alongside the likes of Pat Eddery and Tony Murray. As a jockey he won the Irish Grand National on Billycan in 1977 and the Queen Mother Champion Chase twice on Skymas in 1976 and 1977. He took out his first trainer’s licence in 1980 and immediately established himself as one of Ireland’s leading National Hunt trainers. Cheltenham Festival Wins (7): Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1990 Trapper John), Christies Foxhunter (1986 Attitude Adjuster), Queen Mother (1986 Buck House), Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1983 Buck House), Grand Annual (2005 Fota Island), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2006 War Of Attrition), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2011 First Lieutenant)

 

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.  Cheltenham Festival Wins (7):RSA Chase (2010 Weapon’s Amnesty), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Weapon’s Amnesty), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (2008 Tiger Cry), Coral Cup (2008 Naiad Du Misselot), Cross Country Handicap Chase (2006 Native Jack), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2007 Joe’s Edge), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2011 First Lieutenant) First Cheltenham Festival Ride: Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir, Toni’s Tip (6th), March 14, 2000 Wins in Britain (2002/3-2009/10): 22; 28; 2; 2; 2; 4; 3; 2; Wins in Britain This Season: 1

 

 

THIRD RACE RESULT

 

2.40pm THE RSA CHASE

Grade 1, Class 1, £130,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+, 3m ½f. Weights: 5yo 11st 3lb; 6yo+ 11st 4lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Value: 1st: £74,113; 2nd: £27,807; 3rd: £13,923; 4th: £6,942; 5th: £3,484; 6th: £1,742

 

1)  BOSTONS ANGEL (IRE) (Elder Scouller) Jessica Harrington IRE 7-11-04 Robbie Power 16/1

2)  JESSIES DREAM (IRE) (David Johnson) Gordon Elliott IRE 8-11-04 Timmy Murphy 10/1

3)  WAYWARD PRINCE John & Hilary Parrott) Ian Williams 7-11-04 Tony McCoy 15/2

4)  MAGNANIMITY (Gigginstown House Stud) Dessie Hughes IRE 7-11-04 Davy Russell

5)  TIME FOR RUPERT (IRE) (Littlecote Racing Partnership) Paul Webber 7-11-04 Will Kennedy 7/4 Fav

6)  MASTER OF THE HALL (IRE) (Martin Landau & Jonathan Duffy) Nicky Henderson 7-11-04 Barry Geraghty

7)  ELYSIAN ROCK (Michael O’Flynn) Mouse Morris IRE 7-11-04 Martin Ferris

FELL 3 OUT) QUEL ESPRIT (FR) (Red Barn Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-04 Paul Townend

FELL 14TH) MIKAEL D'HAGUENET (FR) (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-04 Ruby Walsh

PU)  AITEEN THIRTYTHREE (IRE) (Paul Barber & The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 7-11-04 Daryl Jacob

PU)  WYMOTT (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Donald McCain p1 7-11-04 Jason Maguire

UR 6TH) THE GIANT BOLSTER (Simon Hunt) David Bridgwater 6-11-04 Rodi Greene

 

12 ran

Tote Win: £22.20 Places: £4.90; £3.30; £2.50 Exacta: £230.50

Distances: nk, ¾, nose, 5, 8, 53

Breeder: Philip Scouller  Breeding: b g Winged Love (IRE) - Lady Boston (FR) (Mannsonien)

 

Winning Trainer: JESSICA HARRINGTON Based: Commonstown Stables, Moone, Co Kildare, Ireland Background: Former three-day-event rider, competed for Ireland at the Olympics. Date of First Licence: 1989 Cheltenham Festival Wins (7): Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (1999 Space Trucker), The Irish Independent Arkle Chase (2002 Moscow Flyer), Queen Mother Champion Chase (2003 & 2005 Moscow Flyer), County Hurdle (2003 Spirit Leader), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2007 Cork All Star), RSA Chase (2011 Bostons Angel)

 

Winning Jockey: Robert Power Background: Robert Power is the son of legendary Irish showjumper and trainer Con Power, who is regarded as the top man in Ireland to deal with horses who find it difficult to learn to jump properly. A silver medallist at the European Junior Showjumping Championships in 2000, Power made the switch to jump racing the following year. First winner as a professional came on the Paddy Mullins-trained Bob What at Leopardstown in February, 2002. He was honoured at the 2004 Irish Jump Racing Awards as the leading claiming rider Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): RSA Chase (2011 Bostons Angel) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2007 Silver Birch) Wins in Ireland (2001/02-2009/10): 8; 12; 28; 37; 25; 17; 20; 18; 32; Wins in Ireland this season: 25 Wins in Britain (2002/03-2009/10): 1; 0; 0; 0; 2; 0; 0; 2; Wins in Britain This Season: 1

