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Sam Waley-Cohen riding Long Run win the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase from Denman (R) and Kauto Star (2nd R) at Cheltenham 18.03.2011

Long Run (centre) is the second Cheltenham Festival winner out of Libertina following 2005 Mildmay Of Flete heroine Liberthine

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Bloodstock live:Run seals major Cadoudal double

Festival standings:

No. of Irish-bred winners: 15

No. of French-bred winners: 8

No. of British-bred winners: 3

No. of German-bred winners: 1

Tattersalls Ireland enjoyed the most successful week among the sale companies with nine winning graduates (to have sold in the ring). Four winners apiece were sold by Arqana and DBS.

5.20pm: The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup falls to Oiseau De Nuit, the eighth French-bred winner of the meeting and a rare British representative of the Bering stallion Evening World.

Oiseau De Nuit is by far the best performer according to RPR by the Group 3-placed Evening World, who was trained by Martin Pipe towin two novice hurdles and run tenth in the 2000 Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Oiseau De Nuit's dam Idylle Du Marais has produced three winners from as many foals and is from the immediate family of classy French jumper Sway.

4.45pm: Robin Des Champs will have found a firm fan in Willie Mullins after the trainer sends out his second winner of the meeting by the Glenview Stud stallion in Sir Des Champs. The unbeaten Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle winner is by the same sire as Mullins' brilliant mare Quevega, who was successful in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle on Tuesday.

His victory sees Robin Des Champs join Cadoudal, Montjeu and Presenting on the list of the stallions to sire more than one winner at this year's Festival.

Bred by Dominique Clayeux in France, Sir Des Champs is the only foal out of the Video Rock mare Liste En Tete.

4.10pm: Christie's Foxhunter Chase winner Zemsky is the 15th horse to score at this year's Festival with an IRE suffix. He is also the second Festival winner of 2011 by Presenting following the success of First Lieutenant in Wednesday's Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

Zemsky wins The Christie'sFoxhunters Chase At Cheltenham 18.03.2011

Zemsky: second winner of the meeting by Presenting

  PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) 

Zemsky sold through the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale twice, firstly to a cash buyer for €16,000 in 2003 and then for €32,000 to trainer Ian Ferguson a year later. Bred by J. R. Weston, he is one of fourwinners out of Chic And Elite, a winning Deep Run sister to three other successful jumpers.

3.30pm: A brilliant victory by Long Run in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup seals a major Festival double for the late Cadoudal following yesterday's World Hurdle winner Big Buck's.

He also joins his half-sister Liberthine on the Festival roll of honour - the daughter of Chamberlin carried the same Waley-Cohen colours when winning the Mildmay Of Flete Chase in 2005.

His breeders, Benoit and Marie-Christine Gabeur were understandably thrilled with the result.

"It's incredible," said Benoit. "I never thought he would win because of the ground. It's amazing because it's a real family victory - you'd never get an amateur winning a racing like this in France."

Long Run brings the number of French-bred winners at this year's Festival to six. As well as being a half-brother to Liberthine, he is a brother to Prix Wild Monarch Hurdle runner-up Bica. They are out of Libertina, a minor winner over jumps in France by Balsamo who is sister to the high-class French hurdler Fioca, herself the granddam of Willie Mullins' talented mare J'y Vole.

Long Run and Big Buck's are the headline acts of an exceptional stud record compiled by Cadoudal, who died in 2007. The son of Green Dancer, whowon the 1982 Prix Hocquart, has also sired the likes of The Nightingale, Faldalko and Lacdoudal.

Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock swooped for Long Run on behalf of owner Robert Waley-Cohen following the gelding's third run in France. The agency also bought today's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle winner Bob's Worth and yesterday's Ryanair Chase hero Albertas Run at public auction.

