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Cheltenham Festival Winners To The Fore In Anglo-Irish Jump Awards 15/05/06
The Cheltenham Festival's position as the pre-eminent arena for excellence in jump racing has been reinforced with the unveiling today, Monday, May 15, of the new and prestigious 2006 Anglo-Irish Jump Racing Awards, with Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdler Brave Inca named the Anglo-Irish Horse of the Year.

Cheltenham Festival Reaction From Edward Gillespie
Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham’s managing director, said: “It has been great that people for the last four days have been going round saying how wonderful it is to be here. That is what this place means to people.

totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup
War Of Attrition, trained by Mouse Morris, owned by Ryanair tycoon Michael O'Leary and ridden by Wexford jockey Conor O'Dwyer, stormed home in some style.

Brave Inca Wins Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle
Trainer Colm Murphy billed Brave Inca as a “superstar” after the eight-year-old battled up the Cheltenham hill under Tony McCoy to capture the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle.

Henderson and Walsh Take Titles
On an emotional day for his family, Nicky Henderson claimed the Racing Post Festival Trainers’ Award. The Racing Post Festival Rider’s Award was won by Ruby Walsh, whose victory on Desert Quest in the final race, gave him three wins and three second places.

He Did It My Way
The feature contest of day three of The Festival, the £230,000 Ladbrokes Hurdle went to My Way De Solzen for trainer Alan King and jockey Robert Thornton.

Moscow Flyer Retires
Moscow Flyer, winner of the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy in 2002 and the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005, has been retired afer finishing fifth in today’s Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Black Jack Ketchum
Black Jack Ketchum justified all the hype and support to send his legion of supporters into ecstacy as he strode up the hill to win the Brit Insurance Hurdle unchallenged.

Gifford Calm About Exciting Festival Prospects
Nick Gifford is hoping that he does not have to wait as long as his father Josh to enjoy his first Cheltenham Festival success, as he looks forward to saddling leading hope Straw Bear in the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup

War Of Attrition, trained by Mouse Morris, owned by Ryanair tycoon Michael O'Leary and ridden by Wexford jockey Conor O'Dwyer, stormed home in some style.

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Moscow Flyer
Newmill the new champion

Praise was heaped on jockey Andrew McNamara after he rode Newmill to victory in today’s Queen Mother Champion Chase. Having his fourth ride at The Festival, McNamara, 22, made all the running on the John Murphy-trained winner. Murphy said: “He’s a top-class jockey and a future champion. My only orders were be up there and out of trouble.”

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Brave Inca Wins Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle
Trainer Colm Murphy billed Brave Inca as a “superstar” after the eight-year-old battled up the Cheltenham hill under Tony McCoy to capture the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle. Both Jessica Harrington and Dessie Hughes expressed their satisfaction with Macs Joy and Hardy Eustace, second and third respectively.
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Ladbrokes World Hurdle
The feature contest of day three of The Festival, the £230,000 Ladbrokes Hurdle went to My Way De Solzen for trainer Alan King and jockey Robert Thornton. The winner held on by a head from Irish raider Golden Cross to record a memorable neck success in the premier contest for three-mile hurdlers.
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Record Novice Chase Entries

A very strong renewal of the Royal & SunAlliance Chase is in prospect with a huge 57 going forward including the likes of Darkness, Our Ben, Southern Vic, Bewleys Berry, Commercial Flyer and The Listener. Similarly, the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy looks set for a high-class field with 40 remaining.

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Three figure entries for all four novice hurdles

The Festival’s four championship novice hurdles have attracted their usual huge entries with the best young talent from Britain, Ireland, France and Germany contributing to 61 entries in the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Tuesday, March 14), 82 in the Royal & Sunalliance Novices’ Hurdle (Wednesday, March 15), 75 in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and 74 in the Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (both on Friday, March 17).

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For three extraordinary days in the middle of March the National Hunt racing community from all around the world converges on the elegant spa town of Cheltenham. The twenty races are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar with more than £2 million in prize money and £20 million in bets riding on these Championships.
Best Mate
Tony McCoy is Cheltenham Festival's Leading Jockey

Champion Tony McCoy, with 15 wins to date, is the most successful current jockey at The Festival. Since partnering Kibreet to success in the 1996 Grand Annual Chase, the record-breaking rider has gone on to land a further 14 successes, with his two greatest triumphs coming in 1997 through a rare double aboard Mr Mulligan in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and Make A Stand in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle two days earlier.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup History
In the Gold Cup's history only six horses have won more than once, and the most recent of them is Best Mate in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The others were L'Escargot (1970/71) Easter Hero (1929/30), Golden Miller (1932/33/34/35/36), Cottage Rake (1948/49/50) and Arkle (1964/65/66). Their successes were all in consecutive years.
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