The Cheltenham Festival - Day Four - Friday 19th March 2021

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DAY FOUR FRIDAY 19 MARCH 2021 Official programme

Al Boum Photo, winner of the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup


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THE JOCKEY CLUB WELCOMES YOU

Welcome to our fourth and final day of The Festival™ supporting WellChild. Today we could see the great Al Boum Photo etch his name further into the history books as the Willie Mullins-trained star aims to win three consecutive WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cups. Paul Townend and Al Boum Photo could be the first to do so since Best Mate. Today will also see the inaugural running of the Mrs Paddy Powers Mares’ Chase, an exciting new addition to The Festival card which we hope will play an important role in enhancing the mares’ race programme in Britain to benefit the breeding industry. This year, we are proud to welcome WellChild as our partner for The Festival. WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and headquartered in Cheltenham. More than 100,000 children and young people are living with serious illness or exceptional health needs across the UK. When the COVID-19 crisis took hold, the charity lost 60% of its projected income and had to quickly adapt its services to meet a sudden and urgent demand for help from families having to deliver round-the-clock care to their children alone. With your help and support today, we hope to build significant awareness and inspire donations for WellChild. If you would like to donate to the wonderful charity, you can do so by texting the “CHELT DONATE” followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70085. Thank you for your support. We are very sorry that you cannot be with us this this year for The Festival™ supporting WellChild. You will all be seriously missed, but it will make it all the more special once it is safe to welcome racegoers back to the racecourse in due course. Take care and we hope you enjoy all the magic from home with Racing TV and ITV Racing, as well as on our Raceday Live hub on the website and with our live after racing show, The Nightcap, brought to you by Glenfarclas. MARTIN ST QUINTON Chairman

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COURSE MAP NEW COURSE

Races 1&2

Races 4&5

Race 7

Race 6

Race 3

Hurdle Plain Fence Open Ditch

RACE STARTS

Water

RACE 1 - 1:20pm

The JCB Triumph Hurdle Race (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (2m 1f)

RACE 2 - 1:55pm

The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3) (GBB Race) (2m 1f)

RACE 3 - 2:30pm

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race (Registered As The Spa Novices’ Hurdle Race) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (3m)

RACE 4 - 3:05pm

The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (3m 2½f)

RACE 5 - 3:40pm

The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase (3m 2½f)

RACE 6 - 4:15pm

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase (Registered as the Liberthine Mares’ Chase) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (2m 4½f)

RACE 7 - 4:50pm

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race (GBB Race) (2m 4½f) Cheltenham Racecourse has 75 acres (30 hectares) of racing surface with five different tracks – a Chase and Hurdle course on the Old and New Courses and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Course. A team of 10 Groundstaff look after the track day to day and on raceday the team increases to 50, and 100 at The Festival™.


TODAY’S RACE SPONSORS

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ALBERT BARTLETT albertbartlett.co.uk

WELLCHILD wellchild.org.uk

ST JAMES’S PLACE sjp.co.uk

PADDY POWER paddypower.com

RACEDAY OFFICIALS Chairman Martin St Quinton Committee Louise Kemble William Rucker Sir Richard Stagg KCMG Rupert Sweeting Zara Tindall William Vestey Michael Wainwright Regional Managing Director Ian Renton Head of Racing & Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse Assistant Clerk of the Course Dan Cooper Regional Head of Operations David Mackinnon Finance Director - West Roy Barker Communications Lead - West Grant Rowley Head of Partnerships - West Jack Royle Head of Hospitality - West Claire Leonard Head of Marketing - West Matthew Foxton-Duffy Head Groundsman Ben Hastie Buildings & Facilities Manager Tim Partridge

Race Conditions can be found on pages 62 & 63

Catering Director Richard Herring Tote Manager Paul Ritchie Stewards Shaun Parker (Chief Steward) Joanne Hawkins George Welch (Stewards’ Panel Chairs) Josie Brown Simon Cowley Thomas Evetts Chris Hill Guy Upton Social Distancing Officers Derrick Morris Chris Watts Starters William Jordan James Stenning Robert Supple Judges Nick Bostock Guy Lewis Clerks of the Scales Ollie Mann Georgina Robarts Veterinary Officers Kate Maxwell Naomi Mellor Graham Potts Sally Taylor

Equine Welfare & Integrity Officers Mel Baker Lisa Cook Alec Dent Graham Gray Martin Knight Christopher Maiden Kelly McSorley Melanie Sheppard Jane Southam Michael Turner Louise Todd Jeremy Willis Medical Officers Lee Humphries (SRMO) Rick Brown Suzannah Hoult Jon Mutimer Andy Simpson Sue Smith Nurses Sarah Godfrey Ellen Phelps Medical Co-Ordinator Tony Twiggs Veterinary Surgeons Liam Kearns (SRVS) Ian Camm Vittorio Caramello Laura Grey Andrew Harrison Chris Rea Henry Tremaine John Williams Farriers David Hall Mike Cooper Commentators Simon Holt Mark Johnson

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RACING EXPLAINED 7 12 8

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1 AL BOUM PHOTO (FR) (73) B g Buck’s Boum (FR) - Al Gane (FR) J T O B S

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Paul Townend

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7 11-10

W. P. Mullins, Ireland Mrs J. Donnelly Mr Emmanuel Clayeux & Mr Jacky Raunch Coral Racing Limited 13 14

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TFR BHA164 FORM F2F1r-1

TIMEFORM VIEW Would have been placed if standing up in the RSA last year and has improved again since, impressively winning Listed event at Tramore on his only start this season in January. Can do even better

01Jan Trm 24Apr Pun 01Apr Fai

21f Ch 24f Ch 20f Ch

soft 1/7 yd/sf r sf/hy 1/9

Total Recall The Storyteller Shattered Love

6l 1l

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RACECARD EXPLAINED 1. FORM

EXPERT VIEW

A quick way to see a horse’s past performance. These are its recent finishing positions. Look C = D = CD =

out for Letters: Has won at this course Has won over this distance Has won over this distance at this course BF = Was a beaten favourite MORE INFORMATION ON THE FORM / P

= New racing season = Missed racing season = Was pulled-up and didn’t finish the race F = Horse fell U = Rider unseated R = Horse refused to race CO = The horse was forced out of a race by a loose horse B = Horse was brought down S = Horse slipped r = The horse ran around a jump or took the wrong course in a flat race d = Disqualified Bold form figures = performance in all-weather (Flat) or Point-to-Point (Jump) races

How the experts rate the horse’s chances: 2. BHA rating = the higher the number, the better the horse. 3. Timeform view and TFR rating 4. HORSE’S TRAINER & THEIR LOCATION Look out for the summary of leading course trainers before each race. 5. JOCKEY Listen out for any jockeys who are having a successful day. OTHER USEFUL DETAILS 6. Owner’s colours worn by the Jockey 7. Saddlecloth number 8. Horse’s name 9. Days since the horse last run 10. Horse’s age 11. Jockey’s weight (stone and Ibs) 12. The horse’s breeding – father (sire) and mother (dam) 13. Horse’s owner 14. Horse’s breeder 15. Birthplace of horse (outside GB)

Visit www.racingexplained.co.uk for more information

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BETTING EXPLAINED — Select your horse. Note their name and saddlecloth number. — Choose your bet. ‘To win’ or ‘each-way’ are popular types of bet. — ‘To win’ is for your horse to come first. — ‘Each-way’ is for your horse to come first or to be placed. It’s two bets, so ‘£2 each-way’ = £4 total bet. — Decide the amount – or stake – you are comfortable to bet. — Place your bet. There are different places to bet on course; The Tote, racecourse bookmakers, betting shop or online. Each option offers a different experience. — Collect. Once ‘Weighed-in’ has been announced, present your betting slip and collect any winnings.

A DAY AT THE RACES EXPLAINED — Explore and familiarise yourself with the racecourse. — Find out the time of the first race in the racecard. Races are about 30 minutes apart and provide a natural focus for your day. — Visit the Parade Ring around 20 minutes before each race. This is your chance to see the horses up-close. Look for signs of their fitness and attitude. A glossy coat, pricked ears and alert nature are considered good. — Watch at least one race by the railings, as close to the finishing post as you can get.

RACEHORSES EXPLAINED — Jump horses are generally sturdier and bigger than Flat horses. Key attributes are endurance and strength. — Flat horses are lighter and more elegant for shorter, faster races. — They use a different set of muscles, so muscle definition varies just like in human athletes. — On average, Jump horses race - or ‘travel’ - at 30mph. — Flat horses are faster at 35mph and the best exceed 40mph during a race.


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Cheltenham Friday tips 1:20pm - JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) An excellent renewal of the Triumph which can go the way of TRITONIC. Alan King’s charge was rated 99 on the Flat and has translated that talent to his new code. He was excellent when winning the Adonis in February and before then showed a great attitude to get on top at Ascot. It will be close, but we can see him just getting the better of Zanahiyr. Predicted 1-2:

1) Tritonic

2) Zanahiyr

1:55pm - McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP travelled down to the last like a good thing last year before just getting a bit tired in the run in. She contests this off 4lb higher but she’s only seven and could still be on the improve. Champagne Gold put in an eye-catching performance at the Dublin Racing Festival and could land yet more prize money for Henry De Bromhead this week. Predicted 1-2:

1) Buildmeupbuttercup

2) Champagne Gold

2:30pm - Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) Stattler and FAKIERA were third and fourth in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown and it might just be that Denise Foster’s charge can reverse the for. Stattler did a lot of hard work out in front, but it was the latter who caught the eye most, staying on well from off the pace. The extra two furlongs may well make all the difference here. Predicted 1-2:

1) Fakiera

2) Stattler

3:05pm WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) This is a huge step up for ROYALE PAGAILLE but he has every right to take his place here and may well even land the honours. He’s dispatched of handicappers this season in the manner of a Gold Cup horse and he will take some beating here. It’s worth forgiving Minella Indo his last two runs and his excellent Festival form stands him in good stead. Predicted 1-2:

1) Royale Pagaille

2) Minella Indo

3:40pm - St. James's Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase (Class 2) 2019 winner HAZEL HILL missed the Festival last year but demonstrated he retains plenty of ability with a cosy win at Ludlow last time. He's 13 now but could run a big race here. Paul Nicholls' French recruit Bob And Co won by 17l at Haydock first time up after a wind op. He could be a major player in this sphere. Predicted 1-2:

1) Hazel Hill

2) Bob And Co

4:15pm - Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase (Grade 2) Willie Mullins' ELIMAY wouldn't have been out of place in the Ryanair on her form behind Allaho at Thurles. Back in against the girls last time, she looked a class apart. She'll be very difficult to beat here. Stablemate Salsaretta is one connections have always thought a lot of but has been disappointing this season. If she’s back to her best, she might just be overlooked here. Predicted 1-2:

1) Elimay

2) Salsaretta

4:50pm - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) FIRE ATTACK makes his handicap debut here and has been given a chance off of 138. His best form to date was a 1/2 length defeat to Fakiera at Navan. It would be no surprise to see him bounce back here and the way he was backed last time out suggests there could be more to come from this one. Gentleman De Mee could be anything. Any easy winner on his debut for Willie Mullins after two starts in France, keep an eye on how well backed this one is on the pools. Predicted 1-2: 1) Fire Attack 2) Gentleman De Mee

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LEADING CONNECTIONS LEADING JOCKEY

The Jockey with the most wins over the four days will receive the Leading Rider Perpetual Trophy on Friday.

LEADING TRAINER

The Trainer with the most wins over the four days will be presented with a perpetual trophy.

LEADING OWNER

The Leading Owner award is sponsored by the ROA. The Owner with the most wins over the four days will be presented with a perpetual trophy.

THE PERTEMPS PRESTBURY CUP The Festival™ at Cheltenham Racecourse has seen a great rivalry between the home team of British-trained runners and those crossing the Irish Sea for many years. To celebrate this rivalry, the competition between the two countries is officially titled The Pertemps Prestbury Cup. The Prestbury Cup runs from the first race of the four-day meeting from the first race on Day One through until either country has 14 winners or more. There are a total of 28 races during The Festival™. The Pertemps Prestbury Cup, named after the nearest village to Cheltenham Racecourse, will be presented to jockeys and trainers from Ireland or Britain once the winning country is confirmed. The Cup itself has been sealed with some hallowed Cheltenham turf, so the winning country will be taking a little bit of Cheltenham with them. Find out more here: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/ events-tickets/the-festival/about-the-event/the-prestbury-cup/


HISTORY The JCB Triumph Hurdle certainly has a rich and interesting history. The race was introduced to the Racing Calendar in 1939, and was originally held at Hurst Park in Surrey. That race was won by Grey Talk who was trained by George Batchelor and ridden by Serge Rochet. Although no race took place from 1940-1949 due to the war, in the following years it was regularly contested by horses trained in France – six of the first seven winners were French-based. As the leading event in the National Hunt calendar exclusively contested by juveniles, you would have thought that the two-mile and one-furlong (3,420 metres) contest would be a good source for Champion Hurdle winners. But Clair Soleil was the first of just four to achieve the feat when winning the 1953 Triumph Hurdle before bagging Champion Hurdle glory in 1955 – both times under Fred Winter. Prince Charlemagne proved a notable Triumph winner in 1954 as the Tommy Carey-trained gelding provided a certain Lester Piggott with one of his twenty hurdle race victories. Fred Winter was back in the Winners’ Enclosure in 1961 when partnering the Ryan Price-trained Cantab and 12 months on, the legendary trainer saddled Beaver II, his second winner of the race, ridden this time by Josh Gifford. When Hurst Park closed its doors, the Triumph Hurdle was transferred to Cheltenham for the 1965 renewal, although at that point it took place at the April meeting until it became part of The Festival™ in 1968. It was at this stage that the race attracted its first sponsor – the Daily Express, whose name was associated with the race from 1965-1996. Arguably, the most impressive Triumph Hurdle winner came in the shape of the Brian Swift-trained Persian War who won the race in 1967 under Jimmy Uttley, before winning a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle titles in 1968, 1969 and 1970. In fact, until 2015, Uttley was the joint most successful jockey in the history of the race having also won on England’s Glory in 1968 and Boxer in 1971. In 1985 a certain Nicky Henderson recorded his first Triumph Hurdle winner when Steve Smith Eccles partnered First Bout to victory. The race has proved kind to Henderson, who has won the race a further six times courtesy of Alone Success (1987), Katarino (1999), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015) and Pentland Hills (2019), making him the leading trainer in the race’s history. Although better known for winning Classics, Sir Michael Stoute got in on the act when the Sheikh Mohammed-owed Kribensis took the spoils in 1988 before becoming the third horse to go on to Champion Hurdle glory in 1990. The Elite Racing Club took over the sponsorship of the race in 1997 and saw the Ted Walsh-trained Commanche Court gallop to victory under Norman Williamson. The Irish have a remarkable record at The Festival™ but since then they have only won six Triumph Hurdles – Scolardy in 2002, when current sponsor JCB took up the reins, and more recently Our Conor, Tiger Roll, Ivanovich Gorbatov, Farclas and last year’s winner, Burning Victory. Ivanovich Gorbatov’s success earned Barry Geraghty the honour of being the most successful jockey in the race’s history. His tally of five is unmatched, having also won aboard Spectroscope, Zaynar, Soldatino and Peace And Co. In 2007, the tiny Alan King-trained Katchit (pictured) became only the fourth horse to win the Triumph Hurdle before following up in the following season’s Champion Hurdle. Twelve months later Paul Nicholls won the first of two Triumph Hurdles thanks to Celestial Halo – Zarkandar adding the second in 2011. Whatever the outcome of today’s race, it looks sure to be another thrilling affair, much like last year’s renewal where Goshen unseated at the last in terribly unlucky fashion when ten lengths clear. Of course, Burning Victory took advantage for Willie Mullins, storming clear up the hill to give her trainer a first success in the race since Scolardy in 2002.


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FACTS & STATS THE JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE RACE RACE DESCRIPTION

The JCB Triumph Hurdle is the Championship race for juveniles (four-year-olds) and is historically one of the most open races at The Festival™. As is usual in a Grade 1 Championship race, all horses carry the same weight - 11st, although the filly, Talking About You, receives a 7lb sex allowance.

LAST YEAR’S

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, 179 YARDS

BURNING VICTORY

In one of the most dramatic renewals of the JCB Triumph Hurdle in recent memory, Goshen looked to be putting in one of the most sensational performances of the whole Festival™, but unluckily unseated his rider Jamie Moore after the last and the Willie Mullins-trained mare, Burning Victory, took advantage. Staying on strongest of all up the hill, the fouryear-old got the better of Aspire Tower and Allmankind in the final furlong.

8 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£93,750

£52,753 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM 1 1 22 11111 14 111 12 111 2123 1

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP Burning Victory 4 10-7 12/1 Pentland Hills 4 11-0 20/1 Farclas 4 11-0 9/1 Defi Du Seuil 4 11-0 5/2F Ivanovich Gorbatov 4 11-0 9/2F Peace And Co 4 11-0 2/1F Tiger Roll 4 11-0 10/1 Our Conor 4 11-0 4/1 Countrywide Flame 4 11-0 33/1 Zarkandar 4 11-0 13/2

TRAINER W Mullins (Ire) N Henderson G Elliott (Ire) P Hobbs A O’Brien (Ire) N Henderson G Elliott (Ire) D Hughes (Ire) J Quinn P Nicholls

RUNNERS 13 14 9 15 15 16 15 17 20 23

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 1st Fairyhouse Juvenile Hurdle (20) 1st Plumpton Maiden Hurdle (18) 2nd Spring Juvenile Hurdle (40) 1st Finesse Hurdle (48) 4th Spring Juvenile Hurdle (41) 1st Finesse Hurdle (48) 2nd Spring Juvenile Hurdle (30) 1st Spring Juvenile Hurdle (34) 3rd Spring Juvenile Hurdle (33) 1st Adonis Hurdle (20)

KEY TRENDS 8 of the last 12 winners were unbeaten over hurdles

Only 4 of the last 16 winners had run more than 3 times over hurdles

No winner had been off the course for more than 55 days since 1992

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Willie Mullins

Jack Kennedy

1 winner

1 winner

Today Willie saddles Haut En Couleurs & Tax For Max

Today Jack rides Zanahiyr


2m 179y

FIRST RACE 1.20 THE JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE)

for juvenile four yrs old x Total race value £93750 Owners Prize Money. 1st £40350, 2nd £16631, 3rd £8316, 4th £4162, 5th £2081, 6th £1041, 7th £516, 8th £262. (Penalty Value £52753.12) FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): W P Mullins (26 wins from 260 runners, 10%) runs HAUT EN COULEURS and TAX FOR MAX Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): W P Mullins (7 wins from 41 runners, 17%) runs HAUT EN COULEURS and TAX FOR MAX Longest Travellers: QUILIXIOS trained by H De Bromhead, TAX FOR MAX & HAUT EN COULEURS trained by W P Mullins, ZANAHIYR trained by Mrs D Foster, all Ireland.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor E Equipment

1 ADAGIO (GER) (69)

11-0

B g Wiener Walzer (GER) - Aspidistra (GER)

J Tom Scudamore T David Pipe, Wellington O Bryan Drew and Friends / Prof. C.Tisdall B Gestut Schlenderhan S W & S Recycling

2 HAUT EN COULEURS (FR) (169) B g Saint des Saints (FR) - Sanouva (FR)

11-0

J P. Townend T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mrs J. Donnelly B Haras De Saint Voir & Patrick Joubert

3 HISTORIC HEART (IRE) (40) Ch g Fracas (IRE) - Irish Question (IRE)

J David Noonan T Nigel Hawke, Tiverton O Atlantic Friends Racing B J. S. Bolger S Junction 24 Ltd

4 QUILIXIOS (GB) (40) B g Maxios - Quilita (GER)

J Rachael Blackmore T Henry de Bromhead, Ireland O Cheveley Park Stud B Stiftung Gestuet Faehrhof S Cheveley Park Stud

5 TAX FOR MAX (GER) (20) B c Maxios - Tomato Finish (GER)

11-0

TFRHHHII BHA145 FORM 1211 CD

TIMEFORM VIEW Found a chunk of improvement when winning Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow 10 weeks ago, following up his December C&D success from Historic Heart. Definite each-way claims.

