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Brief pedigree notes from this weekend's blacktype action
on 07 December 2014
Group 1 winner for Clodovil, first-crop Group 2 scorer for Showcasing, NH Grade 1 star for Dubawi, big-race treble for Oscar, and other news

Clodovil: Rathasker Stud's classic winning miler got his second Group 1 winner when Moriarty, whom the stud bred, took the Tabtouch-Kingston Town Classic over nine furlongs at Ascot, in Australia, on Saturday. The Chris Waller trained gelding was previously a triple Group 2 scorer.

Moriarty is out of Justice System (by Criminal Type), a half-sister to the Group 1 placed, Group 2 Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Lear Spear (by Lear Fan).

Clodovil's other Group 1 winner is the filly Nahoodh, and his Group 2 scorers include Es Que Love and Gregorian, new sires for 2015 at Rathasker Stud and the National Stud, in Newmarket, respectively.

Showcasing: One of Europe's leading freshman sires of 2014, Whitsbury Manor Stud's son of Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) shuttles to Haunui Farm in New Zealand, and the southern hemisphere half of his global first crop includes Showboy, winner of the Group 2 Golden Homes Wakefield Challenge 2yo Stakes over five and a half furlongs at Trentham, in New Zealand, on Saturday.

The gelding was bred by Haunui Farm, he is trained by Nigel Tiley, and he is out of Shades Of Silk (by Thunder Gulch). His grandam is the classic placed dual New Zealand Group 1 winner Lycra (by Tights), which makes his dam a half-sister to the Group 3 scorer The Man (by Dehere).

Dodging Bullets: Last season's dual Grade 2 winning novice chaser beat Somersby by two and a half lengths to take the Grade 1 888Sport Tingle Creek Chase over two miles at Sandown on Saturday, his first win at the highest level.

Bred by Frankie Dettori, and trained by Paul Nicholls, he is out of Nova Cyngi (by Kris S). He is a half-brother to several winners, and his grandam is the Arc placed dual Group 1 star Northern Trick (by Northern Dancer). His sire is the classic winner and outstanding flat stallion Dubawi (by Dubai Millennium), who stands at Dalham Hall Stud.

Nova Cyngi is a half-sister to Lingerie (by Shirley Heights), the mare who gave us the Group 1 Oaks heroine Light Shift (by Kingmambo), the Group 1 winner Shiva (by Hector Protector), and that filly's Group 2 winning full-brother Limnos.

Oscar Time: Robert Waley-Cohen owns and trains this veteran chaser, a Grade B winner at Leopardstown five years ago, and who won the Grade 3 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday. The 13-year-old took the three miles, two furlongs contest by three-parts of a length.

A son of the Grange Stud stallion and leading sire Oscar (by Sadler's Wells), he was bred by Edmond Coleman, and he is out of Baywatch Star (by Supreme Leader). He is a brother to a winner, and his dam is a half-sister to the Grade 3 placed but tragically ill-fated hurdler Trevino (by Be My Native).

Snake Eyes: This Nicky Henderson trained six-year-old provided Grange Stud stallion Oscar (by Sadler's Wells) with the second leg of a big race treble this weekend when winning the Listed Madinat Jumeirah Dubai December Handicap Hurdle over an extended two miles at Sandown on Saturday.

Bred by Aidan Aherne, and carrying the famous J P McManus colours, he is out of the Grade 2 winner and Grade B Thyestes Chase heroine Be My Belle (by Be My Native). That mare's half-sister Rose Of Inchiquin (by Roselier) won the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan, and their dam Boreen Belle (by Boreen) was a dual blacktype winning hurdler.

Felix Yonger: The narrow victory of the Willie Mullins trained eight-year-old in the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase, over two miles at Cork on Sunday, completed a big-race treble this weekend for his sire Oscar (by Sadler's Wells). For good measure, both the runner-up Mallowney and the third Days Hotel are also sons of the Grange Stud stallion.

Felix Yonger was bred by John Brophy, he is out of Marble Sound (by Be My Native), and he is a half-brother to the Grade 3 placed dual-purpose mare My Valley (by Saddlers' Hall). His grandam Corvally (by Corvaro) was a half-sister to the stakes placed flat duo Classic Venture (by Fairy King) and Gan Ainm (by Mujadil).

Gan Ainm is the dam of last month's Grade 1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle runner-up All Hell Let Loose (by Shantou), whom Brophy also bred.

Don Cossack: Gigginstown House Stud's seven-year-old won the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase over two miles and a half miles at Punchestown on Sunday, a second win at the highest level for the Gordon Elliott-trained gelding.