 

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FOURTH RACE RESULT

 

3.20pm THE sportingbet.com QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

Grade 1, Class 1, £320,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+ which are allotted a 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 9; horses which are not qualified for a rating Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered and such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 9 would merit a minimum rating of 130; the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. 2m. Weights: 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Value: 1st: £182,432; 2nd: £68,448; 3rd: £34,272; 4th: £17,088; 5th: £8,576; 6th: £4,288

 

1)  SIZING EUROPE (IRE) (Ann & Alan Potts Partnership) Henry de Bromhead IRE 9-11-10 Andrew Lynch 10/1

2)  BIG ZEB (IRE) (Pat Redmond) Colm Murphy IRE 10-11-10 Barry Geraghty 3/1

3)  CAPTAIN CEE BEE (IRE) (J P McManus) Eddie Harty IRE 10-11-10 Tony McCoy 14/1

4)  GOLDEN SILVER (FR) (Violet O’Leary) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-10 Paul Townend

5)  SOMERSBY (IRE) (Camilla Radford) Henrietta Knight 7-11-10 Robert Thornton

6)  FRENCH OPERA (Judy Wilson & Martin Landau) Nicky Henderson 8-11-10 Andrew Tinkler

7)  I'M SO LUCKY (Sheila Brookhouse) David Pipe b1 t9-11-10 Tom Scud amore

8)  MASTER MINDED (FR) (Clive Smith) Paul Nicholls 8-11-10 Ruby Walsh 2/1 Fav

9)  CORNAS (NZ) (The Gascoigne Brookes Partnership III) Nick Williams 9-11-10 Leighton Aspell

10=)  MAD MAX (IRE) (Carole Skipworth & Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 9-11-10 Paul Carberry

10=)  WOOLCOMBE FOLLY (IRE) (The Hon Mrs Townshend) Paul Nicholls 8-11-10 Daryl Jacob

 

11 ran

Tote Win: £10.60 Places: £2.60; £1.60; £3.50 Exacta: £29.70

Distances: 5, 4, 1½, 1¾, 3½, 9, 6, ½, nose, dead heat Time: 3m 55.60s

Breeder: Angela Bracken Breeding: b g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Jennie Dun (IRE) (Mandalus)

 

Winning Trainer: HENRY DE BROMHEAD Based: Knockeen, Co Waterford, Ireland Date of first Trainer’s Licence: January 2000 Background: Worked as assistant for Sir Mark Prescott. Took over from father Harry at the end of 1999. Had first winner in Britain when Sizing Europe won the City Inn National Hunt Maiden Hurdle at Newbury on November 24, 2006. First Winner: Fidalus, Tramore, January 1, 2000 (his first runner) Cheltenham Festival Wins (3): Irish Independent Arkle (2010 Sizing Europe), Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2011 Sizing Australia), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2011 Sizing Europe) Big Race Wins: Craddockstown Novice Chase (2009 Sizing Europe), Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2007 Sizing Europe), Irish Champion Hurdle (2008 Sizing Europe), Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (2008 Mister Watzisname), Sharp Novices' Hurdle (2009 Loosen My Load), Bord na Mona with Nature Novice Chase (2009 Sizing Europe), Arkle Novice Chase (Irish) (2010 An Cathaoir Mor) Wins in Britain (2006/07-2009/10): 1; 1; 0; 2; Wins in Britain This Season: 2

 

Winning Jockey: Andrew Lynch Background: had his first racecourse ride on a horse called Jack Dante in a bumper at Fairyhouse in April 2001 but had to wait over a year to get off the mark, which he did at the 26th time of asking on Tristernagh in a novice hurdle at Downpatrick on May 18th 2002. Amazingly, Lynch

