Cape Tribulation Takes Pertemps Final
1 Cape Tribulation 14/1
An emotional Malcolm Jefferson welcomed Cape Tribulation into the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure after landing the Pertemps Final under Denis O’Regan. It was Jefferson’s third Festival success and his first since Dato Star captured the Weatherbys Champion Bumper in 1995.
“This means everything, it’s why we get up in the morning,” said Jefferson, who is based at Malton in North Yorkshire. “We don’t have a lot of money to spend, you just have to hope you can get to the big meetings and crack it, but you need so much luck.
“We won this race with Tindari in 1994, then Dato Star won the bumper a year later. The following year Go-Informal was touched off in the Sun Alliance Hurdle but we might as well have stayed at home in Malton with anything we’ve run since then.
“It’s very hard to come down from the north and win here. You should have separate handicaps for the north and south because we are a stone too high coming down here.
“Cape Tribulation won his first two novice hurdles and then the River Don and he was given a rating of 150 so was completely stuffed. We then sent him over fences and I don’t think he really liked them. He’s not gutless but just jumps hurdles much better than fences.
“When I put him back over hurdles at home you could tell he probably like hurdles better than fences. He has always been a talented horse and Denis (O’Regan) gave him a brilliant ride. I honestly thought that if everything went right then he had a great chance today.”
Jockey Denis O’Regan retraced his steps to come up with the winner of the Pertemps Final, Cape Tribulation, who carried the colours of owner David Abell.
O’Regan is no longer based in the north of England, but this was his third Festival winner all on horses from that region. His previous winners were Tidal Bay (Racing Post Arkle Trophy) and Inglis Drever (Ladbrokes World Hurdle) which were gained during his time as first jockey to Durham-based Howard Johnson. He had three season with that former trainer, but went freelance in April ,2010.
The winning jockey said of Cape Tribulation: “We were never quite sure he would stay three miles, but he’s a class horse. Today I wasn’t too happy early on and it took him a while to warm up, which may have preserved a bit for the end. He was in the zone jumping the last, and it’s been a while since he’s been in front so perhaps that’s why he was idling.
“I’ve been fortunate to ride some amazing horses during my career, and when you lose it all very quickly you have to start again. I’ve had great satisfaction from rebuilding my career and I’ve been supported by friends and colleagues. I’ve kept my contacts in the north and I’m glad I did because it’s given me another Festival winner. Every winner counts now and I appreciate every single one of them.
“Malcolm Jefferson has always been a talented trainer and he told me some time ago this was the plan for this horse.
“It means a lot to have a winner here - I suppose I haven’t had one for a long time. Malcolm Jefferson has been very good and he’s a great little horse. He had a lovely run at Haydock last time and it’s a great training performance to get him here in this kind of form.”
Abell said: “Malcom has always thought he was a good horse, and don’t forget he won a Grade Two race at Doncaster by 20l but he went downhill from there. He didn’t seem to like chases so Malcolm suggested we put him back over hurdles.
“I thought that Denis rode him beautifully. He brought him through at the right time and the horse stayed the trip, which I was a bit worried about.
“I am thrilled for Malcolm because he has got a small stable and one or two of his owners have cut back. He’s won one or two big races this year at Wetherby and Haydock so this will put the cap on it.”
CATCH ME JUST FAILS TO CATCH CAPE TRIBULATION
Champion jockey A P McCoy was just three-quarters of a length away from grabbing his first Festival winner for 2012 but ultimately had to settle for second aboard the Edward O’Grady-trained 10-year-old Catch Me.
O’Grady said: “It’s nice to see him run so well, rather than to be frustrated by going so close and not winning.
“This is probably the best race he’s run around Cheltenham. I think the fact that he’s 11lb higher here than he is in Ireland might have made a difference, but on the other hand he probably wouldn’t have got into the race [on his Irish mark] so it’s a catch-22 situation.
“He did stay very well but the jockey felt that the nearer the line he got the less likely he was to beat the winner.”
Paul Webber, trainer of third-placed Cantlow, said: “It was a super run but the ground after the watering was a bit soft for him. He ran a great race at Aintree on good ground last year so this hasn’t helped him.
“Dominic [Elsworth, jockey] had to switch him wide off the worst ground but he’s stayed on very well and we’ll hopefully go and find better ground at Liverpool.”
