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Saturday, April 29, 2000


Beau put up a a thrilling front-running performance to easily beat 19 rivals in the 44th Whitbread Gold Cup at Sandown Park on Saturday, April 29, 2000.

Carl Llewellyn sent the 6-1 co-favourite straight into the lead and the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained seven-year-old was beginning to assert with a circuit to go.

Trouble Ahead, another of the three market leaders, emerged from the pack to give chase as the field raced down the far side for the final time. But Norman Williamson's mount was very tired when he refused at the third last leaving Beau in an unassailable lead.

Beau won the £66,700 first prize by a distance - a record margin - from 100-1 chance Folly Road. Paddy's Return (10-1) finished third a head further away with Bouchasson (11-1) back in fourth.

Llewellyn said: "It was great. I've never seen another horse. We've gone a good gallop and he's jumped well. He's jumped them into the ground. I thought they would come and get me but nothing came.."

When Llewellyn was told he had won by a record distance, he added: "It felt like it."

Winning owner Sylvia Tainton, from Broadheath in Worcestershire, said: "I can't describe the feeling. I didn't want him to run him. I wanted him at home on the grass. But Nigel said 'one more race'."

Twiston-Davies said: "He got beaten at Cheltenham and I just couldn't believe it. I thought he was the best thing in the whole world. I wouldn't say he's improved particularly - it's just that this is the end of the season and maybe one or two of them were past their best. But I'm delighted for the horse - he's a half brother to Beau Ranger and that's quite an act to follow. Maybe he's more than a handicapper but we'll probably try him out in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at the start of the next season."

The Queen Mother presented trophies to the winning connections.


2.15pm David Lloyd Leisure Handicap £20,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 14yds
1 Pipssalio Jamie Poulton 3-7-10 Francis Norton 20-1
2 Everest L Newman 11-1
3 Tumbleweed Tor D R McCabe 33-1
11 Ran
TOTE WIN: £24.60 DF: £189.70 CSF: £183.86 TriCast: £6174.13

2.50pm Brewers Fayre Novices' Handicap Chase £25,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f 110yds
1 Exit Swinger Martin Pipe 5-10-05 Tony McCoy 5-1 Co Fav
2 Crookedstone N Williamson 9-1
3 Catfish Keith T J Murphy 25-1
11 Ran Non Runner Everything's Rosy
TOTE WIN: £6.00 DF: £90.10 CSF: £38.80 TriCast: £825.38

3.30pm 44th Whitbread Gold Cup Chase (Showcase Handicap) £115,000, 5yo plus, 3m 5f 110yds

1 Beau Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-10-09 Carl Llewellyn 6-1 Co Fav
2 Folly Road S Durack 100-1
3 Paddy's Return A Maguire 10-1
4 Bouchasson R Widger 11-1
20 Ran
TOTE WIN: £14.50 DF: £1463.90 CSF: £473.91 TriCast: £5314.58

4.10pm Thresher Classic Trial Group 3 £60000, 3yo only, 1m 2f 7yds

1 Sakhee John Dunlop 3-8-11 Richard Hills 11-4
2 Pawn Broker O Peslier 6-4 Fav
3 Going Global J Reid 8-1

6 Ran Non-runner Beat Hollow
TOTE WIN: £3.40 DF: £7.20 CSF: £6.22

4.45pm Marriott Hotels Stakes (Registered As The Gordon Richards Stakes) Group 3 £40,000, 4yo plus, 1m 2f 7yds

1 Little Rock Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-10 Kieren Fallon 5-2 Fav
2 Diamond White J Reid 12-1
3 Bomb Alaska J F Egan 4-1
8 Ran
TOTE WIN: £3.10 DF: £32.20 CSF: £30.38

5.15pm Pizza Hut Novices' Chase £25,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 110yds

