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Pedigree notes from the recent blacktype action
on 04 January 2015
Grade 1 winner for Kheleyf, first pattern scorer for Makfi, and other stories

McKinley: The Willie Mullins trained five-year-old sprang a 33/1 surprise when beating his odds-on stable companion Tell Us More in the Grade 1 Lawlor's Hotel Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles at Naas on Sunday.

Previously a Grade 3 scorer, the gelding was bred by the Priera Menta Partnership, he is the first foal out of Priera Menta (by Montjeu) and that mare is a half-sister to the Group 1 Prix de la Foret winner Poplar Bluff (by Dowsing).

Kheleyf (by Green Desert) stands at Dalham Hall Stud.

L'Ami Serge: The Nicky Williams trained gelding completed a blacktype treble when recording an odds-on and wide margin success in the Grade 1 32Red Tolworth Hurdle over two miles, 110 yards at Sandown on Saturday.

The gelding was bred by P Ryan, he is out of the Grade 2 placed multiple French hurdle winner La Zingarella (by Phardante), and his siblings include the Listed placed hurdle winner Sizing Codelco (by Flemensfirth). His dam is a half-sister to the Listed chase scorer The Wicketkeeper (by Double Bed).

L'Ami Serge is by the late Ballylinch Stud stallion King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells).

Aurore D'Estruval: A daughter of the Grade 1 hurdles and chase star Nickname (by Lost World), the John Quinn trained five-year-old notched up her second blacktype success of the season by winning the Listed 32Red.com Mares' Hurdle over two and a half miles at Sandown on Saturday.

She was bred, in France, by Marie-Francoise Le Gentil, she is the second foal out of the hurdle and chase winner Option D'Estruval (by Epervier Bleu), and that mare is a half-sister to the Grade 3 placed prolific chase scorer Garde D'Estruval (by Garde Royale).

Makfi: The Group 1 2000 Guineas and Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois hero notched up his first pattern winner when Marky Mark won the Group 3 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes over six furlongs at Ellerslie, in New Zealand, on New Year's Day.

Brendan and Jo Lindsay's homebred juvenile is trained by Moira Murdoch, and he is out of the Group 2 placed My My Maree (by Testa Rossa). His dam is a full-sister to the Group 1 South Australian Derby winner Testafiable. His grandam Jamelden Echo (by Prince Echo) is an eight times sprint winning daughter of the Group 3 placed dual stakes winner Writ 'N' Wonder (by Habeas Corpus), a filly who was effective at up to a mile.

Makfi spent his first four seasons at Tweenhills Farm & Stud and he is about to start his first season at Haras de Bonneval in France. His global first crop also includes the French Listed scorer Cornwallville, and the blacktype placed trio Astrelie, Czar, and Zvarkhova.

Sakhee's Soldier: A New Zealand-bred four-year-old trained by Murry Baker and Andrew Forsman, this gelding is now a dual pattern scorer following his victory, on New Year's Day, in the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile Handicap at Ellerslie.

He was bred by The Oaks Stud, he is out of Surreptitious (by Machiavellian), and his dam is a winning half-sister to the stakes placed multiple handicap scorer Nadeem (by Zafonic). His grandam Nadma (by Northern Dancer) is a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner Binya (by Royal Solo), to the Group 3 Musidora Stakes winner Fatah Flare (by Alydar), and to the US Grade 1 star Sabin (by Lyphard).

Group 1 July Cup hero Sakhee's Secret (by Sakhee) began his career at Whitsbury Manor Stud, and he is about to start his first season at Centro Equino Arcadia in Italy.

Ptit Zig: The Paul Nicholls trained six-year-old extended his unbeaten record over fences to four when adding the Grade 2 BetBright Novices' Chase (registered as the Dipper Novices' Chase) over two miles, five furlongs at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, to last month's Grade 2 success at Ascot.

Bred in France by Jean-Francois Vermand, he is out of Red Rym (by Denham Red) and he is a half-brother to the bumper and hurdle winner Earthmoves (by Antarctique), who was third in a Wincanton handicap hurdle, for the Nicholls team, on Saturday.

His sire Great Pretender (by King's Theatre) stands at Haras de la Hetraie.

Splash Of Ginge: A seven-year-old son of ace Grange Stud stallion Oscar (by Sadler's Wells), this Nigel Twiston-Davies trained gelding won the Grade 2 BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase over two miles, five furlongs at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

He was bred by Stewart Pike, he is out of Land Of Honour (by Supreme Leader), and he is a half-brother to Fort Smith (by Presenting) who was runner-up to McKinley in the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle at Navan in November. His dam is an unraced half-sister to the Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero See More Business (by Seymour Hicks).

Wishfull Dreaming: The Philip Hobbs trained four-year-old won the Listed EBF Cheltenham Pony Club Standard open National Hunt Flat Race over one mile, six and a half furlongs at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, a first win from just two starts for the son of Shade Oak Stud's leading sire Alflora (by Niniski).

He is out of Poussetiere Deux (by Garde Royale), and that makes him a full-brother to the prolific graded winner Wishfull Thinking.

Roi Du Mee: Trained by Gordon Elliott and bred, in France, by Jacques and Jacqueline Hersent, Roi Du Mee won the Listed At The Races Chase over two and three-quarter miles at Tramore on New Year's Day.

The 10-year-old is a son of the late Lavirco (by Konigsstuhl), he out of the AQPS mare British Nellerie (by Le Pontet), and his six-year-old half-brother Vasco Du Mee (by Goldneyev) was third in a Grade C chase at Fairyhouse in November.

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