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Brief pedigree notes from the recent blacktype action
on 21 December 2014
New graded winner for Danehill Dancer, big-race doubles for Footstepsinthesand and King's Theatre, Listed success for Nathaniel relation, and other news

Reve De Sivola: The Nick Williams trained nine-year-old won the Grade 1 JLT Long Walk Hurdle over three miles, one furlong at Ascot on Saturday, his third victory in that prestigious event and his sixth Grade 1 success in total.

He was bred by Gilles and Thomas Trapenard, he is out of the hurdle winner Eva De Chalamont (by Iron Duke), and that mare is a half-sister to the blacktype placed prolific winner Foehn De Chalamont (by Royal Charter). His winning half-sister Neva De Sivola (by Blushing Flame) is the dam of the graded winning chaser Soleil De Sivola (by Discover d'Auteuil) and of the blacktype winning hurdler Urbain De Sivola (by Le Fou).

Group 1 winning stayer Assessor (by Niniski), the sire of Reve De Sivola, stood in France. He died in 2012, at the age of 23.

Bayan: Trained by Gordon Elliott, and bred by Floors Farming, this five-year-old son of Danehill Dancer (by Danehill) won the valuable Grade 3 The Ladbroke (A Handicap Hurdle) over two miles at Ascot on Saturday.

He is a half-brother to several flat winners, his dam Kindling (by Dr Fong) won a Listed flat race over two miles, and she is a half-sister to the pattern placed stakes winner Thattinger (by Salse). He comes from the family of the two-year-old Group 1 scorer Balla Cove (by Ballad Rock).

L'Ami Serge: Winner of a Listed hurdle race on his British debut, the Nicky Henderson trained four-year-old made it two-from-two in England with victory in the Grade 2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (registered as the Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle) over two miles at Ascot on Friday.

Bred by P Ryan, he is out of the Grade 2 placed dual hurdles winner La Zingarella (by Phardante), and his Listed placed half-brother Sizing Codelco (by Flemensfirth) was runner-up in a novice chase at Navan two weeks ago. He is also related to the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle heroine Snow Drop (by Double Bed), and he is a son of the late King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells).

Ptit Zig: Bred by Jean-Francois Vermand, the French-born five-year-old extended his unbeaten record over fences to three with victory in the Grade 2 Mitie Novices' Chase (registered as the Noel Novices' Chase) over two miles, three furlongs at Ascot on Friday.

He is trained by Paul Nicholls, he is out of the hurdle winner Red Rym (by Denham Red), and he is a half-brother to the bumper and hurdle winning four-year-old Earthmoves (by Antarctique).

Ptit Zig is by the Haras de la Hetraie stallion Great Pretender (by King's Theatre).

The Young Master: A five-year-old who was bred by Brendan Boyle, this son of Echo Of Light (by Dubai Millennium) notched up his first blacktype success in the Listed Mappin & Webb Silver Cup Handicap Chase over three miles at Ascot on Saturday.

He is trained by Neil Nulholland, and he has been first past the post in all four of his starts over fences, but was disqualified from a Listed contest on his previous outing. His dam Fine Frenzy (by Great Commotion) won over five furlongs as a two-year-old, and he comes from the family of the Group 1 scorer Eva Luna (by Double Schwartz).

The Pirate's Queen: A daughter of the late King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells), the Alan King trained five-year-old won the Listed Swift SFM Mares' Novices' Hurdle (registered as the Abram Mares' Novices Hurdle) over two and a half miles at Haydock on Saturday.

Bred by Regina Hennessy, she is the first foal out of the Grade 3 winning chaser Shivermetimber (by Arctic Lord), and she comes from a branch of the family of notable chasers such as Lord Noelie (by Lord Americo), Master Aristocrat VI (by Aristocracy), Sean Ogue (by Good Thyne), Flying Ferret (by Le Bavard), and Addington Boy (by Callernish).

Grendisar: The four-year-old son of Irish National Stud sire Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert) has notched up his second recent blacktype success, this time taking the Listed Coral App Download From The App Store Quebec Stakes over 10 furlongs at Lingfield.

The Marco Botti trained colt was bred by Old Carhue & Graeng Bloodstock. He is out of Remarkable Story (by Mark Of Esteem) and his dam is a half-sister to the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Necklace (by Darshaan). His grandam is out of the Group 1 Irish Oaks heroine Colorspin (by High Top), which makes her a half-sister to the Group 1 stars Opera House (by Sadler's Wells), Kayf Tara (by Sadler's Wells), and Zee Zee Top (by Zafonic).

Footstepsinthesand: Coolmore Stud's classic winning son of Giant's Causeway (by Storm Cat) notched up an international big-race double, with Irish-bred offspring, on Saturday.

New Zealand Group 1 winner Pure Champion (ex Steinbeck) added the Group 3 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes over seven furlongs at Awapuni. He was bred by Dr Dean Harron, he is out of Castara Beach (by Danehill), and his dam is a full-sister to Hill Hopper, the stakes winning dam of the Group 1 scorer Nannina (by Medicean).

Dual pattern scorer Sandiva won the Listed Tropical Park Oaks over eight and a half furlongs at Gulfstream Park, her fourth blacktype success. She was bred by Denis McDonnell, she is a half-sister to the Listed winner Wentworth (by Acclamation), and her dam Miss Corinne (by Mark Of Esteem) is closely related to the Derby hero Sir Percy (by Mark Of Esteem).

Supasundae: Now unbeaten in two starts, the Andrew Balding trained four-year-old took the Listed Ascot Underwriting Championship Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race over two miles at Ascot on Friday.

The son of the phenomenal sire Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) was bred by Newsells Park Stud, and his dam Distinctive Look (by Danehill) is a half-sister to the Group 1 stars Nathaniel (by Galileo), Great Heavens (by Galileo), and Playful Act (by Sadler's Wells).

His dam's half-brother Percussionist (by Sadler's Wells), who won the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup on the flat, also won the Grade 1 Grand National, a two miles, five furlongs hurdle race at Far Hills in the USA.

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