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Across-the-card double for jumps dam Maslam

HALF-BROTHERS won two of the more competitive handicap hurdles run in Britain on Saturday.

Corkage kicked off the family double when easily winning the class 2 contest over 3m½f that opened Doncaster's card and Handy Andy completed it when landing the class 4 race over 2m5f at Newbury.

The pair were bred by John Connolly out of the unraced Robellino mare Maslam, a half-sister to Listed novice chase winner Masalarian whose grand-dam Masarika won the Prix Robert Papin and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches.

Corkage, Maslam's first foal, has now won nine races. The son of Second Empire - also sire of Victor Chandler Chase winner Somersby - was sold to a cash buyer for €4,000 as a foal, improved his price to €44,000 as a three-year-old and was sold to Lucinda Russell for £95,000 at the Brightwells Cheltenham January Sale in 2008 after winning two bumpers for Pam Sly.

Handy Andy was another who increased in auction value as he grew older: the son of Beneficial was a €19,000 Goffs February short yearling, was resold as a three-year-old at Tattersalls Ireland for €30,000, and made £115,000 at last year's Brightwells Cheltenham Janaury Sale after winning between the flags.

Maslam has a three-year-old brother to Handy Andy on the ground and delivered a colt foal by Yeats last year.





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