9Jan Chp Dec20 Chl Nov20 Chl

16f Hdl 16f Hdl 16f Hdl

soft 1/8 soft 1/8 gd-sf 2/8

Nassalam (FR) Historic Heart (IRE) Duffle Coat (IRE)

21/2l 43/4l 5l

TFRHHHII BHAFORM 1

TIMEFORM VIEW Ran to a fairly useful level on his hurdling debut in October when winning a 17-runner newcomers’ race at Auteuil, and he has since joined powerful connections. Open to improvement so not discounted.

Oct20 Aut

18f Hdl

heavy 1/17 Swiss Guard (FR)

hd

TFRHIIII BHA131 FORM 141522 D

TIMEFORM VIEW Has made excellent start over hurdles,

E Visor landing juveniles at Sedgefield and Wetherby. Another good effort when second in Musselburgh listed race last time but making a big step up now. Visor on.

7Feb Mus Dec20 Chl Nov20 Chl

11-0

15f Hdl 16f Hdl 16f Hdl

Fiveandtwenty Adagio (GER) Duffle Coat (IRE)

4l 43/4l 17l

TFRHHHHI BHA147 FORM 1-111

TIMEFORM VIEW French recruit who won all three starts for Gordon Elliott, including when beating Boodles Handicap Hurdle second Saint Sam by 5 1/2 lengths in Spring Juvenile Hurdle last time. More to come.

7Feb Leo 16f Hdl Oct20 Dow 16f Hdl Oct20 Pun 16f Hdl

11-0

soft 2/8 soft 2/8 gd-sf 5/8

sf-hv 1/6 soft 1/4 yield 1/8

Saint Sam (FR) Varna Gold (IRE) Scholastic (IRE)

51/2l 20l 13l

TFRHHIII BHAFORM 2

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart on the Flat (up to 1 1/2m) in

J Daryl Jacob E Hood Germany and bought for EUR200,000 from H. Grewe, was way too free sent hurdling when runner-up at Fairyhouse T W. P. Mullins, Ireland last month. Needs to settle to have any sort of chance. O Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede 27Feb Fai 16f Hdl soft 2/6 Teahupoo (FR) 7l B V. Kaufling Nov20 Mun 12f Stk heavy 5/11 Sunny Queen (GER) 53/4l Oct20 Han 10f Stk 1/11 -

6 TRITONIC (GB) (20)

Ch g Sea The Moon (GER) - Selenography

J A. P. Heskin T Alan King, Barbury Castle O McNeill Family & Mr Ian Dale B Miss K. Rausing S Ultima Business Solutions

7 ZANAHIYR (IRE) (83) Ch g Nathaniel (IRE) - Zariyna (IRE)

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TFRHHHHH BHA147 FORM 11

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11-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart on the Flat and has made the perfect start over hurdles, building on his debut promise when bolting up in the Adonis at Kempton last time. The one they all have to beat.

27Feb Kmp 16f Hdl 23Jan Asc 15f Hdl Oct20 Nkt 12f Hcp

good 1/9 Casa Loupi soft 1/10 Casa Loupi soft 4/17 Kingbrook

10l 1l 53/4l

TFRHHHHI BHA149 FORM 111

11-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Won first 3 starts over hurdles and this J Jack Kennedy E Tongue Strap has been the target since he landed the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile at Leopardstown over Christmas. Strong T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland claims with tongue tie now fitted. O Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran Dec20 Leo 16f Hdl yield 1/7 Busselton (FR) 33/4l B His Highness The Aga Khan’s Studs S.C. Nov20 Fai 16f Hdl soft 1/5 Saint Sam (FR) 14l

Oct20 Bal

14

18f Hdl

soft

1/5

Dark Voyager (IRE)

21/2l


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8 TALKING ABOUT YOU (GB) (49) B f Sixties Icon - Ificaniwill (IRE)

J Harry Bannister T Sean Curran, Swindon O Mr Ian M. McGready B Mike Channon Bloodstock Limited

DECLARED RUNNERS 8

TFRHHIII BHA134 FORM 441112 D

10-7

TIMEFORM VIEW Improved model since undergoing wind surgery, completing hat-trick in Listed company at Taunton in December. Ran below that level when runner-up at Doncaster and she’s likely to struggle in this.

29Jan Don Dec20 Tnt Dec20 Ain

16f Hdl 16f Hdl 16f Hdl

soft 2/7 Her Indoors (IRE) heavy 1/5 Will Victory (FR) soft 1/11 Her Indoors (IRE)

51/2l 21/4l 71/2l

2020: BURNING VICTORY (FR) 4 10 7 P Townend 12-1 (W P Mullins) 13 ran

Probable S.P’s: 15-8 Zanahiyr (IRE), 5-2 Tritonic (GB), 7-2 Quilixios (GB), 9-1 Adagio (GER), 20-1 Haut En Couleurs (FR), 40-1 Tax For Max (GER), 80-1 Talking About You (GB), 300-1 Historic Heart (IRE)

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.TRITONIC 2.ZANAHIYR (IRE) 3.QUILIXIOS

RACE RESULT

RACE TIME

DISTANCE

1ST

3RD

2ND

4TH

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First Race

PLAY SMARTER

A fascinating renewal, with half the field putting unbeaten records on the line. TRITONIC looked as good a juvenile as has been seen in Britain when bolting up in the Adonis at Kempton last month and gets the vote to improve further and strike for Alan King. Zanahiyr and Quilixios will provide some serious opposition however, and can chase the selection home in that order.


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FACTS & STATS THE McCOY CONTRACTORS COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE RACE RACE DESCRIPTION

The McCoy Contractors County Hurdle, a two miles and one furlong handicap hurdle for five-year-olds and upwards, is one of the most fiercely contested races of the entire Festival™. The aim of a handicap is to ensure a level playing field for all and this is achieved by allocating different weights to each of the runners based on what they have achieved on the racecourse so far - see how the 150-rated Global Citizen carries 1lb more than the 149-rated Cayd Boy.

GRADE 3 HANDICAP

LAST YEAR’S

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, 179 YARDS

SAINT ROI Making a mockery of a handicap mark of 137 and becoming the first horse since 1993 to win the County on their handicap debut, Saint Roi bolted up in a dominant performance to take last year’s contest. Ridden expertly by Barry Geraghty, the five-year-old travelled strongly through the race and moved up to challenge between the last two obstacles. He pinged the last and quickened smartly clear to give Willie Mullins his fourth winner of the race in the last ten years.

8 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£75,000

£42,202 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM 51 5602 1023 12 000P 141 31023 10120 01

WINNER Saint Roi Ch’tibello Mohaayed Arctic Fire Superb Story Wicklow Brave Lac Fontana Ted Veale Alderwood Final Approach

AGE WEIGHT 5 10-13 8 11-5 6 10-8 8 11-12 5 10-12 6 11-4 5 10-11 6 10-6 8 11-1 5 10-12

OR 137 146 139 158 138 138 139 134 139 139

SP 11/2F 12/1 33/1 20/1 8/1 25/1 11/1 10/1 20/1 10/1

TRAINER RUNNERS W Mullins (Ire) 24 D Skelton 24 D Skelton 24 W Mullins (Ire) 25 D Skelton 26 W Mullins (Ire) 24 P Nicholls 28 T Martin (Ire) 28 T Mullins (Ire) 26 W Mullins (Ire) 26

LAST RACE (NO. DAYS) 1st Tramore Maiden Hurdle (72) 2nd Aintree Handicap Hurdle (97) 3rd Christmas Hurdle (80) 2nd Irish Champion Hurdle (418) 2nd Greatwood Hurdle (124) p.u. Imperial Cup (6) 1st Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle (48) unpl Boylesports.com Hurdle (48) unpl Leopardstown Handicap Hdle (33) 1st Boylesports.com Hurdle (68)

KEY TRENDS 16 of the last 20 winners were in their first or second season over hurdles

13 of the last 15 winners were rated in the 130s

Since 1993, only one horse has won on their handicap debut

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Willie Mullins

Harry Skelton

4 winners

2 winners

Today Willie saddles Buildmeupbuttercup, Ganapathi, Ciel De Neige, Getaway Gorgeous & Captain Kangaroo

Today Harry rides Third Time Lucki


2m 179y

SECOND RACE 1.55 THE MCCOY CONTRACTORS COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (GRADE 3) (GBB RACE)

for five yrs old and upwards x Total race value £75000 Owners Prize Money. 1st £32280, 2nd £13305, 3rd £6653, 4th £3330, 5th £1665, 6th £833, 7th £413, 8th £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50) Weights raised 1lbs and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 1 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (49 wins from 337 runners, 15%) runs MENGLI KHAN Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): D Skelton (10 wins from 62 runners, 16%) runs THIRD TIME LUCKI Fancy That: D Skelton won this race in 2016, 2018 and 2019. The stable runs THIRD TIME LUCKI today.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor E Equipment

1 PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR) (20) Gr g Al Namix (FR) - Arnette (FR)

TFRHHIII BHA155 FORM 5-23352

10 11-12

TIMEFORM VIEW Front runner who is 10 now but J Jordan Gainford (7) E Cheek Pieces confirmed he’s still capable of useful form when third to Sharjah over Christmas. Not disgraced in Fairyhouse Grade 3 T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland latest but he’s vulnerable to unexposed sorts here. O Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran 27Feb Fai 16f Hdl soft 2/5 Jason The Militant (IRE) 71/2l B Mr Philip Gueret 6Feb Leo 16f Hdl sf-hv 5/6 Honeysuckle 40l

Dec20 Leo

2 GLOBAL CITIZEN (IRE) (82) B g Alkaadhem - Lady Willmurt (IRE)

Tattersalls

9

J David Bass T Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water O The Megsons B Martin Byrne S Jeremy Houghton - Houghtonart

3 CAYD BOY (FR) (110)

B g No Risk At All (FR) - La Collancelle (FR)

J Mark Walsh T Miss Elizabeth Doyle, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus B Mr Yves Dreux

4 EDWARDSTONE (GB) (26) B g Kayf Tara - Nothingtoloose (IRE)

J Tom Cannon T Alan King, Barbury Castle O Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle B Mr R. Abrey & Mr I. Thurtle S Hare Group Ltd

5 DARASSO (FR) (20) Br g Konig Turf (GER) - Nassora (FR)

3/7

Sharjah (FR)

6 11-6

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Bumper/maiden hurdle winner who progressed further when scoring on handicap debut at Down Royal (16.5f) in October. Good second at Fairyhouse in November and may have even more in his locker.

23/4l 1l 21/4l

TFRHHHII BHA148 FORM 26-5U13 D

TIMEFORM VIEW Back to winning ways in a small-field handicap in January and ran another cracker when third in the Betfair Hurdle on his latest outing. No reason why he won’t go well again in this groove.

21Feb Nby 16Jan Mkt Dec20 Don

8 11-4

19l

TFRHHHII BHA149 FORM 1/122-12

Nov20 Fai 16f HcpH soft 2/13 Advanced Virgo (IRE) Oct20 Dow 16f HcpH soft 1/17 Golden Jewel (IRE) Jan20 Nav 18f Hdl sf-hv 2/5 Floueur (FR)

7

5l

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart front-running hurdler who landed Grade 2 Wayward Lad Chase prior to a creditable fourth in last year’s Arkle. Failed to complete both starts this season and back hurdling after wind op now.

Dec20 Kmp 16f Ch soft P/6 Nube Negra (SPA) Nov20 Exe 17f HcpC good P/10 Greaneteen (FR) Mar20 Chl 15f Ch soft 4/11 Put The Kettle On (IRE)

J J. J. Slevin E Blinkers, Tongue Strap T Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus B Guy Cherel and Emmanuel Cherel

16f HcpH gd-sf 3/23 Soaring Glory (IRE) 16f HcpH heavy 1/4 Rowland Ward 16f HcpC heavy U/7 Est Illic (IRE)

41/2l 5l -

TFRHHHII BHA147 FORM 0-42433

TIMEFORM VIEW Established as a smart hurdler/chaser but unable to make an impact in graded contests in recent months. Possible the switch to a handicap will help him. Blinkered/tongue tied now.

27Feb Fai 16f Hdl 21Feb Nav 21f Hdl 28Jan Gow 24f Hdl

6 BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP (GB) (41) Ch m Sixties Icon - Eastern Paramour (IRE)

soft

TFRHHIII BHA150 FORM 0/414-PP

graduate

11-7

16f Hdl

soft 3/5 Jason The Militant (IRE) heavy 3/6 Beacon Edge (IRE) heavy 4/10 Sams Profile

21l 12l 17l

TFRHHHII BHA147 FORM 511160 D

7 11-4

TIMEFORM VIEW Talented mare who has plenty of solid J Daniel Mullins E Hood, Tongue Strap form in big-field handicaps (fourth in this race last year). Added trio of mares listed events to her tally this term but T W. P. Mullins, Ireland more recent exploits not so inspiring. O Mr J. Turner 6Feb Leo 16f HcpH sf-hv 16/22 Drop The Anchor (IRE) 35l B W. A. Harrison-Allan Dec20 Leo 20f Hdl soft 6/7 Concertista (FR) 33l

Nov20 Pun

graduate 7 DROP THE ANCHOR (IRE) (41)Tattersalls

B g Shantou (USA) - Close To Shore (IRE)

J Simon Torrens (3) T P. A. Fahy, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus B Victor Connolly

7

11-3

18f Hdl

heavy 1/5

Elimay (FR)

nose

TFRHHHII BHA146 FORM 6F-1B31

TIMEFORM VIEW Bumper winner who arrives on the back of a career-best effort over hurdles, landing 22-runner Leopardstown handicap (2m) last month, getting on top late on. Demands of this race should suit.

6Feb Leo 16f HcpH sf-hv 1/22 Champagne Gold (IRE) Nov20 Fai 16f HcpH soft 3/13 Advanced Virgo (IRE) Oct20 Dow 16f HcpH soft B/17 Cayd Boy (FR)

20

11/4l 3l -


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8 LE PATRIOTE (FR) (32)

9

TFRHHHII BHA145 FORM 0-1316U C D

11-2

ER NON-RUNN

B g Poliglote - Sentosa (FR)

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler on his day who landed J Non Runner E Blinkers pair of small-field novice chases last year. Struggled in Clarence House at Ascot and unseated at Warwick since. T Dr Richard Newland, Droitwich Below last winning mark back over hurdles. O Canard Vert Racing Club 15Feb War 20f HcpC soft U/12 Two For Gold (IRE) B Mr Guillaume Vitse & Mme Camille Vitse 23Jan Asc 16f Ch soft 6/8 First Flow (IRE) 36l S Carehome Selection Ltd Dec20 Her 16f Ch soft 1/5 Elixir de Nutz (FR) 15l

graduate 9 CHAMPAGNE GOLD (IRE) (41) Tattersalls

B g Presenting - Kon Tiky (FR)

J Rachael Blackmore T Henry de Bromhead, Ireland O Mr Barry Maloney B Peter McCrea

6

TFRHHHHI BHA144 FORM 42-2132 D

11-1

TIMEFORM VIEW Off the mark in Wexford maiden (16.6f) in October and improved further since, third in a Grade 3 prior to being reeled in late on by Drop The Anchor at Leopardstown (2m) last month. Claims once more.

6Feb Leo 16f HcpH sf-hv 2/22 Drop The Anchor (IRE) Nov20 Nav 20f Hdl soft 3/7 Fakiera (FR) Oct20 Wex 16f Hdl sf-hv 1/11 Place des Vosges (IRE)

graduate 10 THIRD TIME LUCKI (IRE) (40) Tattersalls

TFRHHHHI BHA143 FORM 4-11214 D BF

6 11-0

Br g Arcadio (GER) - Definite Valley (IRE)

7Feb Mus 15f Hdl Dec20 Kmp 16f Hdl Nov20 Chl 16f Hdl

Tattersalls

Bareback Jack (IRE) Flic Ou Voyou (FR) For Pleasure (IRE)

5l 9l 33/4l

TFRHHHII BHA142 FORM 641022 BF

graduate

8 10-13

B g Lope de Vega (IRE) - Danielli (IRE)

soft 4/7 gd-sf 1/6 soft 2/6

TIMEFORM VIEW Landed small-field minor events over J Nico de Boinville E Tongue Strap, Cheek Pieces hurdles/fences in Ireland last summer but well-held on yard debut at Ascot (18.8f) in December. Fit from pair of T Nicky Henderson, Lambourn jumpers bumper efforts but others appeal more. O Mr Michael Blencowe 1 9Feb Kmp 16f NHF st-sl 2/4 Earlofthecotswolds (FR) /2l B Ballylinch Stud 8Jan Lin 16f NHF st-sl 2/5 Black Kalanisi (IRE) 21/2l S Moretons Investments Ltd, Unibet Dec20 Asc 18f HcpC heavy 7/12 Bennys King (IRE) 54l

graduate 12 YOU RAISED ME UP (IRE) (34) Tattersalls

TFRHHHHI BHA141 FORM 2253-11

8 10-12

B g Presenting - Morning Supreme (IRE)

TIMEFORM VIEW Low-mileage hurdler who boasts back-to-back maiden/novice hurdle victories this season, latterly on return from 5 months off at Naas (19f) in February. Interesting contender back in a handicap.

J Darragh O’Keeffe E Tongue Strap T Martin Brassil, Ireland O Chiat Kwong Ching/S. Mulryan B Marie-Claire Murphy

13 WOLF PRINCE (IRE) (49)

Tattersalls

graduate

5 10-11

B g Pour Moi (IRE) - Preach (IRE)

J Robbie Power T Gavin Cromwell, Ireland O Mr Patrick Sheanon B River Downs Stud

B g Anodin (IRE) - Jane (GER)

J Harry Cobden T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat O The Stewart Family B E.A.R.L. Haras de L’Hotellerie S Morson Group

15 MILKWOOD (IRE) (26)

16 CIEL DE NEIGE (FR) (41) B g Authorized (IRE) - In Caso di Neve (FR) J Jonjo O’Neill Jr. T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus B Gregor Vischer

1 /2l 23/4l 1 1 /4l

TIMEFORM VIEW Enjoyed a productive spell as a juvenile, winning twice and finishing second in Grade 1 at Leopardstown 13 months ago. Placed on 2 of 4 starts this term but his mark may be a sticking point here.

20f HcpH heavy 11/20 Damalisque (FR) 16f Hdl heavy 2/5 Grand Roi (FR) 16f Hdl sf-hv 2/7 Call Me Lyreen (IRE)

20l 8l 13/4l

TFRHHHHI BHA140 FORM 210-1U0

5 10-11

TIMEFORM VIEW Well-held in Fred Winter last term but back on track to score on return at Chepstow (2m) in October. Unseated next time (going well) and went well for long way in Betfair Hurdle since. Sound claims.

21Feb Nby Nov20 Nby Oct20 Chp

Tattersalls

16f HcpH gd-sf 9/23 Soaring Glory (IRE) 16f HcpH good U/9 Floressa (FR) 16f HcpH good 1/12 The Pink’n

12l 3l

TFRHHHII BHA140 FORM 32-1430

graduate

J Robert Dunne T Neil Mulholland, Limpley Stoke O Ms J. Bridel B John Boden and Willie Kane S Tote

19f Hdl yd-sf 1/13 Petibonome (FR) 16f Hdl soft 1/15 Run For Oscar (IRE) 16f HcpH yield 3/22 Thosedaysaregone (IRE)

TFRHHHII BHA140 FORM 12-0220

29Jan Nav Dec20 Lim Nov20 Naa

14 THYME WHITE (FR) (26)

B g Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Tropical Lake (IRE)

13Feb Naa Sep20 Lis Feb20 Leo

7 10-11

TIMEFORM VIEW Low-mileage hurdler who would have gone close with a clear run when third of 9 at Newbury (2m) in November. Midfield effort in Betfair Hurdle was respectable and may yet have more in his locker.

