1st (26) Burntoakboy 10-1
Burntoakboy sets the Coral Cup Alight 14/03/07
Doctor Richard Newland, who trains six horses in the Worcestershire
village of Claines, lifted the Coral Cup after his Burntoakboy won under
conditional jockey Sam Jones.
It was a first Festival winner for both the trainer and his 18-year-old
Dr Newland said: “That’s fantastic. I’ve only been
training four months and I’ve got four horses on the go. I bought
Burntoakboy in November from Pierce Molony after the horse was led out
unsold at a sale.
“The horse had been running well in Ireland, but not at this level.
They felt he was badly handicapped over there. There were bits of his
form that were very good.
“I’ve only just started and the horses are running blindingly
well. When he came over he wasn’t a great doer, but we’ve
got him eating and he seems happy. We’ve learnt how to ride him
because he’s got a lot of speed and he used to use that up and
not finish his races. Now we switch him off.
“I hope to get the numbers up to about eight, but I came into this as a hobby. I’m a part-time doctor, but a full-time working man with interests in medical companies. We’ve got a great little team of people at the yard and I’d like to mention Sue Burley and Tom Weston, our stable jockey, who have done a lot of work on this horse and got him to settle.”
“I must say I did fancy his chances this morning. That was impressive. It's a fantastic thrill to be here. I've just fallen incredibly lucky with some cheap purchases that turned out to be good buys.
"The key to this horse is to switch him off in the first half of the race, but I didn't want him to be held up last. In fact, he was much handier that I thought he'd be, but he was clearly gong so well. I started screaming from the stands as Sam came down the hill. He's a top class young jockey. It's the first time he's ridden that horse and he did everything right. Brilliant."
Jones is based with Brendan Powell at Winchester in Hamspshire. He hails
from Staffordshire. His father drives a racehorse ambulance, while his
uncle is head lad to permit holder Renee Robeson.
He said: “It's the best feeling ever - better than your first winner, better than any winner you could ever have. He travelled so well through the race, and down the hill I was happy to sit just behind the leaders, but he has so much scope for not an over-big horse. He wings everything and comes out of your hands if you think you're going to get in tight. He jumps brilliantly. I felt I had to wing the last to seal it. He's not the biggest, but he's got a big heart and keeps galloping. A few of my relatives are here today."
IRISH TAKE SECOND AND THIRD IN CORAL CUP
Irish-trained horses filled second and third place in the Coral Cup
with Powerstation taking second place and Baron de Feypo in third.
Michael Philips, trainer of Powerstation, beaten three lengths in second, said: “That was a great run. He’s a small horse and had lots of weight. Hopefully, the handicapper will drop him a few pounds!
“The horse has been sick since I got him and today was the first
time I’ve really had him right.
“We will hopefully get him home tonight and then see when where
we go next.
“I think he could run well in graded races. We will look at Aintree and also the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown.”
The Oliver Brady-trained Baron de Feypo finished a further five lengths
back in third and returned to jubilant scenes in the winner’s enclosure
with Brady leading the singing and cheers, having stripped down to his
Gaelic football Monaghan shirt.
A delighted Brady said: “We really wanted to run him in the Jewson
Novices’ Handicap Chase tomorrow, but the English handicapper gave
him no chance of getting in so we had to run here. Whatever, I’ve
still had my moment of happiness.
“This is a great result for everyone involved and for Monaghan
- the county of hills and hollows. We only have seven horses in training.
“I knew he would run well. If he comes out of this race in good
form, Baron de Feypo could run again on Friday in the Vincent O’Brien
County Hurdle, where we could also run Maralan. Maralan would be right
up there with this fellow.
“My health hasn’t been great lately but your health doesn’t bother you when you have a third in the Coral Cup.”
Facts and Figures:
1. Other than the races added to the four-day Festival in 2005, the
Coral Cup is the newest contest at The Festival, having been introduced
in 1993, the year after the first running of the Weatherbys Champion
2. The first winner, Olympian, picked up an additional £50,000
bonus having won the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park the previous weekend.
The bonus, increased to £75,000 last year, is offered again by
Sunderlands, bookmaking sponsor of the Imperial Cup, to any horse that
wins the Sandown race and then goes on to success in any contest at The
3. The fastest time in the 13 runnings was set in 2000 by What’s
Up Boys, who scored in 4m 53.8s, beating the previous best of 4m 57.0s
set by Big Strand in 1997.
4. Ireland have won the race on five occasions, most recently with Sky’s
The Limit last year, trained by Edward O’Grady, who also sent out
Time For A Run to score in 1994.
5. Martin Pipe is the leading trainer in the contest, having scored
three times with Olympian (1993), Big Strand (1997) and Ilnamar (2002).
Among current trainers, Edward O’Grady and Philip Hobbs (What’s
Up Boys 2000 & Monkerhostin 2004) lead the way.
6. No jockey has won the Coral Cup more than once.
7. Both What’s Up Boys (2000) and Idole First (2005) scored at 33/1 and are they are the longest priced winners, while Olympian (1993) and Xenophon (2003) were successful at 4/1, the shortest priced scorers, and they are also the only two favourites to have obliged.
CORAL CUP (HANDICAP HURDLE) PREVIOUS RESULTS
SKY’S THE LIMIT 5-11-12 Owner-Raymond Rooney; Trainer-Edward
O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-11/1
FIRST 6-10-10 Owner-Direct Sales
UK Ltd; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Alan O’Keeffe; SP-33/1
2004-WINNER-MONKERHOSTIN 7-10-08 Owner-Martin St Quinton; Trainer-Philip
Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-13/2
2003-WINNER-XENOPHON 7-11-00 Owner-Lane Syndicate; Trainer-Tony Martin
IRE; Jockey-Mick FitzGerald; SP-4/1 Fav
2002-WINNER-ILNAMAR 6-10-05 Owner-Joe Moran; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Rodi
1999-WINNER KHAYRAWANI 7-11-03 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche
IRE; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-16/1
1998-WINNER-TOP CEES 8-10-00 Owner-Charlton Bloodstock Ltd; Trainer-Lynda
Ramsden; Jockey-Barry Fenton; SP-11/1
1997-WINNER-BIG STRAND 8-10-00 Owner-E C Jones; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Jamie Evans; SP-16/1
1996-WINNER-TRAINGLOT 9-10-03 Owner-Marquesa de Moratalla; Trainer-Jimmy
FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-11/2
1995-WINNER-CHANCE COFFEY 10-10-00 Owner-Paddy O'Donnell; Trainer-Pat
O'Donnell IRE; Jockey-Gerry O'Neill; SP-11/1
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