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Back In Focus Sees Out National Hunt Chase
1 Back In Focus 9/4Fav
2 Tofino Bay 8/1
3 Godsmejudge 7/1
16 ran Distances: ½l, 19l, hd
TIME 8m 32.10s (slow by 33.10s)
Amateur rider Patrick Mullins may have won two Weatherbys Champion Bumpers but he joked that he had enjoyed his first 'proper' Festival victory when taking the four-mile John Oaksey National Hunt Chase aboard Back In Focus.
The eight-year-old, trained by his father Willie, ran on up the hill to get up and beat Tofino Bay, with Nina Carberry aboard, by half a length. Willie Mullins won the race twice as a jockey with Hazy Dawn (1982) and Macks Friendly (1984).
The rider said: "Jump racing is about jumping and jumping fences is what it is all about so that's my first proper win here! My father won this race twice and it means a lot for me to put my name beside him. It's a great day. We have two pictures of him winning the four-miler on the wall at home so to be up there with him is very special.
"The horse was brilliant - he was a little bit keen but I said that, if Nina was in front, then we weren't going too fast. I just tracked her, which is usually the best plan of action. He made one mistake down the back straight - at the fifth or sixth last - and I had to sit and let him get his rhythm back and his breath back.
"I thought at the home bend that I would be second. Coming down to the last, he started pricking his ears so I thought that he had a bit left and I hadn't gone for my stick yet. He is very tough and brave.
"Before the race I thought that the ground had gone for him. I thought that something might just get away from him on the ground, which is what happened, but he was good enough to get back. Heavy ground suits him much better.
"Back In Focus made a bad mistake at the ditch down the back and I had to sit and suffer while the others got away from me. At the third last I asked for a big one and I thought we were booked for second before Derek (O'Connor, rider of Rival D'Estruval) fell but after the last this fella got going again. He is a tough horse and must be a fantastic jumper to get round there like that.
"There is a French girl in the yard and she has done some fantastic work with this horse and without her, I doubt he would even be here."
Owner Graham Wylie added: "I watched the race in Owners & Trainers and two out I thought our chance had gone. The race looked to be between Tofino Bay and Rival D'Estruval.. He's our first winner at The Festival since 2008 when Inglis Drever won so it just goes to show you how tough it is to win here. He could well make up into a Grand National horse in time as he jumps so well and has proven he stays all day
"It's good to be back in the winner's enclosure at Cheltenham and you just like to have a horse who is good enough to get here. If a horse is good enough to finish in the first four you are delighted but to win is fantastic."
Jackie Mullins, mother of the winning rider and wife of the trainer, said: "We knew Back In Focus would do nothing but stay. It looked a though Nina had gone and won it but he tied up and we went on. It's amazing.
"It's very scary watching your son ride especially over four miles, but it's magic when he wins. We thought the horses looked better than last year and we thought they were in better form too. You don't know until you get here but we were hopeful."
John Oaksey National Hunt Chase
(Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase)
£85,000 added, 5yo plus, 4m, Class 2
Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
|Back In Focus
W P Mullins
|Mr P W Mullins
|9 - 4
D T Hughes
|Ms N Carberry
|8 - 1
|Mr N de Boinville
|7 - 1
|Mr J J Codd
|7 - 1
|Mr B Gibbs
|50 - 1
1 1/2 length
Miss E C Lavelle
|Mr B O'Neill
|16 - 1
Miss V Williams
|Mr W Biddick
|11 - 1
|Present To You
D G Bridgwater
|Mr S Drinkwater
|200 - 1
|Drawn N Drank
|Mr J T McNamara
|28 - 1
P F Nicholls
|Mr S Clements
|20 - 1
|Mr Joshua Newman
|100 - 1
Miss P Robson
|Mr Derek O'Connor
|8 - 1
|Rose Of The Moon
|Mr T Greenall
|12 - 1
|Miss C Walton
|200 - 1
P R Webber
|Mr J Sherwood
|150 - 1
J W Mullins
|Mr M P Fogarty
|66 - 1
EMOTIONAL MULLINS SO PROUD AS SON STAYS IN FOCUS
Amicable trainer Willie Mullins saddled his fourth winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival, but stumbled over his usual informative post-race comments following Back In Focus's victory in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase.