FACTS AND FIGURES
1. The Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) was introduced to The Festival in 1974, replacing the George Duller Handicap Hurdle. Until 1993, it was run under the Coral banner. Other sponsors since then have been American Express (1993), Hamlet Cigars (1994 & 1996), Astec Vodafone (1995), Hamlet Extra Mild Cigars (1997), Unicoin Homes (1998) and Stakis Casinos (1999). Ladbrokes inherited sponsorship in 2000 after acquiring Stakis Casinos and Pertemps took over in 2002.
2. The Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) is the final of the Pertemps series. The scheduled qualifiers for the 2011/12 season are - Cheltenham (October 14), Aintree (October 23), Kempton Park (October 31), Auteuil (November 6), Exeter (November 9), Newbury (November 25), Sandown Park (December 3), Cagnes sur Mer (December 19), Wincanton (December 26), Leopardstown (January 15), Cagnes Sur Mer (January 8), Warwick (January 14), Pau (January 15), Huntingdon (January 27), Pau (February 3), Punchestown (February 5), Carlisle (February 8) and Haydock Park (February 18). 3. The smallest field was 17 in 1976 when Good Prospect won at 10/1.
4. Willie Wumpkins won in three consecutive years from 1979-81 when 11,12 &13. He died in 1995 at the ripe old age of 27. Buena Vista, the winner in 2010 and 2011, will attempt to equal that great record this year.
5. Forgive ’N’ Forget is the only totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to have won what is now the Pertemps Final, beating 22 rivals in 1983 and going on to take the Gold Cup two years later.
6. There have been two 50/1 winners in the last eight runnings, with Creon in 2004 and Kadoun in 2006 scoring for the bookies.
PERTEMPS FINAL (HANDICAP HURDLE)
2011-WINNER-BUENA VISTA 10-10-03 Owner-Matt Archer & the late Jean Broardhurst; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Conor O’Farrell; SP-20/1
2010-WINNER-BUENA VISTA 9-10-01 Owner-Matt Archer & the late Jean Broardhurst; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Hadden Frost; SP-16/1 2ND-Prince Erik 6-10-08 Owner-Dr Ronan Lambe; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Robbie Power; SP-16/1 3RD-Chamirey 7-10-04; Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-28/1 4TH-Cross Kennon 6-10-03 Owner-P & Mrs G Clarke; Trainer-Jennie Candlish; Jockey-Alan Keeffe; SP-16/1 24 ran, Time-5m 49.10s, Dist-5, hd, 1½ 11/4 Fav Alfie Sherrin (12th)
2009-KAYF ARAMIS 7-10-05 Owner-Isobel Phipps Coltman; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Aidan Coleman; SP-16/1
2008-WINNER-BALLYFITZ 8-10-08 Owner-Fred & Wayne Mills; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-18/1
PARK 8-10-09 Owner-George
Ward; Trainer-David Arbuthnot; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-14/1
2006-WINNER-KADOUN 9-11-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Michael
IRE; Jockey-Tom Ryan; SP-50/1
2005-WINNER-OULART 6-10-02 Owner-Ged Pierse; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE;
Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-10/1
2004-WINNER-CREON 9-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O'Neill;
Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-50/1
2003-WINNER-INCHING CLOSER 6-11-02 Owner-Nicola
Spence; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-6/1
2002-WINNER-FREETOWN 6-11-02 Owner-Susan Blumberg and S Nairn; Trainer-Len
Lungo; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-20/1
2001 - No Race (Foot and Mouth Disease)
2000-WINNER-RUBHAHUNISH 9-11-02 Owner-Lone Star Racing Partnership;
Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
1999-WINNER-GENEROSA 6-10-01 Owner-Trish Hyde; Trainer-John Hassett
IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-12/1
1998-WINNER-UNSINKABLE BOXER 9-10-12 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer- Martin
Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-5/2 Fav
1997-WINNER-PHARANEAR 7-11-09 Owner-Stainless Threaded Fasteners Ltd;
Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Robert Thornton; SP-14/1
PERTEMPS FINAL (HANDICAP HURDLE) ROLL OF HONOUR
Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2011 Buena Vista 10-10-03 Conor O’Farrell David Pipe Matt Archer & the late Jean Broadhurst 20/1 23
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