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Kayf Aramis Battles to Pertemps Success


1 (21) Kayf Aramis 16-1
2 (12) Buena Vista 10-1
3 (9) Pennek 9-1
4 (22) The Sliotar 33-1


Kafy Aramis made all when he scooted home in the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle. It was a first Festival success for jockey Aidan Coleman (who has now reached 50 winners this season in his quest for the conditional jockeys’ title).

“I couldn’t believe how well that went. He’s had a brilliant run through all the way. He’s jumped great and he’s travelled great,” said the young jockey.

“Venetia said pop him out handy because if he misses a flight, which he can do, then we would have been last before you knew it. But he has travelled so well today.

"He's just got the hang of it with his last couple of wins in moderate handicaps and now he's got his head in front, there's no stopping him.

"I heard something coming in the run-in and I was thinking "not now" because he had been in front for so long he didn’t deserve to get caught but thank God it was a loose horse, such a relief.

"I can't describe the feeling of winning here. It's my 50th winner of the season as well and I am still absolutely speechless. I don't think I will be able to tell you how I feel for another week or two.”

It was a fistful of firsts for owner Isobel Phipps Coltman; a first winner from a first runner at The Festival, who was her first ever racehorse and she bred the winner too. And something of a shock too.

“I would have been happy with sixth, I would been delighted with sixth. I bred him from my little mare that I used to ride. I’ve got his full brother and his full sister at home in a muddy field in Gloucester, half an hour away,” said the owner.

"I can't believe it, it's so fantastic. I am really, really pleased. It's all thanks to the team and Venetia for all of their hard work."

For trainer Venetia Williams, it opened her account for this year’s Festival and is her fourth winner in all at this meeting.

“I said to Aidan that the horse would never lack for stamina, so have him up the front. It wasn’t the strongest pace, and I thought it wasn’t quite quick enough because he is such an out and out stayer,” said Williamson.

“I think the loose horse helped him a bit in the closing stages, giving him something to run against,” she added.

Williams acknowledged that the horse had undergone something of a transformation in his last three outings. “He’s been a bit hesitant in his earlier hurdling but I’ve never seen him jump so well. He jumped really well. I think he even showed a change of gear. I just can't believe it! Two runs ago I couldn't even win a maiden hurdle with him.

"That's the best he's ever jumped and I am so thrilled for Isobel, whose bred him and stuck with him through think and thin. I think she was totally shocked when I said we might enter him for Cheltenham and even more shocked to discover that we actually got into the race. I should think that she's probably on a stretcher now!


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Kayf Aramis
Miss V Williams
A Coleman
10st 5lbs
16 - 1
Buena Vista
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 9lbs
10 - 1
2 lengths
A King
R Thornton
10st 11lbs
9 - 1
The Sliotar
D Pipe
Mr D R Cook
10st 5lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
Green Mile
A J Martin
R Walsh
10st 4lbs
8 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
J Howard Johnson
Denis O'Regan
10st 8lbs
12 - 1
Don't Push It
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 5lbs
8 - 1
8 lengths
P'tit Fute
F Flood
M P Walsh
11st 12lbs
11 - 1
Short Head
Middleton Dene
N G Richards
Mrs R Dobbin
11st 0lbs
33 - 1
1 3/4 length
D Pipe
T J Murphy
10st 11lbs
50 - 1
1 1/4 length
Miss H C Knight
G Lee
10st 7lbs
33 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
P J Hobbs
R Flint
11st 7lbs
7 - 1
15 lengths
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
10st 9lbs
14 - 1
3/4 length
Jonjo O'Neill
R McGrath
10st 11lbs
40 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Indian Pipe Dream
S Gollings
P Townend
10st 4lbs
66 - 1
23 lengths
Mister Gloss
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
10st 9lbs
33 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Blue Shark
N J Henderson
D Elsworth
10st 6lbs
25 - 1
2 lengths
The Very Man
Jonjo O'Neill
N Fehily
10st 8lbs
25 - 1
4 lengths
The Rall
D T Hughes
R Loughran
10st 7lbs
28 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
10st 13lbs
9 - 1
R Lee
Mr O Greenall
10st 11lbs
33 - 1
G L Moore
J E Moore
10st 7lbs
100 - 1
Non Runner
Hills Of Aran
W K Goldsworthy
Christian Williams
11st 10lbs

Non Runner
P Nolan
A P Cawley
10st 8lbs




The familiar light blue and maroon colours of Matt Archer and the late Jean Broadhurst were carried into second place in the Pertemps Final by Buena Vista.

