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Pit your wits against the winning team who scored 95

The winning team of the Mark O'Hanlon Memorial Quiz receive their trophy: (Left to right) Bobby O'Ryan, Ryan McElligott, Aidan O'Ryan and Ger Connolly with Mark's sister Avril Ryan
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The Mark O'Hanlon Memorial Racing and Breeding Quiz took place at the Lord Bagenal in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow on Monday, with Jonathan Mullin of RTE Sport on quiz-master duties.

The winning team on the night consisted of Bobby O'Ryan, Ryan McElligott, Aidan O'Ryan and Ger Connolly, and they received their trophy from O'Hanlon's sister Avril Ryan.

So grab a paper and pen, and have a go at answering ten rounds of ten questions, and see if you can beat the highly impressive 95 correct answers scored by the winning team.

Answers are at the bottom of the page.


1 Randox Health are sponsoring which race in 2017 for the first time?

2 What colour cap did the winning jockey wear when winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown this month?

3 Which horse did Donald Trump mention in his election victory speech?

4 The Group 1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp is named after which landmark beside the track?

5 Name the jockey who has won the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Again, Misty For Me and Minding?

6 Name the only jockey to ride a Kentucky, English, French and Irish Derby winner?

7 Name Sea The Stars' three Classic winners?

8 Which mare, who won her first eight races, was named after a Muhammed Ali phrase?

9 Six jockeys have ridden 3,000 or more Flat winners in Britain. One of them was born in Ireland. Name him?

10 By Street Cry out of Vegas Showgirl. Who Am I?


1 Who am I…… A rock band that had an iconic lead singer and the owner of the Cheltenham-bound Forth Bridge?

2 To which Channel 4 presenter did Tony McCoy announce his impending retirement?

3 Name the two uncle and nephew combinations who finished in the top 50 of the British Flat trainers list last year?

4 Name the Champion hurdler who won his two biggest races ridden by the fathers of two subsequent world class champion Flat jockeys?

5 In France, what’s the maximum permitted number of strikes with the whip that jockeys are allowed?

6 Name the first-season sire whose first three runners all won in 2016?

7 Name the Breeders' Cup Sprint winner who won a Listed race in Cork last season?

8 Which trainer rode his own horse to victory at the Galway Festival last July?

9 The Pegasus World Cup took place at which racetrack?

10 Name the Royal Ascot winning jockey who also rode the winner of the Foxhunters at Aintree?

ROUND 3 (Multiple Choice)

1 Which trainer holds the record for training the most amount of winners in Europe?

Jean-Claude Rouget

Dermot Weld

Willie Mullins

Andre Fabre

2 Which racetrack is situated on Graun Hill?





3 The Leading NH stallion for 2015/2016 season was?


Kayf Tara

King's Theatre


4 When Altior ran in the champion bumper at Punchestown in 2015, who rode him?

Katie Walsh

Jane Mangan

Kate Harrington

Nina Carberry

5 Who said this? “One of the benefits of horse racing is that it makes your bum nice and peachy”

Hayley Turner

David Mullins

Gordon Elliott

Victoria Pendleton

6 Jockey Kieren Fox was unseated at Sandown last September after his horse was distracted by what?


Bouncy castle

Golf ball

Winning post

7 The Norwegian horse, Quarterback, raced at what big meeting last year?

Royal Ascot



Irish Champions Weekend

8 Which horse is Aidan O’Brien’s highest earning racehorse?

Giant's Causeway

St Nicholas Abbey

Highland Reel


9 The prize-money for which meeting is a record £/€4,305,000 this year?




Royal Ascot

10 Who is the leading jockey at the Breeders' Cup (prize-money and winners)?

Pat Day

Mike Smith

Jerry Bailey

Frankie Dettori


1 Pulled up on his only run at two; last of 14 on his first start at three; a maiden winner on his seventh start at Dundalk, this horse went on to win 15 races and was ridden to Group 1 wins by Johnny Murtagh, William Buick and Craig Williams. Name him?

2 Bagenalstown born Niall McCullagh won the Irish St Leger on Royal Diamond for which trainer, formerly a champion jockey himself?

