Paddy Brennan: five of the rider’s most high-profile wins
Brennan silences the crowd as Imperial Commander wins the Gold Cup
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of his greatest wins By Nicholas Godfrey 3:46PM 16 NOV 2016
Following Paddy Brennan's landmark win aboard Colin's Sister at Warwick, which brought up his 1,000th jumps winner in Britain and Ireland, we look back on some of his biggest successes.
Trainer: Kevin Bishop
Maghull Novices' Chase, Aintree, April 2005
The flamboyant, front-running chestnut jumped boldly throughout in beating subsequent Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition by 16 lengths to become the first Grade 1 winner of Brennan's career. "He's the best horse I've ever ridden or may ever ride," said Brennan at the time.
Ashley Brook: one of the first stars associated with Brennan
PICTURE: David Dew
World Hurdle, Cheltenham, March 2007
Brennan had to be at his most determined as Inglis Drever looked to be struggling in the early stages and was driven vigorously a long way out. He was in front before the last, where he outjumped Mighty Man, who nevertheless mounted a strong challenge that was repelled by only by three-quarters of a length.
Inglis Drever and Paddy Brennan win the 2007 World Hurdle
PICTURE: Mark Cranham
Scottish Grand National, Ayr, April 2009
Hello Bud was already an old-timer at 11 when he landed his biggest success by making virtually all in the Scottish marathon. In a memorable front-running display, Brennan timed things to perfection as this doughty stayer fought off challenger after challenger, Brennan finally holding off Tony McCoy and Gone To Lunch.
Hello Bud and Paddy Brennan win the Scottish National in 2009
PICTURE: John Grossick
Cheltenham Gold Cup, March 2010
Brennan and Imperial Commander steadfastly refused to accept their appointed supporting role in Kauto Star v Denman round three. Imperial Commander travelled brilliantly and jumped soundly before staying on strongly to win by seven lengths from Denman. "This is by far the best day of my life," said Brennan.
Imperial Commander and Paddy Brennan win the Cheltenham Gold Cup
PICTURE: Mark Cranham
Betfred Bowl, Aintree, April 2016
Perhaps the most important victory – and surely the most emotionally satisfying – of Brennan's 1,000-win career. Cue Card was on the floor three out in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and his rider was convinced he would have won. Three weeks later Cue Card sped to a glorious nine-length triumph, prompting a heartfelt ovation from the Aintree crowd.
Cue Card and Paddy Brennan destroy their rivals at Kempton
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