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Grade 3, Cheltenham 14:20
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3m abt 1f, Class 1
  
Tuesday 16th March 2021

1 Vintage Clouds 28/1
2 Happygolucky 10/3
3 Aye Right 11/2
4 Cepage 14/1
16 ran Distances: 5½l, 2¼l, 2½l
Time: 6m 31.00s (slow by 11.00s)

Ryan Mania described his first ever Cheltenham Festival winner as “an unbelievable thrill” after partnering Vintage Clouds to victory at odds of 28-1.

The Grand National-winning jockey retired from race riding in 2014 at the age of 25 but returned to the saddle in October 2019.

He and the 11 year old grey Vintage Clouds were always in a prominent position and at the finish had five and a half lengths to spare over 100-30 favourite Happygolucky. It was a 12th Festival success for owner Trevor Hemmings and second for trainer Sue Smith.

Despite it coming in front of near-empty stands, Mania said it was a day he would never forget. He said: “It’s an unbelievable thrill. It’s a shame that my first Festival winner comes under these circumstances, but it truly doesn’t matter. It will be a very memorable day.

“I rode Vintage Clouds in this race last year and he made a fair bit of a noise coming down the hill. I said then he maybe needs a wind op, and he had a couple of runs this year and it became clear that he did need one. 

“They sent him away for it, and, with the application of cheekpieces, it has just helped sharpen up his jumping. He used to spend quite a bit of time in the air, whereas today he was really slick over his fences, so they have really helped, the wind has helped, and luckily he has got his day today.

“Realistically, coming into the race, we thought he had a really good each-way chance - that’s all you can hope for coming to Cheltenham. I am sure Harvey Smith will tell you that he knew he was going to win, but we were confident that he would come and run his race because he always does - he’s a real true old warrior. We’re delighted by that.

“I’m pretty sure this hasn’t sunk in yet, but in a way I have been able to take it in a bit more without the distraction of the crowds. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would come and ride a Cheltenham winner, especially so soon after coming out of retirement, so I couldn’t be happier.”

Trainers Quotes

The jockey also told Racing TV: “It’s unreal. I can’t work out whether it would be better with the crowds or not as I’ve had a chance to walk in and take it all in. It’s my first ever winner at Cheltenham, not just the Festival, and it’s unbelievable. Especially for an old horse like that, to come back year after year, he really is an old warrior.”

He added it was Mr Hemming’s suggestion to put cheek pieces on the horse and explained: “It was completely his idea and they’ve just sharpened him up. He’s always been so genuine and so tough, but it just sharpened him up over his fences.

“He was a lot slicker today. He’s always been a really good jumper, but he was a lot slicker through the air and wasn’t wasting a lot of time, so they’ve helped a hell of a lot.

“He was going so well underneath me and when you see a nice stride and it comes out your hands and you gain some ground, you’ve just got to keep kicking. I know he stays four miles, so I knew he would get home. Last year in this race he didn’t quite see it out, and that was down to him needing his wind operation. I can’t fault him. He’s jumped and he’s travelled and he’s stayed on up the hill. What more do you want?

“I’m unbelievably pleased for Sue Smith. It hasn’t maybe been the best year for Sue and Harvey on numbers, but the horses are all in good form and we’ve had some nice winners and they’ve got some nice horses in the yard. 

“It’s great for them and great for the North. It couldn’t happen to two nicer people than Sue and Harvey. They’ve been real stalwarts of the sport. I shouldn’t say they’re getting old, but they are getting towards the end of their training and it’s just unbelievable that they can send a horse here in this fettle and still compete with the best of them.

“I think because of the National (Mania partnered 2013 Aintree hero Auroras Encore for the Smiths) we always have that shared relationship, that shared bond, and they didn’t have to start giving me rides again when I came out of retirement as ultimately it was them I let down when I retired. They’ve been so good to me, letting me come back in and ride the horses and hopefully this repays some of their faith in me. 

“I couldn’t see any other way out at the time, but I still felt as though I let people down. It was November, just when we were starting to get busy, and Sue and Harvey then had to find someone else to ride the horses. 

“We had the National winner and we had a lot of history then, and for me to walk away they must have been disappointed. I can’t thank them enough for taking me on again

“It’s indescribable to be able to come back and do that, feeling as fit and as good as ever, in my mind it makes it right I came back in the first place. You can’t really put it into words, I can’t thank everyone enough that’s supported me along the way and given me these opportunities.”