1 Bosuns Mate Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-06 blCarl Llewellyn 7-4 Fav
2 Good Vibes N Williamson 9-2
3 Galapiat du Mesnil M A Fitzgerald 3-1
6 Ran
TOTE WIN: £2.60 DF: £6.00 CSF: £8.95

5.45pm Beefeater Restaurants Flat V Jump Jockeys Challenge Stakes (Handicap),£10,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 14yds

1 Polish Spirit Rod Millman 5-11-05 Richard Quinn 9-4
2 Roller L Dettori 11-8 Fav
3 Ca'd'oro A P McCoy 7-1
12 Ran
TOTE WIN: £3.20 DF: £4.20 CSF: £5.09 TriCast: £18.39



BP=best price of Coral, William Hill, Ladbrokes and the Tote
Going-Soft on the chase course

3.30 £115,000 44TH WHITBREAD GOLD CUP CHASE (SHOWCASE HANDICAP) (GRADE 3) 3 miles 5 furlongs 110 yards

1) -0614F3 Young Kenny Peter Beaumont 9-11-10 Brendan Powell
Topweight Young Kenny revels on soft ground so the surface will be no problem at all. His last success at Uttoxeter was over a similar distance to today, but he is now off a handicap mark 7lb higher. BP=8/1 generally

2) -4524U Escartefigue Paul Nicholls 8-11-06t Joe Tizzard
This Start Fast gelding has not won for over two years although he has been placed on a number of occasions. Has yet to recapture old form. His present mark might be a little too high. BP 33/1 William Hill & Ladbrokes

3) -4211F Royal Predica Martin Pipe 6-10-11 Tony McCoy
Fell at the first in the Martell Grand National but has been in very good form in 2000 winning two chases on soft ground at Warwick over two and a half miles. Has gone up 11lb compared to previous handicap success and will find this competitive race harder and the distance is still an unknown. BP 14/1 Tote

4) 2F1F33U Tullymurry Toff Malcolm Jefferson 9-10-11 Tony Dobbin
This one was considered good enough to run in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, but Graham Lee had the unfortunate experience of being unseated - the fast ground that day did not suit him. Placed third on two occasions since being raised 8lb for his success at Wetherby on January 13. Not out of it on this ground and 10lb better off with Young Kenny for a 12 length beating at Uttoxeter. BP 16/1 Ladbrokes

5) 2412112 Beau Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-10-09 Carl Llewellyn
Nigel Twiston-Davies holds Beau in the highest regard and the chaser's latest outing at the Cheltenham Festival when beaten 2.5 lengths by Marlborough was top-class form. Runs off the same mark today and looks likely to figure in the shake-up. BP 9/2 Coral & William Hill

6) -42234U Bouchasson Philip Hobbs 7-10-07 Robert Widger
Bouchasson unseated Richard Johnson last time at Aintree in April. Apart from this he has been tremendously consistent this term never finishing out of the first four. Has something to find with beau on Cheltenham form.BP 14/1 except Coral

7) -P2F11 Trouble Ahead Kim Bailey 9-10-06 Norman Williamson
Kim Bailey's charge scored a decisive victory on his last appearance at Sandown on March 11. On this occasion he raced off a mark 6lb higher than his previus win at the Esher track a month earlier. Clearly likes Sandown but will find a raise of 9lb harder to shrug off today. BP 5/1 Ladbrokes

8) -1336F Village King Philip Hobbs 7-10-05 Richard Johnson
Fell in the Martell Grand National after running a creditable sixth behind Marlborough at Cheltenham in March. He has dropped a couple of pounds since his appearance at the home of National Hunt racing but this is still a 9lb higher mark than he has ever been successful off. Untried over the distance BP 20/1 William Hill

9) 2FPP40F Esprit de Cotte Nicky Henderson 8-10-04 Mick Fitzgerald
Fell at Becher's second time around in the Martell Grand National and form figures beginning to read like the Russian alphabet. But has shown ability on occasions. BP 20/1 Ladbrokes

