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Iris's Gift

Iris's Gift
Sire Gunner B
Dam Shirley's Gift
Damsire Scallywag
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1997
Country Great Britain
Color Grey
Breeder Mrs R Crank
Owner Robert Lester
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill
Record 25: 14-5-0
Earnings £339,503
Iris's Gift is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Shirley's Gift by Gunner B. He was born around 1997 in Great Britain, and was bred by Mrs R Crank.
Major wins
World Hurdle (2004)
Liverpool Hurdle (2004)
Sefton Novices' Hurdle (2003)
Prestige Novices' Hurdle (2003)
Bristol Novices' Hurdle (2002)
Winter Bumper (2002)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Iris's Gift was a National Hunt racehorse trained in Britain by Jonjo O'Neill.

He made his racecourse debut in August 2001, where won a National Hunt flat race at Worcester Racecourse. He followed that up with another success at the same track the following month, before winning a Grade 2 National Hunt flat race at Newbury Racecourse in February. Iris's Girft lost his unbeaten record on his next start, where he finished a respectable fifth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. He had one more race that season, where finished an excellent second in Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race at Aintree Racecourse in April.

He was immediately send novice hurdling the following season, and started off with a winning debut over the obstacles in October at Bangor. He followed that up with another win at Cheltenham Racecourse the following month, before winning the Grade Bristol Novices' Hurdle in December 2002. After winning his next two starts, including the Prestige Novices' Hurdle, Iris's Gift was stepped up to Grade 1 level in the Cheltenham Festival. But rather than contest one of the top novice hurdles, he contested the World Hurdle as a novice, where he finished a 3/4 length second to Baracouda. In his final appearance of the season, he won the Sefton Novices' Hurdle by an emphatic 8 lengths as the 10/11 favourite.

The 2003/04 season didn't see Iris's Gift re-appear until February, where he finished second in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Qualifier at Haydock Park Racecourse. He then went to the Cheltenham Festival, where he reversed last years result when beating Baracouda in the World Hurdle. That was followed by victory in the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse in April, before he went to Punchestown, where he finished second to Rhinestone Cowboy in the Punchestown Stayers Hurdle.

The 2004/05 season saw Iris's Gift make just the one appearance. He was sent novice chasing that season and was thrown straight in at the deep end for his chasing debut in the Ascot Chase, where he ended finishing fifth behind It Takes Time.

The 2005/06 season saw Iris's Gift continue over fences. Under the jockeyship of Tony McCoy, he competed a hat rick over fences between September and October. He was then stepped up in class, where he finished a 13 length second in the Worcester Novices' Chase at odds on. On his next start, in February 2006, he fell in a novice chase at Warwick Racecourse. In his final appearance of the season, Iris's Gift went to the Cheltenham Festival in an attempt to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in his novice season, but he ended up being pulled up in the race.

The following season (2006/07) proved to be his final season racing. He made his seasonal reappearance in the Charlie Hall Chase, where he finished an 30 length fifth behind Our Vic, before finishing a distant fifth to Kauto Star in the Betfair Chase. That race proved to be the final race of his career and Iris's Gift was retired.


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