Trainer Smith said: “I know he’s got round to being an 11 year old now, but he’s always loved Cheltenham. He’s run very, very well in the race before and got beaten there two years ago, but he’s an absolute star for us and the old lad is better than ever this time!

“He’s a great jumper, and he does just love it round there. He’s been a very consistent horse for us over the years and he’s deserved every bit of that today – as did the jockey (Ryan Mania) who gave him a super ride.

“We’ll probably enter him in the Scottish National at Ayr next.”

Kim Bailey, trainer of second Happygolucky said: “Someone’s just sent me a message saying that silver medals aren’t much fun, and they aren’t are they? We’ve got a few more opportunities, thank God, but I thought he was my best chance. No excuses, and for a horse having only his fourth run over fences it was a very good run. There’s a really big handicap in him, and there might be something at Aintree. In a year’s time he could be very special.”

Trainers Quotes

Jockey of Happygolucky, David Bass, added: “No excuses at all. He ran an absolute blinder. He travelled, he jumped, and everything went to plan. He had a nice lead to the last, and I know we missed it but the winner beat me fair and square, so well done to Sue Smith and her team. He’s a lovely young horse for the future, and there’s a big day in him somewhere.”

Harriet Graham, trainer of third Aye Right said: “It was a great run, and he probably didn’t get the race his own way like he usually does, but Richard gave him a super ride and we’re really pleased. To finish third at Cheltenham is really good and well done to Ryan Mania (on Vintage Clouds).

“We’re so chuffed. He will (win a race like this) sooner or later and if I’m honest we were hoping for good ground today. They got that 10mm of rain which was a bit stodgy for him, and he does like a quicker surface, but he’s run his heart out. We’ll have to discuss his next race with his owners.”

Richard Johnson, rider of Aye Right, said: “He ran really well. He’s been an ultra-consistent horse this year. He was second at Newbury (in the Ladbrokes Trophy), he was second at Doncaster (in the Sky Bet Chase) and in the three big handicaps he’s run in this season he’s run really well every time. You almost feel like he deserves to get his head in front, but there was nothing lost in defeat today. He’s only a relatively young horse as well, so I think there’s some big days ahead for him.”

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Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
£82,500 added, 5yo plus, 3m abt 1f, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1      Vintage Clouds 11 10-11 Sue Smith Ryan Mania 28/1
2
Happygolucky 7 11-1 Kim Bailey David Bass 10/3
3
Aye Right 8 11-8 Harriet Graham Richard Johnson 11/2
4 Cepage 9 11-12 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 14/1
5
1 One For The Team 7 10-8 Nick Williams Tom Scudamore 17/2
6
¾ Discordantly 7 10-10 Mrs John Harrington Robbie Power 10/1
7
hd Alnadam 8 10-13 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 11/2
8
Nietzsche 8 10-2 Brian Ellison Jonathan Burke 40/1
9
Milan Native 8 11-3 Mrs Denise Foster Jack Kennedy 13/2
10
6 The Wolf 7 10-5 Olly Murphy A P Heskin 22/1
11
Pym 8 11-7 Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 14/1
12
Admiral's Secret 10 10-10 Victor Dartnall Alan Johns 20/1
13 21 Fingerontheswitch 11 10-0 Neil Mulholland Millie Wonnacott 66/1
PU Ok Corral 11 11-5 Nicky Henderson Mark Walsh 33/1
PU Delire D'Estruval 8 10-11 Ben Pauling Daryl Jacob 80/1
PU Soupy Soups 10 10-2 Neil Mulholland Robert Dunne 100/1

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Festival Handicap Chase – Past Results

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2020 The Conditional 8 10-06 Brendan Powell David Bridgwater P J Cave 15/2 23

2019 Beware The Bear 9-11-08 Jeremiah McGrath Nicky Henderson G Barlow 10/1 24

2018-WINNER-COO STAR SIVOLA 6-10-10 Owner-Babbit Racing; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Lizzie Kelly; SP-5/1 Fav
2ND-Shantou Flyer 8-11-06 Owner-Carl Hinchy; Trainer-Richard Hobson; Jockey-James Bowen; SP-14/1
3RD-Vintage Clouds 8-10-12 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Sue Smith; Jockey-Danny Cook; SP-7/1
4TH-Beware The Bear 8-11-07 Owner-G B Barlow; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Jeremiah McGrath; SP-14/1
18 ran, Time-6m 47.50s; Dist-nk, 6, 2¾