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only rode three winners in the two years that followed that day at Downpatrick. Won the Amateur Derby at Epsom in late-August 2004 on Tender Falcon.  His win on Ballard Lad in  a bumper at Wexford on 24th July 2005 proved to be the final winner of his amateur career as he took the brave decision to turn professional days later. Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): Irish Independent Arkle (2010 Sizing Europe), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Berties Dream), Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (2011 Sizing Australia), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2011 Sizing Europe) Big Race Wins: Bord na mona With Nature Novice Chase (2009 Sizing Europe), Craddockstown Novice Chase (2006 Blueberry Boy, 2009 Sizing Europe), Dunboyne Castle Novice Hurdle (2007 DeValira) O'Connell Transport Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle (2006 Emma Jane), paddypower.com Future Champions Novice Hurdle (2006 De Valira), Kinloch Brae Chase (2007 Forget The Past), Aramark Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (2007 Duty), Grimes Hurdle (2007 Essex), Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (2006 Victram), Freshways Handicap Hurdle (2007 Nintytwo Team), Knight Frank Novice Chase (2007 Notre Pere), Punchestown Gold Cup (2009 Notre Pere), Sharp Novices' Hurdle (2009 Loosen My Load), Thurles Chase (2007 Forget The Past) Coral Welsh National (2008 Notre Pere), Boyne Hurdle (2011 Voler La Vedette), Red Mills Chase (2011 Rubi Light) Wins in Britain (2005/06-2009/10):1; 0; 0; 1; 4; Wins in Britain this season: 8

 

 

FIFTH RACE RESULT

 

4.00pm THE CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE

Grade 3, Class 1, £70,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+, 2m 5f. Minimum weight 10st. Penalties: after February 27, a winner of a hurdle 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Penalty Value: 1st: £39,907; 2nd: £14,973; 3rd: £7,497; 4th: £3,738; 5th: £1,876; 6th: £938

1)  CARLITO BRIGANTE (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE t1 5-10-12 Davy Russell 16/1

2)  BOTHY (Dan Gilbert) Brian Ellison 5-10-07 Danny Cook (3) 12/1

3)  ORSIPPUS (USA) (Sandra Smith) Michael Smith 5-10-08 Davy Condon 33/1

4)  BATTLE GROUP (Jolly Boys Outing) David Pipe 6-10-09 Tom Scudamore 33/2

5)  SOLIX (FR) (Michael Buckley) Nicky Henderson 5-11-10 Barry Geraghty 25/1

6)  DANTARI (IRE) (Ian Brice) Evan Williams 6-10-00 Jamie Moore

7)  WALKON (FR) (McNeill Family) Alan King 6-11-12 Robert Thornton

8)  ARCALIS (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 11-10-10 Brian Hughes

9)  PISTOLET NOIR (FR) (The Roy & Stewart Families) Paul Nicholls 5-10-06 Ian Popham (3)

10)  AACHEN (Tony Bloom) Venetia Williams 7-9-12 Robert Dunne (5)

11)  CALL THE POLICE (IRE) (Eammon Duignan) Willie Mullins IRE 8-10-12 Ruby Walsh 7/2 Fav

12)  MOHANAD (IRE) (Heart of the South Racing) Sheena West 5-10-01 Jamie Goldstein

13)  TRENCHANT (Peter Harding & Stephen Williams) Alan King b6-11-07 Wayne Hutchinson

14)  BUSKER ROYAL (Rita Brown) Nicky Henderson 8-9-13 Richard Killoran (3)

15)  STRAW BEAR (USA) (J P McManus) Nick Gifford 10-10-07 Liam Treadwell

16)  AEGEAN DAWN (Paul Murphy) Nicky Henderson 6-11-00 David Bass (3)

17)  BALLYHAUNIS (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE t1 6-10-07 Paul Townend

18)  LIGHTNING STRIKE (GER) (John Nicholls (Trading) Ltd) Venetia Williams 8-10-01 Aidan Coleman

19)  SONG OF SONGS (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill v9-9-11 Richie McLernon (3)

20)  TIGER O'TOOLE (IRE) (Ms S Howell) Evan Williams 6-10-09 Paul Moloney

21)  LORD RAGNAR (IRE) (Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes) Nicky Henderson 8-10-01 Andrew Tinkler

FELL LAST)  FOR NON STOP (IRE) (Jared Sullivan) Nick Williams 6-10-07 Daryl Jacob

 

22 ran

Non-Runners: Montan (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot), Gift Of Dgab (Vet’s Certificate, Blood Analysis Not Normal), Secret Dancer (Other), County Zen (Vet’s Certificate, Lame), Orzare (Going), Points Of View (Going)