Those same silks last entered The Festival’s number one spot when Upgrade won the JCB Triumph Hurdle in 1998, and sadly Broadhurst has died since, but her name remains attached to horses in which Archer has an interest.

He explained: “The most important part of Jean’s life was her horses, and she set up a trust so that every horse we retire is looked after for life. She died four years ago, and while she would have loved to be here she would have been mad, because she loved being a winner - mind you, she would still have been giving everyone a kiss.”

Of Buena Vista’s run he said: “Seconditis again. We keep finishing second or third, but he’s run a fine race and I can’t complain about that. He’s been declared for tomorrow’s Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle, but I don’t think he’ll run again. He was entered just in case something went wrong today.

“We bought the horse from Aidan O’Brien and he’s been a really good servant to us.”

David Pipe, who trains Buena Vista and fourth-placed The Sliotar, said: “They’ve both run fine races. Buena Vista tried his hardest all the way to the line, and I thought The Sliotar was too big a price and would run well.”

Alan King was very satisfied with the performance of 9/1 chance Pennek, who stayed on well to take third place.

The master of Barbury Castle said: “That was another good solid run and I couldn’t be more pleased with him.

“I don’t know if he will run again this year but he will be going over fences next season and could be one for the four-miler (National Hunt Chase) back here next year.”



1. The Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) was introduced to The Festival in 1974, replacing the George Duller Handicap Hurdle. Until 1993, it was run under the Coral banner. Other sponsors since then have been American Express (1993), Hamlet Cigars (1994 & 1996), Astec Vodafone (1995), Hamlet Extra Mild Cigars (1997), Unicoin Homes (1998) and Stakis Casinos (1999). Ladbrokes inherited sponsorship in 2000 after acquiring Stakis Casinos and Pertemps took over in 2002.

2. The Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) is the final of the Pertemps series, eight qualifiers of which took place at Chepstow (October 21), Auteuil (November 4), Newbury (November 24), Cheltenham (December 8), Wincanton (December 26), Warwick (January 13), Leopardstown (January 14), and Haydock (February 17).

3. The smallest field was 17 in 1976 when Good Prospect won at 10/1.

4. Willie Wumpkins won in three consecutive years from 1979-81 when 11,12 &13. He died in 1995 at the ripe old age of 27.

5. Forgive ’N’ Forget is the only totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to have won what is now the Pertemps Final, beating 22 rivals in 1983 and going on to take the Gold Cup two years later.

6. There have been two 50/1 winners in the past four years, with Creon in 2004 and Kadoun in 2006 scoring for the bookies.


Previous Results



2007-WINNER-OSCAR PARK 8-10-09 Owner-George Ward; Trainer-David Arbuthnot; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-14/1
2ND-Material World 9-10-09 Owner-Southern Bloodstock; Trainer-Suzy Smith; Jockey-Colin Bolger; SP-14/1
3RD-Adamant Approach 13-10-13 Owner-Greenstar Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paddy Mullins; SP-16/1
4TH-Mistanoora 8-10-00 Owner-Nigel Twiston Davies; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Tony Evans; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-5m 46.20s, Dist-½, 3½, ½ 13/2 Fav Kadoun (18th)

2006-WINNER-KADOUN 9-11-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Michael O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Tom Ryan; SP-50/1
2ND-Hordago 6-10-02 Owner-S Braddish; Trainer-Eric McNamara IRE; Jockey-Brian Byrnes; SP-10/1
3RD-Oodachee 7-11-05 Owner-Modreeny Syndicate; Trainer-Charlie Swan; Jockey-David Casey; SP-10/1
4TH-Liberman 8-10-08 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Jamie Mackay; SP-20/1
24 ran, Time-5m 46.90s, Dist-1.5, 3.5, 1.25 4/1 Oulart (8th)

