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Son Of Flicka Steps Up in Coral Cup

1 Son Of Flicka 16/1
2 Get Me Out Of Here 6/1 Fav
3 Veiled 25/1
4 Silverhand 25/1
28 ran

Son Of Flicka gave Donald McCain and Jason Maguire their second winner of the week with a fine performance in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham.

Son Of Flicka
© Caroline Norris

Son Of Flicka

Son Of Flicka was beaten just a neck at last year’s Festival when runner-up to Sir Des Champs in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle but he went one better today with victory in the Coral Cup, romping home to a three-and-a-half length victory over top-weight Get Me Out Of Here. The winner was backed in from 66/1 to 16/1 after being tipped by the Racing Post’s Pricewise column.

Trainer Donald McCain, who was celebrating his second win at this year’s Festival after yesterday’s success of Cinders And Ashes, said: “He’s a tough little horse and he always does his best. He was going up and up in the weights and never winning a race but he’s always deserved a big one.

“He’s been around for a long time - he’s lived with us since he was a three-year-old and I was devastated for him last year when he got done on the line. Then he took a terrible fall at Aintree and it took a while to get his confidence back and he’s been running on bad ground which isn’t his thing. We aimed to come here and try to have him spot-on for the day.

“You come here and there are 15 or 20 with chances so I’m never confident. I know my good horses but in the handicaps I’m a little bit lost, but he’s as tough and as genuine as they come and I’ve got a jockey who’s riding out of his skin.

“Jason [Maguire] knows that riding for me he can pretty much do what he likes. We’ve only ever had cross words once and we had to go to hug each other later we felt that bad about it. We’re good friends and he’s on the same side as me.”

McCain added: “It can’t get any better than this, I just keep shaking my head. I have a yardful of good owners, nice horses and great staff who are putting a lot of work in. It’s all down to them.”

The stewards subsequently considered the improved form of Son Of Flicka following his previous run at Kempton and were satisfied with McCain’s explanation that the gelding appreciated the better ground and comes to himself in the spring.

Jason Maguire, the winning rider, said: “It’s a great training performance by Donald McCain to get this horse back. He’s been disappointing on his last few runs and he has obviously come down in the handicap. Donald’s got him cherry-ripe today.

“He was second in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle last year, when he just got collared, and only had 10st 6lb on his back today. I was probably off the bridle a good long way out and had to keep going once we turned in but he has kept going well.”

Phil Williams, the man behind owner Twenty Four Seven Recruitment, commented: “It’s one of the greatest feelings that I have ever had. He came second last year and the horse is such a great little thing.

“I love the horse and, for me, it’s all about the best for him - I almost feel like retiring him now because he owes me nothing.

“Michael O’Leary beat us last year and, when you are second here, it’s a lonely place. I said to him that it must have been the first time I know that he has ever organised anything to turn up in the right place at the right time, in a nice way. I admire the man really - he is a great sport and he wished me all the best.

“Son Of Flicka ran up the hill last year and we were beaten by something that was just brilliant. Today, he has had his day.

“If you can just please make sure that you step over me when you come to work in the morning, I would be very grateful. I am going to write my name and address somewhere so I can be sent home.

