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CHELTENHAM 2015: Pedigrees of the winners
on 13 March 2015
Brief pedigree notes on all blacktype winners at the Festival, updated daily

FRIDAY

Peace And Co: A Nicky Henderson-trained son of the classic winning miler Falco (by Pivotal), he extended his unbeaten record to four with victory in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle.

The gelding was bred by the partnership of Scuderia Bolgheri and Ecurie D, he is out of Peace Lina (by Linamix), and he is a full-brother to the listed-placed dual French hurdles scorer Piccolino. He comes from the immediate family of the Group 1 star and leading dual-purpose sire Pistolet Bleu (by Top Ville).

Peace And Co's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 20 December.

Wicklow Brave: Out of the frame in each of his previous seven outings, the Willie Mullins-trained gelding sprang a 25/1 surprise with an easy win in the Grade 3 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle. Last year he won a listed contest at Punchestown.

The six-year-old was bred by Millsec Ltd, he is a son of the Ballylinch Stud stallion Beat Hollow (by Sadler's Wells), and he is the first foal out of Moraine (by Rainbow Quest). His half-brother Brass Ring (by Rail Link) is a multiple winner on the flat and his dam is a winning daughter of the Group 3 scorer Cantilever (by Saglamore). That mare is a half-sister to Upgrade (by Be My Guest) and Battle Group (by Beat Hollow).

Martello Tower: A Mags Mullins-trained son of the Group 1 St Leger hero and Grange Stud stallion Milan (by Sadler's Wells), the seven-year-old won the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (registered as the Spa Novices' Hurdle) over three miles, his third graded success of the season.

He was bred by Martin Cullinane, he is the first foal out of Johnsalice (by Zaffaran), and he is a €12,000 graduate of the Goffs June NH Sale. He comes from the family of Deep Bramble (by Deep Run), Polyfemus (by Pollerton), and Seven Towers (by Roselier).

Coneygree: An unbeaten novice chaser trained by Mark Bradstock, the eight-year-old son of Karinga Bay (by Ardross) won the Grade 1 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on just his fourth start over fences.

He was bred by Lord Oaksey, he is out of Plaid Maid (by Executive Perk) and he is a half-brother to the Grade 2 winning chaser Carruthers (by Kayf Tara). His multiple chase-winning dam is a half-sister to the 1991 Grade 1 Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero Destriero (by Ile De Bourbon).

Next Sensation: The Michael Scudamore-trained gelding won the Grade 3 A.P. McCoy Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup over two miles, 110 yards, the final race of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. It is his fourth win from 12 starts over fences and his first blacktype success.

The eight-year-old was bred by Regina McAuliffe, and he is a son of the Group 1 St Leger winner Brian Boru (by Sadler's Wells) who is standing at Longford House Stud. He is the first foal out of Road Trip (by Anshan), his dam is related to several multiple winners, but you have to go back to branches of the fifth generation to find the best horse in the family, namely the 2009 Grade 1 RSA Chase scorer Cooldine (by Beneficial).

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THURSDAY

Vautour: The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old easily won the Grade 1 JLT Novices' Chase (registered as the Golden Miller Novices' Chase) over two and a half miles. He has now won three of his four starts over fences.

Previously a triple Grade 1 star over hurdles, he was bred by the partnership of Haras de Saint Voir and Patrick Joubert. He is a son of the Glenview Stud stallion Robin Des Champs (by Garde Royale) and he is out of the 20-times French dual-purpose scorer Gazelle De Mai (by Dom Pasquini) who won a listed contest in France.

Call The Cops: The Nicky Henderson-trained son of Glenview Stud's multiple champion sire Presenting (by Mtoto) won the Listed Pertemps Network Final over three miles.

He was bred by Martin Donnellan, he is a €24,000 graduate of the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, and he is out of the bumper and hurdles scorer Ballygill Heights (by Symboli Heights). His full-brother Beggars Cross, who is trained by Jonjo O'Neill, made a winning debut in the bumper at Huntingdon on Wednesday. His grandam Ballygill Lady (by Miami Springs) was a half-sister to the Galway Hurdle winner No Tag (by Torus).