21Feb Nby Nov20 Nby Oct20 Fls

16f HcpH gd-sf 11/23 Soaring Glory (IRE) 16f HcpH good 3/9 Floressa (FR) 15f HcpH gd-sf 4/12 Sceau Royal (FR)

15l 2l 51/2l

TFRHHHII BHA140 FORM 220-510

6 10-11

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who belatedly opened E Cheek Pieces his account in a Limerick maiden (2m) in December. Not at best at Leopardstown (2m) since though, and well beaten in this race 12 months ago. Cheekpieces go on.

6Feb Leo Dec20 Lim Nov20 Fai

21

16f HcpH sf-hv 9/22 Drop The Anchor (IRE) 15l 16f Hdl heavy 1/15 Castle Town House (IRE) 21/4l 16f HcpH soft 5/13 Advanced Virgo (IRE) 6l

Second Race

TIMEFORM VIEW Fourth in last year’s Champion Bumper and enhanced good record over hurdles with comfortable Kempton success on Boxing Day. Undone by bad mistake at Musselburgh since but he remains with potential.

J Harry Skelton T Dan Skelton, Alcester O Mike and Eileen Newbould B Mr G. Delaney S TheAirAmbulanceService (Warwickshire&Northamptonshire)

11 MENGLI KHAN (IRE) (38)

11/4l 3l 41/4l


17 GANAPATHI (FR) (41)

TFRHHHHI BHA140 FORM 1-125

5 10-11

B g Samum (GER) - Une Dame d’Avril (FR) J P. Townend T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mrs J. Donnelly B E.A.R.L. Detouillon

TIMEFORM VIEW Landed Cork maiden hurdle (2m) in November and improved to find only one too good in Gr. 2 Moscow Flyer next time. Better than distance beaten suggests over further since and this rates more suitable.

6Feb Leo 17Jan Pun Nov20 Crk

18 ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU (FR) (41)

19l 3l 13/4l

TIMEFORM VIEW Posted a career best when runner-up in last year’s Grand Annual and last month’s Leopardstown sixth over hurdles was an encouraging display. One to be positive about from this sort of mark.

J Jack Kennedy T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland O Gigginstown House Stud B Mickael Renaud

6Feb Leo Dec20 Leo Nov20 Fai

16f HcpH sf-hv 6/22 Drop The Anchor (IRE) 16f HcpH soft 15/20 Master McShee 16f HcpH soft F/13 Advanced Virgo (IRE)

93/4l 31l -

TFRHHHII BHA138 FORM 3-03323

5 10-9

B g Saint des Saints (FR) - Benghasi (FR)

sf-hv 5/13 Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) heavy 2/7 Dreal Deal (IRE) heavy 1/13 Rajsalad (FR)

TFRHHHHI BHA139 FORM 12-FF06 D

B g Monitor Closely (IRE) - Tenebreuse Gemm (FR) 7 10-10

19 SAINT D’OROUX (FR) (41)

22f Hdl 16f Hdl 16f Hdl

TIMEFORM VIEW Hurdles winner who ran a cracker when J Daryl Jacob E Tongue Strap Cheek Pieces third in last year’s Fred Winter. Plenty of good efforts this time around, third behind Drop The Anchor at T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland Leopardstown latest and he’s a solid each-way player. O Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede 6Feb Leo 16f HcpH sf-hv 3/22 Drop The Anchor (IRE) 61/4l B Mr Pascal-Raphael Ambrogi Dec20 Thu 16f HcpH soft 2/13 West Cork Wildway (IRE) 3/4l

Sep20 Lis

20 GOWEL ROAD (IRE) (26)

Tattersalls

20f Hdl

soft

3/6

Finest Evermore (IRE)

19l

TFRHHHII BHA137 FORM 2411

graduate

B or Br g Flemensfirth (USA) - Hollygrove Samba (IRE) 5 10-8

TIMEFORM VIEW Well-bred sort who has improved with J Sam Twiston-Davies E Cheek Pieces each start, cashing in off 15lb lower mark at Newbury (2m) in January and following up in novice back there last T Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham month. Cheekpieces go on and has more to come. O Options O Syndicate 21Feb Nby 16f Hdl gd-sf 1/12 Good Ball (FR) 51/2l B Cyril O’Hara 20Jan Nby 16f HcpH heavy 1/15 Gunsight Ridge 5l S Options Energy Services Ltd Dec20 Nby 16f Hdl soft 4/12 Good Ball (FR) 31/4l

21 GETAWAY GORGEOUS (IRE) (40)

7 10-7

B m Getaway (GER) - Impudent (IRE)

J B. J. Cooper T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Whitegrass Getaway Syndicate B Joe Rogers

22 ANNA BUNINA (FR) (28) B m Poet’s Voice - Russian Society

J Conor McNamara (3) T John McConnell, Ireland O Ms Caroline Ahearn B Dermot Cantillon

TIMEFORM VIEW Bumper winner who doubled hurdles

E Hood tally in a mares’ novice at Punchestown (16.6f) in September. Fine second on handicap debut later that month but not so good subsequently.

7Feb Leo 18f HcpH sf-hv 10/20 Heaven Help Us (IRE) Nov20 Fai 16f HcpH soft 8/13 Advanced Virgo (IRE) Oct20 Dow 16f HcpH soft 5/17 Cayd Boy (FR)

Tattersalls

5 10-6

28l 15l 73/4l

TFRHHIII BHA135 FORM 112405

graduate

TIMEFORM VIEW Fairly useful hurdler who wasn’t

E Tongue Strap disgraced when fifth in a Listed mares hurdle in December.

23 FIFTY BALL (FR) (26) B g Cokoriko (FR) - Voix de Montot (FR)

J Joshua Moore T Gary Moore, Horsham O Mr Steven Packham B Mr J. Berger & Mr J. Lamborot S K M Elite Products Ltd

Fit from spins on the Flat more recently but this is a tough ask back in a handicap.

19Feb Dun 5Feb Dun Dec20 Thu

6 10-6

Ch g Mastercraftsman (IRE) - We Can Say It Now (AUS) 6 10-2 J Brian Hayes T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Kanga Racing & Brett Graham Syndicate B Paulyn Limited

25 STRONG GLANCE (GB) (32)

8 10-2

J Aidan Coleman T Olly Murphy, Wilmcote O Welfordgolf syndicate B R. Rainbow & Sons S welford on avon golf course ltd

16f Stk 12f Hcp 16f Hdl

stand 4/8 Grandmaster Flash (IRE) stand 5/10 The Mouse Doctor (IRE) soft 5/10 Gauloise (FR)

11l 61/4l 11l

TFRHHHII BHA135 FORM 1-32112

TIMEFORM VIEW Dual French bumper winner who is going the right way over hurdles, finding only Soaring Glory too strong in the Betfair Hurdle latest. Up further 4lb but further progress distinctly possibility.

21Feb Nby Dec20 San Oct20 Asc

24 CAPTAIN KANGAROO (IRE) (34)

Bl g Passing Glance - Strong Westerner (IRE)

TFRHHHII BHA136 FORM 212500 D

16f HcpH gd-sf 2/23 Soaring Glory (IRE) 15f HcpH heavy 1/5 Naizagai 19f HcpH gd-sf 1/11 Straw Fan Jack

3l 13l hd

TFRHHHII BHA131 FORM 1-4322

TIMEFORM VIEW Successful sole bumper start and hit the frame all 4 starts over hurdles, runner-up behind Hurricane Cliff at Naas in February. Interesting connections pitch him in here for handicap bow.

13Feb Naa 13Jan Naa Dec20 Pun

15f Hdl 15f Hdl 16f Hdl

yd-sf 2/17 Hurricane Cliff (IRE) heavy 2/15 On Eagles Wings (IRE) heavy 3/17 Hes A Hardy Bloke (IRE)

21/2l 21/2l 9l

TFRHHHHH BHA131 FORM 320r11 C

TIMEFORM VIEW Fairly useful form when placed in handicaps during the autumn and possible heavy ground caught him out in the Greatwood. Back on track with jumpers bumper victories of late and mark remains workable.

15Feb Lin 1Feb Lin Dec20 Lud

22

16f NHF 16f NHF 20f Ch

st-sl st-sl soft

1/7 Beat The Judge (IRE) 1/14 Supakalanistic (IRE) O/5 Annsam

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26 BELFAST BANTER (IRE) (19) B g Jeremy (USA) - Sumtin Nice (IRE)

J Kevin Sexton T Peter Fahey, Ireland O Direct Bloodstock Limited B Seamus Cooney

Tattersalls

TFRHHHII BHA129 FORM 312562 D

graduate

6 10-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Off mark over hurdles in 2m maiden at E Tongue Strap Galway in October and similar form when 8 lengths second in a Naas Grade 2 last month. Mark remains a fair one.

28Feb Naa 7Feb Mus Dec20 Asc

15f Hdl soft 2/7 Echoes In Rain (FR) 15f Hdl soft 6/7 Bareback Jack (IRE) 15f HcpH heavy 5/17 Not So Sleepy

8l 71/4l 7l

DECLARED RUNNERS 26 2020: SAINT ROI (FR) 5 10 13 Barry Geraghty 11-2 (W P Mullins) 24 ran Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 2. Probable S.P’s: 15-2 Ganapathi (FR), 9-1 Third Time Lucki (IRE), 14-1 You Raised Me Up (IRE), Eclair de Beaufeu (FR), 16-1 Champagne Gold (IRE), Fifty Ball (FR), 18-1 Drop The Anchor (IRE), 22-1 Thyme White (FR), Ciel De Neige (FR), Gowel Road (IRE), 25-1 Cayd Boy (FR), Edwardstone (GB), 28-1 Darasso (FR), Buildmeupbuttercup (GB), Saint d’Oroux (FR), 33-1 Mengli Khan (IRE), Getaway Gorgeous (IRE), Strong Glance (GB), 40-1 Petit Mouchoir (FR), Global Citizen (IRE), Le Patriote (FR), Wolf Prince (IRE), Milkwood (IRE), Captain Kangaroo (IRE), Belfast Banter (IRE), 66-1 Anna Bunina (FR)

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.STRONG GLANCE 2.THYME WHITE (FR) 3.ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU (FR)

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Fiendishly-competitive stuff with a punt taken on STRONG GLANCE. Olly Murphy’s charge shaped encouragingly initally this term and, on the back of two ready jumpers bumper victories he’s worth chancing to prove a mark of 131 lenient. Thyme White should come forward for his Betfair Hurdle run and is respected along with Eclair de Beaufeu. You Raised Me Up and Ganapathi complete the shortlist.


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The Jockey Club South West Frequent Runner Scheme is aimed at rewarding trainers who run horses regularly at Jockey Club Racecourses in the South West Region - Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton. There are two categories of a frequent runner. Trainers with 40 or more horses and Trainers with 40 or fewer horses in training. The Championship for the 2020/21 season started at Warwick on Monday 21 September - scores will be backdated - and will finish on Wednesday 26 May 2021 (excluding The Festival™ and Hunter Chases). The winning trainer will receive an Equi-Trek horsebox for a year. CURRENT STANDINGS (as of 4 March 2021) 40+ horses

Stars

Less than 40 horses

Stars

P F Nicholls

424.5

C J Down

145

P J Hobbs

392.5

Christian Williams

140

C L Tizzard

376.5

R Walford

130

D Skelton

325.5

N J Hawke

128

F O'Brien

274

J W Mullins

120

N A Twiston-Davies

250

J Farrelly

106

A King

244.5

P Henderson

99.5

D Pipe

231.5

Mrs S Gardner

85

Jonjo O'Neill

201

H D Daly

79.5

J Scott

198

J D Frost

78.5

T: 01242 513 014 E: cheltenham@thejockeyclub.co.uk W: cheltenham.co.uk

EACH-WAY BETTING TERMS Working alongside the Racecourse Association (RCA), bookmakers have introduced standard each-way betting terms across Jockey Club Racecourses. Bookmakers will provide these terms, or better, when offering each-way betting. - Fewer than 3 runners: win bets only, no places offered - 3 or 4 runners: all to win. Where a bookmaker wishes to depart from this default position he may offer place terms for 3 or 4 runners, this must be at 1/5 odds a place 1-2 - 5 to 7 runners (inclusive): 1/4 (one quarter) odds for finishing 1st or 2nd - 8 or more runners: 1/5 odds for finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd - Handicap races with 12 to 15 runners (inclusive): 1/4 odds for finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd - Handicap races with 16 to 21 runners (inclusive): 1/5 odds for finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th - Handicap races with 22 or more runners: 1/4 odds for finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

E: info@thejockeyclub.co.uk W: www.thejockeyclub.co.uk


DAY FOUR There really is no sporting arena quite like Cheltenham Racecourse. And while we might be missing the famous roar when the curtain rises on Tuesday 16 March, The Festival™ supporting WellChild promises to deliver the highest-quality action regardless. Horseracing's Blue Riband event is the Grade One WllChild Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race steeped in history and which attracts the attention of casual racing fans and more general sports fans alike. With an ongoing absence of spectators due to the global pandemic, it is impossible for sporting events all over the world to recreate their traditional atmosphere, and Friday’s big race will be no different. However, no jockey, trainer or owner winning the Gold Cup this year will give a second thought to the empty stands when their horse crosses the line to win the most prestigious prize of them all. Racing analysts will use the term ‘Championship’ pace when talking about the big races at The Festival™ and that rings particularly true with the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup, as it tests the mettle of stayers looking to step up to the big leagues by seeing if they can add substance to their stamina over the trip of three and a quarter miles. Winning the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup automatically etches your name into racing folklore and, all being well, the current holder Al Boum Photo will be bidding to create his own history this year. Victory for Willie Mullins' horse would ensure he is only the second horse this century, after the great Best Mate, to win the race on three consecutive occasions. Al Boum Photo’s first Gold Cup success in 2019 had a special place in Mullins’ heart, as it was a first and long-awaited victory in the race for a man who is now the most successful trainer in Cheltenham Festival history. It took a specific and well-calculated formula for Al Boum Photo to win and the same route is being followed for a third time this year, having just one preparatory run in the same Grade Three chase at Tramore at New Year’s Day.


Al Boum Photo won the same race in Ireland for a third time this year, setting a good omen for March and pleasing Mullins in the process. Explaining his logic in following the same well-trodden path, he said simply: "Don't break a winning formula when it works." It was on Day Four of last year's Festival that Mullins also secured the leading trainer’s title, helped by victory in the first race of the day, the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle. It was Burning Victory who took the trophy back to Closutton for Mullins, but the race will be best remembered for the freakish nature that it was gifted to him. The Gary Moore-trained Goshen was seemingly coasting to victory when he dramatically unseated his rider Jamie Moore at the final flight.

Drama as Goshen stumbles and unseats Jamie Moore in last year's JCB Triumph Hurdle

Another race on the Day Four card which holds a special place in Festival goers hearts is the St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase, which is scheduled to be run 35 minutes after the Gold Cup. Known as the ‘Gold Cup for amateur riders’ due to it being run over the exact same distance as the feature race, this year it will be staged with professional jockeys in their place due to COVID-19 restrictions around ‘elite sport’. Another difference to this year’s line-up is the addition of the Grade Two Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase, which will become the penultimate race of The Festival™. Its introduction is the latest improvement to a mares’ programme which continues to go from strength to strength. All good things must come to an end and it is the job of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle to bring the curtain down on four fantastic days of racing. For racing fans, the final runner passing the winning post signals not only the end of The Festival™, but also starts the countdown to the next one. Adapted from The Festival™ Supporting WellChild Preview Magazine



FACTS & STATS THE ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE RACE DESCRIPTION

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is run over the stamina-sapping trip of three miles and this contest attracts the top staying hurdlers of the future. Horses are classed as a novice if they have yet to win a race prior to the official start of the season, usually towards the end of April. In theory, this allows the inexperienced horses to race against each other before graduating to the senior ranks. In this Grade 1 race, all runners will carry 11st 5lb.

GRADE 1

LAST YEAR’S

WINNER

RUN OVER TWO MILES, SEVEN FURLONGS & 213 YARDS

MONKFISH We were treated to an absolute thriller in this race last year as the first four home were separated by just a length and a half after a compelling battle up the hill. Monkfish led the field coming around the final bend, but the challenge from Latest Exhibition, Fury Road and Thyme Hill was a strong one and all fourwere in a line approaching the last. However, Willie Mullins’ charge stuck his head down and toughed it out well to win by a neck at the line in what was a superb contest.

12 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£97,969

£55,127 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM 211 32 3113 611141 1111 11F12 1203 11111 2111 111

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP Monkfish 6 11-5 5/1 Minella Indo 6 11-5 50/1 Kilbricken Storm 7 11-5 33/1 Penhill 6 11-5 16/1 Unowhatimeanharry 8 11-5 11/1 Martello Tower 7 11-7 14/1 Very Wood 5 11-7 33/1 At Fishers Cross 6 11-7 11/8F Brindisi Breeze 6 11-7 7/1 Bobs Worth 6 11-7 15/8F

TRAINER RUNNERS W Mullins (Ire) 19 H de Bromhead (Ire) 20 C Tizzard 20 W Mullins (Ire) 15 H Fry 19 Ms M Mullins (Ire) 19 N Meade (Ire) 18 R Curtis 13 L Russell 20 N Henderson 18

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 1st Thurles Novice Hurdle (54) 2nd G3 Clonmel Novice Hurdle (29) 3rd Challow Novice Hurdle (76) 1st Limerick Novice Hurdle (78) 1st Exeter Handicap Hurdle (33) 2nd Leopardstown Hurdle (47) 3rd Lawlors Hotel Novice Hurdle (68) 1st Classic Novice Hurdle (48) 1st Prestige Novice Hurdle (27) 1st Classic Novice Hurdle (48)

KEY TRENDS 15 of the last 16 winners had contested a Graded hurdle

13 of the last 16 winners had run in the calendar year

13 of the last 16 winners finished in the first two last time out

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Willie Mullins

Paul Townend

2 winners

2 winners

Today Willie saddles Stattler & N’Golo

Today Paul rides Stattler


2m 7f 213y

THIRD RACE 2.30 THE ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (Registered as The SPA NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE) (GBB RACE)

for novice four yrs old and upwards x Total race value £97969 Owners Prize Money. 1st £42166, 2nd £17380, 3rd £8690, 4th £4350, 5th £2175, 6th £1087, 7th £539, 8th £274. (Penalty Value £55127.15) FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): P Nicholls (29 wins from 289 runners, 10%) runs BARBADOS BUCK’S and THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (10 wins from 41 runners, 24%) runs BARBADOS BUCK’S and THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE Fancy That: W P Mullins won this race in 2017 and 2020. The stable runs N’GOLO and STATTLER today.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor E Equipment

1 ADRIMEL (FR) (62)

B or Br g Tirwanako (FR) - Irise De Gene (FR)

Tattersalls

6

TFRHHHHH BHA142 FORM 110-111 D

graduate

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful bumper winner who is unbeaten J Richard Johnson E Tongue Strap, Cheek Pieces in three outings over hurdles, cheekpieces fitted when gutsy scorer in Grade 2 at Warwick (2m5f) in January. T Tom Lacey, Woolhope Sure to progress further at 3m, so holds good claims. O Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford 16Jan War 21f Hdl heavy 1/11 Mint Condition nk B Dr V. Gabriel Descours Dec20 Hay 15f Hdl heavy 1/5 Grumpy Charley 43/4l S Plusbac Nov20 San 15f Hdl soft 1/8 Lord of Kerak 31/2l

2 ALAPHILIPPE (IRE) (27) B g Morozov (USA) - Oscar Bird (IRE)

J Paddy Brennan T Fergal O’Brien, Cheltenham O Mr Nic Brereton B Bryan Mangan S Dunraven Group of Companies

7

11-5

20Feb Hay 23Jan Tnt Dec20 Seg

3 ASK A HONEY BEE (IRE) (48) B g Ask - Pure Honey (IRE)

7 11-5

J Connor Brace E Cheek Pieces T Fergal O’Brien, Cheltenham O Lewis, Lawson and Hope B John Murphy S Dunraven Group of Companies

graduate 4 BARBADOS BUCK’S (IRE) (69) Tattersalls

B g Getaway (GER) - Buck’s Blue (FR)

J Harry Cobden T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat O The Stewart Family B Philip Hore Jnr S Morson Group

5 BEATTHEBULLET (IRE) (27) Br g Flemensfirth (USA) - Top Quality

TFRHHHII BHA143 FORM 1-11121 D

TIMEFORM VIEW Irish point winner who made it 3-4 in this sphere with wide-margin success in Prestige Hurdle at Haydock last month. Strong traveller with plenty of stamina to boot. Much respected.

