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PUNCHESTOWN 2015: Pedigree notes on the graded winners
on 02 May 2015
New Grade 1 winners for King's Theatre, Old Vic and Oscar; updated daily

SATURDAY

Annie Power: The outstanding chesnut won the Grade 1 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Champion Hurdle over two and a quarter miles, scoring by 10 lengths. It is her ninth win from 11 starts over obstacles, and it brings her career total to 12 wins from 14 starts.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was bred by Eamon Cleary. She is a daughter of the Group 1 star and Glenview Stud stallion Shirocco (by Monsun) and she is out of the flat Group 3 scorer Anno Luce (by Old Vic). Her siblings include the talented dual-purpose gelding Head Waiter (by Lend A Hand). Her grandam Anna Paola (by Prince Ippi) was a champion on the flat in Germany.

Petite Parisienne: The Willie Mullins-trained grey won the Grade 1 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle over two miles, her second victory at the highest level.

She was bred in France by Thierry de la Heronniere, she is a daughter of the Group 1 winning Haras du Hoguenet stallion Montmartre (by Montjeu), and she is out of the multiple flat winner Ejina (by Highest Honor). There are various flat blacktype horses in the family including the Group 2 scorer Epaphos (by Acatenango).

Petite Parisienne's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 14 February, which is available online.

Gallant Oscar: J.P. McManus's nine-year-old won the Grade B Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase over three miles, one furlong. It is his third win from eight starts over fences and his second success at this level.

Bred by Patricia and Marie Keating, he is a son of the Grange Stud stallion Oscar (by Sadler's Wells), he is a €21,000 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale graduate, and he is out of the unraced Park Wave (by Supreme Leader). His lightly-raced half-brother Entreprise Park (by Goldmark) won the Grade 3 Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle, and his dam is a half-sister to the seven-times La Touche Cup hero Risk Of Thunder (by Strong Gale).

Sort It Out: The Eddie Harty-trained six-year-old won the Grade B Setanta Sports Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles, his fourth win from 11 starts.

He was bred by Paul O'Dwyer, he is a son of Grange Stud's classic winner Milan (by Sadler's Wells), and he is out of Snowbelle (by Flemensfirth). The blacktype earners in his family include his distant relation Time For Rupert (by Flemensfirth), a blacktype hurdles scorer who was runner-up in the Grade 1 World Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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FRIDAY

Blood Cotil: A six-year-old son of the Haras du Hoguenet stallion Enrique (by Barathea), this grandson of Sadler's Wells won the Grade A EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase over two miles, five furlongs. He was bred in France by Frederic Fisk, and he is trained by Willie Mullins. His dam Move Along (by Northern Crystal) was unraced but her siblings include the Group 3 Prix de la Jonchere winning miler Boxing Day (by Deep Roots).

Mallards In Flight: Thomas Geoghegan's homebred nine-year-old won the Grade C Hanlon Concrete European Breeders Fund Glencarraig Lady Mares Handicap Chase over two miles, five furlongs. It is a first blacktype success for the Gavin Cromwell-trained bay.

She is a daughter of the Kedrah House Stud stallion Well Chosen (by Sadler's Wells) and she is the first foal out of Lasracha Mairead (by Case Law). Her dam was unplaced but is a half-sister to a winner, and the grandam of today's winner is out of a half-sister to the smart hurdler Pike's Peak (by High Top).

It is a branch of the family of stars such Galmoy (by Flair Path), Youlneverwalkalone (by Montelimar), Dance Beat (by Dancing Dissident), Direct Route (by Executive Perk) and Joe Mac (by Topanoora).

Faugheen: The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old won the Grade 1 Queally Group Celebrating 35 Years in Naas Punchestown Champion Hurdle, a fifth success at the highest level for the undefeated son of the late Woodlands Stud stallion Germany (by Trempolino). He was bred by Dr John Waldron.

The 10-times scorer, who also has a single point-to-point victory to his name, is out of Miss Pickering (by Accordion) and he is a €12,000 graduate of the Goffs Land Rover Sale. His dam is a half-sister to the multiple scorer Trotsky (by Jurado), his grandam is the useful Make Me An Island (by Creative Plan), and he comes from a branch of the family of the high-class pair Rocky Creek (by Dr Massini) and Tell Massini (by Dr Massini).

Faugheen's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 14 March, which is available online.

Nichols Canyon: The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old won the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles, his fourth win at the highest level under National Hunt rules.

He was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd, he is a son of the Derby hero and Haras du Logis stallion Authorized (by Montjeu), and he is out of Zam Zoom (by Dalakhani), which makes him a half-brother to the lightly-raced stakes placed filly Bright Approach (by New Approach). He comes from the family of the Group 1 stars Luso (by Salse) and Warrsan (by Caerleon).

Nichols Canyon's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 6 December, which is available online.

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THURSDAY

Jacksonslady: The Philip Dempsey-trained 10-year-old gave her future paddocks value another boost when coming home a five-length winner of the Grade C three.ie Handicap Chase over two miles. She was bred by Tom Lawlor, she made just €3,500 at the 2009 Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale, and she is a daughter of Jackson's Drift (by Slew O'Gold).

Her dam Leinster Lady (by Lord Chancellor) was unraced and that mare is also responsible for the ill-fated Grade 1 Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup Novice Chase winner Ulaan Baatar (by Jackson's Drift).

Jezki: The 2014 Cheltenham and Punchestown Champion Hurdle hero added the Grade 1 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle over three miles, his eighth victory at the highest level. Last year his half-brother Jetson (by Oscar) won the same race.

