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Westerner: NH runners by the Gold Cup winner have made a flying start

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Another bumper winner for Westerner

ASCOT Gold Cupwinner Westerner sired his second new bumper winner in five days when Grandioso landed the CMYK Digital Solutions Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race by five lengths at Musselburgh on Wednesday.

Grandioso's victory comes hot on the heels of What A Warrior winning a 1m6f bumper at Warwick on Saturday. Another paternal half-brother, Bathwick Brave, was runner-up in a bumper at Taunton last month.

Westerner's oldest crop only turned four last month, but his jumps  winners also include Katkovana, winner of a Listed three-year-old chase at Enghien in November.

On the Flat his best offspring is last season's Prix de Malleret winner Never Forget.

Westerner also won two renewals each of the Prix Royal-Oak and Prix du Cadran, and finished runner-up to Hurricane Run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The 12-year-old son of Danehill stands under the Coolmore National Hunt banner at a fee of €5,000 in 2011.

Grandioso was bred by Frank Barry out of the Waajib mare Champagne Warrior, a dual low-grade 1m4f winner.

Champagne Warrior's half-brother A Prayer For Wings was first pastthe post in the Greenlands Stakes and ran Danehill to three lengths when third in the Haydock Sprint Cup.

Champagne Warrior's third dam, Oweninny, produced top handicappers Golden Mean and Owen Anthony.

Grandioso was bought by his trainer Howard Johnson as a foal for €30,000 at the 2007 Tattersalls Ireland November sale.




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