JCB Triumph Hurdle 17th March 2006

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1st (4) Detroit City 7-2 Fav
2nd (5) Fair Along 25-1
3rd (2) Blazing Bailey 14-1
4th (14) Pace Shot 100-1
17 ran


Detroit City
Detroit City

Memories of Rooster Booster came flooding back as Detroit City, another grey sporting owner Terry Warner’s colours, led home a 1-2 for trainer Philip Hobbs in the JCB Triumph Hurdle when finishing five lengths clear of Fair Along.

“The visor helped him today, he’s very genuine but he’s a horse that needs more than two miles,” said Hobbs. “But when there was all that trouble at the start he stood there unperturbed like an old sheep.

“I was surprised that Fair Along went off at 25/1 as he had some of the best form in the race and it probably helped Detroit City when he made the running, but that was not intentional.

“Detroit City will be running over three miles before too long, I can’t see him being quick enough for the Champion Hurdle next year, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle or novice chasing would be more likely.

“He could go for the two and a half mile novice hurdle at Aintree and Punchestown is a strong possibility but I’d like to run him before then if possible. But in the short term Aintree would be ideal for Fair Along.

“We got Detroit City in July or August and he is totally different from Rooster Booster other than being grey. He already wants more than two miles and weighs a lot more, he’s be over 500 kilos whereas Rooster Booster was around 470.”

Jockey Richard Johnson added: “I just pointed him in the right direction really. Two miles is plenty short enough - he really just outstayed everything from turning in. He’s a real tough horse and Terry Warner has got another very good one. We’ve had a quiet week so far but it always makes a lot of difference to get a winner.”

Owner Terry Warner said: “He’s not unlike Rooster Booster to look at. He’s a nice big strong horse and will probably go on and make a nice chaser in time - but I want to win the Champion Hurdle again with him first! It’s great and I can’t believe what he’s done. He gets two and a half miles on the Flat so he’ll be better over longer distances. He stayed on very well and won it comfortably in the end.”

Fair Along So Strong

The Philip Hobbs stable kept everyone happy in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, with not only Terry Warner, owner of the winner Detroit City in jubilant mood, but Alan Peterson, owner of the runner-up Fair Along, also absolutely delighted.

“We are new owners over the past three or four years and I think that Sarah and Philip are just the best,” said Peterson.

Fair Along soon made the pace, as the horse invariably does.

”We did that here in November when the horse won and people said we couldn’t do it for a second time, but we almost did didn’t we? For a moment I thought we might hold out,” said Peterson.

Peterson admitted that he had backed both horses, adding that : “Half the stable was on us, half on Detroit City.”

Blazing Bailey, who finished as fast as any up the final hill to take third place, has been transformed by the switch to hurdling.

Lesley Field, speaking for the three-woman syndicate Three Line Whip, said: “He’s only rated 58 on the Flat, but when he started hurdling he just loved it. We only bought the horse in October and here we are in the winner’s enclosure at Cheltenham.”

Field also paid credit to trainer Alan King, who is enjoying a fabulous Cheltenham. “We’ve certainly joined the stable in form,” she said.

Grade 1 (Class1) 2m 1f New Course, £100,000 guaranteed For 4yo+ Weights 11st Allowances fillies 7lb Entries 116 pay £120 First forfeit 75 pay £240 Confirmed 34 pay £120 Penalty value 1st £57,020; 2nd £21,390; 3rd £10,710; 4th £5,340; 5th £2,680; 6th £1,340

1 DETROIT CITY (USA) (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 4-11-00 Richard Johnson 7/2f
2 FAIR ALONG (GER) (Alan Peterson) Philip Hobbs 4-11-00 Paddy Brennan 25/1
3 BLAZING BAILEY (Three Line Whip) Alan King 4-11-00 Robert Thornton 14/1
4 PACE SHOT (IRE) (Richard Green) Gary Moore 4-11-00 Jamie Moore 100/1
5 AFSOUN (FR) (Million In Mind Partnership) Nicky Henderson 4-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald 5/1
6 TURKO (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 4-11-00 Christian Williams
7 MAHOGANY BLAZE (FR) (Lorna Berryman) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-11-00 Carl Llewellyn
8 MISTER HIGHT (FR) (Peter Garvey) Willie Mullins IRE 4-11-00 Ruby Walsh
9 FIRST ROW (IRE) (Busted Sofa Syndicate) Dessie Hughes IRE 4-11-00 Paul Carberry
10 OH CALIN (FR) (Sean Mulryan) Arnaud Chaille-Chaille FR 4-11-00 Barry Geraghty
11 RESTORATION (FR) (Mrs P Sloan) Noel Meade IRE 4-11-00 Davy Russell
12 LINNET (GER) (Cockbury Court Partnership) Ian Williams 4-10-07 Graham Lee
13 LOVE ANGEL (USA) (Ronald Brimacombe) John Bridger 4-11-00 Rodi Greene
14 NIGHT BRIDGE (IRE) (O Finetto) John Joseph Murphy IRE 4-11-00 Andrew McNamara
15 OVERLUT (FR) (Paul Green) Francois Cottin FR 4-11-00 David Casey
F BREATHING FIRE (Howard Spooner) Jessica Harrington IRE 4-11-00 Denis O'Regan
U KASBAH BLISS (FR) (Henri de Pracomtal) Francois Doumen FR 4-11-00 Tony McCoy

