Taipan gelding storms
to Dipper Chase success
A SPECTACULAR round of jumping helped Calgary Bay register an impressive success over Kicks For Free in the Dipper Novices Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday.
He is the most exciting performer seen this jumps season by the the Italian and German champion Taipan, who died in 2002.
As well as landing consecutive renewals of the Europe Preis and Premio Roma in 1997 and 1998, the son of Last Tycoon also gained fame as one of three Group 1 winners in a single season out of Alidiva following 1,000 Guineas heroine Sleepytime and Sussex Stakes winner Ali-Royal.
Despite his relatively short stud career, Taipan has also been represented by the high-class hurdlers Celestial Wave, Coolcashin and Earth Magic as well as this season's classy dual-winning chaser Made In Taipan.
Bred by Eleanor Hadden in Ireland, Calgary Bay was purchased by a cash buyer for €8,700 as a foal at the 2003 Tattersalls Ireland November Sale.
The six-year-old gelding is one of three winners out of the placed Phardante mare Dante's Thatch, also the dam of jumps winners Barcham Again (by Aristocracy) and Robbers Glen (by Muroto).
Dante's Thatch has a three-year-old colt by Alderbrook and a yearling colt by Heron Island.