2017-WINNER-UN TEMPS POUR TOUT 8-11-12 Owner-Prof Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-9/1
2ND-Singlefarmpayment 7-10-13 Owner-N T Griffith & H M Haddock; Trainer-Tom George; Jockey-Adrian Heskin; SP-5/1 Fav
3RD-Noble Endeavour 8-11-11 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-15/2
4TH-Buywise 10-11-02 Owner-T Hywel Jones; Trainer-Evan Williams; Jockey-Adam Wedge; SP-33/1
23 ran, Time-6m 20.00s; Dist-sh, 3½, 7

2016-WINNER-UN TEMPS POUR TOUT 7-11-07 Owner-Prof Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-11/1
2ND-Holywell 9-11-12 Owner-Gay Smith; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Richie McLernon; SP-8/1
3RD-The Young Master 7-11-05 Owner-Dajam & The Old Masters; Trainer-Neil Mulholland; Jockey-Mr Sam Waley-Cohen; SP-14/1
4TH-Morning Assembly 9-11-09 Owner-Clipper Logistics Group Ltd; Trainer-Pat Fahy IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-10/1
23 ran, Time-6m 17.80s; Dist-7, 9, 1 13/2 Fav Out Sam (7th)

2015-WINNER-THE DRUIDS NEPHEW 8-11-03 Owner-The Stonehenge Druids; Trainer-Neil Mulholland; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-8/1
2ND-Grand Jesture 7-10-11 Owner-Ann & Alan Potts; Trainer-Henry de Bromhead IRE; Jockey-Jonathan Burke; SP-25/1
3RD-Gallant Oscar 9-10-05 Owner-G Kelly; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-9/1
4TH-Indian Castle 7-10-10 Owner-Askew Dick Hernon Reynard; Trainer-Ian Williams; Jockey-Will Kennedy; SP-16/1
24 ran, Time-6m 19.20s; Dist-3¾, 1½, hd 6/1 Fav Ned Stark (8th)

2014-WINNER-HOLYWELL 7-11-06 Owner-Gay Smith; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Richie McLernon; SP-10/1
2ND-Ma Filleule 6-10-13 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Nico de Boinville; SP-33/1
3RD-The Package 11-11-02 Owner-The Johnson Family; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-16/1
4TH-Green Flag 7-11-04 Owner-John Adam; Trainer-Lucinda Russell; Jockey-Peter Buchanan; SP-6/1
23 ran, Time- 6m 1.80s; Dist-1¾, 7, 2¾ 7/1 Fav Alfie Sherrin (8th)

2013-WINNER-GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN 8-10-02 Owner-Brocade Racing; Trainer-Colin Tizzard; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-28/1
2ND-Our Mick 7-11-04 Owner- K & Mrs E Benson; Trainer-Donald McCain; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-13/2 Fav
3RD-White Star Line 9-10-05 Owner-Patsy Byrne; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-12/1
4TH-Tullamore Dew 11-10-03 Owner-Give Every Man His Due; Trainer-Nick Gifford; Jockey-Tom Cannon; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time- 6m 19.80s; Dist-10, 2, ¾

2012-WINNER-ALFIE SHERRIN 9-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Richie McLernon; SP-14/1
2ND-Fruity O’Rooney 9-10-11 Owner-Heart Of The South Racing; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Jamie Moore; SP-16/1
3RD-Our Mick 6-11-01 Owner-K Benson & Mrs E Benson; Trainer-Donald McCain; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-11/1
4TH-The Package 9-10-10 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-6/1
19 ran, Time-6m 8.60s; Dist-1, 4, 2 11/2 Jt Fav Quantitativeeasing (7th), Hold On Julio (10th)

2011-WINNER-BENSALEM 8-11-02 Owner-Alan Marsh & John Duggan; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-5/1
2ND-Carole’s Legacy 7-11-05 Owner-Paul Murphy; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/1
3RD-Reve De Sivola 6-10-13 Owner-Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-9/1
4TH-Fair Along 9-11-07 Owner-Alan Peterson; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Rhys Flint; SP-25/1
19 ran, Time-6m 10.00s; Dist ½, 11, 17 9/2 Fav Sunnyhill Boy (Fell)

