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Brief pedigree notes from the weekend's graded action
on 08 February 2015
Son of King's Theatre wins the Grade 1 Hennessy Gold Cup, a Grade 1 double for sons of Montjeu, new Grade 1 scorer for Milan, and other news

Carlingford Lough: Dual Grade 1 winning novice and 2013 Grade A Galway Plate hero Carlingford Lough notched up the biggest win of his career to date when taking the Grade 1 Hennessy Gold Cup over three miles at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The John Kiely-trained nine-year-old was bred by Kenilworth House Stud and he is a son of the Group 1 winner and late Ballylinch Stud stallion King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells), who has maintained a clear lead in the National Hunt sires' championship title race for the past few months.

He is out of the blacktype winning hurdler Baden (by Furry Glen), and that makes him a half-brother to the Grade 1 hurdles winner and triple Grade 2 chase scorer Thisthatandtother (by Bob Back), and also to the Grade 3 winning hurdler The Tother One (by Accordion).

Petite Parisienne: A first-crop daughter of the Group 1 winner and Haras du Hoguenet stallion Montmartre (by Montjeu), the Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old won the Grade 1 Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle over two miles at Leopardstown on Sunday.

She was bred by Thierry De La Heronniere, she is out of Ejina (by Highest Honor), and she was Listed-placed over 12 furlongs on the flat at Bordeaux Le Bouscat in May. She is a half-sister to the multiple flat winners Regina Ejina (by Muhtathir) and Seven Even (by Turtle Bowl), her dam is a winning half-sister to the Listed scorer Erinys (by Kendor) and also to the stakes placed Eubea (by Anabaa).

Nichols Canyon: Dual flat stakes winner Nichols Canyon is now a dual Grade 1 star over obstacles following his victory in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle over two and a quarter miles at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd, he is the first foal out of Zam Zoom (by Dalakhani), and he is a half-brother to the lightly-raced stakes placed winner Bright Approach (by New Approach).

His dam is an unraced half-sister to the Group 3 Winter Derby winner Nideeb (by Exceed And Excel), and his grandam Mantesera (by In The Wings) is a full-sister to the Group 1-placed pattern scorer Cloud Castle who is, in turn, a half-sister to the Group 1 stars Warrsan (by Caerleon) and Luso (by Salse).

Nichols Canyon is a son of the Derby hero and Haras Du Logis stallion Authorized (by Montjeu).

Apache Stronghold: A Grade 2 winner as a novice hurdler, this Noel Meade-trained seven-year-old made it two from four over fences when taking the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Steeplechase over two miles, five furlongs at Leopardstown on Sunday.

He is a son of the classic star and Grange Stud stallion Milan (by Sadler's Wells), he is a half-brother to the five-times chase scorer Billy Cuckoo (by Alderbrook), and his dam First Battle (by Un Desperado) won a point-to-point. He comes from the family of the blacktype placed, prolific winner Dante's Battle (by Phardante).

Coneygree: The Mark Bradstock-trained eight-year-old extended his unbeaten record over fences to three when winning the Grade 2 Betfair Denham Chase over three miles at Newbury on Saturday, all of those wins coming in graded contests.

Also a dual graded scorer over hurdles, the son of Karinga Bay (by Ardross) was bred by Lord Oaksey. He is out of Plaid Maid (by Executive Perk), and is a half-brother to the Grade 3 Hennessy Gold Cup and dual Grade 2 scorer Carruthers (by Kayf Tara).

Mr Mole: A son of the talented dual-purpose horse and Haras de la Hetraie stallion Great Pretender (by King's Theatre), Mr Mole won the Grade 2 Betfair Price Rush Chase (registered as the Game Spirit Chase) over two miles, one furlong at Newbury on Saturday.

The Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old was bred by Mrs Hugh Baird, he is a €50,000 graduate of the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, and he is out of Emmylou Du Berlais (by Kadalko). His siblings include the French blacktype hurdler Wendy Du Berlais (by Loup Solitaire), and his dam's blacktype siblings include the Auteuil Listed scorer Enzo Du Berlais (by Mansonnien).

Violet Dancer: The Gary Moore-trained five-year-old, a son of the late Bertolini (by Danzig), won the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle over two miles, 110 yards at Newbury on Saturday, his first blacktype success.

Bred by Jeremy Hinds, he is out of Another Secret (by Efisio), he is a full-brother to the stakes placed seven-times sprint winner Smokey Ryder, and a half-brother to the dual hurdles and dual chase scorer Chris Pea Green (by Proclamation), who has been Grade 2 placed. This is the immediate family of the ill-fated Group 1 sprint star Mr Brooks (by Blazing Saddles).

Vibrato Valtat: The Grade 1 winning, Paul Nicholls trained six-year-old added the Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices' Chase over two miles at Warwick on Saturday.

He was bred in France by Colette and Aude-Marie Duperret, and he is the second foal out of the hurdle-winning AQPS mare La Tosca Valtat (by Dom Alco), who is a full-sister to the multiple chase scorer Recital Valtat.

Group 1 scorer Voix Du Nord (by Valanour) stood at Haras National de Cercy La Tour. He died in 2013 at the age of just 12.

Catkins: The grey notched up her seventh pattern race victory when scoring a short-head success in the Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders' Classic over six furlongs at Rosehill, in Australia, on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained five-year-old is a daughter of the outstanding Dalham Hall Stud stallion Dubawi (by Dubai Millennium) and she is out of Salix Caprea (by Catbird), an unplaced half-sister to the multiple pattern placed mile stakes winner Rally (by Desert Style). She comes from a branch of the family that produced the Group 1 dual Oaks heroine Blue Wind (by Lord Gayle).

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