The Irish Independent Arkle Chase
1st (7) Forpadydeplasterer 8/1
Pady Plasters the Winner’s Enclosure Red And White
The winner’s enclosure was a sea of red and white following the victory of Forpadydeplasterer in the Grade One £170,000 The Irish Independent Arkle Trophy, the two-mile champion novice chase.
Owned by the Sunderland-supporting Goat Racing Syndicate and sporting the red and white colours of the aforementioned Premiership football team (Sunderland shareholder Charlie Chawke is a syndicate menber), the seven-year-old was always in a handy position and stayed on resolutely after the last under jockey Barry Geraghty to hold off the strong finishing surge of Kalahari King by a short-head.
Successful trainer Tom Cooper said: “The Arkle has always been the plan for this horse and it is always great when it all comes together.
“Barry Geraghty really is the man for the moment at Cheltenham and his record here is just amazing. He is a genius and a man for the big days.
“That’s my second Grade One at Cheltenham (Cooper handled the 2003 Weatherbys Champion Bumper heroine Total Enjoyment) so I’m catching him up!
“The horse has lots of courage and the way everything worked out today was unbelievable.
“He had a hold-up over Christmas which meant he missed around 12 days work before the Irish Arkle and the second day he ran at Leopardstown the ground was just too sticky for him.
“He could maybe go to Punchestown now.”
Paying tribute to the winning syndicate of owners Cooper added: “You would maybe think that training for a syndicate could be a problem with so many people involved but there has never been a problem. The owners have been an unbelievable bunch and supportive all the way.”
Successful jockey Barry Geraghty added: “I enjoyed that. He was very good. He's flown the second last and was out through the wings again at the last. There was probably not a whole lot in front then and he was on his own but then Kalahari King came. He's a lovely horse.
“It was tight enough at the third last and I didn't want to set him racing early unless I popped the third last but I was riding on him at the second last and he's stayed on.”
Paddy Power rate for Padydeplasterer at 16/1 for the 2010 Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase while he is 10/1 for the same race with Boylesports.
KALAHARI NOT QUITE THE KING
Kalahari King could hardly have come closer to winning the Irish Independent Arkle Chase, grinding away at the lead of Paddydeplaster up the final hill, but just failing by a short-head.
“What was it, about a quarter of an inch?” said the trainer Ferdy Murphy.
“Graham [Lee] said Kalahari King has jumped absolutely fantastically. We got away with the ground, would have been better if it had been better ground. We couldn’t have done much more,” added the trainer.
“He’s a good horse, we like to think we’ve done the job right with him. We haven’t over-pressurised him, but we’ve also got the experience into him and he’s coped. It was a rough race and he’s coped with it. There’s no hiding place here,” said Murphy.
For the second successive race, the Philip Hobbs team found themselves in the winner’s enclosure. Charles Lloyd-Baker, owner of the third placed Planet Of Sound and a director of Cheltenham Racecourse, said that the trainer had had high hopes for the horse, but Richard [Johnson] reported that he was still very green and needed space at his fences.
Made In Taipan, trained by Tom Mullins and ridden by Davy Russell, made much of the running and was still second at the final fence. He tired on the run-in and eventually finished fourth.
Mullins said: "For a moment we thought there might be an Irish one-two [the winner, Forpadydeplasterer, is trained in Ireland by Tom Cooper], but it wasn’t to be.
"Our horse ran well - I’m not disappointed, because to finish in the first four is very good and we think there’s more to come. He probably wasn’t fast enough over this trip, so we’ll be looking to run him over further, probably at Aintree if he comes out of this okay.
"Davy said the horse was a bit buzzy going to the start, so he decided to jump him out handy in a bid to get him to settle."
Paul Nicholls, whose horse 4/1 favourite Tatenen fell at the second, said: “There’s not a lot we can say about Tatenen. Star de Mohaison won’t run in the William Hill Trophy Handicap chase because the ground is too soft and Ruby has switched to Dear Villez.
THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE FACTS AND FIGURES
1. The Arkle Challenge Trophy was inaugurated in 1969, after Arkle’s three wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (1964-66). In its first year, the race was worth £1,365, and was won by Chatham (10/1), trained by Fred Rimell and ridden by Terry Biddlecombe. The 2009 running has total prize money of £170,000. It was known as the Cotswold Chase before 1969.