2010-WINNER-CHIEF DAN GEORGE 10-10-10 Owner-Maurice Chapman; Trainer-Jimmy Moffatt; Jockey-Paddy Aspell; SP-33/1 2ND-The Package 7-10-09 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmny Murphy; SP-9/2 Fav 3RD-Ogee 7-10-05 Owner-Sir Evelyn de Rothschild; Trainer-Renee Robeson; Jockey-Jimmy McCarthy; SP-8/1 4TH-Offshore Account 10-10-03 Owner-Brian Polly; Trainer-Charlie Swan IRE; Jockey-David Casey; SP-33/1 24 ran, Time-6m 10.66s; Dist-hd, 1¼, 4

2009-WINNER-WICHITA LINEMAN 8-10-09 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-5/1 Fav 2ND-Maljimar 9-10-05 Owner-Jane Williams; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-14/1 3RD-Nenuphar Collognes 8-10-09 Owner-Top Brass Partnership; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-17/2 4TH-Dear Villez 7-11-03 Owner-John & Barbara Cotton; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-16/1 21 ran, Time-6m 26.63s; Dist-nk, ½, 6

2008-WINNER-AN ACCORDIAN 7-10-12 Owner-Brian Kilpatrick; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-7/1 2ND-New Alco 7-11-00 Owner-D McGowan and S Murphy; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-10/1 3RD-L’Ami 9-11-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-11/2 Fav 14 ran, Time-6m 35.5s; Dist-2 1¼, hd

2007-WINNER-JOES EDGE 10-10-06 Owner-Chemipetro Limited; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-50/1
2ND-Juveigneur 10-11-09 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-7/1Co Fav
3RD-Distant Thunder 9-10-11 Owner-Old Moss Farm; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-7/1 Co Fav
4TH-Mon Mome 7-11-01 Owner-Vida Bingham; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Liam Treadwell; SP-16/1
23 ran, Time-6m 15.94s, Dist-sh, sh, 8 7/1 Co Fav New Alco (6th)

2006-WINNER-DUN DOIRE 7-10-09 Owner-Dunderry Racing Syndicate; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/1 2ND-Juveigneur 9-11-05 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-16/1
3RD-Irish Hussar 10-11-12 Owner-Major Christopher Hanbury; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Marcus Foley; SP-66/1
4TH-Model Son 8-10-08 Owner-P J Hughes Developments Ltd; Trainer-Patrick Haslam; Jockey-Paddy Merrigan; SP-14/1
21 ran, Time-6m 12.10s, Dist-2, 1.25, 1.5 100/30 Fav Moulin Riche (PU)

2005-WINNER-KELAMI 7-10-02 Owner-Halewood International Ltd; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-8/1
2ND-Keen Leader 9-11-12 Owner-Adair Catherwood; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-28/1
3RD-Irish Hussar 9-11-07 Owner-Major Christopher Hanbury; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP- 33/1
4TH-Chives 10-11-13 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Sue Smith; Jockey-Dominic Elsworth; SP-33/1
20 ran, Time-6m 08.60s, Dist-1.25, 2, .75 11/2 Fav Iris Bleu (9th)

2004-WINNER-FORK LIGHTNING 8-10-05 Owner-Fred and Sue Welch; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-7/1
2ND-Shardam 7-10-07 Owner-Howard Parker; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-11/2
3RD-Royal Auclair 7-10-09 Owner-Clive Smith; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP 7/1
11 ran, Time-6m 12.30s, Dist-2, 9 100/30 Fav Haut Cercy (8th)

2003-WINNER-YOULNEVERWALKALONE 9-10-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
2ND-Haut Cercy 8-10-00 Owner-The Wiggin Partnership; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-10/1
3RD-Ad Hoc 9-11-00 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-5/1 Jt Fav
4TH Maximize 9-10-01 Owner-Lady Vestey; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP-20/1
18 ran, Time-6m 16.90s, Dist- .75, 9, 1.25 5/1 Jt Fav Joss Naylor (11th)

2002-WINNER-FRENCHMAN’S CREEK 8-10-05 Owner-Rory Sweet and Panda Wilson; Trainer-Hughie Morrison; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-8/1
2ND-Carbury Cross 8-10-02 Owner-Anne, Duchess of Westminster; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Liam Cooper; SP-25/1
3RD-Ad Hoc 8-11-07 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/1
4TH-You’re Agoodun 8-11-00 Owner-Jeff Lammiman; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Johnny Kavanagh; SP-20/1
23 ran, Time-6m 12.10s, Dist-3, 16, .75 4/1 Fav Gunther McBride (6th)

