Thursday, 14 March 2013



7.55am to 8.55am

  • JT McNamara: Jockey In Coma After Fall - Sky News google UK (Today) - McNamara: Jockey In Coma After FallSky NewsOne of Ireland's top jockeys is airlifted to hospital with a serious neck injury after his horse fell badly at the festival. 7:28am UK, Friday 15 March 2013. JT McNamara horse accident. Video: Concern For Injured Jockey McNamara. Enlarge JT McNarama is in a ...Cheltenham Festival 2013: JT McNamara in coma after fall from Galaxy Rock in jockey in coma after race fallIrish IndependentMcNamara suffers serious neck - pure racing entertainmentAFP -Irish Examiner -Daily Mailall 40 news articles »...


    Davy Russell misses Sir Des Champs ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

    • Jockey suffers punctured lung during Thursday's meeting
    • No decision likely on replacement till Friday morning



    Day Four Friday March 15 2013 Quick Review Results

    1.30 OUR CONNOR - BRYAN COOPER (2) - D T HUGHES (1) (IRE) 4-1

    2. 05  TED VEALE - BRYAN COOPER (3) - A J MARTIN (3) 10-1
    2.40   AT FISHERS CROSS - A P McCOY (1) - REBECCA CURTIS (1)  11-8f
    4.00  SALSIFY - MR  C J SWEENEY (1) - ROGER SWEENEY  (1) 2-1f
    4.40 SALUBRIOUS - HARRY DERHAM (3) (1) - PAUL NICHOLLS - (1) 16-1
    5:15 ALDERWOOD -

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    T aking a closer look

    CH4 A Vital Balancing Act in Practice

    Ted (Equus Zone) Walsh (Ire)
    Ted a mastercraftsman in the Skill and the Art of Equus

    Nick (Lord Snooty) (Host Broadcaster) Luck
      (Punters Zone)  (Betting in Action )
    Nick introduces us to Star Guest young rider Bryan Cooper  (Ire) who won yesterday's
    1.30 Jewson Novices' Chase over 2m4f 16 fences partnering BENEFFICIENT trained by
     A J Martin (Ire) 20-1 

    Star Guest BRYAN (Equus Zone) COOPER (Ire)
    Bryan Cooper has quickly been recognised as one of the most progressive conditional jockeys in the weighing room. He is improving all the time and is right in the mix in the race for the title of Champion Conditional Rider. Check out Bryan's book of rides this afternoon.

    Mick (Equus Zone) Fitzgerald
     (Bloodhorse Literate) (Group 1) (Theory and Practice)

    Mick brings us all key 'Bloodhorse Literate' clues.
    Mick and Sam  out on the racecourse this morning talking through the bloodhorse literate
    focus as seen by the jockey's. Taking a closer look at the chase fences, the hurdles  and the condition of the turf today, and how the going is likely to ride.

    Sam (Equus Zone)  Thomas
     (Bloodhorse Literate) (Group 1) (Theory and  Practice)

    Alice (Hostess) (Equus Zone) Plunkett

    Tanya (Punters Champion) Stevenson
    (Market Movers) (Theory) (Betting in Action ) (am) (pm)

    Jim (Jimbo) (Punters Zone) McGrath
    (Form Specialist) (Betting in Action)

    Graham (Punters Zone)  Cunningham
    (Form Specialist) (Betting in Action)

    Emma (mm's) (Equus Zone) Spencer
     (Bloodhorse Literate Theory and Practice)

    Clare (Equus Zone) (Presenter Broadcaster) Balding
    (Bloodhorse Literate) (Theory and Practice)

    Rishi (Broadcaster Presenter) Persad

    Simon (Calling the Horses) Holt (pm)

    Alan (Calling the Horses) Howe

    Alastair (Presenter Broadcaster) Down
    The master of narrative

    Mike  (Calling the Horses  Wolverhampton) Cattermole

    Richard (Broadcaster presenter) Hoiles

    Nick (Director of International Racing) Smith

    BBC1 Breakfast Team Friday March 15th presenters'
    Louise Minchin, Charlie Stayte and Mike Bushell (Sport)

    MIKE presents the sport on Breakfast and covers a wide range of different pursuits
    for the show.
    MIKE live this morning from the Cheltenham Festival on Gold Cup day 2013. The fourth and last day of the Festival.
    Mike meets up with CONNOR MURPHY this morning, please see Pause for Thought herewith, for this amazing true story.
    Meet the  BBC1 Breakfast Team


    What do the mysteries of the Equus Zone show
    beyond all shadow of doubt?

