Class A, Grade One, £200,000 Guaranteed. For 4yo+, 3m. Weights: 4yo 11st 1lb; 5yo+ 11st 10lb.Allowances: fillies & mares 7lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £116,000; 2nd: £44,000; 3rd: £22,000; 4th: £10,000; 5th: £5,000; 6th: £3,000
1) INGLIS DREVER (Andrea & Graham Wyle) Howard Johnson 6-11-10 Graham Lee 5/1
2) BARACOUDA (J P McManus) Francois Doumen FR 10-11-10 Tony McCoy 6/5 Fav
3) RULE SUPREME (John Fallon) Willie Mullins IRE 9-11-10 David Casey 4/1
4) WESTENDER (Matt Archer & the late Jean Broadhurst) Martin Pipe b9-11-10 Tom Scudamore
5) KORELO (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 7-11-10 Timmy Murphy
6) YOGI (Patrick Delaney Jnr) Tom Foley IRE 9-11-10 Richard Johnson
7) EXOTIC DANCER (Sir Robert Ogden) Jonjo O'Neill p1 5-11-10 Paul Carberry
8) THE FRENCH FURZE (Jim Ennis, P McMahonj) Nicky Richards 11-11-10 Brian Harding
PU) SH BOOM (T G K Construction Ltd) Jonjo O'Neill 7-11-10 Mick Fitzgerald
PU) CRYSTAL D'AINAY (Tony & Jeni Fisher) Alan King b1 6-11-10 Robert Thornton
PU) KNIFE EDGE (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill b1 10-11-10 Conor O'Dwyer
PU) EMOTIONAL MOMENT (Watercork Syndicate) Tom Taaffe IRE 8-11-10 Barry Geraghty
Breeder: R J McAlpine & D O Pickering Breeding: b g In The Wings - Cormorant Creek (Gorytus)
Dist: 3, .75, 2, 7, 1, 1.5, 2.5
Tote Win: £5.60 Places: £1.80; £1.20; £1.70 Exacta: £12.20
Winning Trainer: Howard Johnson Based: White Lea Farm, Crook, County Durham Born: August 11, 1953, Barnard Castle Date of First Licence: 7th July 1986 Previous occupation: worked for Arthur Stephenson, Roy Johnson Wins (1988/9-2003/04): 14,14,10,21,19,32,32,35,23,27,18,19,13,15, 33, 41 Number of horses in training (1990-2004): 40, 32, 33, 55, 63, 70, 47, 53, 56, 51, 46, 48, 40, 36, 78 Cheltenham Festival Wins (4): National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase (1993 Ushers Island), Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever) Other major wins: Lonesome Glory Hurdle (1993 Dance Of Words), Dipper Novices’ Chase (1995 Morceli), Tingle Creek Chase (1998 Direct Route), Charlie Hall Chase (2003 Ballybough Rasher, 2004 Grey Abbey), Scottish National (2004 Grey Abbey), Pillar Property Chase (2005 Grey Abbey), Maghull Novices’ Chase (1995 Morceli, 1998 Direct Route), Red Rum Chase (1997 Down The Fell), Topham Chase (1996 Joe White), Melling Chase (1999 and 2000 Direct Route) Wins This Season: 62 Third win of The Festival 2005
Winning Jockey: Graham Lee Born: December 16, 1975 Background: Irish pony-racing circuit, left school at 15 to join handler Noel Meade. Five rides for Meade then joined Dessie McDonogh in County Meath. Ger Lyons t hen obtained Lee a position with Mary Reveley when he was 17. Began riding out for Bill Haigh, before joining Malcolm Jefferson. He is now stable jockey to Howard Johnson, for whom he rode 35 winners in 2003/4. Number of Wins (1993/94-2003/04): 6; 20; 11; 16; 21; 24; 28; 25; 58; 66; 94 First Winner: Navan, November 7, 1992, Blushing Pearl Cheltenham Festival Wins (3): Letheby & Christopher Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2005 Arcalis), Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle (2005 No Refuge), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2005 Inglis Drever) Big Race Wins: Winter Novices’ Hurdle (2003 Inglis Drever); Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Inglis Drever); totesport Classic Chase (2004 Southern Star); Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (2004 Royal Rosa); Charlie Hall Chase (2003 Ballybough Rasher; 2004 Grey Abbey); Scottish National (2004 Grey Abbey) John Smith’s Grand National (2004 Amberleigh House) Wins This Season: 85 Third win of The Festival 2005
LEE NOW ON THREE WINNERS
Graham Lee, the winning rider on Inglis Drever who was having his third winner at the 2005 Festival, said: "He gave me a heart attack - he didn’t travel great and he didn’t jump great but by jove he has got a big, big heart.