2001 - No Race (Foot and Mouth)

2000-WINNER-MARLBOROUGH 8-10-03 Owner-Robert Ogden; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-11/2
2ND-Beau 7-10-02 Owner-Sylvia Tainton; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-5/1 Jt Fav
3RD-Star Traveller 9-10-00 Owner-Jill Griffith & Liz Strachan; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-6/1 12 ran, Time-5m 59.70s, Dist-2.5, .5 5/1 Jt Fav Spendid (5th)

1999-WINNER-BETTY’S BOY 10-10-02 Owner-Ted Benfield and Bill Brown; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-25/1
2ND-Island Chief 10-10-01 Owner-George Dilger; Trainer-Peter Beaumont; Jockey-Brian Storey; SP-10/1
3RD-Nahthen Lad 10-10-10 Owner-Jim Shaw; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-25/1
4TH-Macgeorge 9-11-08 Owner-Mr & Mrs J H Watson; Trainer-Richard Lee; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-16/1
18 ran, Time-6m 22.6s, Dist-5, 2, 2.5 4/1 Fav Kadou Nonantais (fell)

1998-WINNER-UNGUIDED MISSILE 10-11-10 Owner-David Harrison; Trainer-Gordon Richards; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-10/1
2ND-Glitter Isle 8-10-02 Owner-Mrs Timothy Pilkington; Trainer-Josh Gifford; Jockey-Philip Hide; P-20/1
3RD-Even Flow 9-10-07 Owner-Andrew Wates; Trainer-Terry Casey; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-7/2 Fav
13 ran, Time-6m 11.6s, Dist-7, .5

1997-WINNER-FLYER’S NAP 11-11-02 Owner-Jim Tory; Trainer-Robert Alner;Jockey-David Bridgwater; SP-20/1
2ND-Stormtracker 8-10-00 Owner-Tim Davis; Trainer-Colin Weedon; Jockey-Mark Richards; SP-25/1
3RD-General Command 9-11-02 Owner-Robert Ogden; Trainer-Gordon Richards; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-9/4 Fav 14 ran, Time-6m 13.8s, Dist-1.5, .75

1996-WINNER-MAAMUR 8-10-00 Owner-Jean Wood; Trainer-Tim Forster; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-13/2
2ND-Unguided Missile 8-10-10 Owner-David Harrison; Trainer-Gordon Richards; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-11/4 Fav
3RD-Chatam 12-10-02 Owner-Adrian Nolan and Dr B Nolan; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-David Bridgwater; SP-28/1 10 ran, Time-6m 22.9s, Dist-7, 13

1995-WINNER-ROUGH QUEST 9-10-03 Owner-Andrew Wates; Trainer-Terry Casey; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-16/1
2ND-Antonin 7-11-08 Owner-G R Bailey Ltd (Baileys Horse Feeds); Trainer-Sue Bramall; Jockey-John Burke; SP-14/1
3RD-Cache Fleur 9-10-06 Owner-Brian Kilpatrick; Trainer-Martin Pipe;Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-6/1
4TH-Grange Brake 9-10-10 Owner-Jenny Mould; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-David Bridgwater; SP-14/1 16 ran, Time-6m 32.9s, Dist-9, sh, .75 7/2 Fav Couldnt Be Better (11th)

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Festival Trophy Handicap Chase Roll Of Honour

(JLT Specialty Handicap Chase 2012-2013, Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase 2011, William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase 2005-2010, William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase 1998-2004, Astec Buzz Shop National Hunt Handicap Chase 1997, Ritz Club National Hunt Handicap Chase 1981-96, National Hunt Handicap before 1981)

