Blueblooded tricast in Hereford maiden hurdle
A TRIO of bluebloods who were bred to excel on the Flat but failed to reach the heights in that sphere filled the first three places in Monday's 2m1f Lindley Catering Maiden Hurdle at Hereford.
The Venetia Williams-trained winner, Old Way, was bred in France by the Wertheimer brothers.
Venetia Williams: trains winnerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
He is by Gold Away, sire of brilliant filly Alexander Goldrun, and out of Group 3 Prix Cleopatre winner Brooklyn's Dance.
Brooklyn's Dance's other progeny include Prospect Wells, winner of the Prix Greffulhe and runner-up in the Grand Prix de Paris, and Prospect Park, winner of the Group 3 La Coupe and runner-up in the Prix du Jockey Club.
Brooklyn's Dance is a half-sister to Prix Joubert winner Princess Dansante, plus the dam of Grand Criterium winner Okawango and the granddam of Group 1-winning globetrotter Quijano.
She hails from the family of Group 1 winners and sires Alhaarth, Authorized, Green Dancer and Makfi.
Old Way was purchased by Guy Petit for €29,000 at the 2009 Arqana autumn mixed sale at Saint-Cloud.
Runner-up to Old Way was Cotillion, a son of Sadler's Wells bred by Gary Middlebrook out of his tough triple Listed-winning mare Riberac.
A smart 1m6f handicap winner saddled by Ian Williams for Middlebrook last year, Cotillion was purchased by Williams for 82,000gns at October's Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale.
Third-placed Sir Pitt is by Tiger Hill and out of Coronation Stakes winner Rebecca Sharp.
Rebecca Sharp has produced two black-type performers on the Flat, Group 3-placed Grand Central and Listed winner Miss Pinkerton,and one over jumps - Grade 3-placed chaser Farringdon.
Trainer Alison Thorpe picked up Sir Pitt - a dual 1m3f-1m4f winner on the Flat for trainer John Gosden and breeders Hascombe and Valiant Studs - for 24,000gns, also at the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale.