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1st (8) Hairy Molly 33-1
2nd (22) Pressgang 20-1
3rd (9) Kicks For Free 5-1
23 ran
Also: 5-2 Fav Equus Maximus, 12-1 Perce Rock 4th
NR: Sword Of Damascus


Hairy Molly became the 11th Irish-trained winner in 14 runnings of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper when coming a head in front of Pressgang under Paul Carberry.

The winner is trained by Joe Crowley, father-in-law of Aidan O’Brien, who was not at Cheltenham today as he feels he is “too old for the hustle and bustle.”

Assistant trainer Damien Byrne commented on the 33/1 winner: “Paul has given him a tremendous ride and this is just great.

“We fancied him a bit today as he does stay well and we thought the track would suit him.

“He is a three-mile chaser in the making and is a lovely horse.

“The syndicate that owns him is made up of four lads from Listowel. He is their first ever horse and was expensive enough, but you couldn’t put a price on him now, could you?”

Paul Webber saddled the runner-up for a second successive year in Pressgang and said: “He maybe just lacked experience, it probably made the difference that Newbury was off three weeks ago when he was due to have run.

“He was staying on but the fact that he had only had one run just showed.”


Paul Carberry completed a first and last race double when winning the concluding Weatherbys Champion Bumper aboard Hairy Molly.

“I didn’t know a whole lot about the horse but I was told he stayed very well, so I had him up in the van the whole way in a great position,” said Carberry.

“I was going well enough down the hill, got a good gap, kicked on and he just kept finding for me all the way up the hill. I thought I was always holding them - my lad picked up again when challenged and the line came in time. The day started off well and ended well so it’s great - hopefully I can get a few more winners this week.”

Murtagh out of luck on first Festival ride

Triple Epsom Derby winning jockey Johnny Murtagh was out of luck on his first ride at the Cheltenham Festival.

Murtagh, the former Irish champion jockey on the Flat in his native Ireland, finished unplaced on the Willie Mullins-trained Ballytrim in the closing race on day two, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Murtagh said: “The result wasn’t so good, but it was great to take part. I really enjoyed it.

“The horse travelled well for a long way, but when they quickened up he was just found wanting.

“It’s a great track and there is a great atmosphere - this is right up there with any big meetings I’ve ever ridden at.”

Murtagh will be back in action on day three, when he partners Golden Cross in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle for Michael Halford. “I’ve got my fingers crossed for a good ride,” said Murtagh.

Grade 1 (class 1) 2m 110y, Old Course, (A Standard National Hunt Flat Race), £40,000 guaranteed For 4-6yo which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except NH/INH Flat races; horses are not to have run in more than four NH Flat races and, before Feb 27, 2006, must have been placed first, second, third, or fourth in such a race, Weights 4yo 10st 11lb; 5yo and 6yo 11st 5lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb Entries 63 pay £65 Confirmed 45 pay £135 Penalty value 1st £22,808; 2nd £8,556; 3rd £4,264; 4th £2,136; 5th £1,072; 6th £536

1 HAIRY MOLLY (IRE) (F T B Syndicate) Joseph Crowley IRE 6-11-05 Paul Carberry 33/1
2 PRESSGANG (Mrs Anthony West) Paul Webber 4-10-11 Tom Doyle 20/1
3 KICKS FOR FREE (IRE) (Mark Tincknall) Paul Nicholls 5-11-05 Mick Fitzgerald 5/1
4 PERCE ROCK (J P McManus) Tommy Stack IRE 4-10-11 Tony McCoy
5 DANCING HERO (IRE) (J Brohan) Tom Foley IRE 5-11-05 Davy Russell
6 LORD OVER (Sir Michael Smurfit) Patrick Flynn (IRE) 5-11-05 Barry Geraghty
7 FEMALE (IRE) (J P McManus) Christy Roche IRE 5-10-12 Mr Padraig Roche
8 WIND INSTRUMENT (IRE) (Ryder Racing Ltd) Tom George 5-11-05 Timmy Murphy
9 PANGBOURNE (FR) (Trevor Hemmings) Alan King 5-11-05 Robert Thornton
10 WICHITA LINEMAN (IRE) (Sue Magnier) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-05 Mr J P Magnier
11 BURNT OAK (UAE) (Glasgow House Racing Syndicate) Chris Fairhurst 4-10-11 Barry Keniry
12 EQUUS MAXIMUS (IRE) (Greenstar Syndicate) Willie Mullins IRE 6-11-05 Ruby Walsh 5/2f
13 BALLYTRIM (IRE) (Violet O’Leary) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-05 Johnny Murtagh
14 NIGHTFLY (IRE) (Malcolm Denmark) Mark Pitman 5-11-05 Carl Llewellyn
15 ALBERTAS RUN (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-05 Tony Dobbin
16 FREDS BENEFIT (IRE) (D Power) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-05 Ms Katie Walsh
17 DARK CORNER (Raymond Mould) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4-10-11 Stephen Crawford
18 LEADING CONTENDER (IRE) (Joanna Peppiatt) Philip Hobbs 5-11-05 Richard Johnson
19 MUMBLES HEAD (IRE) (Jill Day) Peter Bowen 5-11-05 Christian Williams
20 SHADY WILLOW (IRE) (T Gilligan) Willie Mullins IRE 4-10-11 David Casey
21 FLOWONLOVELYRIVER (IRE) (T Kearns) Patrick Flynn IRE 5-11-05 Graham Lee
22 SPARTACUS BAY (IRE) (You Can Be Sure) Venetia Williams 5-11-05 Sam Thomas
23 FIRST AUTHOR (IRE) (Dr Eithne Murphy) Gerard O'Leary IRE 5-11-05 Kevin Manning