3 Nicky Henderson trained the first ITV televised winner last month but who rode it?

4 Name the Jockey who was the 2016 British champion apprentice?

5 Who trained the first winner of the Irish Flat turf season in 2016 (at the Curragh)?

6 Who was the last Irish trained winner of the Irish Champion Stakes?

7 Which two Irish based trainers won races at the Barbury Castle point-to-point meeting in January?

8 Which jockey rode his first winner on his first ride, aged 15, on the Larry Greene-trained Muscari at Leopardstown?

9 Top chaser Gilgamboa was named after the bodyguard of which rock star?

10 Northern Dancer’s trainer Horatio Luro had a nickname after which Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien named a 2,000 Guineas winner. Name him?


1 Three riders rode Hurricane Fly over hurdles; Ruby Walsh, Paul Townend and who?

2 Don Poli was born in which country?

3 Who am I? Son of a champion, brother to a champion; I was dual champion myself and trained a Cheltenham winner.

4 Name the Group 1 winning jockey who took part in the 1994 Castletown donkey Derby?

5 Name the multiple Group 1 winning American trained filly who has finished fourth in 2015 and 2016 at Royal Ascot?

6 What did pinhookers trade before the term was transferred to the Bloodstock market?

7 Dandy Flame equalled the British record as the longest priced winner of a flat race at Wolverhampton last July. What price was he?

8 Which jockey rode 8 winners from a 12 race card in Tokyo last November?

9 Name the winners of the Triple Crown races in America last year?

10 Trainer Michael Bell supports which football team?

ROUND 6 (Picture round)

Question 1

1 Name the course


Question 2

2 Name the course


Question 3


3 Name the course


Question 4

4 Name the course


Question 5


5 What's my name?


Question 6

6 What's my name?


Question 7

7 What's my name (nearest)?


Question 8

8 Name the horse


Question 9

9 Name the champion jockey


Question 10

10 Who am I?



1 Who won a Grade 1 race by a record breaking 41 lengths last year?

2 Name the four Irish trainers who trained Royal Ascot winners last June?

3 Trained by Matthew Smith in Ireland, name the horse who unseated his rider in the Galway Hurdle on his last Irish start before crossing to America where he won the Eclipse Chaser of the year award this January?

4 What is Frankel’s stud fee?

5 Who am I? Born the son of a trainer, I rode my first winner at 16 and was a champion apprentice. I switched to training at 23, I’ve trained seven Royal Ascot winners and two Breeders' Cup winners?

6 Name the only jockey to ride a British Classic winner on a horse that he bred?

7 Aidan Shiels, Niall Reilly and Donal Gavigan own which high earning performer?

8 Konig Dax is the only horse to have beaten which high class horse?

9 Name Andrea Atzeni’s Racing Post Trophy winners?

10 Retired in 2016, which horse won a record 17 pattern races on the Flat for a European trained horse?


1 How many two-year-old races take place at Royal Ascot?

2 Last year’s Gigginstown Grand National winner was named after the 80’s hit ‘Everybody wants to rule the world’ but who sang it?

3 Top chaser Josses Hill was trained by who for his first start before being sold to Nicky Henderson?

4 Which brilliant race filly was ridden by the following jockeys during her career? Ahern, Spencer, Dettori, Fallon, Bailey, Peslier, Soumillon, Murtagh.

5 Name the champion jumps jockey in France in 2016?

6 Name the two Irish runners at last year’s Dubai World Cup night?

7 Name the four trainers who’ve trained winners at both the Cheltenham festival and Breeders' Cup?

8 Which golf major winner shares his name with an Irish jockey who rides for Karl Burke and Brian Ellison?

9 Which trainer won the Royal Bond with That’s My Man to post his first Grade 1 winner?

10 Golden Horn was beaten by how many colts during his racing career?


1 Name the only person to have both ridden and trained more than 100 jump winners in a season?

2 Which Irish owner had a one-two in St Moritz last February?

3 Name the last horse to win the Epsom Derby who was unraced as a two-year-old?

4 Which chaser was Ruby Walsh’s 50th Cheltenham festival winner last year?

5 Which trainer equalled Henry Cecil’s 75 Royal Ascot winners last June?

6 The eighth fence in the Grand National is called what?

7 What’s the relationship between the 2016 Melbourne Cup winning jockey and the 2015 one?

8 Which trainer (with Bagenalstown connections) trained the first winner on the all-weather track at Newcastle?

9 Name the last French-trained winner of the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas?

10 What does the RA stand for in HRA Cecil?


1 Born in Swaziland, apprenticed in Ireland and now a successful jockey in the UK... Who am I?

2 All the Aga Khan’s Irish Derby winners have also won the Epsom Derby bar one. Name him?

3 The father and son combination of Harry and Henry de Bromhead recently completed the family double in the Thyestes Chase with which two horses?

