Cheltenham Festival 15th - 18th March 2005

Cheltenham 2005

2005 running order

2005 results

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Class A, Listed Race, £75,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo, 2m .5f. Minimum Weight: 10st. Penalties: after February 27, a winner of a hurdle 4lb 7lb - no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £43,500; 2nd: £16,500; 3rd: £8,250; 4th: £3,750; 5th: £1,875; 6th: £1,125

1) DABIROUN (Donal O’Gorman) Paul Nolan IRE 4-11-04 Miss Nina Carberry 20/1

2) AT YOUR REQUEST (Cockbury Court Partnership) Ian Williams 4-11-03 David Dennis 33/1

3) NATION STATE (J D Brownrigg) Gary Moore p4-11-04 Jamie Moore 7/1

4) MISS ACADEMY (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 4-11-12 Timmy Murphy 16/1

5) ARRAYOU (J P Ledwidge) Oliver Sherwood v4-10-12 Conor O'Dwyer

6) ALIKAT (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 4-10-06 Tom Malone (5)

7) ZALDA (Mrs L Field) Philip Hobbs 4-11-01 Richard Johnson

8) AMARULA RIDGE (J P McManus) Philip Hobbs 4-11-03 Tony McCoy

9) NAPOLITAIN (Judy Stewart) Paul Nicholls 4-11-10 Christian Williams

10) ROLLING HOME (M Lydon) Noel Meade IRE b4-11-03 Paul Carberry

11) DALTON (Malm Syndicate) Edward O'Grady IRE 4-11-03 Davy Russell

12) DARYAL (Let’s Live Racing) Alan King 4-11-01 Robert Thornton

13) BEAUCHAMP PRINCE (The Yes - No Wait - Sorries) Michael Scudamore 4-11-00 Tom Scudamore

14) EASE THE WAY (Michael Smurfit) Dermot Weld IRE b4-10-13 David Casey 4/1 Fav

15) MR DINGLAWI (Brightling Folly Partnership) David Feek 4-11-00 James Davies

16) DUBAI ACE (Mucky Duck II PArtnership) Sheena West t4-10-10 Jamie Goldstein

17) LA LAMBERTINE (David Johnson) Martin Pipe v4-11-02 Gerry Supple

18) REDI (Thurloe Thoroughbred XI) Andrew Balding t4-10-13 Barry Geraghty

19) WOODY VALENTINE (Favourites Racing) Venetia Williams 4-11-02 Sam Thomas

20) STROMSTAD (James Gough) Stephen Mahon IRE b1 4-11-07 Joey Elliot (3)

21) REGAL SETTING (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson t4-11-03 Graham Lee

22) FIRE DRAGON (Gay Smith) Jonjo O'Neill tb4-11-04 Tony Dobbin

23) PAPINI (Newbury Racehorse Owners Group) Nicky Henderson 4-11-10 Mick Fitzgerald

24) DUNLEA DANCER (Allan Stennett) Philip Hobbs t4-11-01 Paddy Brennan

24 ran

Breeder: His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs S C

Breeding: b g Desert Prince (IRE) - Dabaya (IRE) (In The Wings)

Dist: 8, 1.5, 1.75, hd, sh, 4, sh, 1.25, 2.5, sh, 1, 1.75, nk, 2.5, 1.75, .5, 1, 2, 14, 15, 3, .5, 8

Tote: Win: £29.00 Places: £4.30; £5.60; £2.70; £4.40 Exacta: £1,233.80

Winning Trainer: Paul Nolan Based: Toberona House, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland Background: father was a sheep farmer; Paul played hurling for Wexford team that beat Cork in 1992 junior all-Ireland final but injuries curtailed this love; he then joined Jim Bolger and subsequently worked for a vet; began training point-to-pointers before taking out a licence under Rules; currently trains 60 horses Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2005 Dabiroun) First Winner at Cheltenham: Accordion Etoile (Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, November 14, 2004) Big Race Wins Include: Bank Of Ireland ‘For Auction’ Novice Hurdle (2003 Accordion Etoile); Galway Hurdle (2004 Cloone River); Woodlands Park 100 Poplar Square Chase (2004 Colnel Rayburn); Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase (2004 Say Again)

Winning Jockey: Nina Carberry Age: 20 Background: father Tommy, trainer of John Smith’s Grand National winner Bobbyjo, is a former champion Irish jump jockey. Brothers Paul, one of the biggest names in Ireland, and Philip are also both jockeys. Mother Pamela is the daughter of Dan Moore, trainer of dual totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup hero and John Smith’s Grand National winner L’Escargot, and sister of former jockey and successful trainer Arthur Moore. She is an amateur jockey who is studying sports therapy. Big Race Wins include: Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (2005 Karanja) Cheltenham Festival Wins (1): Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2005 Dabiroun)

Race Six: Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle


Nina Carberry became the first woman rider since Gee Armytage 18 years ago to triumph against the professionals at the Cheltenham Festival when steering 20-1 shot Dabiroun to a silky-smooth eight lengths success in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle.

On a day when elder brother Paul suffered an agonising ride on enigmatic Smurfit Champion Hurdle runner-up Harchibald, 20-year-old Nina, having her very first ride at the Festival, showed just how it should be done on Dabiroun, whose trainer, Paul Nolan, had earlier finished fourth in the big one with Accordion Etoile.

Celebrating in typical Carberry fashion with a flick of the whip as she passed the winning post, Nina was immediately congratulated by her big brother, who could finish only 10th on Rolling Home.

Wiping a tear away as she walked on to the winner’s rostrum, amateur rider Nina, who still claims the 5lb, said: "This is my 22nd winner, but far and away the most important.

"I had plenty of advice from my father (Gold Cup-winning veteran Tommy Carberry), on how to ride the course, and it was all so easy.

"I came here ready to cheer on Paul, whom I thought would win the Champion, and here I am taking the plaudits. It is absolutely brilliant, and all my friends have come along to see me, so it is quite emotional."

This was Dabiroun’s first success at the fourth attempt, but Nolan was not at all surprised.

He said: "He has started to look a bridle horse at home, but we took him to Tipperary recently and he did a brilliant gallop over a mile and a half with Accordion Etoile.

"He has been running on heavy ground, and the drier going has made all the difference. Now we will have to think about coming back for Aintree, or alternatively we could wait for Punchestown."


Nina Carberry described as "a dream come true" her success on Dabiroun in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle on her second ride at Cheltenham and first at The Festival.

"It is unbelievable," she said. "I just came here to enjoy myself and it all has been tremendous fun. In the race itself I was very confident and coming down the hill it looked as if there was only the horse in front to beat.

"Someone behind me called out ‘go on, Nina, you’ll win it and when I had a glance behind I could see that there was no danger coming from there.

"It was very emotional coming back afterwards as all my friends are here."


At Your Request came home eight lengths adrift of Dabiroun in the concluding Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle but trainer Ian Williams was extremely happy with his charge.

He said: "I am delighted as this horse has been slandered by the press and he’s put his best foot forward. He’s been knocked all season and deserves a bit of credit.

"He was in front a bit early which was not the intention but David [Dennis, jockey] had made a move and had to kick on.

"I’ll have a look and see now but this is a new race and there are not too many like it."

Gary Moore saddled his second third of the day courtesy of Nation State, having sent out Dusky Warbler to fill the same position in the opener.

He said: "He’s run a good race and finished well. The ground was lively enough for him. I’ll try and win one small novice hurdle with him now and then put him away for the summer - he’ll then have another season over hurdles."

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