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Thursday, March 17, 2011

THE FESTIVAL 2011, CHELTENHAM

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ST PATRICK’S DAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

EXCELLENT CROWD

 

St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham today attracted 54,388 racegoers, up from the 50,119 seen on Thursday last year.

 

Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham's Managing Director, said: "We are thrilled with the attendance, which is up to the 2008 level, and atmosphere on St Patrick's Day.

 

"We put a lot of effort into making the day special because it is the last St Patrick's Day at  The Festival for a few years and it was fitting that the Irish had the first winner on the card, making it a record-equalling 10 for the meeting and with a day to go.

 

"The racing was tremendous and to have two horses win for a third time at The Festival in championship races, Albertas Run and Big Buck's, was tremendous and really appreciated by the crowd.

 

"The St Patrick's Day Derby, in aid of Cancer Research UK, helped make the day special and the good weather was a bonus.

 

"A small number of Club badges, around 300, will be available for purchase at the Hall Of Fame in the morning - otherwise we are sold out for Cheltenham Gold Cup Day."

 

 

TOTE TURNOVER

 

Today's Tote on-course pool turnover was £2,246,864, up 4 per cent on last year's figure of £2,149,137.

 

There is a tote Jackpot rollover of £157,075.

 

GROUND UPDATE

 

After racing today, the going at Cheltenham on the New Course (used today and tomorrow) remains

 

Good, Good to Soft in places

 

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course, said: “The forecast remains as it was, for some light rainfall overnight or sometime tomorrow morning.

 

“It has been a great day’s racing and it was a tremendous performance from Big Buck’s and wonderful to see him win a third Ladbrokes World Hurdle. We look forward to welcoming him back here next year.”

 

 

THOMAS PINK LEADING RIDER AWARD -

STANDINGS AT THE END OF DAY THREE

 

Jockey    1st  2nd  3rd

Ruby Walsh    4  -  2

Tony McCoy    2  1  3

Richard Johnson   2  1  -

Andrew Lynch   2  -  2

Davy Russell   2  -  1

Keiran Burke   1  1  -

Graham Lee    1  1  -

Robert Thornton   1  -  1

Paul Townend   1  -  1

Mr Jamie Codd   1  -  -

Mr Derek O’Connor   1  -  -

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Conor O’Farrell   1  -  -

Robbie Power   1  -  -

Barry Geraghty   -  4  1

Paul Carberry   -  1  1

Daryl Jacob    -  1  1

Colin Bolger    -  1  -

Aidan Coleman   -  1  -

Danny Cook    -  1  -

Mr Tom David   -  1  -

Miss Nina Carberry   -  1  -

Charlie Huxley   -  1  -

Jason Maguire   -  1  -

Mr Ryan Mahon   -  1  -

Timmy Murphy   -  1  -

Tom Scudamore   -  1  -

David Bass    -  -  1

Davy Condon   -  -  1

Adrian Heskin   -  -  1

Mr J P McKeown   -  -  1

Mr Robbie McNamara  -  -  1

Liam Treadwell   -  -  1

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen  -  -  1

 

 

THOMAS PINK LEADING TRAINER AWARD -

STANDINGS AT THE END OF DAY THREE

 

Trainer    1st  2nd  3rd

David Pipe     2  2  -

Gordon Elliott IRE   2  1  1

Philip Hobbs    2  1  -

Paul Nicholls   2  1  -

Willie Mullins IRE   2  -  3

Henry de Bromhead IRE  2  -  1

Alan King    1  1  1

Ferdy Murphy   1  1  -

Pat Rodford    1  1  -

Jessica Harrington IRE  1  -  -

Arthur Moore IRE   1  -  -

Mouse Morris IRE   1  -  -

Paul Nolan IRE   1  -  -

Jonjo O’Neill    1  -  -

Nicky Henderson    -  4  3

Tim Vaughan   -  2  -

Enda Bolger IRE   -  1  -

Tom Cooper IRE   -  1  -

Brian Ellison    -  1  -

Donald McCain   -  1  -

Colm Murphy IRE   -  1  -

Suzy Smith    -  1  -

Pat Collins IRE   -  -  1

Nick Gifford    -  -  1

Eddie Harty IRE   -  -  1

Robbie Hennessy IRE  -  -  1

Dessie Hughes 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

 

St Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17

Race     Winner  Trainer  Jockey  SP Ran

Jewson Novices’ Chase  NOBLE PRINCE Paul Nolan IRE  Tony McCoy  4/1 11

Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle BUENA VISTA  David Pipe   Conor O’Farrell  20/1 23

Ryanair Chase    ALBERTAS RUN Jonjo O’Neill  Tony McCoy  6/1 11

Ladbrokes World Hurdle  BIG BUCK’S  Paul Nicholls  Ruby Walsh  10/11F 13 

Byrne Group Plate   HOLMWOOD LEGEND Pat Rodford  Keiran Burke  25/1 20

F Walwyn K Muir Chl Cup Hcp Chase JUNIOR  David Pipe  Mr Jamie Codd  100/30F 24

 

 

 

IRISH EQUAL BEST

 

Irish-trained horses have won 10 of this year’s 15 races at The Festival, equalling the best total achieved in 2006, thanks to the Paul Nolan-trained Noble Prince taking today’s opener, the new Jewson Novices’ Chase.

 

And there are still 12 races of this year’s Festival to go.

 

Irish-trained successes at The Festival

   2011-10* (after 15 of 27 races)

   2010-7 (26 races)  1992-2 (19 races)

   2009-9 (26 races)  1991-2 (18 races)

   2008-7 (25 races)  1990-2 (18 races) 

   2007-5 (24 races)  1989-0 (18 races)

   2006-10* (24 races) 1988-1 (18 races)

   2005-9 (24 races)  1987-1 (18 races)

   2004-4 (20 races)  1986-4 (18 races)

   2003-6 (20 races)  1985-2 (18 races)

   2002-5 (20 races)  1984-4 (18 races)

   2001-cancelled  1983-5 (18 races)

   2000-3 (20 races)  1982-6 (18 races)

   1999-5 (20 races)  1981-3 (18 races)

   1998-4 (20 races)  1980-4 (18 races)

   1997-3 (20 races)  1979-5 (18 races)

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   1996-7 (20 races)  1978-6 (12 races**)  

   1995-4 (20 races)  1977-7 (18 races)

   1994-3 (20 races)  1976-5 (18 races)

   1993-6 (20 races)  1975-5 (13 races***)

     

* Joint record, although The Festival was previously three days up until 2005. Prior to The Festival's extension to four days in 2005, the previous record was eight wins in 1958 (when 18 races were run). This year will see 27 races run at The Festival, with the addition of the Grade Two Jewson Novices' Chase.

 

** In 1978, the third day of The Festival was abandoned due to snow. The Triumph Hurdle and Gold Cup were subsequently run in April.

 

*** In 1975, waterlogging caused several races to be lost.

 

 

RECORD IRISH TOTAL LOOMS INTO VIEW

 

Forget talk of recession, declining foal crops and falling sales prices, the Irish are enjoying a belting Cheltenham Festival.

 

Acknowledged as the masters of breeding, rearing, producing and training racehorses, the Irish are defying a few local difficulties at home and producing the goods where it matters - at Jump racing’s Festival. Yet even the most optimistic Irishman cannot have expected the second day of the Festival to yield six consecutive winners for Irish-trained horses, beating the previous single day best of four.

 

Irish stables have supplied nine winners from 14 races during the first two days, and need one more to equal their Festival best of 10 victories in 2006. That total was achieved from 24 races, while this year there are 27 races to target (not including the St Patrick’s Day Derby charity event).

 

Ireland has been steadily growing its Festival winning totals during the past decade as wealthy entrepreneurs invested in choicely-bred young horses and sent them to Irish trainers. It has been a far cry from a period during the 1980s when Irish breeders produced the goods, but the buyers tended to send them to British yards.

 

In a six-year period from 1987 Irish stables won just eight races, recording totals of 1, 1, 0, 2, 2 and 2.

 

Those days are long forgotten and, while Ireland’s economy has a long haul to pay off debts, it seems the country’s ability to turn out a good horse is unblemished. And there are still two great days of racing to come at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

 

 

 

Race One - Win Quotes

1.30pm Grade Two Jewson Novices’ Chase

 

NOBLE PRINCE GIVES NOLAN A PERFECT ST PATRICK’S DAY GIFT

 

Noble Prince continued the Irish celebrations at the commencement of St Patrick’s Day with a four-length victory in the Jewson Novices’ Chase, to give Ireland a record-equalling 10 Festival victories and bring up jockey Tony (A P ) McCoy’s 200th winner this season.

 

The Paul Nolan-trained seven-year-old jumped superbly throughout and leapt into the lead at the final fence before storming clear up the hill from runner-up Wishfull Thinking.

 

Nolan, whose previous Festival success came in the 2005 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle with Dabiroun, said: “That was a super ride from Tony and super from the horse - he came up when he was asked and he was fantastic.

 

“The horse jumped great and there are no excuses in the race. It was a proper race and he needed to jump - it was a great race. Even when he was just beaten by Realt Dubh  at Leopardstown, I knew he would be better on better ground. His form is rock solid and he is nice and consistent.

 

“This trip seems to suit him. He hit a few flat spots and would have been struggling in the Arkle on this ground. He never missed a fence and if he had we’d have been in trouble. He was brilliant and A P was brilliant.

 

“I knew Tony was available a couple of days ago.

 

“Since Dabiroun, we’ve had a few disappointing runners and some long faces here but we’ve laid that to rest. It’s just great to be among the winners and one of the best feelings of my life.

 

Noble Prince, a 4/1 shot, acted as pacemaker for the great Yeats at Longchamp in October, 2008 before Nolan paid 150,000 euros at Arqana sale later that year for owner Des Sharkey who said: “There is nothing like having a winner here, nothing in the world”

 

Nolan added: “We were delighted to get him. He’s not expensive now, is he? No money can buy that.”

 

 

RECORD IRISH TOTAL LOOMS INTO VIEW

 

Forget talk of recession, declining foal crops and falling sales prices, the Irish are enjoying a belting Cheltenham Festival.

 

Acknowledged as the masters of breeding, rearing, producing and training racehorses, the Irish are defying a few local difficulties at home and producing the goods where it matters - at Jump racing’s Festival. Yet even the most optimistic Irishman cannot have expected the second day of the Festival to yield six consecutive winners for Irish-trained horses, beating the previous single day best of four.

 

Irish stables have supplied nine winners from 14 races during the first two days, and need one more to equal their Festival best of 10 victories in 2006. That total was achieved from 24 races, while this year there are 27 races to target (not including the St Patrick’s Day Derby charity event).

 

Ireland has been steadily growing its Festival winning totals during the past decade as wealthy entrepreneurs invested in choicely-bred young horses and sent them to Irish trainers. It has been a far cry from a period during the 1980s when Irish breeders produced the goods, but the buyers tended to send them to British yards.

 

In a six-year period from 1987 Irish stables won just eight races, recording totals of 1, 1, 0, 2, 2 and 2.

 

Those days are long forgotten and, while Ireland’s economy has a long haul to pay off debts, it seems the country’s ability to turn out a good horse is unblemished. And there are still two great days of racing to come at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

 

 

 

First race - quotes

Jewson Novices’ Chase

 

200 UP AND OFF THE FESTIVAL MARK FOR McCOY

     

 

A P McCoy rode his 200th winner of the season and his first at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival when Noble Prince won the Jewson Novices’ Chase - it was the jockey’s 24th career success at the meeting.

 

Given a heartfelt and special reception by the crowd around the winner’s enclosure, McCoy said: “He was well fancied and well backed, so I expect there were a few in the crowd who wanted me to win it - I wanted to win it. I wanted the one before and the next one, but it is Cheltenham so you never take anything for granted.

 

“It’s difficult to ride winners here - you need a big book of rides and that gets winners and that gets confidence, but I was quite happy with the way things were going. I’ve ridden some horses that weren’t good enough so I didn’t expect too much.

 

“If you’re not on the right horse there’s not much you can do. You can put them in the right position and hope for the best. I wasn’t in such bad form as people seemed to think - I didn’t feel I’ve been doing a lot wrong. Sunnyhillboy fell, which was disappointing because I felt he was one of my best rides of the week, while the other horses had no excuse.”