Non-runner: Sword Of Damascus
23 ran
Time: 3m 46.57s
Distances: hd, 1 3/4, 0.5, 2, 1, 0.5, 2, hd, 3.5, 1 3/4, 1, 1, 2, nk, 0.5, 3.5, 1 0.5, hd, 0.5, 7, 0.5, dist
Breeder: T O’Malley
Breeding: b g Shernazar - Ballilaurenka (IRE)
Tote: Win; £27.00 Places; £5.50, £7.10, £2.80 Exacta; £1586.70


2005-WINNER-MISSED THAT 6-11-05 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND De Soto 4-10-12 Owner-Peter Deal; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-20/1
3RD Rasharrow 6-11-05 Owner-Ashleybank Investments Limited; Trainer-Len Lungo; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-9/1
24 ran, Time-3m 52.70s Dist-nk, .5

2004-WINNER-TOTAL ENJOYMENT 5-10-12 Owner-It Will Never Last Syndicate; Trainer-Tommy Cooper IRE; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP-7/1
2ND Refinement 5-10-12 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
3RD Master Albert 6-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-David Wachman IRE; Jockey-Mr J P Magnier; SP-50/1
24 ran, Time-3m 48.30s Dist-2.5, 5 7/2 Fav Martinstown (14th)

2003-WINNER-LIBERMAN 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND Trabolgan 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Seamus Durack; SP-50/1
3RD Widemouth Bay 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Deithrick; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-33/1
25 ran, Time-3m 52.30s Dist-.5, 1

2002-WINNER-PIZARRO 5-11-06 Owner-Edward Wallace; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-14/1
2ND-Rhinestone Cowboy 6-11-06 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Back In Front 5-11-06 Owner-Nelius Hayes; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-12/1
23 ran, Time-4m 0.70s; Dist-nk, 3.5

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-JOE CULLEN 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Mullins; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-14/1
2ND-Inca 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Be My Royal 5-11-06 Owner-Mrs Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr James Nash; SP-16/1
17 ran, Time-3m 41.20s, Dist-3.5, 2

1999-MONSIGNOR 5-11-06 Owner-Malcolm Denmark; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-50/1
2ND-Golden Alpha 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2
3RD-Canasta 5-10-13 Owner-Southern Brick & Tile Co./D S Arnold; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Liam Corcoran; SP-25/1
25 ran, Time-3m 54.8s, Dist-1.5, .75 11/4 Fav Biliverdin (15th)

1998-WINNER-ALEXANDER BANQUET 5-11-06 Owner-M Swarbrick; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Ruby Walsh; SP-9/1
2ND-Joe Mac 4-10-12; Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Frantic Tan 6-11-06; Owner-The Bunkers Hill Mob; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
25 ran, Time-3m 45.7s, Dist-2.5, 7

1997-WINNER-FLORIDA PEARL 5-11-06 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-6/1
2ND-Arctic Camper 5-11-06 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-16/1
3RD-All The Colours 4-10-12 Owner-Pat Byrnes; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-8/1
25 ran, Time-3m 45.1s, Dist-5, 2 4/1 Fav Dawn Leader (13th)

1996-WINNER-WITHER OR WHICH 5-11-06 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-11/4
2ND-Alzulu 5-11-06 Owner-D Buckle; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Peter Niven; SP-25/1
3RD-Mighty Moss 5-10-13 Owner-Ken Hutsby; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Fred Hutsby; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-2, 3 9/4 Fav Andanito (4th)

1995-WINNER-DATO STAR 4-10-12 Owner-Kath Riley & Joe Donald; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-7/2
2ND-Red Blazer 4-10-12 Owner-Tom Shrimpton; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jamie Osborne SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Skehanagh Bridge 6-11-06 Owner-David Pim; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-12/1
21 Ran, Time-4m 02.2s. Dist-1.25, 3.5

1994-WINNER-MUCKLEMEG 6-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Aries Girl 5-11-03 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-5/1
3RD-Go Ballistic 5-11-03 Owner-Sheila Lockhart; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Robert Massey; SP-16/1
25 Ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-3, 15

1993-WINNER-RHYTHM SECTION 4-10-11 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Homer Scott IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Heist 4-11-02 Owner-Mrs G Matthews; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-9/4 Fav
3RD-Winter Belle 5-11-13 Owner-John Muldoon; Trainer-Paddy Prendergast IRE; Jockey-John Shortt; SP-7/1
24 Ran, Time-3m 45.2s, Dist-.5, 1

1992-WINNER-MONTELADO 5-11-13 Owner-Ollie Hannon; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-8/1
2ND-Tiananmen Square 4-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Mr Tim Hyde; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Maneree 5-11-08 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Neville Callaghan; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-7/1
23 Ran, Time-3m 58.2s, Dist-12, 10

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