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

1994 Antonin 6-11-05 John Burke Sue Bramall Michael Stanners 4/1F 11
1993 Givus A Buck 10-10-08 Paul Holley David Elsworth Kevin Costello 11/2 7
1992 Tipping Tim 7-10-00 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies Jenny Mould 20/1 17
1991 Seagram 11-10-11 Nigel Hawke David Barons Sir Eric Parker 6/1 14
1990 Bigsun 9-10-11 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson John Horn 15/2 14
1989 Dixton House 10-11-00 Tom Morgan John Edwards Peter S Hill 13/2 16
1988 Aquilifer 8-10-12 Paul Croucher David Murray-Smith Brian Kilpatrick 9/2 16
1987 Gainsay 8-10-05 Ben de Haan Jenny Pitman Errol Brown 10/1 12
1986 Charter Party 8-10-10 Peter Scudamore David Nicholson Claire Smith 12/1 16
1985 West Tip 8-10-13 Richard Dunwoody Michael Oliver Peter Luff 6/1 20
1984 Tracys Special 7-11-01 Steve Knight Andy Turnell Major Jack Rubin 5/1 12
1983 Scot Lane 10-11-07 Craig Smith Martin Tate T Isherwood 20/1 19
1982 Scot Lane 9-10-12 Craig Smith Martin Tate T Isherwood 15/2 18
1981 Current Gold 10-10-07 Neale Doughty Gordon Richards A Picken 10/1 16
1980 Again The Same 7-11-01 Mr Jim Wilson John Edwards G D Smith 10/1 16
1979 Fair View 9-10-04 Ridley Lamb George Fairbairn Michael Shone 12/1 13
1978 No race (Abandoned because of snow)
1977 Gay Vulgan 9-11-04 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn Mrs W Pilkington 4/1F 12
1976 Barmer 8-10-03 Jimmy McNaught Robin Blakeney Richard Dean 20/1 14
1975 King Flame 9-10-06 John Francome Richard Head Lord Head 12/1 14
1974 Cuckolder 9-10-13 Andy Turnell Bob Turnell Bob Turnell 6/1 11
1973 The Chisler 7-10-10 Michael Dickinson Tony Dickinson J Haggas 6/1 13
1972 Jomon 6-10-12 David Mould Tom Jones Mrs W Jones 8/1 15
1971 Lord Jim 10-10-08 Johnnie Haine Fulke Walwyn Gilbert Dudley Jnr 8/1 14
1970 Charter Flight 8-11-09 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell John Rogerson 100/8 16
1969 Chancer 7-11-00 Pat McCarron Charlie Hall A H P Hope 6/1F 13
1968 Battledore 7-10-10 Kit Stobbs Arthur Stephenson W Morton 3/1F 8
1967 Different Class 7-11-13 David Mould Peter Cazalet Gregory Peck 13/2 16
1966 Arkloin 7-12-05 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE George Ansley 5/2F 12
1965 Rondetto 9-11-10 Johnnie Haine Bob Turnell A B Mitchell 11/2 20
1964 Prudent Barney 10-10-11 Terry Biddlecombe Bobby Renton Lurline Brotherton 10/1 10
1963 Team Spirit 11-11-04 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn Ronald B Woodward 100/8 24
1962 Longtail 7-11-00 Stan Mellor Dick Curran Arthur Dickinson 100/7 18
1961 Ravencroft 8-10-03 Fred Winter Fulke Walwyn Larch Loyd 9/2 10
1960 Isle Of Skye 9-10-05 Tony Keen Alec Kilpatrick Sir Thomas Pilkington 100/8 12
1959 Winning Coin 7-11-07 Dave Dick George Beeby Lord Bicester 100/9 14
1958 Sentina 8-11-07 Tom Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE Duchess of Westminster 7/1 14
1957 Sentina 7-10-04 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper IRE A Craigie 3/1F 12
1956 Kerstin 6-10-05 George Milburn Verly Bewicke G H Moore 100/9 14
1955 Limber Hill 8-11-02 Tim Molony Bill Dutton John Davey 7/1 19
1954 Holly Bank 7-10-13 Mr Peter Brookshaw Fred Rimell S H Brookshaw 7/2F 12
1953 Four Ten 7-10-07 Tommy Cusack John Roberts A Strange 4/1 12
1952 Royal Tan 8-11-06 Mr Phonsie O’Brien Vincent O’Brien IRE Joe Griffin 7/2JF 11
1951 Land Fort 7-11-08 Johnny Bullock Fred Rimell H Oliver 8/1 14
1950 Silver Fame 11-12-07 Martin Molony George Beeby Lord Bicester 5/4F 11
1949 Frere Jacques II 7-10-06 Ted Vinall Fred Rimell Mrs A Simmons 20/1 13
1948 Cavaliero 7-11-10 Ted Vinall Fred Rimell W R Porter 7/1 21
1947 No race (Abandoned because of snow and frost)
1946 Dunshaughlin 8-10-10 Bobby O’Ryan Charlie Rogers IRE Dorothy Paget 7/1 18

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