 

Of his ride on Noble Prince, McCoy said: “I had a nice ride round - when you are on horses that are travelling well you always seem to get a good position and everything goes right. I was lucky to be on the best horse.

 

“Everything went to plan. I felt I was tracking the right horse in Wishfull Thinking and that turned out to be the case.”

 

 

 

First race - The Jewson Novices’ Steeple Chase

Placed quotes

 

HOBBS PLEASED HE KEPT NOVICE CHASERS APART

 

 

Philip Hobbs, trainer of runner-up Wishfull Thinking, said: “We just found one too good but he ran a good race and with Captain Chris winning the Arkle we were certainly justified in going for the separate races with them.

 

“He’ll run again this season but I haven’t really thought about where they might go.”

 

Third-placed Loosen My Load gave his connections another tremendous run after his stablemates Sizing Australia and Sizing Europe won on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

 

His trainer Henry de Bromhead said: “He ran brilliantly. Any time you can return to the winner’s enclosure at this place it’s phenomenal.”

 

The trainer, who has his fourth and3 final runner of the week, Queiros Bleu, in the Pertemps Final, also reported that yesterday’s sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Sizing Europe seemed fine this morning after his exertions.

 

Jockey Andrew Lynch added: “He [Loosen My Load] ran a blinder and jumped super. He just missed going to the third fence but he ran a great race.”

 

 

 

 

Second race - quotes

Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle

 

 

BUENA VISTA WINS AGAIN - ON SEVENTH VISIT

 

A seventh visit to the Festival ended in another victory for Buena Vista, who won the Pertemps Final for the second year.

 

Trainer David Pipe said the ten-year-old could well be back for the race in 2012, when he would bid to emulate Willie Wumpkins, winner three times from 1979 to 1981 under amateur Jim Wilson.

 

Conor O’Farrell rode Buena Vista, who last year was partnered by Hadden Frost. Pipe said: “Why not aim to come back again? He’s won off 138, and I thought from that mark he had a lot to do, so we put Conor on to take 5lb off his back.

 

“For the last two years the ground has come right for him, but he’s always been a class horse. He’s been in very good form at home, but you wouldn’t expect a ten-year-old to be improving.

 

“Why hasn’t he won this season? He’s been running on soft ground, and simply can’t perform on it. He ran a cracker on good ground over fences at Wincanton when second off a mark of 133, but they put him up to 140 so we had to go back hurdling.

 

“It’s a superb tribute to the horse that he’s come back to the Festival seven times, and been placed in the Supreme, placed in this race, and now the winner twice. He got a great reception from the crowd, but that is what you get in National Hunt racing.

 

“It is fantastic for the his owners and the late Jean Broadhurst who is looking down and for my dad and myself. He is not too bad for the young jockeys either - Hadden Frost claimed 3lb when winning on him last year and now Conor O’Farrell claiming 5lb. Conor has given him a superb ride.”

 

 

           

O’FARRELL’S A WINNER ON HIS FIRST RIDE AT THE FESTIVAL

 

 

Twenty-one-year-old Conor O’Farrell had a dream introduction to Prestbury Park, steering the David Pipe-trained Buena Vista to the horse’s second consecutive victory in the Pertemps Final.

 

O’Farrell, from Co Kilkenny, said: “This is unbelievable, it’s my first ever ride at the Festival. Mr Pipe’s been very good to me since I came over from Ireland. He’s given me some great opportunities and I’m glad to be able to take advantage of them.

 

“For a horse of his age he’s wonderful round here. He comes alive in the spring and he jumped from hurdle to hurdle.”

 

A graduate of the Kildare Racing Academy, O’Farrell worked for John ‘Shark’ O’Hanlon and rode out for Charlie Swan before joining the Pipe stable last November.

 

He added: “This is a dream come true, it’s all any jockey wants to do, to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival.”

 

Ten-year-old Buena Vista was ridden to victory last year by Hadden Frost, who was also enjoying his first Festival win.

 

 

 

 

 

more on the Pertemps Final - race two

 

CONOR O’FARRELL EXPLAINS BACKGROUND

 

Conor O’Farrell had his first Cheltenham Festival winner on his first ride when partnering Buena Vista to victory.

 

He said: “The horse did everything for me  - I was just a passenger on him. He travelled, he jumped and every time I asked him to pick up, he was superb. He knows his way around here better than anyone.

 

“Seven years ago, I probably thought that I was going to be a footballer but I got into racing after my brother got going and I have never seen myself doing anything else since.

 

“Mr Pipe has been very good to me and he has given me good opportunities. I am just glad that I can take advantage of it.

 

“The horse obviously loves it round here because he never runs a race like it all year - he is just different gravy here. One horse got upsides him down the back and he just winged the next hurdle and took off again. From that time, I thought that we wouldn’t get caught.

 

“My brother started riding winners as an amateur in Ireland and from there I started following racing. I went to the Racing Academy in Kildare for my fourth year (at school) and I’ve never gone back.

 

“I was working for John Hanlon and riding out a bit for Charlie Swan when I saw the advert for David Pipe in the paper. I told both John and Charlie about it and Charlie was very good - he rang Martin Pipe there and then for me to put in a good word for me. I would say I got the job on that basis.”

 

 

SECOND RACE PLACED QUOTES

PERTEMPS FINAL       

 

 

COOPER SETTLES FOR SECOND

 

 A long-hatched plan just failed to come off when Son Amix, who had long been aimed at the Pertemps Final, finished runner-up to Buena Vista.

 

 Tom Cooper, trainer of 16/1-chance Son Amix, said: “He got a super ride but we were just beaten by a better horse. We made our move down the hill but the winner had stolen it. There are no plans for him - today was the plan.”

 

 Willie Mullins, who saddled Sivota to finish third, added: “I was delighted with him and he stayed on the whole way up the straight. I’m also very pleased for the winning jockey Conor O’Farrell, as he is local to us at home and is a good friend of my son Patrick.”

 

 

Race Two - Place Quotes

Listed Pertemps Final

 

TOP-WEIGHT HAMPERS GALLANT KNOCKARA

 

Northumberland trainer George Charlton was delighted with the effort of top-weight Knockara Beau to finish 14 lengths fourth to Buena Vista in the Pertemps Final over three miles, at odds of 33/1.

 

The eight-year-old, partnered by Jan Faltejsek, reverted to hurdles this year to rebuild his confidence after losing the form that saw him compete at the top level in novice chases last season.

 

After finishing second to Grands Crus in the Grade Two Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January, the gelding triumphed in a Carlisle handicap last time, but Charlton is now ruing the Cumbrian win that resulted in his charge shouldering 11st 12lb today.

 

Charlton commented: “That was a fantastic effort carrying all of that weight. The handicapper hammered him by putting him up 8lb for winning a little race at Carlisle last time, otherwise it would have been a different story.

 

“He’s a lovely horse and if the ground had been a bit softer Jan said he would have finished closer. The winner had too much speed off the front. Knockara Beau cruised up to him on the bridle but the other horse just caught him for toe and then the weight told on him over the last.

 

“We will leave him until tomorrow and see how he comes out of the race, but he’s rated 156 so we’ve got to go to the top with him. He might go to Punchestown, it depends on the weather.”

 

“He’s rated 148 over fences so he could return to chasing now he has his confidence back but that might wait until next season.”

 

 

Third race - The Ryanair Steeple Chase

Winner’s quotes

 

ALBERTAS’ GREAT FESTIVAL RUN CONTINUES

         

Albertas Run entered the highest echelon of Cheltenham champions with his third victory at the Festival, including two in the Ryanair Chase and the 2008 RSA Chase.

 

Winning jockey A P (Tony)McCoy said: “You need a horse that wants to win. Sometimes I do some stupid things and ask him some silly questions but he’s silly enough to keep answering. It’s a pleasure to be able to ride a horse like him - it’s what makes you want to come back here.

 

“He probably lacks a little bit of intelligence like I do so he keeps coming back for more. He has a good will to win and has a great attitude.

 

“I must say what an amazing job Jonjo [O’Neill] has done with him. Every year he keeps producing him for the big festivals. For the number of horses who are actually capable of running here he always seems to find one good enough.”

 

The champion jockey continued: “He was in the Gold Cup but he likes a bit of room and being handy and that’s probably why in this race you can be a little bit more positive on him, you can ride him aggressively but you can keep him out of trouble.

 

“You can ride him the way he likes to be ridden but that’s not to say he wouldn’t run well in the Gold Cup. The big ones at Cheltenham are pretty sweet, even if they’re not Gold Cups.”

 

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill added: “He just loves this place and was running a very good race behind Master Minded. After he fell we checked him over head to toe and found nothing and he’d been schooling at home.

 

“That was very special and he is a great horse. He loves this ground, loves the track and he is always a better horse at this time of year.

 

“He was very unfortunate when he  fell at Ascot because he was going to run a blinder behind Master Minded and he had a few problems on and off in between then and now. It’s a great credit to the yard as well. I sort of took over the riding from the second last!

 

“He seemed OK after Ascot but it is only when you run them the next time that you find out what the problems are. Everything just came right today and you need that when you come to Cheltenham.

 

“A winner at Cheltenham is fantastic and we felt that he was probably our best chance if we could get him right. We have got the luck today with the gods looking down on us and the sunshine.

 

“It was great for Trevor (Hemmings -owner) - he is a great man  - and I said to him that if he wins easily enough today that we will run him again in the Gold Cup. I think that we will give him a rest!

 

Hemmings added: “What a horse. Fantastic! I’ve had everyone coming up to congratulate me and they all want me to buy them a drink. That’s one up for the English!

 

“He’s such a lovely horse and to recover and come back from his fall [at Ascot in November], which he didn’t deserve, it’s just unbelievable.”

 

 

 

Race Three - Place Quotes

Grade One Ryanair Chase

 

DESTINY DEFEATS KALAHARI KING

 

Kalahahri King appears destined to ever be the bridesmaid after failing to overhaul Albertas Run by a length in a thrilling climax to the Grade One Ryanair Chase over two miles, five furlongs.

 

The Ferdy Murphy-trained 10-year-old came home strongly after being held up towards the rear by Graham Lee but was unable to overhaul the victor and was forced to repeat his second place in the 2009 Grade One The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy.

 

Murphy commented: “He’s been a pebble of a horse for us. He’s a Grade One horse and won a Grade One around Aintree but it looks like he’s destined never to win one at this place.

 

“I’m very happy with the horse but gutted to be second again. He was second in the Arkle and third in last season’s Queen Mother Champion Chase. He’s 10 now but we’ll plan to come back for this race next year.

 

“He jumped beautifully. He just got in a bit tight at the fourth-last and I thought at first that if he had pinged the last he might have got there but looking at Alberta’s Run, I think if our lad had joined him the winner would have pulled out a bit more.

 

“We’ll look at the two and a half miler at Aintree next month. He keeps picking up prize money in Grade One races and that’s so important with prize money the way it is. It’s great for the Morgans who are fantastic owners.

 

“Graham Lee is a very good man to have on your side on the big day and he was incredible on him again today.”

 

 

 

 

Third race - third and fourth place quotes

Ryanair Chase

 

RUBI LIGHTS UP ROBBIE’S FESTIVAL

 

Robbie Hennessy continues in his bid to train a first Festival winner, but he enjoyed a great run in the Ryanair Chase thanks to third-placed Rubi Light.

 

Still only six, Rubi Light has a bright future. As Hennessy said: “He’s a big horse, standing 17.1 hands, nearly 17.2 and he’s got a bit of filling out to do. He could become the real deal - he should really be running against novices’ this season, but he won a chase in France, so has to take on the big boys. He’s holding his own against them.

 

“Andrew [Lynch] said if the ground had been softer he would have won. He made a mistake at the second-last and got a bit cut up turning in [to the home straight] otherwise he might have been a bit closer, but we’re delighted. He could be something special next year.

 

“He’s won over two miles for us, but this was the longest trip he’s tried for us, and Andrew said it was no bother. He could go to Punchestown but it would be ground dependent. Any quicker than this he wouldn’t run.”

