A BIT of time and space away from the Cheltenham Festival has finally allowed some breathing space to have a look at the performances of sires at the meeting. One very notable milestone was reached, largely unnoticed I have to say.

When William Henry won the Grade 3 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle by a short head from Wicklow Brave (Beat Hollow), he recorded the 16th victory for a horse sired by King’s Theatre (Sadler’s Wells) at the Festival. These have come from 13 individual horses and the former Ballylinch Stud stallion joins the great Deep Run (Pampered King) at the head of affairs, with his total also coming from 13 different horses.