Mullins fell victim to a lump in the throat when reflecting that the win was a first over fences at the meeting for his amateur rider son Patrick, whose two previous successes at the meeting had been gained in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper. "I'm delighted for Patrick - he did it in good style. This winner means as much as any to me as any other one I have had here. I am very emotional," said Mullins, clearly a very proud father. Back In Focus won by half a length from Tofino Bay, who was clear at the last fence but grew tired on the run-in.
Mullins added: "Patrick said the horse just stayed and stayed, and when he jumped the last fence so well he reasoned there was a bit left in the tank and so he kept kicking.
"Coming down the hill he made a mistake and Patrick had to get after him, and I thought 'we're in trouble'. I didn't think he would win at any stage until well after the last when he pulled out more. He had a head of steam running although it was close at the finish.
"He's a Grand National horse for one day. He's entered in the Irish National, but that might come too soon, while Punchestown is a possibility. I'm also considering the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil over three miles and a furlong [in which his Stan James Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly is a possible runner]."
The trainer has now enjoyed 28 winners at The Festival and is the most successful Irish trainer ever at the meeting.
Winning owner Graham Wylie, whose colours were carried to three Ladbrokes World Hurdle victories with Inglis Drever, said: "It's great to be back in the winner's enclosure. You like to have a horse good enough to run at the Festival and you're delighted to finish in the top four, but to win is fantastic."
RIVAL'S FALL NO HELP TO BAY
Dessie Hughes was ruing the fall of Rival d'Estruval at the penultimate obstacle after his charge Tofino Bay's runner-up spot in the opening John Oaksey National Hunt Chase. The 10-year-old was left in front by his rival's departure and was caught close home by Back In Focus, beaten half a length.
"It was bit unlucky for us that the other horse fell and left him on his own," said Hughes. "He could have done with a bit of company for longer. He started to pull himself up on her [rider Nina Carberry] and he was there as a target."
Fourth-placed Buddy Bolero did not return to the unsaddling enclosure, having needed veterinary attention after he pulled up. "He was a bit wobbly afterwards - he'd run his heart out - but he's had some oxygen and the lads tell me he's fine now," said trainer David Pipe.
JOHN OAKSEY NATIONAL HUNT CHASE FACTS & FIGURES
The John Oaksey National Hunt Chase has been run more times than any other race at The Festival. Until the 1930s, only the Grand National was more important than the National Hunt Chase in the Jump calendar. The race had been run at a number of venues until it became a part of the new two-day National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham in 1911. It had also been run at Cheltenham in 1904 and 1905.
The race has not taken place twice since 1946 - in 1975 the course was waterlogged, while in 2001 the foot and mouth epidemic caused the abandonment.
The four-mile John Oaksey National Hunt Chase is the longest race run at The Festival. The distance was reduced in distance by a furlong in 2008 and reverted back to the Old Course. The 2008 race was run as the Peter O’Sullevan National Hunt Chase to celebrate the legendary commentator’s 90th birthday and in 2012 honoured the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
For 2013 it will be run as the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase in honour of the late Lord John Oaksey, who died at the age of 82 in September, 2012.
In over 50 years of professional involvement in racing, John Oaksey earned the admiration of everyone he came into contact with. He was twice champion amateur rider over jumps, an outstanding writer on all aspects of racing and a highly successful pundit on television. He also left an enduring legacy to racing with the establishment of what is now known as the Injured Jockeys’ Fund. In latter years, he enjoyed significant success as an owner with his home-bred Carruthers, who won the 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and also finished fourth in the 2010 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup. As a jockey at The Festival, John rode four winners including taking the 1959 National Hunt Chase on Sabaria.
The biggest post-war field size was 37 (1948) and the smallest 13 (1993). There is now a safety limit of 20 runners.