 

Hennessy trains the 2007 Stan James Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity, who like Rubi Light carries the colours of his father, Bill Hennessy. Sublimity, now 11, was trained by John Carr when successful in racing’s major hurdle race, and retirement now beckons, but Robbie said: “He might have one or two more runs - we’re thinking about bringing him over for the Scottish Champion Hurdle.”

 

Andy Stewart, owner of fourth-placed Poquelin, said: “That was a bit disappointing because beforehand I though he had a better chance than Big Buck’s today. We’ll talk next week about what we do now with him and we could step him up to three miles.”

 

 

COURSE INVADER ARRESTED

 

A man who appeared on the track as the horses were racing to the line in the Ryanair Chase, displaying a banner, was arrested by police after the incident.

 

The British Horseracing Authority will hold an enquiry into the incident after which the man could be banned from all racecourses in the country for life.

 

The banner made reference to Ryanair and the company’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, commented: “I didn’t see it and wouldn’t pay any attention to it. There was a great winner of the Ryanair Chase in Albertas Run and it’s a shame if someone was trying to create cheap publicity for themselves. He has to be a bit of an idiot to run out in front of A P (McCoy) on Albertas Run.”

 

 

           

FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES

LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE

 

BIG BUCK’S MAKES HISTORY

 

 Big Buck’s received a champion’s welcome as he returned to the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure following a record third successive Ladbrokes World Hurdle victory and 11th consecutive win. Ruby Walsh waited patiently aboard the eight-year-old, a well-backed 10/11 favourite, and saw off Grands Crus to score by a length and three-quarters.

 

 Winning trainer Paul Nicholls said: “We were a bit worried about the ground today and the tactics. They weren’t going to go a gallop and we knew what Grands Crus was going to do. We just improvised a little bit today and made sure that he was right. We were always going to be more positive and use our speed and I was worried that there might not be too much pace.

 

 “I was nervous because he hasn’t run on that ground and he wins by staying but class is what he’s got and that was awesome today. I made sure he was very fit because I think he used to kid me and have a blow during his races. His class showed going up that hill and you can ride him anyway you like, he’s a real champion.

 

 “(Grand Crus’ trainer) David (Pipe) was the first person to shake my hand - he’s a great guy - and the best horse has won on the day. It was an awesome performance from horse and jockey and that was probably a career best from Big Buck’s.

 

 “The horse is awesome, it’s hard to explain but he’s brilliant. The cheer he got just showed how much he meant to the crowd. It’s good for racing and he’ll probably go to Aintree now and be back here next year. At 7am this morning he was galloping round the box when my head man Clifford (Baker) went to feed him and he knew he was racing today.

 

 Ladbrokes quote Big Buck’s at Evens to win the 2012 Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Nicholls added: “We’ll have to try and make it four next year and he’s still a young horse. One thing for certain is that he won’t be going chasing now.”

 

 Ruby Walsh added: “He’s an aeroplane! What a bad mistake to make to drop my stick halfway to the last hurdle. It was my own fault because I was trying to figure out where they were behind me and only half-watching what I was doing. It was schoolboy-like.

 

 “I knew that I had loads of horse left but I knew that it was going to be tactical. The obvious thing for every one to do was to follow me but this horse has grown so much mentally that he no longer needs to be in behind - he can stretch them from the front.

 

 “This horse had an entry in the Arkle once and I have always thought that he could run a big race in the Champion Hurdle. We were definitely lucky to get away with it today - it’s not my greatest hour in the saddle, anyway. He is a wonderful horse and he got me out today.

 

 “He’s just different and, in a hurdle race, he is as close to unbeatable as you can be. He’s like Cigar or one of those horses on the Flat - he is just incredible.

 

 “In fairness to the guys who were riding today, they knew exactly what to do - they decided that they weren’t going quick and they weren’t coming near me. They have got their tactics spot on but he is so bloody good, it doesn’t matter.

 

 “You are riding a Champion Hurdle or Gold Cup horse in a staying hurdle and he is just an incredible, incredible horse. He is just different. He’s just a wonderful horse and it’s a pleasure to be riding him.

 

 “He didn’t have to be at his peak for his last two runs at Newbury but Paul had him spot on today and it will be back to Aintree now.

 

 “I dropped my stick going to the last and then I was a bit nervous. He doesn’t want to be racing on his own so I wanted to be middle-ish so I had the option of where to go. I played a waiting game from the front! Those other jockeys are intelligent guys and they weren’t going to just hand the race to me. Geniuses are always quirky and he’s one of those.

 

 “The people who come to Cheltenham like to see great racehorses and are real supporters. They know what they saw today and just appreciate a horse like Big Buck’s.”

 

 Owner Andy Stewart added: “I watched it with Paul and he said that there was no pace on and we were never going to win another race! It’s all absolute nonsense and, coming over the last, Paul was riding the horse and we are thrilled. Ruby was cool as a cucumber and it has been a fantastic privilege to own a horse like this. Big Buck’s is special, the horse of a lifetime.”

 

 

Fourth race - press conference quotes

Ladbrokes World Hurdle

 

BIG BUCK’S HAS WORLD VISION

 

Big Buck’s had his rivals covered, said jockey Ruby Walsh after the horse had won the Ladbrokes World Hurdle for a third time.

 

Referring to today’s race, Walsh said: “When they gathered up behind me at the top of the hill Big Buck’s came right on the bridle. Horses can see so much more behind them than the jockey can - he could see them coming and was racing more forward, but still had time to shorten up and pop the last.”

 

Big Buck’s won despite jockey Ruby Walsh losing his whip running to the last hurdle. He joked: “I threw it away to keep McCririck happy [commentator John McCririck would like whips banned].”

 

“I came to this week’s Festival knowing I would ride Quevega, Big Buck’s, Master Minded and Kauto Star who were all trying to win at the meeting for a third time. Not many horses achieve that, and while Quevega had it a bit easier than Big Buck’s it’s great to be associated with both horses.”

 

Big Buck’s saw off a challenge from Grands Crus, the bright young hope among staying hurdlers, but as Walsh said: “Two years ago he beat Kasbah Bliss and Punchestowns, who was a really progressive hurdler. Grands Crus looked the one we had to beat, and Mourad has done nothing wrong all winter, but Big Buck’s set the standard.”

 

Walsh has described Big Bucks as “a weirdo”. Expanding on that observation he said: “It’s not normal for a horse to box-walk [walk in circles around his stable] like he does. He goes round and round, but he’s not hyper.”

 

How good is Big Buck’s? Walsh said: “We’ve never got to the bottom of him, other than the day we ran him over two miles and fences at Newbury. He’s matured mentally and is a lot easier than in the past. He’s such a good horse and has such a big engine, that even when you make a schoolboy error and lose your whip in a Grade 1 race he gets you out of trouble.”

 

 

 

Fourth race - press conference quotes

Ladbrokes World Hurdle

 

NICHOLLS BECOMES THE BOX WALKER OVER BUCK’S

 

After Big Buck’s third Festival success in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, trainer Paul Nicholls admitted to some anxiety in the build-up.

 

Nicholls said: “I’m proud of the whole team, and especially of Ruby for getting back from injury and riding so well this week. It’s not as if everything was in Big Buck’s favour - they were unlikely to go a good gallop, the ground was a bit quicker, but Ruby knows him better than anyone and he maintained Big Buck’s was the one to beat.

 

“One or two of ours have been beaten, but he must have known it was his day, because when Clifford Baker our head lad went to feed him this morning the horse wasn’t box walking, he was galloping around his box.”

 

Of Big Buck’s personality, Nicholls said: “He’s just a funny character and has been like that since we got him. On Saturday he did a bit of work and his groom, Rose [Loxton], said he didn’t go very well, and I had to agree. That sort of thing makes you nervous, but he was simply saying ‘I’ve done enough’.

 

“We have to manage him - he’s like a big kid. He was made South West horse of the year last season and so we took him to Newton Abbot in the summer. We paraded him, but for two hours he stood in his box shouting like a two-year-old.

 

“That said he is a real racehorse and the crowd appreciate him. They cheered him from the moment he pulled up today. It’s awesome for him, awesome for racing - it’s hard to explain what that feels like for me, his trainer.

 

“I’ve got to know him better, but the one thing I have to watch is that I don’t under-do him before a race. When he won at Newbury this season he blew like he’d just had his first canter. He doesn’t do a lot at home. In the past we probably didn’t get him fit enough, and he would take a gulp in his race which might have looked like a flat spot before running on.”

 

 

WINNER - BIG BUCK'S FACTFILE

 

BIG BUCK'S (FR)

8 b/br g Cadoudal (FR) - Buck´s (FR) (Le Glorieux)

Form: 53/6U3440016/12121301/U1111/1111-111 Owner: The Stewart Family  Breeder: Henri Poulat

Trainer: Paul Nicholls     Jockey: Ruby Walsh

 

 - Becomes only  the second horse to win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle three times, following Inglis Drever (2005, 2007 & 2008) and the first horse to win the race on three successive occasions.

 

 - Unbeaten in 11 starts over hurdles since unseating his jockey in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November, 2008

 

French import Big Buck's boasted a decent level of form over hurdles in his native country and his two best performances came in his final two runs for his previous connections, winning a Grade Two contest at Auteuil in May, 2007, before returning to the same venue to finish second to Good Bye Simon in the Grade One Prix Alain du Breil a month later. He joined the powerful Paul Nicholls yard for the start of the 2007/08 season and was successful on his first start in Britain, beating Barbers Shop by a neck in a Newbury beginners' chase at the start of December. He returned to the Berkshire course for his subsequent two starts in novice chases, coming second to Moon Over Miami at the end of December prior to beating Kruguyrova the following month. Kruguyrova re-opposed in the Grade Two Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick two weeks later, when the Charles Egerton-trained mare gamely prevailed from Ring The Boss, with Big Buck's a further four lengths back in third. Big Buck's headed for the Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase at The Festival in 2008, finishing seventh. He then triumphed over an extended three miles in the Grade Two John Smith´s Mildmay Novices´ Chase at Aintree's Grand National meeting in April, when RSA Chase victor Albertas Run was back in third. The 2008/09 season began with a tilt at the Hennessy Gold Cup Chase at Newbury on November 29, as Big Buck's aimed to become the first five-year-old to win the race. He was staying on well in third under Sam Thomas but blundered badly at the final fence, unseating his jockey. Despite the initial disappointment, that mistake has proved to be a huge blessing in disguise as connections decided to return the gelding to the smaller obstacles and he has since become one of the best staying hurdlers of modern times. His unbeaten record of 10 started with a cosy one & three-quarter length success over future John Smith's Grand National winner Don't Push It under top-weight in the Unicoin Homes Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham in January, 2009. Suitably impressed, connections let Big Buck's return to Cheltenham for the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day later the same month. On heavy ground, Big Buck's once again forged clear up the hill to inflict a four-length defeat on Punchestowns. He renewed rivalry with Nicky Henderson's charge in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at The Festival in March and took the staying hurdlers' crown with a length and three-quarter success over that foe. He then rounded off a remarkable season with a three and a quarter length win over Mighty Man in the Grade Two Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree in April. The 2009/2010 campaign continued in a similar vein with Big Buck's dominating the staying hurdler division. He kicked off the campaign with a seven-length defeat of Lough Derg in the Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury at the end of November and saw off Karabak to land the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle at the same venue the following month. He headed straight to Cheltenham following that win and recorded a second successive victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, this time powering up the hill to inflict a three and a quarter-length thrashing to Time For Rupert. He ended that season with another ready win in Aintree's Liverpool Hurdle, which was run as a Grade One contest for the first time in 2010. Big Buck's has made two starts so far this season, both at Newbury, and his aura of invincibility shows little sign of fading. After kicking off the campaign with a facile three-length verdict over Duc De Regniere in the Long Distance Hurdle on November 27, Big Buck's returned to the Berkshire course to contest the Long Walk Hurdle on December 29, which had been moved from Ascot for a second successive year due to frost. Big Buck's posted another easy success in the gloomy conditions, coming home six lengths ahead of Lough Derg. He was always prominent in gaining his third successive Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham today and gamely fought off all challenges after the last. He came back to a wonderful reception from the Cheltenham crowd who gave him three cheers.

