Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3, £75,000 added,
4yo only,
2m 110y, Class 1
Wednesday 12th March 2014

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1 Hawk High 33/1
2 Katgary 8/1
3 Orgilgo Bay 16/1
4 Keltus 25/1
24 ran Distances: ¾l, 1¾l, ½l
TIME 3m 52.19s (slow by 1.19s)

Hawk High belied a starting price of 33/1 to land the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle by three quarters of a length at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Hawk High
© Caroline Norris

Hawk High
The four-year-old was giving trainer Tim Easterby his first Festival winner since Barton routed the field in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle in 1999. The victory also gave jockey Brian Hughes ample compensation following his near miss on Attaglance in yesterday's Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase. Hawk High was Hughes' first Festival winner and the northern-based jockey was in reflective mood following his success.

"In some ways it makes up for yesterday and in some ways it doesn't as I should really be on two winners now," said Hughes.

"It was disappointing to miss out yesterday but what happened happened and if it had come off, I'd have been the hero. It's a hard place to ride and a hard place to get a good start. All I wanted to do here was get a good start and I found myself on the inner after the horse fell and brought the other one down so I was in a good position after that.

"When you have a good Flat horse like this one, they often have a chance on ground like this and he's definitely gone better on it."

Owner Trevor Hemmings is used to having winners at The Festival (this was his 11th) but his joy of having a winner at Cheltenham has still not diminished and he was clearly delighted after the race.

"You always hope they do well here but you never come thinking you're going to win," said Hemmings.

"We sometimes have big priced winners here and Carrickboy (winner of the Byrne Group Plate) was 50/1 when he won last year. When I saw he was around 40/1, I thought he might be the one who could do the same.

"The good horses that I had this week, like Many Clouds, have been unfortunate. You ask when is your luck is going to improve. We had this horse and I hoped that he would do well and he did it, so I am delighted. The jockey suited the horse and we were delighted to get Brian Hughes, who rode him very well. We knew the horse had the ability but this is a big occasion for a horse at four years of age.

"I'm glad to have got the trophy as when I go to the pub, if I've not had a winner, I have to pay. I won't be paying tonight!"

Trainer Tim Easterby was pleased after the race and was visibly beaming in the winner's enclosure following the race.

"I'm delighted - this is the best place in the world," enthused the trainer.

"We always thought he was a decent horse. He was bred by his owner and as soon as we got him as a two-year-old, I had jumping in mind for him. He is a very decent horse and he needs a confident ride. He won on heavy at Warwick but he didn't seem to handle anything right at Haydock - we don't know why."


Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
£75,000 added, 4yo only, 2m 110y, Class 1
24 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Hawk High
T D Easterby
B Hughes
11st 1lbs
33 - 1
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 1lbs
8 - 1
3/4 length
Orgilgo Bay
J C McConnell
M J Bolger
10st 12lbs
16 - 1
1 3/4 length
P F Nicholls
Nick Scholfield
10st 13lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
Miss V Williams
Aidan Coleman
11st 4lbs
16 - 1
2 lengths
Raven's Tower
B Pauling
D Bass
10st 13lbs
40 - 1
Solar Impulse
P F Nicholls
Harry Derham
11st 6lbs
25 - 1
K J Condon
E J O'Connell
11st 9lbs
40 - 1
1 length
S Gollings
Sam Twiston-Davies
11st 1lbs
33 - 1
Violet Dancer
G L Moore
J E Moore
11st 1lbs
20 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
Noble Inn
W P Mullins
P Townend
11st 10lbs
20 - 1
1 3/4 length
Ivan Grozny
W P Mullins
R Walsh
11st 7lbs
7 - 1
3/4 length
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 4lbs
7 - 2
2 lengths
N B King
L Aspell
10st 13lbs
100 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
J P Ferguson
D F O'Regan
10st 13lbs
28 - 1
1 1/4 length
Arzembouy Premier
G Elliott
P Carberry
11st 6lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 0lbs
16 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
C E Longsdon
N Fehily
11st 3lbs
40 - 1
23 lengths
Le Fin Bois
Tim Vaughan
R Johnson
11st 8lbs
25 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
11st 6lbs
25 - 1
G Elliott
B J Cooper
11st 4lbs
16 - 1
Goodwood Mirage
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 3lbs
15 - 2
Astre De La Cour
R Walford
W Hutchinson
11st 1lbs
20 - 1
A W Carroll
Josh Hamer
10st 12lbs
40 - 1



Trainer Paul Nicholls felt Katgary was an unlucky loser when going down by three-quarters of a length to Hawk High.

"He was very unlucky. He nearly got brought down two out and if he'd had a clear run he probably would have won," said Nicholls. "When we bought him it was as a chaser for next year but he improved physically so we thought we'd come here. We'll find a good race somewhere before the end of the season but he's a really nice horse for the future."



