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Nicky Henderson: trains Spirit Leader's winning first foal Full Of Spirit

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Spirit Leader first foal scores on debut

HIGH-CLASS hurdler Spirit Leader got her stud record off to the perfect start when her first foal, the Nicky Henderson-trained four-year-old filly Full Of Spirit, won on her debut in the second division of the George's Golden Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Huntingdon on Saturday.

A Jessica Harrington-trained daughter of Supreme Leader, Spirit Leader finished third to Like-A-Butterfly in the Champion INH Flat Race at Leopardstown at five in 2001, and in the 2002-03 season landed a notable - and lucrative - handicap treble in the William Hill Handicap Hurdle, Tote Gold Trophy and Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.

In 2004 Spirit Leader broke the record price for a jumps mare at public auction when sold - carrying a foal by Exit To Nowhere who became Full Of Spirit - for 150,000gns to County Kildare breeder Eugene Salmon at the DBS November sale.

Salmon's Fortbarrington Stud sold Full Of Spirit as a foal at the 2005 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale for €80,000 to Glenview Stud, who in turn sold her as a three-year-old at last year's Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale to her current owner Simon Hubbard Rodwell for €60,000.

It has been a year to remember for Hubbard Rodwell, as he also bred one of the Flat season's star juveniles, the impressive Coventry Stakes winner Canford Cliffs.

Hubbard Rodwell's colours were carried to victory by Scottish Grand National and Betfred Gold Cup winner Hot Weld.

Spirit Leader also has a three-year-old gelding by Old Vic who was sold at this year's Derby sale for €26,000 to John O'Byrne, a two-year-old colt by Old Vic who was sold as a foal to John Lightfoot for €40,000, a yearling filly by Oscar who was sold to Kennycourt Stud for €37,000 at Tattersalls Ireland last month, and a filly foal by Westerner who was sold to The Old Rectory Stud for €40,000, also at Tattersalls Ireland last month.







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