Race Record: Starts: 31; Wins: 16; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £925,674

 

 

 

 

Fourth race - The Ladbrokes World Hurdle

Placed quotes

GRAND CRUS RAN “RACE OF HIS LIFE”

 

An epic finish to the Landbrokes World Hurdle saw Grand Crus outbattled by three-time winner Big Buck’s by a length and three-quarters.

 

His trainer David Pipe said: “He’s run the race of his life. Big Buck’s is the best staying hurdler there’s been for years so we can’t be disappointed with that.”

 

Jockey Tom Scudamore said: “I’m very proud of the whole team who have worked so hard. We’ve been beaten by a great horse, only one other horse has won three World Hurdles and he’s the first to do three in a row.

 

“The best compliment we can pay Big Buck’s is that he will go home tonight and know he’s had a hard race.

 

“The whole race has gone to plan and we turned up today in tip-top condition, it just wasn’t to be. We live to fight another day and hopefully he can do it when he goes chasing next season.”

 

Willie Mullins, trainer of third-placed Mourad and Fiveforthree, who finished eighth, said: “I’m delighted with both of them. Mourad’s still only six and that’s young for a stayer. He’ll get stronger and come back next year.

 

“I imagine he’ll go to Punchestown next.”

 

A delighted Jennie Candlish, who watched stable star Cross Kennon make much of the running before staying on well for fourth, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. All I wanted was for him to come back safe and sound - that’s always all that matters - but I’m so pleased that we’re here in the winner’s enclosure for a big race like this.

 

“He ran his race back to front from how he normally does but he just grinds it out and never knows when he’s beaten. It’s wonderful, he’s had a great season. The nice thing  about running in a good race like this is just being a part of it. We’re all thrilled and we’re off to celebrate!”

 

 

 

 

DAVY RUSSELL BANNED FOR THREE DAYS

 

The stewards looked into possible interference at the top of the hill during the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

 

They found that Powerstation, ridden by Davy Russell, had interfered with Mourad who in turn interfered with Berties Dream who in turn interfered with Rigour Back Bob.

 

They decided that Russell was guilty of careless riding in that he allowed his mount to drift left. The suspension is on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 2-4.

 

 

 

Race Five - Win Quotes - Grade Three Byrne Group Chase

 

RODFORD’S LEGEND HOOKS FESTIVAL TRIUMPH

 

 Pat Rodford, whose carp fishery keeps him in business as a racehorse trainer, landed a Festival victory in what is likely to be his final season with a licence when 25/1 shot Holmwood Legend landed the Grade Three Byrne Group Plate.

 

 Stable jockey Kieran Burke, Rodford’s heir apparent as trainer at the 10-horse Somerset yard, survived a last fence blunder to drive the 10-year-old to a three and a half-length triumph in the two-mile, five-furlong handicap chase.

 

 The 70-year-old trainer’s biggest hope of the week had been Sparky May, runner-up to Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, leaving Holmwood Legend to take his chance without any hype.

 

 Rodford, whose first Festival runner was Oats N’ Barley in 1995, exclaimed: “What a week - to have a winner at The Festival, it’s incredible - unbelievable.

 

 “We’ve come under the radar with this one. There was a lot of pressure with Sparky May and this one won at Sandown and just got in the handicap. He won on Saturday, which has put us in this race. I don’t know what to say, it’s brilliant. I’ve only had one runner here before this year and that fell at the first.

 

 “Kieran is incredible. He’s like another son to me. It seems so young to stop being a jockey but we’ll talk about it later. Kieran has great ambitions to becoming a trainer. He basically trains them already, my wife and I do just do a lot of the back-up.

 

 “It’s the way to go out at the top, isn’t it? My wife is at home looking after the horses but I am sure that she will enjoy this.”

 

 Rodford hinted in an interview with Festival Radio that he might continue to be the trainer for another year but he said he would discuss the matter with Burke.

 

 Burke, 25, was having only his second Festival ride after finishing runner-up on Sparky May.

 

 He said: “We’ve come here with a horse that we just hoped might be in the first 10 and he’s gone  and won it nicely.

 

 “It’s my second Festival ride and probably my last. Pat says I should probably keep on going riding and training but I don’t know.

 

 “I was able to sit really handy and coming to the last I had visions of me standing right up in the irons. I just kept on driving and he didn’t really see a stride but he’s a big tank of a horse and he just ploughed on through it and up the hill.

 

 “It’s every jockeys’ dream! This horse was an absolute legend today - he travelled and jumped and was absolutely brilliant.

 

 “We only have 10 horses in at the moment and we had two that were good enough for Cheltenham this year. Hopefully, we will have 10 good ones to come to Cheltenham next year, but it is a big ask.

 

 “I have been riding for a few years and even to get a ride at The Festival is special, but I’ve had a second and a winner, so I can’t complain.

 

 “He ran five races in five weeks last year so we knew that he can take his races well. We just chucked him in the race when the entries closed, thinking it was a bit of a dream and that he might squeeze in and have a nice run around. He’s come here and won now, which is even better.

 

 “Sparky May is absolutely fine. She has been turned out in her paddock for the past two days. We are just trying to wrap her up in cotton wool but you can’t do that with all of the horses. I think Mr Muddyman is coming down next week and we will sit down and think about what we are going to do next.

 

 “Obviously, we need more horses - everybody does - but this could be a dream start for me as a trainer as well.”

 

           

Fifth race - The Byrne Group Plate

Placed quotes

 

AMIGAYLE CONCLUDES GREAT WEEK FOR HER FAMILY

 

The Suzy Smith-trained Amigayle put in a brave front-running effort for much of the race, eventually going down to Holmwood Legend by three and a half lengths.

 

“She’s seriously tough. We had hoped we would get into the Kim Muir and three miles is really her trip - she was staying on but just at one pace.

 

“We knew she was going to run well today and thought she’d be in the first three, she’s a really great mare.”

 

Amigayle’s Grade 3 second capped a great week for her owner/breeder Pete Mercer after her full-sister Emmas Legend won by 14 lengths at Huntingdon yesterday.

She is also trained by Smith, who added: “Her full-sister has won twice in the last week so it’s fantastic for their owner but sadly he’s not here as he had a stroke eight weeks ago. But he’ll have been watching and he still has the dam. We have their full-brother  coming in next year, it’s a wonderful family.”

 

Gordon Elliott, who sent out two winners, Chicago Grey and Carlito Brigante, yesterday at the Festival came close again when Beautiful Sound ran a good race to finish third for Carlito Brigante’s owner, Gigginstown House Stud. Beautiful Sound had also been eliminated from the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

 

Elliott said: “The horse ran a great race but this race wasn’t the plan. It was an after-thought really. The Irish National is his aim.”

 

 

 

Sixth race - winner and second quotes

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

 

ONE-TWO FOR PIPE WITH JUNIOR AND FAASEL

 

 David Pipe trained the first and second horses in today’s Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

 

 The winner, Junior, was ridden by Ireland-based Jamie Codd who wore the colours of syndicate Middleham Park Racing, while 24-length runner-up Faasel was the mount of Ryan Mahon.

 

 Pipe said: “It’s great to train a Festival winner for a large group of owners like this - they really appreciate it. It has to be said he was a great buy [he was bought at Doncaster Sales in May for £35,000] but there’s a debate as to whether that was down to me, Tom Malone [the bloodstock agent] or members of Middleham Park.”

 

 Of Codd’s booking, Pipe said: “Jamie came over and schooled the horse, but he’s ridden for Middleham in Ireland on Backstage, trained by Gordon Elliott. Jamie gave our horse a great ride and we were probably helped by Deal Done [third] giving us a nice lead so early.”

 

Junior had gained a reputation for being a bit of a rogue, but Pipe has found the key to him - he won the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer and could go for the Grand National next year. Pipe said: “He’s a bit of an individual, but a change of environment helps and his girl, Eleri Apps, gets on well with him. We had been told he could drop his work riders, but he loves being in charge and we just do little things that make him feel like the boss.

 

 “When he walks past me after a gallop I always have to keep an eye on him because he tried to kick me once, but he’s very talented so you forgive him.

 

 “He’s also very versatile - he’s in the National, but won’t get in, but maybe next year. He will go back to Royal Ascot.

 

 “Faasel ran a fine race too. He will pop up in a nice race somewhere one day, but there’s no knowing when.”

 

Race Six - Place Quotes

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Chase

 

CODD LANDS SECOND FULKE WALWYN  KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CHASE

 

Junior gave Jamie Codd his second win in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Chase, following on from his victory aboard Character Building in 2009.

 

The rider had to have nerves of steel two years ago when he coaxed Character Building to a length win at the line but this time it was more clear cut, with Junior taking up the running coming down the hill and bounding clear for a 24-length success.

 

Codd said of Junior’s win: “It’s very sweet. It’s lovely to get the opportunity to ride such a well-fancied horse in the race and Mr Pipe had him well-tuned for the day.

 

“I didn’t think that I was so far in front and, when I heard the crowd roaring, I thought that there was something coming to me. Mr Pipe said to keep going no matter what because he is tough and honest. I didn’t have a look around but he has done it well.

 

“He is very, very tough and a very neat jumper. He does everything really neatly and is very economic. I would say that he suits the bill for the Grand National and maybe the Irish National first - three and a half miles on good ground round Fairyhouse might be a good call but I will leave it up to them. I will do the steering and let them make the decisions.

 

“It’s nice to ride a horse that, once you give him a dig in the ribs, he does go on and he was good today - it was super.”

 

Robbie McNamara, rider of the third-placed Deal Done, said: “I got a great ride from him. He enjoyed the blinkers first time, jumped great and loved the better ground.

 

“I missed out on the fourth last a little bit and it knocked a bit out of us - we might have been second but for that, but he’s run a very good race.

 

 

Seventh race - quotes

St Patrick’s Day Derby Charity Race

 

HENRY TRAINS ANOTHER DERBY WINNER

 

Legendary flat trainer Henry Cecil made his first visit to Cheltenham today - and saddled Plato (Lorna Fowler) to win the St Patrick’s Day Derby, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

 

Cecil, who has saddled four Derby winners at Epsom, said: “I cannot claim to be a National Hunt trainer yet, but it was great fun and all for a very good cause.”

 

As someone who is fighting cancer, Cecil knows the challenges faced by those hit by the disease. He added: “I would like to thank Cheltenham racecourse for letting us hold this race. It has raised more than £150,000, and that gives hope to cancer sufferers in the fight against this horrible disease.

 

“If people have hope and can be positive I feel they have more chance. It’s so important to remain positive.”

 

Maria Niarchos, who owns Plato, said: “That was excellent and a terrific result. I’ve never thought of having a winner at Cheltenham, but I’d follow Henry anywhere.”

 

 

Race Seven - Place Quotes

Charity Race

 

PLACED JOCKEYS DELIGHTED WITH CHARITY EFFORTS

 

Channel 4 Racing’s Alice Plunkett is the only woman to have ridden around Badminton and the Grand National course at Aintree, and she can add The Festival to that list after partnering Devil To Play to a fast finishing fourth place in the inaugural St Patrick’s Day Derby.

 

The mile and five furlong flat race was staged in aid of Cancer Research UK.

 

Plunkett settled her Alan King-trained mount towards the rear of the field and began to make ground down the hill only to be shuffled back on the rail, before finishing strongly up the hill to come home two and a half lengths behind the winner, Plato. 

 

Plunkett said: “The horse ran an absolute blinder. I sat too far back because I thought they would go off faster than they did.

 

“He was swinging along coming down the hill and I should have made my ground up then but left it too late. It was a great buzz.”

 

Rodger Sargent, whose colours were carried to victory at the Festival aboard Tikram in the 2004 Mildmay Of Flete, was the length and a quarter runner-up aboard the Tim Vaughan-trained Nemo Spirit.

He said: “It was the buzz of a lifetime. I didn’t have a clue where I was positioned all the way through, I had no idea if I was in first, second or last, and then we ran on coming up the hill.

 

“I recommend it to anyone, it was brilliant.”

 

The “Shark” Hanlon-trained Super Collider carried Frostie Kelly into third place, a nose behind Nemo Spirit.

 

The jockeys’ agent, formerly a Flat apprentice with Aidan O’Brien, commented: “That was brilliant! He travelled really well down the hill and I thought he would get up but lacked a bit of fitness maybe.

