Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury 2007

The £150,000 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup will be run at Newbury on the 1st December 2007. It was first run in 1957 when Mandarin won the race. There have been some top class chasers win this race since 1957 and I have once again collated the past winners. My first visit to the Newbury track was in 1962. That year the race was fought out between two runners from the late Neville Crump's stable, Springbok and Rough Tweed. Springbok was a favourite of mine and just prevailed in a photo finish from Rough Tweed whom I think was ridden by the late David Nicholson. Springbok was ridden by Gerry Scott. There was a similar finish when I was there in 1973 between Red Candle and Red Rum. Rummy just lost that day. Another memorable year for me was the year One Man won in 1994. That afternoon Jamie Osbourne rode four winners. Before racing started I had my customary "go" on the Tote Jackpot and Placepot. I had five winners, albeit shortish prices, but failed to select One Man in the Hennessy, instead going for the favourite, Dubacilla, who finished out of the first four. The Jackpot paid £892 that afternoon and the Placepot £269. The last time I visited Newbury racecourse was in 1998 when Teeton Mill won for Venetia Williams. There was quite a gamble on him that afternoon as he was owned by The Winning Line.
My visits to Newbury have been restricted as they usually coincide with home games at Ipswich. This year is no exception. However I will be missing both Ipswich and the Hennessy as I hope to be in sunnier and warmer climes courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Looking at the race at this early stage it seems that all the weights will rise making Denman the top weight. He was originally allotted 10 stone 8 pounds. I think New Alco and Juveigneur would make more appeal if I was around to have a bet. However if Denman does carry top weight to victory he will immediately be talked of as a Cheltenham Gold Cup horse. Those that have won the Hennessy and then a Cheltenham Gold Cup are Mandarin, Mill House, Arkle, Bregawn, Midnight Court and Burrough Hill Lad. Burrough Hill Lad's win was as long ago as 1984. It will be asking a lot of Denman to be included in this select group of Chasers.
Now here are the past winners :-
1957 Mandarin
1958 Taxidermist
1959 Kerstin
1960 Knucklecracker
1961 Mandarin
1962 Springbok
1963 Mill House
1964 Arkle
1965 Arkle
1966 Stalbridge Colonist
1967 Rondetto
1968 Man of The West
1969 Spanish Steps
1970 Border Mask
1971 Bighorn
1972 Charlie Potheen
1973 Red Candle
1974 Royal Marshall
1975 April Seventh
1976 Zeta's Son
1977 Bachelor's Hall
1978 Approaching
1979 Fighting Fit
1980 Bright Highway
1981 Diamond Edge
1982 Bregawn
1983 Brown Chamberlin
1984 Burrough Hill Lad
1985 Galway Blaze
1986 Broadheath
1987 Playschool
1988 Strands of Gold
1989 Ghofar
1990 Artic Call
1991 Chatam
1992 Sibton Abbey
1993 Cogent
1994 One Man
1995 Couldnt Be Better
1996 Coome Hill
1997 Suny Bay
1998 Teeton Mill
1999 Ever Blessed
2000 Kings Road
2001 What's Up Boys
2002 Be My Royal
2003 Strong Flow
2004 Celestial Gold
2005 Trabolgan
2006 State of Play

I am sure it will be another super race this year and it would be great if a top weight could win it again. I will be recording the race on my Sky+ box and checking the results from an Internet cafe' while in the Canary Islands. Its a great life ! For the runners and riders with the jockeys colours click on the link to the sporting life on the left hand side and select racecards.