“This is for all people in Wrexham and obviously my family, who I love very much.”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Son Of Flicka
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
10st 6lbs
16 - 1
Get Me Out Of Here
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 12lbs
6 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
N J Henderson
David Bass
10st 8lbs
25 - 1
2 lengths
N Meade
P Carberry
10st 10lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
Cockney Trucker
P J Hobbs
T J O'Brien
10st 13lbs
66 - 1
D T Hughes
Bryan J Cooper
11st 2lbs
100 - 1
9 lengths
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 5lbs
6 - 1
Third Intention
C L Tizzard
J Tizzard
11st 10lbs
20 - 1
1 1/4 length
D Pipe
Thomas Bellamy
10st 7lbs
40 - 1
4 lengths
Dare Me
P J Hobbs
S Twiston-Davies
10st 6lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
Final Approach
W P Mullins
R Walsh
11st 6lbs
20 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
Tenor Nivernais
Miss V Williams
R T Dunne
10st 11lbs
25 - 1
Act Of Kalanisi
Dr R D P Newland
Brendan Powell
10st 6lbs
12 - 1
1 1/4 length
Golan Way
Miss S West
M Goldstein
11st 2lbs
100 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Cape Dutch
J P Ferguson
Jack Quinlan
10st 5lbs
14 - 1
1 1/2 length
Ian Williams
Harry Skelton
10st 5lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
Poole Master
D Pipe
C Honour
10st 6lbs
8 - 1
6 lengths
Bally Legend
Mrs Caroline Keevil
Nick Scholfield
10st 7lbs
50 - 1
1 3/4 length
First Fandango
Tim Vaughan
Michael Byrne
10st 10lbs
28 - 1
B G Powell
L Treadwell
10st 10lbs
50 - 1
5 lengths
G L Moore
J E Moore
10st 7lbs
22 - 1
34 lengths



If you want to find the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Get Me Out Of Here at The Festival look no further than the runner-up spot.

Three times the horse has run at Jump racing’s premier meeting, and each time he has finished second. Today that was three and a half lengths second to Son Of Flicka in the Coral Cup. Earlier visits to The Festival had resulted in the runner-up slot in the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle.

O’Neill, who trains the eight-year-old for owner J P McManus, said: “All being well he’ll come back here next year and I’ll be delighted with another second.

“He’s been great to us and he’s run a blinder again today. We all knew it would be hard to win under top-weight.

“We’re disappointed for him, but it’s great to get him here in one piece three years in a row. A P [McCoy] gave him a brilliant ride and everything went right so we have no excuses. He stayed the trip well enough.

“A P was a little worried the horse wasn’t quite right when he came back in, but he’s often not quite right, and if nothing comes of it we’ll go to Aintree for the two-and-a-half miler on the Saturday.”

Nicky Henderson ran two in the race - Spirit River who fell at the last when in contention for a place, and Veiled, who took third.

He said: “Spirit River appears to be alright and Veiled ran a very good race. She’ll probably come back here for the mares’ race [a Listed handicap hurdle at the April meeting].”



Featherbed Lane sustained a broken leg during the Coral Cup and was humanely put down.



2011-WINNER-CARLITO BRIGANTE 5-11-00 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell;
2ND-Bothy 5-10-07 Owner-Dan Gilbert; Trainer-Brian Ellison; Jockey-Danny Cook; SP-12/1
3RD-Orsippus 5-10-08 Owner-Sandra Smith; Trainer-Michael Smith; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-33/1
4TH-Battle Group 6-10-09 Owner-Jolly Boys Outing; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-33/1
22 ran, Time-5m 9.30s; Dist-6, ½, 2¼ 7/2 Fav Call The Police (11th)

2010-WINNER-SPIRIT RIVER 5-11-02 Owner-Michael Buckley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-14/1
2ND-Tullamore Dew 8-10-10 Owner-Tullamore Dew; Trainer-Nick Gifford; Jockey-Liam Treadwell; SP-80/1
3RD-James De Vassy 5-11-04 Owner-Jakeman, Barrett, Booth & Ferrand; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP16/1
4TH-Micheal Flips 6-11-07 Owner-Martin Tedham; Trainer-Andy Turnell; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-33/1 28 ran, Time-5m 13.50s; Dist-4½, 2¾ , 1/2 7/1 Fav Deutschland (12th)

