Doubles for Gamut and Shantou; Beneficial, Gold Well, Kapgarde, Midnight Legend, Network, Notnowcato and Voix Du Nord also among the winners
SUNDAYNichols Canyon created something of a shock when ending the unbeaten record of his stable companion and reigning champion hurdler Faugheen in the Grade 1 stanjames.com Morgiana Hurdle over two miles at Punchestown. The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old, a son of Derby hero and Haras du Logis stallion Authorized (by Montjeu), was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd. This is his fifth win at the highest level. A half-brother to the stakes-placed filly Bright Approach (by New Approach), his dam Zam Zoom (by Dalakhani) comes from the family of the Group 1 stars Luso (by Salse) and Warrsan (by Caerleon).
Nichols Canyon's pedigree was reviewed in detail in the 6th December 2014 edition of The Irish Field.Sizing John made it two from two over fences with victory in the Grade 2 Ryans Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase over two miles at Punchestown. The Henry De Bromhead-trained five-year-old, a Grade 1 winner over hurdles last year, is a son of the Pitchall Farm stallion Midnight Legend (by Night Shift). He was bred by the partnership of Bryan and Sandra Mayoh and Eskdale Stud, he was a €16,000 foal in Fairyhouse, and he is a half-brother to the blacktype-placed hurdler Scholastica (by Old Vic). His multiple hurdles-winning dam La Perrotine (by Northern Crystal) comes from the immediate family of the Group 1 Derby Italiano scorer Houmayoun (by Shernazar).
Sizing John's pedigree was reviewed in detail in the 3rd January 2015 edition of The Irish Field.Shantou Flyer notched up his first blacktype success when taking the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice Chase over two miles, six furlongs at Punchestown. The Colin Bowe-trained five-year-old, who was bred by Tom McCarthy, is a €28,000 Goffs Landrover NH Sale graduate and he is a son of the classic-winning Burgage Stud stallion Shantou (by Alleged). He is out of Carrigmorna Flyer (by Bob Back) and so is a half-brother to the recent blacktype-winning hurdler Mrs Mac Veale (by Karinga Bay), to the Grade 3 hurdles scorer Carrigmoorna Rock (by King's Theatre), and to the Grade 3-placed multiple winner Carrigmorna King (by King's Theatre).The brilliant Sprinter Sacre made a winning return to action in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase (registered as the Cheltenham Chase) over two miles at Cheltenham, a tenth graded success for the seven-times Grade 1 star. Trained by Nicky Henderson and bred by Christophe Masle, the nine-year-old is a son of Haras de Cercy La Tour stallion Network (by Monsun), he is the best of the winners out of Fatima III (by Bayolidaan), and his dam is a half-sister to the multiple hurdles and chase scorer Gazump (by Iris Noir).Altior extended his unbeaten record over obstacles to three with victory in the Grade 2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (registered as the Sharp Novices' Hurdle Race) over the extended two miles at Cheltenham. The Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old was bred by Paddy Behan, he is a €60,000 graduate of the Goffs Landrover NH Sale, and he is a son of the late classic and Breeders' Cup hero High Chaparral (by Sadler's Wells). He is a half-brother to the Grade B-winning hurdler Princess Leya (by Old Vic) and his dam Monte Solaro (by Key Of Luck) is a Grade C-winning hurdler from the family of the talented flat horses Crosspeace (by Cape Cross), Nomination (by Dominion), and Decent Fellow (by Rarity).Garde La Victoire won the Grade 2 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase over a few yards short of two miles at Cheltenham, his second win from two starts over fences. The Philip Hobbs-trained son of Haras de la Hetraie stallion Kapgarde (by Garde Royale) was bred by Laure Godet. He is out of Next Victory (by Akarad), is a half-brother to the multiple flat scorer Next Lord (by Lord Of Men), and he comes from the family of several flat stakes winners.Old Guard won the Grade 3 stanjames.com Greatwood Hurdle over the extended two miles at Cheltenham, a first blacktype success for the Paul Nicholls-trained son of Knockhouse Stud stallion Notnowcato (by Inchinor). The four-year-old was bred by Lord Rothschild, he is out the speedy flat stakes winner Dolma (by Marchand De Sable), and his siblings include the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Thistle Bird (by Selkirk).Damut won the Grade C Ticket Sales Online Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles at Cork, a first blacktype success for the Joe Dullea-trained son of Rosshill Farm stallion Gamut (by Spectrum). Bred by Edmond Cogan, the seven-year-old is out of Society Hunter (by Moscow Society), an unraced mare from a branch of the family of Gaye Brief (by Lucky Brief), Gaye Chance (by Lucky Brief), Simon (by Overbury), Oulart (by Sabrehill), Kingsmark (by Roselier), and many others of note.