    What true caring is all about.

    Royal Connection
    3.20 Cheltenham Gold Cup 3m2f+ Level Weights 11-10
    MONBEG DUDE to line up to challenge for this race, in the saddle PAUL CARBERRY
     Clare Balding met up with  Zara Phillips at Cheltenham on Wednesday  who confirmed that "The boys want him to take his chance." The boys being the three Rugby players who own him, Zara's Mike Tindall being one. Clare met up with Mike Tindall yesterday who confirmed "Its exciting we are looking forward to see how MONBEG DUDE  gets on. "

    Monbeg Dude set for Gold Cup challenge

    MONBEG DUDE, the Welsh National winner whose owners include the former England rugby captain Mike Tindall, is to try for an even bigger prize after he was committed to running in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Saturday.

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    Although he is a 66-1 chance with the sponsor, the likelihood of soft going and a small field has swayed his connections - who also include Tindall's Gloucester teammate James Simpson-Daniel and Nicky Robinson of Wasps - towards the festival's ultimate prize, which another Welsh National winner, Synchronised, captured last year.  

    Royal Connection
     One of the greatest true stories of all time.

    The day when our own Queen Elizabeth 11 invited Monty Roberts to come over from USA
    to stay with her at Windsor Castle in the early 1980's.

    The Man Who Listens to Horses: The Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer [Paperback]

    Monty Roberts


    Friday March 15th Horse Racing Cards


    GOING: GOOD TO SOFT (Soft in places; GoingStick 6.1) (The Chase and Hurdle courses have been covered). (Heavy rain)
    1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Grade 1 Cl1 2m1f CH4 Card Betting
    2:05 Vincent O´Brien County Handicap Hurdle Grade 3 Cl1 2m1f CH4 Card Betting
    2:40 Albert Bartlett Novices´ Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices´ Hurdle Race) Grade 1 Cl1 3m CH4 Card Betting
    3:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Grade 1 Cl1 3m2f110y CH4 Card Betting
    4:00 CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup Cl2 3m2f110y CH4 Card Betting
    4:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle Cl2 2m4f110y Card Betting
    5:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Handicap) Grade 3 Cl1 2m110y Card Betting


    Cheltenham Festival 2012:

    Professional Horseman, Bloodhorse Literate Handler Rider
    9:18PM GMT 16 Mar 2012

    " Stable lad Conor Murphy ready for weekend duty despite netting £1 million from £50 bet

    "Racing’s newest millionaire, Conor Murphy, the assistant headlad to Nicky Henderson, was taking his good fortune in his stride yesterday, 24 hours after his £50 five-horse accumulator netted him £1 million. "

    “Initially I was hoping to stay anonymous, but there’s no chance of that,” he said.
    “When Riverside Theatre won people were ringing me saying the news was all over the track so the first thing I did was ring the boss to tell him. Fair play to him it was delighted. It’s unbelievable I’m still in shock.”
    "Recalling how he struck the bet he explained: “I always do a couple of accumulator bets during the season and I never expect them all to win.
    "To be honest I can’t even remember having the bet. It was on December 23 and I must have been bored.”

    "He included Tuesday winner Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig, Bobs Worth and Finians Rainbow which constituted three of the stable’s four winners on Wednesday and, finally, Riverside Theatre in Thursday’s Ryanair Chase."


    Cheltenham Festival 2012: trainer

     Nicky Henderson's stable lad in £1m

     betting coup

    "Conor Murphy, a Cork-born stable lad attached to the Lambourn yard of trainer Nicky Henderson, landed a £1m accumulator bet at Cheltenham on Thursday when Riverside Theatre won the Ryanair Chase by a half-length under an inspired ride from jockey Barry Geraghty."