2009-WINNER-NINETIETH MINUTE 6-10-03 Owner-Dermot Cox; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Paddy Flood; SP-14/1
2ND-Mirage Dore 6-9-11 Owner-Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson; Trainer-Lucinda Russell; Jockey-Mrs Rose Dobbin; SP-14/1
3RD-Pause And Clause 5-9-11 Owner-Robert Cohen; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Jack Doyle; SP-9/1
4TH-Star Of Angels 5-9-11 Owner-Roger Brookhouse; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Hadden Frost; SP-40/1 27 ran, Time-5m 13.50s; Dist-1½, ½, 7 6/1 Fav The Polomoche (10th)

2008-WINNER-NAIAD DU MISSELOT 7-10-13 Owner-Hill, Trembath, Bryan & Outhart; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-7/1
2ND-Kicks For Free 7-11-12 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/1
3RD-Junior 5-11-02 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP12/1
4TH-Mendo 8-11-00 Owner-Mrs M C Sweeney; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Tom Siddall; SP14/1 24 ran, Time-5m 5.10s; Dist-nse, 1½, 3½ 11/2 Fav County Zen (18th)

2007-WINNER-BURNTOAKBOY 9-09-12 Owner-Dr Richard & Laura Newland; Trainer-Dr Richard Newland; Jockey-Sam Jones; SP-10/1
2ND-Powerstation 7-11-00 Owner-Fat Frog Syndicate; Trainer-Michael John Phillips IRE; Jockey-Denis O’Regan; SP-12/1
3RD-Baron De Feypo 9-10-03 Owner-Rita Shah; Trainer-Oliver Brady; Jockey-Niki O’Shea; SP-20/1
4TH-Oscatello 7-10-08 Owner-Rye Braune; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-8/1
28 ran, Time-5m 07.10s; Dist-3, 5, 1½ 6/1 Fav Copsale Lad (16th)

2006-WINNER SKY’S THE LIMIT 5-11-12 Owner-Raymond Rooney; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-11/1
2ND-Strangely Brown 5-11-03 Owner-We Didn’t Name Him Syndicate; Trainer-Eric McNamara IRE; Jockey-Brian Byrnes; SP-25/1
3RD-Dom D’Orgeval 6-11-12 Owner-Jane Williams; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
4TH-Phar Bleu 5-11-06 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-10/1
30 ran, Time-5m 02.50s; Dist-4, .75, nk 5/1 Fav No Where To Hyde (Fell)

2005-WINNER-IDOLE FIRST 6-10-10 Owner-Direct Sales UK Ltd; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Alan O’Keeffe; SP-33/1
2ND-Dancing Bay 8-11-01 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-Nicky Richards; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-14/1
3RD-Tumbling Dice 6-11-01 Owner-Mrs John Donegan; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-16/1
4TH-Covent Garden 7-10-07 Owner-Ada Partnership; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-14/1
29 ran, Time-5m 04.80s; Dist-5, 6, 5 100/30 Fav Distant Prospect (9th)

2004-WINNER-MONKERHOSTIN 7-10-08 Owner-Martin St Quinton; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-13/2
2ND-Court Shareef 9-9-11 Owner-Derek and Cheryl Holder; Trainer-Richard Price; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-200/1
3RD-Rhinestone Cowboy 8-11-05 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Mr J P Magnier; SP-5/1 Fav
4TH-Mughas 5-10-05 Owner-B Winfield, C Fenton & A Longman; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-11/2
27 ran, Time-4m 59.50s; Dist-1, 1 1/4, 2 1/2

2003-WINNER-XENOPHON 7-11-00 Owner-Lane Syndicate; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Mick FitzGerald; SP-4/1 Fav
2ND-Samon 6-11-03 Owner-The Macca & Growler Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-David Casey; SP-25/1
3RD-Spectrometer 6-11-08 Owner-Concertina Racing; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-10/1
4TH-Emotional Moment 6-11-04 Owner-Watercork Syndicate; Trainer-Tom Taaffe; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
27 ran, Time-5m 4.30s, Dist-3.5, 1, 3

