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Baby Runs Away With Foxhunter
19/03/10

1 Baby Run 9/2 Fav
2 Kilty Storm 16/1
3 Reach For The Top 66/1
24 ran

Baby Run
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Baby Run
An incredible 40 minutes for Gloucestershire trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies was capped by victory for his son Sam, riding Baby Run, in the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase.

Twiston-Davies Snr barely had time to absorb the thrill of a first totesport Gold Cup victory with Imperial Commander, when Sam topped the occasion with success in hunt racing’s most prestigious prize. Baby Run is owned by Nigel, but carried the colours of John Goodman, an owner in the yard who leased the horse for the day.

Asked which victory had given him the greatest pleasure, Twiston-Davies said: “To be dreadfully honest it would have to be the [Christie’s] Foxhunter - I’m hugely proud of Sam who rode a beautiful race. This win takes the biscuit.

“Probably the first Mackeson win with Tipping Tim is the best moment I’ve had in racing because it put us on the road, and the first National win with Earth Summit was very special, but having my son win is brilliant. He’s got another year at school, so there’s no rush to think about whether he’ll go professional one day.

“The horse was given to me by poor old Peter Orton who died two or three years ago. At that time the horse was a write-off. He’s a better horse this year - we had to rush him to get him ready last year because he’s had leg problems, and the recent Warwick victory showed he was on top form.

“It’s been a helluva 40 minutes. We’ll enjoy it. We’ll aim Baby Run for the [John Smith’s] Fox Hunters’ at Aintree and then there’s Punchestown where he won last year. We’lll be going for all the big prizes because I own the horse and need the money!”

Sam said: “He’s a lovely ride - he was sorting himself out at the fences left, right and centre. To be honest he was pricking his ears at the last, and I know it looked very slow but if anything had come to me I’m sure he would have gone on.

“Last year [when Baby Run was third in this race] other horses took me on for the lead, but today we were just going along in front at one speed. I never had to rush him whereas last year I was always going a bit quicker.

“When your goggles steam up and you can’t see anything it’s not easy, but he was looking after me more than me after him. The crowd was amazing. It’s an atmosphere you cannot imagine and an amazing 40 minutes. I watched the [totesport] Gold Cup in the canteen and started getting worried about who would tack Baby Run up.”

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Baby Run
N A Twiston-Davies
Mr S Twiston-Davies
12st 0lbs
9 - 2
Winner
2
Kilty Storm
R J McGrath
Mr D Queally
12st 0lbs
16 - 1
5 lengths
3
Reach For The Top
M Tuckey
Mr B Tuckey
12st 0lbs
66 - 1
7 lengths
4
Gentle George
S Flook
Mr R Burton
12st 0lbs
10 - 1
Head
5
On The Net
E O'Grady
Mr Derek O'Connor
12st 0lbs
33 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
6
Robbers Glen
Mrs V Jackson
Mrs V Jackson
12st 0lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
7
Dun Doire
Mrs P Curling
Miss N Carberry
12st 0lbs
12 - 1
Nose
8
Turthen
C St V Fox
Miss C Tizzard
12st 0lbs
10 - 1
2 lengths
9
Drybrook Bedouin
Peter Shaw
Mr M Miller
12st 0lbs
25 - 1
7 lengths
10
Trust Fund
R Barber
Mr O Greenall
12st 0lbs
15 - 2
15 lengths
11
Burntoakboy
Dr R D P Newland
T Weston
12st 0lbs
50 - 1
12 lengths
12
Cowboyboots
C R Cox
Mr S Parish
12st 0lbs
33 - 1
14 lengths
13
Man From Highworth
Mrs H J Manners
Miss L Barry
12st 0lbs
150 - 1
1/2 length
14
James Pine
Mrs S Wilson
Mr C Sands
12st 0lbs
200 - 1
2 lengths
15
Dusty Doolan
D P Murphy
Mr S C Byrne
12st 0lbs
80 - 1
21 lengths
na
Take The Stand
P Bowen
Mr M Byrne
12st 0lbs
66 - 1
na
Sericina
Miss C Roddick
Miss C Roddick
11st 7lbs
16 - 1
na
Here's Johnny
V R A Dartnall
Mr Joshua Moore
12st 0lbs
33 - 1
na
Bob Hall
Jonjo O'Neill
Mr Alan Berry
12st 0lbs
25 - 1
na
Chesnut Annie
Miss H E Roberts
Isabel Tompsett
11st 7lbs
22 - 1
na
Roulez Cool
R Waley-Cohen
Mr S Waley-Cohen
12st 0lbs
9 - 2
na
Amicelli
Mrs C Coward
Mr Jake Greenall
12st 0lbs
25 - 1
na
Southwestern
Mrs C C Scott
Mr N Harris
12st 0lbs
20 - 1
na
Le Duc
R Barber
Mr J Barber
12st 0lbs
40 - 1
       