Tote Win: £17.80 Places: £3.20; £2.70; £8.50; £8.70 Exacta: £185.50

Distances: 6, ½, 2¼, 4½, 1¼, 1¾, 2¾, 1½, 3¾, nk, ¾, 4½, ½, nk, nk, 3½, 3, 1½, 18, 3¼  

Breeder: Ballylinch Stud Breeding: b g Haafhd - Desert Magic (IRE) (Green Desert)

 

Winning Trainer: GORDON ELLIOTT Based: Capranny, Trim, Co Meath, Ireland Background: Former point-to-point rider. Started out at Tony Martin’s Meath stables. Moved to Martin Pipe in 2002 and rode one winner from six amateur rides. Began training in 2006 at Capranny Stables, owned by Barry Callaghan, head of the Dun Doire Syndicate. Won the John Smith’s Grand National in 2007, despite not having recorded a victory in Ireland. Is an avid follower of Australian daytime soap Home And Away. Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): National Hunt Chase (2011 Chicago Grey), Coral Cup (2011 Carlito Brigante) Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2007 Silver Birch) Big Race Wins Include: Tipperary Hurdle (2007 Salford City), totesport Ebor (2010 Dirar), Betfair iphone & Android App Hurdle (2010 Carlito Brigante), Drinmore Novice Chase (2010 Jessies Dream - his first Grade One victory), Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase (2011 Roi du Mee) Wins in Britain (2006/07-2009/10): 4; 8; 24; 36; Wins in Britain This Season: 31

 

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.  Cheltenham Festival Wins (8):RSA Chase (2010 Weapon’s Amnesty), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2009 Weapon’s Amnesty), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (2008 Tiger Cry), Coral Cup (2008 Naiad Du Misselot, 2011 Carlito Brigante), Cross Country Handicap Chase (2006 Native Jack), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2007 Joe’s Edge), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2011 First Lieutenant) First Cheltenham Festival Ride: Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir, Toni’s Tip (6th), March 14, 2000 Wins in Britain (2002/3-2009/10): 22; 28; 2; 2; 2; 4; 3; 2; Wins in Britain This Season: 2

 

 

SIXTH RACE RESULT

4.40pm THE FRED WINTER JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE

Grade 3, Class 1, £60,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo, 2m ½f. Highest weight 11st 10lb; minimum weight 10st. Penalties: after February 27, a winner of a hurdle 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Penalty Value: 1st: £34,206; 2nd: £12,834; 3rd: £6,426; 4th: £3,204; 5th: £1,608; 6th: £804

 

1)  WHAT A CHARM (IRE) (Chris Jones) Arthur Moore IRE p1 4-10-06 Paul Townend 9/1

2)  KUMBESHWAR (McNeill Family & Nigel Bunter) Alan King 4-11-07 Charlie Huxley (3) 33/1

3)  DHAAFER (Simon Munir) Alan King p1 4-10-10 Robert Thornton 16/1

4)  PLAN A (IRE) (Liam Mulryan) Gordon Elliott IRE 4-11-08 Paul Carberry 4/1 Fav

5)  JUBAIL (IRE) (David Mason) Alan King 4-10-12 Wayne Hutchinson

6)  ROCK OF DEAUVILLE (IRE) (Terry Warner) Paul Nicholls t1 4-10-03 Harry Skelton

7)  TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) (Muhammad Nadeem Khan) Venetia Williams 4-11-01 Aidan Coleman

8)  KINGDOM OF MUNSTER (IRE) (J D Clark & Partners I) Richard Fahey v4-10-00 Brian Hughes

9)  PAINTBALL (IRE) (Alan Halsall) Charlie Longsdon 4-11-00 Richard Johnson

10)  THE STARBOARD BOW (John Adam & Sons) Lucinda Russell 4-11-03 Peter Buchanan

11)  HARRY HUNT (Arion Racing) Graeme McPherson 4-11-00 Jodie Mogford

12)  TOM WADE (IRE) (N Morgan) John Harris 4-9-11 Sam Twiston-Davies (3)

13)  BEYOND (IRE) (Robin Geffen) Evan Williams 4-11-00 Davy Russell

14)  KAYEF (GER) (Chua, Hunter, Ong & Curtis) Michael Scudamore 4-10-11 Tom Scudamore