    "ONE FOR THE FUTURE:  CONOR MURPHY  is now a trainer in Kentucky but dreams of having a jumper good enough to run at Cheltenham one day Photo: JOHN LAWRENCE"


    11:00PM GMT 11 Mar 2013
    "The next three days were to transform his life, however, when a five-horse accumulator, which he had filled in around Christmas to alleviate the boredom of a long winter evening, came up trumps.
    "After Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig, Bobs Worth and Finian’s Rainbow had all won with relative ease, the fifth of them, Riverside Theatre, stuck his head in front 50 yards out in Thursday’s Ryanair Chase never, at any stage of the race, having looked like the winner.
    "It netted Murphy £1million and it would have been more but for the limits imposed by Bet365.
    "On Tuesday Murphy, 32, will return to Cheltenham, one step closer to his long-term goal of going there as the trainer of a runner. He is a trainer but having set up in Kentucky in the summer, he remains a long way from having runners at Cheltenham.
    "In February, though, he sent out his first winner from his eighth runner when Gallant Eagle won a dirt race at Bulah Park, Ohio. "

    "MURPHY is well connected and already among the horses in his Louisville barn are pre-trainers for two of racing’s superpowers, the long established Coolmore Stud, to whom he was recommended by a ‘friend of a friend’ and Pearl Bloodstock, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s increasingly influential Qatari operation which, through the manager David Redvers, has enthusiastically supported a number of promising young trainers both sides of the Atlantic.
    On Monday Murphy, 32, was back in Lambourn where I met him in the village cafe, a shop he could comfortably buy now if he wished. He is, however, no different to the man who left nine months ago, still very level, still down to earth and the complete antithesis of ostentatious.
    Not for him a flash new suit. Not for him arrival at the races in a hired Rolls-Royce smoking a fat cigar. The reality is that he is almost embarrassed by his new-found wealth.
    He is, it seems, not doing a great job of spending it having invested just 15,000 gns in a horse at Tattersalls Horses-in-training Sale last autumn.
    “I didn’t sleep too much on the Wednesday night,” he said recalling how last year’s Festival unfolded, “though I wasn’t too concerned. When Finian’s Rainbow, a horse who I rode out every day, won the Champion Chase nothing else mattered really. I woke up with a hangover thinking ‘what will be, will be.’

    "Anyone who does accumulators, doubles and trebles regularly will know that if the first two win the third usually gets beat but when four won I was beginning to think ‘when’s this all going to stop?’ ”
    "He added: “When Riverside Theatre had jumped two fences I didn’t think he’d get round, I thought he’d probably pull up. But if one of Nicky’s is in contention at the top of the hill they’ll usually have a say in the finish. I watched a replay last week to remind me just how close it was.
    “At the time I didn’t realise quite what had happened. I watched on television and was back in the yard half an hour later for evening stables. Only about three or four people knew about it.
    "The headlad had rung to say well done. No one else in the yard knew but I got a call saying it was all round Cheltenham that I’d won all this money. I’d have preferred to have stayed anonymous but the cat was out of the bag by then.”

    "His colleagues were, to a man, pleased for him. “Well, they all know how much hard work goes into the job, particularly like the winter just gone when you’re getting wet every day. They’d have been happy for anyone of them to have won it.”
    "It had always been at the back of Murphy’s mind to start training in the United States where he had been an assistant trainer for 2½ years before. He had been back at Seven Barrows for four years and was being groomed to take over as headlad.
    “But things change,” he explained. “I always wanted to train and I had planned to stay at Seven Barrows until Nicky retired but it was a combination of me not having that sort of patience and wondering, with all these wonderful horses, whether Nicky would ever retire.

    “I’d loved to have stayed here or in Ireland but by the time you’d invested in a yard and bought a couple of horses you’d soon be through your £1million – it wouldn’t go anywhere. In the States I can rent a barn and hopefully get established.

    "My day is structured almost identically but the training is different – you don’t tide the horses for so long, you tack them up, stick them on the walker for 20 minutes, trot and canter them on the track, sponge them off and stick them back on the walker.”
    “I won’t lie though, I still prefer the jumpers here and in America I’m concentrating on turf horses. The next thing is to prove I can train winners out there and if, one day, the right opportunity arose I’d probably be back. I found it quite tough being over there when Finian’s Rainbow had his first start of this season and I’ve missed the buzz of the build-up to Cheltenham.”
    "Of course there is always the chance lightning will strike twice but he is not holding his breath.
    "His accumulators this year include various combinations of Jezki (Supreme) Ponte Alexandre (Neptune), Union Dues (bumper), Captain Conan (Jewson), First Lieutenant (Ryanair), Rolling Star (Triumph) and Bobs Worth (Gold Cup) but he is the first to admit he does not quite have the advantage he had last year of working at Seven Barrows. "
    “To train a jumper good enough to run at Cheltenham one day would be the dream come true,” explained Murphy. “But I need to train a few winners in America first!”

    "Conor Murphy will be betting on seven horses at this year’s Festival, culminating in Bobs Worth in the Gold Cup on Friday."

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