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Review of Cheltenham Open Meeting 2007

Well we were looking forward to spending three nights at Hillside Cottage at Hazelton and going racing at Cheltenham on the Friday and Saturday for the Open Meeting. Unfortunately my Best Mate went down with a cold virus on the Thursday and all our plans had to be cancelled. Thankfully Channel 4 covered four races each day and as usual their presentation was excellent. I must admit you do see far more on television, but there is nothing like soaking up the atmosphere by being there. The whole three days showed the highs and lows of the National Hunt game. Friday was great entertainment with old Spot the Difference winning yet again and then making as all hold our breath when he went down while pulling up. Puntal looked an unlucky loser here after his jockey took the wrong course. The reception Spot the Difference got when he entered the winners enclosure was not unlike that received by Dawn Run after she had beaten Wayward Lad in the Gold Cup back in 1986.
All the talk on Saturday was of Granit Jack for the Paddy Power Gold Cup. As we saw he was always travelling well in the race and still looked full of running when he tragically came down at the second last fence. The fences are there to be jumped and that is exactly what the winner L'Antartique did. He was given a great ride by Graham Lee.
In the juvenile hurdle race Franchoek was very impressive and looks as though he will follow the same route as Katchit took last season.
The weather turned on Sunday and I was glad to be watching Channel 4's coverage from the comfort of my armchair. Richard Johnson stated he had never been so cold when race riding. The conditions were awful, the track became unsafe and the last race had to be abandoned.

Attentions now turn to this Saturday with the £70,000 Totesport Peterborough Steeple Chase over 2miles 4 furlongs at Huntingdon. The trainer, Henriette Knight, has won seven of the previous nine runnings of this race with Edredon Bleu's four timer between 1998 and 2001, Best Mate in 2002, Impek in 2005 and Racing Demon in 2006. Racing Demon goes again on Saturday but Monet's Garden would be an interesting runner if he turns up.
At Haydock we have the £200,000 Betfair (Lancashire) Steeple Chase over 3 miles. This is the first leg of the £1 million bonus put up by Betfair. The second leg being the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and the third leg being the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Kauto Star will be attempting to win these three races again. Channel 4 have coverage of these races on Saturday. No need to guess where I will be.

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Paddy Power Gold Cup Cheltenham 2007

The runners and riders for this years Paddy Power Gold Cup to be run at Cheltenham on Saturday 17th are still a bit sketchy. This race was known as the Mackeson Gold Cup from 1960 until 1995. It was then sponsored by Murphys from 1996 for four years until Thomas Pink took over in 2000. They sponsored for three years until the present sponsors, Paddy Power, took over in 2003.

The £120,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup is the centre piece of the three day Open Meeting. There are six races each day all with excellent prize money. There have been some great races for the Mackeson/Paddy Power Gold Cup over the years and I have once again gone down memory lane and collated the winners since the race begun in 1960. Here they are :-

1960 Fortria
1961 Scottish Memories
1962 Fortria
1963 Richard of Bordeaux
1964 Super Flash
1965 Dunkirk
1966 Pawnbroker
1967 Charlie Worcester
1968 Jupiter Boy
1969 Gay Trip
1970 Chatham
1971 Gay Trip
1972 Red Candle
1973 Skymas
1974 Bruslee
1975 Clear Cut
1976 Cancello
1977 Bachelor's Hall
1978 Bawnogues
1979 Man Alive
1980 Bright Highway
1981 Henry Kissinger
1982 Fifty Dollars More
1983 Pounentes
1984 Half Free
1985 Half Free
1986 Very Promising
1987 Beau Ranger
1988 Pegwell Bay
1989 Joint Sovereignty
1990 Multum In Parvo
1991 Another Coral
1992 Tipping Tim
1993 Bradbury Star
1994 Bradbury Star
1995 Dublin Flyer
1996 Challenger Du Luc
1997 Senor El Betrutti
1998 Cyfor Malta
1999 The Outback Way
2000 Lady Cricket
2001 Shooting Light
2002 Cyfor Malta
2003 Fondmort
2004 Celestrial Gold
2005 Our Vic
2006 Exotic Dancer

As already mentioned this years runners are still a bit sketchy. Dont Push It from the Jonjo O'Neill stable is the bookies' favourite at the moment. Whatever runs from the David Pipe stable should be taken into account. The Pipe stable has won the race seven times since 1996 and last year had the runner-up with Vodka Bleu who goes again this year. L'Antartique from the Ferdie Murphy yard has already had an outing this season and has run well at Cheltenham before. Idole First runs well when fresh and has good form around Cheltenham. If he runs he will carry the blogger's money. Enjoy the race.




