Cheltenham Handicaps 2006

Cheltenham 2006


Cheltenham 2006 / running order /


1st (16) You're Special 33-1
2nd (17) Mon Mome 11-1
3rd (21) Undeniable 16-1
4th (19) Bee An Bee 25-1
21 ran
Also: 7-1 Jt Fav Liberthine, Parsons Legacy
NR: Native Jack, No Half Session, Better Days
No 10 Better Days (16-1) was withdrawn not under orders. Rule 4does not apply.

Harding follows in big brother’s footsteps

Brian Harding won the 1998 Queen Mother Champion Chase on One Man, and his little brother Richard followed up with victory in today’s Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase.

Riding the Ferdy Murphy-trained You’re Special, Harding kept his horse in the front rank throughout, and a fine jump at the last fence settled the issue.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Harding, 24, who comes from County Cork in Ireland. “I’ve ridden about 55 winners in point-to-points in Ireland, and 25 or 26 under Rules, but this is my first winner at The Festival.

“I got a phone call from Ferdy Murphy a couple of weeks ago and only sat on the horse for the first time this morning when I gave him a canter.”

Murphy gave plenty of praise to Harding, and said: “I told him not to hit the horse, but to keep him up there and keep pushing away.

“After he pulled up at Fakenham on his latest start he had a little tinkering from the vet to help his breathing - it wasn’t an operation, he just cauterized something.

“In the long run he’s a National horse, and now he’s won this his rating might enable him to get in. He won’t get in this year, but he could go for the Irish National.”


Mon Mome and Undeniable, second and third respectively in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase, both pleased their connections.

Mon Mome was beaten three and a half lengths under Mr Will Biddick, who was enjoying his first Festival ride.

Trainer Venetia Williams said: “I’m very pleased with that effort.

“He’s kept galloping all the way to the line and jumped really well throughout.

“I’m not sure where he will go next.”

Back in third was Undeniable under Nina Carberry, who pleased trainer Sue Smith.

The Bingley handler commented: “I am delighted with that effort.

“He’s done nothing wrong at all for us this year and Nina has given him a cracking ride.

“He maybe just lacks a bit of pace but stays very well and will get further than this.

“We will try and find a nice race for him now as he deserves to win a good one. We play it by ear, but will have a look at Aintree and there is also Ayr to consider.”

Handicap Chase (Amateur Riders) (Class 2) 3m 110y, Old Course, £50,000 guaranteed For 5yo+ Rated 0-140 Weights raised 1lb Minimum weight 10st Penalties after Feb 26, a winner of a class 1 to 3 chase 4lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb) Iris Bleu’s handicap mark 139 Entries 124 pay £60 Confirmed 62 pay £190 Penalty value 1st £30,010; 2nd £9,375; 3rd £4,685; 4th £2,345; 5th £1,170; 6th £590

1 YOU'RE SPECIAL (USA) (Diane O’Rourke) Ferdy Murphy 9-10-12 Mr Richard Harding 33/1
2 MON MOME (FR) (Vida Bingham) Venetia Williams 6-10-05 Mr William Biddick (7) 11/1
3 UNDENIABLE (Keith Nicholson) Sue Smith 8-10-09 Miss Nina Carberry 16/1
4 BEE AN BEE (IRE) (Carol Jobburns) Tom George 9-10-03 Mr Robert McCarthy (7) 25/1
5 RISK ACCESSOR (IRE) (J P McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 11-11-10 Mr J T McNamara
6 BLACK APALACHI (IRE) (G Burke) Philip Rothwell IRE 7-10-13 Mr Jamie Codd
7 IRIS BLEU (FR) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 10-11-05 Mr Robert Quinn (7)
8 LIBERTHINE (FR) (Robert Waley-Cohen) Nicky Henderson 7-11-00 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (5) 7/1jf
9 PARSONS LEGACY (IRE) (R A S Offer) Philip Hobbs 8-10-11 Mr Tom O'Brien 7/1jf
10 LOU DU MOULIN MAS (FR) (The Eight Amigos Racing Syndicate) Paul Nicholls 7-11-01 Mr Colman Sweeney
11 FLORIDA DREAM (IRE) (D & S Goodman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-10-04 Mr David England (5)
12 UNDERWRITER (USA) (Diane O’Rourke) Ferdy Murphy 6-10-07 Mr Tom Greenall
13 BRIERY FOX (IRE) (Vicky Jeyes Helen Plumbly Jane Trafford) Henry Daly 8-10-10 Mr Joe Docker (7)
F ARISTOXENE (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Nicky Henderson 6-11-02 Mr Jamie Snowden (3)
P ANOTHER RUM (IRE) (Ronald Lilley) Ian Duncan IRE 8-11-05 Mr Mark O'Hare (5)
P ADARMA (IRE) (J P McManus) Christy Roche IRE 8-10-12 Mr Kevin Power
P SCOTS GREY (Henry Ponsonby) Nicky Henderson 11-11-10 Mr Aidan FitzGerald
P CRUISING RIVER (IRE) (Four Stablemates) Henrietta Knight 7-10-13 Mr Damian Murphy
P ZETA'S RIVER (IRE) (David Johnson) Martin Pipe 8-11-04 Mr Darren Edwards (3)
P GLACIAL DELIGHT (IRE) (The Friday Night Racing Club) Emma Lavelle 7-10-03 Mr Colin Motherway (3)
P JACKSON (FR) (C Brookes) Alan King 9-10-02 Mr Gerald Tumelty (3)

Non-runners: Native Jack, No Half Session
Withdrawn: Better Days
21 ran
Time: 6m 09.80s
Distances: 3.5, 8, 1.5, sh, 1 1/4, 1 3/4, 2 1//2, 1, 3, 0.5, nk, 10
Breeder: Ralph C Wilson Jnr Trust Agreement
Breeding: bg Northern Flagship (USA) - Pillow Mint (USA)
Tote: Win; £38.90 Places; £6.50, £2.70, £3.00, £6.50 Exacta; £554.20

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