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Find out how you fared in John Randall's annual Christmas Quiz

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We gave you the chance to win £350 worth of free bets with Paddy Power by completing John Randall's festive quiz, with free bets of £100 and £50 also going to the runner-up and the third. Find out how you fared and if you finished in the money below . . .


1 What did Donald Trump blame for Maximum Security's Kentucky Derby disqualification?

C) Political correctness

2 When Michael Dickinson trained jumpers, what did he list as his recreation in the Directory of the Turf?

D) Work

3 Which horse holds the record for the biggest winning margin in a British Classic?

A) Mayonaise (20 lengths in 1859 1,000 Guineas)

4 Name the only jockey to finish 23rd in the Grand National

A) Colin Brown (on Canford Ginger, 1984)

5 Who was both a champion racehorse owner and the subject of an Oscar-winning film?

C) King George VI (The King's Speech)

6 Which Gimcrack winner landed a seller as a 14-year-old entire, and was called by Michael Pope "A perfect gentleman, a pleasure to train and not in the least randy"?

B) Pheidippides (1957-69)

7 Which country's prime minister has the same name as a Henry Cecil Group 1 winner?

C) Hungary (Orban, 1987 Premio Roma)

8 Which of these is the Classic odd one out?

B) Raffingora (not a Classic; £1,050 is 1,000 guineas, quercus specimens are oaks, and an American bowler hat is a derby)

9 Which Derby-winning plutocrat said: "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money"?

D) Nelson Bunker Hunt

10 Which three-year-old filly was unplaced in the 2,000 Guineas, Oaks and Ascot Gold Cup?

A) Kamok (1960)

11 Which of these jockeys was born on Friday the 13th?

B) Peter Scudamore (June 13, 1958)

12 Which champion jockey was born on the day Khalid Abdullah had his first winner in Britain?

B) Ruby Walsh (May 14, 1979)

John Dance at Doncaster 14/9/18Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

13 (Picture question, above) Who is this Group 1-winning owner of 2019?

A) John Dance (Laurens)

14 The Lemonfizz Crystal Cup is a steeplechase in which Dick Francis novel?

C) Enquiry

15 When Gordon Elliott won the Grand National with Silver Birch, how many winners had he trained under rules in Ireland?

A) None

16 Which Kentucky Derby winner was sold for ten guineas in Newmarket as a five-year-old?

B) Lord Murphy (the 1879 winner)

17 Who would have been Britain's champion jump jockey in 2018-19 if the title had been decided on prize-money?

D) Harry Cobden

18 Which female jockey has scored the most career victories over jumps under rules in Britain?

D) Lucy Alexander

19 In which Ealing comedy does Alec Guinness say: "I've got a horse in the Jockey Club Stakes"?

D) The Lavender Hill Mob (in Rio de Janeiro)

20 "Black and pink (quartered), pink cap" were the colours carried by which great champion?

C) Sir Ken

21 Which great champion was owned by a cousin of fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley?

A) Bula (Bill Edwards-Heathcote)

22 Which champion scored her most impressive victory on VE Day?

C) Sun Stream (1945 1,000 Guineas)

23 Vice Squad was the first horse to beat which outstanding champion?

B) Galilee (1965)

24 Lenin was an outstanding champion racehorse in which country?

C) South Africa (foaled 1937)

Who am I? (see question 25)

25 (Picture question, above) Who is this Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner passing the post?

D) Danedream (2011)

26 At what age did Josh Gifford have his first ride under rules?

A) Eleven (Newmarket 1953)

27 Apart from Aidan O'Brien, who was the last trainer to be champion on the Flat in Ireland?

A) Dermot Weld (1998)

28 Which of this quartet has never been runner-up in the British jumps trainers' championship?

D) Nigel Twiston-Davies

29 Which big-race winner in 2019 has the same name as a Jethro Tull album?

C) Living In The Past (Lowther Stakes)

30 Name the last horse to win on consecutive days at Royal Ascot

B) Diplomat (1937)

31 Jim Bolger's Glebe House stables have a Carlow postal address but are actually in which county?

B) Kilkenny

32 Which racecourse has provided Paul Nicholls with more of his 3,000-plus victories than any other track?

B) Wincanton

33 At which racecourse did the Queen have her first winner as an owner?

C) Fontwell (Monaveen 1949)

34 How did Norton's Coin's trainer Sirrell Griffiths start his Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning day in 1990?

D) Milking his cows

35 In which novel does a mare called Frou-Frou suffer a fatal fall in a steeplechase?

D) Anna Karenina

36 Which racecourse had its grandstand burnt down by a suffragette in 1913?

A) Ayr 


From left:Paul Nicholls,Margaret Findlay,Sam Thomas,Denman,Clifford Baker,Harry Findlay and Marion Barber after the Gold Cup

37 (Picture question, above) Who is this Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey?

C) Sam Thomas (Denman 2008)

38 Which of these trainers once rode the favourite in the Grand National?

A) Clive Cox (Sacred Path 1988)

39 Who rode Willie Mullins' first winner as a trainer?

D) Willie Mullins (Silver Batchelor, Thurles 1988)

40 Faugheen was the first winner in whose training career?

B) Mouse Morris (Limerick 1980)

41 Which Listed winner in Britain started at odds of 200-1?

A) Maoi Chinn Tire (2010 Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle)

42 Brittas Belle won the inaugural running of which Irish handicap?

A) Rockingham Handicap (1938)

43 On which racecourse are the Leo McMorrow Memorial Chase and the Callan Tansey Hurdle run?

C) Sligo

44 Name the only horse to win a hunter chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on consecutive starts

C) What A Myth (1969)

45 Name the future Grand National winner of whom the Sale & Mackenzie annual commented: "May turn out . . . speedy, a bad jumper, and only able to last a bare 3m."

D) Ben Nevis (1975)

46 Peter Mackay was the real name of which horseracing figure?

A) Prince Monolulu

47 Robert Earnshaw are the middle names of which Classic-winning trainer?

B) John Sutcliffe

48 Which Derby winner triumphed at Epsom after being unplaced in the Kentucky Derby?

D) Dr Devious (1992)

49 Which film depicting a racetrack robbery was produced by a Grand National-winning owner?

C) The Criminal (1960, produced by Nat Cohen)

50 Which Top 20 hit of 1979 contained the following lyric? "Lester Piggott, when he lost it by a neck"

B) Gertcha (Chas and Dave)


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3rd Roger Hoy (£50)

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