MOST SUCCESSFUL OWNER
J P McManus is the most successful owner with four wins - Bit Of A Skite (1983), Front Line (1995), Rith Dubh (2002) and
Butler’s Cabin (2007).
MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINER
Jonjo O’Neill with five wins is the most successful trainer since 1946 - Front Line (1995), Rith Dubh (2002), Sudden Shock (2003), Native Emperor (2004) and Butler’s Cabin (2007).
MOST SUCCESSFUL JOCKEY
Nine jockeys have each ridden two winners of the National Hunt Chase since 1946 and they are the race’s most successful - Bunny Cox, Dermot Daly, George Small, J T McNamara, John Fowler, Marcus Armytage, John Fowler, Tony Martin and Willie Mullins.
The biggest shocks were provided by Topsham Bay (1990) and Another Rum (2005), both 40/1 shots.
Castledermot, 6/4 favourite in 1949, is the shortest-priced victor among 15 market leaders in 65 post-war runnings (23 per cent).
The oldest winners in the post-war period are the 11-year-olds Prattler (1946), Red Vale (1965), Waggoners Walk (1980) and Flimsy Truth (1997).
The youngest winner in the same period is the five-year-old Gay Tie (1978).
The overall breakdown by age since 1946 is as follows:
5yo - 1 win
6yo - 6 wins
7yo - 24 wins
8yo - 20 wins
9yo - 6 wins
10yo - 4 wins
11yo - 4 wins
Flimsy Truth, a 33/1 chance, set a record post-war time of 8 mins 11.09s in 1998, but that was beaten by Relaxation, who scored in 8 mins 0.60s in 2000.
IRELAND (15): Castledermot (1949); Pontage (1953), Quare Times (1954); Dorimont (1964); Mr Midland (1974); Gay Tie (1978); Artic Ale (1979); Hazy Dawn (1982); Bit Of A Skite (1983); Macks Friendly (1984); Omerta (1986); Loving Around (1996); Deejaydee (1999); Another Rum (2005); Chicago Grey (2011).
DID YOU KNOW?
The race has proved a good guide to future success in recent seasons. The 2007 winner Butler’s Cabin subsequently won the Irish Grand National, while 2006 victor Hot Weld landed a memorable double in 2007 by collecting the Scottish National and the Sandown Gold Cup in the space of a week.
The 2007 John Smith’s Grand National victor Silver Birch finished fourth in 2004. The 2009 winner Tricky Trickster took the Grade Two AON Chase at Newbury the following year. The 2011 runner-up, Beshabar, went on to win the Scottish National at Ayr a month later.
Katie Walsh, whose father Ted and brother Ruby had both enjoyed great success at The Festival, joined an elite group of female riders to have won at Jump racing’s biggest meeting when riding Poker De Sivola to beat her best friend Nina Carberry in the 2010 race on Becauseicouldntsee.
HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP PAST RESULTS
2012-WINNER-TEAFORTHREE 8-11-06 Owner-T437; Trainer-Rebecca Curtis; Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-5/1F
2ND-Harry The Viking 7-11-06 Owner- Sir A Ferguson, G Mason, R Wood & P Done; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Mr Will Biddick; SP-7/1
3RD-Four Commanders 6-11-06 Owner- Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-10/1
19 ran, Time 8m 13.80s; Dist-2, nk
2011-WINNER-CHICAGO GREY 8-11-06 Owner-John Earls; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Mr Derek O’Connor; SP-5/1F
2ND-Beshabar 9-11-06 Owner-Maggie Findlay; Trainer-Tim Vaughan; Jockey-Mr Tom David; SP-9/1
3RD-Be There In Five 7-11-06 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mr Sam Waley-Cohen; SP-20/1
16 ran, Time 8m 20.70s; Dist-4 1⁄2, 8
2010-WINNER-POKER DE SIVOLA 7-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Ms Katie Walsh; SP-14/1
2ND-Becauseicouldntsee 7-11-06 Owner-Noel Glynn; Trainer-Noel Glynn IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-13/2
3RD-Prudent Honour 8-11-06 Owner-Humble Syndicate; Trainer-Tom Cooper IRE; Jockey-Mr Michael O’Connor; SP-40//1
18 ran, Time-8m 11.20s; Dist-2 •, 2 • 6/1 Fav Mobaasher (5th)
2009-WINNER-TRICKY TRICKSTER 6-11-11 Owner-Million In Mind Partnership; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Mr Sam
2ND-Drumconvis 8-11-11 Owner-Billy Moffett; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Mr Derek O’Connor; SP-22/1
3RD-Nine De Sivola 8-11-07 Owner-The DPRP Sivola Partnership; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Mrs Rose Dobbin
19 ran, Time-8m 25.80s; Dist-10, nk 4/1 Fav Can’t Buy Time (4th)
2008-WINNER-OLD BENNY 7-11-07 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Charlie Huxley; SP-9/1
2ND-Over The Creek 9-12-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Mr Josh Guerriero; SP-7/1
3RD-Back On Line 8-11-07 Owner-ROA Arkle Partnership; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Mr William Biddick
20 ran, Time-8m 26.6s; Dist-7, 4½ 9/2 Fav Ornais (5th)
CABIN 7-12-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Mr
Alan Berry; SP-33/1
2ND Character Building 7-12-00 Owner-Mrs E Wright; Trainer-John Quinn;
Jockey-Mr Derek O’Connor; SP-7/1
3RD Countess Trifaldi 7-11-00 Owner-C Wilkinson; Trainer-Michael Phillips
IRE; Jockey-Mr Colman Sweeney; SP-100/1
19 ran, Time-8m 38.70s; Dist-¾, 10 2/1 Fav Gungadu (Fell)
WELD 7-11-11 Owner-S Hubbard Rodwell; Trainer-Ferdy
Murphy; Jockey-Mr Richard Harding; SP-33/1
2 Beantown 8-11-07 Owner-Eoin Barry; Trainer-Sean Aherne IR; Jockey-Mr
Paul Tobin; SP-40/1
3 Far From Trouble 7-11-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE;
Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-7/2 Fav
22 ran, Time-8m 33.20s; Dist-nk, 1
RUM 7-11-07 Owner-Ronald Lilley;
Trainer-Ian Duncan IRE; Jockey-Mr Mark O’Hare; SP-40/1
2ND Caislean Ui Cuain 9-11-11 Owner-Seamus O’Farrell; Trainer-Jim
Lambe IRE; Jockey-Mr J P O’Farrell; SP-150/1
3RD Control Man 7-12-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Mr
