Horse racing quiz of the year 2017: Win tickets to Cheltenham next month

Chris Cook
The Guardian
<span class="element-image__caption">You could be among that number at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day at the end of next month!</span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images</span>
You could be among that number at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day at the end of next month! Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Welcome to our ninth annual racing-related quiz of the year, which will start shortly. All 50 questions will appear on this page, sharp at 1pm. The old system of releasing them in batches seemed to favour only those with a zippy internet connection.

If you think you know the answer to a question, post your answer as a comment below, clearly stating the number of the question you’re answering and doing your best to spell the answer correctly (I may allow some latitude).

So, for example, if the first question was “Which horse did The Guardian fancy for the Grand National, even though it hadn’t won for three years?” the answer would be:

“1) Lord Windermere and it actually didn’t run too badly, I’ll have you know”

The first person to correctly post the answer to a question gets a point. At the end of the quiz, whoever has most points will win:

a pair of Club Enclosure tickets to Cheltenham for Saturday 27 January!

and I will email that person today to sort out their prize. This fixture is Festival Trials Day, when there will clearly be plenty of clues on offer for the big races two months later.

The quiz will end when all of the questions have been answered correctly, or at 2pm, whichever comes first. If there’s a tie for first place, I’ll post a tie-breaking question at 3pm and the first person, from among those that have tied for first place, to post the correct answer will be the winner. If no one has posted the correct answer by 4pm, the prize will go to whichever of those in contention was first to post any correct answer on this page today.

If any one person posts multiple answers to the same question, I will only accept their first answer. All questions relate to events in 2017 unless otherwise stated.

You may submit as many answers as you want in one posting, so long as it’s clear which questions are being answered. But speed is going to be important, as each answer will only earn you a point if no one else has given it already, so you’ll probably be better off posting one answer at a time.

In the event of any dispute, my decision is final on everything, so don’t be starting any aggro. Otherwise, usual Guardian competition rules apply. I hope you enjoy this wee test of your racing knowledge.

All questions will appear here at 1pm. Good luck!


The Derby

1 Which jockey became the first female to ride in the Derby and not finish last?
2 Name the Derby-winning jockey?
3 How many winners had he ridden in 2016?
4 How many runners did Aidan O’Brien have in the Derby?
5 Name the 1,000-1 no-hoper who became a late non-runner in the Derby after being a source of controversy for the previous week?

Grand National anniversaries

6 Which Hollywood star had a runner in the 1967 Grand National, who got no further than the 23rd fence but was third the following year?
7 Which horse started favourite for the 1977 National?
8 Which Newmarket stud, better known for its association with Flat racing, owned two runners in the 1987 National?
9 Which Prime Minister attended the 1997 Grand National, less than a month before losing his job?
10 The 2007 National provided just the fourth success in the career of which trainer?


11 Who rode a double on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham, having had three winners in the previous eight months?
12 Which rider, who retired this year, was placed in seven consecutive Grand Nationals?
13 Which jockey, who recently turned 47, won his first Champion Stakes?
14 Who was too ill to take part in the Shergar Cup, having travelled from Australia?
15 Which jockey came in for a fancy book of rides at the Cheltenham Festival as the result of Barry Geraghty’s injury, only to suffer a broken leg on day two of the meeting?


16 Which horse had his legs sprayed with water before a race on Champions Day, prompting a stewards to tell the Racing Post: “We held an inquiry and were told it was holy water – water that had been blessed. But we don’t know that for sure, so it’s been sent away for analysis.”
17 Which ex-French “wonderhorse” was pulled up on his British debut at Haydock in January?
18 Cardsharp did best of the Dewhurst runners not trained by Aidan O’Brien. In what position did he finish?
19 Which horse flopped in the Champion Hurdle and was later disqualified for having an anti-inflammatory in his system?
20 Which horse was posthumously named the best staying chaser of the 2016-17 season?


21 Which owner needed 14 different colours + styles of cap to distinguish between their runners in a major handicap over Easter?
22 This year’s Grand National winner was the second winner of the Aintree race to be trained in Scotland. Name the first.
23 Name the $12m race run for the first time in January, in which one of the leading fancies flopped from a wide draw.
24 Which TV station wanted to put a camera inside the Queen’s carriage to enhance its coverage of the procession at Royal Ascot?
25 Which horse, part-owned by Lester Piggott, had a tilt at two French Classics before ending the year in Hong Kong?
26 Which jockey lost the ride on Quiet Reflection, having won two Group Ones on her in 2016?
27 Which jockey lost the ride on Limato, having won two Group Ones on him in 2016 … and then got it back again after missing just one race?
28 Name the Injured Jockeys Fund facility that put Derek Fox back together in time to win the Grand National, just a month after breaking two bones in a fall?
29 Which jockey found great success after adopting special goggles to help him cope with double vision, the consequence of a 2016 fall?
30 Owned by 17 regulars in a Welsh pub, which horse flopped at the Cheltenham Festival after winning his previous seven races?