 

“It was the greatest thrill in the world coming down the hill at Cheltenham - absolutely brilliant.“

 

 

Seventh race - The St. Patrick’s Day Charity Derby

Winner’s quotes - jockey

 

FOWLER FIRST TO SCORE HISTORIC WIN FOR CECIL AT THE HOME OF JUMP RACING

 

 

Lorna Fowler became the first person to ride a winner for Henry Cecil at Cheltenham when driving out the Niarchos Family’s Plato to win the St Patrick’s Day Derby by a length and a quarter. The pair started 6/4 favourite for the 1m5f charity race in aid of Cancer Research UK.

 

“That was fantastic, it really was, there’s really no other word for it,” said a delighted Fowler, who was led in to the winner’s enclosure to rapturous applause from the many racegoers who had stayed on to watch the inaugural running of the race.

 

“I’ve had plenty of time to think about this and the fact that we’ve actually done it is just brilliant. He’s just a star that horse.

 

“It was great that Henry Cecil was here, it was a huge day. I keep going back to that point of raising money but that’s what we were here to do and the riders have all done a fantastic job. We’re in excess of £150,000 and hopefully still going up.”

 

She added: “The fact that Henry decided to have a runner was really good news for me and I’m just a really lucky girl.

 

“The race was easy, I got a perfect start. He was pulling and he never pulls but I tried to keep my cool and keep him wide - he hates being trapped. I kept saying ‘don’t kick too soon or you won’t get up that hill’ but in the end it was fine.

 

“I hope everyone else really enjoyed it, I can’t tell you how much I did. I think Tom Queally had better watch out now - I might come out of retirement!”

 

 

 

Christie’s matches professionals against fairytale seekers

 

 A refuse collector and a driving instructor are among tradesmen and women taking on professional trainers in tomorrow’s Christie’s Foxhunter Chase.

 

 Twenty-four horses have been declared for this annual coming together of Britain and Ireland’s best point-to-pointers and hunter chasers, a lifetime pinnacle for many who take part.

 

 Likely favourite Baby Run is well known as last year’s winner, and he is owned and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies who needs no introduction, yet the rider is Nigel’s son Willie, just 16, and bidding to become the youngest successful pilot at The Festival.

 

 The refuse collector is Cumbrian Mark Hughes, who owns and trains Special Portrait. Hughes is employed to drive a Workington Council dustcart, and heads to work at 5am, freeing him up to gallop his horse each afternoon. Will Kinsey, a Cheshire-based point-to-point trainer, takes the ride.

 

 Jo Buck is the driving instructor - a Devon-based amateur rider she partners course-and-distance winner Theatre Diva for Cornish trainer Jackie Du Plessis.

 

 Cherry Coward and her brother, David Easterby, both saddle runners in the race. Cherry is responsible for Amicelli, who won under Oliver Greenall in 2008, but will be partnered tomorrow by Jacqueline Coward, the trainer’s daughter. Easterby trains Jaunty Flight, one of four mares in the race, and the mount of Oliver’s brother Thomas Greenall, the son of joint-owner Lord Daresbury.

 

 Brewery chief Richard Fuller, whose company is famous for its London Pride brand of ale, is the owner of Mount Benger, while Ronnie Bartlett, whose company Albert Bartlett sponsors the opening race tomorrow, pays the bills for Zemsky, trained in Northern Ireland by Ian Ferguson.

 

 The most successful point-to-point riders on either side of the Irish Sea are in the line-up. Derek O’Connor, seven times a champ in Ireland, rides Zemsky, while Richard Burton, who recently set a new British record of 385 winners, partners last year’s fourth Gentle George. Britain’s leading woman rider, Polly Gundry, rides Oscatello for Cornish farmer Ross Oliver, who is on the mend after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

 On The Fringe is six, but looks very special. Carrying the J P McManus colours and ridden by top amateur J T McNamara, On The Fringe is bidding to become only the fourth of his age to win the race since 1945 - the most recent was Kingscliff in 2003.

 

 Another tale to warm the heart focuses on Gone To Lunch, who contracted travel sickness on his way home to Devon trainer Jeremy Scott’s yard after finishing second in last year’s Scottish National. A build up of fluid in his lungs nearly killed the horse, but he survived after weeks in a veterinary hospital. He recently won two point-to-points for Jeremy’s wife Camilla Scott, and victory tomorrow would complete one of the great comebacks.

 

 

 

GUEST OF HONOUR CECIL FAVOURITE TO TAKE DERBY HONOURS

 

 

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The new race on the card today, the St Patrick’s Day Derby at 5.15pm, may be essentially a ‘fun’ race but the 12 amateur riders taking part in the charity event have been taking their preparations very seriously.

 

Legendary Flat trainer Henry Cecil is the guest of honour at Cheltenham today and will saddle a runner for the first time at Prestbury Park when the Niarchos Family’s Plato lines up for the 1m5f flat race in aid of Cancer Research UK. Taking the ride on the four-year-old is Lorna Fowler, who has the perfect pedigree to be riding at Cheltenham: her mother Sue Bradburne is a National Hunt trainer, father Johnny a former amateur rider and brother Mark a jump jockey. She is married to amateur rider Harry Fowler, whose late father John trained in Ireland and was the brother of Jessica Harrington, who trained yesterday’s RSA Chase winner Bostons Angel.

 

 “We’re all here doing it for a good cause and that is genuinely the most important thing,” says the Racing UK and Cheltenham Radio presenter, who is 13/8 favourite to win the inaugural running of the race.

 

 “Of course we all really want to ride at Cheltenham and we’ve all taken things very seriously on the fitness side. There are a lot of good horses in the race and it’s been lovely getting to know my fellow riders. Alice [Plunkett] and Liz [Ampairee] are great and there’s a real sense of camaraderie. I think everyone knows how lucky they are to be here.”

 

 She adds: “Inevitably, riding for Henry Cecil, I’ve had a lot of publicity and there’s perhaps extra pressure as he’s the guest of honour and the race is for a cause close to his heart. He’s such a high profile figure in the Flat world and riding for somebody that important makes it extra special.”

 

 Fowler, who previously rode as an amateur, has not donned silks for six years but is looking forward to her return to the saddle. She says: “When I gave up race riding the buzz had gone a bit but this has really brought it back in a huge way and I’ve been so lucky to ride Plato at Henry’s for the last six weeks. Riding out there is really special as he has some amazing horses.”

 

 Fowler may be favourite but she will have fellow broadcaster Alice Plunkett, who has raised £28,500 so far, snapping at her heels aboard the Alan King-trained Devil To Pay, who is currently second favourite at 9/2.  The only woman ever to complete the course at both Aintree and Badminton Horse Trials, Plunkett has plenty of opportunity to keep fit while riding her husband William Fox-Pitt’s 28 eventers.

 

 She says: “I am nervous because I really want to win it and it’s a long time since I’ve ridden competitively - it is Cheltenham, after all. I ride six horses a day at home and I’ve been riding out at Colin Tizzard’s and twice for Alan King.

 

 “I rode work on Devil To Pay the other day and he worked really well and I did start to think he perhaps could win it but I think Lorna’s the one to beat - Plato’s a really smart, progressive Flat horse.”

 

 Also riding for Alan King is PR supremo Liz Ampairee, whose clients include the former champion National Hunt jockey Richard Dunwoody. This is Ampairee’s second outing in a charity race.

 

She says: “I just want to get on with it now. I am a bit nervous but I’m also really looking forward to it. Richard Dunwoody trained me for my last ride so I had the best training for six months.

 

“I have a really good horse and he could do well but it all depends on me because he can be a bit keen so I will need to get him settled. I want a decent pace but I don’t want to set it.”

 

 Gordon Elliott helped make the second day of the Festival a truly memorable one for the Irish by training two of the country’s six winners on Wednesday. Originally in the line-up to ride in the race, Elliott stood himself down two weeks ago and in his place will be 16-year-old schoolboy Jamie Insole. Though he hails from Essex, Insole’s roots are steeped in Irish racing: his grandfather Vivian Kennedy trained on the Curragh and his uncle Will Kennedy is a jump jockey.

 

 “I’m really excited. I was more nervous yesterday for Will [with Time For Rupert],” says Insole, who is having his second ride in a charity race at Cheltenham and turns 17 on Saturday.

 

 “Gordon Elliott’s horses are really in form and I rode Fool’s Wildcat yesterday and he felt great. Will’s been great helping me out for the race - he taught me to ride really and I’m determined to follow in the family footststeps and stay in racing - it’s in my blood.”

 

 Aiming to extend the luck of the Irish at Cheltenham is Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse, who rides Silent Jo for JP McManus and Jonjo O’Neill and has been receiving training from the 15-time champion jockey AP McCoy and former trainer Ian Balding.

 

 “This is the opportunity of a lifetime. AP has told me just to enjoy it and to make the most of it,” says Wyse, who has raised more than £11,000 for Cancer Research UK. “But I do want to win, I am competitive and have already walked the course with Aidan Coleman.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARLY MARKET MOVERS

 

On what Ladbrokes has described as the busiest morning of trade so far at this year’s Festival, the David Pipe-trained Junior is a notable mover in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

 

As ever, punters have latched onto the Racing Post Pricewise horse, Barafundle, in the Pertemps Final.

 

William Hill offered 9/2 about Grands Crus in the Grade One World Hurdle but the price lasted all of 15 minutes as bettors piled in, but reigning champion Big Buck’s is solid at 11/10 with Victor Chandler.

 

1.30pm Grade Two Jewson Novices’ Chase

Noble Prince 4/1 from 11/2 with Coral.

Blazing Tempo 11/2 from 13/2 with Coral.

Loosen My Load 13/2 from 7/1 with Victor Chandler.

 

2.05pm Pertemps Final

Barafundle 8/1 from 11/1 with Paddy Power; 15/2 from 10/1 with Coral

Chartreux 6/1 from 7/1 with Stan James.

Lush Life 10/1 from 14/1 with Victor Chandler.

Tarablaze 18/1 from 25/1 with Paddy Power.

 

2.40pm Grade One Ryanair Chase

Poquelin 5/2 from 4/1 with William Hill.

Hey Big Spender 25/1 from 33/1 with Stan James and Paddy Power.

 

3.20pm Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle

Big Buck’s Evens from 5/4 with Ladbrokes.

Grands Crus 100/30 from 9/2 with William Hill.

Mourad 10/1 from 11/1 with Coral.

 

4.00pm Grade Three Byrne Group Plate

Aigle D’Or 4/1 from 9/2 with Paddy Power.

Beautiful Sound 6/1 from 8/1 with Stan James; 13/2 from 8/1 with Paddy Power; 11/2 from 13/2 with Coral.

Bible Lord 14/1 from 25/1 with Victor Chandler.

 

4.40pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Junior 5/1 from 13/2 with Paddy Power; 5/1 from 7/1 with William Hill; 5/1 from 13/2 with Coral.

 

 

 

 

 

GROUND NEWS THIS MORNING

 

 

The action switches to the New Course today and the going is described as

 

Good, Good to Soft in places

 

by Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing.

 

The GoingStick reading was 7.9 at 9am today.

 

There has been some drizzle at the course this morning but nothing measurable (up to 9.30am) and the forecast is for brighter and warmer weather as the day progresses.

 

There is forecast to be some rain tomorrow morning.

 

 

NON-RUNNERS TODAY 

  

2.05pm PERTEMPS FINAL HANDICAP HURDLE

 

no 2.  WORKING TITLE    Vet’s Certificate (Lame)

 

 

2.40pm RYANAIR CHASE

 

no 3.  CAPTAIN CEE BEE  Self Certificate (Not Eaten Up)

 

no 8.   RARE BOB    Self Certificate (Off Colour)

 

no 11. SOMERSBY   Self Certificate (Off Colour)

 

 

3.20pm LABROKES WORLD HURDLE

 

no 5.    CELESTIAL HALO  Self Certificate (Not Eaten Up)

 

 

4pm BYRNE GROUP PLATE HANDICAP CHASE

 

no 3.    CRESCENT ISLAND Self Certificate (Bruised Foot))

 

 

 

 

LUSH LIFE

 

Lush Life, pulled up before the seventh in the Pertemps Final, was found to have injured a stifle and was humanely put down.

