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Pedigree notes from this weekend's blacktype action
on 23 November 2014
Big-race doubles for Dom Alco, Germany, and King's Theatre, notable success for a son of Dandy Man, and other stories

Balbriggan: Bred by Ronan Tynan, the seven-year-old took his record to four wins from six starts, since joining the Gordon Elliott stable in July, with victory in the Grade B Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase over three miles at Navan on Sunday.

A son of the late Ballylinch Stud stallion King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells), he is out of Halfway Home (by Presenting). His full-sister Lily Of Killarney got the more recent of her two wins when successful in a handicap chase at Downpatrick in September, and his grandam Dawn Spinner (by Arctic Lord) is a bumper winning half-sister to The Tsarevich (by Mummy's Pet).

This is also the family of graded winners such as Gungadu (by Beneficial), Relkeel (by Relkino), and Groody Hill (by Alderbrook).

Free Expression: Winner of his only point-to-point and of his only bumper, the Gordon Elliott trained five-year-old is now two-for-two over hurdles following victory in the Grade 2 'Monksfield' Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles at Navan on Sunday.

Bred by A Larkin, he is a €21,000 graduate of the Goffs Landrover NH Sale. He is a son of the Woodlands Stud stallion Germany (by Trempolino), who died last year, and he is the first foal out of the unplaced Create A Storm (by Bob Back). Germany is also the sire of Faugheen.

His grandam Elag (by Strong Gale) won five times over hurdles, his third dam Dream House (by Varano) won eight over hurdles and once over fences, and Elag's siblings include Rare Dream (by Pollerton), who was the point-to-point winning dam of Function Dream (by Strong Gale). That multiple Grade 2 winning chaser is the dam of the triple Grade 1 star Captain Chris (by King's Theatre).

Faugheen: The Willie Mullins trained six-year-old extended his unbeaten record to seven (includes one bumper) with an odds-on success in the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle (registered as the Ascot Hurdle Race) over two miles, three and a half furlongs at Ascot on Saturday.

Last season's dual Grade 1 star was bred by Dr John Waldron, and, like Sunday's Grade 2 scorer Free Expression, he is a son of the late Woodlands Stud stallion Germany (by Trempolino). His dam Miss Pickering (by Accordion) is an unraced half-sister to the five times chase scorer Trotsky (by Jurado), and she is a daughter of the hurdle, point-to-point, and dual chase winner Make Me An Island (by Creative Plan).

Silviniaco Conti: Notched up his fourth Grade 1 success when beating Menorah by two lengths in the Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase) over three miles, one furlong at Haydock on Saturday.

The Paul Nicholls trained eight-year-old was bred by Patrick Joubert, he is out of Gazelle Lulu (by Altayan), and his siblings include the French Listed chase winners Ucello Conti (by Martaline) and Toscana Conti (by Dom Alco), the latter his full-sister.

Leading sire Dom Alco (by Dom Pasquini) stood at Haras National de Cercy La Tour, and he was also represented on Saturday by Al Ferof.

Al Ferof: The dual Grade 1 star notched up his seventh graded victory when taking the Grade 2 Amlin 1965 Chase over two miles, three furlongs at Ascot on Saturday. He is trained by Paul Nicholls, was bred by Jacky Rauch and Gerard Chenu, and he is, like Silviniaco Conti, a son of the late Dom Alco (by Dom Pasquini).

The nine-year-old is out of Maralta (by Altayan), and he is a half-brother to the Listed chase placed mare Ardissone (by Martaline).

Aubusson: A son of the Haras du Grand Chesnaie stallion Ballingarry (by Sadler's Wells), the Nick Williams trained five-year-old won the Grade 3 Betfair “This Is Play” “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle over three miles at Haydock on Saturday.

He was bred by Serge Dubois, and he is the first foal out of the Listed placed French hurdles winner Katioucha (by Mansonnien), who is a half-sister to last season's Grade 3 Topham Chase heroine Ma Filleule (by Turgeon).

Pencilhimin: The Norman Cassidy trained nine-year-old sprang a 20/1 surprise in the Grade C Proudstown Handicap Hurdle over two miles, seven furlongs at Navan on Sunday, his first blacktype success.

Bred by Brid Murphy, the son of Glenview Stud's multiple champion sire Presenting (by Mtoto) is out of Una Juna (by Good Thyne), which makes him a full-brother to the 2006 Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero War Of Attrition.

Lyrical Theatre: The Willie Mullins trained mare made it three easy bumper wins from four starts with an eight and a half length victory in the Listed ITBA Fillies Scheme European Breeders Fund Mares INH Flat Race over two miles at Navan on Sunday.

Bred by Marilyn Syme, the daughter of leading sire King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells) is out of Shuil Dorcha (by Bob Back), which makes her a half-sister to last season's Grade 1 placed, Grade 2 winning novice chaser Bright New Dawn (by Presenting).

Hilton Du Berlais: A half-sister to the multiple graded star Madison Du Berlais (by Indian River), and to the Listed scorers Shanon Du Berlais (by Turgeon) and Jameson Du Berlais (by Royal Charter), the Grade 1 placed four-year-old filly took the Grade 3 Prix Andre Michel (Hurdle) over two and a quarter miles at Auteuil on Sunday.

Trained by Arnaud Chaille-Chaille, and bred by Jean-Marc Lucas, she is a daughter of the Haras d'Etreham stallion Saint Des Saints (by Cadoudal).

Peniaphobia: Ballyhane Stud stallion Dandy Man (by Mozart), sire of this year's Group 1 placed, pattern winning sprinter Extortionist, notched up a second blacktype winner on Sunday when Peniaphobia took the Grade 2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint over six furlongs at Sha Tin.

Both represent the first crop of their sire.

The three-year-old, who won the Weatherbys Super Sprint in 2012 when trained by Richard Fahey, is now a member of the Tony Cruz stable. He was bred by Aidan Fogarty, he is out of Umlani (by Great Commotion), and his siblings include the Group 3 placed juvenile sprint winner Safari Sunset (by Fayruz).

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