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Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Grade 1, Standard Open NH Flat Race
Cheltenham 17:15
£60,000 added, 4-6yo,
2m 110y, Class 1  
Wednesday 11th March 2015

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1 Moon Racer 9/2F
2 Modus 33/1
3 Wait For Me 9/1
4 Yanworth 16/1
NR: Pylonthepressure (IRE)
23 ran Distances: 1½l, 1½l, nk
TIME 3m 50.40s (slow by 7.40s)

Moon Racer wins the Champion Bumper for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore

Moon Racer
© Caroline Norris

Moon Racer

Moon Racer landed a monster gamble when running out a commanding length and a half winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham this afternoon.

The 9/2 favourite opened up at 11/2 but sustained support in the ring forced his price down a point and the gamble was justified as the David Pipe-trained gelding overcame a tardy start to storm up the hill to score from 33/1 shot Modus. Pipe admitted after the race that the slow start was not the plan.

"It didn't really go according to plan," said the trainer.

"It wasn't the idea to come from where he came from. Tom (Scudamore - jockey) sat where he had to sit - he had to really - and took the brave man's route down the inside. There's always a packed field in this type of race. The gaps appeared and then he quickened well. I'm a half pint empty kind of person so I wasn't confident after that start but up the straight I thought he might just stick on. Hopefully this fella's got a bright future. He put up a good performance in October but he needed to up his game today and he certainly has. There's no reason why he can't come back here next year as a novice hurdler. The form of this bumper is working out better and better each year and he's got an engine.

"It's great for Caroline Tisdall and Bryan Drew as they've supported me and we can't do it without the owners, the staff at home and everyone around us. It's a relief to get a winner - I told the owners to really savour the moment as they don't come round often and I don't think we ever appreciate them as much as we should."

Scudamore was visibly delighted with Moon Racer after the race.

"The tactics were forced upon me because of what happened at the start," admitted the jockey.

"Somebody got kicked earlier on so there was a bit of a delay and when the tapes went up, he just hesitated a bit. It's only his third ever run and he's never been in a start like that. From then on in, I just thought 'whatever happens, happens'. In the championship races here though, there are no hard luck stories. The best horse in the race usually wins and he was the best horse in the race. It makes a big difference to have the horse to do it underneath you. Even coming down the hill, I was two or three lengths back from where I wanted to be but all of a sudden it's opened for me. He's only been able to go through though as he's got the class to go through those gaps. He's six-years-old so whether that makes a difference or not, I don't know. It's great for Caroline and Bryan as they've been big supporters of Pond House for years now and he was bought to be sent here. He'd fulfilled their dreams and David has done it again.

"He was tough and he was brave - he's a true bumper champion. I love him - he's my favourite now!"

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The Weatherbys Champion Bumper
(Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race)
£60,000 added, 4-6yo, 2m 110y, Class 1
23 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey /Weight Trainer Age
1st Moon Racer (IRE) 9/2f T Scudamore
D Pipe 6
2nd Modus 33/1 T J O'Brien
Robert Stephens 5
3rd Wait For Me (FR) 9/1 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 5
4th nk Yanworth 16/1 A P McCoy
A King 5
5th 4 Vigil (IRE) 8/1 P J Smullen
D K Weld 6
6th hd Supasundae 17/2 J J Burke
H De Bromhead 5
7th Theo's Charm (IRE) 100/1 Tom Cannon
N J Gifford 5
8th 1 Montana Belle (IRE) 50/1 Mr S Crawford
S R B Crawford 5
9th Bay Of Freedom (IRE) 100/1 N D Fehily
Peter Fahey 6
10th Bellshill (IRE) 14/1 R Walsh
W P Mullins 5
11th 3 General Principle (IRE) 9/1 B J Cooper
G Elliott 6
12th 1 Ghost River 40/1 Sean Bowen
P Bowen 5
13th ½ Au Quart De Tour (FR) 25/1 D E Mullins
W P Mullins 5
14th 3 Davy Doubt (IRE) 40/1 G Sheehan
W Greatrex 6
15th ¾ Livelovelaugh (IRE) 28/1 Ms K Walsh
W P Mullins 5
16th 7 O O Seven (IRE) 40/1 B J Geraghty
N J Henderson 5
17th Always Lion (IRE) 100/1 D Bass
B Pauling 5
18th ½ Up For Review (IRE) 40/1 D J Casey
W P Mullins 6
19th Stone Hard (IRE) 10/1 P Townend
W P Mullins 5
20th 5 Western Way (IRE) 66/1 D F O'Regan
D E Cantillon 6
21st 13 Jetstream Jack (IRE) 14/1 D J Condon
G Elliott 5
22nd 23 Neatly Put 150/1 D G Hogan
Denis Hogan 5
PU Bordini (FR) 7/1 Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins 5
NR Pylonthepressure (IRE) D J Mullins
W P Mullins 5

Stephens' Modus operandi seems to work

Modus, a son of Motivator and carrying the colours of Al Kazeem's owner John Deer, ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up.