 

KILTY STORM SETS McGRATH UP

Short of actually winning the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, Roger McGrath’s training career could hardly have got off to a better start. Based at west Waterford, close to the Cork border, McGrath has held a licence for just three months and has just three horses in the yard.

Kilty Storm was the first horse in the stable and is now undoubtedly his favourite, having finished second in the Foxhunter, just five lengths behind the classy Baby Run.

“It was a very commendable run, but he just met one that was a bit too good. I’m very proud of him. We were praying for rain and it came. If it had come a day earlier it may have been an even bigger help to us. But the winner is a good horse and we were clear of the rest,” said McGrath.

Reach for The Top, placed third, and the success was very much a family affair with Mike Tuckey training the horse and his son, Ben, aboard.

“We entered both Chilling Place, who ran last year, and Reach For the Top, but we ran this one because we though he was improving - and we were right,” said Mike Tuckey.

“Henrietta Knight had him when he was a baby and when we bought him she always said he would take time and she was absolutely right.

The ground was fine for him today, but he just didn’t get up the hill as well as those in front of him,” he added.

 

Previous Results
CHRISTIE’S FOXHUNTER CHASE

2009-WINNER-CAPPA BLEU

2008-WINNER-AMICELLI

2007-WINNER-DROMBEAG 9-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-20/1
2ND Whyso Mayo 10-12-00 Owner-Kathleen O’Driscoll; Trainer-Ray Hurley IRE; Jockey-Mr Damien Murphy; SP-2/1 Fav
3RD Ned Kelly 11-12-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Kevin Power; SP-20/1
24 ran, Time-6m 46.60s, Dist-½, 15

2006-WINNER-WHYSO MAYO 9-12-00 Owner-Kathleen O’Driscoll; Trainer-Ray Hurley IRE; Jockey-Mr Damien Murphy; SP-20/1
2ND First Down Jets 9-12-00 Owner-J B O’Mahoney’ Trainer-Liam Burke; Jockey-Mr Colman Sweeney; SP-66/1
3RD Joe Blake 11-12-00 Owner-Ronnie Bartlett; Trainer-Ian Ferguson IRE; Jockey-Mr Mark O’Hare; SP-14/1
24 ran, Time-6m 42.70s, Dist-1, 1.25 11/4 Fav Harbour Pilot (PU)

2005-WINNER-SLEEPING NIGHT 9-12-00 Owner-David & F A Jackson; Trainer-Paul Nicholls: Jockey-Mr Colman Sweeney; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND Foly Pleasant 11-12-00 Owner-Nick Shutts; Trainer-Nick Shutts; Jockey-Mr Richard Burton: SP-20/1
3RD Placid Man 11-12-00 Owner-Tim Jones and Partners; Trainer-Alex Embiricos; Jockey-Alex Embiricos; SP-14/1 24 ran, Time-6m 50.3s, Dist-.75, 11

