Festival Trophy Handicap Chase

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Grade 3 race
Festival Trophy
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Baylis & Harding
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 3m ½f (4,929 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £90,000 (2014)
1st: £51,255
Festival Trophy Handicap Chase
2014
White, mauve stars Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap Royal blue, emerald green sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots
Holywell Ma Filleule The Package
2013
Red And Purple (quartered), Yellow Sleeves, white Cap Dark blue, red disc and sleeves, quartered cap Dark blue, pink cross of lorraine, pink cap
Golden Chieftain Our Mick White Star Line
2012
Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Dark green, royal blue diamond Dark blue, red disc and sleeves, quartered cap
Alfie Sherrin Fruity O'Rooney Our Mick
2011
Dark green, black hoop, black cap Purple and yellow diabolo, yellow sleeves and cap White, red triple diamond, royal blue sleeves, white stars, white cap, red diamonds
Bensalem Carole's Legacy Reve De Sivola
2010
Dark blue, yellow cross belts, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Royal blue, emerald green sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Dark blue, yellow cap
Chief Dan George The Package Ogee
2009
Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Orange, black star and star on cap Dark green, yellow sash, halved sleeves, quartered cap
Wichita Lineman Maljimar Nenuphar Collonges
2008
Emerald green, scarlet hooped sleeves and cap Pink, White stars, White sleeves, Pink stars, White cap, Pink star Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap
An Accordion New Alco L'ami
 

The Festival Trophy is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles and 110 yards (4,929 metres), and during its running there are nineteen fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The event was originally known as the National Hunt Handicap Chase, but its title has included the name of a sponsor from the early 1980s. It was backed by Ritz Club from 1981 until 1996, Astec Buzz Shop in 1997 and William Hill between 1998 and 2010. In 2011 the race was run as the Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase and sponsored by the Stewart family, headed by businessman and racehorse owner Andy Stewart to raise awareness of, and highlight the work done by, the charity Spinal Research. In 2012 and 2013 the race was sponsored by JLT Specialty Ltd. The 2014 race will be sponsored by Baylis & Harding and run as the Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase.

Winners of the race often take part in the Grand National, although not always in the same year. Horses to have achieved victory in both events include Royal Tan, Team Spirit, West Tip, Seagram and Rough Quest.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse since 1946 (2 wins):

  • Sentina – 1957, 1958
  • Scot Lane – 1982, 1983

Leading jockey since 1946 (3 wins):

  • Robert ThorntonFork Lightning (2004), Kelami (2005), Bensalem (2011)

Leading trainer since 1946 (4 wins):

  • Fred Rimell – Cavaliero (1948), Frere Jacques II (1949), Land Fort (1951), Holly Bank (1954)
  • Fulke WalwynRavencroft (1961), Team Spirit (1963), Lord Jim (1971), Gay Vulgan (1977)