It was the five-year-old's first appearance since he finished unplaced at Aintree in April, a run that followed an eighth-place finish in this race 12 months ago. Given the absence credit must go to his trainer, Monmouthshire-based Robert Stephens.

A 33/1 shot ridden by Tom O'Brien, Modus finished a length and a half behind the David Pipe-trained winner Moon Racer, a £225,000 purchase at Brightwells' Cheltenham Sale in April last year.

Stephens said: "I'm delighted, because he's a very nice horse and he's been working well at home. He's more relaxed this year, and that's helped him today.

"We couldn't run him this season before today because he had taken part in four bumpers so was on the limit allowed, but fitness-wise I knew he was spot on. It was a pity the start was a little ragged, because it meant he was slightly further back than I expected and the winner got first run on us. It's the sort of thing that can happen in this race.

"I knew he would fly up the hill. He has a couple of options - he could run on the Flat or we could keep him for hurdling next season."

Stephens also trains JCB Triumph Hurdle hope Beltor, of whom he said: "He's in great form and I'm just hoping for a good run on Friday. He doesn't work with Modus because they are very similar horses, so they each have a lead horse."

Modus's jockey, Tom O'Brien, said: "He has given me a great spin and he has stayed on really well. He settled nicely and kept going. It's a great training performance by Robert."

Third-placed Wait For Me, trained by Philip Hobbs, was ridden by Richard Johnson, who said: "He travelled really well, stayed and kept going all the way to the line. He is a really nice horse. He has just been beaten by the better horse on the day that showed a good turn of foot. He is having just his second run of his life so he will mature and develop into an even better horse. To finish third in the Champion Bumper on just your second start is a brilliant effort. He is a horse we will look forward to going novice hurdling with next year."

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2008-WINNER-COUSIN VINNY 5-11-05 Owner-Festival Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Patrick Mullins; SP-12/1
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2004-WINNER-TOTAL ENJOYMENT 5-10-12 Owner-It Will Never Last Syndicate; Trainer-Tommy Cooper IRE; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP-7/1
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3RD Master Albert 6-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-David Wachman IRE; Jockey-Mr J P Magnier; SP-50/1
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2003-WINNER-LIBERMAN 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND Trabolgan 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Seamus Durack; SP-50/1
3RD Widemouth Bay 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Deithrick; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-33/1
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2002-WINNER-PIZARRO 5-11-06 Owner-Edward Wallace; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-14/1
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2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-JOE CULLEN 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Mullins; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-14/1
2ND-Inca 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-2/1 Fav
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1999-MONSIGNOR 5-11-06 Owner-Malcolm Denmark; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-50/1
2ND-Golden Alpha 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2
3RD-Canasta 5-10-13 Owner-Southern Brick & Tile Co./D S Arnold; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Liam Corcoran; SP-25/1
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2ND-Joe Mac 4-10-12; Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Frantic Tan 6-11-06; Owner-The Bunkers Hill Mob; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
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1997-WINNER-FLORIDA PEARL 5-11-06 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-6/1
2ND-Arctic Camper 5-11-06 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-16/1
3RD-All The Colours 4-10-12 Owner-Pat Byrnes; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-8/1
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2ND-Alzulu 5-11-06 Owner-D Buckle; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Peter Niven; SP-25/1
3RD-Mighty Moss 5-10-13 Owner-Ken Hutsby; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Fred Hutsby; SP-33/1
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2ND-Red Blazer 4-10-12 Owner-Tom Shrimpton; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jamie Osborne SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Skehanagh Bridge 6-11-06 Owner-David Pim; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-12/1
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1994-WINNER-MUCKLEMEG 6-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Aries Girl 5-11-03 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-5/1
3RD-Go Ballistic 5-11-03 Owner-Sheila Lockhart; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Robert Massey; SP-16/1
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1993-WINNER-RHYTHM SECTION 4-10-11 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Homer Scott IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Heist 4-11-02 Owner-Mrs G Matthews; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-9/4 Fav
3RD-Winter Belle 5-11-13 Owner-John Muldoon; Trainer-Paddy Prendergast IRE; Jockey-John Shortt; SP-7/1
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1992-WINNER-MONTELADO 5-11-13 Owner-Ollie Hannon; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-8/1
2ND-Tiananmen Square 4-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Mr Tim Hyde; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Maneree 5-11-08 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Neville Callaghan; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-7/1
23 Ran, Time-3m 58.2s, Dist-12, 10

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