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Big Zeb - Swordlestown Cup - Punchestown

Big Zeb: the seven-year-old son of Oscar wins his second Grade 1 race

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  


Coolmore sires take Leopardstown Grade 1s

Leopardstown: Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) 2m1f 5yo+
Big Zeb (Oscar - Our Siveen (Deep Run))

The two Grade 1 events at Leopardstown on Saturday were both won by horses by Coolmore sires.

Big Zeb, a son of Oscar, who had been off the track since winning the Grade 1 Swordlestown Novice Chase at Punchestown in April, returned in fine form to win by a half-length from Watson Lake.

Bred by Lylie Buttimer, he was sold as a foal at Tattersalls Ireland for €2,400 to a cash purchaser. He reappeared at the Goffs Land Rover Sale in June 2004 sold by Whitehorse Stud and bought by his current owner Pat Redmond  for €34,000.

His dam, a winning Deep Run mare named Our Ziveen, has only produced one other winner, Harry Buchanan, a gelding by Henbit who won five times over fences and was also placed on 15 occasions.

Big Zeb is the only black-type runner in his first two dams, though his third dam Si Si produced two winners, one of which was third in a Listed hurdle.

Looking further back in the family, Big Zeb's pedigree takes a surprising turn as his fourth dam, Rififi, finished third in the Lowther Stakes and produced the Fiji, winner of five races including the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and is the dam of Pacific Princess, a Grade 1 performer in the US.  

Big Zeb's sire Oscar has a 10 per cent winners to runners record and is currently third in the leading NH sires list. His best performers include Black Jack Ketchum, Refinement, Offshore Account and Silent Oscar

Leopardstown: Future Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4yo+
Hurricane Fly (Montjeu - Scandisk (Kenmare))

Hurricane Fly put himself bang in the picture for both the Ballymore Properties Novices Hurdle and the Supreme Novice at the Cheltenham Festival after impressing on Saturday at Leopardstown. He has yet to finish out of the places over hurdles and looks a hugely exciting prospect.

Bought for €65,000 as a yearling at the Goffs Million, the son of Montjeu won a Listed race on the Flat before finishing fourth  behind Lawman in the Group 3 Prix de Guiche as a three-year-old. That performance was the highlight of his Flat career as he went on to finish last in two further outings at Group level.

It has been a different matter for the horse over hurdles as he has yet to finish out of the first two with this being his second success at Grade 1 level following victory in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in November.

He has been very shrewdly campaigned by trainer Willie Mullins who took advantage of running the horse in early-season hurdle races in France through May and June picking up a Grade 2 and finishing second in a Grade 1, while still maitianing the horse's novice status.

Scandisk is the dam of four winners, and though Hurricane Fly is her best performer, her 2000 filly, Hunzy (Desert King), has finished third at Listed level in Italy.

Scandisk's  dam Yankee Lady is a sister to Lady Singer, winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes-Gr2, and Yankee Gold who was successful in the Ballymoss Stakes-Gr2.

Scandisk has a 2006 filly by Exceed And Excel bred by Agricola Del Parco, breeders of Hurricane Fly, was barren to Indian Ridge in 2007 and produced another Exceed And Excel filly in 2008, which was bred by Oak Lodge Bloodstock.





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