"I probably got there too soon but I wasn’t going to stop when I had got him going.
"I am so happy for the horse - to be beaten half a length in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices Hurdle last season here and now win this - he is tough."
Race Three: Ladbrokes World Hurdle - Winning Quotes:
INGLIS DREVER TEAM ON TOP OF WORLD
Inglis Drever, who was brought off the subs bench to stand in for stable-star Royal Rosa in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, proved himself a star in his own right when eclipsing the mighty Baracouda in the Grade 1 feature to provide Graham Lee, Howard Johnson and owners Andrea and Graham Wylie with a third winner at the 2005 Festival.
There was not the semblance of an excuse for Baracouda, with the 6-5 favourite being outpointed by three lengths by Inglis Drever, on whom Lee was pushing and scrubbing for fully two of the three-mile journey.
Johnson, showered with congratulations, said: "Not bad for a Durham sheep and cattle farmer. I never dreamed that we would have three winners, and to think that Inglis Drever is only the stand-in!
"I knew that the longer trip would suit him and that he would stay all the way to the line, because he is used to running up my hills at home and we are 1,000 feet above sea level.
"It is a stiff old climb, and Inglis Dever is like my Jack Russell ‘Buddy’. When he sees a hare he’ll keep running until he catches it, and this horse is the same. He was on and off the bridle out there, but I knew he’d keep going. Going up that hill regularly gets their wind right."
Johnson, who before this week had saddled only the one Festival winner, Ushers Island in the National Hunt Chase, already has 133 boxes at his Crook stable and, with 30 expensive two-year-olds about to join his jumpers, he expects soon to have a string of 200.
He added: "It is ridiculous - I am nearly 52 and ought to be winding down, but Graham (Wylie) encouraged me to get involved on the Flat, and, though I was reluctant, my wife Sue said ‘go for it, Howard, I like to wear big hats’.
"It was certainly a good day when I teamed up with Howard. We had Lord Transcend for him, but he took me to the football at Newcastle, told me he was selling a lot of his shares in Sage and that he wanted to get involved big time. Things could hardly have gone better, and long may it continue."
Lee was lavish in his praise of Inglis Drever, who will probably remain over hurdles next season - he is a top-priced 4-1 to retain his crown with Ladbrokes - with Royal Rosa going over fences.
"He is so chilled out," declared Lee. "I had to give him two belts early in the race and make him realise that he was racing and that it was at Cheltenham. He was just never travelling, but he has a heart as big as this winner’s enclosure, and he is a real cool dude."
Asked by Andrea Wylie whether he had enjoyed it, Lee smiled: "Not at all - well, not until we hit the front!"
"Reflecting on what has been a marvellous week, Inglis Drever following successes for Arcalis and No Refuge, Johnson added: "It’s all unreal and I just hope the wheels don’t come off.
"Denys Smith (former Bishop Auckland trainer) used to say to me ‘enjoy the three o’clock, Howard, because you’ll be back down by half past’, and he is right. You have to make the best of these good times."
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
A dream week for the owner/trainer/jockey combination of Graham Wylie, Howard Johnson and Graham Lee was crowned with victory for Inglis Drever in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
Lee has returned from a 10-week lay-off after breaking his collar bone and he reflected: "Luckily when I broke my collarbone I knew I had time to get back for this. One thing I’ve always wanted to achieve is 100 winners in a season - I don’t care now if I don’t do it. One Cheltenham winner would have easily made up for 10 weeks off, never mind three.
"They’d gone a two-mile gallop, which they tend to do in these championship races, and I stayed on Baracouda’s tail throughout. When he got into top gear he didn’t half take off."