 

 

FIRST RACE RESULT

 

1.30pm THE JEWSON NOVICES’ CHASE

Grade 2, Class 1, £90,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+, 2m 4f. Weights: 11st 4lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £51,309; 2nd: £19,251; 3rd: £9,639; 4th: £4,806; 5th: £2,412; 6th: £1,206

1)  NOBLE PRINCE (GER) (Des Sharkey) Paul Nolan IRE 7-11-04 Tony McCoy 4/1

2)  WISHFULL THINKING (Diana Whateley) Philip Hobbs t8-11-04 Richard Johnson 7/2 Fav

3)  LOOSEN MY LOAD (IRE) (Alan & Ann Potts Partnership) Henry de Bromhead IRE 7-11-04 Andrew Lynch 11/2

4)  RADIUM (FR) (Simon Munir) Nicky Henderson 6-11-04 Felix de Giles

5)  BLAZING TEMPO (IRE) (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 7-10-11 Paul Townend

6)  MR THRILLER (FR) (Joe Moran) David Pipe b1 t1 6-11-04 Tom Scudamore

7)  MR CRACKER (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Michael Hourigan IRE 6-11-04 Davy Russell

8)  COOTEHILL (IRE) (Felicity Griffin) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-04 Paddy Brennan

9)  BOUGGLER (Axom (XXI)) Emma Lavelle 6-11-04 Sam Thomas

PU)  ROBINSON COLLONGES (FR) (Mr & Mrs G Calder) Paul Nicholls 6-11-04 Ruby Walsh

PU)  MR GARDNER (IRE) (Richard & Lizzlie Kelvin Hughes) Nicky Henderson 8-11-04 Barry Geraghty

 

11 ran

Tote Win: £4.40 Places: £1.90; £1.80; £1.70 Exacta: £12.10

Distances: 4, 5, 2½, 3¾, nk, 11, 21, 15

Breeder: Gestut Etzean Breeding: b g Montjeu (IRE) - Noble Pearl (GER) (Dashing Blade)

 

Winning Trainer: PAUL NOLAN Born: January 3, 1969 Based: Toberona House, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland Background: Father was a sheep farmer and Paul played hurling for Wexford team that beat Cork in 1992 junior all-Ireland final but injuries curtailed this love. He then joined Jim Bolger and subsequently worked for a vet. He started to train point-to-pointers before taking out a licence under Rules Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2005 Dabiroun), Jewson Novices’ Chase (2011 Noble Prince) First Winner at Cheltenham: Accordion Etoile (Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, November 14, 2004)

 

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy MBE  Date of Birth: 04/05/74 Background: Tony McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of his era and many would argue the greatest of all time. McCoy started out with Billy Rock then tried his luck as a Flat jockey with Jim Bolger. Since growing too heavy and turning to jump racing he has not looked back. He was champion conditional rider in Britain in 1994/5 when attached to Toby Balding's Hampshire yard and took his first senior title in 1995/96 season with 174 wins. His domination has brought 15 consecutive jump jockey's titles. McCoy broke Peter Scudamore's record of 221 wins in the 1997/8 season with 253 successes and broke his own record for the fastest 200 winners in the 1999/2000 season, ending up with 245 successes. In 2001/02 he beat by 20 the record of 269 winners in any season set by Sir Gordon Richards. He has passed the double century mark five times. He had a fairytale 1998 Cheltenham Festival, riding a record five winners, and also rode a rare double the previous year on Make A Stand in the Champion Hurdle (for his boss Martin Pipe) and Mr Mulligan in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. McCoy added a second Champion Hurdle when successful on Brave Inca in 2006. In April, 2004, he left Martin Pipe's stable after accepting a reportedly huge offer from J P McManus and rides for McManus's principal trainer in Britain, Jonjo O'Neill. McCoy, O'Neill and McManus teamed up to capture the Irish Grand National with Butler's Cabin in April 2007. McCoy cracked a vertebra in a terrible fall Warwick in January, 2008, but was back in winning action with Albertas Run at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His wife Chanelle gave birth to their daughter Eve in late 2007. Tony was awarded an MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2010 he was also the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - the only person in racing to achieve this feat. 1000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999 2000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Corporate Player, Wincanton, January 17, 2004 3000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Restless D’Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009  First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92, Legal Steps (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (24) Ryanair Chase (2010 Albertas Run), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2009 Wichita Lineman), RSA Chase (2008 Alberta’s Run), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), Stan James Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 2006 Brave Inca, 2010 Binocular), totesport Gold Cup (1997 Mr Mulligan), Cathcart Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair), Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (1998 Blowing Wind), Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), Byrne Group Plate (1999 Majadou), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2007 Wichita Lineman), Jewson Novices’ Chase (2011 Noble Prince) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5) Wins 1994/5-2009/10: 74; 175; 189; 253; 186; 245; 191; 289; 257; 209; 199; 178; 184; 140; 186; 195;  Wins this season: 200

 

 

SECOND RACE RESULT

 

2.05pm THE PERTEMPS FINAL HANDICAP HURDLE

Listed Race, Class 1, £70,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+ which have either started in a series qualifier since the start of the current season, or were eliminated from a qualifier, having been declared to run under the provisions of Rule (F)89 and Rule Rule (F)90 at the declaration stage in such a race (in the event of the abandonment of a qualifier, any horse which had been declared to run in that race under Rule (F)89 or any horse entered to run if the time of abandonment was prior to the declaration stage, will be qualified to enter the Final). 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 Values: 1st: £39,907; 2nd: £14,973; 3rd: £7,497; 4th: £3,738; 5th: £1,876; 6th: £938

 

1)  BUENA VISTA (IRE) (Matt Archer & The Late Jean Broadhurst) David Pipe b10-10-03 Conor O'Farrell (5) 20/1

2)  SON AMIX (FR) (Whitechurch Stud Syndicate) Tom Cooper IRE 5-10-06 Paul Carberry 16/1

3)  SIVOTA (IRE) (Second Go Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE t1 7-10-07 Ruby Walsh 9/1

4)  KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE) (W F Trueman) George Charlton 8-11-12 Jan Faltejsek 33/1

5)  QUEIROS BLEU (FR) (Alan & Ann Potts) Henry de Bromhead IRE 7-10-04 Andrew Lynch

6)  BARWELL BRIDGE (Tracey Brown) Warren Greatrex t5-10-08 Wayne Hutchinson

7)  VIKING BLOND (FR) (Caroline Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-10-07 Paddy Brennan

8)  HEAVENLY BLUES (GER) (Helen Walsh) Ted Walsh IRE 9-10-04 Ms Katie Walsh

9)  TARABLAZE (Diana Whateley) Philip Hobbs 8-10-08 Tom O'Brien

10)  DON'T PUSH IT (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 11-10-05 Tony McCoy

11)  RIVAGE D'OR (FR) (Gigginstown House Stud) Dessie Hughes IRE 6-10-02 Bryan Cooper (5)

12)  MICHEAL FLIPS (IRE) (Martin Tedham) Andy Turnell 7-11-02 Nick Scholfield

13)  CHARTREUX (FR) (Roger Brookhouse) David Pipe 6-10-03 Tom Scudamore 6/1 Fav

14)  KAYF ARAMIS (Isobel Phipps Coltman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 9-10-09 Sam Twiston-Davies (3)

15)  GWANAKO (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 8-10-05 Mr Ryan Mahon (5)

16)  BARAFUNDLE (IRE) (Judith Ratcliff) Jennie Candlish 7-10-10 Alan O'Keeffe

17)  MOBAASHER (USA) (Seasons Holidays) Venetia Williams vt8-11-04 Aidan Coleman

18)  DUKE OF LUCCA (IRE) (Lesley Field) Philip Hobbs 6-11-04 Richard Johnson

19)  ALFIE SPINNER (IRE) (Alan & Brian Beard) Nick Williams 6-10-08 Daryl Jacob

20)  ESSEX (IRE) (B P S Syndicate) Denis Cullen IRE v1 11-10-09 Paul Townend

21)  PAUSE AND CLAUSE (IRE) (Robert Cohen) Emma Lavelle p1 7-10-12 Jack Doyle

22)  MR MOONSHINE (IRE) (Sue Smith) Sue Smith 7-10-09 Henry Oliver

PU)  LUSH LIFE (IRE) (Michael Buckely) Nicky Henderson 6-10-12 Barry Geraghty

23 ran Non-Runner: Working Title (Vet’s Certificate, Lame)

Tote Win: £23.50 Places: £4.30; £4.40; £2.60; £8.90 Exacta: £533.90

Distances: 4, hd, 10, nk, 2½, 1, 3, 1¾, hd, sh, nk, 1½, 7, 3½, 9, 14, 9, 6, 7, hd, nose  

Breeder: Lodge Park Stud Breeding: b g In The Wings - Park Special (Relkino)

 

Winning Trainer: DAVID PIPE Born: February 7, 1973 Based: Pond House, Nicholashayne, Wellington, Somerset Background: David Pipe is the son of 15-times champion jump trainer Martin Pipe. Started out riding in point-to-points in 1992, recording 22 wins, plus two under Rules, including victory aboard Bonanza Boy in the Ludlow Gold Cup. After finishing as a rider, had spells with Michael Dickinson in the US, Criquette Head-Maarek in France and Joey Ramsden in South Africa, before setting up as a point-to-point trainer, handling the likes of Horus, Lord Atterbury and Celestial Gold, who went on to have successful careers under Rules when transferred to his father’s yard. Based at Purchas Farm, a mile away from his father’s Pond House, he sent out 164 point-to-point winners over six seasons, with Well Armed successful 15 times. Took over the reins at Pond House in Somerset following the retirement of his father on the last day of the 2005/06 jump season - Saturday, April 29. First Trainer’s Licence: May 2006 First winner under rules: Standin Obligation in the ‘Persimmon Homes Novices’ Chase’ at Kelso, May 9, 2006 - his first runner under rules Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2008 Comply Or Die), totesport Bowl (2008 Our Vic, 2009 Madison Du Berlais) Cheltenham Festival Wins (6): Byrne Group Plate (2010 Great Endeavour), Pertemps Final (2010 & 2011 Buena Vista), Ryanair Chase (2008 Our Vic), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2008 An Accordion), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurde (2007 Gaspara) Wins (2006/07-2009/10): 134; 100; 76; 102; Wins This Season: 52

 

Winning Jockey: Conor O’Farrell Based: c/o David Pipe, Pond House, Nicholashayne, Wellington, Somerset Background: Son of Kilmoganny-based trainer Seamus O’Farrell and younger brother of Irish amateur J P O’Farrell. Bizarrely, Conor did not sit on a horse until he was 15. Attended the Racing Acadamy & Centre of Excellence after a spell riding out for Joe Crowley and worked for Paddy Prendergast after graduating. Moved on to Shark Hanlon before being appointed conditional jockey for David Pipe in October, 2010. First Winner Under Rules: Miss Latina, Gowran Park, July 8, 2007 First Winner in Britain: A Little Different, Racing Post Novices' Handicap Hurdle, Perth, September 24, 2009 Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Pertemps Final (2011 Buena Vista) Big Race Wins Include: Micheal Purcell Novice Hurdle (2010 Western Leader) Wins in Britain (2009-10): 1; Wins This Season: 4

 

 

THIRD RACE RESULT - 2.40pm THE RYANAIR CHASE

Grade 1, Class 1, £260,000 Guaranteed. 3m. 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 10; horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 10 would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. 2m 5f. Weights 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb.. Penalty Values: 1st: £154,896.17; 2nd: £58,116.63; 3rd: £29,099.07; 4th: £14,508.78; 5th: £7,281.56; 6th: £3,640.78

 

1)  ALBERTAS RUN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Jonjo O'Neill 10-11-10 Tony McCoy 6/1

2)  KALAHARI KING (FR) (Mrs J Morgan) Ferdy Murphy 10-11-10 Graham Lee 7/1

3)  RUBI LIGHT (FR) (Bill Hennessy) Robbie Hennessy IRE 6-11-10 Andrew Lynch 16/1

4)  POQUELIN (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 8-11-10 Ruby Walsh 2/1 Fav

5)  VOY POR USTEDES (FR) (Sir Robert Ogden) Nicky Henderson 10-11-10 Barry Geraghty

