Weatherbys Champion Bumper - Wed Mar 14th 2007 

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Weatherbys Champion Bumper

1st (4) Cork All Star 11-2
2nd (22) Sophocles 40-1
3rd (1) Aranleigh 8-1
24 ran
Also: 4-1 Fav Mad Fish, 25-1 Shirley Casper 4th


Cork All Star Rating in Bumper 14/03/07

Cork All Star remains unbeaten in four starts after collecting the Weatherbys Champion Bumper in great style for owner Cathal Ryan, trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Barry Geraghty.

The five-year-old was landing his second bumper at Cheltenham this season, having won the Tiger Developments Open Bumper at The Open back in November.

He was always prominent today and stayed on resolutely to score by a length and a quarter from Sophocles with Aranleigh another length and a half back in third.

Mrs Harrington said: “He is some horse and really travelled well today.

“Barry (Geraghty) only sat on the horse for the first time yesterday and said he gave him no feel at all!

“However, when he was going to the start he said ‘Jesus this feels like a machine!

“He was always travelling today and I couldn’t believe how well he was going when he turned in - I was shouting so loud I think Barry must have heard me.

“I don’t think he will run again this season as he has now won four bumpers and so I don’t think he will be eligible to be run at Punchestown.

“Anyway, he is well schooled over hurdles. I don’t keep him all the time as he spends a lot of time at home (owner Cathal Ryan’s Swordlestown Stud, where the winner was bred).

“To win two bumpers at Cheltenham in a season is just amazing.”

Barry Geraghty added: "He travelled brilliantly. I hadn't planned on taking him up there turning in, I was going to wait a little longer, but I was travelling so well, and I knew he would stay going. There was no way he was going to get done for pace. He picked up and when the second horse came to him he went on again. He was idling in front.

"He's a fair horse with a lot of pace, and although I haven't schooled him, I've heard he jumps very well. It was a smart bumper with plenty of fancied horses in it in good from. He travelled so easily through the race that he made it an easy ride.

"Jessie and myself have been having winners for the last good few years, she's good for me, and we get on well."



Cork All Star proved best of the season’s bumper horses, but a late rattle from the Pauline Ryan-ridden Sophocles, a 40/1 chance, made the winner work hard for the line.

In a contest in which Irish horses filled the first five places, Sophocles was beaten one and a quarter lengths by Cork All Star, and was one and a half lengths ahead of third-placed Aranleigh.

Curragh trainer James Leavy said of Sophocles: “We’re thrilled with that effort. This was a very hot race and he’s acquitted himself well.

“Pauline gave him a great ride, as good as any professional - she won on the horse at Thurles and deserved to keep the ride, even though she couldn’t use her claim. She was formerly with John Oxx, but is now with Jessica Harrington, who’s beaten her in this race. When you’ve ridden work with Mick Kinane and Johnny Murtagh and so on you can’t get any better than that.

“Sophocles is one of 14 horses I train. He is not an out-and-out National Hunt-bred horse and we’ll probably mix races on the Flat and over hurdles.”

Tony Mullins, trainer of Aranleigh, said: “Tony [McCoy] said things just happened a little quickly for him. When he got to the hill he came into his own, but they had gone by then. Tony’s very disappointed not to have won.

“I’ll discuss plans with J P [McManus] but this horse won’t run anywhere unless there’s cut in the ground. I’m not saying he won’t go on faster ground, but he’s a young horse and I don’t want to risk giving him a leg. He might go to Punchestown, but it’s certainly not important.”