15)  AKULA (IRE) (Jay Three Racing) Mark Tompkins 4-11-02 Colin Bolger

16)  TITAN DE SARTI (FR) (Michael Buckley) Nicky Henderson 4-11-06 Tony McCoy

17)  WHITBY JACK (C E Stedman) Gary Moore 4-11-09 Jamie Moore

18)  LADY WILLA (IRE) (T J C Seegar) Mark Gillard 4-10-03 Tommy Phelan (3)

19)  MR MUDDLE (Saloop) Sheena West 4-10-10 Andrew Glassonbury

20)  LOOKS LIKE SLIM (Martyn Butler) Ben De Haan 4-10-08 Dominic Elsworth

21)  L'EMINENCE GRISE (IRE) (Potensis Racing) Nick Williams 4-10-07 Daryl Jacob

22)  MARK TWAIN (IRE) (Mrs David Johnson) Kim Bailey t4-11-06 Jason Maguire

PU)  CELTUS (FR) (Simon Munir) Nicky Henderson 4-11-09 Barry Geraghty

 

23 ran

Tote Win: £10.80 Places: £2.50; £7.30; £4.10; £2.20 Exacta: £520.80

Distances: nk, 4½, 1¾, 3½, 1½, 2, ¾, ¾, ¾, 1¾, 1¾, 2¼, 1¾, 4, 7, 4½, 3¼, 4½, 14, 6, 7

Breeder: Kenilworth House Stud Breeding: b f Key Of Luck (USA) - Atalina (FR) (Linamix)

 

 

Winning Trainer: ARTHUR MOORE Date of Birth: 15/7/1949 Based: Dereens, Naas, Co Kildare Background: As a jockey, Arthur Moore was joint champion Irish amateur in 1969 before turning professional - won the 1971 Irish Grand National on King's Sprite and rode more than 60 winners. Spent six years assisting his father Dan, who trained L'Escargot, twice winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup as well as the 1975 Grand National and Tied Cottage, before taking out a training licence himself. Joan Moore, Arthur's mother, also trained before and after Dan's death and made history as the first woman to become a steward of the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee, and the first woman to manage Punchestown Racecourse. Arthur Moore trained his first winner in 1975, while his initial British success came when Royal Bond won at Ascot on October 29, 1980. Moore's stables are at Dereens, near Naas in County Kildare, from where he has sent out a string of big-race winners including Klairon Davis (1994 Dennys Gold Medal Chase, 1995 Arkle Chase, 1996 Queen Mother Champion Chase), Drumgora (1981 Queen Mother Champion Chase), The Brockshee (1982 Arkle Chase) and Feathered Gale (1996 Irish Grand National). Moore's eldest son, J D, is a successful amateur and trainer of Irish point-to-pointers, while his other son, Andrew, rode Mon Oiseau for Arthur in a charity race at Punchestown in April, 2006. Arthur’s daughter Anna, a bloodstock agent with BBA Ireland, is married to fellow bloodstock agent Kevin Ross Cheltenham Festival Wins: (8) Cathcart (1993 Second Schedual), Queen Mother (1981 Drumgora, 1996 Klairon Davis), Arkle (1982 The Brockshee, 1995 Klairon Davis), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2002 Fadoudal Du Cochet, 2008 Tiger Cry), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2011 What A Charm)

 