Gordon Elliott; SP-11/1
20 ran, Time-8m 49.90s; Dist-7, .5 100/30 Fav Point Barrow (5th)
2004-WINNER-NATIVE EMPEROR 8-11-11 Owner-J C, J
R & S R Hitchins;
Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Mr Robert Widger; SP-5/1 Jt Fav
2ND Celestial Gold 6-11-11 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Mr Ashley Farrant; SP-33/1
3RD Drombeag 6-11-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill;
Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-8/1
22 ran, Time-8m 12.10s; Dist-1.75, 6 5/1 Jt Fav Silver Birch (5th)
2003-WINNER-SUDDEN SHOCK 8-11-07 Owner-Darren Mercer;
Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Mr Denis Cullen; SP-25/1
2ND Stormez 6-12-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Mr
Jamie Moore; SP-7/4 Fav
3RD Young Ottoman 7-11-11 Owner-D G Staddon; Trainer-Victor DartnAll;
Jockey-Mr Julian Pritchard; SP-10/1
24 ran, Time-8m 21.80s; Dist-1, 13
2002-WINNER-RITH DUBH 10-11-11 Owner-J P McManus;
Jockey-Mr J T McNamara; SP-10/1
2ND-Timbera 8-12-00 Owner-Josephine Breen; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE;
Jockey-Mr Davy Russell; SP-8/1
3RD-Silver Steel 7-12-00 Owner-Thomas Harty; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE;
Jockey-Mr Alan Crowe; SP-12/1
26 ran, Time 8m 46.40s; Dist-hd, 13 6/1 Fav Mister Bigtime (8th)
2000-WINNER-RELAXATION 8-12-00 Owner-Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey and Mrs
Vicky Wiggin; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Mr Mark Bradburne; SP-8/1
2ND-Inch Rose 6-11-13 Owner-E Hunston, P White and Mrs V Griffiths; Trainer-Noel
Chance; Jockey-Mr Tom Doyle; SP-9/1
3RD-Mister One 9-12-07 Owner-Colin Tizzard; Trainer-Colin Tizzard; Jockey-Mr
J D Moore; SP-11/2
21 ran, Time-8m 0.60s, Dist-6, 5 4/1 Fav Fandango De Chassy (PU)
1999-WINNER-DEEJAYDEE 7-12-00 Owner- Mrs M Devine; Trainer-Michael Hourigan
IRE; Jockey-Mr Tony Martin; SP-13/2
2ND-Riot Leader 9-12-07 Owner-Mrs & Mrs D A Gamble; Trainer-Tom George;
Jockey-Mr Alan Dempsey; SP-10/1
3RD-Spot Thedifference 6-12-04 Owner-Mrs S Bolger; Trainer-Enda Bolger
IRE; Jockey-Mr Paul Moloney; SP-13/2
21 ran, Time-8m 33.7s, Dist-nk, 6 6/1 Fav Derrymore Mist (4th)
1998-WINNER-WANDERING LIGHT 9-12-7 Owner- Anne Duchess of Westminster;
Trainer-Tim Forster; Jockey-Mr Rupert Wakley; SP-10/1
2ND-Thatswhatithought 6-12-0 Owner-Joy Valentine; Trainer-Mouse Morris
IRE; Jockey-Mr Ruby Walsh; SP-20/1
3RD-Torduff Express 7-12-7 Owner-Two Plus Two; Trainer-Paul Nicholls;
Jockey-Mr Joe Tizzard; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time-8m 21.1s, Dist-16, 7 100/30 Fav Farfadet V (BD)
1997-WINNER-FLIMSY TRUTH 11-12-07 Owner-Martin Weston; Trainer-Martin
Weston; Jockey-Mr Mike Harris; SP-33/1
2ND-Vol Par Nuit 6-12-04 Owner-D O McIntyre; Trainer-Francois Doumen
FR; Jockey-Mr Thierry Doumen;SP-13/2
3RD-Robsand 8-12-00 Owner-Sir Brian McGrath; Trainer-Toby Balding; Jockey-Mr
Andrew Balding; SP-9/1
23 ran, Time-8m 11.09s, Dist-1.25, 27 6/1 Fav Random Harvest (PU)
1996-WINNER-LOVING AROUND 8-11-13 Owner-Lord Tavistock;
Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Mr Philip Fenton; SP-10/1
