Sprinter Sacre: one of 24 foals from the fourth crop of NetworkPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Newbury: further reason to celebrate Network
Betfair Denman Chase (Grade 2), 3m
LONG RUN (7 g Cadoudal - Libertina by Balsamo)
Bred by Mme Marie-Christine Gabeur in France
Last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run got back to winning ways at Newbury on Friday, albeit in workmanlike fashion as his stable-mate Burton Port (by Bob Back) staged a furious late rally to get within a neck.
Long Run: shares his sire, Cadoudal, with Big Buck'sPICTURE: Getty Images
Long Run and Big Buck's are the headline acts of an exceptional stud record compiled by Cadoudal, who died at Haras de Mortree in France in 2007. The son of Green Dancer, who won the 1982 Prix Hocquart, has also sired the likes of The Nightingale, Faldalko and Lacdoudal.
Long Run hails from a highly successful jumps dynasty; his half-sister Liberthine (by Chamberlin) carried the same Waley-Cohen colours when winning the Mildmay Of Flete Chase in 2005 while his brother, Bica, was second in the Prix Wild Monarch Hurdle.
They are out of Libertina, a minor winner over jumps in France who is sister to the high-class French hurdler Fioca, herself the granddam of Willie Mullins' talented mare J'y Vole.
Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock swooped for Long Run on behalf of owner Robert Waley-Cohen following the gelding's third run in France.
Betfair Super Saturday Chase (Grade 2), 2m1f
SPRINTER SACRE (6 g Network - Fatima III by Bayolidaan)
Bred by Christophe Masle in France
THE 2011 - 2012 season has marked a turning point in the stud career of German Group 2 winner Network, who is making a serious impact in the jumps sphere despite siring just 136 registered foals in his first five crops (the majority of which are AQPS).
The son of Monsun is best known in Britain and Ireland as the sire recent John Durkan Memorial Chase winner Rubi Light as well as Saint Are, who sprung a 33/1 surprise in last year's Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.
However, the best of his representatives could be Sprinter Sacre, who turned in an outstanding round to jumping to take Friday's Game Spirit Chase on the bridle. The gelding is one of 24 foals from his sire's fourth crop.
Network stands under the French National Stud banner at the Centre Technique Trebanfor €2,100.
One of eight foals out of the placed Fatima III, Sprinter Sacre is a half-brother minor winning French jumpers Kashima (by Kadalko), Nuit Sacree (by Brier Creek) and Regain Du Charbonneau (by Arnaqueur).
Fatima III, who is a half-sister to two winners, has a yearling filly by Fragrant Mix named Baccara Sacree, who was sold for €24,000 to John Kenny at this year's Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale.
Betfair Novices' Chase (Grade 1), 2m4f
FOR NON STOP (7 g Alderbrook - Lost Link by Shernazar)
Bred by Raymond O'Rourke in Ireland
FOR Non Stop, a bargain €8,000 purchase by Gatterstown Stud as a Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt yearling, stayed on well to deny Michael Flips (by Kayf Tara) and hand the 1995 Champion Hurdle hero Alderbrook another Grade 1 winner.
The Nick Williams-trained gelding shares his sire with the high-class staying chaser Ollie Magern and hails from the family of Feltham Novices' Chase heroine Fiddling The Facts.
He is the first foal out of the unraced Lost Link, who has a five-year-old sister and four-year-old brother to the winner.
Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3)
ZARKANDAR (5 g Azamour - Zarkasha by Kahyasi)
Bred by His Highness The Aga Khan's Studs S C
ZARKAVA'S half-brother Zarkandar maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles to land this £152,500 event and confirm himself on course for the Champion Hurdle.
Zarkandar: half-brother to Zarkava remains unbeaten over hurdlesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Purchased privately to join Paul Nicholls from his breeder, the Aga Khan, Zarkandar is out of the Kahyasi mare Zarkasha, a descendant of the 1959 Oaks winner Petite Etoile. It is a family which has excelled under both codes, producing Prix de Diane heroine Zainta in addition to the unbeaten Arc heroine Zarkava on the Flat and the high-class half-brothers Zaynar and Zaidpour over hurdles.
Although a dual Grade 1-winning hurdler, Zarkandar is not the best jumper by RPR sired by the Aga Khan's multiple Group 1 winner Azamour; that accolade belongs to Colin Tizzard's Third Intention.