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Milan: the Coolmore sire is making a good impression with early NH progeny

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Doncaster double for up-and-coming Milan

COOLMORE National Hunt sire Milan continues to make a good impression with his young progeny and on Wednesday he struck with two winners from two runners at Doncaster.

Second-crop son Raya Star brought up the first leg of the double with a one and a half-length victory over King's Grey (by King's Theatre) in the opening 2m½f novice hurdle.

The Alan King-trained five-year-old gelding, winner of a bumper on his first start last March, was bred by Patrick Fennessy out of the Shernazar mare Garden City, an unraced half-sister to smart chaser Risk Accessor.

He has been through a sale ring four times, most recently at the DBS National Hunt breeze-up at Kempton in December 2009, when bought by Highflyer and King privately for £25,000.

Raya Star's year-younger brother Jojabean was a promising second for the same trainer in a Warwick bumper this month.

Malt Master completed the double in Doncaster's last race, a 2m½f bumper. Making his debut, the Nicky Henderson-trained four-year-old gelding won readily from Victor Hewgo, by the recently deceased Old Vic.

Malt Master was bred by Michael Moakley out of the Phardante mare Dantes Profit. He was bought by his owners Distillery Stud as a foal at the 2007 Tattersalls Ireland November sale for €18,000 in a private sale.

Milan, a St Leger-winning son of Sadler's Wells, stands at Coolmore at a fee of €5,000 in 2011.

 

 

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