2004-WINNER-EARTHMOVER 13-12-00 Owner-Roger Penny; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Miss Rilly Goschen; SP-14/1
2ND Never Compromise 9-12-00 Owner-Dermot Desmond; Trainer-Ted Walsh IRE; Jockey-Mr Alan Crowe; SP-9/2
3RD County Derry 11-12-00 Owner-G T Lever; Trainer-Jeremy Scott; Jockey-Mr Neil Harris; SP-16/1
24 ran, Time-6m 57.10s, Dist-4, 12 3/1 Fav Lord Atterbury (PU)

2003-WINNER-KINGSCLIFF 6-12-00 Owner-Arnold Sendell; Trainer-Sally Alner; Jockey-Mr Richard Young; SP-11/4 Fav
2ND Bright Approach 10-12-00 Owner-John Burridge; Trainer-Ollie Bush; Jockey-Miss Polly Gundry; SP-20/1
3RD Last Option 11-12-00 Owner-Robin Tate; Trainer-Robin Tate; Jockey-Mrs Fiona Needham; SP-16/1
24 ran, Time-6m 49.50s, Dist-2.5, .5

2002-WINNER-LAST OPTION 10-12-00 Owner/Trainer-Robin Tate; Jockey-Mrs Fiona Needham; SP-20/1
2ND-Gunner Welburn 10-12-00 Owner-William Ritson; Trainer-Caroline Bailey; Jockey-Mr Rowan Cope; SP-8/1
3RD-Torduff Express 11-12-00 Owner-Two Plus Two; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Miss Polly Gundry; SP-10/1
20 ran, Time-7m 1.60s, Dist-.5, .5 11/4 Fav Horus (PU)

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-CAVALERO 11-12-00 Owner-John Manners; Trainer-John Manners; Jockey-Mr Alex Charles-Jones; SP-16/1
2ND-Real Value 9-12-00 Owner-Alan Cowing; Trainer-Di Grissell; Jockey-Mr Ben Hitchcott; SP-8/1
3RD-Trade Dispute 8-12-00 Owner-Grant Tuer; Trainer-Edwin Tuer; Jockey-Mr Grant Tuer; SP-9/1
24 ran, Time-6m 36.60s, Dist-.75, 1.25 3/1 Fav Mighty Moss (5th)

1999-WINNER-CASTLE MANE 7-12-00 Owner-Charles Dixey; Trainer-Caroline Bailey; Jockey-Mr Ben Pollock; SP- 9/2
2ND-Elegant Lord 11-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP-3/1 Fav
3RD-Last Option 7-12-00 Owner-Robin Tate; Trainer-Robin Tate; Jockey-Mrs Fiona Needham; SP-20/1 24 ran, Time-6m 50.7s; Dist-13, 1.75

1998-WINNER-EARTHMOVER 7-12-00 Owner-Roger Penny; Trainer-Richard Barber; Jockey-Mr Joe Tizzard; SP-3/1
2ND-Stay In Touch 8-12-00 Owner-Barry Brazier; Trainer-John Costello IRE; Jockey-Mr Dermot Costello; SP- 10/1
3RD-Flashing Steel 13-12-00 Owner-Charles Haughey; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton;
SP-33/1
11 ran, Time-6m 46s, Dist-18, 5 5/4 Fav Elegant Lord (5th)

1997-WINNER-FANTUS 10-12-00 Owner-John Keighley; Trainer-Richard Barber; Jockey-Mr Tim Mitchell; SP-10/1
2ND-Cab On Target 11-12-00 Owner-N Hurst; Trainer-Mary Reveley; Jockey-Mr Stephen Swiers; SP-4/1 Fav
3RD-What A Hand 9-12-00 Owner-F A Bonsal; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP- 6/1
18 ran, Time-6m 44.5s, Dist-1.75, 11

1996-WINNER-ELEGANT LORD 8-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr Enda Bolger;
SP-3/1 Fav
2ND-Cool Dawn 8-12-00 Owner-Dido Harding; Trainer-Robert Alner; Jockey-Miss Dido Harding; SP-9/2
3RD-Kerry Orchid 8-12-00 Owner-Peter Curling; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP- 12/1
17 ran, Time-6m 51.0s, Dist-6,7