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Cork All Star
Mrs J Harrington
B J Geraghty
11st 5lbs
11 - 2
James Leavy
Miss Pauline Ryan
10st 11lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
Anthony Mullins
A P McCoy
11st 5lbs
8 - 1
1 1/2 length
Shirley Casper
Philip Fenton
A J McNamara
10st 12lbs
25 - 1
W P Mullins
Ms K Walsh
11st 5lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
Crocodiles Rock
Jonjo O'Neill
F M Berry
11st 5lbs
20 - 1
1 length
W P Mullins
D J Condon
11st 5lbs
50 - 1
1 length
Mad Fish
W P Mullins
R Walsh
11st 5lbs
4 - 1
1 length
One Gulp
P R Webber
A Tinkler
10st 4lbs
16 - 1
5 lengths
Lodge Lane
V R A Dartnall
James White
11st 5lbs
33 - 1
1 1/2 length
Tot O'Whiskey
J M Jefferson
F King
11st 5lbs
10 - 1
1 length
Isn't That Lucky
Jonjo O'Neill
Mr Alan Berry
10st 11lbs
50 - 1
1 3/4 length
Oliver McKiernan
Mr R P Quinlan
11st 5lbs
25 - 1
2 lengths
Raven's Run
Michael Cunningham
D N Russell
11st 5lbs
20 - 1
Just A Thought
H J L Dunlop
N Fehily
10st 11lbs
33 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Judge Roy Bean
E J O'Grady
Mr J P Magnier
10st 11lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
Den of Iniquity
C Llewellyn
C Llewellyn
11st 5lbs
7 - 1
1 1/4 length
Berings Express
N Clement
T J O'Brien
10st 11lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 5lbs
40 - 1
18 lengths
Le Beau Bai
D Pipe
A Glassonbury
10st 11lbs
100 - 1
7 lengths
D Pipe
T J Murphy
10st 11lbs
33 - 1
12 lengths
Sir Harry Ormesher
C J Down
C Honour
10st 11lbs
40 - 1
8 lengths
Fiddling Again
N J Henderson
M A Fitzgerald
10st 4lbs
18 - 1
11 lengths
Enquiring Mind
E J O'Grady
J P Spencer
11st 5lbs
8 - 1



2006-WINNER-HAIRY MOLLY 6-11-05 Owner-F T B Syndicate; Trainer-Joe Crowley IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-33/1
2ND Pressgang 4-10-11 Owner-Mrs Anthony West; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Tom Doyle; 20/1
3RD Kicks For Free 5-11-05 Owner-Mark Tincknell; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-5/1
23 ran, Time-3m 46.70s Dist-hd, 1.75 5/2 Fav Equus Maximus (12th)

2005-WINNER-MISSED THAT 6-11-05 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND De Soto 4-10-12 Owner-Peter Deal; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-20/1
3RD Rasharrow 6-11-05 Owner-Ashleybank Investments Limited; Trainer-Len Lungo; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-9/1
24 ran, Time-3m 52.70s Dist-nk, .5

2004-WINNER-TOTAL ENJOYMENT 5-10-12 Owner-It Will Never Last Syndicate; Trainer-Tommy Cooper IRE; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP-7/1
2ND Refinement 5-10-12 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
3RD Master Albert 6-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-David Wachman IRE; Jockey-Mr J P Magnier; SP-50/1
24 ran, Time-3m 48.30s Dist-2.5, 5 7/2 Fav Martinstown (14th)

2003-WINNER-LIBERMAN 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND Trabolgan 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Seamus Durack; SP-50/1
3RD Widemouth Bay 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Deithrick; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-33/1
25 ran, Time-3m 52.30s Dist-.5, 1

2002-WINNER-PIZARRO 5-11-06 Owner-Edward Wallace; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-14/1
2ND-Rhinestone Cowboy 6-11-06 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Back In Front 5-11-06 Owner-Nelius Hayes; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-12/1
23 ran, Time-4m 0.70s; Dist-nk, 3.5

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-JOE CULLEN 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Mullins; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-14/1
2ND-Inca 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Be My Royal 5-11-06 Owner-Mrs Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr James Nash; SP-16/1
17 ran, Time-3m 41.20s, Dist-3.5, 2

1999-MONSIGNOR 5-11-06 Owner-Malcolm Denmark; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-50/1
2ND-Golden Alpha 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2
3RD-Canasta 5-10-13 Owner-Southern Brick & Tile Co./D S Arnold; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Liam Corcoran; SP-25/1
25 ran, Time-3m 54.8s, Dist-1.5, .75 11/4 Fav Biliverdin (15th)

1998-WINNER-ALEXANDER BANQUET 5-11-06 Owner-M Swarbrick; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Ruby Walsh; SP-9/1
2ND-Joe Mac 4-10-12; Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Frantic Tan 6-11-06; Owner-The Bunkers Hill Mob; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
25 ran, Time-3m 45.7s, Dist-2.5, 7

1997-WINNER-FLORIDA PEARL 5-11-06 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-6/1
2ND-Arctic Camper 5-11-06 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-16/1
3RD-All The Colours 4-10-12 Owner-Pat Byrnes; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-8/1
25 ran, Time-3m 45.1s, Dist-5, 2 4/1 Fav Dawn Leader (13th)