6)  J'Y VOLE (FR) (Hammer & Trowel Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 8-11-03 Paul Townend

7)  TARTAK (FR) (Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd) Tom George t8-11-10 Paddy Brennan

8)  GAUVAIN (GER) (Jared Sullivan & Simon Brown) Nick Williams 9-11-10 Daryl Jacob

9)  HEY BIG SPENDER (IRE) (Brocade Racing) Colin Tizzard 8-11-10 Joe Tizzard

10)  ROBERTO GOLDBACK (IRE) (Seamus Dunne) Jessica Harrington IRE 9-11-10 Robbie Power

PU)  BREEDSBREEZE (IRE) (Jim Lewis, Markus Jooste, Malcolm King) Paul Nicholls 9-11-10 Nick Scholfield

 

11 ran

Non-Runners: Captain Cee Bee (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up), Rare Bob (Self Certificate, Off Colour), Somersby (Self Certificate, Off Colour)

Tote Win: £6.20 Places: £2.20; £2.40; £2.90 Exacta: £32.30

Distances: 1, 2, 4½, nk, 4, 10, 6, 2¾, 2½

Breeder: Oliver & Salome Brennan  Breeding: b g Accordion - Holly Grove Lass (Le Moss)

 

Winning Trainer: JONJO O’NEILL Born: April 13, 1952 Based: Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire Background: Jonjo O’Neill was a highly successful jump jockey and has established himself at the top of the training ranks in recent seasons. In spite of an appalling list of injuries, he was champion jockey on two occasions (1977/78 and 1979/80), and he set a then record for a season of 149 winners in his first championship year. The most sensational moment of his riding career came when he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Dawn Run in 1986 as the mare became the only horse to win that trophy after having previously taken the Champion Hurdle (1984), also with O’Neill in the saddle. He also won the Gold Cup on Alverton in 1979, though he had a dreadful record in the Grand National, in which he never completed the course in spite of having had a number of fancied rides. He retired from the saddle at the end of the 1985/86 season and, having survived lymphatic cancer not long after that, started training near Penrith, Cumbria, in 1987. He moved to his present base at Jackdaws Castle in Gloucestershire, not far from Cheltenham, when the yard was bought by owner J P McManus in 2001. Cheltenham Festival Wins (18): Ryanair Chase (2010 & 2011 Albertas Run), Royal & SunAlliance Chase (2008 Alberta’s Run), Pertemps Final (1991 Danny Connors, 2003 Inching Closer, 2004 Creon); National Hunt Chase (1995 Front Line, 2002 Rith Dubh, 2003 Sudden Shock, 2004 Native Emperor, 2007 Butler’s Cabin); Vincent O’Brien County H’cap Hurdle (2000 Master Tern), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2003 Spectroscope), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2007 Wichita Lineman), Christie’s Foxhunter Chase (2007 Drombeag), William Hill Trophy (2009 Wichita Lineman) Aintree Festival wins: John Smith's Grand National (2010 Don’t Push It), John Smith’s Melling Chase (2010 Albertas Run), John Smith’s Handicap Chase (2009 Don’t Push It), Totesport Bowl (2007 Exotic Dancer), betfair.com Handicap Chase (2000 Radiation, 2002 Carbury Cross, 2003 Master Tern), John Smith’s smithythehorse.com Handicap Hurdle (2010 Ringaroses), John Smith’s Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle (2002 Sudden Shock, 2006 Refinement, 2007 Alberta’s Run), John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (2002 Quazar), John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle (2002 Intersky Falcon), John Smith’s Topham Chase (2003 Clan Royal), Citroen C6 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Iris’s Gift, 2006 Black Jack Ketchum), John Smith’s Champion Standard National Hunt Flat Race (2003 Classic Native), John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2004 Iris’s Gift), S&N Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy), Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (2009 Sunnyhillboy, 2007 Two Miles West) Number of Winners (1995/96-2009/10): 18; 17; 32; 38; 44; 58; 113; 114; 102; 96; 105; 126; 106; 97; 105; Wins this Season: 85

 

Winning Jockey: Anthony Peter McCoy MBE  Date of Birth: 04/05/74 Background: Tony McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of his era and many would argue the greatest of all time. McCoy started out with Billy Rock then tried his luck as a Flat jockey with Jim Bolger. Since growing too heavy and turning to jump racing he has not looked back. He was champion conditional rider in Britain in 1994/5 when attached to Toby Balding's Hampshire yard and took his first senior title in 1995/96 season with 174 wins. His domination has brought 15 consecutive jump jockey's titles. McCoy broke Peter Scudamore's record of 221 wins in the 1997/8 season with 253 successes and broke his own record for the fastest 200 winners in the 1999/2000 season, ending up with 245 successes. In 2001/02 he beat by 20 the record of 269 winners in any season set by Sir Gordon Richards. He has passed the double century mark five times. He had a fairytale 1998 Cheltenham Festival, riding a record five winners, and also rode a rare double the previous year on Make A Stand in the Champion Hurdle (for his boss Martin Pipe) and Mr Mulligan in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. McCoy added a second Champion Hurdle when successful on Brave Inca in 2006. In April, 2004, he left Martin Pipe's stable after accepting a reportedly huge offer from J P McManus and rides for McManus's principal trainer in Britain, Jonjo O'Neill. McCoy, O'Neill and McManus teamed up to capture the Irish Grand National with Butler's Cabin in April 2007. McCoy cracked a vertebra in a terrible fall Warwick in January, 2008, but was back in winning action with Albertas Run at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His wife Chanelle gave birth to their daughter Eve in late 2007. Tony was awarded an MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2010 he was also the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - the only person in racing to achieve this feat. 1000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999 2000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Corporate Player, Wincanton, January 17, 2004 3000th Win Over Jumps In Britain: Restless D’Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009  First Winner: Thurles, 26/03/92, Legal Steps (First winner in Britain: 07/09/94, Exeter, Chickabiddy) Cheltenham Festival Wins: (25) Ryanair Chase (2010 & 2011 Albertas Run), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2009 Wichita Lineman), RSA Chase (2008 Alberta’s Run), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (1996 Kibreet, 1998 Edredon Bleu), Irish Independent Arkle Chase (1997 Or Royal, 1998 Champleve, 2004 Well Chief), Stan James Champion Hurdle (1997 Make A Stand, 2006 Brave Inca, 2010 Binocular), totesport Gold Cup (1997 Mr Mulligan), Cathcart Chase (1998 Cyfor Malta, 2002 Royal Auclair), Pertemps Final (1998 Unsinkable Boxer), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (1998 Blowing Wind), Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1999 Hors La Loi III), Byrne Group Plate (1999 Majadou), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2000 Edredon Bleu), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2003 Liberman), Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase (2006 Reveillez), Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Black Jack Ketchum, 2007 Wichita Lineman), Jewson Novices’ Chase (2011 Noble Prince) Leading Rider at The Festival: 1997 (3), 1998 (5) Wins 1994/5-2009/10: 74; 175; 189; 253; 186; 245; 191; 289; 257; 209; 199; 178; 184; 140; 186; 195;  Wins this season: 201

 

 

FOURTH RACE RESULT

 

3.20pm THE LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE

Grade 1, Class 1, £260,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+ 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 10; horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 10 would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. 3m. Weights 4yo 11st 1lb; 5yo+ 11st 10lb. Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £148,226; 2nd: £55,614; 3rd: £27,846; 4th: £13,884; 5th: £6,968; 6th: £3,484

 

1)  BIG BUCK'S (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 8-11-10 Ruby Walsh 10/11 Fav

2)  GRANDS CRUS (FR) (Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds III) David Pipe t6-11-10 Tom Scudamore 7/2

3)  MOURAD (IRE) (Teahon Consulting Limited) Willie Mullins IRE 6-11-10 Paul Townend 8/1

4)  CROSS KENNON (IRE) (P & Mrs G A Clarke) Jennie Candlish 7-11-10 Alan O'Keeffe

5)  RIGOUR BACK BOB (IRE) (Gaticoma Syndicate) Edward O'Grady IRE 6-11-10 Andrew McNamara

6)  BERTIES DREAM (IRE) (Half A Keg Syndicate) Paul Gilligan IRE p1 8-11-10 Andrew Lynch

7)  ANY GIVEN DAY (IRE) (Tim Leslie) Donald McCain 6-11-10 Jason Maguire

8)  FIVEFORTHREE (IRE) (Olde Crowbars Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-10 David Casey

9)  RESTLESS HARRY (R G Whitehead) Robin Dickin 7-11-10 Henry Oliver

10)  POWERSTATION (IRE) (Fat Frog Syndicate) Eamon O'Connell IRE 11-11-10 Davy Russell

11)  SOUFFLEUR (Karen Bowen, W Bryan, Mr & Mrs J Timmons) Peter Bowen 8-11-10 Tom O'Brien

12)  ZAYNAR (FR) (Men In Our Position) Nicky Henderson p6-11-10 Barry Geraghty

13)  ASHKAZAR (FR) (David Johnson) David Pipe 7-11-10 Timmy Murphy

 

13 ran  Non-Runner: Celestial Halo (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

Tote Win: £1.80 Places: £1.10; £1.90; £2.10 Exacta: £4.50

Distances: 1¾, 2¾, ½, ½, 2¾, sh, ¾, ½, 6, 15, ¾, 30  

Breeder: Henri Poulat Breeding: b or br g Cadoudal (FR) - Buck’s (FR) (Le Glorieux)

 

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. 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 Cheltenham Festival Wins (29): Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sanctuaire), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009, 2010 & 2011 Big Buck’s), Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase (2009 Chapoturgeon), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), The Irish Independent Arkle Novices’ Chase (1999 Flagship Uberalles, 2003 Azertyuiop), sportingbet.com 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), Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland, 2011 Al Ferof), RSA Chase (2006 Star De Mohaison, 2007 Denman) First Trainer to Saddle Six Winners on One Card: Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Wincanton Number of Winners (1992/03-2009/10): 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);155*;115* *Champion Trainer Wins this Season: 112

 

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. Ruby is the second of Walsh's four children and his younger sister Katie is a successful amateur. He followed in his father's footsteps when capturing the Irish amateur riders’ championship (1996-97) 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 five times (2000/2001, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/08). Walsh has won the John Smith's Grand National twice. His first success came in 2000 on his first ride in the race aboard Papillon, trained by his father, less than a month after returning from a fractured leg sustained in a fall in October, 1999, in the Czech Republic. The Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter provided him with a second success in 2005. He followed Papillon's Aintree triumph with an Irish Grand National victory aboard his father's Commanche Court but surpassed that achievement in the 2004/2005 season when his John Smith's Grand National success aboard Hedgehunter was augmented by wins in the Welsh National (Silver Birch) and Irish Grand National (Numbersixvalverde). He narrowly missed out in that season's Scottish Grand National when his mount, Cornish Rebel, finished a short-head second to Joes Edge. In the 2008/09 season he was leading rider at the Cheltenham Festival for a fourth time.  First Winner: Siren Song, Gowran Park, July 25, 1995 Cheltenham Festival Wins (31): Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2010 Sanctuaire), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2009, 2010 & 2011 Big Buck’s), David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (2009, 2010 & 2011 Quevega), Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2008 Fiveforthree, 2009 Mikael D’Haguenet), JCB Triumph Hurdle (2008 Celestial Halo), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (1998 Alexander Banquet, 2005 Missed That), Byrne Group Plate (2002 Blowing Wind), The Irish Independent Arkle (2003 Azertyuiop), sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase (2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded), Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (2004 St Pirran), Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle (2004 Sporazene, 2006 Desert Quest, 2009 American Trilogy), Ryanair Chase (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis) , Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2006 Noland, 2010 Al Ferof), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2006 Dun Doire), RSA Chase (2007 Denman, 2009 Cooldoine), totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (2007 & 2009 Kauto Star), Stan James Champion Hurdle (2011 Hurricane Fly) Number of Wins in Britain (1998/99-2009/10): 1; 1; 5; 13; 77; 62; 81; 69; 73; 69; 69; 69;  Wins in Britain This Season: 14

 

 

 

FIFTH RACE RESULT

 