Johnson said: "This has all been a dream since we arrived at Cheltenham on Tuesday morning. This was the one we fancied all week and we knew he’d stay on how he works at home.
"He’s like my little terrier, Buddy, he’s just tough and genuine. You must have luck in running in these races, which he didn’t get last year, but Baracouda is like all of us getting a little older.
"If Royal Rosa had been fit, he’d have run here and Drever would have gone to Liverpool instead. He could still head there for the two and a half mile hurdle."
Wylie added: "You go into this game just hoping for a few winners but I could never had dreamed of a week like this. I’m delighted for Howard that the dream has come true. I was very calm until the last hurdle, then I was up and down like a yoyo."
Johnson reiterated that Grey Abbey is not a certain starter in tomorrow’s totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and added: "Grey Abbey is travelling down today with Akilak and Bewleys Berry. I’ll feel his legs in the morning and if they’re not cold and I’m not happy then I won’t run him. He’ll probably be retired."
Baracouda finished second to Inglis Drever in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, coming home three lengths behind the winner.
Trainer Francois Doumen said of the 6/5 favourite and dual winner of the race: "He might have liked softer ground maybe and a better pace but Tony [McCoy] rode him perfectly.
"To be second again is no disgrace and he ran a proper race. He didn’t accelerate at the end but there was a lack of pace in the middle of the race and he was fairly beaten. As he’s got older perhaps he doesn’t have the turn of foot that he has produced in the past but he was a very good second and I respect him.
"He’s 10-years-old now and he has raced in this race four years in a row, never further back than second. He is not stressed and has come out of the race well.
"It’s too early to say if he’ll go chasing next year - we’ll see how the horse feels then.
"One doesn’t like to be second but it is purely natural that someone has to be - the horse doesn’t know it which is good for him.
"We’ll see about Aintree - he will be entered."
Owner J P McManus added: "We did the best that we could. The horse has run his heart out and Francois has done a great job. He was ready to run the race of his life but the other horse has beaten us."
Willie Mullins, trainer of third-placed Rule Supreme, a further three-quarters of a length adrift, said: "I am disappointed because he was in the form of his life beforehand.
"But I am delighted that we tried and races are there to be won and lost. We were beaten fair and square and David Casey said everything happened right for him and we have no excuses.
"He’ll definitely go to Punchestown for the Heineken Gold Cup and then the French Champion Hurdle again.
"I have no intention of running him in the Gold Cup tomorrow unless he is kicking his stable lad in the morning!"
LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE FACTS
1. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is one of the youngest races at The Festival. Known as the Stayer’s Hurdle until this year, it was only introduced with its current race conditions in 1972. Before that, it was known as the Spa Hurdle.
2. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle has been run on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the meeting. It moved to its current Thursday slot in 1993.
3. Its first year of sponsorship was 1972, under the title of the Lloyds Bank Hurdle. There have four sponsors of the race, Waterford Crystal backed the contest from 1978 to 1990, while Bonusprint backed it from 1991-2004. This is the first year of Ladbrokes sponsorship and prize money has jumped to £200,000.
4. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is a favourite with the Irish, who have won it nine times, most recently in 1995 with Dorans Pride. Baracouda provided a first success for France in 2002 and followed up again in 2003. In 2004, he was runner-up to Iris’s Gift.
5. The late Fulke Walwyn is the only trainer to have won it more than twice. The race was dominated in the mid-eighties by Crimson Embers, trained by Walwyn, and the winner in 1982 and 1986. Indeed, Crimson Embers would have been awarded the race in the stewards’ room in 1985 had his rider declined to give evidence to the enquiry afterwards, but the trainer won the race anyway with Rose Ravine. The owner, Pam Smart, was ambivalent about the result - she owned both horses!
6. Gaye Chance, the winner in 1984, was a full-brother to the 1983 Champion Hurdle winner Gaye Brief. Both horses were trained by Mercy Rimell.
7. No horse has managed to win both the Smurfit Champion Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
8. A total of 10 favourites have been successful.
9. The smallest field to go to post was eight in 1973 while the largest field was 22 in both 1985 and 1990.
10. There have been three dual winners - Crimson Embers (1982 & 1986), Galmoy (1987 & 1988) and Baracouda (2002 & 2003). No horse has won the race three times.
