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Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

How did you fare in John Randall's Christmas quiz?

Ioritz Mendizabal: the answer to question 13
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1. Why did Arkle carry a higher saddlecloth number than Mill House in the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

C His owner's name came later alphabetically

2. Who set a motorcycle world speed record, and suffered fatal injuries in a race-riding fall at Cheltenham?

B Owen Baldwin (world record 1928, killed 1942)

3. Which champion amateur rider was a half-brother to Tara Browne, who “blew his mind out in a car” in the Beatles song A Day In The Life?

A Gay Kindersley

4. Which Classic-winning breeder had a father who was awarded the George Cross?

A 21st Earl of Suffolk (Ginevra, 1972 Oaks)

5. Which celebrity owned an Irish Classic winner, and was a keen painter and bricklayer?

B Sir Winston Churchill (Dark Issue, 1955 Irish 1,000 Guineas)

6. Which jockey rode for part of one Derby with a toilet roll flapping from his helmet?

D Yves Saint-Martin (Accomplice 1979)

7. Sadler's Wells won which of these races?

C Kerry National (1949)

8. Humphrey Wyndham, owner of the first Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Red Splash, was a brother-in-law of which film star?

C Madeleine Carroll

9. Which horse holds the British record for winning the most races at one course?

D Potoooooooo (28 wins at Newmarket 1776-83)

10. Which of these was a dual winner for Peter Walwyn?

A Marijuana (1967)

11. Which of these was a colt who won the Acomb Stakes at York?

D Cocaine (1980)

12. Which of these was a Pattern winner for Ryan Moore?

B McCartney (2007 Champagne Stakes)

13. Who is the multiple champion jockey in the main picture?

B Ioritz Mendizabal

14. What last happened in Britain at Newmarket in October 1945?

D A winner had no name (the colt was later named Chanter)

15. Jack Kennedy, 18, has ridden the winners of more than 150 races over jumps; how many had Sir Anthony McCoy ridden at that age?

A None

16. Apart from Frankie Dettori, who has won more Flat races in Britain than any other current jockey?

D Joe Fanning

17. Which of the Queen's horses beat Ballymoss?

C Doutelle (1958 Ormonde Stakes)

18. Which of the Queen's horses won a US Grade 3 race?

B Fictitious (2000 De La Rose Handicap)

19. The current Prince of Wales rode in how many races under rules?

C Six

20. “Royal blue, white sash with light blue stripes, royal blue & light blue striped sleeves, light blue cap, white tassel” were the colours carried by which great filly?

A Noblesse (1963 Oaks)

21. Which great champion was owned by Tom Ferguson?

B Harkaway

22. Maidstone was the first horse to beat which great champion?

C Stockwell (1851 Prendergast Stakes)

23. The dam of which great champion had been a prize in a 1 raffle?

D Rheingold (out of Athene)

24. Which great champion won the first 19 steeplechases in which he completed the course?

A Moscow Flyer

25. Who is this 2,000 Guineas winner below?

C Cockney Rebel (2007)

Cockney Rebel: winner of the 2,000 Guineas in 2007

26. Sea Pigeon was a superb dual-purpose horse, but how many Group races did he win on the Flat?

A None

27. Red Rum came fourth in which race at the Cheltenham Festival?

A Mildmay of Flete Chase (1971)

28. Which notorious adventuress had affairs with racehorse owners Jock Whitney, Prince Aly Khan and Stavros Niarchos?

C Pamela Churchill Harriman (daughter-in-law of Sir Winston Churchill)

29. Which filly was a narrow runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger?

D Ribbon (1943)

30. Which filly, trained by Barry Hills, was runner-up ten consecutive times?

B Song In The Air (1973-74)

31. In which film noir is a murder committed in the back yard of a betting shop?

B Get Carter (1971)

32. Which name is next in this sequence? Trelawny, Mountain Cross, Stanerra . . .

B Choisir (horses who won twice at one Royal Ascot meeting)

33. Name the only Group 1 race in Britain open to two-year-old geldings.

D Nunthorpe Stakes

34. Which of these races has never been won by a mare?

C Queen Mother Champion Chase

35. Which horse currently holds the electrically timed world record for 5f?

D Stone Of Folca (53.69sec in 2012)

36. In which conspiracy would King Charles II have been assassinated en route from Newmarket races to London?

C Rye House Plot (1683)

37. Name the owner below, who had a winner at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017.

A Susannah Ricci (Let's Dance)

Susannah Ricci after Let's Dance won the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival

38. Pulcher won the inaugural running of which race?

A Troytown Chase (1937)

39. On which racecourse are the Brendan McNulty and David Heneghan Memorial races run?

D Ballinrobe

40. A Sporting Life front page, tipping Utrillo, is depicted in which 1965 film?

B You Must Be Joking!

41. On which horse has Ryan Moore scored the richest win of his career?

D Real Steel (2016 Dubai Turf, 2,448,980)

42. Name the only trainer to win the Gold Cups at Cheltenham and Ascot during his career.

A Vincent O'Brien (4 at Cheltenham, 1 at Ascot)

43. Which of these races did Alec Head not win as a trainer?

A July Cup

44. Which horse won an Eclipse Award even though he never raced in the USA?

C Singspiel (champion turf male 1996 after winning in Canada)

45. The Lost Jockey, a 1926 collage, is by which surrealist artist?

C Rene Magritte

46. A 100-1 shot was the only Group winner for which jockey?

D Tyrone Williams (Hotbee, 1985 Molecomb Stakes)

47. Which big-race winner in 2017 was named after a great trainer?

B Atty Persse (King George V Handicap)

48. Name the trainer who said in 2017: “The thing I'm proudest of in life is being convicted of illegal hare coursing.”

A Sir Mark Prescott

49. Which amateur rider and film actor appeared in The Rainbow Jacket, The Pink Panther and Thunderball?

B Edward Underdown

50. In which Dick Francis novel is the hero an expert darts player?

C For Kicks

Congratulations to Roger Hoy, who was the first correct entry chosen at random. He wins a year’s Racing Post Ultimate Membership, a pair of Cheltenham Festival tickets and £100 worth of Racing Post Shop vouchers. Runner-up is Roy Gill (£50 of Racing Post Shop vouchers) and third is Stephen Harvey (£25 of Racing Post Shop vouchers).

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