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Cheltenham 17:30
£70,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 56y, Class 2
  
Friday 15th March 2019

1 Early Doors 5/1
2 Dallas Des Pictons 7/2F
3 Defi Bleu 14/1
4 Champagne Court 14/1
24 ran Distances: 1¼l, 4l, 7l
Time: 5m 4.28s (slow by 17.28s)

The final race of the Cheltenham Festival goes to Early Doors

A pair of sons of famous fathers teamed up to take the final race of The 2019 Festival.
 
Early Doors, trained by Joseph O'Brien - son of legendary trainer Aidan - and ridden by Jonjo O'Neill jnr, whose father Jonjo snr is one of only five people to have ridden and trainer a winner of the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, beat Dallas Des Pictons by a length and a quarter at 5/1.
 
It was Joseph O'Brien's second success of the meeting, following Band Of Outlaws' victory in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on Wednesday.
 
Twenty-one-year-old O'Neill jnr, enjoying his first victory at The Festival, said: "It's a massive thrill, and I'm just delighted that Mr McManus [J P McManus, Early Doors' owner, for whom it was a fifth winner of The Festival 2019] put me on him.
 
"The standing start didn't really suit Early Doors; he wasn't really travelling all the time and I was just having to niggle him along, but he was saving himself and I knew he was kind of like that so I wasn't too worried. They went a good gallop so I was hoping they would come back to us. To be fair to him, he really picked off the leader when he needed; he really knuckled down and tried to beat him. I thought when I got to the leader he'd pick up again. He [Early Doors] didn't quite fly the last, but he is a real gutsy little fella and he stuck his head down.
 
"I thought he ran a cracker last year as a novice [he was third in this race under J J Slevin] and he's run in some Grade Ones this year; even though he was beaten a long way he had some good horses behind him, so I thought he's a Grade One, Grade Two horse back in a handicap and I thought he had an exceptional chance.
 
"Both Joseph and I are in massively privileged positions and we don't take that for granted whatsoever. So to do it together and on our own path is amazing. Joseph said, 'keep it very simple, get a good start and just sit where you are travelling and don't overcomplicate it.' That was kind of it - small words and he didn't need to say anything else.
 
"I've ridden this race - any race at Cheltenham - hundreds of times on the sofa!"

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
£70,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 56y, Class 2
24 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Early Doors (FR) 5/1 Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
11-10
Joseph P O'Brien 6
2nd Dallas Des Pictons (FR) 7/2f D Meyler
11-5
G Elliott 6
3rd 4 Defi Bleu (FR) 14/1 C Brassil
11-4
G Elliott 6
4th 7 Champagne Court (IRE) 14/1 Rex Dingle
10-5
J Scott 6
5th Coolanly (IRE) 20/1 Connor Brace
11-5
F O'Brien 7
6th Cartwright 9/1 Fergus Gregory
11-2
G Elliott 6
7th Doctor Dex (IRE) 33/1 Lorcan Williams
10-8
T R George 6
8th hd Discordantly (IRE) 25/1 Conor Orr
11-3
Mrs J Harrington 5
9th ¾ Burrows Park (FR) 25/1 H F Nugent
10-7
Miss V Williams 7
10th ½ Style De Garde (FR) 25/1 Ned Curtis
11-5
N J Henderson 5
11th Pym (IRE) 12/1 Richard Patrick
11-3
N J Henderson 6
12th ¾ Mr Antolini (IRE) 33/1 J Nailor
11-5
N A Twiston-Davies 9
13th 3 Le Musee (FR) 33/1 Tom Buckley
10-11
N J Hawke 6
14th Casa Tall (FR) 40/1 Kieron Edgar
10-7
T R George 5
15th Sakhee's City (FR) 50/1 Thomas Dowson
10-9
P A Kirby 8
16th 3&frac34 Garo De Juilley (FR) 28/1 Sean Houlihan
11-3
Mrs S Leech 7
17th 11 Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 25/1 R A Doyle
11-9
W P Mullins 9
18th s.h Big Time Dancer (IRE) 33/1 Ross Chapman
10-13
Jennie Candlish 6
19th ½ Getareason (IRE) 9/1 L P Gilligan
11-5
W P Mullins 6
20th Kapgarry (FR) 66/1 Stan Sheppard
10-6
N A Twiston-Davies 6
21st Daybreak Boy (IRE) 16/1 D J McInerney
11-3
H De Bromhead 6
PU If You Say Run (IRE) 14/1 Bryony Frost
11-6
P F Nicholls 7
F Not That Fuisse (FR) 33/1 William Marshall
10-10
D Skelton 6
RR Mount Mews (IRE) 33/1 Danny McMenamin
11-2
D McCain Jnr 8

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Previous Results

2018-WINNER-BLOW BY BLOW 7-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Donagh Meyler; SP-11/1
2ND-Discorama 5-11-02 Owner-Andrew Gemmell & Thomas Friel; Trainer-Paul Nolan IRE; Jockey-Dylan Robinson; SP-33/1
3RD-Early Doors 5-11-08 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Joseph O’Brien IRE; Jockey-J J Slevin; SP-9/1
4TH-Sire Du Berlais 6-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Donal McInerney; SP-10/1
23 ran, Time-5m 22.20s; Dist-5, 1¼, 1¼ 13/2 Fav Flawless Escape (12th)

