Kicking King

Foaled: 1998

Trained by: Tom Taaffe

Owner : Conor Clarkson

Jockeys: Barry Geraghty

SIRE: Old Vic

Dam: Fairy Blaze

Did you know: Kicking King was a rare class of athlete that was capable of proving himself to be a top-class novice hurdler and chaser over two miles before going on to thrive over staying trips over fences. He quickly rose through the ranks, culminating in consecutive wins in the King George VI Chase with a memorable Cheltenham Gold Cup win in between. Unfortunately, just as soon as he had hit the top of his game, his career was curtailed by injury, but Tom Taaffe's charge will be remembered as one of the best staying chasers that Ireland produced in the "noughties".


Trainer: T.J. Taaffe
Previous Trainer(s):
Owner: Conor Clarkson

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2008/200920100€0€7,000€7,000
National Hunt 2007/200830110€0€14,000€14,000
National Hunt 2005/200610100€0€6,600€6,600
National Hunt 2004/200543100€234,150€28,000€262,150
National Hunt 2003/200462100€66,000€18,000€84,000
National Hunt 2002/200343100€57,850€10,000€67,850
National Hunt 2001/200221010€8,750€920€9,670

Venue
Date From
Date To
Jockey
Trainer
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Venue Date Jockey Trainer Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Punchestown 16/10/08 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 6f 2 11-0 Star 'Best For Racing Coverage' S'chase (Grade 3) €7,000
Gowran-Park 04/10/08 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 4f fell 11-3 Gowran Park Champion S'chase (Grade 2)
Punchestown 23/04/08 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 3m 1f p.u. 11-10 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (Grade 1)
Gowran-Park 16/02/08 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 4f 3 11-3 Red Mills S'chase (Grade 2) €5,000
Gowran-Park 24/01/08 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 1f 2 11-4 Normans Grove S'chase (Grade 2) €9,000
Sandown park 26/12/05 B. J. Geraghty Ch 3m 110yds 1 11-10 Stan James King George Vi S'chase (Class A) (Grade 1)
Haydock park 19/11/05 B. J. Geraghty Ch 3m 3 11-8 THE betfair STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS A)(REGISTERED AS THE LANCASHIRE CHASE) (Grade 1)
Punchestown 20/10/05 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 6f 2 11-12 175 Daily Star S'chase (Listed) €6,600
Punchestown 27/04/05 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 3m 1f 1 11-12 175 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup (Grade 1) €141,750
Cheltenham 18/03/05 B. J. Geraghty Ch 3m 2f 110yds 1 11-10 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup S'chase(Class A) (Grade 1)
Kempton park 26/12/04 B. J. Geraghty Ch 3m 1 11-10 Stan James King George Vi S'chase (Class A) (Grade 1)
Punchestown 05/12/04 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 4f 1 11-12 159 John Durkan Mem. Punchestown S'chase (Grade 1) €59,400
Down-Royal 06/11/04 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 3m 2 11-10 153 J.NICHOLSON WINE MERCHANT Champ. S'chase (Grade 1) €28,000
Gowran-Park 08/10/04 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 4f 1 11-10 148 National Lottery Agent Champion S'chase (Grade 2) €33,000
Punchestown 29/04/04 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m b.d. 11-12 148 Swordlestown Cup Novice S'chase (Grade 1)
Fairyhouse 13/04/04 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 4f 2 11-9 144 Powers Gold Cup (Grade 1) €18,000
Cheltenham 16/03/04 B. J. Geraghty NovCh 2m 2 11-7 THE IRISH INDEPENDENT ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY STEEPLE CHASE(CLASS A) (Grade 1)
Leopardstown 25/01/04 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 1f 1 11-12 Baileys Arkle Perp.Chall.Cup Novice S'ch (Grade 1) €52,800
Punchestown 07/01/04 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 1 11-5 Buy Pu'town Ann.Members Badge Nov. S'ch €13,200
Leopardstown 26/12/03 B.J. Geraghty T.J. Taaffe Ch 2m 1f fell 11-10 Denny Gold Medal Novice S'chase (Grade 1)
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*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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