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Cheltenham Festival Hall of Fame:Tommy Carmody
Thu, Jan 9th, 2014

Tommy Carmody's return to the training ranks, working out of Johnny Murtagh's yard, made the news in 2012 but it is his work as a jockey that  gets him into our Cheltenham Festival Hall of Fame. Tommy won on his first two rides at the Festival winning what was then the Sun Alliance (and is now the Neptune Novices Hurdle) and Queen Mother Champion Chase. With his talents adverstised he was snapped up by Michael Dickinson as stable jockey.  The partnership had many big-race winners including three King George V1 Chases (Gay Spartan and Silver Buck (2)). He twice finished runner-up in the British jockeys' championship, to John Francome (1978-79) and Jonjo O'Neill (1979-80). He moved back to Ireland in 1981 and was Irish champion jumps jockey in 1985 and 1988. He retired on medical advice in 1992 .

Tommy Carmody's seven Cheltenham Winners included pairs of wins on the Mouse Morris trained Buck House and John Mulhern's Galmoy.

Year

Race

Horse

Age

Trainer

1978

Neptune

Mr Kildare

5

Liam Browne

1978

Champion Chase

Hilly Way

8

Peter McCreery

1980

Supreme Novices

Slaney Idol

5

Liam Browne

1983

Supreme Novices

Buck House

5

Mouse Morris

1986

Champion Chase

Buck House

8

Mouse Morris

1987

World Hurdle

Galmoy

8

John Mulhern

1988

World Hurdle

Galmoy

9

John Mulhern

We couldnt dig out any video of Tommy in action at Cheltenham but have a clip of  him riding Buck House in the famous " Punchestown Match" with Dawn Run.

 

The odds for Leading Rider at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival are tabled below:

Thomas Pink Cheltenham Festival

Leading Rider Award 2014

Odds Table at 16/02/14

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Ruby Walsh 4/7 4/7 4/7 1/2 4/7 4/7 8/15 8/11
Barry Geraghty 10/3 4 3 4 9/2 4 7/2 11/4
A P McCoy 8 8 8 8 8 10 9 9
Bryan Cooper 14 14 16 14 14 16 16 12
Daryl Jacob 20 20 14 16 20 20 16 12
Sam Twiston-Davies 20 20 20 20 16 25 20 14
Richard Johnson 25 33 33 33 20 33 33 33
Tom Scudamore 33 33 33 33 25 40 40 33
Noel Fehily 33 33 33 33 20 50 33 33
Paul Townend 33 50 33 40 50 50 33 25
Jason Maguire 50 50 50 50 33 50 50 40
Aidan Coleman 50 66 - - 50 66 50 66
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