Bred in Germany by Gestut Etzean, he is by the Glenview Stud stallion Sholokhov (by Sadler's Wells), and his dam Depeche Toi (by Konigsstuhl) is a half-sister to the classic placed German stakes winner Dapprima (by Shareef Dancer).

That mare is the dam of the German pattern scorers Denaro (by Dashing Blade) and Davidoff (by Montjeu), and her full-sister Dea is the dam of the classic placed stakes winner Dominate (by Monsun).

Wishfull Thinking: The Philip Hobbs trained 11-year-old notched up the eighth graded win of his career with victory in the Grade 2 Betfred Peterborough Chase over two miles, four and a half furlongs at Huntingdon on Sunday.

The chesnut was bred by Cobhall Court Stud, he is out of Poussetiere Deux (by Garde Royale) and that makes him a half-brother to the Grade 2 placed multiple hurdle, chase, and point-to-point scorer Tara Royal (by Kayf Tara).

His dam is a half-sister to the 2000 Grade 1 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris winner Vieux Beaufai (by Le Nain Jeune), and his sire is the notably successful Shade Oak Stud stallion Alflora (by Niniski).

Vibrato Valtat: The Paul Nicholls trained five-year-old won the Grade 1 Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase over two miles at Sandown on Saturday, making it two wins from three starts over fences.

Bred in France by Colette and Aude-Marie Duperret, he is the second foal out of the AQPS mare La Tosca Valtat (by Dom Alco), who won over hurdles in France. Her full-brother Recital Valtat is a multiple winner over fences.

Like the Grade 1 winning chaser Taquin Du Seuil, he is a son of the middle-distance Group 1 scorer Voix Du Nord (by Valanour), an Haras National de Cercy La Tour stallion who died last year at the age of 12. This win was the first leg of a big-race double for the stallion this weekend.

Vroum Vroum Mag: The Willie Mullins trained mare provided Voix Du Nord (by Valanour) with the second leg of that big-race double, winning the Grade 3 Kerry Group European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Chase over two miles, one furlong at Cork on Sunday.

She was bred in France by Count Antoine-Audoin Maggiar and Antonia Maggiar, she won a bumper and over hurdles in her native land, and she is yet another graded National Hunt winner for the AQPS breeding program.

She is the first foal out of the chase winner Naiade Mag (by Kadalko), and her three-year-old half-sister Brise Vendeenne (by Dom Alco) earned valuable blacktype when finishing third behind Nyanza in a Listed hurdle race at Aintree on Saturday. Their dam is a half-sister to the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle scorer Saint Are (by Network), who finished third behind Oscar Time in the Grade 3 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences on Saturday.

Nyanza: The Alan King trained three-year-old made it two wins from three starts under National Hunt rules when winning the Listed Betfred TB Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle over two miles, one furlong at Aintree on Saturday.

Bred in Germany by Gestut Ebbesloh, she won twice on the flat at Kempton. She is out of the Group 1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) third Nouvelle Fortune (by Alzao), which makes her a half-sister to the Listed scorer Nouvelle Neige (by Big Shuffle).

Her dam is a half-sister to the pattern placed mile stakes winner Novita (by American Post), and also to the Grade 3 placed Listed French hurdles scorer Nobilita (by Orpen). Her classic winning sire Dai Jin (by Peintre Celebre) stood in Germany but is now based in Turkey.

Black Hercules: The Willie Mullins trained five-year-old was an odds-on winner of the Grade 3 Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle over three miles at Cork on Sunday, on only his second start over jumps.

Bred by Spencer Hawkins, he is out of Annalecky (by Bob's Return) who is an unraced half-sister to the Grade 2 winning hurdler Indian Scout (by Phardante). His grandam Kemchee (by Kemal) won a bumper and twice over hurdles, and she is a full-sister to the high-class Kissane.

Black Hercules is a son of Heron Island (by Shirley Heights) who stood at Arctic Tack Stud up to the time of his death in 2008, at the age of 15.

Lifeboat Mona: A four-year-old who was bred by the partnership of Bryan and Sarah Mayoh, and Eskdale Stud, this daughter of Overbury Stud stallion Kayf Tara (by Sadler's Wells) maintained her unbeaten record with victory in the Listed Betfred Henrietta Knight Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race over two miles, 110 yards at Huntingdon on Sunday.

The Paul Nicholls trained filly is out of Astar Love (by Astarabad), she cost just €600 at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale in 2010, and her dam is an unraced half-sister to the French Grade 1 winning hurdler Great Love (by Great Palm).

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