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Half-siblings take centre stage at Newbury

A NOTABLE feat was achieved at Newbury today when half-siblings Lyes Green and Argento Luna gave their dam Dissolve, their owner-breeder Paul Gardner, their trainer Oliver Sherwood and their jockey Dominic Elsworth a four-way double.

Lyes Green brought up the first leg when running out a one-length winner of the valuable Ladbrokes Supports Greatwood Handicap Chase, and the double was completed just over an hour later, when Argento Luna got up in the dying strides to land the Listed EBF Byrne Brothers Mares' National Hunt Novices' Hurdle Final.

A 17-year-old daughter of Sharrood, Dissolve was purchased by Gardner as a foal for just 1,500gns. She went on to win two races over hurdles before retiring to the paddocks in 1997.

She got off to agood start at stud with her first foal born in 1998, the Sula Bula gelding Winsley, also trained by Sherwood, winning three races and finishing second in the Listed William Hill Handicap Hurdle.

Her next foal, the nine-year-old Tamuregelding Sommelier, was sold for 11,000gns as a four-year-old and then trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies to win one race.

Then came her 2001 foal, the Bien Bien gelding Lyes Green, who has now won four races, and he was followed in 2003 by Argento Luna, a mare by Mtoto who also landed her fourth career victory today.

Dissolve also has a four-year-old filly by Kayf Tara, a three-year-old filly by Lomitas, a two-year-old colt by Tamure and a yearling filly by Sulamani on the ground. She is currently in foal to Halling.







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