Cheltenham Handicaps 2006

Cheltenham 2006

Cheltenham 2006 / running order /


1st (2) Kadoun 50-1
2nd (23) Hordago 10-1
3rd (7) Oodachee 10-1
4th (21) Liberman 20-1
24 ran
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Kadoun sprung a 50/1 shock when landing the concluding heat of day three, the £60,000 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle for owner J P McManus, trainer Michael O’Brien and jockey Tom Ryan. This was a first Festival success for Ryan.

The result was somewhat bittersweet for McManus, who lost his Olaso in the same race, after that horse fractured a canon bone and had to be humanely put down.

The winning owner, successful earlier in the afternoon with Reveillez, commented afterwards: “I have mixed feelings after the race as losing Olaso was a sad end to what has been a great day.

“Horses are my life, so to lose one is always sad. This has put a real dampener on proceedings.

“I thought that Olaso had a bit of a squeak. He wants his own space in a race and has stayed on well at the finish. Tom Ryan has given him an excellent ride.”

This was the owner’s second big-priced winner in this race following the 50/1 success of Creon two years ago.

McManus added: “I had a little bit on him. You never have enough on them when they win!

“I don’t know where we go from here - I’d forgotten he was in this race!”

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“He was unreal. He felt super and really travelled today. Michael O’Brien has done a great job.

“The horse has been bouncing at home this past week.

“They didn’t go a mad pace in the race - he just jumped and galloped and travelled.

“At the top of the hill, he was the only one going really well.

“It’s unbelievable to have a Cheltenham winner but I have to go home now - I’m riding at Down Royal tomorrow!”

Second again for Rathkeale stable

Eric McNamara, who trains at Rathkeale in County Limerick, could be forgiven a sense of deja vu after Hordago finished second in the Pertemps Final. Twenty-four hours earlier McNamara had stood in the same place after Strangely Brown took the runner-up spot in the Coral Cup.

Brian Byrnes, a 5lb conditional jockey who works for McNamara, rode both horses. McNamara said of Hordago: “He ran a fine race - he’s won here twice before and we were hoping he could do it again, but he was outstayed from the last home.

“He just seems to come alive here and bounces into form, but there was just one too good for him today. He’ll go to Aintree or Punchestown, although I suppose he’ll go up a few pounds in the handicap.”

Charlie Swan, who trained third-placed Oodachee, also had the handicap in mind when analysing his horse’s performance. On his previous outing Oodachee had finished third to Attorney General and Fire Dragon at Cheltenham in December, a performance that saw him rise in the ratings. Swan said: “He’s had three runs and three places at Cheltenham, and it’s just unfortunate that the horses that beat him the last time have dragged him up the handicap.

“The weights have beaten us today, but he was given a super ride and we’ve no complaints. If the ground doesn’t get firm he’ll be out again some time in the near future.”

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