1996-WINNER-WITHER OR WHICH 5-11-06 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-11/4
2ND-Alzulu 5-11-06 Owner-D Buckle; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Peter Niven; SP-25/1
3RD-Mighty Moss 5-10-13 Owner-Ken Hutsby; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Fred Hutsby; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-2, 3 9/4 Fav Andanito (4th)

1995-WINNER-DATO STAR 4-10-12 Owner-Kath Riley & Joe Donald; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-7/2
2ND-Red Blazer 4-10-12 Owner-Tom Shrimpton; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jamie Osborne SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Skehanagh Bridge 6-11-06 Owner-David Pim; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-12/1
21 Ran, Time-4m 02.2s. Dist-1.25, 3.5

1994-WINNER-MUCKLEMEG 6-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Aries Girl 5-11-03 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-5/1
3RD-Go Ballistic 5-11-03 Owner-Sheila Lockhart; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Robert Massey; SP-16/1
25 Ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-3, 15

1993-WINNER-RHYTHM SECTION 4-10-11 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Homer Scott IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Heist 4-11-02 Owner-Mrs G Matthews; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-9/4 Fav
3RD-Winter Belle 5-11-13 Owner-John Muldoon; Trainer-Paddy Prendergast IRE; Jockey-John Shortt; SP-7/1
24 Ran, Time-3m 45.2s, Dist-.5, 1

1992-WINNER-MONTELADO 5-11-13 Owner-Ollie Hannon; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-8/1
2ND-Tiananmen Square 4-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Mr Tim Hyde; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Maneree 5-11-08 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Neville Callaghan; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-7/1
23 Ran, Time-3m 58.2s, Dist-12, 10


(Weatherbys Champion Bumper since 1997, Bi Group Festival Bumper 1996, Prestige Medical Festival Bumper 1995, Bromsgrove Industries Festival Bumper 1994, Guinness Festival Bumper 1993, Tote Festival Bumper 1992)

Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP Ran
2006 Hairy Molly 6-11-05 F T B Syndicate Joe Crowley IRE Paul Carberry 33/1 23
2005 Missed That 6-11-05 Violet O’Leary Willie Mullins IRE Ruby Walsh 7/2F 24
2004 Total Enjoyment 7-10-12 It Will Never Last Syndicate Tom Cooper IRE Jim Culloty 7/1 24
2003 Liberman 5-11-06 David Johnson Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 2/1F 25
2002 Pizarro 5-11-06 Edward Wallace Edward O’Grady IRE Jamie Spencer 14/1 23
2001 Race Cancelled - foot & mouth
2000 Joe Cullen 5-11-06 Jackie Mullins Willie Mullins IRE Charlie Swan 14/1 17
1999 Monsignor 5-11-06 Malcolm Denmark Mark Pitman Brendan Powell 50/1 25
1998 Alexander Banquet 5-11-06 M Swarbrick Willie Mullins IRE Mr Ruby Walsh 9/1 25
1997 Florida Pearl 5-11-06 Violet O’Leary Willie Mullins IRE Richard Dunwoody 6/1 25
1996 Wither Or Which 5-11-06 Robert Sinclair Willie Mullins IRE Mr Willie Mullins 11/4 24
1995 Dato Star 4-10-12 Kath Riley & Joe Donald Malcolm Jefferson Mark Dwyer 7/2 21
1994 Mucklemeg 6-11-05 J P McManus Edward O'Grady IRE Charlie Swan 7/2F 36
1993 Rhythm Section 4-10-11 Robert Sinclair Homer Scott IRE Paul Carberry; 16/1 24
1992 Montelado 5-11-13 Ollie Hannon Pat Flynn IRE Richard Dunwoody 8/1 23


1. Other than the contests added to The Festival in 2005 when it went to four days, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, run for the first time in 1992, is the second-newest race at The Festival after the Coral Cup which was introduced the following year.

2. The first winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper was Montelado, who achieved what is thought to be the unique feat of winning two consecutive Festival races. The Bumper, now run on Wednesday, was originally the last race of the Festival. Montelado went on to win the opening race of the 1993 Festival, the Trafalgar House Supreme Novices' Hurdle, which is now sponsored by Anglo Irish Bank.

3. Irish-trained runners have a great record in the race, accounting for 11 of the 14 winners. Willie Mullins has incredibly saddled five of the last 10 winners. The three horses to have kept the trophy at home were Dato Star in 1995, Monsignor, who sprang a 50/1 surprise in 1999, and Liberman, who gave Martin Pipe his first and only win in the race in 2003.

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