Rooster Booster (horse)
|Damsire||Nearly A Hand|
|Breeder||Mrs E Mitchell|
|Rooster Booster is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Came Cottage by Riverwise. He was born around 1994 in Great Britain, and was bred by Mrs E Mitchell.|
County Handicap Hurdle (2002)|
Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2002)
Bula Hurdle (2002)
Agfa Hurdle (2003)
Champion Hurdle (2003)
Champion Hurdle Trial (2004)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Rooster Booster (born 1994) was a grey British-based thoroughbred racehorse, trained by Philip Hobbs and owned by Terry Warner. He won the 2003 Champion Hurdle and was runner up in 2004. The horse died on the gallops in December 2005 while preparing for the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day.
He began his racing career under the care of trainer, Norman Richard Micthell, in a National Hunt Flat Race at Wincanton in February 1999, where he finished 7th of 18 runners. He preceded to have six more runs for Norman Mitchell, winning just one of those in the form a maiden hurdle at Taunton. He was then switched to the yard of Phillip Hobbs and made his debut for him in April 2000, finishing 2nd behind Valiramix in a Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow. He had one more run that season, finishing 3rd in a competitive Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.
He began the 2000/01 season with little success, being pulled up at Chepstow at the beginning of November, before falling at Newbury later that month. He then improved to be placed in his next 4 races, including Pierse Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Imperial Cup at Sandown. His season, however, ended on a bad note as he was pulled up at Aintree in April in a Handicap Hurdle.
He reappeared in the 2001/02 season, in a Listed Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, finishing 5th. He followed up that effort with a 5th and 4th place in Handicap Hurdles at Sandown and Ascot. In his next two races, he filled the runner up spot both times, behind the Martin Pipe trained Copeland. He then gained his first victory for Phillip Hobbs, when winning the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with his previous conqueror, Copeland, back in 15th. His trainer then stepped him up to Grade 1 class, where he finished a creditable 4th in the Aintree Hurdle, behind Ilnamar.
The following season (2002/03) proved to the most successful of Rooster Booster's season. He began with victories in Listed Hurdles at Kempton and Cheltenham, before he won the Grade 1 Bula Hurdle at odds of 11/8, coming home 2 1/2 lengths in front of Landing Light. That was followed by another victory in the Agfa Hurdle, before going to Cheltenham, where he was sent off the 9/2 2nd favourite for the Champion Hurdle, behind the 5/2 favourite, Rhinestone Cowboy. He stayed on strongly up the Cheltenham hill, coming home 11 lengths clear of the 2nd, Westender. Rooster Booster then went back to contest the Aintree Hurdle in April, where he was sent off the 5/4 favourite, but was denied by a head by the Edward O'Grady trained Sacundai.
The 2003/04 season saw Rooster Booster win just one race, the Champion Hurdle Trial but he ran consistently well in top races, finishing 2nd in no less than four Grade 1 races, the Christmas Hurdle, Champion Hurdle, Aintree Hurdle and Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
He ran in many of the same races in the following season, 2004/5, but again with little success. After finishing 2nd in the Christmas Hurdle, he finished down the field in both the Champion Hurdle and the Aintree Hurdle. He did manage to win the Concept Hurdle at Sandown in April, before ending the season finishing 4th in the Swinton Hurdle.
The 2005/06 season proved to be an eventful one for Rooster Booster and his connections. He began the season with victory at Huntingdon and followed that up with a run in the Greatwood Hurdle, where he finished 14th. He then died on the gallops in December 2005