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Medermit a quality prospect for Medaaly

ANOTHER good jumping prospect looks to be coming the way of Medaaly, who was represented by the Mitie Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle winner Medermit at Ascot on Friday.

Although Medermit only scrambled home by a head, bookmakers cut the Alan King-trained gelding to 16/1 for the Supreme Novice's Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Victory there would give Medaaly a second Cheltenham Festival winner following Sky's The Limit in the 2006 Coral Cup.

Racing Post Trophy winner Medaaly, a half-brother to Charnwood Forest from the family of Dubai Millennium, started his stud career under the Darley banner at Haras du Logis in 1999. The son of Highest Honor sired plenty of winners during his stint in France, including the Listed winners Topocilla and Rento, and the high-class jumpers Nyrche and Sky's The Limit. Medermit, who was bred by Philippe Gasdoue out of the Solicitor mare Miss d'Hermite, was also produced during his time in France.

In 2005, Medaaly was sold to Oaklands Estates in South Africa, where he stood for three seasons. He was relocated to Steeple Stud in Ireland in 2008, where he will stand next season on appication.

Medermite is one of five winners out of Miss d'Hermite, a winner over 1m as a three-year-old during her French 34-race career. The 21-year-old mare has a yearling filly by Country Reel named Miss Country.

Grade 2 chase winner for Halling

One race later, Deep Purple obliged in the BGC Noel Novices' Chase to give Halling a rare Graded victory over fences. The Darley-owned son of Diesis is also the sire of Nicky Henderson's exciting hurdler Aigle d'Or.

Bred by Bricklow Ltd, Deep Purple is out of the winning Glenstal mare Seal Indigo and a half-brother to 6f juvenile Listed winner Prism.




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