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Beef or Salmon

Beef or Salmon
Sire Cajetano
Dam Farinella
Damsire Salmon Leap
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1992
Country Ireland
Color Charcoal
Breeder John Murphy
Owner B J Craig
Trainer Michael Hourigan
Record 51: 19-9-6
Earnings £985,658
Beef or Salmon is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Farinella by Cajetano. He was born around 1992 in Ireland, and was bred by John Murphy.
Major wins
Clonmel Oil Chase (2002)
Hilly Way Chase (2002, 2003)
Lexus Chase (2002, 2004, 2005)
Hennessy Gold Cup (Ireland)
(2003, 2006, 2007)
JNwine.com Champion Chase (2004, 2006)
John Durkan Memorial Chase (2003)
Punchestown Gold Cup (2004)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Beef or Salmon was a multipe Grade 1 winning National Hunt racehorse. He was trained in Ireland by Michael Hourigan and owned by B J Craig. He was most famous for never winning a race outside of Ireland.


Early career

He made his racecourse debut in May 2001 at Fairyhouse, where he finished third in the Gofs Land Rover Bumper. He did not race again till November 2001, where he won a National Hunt flat race at Clonmenl, before finishing second at Fairyhouse. Beef or Salmon went on to run seven more times that season and won twice out of those seven runs.

2002/03 Season

He made a winning seasonal reappearance in October at Galway, and following that he immediately had his sights set higher as he went on to win the Clonmel Oil Chase and the Hilly Way Chase. He followed that up with two wins at the highest level in the Lexus Chase and Irish Hennessy Chase. He then went to the Cheltenham Festival, where he contested the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It was a much anticipated clash between Beef or Salmon and Best Mate, but Beef or Salmon fell as Best Mate won. He ended the season with victory in April in a Flat race at the Curragh. It was a brilliant season for the horse considering he was a novice chaser.

2003/04 Season

He started the 2003/04 season a beaten odds on favourite as he finished third behind Edredon Bleu in the Clonmel Oil Chase. But he bounced back to his best in his next two starts, winning both the John Durkan Memorial Chase and the Hilly Way Chase. December 2003 saw Beef or Salmon come up against Best Mate again, and Best Mate again came out on top as Beef or Salmon could only finish third. His next run saw him cross the shores again, but he could only finish fourth behind Best Mate in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He ended the season on a winning note however, as he took the Punchestown Gold Cup.

2004/05 Season

The 2004/05 season started in the best fashion for Beef or Salon, as he won the JNwine.com Champion Chase. He could only finish third on his next start though, behind Kicking King in the John Durkan Memorial Chase. His next start saw Beef or Salmon finally beat Best Mate in the Lexus Chase. He again disappointed in his next start as he finished second behind Rule Supreme in the Irish Hennessy Chase, before being pulled up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which was won by Kicking King.

2005/06 Season

The 2005/06 season proved to a busy but mixed campaign for Beef or Salmon. He started with a spin on the Flat, as finished ninth in the Irish Cesarewitch in October, before he came to Haydock and finished second behind Kingscliff in the Betfair Chase. His next two starts however, saw Beef or Salmon bounce back to his brilliant best with wins in the Lexus Chase and the Irish Hennessy Chase. These wins saw Beef or Salmon start off the 4/1 favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he could only finish 11th behind War Of Attrition. He then unseated his rider, Paul Carberry in the Totesport Bowl at Aintree before finishing third in a hurdle race at Fairyhouse. In his final race of the season, Beef or Salmon returned to something like his best, as he finished second behind War Of Attrition in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

Final Two Seasons

His final two seasons saw Beef or Salmon run in the top races in England and Ireland and he recorded three wins. He won the JNwine.com Champion Chase again, and also recorded a final victory in the Irish Hennessy Chase, much to the delight of fans, as he rallied to beat The Listener. He was retired after running in the 2008 Punchestown Gold Cup and will be fondly remembered by racing fans.


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