Winners since 1946[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
1946 Dunshaughlin 8 10-10 Bobby O'Ryan Charles Rogers
1947 no race 1947 [1]
1948 Cavaliero 7 11-10 Ted Vinall Fred Rimell
1949 Frere Jacques II 7 10-06 Ted Vinall Fred Rimell
1950 Silver Fame 11 12-07 Martin Molony George Beeby
1951 Land Fort 7 11-08 Johnny Bullock Fred Rimell
1952 Royal Tan 8 11-06 Mr Phonsie O'Brien Vincent O'Brien
1953 Four Ten 7 10-07 Tommy Cusack John Roberts
1954 Holly Bank 7 10-13 Mr Peter Brookshaw Fred Rimell
1955 Limber Hill 8 11-02 Tim Molony Bill Dutton
1956 Kerstin 6 10-05 George Milburn Verly Bewicke
1957 Sentina 7 10-04 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1958 Sentina 8 11-07 Tom Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1959 Winning Coin 7 11-07 Dave Dick George Beeby
1960 Isle of Skye 9 10-05 Tony Keen Alec Kilpatrick
1961 Ravencroft 8 10-03 Fred Winter Fulke Walwyn
1962 Longtail 7 11-00 Stan Mellor Dick Curran
1963 Team Spirit 11 11-04 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1964 Prudent Barney 10 10-11 Terry Biddlecombe Bobby Renton
1965 Rondetto 9 11-10 Johnny Haine Bob Turnell
1966 Arkloin 7 12-05 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1967 Different Class 7 11-13 David Mould Peter Cazalet
1968 Battledore 7 10-10 Kit Stobbs Arthur Stephenson
1969 Chancer 7 11-00 Pat McCarron Charlie Hall
1970 Charter Flight 8 11-09 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1971 Lord Jim 10 10-08 Johnny Haine Fulke Walwyn
1972 Jomon 6 10-12 David Mould Harry Thomson Jones
1973 The Chisler 7 10-10 Michael Dickinson Tony Dickinson
1974 Cuckolder 9 10-13 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1975 King Flame 9 10-06 John Francome Richard Head
1976 Barmer 8 10-03 Jimmy McNaught Robin Blakeney
1977 Gay Vulgan 9 11-04 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1978 no race 1978 [2]
1979 Fair View 9 10-04 Ridley Lamb George Fairbairn
1980 Again the Same 7 11-01 Mr Jim Wilson John Edwards
1981 Current Gold 10 10-07 Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards
1982 Scot Lane 9 10-12 Craig Smith Martin Tate
1983 Scot Lane 10 11-07 Craig Smith Martin Tate
1984 Tracys Special 7 11-01 Steve Knight Andrew Turnell
1985 West Tip 8 10-13 Richard Dunwoody Michael Oliver
1986 Charter Party 8 10-10 Peter Scudamore David Nicholson
1987 Gainsay 8 10-05 Ben de Haan Jenny Pitman
1988 Aquilifer 8 10-12 Paul Croucher David Murray Smith
1989 Dixton House 10 11-00 Tom Morgan John Edwards
1990 Bigsun 9 10-11 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1991 Seagram 11 10-11 Nigel Hawke David Barons
1992 Tipping Tim 7 10-00 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1993 Givus a Buck 10 10-08 Paul Holley David Elsworth
1994 Antonin 6 11-05 John Burke Sue Bramall
1995 Rough Quest 9 10-03 Mick Fitzgerald Terry Casey
1996 Maamur 8 10-00 Andrew Thornton Tim Forster
1997 Flyer's Nap 11 11-02 David Bridgwater Robert Alner
1998 Unguided Missile 10 11-10 Paul Carberry Gordon W. Richards
1999 Betty's Boy 10 10-02 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey
2000 Marlborough 8 10-03 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2001 no race 2001 [3]
2002 Frenchman's Creek 8 10-05 Paul Carberry Hughie Morrison
2003 Youlneverwalkalone 9 10-11 Barry Geraghty Christy Roche
2004 Fork Lightning 8 10-05 Robert Thornton Alan King
2005 Kelami 7 10-02 Robert Thornton François Doumen
2006 Dun Doire 7 10-09 Ruby Walsh Tony Martin
2007 Joes Edge 10 10-06 Davy Russell Ferdy Murphy
2008 An Accordion 7 10-12 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2009 Wichita Lineman 8 10-09 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2010 Chief Dan George 10 10-10 Paddy Aspell James Moffatt
2011 Bensalem 8 11-02 Robert Thornton Alan King
2012 Alfie Sherrin 9 10-00 Richie McLernon Jonjo O'Neill
2013 Golden Chieftain 8 10-05 Brendan Powell Jnr Colin Tizzard
2014 Holywell 7 11-06 Richie McLernon Jonjo O'Neill

1 The 1947 running was abandoned due to snow and frost.
2 The 1978 edition was cancelled because of snow.
3 It was abandoned in 2001 because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.

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