Winning Jockey: Paul Townend Background: Townend, a cousin of jockey Davy Condon, grew up around horses and was well known in County Cork for his abilities on the pony circuit. He also has experience in show jumping. Started riding as an apprentice on the Flat and came third in his first race aboard Temlett at Ballinrobe on May 2, 2007. A couple of weeks later, he had two wins in four days thanks to some great riding on The Chip Chopman, trained by Seamus O' Donnell. He was put firmly on the National Hunt map at the 2008 Galway festival when winning the Galway Hurdle on Indian Pace, trained by John Kiely. Attached to the powerful Willie Mullins yard. Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2011 What A Charm) Big Race Wins Include: Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup (2009 Golden Silver), Barry & Sandra Kelly Memorial Hurdle (2008 Mikael D'Haguenet), Bobbyjo Chase (2011 The Midnight Club), Cork Stayers’ Novice Hurdle (2009 Quel Esprit), December Festival Hurdle (2010 Hurricane Fly), Dr P J Moriarty Novices’ Chase (2010 Citizen Vic), Future Champions Novice Hurdle (2008 Hurricane Fly), Galmoy Hurdle (2011 Mourad), Galway Hurdle (2008 Indian Pace), Hilly Way Chase (2009 & 2010 Golden Silver), Irish Champion Hurdle (2011 Hurricane Fly), Leinster National (2009 Emma Jane), Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (2010 Hurricane Fly), Johnstown Novice Hurdle (2011 Dare To Doubt), Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle (2010 Mourad), Lismullen Hurdle (2010 Oscar Dan Dan), MCR Hurdle (2011 Final Approach), Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (2011 Gagewell Flyer), Munster National (2009 Treacle), Normans Grove Chase (2011 Golden Silver), Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (2009 Golden Silver), Red Mills Chase (2010 J’y Vole), Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (2008 Hurricane Fly, 2010 Zaidpour), Spring Juvenile Hurdle (2011 Unaccompanied), Tara Hurdle (2008 Shakervilz), Tied Cottage Chase (2011 Golden Silver), Lismullen Hurdle (2010 Oscar Dan Dan), Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle (2010 Blackstairmountain), Boylesports.com Champion Chase (2010 Golden Silver), Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle (2010 Quevega), Rabobank Champion Hurdle (2010 Hurricane Fly), Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (2011 Little Green) Wins in Britain this season: 1

 

 

SEVENTH RACE RESULT

 

5.15pm THE WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER

Grade 1, Class 1, £55,000 Guaranteed. For 4 - 6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing except NH/INH Flat races or French AQPS Flat races; horses are not to have run in more than four races and before March 2011 must have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a race, 2m ½f. Weights: 4yo 10st 12lb; 5yo and 6yo 11st 5lb. Allowances: fillies and mares 7lb. Penalty Value: 1st: £31,355.50; 2nd: £11,764,50; 3rd: £5,890.50; 4th: £2,937; 5th: £1,474; 6th: £737

1)  CHELTENIAN (FR) (Roger Brookhouse) Philip Hobbs 5-11-05 Richrd Johnson 14/1

2)  DESTROYER DEPLOYED (The Craftsman) Tim Vaughan 5-11-05 Aidan Coleman 66/1

3)  AUPCHARLIE (IRE) (Gerard Boyle) Pat Collins IRE 5-11-05 Mr J P McKeown 33/1

4)  GO ALL THE WAY (IRE) (Ann & Alan Potts) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-05 Paddy Brennan

5)  CINDERS AND ASHES (Racing Squirrels 2011) Donald McCain 4-10-12 Jason Maguire

6)  ERICHT (IRE) (Bridget Hanbury) Nicky Henderson 5-11-05 Barry Geraghty 5/1 Fav

7)  DIVINE RHAPSODY (IRE) (R J Walshe)) Philip Rothwell IRE 5-11-05 Paul Carberry

8)  COUSIN KHEE (Mr & Mrs Rory Sweet) Hughie Morrison 4-10-12 Sam Thomas

9)  OSCAR MAGIC (IRE) (Lorna Berryman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-10-12 Sam Twiston-Davies

10)  THE TRACEY SHUFFLE (Jo Tracey) David Pipe 5-11-05 Tom Scudamore

11)  DOUBLE DOUBLE (FR) (Paul McMahon) Charles O'Brien IRE 5-11-5 Mr Paul McMahon

12)  SAINT LUKE (IRE) (Saith O Ni & Ednyfed & Elizabeth Morgan) Peter Bowen 6-11-05 Tom O'Brien

13)  STAR NEUVILLE (FR) (Barry Connell) John Hanlon IRE 5-11-05 Tony McCoy

14)  DARK GLACIER (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Chris Grant 6-11-05 Denis O'Regan

15)  TUSA EIRE (IRE) (Monread Stud) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-05 Ruby Walsh

16)  KNOCKALONGI (The St Joseph Partnership) Oliver Sherwood 5-11-05 Leighton Aspell

17)  DYNAMIC APPROACH (IRE) (Eddie Hales) Eddie Hales IRE 5-11-05 Mr Robbie McNamara

18)  BYGONES IN BRID (IRE) (Harry Redknapp) Alan King 5-11-05 Robert Thornton

19)  KNIGHT PASS (IRE) (Malcolm Denmark) Warren Greatrex 5-11-05 Wayne Hutchinson