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Seb Sanders and Jamie Spencer 190 Winners

Once again I recorded Channel 4's excellent Saturday afternoon racing program on my Sky+ box and watched it as soon as I arrived home after watching Ipswich thrash Bristol City 6 - 0 at Portman Road. It was great entertainment there. I just wish they could get better results away from home. They will be there abouts in the Championship race come the end of the season.

I did not know any racing news, so the Channel 4 program covering the climax of the flat jockey's championship unfolded as pure theatre. No script could have been better written. The outcome of a dead heat was I am sure what most racing fans would have wanted. To go to the very last race of the season was absolutely unbelievable. The coverage on the news programs was great for racing in general. Seb Sanders went off to Wolverhampton's evening meeting to ride a filly for his boss Sir Mark Prescott, whereas Jamie Spencer admitted he was wrecked and going home to his bed. Who could blame him as he has the lovely Emma to snuggle up to.

All our attentions can now be focused on the Chasers and Hurdlers and the forthcoming Open meeting at Cheltenham which starts this coming Friday 16th and finishes on Sunday 18th. The feature race of the meeting will be the Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase worth £120,000 and run over 2 miles 4 furlongs on the Saturday. More of that later.

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Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby 2007

For me the Charlie Hall Steeple Chase at Wetherby signifies the start of the new National Hunt Season. The race was first run in 1969 as the Wetherby Pattern Chase and won by Arcturus trained by Neville Crump and ridded by Pat Buckley. In 1978 it became known as the Charlie Hall Memorial Wetherby Pattern Chase and then in 1990 simply as the Charlie Hall Chase. Tetley Bitter sponsored the race in 1991,1992 and 1993 and then it reverted back to the Charlie Hall Chase until 1999 when the Peterhouse Group started sponsoring until 2002. In 2003 Bet365 took over sponsoring the race. There are eight runners for this years £90,000 race. Tony McCoy has been booked for State of Play and is likely to be on the favourite. State of Play won the Hennessy Gold Cup on his first start last year. Ollie Magern trained by Nigel Twiston -Davies won this race in 2005 when Kingscliff was second. Ollie Magern apparantly has had his problems but his trainer's horses are in tremendous form at the moment and he must be in with a good chance. Kingscliff has run well in this race in the last two years and seems to run well when fresh. He must also have a good chance. Aces Four from the Ferdie Murphy yard had a horrible fall in his last race back in April at Punchestown and I feel inclined to see how he runs on Saturday to see whether his confidence has suffered. The bloggers money will be going on Ollie Magern. If he is as well as his trainers other recent winners I am sure he will be an each way bet.
The runners and riders with the jockey's colours can be found by clicking on the leftsided link to the sporting life.
It has been interesting collating past winners of the race and reminising what top class Chasers have won it. Here is the list :-

1969 Arcturus
1970 Kildrummy
1971 No Race - snow and frost
1972 Coxswain
1973 Dunrobin
1974 Tamalin
1975 Davy Lad
1976 Set Point and Current Gold deadheat
1977 Goolagong
1978 Fighting Fit
1979 Sparkie's Choice
1980 Manton Castle
1981 Gay Return
1982 Righthand Man
1983 Wayward Lad
1984 Burrough Hill Lad
1985 Wayward Lad
1986 Forgive'N Forget
1987 Cybrandian
1988 High Edge Grey
1989 Durham Edition
1990 Celtic Shot
1991 Celtic Shot
1992 Tipping Tim
1993 Barton Bank
1994 Young Hustler
1995 Barton Bank
1996 One Man
1997 One Man
1998 Strath Royal
1999 See More Business
2000 See More Business
2001 Sackville
2002 Marlborough
2003 Ballybough Rashel
2004 Grey Abbey
2005 Ollie Magern
2006 Our Vic

Lets hope we get an exciting race on Saturday. After that we have two weeks to wait for the Open Meeting at Cheltenham starting on Friday 16th November for three days. The new National Hunt season will be well and truly underway then. Of course all roads lead to Cheltenham for the four day festival starting on the 11th March 2008.

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