6

11-5

24f Hdl 19f Hdl 19f Hdl

30Jan Don 24f Hdl Dec20 Chl 23f Hdl Nov20 Nwc 22f Hdl

6 CASTLE ROBIN (IRE) (48)

soft P/12 The Cob (IRE) soft 3/8 Make Good (IRE) good 2/6 Getaround (IRE)

81/2l hd

TFRHHHII BHA143 FORM 05-2111 D

TIMEFORM VIEW Big-money buy from Irish points and completed hat-trick over hurdles in emphatic style in 3m Kempton novice in January. Remains open to improvement, and another good show is anticipated.

soft 1/9 Fedelta (IRE) gd-sf 1/10 Fantastikas (FR) gd-sf 1/6 Mr Harp (IRE)

4l nk 2 /4l 1

TFRHHIII BHA127 FORM 124-516 D

graduate

11-5

14l 3 /4l 71/2l

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful bumper winner made a successful start to hurdles career at Wetherby. Better form when placed after but pulled up in River Don Hurdle at Doncaster (3m) latest. Cheekpieces now on.

Tattersalls

7

1/8 Mr Harp (IRE) 2/10 Stellar Magic (IRE) 1/5 Won’t Talk (IRE)

TFRHHIII BHA132 FORM 0-1223P D BF

9Jan Kmp 24f Hdl Dec20 Swl 24f Hdl Nov20 Swl 24f Hdl

J Harry Skelton E Cheek Pieces T Rebecca Curtis, Newport O Miss Rebecca Curtis B Thistletown Stud S William Hill

soft soft soft

TIMEFORM VIEW Dual point winner who got off the mark over hurdles at Hereford (3m1f) in November. Cheekpieces on when well-held in Haydock Grade 2 only run since though so very hard to warm to.

20Feb Hay Nov20 Her Nov20 Fls

Tattersalls graduate

24f Hdl 25f Hdl 20f Hdl

soft soft soft

6/8 Alaphilippe (IRE) 1/8 Young Buck (IRE) 5/10 Sending Love (IRE)

31l 13/4l 20l

TFRHHIII BHA130 FORM 311263 C D

Ch g Robin des Champs (FR) - Coco Opera (IRE) 6 11-5 TIMEFORM VIEW Posted 2m5f handicap win here in J Paul O’Brien E Tongue Strap November and has continued in good form, third of 12 to The Cob in River Don Hurdle at Doncaster. Fairly useful T Charlie Longsdon, Chipping Norton but this demands a big improvement. O Bradley Partnership 30Jan Don 24f Hdl soft 3/12 The Cob (IRE) 9l B R. Lynch 9Jan Kmp 21f HcpH soft 6/20 Boreham Bill (IRE) 11l S Merribelle Stable Llc Dec20 Asc 21f HcpH soft 2/12 Emir Sacree (FR) 11/4l

7 CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER (IRE) (43) B g Jeremy (USA) - Meldrum Hall (IRE)

6

11-5

TFRHHIII BHA126 FORM 13-2412 BF

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful bumper winner who got firmly J Aidan Coleman E Tongue Strap back on track after a wind op when convincing scorer of 2m4f Ayr novice. Good second at Ffos Las since but he T Olly Murphy, Wilmcote faces a very tough ask here. O McNeill Family & Patrick & Scott Bryceland 4Feb Fls 20f Hdl heavy 2/12 Franco d’Aunou (FR) 91/2l B Thomas F. Hannon 18Jan Ayr 20f Hdl heavy 1/9 Honor Grey (IRE) 51/2l S Ultima Business Solutions Nov20 Chp 19f Hdl heavy 4/8 Rocheston (FR) 11l 30


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8 FAKIERA (FR) (41)

B or Br g Cokoriko (FR) - Stella d’Engilbert (FR)

Tattersalls

6

TFRHHHII BHA144 FORM 22-1124

graduate

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler. Dual winner who posted J Keith Donoghue E Cheek Pieces best effort when fitted with cheekpieces and fourth to Gaillard du Mesnil in Grade 1 at Leoparstown (2m6f) last T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland month. More to come now tackling 3m. In the mix. O Mr T. O’Driscoll 6Feb Leo 22f Hdl sf-hv 4/13 Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) 7l B Mr Philippe Achard Dec20 Nav 20f Hdl sf-hv 2/7 Ashdale Bob (IRE) 6l

Nov20 Nav

9 N’GOLO (IRE) (40)

Gr g Galileo (IRE) - Dame Again (AUS)

6

20f Hdl

soft

1/7

Fire Attack (IRE)

/2l

1

TFRHHHII BHA142 FORM P11300

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Successful three times over hurdles but J Daniel Mullins E Hood, Tongue Strap has failed to beat a rival on his last two starts at Leopardstown. Takes big step up in distance with serious T W. P. Mullins, Ireland questions to answer. Hooded first time. O Mrs S. Ricci 7Feb Leo 16f Hdl sf-hv 13/13 Appreciate It (IRE) 49l B Dame Again Syndicate Dec20 Leo 16f Hdl soft 9/9 Appreciate It (IRE) 31l

Nov20 Fai

10 OSCAR ELITE (IRE) (33) B g Oscar (IRE) - Lady Elite (IRE)

J Jonjo O’Neill Jr. T Colin Tizzard, Sherborne O Mrs Mary-Ann Middleton B T. McAuliffe S Coral Racing Limited

11 PATS FANCY (IRE) (48) B g Oscar (IRE) - Pat’s Darling (IRE)

Tattersalls

6

J P. Townend T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mr R. A. Bartlett B Cyril O’Hara S Albert Bartlett

11-5

J Simon Torrens T John McConnell, Ireland O Ms Caroline Ahearn B Alan Cox

14 THE COB (IRE) (48)

B g Let The Lion Roar - Millenium Love (IRE)

14Feb Exe 16Jan War Dec20 Chp

Tattersalls

6

11-5

Tattersalls

6

16 TORYGRAPH (IRE) (51) B or Br g Mahler - Oddly Presented (IRE)

heavy 3/11 Wilde About Oscar (IRE) heavy 9/11 Adrimel (FR) heavy 1/3 Springfield Fox

21l 20l 51/2l

24f Hdl 23f Hdl 20f Hdl

soft P/12 The Cob (IRE) soft 2/8 Make Good (IRE) heavy 1/7 Gladiateur Allen (FR)

7l 21/4l

TFRHHHHI BHA146 FORM 132-313

graduate

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Very much going the right way over hurdles, winning Leopardstown maiden before fine third to Gaillard du Mesnil in Grade 1 there (2m6f). Type to go improving as stamina is drawn out. Player.

6Feb Leo Dec20 Leo Nov20 Naa

7

16f Hdl 21f Hdl 23f Hdl

TIMEFORM VIEW Looked useful prospect when making winning hurdling bow at Ffos Las and excellent second over C&D in December. Pulled up in River Don Hurdle at Doncaster (3m) last time and faces a very stiff task.

22f Hdl 20f Hdl 19f Hdl

sf-hv 3/13 Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) soft 1/17 Glens of Antrim (IRE) sf-hv 3/20 Vanillier (FR)

5l 3l 2 /4l 1

TFRHHHII BHA138 FORM 311116 CD

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who completed a

E Cheek Pieces four-timer over C&D in October. Off 4 months and cheekpieces on when well-held in Grade 2 at Naas last month. Sort to bounce back with that run under his belt.

28Feb Naa Oct20 Chl Oct20 Crk

Tattersalls

7

6

soft 6 gd-sf 1/6 good 1

Echoes In Rain (FR) Minella Encore (IRE) Jacksons Gold (IRE)

15l 31/2l 1 1 /2l

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who got right back on track when 25/1-winner of River Don Hurdle at Doncaster in January. Well suited to this stamina test. No forlorn hope.

30Jan Don Dec20 Nby Dec20 Hay

24f Hdl soft 1/12 Portstorm 20f HcpH soft 3/5 Calva d’Auge (FR) 18f HcpH heavy 1/9 Oscars Leader (IRE)

9l 15l /2l

1

TFRHHHII BHA139 FORM 21-111 D

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Made it 3-3 in this sphere with useful effort to land 3m Musselburgh novice last month. This is a big step up in class but he’s the sort to go on progressing. Not to be underestimated for top yard.

7Feb Mus Nov20 Lud Oct20 Lin

Tattersalls

6

15f Hdl 23f Hdl 24f Hdl

TFRHHHII BHA139 FORM 23-1131 D

graduate

graduate 15 THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE (IRE) (40) Tattersalls

J A. P. Heskin T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat O McNeill Family B James Dunne S Ultima Business Solutions

2l

TFRHHIII BHA133 FORM 2-2612P

graduate

J Daryl Jacob T Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water O The Ben Pauling Racing Club B Second Chance Syndicate S Jeremy Houghton - Houghtonart

B g Shantou (USA) - Didinas (FR)

Ballyadam (IRE)

TIMEFORM VIEW Winning pointer who looked useful E Tongue Strap when bagging two Chepstow novice hurdles before Christmas. Well below par both runs since, however, and has plenty on his plate in this grade.

graduate 13 STREETS OF DOYEN (IRE) (19) Tattersalls

B g Doyen (IRE) - Satco Street (IRE)

3/7

23f Hdl 21f Hdl 19f Hdl

soft 1/8 Fantastikas (FR) good 1/4 Valleres (FR) soft 1/15 The Brass Man (IRE)

3 /4l 51/2l 51/2l

TFRHHHHI BHA143 FORM 45-3211

graduate

11-5

TIMEFORM VIEW Progressive type who arrives on J Jack Kennedy E Cheek Pieces hat-trick after 2m7f novice wins at Fairyhouse and Thurles, strong at the finish each time. Well suited to a T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland test of stamina. Cheekpieces on. Sure to improve again. O Gigginstown House Stud 27Jan Thu 23f Hdl sf-hv 1/4 Angels Dawn (IRE) 33/4l B Thomas Meagher Dec20 Fai 23f Hdl sf-hv 1/11 Velvet Elvis (IRE) 13l

Nov20 Clo

31

19f Hdl

heavy 2/14 Power of Pause (IRE)

11/2l

Third Race

Br g Stowaway - Our Honey (IRE)

soft

TFRHHIII BHA135 FORM 01-1103 D

graduate

J Rachael Blackmore T Rebecca Curtis, Newport O Hydes,McDermott,Spencer,Frobisher & Lee 30Jan Don B Maurice Leamy Dec20 Chl S William Hill Nov20 Fls

12 STATTLER (IRE) (41)

16f Hdl


17 VANILLIER (FR) (41) Gr g Martaline - Virgata (FR)

6

TIMEFORM VIEW Landed 19f Naas maiden hurdle in E Tongue Strap November before improved second in Limerick Grade 2 (2m7f). Modest effort in Leopardstown Grade 1 since though so has something to prove now.

J Mark Walsh T Gavin Cromwell, Ireland O Mrs H. M. Keaveney B S.C.E.A. Ecurie Haras Des Marais

DECLARED RUNNERS 17

TFRHHIII BHA144 FORM P/1-2120 D

11-5

6Feb Leo Dec20 Lim Nov20 Naa

22f Hdl 23f Hdl 19f Hdl

sf-hv 10/13 Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) heavy 2/8 Farouk d’Alene (FR) sf-hv 1/20 Fantasio d’Alene (FR)

58l 3 /4l 21/4l

2020: MONKFISH (IRE) 6 11 5 P Townend 5-1 (W P Mullins) 19 ran

Stewards Note: ASK A HONEY BEE: Following its run on 30/1/2021 it was reported that the horse resented the tacky surface. PATS FANCY: Following its run on 30/1/2021 it was reported that the horse was never travelling. Probable S.P’s: 9-2 Stattler (IRE), 13-2 Fakiera (FR), 7-1 Torygraph (IRE), 8-1 Barbados Buck’s 9-1 Alaphilippe (IRE), 11-1 Adrimel (FR), 12-1 Threeunderthrufive (IRE), 20-1 The Cob 22-1 N’Golo (IRE), 33-1 Vanillier (FR), 40-1 Champagnesuperover (IRE), Oscar Elite Streets of Doyen (IRE), 66-1 Pats Fancy (IRE), 100-1 Ask A Honey Bee (IRE), Castle Robin 150-1 Beatthebullet (IRE)

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Little to choose between the principals in this staying novice but ADRIMEL gets the nod given he showed real battling qualities when maintaining his unbeaten hurdling record in a Warwick Grade 2 and promises to improve further now tackling 3m. Irish duo Stattler and Torygraph have better days ahead of them too so present very stern opposition though, with Barbados Buck’s another much respected.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.ADRIMEL (FR) 2.STATTLER (IRE) 3.TORYGRAPH (IRE)

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HISTORY The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup, run over three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs, has a history longer than most races at The Festival™. The first ‘Cheltenham Gold Cup’ took place in July 1819 and was a Flat race over three miles on Cleeve Hill, overlooking the present racecourse. The inaugural winner, Spectre, won a prize of 100 guineas for his owner. It wasn’t until 12 March 1924 when the race was run as we know it now, although in those days it took place on what is now the Old Course and was overshadowed by the National Hunt Chase. That first renewal was won by the five-year-old Red Splash, who earned connections £685! The race was first abandoned due to frost in 1931 and in 1937 due to flooding, but the five intervening years saw the most prolific horse in the race’s history – Golden Miller. He won five consecutive Gold Cups between 1932 and 1936 and also managed a Grand National for good measure in 1934. The Vincent O’Brien-trained Cottage Rake became the first multiple winner in the post-war era winning all three renewals from 1948-50. Such was his success that he helped to popularise the Gold Cup, and The Festival™ itself, with the Irish public. During the 1960s the legendary Arkle cemented his name in racing’s Hall of Fame by winning all three renewals from 1964-66. Such was Arkle’s superiority prior to his final victory that he was sent off the 1-10 favourite and the Tom Dreaper-trained icon remains the shortest-priced winner in the race’s history. Perhaps the most remarkable feat by a trainer came in 1983 when Michael Dickinson saddled the first five finishers. Bregawn, ridden by Graham Bradley came out on top but can you name the other four? Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House, in case you were left scratching your head. Dawn Run created another piece of history in 1986 when Paddy Mullins’ mare became the first, and only, horse to date to win both the Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. Arguably, the most popular Gold Cup winner came in 1989 when the ‘nation’s favourite’ Desert Orchid stormed up the Cheltenham hill under Simon Sherwood. The bumper crowd was ecstatic but twelve months later the ecstasy turned to shock when 100-1 outsider Norton’s Coin bloodied the noses of his more-fancied rivals. Trained by Permit Holder Sirrel Griffiths, Norton’s Coin remains the biggest-priced winner in the race’s history. A new era of domination began in 2002 when Best Mate, trained by Henrietta Knight, won the first of three consecutive Gold Cups. His final victory in 2004 confirmed him as only the fourth horse to have won the race three or more times. The Paul Nicholls-trained Kauto Star (pictured above, centre) outclassed his rivals in 2007 but twelve months later he had no answer to his strong-travelling stablemate Denman. In 2009, the pair locked horns again but with Denman only just recovered from a heart condition, Kauto Star gained revenge and became the first horse to regain the Gold Cup. In 2013, Bob’s Worth gave Nicky Henderson his second Gold Cup winner in three years following the success of Long Run in 2011. The 2014 renewal saw Lord Windermere prevail in a dramatic renewal and 2015 had its fair share of drama as Coneygree became the first novice since Captain Christy in 1974 to lift the Gold Cup. Four of the last five renewals have seen trainers win the race for the first time with Don Cossack, Sizing John, Native River and Al Boum Photo landing the spoils for their respective trainers, but Al Boum Photo put an end to that last year as he secured his and trainer Mullins’ second Gold Cup on the bounce - can he make it three today?


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FACTS & STATS THE WELLCHILD CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP RACE DESCRIPTION

The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious steeplechase found anywhere in the world. The cream of British and Irish staying chasers will be lining up for what is known as the Blue Riband of steeple chasing, and the small matter of a £263,765 first prize. Many of the past winners of this race such as Best Mate, Kauto Star and Denman to name just three have become legendary names in the world of National Hunt racing. Once again, as is usual in Championship races, all horses carry the same weight, in this case 11st 10lb.

LAST YEAR’S

GRADE 1

WINNER

RUN OVER THREE MILES, TWO FURLONGS & 70 YARDS

AL BOUM PHOTO

The first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Gold Cup since Best Mate in 2003, Al Boum Photo prevailed once again, this time edging out the persistent challenge of Santini and Lostintranslation, who pushed him all the way to the line. It was an excellent ride from Paul Townend and with the eight-year-old’s best jump of the race coming at the final fence, Al Boum Photo wrote his name further into the record books, this time in brave style.

22 FENCES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£468,750

£263,765 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM 1 1 1 211 11F1 111 000 1 031 31

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP Al Boum Photo 8 11-10 100/30F Al Boum Photo 7 11-10 12/1 Native River 8 11-10 5/1 Sizing John 7 11-10 7/1 Don Cossack 9 11-10 9/4F Coneygree 8 11-10 7/1 Lord Windermere 8 11-10 20/1 Bob’s Worth 8 11 10 11/4F Synchronised 9 11-10 8/1 Long Run 6 11-10 7/2F

TRAINER RUNNERS W Mullins (Ire) 12 W Mullins (Ire) 16 C Tizzard 15 J Harrington (Ire) 13 G Elliott (Ire) 9 M Bradstock 16 J Culloty (Ire) 13 N Henderson 9 J J O’Neill 14 N Henderson 13

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 1st Tramore Listed Chase 1st Tramore Listed Chase (73) 1st Denman Chase (34) 1st Irish Gold Cup (33) 1st Kinloch Brae Chase (64) 1st Denman Chase (34) unpl Irish Hennessy Gold Cup (33) 1st Hennessy Gold Cup (104) 1st Lexus Chase (79) 1st King George VI Chase (62)

KEY TRENDS 17 of the last 20 winners came from the first three in the market

16 of the last 20 winners won last time out

Horses aged 10 or older are 0/71 this century, including 4 favourites

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Nicky Henderson

Paul Townend

2 winners

2 winners

Today Nicky saddles Champ & Santini

Today Paul rides Al Boum Photo


3m 2f 70y

FOURTH RACE 3.05 THE WELLCHILD CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) for five yrs old and upwards x Total race value £468750 Owners Prize Money. 1st £201750, 2nd £83156, 3rd £41578, 4th £20812, 5th £10406, 6th £5203, 7th £2578, 8th £1312. (Penalty Value £263765.62) FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (49 wins from 337 runners, 15%) runs CHAMP and SANTINI Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (10 wins from 41 runners, 24%) runs FRODON Fancy That: W P Mullins won this race in 2019 and 2020. The stable runs AL BOUM PHOTO and KEMBOY today.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor E Equipment

1 AL BOUM PHOTO (FR) (77) B g Buck’s Boum (FR) - Al Gane (FR)

TFRHHHHI BHA175 FORM 11/211-1 CD

9 11-10

TIMEFORM VIEW Seeking a fantastic hat-trick in Jump Racing’s Blue Riband and returned with a bloodless success at Tramore on New Year’s Day. Genuine, good jumper and very much the one to beat.