4.00pm BYRNE GROUP PLATE HANDICAP CHASE

Grade 3, Class 1, £75,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+, 2m 5f. Minimum weight 10st. Penalties: after February 27, a winner of a chase 5lb (no penality to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Penalty Values: 1st: £42,757.50; 2nd: £16,042.50; 3rd: £8,032.50; 4th: £4,005; 5th: £2,010; 6th: £1,005

 

1)  HOLMWOOD LEGEND (Brian Derrick) Pat Rodford 10-10-06 Keiran Burke (3) 25/1

2)  AIMIGAYLE (Pete Mercer) Suzy Smith 8-10-06 Colin Bolger 25/1

3)  BEAUTIFUL SOUND (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE 9-10-06 Davy Russell 9/2 Fav

4)  CONSIGLIERE (FR) (Elder Scouller) David Pipe bt8-11-10 Tom Scudamore 20/1

5)  CALL ME A LEGEND (Mrs K Holmes) Alan King 7-11-00 Robert Thornton

6)  MATUHI (Wilsford Racing Incorporated) David Pipe t8-10-09 Conor O'Farrell (5)

7)  QUARTZ DE THAIX (FR) (ROA Arkle Partnership) Venetia Williams 7-11-02 Aidan Coleman

8)  BIBLE LORD (IRE) (Martin Tedham) Andy Turnell 10-10-05 Nick Scholfield

9)  EDGBRIAR (FR) (D Allen) Paul Webber p9-11-06 Dominic Elsworth

10)  STORYMAKER (J M & Miss H M Crichton, Sandy Forster) Sandy Forster 10-10-05 Paddy Aspell

11)  TATENEN (FR) (The Stewart Family) Richard Rowe 7-11-12 Andrew Thornton

12)  GANSEY (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Sue Smith 9-11-00 Peter Buchanan

13)  AIGLE D'OR (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 8-11-03 Tony McCoy

14)  HOLLO LADIES (IRE) (Martin Bourke & R Heaney) Ferdy Murphy 6-11-04 Graham Lee

15)  I'M A LEGEND (Wincanton Race Club) Neil Mulholland p9-9-11 Mark Quinlan (7)

BD 3 OUT) JUST SMUDGE (Sastastic Partnership) Venetia Williams 9-10-07 Sam Thomas

FELL 3 OUT) YOU'RE THE TOP (FR) (Michael Buckley) Nicky Henderson 7-11-02 Barry Geraghty

PU)  PIRAYA (FR) (Terry Neil) David Pipe tp8-11-03 Johnny Farrelly

PU)  PLEIN POUVOIR (FR) (Dr Moira Hamlin) Venetia Williams 8-10-01 Robert Dunne (5)

PU)  PEPLUM (FR) (Patrick Wilmott) Gary Moore 8-10-08 Jamie Moore

 

20 ran  Non-Runner: Crescent Island (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)

Tote Win: £41.00 Places: £8.40; £6.20; £1.40; £6.70 Exacta: £977.70

Distances: 3½, 1¾, 5, 2, ½, 3, 3½, 5, 5, 1¾, 2¾, 26, 3½, 5   

Breeder: Mrs P M Underhill  Breeding: b g Midnight Legend - West-Hatch Spirit (Forzando)

 

Winning Trainer: PAT RODFORD Born: August 14, 1940 Based: Lavenoak Racing Stables, Ash, Martock, Somerset Background: First took out his licence in March, 1988, but is enjoying his best season to date, largely thanks to the efforts of his stable jockey Kieran Burke, who is set to take over the licence in the summer of 2011. Rodford’s stable star Sparky May, gained her name after being born next to an electric fence and the six-year-old is owned by Bill Muddyman, who was formerly the majority shareholder of Fulham football club, where Pat’s son Neil was chief executive. First Winner: Winart, Old Five Handicap Hurdle, Warwick, February 24, 1988 Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Byrne Group Plate (2011 Holmwood Legend)Big Race Wins: Warfield Mares’ Hurdle (2011 Sparky May) Jump Wins (1990/91-2009/10): 1; 3; 3; 0; 3; 2; 4; 3; 6; 3; 3; 0; 4; 0; 3; 3; 3; 2; 5; 4; Wins This Season: 12

 

Winning Jockey: Burke, Keiran Date of Birth: 15/11/85, Yeovil Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Byrne Group Plate (2011 Holmwood Legend) Big Race Wins: Warfield Mares’ Hurdle (2011 Sparky May) Wins in Britain (2000/01-2009/10): 1; 0; 0; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 7; 7; Wins This Season: 13

 

 

SIXTH RACE RESULT

 

4.40pm FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP

HANDICAP CHASE

Class 2, £50,000 Guaranteed. For 5yo+ rated 0-140, 3m 1½f. Minimum weight 10st. Penalties: after February 27, a winner of a chase 5lb (no penality to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Penalty Values: 1st: £30,010; 2nd: £9,375; 3rd: £4,685; 4th: £2,345; 5th: £1,170; 6th: £590

 

1)  JUNIOR (Middleham Park Racing Ll) David Pipe b8-11-06 Mr Jamie Codd 100/30 Fav

2)  FAASEL (IRE) (Jim Ennis) David Pipe t1 b10-11-09 Mr Ryan Mahon 20/1

3)  DEAL DONE (FR) (Mrs A N Durkan) Dessie Hughes IRE v1 7-11-08 Mr Robbie McNamara 20/1

4)  GALAXY ROCK (IRE) (Michael & John O’Flynn) Jonjo O'Neill b7-11-03 Mr J T McNamara 18/1

5)  POMME TIEPY (FR) (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE b1 8-11-03 Ms Katie Walsh

6)  FREDO (IRE) (Jacky Allen & Mark Dennis) Ian Williams p1 7-11-02 Mr J D Moore

7)  FAR MORE SERIOUS (IRE) (Neysauteur Partnership) Charlie Longsdon p11-11-10 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

8)  BILLIE MAGERN (Roger Nicholls) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-02 Mr Willie Twiston-Davies (7)

9)  CORNISH SETT (IRE) (Peter Hart) Caroline Keevil 12-10-12 Mr Robbie Henderson (5)

10)  KHACHATURIAN (IRE) (John Glews & Brendan Richardson) Donald McCain 8-11-04 Mr Colin Motherway

11)  SADDLERS STORM (IRE) (Billy Moffett, R & J McLoughlin) Tony Martin IRE 9-11-08 Mr Derek O'Connor

12)  DANCE ISLAND (IRE) (Lady Jane Grosvenor) Ben Case 8-11-05 Miss Gina Andrews (3)

13)  DEN OF INIQUITY (Malcolm Denmark) Warren Greatrex 10-11-06 Mr Michael O'Connor

14)  PALYPSO DE CREEK (FR) (Alan Halsall) Charlie Longsdon b1 8-11-01 Mr Mark Wall (3)

15)  MASSINI MAN (IRE) (Steven Astaire) Brendan Powell 10-10-11 Miss Clare Wills (5)

16)  ALDERLEY ROVER (IRE) (Alec Craig & Andrew Dick) Donald McCain p7-11-04 Mr Richard Harding

PU)  GALANT NUIT (FR) (David Parry) Ferdy Murphy 7-11-06 Miss Nina Carberry

PU)  MINELLA THEATRE (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Henrietta Knight 8-11-02 Mr Richard Burton

PU)  RICHARD'S SUNDANCE (IRE) (Elizabeth Masterman & Sara Vernon) Victor Dartnall 9-11-09 Mr Joshua Guerriero

PU)  MOSTLY BOB (IRE) (Favourites Racing XXVI) Philip Hobbs t8-11-01 Mr James Best (7)

PU)  SHERIFF HUTTON (IRE) (Richard Adcock, Joe Grindal, Nigel Skinner) Tim Walford 8-10-13 Mr Mark Walford (3)

PU)  BURREN LEGEND (IRE) (Thomas Thompson) Richard Rowe 10-10-13 Mr Tom Cannon (3)

PU)  TEDDY'S REFLECTION (IRE) (The Bailey Family) Henrietta Knight 8-11-01 Mr Oliver Greenall

PU)  CAN'T BUY TIME (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-12 Mr Alan Berry

 

24 ran

Tote Win: £3.10 Places: £1.40; £4.90; £5.60; £4.60 Exacta: £47.50

Distances: 24, 3¼, ½, 8, 6, nk, 1¼, 5, 7, 26, 9, 19, ½, 21, 3¼ 

Breeder: P C Green Breeding: ch g Singspiel (IRE) - For More (FR) (Sanglamore)

 

Winning Trainer: DAVID PIPE Born: February 7, 1973 Based: Pond House, Nicholashayne, Wellington, Somerset Background: David Pipe is the son of 15-times champion jump trainer Martin Pipe. Started out riding in point-to-points in 1992, recording 22 wins, plus two under Rules, including victory aboard Bonanza Boy in the Ludlow Gold Cup. After finishing as a rider, had spells with Michael Dickinson in the US, Criquette Head-Maarek in France and Joey Ramsden in South Africa, before setting up as a point-to-point trainer, handling the likes of Horus, Lord Atterbury and Celestial Gold, who went on to have successful careers under Rules when transferred to his father’s yard. Based at Purchas Farm, a mile away from his father’s Pond House, he sent out 164 point-to-point winners over six seasons, with Well Armed successful 15 times. Took over the reins at Pond House in Somerset following the retirement of his father on the last day of the 2005/06 jump season - Saturday, April 29. First Trainer’s Licence: May 2006 First winner under rules: Standin Obligation in the ‘Persimmon Homes Novices’ Chase’ at Kelso, May 9, 2006 - his first runner under rules Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2008 Comply Or Die), totesport Bowl (2008 Our Vic, 2009 Madison Du Berlais) Cheltenham Festival Wins (7): Byrne Group Plate (2010 Great Endeavour), Pertemps Final (2010 & 2011 Buena Vista), Ryanair Chase (2008 Our Vic), Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase (2008 An Accordion), Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurde (2007 Gaspara), Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase (2011 Junior) Wins (2006/07-2009/10): 134; 100; 76; 102; Wins This Season: 53

Winning Jockey: Mr Jamie Codd Background: Former conditional with Willie Mullins who is now an amateur. Had his first ride at the Cheltenham Festival, aged 20, aboard Hedgehunter in the 2003 National Hunt Chase. Cheltenham Festival Wins (2): Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (2009 Character Building, 2011 Junior) Wins in Britain (2002/03-2009/10): 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 1; 1; 1 Wins in Britain this season: 1

 

 

SEVENTH RACE RESULT

 

5.15pm THE ST PATRICK’S DAY DERBY

(IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH UK)

 

For 4yo+, 1m 3f (Flat), New Course. Weights: 11st 10lb each.

 

1)  PLATO (JPN) (Niarchos Family) Henry Cecil 4-11-10 Lorna Fowler 6/4 FAV

 

2)  NEMO SPIRIT (IRE) (Andrew Black & Michael Owen) Tim Vaughan 6-11-10 Rodger Sargent 14/1

 

3)  SUPER COLLIDER (Frances Duffin) Shark Hanlon IRE 4-11-10 Frostie Kelly 6/1

 

4)  DEVIL TO PAY (Horace 5) Alan King 5-11-10 Alice Plunkett 4/1

 

5)  SOUNDS OF JUPITER (IRE) (Gigginstown House Stud) Charles Byrnes IRE 5-11-10 Guy O'Callaghan

 

6)  WARCRAFT (Gigginstown House Stud) Michael Hourigan IRE 8-11-10 Peter O'Reilly

 

7)  DORMOUSE (Aiden Murphy) Anabel King 6-11-10 Niamh Flynn

 

8)  KINGS TROOP (Henry Ponsonby) Alan King 5-11-10 Liz Ampairee

 

9)  FOOL'S WILDCAT (USA) (Michael O’Shea) Gordon Elliott IRE 6-11-10 Jamie Insole

 

10)  PARAMOUNT (FR) (Helen Walsh) Ted Walsh IRE 9-11-10 Killian McCarthy

 

11)  AMBROSE PRINCESS (IRE) (The Yes No Wait Sorries) Michael Scudamore 6-11-10 Chloe Bowkett

 

12)  SILENT JO (JPN) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 9-11-10 Rachel Wyse

 

12 ran

 

Distances: 1¼, nose, 1¼, 2½, sh, ¾, ½, nk, ½, 4½, 1¼   


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