2005-WINNER-OULART 6-10-02 Owner-Ged Pierse; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-10/1
2ND-Mioche D’Estruval 5-10-00 Owner-Joe Moran; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-66/1
3RD Quick 5-11-00 Owner-Kinsford Champagne Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Andrew Glassonbury; SP-50/1
4TH-Touch Closer 8-10-07 Owner-Vicky Scott; Trainer-Vicky Scott; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-66/1
22 ran, Time-5m 52.90s, Dist-2, 4, 1.25 7/2 Fav Ravenswood (15th)

2004-WINNER-CREON 9-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O'Neill; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-50/1
2ND-G V A Ireland 6-10-05 Owner-Donal O’Buachalla; Trainer-Francis Flood IRE; Jockey-Fran Flood; SP-14/1
3RD-Alexanderthegreat 6-11-06 Owner-The Irish Connection; Trainer-Paul Nicholls 6-11-06; Jockey-Ruby Walsh 25/1
4TH-His Nibs 7-10-08 Owner-John Galvanoni; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-25/1
24 ran, Time-6m 16.30s; Dist-.5, 1, .5 4/1 Fav Keepatem (7th)

2003-WINNER-INCHING CLOSER 6-11-02 Owner-Nicola Spence; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-6/1 Fav
2ND Royal Emperor 7-11-06 Owner-Widdop Wanderers; Trainer-Sue Smith; Jockey-Dominic Elsworth; SP-14/1
3RD Tribal Venture 5-10-06 Owner-Network Training III; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-33/1
4TH Ravenswood 6-11-03 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time-6m 21.00s; Dist-sh, 12, 1.75

2002-WINNER-FREETOWN 6-11-02 Owner-Susan Blumberg and S Nairn; Trainer-Len Lungo; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-20/1
2ND-Surprising 7-10-04 Owner-Martin St Quinton; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
3RD-Montreal 5-10-07 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-25/1
4TH-Native Emperor 6-10-09 Owner-Exors of the late Robert Hitchins; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Liam Cooper; SP-10/1 24 ran, Time-6m 16.780s; Dist-4, hd, 5 7/2 Fav Calladine (14th)

2001 - No Race (Foot and Mouth Disease)

2000-WINNER-RUBHAHUNISH 9-11-02 Owner-Lone Star Racing Partnership; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
2ND-Take Five 7-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-John Kiely IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-7/1
3RD-Font Romeu 7-10-06 Owner-Pond House Gold; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Barry Fenton; SP-14/1
4TH-Darapour 6-10-04 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-4/1Fav
24 ran, Time 6m 3.40s Dist-3.5, 3, sh

1999-WINNER-GENEROSA 6-10-01 Owner-Trish Hyde; Trainer-John Hassett IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-12/1
2ND-Melody Maid 7-10-03 Owner-R Parish, B Griffiths, G Rogers, R Newman; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-12/1
3RD-Galant Moss 5-10-07 Owner-Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-3/1 Fav
4TH-Shannon Gale 7-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time 6m 17.9s Dist-5,1.25,1

1998-WINNER-UNSINKABLE BOXER 9-10-12 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer- Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-5/2 Fav
2ND-Tompetoo 7-10-09 Owner-Pettifer Pettifer Ltd; Trainer-Nigel Twiston Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-9/2
3RD-Spendid 6-10-10 Owner-Mrs Adair Catherwood; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-12/1
4TH-Metastasio 6-10-10 Owner-F Mallon; Trainer-Gerry McArdle IRE; Jockey-Harry Rogers; SP-14/1
24 ran, Time 6m 12.2s Dist-4, .75, 2

1997-WINNER-PHARANEAR 7-11-09 Owner-Stainless Threaded Fasteners Ltd; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Robert Thornton; SP-14/1
2ND-Yahmi 7-10-13 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Jim Old; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-7/2 Fav
3RD-Danjing 5-10-11 Owner-Knight Hawks Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-33/1
4TH-Haile Derring 7-10-06 Owner-Mrs V Stockdale; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Tom Jenks; SP-9/1 24 ran, Time-6m 24.2s, Dist-2, 5, 1


