How many Cheltenham Festival winners has Alan King trained?

How many Cheltenham Festival winners has Alan King trained?  Assistant to twice champion trainer David Nicholson until his retirement in 1999, Alan King moved to his current base at Barbury Castle Stables in Wroughton, near Swindon, Wiltshire in 2000. Since then, he has sent out a total of 15 Cheltenham Festival winners, although the most recent of them was Uxizandre – who was, coincidentally, Tony McCoy’s last Festival winner – in the Ryanair Chase in 2015.

Of the four main ‘championship’ races at the Festival, King has won the Stayers’ Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle once apiece, with My Way De Solzen (2006), Voy Por Ustedes (2007) and Katchit (2008) respectively. Indeed, all three of those horses were, or became, multiple Cheltenham Festival winners; Voy Por Ustedes had won the Arkle Challenge Trophy in 2006, Katchit had won the Triumph Hurdle in 2007 and My Way De Solzen went on to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy, again, in 2007.

Katchit was particularly notable, insofar as his victory in the Champion Hurdle was the first by a Triumph Hurdle winner since Kribensis in 1990 and the first by a five-year-old since See You Then in 1985. In 2013, in what is often one of the most competitive races of the entire Cheltenham Festival, the Coral Cup, King achieved a notable training feat by saddling the 33/1 winner, Medina, and the 14/1 second, Meister Eckhart.

Which horse won the Welsh Grand National in 2009?

Which horse won the Welsh Grand National in 2009?  The Welsh Grand National, run over 3 miles 6½ furlongs at Chepstow, is the most valuable race of the year in Wales, worth a total of £150,000 in prize money. Fittingly, its roll of honour includes some of the finest staying chasers since World War II, including Burrough Hill Lad, Master Oats, Synchronised and Native River.

However, just one winner, Dream Alliance, who stayed on well to win by threequarters a length in 2009, has received the ‘Hollywood treatment’ and been the subject of not one, but two, films. His unlikely, rags-to-riches story was first told in the 2015 documentary ‘Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance’ and retold, in fictionalised form, in the 2020 drama ‘Dream Horse’, starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis.

Dream Alliance was bred and owned by Brian and Jan Vokes, who banded together with friends and colleagues from Cefn Fforest, near Caerphilly, to form the Alliance Partnership. Raised on a local allotment, Dream Alliance entered training with Somerset handler Philip Hobbs as a three-year-old. He won a couple of times over hurdles and over fences but, as a seven-year-old, suffered a life-threatening tendon injury, requiring revolutionary, and expensive, stem cell treatment.

Nevertheless, Dream Alliance returned to training 19 months later, as an eight-year-old, finishing a tired second over hurdles on his reappearance at Chepstow in April, 2009. Nevertheless, he took his chance in the Welsh Grand National the following month and gave his owners the thrill of a lifetime by winning at odds of 20/1.

Pegasus Cup – The World’s Greatest Prize

Pegasus Cup - The World's Greatest Prize

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The Pegasus Cup ran for the first time on January 28th, 2017, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The first winner was Arrogate. Arrogate holds the race record in 1:46.83, which also became the track record at Gulfstream Park.

The 2023 Pegasus Cup will return this January 28th, and it has already started making waves around the horse race world. What do you know about this new but prestigious horse race competition? Read on.

The Pegasus Cup— Brief Review

This horse race has been the race with the highest prize of all horse races worldwide for the last two consecutive years.

In 2017 the Pegasus Cup was created with a new model where 12 investors each pay $1 million directly into the prize pool. In 2018 the prize pool increased to $16 million, with the Stronach Group adding $4 million to make the prize even more attractive.

However, in 2019, the size of the bag decreased from 16 million dollars to 9 million dollars due to the non-sale of all spaces in the 2018 edition.

However, in the 2023 Pegasus Cup edition, the race winner will take 1 million dollars from the purse money. Even though it is a significant reduction from some of its previous editions, it is still huge and bigger than most horse race purse money worldwide.

Pegasus Cup Facts and Statistics

Going into the Pegasus horse race 2023, here are a few statistics and facts about the Pegasus Cup’s previous editions:

  • The grade I race is for horses four years or older.

  • They run 1 1/8 miles (1,800 meters) on land.

  • The Breeders’ Cup Classic is usually a rematch of first and second place.

  • The Pegasus Cup is, for many equines, the last race of their lives. After the race, many horses are withdrawn from competition to begin life as a stud.

  • No horse has won the Pegasus Cup twice since it started in 2017.

  • Only Irad Ortiz Jr (rider) has won the race twice in 2020 and 2022, but with different race horses.

  • The fastest winning record time for the Pegasus Cup was set in its inaugural year by Arrogate with a race record of 1:46.83.

  • Since the Pegasus Cup’s founding, only US racehorse riders have won the purse money.

Pegasus World Cup History Past Winners

The Pegasus cup has had six previous editions, which have offered exciting races. Below are the Pegasus Cup’s previous winners, their race-winning time, the horse rider, and the winning year.

Year

Winner

Horse Rider

Time

2017

Gunrunner

Florent Geroux

1:47.41

2018

Arrogate

Mike E Smith

1:46.83

2019

City Of Light

Javier Castellano

1:47.71

2020

Mucho Gusto

Irad Ortiz Jr

1:48.85

2021

Knicks Go

Joel Rosario

1:47.89

2022

Life Is Good

Irad Ortiz Jr

1:48.91

Conclusion

The Pegasus Cup is one of the most significant horse race events in 2023 and is a must-follow for horse race lovers. The competition, named after the legendary horse Pegasus, has drawn top racehorses globally and celebrities to the event, and we expect the same for this year’s edition. Would you be interested in watching or attending this prestigious cup competition? We will be happy to hear your thoughts.

Since 2000, which was the longest-priced winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?

Since 2000, which was the longest-priced winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle?  The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, run over 2 miles and 87 yards on the Old Course at Cheltenham, is the first race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. As such, the runners are greeted by hullabaloo from the grandstands, dubbed the ‘Cheltenham Roar’, as the starter raises the tape.

The 2001 renewal of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was cancelled, as was the Cheltenham Festival as a whole, due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. However, in twenty runnings since, the longest-priced winner was Ebaziyan, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Davy Condon, who prevailed at odds of 40/1 in 2007. Indeed, Mullins, who is the leading trainer in the history of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, has saddled six of his seven winners in that period.

Nevertheless, as far as starting price is concerned, Ebaziyan was something of an exception; along with Arcalis, at 20/1 in 2005, and Labaik, at 25/1 in 2017, he is one of just three horses in the last two decades to have won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at odds longer than 12/1. Of the remaining seventeen winners, five were sent off favourite – including the only odds-on winner, Appreciate It, in 2021 – and another eight were returned at single-figure prices. Of course, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 contest run at level weights, apart from weight-for-age and weight-for-sex allowances, so it is no great surprise that outsiders are something of a rarity.

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