2013-WINNER-FLAXEN FLARE 4-10-07 Owner-Pat Sloan; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-25/1
2ND-Caid Du Berlais 4-10-12 Owner- Donlon, MacDonald, C Barber & P Nicholls; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Derham; SP-20/1
3RD-Ptit Zig 4-10-10 Owner- Chris Giles, Potensis Limited & Webb; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-22/1
4TH-Milord 4-10-06 Owner- Kim Bailey Racing Partnership VII; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-16/1
24 ran, Time-4m 1.22s; Dist-4½, 1¾, 7 6/1 Joint Favs Saphir Du Rheu (20th), Bordoni (23rd)

2012-WINNER-UNE ARTISTE 4-10-08 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Jeremiah McGrath; SP-40/1
2ND-Edeymi 4-11-07 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-11/1
3RD-Vendor 4-11-01 Owner-Thurloe 52; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-3/1 Fav
4TH-Kazlian 4-11-02 Owner-Twelve Pipers Piping; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time-3m 53.84s; Dist-1¾, ½, 1¼

2011-WINNER-WHAT A CHARM 4-10-06 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-9/1
2ND-Kumbeshwar 4-11-10 Owner-McNeill Family & Nigel Bunter; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Charlie Huxley; SP-33/1
3RD-Dhaafer 4-10-10 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-16/1
4TH-Plan A 4-11-08 Owner-Liam Mulryan; Trainer-Gordon Elliot IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-4/1Fav
23 ran, Time-3m 58.50s; Dist- neck, 4½ , 1¾

2010-WINNER-SANCTUAIRE 4-11-02 Owner-Jared Sullivan; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/1 Fav
2ND-Notus De La Tour 4-11-09 Owner-Racing For Change; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-13/2
3RD-Orsippus 4-11-00 Owner-Sandra Smith; Trainer-Michael Smith; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-33/1
4TH-Son Amix 4-11-02 Owner-Whitechurch Stud Syndicate; Trainer-Tom Cooper IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-14/1 24 ran, Time-3m 55.63s; Dist-9, 1½ , 3

2009-WINNER-SILK AFFAIR 4-10-04 Owner-Liam Mulryan & Michael Fahy; Trainer-Mick Quinlan; Jockey-Tom O’Brien; SP-11/1
2ND-Ski Sunday 4-11-01 Owner-Scarlet Pimpernel; Trainer-Tim Vaughan; Jockey-Seamus Durack; SP-20/1
3RD-Saticon 4-11-01 Owner-S M Smith & Paul Duffen; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-20/1
4TH-Alexander Severus 4-10-13 Owner-Patrick Wilmot; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-5/2 Fav 22 ran, Time-4m 5.06s; Dist-3, ¾, 1¾

2008-WINNER-CRACK AWAY JACK 4-11-10 Owner-GDM Partnership; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-14/1
2ND-Ashkazar 4-11-12 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-15/8 Fav
3RD-Grand Schlem 4-11-04 Owner-Mme M Destremau; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Christophe Pieux; SP-12/1
4TH-Indian Spring 4-11-07 Owner-Noel Murphy; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-66/1 22 ran, Time-4m 13.5s; Dist-2½, 5, 14

2007-WINNER-GASPARA 4-10-11 Owner-Martin Pipe; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Andrew Glassonbury; SP-9/2 Joint Fav
2ND-Altilhar 4-10-08 Owner-H R Hunt; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-12/1
3RD-Laustra Bad 4-11-00 Owner-Sarah Ling; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-16/1
4TH-Zilcash 4-11-07 Owner-David Bellamy & Stephen Williams; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Gerard Tumelty; SP-50/1
24 ran, Time-3m 57.75s, Dist-5, nk, 3 9/2 Joint Fav Pouvoir (10th)

2006-WINNER-SHAMAYOUN 4-11-03 Owner-Ronald Brimacombe; Trainer-Charles Egerton; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-40/1
2ND-Artist’s Muse 4-10-13 Owner-Seamus Ross; Trainer-Ted Walsh IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-12/1
3RD-Patman du Charmil 4-11-03 Owner-Raymond Mould; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-40/1
4TH-Gardasse 4-11-03 Owner-A S Helaissi; Trainer-Tom Tate; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-3m 57.20s, Dist-2.5, 2.5, 2.5 9/2 Fav Royals Darling (15th)

2005-WINNER-DABIROUN 4-11-04 Owner-Donal O’Gorman; Trainer-Paul Nolan IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-20/1
2ND-At Your Request 4-11-03 Owner-Cockbury Court Partnership; Trainer-Ian Williams; Jockey-David Dennis; SP-33/1
3RD-Nation State 4-11-04 Owner-J D Brownrigg; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Jamie Moore; SP-7/1
4TH-Miss Academy 4-11-12 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-16/1
14 ran, Time-3m 54.00s, Dist-8, 1.5 , 1.75 4/1 Fav Ease The Way (14th)