17 ran
Time: No official time
Distances:5, 1, 3 1/2, 4, 1, 1 1/2, 1, 8, 2, 2 1/2,, 11, 6, 8, 22
Breeder: E Kelly
Breeding: gr or ro g Kingmambo
Tote: Win; £4.20 Places; £1.50, £5.20, £2.10, £12.80 Exacta;£113.30

Previous results

2005-WINNER-PENZANCE 4-11-00 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-9/1
2ND-Faasel 4-11-00 Owner-Jim Ennis; Trainer-Nicky Richards; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-7/1
3RD-Akilak 4-11-00 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-7/2 Fav
23 ran. Time-4m 3.60s; Dist-hd, 8

2004-WINNER-MADE IN JAPAN 4-11-00 Owner-Terry Evans; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
2ND-Chief Yeoman 4-11-00 Owner-B Moore & E C Stephens; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP- 40/1
3RD-Top Strategy 4-11-00 Owner-W J Kane; Trainer-Ted Walsh IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-33/1
23 ran, Time-4m 5.30s; Dist-2, nk 5/1 Fav Trouble At Bay (10th)

2003-WINNER-SPECTROSCOPE 4-11-00 Owner-Gay Smith; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-20/1
2ND-Well Chief 4-11-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/1
3RD-Golden Cross 4-11-00 Owner-Mrs H Johnson; Trainer-Mick Halford IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-11/2 Fav
27 ran, Time-4m 0.30s; Dist-hd, 5

2002-WINNER-SCOLARDY 4-11-00 Owner-David Flynn; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-16/1
2ND-Newhall 4-10-09 Owner-Helen McParland; Trainer-Francis Flood IRE; Jockey-Fran Flood; SP-8/1
3RD-Diamond Joshua 4-11-00 Owner-Diamond Racing Ltd; Trainer-John Berry; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP- 66/1
28 ran, Time-4m 7.80s; Dist-11, 3/4 7/1 Fav Giocomo (PU)

2001 Cancelled (Foot and Mouth Disease)

2000-WINNER-SNOW DROP 4-10-09 Owner-John D Martin; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-7/1 Fav
2ND-Regal Exit 4-11-00 Owner-Brian Buckley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-20/1
3RD-General Cloney 4-11-00 Owner-John J Brennan; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-20/1
28 ran, Time-3m 52.90s, Dist-2, nk

1999-WINNER-KATARINO 4-11-00 Owner-Robert Waley-Cohen; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-11/4 Fav
2ND-Balla Sola 4-11-00 Owner-Top Cat Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-16/1
3RD-Afarad 4-11-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-8/1
23 ran, Time-4m 2.4s, Dist-8, 1.5

1998-WINNER-UPGRADE 4-11-00 Owner-Matt Archer and Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-14/1
2ND-City Hall 4-11-00 Owner-Rosemary Key & Val Ward;Trainer-Val Ward; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-12/1
3RD-Nomadic 4-11-00 Owner-Des Sharkey; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-14/1
25 ran, Time-3m 57.1s, Dist-1.25, 1.75 10/3 Fav Zafarabad (4th)

1997-WINNER-COMMANCHE COURT 4-11-00 Owner-Dermot Desmond; Trainer-Ted Walsh IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-9/1
2ND-Circus Star 4-11-00 Owner-The Ringmasters; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-40/1
3RD-Shooting Light 4-11-00 Owner-John Brown; Trainer-Pat Murphy; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-7/1
28 ran, Time-4m 0.2s, Dist-1, 1.25 9/2 Fav White Sea (9th)

1996-WINNER-PADDY’S RETURN 4-11-00 Owner-Paddy O’Donnell; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-10/1
2ND-Mistinguett 4-10-09 Owner-John Duggan; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-14/1
3RD-Hatta Breeze 4-10-09 Owner-Jenny Mould; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-14/1
29 ran, Time-4m 1.4s, Dist originally 4, hd, 1.75
Magical Lady (2nd) disqualified 6/1 Fav Debutante Days (f)

1995-WINNER-KISSAIR 4-11-00 Owner-Terry Benson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Jonothan Lower; SP-16/1
2ND-Silver Wedge 4-11-00 Owner-Shirley Robins; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-7/1
3RD-Anzum 4-11-00 Owner-The Old Foresters Partnership; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Warren Marston; SP-9/1
26 ran, Time-4m 14.1s, Dist originally 2.5, 6, 2.5 Dr Leunt (2nd) disqualified 7/2 Fav Balanak (11th)

1994-WINNER-MYSILV 4-10-09 Owner-Million In Mind Partnership (3); Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND-Moorish 4-11-00 Owner-Adrian Fitzpatrick; Trainer-John White; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-12/1
3RD-Shirley's Delight 4-10-09 Owner-Liam Doherty; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-10/1
28 ran, Time-3m 59.7s, Dist 3.5, 1.5.

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