Well Chief

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Well Chief
Well Chief.jpg
Sire Night Shift
Dam Wellesiena
Damsire Scenic
Sex Gelding
Foaled 16 April 1999[1]
Country Germany
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Gestut Norina
Owner David Johnson
Trainer David Pipe
Record 23: 10-4-3
Earnings £497,691
Major wins
Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle (2003)
Elite Hurdle (2003)
Arkle Challenge Trophy (2004)
Maghull Novices' Chase (2004)
Victor Chandler Chase (2005)
Celebration Chase (2005)
Game Spirit Chase (2007)

Well Chief is a German-bred race horse who was trained in Britain by David Pipe and owned by David Johnson.

Early life[edit]

He started his racing career as a Flat horse in Germany trained by Ralf Suerland and made his debut in a Listed race at Dortmund, which he won. He went on to have 3 more starts for the trainers, 2 of those in Group 3 class and the other in Group 2 class, where he finished 6th, 9th and 7th respectively.

Owner Change[edit]

Well Chief was then bought by David Johnson and sent to England to be trained by Martin Pipe. He made his British debut in a maiden hurdle at Taunton in February 2003, where he won by 5 lengths. He was stepped up in class later that month and won the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton. In his next start, which was his third over hurdles, Well Chief contested the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, where he was denied by a head when finishing 2nd to Spectroscope. In his final race of the season, he was sent off a warm 2/1 favourite for the Grade 1 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April and finished a 2½ length 3rd to 33/1 winner Le Duc.

History[edit]

Well Chief made his reappearance the following season (2003/04) in the Elite Hurdle in November, where he won by just under 2 lengths and shaved 0.2 seconds of the course record which had stood for nearly 9 years. He embarked on a novice chasing campaign in February 2004. After winning a Novices Chase at Taunton, he was stepped up to Grade 1 class at the Cheltenham Festival, where he was sent off a 9/1 shot for the Arkle Challenge Trophy and won by a length from Kicking King. He followed that up with another victory in the Maghull Novices' Chase, which was his final appearance of that season.

He reappeared in 2004/05 season in a Handicap Chase at Chleltenham in November, where he finished a head 2nd to Armaturk. He then contested the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, finishing 1½ length 3rd to Moscow Flyer, with Azertyuiop 2nd. After that run, Well Chief was sent off an odds on favourite for the Castleford Chase at Wetherby, in which he fell at the fourth last fence. He resumed winning ways in his next race with a victory in the Victor Chandler Chase. In his next two runs, he finished 2nd to Azertyuiop in the Game Spirit Chase and second behind Moscow Flyer in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. He then got his head in front in the Celebration Chase at Sandown in April, where he beat old rival Azertyuiop.

Injury[edit]

Well Chief suffered a severe leg injury, which kept him out for nearly 2 years.[2] He came back from the injury in the 2007 Game Spirit Chase, where he was sent off the 5/2 2nd favourite behind Ashley Brook. After nearly 2 years off the track, he beat the favourite by 11 lengths and was sent off the even favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase on his next start but fell early on in the race, which was won by Voy Por Ustedes. He then had one more run at Aintree, where he was sent off an odds-on favourite for the Melling Chase and finished 3rd behind Monet's Garden.

Well Chief returned to action in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival, finishing second behind Master Minded.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Well Chief (GER), chestnut gelding, 1999[1]
Sire
Night Shift (USA)
1980
Northern Dancer (CAN)
1961
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Almahmoud
Ciboulette (CAN)
1961 
Chip Chop Flares
Sceptical
Windy Answer Windfields
Reply
Dam
Wellesiana (GER)
1994
Scenic (IRE)
1986 
Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Idyllic Foolish Pleasure
Where You Lead
Weltkrone (GER)
1982
Lord Udo Utrillo
Lady Windermere
Weltdame Dschingis Khan
Weltwunder (Family: 4-o)[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Well Chief pedigree". equineline.com. 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  2. ^ Lee, Alan (December 3, 2007). "Setback puts Well Chief on sidelines". London: timesonline.com. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Partner Mare - Family 4-o". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2014-03-12.