Bright future for Beneficial gelding
NOEL Chance's Aux Le Bahnn could have earned himself a trip to the Cheltenham Festival with a smooth win in the Nigel Collison Fuels Novices Hurdle at Folkestone on Friday.
The eight-year-old, who was winning for the fifth time in nine starts, is from the fourth crop of leading jumps sire Beneficial, also the sire of such high-class performers as Sweet Kiln, Gungadu, Lennon and this season's classy novice chaser Cooldine.
Knockhouse Stud's Group 1-placed son of Top Ville currently lies in eighth place on this season's leading jumps sires list.
Aux Le Bahnn is the only winner fromthree foals out of Helvick Lass, a daughter of Mandalus who was unplaced as a five-year-old in point to points.
Bred by Padraig Morrissey in Ireland, Aux Le Bahnn was a €18,000 purchase by M. Bambrick at the 2004 Goffs June National Hunt Sale.