2ND-Fellow Countryman 9-12-07 Owner-A D Wardall; Trainer-Kim Bailey;
Jockey-Mr Marcus Armytage; SP-10/1
3RD-Class of Ninetytwo 7-12-07 Owner-Lord Cadogan; Trainer-Tim Forster;
Jockey-Mr Jim Culloty; SP-3/1 Fav
22 ran, Time-8m 34.7s, Dist-13, 6
1995-WINNER-FRONT LINE 8-12-07 Owner-J P McManus;
Jockey-Mr John Berry; SP-7/1
2ND-Keano 6-12-00 Owner-Midavon Partnership; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Mr
Sean Mulcaire; SP-8/1
3RD-Lacken Cross 7-12-04 Owner-John J Howlett; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Mr Henry Cleary; SP-7/1
25 ran, Time-8m 55.5s, Dist-dist, 7 13/2 Fav Extra Special (PU)
1994-WINNER-CHRISTMAS GORSE 8-12-04 Owner-David Stoddart; Trainer-Nick
Gaselee; Jockey-Mr Marcus Armytage; SP-14/1
2ND-Extra Special 9-12-00 Owner-Robert Ogden; Trainer-Gordon Richards;
Jockey-Capt Adam Ogden; SP-25/1
3RD-Nearly Splendid 9-12-04 Owner & Trainer-Roy Stevens; Jockey-Mr
Tom Greed; SP-14/1
19 ran Time-8m 36.8s, Dist-3.5, 4 11/4 Fav Front Line (PU)
NATIONAL HUNT CHASE CHALLENGE CUP (AMATEUR RIDERS)
ROLL OF HONOUR
Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2012 Teaforthree 8-11-06 Mr J T McNamara Rebecca Curtis T437 5/1F 19
2011 Chicago Grey 8-11-06 Mr Derek O’Connor Gordon Elliott IRE John Earls 5/1F 16
2010 Poker De Sivola 7-11-06 Ms Katie Walsh Ferdy Murphy David Johnson 14/1 18
2009 Tricky Trickster 6-11-11 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen Nigel Twiston-Davies Million In Mind Partnership 11/1 19
2008 Old Benny 7-11-07 Mr Charlie Huxley Alan King Trevor Hemmings 9/1 20
2007 Butler’s Cabin 7-12-00 Mr Alan Berry Jonjo O’Neill J
P McManus 33/1 19
2006 Hot Weld 7-11-11 Mr Richard Harding Ferdy Murphy S Hubbard Rodwell
2005 Another Rum 7-11-07 Mr Mark O’Hare Ian Duncan IRE Ronald Lilley
2004 Native Emperor 8-11-11 Mr Robert Widger Jonjo O’Neill J C,
J R & S R Hitchins 5/1JF 22
2003 Sudden Shock 8-11-07 Mr Denis Cullen Jonjo O’Neill Darren
Mercer 25/1 24
2002 Rith Dubh 10-11-11 Mr J T McNamara Jonjo O’Neill J P McManus
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Relaxation 8-12-00 Mr Mark Bradburne Henry Daly Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey/Vicky
Wiggin 8/1 21
1999 Deejaydee 7-12-00 Mr Tony Martin Michael Hourigan IRE Mrs M Devine
1998 Wandering Light 9-12-07 Mr Rupert Wakley Tim Forster Anne Duchess
of Westminster 10/1 24
1997 Flimsy Truth 11-12-07 Mr Micky Harris Martin Weston Martin Weston
1996 Loving Around 5-11-06 Mr Philip Fenton Edward O’Grady IRE
Lord Tavistock 10/1 22
1995 Front Line 8-12-07 Mr John Berry Jonjo O'Neill J P McManus 7/1 25
1994 Christmas Gorse 8-12-04 Mr Marcus Armytage Nick Gaselee David Stoddart
1993 Ushers Island 7-12-04 Mr Noel Wilson Howard Johnson Bob Bowden 15/2
1992 Keep Talking 7-12-07 Mr Marcus Armytage Tim Thomson Jones Jim Joel
1991 Smooth Escort 7-12-00 Mr Tony Martin Di Haine A F Budge (Equine)
Ltd 7/1 18
1990 Topsham Bay 7-12-00 Mr Paul Hacking David Barons Michael Marsh 40/1
1989 Boraceva 6-12-07 Mr Seamus Mullins Toby Balding Duke of Atholl 4/1F