J P. Townend T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mrs J. Donnelly B Mr Emmanuel Clayeux & Mr Jacky Rauch

2 A PLUS TARD (FR) (81) B g Kapgarde (FR) - Turboka (FR)

1Jan Tmr Mar20 Chl Jan20 Tmr

21f Ch 26f Ch 21f Ch

soft 1/5 Acapella Bourgeois (FR) gd-sf 1/12 Santini soft 1/4 Acapella Bourgeois (FR)

19l nk 6l

TFRHHHHI BHA169 FORM 3213-21 C

7 11-10

TIMEFORM VIEW Better than ever fitted with tongue tie J Rachael Blackmore E Tongue Strap when scoring at Leopardstown (3m) over Christmas from Kemboy and boasts good Festival form (won the 2019 T Henry de Bromhead, Ireland novice handicap chase/third in 2020 Ryanair). Respect. O Cheveley Park Stud 1 Dec20 Leo 24f Ch yield 1/14 Kemboy (FR) /2l B Mme Henri Devin 1 Nov20 Nav 16f Ch sf-hv 2/6 Castlegrace Paddy (IRE) /2l S Cheveley Park Stud Mar20 Chl 20f Ch soft 3/8 Min (FR) 13/4l

3 ASO (FR) (13)

TFRHIIII BHA158 FORM 40-0F22 C BF

B or Br g Goldneyev (USA) - Odyssee du Cellier (FR) 11 11-10

J Daryl Jacob E Cheek Pieces T Venetia Williams, Hereford O The Bellamy Partnership B I. Pacault, A. Pacault & M. Pacault S Faucets Limited

4 BLACK OP (IRE) (83) Br g Sandmason - Afar Story (IRE)

B g King’s Theatre (IRE) - China Sky (IRE)

10 11-10

B g Nickname (FR) - Miss Country (FR)

J Bryony Frost T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat O Mr P. J. Vogt B Mr Philippe Gasdoue S Morson Group

7 KEMBOY (FR) (40) B g Voix du Nord (FR) - Vitora (FR)

Dec20 Kmp 24f Ch gd-sf 6/9 Frodon (FR) Nov20 Nby 25f HcpC good 9/18 Cloth Cap (IRE) Nov20 Car 20f Ch heavy 4/6 Imperial Aura (IRE)

71/2l nk -

17l 29l 3 4 /4l

TFRHHHHI BHA165 FORM 1/11F1-2 C

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9 11-10

23f Ch gd-sf 2/5 Cloth Cap (IRE) 20f HcpC soft 2/12 Two For Gold (IRE) 25f HcpC soft F/14 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR)

TIMEFORM VIEW Not matched his Grade 1-winning hurdling exploits (second in 2018 Ballymore before scoring at Aintree) over fences, well-held in the Ladbrokes Handicap/King George last 2 starts. Cheekpieces tried.

Tattersalls

J Nico de Boinville T Nicky Henderson, Lambourn O Mr John P. McManus B Philip and Mrs Jane Myerscough

6 FRODON (FR) (83)

6Mar Kel 15Feb War Dec20 Ain

TFRHIIII BHA147 FORM 122-406

J Tom Scudamore E Tongue Strap, Cheek Pieces T Tom George, Slad O Mr R. S. Brookhouse B P. Rothwell S HBA Media

5 CHAMP (IRE) (26)

TIMEFORM VIEW Placed twice in the Ryanair and back to form the last twice, chasing home Grand Nationalfavourite Cloth Cap at Kelso 13 days ago. This is a whole different test and he’d be a surprising winner.

TIMEFORM VIEW Remarkable winner of the RSA last year (also second in the Ballymore in 2019) and shaped well after 11 months off/wind op at Newbury over inadequate trip. Big run likely if keeping the mistakes down.

21Feb Nby Mar20 Chl Jan20 Chl

16f Ch 24f Ch 20f Ch

gd-sf 2/6 Sceau Royal (FR) soft 1/10 Minella Indo (IRE) soft F/6 Midnight Shadow

2l 1l -

TFRHHHII BHA169 FORM 314-141 C

9 11-10

TIMEFORM VIEW 2019 Ryanair winner as good as ever E Tongue Strap this season, leading from pillar to post in the King George last time. Likely to give it an excellent shot from the front but this is probably a bridge too far.

Dec20 Kmp 24f Ch gd-sf 1/9 Waiting Patiently (IRE) Dec20 Ain 24f Ch soft 4/5 Lake View Lad (IRE) Oct20 Chl 25f HcpC good 1/10 West Approach

9 11-10

21/4l 82l 11/2l

TFRHHHII BHA169 FORM 420-221

TIMEFORM VIEW Has had another good season in Ireland and gained his fourth Group 1 success in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last month. Not the best jumper though, and hasn’t shone at previous Festivals.

J Daniel Mullins T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Kemboy/Brett Graham/Ken Sharp Syndicate 7Feb Leo B Joelle Morruzzi & Philippe Morruzzi Dec20 Leo Nov20 Thu 38

24f Ch 24f Ch 22f Ch

soft 1/5 The Storyteller (IRE) yield 2/14 A Plus Tard (FR) soft 2/4 Presenting Percy

2l 1 /2l 61/2l


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TFRHHIII BHA167 FORM 1P3-3P5 C D

9 11-10

B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Falika (FR)

TIMEFORM VIEW Has looked a shadow of the star of last E Tongue Strap season when winning the Betfair Chase and finishing third in this, checking out tamely after another wind op at Newbury last month. Huge revival needed.

J Robbie Power T Colin Tizzard, Sherborne O Taylor & O’Dwyer 21Feb Nby 23f Ch B Mr A. R. M. M. Kavanagh Dec20 Kmp 24f Ch S Coral Racing Limited, Peter + Ross Doyle Bloodstock Ltd Nov20 Hay 25f Ch

9 MINELLA INDO (IRE) (40)

Tattersalls

J Jack Kennedy T Henry de Bromhead, Ireland O Mr Barry Maloney B Mrs R. H. Lalor

10 NATIVE RIVER (IRE) (41)

7Feb Leo Dec20 Leo Nov20 Nav

soft 4/5 Kemboy (FR) yield F/14 A Plus Tard (FR) soft 1/4 Brahma Bull (IRE)

63/4l 71/2l

TIMEFORM VIEW 2018 winner bidding to become only E Blinkers the second horse to regain the crown and arrives in great heart after a superb win in Sandown Grade 2, jumping his rivals ragged. Good chance if in the same form.

6Feb San Dec20 Ain Feb20 Nby

11 ROYALE PAGAILLE (FR) (55) B g Blue Bresil (FR) - Royale Cazoumaille (FR)

J Charlie Deutsch T Venetia Williams, Hereford O Mrs S. Ricci B Mr Philippe Mace S Faucets Limited

24f Ch 24f Ch 23f Ch

heavy 1/6 soft 3/5 good 1/6

Bristol de Mai (FR) Lake View Lad (IRE) Secret Investor

TIMEFORM VIEW Improving in a big way and made it 3-3 this season with most impressive victory in Peter Marsh at Haydock (3m) 8 weeks ago. Stiffer test will suit and this novice is a very exciting contender.

Tattersalls

TIMEFORM VIEW Placed all 3 Festival visits, just failing to

E Visor reel in Al Boum Photo 12 months ago, but not arriving in the same form this year, not fancying it behind Native River at Sandown. More severe headgear on.

6Feb San 24f Ch Dec20 Kmp 24f Ch Dec20 Ain 24f Ch

heavy 3/6 gd-sf 5/9 soft 2/5

Native River (IRE) Frodon (FR) Lake View Lad (IRE)

17l 10l 1l

2020: AL BOUM PHOTO (FR) 8 11 10 P Townend 10-3 (W P Mullins) 12 ran

Probable S.P’s: 11-4 Al Boum Photo (FR), 11-2 Champ (IRE), 13-2 A Plus Tard (FR), 9-1 Royale Pagaille (FR), 12-1 Kemboy (FR), Native River (IRE), 14-1 Minella Indo (IRE), Santini (GB), 16-1 Frodon (FR), 50-1 Lostintranslation (IRE), 300-1 Aso (FR), Black Op (IRE)

PLAY SMARTER

NATIVE RIVER’s victory at Sandown last month was a joy to behold and a repeat of that effort will see him go close. He looks cracking value at double-figure odds at time of writing and is taken to emulate the great Kauto Star and regain the crown 3 years on from his first victory. 2019 and 2020 winner Al Boum Photo seems sure to go well in his hat-trick bid. A Plus Tard is also a big player.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.NATIVE RIVER (IRE) 2.AL BOUM PHOTO (FR) 3.A PLUS TARD (FR)

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TFRHHHII BHA167 FORM 112-253 C

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J Aidan Coleman T Nicky Henderson, Lambourn O Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes B Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes S H & C Group Ltd

91/2l 3l 23/4l

TFRHHHHI BHA166 FORM 2/23-111 D

7 11-10

23Jan Hay 25f HcpC heavy 1/8 Potters Legend Dec20 Kmp 24f HcpC soft 1/11 Cap du Nord (FR) Dec20 Hay 21f Ch heavy 1/4 Espoir de Romay (FR)

12 SANTINI (GB) (41)

DECLARED RUNNERS 12

24f Ch 24f Ch 24f Ch

TFRHHHHH BHA172 FORM 34/11-31 CD

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11 11-10

J Richard Johnson T Colin Tizzard, Sherborne O Brocade Racing B Fred Mackey S Coral Racing Limited

B g Milan - Tinagoodnight (FR)

26l 47l

TIMEFORM VIEW 2019 Albert Bartlett winner who was reeled in by Champ in last year’s RSA and resumed this season with 2 victories. Faded behind Kemboy in the Irish Gold Cup last time but likely to fare better here.

Tattersalls

Ch g Indian River (FR) - Native Mo (IRE)

Secret Investor Frodon (FR) Bristol de Mai (FR)

TFRHHHII BHA164 FORM 12-11F4 C BF

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B g Beat Hollow - Carrigeen Lily (IRE)

gd-sf 5/7 gd-sf P/9 heavy 3/5


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FACTS & STATS THE ST. JAMES’S PLACE FESTIVAL CHALLENGE CUP OPEN HUNTERS’ STEEPLE CHASE RACE DESCRIPTION Usually known as the ‘Amateurs’ Gold Cup’, the St James’s Place Festival Chase is the Championship race for the stars of the Pointto-Pointing circuit. Horses are only qualified for this race if they have either been placed first or second in two hunter chases since October 2018, won two open Pointto-Point races in that same timescale, or a combination of the two, with some extra allowances for this unusual year. Each of the runners carries the same weight - 12st. LAST YEAR’S

HUNTER CHASE

WINNER

RUN OVER THREE MILES, TWO FURLONGS & 70 YARDS

IT CAME TO PASS

Defying a huge starting price of 66/1, the Eugene O’Sullivan-trained It Came To Pass put a good field to the sword in powerful style last year and there was certainly no fluke about it. Given a superb ride from Maxine O’Sullivan, the ten-year-old improved steadily throughout the final circuit, moving to lead approaching the second last fence and drawing impressively clear up the hill from Billaway, Shantou Flyer and Staker Wallace to win by ten lengths.

22 FENCES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£33,750

£21,113 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM 4 11 3 3341 10 122 01213 1221 12P1 11021

WINNER AGE WEIGHT SP It Came To Pass 10 12-0 66/1 Hazel Hill 11 12-0 7/2F Pacha Du Polder 11 12-0 25/1 Pacha Du Polder 10 12-0 16/1 On The Fringe 11 12-0 13/8F On The Fringe 10 12-0 6/1 Tammys Hill 9 12-0 15/2 Salsify 8 12-0 2/1F Salsify 7 12-0 7/1 Zemsky 8 12-0 33/1

TRAINER RUNNERS E M O’Sullivan (Ire) 21 P Rowley 24 P Nicholls 24 P Nicholls 23 E Bolger (Ire) 24 E Bolger (Ire) 24 L Lennon (Ire) 24 R Sweeney (Ire) 23 R Sweeney (Ire) 22 I Ferguson (Ire) 24

LAST RACE (NO.DAYS) 4th Fairyhouse Hunter Chase (107) 1st Warwick Hunter Chase (53) 3rd Doncaster Hunter Chase (23) 1st Bangor Hunter Chase (35) unpl Leopardstown Inn Hunter Chase (41) 2nd Leopardstown Inn Hunter Chase (33) 3rd Fairyhouse Hunter Chase (20) 1st Raymond Smith Hunter Chase (34) 1st Raymond Smith Hunter Chase (33) 1st Musselburgh Hunter Chase (30)

KEY TRENDS 27 of the last 32 winners started their careers in Pointto-Points or Hunter Chases

25 of the last 34 winners had won on their previous start

Only two winners this Century hadn’t run in the last 53 days

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Enda Bolger

Bryony Frost

2 winners

1 winner

Today Enda saddles Staker Wallace & Stand Up And Fight

Today Bryony rides Wishing And Hoping


3m 2f 70y

FIFTH RACE 3.40 THE ST. JAMES’S PLACE FESTIVAL CHALLENGE CUP OPEN HUNTERS’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 2)

for five yrs old and upwards x Total race value £33750 Owners Prize Money. 1st £16031, 2nd £5356, 3rd £2680, 4th £1340, 5th £668, 6th £334. (Penalty Value £21113.99) FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): P Nicholls (29 wins from 289 runners, 10%) runs BOB AND CO Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (10 wins from 41 runners, 24%) runs BOB AND CO Fancy That: E Bolger won this race in 2015 and 2016. The stable runs STAKER WALLACE and STAND UP AND FIGHT today.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor E Equipment

1 BILLAWAY (IRE) (47)

Tattersalls

J P. Townend T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mr J. Turner H Carlow Farmers (F)

2 BOB AND CO (FR) (27) B g Dom Alco (FR) - Outre Mer (FR)

TFRHHHHI BHA141 FORM 212-211

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B g Well Chosen - Taipans Girl (IRE)

TIMEFORM VIEW Classy hunter chaser who ended up with too much to do when second in this last term and confirmed he’s as good, if not better than ever, when scoring at Naas last time. Big player.

31Jan Naa 24f Ch Dec20 Dow 21f Ch Nov20 Fai 23f Ch

heavy 1/18 Staker Wallace (IRE) 21/4l soft 1/10 Winged Leader (IRE) 61/2l 2/9 Stand Up And Fight (IRE) 11/2l

TFRHHHHI BHA146 FORM P3/P11-1 D

10 12-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful chaser in France who completed J Sean Bowen E Hood, Tongue Strap hat-trick in this sphere when bolting up at Haydock on reappearance from Wishing And Hoping. Jumping will T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat need to be sharper now, but very much one to consider. O David Maxwell Racing Limited 20Feb Hay 22f Ch soft 1/10 Wishing And Hoping (IRE) 17l H Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Feb20 Fon 25f Ch soft 1/4 Alcala (FR) 11/4l S Fitzdares Feb20 Bgr 20f Ch soft 1/4 Ballynagour (IRE) 99l

3 CHAMERON (FR) (29)

8 12-0

B g Laveron - Chamanka (FR)

J Harry Cobden E Tongue Strap T S. Loxton, Bruton O Mr Paul Nicholls & Mr John Bolton H Blackmore & Sparkford Vale

4 HAZEL HILL (IRE) (57) B g Milan - Resenting (IRE)

J Alex Edwards T Mel Rowley, Bridgnorth O Mrs D. Williams H Albrighton & Woodland

13 12-0

5 IT CAME TO PASS (IRE) (22) B g Brian Boru - Satellite Dancer (IRE)

J Richie McLernon T Eugene M. O’Sullivan, Ireland O Mrs Alurie O’Sullivan H Duhallow (F)

6 LATENIGHTPASS (GB) (44) B g Passing Glance - Latenightdip

J Bridget Andrews T T. Ellis, Rugby O Mrs P. A. Ellis H Warwickshire

7 LAW OF GOLD (IRE) (23) B g Gold Well - Nylon (GER)

J Jack Quinlan T David Kemp, Thetford O Mr David Kemp H North Norfolk Harriers

TFRHHHII BHA130 FORM 00/511-1

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful before going the wrong way for Paul Nicholls but back on track when easily landing a couple of points early last year and completed the hat-trick readily in a hunter at Leicester in February.

18Feb Lei May19 Ntn Apr19 Chl

TIMEFORM VIEW 2019 winner who wasn’t at the top of his game last season but took advantage of a good opening when scoring at Ludlow on Rules return a couple of months ago. Needs a return to his very best.

Tattersalls

23f Ch 24f Ch 26f Ch

41/2l 11/2l nk

TIMEFORM VIEW Took this last year but was below par on reappearance then unseated at Thurles recently, so he’s hardly had the ideal prep. Hard to discount nonetheless.

25Feb Thu Nov20 Fai Mar20 Chl

24f Ch 23f Ch 26f Ch

heavy U/15 Jury Duty (IRE) 4/9 Stand Up And Fight (IRE) gd-sf 1/21 Billaway (IRE)

21l 10l

TFRHHHII BHA137 FORM 14112-1 CD

TIMEFORM VIEW Has enjoyed plenty of success in points and made it 2 from 2 in hunters when landing a 17-runner event at Warwick on Rules return. Could get competitive.

3Feb War 24f Ch May19 Chl 26f Ch

Tattersalls

soft 1/17 Highway Jewel (IRE) gd-sf 1/15 Captain McGinley (IRE)

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/4l /2l

1

TFRHHIII BHA123 FORM 11110-3

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soft 1/13 Ravished (IRE) soft 2/5 Minella Rocco (IRE) gd-sf 1/7 Caryto des Brosses (FR)

TFRHHHII BHA144 FORM 10P1-4U CD

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21/4l 48l 54l

TFRHHHII BHA143 FORM 1/112-21 CD

21Jan Lud Feb20 Wet May19 Chl

11 12-0

22f Ch heavy 1/15 Cousin Pascal (FR) 25f Ch gd-sf 5/5 Boyhood (IRE) 23f HcpH good 11/13 Tobefair

TIMEFORM VIEW Multiple winning pointer who should strip fitter for his third at Doncaster recently but found this event a bit too competitive last year.

24Feb Don Mar20 Chl May19 Str 46

26f Ch 26f Ch 27f Ch

gd-sf 3/11 Silsol (GER) gd-sf 7/21 It Came To Pass (IRE) good 1/8 Winged Leader (IRE)

12l 37l 11/2l


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B g Stowaway - The Mighty Matron (IRE)

TFRHHIII BHA129 FORM 115-013

10 12-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Winning pointer who returned to Rules J Jack Kennedy E Blinkers, Tongue Strap with a respectable third to Stand Up And Fight (Billaway second) at Fairyhouse 129 days ago. Hard to see him T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland turning the tables. O Philip J. Reynolds Nov20 Fai 23f Ch 3/9 Stand Up And Fight (IRE) 11l H Westmeath (F) Jul20 Gal 22f HcpC soft 11/5 Mindsmadeup (IRE) 62l

Feb20 Thu

9 MONBEG GOLD (IRE) (23) B g Gold Well - Little Hand (IRE)

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24f Ch

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5/15 Macs Legend (IRE)

30l

TFRHHHII BHA130 FORM 1/U2U-P2

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TIMEFORM VIEW Fairly useful chaser who was back to J Jonjo O’Neill Jr. E Cheek Pieces form when second in a hunter at Doncaster last time but has a bit to find in this company. Cheekpieces go back on. T Mrs Jonjo O’Neill, Winchcombe O Mrs Jonjo O’Neill 24Feb Don 26f Ch gd-sf 2/11 Silsol (GER) nk H North Cotswold 3Feb War 24f Ch soft P/17 Latenightpass -

Feb20 Lud

10 MR MANTILLA (IRE) (96)

B g Kayf Tara - Exolthir (FR)

J Lorcan Williams T Will Biddick, Shepton Mallet O Mr John Studd H Blackmore & Sparkford Vale S Equine Bio Genie Ltd

12 RAVISHED (IRE) (27) B g Oscar (IRE) - Fair Present (IRE)

J Thomas Garner T J. J. O’Shea, Nantwich O Mr A. Spender H North Staffordshire

B g Sulamani (IRE) - Rafiya

J David Noonan T Kelly Morgan, Withcote O Sir Johnny Weatherby H Cottesmore

14 SALVATORE (GB) (41) B g Schiaparelli (GER) - Cash ‘n’ Credit

J Lee Edwards T Mel Rowley, Bridgnorth O Miss D. Cope H North Staffordshire

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TFRHHHII BHA135 FORM 22/21-12

10 12-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful ex-French hurdler/chaser in 2018/19 for Francois Nicolle. Wide-margin point winner in November and only narrowly denied by Sametegal in hunter at Wincanton last month. Not ruled out.