4 Even Song, Aidan O’Brien’s 50th Royal Ascot winner is half-sister to which 2015 Classic winner?

5 Predilection became which jockey’s 3000th British winner last August?

6 Gigginstown owned the second in their own Ryanair Chase last March. Who rode him?

7 The 2016 Caulfield Cup winner is named after which top tennis player’s name?

8 In 2010, which filly was awarded both the English and French 1,000 Guineas having finished second in both races?

9 Recent hat-trick scorer Born To Finish, is part owned by which retired footballer who scored many hat tricks himself?

10 In 2004, a champion hurdler beat a Gold Cup winner in the Supreme Novices Hurdle. Name both?

Answers - Round 1

1 Aintree Grand National 2 Red 3 Secretariat 4 Windmill 5 Seamie Heffernan 6 Steve Cauthen 7 Harzand, Taghrooda and Sea The Moon 8 Like A Butterfly 9 Pat Eddery 10 Winx

Answers - Round 2

1 Queen 2 Rishi Persad 3 Tim and Mick Easterby, Johnny Portman and Henry Candy 4 Monksfield 5 Six 6 Helmet 7 Bobby's Kitten 8 Dennis Hogan 9 Gulfstream Park 10 Willie Twiston-Davies

Answers - Round 3

1 Jean Claude Rouget 2 Tramore 3 King's Theatre 4 Kate Harrington 5 Victoria Pendleton 6 Golf ball 7 Royal Ascot 8 Highland Reel 9 Cheltenham 10 Mike Smith

Answers - Round 4

1 Gordon Lord Byron 2 Tommy Carmody 3 Davy Russell (Whisper) 4 Josephine Gordon 5 Darren Bunyan 6 So You Think 7 Martin Cullinane, Shark Hanlon 8 Mick Kinane 9 Bruce Springsteen 10 El Gran Senor

Answers - Round 5

1 Davy Condon 2 Ireland 3 Tony Mullins 4 Billy Lee 5 Miss Temple City 6 Tobacco 7 200/1 8 Christophe Lemaire 9 Nyquist, Exaggerator, Creator 10 Manchester City

Answers - Round 6

1 Ascot 2 Galway 3 Chester 4 Fairyhouse 5 Ryan Hatch 6 Phil Smith 7 David O'Meara 8 Sea The Stars 9 Sir AP McCoy 10 Bob Baffert

Answers - Round 7

1 Apple’s Jade (Aintree Anniversary Hurdle) 2 Aidan O’Brien, Mick Halford, Gordon Elliott, Jarlath Fahey 3 Rawnaq 4 £125,000 5 Wesley Ward 6 Willie Carson (Minster Son – St Leger) 7 Heartbreak City 8 Douvan 9 Rivet, Marcel, Elm Park, Kingston Hill 10 Cirrus Des Aigles

Answers - Round 8 

1 Six (Coventry, Queen Mary, Windsor Castle, Norfolk, Chesham, Albany) 2 Tears for Fears 3 Andy Oliver 4 Ouija Board 5 James Reveley 6 Sole Power and Highland Reel 7 MV O’Brien, AP O’Brien, Dickinson, Stoute 8 Ben Curtis 9 Aidan O’Brien 10 None

Answers - Round 9

1 Jonjo O’Neill 2 Michael Ryan 3 Ruler Of The World 2013 4 Black Hercules 5 Sir Michael Stoute (Dartmouth) 6 The Canal Turn 7 Brother-in-law (McEvoy married to Michelle Payne sister) 8 Karl Burke 9 Makfi 10 Richard Amherst

Answers - Round 10

1 Sean Levey 2 Alamshar 3 Grand Habit and Champagne West 4 Simple Verse 5 Frankie Dettori 6 David Mullins (Valseur Lido) 7 Serena Jameka Williams 8 Special Duty 9 Ian Wright 10 Brave Inca and War Of Attrition

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