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Divers Makes Centenary Festival Splash

1 Divers 10/1
2 Quantitativeeasing 7/1
3 Tullamore Dew 13/2
4 Vino Griego 20/1
20 ran Distances: 2¾l, 2l, 1¼l
TIME 5m 7.50s (slow by 7.50s)

Ferdy Murphy’s excellent record at the Festival was embellished after he saddled Divers to win the closing race on day one.


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Divers became the North Yorkshire-based Murphy’s tenth Festival success, and he said: “He’s a tough little horse and had his ears pricked coming to the last. He’ll take another race before too long.

“We wanted to go chasing with him last year, but he wasn’t quite mature enough. This season we took him to Towcester to get used to jumping big fences, and we did the same at Carlisle, and it was no disgrace to finish fifth to Time For Rupert here in November. He’s a nice horse with the right profile for a race like this.”

Winning jockey Graham Lee said: “That was pretty good, and the horse deserves huge credit. Ferdy wanted me to keep hold of him and I said no chance. I’ll stick close to the rail.

“He fenced beautifully and was very clever with his feet. He was close to the guard board at the ditch, but snapped his feet up. He had to want it.

“Winning any race at the Festival at any time of your career is very satisfying - it’s the tops.”

J P McManus, owner of second-placed Quantiativeeasing, said: “He ran a good race but we just weren’t good enough.”

Nick Gifford, trainer of third-placed Tullamore Dew, commented: “He ran a great race and I couldn’t have asked for any more. It was a fiercely competitive race with the good horses filling the first four places and I think mine wants a bit further now.

“Liam (Treadwell) said he was in top gear all the way and if we went to Aintree we’d probably step up to three miles if we got this ground.”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Ferdy Murphy
G Lee
11st 4lbs
10 - 1
N J Henderson
A P McCoy
11st 11lbs
7 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
Tullamore Dew
N J Gifford
L Treadwell
11st 11lbs
13 - 2
2 lengths
Vino Griego
G L Moore
J E Moore
11st 5lbs
20 - 1
1 1/4 length
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 8lbs
3 - 1
1 1/2 length
G Elliott
D N Russell
11st 9lbs
14 - 1
3/4 length
Swing Bill
D Pipe
T J Murphy
11st 8lbs
14 - 1
1 1/4 length
On Borrowed Wings
A Fleming
D Jacob
11st 8lbs
12 - 1
N J Henderson
David Bass
11st 6lbs
33 - 1
1 3/4 length
Glenstal Abbey
C F Swan
D J Casey
11st 7lbs
40 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
Nadiya De La Vega
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 10lbs
20 - 1
6 lengths
A L T Moore
Andrew J McNamara
11st 5lbs
25 - 1
2 lengths
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
11st 4lbs
50 - 1
8 lengths



2010-WINNER-COPPER BLEU 8-11-01 Owner-Alan Peterson; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
2ND-Othermix 6-11-00 Owner-Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd; Trainer-Tom George; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-50/1
3RD-The Midnight Club 6-11-01 Owner-C C R Racing Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-16/1
4TH-China Rock 7-11-03 Owner-Michael O’Flynn; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Niall Madden; SP-9/1 20 ran, Time-5m 12.50s, Dist-3½ , ½, 3¾ 6/1 Fav Rivaliste (7th)

2009-WINNER-CHAPOTURGEON 5-10-11 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-8/1
2ND-Isn’t That Lucky 6-10-07 Owner-Valda Burke; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Richard McGrath; SP-11/1
3RD-Crescent Island 6-11-02 Owner-Sarah Bays Jill Scott Sarah MacEchern; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-25/1
4TH-Northern Alliance 8-11-04 Owner-Irish Rover Syndicate; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP8/1 20 ran, Time-5m 16.44s, Dist-9, 2¼, 6 15/2 Fav Kia Kaha (10th)

2008-WINNER-FINGER ONTHE PULSE 7-10-12 Owner-Conor Clarkson; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/1
2ND-Barbers Shop 6-10-13 Owner-The Queen; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-12/1
3RD-Possol 5-10-06 Owner-Neville Statham; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Mark Bradburne; SP-25/1
4TH-Fleet Street 9-10-12 Owner-Henry Ponsonby; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Andrew Tinkler; SP-66/1 20 ran, Time-5m 10.2s, Dist-nk, 1½, nse

2007-WINNER-L’ANTARTIQUE 7-10-11 Owner-Mary Durkan; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-20/1
2ND-Bob Hall 6-10-09 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-10/1
3RD-Wee Robbie 7-10-13 Owner-P H Betts (Holdings) Ltd; Trainer-Nick Gifford; Jockey-Leighton Aspell; SP-20/1
4TH-Rasharrow 8-10-10 Owner-Ashleybank Investments Limited; Trainer-Len Lungo; Jockey-Keith Mercer; SP-14/1
19 ran, Time-5m 10.70s, Dist-2, 2½, 4 7/2 Fav New Little Bric (7th)

2006-WINNER-REVEILLEZ 7-10-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-9/2 Fav
2ND-Copsale Lad 9-11-00 Owner-Swallow Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-8/1
3RD-Tumbling Dice 7-11-01 Owner-Mrs John Donegan; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-14/1
4TH-Direct Flight 8-10-04 Owner-Top Flight; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-25/1
18 ran, Time-5m 05.00s, Dist-1.25, 9, shd

2005-WINNER-KING HARALD 7-10-04 Owner-Piers Pottinger & PBJ Partnership; Trainer-Mark Bradstock; Jockey-Mattie Batchelor; SP-9/1
2ND-Lacdoudal 6-11-10 Owner-Carol Skan; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
3RD-See You Sometime 10-11-03 Owner-J A G Meaden; Trainer-Seamus Mullins; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-12/1
4TH-Sir Oj 8-10-11 Owner-Brian Keenan; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-18/1
19 ran, Time-5m 12.20s, Dist-12, 8, 2 8/1 Fav Captain Corelli (PU)


(First running in 2005)

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2010 Copper Bleu 8-11-01 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Alan Peterson 12/1 20
2009 Chapoturgeon 5-10-11 Timmy Murphy Paul Nicholls David Johnson 8/1 20
2008 Finger Onthe Pulse 7-10-12 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe IRE Conor Clarkson 9/1 20
2007 L’Antartique 7-10-11 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy Mary Durkan 20/1 19
2006 Reveillez 7-10-11 Tony McCoy James Fanshawe J P McManus 9/2F 18
2005 King Harald 7-10-04 Mattie Batchelor Mark Bradstock Piers Pottinger & P B-J Partnership 9/1 19

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