11. Tommy Carberry, Stuart Shilston, Tommy Carmody, Mark Perrett, Charlie Swan, Jamie Osborne and the recently retired Thierry Doumen are the most successful jockeys, each recording two victories. No current jockey has won more than once.
LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE PAST RESULTS
2004-WINNER-IRIS’S GIFT 7-11-10 Owner-Robert Lester; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/2
2ND-Baracouda 9-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-8/11 Fav
3RD-Crystal D’Ainay 5-11-10 Owner-Tony & Jeni Fisher; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-8/1
10 ran, Time-5m 49.80s; Dist-1.5, 13
2003-WINNER-BARACOUDA 8-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-9/4 Jt Fav
2ND-Iris’s Gift 6-11-10 Owner-Robert Lester; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
3RD-Limestone Lad 11-11-10 Owner-James Bowe; Trainer-James Bowe IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-9/4 Jt Fav 11 ran, Time-5m 41.25s; Dist- 3/4, 5
2002-WINNER-BARACOUDA 7-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-13/8 Fav
2ND-Bannow Bay 7-11-10 Owner-Linda Shanahan and Sue Magnier; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-2/1
3RD-It Takes Time 8-11-10 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-12/1
16 ran, Time-6m 01.70s; Dist-nk, 13
2000-WINNER-BACCHANAL 6-11-10 Owner-Lady Lloyd-Webber; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-11/2
2ND-Limestone Lad 8-11-10 Owner-James Bowe; Trainer-James Bowe IRE; Jockey-Shane McGovern; SP-3/1
3RD-Behrajan 5-11-10 Owner-The Behrajan Partnership; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-8/1 10 ran, Time-5m 36.60s; Dist-1, 3 5/2 Fav Lady Rebecca (6th)
1999-WINNER-ANZUM 8-11-10 Owner-The Old Foresters Partnership; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-40/1
2ND-Le Coudray 5-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-2/1 Jt-Fav
3RD-Lady Rebecca 7-11-05 Owner-Kinnersley Optimists; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-3/1 12 ran, Time-5m 51.7s; Dist-nk, 2.5 2/1 Jt-Fav Deano’s Beeno (9th)
1998-WINNER-PRINCEFUL 7-11-10 Owner-Robert Hitchins; Trainer-Jenny Pitman; Jockey-Rodney Farrant; SP-16/1
2ND-Splendid Thyne 6-11-10 Owner-John Glavanoni; Trainer-Terry Casey; Jockey-Warren Marston; SP-10/1
3RD-Ocean Hawk 6-11-10; Owner-Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-5/1 9 ran, Time-5m 45.9s; Dist-2, 4 6/4 Fav Paddy’s Return (5th)
1997-WINNER-KARSHI 7-11-10 Owner-Lord Vestey; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-20/1
2ND-Anzum 6-11-10 Owner-The Old Foresters Partnership; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-25/1
3RD-Paddy’s Return 5-11-10 Owner-Paddy O’Donnell; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-20/1 17 ran, Time-5m 43.9s, Dist-2.5, 2 9/2 Fav Escartefigue (5th)
1996-WINNER-CYBORGO 6-11-10 Owner-County Stores (Somerset) Ltd; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-David Bridgwater; SP-8/1
2ND-Mysilv 6-11-05 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-Charlie Egerton; Jockey-Jimmy McCarthy; SP-16/1
3RD-What A Question 8-11-05 Owner-Joy Valentine; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-33/1 19 ran, Time-5m 47.3s, Dist- .75, 10 4/1 Fav Derrymoyle (4th)
1995-WINNER-DORANS PRIDE 6-11-10 Owner-Tom Doran; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Shane Broderick; SP-11/4 Fav
2ND-Cyborgo 5-11-10 Owner-County Stores (Somerset) Holding Ltd; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-3/1
3RD-Simpson 10-11-10 Owner-M S Jarvis; Trainer-Jim Old; Jockey-Tom Grantham; SP-10/1
