Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle - Fri Mar 16th 2007 

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The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle

1st (20) Pedrobob 12-1
2nd (18) Ouninpohja 11-2
3rd (19) Premier Dane 100-1
4th (10) Kawagino 20-1
28 ran
Also: 3-1 Fav Fair Along


Carberry signs off in style on Pedrobob 16/03/07

The Cheltenham Festival 2007 began with a winner for the Mullins family when trainer Willie Mullins sent out Ebaziyan to land the Anglo Irish Bank Novices’ Hurdle and ended with a victory for his brother Tony, who trained Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle victor Pedrobob.

The nine-year-old, returned at 12/1, came with a tremendous run after the last to deny Ouninpohja by a length with Premier Dane a neck back in third.

A delighted Tony Mullins said: “I thought we were done for two out when he ran into the back of the horse in front of him - it was really nerve racking after that!

“We thought he had really improved this season. He must be the youngest nine-year-old around!

“He may go to Punchestown and I am really looking forward to going over fences with him.”

Mullins was also delighted to register his first Festival success. He continued: “I am delighted to get off the mark at The Festival. I was sick of being referred to as a Cheltenham virgin at all the preview evenings!

“I was so disappointed after Aranleigh got beat in the bumper on Wednesday but I still think he’s a very good horse. After that, I thought I might never get off the mark.”



The late burst of Pedrobob proved too much for his rivals in the closing race at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival, but Paul Nicholls was more than happy with the effort of runner-up Ouninpojha.

Nicholls said: “Ruby was spitting blood there because he feels he got to the front too soon, but the horse galloped all the way to the line. People have said unkind things about him because he carries his head high, but he carries his head in that way walking around the roads.

“Ruby said he jumped brilliantly and that Aintree will be made for him. He’s a proper horse and he’s going the right way. That’s only his fourth run over jumps and he’s still a novice.”

The effort of third-placed Premier Dane belied his odds of 100-1. Trainer Nicky Richards said: “The secret to him is the ground - he must have good ground, but I don’t know whether the handicapper will ever let me win a race with him now. I’ve no great plan for him.”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Anthony Mullins
P A Carberry
10st 0lbs
12 - 1
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
10st 0lbs
11 - 2
1 length
Premier Dane
N G Richards
B Harding
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
J W Mullins
W P Kavanagh
10st 5lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
J Howard Johnson
P J Brennan
11st 2lbs
16 - 1
N J Henderson
A Tinkler
10st 2lbs
16 - 1
1 length
Sweet Wake
N Meade
Denis O'Regan
10st 2lbs
12 - 1
Short Head
Crow Wood
J J Quinn
G Lee
10st 9lbs
33 - 1
1 length
Callow Lake
Mrs J Harrington
A D Leigh
10st 7lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
D Pipe
A P McCoy
10st 9lbs
11 - 2
2 1/2 lengths
N J Henderson
T Doyle
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
2 lengths
Baron De Feypo
Patrick O Brady
N P Madden
10st 0lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
Gods Token
Miss V Williams
L Treadwell
10st 0lbs
66 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
N J Henderson
M Foley
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
Patrick O Brady
R J Molloy
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Desert Quest
P F Nicholls
L Heard
11st 12lbs
20 - 1
Short Head
G L Moore
S P Jones
10st 0lbs
16 - 1
1 length
P J Hobbs
D P O'Dwyer
10st 1lbs
80 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
New Field
Thomas Mullins
D J Casey
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
1 1/2 length
Made In Japan
A Bateman
C Bolger
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
1 length
Lord Henry
P J Hobbs
T J O'Brien
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
1 1/4 length
Trouble At Bay
A King
R Thornton
10st 1lbs
33 - 1
4 lengths
Whispered Promises
R S Brookhouse
A O'Keeffe
10st 7lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
J T R Dreaper
A E Lynch
10st 0lbs
66 - 1
1 1/2 length
Fair Along
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
10st 7lbs
3 - 1
8 lengths
Flame Creek
E J Creighton
M D Grant
10st 10lbs
100 - 1
10 lengths
N J Henderson
M A Fitzgerald
10st 5lbs
33 - 1
6 lengths
The Spoonplayer
H De Bromhead
D J Condon
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
1/2 length


Facts and Figures:

1. Vincent O'Brien's record at The Festival was outstanding with 23 victories, including four Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles, 10 Supreme Novices’ Hurdles and a flurry of supporting races. This will be the 13th year that the County Hurdle bears the name of Vincent O’Brien, who retired from training in 1994.

2. The first County Hurdle was run in 1920, and won by Trespasser, ridden by George Duller, who until 1973 also had a race named after him at Cheltenham's premier meeting.

3. The County Hurdle has suffered more abandonments than any other race at The Festival. Since the war, the race has been lost on five occasions, most recently in 2001 because of the foot and mouth crisis.

4. The race has been a favourite for the Irish with nine winners since 1953.

5. The longest-priced winner in recent years was Winnie The Witch at 33/1 in 1991.

6. The fastest time for the winning horse is 3 mins 51.2 secs by Moody Man in 1990.

7. In 1998, Blowing Wind, picked up an additional £50,000 bonus having won the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park the previous weekend. The
bonus, worth £75,000 this 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 Festival.