4Feb Wcn 25f Ch Jun19 Nan 19f Hdl May19 Die 19f Ch

Tattersalls

13 12-0

J Mark Walsh T Enda Bolger, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus H Co.Limerick (F)

22f Ch 23f Ch 24f Ch

soft P/10 Bob And Co (FR) soft 2/13 Hazel Hill (IRE) good 2/7 Sausalito Sunrise (IRE)

9 12-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful winning chaser at his best and, given he’s landed both starts in points since last seen under Rules, there’s every reason to think he retains a good chunk of ability. Interesting runner.

Feb20 Asc Jan20 Hay Apr19 Ain

23f HcpC soft 6/8 Ballyoptic (IRE) 25f HcpC heavy 5/10 Vintage Clouds (IRE) 24f HcpH good 16/21 Aux Ptits Soins (FR)

47l 14l 45l

TFRHHHII BHA134 FORM 1311-11

8 12-0

TIMEFORM VIEW Prolific pointer who made second hunter outing a winning one at Musselburgh 41 days ago. This is much tougher but there could be more to come.

6Feb Mus May19 Chl

11 12-0

26f Ch 26f Ch

soft 1/13 Alcala (FR) gd-sf 3/15 Latenightpass

21/4l 71/2l

TFRHIIII BHA120 FORM r3/2U-P3

TIMEFORM VIEW Formerly useful chaser, efforts in hunters have been uninspiring this term. Firmly up against it.

28Feb Fon 25f Ch soft 3/16 The Galloping Bear 3Feb War 24f Ch soft P/17 Latenightpass Jun18 Wor 23f HcpC good 7/8 Cabaret Queen

Tattersalls

27l 64l

TFRHHHHI BHA134 FORM 14-2212

graduate

10 12-0

41/2l 1l

TFRHHHHH BHA139 FORM 00/56-11

J William Kennedy T Miss Sarah Rippon, Wroughton O Miss Sarah Rippon H Beaufort

B g King’s Theatre (IRE) - Honeybunch (IRE)

1 /2l 21/2l 4l

TIMEFORM VIEW Fair chaser who returned to this sphere with an excellent second to Hazel Hill at Ludlow but was pulled up at Haydock subsequently. Hard to fancy.

20Feb Hay 21Jan Lud Apr19 Hex

16 STAKER WALLACE (IRE) (47)

heavy 2/16 Sametegal (FR) 1/10 Digny (FR) 2/10 Nabuco Has (FR)

TFRHHIII BHA120 FORM 213-12P

graduate

graduate 15 SONNEOFPRESENTING (IRE) (19) Tattersalls

B or Br g Presenting - Sonne Cinq (IRE)

-

TIMEFORM VIEW Didn’t need to be at best when winning 10-runner hunter at Limerick, then was far from disgraced when runner-up to Billaway at Naas subsequently. Likely to give a good account.

31Jan Naa Dec20 Lim Mar20 Chl

47

24f Ch 22f Ch 26f Ch

heavy 2/18 Billaway (IRE) heavy 1/10 Super Citizen gd-sf 4/21 It Came To Pass (IRE)

21/4l 13/4l 18l

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13 RED INDIAN (GB) (96)

U/6 Dieu Vivant (FR)

TIMEFORM VIEW Won 5 of 6 starts in Irish points, latest Dec 13. Not completely discounted for a shrewd stable, particularly if the money comes for him.

J Kielan Woods T D. J. Jeffreys, Stow-On-The-Wold O No Gimmes Partnership H Killinick (H) S Nationwide Vehicle Contracts Ltd

11 PORLOCK BAY (FR) (43)

soft

TFRHHHII BHAFORM 112-111

7 12-0

B g Publisher (USA) - Mantilla Madam (IRE)

23f Ch


graduate 17 STAND UP AND FIGHT (IRE) (22) Tattersalls

TFRHHHHI BHA137 FORM P1-P142

9 12-0

B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Aylesbury Park (IRE)

TIMEFORM VIEW Beat Billaway in November and, while E Blinkers unable to quite reproduce that, he powered home from an unlikely position when second at Thurles last time. This test will suit, and he’s a big player.

J Darragh O’Keeffe T Enda Bolger, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus H Co.Limerick (F)

25Feb Thu 24f Ch Dec20 Dow 21f Ch Nov20 Fai 23f Ch

graduate 18 WISHING AND HOPING (IRE) (27) Tattersalls

11 12-0

B g Beneficial - Desperately Hoping (IRE)

J Bryony Frost T Mel Rowley, Bridgnorth O Mrs Peter Andrews H Wheatland

heavy 2/15 Jury Duty (IRE) soft 4/10 Billaway (IRE) 1/9 Billaway (IRE)

3 /4l 19l 11/2l

TFRHHIII BHA137 FORM 121-122 D

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful chaser who was 2 from 3 in this sphere last year but firmly put in his place by Bob And Co at Haydock last time. Needs to do more.

20Feb Hay Mar20 Cat Feb20 Hay

22f Ch 25f Ch 22f Ch

soft 2/10 Bob And Co (FR) soft 1/6 Absainte (FR) heavy 2/4 Alcala (FR)

17l 25l 33/4l

DECLARED RUNNERS 18 2020: IT CAME TO PASS (IRE) 10 12 0 Miss Maxine O’Sullivan 66-1 (Eugene M O’Sullivan) 21 ran Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 13. Stewards Note: RAVISHED: Following its run on 20/2/2021 it was reported that the horse hung right-handed throughout. Probable S.P’s: 7-2 Bob And Co (FR), 4-1 Billaway (IRE), 12-1 Stand Up And Fight 14-1 It Came To Pass (IRE), Red Indian (GB), 16-1 Staker Wallace (IRE), 18-1 Chameron 22-1 Hazel Hill (IRE), Latenightpass (GB), 25-1 Porlock Bay (FR), 28-1 Mr Mantilla 33-1 Mighty Stowaway (IRE), Wishing And Hoping (IRE), 50-1 Law of Gold (IRE), Monbeg Gold Salvatore (GB), 80-1 Ravished (IRE), 300-1 Sonneofpresenting (IRE)

PLAY SMARTER

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A chance is taken on RED INDIAN, who arrives on the back of a couple of impressive wins in points and has some useful form under Rules. Last year’s runner-up, Billaway, should be thereabouts again and a big run is expected from Bob And Co if he can iron out some of the mistakes he made when scoring easily at Haydock from Wishing And Hoping.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.RED INDIAN 2.BILLAWAY (IRE) 3.BOB AND CO (FR)

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FACTS & STATS THE MRS PADDY POWER MARES’ STEEPLE CHASE RACE DESCRIPTION

The Grade 2 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase is a brand new addition to The Festival™, providing an excellent further opportunity for high-class racing mares under National Hunt rules and perhaps creating a springboard for a potential Gold Cup winner like the great Dawn Run, pictured above. Run over two miles, four and a half furlongs, those running in the race will have to carry 11st 2lb, with penalties assessed on the class of race they have won over the past 18 months - 3lb for the winner of a Grade 2 chase and 5lb for the winner of a Grade 1. See how Colreevy carries 11st 7lb after taking a Grade 1 chase at Limerick in December, while Elimay carries 11st 5lb after her Grade 2 success at Thurles in January 2020.

GRADE 2 RUN OVER TWO MILES, FOUR FURLONGS & 127 YARDS

17 FENCES TO BE JUMPED

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£90,000

£50,643 TO THE WINNER WINNING CONNECTIONS The last time a new race for mares was introduced at The Festival™ was in 2016, where the Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle saw its inaugural running. Since then, the master Irish trainer, Willie Mullins, has won that particular race every single year that it has been run, so five in a row. What odds a similar pattern begins to emerge here with the likes of Colreevy, Elimay, Salsaretta and Cabaret Queen all involved in this very first running of the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase?


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SIXTH RACE 4.15 THE MRS PADDY POWER MARES’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Registered as The LIBERTHINE MARES’ STEEPLE CHASE) (Grade 2) (GBB RACE)

for five yrs old and upwards mares x Total race value £90000 Owners Prize Money. 1st £38736, 2nd £15966, 3rd £7983, 4th £3996, 5th £1998, 6th £999, 7th £495, 8th £252. (Penalty Value £50643) FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): P Nicholls (29 wins from 289 runners, 10%) runs CUT THE MUSTARD Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (10 wins from 41 runners, 24%) runs CUT THE MUSTARD Longest Travellers: ELIMAY, COLREEVY, CABARET QUEEN & SALSARETTA trained by W P Mullins, MOYHENNA trained by D Hogan, SHATTERED LOVE trained by Mrs D Foster, MAGIC OF LIGHT trained by J Harrington, all Ireland.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor E Equipment

1 COLREEVY (IRE) (51)

8

B m Flemensfirth (USA) - Poetics Girl (IRE) J P. Townend T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mrs N. Flynn B N. Flynn

TFRHHHHI BHA150 FORM 125-111

11-7

TIMEFORM VIEW Only fifth in last year’s Dawn Run with 3 stablemates in front of her but back defending an unbeaten record over fences, recording bloodless success from Mount Ida at Thurles 7 weeks ago.

27Jan Thu Dec20 Lim Nov20 Pun

2 ELIMAY (FR) (34)

7

Gr m Montmartre (FR) - Hyde (FR)

J Mark Walsh T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus B Mr Christophe Toulorge

8

B m Kingsalsa (USA) - Kendoretta (FR)

J Brian Hayes T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mrs S. Ricci B Mme L. Gagneux & Mr D. Guindon

4 CABARET QUEEN (GB) (50) B m King’s Theatre (IRE) - La Dame Brune (FR)

9

J Rachael Blackmore T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Syndicates.Racing B R. D. & J. S. Chugg & Millhouse Stud

5 CHILLI FILLI (GB) (80)

8

Ch m Presenting - Daprika (FR)

9

Br m Al Namix (FR) - Tadorna (FR)

J Harry Cobden T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat O The Unlikely Lads B E.A.R.L. de Faydeau S Morson Group

B m Flemensfirth (USA) - Quest of Passion (FR)

soft 1/5 sf-hv 2/7 heavy 2/5

Shattered Love (IRE) Allaho (FR) Buildmeupbuttercup

3Jan Fai Nov20 Pun Mar20 Lim

21f Ch heavy 5/5 Agusta Gold (IRE) 19f HcpC sf-hv F/17 Daly Tiger (FR) 22f Ch heavy 1/8 Ask Mary (IRE)

46l 11l

TFRHHIII BHA148 FORM 0-31230 D

11-2

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart staying chaser, successful in the 2019 Munster National and 2020 Kerry National. Not so good more recently though, and others from yard look stronger.

28Jan Gow 25f HcpC heavy 8/18 Coko Beach (FR) 3Jan Fai 21f Ch heavy 3/5 Agusta Gold (IRE) Nov20 Clo 20f Ch heavy 2/4 Shattered Love (IRE)

11-2

51/2l 3l nose

TIMEFORM VIEW Won first 4 starts over fences at up to 22.5f last season but lines up here badly out of sorts after an early fall at Punchestown and heavy defeat at Fairyhouse. Tricky to fancy even from this yard.

74l 28l 10l

TFRHHIII BHA141 FORM 321-12F D

TIMEFORM VIEW Much improved on return when landing 3m Listed mares’ chase at Market Rasen. Good second at Carlisle next time but suffered a crunching fall at Doncaster when last seen.

Dec20 Don Nov20 Car Nov20 Mkt

20f Ch 20f Ch 23f Ch

heavy F/7 soft 2/6 good 1/6

Annie Mc (IRE) My Old Gold (IRE) Casablanca Mix (FR)

11/2l 1l

TFRHHIII BHA140 FORM 12F-223 BF

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful chaser, successful twice in Ireland last season, but she’s spurned easier opportunities than this for new yard this term, finding little off the bridle at Uttoxeter last time.

21Feb Utt 13Jan Lei Dec20 Don

7 MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE) (55)

16f Ch 20f Ch 18f Hdl

TFRHHIII BHA149 FORM 1111-F5 BF

11-5

11-2

12l /2l 15l

1

TIMEFORM VIEW Beaten only by Allaho in 4 runs over fences and impressive when taking 2m Listed Naas event from Shattered Love last month. Return to longer trip fine and ticks plenty of boxes.

J Richard Johnson T Henry Daly, Ludlow O StrachanLewisGabbGrahamSalwey&Griffith B Goldford Stud S Humphrey Butler Ltd

6 CUT THE MUSTARD (FR) (26)

sf-hv 1/9 Mount Ida (IRE) heavy 1/5 Pencilfulloflead (IRE) heavy 1/11 Popong (IRE)

TFRHHHHH BHA155 FORM 111-221

11-5

13Feb Naa 27Jan Thu Nov20 Pun

3 SALSARETTA (FR) (75)

20f Ch 19f Ch 19f Ch

20f Ch 15f Ch 20f Ch

heavy 3/4 soft 2/4 heavy 2/7

Midnight Tune Zambella (FR) Annie Mc (IRE)

71/4l 21/2l 16l

TFRHHHII BHA156 FORM 110-412 D

10 11-2

TIMEFORM VIEW Second in the 2019 Grand National and E Cheek Pieces has added 3 more wins to her tally in the meantime, including a simple task at Newbury in December. Has the class to make her presence felt.

J Robbie Power T Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland O Ann & Alan Potts Limited B Baronrath & Colbinstown Studs S Green Mining (Sizing)

23Jan Asc Dec20 Nby Nov20 Pun

52

23f Hdl 23f Ch 18f Hdl

soft 2/4 soft 1/3 heavy 4/5

Roksana (IRE) Sensulano (IRE) Buildmeupbuttercup

8l 8l 23l


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8 MOYHENNA (IRE) (33) B m Westerner - Moskova (IRE)

J J. J. Slevin T Denis G. Hogan, Ireland O Mr R. V. Hennelly B Mr R. V. Hennelly

9

TFRHHIII BHA145 FORM 240P23 D

11-2

TIMEFORM VIEW Dual winner over fences in 2019, including at the Punchestown Festival, and good efforts the last twice. Bit to find with the principals back down in trip here, though.

14Feb Pun 3Jan Fai Dec20 Lim

9 REALLY SUPER (GB) (32)

7

B m Cacique (IRE) - Sensationally

28f HcpC soft 3/18 The Big Dog (IRE) 21f Ch heavy 2/5 Agusta Gold (IRE) 19f HcpC heavy P/15 The Long Mile

7l /2l -

1

TFRHHIII BHA137 FORM 14-1P31 D

11-2

TIMEFORM VIEW Has done really well for this trainer, J Jack Quinlan E Cheek Pieces completing the full set with victory in jumpers’ bumper last month having won the Summer Plate in July. Plenty T Amy Murphy, Newmarket on her plate on these terms here, though. O White Diamond Racing Partnership 1 15Feb Lin 16f NHF st-sl 1/9 Midnights’ Gift 3l B Meon Valley Stud Nov20 Mkt 23f Ch good 3/6 Chilli Filli 101/2l S Amy Murphy Racing Ltd Oct20 Kmp 15f Hcp st-sl 4/6 Dance To Paris 33/4l

10 SHATTERED LOVE (IRE) (34)

Tattersalls

TFRHHHII BHA150 FORM 26-3102 C D

graduate

10 11-2

B m Yeats (IRE) - Tracker

TIMEFORM VIEW Won the JLT in 2018 and has had a J Jack Kennedy E Tongue Strap, Cheek Pieces good season, scoring again at Clonmel in November before an eye-catching run back over fences behind T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland Elimay at Naas (2m). No surprise if she got much closer. O Gigginstown House Stud 13Feb Naa 16f Ch soft 2/5 Elimay (FR) 51/2l B Limetree Stud Dec20 Nav 24f HcpH soft 12/20 Flooring Porter (IRE) 34l

Nov20 Clo

11 ZAMBELLA (FR) (44) B m Zambezi Sun - Visby (FR)

6

11-2

J Daryl Jacob T Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede B Mme Anne Boisnard & Mr Yannick Fouin S Ptarmigan Media Limited

20f Ch

heavy 1/4

Cabaret Queen

10l

TFRHHHII BHA142 FORM 4-01112

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who has done really well over fences this term, winning her first 3 starts in listed mares’ events before succumbing to Annie Mc at Warwick last month. Place claims for sure.

3Feb War 20f Ch 13Jan Lei 15f Ch Dec20 War 20f Ch

DECLARED RUNNERS 11

soft soft soft

2/5 1/4 1/7

Annie Mc (IRE) Cut The Mustard (FR) Midnightreferendum

51/2l 21/2l 33/4l

2020:NO CORRESPONDING RACE LAST YEAR

Probable S.P’s: 7-4 Elimay (FR), 3-1 Colreevy (IRE), 7-1 Shattered Love (IRE), 14-1 Magic of Light (IRE), 16-1 Zambella (FR), 20-1 Salsaretta (FR), 25-1 Moyhenna (IRE), 40-1 Cabaret Queen (GB), 50-1 Chilli Filli (GB), Cut The Mustard (FR), 66-1 Really Super (GB)

PLAY SMARTER

The newest race in the Festival programme and another quickly set to go to Willie Mullins, with ELIMAY making plenty of appeal after last month’s comprehensive success at Naas from Shattered Love. Colreevy is another big contender in what is a very strong hand for the trainer, with Zambella arguably the pick of the few British challengers.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.ELIMAY (FR) 2.COLREEVY (IRE) 3.ZAMBELLA (FR)

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FACTS & STATS THE MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE RACE DESCRIPTION The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, named in honour of the former trainer and father of current trainer David, is now in its thirteenth year. Run over two miles, four and a half furlongs, this race for four-year-olds and upwards which have been officially rated 0-145 and is restricted solely to conditional jockeys. It is the final race of this year’s Festival™ - we hope you can finish it off in style by backing the winner! LAST YEAR’S

CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP

INDEFATIGABLE

RUN OVER TWO MILES, FOUR FURLONGS & 56 YARDS

WINNER

9 HURDLES TO BE JUMPED

In a thriller, Rex Dingle produced his mount - the Paul Webber-trained Indefatigable - with lazer precision as she just got up in the shadows of the post. Defying top weight and having to come from last to first, the seven-yearold mare weaved her way through the field, galloping on powerfully up the hill to mow down Pileon in the very final strides, winning by a neck in what was a superb way to bring the curtain down on a brilliant 2020 Festival.

TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF

£52,500

£32,497 TO THE WINNER

ROLL OF HONOUR 2011-2020 YEAR 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

FORM 52231 52 32161 123213 230 123 211 4201 130P1 1

WINNER AGE Indefatigable 7 Early Doors 6 Blow By Blow 7 Champagne Classic 6 Ibis Du Rheu 5 Killultagh Vic 6 Don Poli 5 Salubrious 6 Attaglance 6 Sir Des Champs 5

WEIGHT 11-9 11-10 11-10 11-3 11-7 11-1 11-5 (3) 11-5 (3) 11-3 (3) 11-3 (3)

OR 145 145 144 138 139 135 143 141 139 134

SP 25/1 5/1 11/1 12/1 14/1 7/1 12/1 16/1 20/1 9/2F

TRAINER RUNNERS P Webber 23 J O’Brien (Ire) 24 G Elliott (Ire) 23 G Elliott (Ire) 23 P Nicholls 24 W Mullins (Ire) 21 W Mullins (Ire) 24 P Nicholls 23 M Jefferson 24 W Mullins (Ire) 23

LAST RACE (NO. DAYS) 1st Warwick Listed Mares’ Hurdle (34) 2nd Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle (77) 1st Thurles Novice Hurdle (22) 3rd Thurles Novice Hurdle (22) unpl Sandown H’cap Hurdle (41) 3rd Leopardstwon Hurdle (47) 1st Clonmel Grade 3 Novice Hurdle (22) 1st Musselburgh H’cap Hurdle (40) 1st Market Rasen H’cap Hdle (26) 1st Navan Hurdle (52)

KEY TRENDS 9 of the 12 winners finished in the first three on their most recent start

9 of the 12 winners have been rated between 137 and 145

Horses wearing headgear are 1/58

WINNING CONNECTIONS Trainers and Jockeys with some of the strongest records in the race over the last 10 years.