2.50pm: Barry Geraghty steers Bobs Worth, a horse he purchased as a yearling, to victory over stable-mate Mossley (by Old Vic) in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle. Geraghty paid €16,500 for the gelding as a yearlingat the 2006 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale and resold him for £20,000 at the 2009 DBS Spring Sale to Nicky Henderson and Highflyer Bloodstock.

His victory pays a further tribute to Bob Back, who died in January aged 30. While the son of Roberto sired St Leger winner Bob's Return and exciting sire Big Bad Bob out of Flat mares, he has made most impact as a jumps stallion; Bobs Worth joins a lengthy list of Festival winners for the stallion that includes Bacchanal, Back In Front and Cousin Vinny.

Bobs Worth wins the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Cheltenham 18.03.2011

Barry Geraghty guides Bobs Worth, a horse he pinhooked, over the last in the Albert Bartlett

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) 

"His progeny are tough, honest and have a real will to win," said John O'Connor of Ballylinch Stud, who managed Bob Back throughout his stud career, earlier this year. " I think that's why his progeny have excelled at the Cheltenham festival - if a horse ever needs the will to win, it's there."

Victory Connolly, who stood Bob Back during his later years at Burgage Stud, added: "Usually you see sires have a good start, plateau and decline, but not with Bob Back - he still has good, young horses coming through."

Although bred by Lois Eadie in Ireland, Bobs Worth's background contains a strong Ballylinch Stud influence since he is out of a mare by resident stallion King's Thatre.

His female family is predominantly Flat-orientated. Although his dam, the unplaced Fashionista, is a half-sister to the smart hurdler Il Trovatore, she is also a sister to the Listed-placed Love Theatre and a half-sister to Listed winner Ballykett Nancy.

She also descends from the 1959 champion two-year-old Paddy's Sister, the dam of Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Ballymore.

2.35pm: A victory for Bobs Worth in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle would be particularly satisfying for his jockey Barry Geraghty since he bought him for €16,500 as a yearling and resold him to current connections.

2.15pm: A first Festival success for leading Flat sire Pivotal as Douglas Taylor's homebred Final Approach scores by a whisker over Get Me Out Of Here (by Accordion) in the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle.

The Cheveley Park Stud stallion went close on Wednesday when the ultra consistent Bothy ran second in the Coral Cup. Interestingly, Pivotal's son Captain Rio has fared well as a sire of jumpers with the likes of Jumbo Rio and Hollo Ladies to his credit.

Like Zarkandar, Final Approach is outof a mare by Kahyasi, in his case minor Flat winner College Fund Girl. She is a half-sister to the high-class miler Nayyir as well as the St Leger runner-up Highest and Listed winner Shamaiel.

College Fund Girl has a two-year-old coltby Holy Roman Emperor named Mehd in training with Brian Meehan.

1.50pm: Siblings Alaivan and Alarazi clash swords in the upcoming Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle at 2.05pm.

Victory for either would mark another Festival success for the Aga Khan Studs, who bred the pair out of Alaya, a winning half-sister to Alamshar and granddaughter of Aliysa. The daughter of Ela-Mana-Mouis also the dam of Irish Group 3 winner Alayan (by Sri Pekan).

Last year's Triumph Hurdle runner-up Alaivan, by Kalanisi, is currently 10/1 following two easy successes in Ireland this season for Edward O'Grady. Meanwhile, his elder Spectrum half-brother, 7/1 shot Alarazi, lines up off the back of an impressive win for Lucy Wadham in Saturday's Imperial Cup at Sandown.

The Aga Khan Studs also bred Dirar, who currently shares favouritismwith Alarazi, and 66/1 shot Tarkari.

1.35pm: Zarkava's half-brother, Zarkandar, earns his own place in the history books with an easy success over the Danehill Dancer filly Unaccompanied in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Zarkandar wins the JCB Triumph Hurdle Cheltenham 18.03.2011

Zarkandar storms clear to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

It was only the second start over hurdles for the Paul Nicholls-trained son of Azamour, who was purchased privately by current connections from his breeder, the Aga Khan.