10) -211 Eau de Cologne Lydia Richards 8-10-00 (9-12) Jimmy McCarthy
Still a novice, but comes to Sandown in fine form, having landed a three-mile handicap chase at Newbury on March 25 in good style. Won a Wincanton novices' chase by 28 lengths earlier last month and has been targetted at the Whitbread for some time. Yet to be tried over the trip but will probably stay. BP 7/1 Tote

11) 420413F Supreme Charm Kim Bailey 8-10-00 (9-11) Rupert Wakley
Kim Bailey's second string according to the betting, but certainly not without a chance. Fell in the John Hughes Trophy at Aintree last time out. Previously won a three-mile handicap chase at Leicester and finished an excellent third to Honey Mount in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Untested over the trip. BP 22/1 Tote

12) -FP640 Jathib (v) Martin Pipe 9-10-00 (9-09)Rodi Greene
Will need require Martin pipe to work all of his magic to figure here. Since falling at the first in the Tote Becher Chase on his seasonal debut, has shown little encouragement, although did manage to finish tenth, beaten over 27 lengths, in the Ladbroke Casinos Final at Cheltenham. Was third on good ground last year. BP 50/1 Coral & Ladbrokes

13) 1323413 Paddy's Return (bl) Ferdy Murphy 8-10-00 (9-08) Adrian Maguire
Paddy's Return was top-class over hurdles, finishing third in the 1997 Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He has won a novices' chase and showed he stayed well over fences when third at Kelso last time. Could be well handicapped despite being out of the handicap. BP 16/1 Coral

14) -11425 Montroe Richard Rowe 8-10-00 (9-08) Barry Fenton
Although 6lb out of the handicap, Richard Rowe won last year's Whitbread with the ill-fated Eulogy on good ground. Step up in distance may help as well since Montroe was rather short of speed last time out here in March. BP 14/1 William Hill & Tote

15) -14522F Flaked Oats (bl) Paul Nicholls 11-10-00 (9-07)Mr Paul Flynn (3)
Fell at the 20th fence in the Martell Grand National on latest outing. Previously second in the Midlands Grand National and if he is able to reproduce that form may run well despite being 7lb out of the handicap. BP 25/1 Coral & William Hill

16) 6133323 Menesonic Robert Alner 10-10-00 (9-05) David Casey
David Casey may have something to prove having lost his retainer with Oliver Sherwood's stable. Menesonic has been tremendously consistent being placed on his last four outings after winning at Fontwell in November, although 9lb out of the handicap
will make this a day to remember for Robert Alner if his charge can pull it off. BP 28/1 Ladbrokes

17) /1-0 Thermal Warrior Jim Old 12-10-00 (9-01) Timmy Murphy
Thermal Warrior has only raced once this term and this 12-year-old will produce possibly the performance of the season if he can win today, since he was beaten over 50 lengths on that occasion. Course and distance winner in 1998. BP 100/1 Coral & William Hill

18) 20002P- Tell The Nipper (bl) Michael Hourigan IRE 9-10-00 (8-13)Barry Geraghty
With Tell The Nipper over a stone out of the handicap, it will not be a good day for the handicapper if he succeeds today. Michael Hourigan's charge has not won for 26 months and realistically is hard to fancy. 50/1 except Ladbrokes

19) -PP04 Brave Highlander Josh Gifford 12-10-00 (8-08) Philip Hide
Josh Gifford is represented in the Whitbread by Brave Highlander who finished fourth in the Martell Grand National. At 12 years old he might struggle being so far out of the handicap.

BP 40/1 William Hill & Tote

20) -53U1341 Folly Road Dai Williams 10-10-00 (8-07) Seamus Durack
This one won a handicap chase at Chepstow on April 12 but looks to have little or no chance today. 21lb out of the handicap should prove too much for him to figure in the finish and connections might be aiming too high here. BP 100/1 generally

This a competitive race but the value is with two Northern challengers, the novice PADDY'S RETURN and the more experienced TULLYMURRY TOFF.


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