THE JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE
1st (4) Detroit City 7-2 Fav
DETROIT ON TOP
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.
JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE
1 DETROIT CITY (USA) (Terry Warner) Philip Hobbs 4-11-00 Richard Johnson
2005-WINNER-PENZANCE 4-11-00 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-Alan King;
Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-9/1
2004-WINNER-MADE IN JAPAN 4-11-00 Owner-Terry Evans; Trainer-Philip
Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
2003-WINNER-SPECTROSCOPE 4-11-00 Owner-Gay Smith;
Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-20/1
2002-WINNER-SCOLARDY 4-11-00 Owner-David Flynn; Trainer-Willie Mullins
IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-16/1
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
1999-WINNER-KATARINO 4-11-00 Owner-Robert Waley-Cohen; Trainer-Nicky
Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-11/4 Fav
1998-WINNER-UPGRADE 4-11-00 Owner-Matt Archer and Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-Nigel
Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-14/1
1997-WINNER-COMMANCHE COURT 4-11-00 Owner-Dermot Desmond; Trainer-Ted
Walsh IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-9/1
1996-WINNER-PADDY’S RETURN 4-11-00 Owner-Paddy O’Donnell;
Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-10/1
1995-WINNER-KISSAIR 4-11-00 Owner-Terry Benson; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Jonothan Lower; SP-16/1
1994-WINNER-MYSILV 4-10-09 Owner-Million In Mind Partnership (3); Trainer-David
Nicholson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-2/1 Fav
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