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Big Buck's Newbury 28.11.2009

Big Buck's: his deceased sire Cadoudal has stallion sons at stud

  PICTURE: MARK CRANHAM 

 

Cadoudal influence can continue through his sons

A FANTASTIC afternoon of Saturday racing at Newbury saw two of Paul Nicholls' superstars in Denman and Big Buck's steal the show.

Denman, so impressive in the Hennessy two years ago, announced as clear as can be that he isback to his best when dominating a field of high-class chasers giving lumps of weight all round to bag his second Hennessy Gold Cup.

The immense son of champion sire Presenting looks like making his presence felt again this season, and he was one of four by his sire in one of the best Hennessys we are ever likely to see.

Presenting's other Gold Cup winner, War Of Attrition, completed to finish 11th, and while the opportunity to run in a handicap off 10st 6lb was too tempting to turn down, his run suggested that he will not be winning at the top level again.

Killyglen was among the second-season chasers with massive potential in the field, but he disappointed and was eventually pulled up, but Niche Market ran a cracking race to finish third. Last season's Irish National winner raced prominently and jumped proficiently, and he looks like a live Grand National candidate.

Big Buck's made a mockery of some decent opposition in the Long Distance Hurdle, and it would take a very good one to lower his colours should he get to the Festival on top form. He is the best British-based son of his sire Cadoudal, who died in 2007 and has Kotkijet among his top-class roll call of French jumpers.

He also has the hugely promising four-year-old Long Run due to race in England for Nicky Henderson this season, having won three of his four chase starts for Guillaume Macaire.

Cadoudal was a son of Green Dancer who won at Group 2 level and was Group 1-placedon the flat, and though no longer with us he has some promising stallion sons to take up the mantle in Saint Des Saints (Haras De La Tuilerie), Indian River (Park House Stud) and Robin Des Pres (Angrove Stud). He is also the damsire of Kapgarde, the up-and-coming French-based stallion who is a half-brother to Geos.

 

 

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