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Riverside Theatre - Cheltenham 15.03.2012

Riverside Theatre: the second Festival winner of 2012 sired by King's Theatre

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Cheltenham live - King's Theatre reigns supreme

Ryanair Chase

RIVERSIDE THEATRE (8 g King's Theatre - Disallowed by Distinctly North)

Bred by Goldford Stud in Britain

THE late King's Theatre recorded his second winner of the Festival when Riverside Theatre ran down Albertas Run and Medermit to bravely take the Ryanair Chase.

Not only did he provide King's Theatre with a Festival double following Balthazar King's win in the cross country chase on Tuesday but also a fourth Festival success for a stallion associated with Ballylinch Stud following Cinders And Ashes (by Beat Hollow) and Bob's Worth (by Bob Back - and out of a mare by King's Theatre).


A £44,000 purchase by Highflyer Bloodstock at the 2007 DBS May Sale, Riverside Theatre is a brother to hurdles winner Mayor Of Kilcock and out of Listed handicap hurdle heroine Disallowed. One of the best hurdlers produced by the high-class sprint juvenile Distinctly North, she is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Ferny Hill.

Disallowed has a three-year-old brother to the winner.

World Hurdle

BIG BUCK'S (9 g Cadoudal - Buck's by Le Glorieux)

Bred by Henri Poulat in France

King's Theatre was denied a major afternoon double by the outstanding Big Buck's, who defeated Voler La Vedette when capturing a record fourth World Hurdle victory.

Paul Nicholls and Big Buck's

Big Buck's: shares his sire, Cadoudal, with Long Run

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His victory could mark the opening point of a big 24 hours for his sire Cadoudal, who will be represented in tomorrow's Gold Cup by Long Run.

The former French champion jumps sire is also leaving an impression through his sons at stud, which include Indian River, Robin Des Pres and Saint Des Saints.

Big Buck's is a brother to Buck's Boum, who ran second to Long Run in the prestigious Prix Cambaceres three-year-old hurdle at Auteuil in November 2008 and is now standing for €1,500 at Haras d'Enki in France. They are out of Buck's, a Le Glorieux sister to the smart French jumpers Buck's Dream and Buck's Glory.

Byrne Group Plate

SALUT FLO (7 g Saint Des Saints - Royale Marie by Garde Royale)

Bred by Clovis Bardin and Mme Florence Bardin in France

One race after Cadoudal's son Big Buck's recorded his fourth World Hurdle victory, it was the turn of another son to shine in Saint Des Saints, the sire of Salut Flo.

The gelding is the first Cheltenham Festival winner for his increasingly popular sire, the 2002 Prix Amadou Hurdle hero who stands at Haras d'Etreham for €4,000.

Out of a placed daughter of Garde Royale (the paternal grandsire of Jewson Novices' Chase winner Sir Des Champs), Salut Flo is a half-brother to a placed jumper in France. He is a grandson of 1994 Prix Geraldde Rochefort Hurdle heroine Marie Des Epieres and from the further family of 1995 Deutsches Derby winner All My Dreams.

Jewson Novices' Chase

SIR DES CHAMPS (6 g Robin Des Champs - Liste En Tete by Video Rock)

Bred by Dominique Clayeux in France

TWO days after Quevega captured her fourth David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle, the Willie Mullins - Robin Des Champs combination struck again, this time through Sir Des Champs, who maintained his unbeaten record over fences with victory in the Jewson Novices' Chase.

Willie Mullins 2010

Willie Mullins: has enjoyed huge success with progeny of Robin Des Champs

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Remarkably, he is the second winner of the meeting bred by Dominique Clayeux, also the part-breeder of Wednesday's Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap heroine Une Artiste.

Glenview Stud's Robin Des Champs has a clutch of top-flight representatives plying their trade in Britain and Ireland, most of whom are in the hands of Willie Mullins.

The first Irish winner for the stallion was none other than Mullins' star mare Quevega, who won debut for Mullins in February 2008. And the Mullins - Robin Des Champs association has strengthened further since then, with Sous Les Cieux, winner of this season's Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, and Ut De Sivola, who takes his chance in Friday's Triumph Hurdle, advertising his merits in addition to Sir Des Champs.

The son of Garde Royale - a half-brother to Anngrove Stud stallion Robin Des Pres - stood his first season in Ireland at Glenview Stud in 2009. He is standing for €5,000 this year.

Sir Des Champs is the first foal out of French Flat winner Liste En Tete, whose second foal is minor Flat winner Unicite. It is the further family of 1996 Pendil Novices' Chase winner Draborgie.

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

SUNNYHILLBOY (9 g Old Vic - Sizzle by High Line)

Bred by J P N Parker in Ireland

The late leading jumps sire Old Vic, whose son Our Vic landed the Ryanair Chase on this card in 2008, leapt on to the scoresheet when Sunnyhillboy denied Becauseicouldn'tsee to take the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

A bargain €10,000 purchased by Timmy Hyde at the 2003 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale, Sunnyhillboy is a half-brother to the Grade 2-placed hurdler Hot Stuff. He is the final foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to the 1989 Whitbread Gold Cup and 1990 Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase winner Brown Windsor.

Pertemps Final

CAPE TRIBULATION (8 g Hernando - Gay Fantastic by Ela-Mana-Mou)

Bred by Taker Bloodstock in Britain

CAPE Tribulation, a 14,000gns purchase by Alan Swinbank out of Book 2 of the 2005 Tattersalls October Sale, ownsthe pedigree to be smart as a half-brother to ten winners including the 1998 Gordon Richards Stakes hero Germano.

Another half-brother, Moon Solitaire, was successful at Group 2 level in Canada while a half-sister, Fantastic Bid, was a Listed winner in France.

However, this is a family which has enjoyed its share of success over hurdles since Gay Fantastic's half-sister, the French Group 3 winner Gay Hellene, produced the high-class hurdler Landing Light.

They are out of 1974 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Gaily, also the ancestress of Pilsudski, Youmzain, Creachadoir and Naaqoos.

Cape Tribulation is the second Festival winner for Lanwades Stud sire Hernando following No Refuge,who was successful in the 2005 Royal and SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle.




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