TRAINER Willie Mullins 3 winners Today Willie saddles Galopin des Champs & Gentleman de Mee

JOCKEY

The very nature of this race means that young jockeys don’t often ride in it more than once or twice before becoming a fully fledged rider, so it’s often a springboard for promising pilots such as recent winners JJ Slevin, Donagh Meyler and Jonjo O’Neill Jnr.


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SEVENTH RACE 4.50 THE MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 2) (GBB RACE)

for four yrs old and upwards x Total race value £52500 Owners Prize Money. 1st £24649, 2nd £8279, 3rd £4142, 4th £2069, 5th £1034, 6th £520, 7th £257, 8th £131. (Penalty Value £32497.50) Weights raised 2lbs and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 18 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. FORM ANALYSIS - A CLOSER LOOK

| FACTS | FANCIES | FORM | STATS | Leading course trainer (16-21): N Henderson (49 wins from 337 runners, 15%) runs ADJALI and MILL GREEN Trainer-in-form (last 14 days): P Nicholls (10 wins from 41 runners, 24%) runs AMOUR DE NUIT, EGLANTINE DU SEUIL and FABULOUS SAGA Fancy That: W P Mullins won this race in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The stable runs GALOPIN DES CHAMPS and GENTLEMAN DE MEE today.

J Jockey

T Trainer O Owner B Breeder S Sponsor E Equipment

1 FLOUEUR (FR) (49)

TFRHHHII BHA143 FORM 113-666

6 11-10

B g Legolas (JPN) - Saraska d’Airy (FR)

TIMEFORM VIEW Failed to take to chasing to end 2020 but right back on his game when sixth in a deep handicap at Navan in January. Since moved yards and mark isn’t overly harsh.

J Paul O’Brien T Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland O Mr Claudio Michael Grech B Aurelien Hamm

29Jan Nav Dec20 Leo Nov20 Fai

2 EGLANTINE DU SEUIL (FR) (32) B m Saddler Maker (IRE) - Rixia du Seuil (FR) J Bryan Carver T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat O The Unlikely Lads B Mrs Catherine Boudot S Morson Group

Br g Cape Cross (IRE) - Nafura

TFRHHIII BHA143 FORM 0-50235 C

7 11-10

15Feb War 23Jan Asc Dec20 Chl

9 11-9

4 DALLAS DES PICTONS (FR) (18) B g Spanish Moon (USA) - Nadia des Pictons (FR)

J Fergus Gregory T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland O Gigginstown House Stud B S.C.E.A. du Marais des Pictons

J Sean O’Keeffe T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mrs Audrey Turley B G.A.E.C. Des Champs

6 AMOUR DE NUIT (IRE) (55)

7 GABYNAKO (FR) (41) B g Tirwanako (FR) - Gunboatfrance (FR)

J Conor McNamara T Gavin Cromwell, Ireland O Mick & Molly Syndicate B Mme Marie Pallot

Molly Ollys Wishes Roksana (IRE) The White Mouse (IRE)

33l 91/2l 21/4l

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler for Dr Richard Newland. Chase/Flat winner for this yard last summer before running well for long way when sixth in Cesarewitch in October. Presumably been saved for this.

Oct20 Nkt Aug20 Hay Jul20 Str

18f Hcp 14f Hcp 20f Ch

soft 6/34 Great White Shark (FR) gd-sf 1/13 Weather Front (USA) good 1/7 Oscar Rose (IRE)

91/4l 43/4l 13l

TFRHHIII BHA142 FORM 4U-4430 D

8 11-9

TIMEFORM VIEW Runner-up in this race from 2lb lower in

E Blinkers 2019 so has it in him to be very competitive, but the

wheels have come off in recent times. Plenty to prove in a change of headgear.

1Mar Pun Dec20 Pun Dec20 Clo

5 GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (FR) (40) Bl g Timos (GER) - Manon des Champs (FR)

21f Hdl heavy 5/6 23f Hdl soft 3/4 20f HcpH soft 2/8

TFRHHHII BHA142 FORM 05/024-1

J Fergus Gillard E Blinkers, Tongue Strap T David Pipe, Wellington O ValueRacingClub.co.uk B Darley S W & S Recycling

J Angus Cheleda T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat O Mr Andrew Williams B Wardley Bloodstock S Morson Group

10l 50l 45l

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart hurdler for Willie Mullins and E Tongue Strap back on track for this yard when second of 8 in a C&D handicap in December. Disappointing twice since but return to big-field handicap scenario will suit.

3 LEONCAVALLO (IRE) (160)

B g Azamour (IRE) - Umthoulah (IRE)

20f HcpH heavy 6/20 Damalisque (FR) 21f Ch yield 6/7 The Big Getaway (IRE) 21f Ch heavy 6/14 Assemble

24f HcpH soft 16/16 Atlantic Shore (IRE) 19f Hdl heavy 3/4 Bachasson (FR) 24f Hdl heavy 4/6 Mary Frances (IRE)

TFRHHHHI BHA142 FORM 12P6

5 11-9

TIMEFORM VIEW Made winning debut in France in May and best effort for this yard when sixth to Appreciate It in Chanelle Pharma Novices’ Hurdle at Leopardstown last time. Step up in trip will suit now handicapping.

7Feb Leo 16f Hdl Dec20 Lim 16f Hdl Nov20 Gow 16f Hdl

Tattersalls

9 11-8

sf-hv 6/13 Appreciate It (IRE) heavy P/5 Grand Roi (FR) heavy 2/9 Sea Ducor

91/4l 1 /2l

TFRHHHII BHA141 FORM 42/-1245 D

graduate

TIMEFORM VIEW Made light of 20-month absence when landing 20f Plumpton handicap in November. Solid in-frame efforts the next twice and heavy ground perhaps to blame for Taunton flop.

23Jan Tnt 19f HcpH soft 5/10 Brewin’upastorm (IRE) 9Jan Kmp 21f HcpH soft 4/20 Boreham Bill (IRE) Nov20 Nby 20f HcpH good 2/12 Flash The Steel (IRE)

Tattersalls

36l 93/4l 13/4l

TFRHHHII BHA141 FORM 221330

graduate

6 11-8

76l 14l 118l

TIMEFORM VIEW Big-field maiden winner in the mud at Naas in November. Handed a stiff mark and finished mid-field at Leopardstown last month so must improve for extra emphasis on stamina.

6Feb Leo 13Jan Naa Dec20 Nav

58

16f HcpH sf-hv 11/22 Drop The Anchor (IRE) 20f Hdl heavy 3/7 Bob Olinger (IRE) 20f Hdl sf-hv 3/7 Ashdale Bob (IRE)

18l 83/4l 63/4l


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8 AND THE NEW (IRE) (20)

Tattersalls

11-7

J Mitchell Bastyan T Johnny Farrelly, Midford O Mr Peter Randall B Ms N. O’Reilly S Johnny Farrelly Racing

9 MILL GREEN (GB) (26)

B g Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) - Ceilidh Royal

J Joe Anderson T Nicky Henderson, Lambourn O Mrs Rita Brown B Mrs Rita Brown S Unibet

10 PILEON (IRE) (27) B g Yeats (IRE) - Heath Heaven

J Non Runner T Philip Hobbs, Minehead O Tim Syder & Martin St Quinton B Mr P. Hennessy S Philip Hobbs Racing

TIMEFORM VIEW Shaped well in a 3m course handicap in December and made all back over 19.8f at Wincanton last month. Ticked over on the AW since but revised mark asks for more.

27Feb Lin 15f Hcp stand 2/8 Arabescato 19Feb Lin 15f Hcp stand 4/12 Soldier On Parade 4Feb Wcn 19f HcpH heavy 1/9 Zafar (GER)

9

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful hurdler who produced a career best when sixth in this a year ago. Same mark here and arrives on the back of a fair chase debut at Newbury.

21Feb Nby 23f HcpC gd-sf 4/6 Enrilo (FR) 9Feb Kmp 18f NHF st-sl 5/10 Ecco Mar20 Chl 20f HcpH soft 6/23 Indefatigable (IRE)

Tattersalls

7

B g Westerner - Seesea (IRE)

11-7

ER

TIMEFORM VIEW Agonising reversal in this race a year E Blinkers ago. Looked anything but a natural twice over fences and return to hurdling failed to arrest the slide at Ascot. Big turnaround needed in first-time blinkers.

NON-RUNN

20Feb Asc Nov20 Lud Oct20 Chl

19f HcpH soft P/15 Shannon Bridge (IRE) 20f Ch gd-sf P/6 House Island (IRE) 19f Ch good 4/4 Southfield Stone

TIMEFORM VIEW Runner-up twice for Guillaume Macaire E Hood in 2019 and landed the odds in comfortable fashion on last month’s reappearance at Naas. Form nothing out of the ordinary but he may improve a lot. Hooded.

Tattersalls

6 11-5

6 11-4

41/2l 11/2l 2l

TIMEFORM VIEW Fell in Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle at Punchestown in January but showed no ill effects back there last month, shaping better than the result having stumbled. Tongue tie added on handicap debut.

14Feb Pun 17Jan Pun Dec20 Leo

16f Hdl 16f Hdl 16f Hdl

soft 2/5 Thedevilscoachman (IRE) heavy F/7 Dreal Deal (IRE) soft 6/9 Appreciate It (IRE)

22l

TFRHHHII BHA137 FORM 2-1F5 D

TIMEFORM VIEW Punchestown debut winner in September. Looked set to follow up in Listed company the following month, only to fall at the last and then found 3m too much of a test. Handicap debut after a break.

Dec20 Crk Oct20 Lim Sep20 Pun

14 FIRST LORD DE CUET (FR) (27)

yd-sf 1/18 Don Diablo (IRE) 2/7 Magrudy (FR) 2/12 Grand de Thaix (FR)

TFRHHHII BHA138 FORM 12-26F2

graduate

graduate 13 COMMANDINGPRESENCE (IRE) (103) Tattersalls

J Hugh Morgan T Henry de Bromhead, Ireland O Mrs M. J. Wogan B Thomas Maher

67l

TFRHHHHI BHA139 FORM 22-1

5 11-6

J Oakley Brown E Hood, Tongue Strap T Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland O Gigginstown House Stud B Longrove Stud

B g Kalanisi (IRE) - Cooksgrove Lady (IRE)

61/2l 21/4l 4l

TFRHHHII BHA140 FORM 112-4PP D

graduate

J Simon Torrens T W. P. Mullins, Ireland O Mr John P. McManus 13Feb Naa 15f Hdl B Mr A. M. Pommerai, Mme A. Pommerai et al Nov19 Com 17f Hdl Oct19 Sen 18f Hdl

12 FIRE ATTACK (IRE) (33)

23/4l 13/4l 16l

TFRHHHII BHA140 FORM 3/1P6-54

11-7

11 GENTLEMAN DE MEE (FR) (34) B g Saint des Saints (FR) - Koeur de Mee (FR)

TFRHHHII BHA140 FORM 004/-261 D

graduate

B g Kalanisi (IRE) - Wheredidthemoneygo (IRE) 10

Tattersalls

24f Hdl 21f Hdl 20f Hdl

sf-hv 5/6 Sayce Gold (IRE) soft F/7 Formal Order yield 1/14 Dakota Beat (IRE)

27l 15l

TFRHHHII BHA137 FORM 322421

graduate

15 FABULOUS SAGA (FR) (27) B g Saint des Saints (FR) - Fabalina (FR)

TFRHHIII BHA137 FORM 1100//-P4 D

9 11-4

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful novice hurdler for Willie Mullins J Rex Dingle E Tongue Strap in 2017/18 but off for over 3 years prior to pulling up in a novice chase here in December. Readily brushed aside T Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat back in a handicap and now back in trip. O Sullivan Bloodstock Limited 20Feb Wcn 25f HcpC heavy 4/6 Golden Sovereign (IRE) 42l B E.A.R.L. Haras Du Taillis Dec20 Chl 25f Ch gd-sf P/5 Happygolucky (IRE) S Morson Group Mar18 Chl 23f Hdl soft 7/20 Kilbricken Storm (IRE) 11l

graduate 16 WHATSUPWITHYOU (IRE) (83) Tattersalls

B g Shantou (USA) - Whats Up Britta (IRE)

7

J Luca Morgan T Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water O Co-Foundations Ltd B Stone Electrical Ltd S Jeremy Houghton - Houghtonart

11-3

TFRHHIII BHA136 FORM 1P3-025

TIMEFORM VIEW Winner of an Ascot maiden hurdle on Rules debut last season. Best effort since when runner-up over 21f here in November, but not in the same form at Kempton next time and needs to raise his game.

Dec20 Kmp 21f HcpH gd-sf 5/15 Monte Cristo (FR) Nov20 Chl 21f HcpH soft 2/9 Stimulating Song Oct20 Chl 21f HcpH good 7/19 Captain Tom Cat (IRE)

59

18l 23/4l 41/2l

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Gr g Lord du Sud (FR) - Alyce (FR) 7 11-4 TIMEFORM VIEW Gained reward for a string of consistent J Page Fuller E Blinkers, Tongue Strap efforts when landing 21.4f handicap at Wincanton a month ago. 10lb rise demands another jolt of progress. T David Pipe, Wellington O Potter, Pipe and Pete 20Feb Wcn 21f HcpH heavy 1/11 Adicci (IRE) 81/2l B Mr Serge Bourounoff 20Jan Chp 19f HcpH heavy 2/6 Nightboattoclyro 21/2l S W & S Recycling Dec20 Asc 21f HcpH soft 4/12 Emir Sacree (FR) 91/2l


17 CLONDAW CIAN (IRE) (118) Br g Gold Well - Cocktail Bar (IRE)

Tattersalls

11

TFRHHIII BHA136 FORM P13PP1 C

graduate

11-3

TIMEFORM VIEW One-time useful hurdler/chaser who J Sean Houlihan E Cheek Pieces gained second win of the season in France in November. Hard to be confident he’s up to being competitive from T Sophie Leech, Westbury-on-Severn this sort of mark these days. O Mr G. Thompson Nov20 Aut 19f HcpH heavy 1/16 Bonaparte Sizing (FR) nk B James and Carmel Stephenson Nov20 Com 24f Ch heavy P/8 Matfog (IRE) S W & S Recycling Oct20 Aut 25f Hdl hold P/11 Paul’s Saga (FR) -

graduate 18 FRONTAL ASSAULT (IRE) (26) Tattersalls

6

B g Presenting - The Folkes Choice

TFRHHHII BHA136 FORM 242101

11-3

TIMEFORM VIEW Made first start in Graded company a J Jordan Gainford E Cheek Pieces winning one in a small-field affair at Navan a month ago (3m). Not easy to argue he’s well treated back in a T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland handicap. O Gigginstown House Stud 3 21Feb Nav 24f Hdl heavy 1/5 Angels Dawn (IRE) /4l B Fergal Duncan & Loman Duncan 7Feb Leo 24f HcpH sf-hv 13/22 Maze Runner (IRE) 81l

Dec20 Thu

19 DREAM BERRY (FR) (105)

soft

1/10 Born Patriot (IRE)

43/4l

TFRHHIII BHA135 FORM 0/20-300

10 11-2

Gr g Dream Well (FR) - Kalberry (FR)

23f Hdl

TIMEFORM VIEW Lightly raced in recent seasons but J Kevin Brogan E Tongue Strap enhanced good record fresh when third on 20.5f Market Rasen reappearance in October. Not in the same form T Jonjo O’Neill, Cheltenham twice since, though, and others more persuasive. O Mr John P. McManus Dec20 San 23f HcpH heavy 7/10 Portrush Ted (IRE) 28l B Mme Caroline Decazes Nov20 Nby 24f HcpH good 9/12 Dell’ Arca (IRE) 20l S Wasdell Group Oct20 Mkt 20f HcpH good 3/9 Flashing Glance 41/4l

20 DOLCIANO DICI (FR) (38)

8

B g Assessor (IRE) - Louve Rina (FR)

TFRHIIII BHA135 FORM 446-246

11-2

TIMEFORM VIEW Failed to win a race for Willie Mullins. J Patrick Cowley E Tongue Strap, Cheek Pieces Last of 6 in a jumpers bumper on stable debut last month and this is asking a lot. Headgear back on. T Brian Barr, Sherborne O Miss Daisy Hitchins 9Feb Kmp 16f NHF st-sl 6/6 Southfield Stone 91/4l B Mme Babette Lasset & Mr Arnaud Valette Aug20 Dow 24f Hdl yd-sf 4/5 Go Another One (IRE) 22l

Aug20 Kil

21 ADJALI (GER) (15)

6

B g Kamsin (GER) - Anabasis (GER)

J Ben Ffrench Davis T Nicky Henderson, Lambourn O Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede B Gestut Karlshof S Ptarmigan Media Limited

graduate 22 LANGER DAN (IRE) (6) Tattersalls

5

B g Ocovango - What A Fashion (IRE)

11-2

gd-yd 2/5

Sayo

TIMEFORM VIEW Smart juvenile hurdler in 2018/19. Things haven’t gone to plan in light career since, though did offer a lot more when runner-up over fences at Ludlow recently. Well-run race may find him out.

1l 13/4l -

TFRHHHHH BHA130 (+10) FORM 26-0541

(in 5lb ex)

11-2

71/2l

TFRHHHII BHA135 (+2) FORM 4/60-P42

4Mar Lud 20f HcpC gd-sf 2/5 Broken Quest (IRE) 9Feb Kmp 18f NHF st-sl 4/10 Ecco Oct20 Hex 20f Ch soft P/6 Mighty Thunder

J Lorcan Williams T Dan Skelton, Alcester O Mr Colm Donlon B Hugh O’Connor S Ladbrokes,TheAirAmbulanceService (Warwickshire&Northamptonshire)

23 GOLDEN TAIPAN (IRE) (13)

19f Hdl

TIMEFORM VIEW Useful juvenile last term, listed winner at Wetherby and fine sixth in Fred Winter. Confirmed promise of Market Rasen run when a decisive winner of the Imperial Cup and looks well-in under a penalty.

13Mar San 21Feb Mkt Nov20 Plm

Tattersalls

15f HcpH soft 16f HcpH soft 20f HcpH soft

1/9 4/7 5/6

Miss Heritage (IRE) Ajero (IRE) Amour de Nuit (IRE)

41/2l 61/2l 18l

TFRHHIII BHA133 (-4) FORM 4F2416

graduate

B g Golden Lariat (USA) - Rose of Taipan (IRE) 7 11-0 TIMEFORM VIEW Scored 3 times in maiden/novice hurdles J Ben Godfrey E Tongue Strap last season and showed a good turn of foot to come out on top in jumpers bumper last month. Unable to continue good T Fergal O’Brien, Cheltenham work at Newbury and stamina to prove here. O Double Barrels Of Courage 6Mar Nby 16f HcpH good 6/10 Millers Bank 20l B Mr D. Farrell 1 11Feb Kmp 16f NHF st-sl 1/14 Millers Bank /2l S Dunraven Group of Companies Dec20 Tnt 18f HcpC gd-sf 4/7 Master Work (FR) 91/4l

24 MARTINHAL (IRE) (33) B g Westerner - Gweedara (IRE)

J Richard Patrick T David Pipe, Wellington O Mrs Lynne Maclennan B Mrs A. Young S W & S Recycling

Tattersalls

TIMEFORM VIEW Heavy-ground bumper winner who is E Tongue Strap going the right way over hurdles, landing maiden and novice events at Exeter this winter. Different underfoot conditions to contend with on handicap bow up in trip.