SATURDAYWolf Of Windlesham made it two from two over obstacles when taking the Grade 2 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (registered as the Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle Race) over two miles, 87 yards at Cheltenham. A son of Coolmore Stud's classic sire Mastercraftsman (by Danehill Dancer), the Stuart Edmunds-trained three-year-old was bred by Joe and Edel Banahan. He is a half-brother to the 12 furlong Hong Kong blacktype scorer Fat Choy Ichiban (by Intikhab) and his dam Al Amlah (by Riverman) is a half-sister to Group 1 1000 Guineas heroine Harayir (by Gulch). His third dam is Group 1 Irish Oaks winner Give Thanks (by Relko).Annacotty won the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase over the extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham, the most valuable race on the card. It is a third blacktype success for the Grade 1-winning son of late Knockhouse Stud stallion Beneficial (by Top Ville). It was his first run for the Alan King stable. The seven-year-old was bred by Patrick Crotty Jnr, he is a half-brother to two winners and his hurdles-winning dam Mini Moo Min (by Ardross) is out of Mulloch Brae (by Sunyboy), a talented chaser and full-sister to Bigsun.Sausalito Sunrise won the Grade 3 Murphy Group Handicap Chase over three miles, three furlongs, 71 yards at Cheltenham, a first blacktype success for the Philip Hobbs-trained seven-year-old. Bred by Thomas Corish, the €7,000 Goffs June NH Sale graduate is a son of the late Gold Well (by Sadler's Wells). His dam Villaflor (by Religiously) is a half-sister to the prolific pair Aller Moor (by Dry Dock) and An Bonnan Bui (by Riverhead), and his grandam is the dual Ulster Cesarewitch heroine Boggy Peak (by Shirley Heights).
FRIDAYShantou Village extended his unbeaten record to three with a 15-length success in the Grade 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (registered as the Hyde Novices' Hurdle) over two miles, five furlongs at Cheltenham. The five-year-old was bred by Mary Griffin, he is trailed by Neil Mulholland, and he is a son of the classic-winning Burgage Stud stallion Shantou (by Alleged). He is the first foal out of Village Queen (by King's Theatre), his younger half-brother Bun Doran made a winning debut in a Chepstow bumper nine days ago, and his third dam is the classic-placed Gharam (by Green Dancer).
THURSDAYRoad To Riches justified odds-on favouritism with a six length success in the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase over two and a half miles. The Noel Meade-trained eight-year-old, who was bred by Sunnyhill Stud, is a son of Rosshill Farm stallion Gamut (by Spectrum). His unraced dam Bellora (by Over The River) is a full-sister to the high-class chaser Sullane River.Vroum Vroum Mag extended her unbeaten record over fences to six with an easy win the Grade 3 European Breeders Fund T.A. Morris Memorial Mares Chase over two and a half miles at Clonmel. The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was bred by Count Antoine-Audoin Maggier and Antonia Maggiar. She is an AQPS daughter of Voix Du Nord (by Valanour), she is out of Naiade Mag (by Kadalko), and her listed-placed half-sister Brise Vendeenne (by Dom Alco) was runner-up in a maiden hurdle at Musselburgh last Friday.
Vroum Vroum Mag's pedigree was reviewed in detail in the 13 December 2014 edition of The Irish Field.