2006-WINNER-DESERT QUEST 6-10-10 Owner-Maggie Findlay; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/1 Jt Fav
2ND-Noble Request 5-10-11 Owner-Karola Vann; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-25/1
3RD-Adamant Approach 12-10-06 Owner-Greenstar Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Kiely; SP-50/1
4TH-Pirate Flagship 7-10-01 Owner-Mark & Tessa Woodhouse; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-10/1
29 ran, Time-3m 52.70s, Dist-2.5, 3.5, 1 4/1 Jt Fav Studmaster (10th)

2005-WINNER-FONTANESI 5-10-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-16/1
2ND-Stance 6-10-00 Owner-N J Jones; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-David Casey; SP-11/1
3RD-Borora 6-10-00 Owner-Mrs E M Clarke; Trainer-Richard Lee; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-200/1
4TH-Grande Jete 8-10-02 Owner-Lee Westwood, A Chandler & Jeremy Hindley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey- Mick Fitzgerald; SP-14/1
30 ran, Time-4m 1.30s, Dist-2, 2, 1.5

2004-WINNER-SPORAZENE 5-10-13 Owner-Ged Mason & David Jackson; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP- 7/1 Jt Fav
2ND-Hawadeth 9-9-07 Owner-Nicky Viney; Trainer-Victor Dartnall; Jockey-Mr Tom Malone; SP-50/1
3RD-Copeland 9-10-01 Owner-Professor David and Mrs Heather Silk; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Jamie Moore; SP- 25/1
4TH-Balapour 6-10-00 Owner-Rita Shah; Trainer-Oliver Brady IRE; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-12/1
23 ran, Time-4m 3.70s, Dist-.5, 1.5, nk 7/1 Jt Fav Harchibald (5th)

2003-WINNER-SPIRIT LEADER 7-11-07 Owner-Dil Thompson; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-10/1
2ND-Balapour 5-10-00 Owner-Rita Shah; Trainer-Oliver Brady IRE; Jockey-Martin Mooney; SP-25/1
3RD-Through The Rye 7-10-09 Owner-Nice To See You Euro-Racing); Trainer-Edwin Tuer; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-66/1
4TH-Non So 5-11-05 Owner-ROA Dawn Run Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick FitzgGerald; SP-10/128 ran, Time-3m 58.60s, Dist-nk, shd, 5 5/1 Fav Mise Rafturai (PU)

2002-WINNER-ROOSTER BOOSTER 8-11-01 Owner-Terry Warner; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-8/1
2ND-The Gatherer 8-10-06 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-12/1
3RD-Ben Ewar 8-10-01 Owner-Tony Richards; Trainer-Ken Cunningham-Brown; Jockey-Barry Fenton; SP-50/1
4TH-Benbyas 5-10-00 Owner-C H Stephenson & Partners; Trainer-Les Eyre; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-12/1
21 ran, Time-4m 5.90s, Dist-1.25, .5, 7 2/1 Fav Polar Red (13th)
2001 - No Race (Foot and Mouth Disease)

2000-WINNER-MASTER TERN 5-10-03 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-9/2 Fav
2ND Danegold 8-10-02 Owner-Circular Distributors Ltd; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-25/1
3RD Spokesman 6-10-02 Owner-Theresa McCoubrey; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE Jockey-Paul Moloney; SP-10/1
4TH Auetaler 6-11-09 Owner-The Anfield Hombres; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Rodi Greene; SP-12/1
21 ran, Time-3m 51.30s Dist-nk, 1, 1

1999-WINNER-SIR TALBOT 5-10-00 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Jim Old; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-10/1
2ND-Decoupage 7-10-13 Owner-James Dean; Trainer-Charlie Egerton; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-100/30 Fav
3RD-Toto Toscato 5-11-05 Owner-Hilda Clarke; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-25/1
4TH-Sadler’s Realm 6-9-09 Owner-B D Racing; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Robert Widger; SP-25/1
28 ran, Time- 3m 57.8s Dist-6, 10

1998-WINNER-BLOWING WIND 5-11-08 Owner-Peter Deal; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-15/8 Fav
2ND-Advocat 8-10-05 Owner-The High Street Racing Syndicate; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-12/1
3RD-Bless Me Sister 9-10-02 Owner-Bray Partners; Trainer-Richard Rowe; Jockey-Darren O’Sullivan; SP-33/1
4TH-Barna Boy 10-11-06 Owner-Lynn Wilson; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick FitzGerald;
SP-14/1 27 ran, Time- 3m 54.3s Dist-1.75, 2.5

1997-WINNER-BARNA BOY 9-10-12 Owner-Lynn Wilson; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-14/1
2ND-Carlito Brigante 5-10-00 Owner-Lady Carole Bamford; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-13/2
3RD-Penny A Day 7-11-08 Owner-Ian Good; Trainer-Mary Reveley; Jockey-Peter Niven; SP-15/2
4TH-Black Queen 6-10-04 Owner-Heinz Pollmeier; Trainer-John Kiely IRE; Jockey-A J O’Brien;
SP-12/1 20 ran, Time-3m 58.9s, Dist-1, 3, 1 7/2 Fav Tidjani (5th)

1996-WINNER-STAR RAGE 6-10-00 Owner-David Abell; Trainer-Jimmy Harris; Jockey-Dean Gallagher; SP-14/1
2ND-Romancer 5-11-03 Owner-Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
3RD-Non Vintage 5-10-13 Owner-A Mann and Mrs T Mann; Trainer-Michael Chapman; Jockey-Billy Worthington; SP-33/1
4TH-Cheryl’s Lad 6-11-05 Owner-Elaine Baines; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-John Kavanagh; SP-5/1 Fav
28 ran, Time-4m 0.8s, Dist-3, 3.5, 2.5

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