25 FOLCANO (FR) (25) B g Falco (USA) - Floriana (GER)

TFRHHHII BHA133 (+2) FORM F1-4411

graduate

6 11-0

J Ben Jones T Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland O Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran B Lumiere Breeding Syndicate

14Feb Exe 10Jan Exe Nov20 Fls

Tattersalls

soft soft soft

1/8 Solwara One (IRE) 1/8 Karl Philippe (FR) 4/10 Sending Love (IRE)

hd /2l 18l

1

TFRHHHII BHA132 FORM F1-4221 D

graduate

6 10-13

18f Hdl 16f Hdl 20f Hdl

TIMEFORM VIEW Point winner who didn’t need to improve on a brace of runner-up efforts in January to get off the mark under Rules at Fairyhouse last month. Opening mark stiff on the face of it.

22Feb Fai 29Jan Nav 3Jan Fai

60

19f Hdl 20f Hdl 20f Hdl

heavy 1/13 Carrig Rock (IRE) nk heavy 2/19 Brazos (USA) nose heavy 2/15 Flanking Maneuver (IRE) 6l


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26RNIGHTBOATTOCLYRO (GB) (30)

7 10-12

J TBC T Samuel Drinkwater, Strensham O Glastonburys & On The Gallops 1 B Kevin & Anne Glastonbury S Tote

DECLARED RUNNERS 26

TFRHHHHI BHA131 FORM 136-111 D

ER NON-RUNN

Ch g Sulamani (IRE) - Wychwoods Legend

TIMEFORM VIEW Real improver for new yard during the winter, completing the hat-trick at Wetherby. Strong traveller and limit may not yet have been reached. RESERVE.

17Feb Wet 20Jan Chp Dec20 Don

19f HcpH soft 1/9 West To The Bridge (IRE) 13/4l 19f HcpH heavy 1/6 First Lord de Cuet (FR) 21/2l 3 16f HcpH gd-sf 1/10 Hooper /4l

2020: INDEFATIGABLE (IRE) 7 11 9 Rex Dingle 25-1 (Paul Webber) 23 ran

Probable S.P’s: 6-1 Gentleman de Mee (FR), 7-1 Langer Dan (IRE), 8-1 Galopin des Champs (FR), 14-1 Gabynako (FR), Folcano (FR), 18-1 Floueur (FR), 20-1 Fire Attack (IRE), 22-1 Frontal Assault (IRE), Adjali (GER), 25-1 Martinhal (IRE), 28-1 Leoncavallo (IRE), Mill Green (GB), First Lord de Cuet (FR), 33-1 Eglantine du Seuil (FR), Dallas des Pictons (FR), Amour de Nuit (IRE), And The New (IRE), Commandingpresence (IRE), 40-1 Whatsupwithyou (IRE), Golden Taipan (IRE), 50-1 Dream Berry (FR), 66-1 Fabulous Saga (FR), 80-1 Clondaw Cian (IRE), 150-1 Dolciano Dici (FR),

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It was by no means the most competitive Imperial Cup LANGER DAN landed on Saturday, but the manner of that success was hard to ignore. He’s clearly ahead of the game under a 5lb penalty, and while his stamina for this far isn’t copperbottomed, he’s worth siding with. Willie Mullins pair Gentleman de Mee and Galopin des Champs aren’t thrown-in on what we’ve seen but they command serious respect.

TIMEFORM PREDICTION: 1.LANGER DAN (IRE) 2.GENTLEMAN DE MEE (FR) 3.GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (FR)

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TODAY’S RACE CONDITIONS First Race 1.20 - THE JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1)(Grade 1) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £52753 to the winning horse The second to receive £19874, the third £9946, the fourth £4968, the fifth £2493, the sixth £1246, the seventh £618 and the eighth £318. for juvenile four yrs old, only. Enter by noon, January 26th and pay £117 stake, Scratch by noon, February 16th or pay £234, Confirm by noon, March 13th and pay £117, Supplementary Entry by noon, March 13th and pay £4687 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 17th. Weights: 11st each Fillies allowed 7lb. JCB has kindly sponsored this race. The winning owner will be presented with a perpetual trophy to be held until February 1st, 2022. Presentations will be made to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and JCB will also present a memento to the stable employee responsible for the winning horse and a £200 award to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of JCB. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 48 HOUR DECLARATIONS APPLY TO THIS RACE. PLEASE NOTE: A Declaration to Run will not be accepted for any horse if, at the time fixed for declaration, it has been declared to run in any other race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, which has yet to take place. (This will apply whether or not the horse is subsequently declared a non-runner, unless the horse has been eliminated from a race, or declared as a reserve and not been made a non-runner.) ELIMINATION: If elimination is necessary from this race, the elimination sequence shall be determined by the Elimination and Balloting Procedures (contained in the Race Administration Code) A Confirmation of Entry will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA via cheltenham-meds@ britishhorseracing.co by 9th March, 2021. 54 entries, 12 at £117, 30 at £351, 12 at £468. - Closed January 26th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £40350; Second £16631; Third £8316; Fourth £4162; Fifth £2081; Sixth £1041; Seventh £516; Eighth £262. (Penalty Value £52753.12) A SEE PAGE 12 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race 1.55 - THE MCCOY CONTRACTORS COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1)(GRADE 3) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £42202 to the winning horse The second to receive £15900, the third £7957, the fourth £3975, the fifth £1995, the sixth £997, the seventh £495 and the eighth £255. for five yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, February 23rd and pay £94 stake, Confirm by noon, March 13th and pay £281, Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 17th. Penalties, after February 28th, 2021, a winner of a hurdle race 5lb (No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). McCoy Contractors has generously sponsored this race. Presentations will be made to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and a £200 award given to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. A Challenge Trophy, presented by the Racegoers Club, to be held by the winning owner until February 1st, 2022. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of McCoy Contractors. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The British Horseracing Authority will amend paragraphs 28 to 32 of the Weights and Handicapping Code and the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code in the event that raising of the weights at the 24-hour stage proves necessary. 48 HOUR DECLARATIONS APPLY TO THIS RACE This race will be restricted to 26 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated as R27 and R28. The procedure for the allocation and operation of the reserves protocol will be as detailed in the notice headed ‘Reserves’ which has been published in The Racing Calendar and which also appears in the reserves notice in the Conditions For Entry Section, accessed from the Information menu on the BHA Racing Administration Internet site (www2.racingadmin.co.uk). Trainers are reminded of the provisions of paragraph 41 of the Race Entry Code which require that they MUST notify the Racing Calendar Office IMMEDIATELY when the decision has been made not to run. This will maximise the list of runners and determine whether the weights will need to be raised. The British Horseracing Authority will modify the Rules of Racing as a consequence of providing two reserves for this race. The non runner penalty will be waived for any horse which is deemed a non-runner by 1.00 p.m. on the day before the race. PLEASE NOTE: Any horse for whom a confirmation of entry has been submitted will not be permitted to declare to run if, at the time fixed for declaration, it has been declared to run in any other race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, which has yet to take place. (This will apply whether subsequently declared a non-runner or not, unless the horse has been eliminated from a race, or declared as a reserve and not been made a non-runner.) Horses entered in this race will be automatically entered in the Kempton Park Silver Plate (A Handicap Hurdle Race) over Two Miles About Five Furlongs, at Kempton Park on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. In order to be eligible to declare for that race, horses must have been eliminated from any handicap hurdle race at Cheltenham during the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, and must not have Started in any race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. The Kempton Park Silver Plate will be free to enter, but those declaring to run will be charged the stake at the 10 a.m. declaration stage on Thursday, March 18th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified paragraph 6 of the Weights and Handicapping Code for the purposes of this race, such that racecourse performances up to and including Sunday, February 28th may be taken into account. A Confirmation of Entry will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA via cheltenham-meds@britishhorseracing.co by 9th March, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: A novice horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in Hurdle Races in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with paragraph 15 of the Weights and Handicapping Code 87 entries, 43 at £94, 44 at £375. - Closed February 23rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £32280; Second £13305; Third £6653; Fourth £3330; Fifth £1665; Sixth £833; Seventh £413; Eighth £210. (Penalty Value £42202.50) Weights raised 1lbs and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 1 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. SEE PAGE 18 FOR THIS RACE. Third Race 2.30 - THE ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1)(Grade 1) (Registered as The SPA NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £55127 to the winning horse The second to receive £20769, the third £10394, the fourth £5192, the fifth £2605, the sixth £1302, the seventh £646 and the eighth £333. for novice four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, January 26th and pay £117 stake, Scratch by noon, February 16th or pay £234, Confirm by noon, March 13th and pay £117, Supplementary Entry by noon, March 13th and pay £4687 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 17th. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 10lb; 5-y-o and up 11st 5lb Fillies and mares allowed 7lb. ALBERT BARTLETT (AIRDRIE) & SONS has generously sponsored this race. The winning owner will be presented with a perpetual trophy to be held until February 1st, 2022. Presentations will be made to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and Albert Bartlett will also present a memento to the stable employee responsible for the winning horse and a £200 award to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of ALBERT BARTLETT. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 48 HOUR DECLARATIONS APPLY TO THIS RACE. PLEASE NOTE: A Declaration to Run will not be accepted for any horse if, at the time fixed for declaration, it has been declared to run in any other race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, which has yet to take place. (This will apply whether or not the horse is subsequently declared a non-runner, unless the horse has been eliminated from a race, or declared as a reserve and not been made a non-runner.) ELIMINATION: If elimination is necessary from this race, the elimination sequence shall be determined by the Elimination and Balloting Procedures (contained in the Race Administration Code) A Confirmation of Entry will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA via cheltenham-meds@britishhorseracing.co by 9th March, 2021. 75 entries, 26 at £117, 31 at £351, 17 at £468, 1 at £4687. - Closed January 26th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £42166; Second £17380; Third £8690; Fourth £4350; Fifth £2175; Sixth £1087; Seventh £539; Eighth £274. (Penalty Value £55127.15) A SEE PAGE 28 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race 3.05 - THE WELLCHILD CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 1) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £263765 to the winning horse The second to receive £99374, the third £49734, the fourth £24843, the fifth £12468, the sixth £6234, the seventh £3093 and the eighth £1593. for five yrs old and upwards, which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including the day prior to confirmation. 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 the day prior to confirmation would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Handicapper shall be final.. Enter by noon, January 5th and pay £585 stake, Scratch by noon, February 9th or pay £1170, Confirm by noon, March 13th and pay £585, Supplementary Entry by noon, March 13th and pay £23437 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 17th. Weights: 5-y-o 11st 9lb; 6-y-o and up 11st 10lb Mares allowed 7lb. WELLCHILD are partnered to this race. Presentations will be made to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and WELLCHILD will also present £250 to the stable employee responsible for the winning horse. In addition, the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse will receive a memento and a £250 cash award and there will be £50 cash awards given to the other stable employees. 48 HOUR DECLARATIONS APPLY TO THIS RACE. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of WELLCHILD. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (F)85.2 of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race. THERE WILL BE A PARADE FOR THIS RACE. Horses will be led past the stands and then allowed to canter to the start. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). PLEASE NOTE: Any horse whose entry is confirmed will not be permitted to declare to run if, at the time fixed for declaration, it has been declared to run in any other


race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, which has yet to take place. (This will apply whether or not the horse is subsequently declared a non-runner, unless the horse has been eliminated from a race, or declared as a reserve and not subsequently been made a non-runner.) A Confirmation of Entry will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA via cheltenham-meds@britishhorseracing. co by 9th March, 2021. 41 entries, 13 at £585, 15 at £1755, 13 at £2340. - Closed January 5th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £201750; Second £83156; Third £41578; Fourth £20812; Fifth £10406; Sixth £5203; Seventh £2578; Eighth £1312. (Penalty Value £263765.62) A SEE PAGE 36 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race 3.40 - THE ST. JAMES’S PLACE FESTIVAL CHALLENGE CUP OPEN HUNTERS’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 2) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £21113 to the winning horse The second to receive £6237, the third £3118, the fourth £1559, the fifth £779 and the sixth £391. for five yrs old and upwards, which, are qualified to run in Hunters’ Steeple Chases under the Running Requirements Code and which, since October 1st, 2018, and before March 1st, 2021, have been placed FIRST OR SECOND (or between January 21st, 2021 and March 1st, 2021 FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, OR FOURTH), ON TWO OCCASIONS in a hunters’ steeple chase in Great Britain or Ireland OR have WON TWO OPEN STEEPLE CHASES at Point-to-Point Meetings (i.e. Gentlemens, Ladies or Mixed Open Races) in Great Britain or Ireland OR have WON ONE OPEN STEEPLE CHASE at a Point-to-Point Meeting in Great Britain or Ireland and have been placed FIRST or SECOND (or between January 21st, 2021 and March 1st, 2021 FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, OR FOURTH), in a hunters’ steeple chase. Enter by noon, March 2nd and pay £50 stake, Confirm by noon, March 13th and pay £118, Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 17th. Weights: 5-y-o 11st 13lb; 6-y-o and up 12st Mares allowed 7lb. To be ridden by Professional Jockeys. ST. JAMES’S PLACE WEALTH MANAGEMENT has generously sponsored this race. The Challenge Cup is to be held by the winning owner until February 1st, 2022. Presentations will be made to the winning owner, trainer, jockey and stable employee responsible for the winning horse, and a £200 award given to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of ST. JAMES’S PLACE. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 48 HOUR DECLARATIONS APPLY TO THIS RACE. PLEASE NOTE: Any horse for whom a confirmation of entry has been submitted will not be permitted to declare to run if, at the time fixed for declaration, it has been declared to run in any other race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, which has yet to take place. (This will apply whether or not the horse is subsequently declared a non-runner, unless the horse has been eliminated from a race, or declared as a reserve and not been made a non-runner.) The British Horseracing Authority has modified paragraph 16 of the Running Requirements Codefor the purposes of this race to provide that horses will be qualified to run if they are qualified in Ireland and have a Hunters Certificate currently registered by the Stewards of the Irish National Hunt Steeple Chase Committee and which has not been cancelled. The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (I) 10 and the Elimination and Balloting Procedures (contained in the Race Administration Code) of the Rules of Racing to provide that, if it is necessary to do so, elimination of horses from this race will be determined by the BHA Handicapper. PLEASE NOTE: If more than 24 horses are declared to run in this race and elimination is necessary, priority will be given to horses which have run in Steeple Chases and Hunters’ Steeple Chases under the Rules of Racing. With this in mind, it is strongly recommended that horses qualifying to run in this race through Point-to-Points should also run in a Steeple Chase or Hunters’ Steeple Chase by March 12th, 2021 (the day before 6 day confirmations) in order to avoid elimination. The BHA Head of Handicapping will, however, reserve the right to guarantee a place in the line-up for a maximum of one ‘wild card’ runner, should he wish to do so. The decision of the BHA Head Handicapper shall be final. A Confirmation of Entry under will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA via cheltenham-meds@britishhorseracing.co by 9th March, 2021. 24 entries, 5 at £50, 19 at £168. - Closed March 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16031; Second £5356; Third £2680; Fourth £1340; Fifth £668; Sixth £334. (Penalty Value £21113.99) A HC SEE PAGE 44 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race 4.15 - THE MRS PADDY POWER MARES’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Registered as The LIBERTHINE MARES’ STEEPLE CHASE) (Grade 2) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £50643 to the winning horse The second to receive £19080, the third £9549, the fourth £4770, the fifth £2394, the sixth £1197, the seventh £594 and the eighth £306. for five yrs old and upwards mares only. Enter by noon, March 2nd and pay £135 stake, Confirm by noon, March 13th and pay £315, Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 17th. Weights: 11st 2lb each Penalties, after September 30th, 2019, a winner of a Grade 2 steeple chase 3lb Of a Grade 1 steeple chase 5lb. PADDY POWER has generously sponsored this race. Presentations will be made to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and a £200 award given to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of PADDY POWER. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. PLEASE NOTE: Any horse whose entry is confirmed will not be permitted to declare to run if, at the time fixed for declaration, it has been declared to run in any other race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, which has yet to take place. (This will apply whether or not the horse is subsequently declared a non-runner, unless the horse has been eliminated from a race, or declared as a reserve and not subsequently been made a non-runner.) A Confirmation of Entry will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA via cheltenham-meds@britishhorseracing.co by 9th March, 2021. 19 entries, 6 at £135, 13 at £450. - Closed March 2nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £38736; Second £15966; Third £7983; Fourth £3996; Fifth £1998; Sixth £999; Seventh £495; Eighth £252. (Penalty Value £50643) A SEE PAGE 50 FOR THIS RACE. Seventh Race 4.50 - THE MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 2) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £32497 to the winning horse The second to receive £9649, the third £4824, the fourth £2404, the fifth £1207, the sixth £609, the seventh £304 and the eighth £147. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 0-145. Enter by noon, February 23rd and pay £67 stake, Confirm by noon, March 13th and pay £195, Declare by 10.00 a.m. March 17th. Lowest weight 10st; Highest weight 11st 10lb Penalties, after February 28th, 2021, a winner of a hurdle race 5lb No penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 10lb. To be ridden by Conditional Jockeys, Overseas Jockeys eligible under Rule (B)42 and Professional Jockeys eligible to claim a weight allowance under paragraph 53 of the Weights and Handicapping Code No Jockey claims available in this race.. Presentations will be made to the winning owner, trainer and jockey, and a £200 award given to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. The British Horseracing Authority will amend paragraphs 28 to 32 of the Weights and Handicapping Code and the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entries Code in the event that raising of the weights at the 24-hour stage proves necessary. 48 HOUR DECLARATIONS APPLY TO THIS RACE This race will be restricted to 24 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated as R25 and R26. The procedure for the allocation and operation of the reserves protocol will be as detailed in the notice headed ‘Reserves’ which has been published in The Racing Calendar and which also appears in the reserves notice in the Conditions For Entry Section, accessed from the Information menu on the BHA Racing Administration Internet site (www2. racingadmin.co.uk). Trainers are reminded of the provisions of paragraph 41 of the Race Entry Code which require that they MUST notify the Racing Calendar Office IMMEDIATELY when the decision has been made not to run. This will maximise the list of runners and determine whether the weights will need to be raised. The British Horseracing Authority will modify the Rules of Racing as a consequence of providing two reserves for this race. The non runner penalty will be waived for any horse which is deemed a non-runner by 1.00 p.m. on the day before the race. PLEASE NOTE: Any horse for whom a confirmation of entry has been submitted will not be permitted to declare to run if, at the time fixed for declaration, it has been declared to run in any other race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, which has yet to take place. (This will apply whether subsequently declared a non-runner or not, unless the horse has been eliminated from a race, or declared as a reserve and not been made a non-runner.) Horses entered in this race will be automatically entered in the Kempton Park Silver Plate (A Handicap Hurdle Race) over Two Miles About Five Furlongs, at Kempton Park on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. In order to be eligible to declare for that race, horses must have been eliminated from any handicap hurdle race at Cheltenham during the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, and must not have Started in any race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. The Kempton Park Silver Plate will be free to enter, but those declaring to run will be charged the stake at the 10 a.m. declaration stage on Friday, March 19th. The British Horseracing Authority has modified paragraph 6 of the Weights and Handicapping Code for the purposes of this race, such that racecourse performances up to and including Sunday, February 28th may be taken into account. A Confirmation of Entry will not be accepted for any horse for whom a Medication Declaration Form A is not submitted to the BHA via cheltenham-meds@britishhorseracing.co by 9th March, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: A novice or juvenile horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in Hurdle Races in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with paragraph 15 of the Weights and Handicapping Code 106 entries, 54 at £67, 52 at £262. - Closed February 23rd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £24649; Second £8279; Third £4142; Fourth £2069; Fifth £1034; Sixth £520; Seventh £257; Eighth £131. (Penalty Value £32497.50) Weights raised 2lbs and paragraph 34 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. 18 Eliminated Under Rules (I)9 and (I)10. A SEE PAGE 56 FOR THIS RACE.


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