2002-WINNER-ILNAMAR 6-10-05 Owner-Joe Moran; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Rodi Greene; SP-25/1
2ND-Joss Naylor 7-10-00 Owner-Darren Mercer; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Liam Cooper; SP-13/2
3RD-Master Tern 7-10-03 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-8/1
4TH-Stromness 5-10-03 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-12/1
27 ran, Time-5m 15.0s, Dist-8, 3, 4 11/2 Fav Golden Alpha (26th)

2001 - No Race (Foot and Mouth Disease)

2000-WINNER-WHAT’S UP BOYS 6-10-03 Owner-RJB Partners; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Mr Paul Flynn; SP-33/1
2ND-Native Dara 7-10-04 Owner-Oriel Two Syndicate; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-25/1
3RD-Ross Moff 7-10-03 Owner-Seamus Ross; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-15/2
4TH-Vanilla Man 7-10-00 Owner-Mrs Paul Duffin; Trainer-Paddy Mullins IRE; Jockey-Tommy Treacy; SP-25/1
26 ran, Time-4m 53.80s, Dist-nk, 3, 2, 7/1 Fav Brandon Court (5th)

1999-WINNER KHAYRAWANI 7-11-03 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-16/1
2ND-Miltonfield 10-10-00 Owner-J C Savage; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-33/1
3RD-Generosa 6-10-10 Owner-Trish Hyde; Trainer-John Hassett IRE; Jockey-Tommy Treacy; SP-12/1
4TH-Darapour 5-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-14/1
30 ran, Time-5m 6.6s, Dist-hd, nk, 5 13/2 Fav Archive Footage (25th)

1998-WINNER-TOP CEES 8-10-00 Owner-Charlton Bloodstock Ltd; Trainer-Lynda Ramsden; Jockey-Barry Fenton; SP-11/1
2ND-Khayrawani 6-10-06 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-20/1
3RD-Royal Marine 6-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer;SP-10/1
4TH-Like A Lion 7-10-00 Owner-Orla Finucane; Trainer-Donald Swan IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-12/1
21 ran, Time-5m 1.1s, Dist-1.25, .75, 1 6/1 Fav Daraydan (10th)

1997-WINNER-BIG STRAND 8-10-00 Owner-E C Jones; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Jamie Evans; SP-16/1
2ND-Allegation 7-11-06 Owner-Martin Pipe Racing Club; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-20/1
3RD-Castle Sweep 6-12-00 Owner-Lord Vestey; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-14/1
4TH-Tullymurry Toff 6-10-10 Owner-John Wilson and J H Riley; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Eddie Callaghan;
SP-9/2 Fav 28 ran, Time-4m 57.0s, Dist-sh, hd, 1

1996-WINNER-TRAINGLOT 9-10-03 Owner-Marquesa de Moratalla; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-11/2
2ND-Treasure Again 7-10-00 Owner-J H Gwynne; Trainer-Merrita Jones; Jockey-Derek Byrne; SP-9/1
3RD-New Co 8-10-07 Owner-Mrs L C Ronan and Anne Daly; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; SP-9/1
4TH-Barna Boy 8-10-02 Owner-Lynn Wilson; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick FitzGerald; SP-16/1
20 ran, Time-5m 12.2s, Dist-hd, 1.25, 2 7/2 Fav Time For A Run (8th)

1995-WINNER-CHANCE COFFEY 10-10-00 Owner-Paddy O'Donnell; Trainer-Pat O'Donnell IRE; Jockey-Gerry O'Neill; SP-11/1
2ND-Derrymoyle 6-10-10 Owner-Herb Stanley; Trainer-Michael Cunningham IRE; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-12/1
3RD-Time For A Run 8-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-10/1
4TH-Collier Bay 5-10-06 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Jim Old; Jockey-Tom Grantham; SP-7/1
30 ran, Time-5m 18.4s, Dist-3.5, sh, 3 6/1 Fav Lemon’s Mill (17th)

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