FORPADYDEPLASTERER (IRE) FACTFILE
b g Moscow Society (USA) – Run Artiste (Deep Run)
11-11-00 Jump Form: 11214/12221/222222/2P/233464-2P1536
Owner: Goat Racing Syndicate Trainer: Tom Cooper IRE Breeder: John Broderick
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Forpadydeplasterer, born on May 10, 2002, owes his name to Bertie Ahern, the former Irish prime minister who is also an associate of the gelding’s part-owner Charlie Chawke. Two of Ahern’s closest friends shared the same name, Paddy Reilly, so one was referred to as “Paddy the Plasterer”.
When racing was abandoned at Leopardstown in March, 2007, a group of friends had lunch at The Goat pub instead and decided to buy a racehorse and name it Forpadydeplasterer in honour of Ahern and Reilly’s financial transactions. Brian Cooper, one of those present at The Goat, asked his brother Tom to find an unnamed horse that he would train for the syndicate. Cooper sourced a Moscow Society gelding, who made a winning start to his career in a Galway bumper in October, 2007.
A highly progressive season over hurdles followed as Forpadydeplasterer captured the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, 2008, and finished fourth in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He was sent chasing for the 2008/2009 campaign and was runner-up in the Drinmore Novice Chase, the Irish Arkle Novice Chase and the Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase before gaining a deserved Grade One success in the Racing Post Arkle at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival. A frustrating run followed as Forpadydeplaster finished second on next seven starts, including five Grade One contests – the Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase, the Tingle Creek Chase, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the John Smith’s Melling Chase and the Punchestown Champion Chase.
Connections stepped him up to three miles for the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park in January, 2011, but he was pulled up behind Long Run, and he continued to run well in defeat throughout the following season, including when finishing sixth in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March, 2012, and fourth in the John Smith’s Melling Chase the following month. The current campaign started in a similar vein, with Forpadydeplasterer chasing home Sizing Europe in the Grade Two PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park in October. Following a first run on the Flat at Galway and a disappointing effort in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, Forpadydeplasterer won his first race for three and a half years with victory in a three-mile chase at Thurles on November 29. He subsequently came home last of five in the Grade One Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting and was third in a two and a half mile chase at Clonmel on February 7. Forpadydeplasterer warmed up for Aintree with a rare foray over hurdles, coming home sixth at Leopardstown on March 3.
Jump Race Record: Starts: 30; 1st: 6; 2nd: 13; 3rd: 3; Win & Place prize money: £468,463
Goat Racing Syndicate
Charlie Chawke heads the 20-strong syndicate that owns Forpadydeplasterer. Chawke owns a chain of eight pubs contained within the Chawke Group, some of which are co-owned by Senator Eddie Bohan – The Oval, The Dropping Well, The Bank, The Goat, The Lord Lucan, The Old Orchard, Aunty Lena’s and Bill Chawke’s Bar. In 2005, Chawke paid the highest price ever paid for a pub in Ireland – €22 million – for the Orchard in Rathfarnham on the outskirts of Dublin.
He was also a member of the Drumaville Consortium that purchased Sunderland football club in 2006 and sold the premier league team to Ellis Short in 2009. Chawke had a leg amputated after being shot in a robbery in October, 2003. The syndicate is named after one of Chawke’s pubs, The Goat in Goatstown, near Leopardstown, and 10 of the group are known as the Piano Gang because “they are really mad guys – they get barred from the pub every weekend and reinstated every Monday”. Forpadydeplasterer is the only horse to have raced for the syndicate, whose colours are based on the red and white of Sunderland, but the horse has proven to be a real star for the syndicate, winning Leopardstown’s Deloitte Novice Hurdle and the Racing Post Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2009.
No previous John Smith’s Grand National runners
Tom Cooper (Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland)
The father of up and coming jockey Bryan, Tom Cooper initially trained as a dentist and he still divides his time between training and running his dental laboratory in Tralee, County Kerry. Born on January 3, 1965, He started out training under a permit in 1994 before taking out a full licence in 1998. He saddled his first winner at his local course Tralee on June 2, 1997, as Flying In The Gale captured a handicap hurdle.
The mare proved to be an early standard bearer for Cooper, winning five times in all, while Diamond Melody and talented dual-code performer Galileo Strike also advertised Cooper’s ability to train winners. His first real star was Total Enjoyment, who scored in the 2004 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. Cooper enjoyed further Grade One success with Forpadydeplasterer, who captured the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, 2008, before giving the trainer a second Cheltenham Festival win in the Racing Post Arkle Chase.
His most recent stable star has been Lucky William, successful in the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase at the 2012 Punchestown Festival. Despite not saddling any runners at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013, quietly spoken Cooper still had a meeting to remember as his son Bryan recorded his first three wins at the fixture on Benefficient (Jewson Novices’ Chase), Our Conor (JCB Triumph Hurdle) and Ted Veale (Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle).
No previous John Smith’s Grand National runners