J P McManus's seven-year-old was bred by Gerard McGrath and he is trained by Jessica Harrington. He is a son of Grange Stud's classic winning stallion Milan (by Sadler's Wells) and he is out of the remarkable broodmare La Noire (by Phardante). He is a full-brother to the ill-fated Grade 2 winner Jenari and, in addition to Jetson, he is also a half-brother to the ill-fated Grade 1 star Jered (by Presenting).

Un De Seaux: The odds-on favourite won the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase over two miles, his third victory at the highest level this year. The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was bred in France by Haras de la Rousseliere and partners, and he is a fine advertisement for the AQPS (autre que pur sang) breeding.

He is by the late Haras de la Rousseliere stallion Denham Red (by Pampabird), he is out of the unplaced Hotesse De Sceaux (by April Night), and his relations include some Anglo-Arab horses. Although there are some multiple winners in his family, there is nothing in the same league as its brilliant young chaser.

Un De Sceaux's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 31 January, which is available online.

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WEDNESDAY

Killultagh Vic: The all-conquering Willie Mullins stable picked up yet another Grade 1 prize when this six-year-old Old Vic (by Sadler's Wells) gelding won the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle over three miles. It is his third win from five starts over obstacles and it is his first blacktype success.

He was bred by Frank Boyd, he is out of Killultagh Dawn (by Phardante), and his winning siblings include the mare Lily Waugh (by King's Theatre) who was listed-placed over fences at Cheltenham two weeks ago. His dam was placed over hurdles and she is a half-sister to the Grade A Dan Moore Chase winner Killultagh Storm (by Mandalus).

Don Cossack: Profilic graded scorer by the Group 1-winning Glenview Stud stallion Sholokhov (by Sadler's Wells), the Gordon Elliott-trained eight-year-old notched up his fourth success at the highest level when taking the Grade 1 Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup over three miles, one furlong.

He was bred in Germany by Gestut Etzean and he is out of Depeche Toi (by Konigsstuhl) who is a half-sister to the classic placed German stakes winner Dapprima (by Shareef Dancer). There are various other talented flat horses in his family.

Bellshill: The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old won the Grade 1 attheraces.com Champion INH Flat Race, his second win from five starts. He was bred by Frank Motherway, he was a €21,000 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale foal, and he is a son of Ballylinch Stud's late star stallion King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells).

He is out of Fairy Native (by Be My Native), which makes him a full-brother to the multiple winners Foxbridge and Chieftain's Choice, and his dam is a full-sister to the ill-fated dual hurdles and dual bumper scorer Desmond Tutu. This is a branch of the family of the multiple Grade 1 star One Man (by Remainder Man).

Ballyadam Approach: A son of the late Burgage Stud stallion Bob Back (by Roberto), the Terence O'Brien-trained 10-year-old won the Grade A Guinness Handicap Chase over two and a half miles.

He was bred by N J Connors, he is a half-brother to the five-times scorer Outlaw Tom (by Luso), and his dam Timely Approach (by Good Thyne) is an unraced half-sister to the talented Adamant Approach (by Mandalus). This is the family of Harwell Lad (by Over The River), Ballyhane (by Crash Course), Approaching (by Golden Vision), Feathered Gale (by Strong Gale), and Bewleys Berry (by Shernazar).

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TUESDAY

Douvan: A son of the Derby runner-up Walk In The Park (by Montjeu), this Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old added the Grade 1 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle to his prior victory in Cheltenham's Grade 1 Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

He was bred by SARL Haras de la Faisanderie, he is out of Star Face (by Saint Des Saints), and he comes from the family of the Grade 3 winner and successful National Hunt sire Discover D'Auteuil (by Mistigri).

Douvan's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 16 January, which is available online.

Some Article: The Thomas Mullins-trained seven-year-old won the Grade B Killashee Handicap Hurdle over two miles, his fourth win over obstacles and his second one at that level.

He was bred by Pat McLoughney, he is an €11,500 graduate of the Goffs June NH Sale, and he is a son of the classic placed Group 1 scorer Definite Article (by Indian Ridge) who spent many years at Morristown Lattin Stud. He is a half-brother to several winners and his dam Ahead Of My Time (by Royal Fountain) is a multiple point-to-point winning half-sister to the dam of the graded winning hurdler and chaser Eurotrek (by Eurobus).

Felix Yonger: A multiple Grade 2-winning son of Grange Stud stallion Oscar (by Sadler's Wells), the Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old notched up his first victory at the highest level when taking the Grade 1 BoyleSports Champion Chase over two miles.

He was bred by John Brophy, he is out of Marble Sound (by Be My Native), and he is a half-brother to the blacktype placed mare My Valley (by Saddlers' Hall). The Grade 2-winning hurdler Burrenbridge Lodge (by Ivan Denisovich) and the talented All Hell Let Loose (by Shantou) appear in branches of the family.

Felix Yonger's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 13 December, which is available online.

Valseur Lido: Gigginstown House Stud's six-year-old won the Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Chase over three miles, one furlong, adding to his success in the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse in November.

He was bred in France by Michael and Nelly Contignon, he is a son of Galileo's Group 1-winning relation Anzillero (by Law Society), and he is out of the AQPS (autre que pur sang) mare Libido Rock (by Video Rock). His relations include Rhialco (by Dom Alco), a graded winner over hurdles and over fences.

Valseur Lido's pedigree was reviewed in The Irish Field on 6 December, which is available online.

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