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CAPTAIN CHRISTY

Name: Captain Christy
D.O.B: 1967
Colour: Bay
Sex: Gelding
Sire: Mon Capitaine
Dam: Christys Bow 
Breeder:  
Trainer: Major Joe Pidcock Pat Taaffe
Owner: Major Joe Pidcock Mrs Jane Samuel
Record:  
Earnings:  

Wins/Places In Major Races (Prize Money £10,000+)
1972 - Irish Sweeps Hurdle
1973 - Scottish Champion Hurdle
1973 - Irish Champion Hurdle
1974 - Powers Gold Cup
1974 - Cheltenham Gold Cup
1975 - King George VI Chase
1975 - John Durkan Memorial Chase

Captain Christy was an Irish-bred and Irish-trained racehorse, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a novice.

In spite of an alarming tendency to make mistakes, Captain Christy was one of the very best Irish chasers of his era and his 30 lengths demolition of Bula in the 1975 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park was a performance of the highest standard.

Gerry Newman rode him in that race, but for most of his other successes his jockey was Bobby Beasley.

Thoroughout his career, Captain Christy was trained by Pat Taaffe, and that victory over Bula was the second time he had beaten the dual Champion Hurdle winner. He had outgalloped him in the 1972 Irish Sweeps Hurdle.

Captain Christy's most important success came in the 1974 Cheltenham Gold Cup, when he beat the previous year's winner The Dikler. He also went beyond the British Isles and other valiant efforts saw him finish runner-up in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris and fourth in the Colonial Cup in the USA.

 

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