11 ran, Time-6m 03.3s, Dist-5,5
1994-WINNER-BALASANI 8-11-10 Owner-Mark Smith; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Mark Perrett; SP-9/2 Jt Fav
2ND-Avro Anson 6-11-10 Owner-Brian Skirton; Trainer-Maurice Camacho; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-8/1
3RD-Minella 8-11-10 Owner-John Nallen; Trainer-Aidan O'Brien IRE; Jockey-Trevor Horgan; SP-7/1 14 ran, Time-5m 48.4s, Dist-sh, 2.5 (original finishing order)
(Avro Anson finished first, disqualified and placed second for interference)
LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE ROLL OF HONOUR
(Ladbrokes World Hurdle from 2005, bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle 2004, Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle 1991-2003, Waterford Crystal Stayers’ Hurdle 1978-90, Lloyds Bank Hurdle 1972-77)
Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2004 Iris’s Gift 7-11-10 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O’Neill Robert Lester 9/2 10
2003 Baracouda 8-11-10 Thierry Doumen Francois Doumen FR J P McManus 9/4JF 11
2002 Baracouda 7-11-10 Thierry Doumen Francois Doumen FR J P McManus 13/8F 16
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Bacchanal 6-11-10 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Lady Lloyd-Webber 11/2 10
1999 Anzum 8-11-10 Richard Johnson David Nicholson Old Foresters Partnership 40/1 12
1998 Princeful 7-11-10 Rodney Farrant Jenny Pitman Robert Hitchins 16/1 9
1997 Karshi 7-11-10 Jamie Osborne Henrietta Knight Lord Vestey 20/1 17
1996 Cyborgo 6-11-10 David Bridgwater Martin Pipe County Stores (Somerset) Holdings 8/1 19
1995 Dorans Pride 6-11-10 Shane Broderick Michael Hourigan IRE Tom Doran 11/4F 11
1994 Balasani 8-11-10 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe Mark Smith 9/2JF 14
1993 Shuil Ar Aghaidh7-11-05 Charlie Swan Paddy Kiely IRE Mrs Paddy Kiely 20/1 12
1992 Nomadic Way 7-11-10 Jamie Osborne Barry Hills Robert Sangster 15/2 17
1991 King’s Curate 7-11-10 Mark Perrett Stan Mellor C J Ells 5/2F 15
1990 Trapper John 6-11-10 Charlie Swan Mouse Morris IRE Jill Fanning 15/2 22
1989 Rustle 7-11-10 Michael Bowlby Nicky Henderson Robert Waley-Cohen 4/1 21
1988 Galmoy 9-11-10 Tommy Carmody John Mulhern IRE Miss D Threadwell 2/1F 16
1987 Galmoy 8-11-10 Tommy Carmody John Mulhern IRE Miss D Threadwell 9/2 14
1986 Crimson Embers 11-11-10 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn Pam Smart 12/1 19
1985 Rose Ravine 6-11-05 Ricky Pusey Fulke Walwyn Pam Smart 5/1F 22
1984 Gaye Chance 9-11-10 Sam Morshead Mercy Rimell Mary Curtis 5/1 14
1983 A Kinsman 7-11-12 Geordie Dun John Brockbank Mrs John Brockbank 50/1 21
1982 Crimson Embers7-11-12 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn Sally Smart 2/1F 11
1981 Derring Rose 6-11-12 John Francome Fred Winter Peter Savill 3/1 14
1980 Mountrivers 6-11-12 Tommy Ryan Edward O’Grady IRE B Burser 7/1 19
1979 Lighter 6-11-12 Philip Blacker John Edwards G Smith 14/1 14
1978 Flame Gun 6-11-12 Mr Niall Madden Edward O’Grady IRE Mary Kenny 14/1 13
1977 Town Ship 6-11-12 Tommy Carberry Peter Easterby Pat Muldoon 5/2 11
1976 Bit Of A Jig 8-11-12 Dessie Hughes Mick O’Toole IRE Mrs Mick O’Toole 2/1F 12
1975 Brown Lad 9-11-12 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper IRE Mrs Peter Burrell 7/4F 12
1974 Highland Abbe 8-11-12 Richard Smith Les Kennard Mrs K Hankey 15/2 15
1973 Moyne Royal 8-11-12 David Mould Arthur Pitt E Cook 10/1 8
1972 Parlour Moor 8-11-12 Macer Gifford Tom Jones Miss Charlotte Monkton 13/2 11
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