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Simonsig - Cheltenham 14/03/2012
Simonsig: British-bred is from the first crop of Shade Oak stallion Fair Mix   PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) 

Festival live: first Graded winner for Fair Mix

FINIAN'S RAINBOW (9 g Tiraaz - Trinity Gale by Strong Gale)

Bred by J O'Keeffe in Ireland

FINIAN'S Rainbow is one of just 66 foals from three crops sired by the 1998 Prix Royal-Oak winner Tiraaz, whose stud career at Ballycurragh Stud which was cut short by colic.

Tiraaz - Prix du Cadran Longchamp 03.10.98

Tiraaz: left behind just 66 foals

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

Finian's Rainbow is the pick of 16 foals from the final crop of his sire, a son of Lear Fan who also sired Galway Plate winner Ballyholland from his first group of runners and the Grade 2-winning hurdler Tazbar from his second.

James O'Keeffe of Harveystown Stud bred Finian's Rainbow out of his homebred Trinity Gale, a daughter of Strong Gale whom he trained to win a point-to-point at Ballon. Finian's Rainbow is the only winner out of the mare, who is survived at Harveystown by her Taipan daughter Trinity Alley.

The gelding was an€8,000 purchase by T. Mahony at the 2007 Goffs June National Hunt Sale.

RSA Chase

BOBS WORTH (7 g Bob Back - Fashionista by King's Theatre)

Bred by Mrs L. Eadie in Ireland

A race that will live long in the memory for Barry Geraghty with the jockey steering Bobs Worth, a horse he pinhooked as a yearling, to victory over First Lieutenant.

The gelding was sold by his breeder, Lois Eadie, to Rathmore Stud for €11,500 as a foal at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale and was picked up a year later by Geraghty in the same ring for €16,500. He joined Nicky Henderson when selling for £20,000 to his trainer and Highflyer Bloodstock at the 2009 DBS May Sale.

 

Bobs Worth shares his sire, Bob Back, with six previous Festival winners including Back In Front and Bacchanal, and is the third winner this week sired by a stallion associated with Ballylinch Stud following Cinders And Ashes (by Beat Hollow) and Balthazar King (by King's Theatre - also the damsire of Bobs Worth).

A half-brother to minor chase winner Parnell Street, Bobs Worth is out of an unplaced half-sister to Ballykett Nancy, a multiple Listed winner onthe Flat. Further back, it is the family of 1981 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Ukraine Girl.

Fashionista has a yearling colt by Presenting.

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

SIMONSIG (6 g Fair Mix - Dusty Too by Terimon)

Bred by Simon Tindall by Britain

LINAMIX has been a prominent influence throughout the season thanks to successful stallion sons Al Namix, Martaline and now Fair Mix, who sired his first Graded jumps winner when Simonsig - a member of his first crop - stormed away with the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

The result is a triumph for British breeding as not only was the winner bred in Britain but is by a British-based sire. It is also a major result for Shade Oak Stud, which stands the 2003 Prix Ganay winner Fair Mix for £2,000 and was once the home of Simonsig's damsire Terimon

Simonsig is the only runner from six foals out of his dam, a bumper and hurdles winner who is a half-sister to the dam of Doran's Pride Novice Hurdle scorer My Murphy.

Dusty Too has a two-year-old filly by Robin Des Champs and yearling colt by Presenting.

Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase

TEAFORTHREE (8 g Oscar - Ethel's Bay by Strong Gale)

Bred by M O'Sullivan in Ireland

COOLMORE'S leading jumps sire Oscar sired his second Festival winner just eight races into the meeting when Teaforthree bravely outbattled Harry The Viking to win the National Hunt Chase.

On Tuesday, Oscar took top billing when his son Rock On Ruby captured the Champion Hurdle. Teaforthree is the second National Hunt Chase winner by the stallion following the 2009 hero Tricky Trickster and the fourth winning grandson of Sadler's Wells since 2007.

Teaforthree was a true bargain basement buy in his younger days, selling for only €1,000 to Tom Barry at the 2005 Tattersalls Ireland National Hunt. He was resold for £20,000 to Gearoid Costello at the DBS May Sale, also the source of Tuesday's winners Cinders And Ashes and Rock On Ruby.

Bred on the same cross as Days Hotel, Offshore Account and Razor Royale, he is the only winner from five foals out of Ethel's Bay. The unraced mare is out of a half-sister to 1988 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase winner Golden Minstrel.

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

UNE ARTISTE (4 f Alberto Giacometti - Castagnette III by Tin Soldier)

Bred by E. Clayeux and D. Clayeux in France

Une Artiste became the third French-bred winner of the meeting when pulling off a 40/1 shock in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

The filly adds further substance to the growing reputation of Haras de Saint Voir's Alberto Giacometti, who is also the sire of Tuesday's Supreme Novices' Hurdle fourth Montbazon. The pair top a list of only four runners under rules in Britain and Ireland by Aidan O'Brien's 2002 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner.

A half-sister to two minor winners over jumps in France, Une Artiste is out of an unraced half-sister to the granddam of the Listed-placed French jumper Nymphe De Sivola.

Coral Cup

SON OF FLICKA (8 g Groom Dancer - Calendula by Be My Guest)

Bred by Cheveley Manor Stud in Britain

Son Of Flicka can lay claim to being the best hurdler produced by the late Flat stallion Groom Dancer, the 1987 Prix Lupin winner who died at Cheveley Park Stud in 2007.

He is only the second Graded jumps winner by his sire; the first was his sister Calomeria, who won the 2004 Listed Wensleydale Juvenile Novices' Hurdle at Wetherby for Son Of Flicka's handler Donald McCain.

The pair are the best of three winners out of Calendula, a winning Be My Guest daughter of 1990 Blandford Stakes heroine Sesame.

Weatherbys Champion Bumper

CHAMPAGNE FEVER (5 g Stowaway - Forever Bubbles by Roselier)

Bred by John P. Cahill in Ireland

Last year's busiest stallion Stowaway rewarded his supporters when siring the winner of Wednesday's finale Champagne Fever.

Stowaway, who won the 1997 Great Voltigeur Stakes for Godolphin, attracted 312 mares last season after siring the likes of Western Leader and Hidden Cyclone out of his early small crops. The son of Slip Anchor stands at Whytemount Stud.

Champagne Fever is a half-brother to the Listed-placed chaser Presenting Forever and out of an unraced half-sister to two jumps winners. He was sold for €17,500 to Michael O'Mara at the 2010 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.

 

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