(Pertemps Final since 2002, Ladbrokes Casinos Final 2001-2000, Stakis Casinos Final 1999, Unicoin Homes Gold Card Handicap Hurdle 1998, Hamlet Extra Mild Cigars Gold Card Final 1997, Hamlet Cigars Gold Card Handicap Hurdle Final 1996 & 1994, Astec Vodafone Gold Card (Final) 1995, American Express Gold Card Final 1993, Coral Golden Final 1978-1992, Joe Coral Golden Hurdle Final 1974-78)

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2008 Ballyfitz
2007 Oscar Park 8-10-09 Tom Doyle David Arbuthnot George Ward 14/1 24
2006 Kadoun 9-11-07 Tom Ryan Michael O’Brien IRE J P McManus 50/1 24
2005 Oulart 6-10-02 Paul Carberry Dessie Hughes IRE Ged Pierse 10/1 22
2004 Creon 9-10-00 Timmy Murphy Jonjo O’Neill J P McManus 50/1 24
2003 Inching Closer 6-11-02 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O’Neill Nicola Spence 6/1F 24
2002 Freetown 6-11-02 Tony Dobbin Len Lungo Susan Blumberg and S Nairn 20/1 24
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Rubhahunish 9-11-02 Carl Llewellyn Nigel-Twiston-Davies Lone Star Racing Partnership 8/1 24
1999 Generosa 6-10-01 Norman Williamson John Hassett IRE Mrs Trish Hyde 12/1 24
1998 Unsinkable Boxer 9-10-12 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe Paul Green 5/2F 24
1997 Pharanear 7-11-09 Mr Robert Thornton David Nicholson Stainless Threaded Fasteners Ltd 14/1 24
1996 Great Easeby 6-10-01 Richard McGrath Wilf Storey David Batey 7/1 24
1995 Miracle Man 7-10-11 Peter Hobbs Colin Weedon Patrick Evans 9/2F 23
1994 Tindari 6-10-09 Paul Williams Malcolm Jefferson Yorkshire Racing Club Owners Group 20/1 32
1993 Fissure Seal 7-11-04 Charlie Swan Harry de Bromhead IRE Delton Syndicate 14/1 22
1992 My View 8-10-04 Jason Titley Michael Purcell IRE Mrs Seamus Purcell 33/1 31
1991 Danny Connors 7-10-12 Mark Dwyer Jonjo O’Neill J P McManus 9/1 29
1990 Henry Mann 7-11-09 Tony Mulholland Simon Christian Lynn Wilson 20/1 27
1989 Rogers Princess 7-10-00 Shaun Keightley Martin Tate R C Smith 8/1JF 27
1988 Pragada 5-11-00 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford Mrs M G L McGlone 16/1 29
1987 Taberna Lord 6-11-05 Luke Harvey Jim Wilson R Jackson 10/1 31
1986 Motivator 6-10-07 Graham McCourt Mick Ryan Terry Ramsden 15/2F 31
1985 Von Trappe 8-10-06 Richard Dunwoody Michael Oliver P Clarke 12/1 30
1984 Canio 7-10-09 John Francome Ron Hodges David Ladhams 20/1 31
1983 Forgive N'Forget 6-11-06 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald T Kilroe Ltd 5/2F 23
1982 Tall Order 8-10-02 Andy Stringer Louis Foster Louis Foster 15/1 31
1981 Willie Wumpkins 13-10-08 Mr Jim Wilson Jane Pilkington Jane Pilkington 13/2 20
1980 Willie Wumpkins 12-10-07 Mr Jim Wilson Jane Pilkington Jane Pilkington 10/1 19
1979 Willie Wumpkins 11-10-04 Mr Jim Wilson Jane Pilkington Jane Pilkington 25/1 22
1978 Water Colour 9-10-01 Kevin Whyte Martin Tate J Soles 11/1 23
1977 Outpoint 7-11-03 Pat O'Brien Fred Winter Mrs G Abecassis 10/1 27
1976 Good Prospect 7-11-10 Richard Evans John Edwards T Dudley 10/1 17
1975 Saffron Cake 6-10-07 Eddie Wright Les Kennard P Haynes 13/1 24
1974 Kastrup 7-10-03 Graham Thorner David Barons Austin Darlington 10/1 22

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