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    apracing
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    Earlier in the season, the possibility existed of Paul Nicholls having enough runners in the Gold Cup to try to emulate the famous Dickinson feat of training the five five finishers. Hard to believe that race took place twenty five years ago, but when I was checking the result I found another race at the 1983 Cheltenham Festival that must be a strong candidate for the best novice hurdle ever run, at least in terms of the subsequent achievements of the first three home.

    Sun Alliance Novices Hurdle March 16 1983

    1. Sabin Du Loir 4 -10-8 M Dickinson G Bradley

    2. Dawn Run 5-11-7 P Mullins R Barry

    3. West Tip 6-11-8 M Oliver P Hobbs

    27 ran Soft 5m 19.37s

    Quite a race!

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    #139431
    yeats
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    Yeah, it was good ‘un.

    Sun Alliance Chase 1992 wasn’t too bad as well.

    1 Minnehoma
    2 Bradbury Star
    3 Run For Free
    4 Rough Quest
    5 Captain Dibble

    #139435
    ricky lake
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    How about the flat equivalent Alan ,would El Gran’s 2000 win be the best ?

    cheers

    Ricky

    #139443
    apracing
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    Ricky,

    Wouldn’t argue with that – El Gran Senor, Chief Singer, Lear Fan and Rainbow Quest made up a more than useful first four.

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    Remember it well Alan.
    From what I remember, the Sun Alliance Hardy Eustace won was pretty good.

    Shame there will never be such good staying novice hurdles again, now the best are able to avoid each other. Ballymore and now Spa hurdles.

    Denman, Nicanor and Black Jack Ketchum?

    Shame.

    value is everything
    #139458
    Grasshopper
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    The Supreme Novices with Brave Inca and War Of Attrition as the 1-2 wouldn’t have been very far away.

    #139485
    wilsonl
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    but for injury Monsignor’s Tolworth would have to be up there as well.

    Best Mate back in 2nd with Snow Drop – who later wnet on to win the Triumph in 4th.

    Lee

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    batman
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    2004 arkle 1st well cheif – 2nd kicking king

    #139487
    Aragorn
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    Grassy,

    Thats the one that came into my head when I read the topic… CH and GC winner 1-2.. Nay bad

    #139495
    rory
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    Alan,

    don’t forget that the fourth horse home in that race was one Delius, described at the time by Michael Dickinson as potentially the best he had trained and only out of the frame after breaking down. One thing I didn’t know about Delius is that he went on to be trained by a young Henrietta Knight to win his PTP after four years absence.

    #139507
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    Rory,

    Delius was actually 4th in the Supreme Novices the previous day, behind Buck House. Mind you I get those races confused even thinking back to last year, let alone two and half decades.

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    #139614
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    not to stray off the topic but the first 3 races at the 2004 Cheltenham festival were something special

    Supreme –
    1) Brave Inca
    2) War of attrition (Is it just me or did he never seem to not show, although a hell of a good chaser, the same turn of foot again when he went chasing)

    Arkle –
    1) Well Chief
    20 Kicking King

    3) Ch Hurdle
    Hardy Eustace

    The winners of the next 2 Champion hurdles and Gold Cups as well as a great Chamopion Chaser in Well Chief

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