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Career record: 1961 2213 10-3 lb: 1962 f1f1(disq)111 11-10 lb 3rd top rated hunter chaser: 1964 b11112 11-13 lb 2nd top rated hunter chaser: 1965 1111 12-2 lb champion hunter chaser: 1966 1u111 12-0 lb champion hunter chaser: 1967 11f1f 12-0 lb joint champion hunter chaser: 1968 2 11-7 lb 6th top rated hunter chaser: 1969 7 11-1st. Instead, the temptation of another Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase was taken, and while Spartan Missile gave Diana a fine ride and carried her into sixth place behind the Alan Hill-ridden Elmboy he finished lame. Some terminology that may be used in this description includes: First Edition In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. He bought Tarama and her full brother at Doncaster sales, having taken advice from someone that the Tamerlane line was the one. Chaser, on the other hand, connotes a sense of pursuit or following but doesn't necessarily imply the act of catching or killing.

And the English successes within the big spring hunter chases once again continued through to Punchestown, as Rose Loxton’s Caid Du Berlais ran out a wide-margin winner of the Champion Hunter Chase for the second year in succession. At feeding times in the field it was a suicide mission for any horse that went to the manger before him, and on one occasion he broke his groom's leg in two places after she entered his stable to tack him up. Although John was in the saddle for all of Spartan Missile's biggest wins, Jane was given the job on his racing debut as a four-year-old in a novices' hurdle race at Worcester. Typical of the time, and in a point-to-point and hunters' chase season that started in mid-February, Spartan Missile, although only six, had run ten times in a little over three months.It Came To Pass ensured that Irish eyes were smiling on the Hunter Chase scene when he came home in front in the Cheltenham Foxhunters for the father and daughter team of Eugene and Maxine O'Sullivan. That came after he had been disqualified for hampering a rival when first past the post in a hunters' chase at Sandown in February, followed by victories at Kempton and Sandown and fourth place in Cheltenham's Gold Cup behind Little Owl (the mount of amateur rider and now point-to-point steward Jim Wilson). A fantastic performer who is in a different world," said the authors in summing up a season in which Spartan Missile won hunters' chases at Sandown (twice), Warwick, Leicester, the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase in which he reeled in the front-running and highly-talented Queensberry Lad and toyed with him before cruising away to win by 12 lengths, and then onto Aintree for a second Foxhunters' Chase. Fifteen horses lined up, half a dozen runners departed at the first, and when Spartan Missile cruised down to Becher's Brook he had just three rivals. Burning Ambition failed to fire at Cheltenham, where it was a second successive victory for Pacha Du Polder, whilst at Aintree there were emotional scenes, as the late Peggy Hagan’s Balnaslow came home in front for Derek O’Connor and Graham McKeever.

Champion had almost died of the disease two years earlier and so victory on Aldaniti, a horse who had been written off after breaking down, gave his cancer trust a springboard for decades of valuable fund raising. Willie Mullins' charge inflicted a second narrow defeat on a David Christie runner when beating Vaucelet in the Punchestown Champion Hunter Chase. Cousin Pascal provided O'Shea with his fourth victory in Haydock's Walrus Hunters' Chase to take his tally to five wins, including two point-to-points, since moving to Britain. He assisted Caroline's fledgling training career until his death at the far-too-young age of 68 when he was claimed by cancer.

The major change within the spring, saw the race that was formerly known as the Raymond Smith Memorial Hunter Chase, moving to it’s third different course within three years, following a request from trainers for the race to be run left handed. The 2020/21 Hunter Chase season saw Willie Mullins' Billaway develop into the top performer on the domestic scene courtesy of victories at Down Royal and Naas - whilst he was also narrowly denied in the big Festival races at both Cheltenham and Punchestown in the Spring.

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