20)  MASTER MURPHY (IRE) (Jane Walton) Jane Walton 6-11-05 Alistair Findlay

21)  FELIX YONGER (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 5-11-05 Brian Hughes

22)  RAISE THE BEAT (Winning Ways Enigma Syndicate) Colm Murphy IRE 6-11-05 Mr M P Fogarty

23)  TWENTYFOURCARAT (IRE) (Jenny & Mark Pitman Gold Cup No 1) Ian Williams 6-11-05 Timmy Murphy

PU)  LORD GALE (IRE) (Lucy Birley) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-05 Mr Patrick Mullins

 

24 ran

Tote Win: £16.90 Places: £5.60; £17.00; £14.20 Exacta: £1392.00

Distances: 5, 4½, 4½, 1¾, sh, ¾, ¾, 1, ½, ½, nk, 6, 4½, 1¾, 7, 7, 1¾, 6, 12, 11, 21, 5  

Breeder: Jean-Charles Haimet & J-Pascal Liberge Breeding: b g Astarabad (USA) - Salamaite (FR) (Mansonnien)

 

Winning Trainer: PHILIP HOBBS Based: Sandhill, Bilbrook, Minehead, Somerset Date of Birth: 26/7/55 Background: Philip was brought up surrounded by horses. His father Tony Hobbs farmed, and had a permit to train for many years, breeding several good horses to run in the family colours. After school at Kings College, Taunton, Philip went on to Reading University and achieved a BSc honours degree. He rode at Hickstead, show jumping as a junior, and rode several point-to-point winners and winners under National Hunt rules as an amateur before turning professional at the age of 21. Rode 160 winners in a 10 year career including The Black and White Gold Cup at Ascot, The Killiney Novice Chase and The Midlands Grand National on such good horses as West Tip and Artifice. Date of first Trainer’s Licence: August 1, 1985 Cheltenham Festival Wins (15): Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase (2010 Copper Bleu), Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Menorah), Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (1990 Moody Man, 2002 Rooster Booster), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase(1996 Kibreet), Coral Cup H’cap Hurdle (2000 What’s Up Boys, 2004 Monkerhostin), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), Stan James Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), RSA Chase (2003 One Knight), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made In Japan, 2006 Detroit City), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Massini’s Maguire), The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy Novices’ Chase (2011 Captain Chris), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2011 Cheltenian)  Number of Winners (1990/91-2009/10): 33; 51; 37; 64; 86; 77; 64; 71; 84; 120; 82; 119; 134; 121; 121; 112; 111; 108; 103; 86; Winners this Season: 71

 

Winning Jockey: Richard Johnson Date of birth: 21/07/77, Madley, Hereford Background: Richard Johnson attended Belmont Abby school, the alma mater of Peter Scudamore, before leaving at 16 to take a job with then champion trainer David Nicholson. He was born and raised at Madley, Herefordshire,. where his parents have a farm. Johnson comes from racing stock as his mother Sue holds a licence to train, while his father Keith, who won the 1982 Midlands Grand National on Bridge Ash, and his grandfather Ivor were both good amateur riders. Johnson is unlucky to be riding in the same era as Tony McCoy as he has finished runner-up to his rival in the jockeys' championship on 11 occasions. In 2007 he married Fiona Chance, daughter of the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Noel Chance. First winner 30 April 1994, Rusty Bridge, Exeter Cheltenham Festival wins: (17) Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase (2010 Copper Bleu), Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2010 Menorah), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1999 Anzum), Byrne Group Plate (2000 Dark Stranger,  2003 Young Spartacus), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2000 Looks Like Trouble), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2002 Flagship Uberalles), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2002 Rooster Booster), Stan James Champion Hurdle (2003 Rooster Booster), RSA Chase (2003 One Knight), Cathcart Chase (2003 La Landiere), Coral Cup (2004 Monkerhostin), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2004 Made in Japan, 2006 Detroit City), Neptune Investment Managment Novices’ Hurdle (2007 Massini’s Maguire), The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy Chase (2011 Captain Chris), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2011 Cheltenian) Leading Rider At the Festival: 2002 (2). Number of Wins (1993/94-2009/2010): 1; 12; 53; 102; 120; 133; 143; 161; 132; 147; 186; 135; 167; 154; 122; 132; 160; Wins This Season: 139

 

 

 


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