1988 Over The Road 7-12-04 Mr Tom Costello Terry Casey John Upson 10/1
1987 Mighty Mark 8-12-07 Mr Jimmy Walton Frank Walton Frank Walton 8/1
1986 Omerta 6-12-07 Mr Lorcan Wyer Homer Scott IRE Mrs J McMorrow 9/4F
1985 Northern Bay 9-12-04 Mr Tony Fowler Tom Bill Twycross Frozen Food
Centre Ltd 12/1 20
1984 Macks Friendly 7-12-07 Mr Willie Mullins Paddy Mullins IRE John
Mulhern 11/4 18
1983 Bit Of A Skite 7-12-00 Mr Frank Codd Edward O'Grady IRE J P McManus
1982 Hazy Dawn 7-12-07 Mr Willie Mullins Paddy Mullins IRE R Daniels
1981 Lucky Vane 6-12-07 Mr Stephen Bush Toby Balding Bridget Swire 13/1
1980 Waggoners Walk 11-12-04 Mr Tony Fowler Caroline Mason George Mason
1979 Artic Ale 8-12-00 Mr John Fowler Dan Moore IRE Anthony Robinson
1978 Gay Tie 5-11-09 Mr John Fowler Mick O'Toole IRE Dr P Morrissey 10/1
1977 Alpenstock 10-12-04 Mr Dick Saunders Stan Mellor Harron Thompson
1976 Sage Merlin 8-12-07 Mr Peter Greenall Jack Hardy John Bingham 5/2F
1975 Abandoned (course waterlogged)
1974 Mr Midland 7-12-04 Mr Mouse Morris Edward O’Grady IRE B Naughton
1973 Foreman 7-12-01 Mr Bill Shand Kydd Tom Jones R Dean 11/2F 25
1972 Charley Winking 7-12-00 Mr Derrick Scott Leslie Scott Leslie Scott
1971 Deblin’s Green 8-11-07 Mr Derek Edmunds George Yardley George
Yardley 9/2F 20
1970 Domason 7-12-01 Mr Robert Alner Harry Dufosee Harry Dufosee 10/1
1969 Lizzy The Lizard 10-12-00 Mr Grant Cann Tony Hartnoll Tony Hartnoll
1968 Fascinating Forties 9-11-07 Mr Michael Dickinson George Owen Lord
Leverhulme 9/1 22
1967 Master Tammy 9-11-07 Mr Brian Fanshawe George Guilding George Guilding
1966 Polaris Missile 7-11-09 Mr John Thorne John Thorne John Thorne 100/6
1965 Red Vale 11-12-00 Mr George Small Albert Piper Mrs C Smith 100/8
1964 Dorimont 10-12-01 Mr Charles Vaughan Tom Taaffe IRE M A Walshe 4/1
1963 Time 8-12-00 Mr Ian Balding Willie Stephenson John Cheatle 8/1 35
1962 Go Slow 7-12-07 Mr George Small Albert Piper Mrs I R Millar 10/1
1961 Superfine 8-12-04 Sir William Pigott-Brown Frank Cundell I Kerwood
1960 Proud Socks 8-12-00 Mr H Thompson Vivian Bishop Vivian Bishop 100/6
1959 Sabaria 8-12-00 Mr John Lawrence Bob Turnell Bob Turnell 5/2F 17
1958 Spud Tamson 7-12-04 Mr Geordie Dun Tommy Dun Mrs T D C Dun 13/2
1957 Kari Sou 8-12-00 Mr Alan Lillingston Archie Thomlinson Archie Thomlinson
1956 Rosana III 7-12-00 Mr G Everitt G Everitt G Everitt 9/1 22
1955 Reverend Prince 9-12-00 Mr C Pocock P Dufosee P Dufosee 33/1 26
1954 Quare Times 8-12-04 Mr Bunny Cox Vincent O’Brien IRE Mrs R
Smyth 5/2F 26
1953 Pontage 7-12-04 Mr Bunny Cox Dan Moore IRE Lady Honor Svejdar 9/4F
1952 Frosty Knight 6-12-00 Mr Charles Straker Ian Straker Ian Straker
1951 Cushendun 6-12-04 Mr Peter Chisman Bobby Renton Lurline Brotherton
1950 Ellesmere 7-12-07 Mr Atty Corbett Ken Cundell Lord Bicester 100/30F
1949 Castledermot 7-12-07 Lord Mildmay Vincent O'Brien IRE Mrs Harry
Keogh 6/4F 17
1948 Bruno II 8-12-03 Major Guy Cunard William Anstruther-Gray William
Anstruther-Gray 20/1 37
1947 Maltese Wanderer 8-12-03 Major Dermot Daly Tom Yates G J Wells 6/1
1946 Prattler 11-12-03 Major Dermot Daly Tom Yates E Manner 33/1 20