HOMEBRED winners are rare this week, so special congratulations to Alfred Sweetnam in Tipperary. He owns and bred Thursday’s final winner, the Sam Curling-trained Angels Dawn who battled her way to success in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase.
Alfred bred this daughter of Yeats (Sadler’s Wells) from Angels Guard (Dylan Thomas), a winner at three in Roscommon. He paid €50,000 for Angels Guard as a yearling at Goffs, and she won at the third time of asking for Tommy Stack. A half-sister to the Grade 2 chase winner Jack The Giant (Giant’s Causeway), Angels Guard is out of State Crystal (High Estate).
State Crystal won the Group 3 Lancashire Oaks, and was placed in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks and Group 1 Prix Vermeille. She is also the third dam of the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winner Zelzal (Sea The Stars).
The only other blacktype performer in the first four generations of the Grade 3 Pertemps Final winner Good Time Jonny, a son of Glenview Stud’s Shirocco (Monsun), is his third dam Amative (Beau Charmeur). She was beaten a length by Kiichi in the 1990 Galway Plate, and later bred four winners.
One of these was Island Of Dreams (Be My Native), a three-time hurdle winner. Her twice-raced daughter Shaylejon (Old Vic), a €2,200 foal, is the dam of Good Time Jonny, also a Grade 2 winner at Leopardstown. James Dunne bred Good Time Jonny.
Bred by Tim and Helen Keoghan, Seddon gave John McConnell and Ben Harvey their first Cheltenham Festival winners, landing the Grade 3 Magners Plate. Sold as a yearling for €11,500 at Goffs to Orchardstown Farm, and for €30,000 at the Derby Sale to Monbeg Stables, he is the first winner for the unraced Beneficial (Top Ville) mare Andreas Benefit.
This was the latest Festival winner for Stowaway (Slip Anchor), joining the likes of Monkfish, Put The Kettle On, Stattler and The Shunter. Seddon’s third dam bred Grade 2 chase winners The Grey Monk (Roselier) and Grade 2-winning hurdler Princess Casilia (Croghan Hill).
There was a third British-bred winner of the week, the Makin-bred You Wear it Well (Midnight Legend) capturing her second Grade 2 success in the Jack de Bromhead Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. This £70,000 Goffs Spring Sale purchase three years ago by Stroud Coleman is a daughter of the listed hurdle winner Annie’s Answer (Flemensfirth).
This is not the first time that Midnight Legend (Night Shift), a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and a multiple stakes winner on the flat, has worked the oracle with this family. You Wear It Well’s fourth dam, the unraced Julia’s Birthday (Bivouac), is the third dam of a pair of listed chase winners by him, Aimigayle and Emmaslegend.