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Lion Na Bearnai - Fairyhouse 09/04/2012

Lion Na Bearnai: bought by his trainer Tom Gibney for €8,800

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Short-lived New Frontier gets Irish National hero

Ladbrokes Irish Grand National Chase
(Grade A handicap)

Winner: Lion Na Bearnai
10yo b g New Frontier - Polly Plum (Pollerton)

Lion Na Bearnai's victory in Monday's Irish National not only brought his small-scale trainer Tom Gibney, whose string numbers just five horses, into the spotlight, but he is also by the short-lived and little-known stallion New Frontier.

A son of Sadler's Wells from the family of Topsider, New Frontier won the Group 3 Prix de Conde over 1m1f at two and the Prix Berteux over 1m7f Prix Berteux at three for Andre Fabre.

In 2000 he was retired to Tullaghansleek Stud in County Westmeath, but died aged only ten four years later.

New Frontier was also on the mark at Cork on Sunday, when his son Wellforth won the Listed Imperial Call Steeplechase. The stallion has also supplied Listed-placed hurdler Frontier Dancer and Glenfarclas cross-country chase winner Sizing Australia.

Lion Na Bearnai was bred by Frank Daly out of the placed Pollerton mare Polly Plum. He is his dam's only winner.

Gibney bought Lion Na Bearnai for €8,800 as a four-year-0ld from Tattersalls Ireland.

Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle (Grade 2)

Winner: Get Me Out Of Here
8yo b g Accordion - Home At Last (Mandalus)

GET ME OUT OF HERE got a deserved first victory on the board since scoring in the 2010 Totesport Trophy at Newbury in this 2m4f hurdle on the Irish National undercard at Fairyhouse.

The son of Accordion had finished second in the Relkeel Hurdle, Betfair Hurdle and Coral Cup on his last three starts.

Accordion, an unraced son of Sadler's Wells, died aged 21 at Ballycrystal Stud in 2007. He sired veteran Group 1 winner Yavana's Pace on the Flat but is better known for his top jumps progeny such as Albertas Run, Dato Star and Flagship Uberalles.

Get Me Out Of Here was bred by C O'Brennan out of the unraced Mandalus mare Home At Last, a half-sister to dual
Grade 1-winning chaser Harbour Pilot from the family of Grand National hero Monty's Pass.

Landscape Stud bought Get Me Out Of Here for €20,000 as a foal at Tattersalls Irelandand resold him in the same ring to Alan Berry for €35,000 as a three-year-old store.

Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)

Winner: Alderwood
8yo b g Alderbrook - Clamit Falls (Homo Sapien)

ALDERWOOD built on his victory in last month's County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival by winning this 2m novice hurdle from Supreme Novices' Hurdle sixth Allure Of Illusion.

Alderwood is by 1995 Champion Hurdle hero Alderbrook, who died at Anngrove Stud aged 19 in 2008. His other star jumpers include For Non Stop, Glenfinn Captain and Ollie Magern.

Noel Collins bred Alderwood out of the unraced Homo Sapien mare Clamit Falls, a half-sister to fairly useful jumps winners Grange Court and Hill Street.

Alderwood's trainer Tom Mullins bought the horse as a four-year-old from Goffs for €19,000.





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