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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
13/03/09

 

1st (10) Andytown 25/1
2nd 24 Midnight Chase 100/1
3rd 11 Big Eared Fran 7/2 fav
4th 22 Font 14/1

 

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Gaspara

Andytown gave Nicky Henderson his third winner of The Festival 2009 when landing the inaugural running of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Felix de Giles, who was enjoying his first Festival success. It was Festival win number 34 for Henderson, which rather ironically given the race title means he has now equalled the number of winners trained at The Festival by Martin Pipe.

The winner, a 25/1 chance, saw off the challenge of 100/1 outsider Midnight Chase to prevail by nine lengths. Andytown is a graduate of the Brightwells sale held at Cheltenham in April, 2007, when he was sold for £40,0000.

Henderson said: “To be honest, this horse was bought as a chaser but absolutely hated jumping fences.

“We ran him twice over fences but he absolutely hated it which is surprising as he is built, bred to be and looks like a chaser.

“When we schooled him back over fences and he was much happier. He was my ‘dark horse’ of the week really. The only problem is now his mark over hurdles will have gone up! Nobody’s complaining though.

“The ground and trip were just right for him today and Felix has ridden him very well. It is also great for his owners Richard and Lizzie Kelvin Hughes who have been big investors in Jump racing and this is their first win at the festival.”

Felix de Giles, the successful rider, commented: "It's my first winner here at The Festival so I'm delighted.

"I won in him here at The Open and he's a funny old horse because he doesn't seem to travel particularly strongly and always finishes nicely."

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Andytown
N J Henderson
Felix De Giles
11st 5lbs
25 - 1
Winner
2
Midnight Chase
N P Mulholland
M M O'connor
11st 0lbs
100 - 1
9 lengths
3
Big Eared Fran
D Pipe
J W Farrelly
11st 5lbs
7 - 2
7 lengths
4
Font
P F Nicholls
Harry Skelton
11st 0lbs
14 - 1
2 lengths
5
Presenting Copper
P J Hobbs
R Flint
11st 7lbs
16 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
6
Coq Hardi
P Bowen
J Reveley
11st 4lbs
66 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
7
Leamington Lad
N A Twiston-Davies
David England
11st 0lbs
100 - 1
5 lengths
8
Oscatello
P J Hobbs
D P O'Dwyer
11st 0lbs
16 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
9
Khachaturian
D McCain Jnr
Paul Benson
11st 2lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
10
Faltering Fullback
Eric McNamara
A P Cawley
11st 7lbs
22 - 1
1 1/4 length
11
Piraya
D Pipe
L Heard
11st 9lbs
20 - 1
6 lengths
12
Little Shilling
Tim Vaughan
B Wharfe
11st 2lbs
16 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
13
Caracciola
N J Henderson
R J Killoran
11st 5lbs
16 - 1
Nose
14
Mamlook
D Pipe
H Frost
11st 8lbs
15 - 2
1 1/2 length
15
Hangover
C O'Dwyer
P Townend
11st 3lbs
17 - 2
1 3/4 length
16
Penn Da Benn
A King
Charlie Huxley
11st 7lbs
10 - 1
1 3/4 length
17
Pauillac
D Pipe
Donal Fahy
11st 2lbs
33 - 1
1 length
18
Carrickboy
Miss V Williams
A Coleman
11st 4lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
19
Quartz De Thaix
Miss V Williams
Nick Scholfield
11st 0lbs
20 - 1
2 lengths
20
Prince De Bersy
D Pipe
T Molloy
11st 0lbs
100 - 1
9 lengths
21
Carrick Oscar
Tim Vaughan
Gerard Tumelty
11st 1lbs
33 - 1
distance
22
Acambo
D Pipe
J Kington
11st 12lbs
66 - 1
20 lengths
na
Gaspara
D Pipe
A Glassonbury
11st 12lbs
25 - 1
Non Runner
Buena Vista
D Pipe
Jack Doyle
11st 5lbs

       

 

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