Comedy of Errors (horse)

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Comedy of Errors
Sire Goldhill
GrandsireLe Dieu d'Or
DamComedy Actress
Damsire Kingsway
Sex Gelding
Foaled1967
Country United Kingdom
Colour Brown
BreederElizabeth Sykes
OwnerTed Wheatley
Trainer Fred Rimell
Record48:23-11-4
Major wins
Fighting Fifth Hurdle (1972, 1973, 1974)
Cheltenham Trial (1973, 1974)
Irish Sweeps Hurdle (1973, 1974)
Champion Hurdle (1973, 1975)
Welsh Champion Hurdle (1973)
Scottish Champion Hurdle (1975)
Templegate Hurdle (1976)
Awards
Timeform rating 178 [1]

Comedy of Errors (19671990) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. He won the Champion Hurdle in 1973 and 1975, becoming one of only two horses to regain British hurdling's top prize (Hurricane Fly achieved the same feat in the 2013 Champion Hurdle).

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Background

Comedy of Errors was a brown horse sired by the King's Stand Stakes winner Goldhill out of the mare Comedy Actress. He was trained by Fred Rimell at Kinnersley in Worcestershire. and ridden by Bill Smith and Ken White.

The King's Stand Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 5 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

Thomas Frederic Rimell, better known as Fred Rimell, was a British champion National Hunt racing jockey and horse trainer. He was champion jockey three times and leading trainer five times. Rimell was the first jumping trainer to earn £1 million in prize money for his owners.

Kinnersley village in United Kingdom

Kinnersley is a village in Herefordshire, England. Home to around 100 residents, it is located about 5 miles (8 km) east of the Wales-England border and 10 miles (16 km) north west of Hereford.

Racing career

Comedy of Errors finished second in the Gloucestershire Hurdle at the 1972 Cheltenham Festival.

The Supreme Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and ½ furlong, and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Cheltenham Festival Horse racing festival

The Cheltenham Festival is a meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom, with race prize money second only to the Grand National. The festival takes place annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The meeting usually coincides with Saint Patrick's Day, and is particularly popular with Irish visitors.

In 1973 he won his first Champion Hurdle, beating Bula who had won the race in 1971 and 1972.

Bula (1965–1977) was a British National Hunt horse who won two Champion Hurdles and many other top races over hurdles and later over fences. He ran during what is considered a ‘golden period’ for two mile hurdlers in the 1970s, which featured such champions as Persian War, Comedy Of Errors, Night Nurse, Monksfield and Sea Pigeon. Bula was “a remarkably consistent, versatile and durable jumper” and was known for his come-from-behind style.

He finished runner-up to Lanzarote in the 1974 championship but returned to regain the title in 1975.

Retirement

After his retirement, Comedy of Errors was used for many years by Fred Rimell's wife Mercy who described him as being a perfect riding horse.

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