Cheltenham 2008


 Friday 14 March 2008

 Cheltenham 2:15  Jcb Triumph Hurdle (grade 1)

15    1R1212    Won In The Dark (IRE)   4   11,0   Miss S J Harty   A J Mcnamara


 Cheltenham 4:05  Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup

10    19F0/16-   Drombeag (IRE)   10 12,0      Jonjo O’Neill         Mr J T McNamara


Thursday 13 March 2008 Day 3 /4

 Cheltenham 12:30
Peter O’sullevan National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (amateur)


No. Form     Horse          Age  Wt     Trainer         Jockey
12      433-143    Pass It On (IRE)  9    11,11    Jonjo O’Neill    Mr J T McNamara


UR Pass It On (IRE) 20/1 12 9 Mr J T McNamara Jonjo O’Neill

Cheltenham 2:55    Ryanair Chase

2       52-128    F Justified (IRE)     9     11,10     E Sheehy      A J Mcnamara


8 Justified (IRE) 33/1 2 9 A J Mcnamara E Sheehy

Cheltenham 5:15
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (amateur)

11     60P90-3    Innox (FR)        12      11,4       Jonjo O’Neill   Mr J T McNamara

PU Innox (FR) 25/1 11 12 Mr J T McNamara Jonjo O’Neill



Due to bad  Weather today’s racing  in Cheltenham is called off.

Wednesday 12 March 2008 Day 2

 Cheltenham 4:00   Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (grade 3)


No.  Form   Horse     Age Wt       Trainer        Jockey
28 –   024110    Shazand(FR)  5     10,11      E J O’Grady        A J Mcnamara

Cheltenham 4:40
Peter O’sullevan National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (amateur)

12    433-143    Pass It On (IRE) 9  11,11    Jonjo O’Neill       Mr J T McNamara


Tuesday 11 March 2008 Cheltenham Day 1

Details of the races  Andrew and John Thomas McNamara are in.

Cheltenham 2:00   Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (grade 1)










Tranquil Sea (IRE)



E J O’Grady

A J McNamara

Results for Tuesday 

Pos. Horse SP No. Age Jockey Trainer Prev. Form
1 Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 17/2 3 7 R Thornton E P Harty 331/711
2 Binocular (FR) 8/1 22 4 A P McCoy N J Henderson 11
3 Snap Tie (IRE) 20/1 16 6 R Johnson P J Hobbs 262-122
4 Kalahari King (FR) 40/1 6 7 A Dobbin Ferdy Murphy
8       Tranquil Sea (IRE)        18/1 20 6          A J Mcnamara  E J O’Grady

A  great day for JPMcManus seeing his horses finishing in first and Second Place in this race.

Cheltenham 2:35    Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (grade 1)



Clopf (IRE)



E J O’Grady

A J McNamara


1 Tidal Bay (IRE) 6/1 13 7 Denis O’regan J Howard Johnson 21-1112
2 Kruguyrova (FR) 9/1 14 5 A P McCoy C R Egerton 212121
3 Noland 7/4 7 7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 1111/11
4 Thyne Again (IRE) 8/1 12 7 D N Russell W J Burke
UR Clopf (IRE) 11/1 1 7  A J Mcnamara      E J O’Grady

In this race Andrew was upended by his Mount Clopf early on,for Andrew he was ok to take part in the next big race.

Cheltenham 3:15
Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (grade 1)



Sizing Europe (IRE)



H De Bromhead

A J McNamara


1 Katchit (IRE) 10/1 10 5 R Thornton A King 11-1321
2 Osana (FR) 9/2 12 6 T Scudamore D Pipe 4102-21
3 Punjabi 25/1 13 5 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 1421-42
4 Sublimity (FR) 7/1 17 8 P A Carberry J G Car
14 Sizing Europe (IRE) 2/1 15 6 A J Mcnamara H De Bromhead

Andrew was riding the fav.Sizing Europe in this the Big Race of the day,showed good signs early on up until the final straight when Sizing Europe slowed,Andrew went to vetiniary area immediately at the race finish as he had concerns to make sure Sizing Europe was ok.

Cheltenham 4:40
Bgc Cross Country Handicap Chase



Heads On the Ground (IRE)



E Bolger

Mr. J T McNamara


1 Garde Champetre (FR) 4/1 7 9 Miss N Carberry E Bolger 229-9F1
2 Native Jack (IRE) 40/1 9 14 D N Russell P J Rothwell 7/04P60-
3 A New Story (IRE) 20/1 13 10 A J Mcnamara M Hourigan 2550P5
4 Freneys Well 25/1 10 8 Mr G M Mangan E Bolger
9 Heads Onthe Ground (IRE) 11/2 1 11 Mr J T McNamara E Bolger

A great day for Enda Bloger seeing his mounts coming in ,for the Irish a great race.

Cheltenham 5:20
Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (listed)



Indian Spring (IRE)



E J O’Grady

A J McNamara


1 Crack Away Jack 14/1 3 4 P Carberry Miss E C Lavelle 531
2 Ashkazar (FR) 15/8 1 4 T J Murphy D Pipe 1411
3 Grand Schlem (FR) 12/1 10 4 C Pieux F Doumen F4932
4 Indian Spring (IRE) 66/1 8 4 A J Mcnamara E J O’Grady

Andrew’s best result of the day coming in Fourth.

Monday 12 March

There will be a Maigueside invasion at the Cheltenham Racing Festival this week, several local punters made an early departure from Croom and the Maigueside District over the weekend to be part of the atmosphere and to join the many thousands of Irish Racegoers in the Cotswolds.There will be a keen interest on the McNamara Jockeys, the highlight of the event will be the  Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (grade 1)
when Andrew McNamara will be riding Sizing Europe for the Bromhead Stables .Andrew is listed to ride several races over the four day period ,his cousin John Thomas will also have very important rides in this Cheltenham Meeting, prior to  Cheltenham John Thomas  brought off a great win at Rathcannon riding Kilmanahan.


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