Uxizandre: A Grade 1 winner at Aintree last season, the Alan King-trained seven-year-old made most of the running to take the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase over two miles, five furlongs, his fifth win from 10 starts over fences.

He was bred, in France, by Frederic Aimez, he is an AQPS son of the middle-distance Group 1 scorer Fragrant Mix (by Linamix), and he is out of the Anglo-Arab mare Jolisandre (by Dear Doctor).

Cole Harden: A son of the Castle Hyde Stud stallion Westerner (by Danehill), the Warren Greatrex-trained six-year-old made all to win the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Hurdle over three miles. It is his second graded success and his first one at the highest level.

He was bred by Josephine O'Callaghan, he is out of Nosie Betty (by Alphabatim), and his dam is a full-sister to the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle scorer Mr Nosie.

Darna: The Kim Bailey-trained nine-year-old sprang a 33/1 surprise in the Grade 3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate over two miles, five furlongs, his fifth win from 10 starts over fences and his first blacktype success.

He was bred by Leonard Fuller, he is a son of the Shade Oak Stud stallion Alflora (by Niniski), and he is the first foal out of the multiple hurdles scorer Dutch Dayne (by Midyan). His grandam is the 1989 Cesarewitch Handicap heroine Double Dutch (by Nicholas Bill) who earned her blacktype when finishing third in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.

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WEDNESDAY

Windsor Park: A six-year-old son of Galileo (by Sadler's Wells), the Dermot Weld-trained gelding won the Grade 1 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (registered as Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle).

He is out of Blissful (by Mr Prospector), which makes him a half-brother to the pattern placed pair One Great Cat (by Storm Cat) and Where's That Tiger (by Storm Cat), and his dam is a full-sister to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby hero Fusaichi Pegasus.

Don Poli: The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old won the Grade 1 RSA Chase over three miles, 110 yards. He is a son of the Haras d'Etreham stallion Poliglote (by Sadler's Wells), a leading international flat sire who also got a string of Grade 1 winners under National Hunt rules.

He was bred by Brian Griffiths and John Nicholson, he is a half-brother to a couple of winners, and his dam Dalamine (by Sillery) is a winning full-sister to the Grade 2 winning hurdler Multipass.

Don Poli's pedigree was examined in The Irish Field on 3 January.

Aux Ptits Soins: The David Nicholls-trained grey won the Grade 3 Coral Cup over two miles, five furlongs. He was bred in France by SCEA Haras de Saint Voir, and he is a son of the Haras d'Etreham stallion Saint Des Saints (by Cadoudal).

His dam Reflexion Faite (by Turgeon) is a half-sister to the Grade 1 Hennessy Gold Cup winner Quel Esprit (by Saint Des Saints), which means that today's big race winner could be described as being that star's three-parts brother.

Dodging Bullets: The Paul Nicholls-trained son of outstanding flat sire Dubawi (by Dubai Millennium) won the Grade 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, his third win at the highest level.

Bred by Frankie Dettori, the seven-year-old is out of Nova Cyngi (by Kris S). That mare is a daughter of the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and Group 1 Prix Vermeille heroine Northern Trick (by Northern Dancer), and she comes from the family of Group 1 winners such as Shiva (by Hector Protector), Light Shift (by Kingmambo) and Main Sequence (by Aldebaran).

His pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 13 December.

Qualando: A French-born son of Lando (by Acatenango), the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding won the Grade 3 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle over two miles, 110 yards.

He was bred by SCEA Raymond Jean-Christian, he is out of Qualite Controlee (by Poliglote), and his half-brother Au Quart De Tour (by Robin Des Champs) made a winning debut at Fairyhouse in January. His dam won over hurdles and fences in France, and she is out of the winning hurdler Escomptee (by Roi De Rome).

Moon Racer: The David Pipe-trained six-year-old extended his unbeaten record to three with victory in the Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper over two miles, 110 yards.

