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CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase
Listed, Cheltenham 17:15
£60,000 added, 5yo plus,
2m 4f 110y, Class 1  
Tuesday 10th March 2015

1 Irish Cavalier 11/1
2 Thomas Crapper 6/1F
3 Generous Ranson 8/1
4 Horizontal Speed 12/1
5 Knock House 12/1
20 ran Distances: 2½l, ½l, nk
TIME 5m 6.70s (slow by 8.70s)

Irish Cavalier lands the final race of the day at odds of 11/1 for Rebecca Curtis

Irish Cavalier
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Irish Cavalier

Irish Cavalier, trained in Pembrokeshire by Rebecca Curtis, won the CHAPS Restaurant Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase, the closing event on day one of The Festival.

This was Curtis's fourth success in as many years at The Festival, and it also completed an 83/1 double for jockey Paul Townend, who is understudy to Ruby Walsh at Willie Mullins' yard, but who has teamed up with Curtis when available.

Curtis admitted she had never visited Barbados, let alone the winning sponsor's restaurant, but cheerfully added: "Perhaps Andrew [McIver, the winning owner] will take me there now!"

Of six-year-old Irish Cavalier she said: "We fancied him to go well today because he's been running on heavy, winter ground and he's happier on this. Despite everything, he ran really well here last time out.

"At halfway I didn't think he was going to win, but once he pulled him out wide he ran on like a train. I don't think the cheekpieces made a big difference - in these big handicaps they have to travel well through the race and he was a bit novicey, but he's learning.

"I definitely think he needs stepping up in trip, but we'll see what the handicapper thinks before making a plan. Paul Townend has been a lucky jockey for us."

CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
£60,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1
20 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey /Weight Trainer Age
1st Irish Cavalier (IRE) 11/1 P Townend
11-7
Miss R Curtis 6
2nd Thomas Crapper 6/1f C Poste
11-4
R Dickin 8
3rd ½ Generous Ransom (IRE) 8/1 D A Jacob
11-6
N J Gifford 7
4th nk Horizontal Speed (IRE) 12/1 R Johnson
11-7
P J Hobbs 7
5th 5 Knock House (IRE) 12/1 B Hughes
11-7
M R Channon 6
6th 2 Little Jon 10/1 Ryan Hatch (5)
11-8
N A Twiston-Davies 7
7th Dromnea (IRE) 33/1 M A Enright
11-8
M F Morris 8
8th 5 Leap Dearg (IRE) 20/1 P T Enright
11-9
R Tyner 7
9th 11 Cocktails At Dawn 14/1 B J Geraghty
11-5
N J Henderson 7
10th s.h Gores Island (IRE) 50/1 Joshua Moore
11-4
G L Moore 9
11th nk Gorsky Island 33/1 D F O'Regan
11-8
T R George 7
12th Vivaccio (FR) 66/1 L Treadwell
11-7
Miss V Williams 6
13th ½ Stellar Notion (IRE) 9/1 P J Brennan
11-7
T R George 7
PU Killala Quay 11/1 N D Fehily
11-10
C E Longsdon 8
PU Cold March (FR) 33/1 Aidan Coleman
11-9
Miss V Williams 5
PU Bold Henry 12/1 A P McCoy
11-7
P J Hobbs 9
PU Rum And Butter (IRE) 33/1 R P Mclernon
11-5
Jonjo O'Neill 7
PU Monkey Kingdom 33/1 G Sheehan
11-5
Miss R Curtis 7
F Golden Hoof (IRE) 33/1 A Tinkler
11-7
N J Henderson 7
F Keltus (FR) 13/2 S Twiston-Davies
11-4
P F Nicholls 5

Surreal feeling for McIver as Irish Cavalier gives him a first Festival winner

Irish Cavalier's triumph in the CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase was a first Festival winner for owner Andrew McIver.

He said: "It feels fantastic, but a bit surreal. Halfway through the race I didn't think he was going to win, and I was very surprised. And it looks like he can go further.

"Paul [Townend, riding his second winner of the day] gave him a very good ride.

McIver, the former chief executive of Sportingbet, has three horses in training with Rebecca Curtis.

"This is the best!" he said. "I've owned him for three years, and have owned racehorses for about six years. I've had Flat horses with Clive Cox, but the jumpers have mainly been with Rebecca."

CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase Previous Results

2014-WINNER-PRESENT VIEW 6-11-07 Owner-Sir Chips Keswick; Trainer-Jamie Snowden; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-8/1
2ND-Attaglance 8-11-07 Owner-Mrs H Young, G Eifert, R Snyder; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Brian Hughes; SP-10/1
3RD-Pendra 6-11-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Charlie Longsdon; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-8/1
4TH-Ahyaknowyerself 8-11-05 Owner-G Carstairs & R Marker; Trainer-Dr Richard Newland; Jockey-Sam Twiston-Davies; SP-33/1
19 ran, Time- 5m 0.10s, Dist-½, 3, ½ 13/2 Jt Favs Art Of Logistics (13th) & Ericht (PU)

2013-WINNER-RAJDHANI EXPRESS 6-11-07 Owner-Robert Waley-Cohen; Trainer Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mr Sam Waley-Cohen;
SP-16/1
2ND-Ackertac 8-11-09 Owner- Mark Aspey & Steve Catton; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Sam Twiston-Davies; SP-66/1
3RD-Ohio Gold 7-11-06 Owner-P M Warren; Trainer-Colin Tizzard; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-16/1
4TH-Shangani 7-11-09 Owner-The Bellamy Partnership; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Aidan Coleman; SP-6/1
20 ran, Time- 5m 16.00s, Dist-nk, 9, 1¾ 9/2 Fav Colour Squadron (5th)

2012-WINNER-HUNT BALL 7-12-00 Owner-Anthony Knott; Trainer-Keiran Burke; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-13/2 Fav
2ND-White Star Line 8-11-07 Owner-Patsy Byrne; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-14/1
3RD-Owen Glendower 7-11-09 Owner-The Ten From Seven; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Andrew Tinkler; SP-33/1
4TH-Battle Group 7-11-10 Owner-Jolly Boys Outing; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-33/1
20 ran, Time-5m 5.90s, Dist-8, 2, 1

2011-WINNER-DIVERS 7-11-04 Owner-The DPRP Divers Partnership; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-7/1
2ND-Quantitativeeasing 6-11-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
3RD-Tullamore Dew 9-11-11 Owner-Give Every Man His Due; Trainer-Nick Gifford; Jockey-Liam Treadwell; SP-13/2
4TH-Vino Griego 6-11-05 Owner-C E Stedman; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Jamie Moore; SP-20/1
20 ran, Time 5m 7.50s, Dist 2¾, 2, 1¼ 3/1 Fav Definity (5th)

2010-WINNER-COPPER BLEU 8-11-01 Owner-Alan Peterson; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
2ND-Othermix 6-11-00 Owner-Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd; Trainer-Tom George; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-50/1
3RD-The Midnight Club 6-11-01 Owner-C C R Racing Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-16/1
4TH-China Rock 7-11-03 Owner-Michael O’Flynn; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Niall Madden; SP-9/1 20 ran, Time-5m 12.50s, Dist-3½ , ½, 3¾ 6/1 Fav Rivaliste (7th)

2009-WINNER-CHAPOTURGEON 5-10-11 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-8/1
2ND-Isn’t That Lucky 6-10-07 Owner-Valda Burke; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Richard McGrath; SP-11/1
3RD-Crescent Island 6-11-02 Owner-Sarah Bays Jill Scott Sarah MacEchern; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-25/1
4TH-Northern Alliance 8-11-04 Owner-Irish Rover Syndicate; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP8/1 20 ran, Time-5m 16.44s, Dist-9, 2¼, 6 15/2 Fav Kia Kaha (10th)

2008-WINNER-FINGER ONTHE PULSE 7-10-12 Owner-Conor Clarkson; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/1
2ND-Barbers Shop 6-10-13 Owner-The Queen; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-12/1
3RD-Possol 5-10-06 Owner-Neville Statham; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Mark Bradburne; SP-25/1
4TH-Fleet Street 9-10-12 Owner-Henry Ponsonby; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Andrew Tinkler; SP-66/1 20 ran, Time-5m 10.2s, Dist-nk, 1½, nse

2007-WINNER-L’ANTARTIQUE 7-10-11 Owner-Mary Durkan; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-20/1
2ND-Bob Hall 6-10-09 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-10/1
3RD-Wee Robbie 7-10-13 Owner-P H Betts (Holdings) Ltd; Trainer-Nick Gifford; Jockey-Leighton Aspell; SP-20/1
4TH-Rasharrow 8-10-10 Owner-Ashleybank Investments Limited; Trainer-Len Lungo; Jockey-Keith Mercer; SP-14/1
19 ran, Time-5m 10.70s, Dist-2, 2½, 4 7/2 Fav New Little Bric (7th)

2006-WINNER-REVEILLEZ 7-10-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-9/2 Fav
2ND-Copsale Lad 9-11-00 Owner-Swallow Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-8/1
3RD-Tumbling Dice 7-11-01 Owner-Mrs John Donegan; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-14/1
4TH-Direct Flight 8-10-04 Owner-Top Flight; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-25/1
18 ran, Time-5m 05.00s, Dist-1.25, 9, shd

2005-WINNER-KING HARALD 7-10-04 Owner-Piers Pottinger & PBJ Partnership; Trainer-Mark Bradstock; Jockey-Mattie Batchelor; SP-9/1
2ND-Lacdoudal 6-11-10 Owner-Carol Skan; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
3RD-See You Sometime 10-11-03 Owner-J A G Meaden; Trainer-Seamus Mullins; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-12/1
4TH-Sir Oj 8-10-11 Owner-Brian Keenan; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-18/1
19 ran, Time-5m 12.20s, Dist-12, 8, 2 8/1 Fav Captain Corelli (PU)

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