1995-WINNER-FANTUS 8-12-00 Owner-John Keighley; Trainer-Richard Barber; Jockey-Miss Polly Curling; SP-8/1
2ND-Holland House 9-12-00 Owner-Edward Knight; Trainer-Patrick Chamings; Jockey-Mr Charlie Vigors; SP- 50/1
3RD-Elegant Lord 7-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Enda Bolger IRE; Jockey-Mr Tony Martin; SP-13/8 Fav
13 ran, Time-7m 7.7s, Dist-20, 8

 

CHRISTIE’S FOXHUNTER CHASE ROLL OF HONOUR

(Christie’s Foxhunter Chase 1979 onwards, 1978-1974 no sponsor, 1973-72 “Sun Alliance and London” Foxhunter Challenge Cup)

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2009 Cappa Bleu
2008 Amicelli
2007 Drombeag 9-12-00 Mr J T McNamara Jonjo O’Neill J P McManus 20/1 24
2006 Whyso Mayo 9-12-00 Mr Damien Murphy Ray Hurley IRE Kathleen O’Driscoll 20/1 24
2005 Sleeping Night 9-12-00 Mr Colman Sweeney Paul Nicholls David & FA Jackson 7/2 F 24
2004 Earthmover 13-12-00 Miss Rilly Goschen Paul Nicholls Roger Penny 14/1 24
2003 Kingscliff 6-12-00 Mr Richard Young Sally Alner Arnie Sendell 11/4F 24
2002 Last Option 10-12-00 Mrs Fiona Needham Robin Tate Robin Tate 20/1 20
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Cavalero 11-12-00 Mr Alex Charles-Jones John Manners John Manners 16/1 24
1999 Castle Mane 7-12-00 Mr Ben Pollock Caroline Bailey Charles Dixey 9/2 24
1998 Earthmover 7-12-00 Mr Joe Tizzard Richard Barber Roger Penny 3/1 11
1997 Fantus 10-12-00 Mr Tim Mitchell Richard Barber John Keighley 10/1 18
1996 Elegant Lord 8-12-00 Mr Enda Bolger Enda Bolger J P McManus 3/1F 17
1995 Fantus 8-12-00 Miss Polly Curling Richard Barber John Keighley 8/1 13
1994 Double Silk 10-12-00 Mr Ron Treloggen Reg Wilkins Reg Wilkins 2/5F 5
1993 Double Silk 9-12-00 Mr Ron Treloggen Reg Wilkins Reg Wilkins 12/1 18
1992 Rushing Wild 7-12-00 Mr Justin Farthing Richard Barber John Keighley 9/1 24
1991 Lovely Citizen 8-12-00 Mr Willie O’Sullivan Eugene M O’Sullivan IRE Eugene J O’Sullivan 14/1 18
1990 Call Collect 9-12-00 Mr Ray Martin John Parkes James Clements 7/4F 15
1989 Three Counties 12-12-00 Miss Katie Rimell Mercy Rimell Katie Rimell 6/1 16
1988 Certain Light 10-12-00 Mr Paul Hacking Jean Campbell Jean Campbell 10/1 9
1987 Observe 11-12-00 Mr Charlie Brooks Fred Winter R Bott (Wigmore St) Ltd 14/1 14
1986 Attitude Adjuster 6-12-00 Mr Ted Walsh Mouse Morris IRE Sue Magnier 10/1 14
1985 Elmboy 7-12-00 Mr Alan Hill Norman Mawle Norman Mawle 10/1 17
1984 Venture To Cognac 11-12-00 Mr Oliver Sherwood Fred Winter Nat Sherwood 7/1 21
1983 Eliogarty 8-12-00 Miss Caroline Beasley Barry Kelly IRE Caroline Beasley 3/1F 16
1982 The Drunken Duck 9-12-00 Mr Brod Munro-Wilson Brod Munro-Wilson Brod Munro-Wilson 12/1 19
1981 Grittar 8-12-00 Mr Dick Saunders Frank Gilman Frank Gilman 12/1 17
1980 Rolls Rambler 9-12-00 Mr Oliver Sherwood Fred Winter B Braziel 9/4 7
