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Festival Handicap Chase 2004 Result

15:20 Tuesday 16 March 2004

SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY (Grade 1) (A)

Distance : 2m 110y
Prize : $174,000 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Hurdle Going : Good

A representative field of the best 2m hurdlers, with 3 of the first 4 from last year again in the line-up as well as the winners of most of the major trials; there were a few notable absentees, however, headed by Rhinestone Cowboy and the Irish trio Georges Girl, Spirit Leader and Back In Front, all of whom could be given a chance of making the frame if things went right; the market was dominated by the 2003 Champion Rooster Booster, who stood head and shoulders above these on his form there and last time in the Tote Gold Trophy, but he wasn't in the same form this time around and that was a cause for some disappointment; the winner's performance was hardly expected but Hardy Eustace was patently the best horse on the day and it would be very unwise to treat his win as a fluke; the early pace was fair at best (the leader took around a second a half longer to reach the second than in the Supreme Novices'), with the race really only starting in earnest 3 out.

All 14 ran.

Winning Owner: Mr Laurence Byrne

Time: 3m 54.43s

POS SILK BTN HORSE AGE WGT ISP
JOCKEY & TRAINER
1 Silk colours for HARDY EUSTACE (IRE), trained by D. T. Hughes, Ireland and owned by Mr Laurence Byrne HARDY EUSTACE (IRE) 7 11-10 33/1
J: Conor O'Dwyer T: D. T. Hughes, Ireland
2 Silk colours for ROOSTER BOOSTER, trained by Philip Hobbs and owned by Mr Terry Warner 5 ROOSTER BOOSTER 10 11-10 11/8
J: Richard Johnson T: Philip Hobbs
3 Silk colours for INTERSKY FALCON, trained by Jonjo O'Neill and owned by Interskyracing.com & Mrs Jonjo O'Neill 4 INTERSKY FALCON 7 11-10 8/1
J: L. Cooper T: Jonjo O'Neill
4 Silk colours for FOREMAN (GER), trained by Thierry Doumen, France and owned by Mr John P. McManus FOREMAN (GER) 6 11-10 10/1
J: T. Doumen T: Thierry Doumen, France
5 Silk colours for WESTENDER (FR), trained by M. C. Pipe and owned by Mr Matt Archer & Miss Jean Broadhurst nk WESTENDER (FR) 8 11-10 16/1
J: A. P. McCoy T: M. C. Pipe
6 Silk colours for FOTA ISLAND (IRE), trained by M. F. Morris, Ireland and owned by Mr John P. McManus 3 FOTA ISLAND (IRE) 8 11-10 50/1
J: D. J. Casey T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
7 Silk colours for GOLDEN CROSS (IRE), trained by M. Halford, Ireland and owned by Exors of the Late Mrs H. Johnson 6 GOLDEN CROSS (IRE) 5 11-10 40/1
J: Paul Carberry T: M. Halford, Ireland
8 Silk colours for RIGMAROLE, trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Mr & Mrs Mark Woodhouse RIGMAROLE 6 11-10 4/1
J: R. Walsh T: Paul Nicholls
9 Silk colours for SPECULAR (AUS), trained by Jonjo O'Neill and owned by Mr John P. McManus 4 SPECULAR (AUS) 8 11-10 14/1
J: Barry Geraghty T: Jonjo O'Neill
10 Silk colours for SELF DEFENSE, trained by Emma Lavelle and owned by Fraser Miller Racing sh SELF DEFENSE 7 11-10 66/1
J: Barry Keniry T: Emma Lavelle
11 Silk colours for HASTY PRINCE, trained by Jonjo O'Neill and owned by F. F. Racing Services Partnership III ¾ HASTY PRINCE 6 11-10 50/1
J: Tony Dobbin T: Jonjo O'Neill
12 Silk colours for LIMERICK BOY (GER), trained by Venetia Williams and owned by Favourites Racing 1 LIMERICK BOY (GER) 6 11-10 16/1
J: Sam Thomas T: Venetia Williams
13 Silk colours for DAVENPORT MILENIUM (IRE), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mrs N. O'Callaghan DAVENPORT MILENIUM (IRE) 8 11-10 25/1
J: Timmy Murphy T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
pu Silk colours for GEOS (FR), trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Thurloe Finsbury GEOS (FR) 9 11-10 20/1
J: Mick Fitzgerald T: Nicky Henderson

A representative field of the best 2m hurdlers, with 3 of the first 4 from last year again in the line-up as well as the winners of most of the major trials; there were a few notable absentees, however, headed by Rhinestone Cowboy and the Irish trio Georges Girl, Spirit Leader and Back In Front, all of whom could be given a chance of making the frame if things went right; the market was dominated by the 2003 Champion Rooster Booster, who stood head and shoulders above these on his form there and last time in the Tote Gold Trophy, but he wasn't in the same form this time around and that was a cause for some disappointment; the winner's performance was hardly expected but Hardy Eustace was patently the best horse on the day and it would be very unwise to treat his win as a fluke; the early pace was fair at best (the leader took around a second a half longer to reach the second than in the Supreme Novices'), with the race really only starting in earnest 3 out.

All 14 ran.

Winning Owner: Mr Laurence Byrne

Time: 3m 54.43s

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