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Attaglance Takes the Martin Pipe Hurdle
16/03/12

1 Attaglance 20/1
2 Toner D'Oudairies 7/1
3 Oscar Nominee 10/1
4 Make A Track 12/1
24 ran Distances: nk, nk, 1½l
TIME 4m 51.58s (slow by 4.58s)

Malcolm Jefferson secured a second Cheltenham Festival victory of the week when Attaglance landed the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Attaglance
© Racehorse Photos

Attaglance

After Dato Star’s win in the 1995 Weatherbys Bumper, Malcolm Jefferson’s next winner at the Cheltenham Festival was Cape Tribulation in Thursday’s Pertemps Final. And, having waited 17 years for another Festival winner, two have come along at once.

“If I have to wait another 17 years,” said the veteran Malton trainer as he welcomed Attaglance into the hallowed winner’s circle after the Marin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, “I don’t think I’ll be here.”

Attaglance won by a neck with a determined display under Harry Haynes. “They both did it well,” added Jefferson. “This is a tough, genuine, gutsy horse, easy to train and gives you everything, the sort you’d love 10 of.

“We’d had this as his target for a while. We ran him at Sandown to try to get a mark to get into the race and he was a bit unfortunate, there was a false start and then he completely missed the first and Ruby [Walsh] wisely pulled him up.

“Then he had to win at Market Rasen, which he did easily. He went up 9lb for that, which got him here, and judging by the close finish, the handicapper was just about right.

“This horse and Cape Tribulation are two right nice horses. But for this meeting, you need nice horses.”

Jefferson’s Festival score is now four, having won the Pertemps Final in 1994 with Tindari.

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Attaglance
J M Jefferson
Harry Haynes
11st 6lbs
20 - 1
Winner
2
Toner D'Oudairies
G Elliott
K M Donoghue
11st 4lbs
7 - 1
Neck
3
Oscar Nominee
N J Henderson
David Bass
11st 2lbs
10 - 1
Neck
4
Make A Track
C F Swan
B R Dalton
11st 1lbs
12 - 1
1 1/2 length
5
Art Professor
Miss V Williams
Harry Challoner
10st 13lbs
40 - 1
1 3/4 length
6
Grandads Horse
C E Longsdon
Kielan Woods
11st 1lbs
12 - 1
3/4 length
7
Pateese
P J Hobbs
Matt Griffiths
11st 3lbs
66 - 1
1 length
8
Like Minded
P F Nicholls
Ryan Mahon
11st 2lbs
50 - 1
1 1/2 length
9
Bourne
D McCain Jnr
Henry Brooke
11st 2lbs
9 - 2
1/2 length
10
Arab League
D Pipe
F J Hayes
11st 3lbs
50 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
11
Tornado Bob
D McCain Jnr
J Kington
11st 7lbs
50 - 1
5 lengths
12
Dan Breen
D Pipe
Bryan J Cooper
11st 2lbs
22 - 1
2 lengths
13
Molotof
N J Henderson
C Wallis
11st 12lbs
11 - 1
11 lengths
14
Open Hearted
N J Henderson
Jeremiah McGrath
11st 3lbs
9 - 1
Head
15
Empire Levant
P F Nicholls
Harry Derham
11st 7lbs
20 - 1
Neck
16
Wolf Moon
M Keighley
Charlie Huxley
10st 13lbs
66 - 1
9 lengths
17
Knight Pass
W Greatrex
Brendan Powell
11st 2lbs
66 - 1
62 lengths
18
I'msingingtheblues
D Pipe
Thomas Bellamy
11st 12lbs
18 - 1
7 lengths
PulledUp
Rigidity
Tim Vaughan
Michael Byrne
11st 2lbs
25 - 1
Fell
Street Entertainer
D Pipe
Conor O'Farrell
11st 1lbs
5 - 1
Fell
Ski Sunday
Tim Vaughan
Robert Kirk
11st 0lbs
50 - 1
PulledUp
Bocciani
B Ellison
Lucy Alexander
11st 0lbs
40 - 1
PulledUp
Changing Times
N A Twiston-Davies
William Twiston-Davies
10st 13lbs
20 - 1
PulledUp
Gormanstown Cuckoo
M Blake
Tom Cannon
10st 13lbs
33 - 1
       

 

HAYNES BREAKS FESTIVAL DUCK

Conditional rider Harry Haynes had his first Festival success when partnering Attaglance to victory in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

“It’s only me third ride at the Festival so I’m pretty inexperienced here,” said Haynes. “I came seventh on one for James Ewart here last year and then came nowhere on one here on Tuesday. This is brilliant and it’s a shame the Festival is nearly over, I can’t wait for next year.

“The horse probably travelled a bit too well for the first half mile and it felt like it was going to be a five-furlong sprint. But he travelled and jumped brilliantly and never missed a hurdle.

“He doesn’t like to be crowded in a race and when he saw the hill he galloped all the way to the line. He was not stopping.”

Gordon-Elliott, trainer of runner-up Toner D’Oudaires, said: “It’s disappointing not to have won. He missed the last and would have won if he jumped it.”

Jockey Robert Kirk was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital after falling from Ski Sunday for assessment of a possible neck injury.

 

THE MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE FACTS & FIGURES

1. Run for the first time in 2009, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle is named after one the greatest trainers of modern times, who retired at the end of the 2005/06 season. In a career spanning 32 years, Martin Pipe was champion trainer on no fewer than 15 occasions. His 4,182 winners included 34 at The Festival.

2. Martin’s son David ran seven horses in the first running in 2009 with Big Eared Fran faring best of the septet in third.

3. Andytown won the the 2009 contest for jockey Felix de Giles and trainer Nicky Henderson, who equalled Martin’s total of 34 Cheltenham Festival winners in the process.

 

Previous Results

MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE

2011-WINNER-SIR DES CHAMPS 5-11-03 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jocket-Emmet Mullins; SP-9/2 Fav
2ND-Son Of Flicka 7-11-06 Owner-Twenty Four Seven Recruitment; Trainer-Donald McCain; Jockey-Henry Brooke; SP-28/1
3RD-First Point 8-11-07 Owner-The Third Pheasant Inn Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-20/1
4TH-Indian Daudaie 4-11-03 Owner-Timeform Betfair Racing Club & Clive Smith; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey- James Cowley; SP-25/1
23 ran, Time-4m 55.22s; Dist- ½, 2, 4

2010-WINNER-PAUSE AND CLAUSE 6-11-10 Owner-Robert Cohen; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-14/1
2ND-Radium 5-11-04 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-14/1
3RD-Clova Island 7-11-00 Owner-Mrs Peter Prowting; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Giles Hawkins; SP-14/1
4TH-Peveril 6-11-03 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-5/1 24 ran, Time-5m 5.25s; Dist-3¼, 1¼, 2¾ 9/2 Fav Ashkazar (7th)

2009-WINNER-ANDYTOWN 6-11-02 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Felix de Giles; SP-25/1
2ND-Midnight Chase 7-11-00 Owner-Lady Clarke; Trainer-Neil Mulholland; Jockey-Michael O’Connor; SP-100/1
3RD-Big Eared Fran 6-11-02 Owner-Thomas Barr; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-7/2 Fav
4TH-Font 6-10-11 Owner-Mr & Mrs R Nevison & Mr & Mrs Ged Mason; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-14/1 23 ran, Time-4m 58.52s; Dist-9, 7, 2

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