1st (4) Inglis Drever
Inglis Drever on Top of the World 15/03/07
Inglis Drever became the fourth dual winner of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle when adding today’s race to the one he won in 2005 - he missed the 2006 running through injury.
Trainer Howard Johnson said the Northumberland Plate - aka The Pitmen’s Derby - is now on the eight-year-old’s agenda. Johnson said: “When I bought him I always wanted to win the Pitmen’s Derby at Newcastle. I may run him in that and then turn him away - and Graham [Wylie, the horse’s owner] would be right up for it, too.”
Inglis Drever was under pressure at the top of the hill, but led at
the final bend. Johnson said: “He’s a horse that tends to
come on and off the bridle, but I said to Paddy as soon as you come down
that hill and get a bit of light he’ll pick up.
“I want to give all credit to Ginny Wright who works for me and
does him in the yard. He’s a funny little horse, because some days
he won’t swim and some days he won’t go on the scales and
he’ll just stop along the road, but that’s the way he likes
to be. Ginny’s done him right on the button. She’s a brilliant
lass with horses.
“We haven’t had a racecourse gallop with the horses because
it’s been so wet - we’ve just done them at home, but I knew
when he was 495 kilos last week I had him right. When he won two years
ago he was about the same.
“It’s nice to come down here and win two out of the last
three runnings [his No Refuge was unplaced last year]. As you know, he
was injured last year after falling [in a race at Chepstow]. I would
say out of all the horses I’ve trained that this horse, Grey Abbey
and Direct Route have been the best. After today, this horse is probably
“In the last season or two, I’ve bought too many ex-Flat
horses and they need good ground - that’s maybe why we just haven’t
clicked lately, but luckily the weather’s come right for this meeting.
I also want to give credit to Alec Dent, my head lad. I said to him,
I’ll look after you if we have a winner at Cheltenham, and I will.
“This makes it all worthwhile. Hopefully, he might come back next year before he gets too old like me."
Andrea Wylie, joint owner with her husband Graham,added: “I think I'm more exhausted than the horse through jumping up and down! We were worried about Paddy because he had a fall yesterday but he's OK. This was more nerve-racking than last time and to do it twice is unbelievable.”
Jockey Paddy Brennan, overjoyed at the success, said: “Unbelievable! I've never felt as much pressure as I felt today, because I knew how good he was, and Howard Johnson and Graham Wylie knew how good he was. It's some relief, and he's some horse. It's some training performance to get him back to this level. Horses were coming to me, but I felt he'd pull out more and more.”
LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE FACTS
1. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is one of the youngest races at The Festival. Known as the Stayers’ Hurdle up to and including 2004, it was only introduced with its current race conditions in 1972. Before that, it was known as the Spa Hurdle.
2. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle has been run on the Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday of the meeting. It moved to its current Thursday slot in
3. Its first year of sponsorship was 1972, under the title of the Lloyds
Bank Hurdle. There have been four sponsors of the race, Waterford Crystal
from 1978 to 1990 and Bonusprint from 1991 to 2004. 2005 was the first
year of Ladbrokes’ sponsorship and prize money currently stands
at £250,000, up £20,000 on last year.
4. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle used to be a favourite with the Irish,
who have won it nine times, most recently in 1995 with Dorans Pride.
Baracouda provided a first success for France in 2002 and followed up
again in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he was runner-up behind Iris’s
Gift and Inglis Drever respectively, while last year he ran fifth behind
My Way De Solzen.
5. The late Fulke Walwyn is the only trainer to have won it more than twice. The race was dominated in the mid-eighties by Crimson Embers, trained by Walwyn, and the winner in 1982 and 1986. Indeed, Crimson Embers would have been awarded the race in the stewards’ room in 1985 had his rider not declined to give evidence to the enquiry afterwards, but the trainer won the race anyway with Rose Ravine. The owner, Pam Smart, was ambivalent about the result - she owned both horses!
6. Gaye Chance, the winner in 1984, was a full-brother to the 1983 Champion
Hurdle winner Gaye Brief. Both horses were trained by Mercy Rimell.
7. No horse has managed to win both the Smurfit Champion Hurdle and
the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
8. A total of 10 favourites have been successful.
9. The smallest field to go to post was eight in 1973 while the largest
was 22 in both 1985 and 1990. 20 ran last year.
10. There have been three dual winners - Crimson Embers (1982 & 1986),
Galmoy (1987 & 1988) and Baracouda (2002 & 2003). No horse has
won the race three times.
11. Tommy Carberry, Stuart Shilston, Tommy Carmody, Mark Perrett, Charlie
Swan, Jamie Osborne and Thierry Doumen are the most successful jockeys,
each recording two victories. No current jockey has won the race more
12. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle forms part of the British Horseracing Board’s 65-race Order Of Merit competition. Royal Shakespeare and Monkerhostin shared the £200,000 first prize last season.
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