Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup winner BOBS WORTH (IRE)
8 b g Bob Back (USA) – Fashionista (IRE) (King’s Theatre (IRE))
Owner: The Not Afraid Partnership Breeder: Lois Eadie
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Barry Geraghty
Bobs Worth was bred by Fermanagh-based Lois Eadie who sold him as a foal to Peter Maloney at Rathmore Stud. Bobs Worth’s jockey Barry Geraghty bought the son of Bob Back for 16,500 euros as a yearling at Tattersalls Ireland in November, 2006, but, having failed to resell him as a three-year-old at Goffs in June, 2008, got £20,000 for him the following May at Doncaster. David Minton of Highflyer Bloodstock bought the then four-year-old to join Nicky Henderson.
Geraghty reflected: “We were a bit disappointed and had hoped for more. It was just the economic times we were in. Anyway, it has worked out very well for me in the end, I just had to wait a bit to get my bonus now from riding him!” The gelding made his debut in a National Hunt Flat race at Kempton in February, 2010 and finished second. He progressed to win a similar race at the same course on April 9. The following season, he won all four of his novice hurdles, including when beating future Stan James Champion Hurdle victor Rock On Ruby at Cheltenham in January, 2011. He is unbeaten in five starts at Cheltenham and has enjoyed three successes at The Festival – in the 2011 Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, the 2012 Grade One RSA Chase and the 2013 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
There were two defeats as a novice chaser but he has been victorious in his other four chases, including his debut success over fences at Newbury in November, 2011 when he narrowly defeated Cue Card, who is a now a dual winner at The Festival. He annexed the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup on his seasonal reappearance at Newbury on December 1, when he carried 11st 6lb to beat Tidal Bay by three and a quarter lengths before reappearing in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 15, when he stayed on strongly to beat Sir Des Champs and stable companion Long Run by seven lengths and two and three quarter lengths. He was the first horse since Flyingbolt, between 1964 and 1966, to win three different races at The Festival in consecutive years.
Jump Race Record: Starts: 12; Wins: 9; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £578,136 Not Afraid Partnership
Berkshire-based Malcolm Kimmins (born February 12, 1937) heads the five-strong partnership. He has owned horses for 50 years, including with legendary trainer Fulke Walwyn. He is a Jockey Club member, former trustee of Ascot racecourse, an ex-director of Newbury Racecourse, former chairman of wine merchants Corney & Barrow and drinks company William Sanderson & Son.
He was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 2003-04, was appointed CVO in 2002, a Deputy Lieutenant in 2008 and also runs the Starlight charity racedays. The Not Afraid Partnership also includes Caro Wells, a longstanding family friend of Kimmins, former Sandown Racecourse chairman John Jarvis, David Nash and Nick Deacon. The partnership name was a play on words prompted by their first horse Afrad. They also own Chatterbox, who finished fourth in the 2013 Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival. The partnership is a successor to the Barrow Boys, a syndicate including Kimmins that was run by the late Nigel Clark, one-time chairman of Kempton Racecourse. Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup win – 2013 BOBS WORTH
Nicky Henderson (Lambourn, Berkshire)
The all-time leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with 50 successes after gaining a record seven wins last year and four this year. Twice the winner of the Jump trainers’ championships, in 1985/86 and 1986/87, he has sent out approaching 2,500 winners and is hot favourite to capture another trainers’ title this season. Born in Lambeth, London, on December 10, 1950, he is the son of financier and amateur jockey John Henderson MBE, who founded the Racecourse Holdings Trust, the forerunner for Jockey Club Racecourses. Nicky, who had Field Marshal Montgomery as a godfather, was educated at Eton and the Royal Agricultural College.
He worked for stockbrokers Cazenove in London and Australia, where he gained experience riding work at Randwick, before devoting himself full-time to racing. First made his name in Britain as an amateur rider, finishing runner-up three times in the non-professional championship. His main wins as a jockey came on Happy Warrior in the 1977 Fox Hunters Chase at Aintree and on Acquaint in Sandown’s Imperial Cup in the same year. Recorded his 78th and final win on Rolls Rambler in the Horse & Hound Cup at Stratford in June, 1978. He became assistant trainer to Fred Winter in 1974 and received his own training licence in July, 1978, taking over from Roger Charlton at Windsor House Stables in Lambourn. Moved to Seven Barrows, to the north of the village, in 1992. First winner as a trainer was Dukery at Uttoxeter, October 14, 1978.
He has won five Stan James Champion Hurdles, two Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cups (2011 Long Run, 2013 Bob’s Worth), three Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian’s Rainbow, 2013 Sprinter Sacre) and two Ladbrokes World Hurdle (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal).
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup wins: 2011 Long Run, 2013 BOBS WORTH
Barry Geraghty (born September 16, 1979) is one of six children from a “horse-mad” family that hails from Drumree in Co Meath. His father ‘Tucker’ was a useful amateur and trains a few horses in addition to his riding school and livery yard, while his now US-based brother Ross, who won the 2002 Irish National on The Bunny Boiler, and sister Jill, an amateur, are both jockeys.
Like so many Irish jockeys, Geraghty has a background in pony racing, riding his last winner in that sphere in September, 1996, before becoming apprenticed to Noel Meade that month and having his first ride in October, 1996. He rode his first winner aboard Stagalier at Down Royal on January 29, 1997.
It was for trainer Jessica Harrington that he first sprang to prominence, partnering her 1998 Midlands National winner Miss Orchestra. Geraghty will forever be associated with the great Moscow Flyer who provided him with his first Cheltenham Festival victory in the 2002 Arkle Chase and went on to add the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005, as well as a host of other championship races including the Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase at Aintree in 2004 and 2005. He crowned the 2002/03 season with victory in the John Smith’s Grand National aboard Monty’s Pass, something which contributed to him being voted RTE Sports Personality of the year by Irish television viewers.
He captured the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Tom Taaffe-trained Kicking King the day after Moscow Flyer’s emotional second Queen Mother Champion Chase triumph. In total, he has enjoyed 28 victories at the Cheltenham Festival after three successes this year. He was top rider at The Festival in both 2003 (5) and 2012 (5). Geraghty teamed up with Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson at the start of the 2008/09 season, splitting his time between Ireland and Britain. Geraghty’s association with Henderson has yielded a Champion Hurdle victory in 2009 with Punjabi, two Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase wins with Finian’s Rainbow (2012) and Sprinter Sacre (2013) and a Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup with Bobs Worth (2013).
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup wins: 2005 Kicking King, 2013 BOBS WORTH
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