2017-WINNER-CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC 6-11-03 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-J J Slevin; SP-12/1
2ND-Verni 8-11-00 Owner-Paul & Clare Rooney; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Thomas Cheeseman; SP-25/1
3RD-Runfordave 5-11-05 Owner-Pat Sloan; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Donagh Meyler; SP-9/1
4TH-Coo Star Sivola 5-11-03 Owner-Babbit Racing; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Lizzie Kelly; SP-13/2
23 ran, Time-4m 55.90s; Dist-2¼, 1¼, ½ 9/2 Fav Battleford (8th)

2016-WINNER-IBIS DU RHEU 5-11-07 Owner-John Hales; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Jack Sherwood; SP-14/1
2ND-Flying Angel 5-11-06 Owner-R J Renton; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Ryan Hatch; SP-8/1
3RD-Sky Khan 7-11-03 Owner-The Ormello Way; Trainer-Lucinda Russell; Jockey-Derek Fox; SP-50/1
4TH-Tully East 6-11-08 Owner-Barry Connell; Trainer-Alan Fleming IRE; Jockey-Shane Shortall; SP-50/1
24 ran, Time-4m 51.70s; Dist-1¼, 1¼, 6 9/4 Fav Squouateur (7th)

2015-WINNER-KILLULTAGH VIC 6-11-01 Owner-Rose Boyd/B Anderson/Mrs M Armstrong; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Luke
Dempsey; SP-7/1
2ND-Noble Endeavour 6-11-06 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Kevin Sexton; SP-14/1
3RD-Roi Des Francs 6-11-05 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-David Mullins; SP-3/1 Fav
4TH-Kauto Grand Mogol 7-11-01 Owner-J C Delamere/D McCorkell/H Catherwood; Trainer-Liz Doyle IRE; Jockey-Jody McGarvey; SP-33/1
21 ran, Time-5m 3.10s; Dist-hd, 4½, 6

2014-WINNER-DON POLI 5-11-05 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mikey Fogarty; SP-12/1
2ND-Thomas Crapper 7-10-05 Owner-apis.uk.com; Trainer-Robin Dickin; Jockey-Joseph Palmowski; SP-10/1
3RD-Caid Du Berlais 5-11-05 Owner-Donlon, Doyle, MacDonald & C Barber; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Derham; SP-9/1
4TH-Urbain De Sivola 6-10-06 Owner-Chris Giles; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Andrias Guerin; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-4m 48.58s, Dist-4½, 1¼, 1¾ 9/2 Fav Full Shift (11th)

2013-WINNER-SALUBRIOUS 6-11-05 Owner-The Johnson & Stewart Families; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Derham; SP-16/1
2ND-Nagpur 7-11-00 Owner-Miss S Douglas-Pennant; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Tom Cannon; SP-33/1
3RD-Double Ross 7-11-06 Owner-Options O Syndicate; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Adam Wedge; SP-14/1
4TH-Make Your Mark 6-10-08 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Declan Lavery; SP-8/1
23 ran, Time-5m 18.60s, Dist-7, 1, 3¾ 9/4 Fav Gevrey Chambertin (PU)

2012-WINNER-ATTAGLANCE 6-11-03 Owner-H Young, G Eifert, R Snyder; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Harry Haynes; SP-20/1
2ND-Toner D’Oudairies 5-11-01 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Keith Donoghue; SP-7/1
3RD-Oscar Nominee 5-10-13 Owner-Michael Buckley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-10/1
4TH-Make A Track 6-10-12 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Charlie Swan IRE; Jockey-Ben Dalton
24 ran, Time-4m 51.6s, Dist-nk, nk, 1½ 9/2 Fav Bourne (9th)

2011-WINNER-SIR DES CHAMPS 5-11-03 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jocket-Emmet Mullins; SP-9/2 Fav
2ND-Son Of Flicka 7-11-06 Owner-Twenty Four Seven Recruitment; Trainer-Donald McCain; Jockey-Henry Brooke; SP-28/1
3RD-First Point 8-11-07 Owner-The Third Pheasant Inn Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-20/1
4TH-Indian Daudaie 4-11-03 Owner-Timeform Betfair Racing Club & Clive Smith; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey- James Cowley; SP-25/1
23 ran, Time-4m 55.22s; Dist- ½, 2, 4

2010-WINNER-PAUSE AND CLAUSE 6-11-10 Owner-Robert Cohen; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-14/1
2ND-Radium 5-11-04 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-14/1
3RD-Clova Island 7-11-00 Owner-Mrs Peter Prowting; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Giles Hawkins; SP-14/1
4TH-Peveril 6-11-03 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-5/1 24 ran, Time-5m 5.25s; Dist-3¼, 1¼, 2¾ 9/2 Fav Ashkazar (7th)

2009-WINNER-ANDYTOWN 6-11-02 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Felix de Giles; SP-25/1
2ND-Midnight Chase 7-11-00 Owner-Lady Clarke; Trainer-Neil Mulholland; Jockey-Michael O’Connor; SP-100/1
3RD-Big Eared Fran 6-11-02 Owner-Thomas Barr; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-7/2 Fav
4TH-Font 6-10-11 Owner-Mr & Mrs R Nevison & Mr & Mrs Ged Mason; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-14/1 23 ran, Time-4m 58.52s; Dist-9, 7, 2

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