1979 Spartan Missile 7-12-00 Mr John Thorne John Thorne John Thorne 9/4F 10
1978 Timmie’s Battle 7-12-00 Mr Peter Greenall Arthur Stephenson G Deverell 7/2 17
1977 Long Lane 9-11-11 Mr Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd 9/4F 16
1976 False Note 10-11-09 Mr Bryan Smart John Horton John Horton 11/4F 16
1975 Real Rascal 12-11-10 Mr George Hyatt Barbara Surman Barbara Surman 8/1 16
1974 Corrie Burn 8-12-00 Mr Ian Williams George Fairbairn Joanna Fairbairn 20/1 16
1973 Bullocks Horn 10-12-00 Lord Oaksey Bob Turnell Mrs E Barker 5/1 20
1972 Credit Call 8-12-00 Mr Chris Collins Arthur Stephenson Chris Collins 7/4F 9
1971 Hope Again 9-11-07 Mr Richard Smith Denis Windell Denis Windell 16/1 18
1970 Highworth 11-11-07 Mr R H Woodhouse R H Woodhouse R H Woodhouse 15/2 13
1969 Queens Guide 8-11-07 Mr G Wade Willie Wade Willie Wade 10/1 10
1968 Bright Beach 8-11-11 Mr Charlie Macmillan Geordie Dun Geordie Dun 5/1 12
1967 Mulbarton 11-12-00 Mr Nick Gaselee I H Pattullo I H Pattullo EvsF 13
1966 Straight Lady 10-11-07 Mr Richard Shepherd William Shepherd William Shepherd 100/8 21
1965 Woodside Terrace 12-11-07 Mr R Woodhouse R Woodhouse R Woodhouse 33/1 19
1964 Freddie 7-11-07 Mr Alan Mactaggart Reg Tweedie Reg Tweedie 1/3F 10
1963 Grand Morn II 9-12-00 Mr R Bloomfield G Shepheard G Shepheard 15/2 20
1962 Colledge Master12-12-00 Mr Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan 9/2 17
1961 Colledge Master11-12-00 Mr Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan Laurie Morgan 7/2 17
1960 Whinstone Hill 11-12-00 Mr Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis 11/8F 15
1959 Some Baby 10-12-00 Mr John Thorne Tim Rootes Tim Rootes 100/8 15
1958 Whinstone Hill 9-12-00 Mr Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis Bobby Brewis 7/1 16
1957 The Callant 9-12-00 Mr John Scott-Aiton Stewart Wight C D Scott 10/11F 9
1956 The Callant 8-12-00 Mr John Scott-Aiton Stewart Wight C D Scott 11/8F 17
1955 Abandoned (snow)
1954 Happymint 9-12-00 Mr Danny Moralee Stewart Wight Danny Moralee 7/1 21
1953 DH Dunboy II 9-12-00 Mr Charlie Scott P Bruce Miss P Bruce 3/1F 22
1953 DH Merry 13-12-00 Mr Gay Kindersley Alec Kerr John Baillie 100/7 22
1952 Parasol II 7-12-00 Mr Ivor Kerwood A Walton A Walton 8/1 19
1951 Halloween 6-12-00 Mr Dickie Smalley Bill Wightman Captain Dick Smalley 11/8F 26
1950 Greenwood 13-12-00 Mr John Stuart-Evans J T Evans J T Evans 100/7 25
1949 Abandoned (frost)
1948 State Control 8-12-00 Mr Harry Llewellyn Harry Llewellyn Harry Llewellyn 7/2F 38
1947 Lucky Purchase 9-12-00 Mr John Nichols Sidney Banks Sidney Banks 7/1 26
1946 Iloilo 9-12-00 Mr Harry Freeman-Jackson Harry Freeman-Jackson Mrs Harry Freeman-Jackson 6/1 16

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