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Caspar Netscher - York 19.08.2011

Caspar Netscher: descended from Meon Valley Stud matriarch Reprocolor

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Caspar hands Dutch Art first-crop Classic success

Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (Group 2, 3yo colts and fillies), Cologne 1m

Winner: Caspar Netscher

b c Dutch Art - Bella Cantata (Singspiel)

THE rise and rise of Cheveley Park Stud's sophomore stallion Dutch Art continued on Monday when Caspar Netscher, the star of his first crop, won the German 2,000 Guineas.

The Alan McCabe-trained Caspar Netscher, who won the Greenham Stakes on his seasonal reappearance and was ninth in the 2,000 Guineas last time out, scored by one and a quarter lengths from the Holy Roman Emperor colt Amarillo.

Red Duke, a first-crop son of Hard Spun who topped last year's DBS breeze-up sale at £140,000, was third.

Caspar Netscher is in the vanguard of Dutch Art's 33 individual first-crop winners. He won last year's Gimcrack and Mill Reef Stakes and finished placed in the Richmond, Rose Bowl and Windsor Castle Stakes.

He was bred by Meon Valley Stud out of the unraced mare Bella Cantata, a daughter of Singspiel and a three-parts sister to Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Stagecraft out of Prix de l'Opera winner Bella Colora.

Bella Colora was out of Meon Valley matriarch Reprocolor, ancestress of numerous high-class performers including Cezanne, Kayf Tara, Opera House and Lyric Of Light.

Caspar Netscher represents a notable pinhooking success for jump jockey Katie Walsh, who bought the colt as a yearling for 25,000gns and resold him to McCabe as a two-year-old for 65,000gns.

Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes winner Dutch Art, a son of Medicean, stands at Cheveley Park Stud at a fee of £12,000.





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