2. The Irish Independent, which backed the Arkle Chase for the first time in 2000, is only the race’s third sponsor. Guinness sponsored from 1994 until 1999, having taken over from Waterford Castle, who had supported since the first sponsored running in 1991.
3. The Irish Independent Arkle Chase has always been a fiercely contested event, and the following have gone on to other Championship victories at The Festival:
4. The lowest number of runners has been eight (1979,1984 & 1993) and the highest 19 (1987 & 2005) as the Arkle Chase - there were 25 runners in the Cotswold Chase in 1960. The current safety limit is 20.
5. The Irish Independent Arkle Chase has seen several trainers and jockeys run up strings of wins. Martin Pipe notched up successive wins with Or Royal in 1997 and Champleve in 1998 before Well Chief in 2004 and Contraband a year later gave him another brace of victories. Peter Easterby trained three winners - Alverton 1978, Clayside 1981 and Ryeman 1983. Among current trainers, Nicky Henderson leads the way with three successes (Remittance Man 1991, Travado 1993 and Tiutchev 2000), while both Paul Nicholls (Flagship Uberalles in 1999 and Azertyuiop in 2003) and Alan King, successful in the two of the past three renewals with My Way De Solzen in 2007 and Voy Por Ustedes in 2006, boast a pair of victories. Among jockeys, Jamie Osborne won three times, via a hat-trick between 1992 and 1994 on Young Pokey, Travado, and Nakir for three different trainers, Oliver Sherwood, Nicky Henderson and Simon Christian. Tony McCoy equalled Osborne’s three wins in 2004 when scoring on Well Chief, having also been aboard Or Royal (1997) and Champleve (1998). Robert Thornton was on Voy Por Ustedes in 2006 and My Way De Solzen in 2007.
6. Irish trainers have won The Irish Independent Arkle Chase nine times, including three of the last 13 runnings with Klairon Davis (1995), Ventana Canyon (1996) and Moscow Flyer (2002).
7. The longest-priced winner is Gala’s Image, successful at 25/1 in 1987, while Pendil (1972) and Chinrullah (1979) are the shortest-priced scorers at 10/11. Six other favourites have won - Canasta Lad (1974), Clayside (1981), Bobsline (1984), Remittance Man (1991), Klairon Davis (1995) and Azertyuiop (2003).
8. The fastest time for the two miles of The Irish Independent Arkle Chase was 3m 46.5s by Tiutchev in 2000, beating the previous best of 3m 52.5s set by Or Royal in 1997.
9. Until 1980, The Irish Independent Arkle Chase was always run on the Wednesday of the National Hunt Festival. It now takes place on the opening day, Tuesday.
THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY CHASE
2008-WINNER-TIDAL BAY 7-11-07 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Denis O’Regan; SP-6/1
WAY DE SOLZEN 7-11-07 Owner-Ben
Winfield, A Longman, J Wright & C Fenton; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert
POR USTEDES 5-11-02 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Alan
King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-15/2
2005-WINNER-CONTRABAND 7-11-07 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-7/1
3RD-River City 8-11-07 Owner-Mrs S Rowley-Williams & Partners; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP- 10/1 19 ran, Time-3m 53.10s Dist-1, 4 11/4 Fav War Of Attrition (7th)
2004-WINNER-WELL CHIEF 5-11-03 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-9/1
2003-WINNER-AZERTYUIOP 6-11-08 Owner-John & Lisa
Hales; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-5/4 Fav
2002-WINNER-MOSCOW FLYER 8-11-08 Owner-Brian Kearney; Trainer-Jessica
Harrington IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-11/2
2001 - Cancelled
2000-WINNER-TIUTCHEV 7-11-08 Owner-The Liars Poker Partnership; Trainer-Nicky
Henderson; Jockey-Mick FitzGerald; SP-8/1
1999-WINNER-FLAGSHIP UBERALLES 5-11-00 Owner-Elizabeth
Gutner & Michael
Krysztofiak Racing; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-11/1
1998-WINNER-CHAMPLEVE 5-11-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-13/2
1997-WINNER-OR ROYAL 6-11-08 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe;
Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-11/2
1996-WINNER-VENTANA CANYON 7-11-08 Owner-Philip
Myerscough; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody;
THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHASE ROLL OF HONOUR
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