The pair are out of the Kahyasi mare Zarkasha, a descendant of the 1959 Oaks winner Petite Etoile via Zarna, herself the granddam of smart hurdler Big Eared Fran. It is also the further family of yesterday's World Hurdle also ran Zaynar, who won the Triumph two years ago.

Zarkasha has a two-year-old colt by Dalakhani in training with Alain de Royer-Dupre andwas barren to Galileo in 2010.

Zarkandar is one of three winning jumpers from the first crop of the Aga Khan's multiple Group 1 winner Azamour, who was also represented in the Triumph Hurdle by Third Dimension. The son of Night Shift is the sire of six stakes winners on the Flat led by last season's Blandford Stakes heroine Eleonora Duse.

12.45pm: Well connected Flat-breds and an array of youngsters sourced in France do battle in an intriguing renewal of the JCB Triumph Hurdle at 1.30pm. 

Few horses would have entered training with as much expectation as one ofthe leading fancies, the Aga Khan-bred Zarkandar. The son of Azamour, who made a striking winning hurdling debut for Paul Nicholls in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, is a half-brother to the brilliant Arc winner Zarkava and related to Prix de Diane heroine Zainta, the dam of smart hurdlers Zaynar and Zaidpour.

The Tim Vaughan-trained Architrave - one of two runners by Hernando - is a brother to Listed winner Portal while Sir Pitt is by Tiger Hill out of Coronation Stakes scorer Rebecca Sharp.

And hurdling probably wasn't what Moyglare Stud Farm had in mind when they sent Legend Has It to Danehill Dancer in 2006. The resulting produceis Dermot Weld's representative Unaccompanied, a 6/1 shot today after taking a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time out. Moyglare also bred Kuilsriver, a son of Cape Cross who cost John Best €140,000 as a yearling. Trainer Alison Thorpe snapped him up the following autumn for just 9,000gns at Tattersalls.

Mister Carter is one of only two horses by Antonius Pius to have changed hands in the northern hemisphere for six figures. He was sold to Irish Racing Shares for €110,000 at the 2008 Goffs Million Sale. At the other end of the spectrum, Sailors Warn, by Redback, was knocked down to Tim Doyle for just €1,000 at Goresbridge in September 2008.

Micky Hammond's representative, High Ransom, already owns notable Festival connections as a sister to Arkle hero Contraband.


WITH prize-money of over £1.1 million on offer, the closing day of the Cheltenham Festival is set to have a significant bearing on the 2010/11 sires' table, which sees King's Theatre hold a lead of £150,635over Oscar and £245,528 over reigning champion Presenting.

While King's Theatre strengthened his position with the Arkle victory of Captain Chris, Oscar has leapfrogged Presenting this week thanks to place earnings from Big Zeb (Queen Mother) and the Champion Hurdle second and third Peddlers Cross and Oscar Whisky.

 

Top five jumps sires and their Cheltenham runners today:

King's Theatre (£1,346,251); No Secrets (Albert Bartlett), Theatre Diva (Foxhunters)

Oscar (£1,195,616); Teaforthree, Moonlight Drive (Albert Bartlett), Oscar Delta (Foxhunters), Askthemaster (Grand Annual)

Presenting (£1,100,723); Cockney Trucker (County Hurde), Denman, China Rock (Gold Cup), Joacci , Just Amazing, Zenski (Foxhunters)

Beneficial (£994,790); Mister Hyde (Martin Pipe), Tanks For That, Fiendish Flame (Grand Annual)

Flemensfirth (£902,383); Imperial Commander, Pandorama, Tidal Bay (Gold Cup)

 

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £1,208,300
Presenting £1,095,372
Beneficial £1,002,099
Oscar £951,910
Westerner £882,168
Milan £881,688
Flemensfirth £831,322
Kayf Tara £690,079
Midnight Legend £607,151
Stowaway £509,224