31 Which trainer went 17 days without a runner, citing bad ground, and won the Reynoldstown with the yard’s first runner back, using a jockey who had seemingly split from the yard two months before?
32 Which trainer bought most of the famed Manton estate, including all the gallops, and plans to train from there next year?
33 Which trainer, now retired, had the winners of this year’s Ladbrokes Trophy and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in the yard at the start of the year?
34 Which trainer, who died in October, had saddled 2,000 winners despite waiting until her 40s to take out a full licence?
35 Which trainer sent out Withhold to win the Cesarewitch on just his second start for the stable, the horse being heavily punted in the minutes before the race?

Name the offender: who was given...

36 ... a three-month suspension for betting whilst holding a jockey’s licence?
37 ... a £3,000 fine for delaying the declaration of a non-runner, in order to “nick a bit of extra value”?
38 ... a four-day suspension for hitting a horse in the back of the head?
39 ... a £1,500 fine for accidentally winning a two-year-old race with a three-year-old?
40 ... a £5,000 fine for allowing racehorses to be stabled in boxes that looked like “a rubbish tip”, having not been cleaned? (Name the racecourse in question)

Who said it?

41 [of the senior British handicapper] “He spoke complete and utter contradictory nonsense, but it’s what we’ve come to expect from him.”
42 “I think they should also make a beautiful pink starting gate, should place it closer to the finish, like they do with the ladies’ tees in golf, and give us 4lb as well. That would give us the advantage we need. I almost think this is a prank. I’m going to go away and tell my friends that in France they’re going to give female jockeys a 4lb weight allowance. We’re all going to fall around laughing at one of the funniest jokes someone has told me.”
43 “I’m from Devon, so this is my second time to London. I said to Paul, I would need a collar [child harness] in case I got lost.”
44 “Nicky got excited because he thought I was training Sprinter Sacre for a selling hurdle at Uttoxeter.”
45 “The idea the King George VI Chase should now be moved from Kempton and run at sister course Sandown … is as unacceptable as the idea of moving the Grand National from Aintree or the Gold Cup from Cheltenham.”
46 “How can I stop anybody from urinating in a box? If I put a sign out in the yard saying: ‘Please don’t urinate in the boxes’, owners coming in here will think we’re a right tinpot little firm. And yet we’re not at all, we’ve got a toilet block right by the stable yard, so there’s no excuse for it.”
47 “I’m a feminist. This is not active feminism because feminism is about equality and it’s not very equal to have a race where you exclude the guys.”
48 “This year we are behind by miles in regard to what we received for two-year-olds. I’ve never seen anything like it. They need plenty of time, and a lot of them will not run this year. It is a disaster.”
49 “I’m telling you, I should be a 100-1 shot. I just fill in the gaps for the other jocks.”
50 “What do you make of it all? This place has extraordinary tricks and layers and there was another one. He looked for all the world as if he’d thrown it away.”

Congratulations! Nick Davis, the runaway winner with 20 questions correctly answered before anyone else. Chardrey and Bacciodilupo shared second place with six each. The answers are below, so look away if you still want to test yourself on the questions above...


1 Ana O’Brien
2 Padraig Beggy
3 One
4 Six
5 Diore Lia
6 Gregory Peck
7 Andy Pandy
8 Cheveley Park
9 John Major
10 Gordon Elliott
11 Lizzie Kelly
12 Paul Moloney
13 Frankie Dettori
14 Michelle Payne
15 Mark Walsh
16 Beat The Bank
17 Alary
18 Fifth
19 Yanworth
20 Many Clouds
21 Michael O’Leary / Gigginstown House Stud
22 Rubstic
23 The Pegasus Stakes
24 NBC
25 Rivet
26 Dougie Costello
27 Harry Bentley
28 Jack Berry House
29 Robbie Power
30 Tobefair
31 Rebecca Curtis
32 Martyn Meade
33 Sandra Hughes
34 Mary Reveley
35 Roger Charlton
36 Hayley Turner
37 David Evans
38 Davy Russell
39 Charlie McBride
40 Worcester
41 Michael O’Leary
42 Julie Krone
43 Bryony Frost
44 Nigel Twiston-Davies
45 Timeform
46 Dean Ivory
47 Benny Andersson
48 Saeed Bin Suroor
49 Silvestre De Sousa
50 Nicky Henderson

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