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Tell Massini jumps the last and wins the Albert Bartlett novices hurdle Cheltenham 12.12.2009

Tell Massini: the five-year-old is flying the flag for his sire Dr Massini

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Tell Massini victory a boost for Welsh stud

DAVID Brace's decision to buy Dr Massini to stand at his south Wales stud was vindicated once more when the stallion's son Tell Massini collected his second Grade 2 victory in today's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Earlier this year Brace purchased the son of Sadler's Wells, who had stood his whole career in the Coolmore National Hunt division, to stand at Dunraven Stud alongside Needle Gun.

Since then the stallion has been in tremendous form, having been represented by the first two home in the Listed Byrne Group Handicap Chase at Ascot in October, Master Medic and Fix The Rib, and Grade 3-winning novice chaser Fosters Cross.

However, none has done more this season to advertise the merits of Dr Massini than the Tom George-trained five-year-old gelding Tell Massini, who beat Kennel Hill and reigning Grand National winner Mon Mome to land today's race - formerly known as the Bristol Novices' Hurdle - and scored in the Hyde Novices' Hurdle last month.

Tell Massini was bred by Colm Griffin and consigned by Forrest Lodge Stud to the DBS Spring Horses In Traing sale in May, where he was purchased by David Redvers for £30,000.

One year earlier he had been registered as a vendor buyback for €5,500 at the Goffs Land Rover sale.

He is the fourth foal out of the 14-year-old Broken Hearted mare Kissantell, a half-sister to Grade 3-placed chaser Sam Vaughan. Kissantell's third dam is Cherry Hinton Stakes heroine Marteline.








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