Bred by Denis and Teresa Bergin, he is a son of the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Saffron Walden (by Sadler's Wells) who stood at Rossenara Stud. He is a full-brother to the Grade 3 placed hurdler Saffron Wells, and his dam Angel's Folly (by Wesaam) is a hurdles winner from the distant family of the US multiple Grade 1 scorer and sire In Excess (by Siberian Express).

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TUESDAY

Douvan: The Grade 1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner is a dual graded winning son of the Derby-placed Haras Des Granges stallion Walk In The Park (by Montjeu), and he is the first foal out of an unplaced mare called Star Face (by Saint Des Saints).

He was bred by SARL Haras De La Faisanderie, he is trained by Willie Mullins, and he comes from the family of the Grade 3 winning hurdler and successful National Hunt sire Discover D'Auteuil (by Mistigri). His pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 16 January.

Un De Sceaux: The Willie Mullins trained seven-year-old was an odds-on winner of the Grade 1 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase, his second success at the highest level.

He was bred by Haras de la Rousseliere and partners, he is a son of the late Denham Red (by Pampabird), and he is out of the unplaced AQPS mare Hotesse De Sceaux (by April Night). His family includes a mix of thoroughbreds and Anglo-Arabs, and his pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 30 January.

The Druids Nephew: The Neil Mulholland-trained eight-year-old won the Grade 3 Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase over three miles, one furlong, giving him a third success over fences and his first blacktype success.

Bred by Patrick Collins, and a €20,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale graduate, he is a son of the late Ballylinch Stud stallion King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells), who has been leading the sires' championship title race for most of the season. He is a half-brother to the Grade 2-placed pair Abbot (by Bishop Of Cashel) and State Benefit (by Beneficial), and his pedigree will be reviewed in Saturday's edition of The Irish Field.

Faugheen: The Grade 1 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy hero is now unbeaten in nine races, eight of them over obstacles and four at the highest level.

Trained by Willie Mullins, and bred by Dr John Waldron, the seven-year-old is a son of the late Woodlands Stud stallion Germany (by Trempolino), and he is out of Miss Pickering (by Accordion). The various blacktype winners in his family, under both codes, include his Grade 2 winning distant relations Rocky Creek (by Dr Massini) and Tell Massini (by Dr Massini), and his pedigree will be reviewed in Saturday's edition of The Irish Field.

Glens Melody: Fiona McStay's homebred won the Grade 1 OLBG Mares' Hurdle (registered as The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle Race), a second victory at the highest level for the prolific blacktype scorer.

The Willie Mullins trained seven-year-old is a daughter of the season's leading sire King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells), and her win gives the late Ballylinch Stud stallion a big-race double on the opening day of the Festival following the earlier success of The Druids Nephew.

She is one of four blacktype earners out of the Grade 2 Nas Na Riogh Chase heroine Glens Music (by Orchestra), and the pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 27 February after her half-brother Lean Araig (by Old Vic) won a Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Punchestown.

Cause Of Causes: The Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old won the four-mile Listed Toby Balding National Hunt Chase, his first win from 11 starts over fences and the second blacktype success of his career.

The gelding was bred in the USA by Flaxman Holdings Ltd, he is a son of the late Three Chimneys Farm stallion and leading classic sire Dynaformer (by Roberto), and he is out of the Group 3 scorer Angel In My Heart (by Rainbow Quest). That makes him a half-brother to the 2003 Group 1 Derby hero Kris Kin (by Kris S) and he comes from the family of the Group 1 scorer and successful sire Common Grounds (by Kris). His pedigree will be examined in Saturday's edition of The Irish Field.

Irish Cavalier: A six-year-old trained by Rebecca Curtis, the Limetree Stud-bred gelding won the Listed Chaps Restaurant Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase over two miles, four and a half furlongs. It is his first win from four starts over fences.

He is a son of the classic winning miler and Lanwades Stud stallion Aussie Rules (by Danehill), he is out of Tracker (by Bustino), and so is a half-brother to the blacktype winning chaser Make A Track (by Hernando). His dam is a half-sister to the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle hero Make A Stand (by Master Willie), and his pedigree will be examined in Saturday's edition of The Irish Field.

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