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Cross Kennon wins at Haydock 19.02.2011

Cross Kennon: the best ambassador for his sire Craigsteel

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Craigsteel sires 28-length novice hurdle winner

GARRYRICHARD Stud sire Craigsteel has a potential smart performer to his credit in the shape of Mister Chancer, judging by the six-year-old gelding's bloodless victory in the 2m4f novice hurdle at Hereford on Wednesday.

Mister Chancer, trained by Alan King for the Bensaranat Club, raced handily and took up the running three hurdles from home. He drew clear and passed the line 28 lengths in front of the runner-up, the Moscow Society gelding Mr Moss.

Mister Chancer was bred in Ireland by John Doyle. He is the fourth foal out of the unraced Phardante mare Cluain Chaoin, from the family of last month's Racing Post Chase runner-up Mount Oscar.

He is the dam's first winner under rules. Souixsanna Vic, his half-sister by Old Vic, won a 2m point-to-point and Mr Prince, his half-brother also by Old Vic, has finished second in a Clonmel handicap hurdle.

Highflyer Bloodstock and Alan King picked up Mister Chancer for £10,000 at the 2009 Brightwells Cheltenham January Sale. The gelding had previously been bought by Tom Keating for €8,000 at Tattersalls Ireland in August 2008.

Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Craigsteel is making a name for himself as a jumps sire, with his best ambassador Cross Kennon becoming his first black-type winner in the Grade 2 Rendlesham Hurdle last month.

Cross Kennon subsequently ran a creditable fourth, beaten only five lengths behind Big Buck's, in the World Hurdle.

Craigsteel is also sire of dual winners Apt Manor, Shammick Boy and Steeltown.

He stands at Denis Hickey's Garryrichard Stud in County Wexford with his fee on application.




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